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DIY iPad extension

Of course this is not really a mind-blowing DIY idea.  No, I’m not painting & repurposing IKEA kitchen cabinets into a Mid-Century Modern drawer set.  Today, I’m going to share my little clever tech idea on how to make…AN EXTENSION CORD FOR THE IPAD!!!  No need to bust out the champagne here.  This is just a simple idea I stumbled upon one night when I was trying to charge my iPad AND use it while sitting in bed.  The charger kept popping out because the cord was too short.  The distance between the wall socket & my bed isn’t really that wide, but unless I’m sitting on the edge of my bed facing the wall, the cord is not going to reach the bed.  Then, I had a “lightbulb moment” where I thought about merging my Macbook laptop charger with my iPad charger (Thank you, Apple for your interchangeable & USB plugs).

I’m not sure if this will work for ALL Apple products, but this worked in my situation.

  1. I am using a standard 2010 Macbook charger & an iPad 2 charger with a flathead USB cord.
  2. For the laptop charger, remove the laptop piece of the plug & keep the long wall plug-in.  Then, for the iPad charger, remove the wall plug-in & keep the iPad piece.
  3. Connect the long wall plug-in to the iPad piece & Ta-Da!  You just made an extension cord for your gadget.

This isn’t the next great invention.  You won’t see me on the TV show Shark Tank hocking my new idea.  This is just a simple DIY project I wanted to share because I never thought of mixing & matching my gadget chargers to make one long extension cord.  Maybe this idea might work on other gadget chargers.  We’ll see…  Until then, cheers.

Today’s song of the day:
“I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers
i-wanna-get-better

Today I dyed my own hair. All by myself.

Going to the hair salon can be a very time-consuming, expensive task. I’ve only gone to the hair salon to get my hair dyed twice in my life (I’ve been dying my hair for quite a few years). Both times were horrible experiences/money wasters. Ever since then, I’ve been dyeing my own hair at home. I’ve tried various brands (Loreal’s Feria, Garnier Nutrisse, etc.), but my favorites are two Japanese brands that I’ve found to work best on my hair: Dariya’s Palty & Mandom’s Lucido-L.

Here, I’ve chronicled my hair dyeing experience.


* Lúcido-L is my favorite take-home hair coloring brand.


* So far, it gives the best overall even coverage, & the end result actually matches the color swatch on the box.


* The contents of the take-home box kit…


* The items needed for the 2-step easy process.


* Add the coloring to the dye mix & shake the bottle thoroughly for approx. 1-2 minutes.


* Apply the dye evenly & let it sit for approx. 1 hour. Of course, you know the rest…rinse thoroughly until water runs clear. After rinsing out the excess dye, apply the nourishing hair mask (pink pouch) & rinse (like it’s a conditioner). I go one step further by washing my hair with shampoo & conditioner after I dye my hair…just to make sure my hair is washed clean.


* This time, I took the extra step of using this hair repair mask (Graham Webb Silk Repair Advanced Therapy Treatment). I received this hair repair packet from a friend who recently got married. She gave me this as part of a gift set for being a bridesmaid in her wedding. I wanted to try this hair mask & thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it. My review: Eh~ It’s not bad, but in the end, it’s not my cup of tea.

* This is the end result… I’ll try to post a “before” picture to show you what my root color looks like. It’s not a dramatic change, but I really wanted to hide my roots while freshening up my hair color in a sort of subtle way. Cheers!

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. ❤

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