Wednesday, 23 April 2014

DIY No sew scarf pillow cover in 5 minutes




Check out this gorgeous DIY no sew pillow cover tutorial by Creature Comforts!

All you will need is a large light-weight scarf, and a throw pillow insert. The pillow used here is 16″x16″ and the scarf is 76″x40.” 

Here’s how to make your pillow cover.:

1. Open and lay your scarf down on a flat surface. Place your pillow insert onto the center of your scarf. Fold the bottom half of your scarf up over the top of your pillow form.
2. Then fold the top half down.
3. Grab the two long ends and knot them in the center of the pillow.
4. Knot once more for a fuller look. Feel free to tweak the fabric until it looks good to you. Tuck loose scarf ends under the open scarf flaps on either side and distribute the bulk evenly. 

Make sure you check out Creature Comforts blog for full tutorial here.





Monday, 21 April 2014

DIY Brownie mix in a jar gift




Homemade gifts are so sweet, especially ones that taste good! This idea by Call me cupcake is just adorable! Make sure to pack everything tightly (especially the flour and cocoa powder) to keep everything in it's place. You also need to write down a set of cooking instructions which is at the bottom of the recipe!

Check out Call me cupcake's page for full instructions and more amazing pics!





Thursday, 17 April 2014

DIY Paper plate Easter bunny ears in 2 minutes!




All you need to make this cute Easter bunny hat is some paper plates and a pair of scissors! Check out full tutorial along with other cool holiday hats at Alpha Mom here.

Just fold the paper plate and cut along the dotted lines!

Happy crafting everyone!





Monday, 14 April 2014

Kseniya Simonova walked out on stage and blew everyone away!



I have never seen anything as creative and as touching as this. This is Kseniya Simonova, and she’s the talent of Ukraine's Got Talent.

You can say I am totally creatively inspired right now.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

DIY Sew a bra strap holder into your top - video tutorial




DIY Sew a Bra Strap Holder Into Your Top from Sally Ann on Vimeo.

This is seriously what I need right now! If you’re tired of your bra straps showing, it’s time to add a strip of fabric with a snap to hold them in place. This is the best idea ever for those shirts that tend to slide off your shoulders. All you have to do is to sew in a simple clip to attach around your bra. Enjoy! Thanks for the awesome tutorial Sally Ann! Make sure you check out her blog here.

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Enjoy!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

DIY: How to fold a bunny napkin


To make these festive Easter bunny napkins by A taste of home, start with well-starched square napkins. Fold the bottom third of the napkin up and the top third down, making a rectangle. 

Step 1. Find the center along the top and fold the top corners down, making sure the bottom ends are even.
Step 2. Fold up the outside bottom corners.
Step 3. Fold left and right sides so that they meet in the center.
Step 4. Turn the napkin over and flip the top to bottom. Fold bottom point up.
Step 5. Fold the left and right corners to the back and tuck one corner into the other to hold.
Step 6. Hold the tucked corners securely and pull out the bunny ears on the other end.

View full tutorial here.

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*Please note these cards are for personal use only and not to be sold.

Enjoy!


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Free printable Birthday card by Maiko Nagao




This was a quickie, but a Birthday card for a friend of mine I designed. I thought it was pretty neat so I'm sharing it with you all! You can download it FREE from the link below.





Make sure you print on a thick A4 card and set it to 'fit to page' when printing. There are two grey lines at the top and bottom as markers for you to cut in half. 

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Enjoy!



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

What the?! Kate Moss was seen wearing my 'Tsuru Bird' T-shirt?!


He he he ok, sorry!  Urban Outfitters did a similar stunt last year... they fooled me so bad that I just had to do it too! You have to admit Kate does look pretty funky in my Tsuru Bird design, right?! 

Happy April fools day everyone! You can however, purchase my T's here!

What kind of crazy stunts did you pull today?

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

DIY: Balencia inspired no sew crop top




Here is A pair & a spair's genius Balencia inspired DIY crop top tutorial!

