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Mini Bun Hair Style Tutorial

Aug 29, 2014 by

For today’s hairstyle tutorial, let’s do mini buns!

This style is great for when you’re having a bad hair day because there’s very little that can actually go wrong!

Floral Painted Coat Hanger Tutorial – Home Sweet Home

Aug 22, 2014 by

Another Home Sweet Home craft today! Today is how to jazz up plain boring wooden coat hangers. My dream is to one day have a complete matching set of coat hangers. Somehow we always end up with a heap of random unmatched ones. I don’t know how it happens but it always does!
So my end result:

How To Use A Quick Unpick – Sew Fun

Aug 20, 2014 by

It’s been far too long since I did some proper Sew Fun posts but here’s a little one to tide you over. Today we’re going to learn to use your new best friend: a quick unpicker.

Basically this tool is a little pointy blade on the end of a handle which makes unpicking crappy stitching a breeze!

How To Apply Clip In Extensions

Aug 18, 2014 by

A nice easy tutorial today, I’ll be showing you guys how I wear my clip in hair extensions!

Clip in extensions are awesome. They are very versatile and if you buy ones which you can style then you can do all kinds of things with them. I have a lot of length with my natural hair so today I’ll be using them for volume.
To begin with, style your extensions to match your actual hair. Mine is straight so I’ll be straightening my extensions. Keep in mind that you can only heat style some types of extensions so make sure that you check first because if yours are synthetic you may melt them with that much heat!
My hair naturally from the back:
First thing to do is section your hair from the ears up and pin out of the way. Apply the first long track of hair here by clipping it just below the part line.
Like this!
When you let the rest of the hair down it should be invisible. You need to make sure the clips are as close and flat to the scalp as possible.
Section the hair a little further up and repeat again with another track.
Repeat again and again until you feel you have enough on the back. Make sure you don’t cross the tracks over anywhere you’re planning on parting the hair later or else they will be visible.
I like to apply a few smaller ones on the sides of my head as well. Not too many as it’s much more visible in this area because the hair is thinner.
Once you’re finished, brush through everything so the natural hair blends with the extensions.
Long and volumous!
At the back you can see the placement of my tracks below:
I think these give a really good thickness to my natural hair. I like to use them in styles like braids too because they give a lot of body to the designs.
Hope you enjoyed and let me know if you have any other requests!

 

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Strawberry Deco Roll Cake – Cute Food

Aug 13, 2014 by

Less of a tutorial today and more of an adventure in baking! A while ago, Kim came over with the idea that we could try our hand at baking together. Craziness ensued but we managed to product a perfectly good Japanese style deco cake roll out of it. We went with a strawberry theme inside and out!

Lace French Tips Nail Art Tutorial

Aug 8, 2014 by

For today’s nail art tutorial let’s do lace tips!

 

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Delicious Crunchy Honey Joy Recipe – Cute Food

Aug 1, 2014 by

Another yummy recipe from my childhood! Today we’re going to make Honey Joys ^_^

How To Make A Paper Hot Air Balloon Charm

Jul 30, 2014 by

Today I thought we would make a fun little decoration. I love hot air balloons and I thought a bunch of them would look really cute hanging from the ceiling ^_^

This is my end result!

 

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How To Make A Cute Flower Crown

Jul 28, 2014 by

I feel like I can’t log on to any of my social networks lately without seeing someone wearing a flower crown XD I’ve made these before for tutorials but I had a bunch of random flowers rattling around my crafting stash so I figured time for a new one!

Some Tips For Big Hair!

Jul 25, 2014 by

Seeing as I get asked about big hair a lot I thought I would share some extra tips for getting that volume today!

To begin with, big hair works best if your hair isn’t completely clean. Hair has more grip if it’s a bit dirty.

 

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Violet’s Daily Romantic Make Up Look Photo Tutorial

Jul 23, 2014 by

Make up tutorial? It’s been so long!! I used to do a lot more make up video tutorials but they don’t really interest me as much lately because I think it’s easier to follow along with photos. So I thought I would do my basic every day look as a photo tutorial and if you guys like it maybe we’ll do some more looks :D

This is the finished look:

How To Make 3 Kinds Of Felt Flowers

Jul 21, 2014 by

For today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to make 3 different kinds of basic felt flowers.

 

Lunch Time Spring Bento – Cute Food

Jul 18, 2014 by

Spending more time thinking about my food is something I’ve been trying to do with my whole Lazy Inspiration thing but I tend to only gravitate towards cute sweet foods rather than savoury things too. It’s really stupid because I actually don’t like that much sweet food, I prefer savoury in general -_-’

One thing I’ve been trying to get into the habit of is having better lunches. When I’m working I tend to just forget to have lunch or if I do have lunch it’s something quick, easy and terrible like reheated pasta nonsense.

