Making Jack Happen

You may have attended or know someone who has attended one of the trendy wine and painting classes that have been popping up and spreading like wildfire. I have to admit that at first I didn’t get the concept. Then, however, I saw multiple friends posting pictures of their artistic renderings that looked–to my eyes–pretty darn professional. So, I decided that I wanted to take a class. My friend Amanda LOVES The Nightmare Before Christmas and found a location that was going to create a special Jack Skellington painting for the Halloween timeframe. I quickly volunteered to be her date. I documented some of the different stages that we did for the painting so maybe you can try to replicate it at home, or see why exactly the classes take two hours to complete–there are a lot of steps! Before we started, the teacher announced a social media contest. Well, being a social media professional I needed to participate. It turns out other people have friends who are much quicker at liking their images haha. That’s cool though because mine still had about 50+ likes in the time frame they gave us to collect in. My photo got third place which was still good enough for a prize. I won a t-shirt of Jack’s head and passed it to Amanda. Obviously, you start with a blank canvas. This is probably the most confident you’ll be during the entire process because you haven’t had the opportunity to mess anything up that isn’t really fixable. This particular place had a plate filled with all of the paint we would need for...

Tutorial: Sparkly Heels

I’ve seen so many people try to customize shoes, so I decided to make a pair dedicated to my favorite baseball team–the Tampa Bay Rays. Now there are a few different ways that you are able to create sparkly heels, but this tutorial will explain the way that I found best worked for me. If you are not the crafty type, I would recommend starting with a cheap pair of shoes so you don’t potentially ruin a pair that you really like or that were expensive. After you’ve successfully completed your first pair, the sky is the limit! Things you will need for this: a pair of shoes, Mod Podge (Glossy Finish), paint, fine glitter, fine paint brush for design accuracy, a “standard” sized paint brush, tracing paper if you plan to do any designs Total cost: $35 (This is significantly less if you already have most of the supplies) Total time: It took me roughly 9 hours–reason being that you have to wait for the layers to dry. I split this time over the course of two days. Step One I didn’t have a pair of closed toed heels that I wanted to decorate so I hunted for a cheap pair and found the pictured shoes at Famous Footwear for $15. The brand is Fergalicious and the shoe name is, “Utopia.” Color wasn’t important to me because I planned to put the shoes through a process. Though, I would suggest if you plan to do a lighter glitter and do not feel like painting, try using a lighter colored shoe. The same would be relevant for doing a...