Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Year's Eve Giveaway


Hello everyone!
It is time for a new giveaway! 
This giveaway is international and there will be 3 winners chosen randomly!


This time I wanted to give away a boys over flowers necklace that I really like because it is so sparkly and pretty! 

This star should symbolize a wish that I hope will come true for you!

Rules:
- Comment down below and tell me what your resolutions or your goals for 2013 are! 
- ONE!! entry per person!
- It is not a must, but it would be awesome, if you would subscribe to this channel and like me on facebook! :) http://www.facebook.com/makoccino

~Giveaway ends 31th December~


After the giveaway is over, I will pick 3 winners randomly and contact them!

Good luck everyone and may all your wishes for 2013 or in general come true!
Happy New Year everyone!

~mako

Saturday, December 15, 2012

DIY: Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello everyone!




This tutorial is not as usual. Today I am going to surprise you with a wonderful project of two different artists.
Me and MandarinDucky aka Aniko decided to give you some more love this Christmas and show you two ideas instead of one.

Today we are going to make Christmas cards and here is a Christmas card Aniko created for me and sent it to me from England to Germany!
I did the same and now she owns my Christmas card.

If you would like to learn how Aniko created this card - please follow this link:




Things that I used in the video:
- Thick white paper
- Gray, turquoise, white paper
- Pen
- Pencil
- Glue stick
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Tropical green & cherry red fimo soft
- Mixed brown fimo
- Toothpicks
- Miniature bottle with cork
- Screw eye pin
- Cell phone strap
- Small bell



If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Have a wonderful day!

~mako

Saturday, November 24, 2012

How To: Sailor Pluto Earrings

Hey everyone!

This is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make Sailor Pluto's earrings!
I filmed this awhile ago when I filmed the Sailor Jupiter necklace, but I never uploaded it. But since some might like it, I decided to finally upload it!



Things you will need:
- Red polymer clay
- Ear studs
- Cutter
- Ruler
- Super glue/hot glue





If you want me to make more of such videos, just let me know what you have in mind! I'll give my best to realize it!

I hope you like this tutorial and have fun creating!

Have a wonderful day!

~mako

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIY: Masquerade Mask (from scratch)

I wanted to make a tutorial on how to make your own mask from scratch because I couldn't find anything... Since halloween is over, I'm a bit late with it, but maybe you can use this tutorial for something else in the future or for the next halloween!


All you need is:
- Paper
- Pen
- Cardboard
- Glue
- Ruler & Measurement Tape
- Glitter/Paint/Decorative Stuff



Have a nice day everyone!

~mako

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

DIY: Autumn Lantern

Hey everyone!
I wanted to create something fall inspired because of all the beautiful trees in the park. I collected a bunch of pretty leaves in the park and therefore I decided to make a fall lantern that is made of just a marmalade jar and those leaves!



You only need:
- A marmalade Jar or any empty jar
- Leaves (I pressed them in a book to dry and flatten them)
- Mod Podge (I'm using the german Art Potch for this)
- Glue
- Packaging string



This is just an idea how you could create your own lantern. You can adjust the leaves how you want it and you don't even have to use the string for the opening! Just experiment!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you have any questions, feel free to comment bellow!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

~mako

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Giveaway - Winners!

Hey everyone!
Finally I can announce the winners of my last giveaway. I put every entry from my blog, facebook and of course YouTube comments together, filtered invalid comments and randomized the winners (Only 451 from a total of 600 entries were valid). But let's move on to the winners!


The winners are:

- mikaelapadiernos1
- littlecupcakeforever
- HellowFlora

Congratulation guys!! I will contact you for your address to send the prizes to you as soon as possible!

Don't worry, if you didn't win. I will have another giveaways in the future!

Have a nice day everyone!

~mako

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Charms - Tutorial

Hey guys!! Halloween is soon!! Are you excited? I actually never celebrated Halloween, but this time I kind of excited because I can share some DIYs and ideas with everyone and see what other people do! This is why I wanted to show you how to make some cute little pumpkin charms for Halloween. You can use it for a keychain, cell phone straps, earrings.. everything you want! And it is SUPER easy!

   

All you need is:
- polymer clay
- toothpicks
- headpins



I hope you enjoy this tutorial!
Have a wonderful week everyone!

~mako

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Autumn Nails

Hey everyone!

Summer is over and it is time to make our nails pretty for autumn!
This is a really easy design and you just need few things. But with the technique that I will show you in this video, you can create your own designs of course!



Things you will need:
- Nail Polish
- Toothpicks
- Reinforcing Rings (you can get them in every stationary shop!)



