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I got this iPhone case 7 months ago while I was visiting Tokyo. As usual, the mega stationery/crafts shop LoFT always carries a large selection of electronics accessories & cases. I knew I would find one for my new cellphone at LoFT.

I ended up getting this rather simple case. It’s a soft pink color & has a sheep polka dot print all over. I say they could either be happy sheep, or fluffy cotton balls with smiley faces. I like this case, not only because it looks feminine (& I’ve been trying to become more feminine, less tomboy lately), but also because it is a very thin case.

I’ve used hard-shell cases in the past, ones that are meant for harsh conditions, & they tend to be bulky & uncomfortable to use. This new case is quite thin, yet it is still extremely durable. It also protects my phone in case I drop it (which I have done several times already). This case is made from a flexible plastic-like material, & the outer texture is rubberized for a good no-slip grip. It’s not a full wrap-around case, so it’s perfect for when you need to charge your phone or plug in headphones with a chunky plug. I used to use an Uncommon brand case, & every time I needed to charge my phone, I had to pop out the bottom of the case to get the plug to fit. With this case, there is easy access all around.

I feel a bit disappointed that I didn’t DIY myself another “gem-ed out” cellphone case like I did for my previous phone. Perhaps I will make another DIY case again, but first, I must think of a new design for my next case. Time to browse ETSY… Cheers!

Today’s Song of the Day:
Arctic Monkeys “Why’d You Only Call Me When I’m High?”

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I’ve been wanting a blinged-out, bedazzled, crystalized cell phone case for a long time.  However, I was having a really tough time finding a case that I really liked.  The more I searched, the more frustrated I was getting.  All of the cases I saw online or in-store were not to my liking (either not a color I liked, or not a design I liked).  I found a few online shops that offered customizing services, but those options were extremely expensive.  Not only were the crystalized cases I found very expensive, I was also unsure of the quality of the cases.

Soooo, I gave up on trying to find a ready-made crystalized cell phone case that I thought was “the one” & decided to make my own custom cell phone case.  By doing this, I was able to choose the materials I wanted, & I was able to customize my case however I liked.  Also, I found this method to be quite cost saving, & it gave me a sense of self-accompishment.  Well, here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  Let’s take a look at my finished DIY project.

my finished project: custom iPhone case

Aleen’s Platinum Bond Glass & Bead crafting glue used in my project

my private collection of Swarovski crystals & plastic rhinestone beads

Materials Used:

  1. pink plastic shell cover for iPhone 4/4s (color: sweet pink w/ glitter effect)
  2. mixed rhinestone beads
  3. Swarovski crystal beads
  4. crafting bond glue

I bought this inexpensive case from an online Japanese retailer that ships overseas to most countries.  I also got all the rhinestone beads from Etsy.  The Swarovski crystals came from my own private crafts supplies collection.  After arranging & gluing all of the beads, I allowed the crafting glue to set & dry for at least 1 full day before using the case.  Et voilà!  There you go.  That’s the end of it. ❤

I haven’t posted on this blog for a few weeks.  I’ve been busy with some major wedding details, moving in to my new place, & I’m also (currently…like right now) vacationing at my sister’s place down in Los Angeles to spend time with my niece & nephew.

Oops.  Did I forget to mention that the whole reason I am down in Los A. is because my cousins threw me a Bridal Shower party?!  My bad.  I’m not a party-person (at all), but I really appreciated all the time & effort my cousins put into this dainty little affair.  It was fun.

Well, anyway…enough with the “appetizers”.  Let’s get to the “meat & potatoes” of this post.  It’s nothing special.  Just a quick peek at my current cell phone case, phone wallpaper(s), & laptop background images…

CELL PHONE CASE:

CELL PHONE WALLPAPERS

Lock Screen

Home Screen


LAPTOP WALLPAPER

Well, I’m such a klutz, a butterfingers, a boob, etc.  I’m just darn clumsy & today I proved it.  Today, when I got home from running errands, I put my wallet & cellphone on the hood of my car as I ran to grab the mail from the mailbox.  I’m sure  you can guess what happened next…my phone slid off the car & dropped smack dab on the concrete driveway.

