Desserts

Hey there! Happy 4th, for those of you living in the United States! Can you believe it’s already July?! Today I dug up a few graphic design pieces I created a while ago, which are based on a few popular desserts: cupcakes, soft-serve ice cream, and macaroons. Cupcakes and ice cream are definitely among my personal favorites. Although I am not a big fan of macaroons, they are very fun to draw!

Using the powerful Adobe Draw, I was able to create simplistic designs with layers and a variety of cool brushes. Mmm, writing this post is making me crave an ice cream cone right now!

DIY Recycled Water Bottle Cases

Hello everyone! I’ve been swamped these past few months, and am excited to be updating the blog again! A couple of weeks ago, I came across a project on Make It & Love It through Pinterest, and decided to create a variation of the zipper case. I absolutely love these DIY recycled water bottle cases because they are sustainable and useful for organization, not to mention adorable!

Materials

  • Plastic water bottle of your choice (If you happen to drink Evian water, I found that the Evian 500 mL bottles work wonderfully. The labels come off easily without leaving residue on the bottle, the plastic is sturdy, and the bottle opening is large enough to fit a quarter if you were to use the final product as a piggy bank!)
  • Zipper as long as the circumference of your bottle (For the Evian bottles, an 8″ long zipper was perfect.)
  • 1/4″ wide double-sided tape (After experimenting with various brands of double-sided tape, I found that Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal works particularly well.)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pen or fine point marker

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Steps

Start off by drawing a line around the bottle with a pen or fine point marker at the height at which your zipper will be. Cut along the line with a craft knife (or scissors) to separate the bottle into a bottom part and a top part. (Using a craft knife to cut through the plastic tends to leave a smoother edge than using scissors.) Be careful of the cut edges; they are very sharp. If you need to dry off the inside of the bottle, you can use chopsticks to hold the tissue.

Peel the labels off the bottle. I love that the labels of the Evian bottles don’t leave residue! Wrap the double-sided tape around both cut edges of the top and bottom parts of the bottle. Cut off the extra zipper fabric extending beyond the bottom stop.

Peel off the backing of the double-sided tape and wrap one side of the zipper around the cut edge of the bottle, starting from the bottom stop of the zipper. Then, unzip the zipper.

Wrap the other side of the zipper around the cut edge of the remaining part of the bottle, starting from the bottom stop of the zipper.

Use double-sided tape to secure the extra fabric extending beyond the top zipper stop to overlap the end of the zipper with the bottom stop.

Store your chosen supplies in your newly-crafted recycled zipper case! These versatile containers can store anything from colored pencils to coins. I had a wonderful time making these and hope you do, too!

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Feel free to mix it up and use two bottom parts (or two top parts). Have a lovely day!

Hello again! Plus the Museum of Ice Cream

Hey everyone! I’ve been super busy the past couple of months and am so happy to be writing again! Truthfully, I’ve been wanting to blog for a really long time, but I never got the chance to do so. Finally I decided today that I would make an earnest effort to write a blog post and get back in touch with all of you. Thanks for being so supportive while I was gone and hopefully I can make time to blog more often! There’s been one major change to the site since the last time I’ve posted—I’ve changed my public display name to Joy. But feel free to call me whatever feels most comfortable! Recently I had the opportunity to visit the LA Museum of Ice Cream and it was absolutely spectacular. I have to say my favorite part was the Sprinkle Pool, although everything on display was incredible. The rooms are beautiful and give off such a great vibe. There are so many photo opportunities and the staff is amazing as well! The best part? There are sweets in almost every room. And since the Museum of Ice Cream is an art museum, I thought I’d document my visit with some photos!

The museum is located in a bright pink warehouse decorated with some awesome wall art. Pink and white ice cream cones on the ground trace a path from the parking lot to the museum.

In the California Room, pastel pink palm trees accompany a Venice Cream sign and Museum of Ice Cream wall art. Pink stars on the ground mimick the Hollywood Walk of fame, bearing the names of honorees like Scoop Dogg and Brad Pittstachio. We were offered delicious piñata ice cream, my favorite treat of all!