This is something different besides my usual tutorials, but I hope you like it anyway!
Stay tuned for Halloween inspired tutorials soon!!

Have a wonderful day everyone!
~mako

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Giveaway Time

After re-uploading my giveaway video, I can finally share it with my followers here as well!
As promised here is a huuuge giveaway for everyone!



This giveaway is international and there will be 3 winners chosen randomly!

Rules:
- Tell me what is your favourite song or songs (with the artist) to start a day/week or a song that cheers you up and makes you happy! (if you have more, just write a whole list)
- ONE!! entry per person (I will check it!)
- It is not a must, but it would be awesome, if you would subscribe to this channel and like me on facebook! :) http://www.facebook.com/makoccino

Giveaway ends 14th october!




Good luck to everyone!

~mako

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to bake Polymer Clay - for Beginners

Hey everybody! 
I got so many questions on how to bake polymer clay so I decided to make a short video about it. It covers what polymer clay actually is and why you have to bake it. I will show you what things you will need and some tips on the process! I hope you will find it helpful!


Things you will need:
- Oven
- Oven thermometer (optional, if you have a good oven that has accurate temperature)
- Oven-tray
- Foil/baking paper


Step by step:
- Put your creations on a small sheet of baking of foil or baking paper and then on the oven-tray
- Look for the recommended baking temperature on the clay and preheat it to this degree
- After preheating put the clay on the tray in the oven, centring it on the middle rack for even heating
- Look for the recommended baking time and bake it that long
- Open the windows to ensure fresh air
- Turn off the oven and put on oven gloves to put out the oven-tray
- Wrap around a towel to slowly cool down the clay

Is there an alternative to baking the clay?
- Yes!
- You can use air drying clay!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

Have a wonderful week!

~mako

Monday, September 3, 2012

DIY: Phone Dust Plug

Hey everyone!
Today I wanted to show you how you not only can enhance your phone, but also to keep the dust away! This was an requested tutorial and it was really fun to make!

You can use it for your phone, Ipad, Iphones, everything. The plug is actually universal! You only need a little bit of polymer clay and unused headphones!


 I wish I had endless time to film end edit because I have so many ideas and requests to do but it always takes me ages! Please be patient with me! T_T

Have a wonderful week and now enjoy the video!



Talk to you later!

~mako

Monday, August 20, 2012

DIY: Rose Ring & Earrings

Hello everyone!

Since I was in a Sailor Moon fever I wanted to do tons of Sailor Moon related DIYs but I got a request a couple of weeks ago on how to make a rose ring. So I thought I could combine Sailor Jupiter earring's with the request! Now you can learn how to make her earrings AND a rose ring!



I really tried to explain how I create roses, so I hope you can follow this tutorial!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask and comment below!

Baking instructions:
- I used Fimo soft and I had to bake it for 30 mins by 110°C/230°F
- Please read the instructions of you clay because it depends on the clay how you should bake it!



It has been so hot the last days that I'm just melting. T_T And my favourite online-game TeamFortress 2 had an updated a while ago and since then I'm just playing.... It is so much fun! I already wrote down a lot of ideas for the next videos and have almost everything for my giveaway. So stay tuned!!

Have wonderful week everybody!
~mako

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fruity & Delicious "Haul"

Hey everybody!
Man, it is so hot in here! T_T I wish I had an air conditioner or something here... 
I haven't been blogging anything besides my DIY tutorials for a long time so I decided to post something that I recently bought. Not because I want to make a haul where I show you what I purchased, I rather wanted to show you something cute that I recently found!

First of all, I FINALLY HAVE 2 STRAWBERRY GLASSES! Because I am a Nana fan I always wanted those strawberry glasses. My best-friend (hello, Taka!!) sent me one glass that she made for me as a present but it is at my mom's right now. =( And because these ones were SO cheap (1 Euro each!!!) I had to buy them... I know they don't look like the real ones, but I still find them so cute and delicious! 
  

And I HAD to get this. First I thought it was a muffin... But it turned out it is an ice cream... If you open it, you can put something in it!

See? ^__^
And since I used like in in almost every video pink nail polish, I wanted to try another colour! What do you think about Violette?


I am not sure what I should put inside but that's okay...
Still working on some tutorial ideas and have 2 new tutorials coming soon. I wanted to upload 1 in two weeks because it takes a lot of time to film and edit, so I won't be able to upload them every week or more often. I hope you can understand. T_T Ahhh and so much to do for Uni. But procrastination wins every time... And I have some time left... lalala...

