Oct 27, 2014

Creepy Cute Felite

This creepy little guy loves Halloween! This tutorial will teach you how to quickly sew a "feltie" complete with fangs and crystal eyes. My second Halloween tutorial is great for kids (leave the sewing/needles up to the parents!) because they can draw out their creatures and create felt versions of them!  

Basic shapes come together to create this character. Have kids draw their shapes on paper, cut them out, then trace with the felt to create customized creatures. Aliens, goblins, witches and more! The techniques are quite simple, and stay true to any type of feltie you want to create. 

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are felt pieces (in brown or black, pink, white), sewing thread or embroidery floss, two small 3mm black crystals, E-6000 glue and quilting stuffing. I am using super strong thread, the kind meant to go through leather or vinyl.
Start by cutting the pieces you will need. Two oblong black ovals for the head, two mismatched white eyes, two black ear pieces, one pink nose and two white fangs. Don't worry about making the shapes exact; the unevenness adds to the quirkiness! Just make sure the two head pieces are the same size. Glue the two eyes to one of the head pieces.

Sew on the crystals for eyes. On the other head piece, dab a little glue on the bottom of the ear, and stick on top, making sure about 1/4" of the ear overlaps the top of the head. This way, the ears will be caught inside and sewed on as well, which is what you want!

You will have two head pieces; Start sewing them together with your string, using a back and for the sewing motion. Get your stuffing ready.

Continue to sew back and forth, and when you reach about 1" from where you started, fill the "pouch" with stuffing. Just enough to plump him up, don't bloat him!

Sew closed and cut the string. Glue on the nose and teeth!

This little guy can be just a toy, or glue on a pin backing to make him a pin. Or, make him a  necklace pendant. The results are endless! You can also color the bottom of his fangs with red Sharpie to make him more evil. I liked his cuteness though. 

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post without linking to me!

Oct 24, 2014

Easy Creepy Bloody Nail Manicure


My first Halloween tutorial is super simple and super quick. These easy peasy bloody nails are great when you want a holiday vibe but don't want to invest a lot of time. I got my manicure done in less than 10 minutes! 

All you need is some red nail polish, a nail art brush and clear coat.
Start by dripping some red polish (ignore the white here)..picking some up with the brush...

and painting a base by the cuticle on your nail. Then, drag your brush out unevenly to create drips! Make little drips by dotting the polish. Continue for each nail. This is a great tutorial because it's SO QUICK and the unevenness of the paint is great for when you gotta paint with your other hand.

You could always start with a base nude coat if you don't want your plain nail underneath, but it looks creepier my way!

Pair this manicure with some red sparkly accessories to match- because we all know- sparkles make everything better!

Go out and rock the look! Stay tuned for more quick but very Halloween-y tutorials to come!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do NOT post/use without crediting and linking to me! Or I'll put a spell on you! :)

Oct 12, 2014

Galaxies Necklaces

My Galaxies Necklace collection is finally here!

 I will be uploading more of them soon. This one I named Cygnus (the swan constellation) because the soft blues and coppers reminded me of the elegance of a swan. Pendant made from 100% recycled plastic; I melted down sheets of colored plastic I found at a yard sale. Layering these shards of plastic on top of each other created a mosaic pattern that was permanent after the melted plastic fused together.

 I then cut out pendants from the parts of the plastic that were most interesting. On sterling silver chain from Cousin Corporation of America.
These pendants are lightweight yet full of high-shine color!

This one I named Andromeda, after the constellation. The pinks and bright colors reminded me of the figure within Greek legend!

Check back for the photos of the others! Message me if you'd like a custom order!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling.

Oct 9, 2014

Cheyenne Feather Necklaces

I'm lovin' the mix of bohemian and glamour that these necklaces bring!

This is a simple tutorial which allows for a lot of customization. I also will show you a quick way to "dust" these feathers with a bit of metallic nail polish for a subtle shimmer. What's great about these is that they can be as simple or as complicated as you'd like. I'll teach you how to chain-wrap those gemstones, but if you're a beginner, you could create a simple drop at top and these necklaces would still look chic! 

These look awesome with a flowy top, skinny denim, some cowboy boots and of COURSE a cool hat. 

I've got two versions here, both with a distinct style. My turquoise one has a more Southwestern vibe, while the peacock feather one has a chic look. All the beads I've used are from Cousin Corporation, which you can buy at any craft store: Michaels, JoAnn, Meijer, Walmart and AC Moore. Follow Cousin on Facebook for giveaways and more!

Ready to learn? Let's go.

Step 1: Paint your feathers. I have an assortment of cruelty-free feathers I got from a no-kill farm in Iowa run by a Rabbi (who knew?!). I took metallic nail polish and used a nail sponge to dab a light dusting of the metallic paint at the bottom of the feathers. I left the peacock feathers I had plain because they already had a beautiful sheen (and I used these for the crystal necklace). I used a mix of plain and metallic-dipped feathers for the turquoise necklace. Pair your feathers up by crimping at the top with a ribbon end. There are no right or wrong ways; play with your beads and types of feathers to create a cool combination!

I took a Cousin Coropration large gemstone pendant (you can find similar ones here) and thread an eye pin through, looping the other end to create a link. I took a Cousin large crystal (or you could layer with another gemstone, like my turquoise necklace), inserted a 5" piece of 26 gauge gold wire (match all your metals here for a clean look) and threaded back through the larger gemstone's hole, then wrapped around the top and bottom link to hold. Wrap tight and it will stay put. Now, take a long length of chain and open the last link. Close it after hooking through the gold wire (that's threaded through the crystal), either at the top or bottom of your pendant. Start wrapping around the crystal, making sure to open and close the links around the gold wire (at top and bottom) to make sure it won't unravel. I tried to just wrap but it DID unravel. Wrap as many times as you want, then clip off the excess. Wrap tight.

With a long piece of nylon cord or faux leather, take a headpin and wrap a couple times around the center of the length, creating a little loop where you should attach the pendant with a jumpring. I just knotted the top of the leather to create the necklace; if it's long enough, you can just pull on over your head. No fuss! 

These are great layering necklaces, which just will add to that total boho look. I like to mix different lengths of necklaces together and different materials- find combinations that work for you!

I could also see this technique, on a smaller scale, working for pretty earrings. Use one metallic-dipped feather earring and pair with a simple crystal at top. Cool, right?

I'd really love to do a black version with black cord, gold-dipped feathers and a black crystal. Just my style!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. DO NOT post/use images without linking to me!