The Banana Split Room! I thought this was so creative—literally splitting the bananas down the middle by making half of them yellow and the other half pink. A beautiful installation, too!

I loved the color scheme of the Mint Room. Instead of the usual pink, the walls are a soft mint blue. We got to try mint chocolate chip mochi and sniff the chocolate-smelling soil in which the mint plants are growing!

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The sherbert room was awesome as well—rainbows and mirrors line the walls, and we all got to try the claw machine containing prizes ranging from cotton candy to ice cream phone cases. It was also a really great spot for a selfie!

The Popsicle Room was just how I had imagined it. The colors of the popsicles are bright and loud in contrast to the white walls, and all of the popsicle sticks are engraved! There were no treats in this room, but admiring the popsicles was more than amazing.

In my opinion, the Gummy Bear Room was the most colorful room of all. Several giant gummy bear sculptures sat on blocks around the room, and whimsical shapes and neon lights decorated the walls. And, we were offered a handful of—wait for it—gummy bears!

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My favorite art installation of all was the black ice cream cone installation. Unlike all of the other rooms, this room is entirely black and white save for the cones, which are a silvery brown. I loved it because it gives off a totally different vibe than the rest of the rooms.

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And of course, there is the Sprinkle Pool—the best part of all!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Acrylics

Hey there! I know I haven’t posted much lately, so I thought I’d share some of my acrylics with you! Usually I prefer digital art or sketching, but every so often I enjoy trying out a different medium. I painted a bird a couple of years ago, but the hot air balloons and the Latte paintings are more recent. It was a little difficult to mix the colors, but the great thing about painting in general is that it is very forgiving. As Bob Ross says, there are no mistakes in art—just happy little accidents!

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The hardest part about this one was painting the clouds. I did enjoy painting the water and the hot air balloons, though.

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For this one, I spent quite a long time trying to perfect the folds in the fabric. Of course, my favorite part was painting the Latte plush!

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This painting is based on a photo of a black-crowned night heron I observed in Hawaii.

What is your favorite medium of art? Do you enjoy painting with acrylics? Have an amazing day!

DIY Solar Eclipse Pinhole Projector

Hi everyone! As you probably already know, a solar eclipse will be visible in North America tomorrow! To prepare for this exciting event, I’ve created a pinhole projector from a repurposed cardboard box. Obviously, it’s very important not to look directly at the sun with the naked eye—and since authentic solar viewers are difficult to obtain at this time, viewing the eclipse indirectly with a pinhole projector is an easy and safe alternative. I had so much fun with this DIY and hope you do, too!

Materials

  • Cardboard box (mine was about 8″ tall with flaps up, 13.5″ wide and 9.75″ deep)
  • Cardstock paper (preferably a dark color, to avoid glare)
  • Push pin
  • Tape
  • Binder clips

Steps

Create the viewing window by cutting off one of the longer sides of the box together with the flap. Tape the remaining 3 flaps up to create the walls of the projector.

Cut a large rectangle out of the flap of the now loose side of the box to create a frame with a 1-2″ border on three sides. Tape the frame to the top of the box so that it opens in the direction of the viewing window.

Cut the remaining rectangular cutout in half and fold each piece in half. Tape these pieces to each side of the box so that they complete the rest of the frame. (The frame will be used to support the sheet of cardstock paper with the pinhole pattern.)

Make pinholes in a sheet of cardstock paper with a push pin (you can widen them with a toothpick if needed). To make the letters as accurately as possible, I printed out a template on a sheet of 8.5″ by 11″ printing paper using the Codystar font as a guide.

Lay the sheet of cardstock paper with the pinhole pattern over the frame at the top of the projector and secure the bottom corners to the frame with binder clips. Slip a dark-colored sheet of paper onto the bottom of the projector to serve as a screen. Angle the pinhole pattern toward the sun so that the sunlight streams through the pinholes onto the screen below. Enjoy!