I want to be a bit healthier and have more variety in my diet now so I’m trying to have more bentos for lunch. I find that having a set number of spaces makes me think about what I’m going to eat and fill each one accordingly!

How To DIY Decoupage Shoes! Tutorial

Jul 14, 2014 by

I did a video tutorial on these shoes quite a while ago but thought a photo tutorial would be in order as well! The idea is a very simple one: take old shoes and decoupage them with old magazines into adorable new shoes, win!

 

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How To Do Full Diamante Nail Art

Jul 11, 2014 by

For today’s nail art design we’ll be doing completely over the top paved diamante nail art.

 

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Violet’s Big Nail Art FAQ Updated Version

Jul 9, 2014 by

Time to update another one of my big FAQ posts, this time about nails and nail art. As always, this is just from my personal experience, your milage may vary, bla bla bla disclaimer…

About My Nails

Are your nails natural?

Yes, they are now. Previously I used stick ons and acrylic nails because I used to bite my nails. These days I have developed more self control and have learned to grow out my nails. They are still fairly weak and flexible naturally but I am hoping to improve my overall health which might help that.

How on earth do you do *insert menial household task like dishwashing/cooking/scrubbing the toilet*?!

The same way the rest of you do… with my hands. Long nails do not make you an invalid.

What’s the hardest thing to do with long nails?

Picking up small change from a table top.

Do you wear fancy nail art all the time?

If I had time to do it I would but life unfortunately doesn’t allow me that at the moment. One day though!

What happened to your nail art shop? Can I commission you?

I don’t have the time to make them anymore :(

Do false nails damage your natural nails?

To a point but it really depends on how you wear them. If you wear false nails all the time for several months straight it can make your nails soft and yucky. This is because nails need air to breathe so when you cover them for ages you deprive them of air. It’s like when you have a bandaid on for a really long time and then take it off and the new skin is all white and smooshy. This is why most nail artists will recommend you take a 1 week break from nails every 3 months. Also you should never peel your false nails off!

That’s not to say that you can’t wear them without damaging your nails. If you properly remove them, take care of them and take appropriate breaks in between you can safely wear nails with no problems. My naturals nails are still the same as they have always been.

Why is your hand skin always so dry and cracked?

Because I work with my hands making things constantly and taking care of them has so far been fairly low on my to do list. I do want to change this though.

What’s the longest your nails have ever been?

See the photos below. I could have kept growing them but they were becoming irritating to text with. Considering that I was a chronic nail biter I was pretty proud of this!

Reliving My Childhood With Chocolate Crackles – Cute Food Recipe

Jul 4, 2014 by

Cute food time! Today I’m going back in time to make chocolate crackles. This was such a staple of childhood party food and they are still delicious!

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How To Use Watercolour Resist- Let’s Paint! Watercolour Walk Through

Jul 2, 2014 by

Before I knew what resist was I had wondered for years how watercolour artists managed to paint in blank areas. I tend to paint haphazardly so being able to think forward enough to leave huge blank areas like this was far beyond my scope.

How To Make Your Own Hair Mask – Recipe

Jun 30, 2014 by

Recently I’ve been trying some more DIY beauty solutions for at home because A. it saves money and B. they are fun to make. One that I’ve been going back to a bit has been this hair mask. It sounds completely gross but it makes my hair nice and shiny!

 

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How To Get Hair Waves Using Stockings! Photo Tutorial

Jun 27, 2014 by

Today’s hair tutorial is a little odd but it’s great to have as many tools in your arsenal as possible! Today we’re going to getting waves using stockings!

These kinds of overnight styles to get curls are always a bit hit and miss depending on the type of hair you actually have. This is similar to all of those sock buns=waves sorts of things but it’s a little easier to do because stockings are bigger and stretchier.

 

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How To Customise An iPad Keyboard Case

Jun 25, 2014 by

Lately I’ve decided to take the idea of working on my career more seriously, I want to work hard and be more successful at things I enjoy. Most of those things tend to involve writing so as a present to myself I decided to buy a proper keyboard for my ipad so I could write even while my computer is busy rendering video and things like that. Really I just want a better laptop so I can multi task while editing videos… but that’s much more expensive than a keyboard so this is my interim solution!

Anyway I decided to decorate it so I would remind myself why I’m working so hard: you guys!

