I've pulled a few other items from my closet that are going to get a refresher. In particular I looking to make some travel friendly pieces for my big trip to Vanuatu in a couple months. I've got loads of travel craft ideas saved so whether you are traveling abroad or road tripping to Grandma's I'll have some projects coming up that might float your boat!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I pin, bookmark, jot down, and overall hoard ideas for all sorts of projects. Once in awhile you gotta just get them made! I finally got around to making a couple of super simple beauty DIYs.
First up: Dry Shampoo
I've really changed up my hair care routine and I don't wash my hair very often anymore. Dry shampoo is my new best friend. While I like a few store bought brands, the plethora of online tutorials to make your own was just too tempting to pass up.
DIY dry shampoo:
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil (or your fav)
It smells great and works really well.
Next up: eye makeup remover
After being not so impressed with some store bought I thought I should give this a shot. I've seen many different versions out there so pick one that works for you. The one I chose is only 3 ingredients.
- 2 oz water
- 1tsp tear free baby shampoo
- 10ish drops baby oil
So far I would say it works about as well as the store brand stuff I was buying. I am also now using the leftover baby oil to shave with- a little tricky but my legs feel super soft! And I have used some of the baby shampoo to wash my hair brush and combs.
Any favorite diy beauty tricks you have tried?
Yeah this was like 2 months ago but I'm getting to it! The first weekend in May brought Wizard World comic con to MN. My sister really wanted to go so we bought ourselves one-day tickets. We didn't have grand plans for outfits but a recent binge watching of 'heroes of cosplay' on syfy really made me want to do at least a little something! So I tried to think of easy-ish costumes that would be quick, cost efficient and fun to wear. We were treating this con as our warm-up/starter con as neither of us had ever been to one before.
After some late night Pinterest searching I decided to go with a cute, vintage, lady captain America.
Here is the dress I started with. I already owned it! I bought it months ago on sale at target and it was too big. I ended up buying another one in my size and forgetting to take this one back. Now, long after the return policy has ran out, this dress will serve a purpose!
So far cost: $0
This is what I bought for the costume. Red opaque tights and a red and white striped infinity scarf. I could have gone to the fabric store but I thought the scarf would work just as well and that saved me another trip.
Scarf and tights: $12.50
With my comic fabric and some webbing I had on hand I made this super awesome bag. (I need to find the tutorial I used and link it!)
Any other people new to the cosplay thing?
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Ah summer! You are going by quickly and I am totes ok with that. Keeping busy at work and home making cakes and treats for friends and family! Here is a sampling of the summer so far!
Next up is sweet treat for my sweet sister! She has a serious love of sushi and I have seen lots of cute sweet versions. After reading some online tutorials I just winged it. For me it was a lot of trial and error. And the best part is you get to snack on the errors! Mwuhahaha!
And just to round things out I thought I would share this little cutie I made at work.
Hope everyone had a good 4th of July!
Let the summer crafting/making/baking continue!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
My friend Krista is set to move into our house any day now and while I am excited to have her here I am less excited about sharing a bathroom again. Yes that probably makes me a horrible person but the last two years have spoiled me! So to reclaim some space for her things I took a trip to the dollar store. Before adding more storage space I took all of my stuff out and deep cleaned the whole bathroom.
I had two main goals: make more storage space on my shelves and make all my 'counter stuff' fit on one side of the counter.
For the shelving unit I bought 6 plastic baskets from the dollar store and a pack of zip ties.
They were easy to add to the white rack and they will be easy to remove later down the line.
Next I saw a lot of inspiration on Pinterest to make a tiered bathroom storage unit. I love my vintage mirrored tray, but I thought something with height would make more sense in the space. I have seen several versions with pretty vintage plates/dishes but I decided to stick with the dollar store and combined a pretty pink oval serving dish and chip and dip with a plain plastic wineglass. This way everything is not too sentimental if it gets broken.
I think it goes rather nicely with my vintage pink vanity boxed from Great Grandma Ruby!
With these two simple projects I only spent $10 and almost doubled my space. That combined with me just cleaning out some old stuff there should be plenty of room for two girls to share this bathroom!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I have really been trying to buy less stuff, it's not really working but I am trying. I have also started a bit of wardrobe refashion to spruce up my closet. I have a bad habit of buying dresses on clearance, usually at target. Sometimes when they are a great deal I buy all the colors of one dress. Enter this pair of floral dresses I am in love with.
Super cute right? Well as you can see on the gray dress I have already altered it into a skirt. As cute as the dress is on my carpet, I have a few more curves and the top of this dress always ended up boxy and unflattering. I have been lusting after all the cute skirts on Pinterest and with only a seam ripper I have converted these dresses into cute ultra-wearable skirts. These were the dresses I would try on and then take off to put on something different. Now the skirt can be a bit longer (the dress was pretty short) and I am already picturing pairing this with my go-to hoodie. Mmmmhmmm.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Like many other Pinterest addicts (admitting it is the first step, right?) I save all kinds of ideas that I may never use. But once in awhile you actually USE an idea and it just feels like a big ol' win all the way around.
In this instance I had a friend who was having a rough time and I wanted to cheer her up. I just wanted it to be something fun and a little silly. A cheer up and a thank you for being such an amazing friend. Enter the bucket/box/bag of sunshine idea I have seen done several ways on Pinterest. A simple idea of finding a cute container and filling it with all things bright and yellow and sunny. I love it because it is easy to cater to whoever the gift is for and having a theme (yellow things) makes it an easier way to find fun gifts if you are short on ideas. I hit up two stores and filled a whole basket full of sweets, drinks, fun items and silly games. It was fun to put together and it was well received. Brighten someone's day today!
See what I did there? Well so much for "hoping" right back on the blog bandwagon.
I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. I spent a good chunk of it in my car alone, but hey that's the price you pay to get to go see your cousins's adorable twin girls. Babies! Silly hormones.
I did get to try a new recipe from Pinterest. I made blueberry white chocolate chip cookies and they were amazing! Often times my cookies don't turn out as lovely as I would hope so this was a nice change. They were a big hit for Easter and I think the flavor is perfect for spring. Maybe add some dried cranberries to make it red, white, and blue worthy for 4th of July!
Here is the recipe
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Well there is no excuse for it but my long 'break' from blogging is at a close. A tumultuous year is settling back into old patterns and allowing me to return to those things that have been left patiently waiting for me. To sum up this last year in two simple events:
I have become a full time cake decorator!
My dream of working with my hands in a creative environment has come true. I am learning new stuff everyday and am so inspired by the amazing work of decorators near and far. Many posts will now be cake related! (Yeah even more than before!)
2. <warning extreme cheesiness ahead>
I fell in love. Wow that sounds cheesy when typed out. But this last year has been the happiest of my life. So much has happened and changed but all for the best. Now that I am engaged (woot) I can have a legit Pinterest wedding board and all sorts of fun stuff. Wedding posts will probably happen- I am hoping for a super DIY/hands on wedding, but no bells will be ringing until 2016 at the EARLIEST. So stay tuned.
Yep that's pretty much the two big reasons. And also my computer is on it's last legs. Will be rocking the mobile posts for a while until I get a new one. With those major life events on top of the roller derby, awesome friends, weddings, babies, and general life fabulousness I have missed this blog, my little corner of the internet. Well now I'm back. Let's do this thing!