Competition! Win Decoden Headphones :D

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Well I promised you all a competition and here it is, win yourself some deco headphones!

To celebrate relocating my blog to my own domain I’m offering you all a chance to win the headphones I deco’d for today’s tutorial, all you need to do is spread the word about my new blog!

Decoden Headphones Tutorial – Day 7

Hello, today I have a tutorial on deco headphones!

Wow I can’t believe it’s already the last day of my super awesome week of tutorials! It feels like I’ve been at my new address for much longer and I’m loving it!

I’ve been promising a deco tutorial for ages, it was going to be my laptop but I decided to go with a smaller design to start off some of you guys that are beginners πŸ™‚

The fun part about this tutorial is that you can win the end productΒ of deco headphones, but more on that later!

So first you need some headphones! I bought these ones to do, they are just fairly standard ear buds, the only thing special about them is that the coloured outside bit clips on and you can change colour… cool idea but they only included one of each colour so you can’t have a matching set >_< I didn’t even notice until I got home!

Apologies that these photos are a little dark, James was out when I did it so I didn’t have his lighting/camera expertise!

The deco technique I’ll be showing you today is called paving.

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I decided to make one headphone pink and one blue so I attached the corresponding colour clip.

So squeeze out an even amount of glue from each tube onto a piece of plastic. I just used the packet that some of my diamantes came in.

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Using an orange stick mix the two bubbles of glue together. Make sure the consistency is even and it’s mixed well.

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I’m going to put a bow on my pink headphone first so using the orange stick I apply a little glue to the back of the bow and also to the headphone where it’s going.

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Hold it in place until the glue becomes tacky then allow it to dry completely.

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Repeat the process on the other side. I decided to use a bead shaped like a heart on this one. Apply the glue…

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Hold the jewel in place.

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For paving you need a lot of jewels in different sizes. Rather than buying 1000 of each size if you are doing a small project like this check the scrapbooking section of your local craft store for pre-stuck designs like the photo below. It has many different sizes.

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Because they already have a sticky backing on them, they’re fairly useless to glue, you’ll find that if you use the provided sticky back they will eventually slide off your item or if you glue them with the backing on they will still fall off because the glue isn’t touching the actual jewel. So you need to gently pull the sticky backing off… I stick it to my finger and use my nail to pry them free.

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And you should be left with this:

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Now for this project you need some larger coloured diamantes too..

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To pick up the diamantes one by one I find the easiest way is using a match stick with a piece of blutac on the end. New blutac is too sticky so roll it on carpet or fabric first so it picks up some dust and isn’t as sticky ^_^ Other people I know use tweezers but I find that awkward.

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Starting with the pink bud add glue to a small strip down the back.

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Starting with the largest jewels again place a line of 3mm pink diamantes straight down the back.

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While the glue around it is still wet fill in around the edges with tiny clear diamantes. The key to this looking good is to try to fill in every single little gap as much as you can. Wait for it to dry before continuing.

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Once the back is dry continue on the side,place a row of large pink diamantes and fill in around it with clear. It’s kind of like making a mosaic, trying to find the right gems to fit the right spot.

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When that side is dry continue around to the other side until the jewels meet in the middle, the entire thing should be covered. When you’re done it should look a little like this:

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Now let’s start on the other side! The principle is the same, but this time use blue jewels instead of pink ^_^

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Do the sides first and then keep going until the jewels meet in the middle.

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Once everything is completely dry it’s time to tackle that last little white bit where the cord comes from…

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Holding it by the ear piece cover that in clear diamantes.

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So then leave it to dry! If you think it needs it, you can give the entire jeweled area a clear top coat. I don’t generally do it because if you are using acrylic jewels it can melt the top layer and make the facets of the jewel less obvious. If you decide to top coat then go with a quick dry clear nail polish. This is what you end up with when you’re done…

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Haha you can tell that James can home and took these pictures because they’re so arty!

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I think pastel blue and pink look so cute together ^_^

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You can see the paving a little more clearly here…

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I hope you enjoyed this and it helped! If you have any questions feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer πŸ™‚

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Now if you love the ones I made and can’t be bothered making your own you have a chance to win them! Click here to see for yourself how you can get your pretty hands on the deco headphones ^_^

How to Travel in Style with Violet

I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in my time and I love exploring new and interesting places but I always try to travel in style.

I try to make my everyday life as beautiful as possible and traveling is no different. You won’t find me in sweat pants and thongs (or flip flops for my American readers), I want to feel as pretty leaving a 7 hour flight as I do going out to dinner!

So with my recent trip to Singapore I thought it was the perfect time to show you all how I travel in style. This is a compilation of tips I’ve picked up on my travels and my “must have” items for along the way.

First thing’s first…

Take something lucky

I’m not a superstitious person by nature but there’s a story behind this one! The day before we went to Singapore James and I were doing some last minute shopping in the city. I was feeling a little light headed so we stopped at McDonalds for some fries. As I was walking away I checked my change and what should be there but a Singaporean 10 cent piece!!


I was so surprised, normally if I get anything foreign in my change it’s New Zealand currency. This seemed so random and fateful that I kept it in a special compartment in my bag the whole trip!

Exciting news and decoden!


That’s right everyone! We both won tickets to the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blogger Awards with our Pringles competition entries! OMG SO EXCITING!

Thanks so much to Nuffnang for paying for our tickets and accommodation! We are so grateful for everything and can’t wait to meet all the other bloggers going!

Brisbane Snapshots – The Week That Was

Today’s post is a big mixture of random fun awesome things and a couple of bleh things. There are a bunch of mismatched photos that I’ve been meaning to use!

Ok firstly, I may be the only one to find this hilarious but I’ve had Ayumi Hamasaki’s song “Bold and Delicious” stuck in my head for about a week now. It’s come to the point where when ever James says something is delicious I start start singing the chorus! Anyway I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this poster in the 3 shop the other day!

Bold and delicious= boldalicious which is now my new favorite word πŸ˜€

I’ve been meaning to post this for ages, this is my deco business card holder! And my half finished laptop. I was going to do the deco tutorial on my laptop but I decided I didn’t like the design half way through so now I’m thinking of another one.

My Hime Gyaru Inspirations…

Well I’ve had quite a few questions about what inspires me to do the things I do and clothes I wear. I’ve been asked what blogs I read too so I thought I’d use today’s post to give a bit of a shout out to people I admire and my favorite things! This is going to be a pretty long post because I have a lot of wonderful people to talk about, at the end there are random facts about me you didn’t know so keep reading!

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