I know some of the directions might be a bit vague, but hopefully the photos help. Let me know how it goes!

P.S. Each spot of light should show an image of the sun. The above photos were taken of the uneclipsed sun; therefore, each spot of light is a circle. During the eclipse, the projector should display a pattern of crescent-shaped dots while the sun is partially blocked.

Mockingbirds

The earth has music for those who will listen.

George Santayana

Hey there! I’ve been meaning to share this for a while now, but summer’s been getting in the way of blogging time. A month or so ago, in one of my posts, I briefly mentioned a pair of mockingbirds that kept coming back to my backyard. They are actually chirping as I write! Anyways, I eventually dedicated the above series of paintings to them. Although they haven’t built a nest yet, I’m still keeping my hopes up!

Oh, and guess what!? Another logo design—for the beautiful My Thoughts blog. I am most likely going to discontinue my offer for free logo design in a few weeks, so if you’re interested, contact me! Don’t worry, the offer will probably resurface again when I have more free time.

Inspirational Pencils

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

If you’re like me, you are a huge pushover for quotes. You love them so much, you even own a collection of pencils engraved with inspirational sayings. (On second thought, I might be the only extreme quotelover here.) Anyways, these pencils have become quite dear to me, and since I haven’t published much graphic design recently, I’ve (finally) decided to dedicate a post to them. The above design is based on a few of my favorites! You can find similar pencils at The Happiness Planner.

Some quotes to inspire you:

  1. Think happy thoughts
  2. Work hard play hard
  3. Love yourself
  4. Follow your dreams
  5. Make it happen
  6. Escape the ordinary

Water Droplet

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great week! By the way, I just wanted to let you guys know that I am still offering free logo design if you’re interested, and I’m so, so excited to announce my first customer—Laura at SerendipiDIY! She recently renovated her blog completely and I have to say, it is absolutely stunning! Anyways, here is my latest poem, inspired by the above photo. Enjoy!

A single drop of water

falls slowly,

an eternity of silence

broken

for a mere

split second.

Plunging through

the surface,

all that remain

are the concentric

ripples that follow.

Photo credit: ronymichaud on Pixabay.

Pottery Update

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.

Dorothy Parker

Back in April, I had the incredible opportunity to try my hand at throwing pottery. I’ve been meaning to give you an update on this for a while now, so here are some photos of how the pieces turned out! I really love the effect of the glaze; it adds quite a bit of shine to the clay. Now that the cups are fired, you can see thin rings around both of them from subtleties in the clay—although they do sort of add a touch of personality, don’t you think? You know, I was thinking they might be cool as mini flower vases. Any suggestions?

DIY Bookmark

Hi everyone! Guess what? This weekend, I finally found the time to go through and reorganize my craft boxes! In the process, I discovered some long-forgotten materials, with which I created a little bookmark for my journal. So, here it is! A fun and easy DIY bookmark to assist your summer reading. Enjoy!

Materials

  • Cardstock paper
  • String
  • Beads
  • Magazine

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape/glue
  • Hole punch

Steps

Cut out the base for your bookmark. I found that 6″ by 2″ dimensions work pretty well, but it is totally up to you to decide how big or small you want it.

Choose a few pages from an old magazine or newspaper, and cut some strips. (You probably won’t need many; it depends on the size of your bookmark.) Use double-sided tape or glue to layer them on! Personally, I love double-sided tape—you can always count on it to be effective without being gooey.

Punch a hole near the top of your bookmark for a tassel. To create a simple “tassel,” use approximately 3.5″ of white friendship bracelet thread to tie a lanyard hitch. You can also tie beads on the ends to add a personal touch to the bookmark.

Finally, cut out two squares the width of your bookmark and write an inspirational quote or phrase on each square. Tape or glue the squares on either side of your bookmark!

I love this DIY because it is so simple and quick. Let me know how it goes!