You will need:
- A white tank dress or extra long singlet
- Scissors
- Needle and thread

1. The first step is to cut the back out of the tank to create the crop, so measure a line a few inches below the bottom of your bra strap when the top is on where you will cut to. Then lay the tank face down and cut out the back, following the line of the seams and the horizontal line.
2. This is how the back should look.
3. Turn your singlet over and mark the very middle of the front. Cut a straight line down the middle, as if you are cutting the opening of a cardigan.
4. Cut all the way to the bottom.
5. This is the shell of your top, you’re practically there!
6. Now Mrs mannequin is going to demonstrate how to wrap the top. Simply tie the leftover fabric in a knot and let it hang down but you can also cut it short if you like.
7. Tuck the top edges of the singlet into your bra.
8. Finally, if you like the look of the gathered straps, use your needle and thread to sew a little dart into them.

Voila! For the full tutorial make sure you check out A pair & a spair's fab site here!

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Busy picture children's illustration by Maiko Nagao




Here is a commission piece I illustrated for an educational collateral in Borneo. I was given a huge list of vocab and my task was to put them all in one picture. Talk about a challenge! My inspiration for this piece was none other than the amazing Richard Scarry and his wonderful detailed illustrations I spent forever pouring over as a child!

If you would like an illustration done by moi, please email me at maiko.nagao@gmail.com! I would love to work with you!


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Personalised wedding heart name logo by Maiko Nagao




I totally love this wedding logo by Seven Swans! I was personally requested to design something similar via my Etsy shop. What do you think?


If you love it as much as I do, you can order from my Etsy shop here.



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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Personalised name logo for wedding, anniversary, engagements by Maiko Nagao




This makes a beautiful and extremely personal wedding, engagement, valentines, birthday or anniversary gift. Just print out the A4 sized pdf, and have it framed! This was for the gorgeous Ivy and her husband Chris - my Facebook competition winners.

If you love it, you can order from my Etsy store here.


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Friday, 7 March 2014

Are you ready for a more 'normal' looking barbie doll?




Are you ready for a more 'normal' looking barbie doll? Much like Disney's female characters, Barbie has got flack for her unrealistic proportions. Thanks to her big hair, big eyes, teeny waist and ample breasts, she has been accused of being a bad role model for young girls. But this is all set to change due to Nicoklay Lamm, a Pittsburgh-based artist. Nikolay's 3D model of Barbie shows just how different the iconic doll's 36-18-33 stats compare with a more natural 32-31-33. Read full article here.


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Friday, 28 February 2014

DIY Upcycled tire into a ottoman seat




I am totally making these DIY ottoman's for my dream home via casa.com.br! You can also view the full English tutorial via Handimania.

You will need:
- A tire, MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) cut into two circles of 55 cm diameter, Six screws, a drill, a screwdriver, hot glue gun with at least 6 tubes of glue, 5m long and 10mm thick natural sisal twisted rope, a cloth, scissors and concentrated brush sealer.

1. Place one MDF on a tire, drill three holes and screw your MDF tightly.
2. With the hot glue gun, apply the glue on the board and secure one end of rope. Press the tip to adhere well and go round in a snail shape.
3. After you have finished covering MDF with a rope, do the same with the edge of your tire. Go around putting enough glue.
4. Turn the tire upside down and continue covering it with a rope until you reach the edge of the board
MDF base, as it will be lying directly on the ground.
5. Apply the sealer to the brush and cover all surface with it. Wait one hour before you put another coat on it. This sealer is ready to touch after one day but the complete drying takes two weeks!

Voila!


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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Free wallpaper designs by Maiko Nagao




So this super fly gal told me recently I was a 'talented wee flower brain'. What a gorgeous thing to say to someone! I loved it so much I made it into a print and now also available as a wallpaper.




Download it here:




I will have plenty more wallpapers coming so stay tuned!


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Thursday, 13 February 2014

DIY Valentine's Day Pillow Box




These cute little pillows boxes by Practically Functional are the perfect way to spread a bit of love on Valentine’s Day; fill them with candy, or add a love note, and pass them out! They only take about ten minutes to make and you only need an empty toilet paper tube, a strip of paper, and some string! Make sure you check out their blog here for their full tutorial!

