May 2, 2012

WIWW - and earring tutorial

Yep, a tutorial on a Wednesday - unheard of!

Apparently I haven't been dressing up much this week - nothing photo-worthy.  I did take a quick picture of what I wore to my Grandpa's funeral - black with just a little color interest seemed appropriate:

I think I should have worn that belt a little higher, but as is it was already on the last hole - - luckily I know someone with a leather hole punch so maybe she can add a few holes for me...

So anyways, since I don't have a lot of outfits to share, I thought I'd post a quick painted earring tutorial.

I posted this shirt on my facebook page, but lots of people said I needed big earrings with it - I like to do what you gals tell me - -
So I had these big earrings I had ordered from one of those daily deal sites for $1 - I thought I had ordered pink but they came black.  Which I didn't care because I didn't want pink after all.  So I thought I could paint them to match my shirt.

Maybe I should call this tutorial what-not-to-do-when-painting earrings.  I did this the evening before I was to leave for SNAP, so it was a rush job to say the least.

 I mixed up a color I thought was close to a stripe in the shirt, Then I globbed it on with a paint brush you use to paint the wall.  That was probably the first mistake - I would recommend using spray paint for this type of project.  I painted the front and back - be sure to do that because the earrings twist as you wear them.

I didn't wait near long enough between coats of glob paint - mistake #2.  So then I tried to speed up the drying process with my blow dryer, which seemed like a good idea - it helped it dry, but clumpy because some areas would dry faster than other areas.

But hey, time was ticking so it had to work.  So then I sprayed a clear coat of spray paint on this - this was a good idea!  It gave it kind of a glossy finish and made them look more complete.  If only they weren't clumpy under the clear, they would have been awesome.
 But, oh well, I just went with it.  I figured no one would get close enough to see the bad paint job.  And if I just kept my head moving, maybe no one could tell.

Earrings in action - don't judge this picture!  We woke up like at 3am!  This is at our layover in Denver:

 Then when we got to Salt Lake, on our way to SNAP, we stopped at Cafe Rio because it seemed like the thing to do - mmmm
 Moral of the story - paint your earrings, just plan ahead so you have the right timeframe to do so.....

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

10 Fabulous Comments:

Super cute outfit! I would wear the belt a little higher though :)

We ate at Cafe Rio was good, but maybe it's something more of an acquired taste. The first time I ate chipotle I didn't like it maybe if I lived there I'd love it as much as the locals do. :)

Funny story, so one year I decided I needed blue earrings to wear to a football game (my husband is a coach and their colors are blue/yellow). But I couldn't find any anywhere in our small town. So I went to Claire's and got the cheapest pair of plastic hoops I could find and I painted them! ......... With nail polish!!!! (I didn't have blue paint, lol!) They were quite the hit that year and I still get asked if my earrings are painted with nail polish. :) (I have since invested in nicer earrings that were already blue when I bought them.)

Great earrings. I'm so sorry about your grandpa, but your outfit looks very pretty.

So sorry to hear about your loss. I really like your outfit you wore. Your second outfit is too cute and I love the earrings with it.

~Christy (

Not clumpy, texturized (is that a word). Sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for your family.

Im sorry to hear of your loss:( On the up side, I love those earrings!:)
(Found you through WIWW)

Love the big earrings and all the tips on what not to do!!

I love the earrings. I think they're super cute!

They look great with your outfit!! The pops of yellow on the top one were the perfect accessories to brighten it up a little.

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