I hope everyone is fine and is enjoying the summer so far!
Have a nice day and we shall speak soon!

~mako

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

☾ Sailor Moon Bow Necklace ☽

Hello everyone!
I'm a huuuuge Sailor Moon fan and Sailor Jupiter is actually my favourite Senshi (can't you already that tell by my nickname? haha). After watching Sailor Moon videos the last days I got so inspired by the clothes and jewellery that they all wear that I HAD to recreate something related! My first try was actually this necklace but this time you can actually wear a bow as a necklace. 


To make it easier for you guys I made a template that you all can print out and use it for your creations! 


The first bow on the template is for reference. So you know how your bow should look like in the end. The 2 other parts you can cut out and use it for the 1:1 recreation of the necklace I've made in the tutorial. But you also can adjust everything how you want it to be! You don't even have to use this template, if you are confident without it!




Sailor Jupiter ftw!!


I hope you like this tutorial and if you want me to make more of these, just let me know!
Have wonderful week everyone!

~mako

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DIY: Bookmarks + Giveaway

Hey everyone!
It's been a while! Finally I have a new tutorial for you. And not only one but 6 in 1! In this video I want to show you how to make 6 different bookmarks in 6 different ways!
You can't have enough of bookmarks, don't you think? I always need something that I can put into the book but I lose all my bookmarks that I bought every time!
These bookmarks are perfect for school! With them it will be more fun to read books you maybe don't like!





For the giveaway please go to the video's page!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

~mako

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Super Delicious Charms

Hey everyone!
I have a new tutorial for you! And this time I want to show you how to make some m&m's charms that you can use for necklaces, bracelets, earrings.. everything you want!
It is actually really simple but I had a lot of fun making them so I wanted to share it with you! 


You just need a few things:

- Brown & white clay (white, if you want to make a bitten off charm)
- Clay with the colour of your choice (for the coating)
- Cookie cutter
- Eye-pin
- White Acrylic Paint
- Brush or tooth pick
- Superglue
- Glaze



I wore my bracelet like everyday and I almost wanted to eat it. T_T

I hope you enjoy it!
Have a wonderful weekend!

~mako

Sunday, June 17, 2012

DIY: Cute Notepad

Man, it has been a while! I'm sorry for being away that long! Just moved to a new place and everything was too stressful to handle. But to that later!
Finally I have a new tutorial for you guys! I hope enjoyed it! It would so awesome to see your creations!




All you need is:

- coloured paper
- some pieces of plain paper
- pencil
- scissors
- glue
- tacker

You can experiment with this technique and create your own designs of course! You don't have to create animals or the exact size. Just make sure to have a proper tacker that can clip your paper together!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Have fun everyone!

~mako

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY: Bow Ring

Hello everyone! It has been awhile but I finally have a new tutorial for you! There were quiet a lot of tutorials about bow rings but somehow they had the same shape or were out of fabric. So this time I wanted to show how I usually make my bow rings. Of course you can use different colours for it but since we have summer, pink is a good colour! 


You will need:
- Polymer Clay/Fimo
- Glue
- Adjustable ring

That's it!
I hope you like it!

 

Have a nice day!
~mako

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Custom Made Butterfly Lockets + A little bit behind the Scenes

Hey everyone!
Spring is here and I can't stop thinking about butterflies! I doodle and paint just butterfly related things to try to come up with new ideas, but... I finally added a new listing to my shop! Since I had only 3 colours to choose from I thought, I should add a listing where everyone can choose whatever colour he or she wants! Check it out here!


I've tried to take some pics during the process (ohhh, this shape reminds me of Senshi's bows!!). First I wanted to create a colour chart with every colour that I have. Unfortunately I don't have a lot because they are so expansive, so I always have to mix them or adjust the intensity. I use Schmincke Watercolours and I hope to own every colour of them! Or at least some more....


One of my major classes in school was art, therefore I had to buy a lot of supplies that I didn't have. So everyone asked which watercolours should we get and the teacher told us to get Schmincke. There are more expensive watercolours out there but Schmincke - so he said- has the best quality for a good price. And it is true! I really like the quality of them. Maybe I should try some other brands for comparing. Maybe you could suggest me something? That would be great!


Filmed a new tutorial today! It is Easter related! The editing will take me ages I guess... But I hope I can share it with you very soon! I wouldn't have never imagined that I would be so nervous while filming... If you didn't see my last tutorial, check it out here!
I hope everyone had a nice weekend! It is almost 9 p.m. so weekend is almost over for me. =( May the next week be great for everybody!!

