I have been so excited to share this post with you! I haven’t painted with acrylics for a while, and was thrilled to create a tutorial with these gorgeous new DecoArt paints! They have a medium body viscosity perfect for beginners and more advanced artists too. The colors are really bright and pigmented which is one of the top things I look for in my paints. Because the colors are so clean and bright they mix really well into a huge range of colors, tints and shades.
These were so fun to make! You can either make your own macarons or use store bought ones and just decorate them! I make my own with this recipe, and this almond flour. It’s amazing, and I didn’t even sift when I made these macarons!!! That’s cutting out the longest step! I think I saved a whole hour. Seriously though, buy it. It’s the cheapest, and the best too!!! Win, win.
Trying to find an opaque, fine tip pen has been a goal of mine for a very long time. I’m happy to say I finally found one that I love. It has the perfect combination of being easily portable in my pencil case, truly white and opaque, and a nice fine point.
Cricut Explore 2 VS Silhouette Cameo What should you buy?
To begin, I have designed freelance work for Cricut, and I am always asked my opinion on die cut machines. I have never used a Silhouette until now and I’m excited to be able to talk more about the Cricut VS Silhouette dilemma. Since both of my machines were sent to me for free, I believe this helps me review them both with less preferential treatment. The opinions I’m sharing on both machines are all my own. What’s important to me may not be important to you so keep that in mind as you read.
Disclaimer: I received both the Silhouette Cameo and the Cricut Explore 2 for free to use and review.Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience in purchasing whichever machine you decide is right for you! But as always all opinions are 100% my own.
This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.
You may have been following along with my paper printables and things from Miss Alice’s delivery and announcements, so this blog post will probably come as no surprise to you! Around here, watercolor florals are not in short supply. We celebrated her first birthday with a simple family party (blog post coming soon), and surprised her when she woke up to a room filled with balloons!!! She was so excited to see her siblings’ happy faces playing in her room and couldn’t stop batting balloons around.
DIY Watercolor Floral Crib Sheet
My gift to Alice was her new crib sheet with fabric I designed for Spoonflower. They kindly sent me two yards of their Basic Cotton Ultra in the pattern Watercolor Peonies for Alice. Sooooooo in love!!!!! It’s such a great print, and it’s so crisp and pretty on their Cotton Ultra. And it’s washed up wonderfully so many times already. It matches her swaddler from the hospital, and turned out exactly how I imagined it. I looked forever for something similar in a crib sheet and couldn’t find anything I liked, so I made my own. And it took me less time to sew it than it took me to write this blog post!!!! It was SOOO much faster than I imagined! 😉 You can find links to the fabric by clicking here. And here’s a good crib sheet sewing tutorial. I’ve also got a great video tutorial over on the Spoonflower blog on how to make your own no sew blanket so be sure to check that out too.
Her new crib sheet is my favorite thing in her room, and I love the thought of her waking up on top of a pattern that I painted for her before she was even born.
DIY Watercolor Floral Garland
My other gift for alice was making her another cute banner to celebrate. I loved the cute bassinet one I made for her birth (free download for that here) so much that I wanted something with that same look and feel. I used my wonderful watercolor pattern fill for Cricut. If you haven’t used a Cricut Design Space pattern fill before, there’s a great tutorial here. You can find the same pattern fill I used here in the pattern library.
I’ve created a little screen capture video tutorial for you to see how I did the pattern fill. Click here to continue to Cricut Design Space, and try it out for yourself for free! In design space you can try out images and plan your project before purchasing any files which I LOVE.
Click on the link below to download the free .svg cut files.
This post contains affiliate links, which means when you click through to Cricut.com I will receive a commission which in turn will help fatten up this anemic underweight little lady of mine, and keep me delivering great content and freebies to you! xoxo
Hey y’all! I’m busy prepping all my kits and two classes for Pinners Conference in Dallas Texas! And I wanted to share a promo code just for you for 10% off your registration fee for classes!