This is my end result:

Jimmy Make Danishes – Cute Manly Food

Jun 20, 2014 by

‘Sup ladies! It’s me, Jimmy!

When I was a just a young lad growing up deep in the heart of Texas my mom would buy these 24 packs of danishes from the Auchan Hypermarket, which from my memory was like a European-y Costco. Granted I have sustained quite a few serious head injuries and more electrocutions than I care to/could remember since then, so I may be wrong. The place that she bought them from isn’t really integral to the story, so I’m just going to move it along here before I start ranting about how there should be more buy in bulk places in Australia…which there should be.

Just imagine a bag of 24 of the most delicious assorted fruit danishes you have ever had in your life. Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, flavours like apple cinnamon, cherry and blueberry drizzled in streams of icing sugar icing and half of them have this soft and creamy cheese filling nestled in between the  fruit and pastry. Now image getting to have these fresh from the oven whenever you want for breakfast for 9 years, then you move overseas where they think a danish is a glazed apricot on a tombstone of store bought puff pastry. DISAPPOINTED!!!!!

 

James’ Office Chair Make Over – Home Sweet Home

Jun 18, 2014 by

After we moved around the lounge room to the new configuration there was one thing left which bothered me: James’ chair.

I have had a love hate relationship with James’ chairs over the years. He always picks the cheapest crappiest chairs which are terrible for back support and also super ugly, but he claims are super comfy. I mean if they were good for his back then I could understand… But honestly bleh.

So I made this…

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From this…

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Simple Spring Daisy Nail Art Tutorial

Jun 13, 2014 by

Let’s do Spring themed nail art today! I’m thinking of Spring as more of a state of mind rather than a season these days XD

 

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Random Ikea Lamp Hack – Home Sweet Home

Jun 11, 2014 by

Random project… We had an Ikea lamp which was broken and an Ikea tea light lantern which was also a bit broken. So I combined them into one monster lantern…

How To Make A Basic Draped Shirt With No Sewing

Jun 9, 2014 by

So I’ve been a little bit obsessed with making wrap shirts lately. It’s such a fun thing to experiment with especially because there is pretty much no sewing involved!

Silk Painting Technique Sampler!

Jun 6, 2014 by

Seeing as I’ve been doing some beginners watercolour posts lately I thought perhaps it would be fun to do something similar with silk painting techniques. So I made a silk sampler to try out a lot of different techniques.
I’m using Opulence silk dye for this post, it’s easy to use and fixes with an iron rather than steam. I’m using clear and black gutta as well. The clear washes out with water and the black is fixed.

White Hot Chocolate Recipe – Cute Food

May 30, 2014 by

Today let’s make something yummy and perfect for this time of year (in Aus anyway…) white hot chocolate!

For this recipe you will need:

  • White chocolate
  • Double cream
  • Milk
  • Milk frother is optional but awesome

How To Make You Own Needle Felt Lottie

May 26, 2014 by

When I get bored and have an excess of needle felting supplies, things like this happen…

Classic Plaited Updo Hairstyle Tutorial

May 23, 2014 by

Morning! Today’s hairstyle is a little more classic style and features a knitted headband that I made. You can easily make your own or just use another kind of headband.

 

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Easy Bow Back T-Shirt Surgery Tutorial

May 21, 2014 by

Depending on your side of the world, it’s warming up or cooling down. It’s cooling down here but I refuse to accept that and so I’m still making Summer clothes >_>

I had this big shirt that I bought from the thrift store laying around and while it was super comfy, it wasn’t super feminine so I decided it was time for a make over.

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Spring Decoden Moisturiser Case Project

May 19, 2014 by

Today is just a little decoden project! I did my moisturiser case :D

Lottie’s Favorite Dog Treats Recipe

May 16, 2014 by

Today I’ll show you guys the recipe for Lottie’s favourite dog biscuits! You can see, she will do pretty much anything for them…

 

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6 Hairstyles To Wear With Hats – Hair Inspiration

May 14, 2014 by

Today’s hair tutorial is less of a tutorial and more of a list of ideas. Really, most of you guys have all of the basic hairstyle skills down but it helps to have some nice ideas for inspiration to change up and make your own.

So here are my favourite hairstyles to wear with hats!

 

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Simple Maleficent Nail Art Tutorial

May 10, 2014 by

Today’s nail art is inspired by the character Maleficent! It’s pretty much the simplest Maleficent nail art I could think of. I’ve been really busy lately so I’ve had to scale back on my nail art but that doesn’t mean I want to give it up completely!

 

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How To Make Paper Bunting

May 7, 2014 by

Some of you guys asked how I made the bunting in my video back drop so here’s a quick tutorial on it!