What you'll need:
- Empty toilet paper
- Coloured paper
- String
- Scissors and glue

Start by flattening the toilet paper tube, and press the creases on either side flat. Let the tube pop back open slightly, then push the top of the tube down in towards the middle, so that it creates a rounded fold.


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Enjoy!





Saturday, 4 January 2014

DIY: Messy French twist tutorial




Check out this gorgeous messy French twist tutorial by Oncewed. Perfect for weddings and any special occasions! For full tutorial go to their website here.

1. Start by prepping the hair with hair spray. Spray generously and quickly blow dry in cold setting and dry with fingers.
2. Take your comb and start teasing the crown section. Add a little bit of tease to the sides and lightly tease the ends as well.
3. With your fingers, lightly “comb” all the hair back as if you’re about to do a mid pony.
4. Follow through to the ends and start rolling the ends to the direction you want the twist in. We rolled to the left.
5. Keep rolling until you reach the head, this is also the part where you can “poof” out the crown a bit and loosen it up.
6. Now that you have the shape you want, go a head and pin the twist to the rest of the hair. Lock it down by spraying.


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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

FREE: Printable Christmas gift tags by Maiko Nagao




Here's another one of my super cute Christmas gift tag designs! I've made it available for you to download for FREE! If you like it, spread the word please!





// Download here //



Just download, print and cut!

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Happy Holidays!



Monday, 9 December 2013

DIY: Christmas tree cupcake




Here's a gorgeous DIY Christmas tree cupcake tutorial by Better Homes and Gardens!

Directions:
1. Place white frosting (icing) on cupcakes
2. Place ice cream cones upside down on top of frosting
3. Fill an icing tube with green frosting and start from the bottom and work your way up around the cones

Voila~!



Sunday, 8 December 2013

DIY: Distressed and ripped jeans tutorial




Distressed denim seems to be so in right now but they are so pricey! Good news for us - the ripped denim effect is so easy to DIY! I found this great guide on Pinterest here. Grab an old pair of denim and DIY away!

Just grab a cheese grater, sandpaper and an unpicker and distress away!


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Thursday, 5 December 2013

DIY: Make mascara last longer with 4 drops of saline!





I've seen this idea all over Pinterest, but I haven't got a clue who the original pinner was. Anyway, I've tried and it works a treat!

Here's what you need:
- Old clumpy mascara
- Contact saline solution or eye drops

All you have to do is add 4-5 drops of contact saline solution or eye drops into the mascara. Insert your wand and stir it around!

Voila~!

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

FREE: Printable Christmas gift tags by Maiko Nagao




Hot off the press! Just finished designing this cute Christmas gift tags! I've made it available for you to download for FREE! If you like it, spread the word!





// Download here //



Just download, print and cut!

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Happy Holidays!



Sunday, 24 November 2013

We have a winner for my FunKi-wi FB giveaway!




We have a winner for my FunKi-wi Facebook giveaway! Congratulations to Zoe Spirrett! Please email me at maiko.nagao@gmail.com so I can get this baby to you!

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

DIY: Bath bombs




Check out these gorgeous bath bombs by Idle Wife. Perfect for a last minute Christmas stocking stuffer don't you think? Make sure you check out her full tutorial here.

You willl need:  
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of citric acid (or 1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar)
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon epsom salts
- 1/4 teaspoon almond/castor oil
- 3/4 teaspoon water
- 2 drops of food colouring
- 6-8 drops of essential oil of your choice

1. Dump the dry ingredients (baking soda, acid, cornstarch, and salts) into a bowl and whisk together to remove lumps.  
2. In a small jar, shake together the wet ingredients (oils, water, and colouring).
3. While whisking, dump the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. You'll see a slight reaction, but keep on whisking until the mixture has started to clump together and is completely dyed the colour you added. It should still be a little crumbly which is what you want.
4. Spoon the mixture into your mould and pack it in as tight as you can.
5. Allow to dry for at least 5 hours before trying to get them out of the mould.

Let dry for another 4 hours before plopping one in the bath or let them dry another 1-2 days before wrapping them as gifts or putting them into a storage jar!

Voila!


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