I was soooooo incredibly relieved that there was no physical hardware or aesthetic damage to the cellphone itself.  There were only 2 small scratched patches & a hairline crack on the corner of my phone case.  I am so happy & glad & relieved (& all that stuff) that I purchased an extremely reliable & durable phone case.  I’ve made mistakes in the past where I’ve purchased phone cases that were purely for looks & not for function.  Now that I have a cellphone that I know I’m going to treasure & use for many years to come, I ended up getting a phone case that’s not only pretty, but very practical as well.

I’m just a little disappointed that I dropped my cellphone…ANNNNND…I dropped my cellphone so soon after I had purchased it.  I’m also disappointed that I put my phone case to the test today.  Oh, & I was trying so hard to be good & not make any accidents with my new cellphone.  I try very hard to keep all of my electronic items in the best condition possible, & it always pisses me off when I do stupid things like this.

Well, on a positive note…I was able to save & re-use my phone case.  There were 2 scratches on my phone case & one small hairline crack.  Here’s how I fixed the little imperfections on my phone case:

  1. I used a manicure nail file to smooth down the rough patches.  I used the strong side of the nail file to smooth down the scratchy parts & the buffer side to smooth out the scratch lines.
  2. Next, I used a clear Top Coat nail polish (with a nylon ingredient built in) to paint a light layer of coating on the slim crack.  The nail polish I used is the Top Coat kind, because that’s the most durable part of a nail manicure.  I made sure to paint 2-3 coats on both sides of the case to make sure the coating lasts.
P.S. This is what my cellphone & case looks like:

 

I really have no clue how to sew anything.  I can’t even operate that As Seen On TV Stitch Quick hand-held sewing thingy let alone a full-fledged sewing machine.  The least I know is how to use a simple needle & thread.  The best I can do is mend a hole in a pair of socks, or fix up a tear in a shirt.  I can just barely stitch in a semi straight line.

This is my first REAL attempt at making my own personalized iPad case, complete with padding & an inner-lining.

My very first attempt at making my own DIY style iPad case ended up in a tragic disaster.  I didn’t follow any type of tutorial, guideline, or sheet pattern.  I just used the fabric I had purchased & was supposed to make something for my niece, & I just made up my own steps as I went along.  Instead of going the easy & much more professional-looking route by sewing the fabric, I had decided to get creative by using no-sew iron-on fabric tape.  I thought this would help me cut a corner in having to do any sewing.  Well, let’s just say that after all the cutting & fabric tape ironing etc. etc. etc., I ended up needing to do some sewing after all.  I had to sew the seams together because even though the package claimed the tape to be long-lasting, I didn’t want to run the risk of the stuff coming unglued.  The biggest mistake I made was not properly measuring & cutting the fabric before doing all the nipping & tucking, so my iPad case ended up being a little too baggy & bulky.  The end result?  Let’s just say a 4th grade elementary student could do better than this:

my first attempt at a sewing project. don't judge me. -__-

On my next attempt, which I’d like to call it my first “real” attempt at making a good quality DIY style iPad case, I actually followed an online sewing tutorial.  Rather than follow the tutorial line-by-line, I improvised on a few of the steps.  The end result, I think, looks pretty darn good.  It’s still not quite Cut & Sewn quality, but it’s still very durable & clean looking for a casual iPad case.  Even though sewing is not my best skill by a long shot, I’m still very impressed that I managed to pull a rabbit out of this dusty ol’ hat.

This is the online tutorial I used: http://www.creativekristi.com/freebie-friday-sew-you-own-ipad-case-pattern.html
This is the shop where I buy all of my fabrics: http://www.peapodfabrics.com

 

 

 

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