 

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Basic Watercolour Techniques – Let’s Paint! Watercolour Walk Through

May 2, 2014 by

Good morning! Today we continue on from the last instalment of Watercolour Walkthrough with a tutorial on all of the basic techniques you’ll need to learn before you get started on your grand painting adventures ^_^
One thing to keep in mind before you start is that it’s a great idea to spend a day just painting splotches and practising techniques before you try to paint anything useful. It seems like a waste of materials and time but it’s important to have a feel for things before you get into anything complicated!
First off let’s talk about the combinations of paint and water. There are many ways to paint and the difference between all of them is the amount of water and where it is put. You can paint with a wet brush or a dry brush. You can paint with paper pre-wet or on dry paper and the results are all different.
Below is a photo of each option where I have dipped the brush in my paint and continued wiggling the brush down the page until I ran out of paint.

How To Do Sugar Crystal Ice Lipstick

Apr 28, 2014 by

Ok so this is tutorial which has been requested a surprising amount considering how old the photos are! We did a photo series which was themed around a snow queen where I had sugar icicle lipstick a few years ago.
Here’s a slightly warmer version…

 

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How To Do A Waterfall Braid – Photo Tutorial!

Apr 25, 2014 by

I love this style in Summer, I always get really obsessed with braids in Summer for some reason! So today’s hair tutorial is a little bit of a different braid, it’s a waterfall style!

It looks complicated but all this really means is that some of the top strands fall down to the bottom rather than continuing through the entire braid.

 

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Cable Knit Beanie Finished Project!

Apr 23, 2014 by

The cable knitting obsession continues even further with a hat to match the cardigan I made.

I think the hat actually took longer than the cardigan because it’s such a tighter gauge to work.

Polka Dot Daisy Bee Cake Adventures

Apr 18, 2014 by

I’m so obsessed with cake decorating at the moment. The weather has been way too hot to really bake properly without things melting but for whatever reason I just keep doing it anyway >_>

My latest cake creation was this daisy bee cake.

How To Make A Tape Measure Rose Bracelet Tutorial

Apr 16, 2014 by

I think I’ve seen just about every incarnation of the tape measure bracelet but even though I love the concept I never found one that was perfect for me. So obviously it’s time to make my own!

The main points I wanted to include were a stiff bangle base and bunch of roses. I prefer roses grouped in threes so I went with that for a design.

Let’s Paint! Watercolour Walk Through – Choosing Your Materials

Apr 14, 2014 by

Argh the long awaited watercolour tutorial series! I’ve been putting this off for so long even though I took the photos so long ago. I think that it’s because it’s such an involved topic. There are so many tips and tricks and information that I want to put in this series that I feel like I’m going to forget and miss important things. It’s a topic which is so personal to the artist as well that there is no set way to do things, it’s all about experimenting and finding what’s right for you.
But enough of that let’s get into it!
Today we’re going to start from the beginning: materials.

Rose Cameo Nail Art Photo Tutorial

Apr 11, 2014 by

Let’s do some nail art! Today I wanted to do some nail art which was inspired by the fabric background that I’m using to shoot these on. Quilting fabric often has really great patterns and designs which work beautifully for nail art so next time you’re in the fabric shop make sure you stop and take a look!

 

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Puffy Plaited Knitted Headband Tutorial

Apr 4, 2014 by

Yay! More knitting tutorials! I have so much of this yarn left over from my cable knit sweater that I just can’t help but knit XD

Basic Men’s Ribbed Beanie Pattern

Apr 2, 2014 by

James asked me to make him a new beanie a while ago because all of his current beanies look like this…

Bergamot Bunny Needle Felt Patch

Mar 31, 2014 by

After the amount of fun we had with the VLB needle felt patch  I thought it would only be fair to do a Bergamot Bunny version too!

How To Sew A Basic Stretch Lace Skirt – Sew Fun!

Mar 28, 2014 by

Yay sewing tutorial! Today is part two of a shirt and skirt set remake! I’m classing this as being part of the Sew Fun series but keep in mind it’s not so much for complete beginners, it’s more intermediate so I’m going to be skipping some basic steps along the way. There will hopefully be more beginners tutorials as soon as I have time to sew.

A few weeks ago I bought a skirt and shirt from Supre and I really liked the comfy stretchy lace they were made from. It’s perfect for summer and also super comfortable to wear. It’s a crazy easy pattern and I had managed to find some lace fabric on sale so I decided to make a couple of others so I could mix and match them together.
Here’s the finished set!

How To Sew A Basic Stretch Lace Shirt – Sew Fun!

