Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure: Girl's Skirt

Girls Skirt Tutorial

*Sewing items
*Sewing macine
*Clothes pin

_Cut out fabric pieces. I did two different fabrics to make mine. The top piece was about 15 1/2" W x 7" L. The bottom piece was same width and about 5" long. I just eyed the measurements by holding the pieces up to my 18 month old. 
_Sew the two pieces together. If you have a Serger, serge the edges first. Or you can use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine on the edge to help the fraying. 
_Iron seam flat. 

_Iron front-side of skirt flat too. 

_Sew the hem. 

_Now sew down the side seam. 
_Iron seam flat.

_Almost finished! Folding the top of the skirt down to the width of your elastic, iron flat. 
_Sew close to the edge of that fold (raw edge) all the way around, leaving about 1" open. 
_Measure elastic to child's waist & pin one end with a clothes pin. 

_Push elastic through hole left open, keeping a hand on the end of the elastic [you don't want the end to get lost in the skirt :) ]. 
_Once all the way through, sew ends of elastic together; sew 1" opening shut. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Winter Checklist

Found this on the Organized Home website, and thought it was good, so I wanted to share!

Chore Checklist Winter
When wintry weather blows, will your family be prepared?
Winter brings special seasonal challenges to an organized home.  Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and snow days highlight any family's readiness for cold weather.
Take time now to review your family's emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist. It'll help you prepare your home and automobile for cold-weather hazards.

Out and About

Will your home welcome winter visitors safely? Get ready for snow, ice or rain on walks and driveways with:
  • Snow shovel
  • De-icing compound
  • Waterproof floor mats

The Inside Story

Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist:
  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Cellular phone
  • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
  • Four-day supply of prescription medicines
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets

On The Road:

Winter transportation can mean ice, snow, and hazardous roads. Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam:
  • Check antifreeze
  • Check and replace older batteries
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
Make sure automobiles contain the following emergency supplies:
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Gallon jug of drinking water
  • First aid kit 
When traveling by car, include emergency food and clothing for each traveler. Pack supplies in a backpack in case you need to abandon your car.
An emergency backpack should include:

  • Jacket, hat, gloves and sturdy, snow-proof boots for each traveler
  • Nonperishable food
  • Cellular phone
  • Money

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Environmentally Speaking

Ever wonder what's in your water? How about what you breathe in through the air? Did you know some toxins are known to cause cancer? Be smart about your health and check out the facts about pollutants in your area.

US Environmental Protection Agency

Here are a few ways you can help: 
  *Get a in-home water filter
  *Recycling in all areas helps in so many ways
  *Look at the food and stuff you buy. No BPA is a good place to start.
  *If you can buy your food locally, you can always check and know what pesticides are/not being used.

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: Shoe Save

Shoe Save Tutorial
Reuse: Damaged/scuffed pair of shoes

*Mod Podge
*Paint brush/sponge

**Stolen from Pinterest :) **

_My shoe was chewed by my puppy, so I trimmed the pieces that hung off. 

_Start by mixing equal parts of glitter & mod podge. Once its mixed, add more glitter to make it thicker (you want it thicker with glitter than glue). 

_Apply a layer of glue mixture to heel. Let dry. 
_After the first layer has dried, apply a second layer. Let dry. 

**Final picture to come ~ shoe is still drying :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 14


Mickey's Christmas Carol


Hello Kitty Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss Palette

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 13


Frosty the Snowman


MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

I love how smooth this lipstick goes on! With this line, you'll only find very natural shades, so you can easily find one for you!

Tuesday's Treasure: Christmas Felt Tree

Felt Tree Tutorial

*Felt for Tree 1yd
*Felt for decorations
*Tape/thumbtacks or something to hang tree on wall

_Fold your 1 yd in half and draw your tree in the shape you want

_Cut tree out through both layers. Unfold and there's your tree!

_With your other felt, cut out ornaments, garland, lights etc...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 12


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York


MAC Select Sheer/Loose Face Powder

Makeup & Movies // 11


Miracle on 34th Street


Physicians Formula Talc Free Mineral Wear Correcting Powder

Makeup & Movies // 10


Jingle All the Way


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide Eye Pencil

Friday, December 9, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 9


Prep and Landing


MAC Eyeshadow Pigment

SUPER pigmented to create a dramatic look! It does not take much to create the look you want. I like to use these on the entire eye lid area, but they definitely look good blended with other colors as well. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 8


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 


Stila Convertible Color

This little guy doubles for both your lips AND cheeks! A creamy consistency allows you to blend color onto your cheeks to apply more or less for a more dramatic color; or apply to the lips for a soft color. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: Security Blanket

Security Blanket Tutorial
Reuse: Fabric

*Sewing machine & supplies

_Cut two pieces of fabric to the same length. I did mine about 13" wide & tall (square).
_Pin the two right sides together.

_Cut four pieces to make the tabs. I forget how long I did mine, but they don't have to be very long. 
_Pin right sides together and sew around edges, leaving a small hole to turn inside out. I did not sew the hole shut; I put that end to be sewn on the inside of the blanket. 

_Figure out where you want the tabs, then pin the inside of the square, leaving about 1/4" hanging out. 

_Sew around edges at 5/8", leaving a hole open to pull blanket inside out. Hand sew the hole shut.
_Iron edges flat. You can sew around the edge at 1/4" if you'd like, I did not. 

Makeup & Movies // 6


A Christmas Carol


Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation

LOVE this foundation!! Goes on very creamy & light - doesn't feel like you're foundation :) Maybelline also have a good variety of shades to choose from, so you can easily match it to your coloring.

Wedding Makeup

Here are a few photo's from Mamie's wedding I did November 5th. She was SO beautiful :) Glad I got to do her makeup!

The Bride, me & my daughter (the flower girl)

Did a purple smokey eye with fake eyelashes!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 5

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

JK Jemma Kidd Air Kiss Shine Lip Gloss

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 4

Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 

L'OREAL Paris Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara

My new favorite mascara! Get THICK, LONG lashes at drug-store prices! I apply two layers, and come out with lovely lashes :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 3

Home Alone

Self Adhesive Eyelashes
Self-adhesive lashes are GREAT for applying on yourself! No glue, meaning no mess or glueing your lashes and everything else together!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Makeup & Movies // 2


A Charlie Brown Christmas


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
I LOVE this product! I use it on all my clients & it allows their foundation to last all-day! A little tip...go to Sephora and become a "beauty insider". This is their reward points program, and for everything you purchase you get a set amount of points, and once you build up points, you can get FREE sample products! I've honestly NEVER purchased this face primer, because I've received it FREE about three times now! PLUS, this stuff lasts FOREVER! If it lasts that long for me using it on a lot of ladies, you should be able to get quite a bit use out of just the sample size!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Makeup & Movies

This month I'll recommend a makeup product that you should try & a Christmas movie to watch!


ELF [of course, my all-time fav Christmas movie]


Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Honey

"Honey" is a shimmery gold color & would look GREAT for the holidays! (Not the color pictured here)

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