Pinners Conference Promo Code
The code is: NatalieMalan (and it’s not case sensitive). You can also use the code:FreeShopping …..to pre register for entrance to the trade show floor, but not any classes.
My watercolor classes have filled up INCEREDIBY quickly in the past, so make sure you sign up ASAP if you want to come! My class in Utah last year had a line around the space starting 45 min before so feel free to come to class early and purchase a kit and be ready to paint as soon as you walk in the door. I’ll be by the classroom early chatting and helping out with the kits. The $25 kits include a 36 color watercolor set, a great brush, pieces of paper to get you started. Can’t make it to the class? Check out our kits online here.
This year I’m offering TWO great classes;
Introduction to Watercolor
This is a great place to start if you’ve never watercolored before. We will talk about paint consistency, color mixing, edges, and more! And you will have time to practice what we have talked about in class while I walk around and answer questions.
Intermediate Watercolor Florals
The follow up class for the Intro class! We will go for it and start painting some really fun flowers in this class!
Optional items to bring to either class:
Water bottle if you have one! Preferably for water, Diet Coke is amazing, but may be a little sticky to paint with.
Questions! This is the BEST benefit of a LIVE class!!!! Ask away!
A smile! Because it’s scary on stage. And I love a good reassuring face in the crowd! And who doesn’t love a paint party?!
Just a quick post about what I’m doing these days to take care of my skin. (Somewhere a baby is crawling to a toilet and a toddler is escaping out the front door while I’m getting ready in the morning. But that’s beside the point)
Drink lots of water.
I don’t drink nearly enough most days and I can tell a difference when I do. My skin is more youthful and less dry (especially around my eyes) when I drink enough.
PMD sent me their Microderm abrasion kit to try out recently. I’ve used Microderm abrasion for a few years now in the form of a cream. I have some slight scars on my chin and it makes them much less noticeable. But the PMD has been on my list to try for a while now, and I honestly thought it had needles in it for some strange reason???? Good news; it doesn’t. It uses unassuming little sander discs. So yay for not being scary.
I was excited to try the PMD out and see what I thought. Now, I want to be clear that the people at PMD aren’t paying me for a blog post; I was sent product for an Amazon review, and I’m posting it here because I really truly like the product.
I read all the instructions and gave it a try (I have sensitive skin so I used the gray disc). And my skin has been feeling dewy and soft since. I use less moisturizer and my make up goes on smoother when I take the time to exfoliate.
Moisturize & Exfoliate
My friend Kami who blogs over at Sweet Charli did a periscope recently about a product that I already had but never thought to put on my face. Amlactin is a product that my podiatrist recommended for super dry calloused feet and I’ve loved it for years. I buy the handy Costco pump version now after seeing her scope. Rub some on your feet morning and night and you’re good to go. No more scouring with pumice.
I use Amlactin at night every other or every third day. Don’t use it right after the PMD; be sure to wait a couple days. Also, don’t use it in the morning because it increases susceptibility to the sun. Which brings me to…
Best thing my mother ever taught me for my skin. I wear it every single day. Rain or shine. Always. I started when I was 11 and fell off the wagon a little in college but I’m a believer for sure.
Right now I’m using a gentle moisturizing cleanser morning and night. Love Cetaphil. I also love Creamy Cleanser 2 from Mary Kay.
Vitamin E and Moisturizer
The Mary Kay Time Wise Moisturizer has been my fave since forever, and now I’m mixing one drop of Spring Valley vitamin E with it at night when I apply. I get my Mary Kay from Debbye (debbye (at) debbyecannon (dot) com) who also happens to be my mama, and skin care inspiration. She doesn’t know I’m posting this. Like I said, these are my honest opinions and routine.
Tell me your favorite tricks and tips??? In the comments below or catch me on Instagram!
I’ll be doing a live Periscope on Thursday July 21 at 9pm MST to hear your thoughts and answer questions. I’ll also be sharing another tip, that I forgot to include in this round up, with a product you probably already have at home!
“Nataliemalan” on Periscope.
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