 ~mako

Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY: Desk Organizer

Hey everyone!
I've told you that I was planning to make tutorials and was working on a storyboard for my first video? Now here it is! It took me AGES to edit it. =_= The program crashed everytime and I always found mistakes. But it is finished! Yeahh! This is my first video so bear with me!


Do you want to see some before and after pics?


I think it is so much cleaner and prettier! And it is much easier to clean the table now, haha...



Enjoy the tutorial and feel free to ask and comment something!
Have a wonderful day!

~mako

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shop Update + News + Treasury


Finally I have some new items to share! Still working on hand painted necklaces but this time I can show you some of my new small pocket watches I listed today in my shop! They are very limited because I'm not sure whether someone likes it or not but we will see!



I'm really excited about these watches because I didn't expect them to look so pretty. Unfortunately the pictures cannot show the whole beauty of them. =( 
I also bought a camcorder a couple of days ago and I film almost EVERYTHING I can find. "Ohh, I have to film this" - "I have to film that", every time... My plan was to film tutorials and updates and I'm so nervous... You know how you want to start something that seems so exciting and great in your head and you just don't want to mess up in real-life? Happens to me. Therefore I started to work on a storyboard of my first tutorial. I hope I don't mess it up! Finger crossed. And the more you do something the more you improve, right? 

The last thing I want to show you is a beautiful treasury I was featured in. Isn't it lovely?

I Know It is Spring When... 

Have a nice weekend everyone!
~mako

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living #2

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I think almost everyone wants to have a special formula to solve problems. And this time Dale Carnegie shares one method with us that he discovered on his journey finding solutions for worry. There isn’t a magic trick behind it, but this method can help you to overcome worry and stay calm.

He figured out that the worst feature about worrying is that it destroys our ability to concentrate and to think. Whenever we are stressed and worried out thoughts are just crazy, here and there and we can’t think clearly about the situation. So the tip he gives us is to accept the worst that can happen. When we accept the worst that could possibly happen, we have nothing more to lose! And that means – we have everything to gain!

“Yet millions of people have wrecked their lives in angry turmoil, because they refused to accept the worst; refused to try to improve upon it; refused to salvage what they could from the wreck. Instead of trying to reconstruct their fortunes, they engaged in a bitter and "violent contest with experience"-and ended up victims of that brooding fixation known as melancholia.“

Dale calls the formula that can help us to solve our worry “the old Willis H. Carrier formula” that says:

1. Ask yourself: „What ist he worst that can possibly happen?
2. Prepare to accept it if you have to.
3. Then calmly proceed to improve on the worst.

So whenever we find ourselves in a stressful situations where we think everything is horrible and hopeless, we have to accept the worst that can possibly happen. For instance, if you think you will fail, because you are soo worried and stressed that you might be bad at the test, you have to accept that you can fail. But then, by accepting it you can remind yourself that you can repeat the test. You also can say you studied hard and did everything. So even if you fail you know it didn’t have anything to do with you learning not hard enough. Maybe then you will find out what went wrong and what expects you next time. By doing that you should feel more calm because you know, you will survive it and you know what will happen if you really fail.

I’ve tried this method and it really helped me. Because whenever you are worried you can’t see any light and think that’s the end of the world! So when we accept the worst we have more room to think because you already accepted it. And you will find a solution or thoughts that were clouded by worry. Whenever I get in stressful situations I always try to apply this method so it will calm me down.

I hope this formula will help you too! Of course it is easier said than done but I think everyone can find the right technique to use this formula. I know you always have to remind yourself of those kind of things when you are worried. But the more you try it out and apply it to your situation the more you get used to it and you feel much stronger in every other situation.

So stay tuned if you want to hear more about Dale’s tips!
Have a nice day everyone!

~mako

Friday, March 16, 2012

Cutey Friday #2


So many cute things on Etsy! Couldn't decide which to put in today's treasury! These miniature houses are too adorable, aren't they?

Have a nice weekend everyone!
~mako

Sunday, March 11, 2012

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living #1

Hello everyone!

A couple of months ago I’ve found a book by Dale Carnegie called “How to stop worrying and start living”. Maybe some of you know him! And I find his book is really helpful to calm down whenever you are stressed or worried. It has 8 parts that are devided into 28 chapters. I already read the whole book but started to re-read it again. And I thought why not to share his tips with you guys! Maybe he can help you to stop worrying, too! It will also be stored here, so whenever someone needs advice - including me, he or she can browes through these entries!

