Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Snow!

Last week we had some amazingly beautiful snow! I took some pictures that morning before it all melted.

Behold: snowy picture dump!
The trees were just breathtaking...

It was almost like having a real winter for the weeked! Most of our days since early december have been in the 50 and low 60s. 

Last, but not least, here is a picture of me attempting to drive in the snow the night before. Not fun.

I did end up hitting a guard rail and breaking off some lights on my car, and denting my bumper pretty good! But its okay, because I'm okay and my car still works just fine!

Anyone have any interesting or scary weather stories? 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Henna Hair

henna hair

I recently dyed my hair with henna. I also made a tutorial if you are interested! My locks turned out bright, coppery red, unlike the strawberry blond of my last hair experiment. Yes, it really is this color in real life. I did not doctor these photos!

ginger girl

So, I absolutely love henna! I used 100% natural henna, with no chemicals or other herbs added. Its good for your hair, moisturizes and conditions it, as well as adds to the thickness of your strand via the color application. This is my color the day after applying. I plan on during more posts showing the progression of color decay, because henna does fade over time.

red hair

I got my henna on Etsy from Henna King! The only thing I didn't like about it is the smell. When you apply the henna mud, it smells like really, really strong green tea. And it looks like green mush. But the color afterwards is wonderful!

Have you ever tried any exciting dyes or colors?
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Update:
Henna after 1-2 washes 
Henna Hair Tutorial

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sweater to Scarf Tutorial

I always pick up 100% cashmere sweaters from my local thrift store. Even if it doesn't fit me...because...its cashmere!

So far I've found only one--and it is completely soft and wonderful. I decided to make it into a scarf!

Thus, the Sweater-to-Scarf (or, more accurately, cowl) tutorial was born.
Step one: Acquire Sweater. Cut in half under arm portion.
Step two: Zigzag stitch (or serge) around the hem so your scarf won't unravel.
 Obligatory zigzag-stitch-is-completed photo
Step three: Grab some thread the same color as your cowl and blind hem this edge up, just like you would hem your favorite pair of pants
Step four: Wear!!
(p.s. I love my rainbow crochet chevron afghan!)


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Button Giveaway

Yeah...I need some buttons/links to spruce up the sides of my blog!

So, send me one of yours and I'll display it! Just e-mail me at moonofsilver@gmail.com.

Feel like returning the love? Here are some of mine to display on your blog or site. (Scroll down to the bottom to see how to install them in to your blog!)


How to install in Blogger:

1) Go to "Layout"
2) Click "Add a Gadget"
3) Click "HTML/Javascript"
4) Paste the html!


5) Hit okay!

Here is what it will look like:
Silver Moon

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hat

I love my new hat!!
It's been awhile since I've posted any photography on here! So, when I got this new hat...I thought, yay! An excuse :)
I wanted to show you guys my new hat, as well as my hair. I straightened it! I seem to do this once a year just because I forget what it looks like.
So, happy vintage February!
 My tripod is still broken (sad) so I balanced my camera on no less then a chair, the floor, a stack of books, and a tissue box.
What was/is the weirdest thing you've used as a tripod?? 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Heart Pouch

I made this tiny heart pouch for my chap stick and other various loose purse items. Can you see the little hearts knitted into the pattern?
If you want to know how to make these little hearts, here is the pattern (its easy!)

Cast on 21 stitches 

Row 1: k3, (p1, k1) 8 times, k2
Row 2: k3, p15, k3 
Row 3: k3, (p1, k6) 2 times, p1, k3
Row 4: k3 (p6, k3) 2 times  
Row 5: k3, p1, k4, p2, k1, p2, k4, p1, k3
Row 6: k3, p4, k2, p3, k2, p4, k3
Row 7: k3, p1, k2, p2, k5, p2, k2, p1, k3
Row 8: k3, p2, k2, (p3, k1) 2 times k1, p2, k3
Row 9: k3, p1, k1, p2, k2, p3, k2, p2, k1, p1, k3
Row 10: k3, p3, k4, p1, k4, p3, k3
Row 11: k3, p1, k3, p2, k3, p2, k3, p1, k3
Row 12: k3, p15, k3

repeat from row 1 if you want more then 1 heart! :) 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Realism


Two little drawings I did. 

My attempt at some realism :) I really have never tried anything like hands before.

Doodling and art has been very soothing these past few days. ^_^

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Awareness

As I was browsing the net last night, I came across this picture that I wanted to share with you guys.

Underneath the picture, the girl posted this "This is from the slut walk. One of the arguments is that girls ask for rape because they wear slutty clothes, short skirts, tight, low-cut tops. This girl is an example of the fact that rape victims can look like anyone, you, me, this girl. Rapists. Dont. Discriminate." (Source

I just wanted to share today to pass on the awareness. Say a prayer for all those who have been hurt today, male or female, child or adult. I know in my own struggles in healing from my rape in college, messages like these really help.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lighthouse

I did this short watercolor at work the other day. I really think (aside from sewing) that I have one of the most amazing jobs in the world.
I never realized how much I've missed painting.
Does anyone else watercolor? I taught myself with a tiny palette of dry colors and about three brushes. I'm still learning--but I am amazed by how wonderfully forgiving and blend-able watercolors are. If you have never tried them, you should; you just might surprise yourself. I love them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For you

Happy Valentines day, (or singles awareness day, or consumerism-bump-between-Christmas-and-Easter day...) Whatever you are celebrating, give all your blessings to God!

Here is one of my favorite love songs. This is how my Savior loves me, and this is how He loves you. Never forget that!
Wherever you are, be blessed. You are never far from my heart or my prayers. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Felted Slippers

A lonely prince made me some magic slippers.
I never realized how easy and soothing felting. The whole process is completely beautiful, amazing, and unique.
These slippers have inspired me to give felting a try. I am already searching over Ebay and Etsy looking for destashed lots of roving, dreaming of inspiring and intimate moments of me, felt, and bluegrass music.

Felting is like magic.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tea-Dying Tutorial

Anyone who is everyone can dye something with tea. Its so simple and the effect it gives your garment is really wonderful.
I decided my little cream-and-lace tank needed a vintage makeover! Here is what I did, step by step.

1) Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water. Set on low heat (you don't want it to boil) and let it warm up.
2) (Optional) Tie your garment into sections. This will "fade" the aging effect (making it look even more vintage) If you don't tie it up the color will not fluctuate as much, and will be a more over all sepia when finished.
3) When your pot is warm (warm enough that it almost burns you to touch it, but not quite) add 6-8 tea bags. Adding less will make the color less, and more will make it stronger (just like tea! lol)
 4) Let the tea sit for 5-10 minutes. Then squeeze all the tea out of your bags, making sure not to burn yourself!
5) Add your twisty tied garment or fabric. (tell your man dinner is almost ready harrharr)
6) Let it sit in there (I poked mine with a stick) on warm for 5-10 minutes. Really, its up to you. Just make sure to leave it in for at least 5, so the color stays
Make sure to lay it flat to dry (if you hang it before drying, the color might run downward).
And thats it! Have fun tea dying yourself, your house, your friends and your socks. :)
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