Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hi there

Well, hello!  Are you thinking it's still Tuesday, cause I sure am!  As crazy as this week has been, we may have just skipped Wednesday and all its crafts all together.  No time to cry, though, cause there's always room for a chat and a chocolate.  So grab a treat and let's chat over it!

The other day I met someone with incredibly beautiful nails..... and when she went to shake my hand, I grabbed hers and, like a kid spotting toys, started exclaiming how much I love the color!  Erm.. that may have been slightly inappropriate adult behavior. ;)

So let's talk about makeup cause I have been oggling and adoring a few products this week!

PRIMER - do y'all use primer?  I am no fan of full coverage foundations, and so have never loved primer.  Until.... this little baby!  

Luminous Primer,
As a particularly pale girl, I tend to have redness show through.  And this potion smoothes it out, brightens my skin, and even moisturizes.  But, you know, as a former tomboy, I am all about comfort - and this primer is so smooth, I have to resist stroking my skin in public.  (Cause seriously - that would be weird......or at least weirder than grabbing stranger's nails instead of shaking their hands) :)

FOUNDATION - I've gotta tell you that I thought this "foundation-in-a-stick" idea was a little hokey.  But then again, we've got soap-on-a-rope and solid-perfume-in-a-stick, so it isn't too far off, right?  This Maybelline stick sold it for me!  

Fit Me Foundation,

Ooh, this is so pretty!  And it's crazy that it works!  It is medium coverage, and is so easy to use!  It glides on smooth and feels soooo good on my skin.  It also doesn't irritate my skin like some other foundations.  As in: at the end of the day, my skin still looks like my skin and not like it has been covered up the whole day.

LIPSTICK - I have been loving this lipstick this week.  Is it really lipstick?  It's more like a very tainted lip balm that smells like cherries and childhood.  The shade "Almost Famous" adds a nice wash of healthy red to your lips.  Despite being a bright color, it is pretty forgiving in application - ie you don't need a mirror! p.s. yep, I hear ya if you were that person who walked passed this aisle at Ulta and rode it off as "kid's makeup."  I tried it on the recommendation of Emily Noel, and I have changed my mind!

Almost Famous,

NAIL POLISH - Oh, la la, this blue makes me smile each time I look at my nails!  In the shade of "Bikini So Teeny," it is as ready for the summer time as I am!

Bikini So Teeny,


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crafty Wednesday!

Today, I've got some solutions for you for the following 5 problems:

Is it cold outside?  Wear a scarf!
Is it sunny outside?  Wear a scarf!
Is it windy outside?  Wear a scarf!

Feeling blue?  Wear a colorful scarf to cheer you up!
Feeling bouncy?  Wear a colorful scarf to show off your energy!

Did I tell y'all I love scarves?

So, today, I whipped up three scarves.  Yes, they are all for me, and no, I haven't figured out how to wear them all at once.  Working on a cloning idea next....

Without further ado, here are my beauties!  I had so much fun making these infinity scarves and am smiling thinking about wearing them!

 The fabric is a light lavender silk.  Ah, so smooth and soft, like the cold side of the pillow!

 This fabric is particularly special!  It comes from a dress that I wore a lot when my husband and I first started dating!  So we have a lot of pictures of me in this dress, smiling at him, and holding his hand.  Having long outgrown this dress, I couldn't bear to throw it away!  Love that I can still wear it :)

Can you tell the picture where the sun had set?

 I made this thin turquoise scarf, but it looked like a poor wilted flower and didn't hang right!  Maybe it was just lonely?  So I made it a polka dotted friend, and sewed up the backs together.  Love it!  Is it a necklace or is it a scarf?  Who knows?  But I'm digging a print and solid together!  Plus, both fabrics are deliciously soft!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Favorites

Hey, girls!

Do you have bloggers, you tuber, tweeters, and the like that you just LOVE to keep up with?  My friend and I were talking about learning makeup, so I thought I'd share who I love to watch and follow! (In no particular order.... ;) please don't make me choose who I  am most loyal to because I just couldn't! )

Emily of Beauty Broadcast - Oh my gosh, this girl LOVES makeup and loves to talk about it!  She's awesome!  She also does quick (under 5 minute) reviews of new products every weekday.  I've tried a lot of things based on her recommendations.

Melissa of Melmphs - Melissa makes me feel like we're in a coffee shop chit chatting about makeup.  Also like passing notes in middle school and gossiping about boys.  She has these cute songs she sings, which are so darn cute they are impossible to describe.  "girl, you talk about preeetty...." guess you have to be there.

Tracy and Stephanie of EG - These girls are sisters and are just peppy and happy to watch!  They are hilarious!