As in my last post before New Year’s Eve I already wrote about my resolutions. And one of them was to live in day-tight compartements. So whenever I wake up my day begins and whenever I go to sleep it ends. But along the way I have to take one task at a time and concentrate on this one task and go further when I'm finished.

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This time I want to share with you the first chapter that inspired me to think that way and helped me. Whenever I get stressed and think I have so much to do, I always say to myself “one thing at a time” and repeat it when it doesn’t help immediately. 
As mentioned in me resolution-post you can compare that with an hourglass. There are thousands of grains of sand on the top and they all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck in the middle. And without breaking the hourglass, there's nothing that can be done on our part to allow even just one more grain of sand to pass through its neck. If you try to get too much stuff done in just one day and don't let them pass slowly through the day, one at a time, you can easily break yourself. Not only physically, but also mentally.
“One grain of sand at a time. One task at a time.” ~Dale Carnegie
But living in day-tight compartments doesn’t mean we should totaly forget about our future and don’t plan! We shouldn’t think of the past or the future too negatively and get worried. We shouldn't be anxious while planning.


“The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.” ~Ser William Osler

I think he is right! Especially for those who have a business. You know how all these people tell you to set small goals and work towards the big one? I think it relates to it. If we have these small tasks that help us to reach our big goal, we already planned our future, right? But wisely and intelligently. So we only have to concentrate on every small task and don’t worry about the future. Because we already know that all these small steps bring us nearer to our dream.
But it is also very important to plan logically and constructively and that can only be achieved by thinking well!

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“Whether in war or peace, the chief difference between good thinking and bad thinking is this: good thinking deals with causes and effects and leads to logical, constructive planning; bad thinking frequently leads to tension and nervous breakdown.” ~Dale Carnegie

This post is already very long and it was just about the first chapter but I hope it can inspire you to think about it and maybe you'll find what Dale Carnegie writes helpful because I think he mentions a lot of good points!

"Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour." ~Stephen Leacock

Have a wonderful day everyone!
~mako

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cutey Friday - Treasury

Pastel tones are so pretty and especially in spring and summer!
Have a great weekend everyone!
~mako

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

100ThemeChallenge - Variation 1 - Introduction

Hello everyone!
It has been awhile! My last post (before my random fimo haul...) was 2 months ago.. how time flies, doesn't it? How are your resolutions going so far? I actually had just 2 resolutions as you can read in my last post: to be stronger and live in day-tight compartments.
Since I started going to university a couple months ago, I had to study a lot for my exams and thought "oh crap, there is so much to do". But I always tried to remind me that I just have to do one task at a time. One topic at a time. So it really worked out! I had everything done by the time of my exams and was more confident.

Now I have holidays and my to-do list is already crazily (what a word, haha!) full... But this time I will try not get stressed and do one task at a time! Since I had less time for my hobbies and tried to manage university and my shop, I finally have more time to work on projects and other stuff!

First of all there is this 100ThemeChallenge on deviantart that I wanted to participated in like for years! Basically you have 100 themes within 5 variations. So you choose one variation with topics you like and create something for it! I chose variation #1 because I like the themes most but maybe I will do the others too, someday.
My first topic is "Introduction" and somehow I've found this quote that actually fit quite well to my theme!

As my mother used to say: "Mimic a duck act calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like crazy underneath."
~Anonymous

I feel so uncreative the last weeks so I hope this challenge will challenge me and inspire me! I'm also working on other posts and projects, so stay tuned!

~mako

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Polymer Clay Haul

I got my fimo order today! Yay! I bought them online this time because everytime I go shopping for craft supplies, the prizes are just crazy and I want to buy everything. x_x Therefore I've found a nice deal online and here it is! I picked these colours because I didn't have them or because I used them up. I think the colours are really pretty especially for spring and summer, don't you think? Can't wait to create something with it! 

Do you have a favourite colour for spring? I think my favourite one is lavender!


These colours really remind me of this spring collection:
Just found it while I was looking for spring and summer colours. I like pastel tones!

I think this collection is really pretty! I'm not a girly girl but sometimes I love try out some nail-polishes or makeup that suits the season or my type. And this colours can me worn by everyone! (The polish choice is really nice!)


(# 62) lavendel | (# 61) purple | (# 22) raspberry 


(#43) flesh light | (#22) raspberry | (#39) peppermint 

I got these nice bottles from my friend in Austria! There are more of them with another content, too! The cabochons are from an online store. I already used some of them for my lockets!

I'm so excited! It is just sad that there are just 56g in each package. =( So I always have to use my fimo very sparingly.

But nevertheless, I hope everyone has a nice day!
~mako


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