Reeves Painting By Numbers Experience

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Last year I bought one of these painting by numbers sets just for fun thinking it would be easy and quick to do. Oh, how I was very wrong. I started it this time last year and it became very tedious. Therefore, I must have crammed it in the back of a draw to complete next time.

Recently, I found it after clearing out my desk draws and thought about finishing it. Although the picture looks wonderful, I was having trouble mixing in many of the colours provided in little tubs. Initially, I painted on the colours that didn’t require mixing then I coloured in the more difficult areas. The turnout wasn’t so great.

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Slowly, I could see that I needed to mix colours more and it was taking up so much time. Also, why couldn’t they give more than one brush? Washing the one brush after each use proved very tedious.

However, my determination to finish triumphed.

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Once completed, and my fingers were raw red from opening up so many tubes multiple time, I realised that just colouring in the required areas wasn’t working out the best. I had to fix things up a bit by mixing more and outlining trees etc. But I became too lazy to do that and can honestly say I don’t think I’ll be purchasing another one of these for a very, very long time. Perhaps never.

Let me face it: I’m so not good at painting by numbers. Maybe I’ll just stick to painting my own things.

DIY Phone Case & Vial Necklace

Hey guys! So the other day I was feeling a bit creative and decided to make the two of these:

DIY Phone Case & Bottle Necklace JMWOT

This post will be kind of like a tutorial where I will just type my way through how you could create your own DIY Phone Case & Vial Necklace. Both of these items are pretty fun and easy to make so here goes…

First I’ll show you how to make a DIY phone case out of old jewellery and random gems/stones hanging around your house.

You will need:

  • Jewellery you don’t wear anymore; necklaces, pendants, bracelets or any other ‘bling’ bits and bobs around your house.
  • A phone case – clear or coloured whichever you prefer  (I used a clear plastic one)
  • A hot glue gun

Quick steps:

  1. Take of the chains/elastic thread of your jewellery so you only have the pieces you would like to use. If you are using earrings or a pendant make sure to take off the hook from the top.
  2. You can decide on a colours scheme if you would like.
  3. Then, just start gluing your ‘bling’ pieces to the phone case using the hot glue gun.
  4. Keep adding glue and sticking down your pieces until the phone case is covered and you like it!
  5. That’s pretty much it. Hope you find this creative and unique and have fun designing your own phone covers in all different designs and styles!

This is the case I decorated for an IPhone 5:

DIY Phone Case JMWOT

I used; a gemstone pink bracelet, dangling pieces from necklaces, studs and gems and of course the dangling ends on earrings!

Here’s how I made this quick vial necklace:

DIY Bottle Necklace JMWOT

You will need:

  • A small glass vial
  • Necklace chain
  • Glitter or small beads (for the inside of the vial)
  • An eye pin
  • Cutting pliers (just to cut the eye pin shorter)
  • Charm to add on (optional)
  • Clear Nail polish to seal the cork to the vial (optional)

Quick steps:

  1. Fill ¾ of the glass bottle/vial with glitter or beads.
  2. Put a bit of nail polish on the inside edge of the vial (where the cork fits) and place the cork on.
  3. Use cutting pliers to cut the eye pin shorter (about half way) to make sure it doesn’t show out of the other end of the cork.
  4. Push the eye pin through the top, middle of the cork.
  5. Attach the vial to a chain necklace and add on a charm if you would like.

So that’s two DIY pieces you could try making, I hope you like this short typed tutorial lol.