Karen of The Makeup and Beauty Blog - Girl, this lady makes "old cat lady" sound AWESOME!  She bears cat anything proudly and, as usual, talks about makeup!  She's all about living a happy life and laughing a lot!  She does these fake adverts with her cat in them (posing for makeup ads!) which completely crack me up!!

So, on the note of makeup, I wanted to take a cue from Melissa (not literally... I'm no thief) and talk about the products I've been loving this week!  I absolutely love hearing about what products girls love!  Grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit with me!

Ok, first and foremost: it took me nearly 30 years, but I've finally done black eyeliner!!  I am over the moon thrilled!  I've been playing with the Jordana Fabuliner that EG talk about.
Using small strokes & balancing my hand against my cheek
Is it weird that I can hear Melissa's voice in my head saying, "girl, you talk about preeetty"?  Cause girl, this is one pretty eyeliner.
Next, this yummy smelling lotion!  I put this on after the shower a shower and particularly on my legs.  It just smells so good!  It is pretty thick but rubs in (and absorbs!) quickly!  It smells like chocolate in a very good way.  You know how there are some lotions that claim to "smell" like chocolate but instead just smell very odd?  This is NOT one of those!  If I could put this on a cake, I would totally eat it.  Erm... well, you know, the put the scent on a cake, not the actual lotion. ;)  Get this little baby at Ulta - I love this whole line because they are pretty natural, offer great-working products, and are so well-priced!

Ah!  This palette - I can't even get over how pretty this Stila palette is.  It's so much prettier in person.  With 6 shadows, a highlight, and a light bronzer, it creates a very neutral, glowy look.  You can probably tell which shades I use the most!  I put Demure all over my lid and Silk in the crease.  Thanks, Emily, for showing me how to apply eyeshadow to the crease!
Be juicy and fresh, but don't get fresh with me!

This week I have been loving wearing this lip balm.  It looks like a lipstick, but don't be fooled: it'll give you color AND moisturize your lips.  They say everyone needs a "your lips but better" color and this one totally does it for me!  It looks juicy and fresh!  Yum!

How's your cuppa doing?  Need a refill?  Grab another and have yourself a wonderfully beautiful day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Crafty Wednesday

"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry."

Howdy, there!  Today I worked on a fun project that I've been oggling over on Pinterest.  I saw a few different tutorials, and they were mostly diagrams.  I think this is a relatively easy project if you have sewn bags before and have a bit of a geometric mind.  

This little fish just CRACKS me up!!  I'm sending it over to my little brother for storing treasures.

Of course there has to be something cute inside already, so it is holding on to a Pokemon T-shirt!

Hope you are having a lovely day!  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Crafting For Each Season

Howdy, y'all!  

Recently we have seen the cold weather turning into pollen turning into rain and heat.  It all got me thinking, what sorts of crafts do you like in each weather?  There are certain crafts, such as knitting, that I simply don't want to even think about in the summer.  So, let's take a look at the list!  Here to help me out is our home mascot, Horace.  Turtles are a bit of a family crest in my husband's family line, and Horace is our very own mascot.  Let's take a look!

Sewing: scarves, head wraps, bows, swim coverups, vinyl seat covers, hats
Gluing: flowers on anything!  Headbands, clips, rings, necklaces, baskets....
Cooking: yummy fruity drinks, easy fruit courses, taco salads

Sewing: warm scarves
Knitting: warmer scarves, vests, cute hats (beanies, berets)
Cooking: any kind of cider, scones with cranberries, pies of any sort!

Cooking: soups and corn chowders, enchiladas and tacos, chilis, hot chocolate of any sort, pizzas
Knitting: woolen scarves, cushions, blankets (which will keep you cozy as you knit), socks
Sewing: pillow cases, hats, warm socks, warm booties or slippers, blankets

Sewing: spring belts, flowery hair accessories, pillow case covers for a new living room look
Cooking: salads, anything with fruit and juice, pastas

Horace and I are wishing you a warm transition into the spring months!  If you're in the Southeast, stay patient with all the pollen you're breathing in!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Carfty Wednesday

Fleece will Tear Easily 
Necessitate Creative Solutions

Hi y'all!
Have you seen this on fleece material?  I haven't, but maybe it was just in fine print, cause you can guess what happened to me today!

I've been stitching up a storm today, working on two projects.

The first is for one of my friends who just had a baby!  The first of my friends to have kids!  How exciting!  (Ages me, doesn't it?)  I sewed a crinkle toy that can be hooked on a bag to carry along and keep those little hands busy on trips!  There's actually no "crinkle" inside: just lots of textures in the tabs and fabric!  It's a toy for the senses!  One side is fleece and the other is breathable sporty material.

The other project is a cute granny pillow!  Um, yes, I made ONE pillow.  And I don't even want to tell y'all how long it took me!! Those squares are tiny!  It is cute and cozy, and has a flannel backing.  Ahh, just looking at it entices me to dream...