DIY Carnaval Mask

DIY carnaval mask (2)DIY carnaval mask (3)What you’ll need
Mask
Hot glue gun
Appliqués
Felt
Feather trim
Pencil
Glitter
Elmer’s glue
Flat paint brush

DIY carnaval mask (4)1 Take mask and remove unwanted embellishments. You can also find a plain mask.
2 Using the felt hold it up against the mask and mark the width with a pencil. Then create a semi circle to the height which you’ll like the feathers to sit. Fold in half and cut to create symmetry.
3 A-Take your ribbon of feathers and place it up again the top edge of the felt. Ribbon and bottom  2″ of feathers  should sit up against the felt. Mark and cut excess off.
B-If you’re using a loose bag of feathers line the 1st layer of feathers on the top edge of the felt. 2″ from the bottom of the feathers should sit on top of the felt.DIY carnaval mask (5)4 A-Using glue gun apply hot glue to the ribbon and place into top edge of felt.
B-Pick up each individual feather one at a time and apply hot glue.
5 Create 2nd row of feathers:
A-Take feather trim and place above 1st layer. 2nd row of feathers should overlap and cover about 2″ of the 1st layer. Mark and trim away accesses.
B-Take your individual feathers and overlap about 2″ of the 1st layer.
6 Glue down with hot glue gun. Same as step 4.
7 Last low of feathers: I like to use individual feathers to prevent bulkiness. If the feather’s quill  is too long, you can trim before gluing onto bottom edge.DIY carnaval mask (6)8 Back side of felt. Take trim of feathers or loose feathers and place right up again the top edge of felt. Top of feather should overlap felt about 1/2-1″ I also prefer to use loose feathers to prevent bulk.
9 Once the back side is all covered with feathers, it’s time to glue your masterpiece to the mask itself!
Squeeze a line of hot glue about 3/4″ height across the top edge of the mask. Quickly take front side of feathered piece and place bottom edge right above 3/4″ glue strip.
10 Almost done… Here comes the fun part.Time to decorate the mask itself.Take your appliques and play with the placement before using glue gun to tack down the position. 11 Apply Elmer’s glue to the whole mask using a brush. Pour glitter over mask until covered. Let dry for a couple of hours until set and Presto! You’re ready for to host your own Carnaval party.DIY carnaval mask

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Los Carnavales

carnival (2)One thing on my check list is to check out Carnival. Joe and I drove down to DC 2 years ago, some how we missed the West Indian parade. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise, turns out there was a shooting that went on. Yikes! But the after party was just as exciting.

One of the biggest and most festive Carnival in the world was just celebrated in Colombia; Carnaval de Barranquilla. Upbeat music and dancing filled the streets of this industrial port city north of Columbia. The high energy festivities lasted 4 days showcasing decorative costumes and headpieces covered in vibrant feathers, beads and all things shiny.

Even though I couldn’t make it to the lively streets of Barranquilla, doesn’t mean I have to miss it completely. Libation down in LES will be dedicating this Friday to the fun festivities with a New York twist featuring Que Bajo. I love nothing more then the excuse to dress up! My head piece is ready to go. Saúde, to the fun things in life!carnival (4)carnival (3)carnival

Snake Charms

photo(11)We slithered our way through the crowd on Mott street to get to the center of the gem. There was a shower of bright Confetti and streamers gliding across the clear blue sky. The beats of the drum and the cymbals got louder as we approached the festivity. Step by step the heavily decorated lion dancers show off their martial art moves as they blessed each business in exchange of a lucky red envelope. This year I was fortunate to have a lucky parachute effortlessly land into my hand while we were following the parade. The parachute came from a confetti shooter which took the place of the traditional firecrackers. Usually you’ll see a crowd surrounding it for the chance to snag the prize. What a great way to start off the New Year!photo(12)photo(10)photo(7)photo(8)photo(9)

Lunar Celebration

cny (2)Gung Hay Fat Choy! Excited for the weekend to come. Sunday, February 10th marks the Lunar New Year. In celebration of the snake year there are many traditions each family follows. Positive thoughts, and random acts of kindness are some of the best practices to kick off a great year. I’ll be jazzing up my mani/ pedi with some red glittery polish. Shades of Red symbolizing fortune and luck. Blooming flowers represent rebirth, growth and love. Gold coins/ rings represent good wealth and longevity. To celebrate the occasion I put together some fun juxtapositions of the adorable “red” envelopes I recently purchased for the kids. I want to take this time to wish each one of you success, happiness and good health for the new year. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.cny8cnycny (4)cny (3)

The Overall Trend in 2013 Year of Snake
“The 2013 Snake of year has ability to read complicated situation quickly in a controlled manner which is good for business. Signing documents of any kind requires very thorough attention. 2013 horoscope predict it is a good year to begin important detail work. Research and investigation are supported. The Snake has sneaky energy that can be to your advantage. Look for the holes in the loop. A new-found ambition to greatness will inspire you to be all you can be, and provide you with the follow through to actually achieve your goals, And, 2013 year of the Snake also supports added responsibility,
But 2013 Snake need to watch for fanatical commitments since Snakes inclination to spend money quickly than earn them may produce tensions in personal relationships. Create a safe space to work from this 2013 year. The Snake likes protection, needs to feel safe and secure to utilize its special analytical skills. This is the year to make headway in slow and methodical ways. Things will definitely be accomplished as you focus forward.”

Dancing on Glass

dancing on glasscatskills (3)The temperature reached below freezing point this past week. A brutal chill also brought along a light snowfall. There’s something about snow that always brings me such joy. The white gentle flakes slowly created a light dusting on the ground. My face lit up when I watched the gust of wind brush the loose powder across the road. Distracted by that moment, I decided to plan a day trip upstate for a short hike in the Catskills with husbie to check out the frozen waterfalls. The cold weather created thick layers of ice. Forming icicles and glass like surfaces above flowing water. It blows my mind that something so active can be so peaceful and calm at the same time. Isn’t it incredible how we’re able to walk above flowing water?catskills (2)catskills (4)catskills (5)catskills (6)catskills (7)catskills

The Windy City

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Chicago Tribune was not kidding when they told us its “The Windy City.” Up by the great Lake Michigan, burrr…. It was my first trip to Chicago and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to visiting once it gets warmer. As a true tourist, my husbie and I had to visit The Bean in Millennium Park right after our delicious brunch at Wildberry Cafe. There was an ice skating rink right below. I made it a mission to go. The last time I laced up a pair of skates was way over a decade ago. There wasn’t much time to tour since we really came up for a wedding/ reunion. We did managed to squeeze in Field Museum on New Year’s Eve right before we headed to Goose Island Brewery. Too bad it closed early. We really only got through the 1st floor and was rushed out of the 2nd floor which looked so interesting. There’s always next time. If you have any suggestion of other sights to visit please pass them along this way.chicago
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Photo Fresh

Photos + Typography + Art= Latest Graphic Trend

Photography is Big
Typeface is Big
Flower prints are Big
And who doesn’t love hand drawn art?
Let’s make it a party.

I have been seeing this technique all over graphic tees and screened canvas totes. Filters and tints have been extremely popular with photo apps as well as incorporating fun art. Play around with the opacity while juxtaposing the typography and free hand rendering this will lend the photos a fresh new vibe. The combination of transparent layers and added interest will work wonders.  I just had to try this for myself. So … What do you think?

Photo from left taken from Punam Bean dress designed by moi

Photos enhanced in Photoshop: Decrease opacity of photo and flowers, using various brushes distress edges to give it a washed look, sketched feathers and hearts for a whimsical touch with the paint brush tool.