Tuesday, October 2, 2012

nerdy things #4



wow, it's october.  can you believe it?
perhaps i should consider a halloween theme for the next post in this series....
although it has yet to become really chilly here, perhaps you're already feeling more intense fall weather where you are! 
i hope the start to your october is a lovely one! --danica

Friday, September 28, 2012

DIY - delicate crochet friendship bracelet tutorial

i love making delicate layering bracelets!  
recently i devised a little bracelet with a tie closure, made from a combination of cotton thread, silver beads, and a simple crochet chain.  
here's the little tutorial for it - enjoy!

(and if you're less inclined to make your own, contact me via my etsy shop
or my contact page for a custom bracelet of your own, made by me!)

(disclaimer)
pattern is for personal use only,
not to be reproduced for sale nor to make items for sale.
© The Nerdy Penguin. All rights reserved.


 (materials)
embroidery floss*
steel crochet hook, size 2*
small silver beads (7)
threader
scissors


(skills)
crochet chain

*you can substitute a thicker/thinner thread if you like,
just make sure to use a crochet hook that will accommodate it!

(1)
string the seven beads onto the thread.  if necessary, use your threader to get the beads onto the thread.



(2)
make a slip knot, leaving a long tail (about 8-10 inches).



slide 1 bead up to your hook...


...then chain.


repeat for the remaining six beads.
try to maintain a relatively loose tension.


(3)
measure out another 8-10 inches of thread after the crochet chains, and cut the thread.
you should now have your crochet chain sandwiched by two equal thread lengths of 8-10 inches.


(4)
tie a simple knot on one of the lengths of thread (this is to prevent fraying).
where this knot is placed depends on your wrist size, and how much extra thread you would like to be able to tie your bracelet on your wrist.
my wrist size is 6 inches, so a 10-inch bracelet is what I usually go for when i have a bracelet with a tie closure.



(5)
pull on the knot tightly and cut the thread about a centimeter or so away from the knot.



(6)
repeat on the other side.
make sure the knots are of equal distance away from the crocheted chains.



and there you have it!  simply tie the bracelet onto your wrist.
you can wear this bracelet alone, or layered with other bracelets.
personally i like the layered look :)
enjoy! --danica


Thursday, September 27, 2012

spotted - eyelash art


aren't these interesting?  i've never seen anything like them on etsy.
with halloween coming around soon, it would be interesting to find a way to implement these into a costume!

hope you're having a lovely week!

(and - i have a little bracelet tutorial in the works...should be up by the next post!)

Friday, September 7, 2012

nerdy things #3



another lovely installment of nerdy things to end the first week of september.
hope everyone's having a great friday!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

spotted - EveryBearJewel


1 / 2 / 3 / 4

in love with these dainty handcrafted rings from EveryBearJewel.
i've really been wanting some delicate stacking-type rings for a while now, and these rings have definitely made my wishlist!

Monday, September 3, 2012

skincare tips: extra virgin olive oil [evoo]


Extra virgin olive oil...


extra-virgin olive oil [EVOO]

i've found extra virgin olive oil to be useful in two main ways -
a gentle eye makeup remover and versatile moisturizer.

eye makeup remover
simply apply some EVOO to a cotton ball or pad and gently rub across closed eyes to remove makeup.
on heavier eye makeup, i like to let the EVOO sit for a little bit to dissolve the makeup, before rubbing it off.

body moisturizer
apply on your body before a shower for super-soft skin when you get out.

lip/hand/body sugar scrub
mix EVOO into white table sugar for a simple yet effective moisturizing scrub.  
this works wonders for me! 

other potential uses
as a shaving aid (in lieu of shaving cream)
hair conditioner

*i recommend using extra-virgin olive oil over the other, "lighter" types because it is the least processed.

{olive oil photo from pinterest}