Mar 26, 2014 by

Yay sewing tutorial! Today is part one of a shirt and skirt set remake! I’m classing this  as being part of the Sew Fun series but keep in mind it’s not so much for complete beginners, it’s more intermediate so I’m going to be skipping some basic steps along the way. There will hopefully be more beginners tutorials as soon as I have time to sew.

Warm Cable Knit Hot Water Bottle Pattern

Mar 24, 2014 by

Another cable knitting project today! I don’t know if it’s quite weather appropriate but it was definitely time for a new hot water bottle cover, the old one I made was totally past it’s used by date!

How To Create Simple Rose Print Nail Art

Mar 21, 2014 by

For today’s nail art tutorial I thought I would show you guys how to do another version of rose nail art. This one is very simple and as long as you have a very thin paint brush it’s much more achievable than the more complicated roses I’ve done in the past here.

 

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How To Make Your Own Decorative Pom Pom String

Mar 19, 2014 by

Last christmas I saw little felt pompom decorations everywhere but they were quite expensive. I think they were overpriced because of the hipster tax. Every time something uncool is picked up by the hipsters here it pretty much quadruples in value, case in point: dear heads. Apparently pompoms are cool who knew?

How To Make A Tulle Pearl Collar

Mar 17, 2014 by

I’ve had “Some kind of big frilly collar” on my craft list for ages but I never could think of the right design for it. I had a left over string of pearls from another project and they finally gave me the idea for this tulle version!

 

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How To Do A Bear Ear Hairstyle

Mar 14, 2014 by

Hair tutorials are back! This time I’ll be doing a lot of the reader requests that have been sitting on my list for ages!

So let’s get started, today we’ll be doing a bear ear style while was popular for a while in Japan.

Start with clean, brushed hair and part in the middle. This style works best if your hair has been straightened up the top as it forms loops more easily.

 

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Home Sweet Home- Garden Update

Mar 12, 2014 by

It seemed a great time for a Home Sweet Home Garden update… mostly because everything in our garden is pretty much dead haha!

Ultimate Floral Rice Crispy Squares

Mar 10, 2014 by

A while ago I wanted to test out all of the decorating supplies that James had gotten for me so I set out to make epic rice crispy squares. EPIC!

I had way too much fun decorating these!

White Chocolate Baked Cheesecake Recipe

Mar 7, 2014 by

For last Billy Idol Day/Christmas I made white satin cheesecake for our desserts and it was one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had. Seriously White chocolate and cheesecake = total win.

Needle Felted VLB Patch Tutorial

Feb 28, 2014 by

Today’s tutorial is a request from members of The VLB :D The VLB is my monthly *cough*most of the time *cough* newsletter which includes all kinds of awesome things and the logo is a crest representing everything we’re about.
 

How To Make Your Own Lip Scrub

Feb 26, 2014 by

I’ve been looking a bit into some more DIY beauty options this year while we save up for a house. A lot of the more generic beauty treatments are really easy to make at home.

How To Make A Triple Headband – Tutorial

Feb 24, 2014 by

Today’s project is making a bunch of thin headbands into one super headband. MEGA HEADBAND, ASSEMBLE!

 

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Make Your Own Needle Felt Hat

Feb 21, 2014 by

Ok it’s the time of year where I get really into hats again. It’s probably because I’ve been watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and I want ALL THE CLOCHES.
So… I decided to give making one a try. It didn’t turn out too badly actually and now that I know how much the felt shrinks I think I’m going to get a bit more adventurous next time and make something more impressive.

DIY Nail Polish Holder – Tutorial

Feb 19, 2014 by

Ok so I keep seeing these nail polish bottle holders for sale and while the idea is kind of useful, it just seems kind of a bit much to spend that kind of money on something that you can make in 30 seconds with a piece of wire…

 

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Jingly Pearl And Gold Bracelet Take 2 – Tutorial

Feb 17, 2014 by

My obsession with pearls and gold chain continues today with another bracelet. This version is much more jingly so people will hear you coming ^_^

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Epic White Chocolate and Raspberry Chocolate Cake Recipe – Cute Food

Feb 14, 2014 by

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First cute food recipe!! I made this cake for Celina’s birthday. I had promised her to make a Black Forest cake as she couldn’t eat any when they were in Germany. The thing is neither her or myself actually like cherries… So this is bastardized Black Forest cake… Which is actually mostly white. And delicious.

How To Draw Bergamot Bunny

Feb 12, 2014 by

A little bit more of a fun and silly tutorial today!
Let’s draw Bergamot bunny!