Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pinterest Challenge {Winter Edition}

It's here! It's finally here!!!!!

That's right ladies and gents, the Pinterest Challenge Winter Edition is upon us and I couldn't be more excited!  If you haven't heard of the Pinterest Challenge then be sure to hop on over to Young House Love, they'll fill you in on all the details.

For my Pinterest Challenge I knew I wanted to do something with Washi Tape.  Why Washi Tape?  Well for one I have tons of it and two, I wanted to tackle a project I knew would be fun and would be nearly impossible for me to mess up. 

While on my pinning mission I spotted several cute Washi Tape projects but this one was the one that jumped out to me the most.  Say hello to DIY Washi Tape Magnets.

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And here's my version!
The tutorial I followed was from How About Orange and Twirling Betty and I got to admit it was pretty darn easy.  I started with one of our OLD flimsy magnets. How old you ask?  Hannah Montana Old! I think my daughter got it in a toy set years ago but I'm not 100% sure where it came from. 

Those thin magnets that come attached to phone books would work great for this project too but alas Hannah Montana was all I had on hand. 

Since the washi tape I was using was pretty transparent I needed to cover up the magnet with some white paper.  I used Mod Podge to glue some white paper onto the magnet then waited for it to dry.

Once it was dry I added the tape and cut into strips.

Then to make it look more like strips of tape I cut up the sides and TaaDaa! Easy peasy, do-it-yourself washi tape magnets!

So there you have it, my ultra easy but still fun Pinterest Challenge Project. Be sure to check out all the other awesome Pinterest Challenge Projects here! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Make the Most out of a Small Closet

I love almost everything about our house.  I truly do, but if I could change at least one thing I would have to opt for a bigger master closet (or a bigger master bath...either way they are both on the small side).  So even though our master closet isn't huge we are still able to make the most of what we got.

Those are the new, super awesome shoe shelves I share with my hubby.  Want to see what we had before? 

Pretty bad isn't it?  Since the previous shoe rack wasn't exactly cutting it (and there was no room what so ever for my husband's shoes) I was super inspired when I spotted this image on Pinterest. I love how Carmel used the shoe shelves as a way to gain storage both horizontally and vertically.  Even more I loved how she spruced them up using nothing but a gold sharpie.  So I headed to Target and picked up 3 new shoe shelves and a gold sharpie.  Then I went through my shoes and decided which ones to keep and which ones to get rid of.  I was surprised at how many shoes I kept shoved on that old shoe rack that I didn't even wear.  Once all the sorting was done and the new shoe shelves were built I was thrilled with how much more storage there was.  My husband even had room to add some his shoes! That was a huge accomplishment.

Then last week I made a trip to Ikea.  LOVE that place! I was so giddy when I found this set of storage drawers.  It fits great on my side of the closet and it stores several items.  The first drawer is filled with scarves, the second drawer is filled with leggings, the third with sweatshirts, and the fourth with swimsuit cover ups.  Since these items are either too long to hang up or too bulky to fit on hangers they fit great in these drawers and leave more room for the items I like to hang up.

Another trick to make the most out of a small closet? I use these S hooks (that I got at Lowe's a few years back) to hang a few of my handbags.

So that is how we try to make the most out of our small master closet.  Luckily we have several other places for where we store things like coats, my dresses, and my husband's Army gear.  That definitely helps in keeping the master closet functional. 

Are you one of those lucky ones blessed with a huge walk in closet?  Or are you like us and stuck with one that's on the smaller side?  As someone who loves to see how people use their closet space I'd love to know!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Self Tanner to the Rescue

I love self tanners! Always have and always will but I've mostly used them in the summer.  You know, so I don't look super, scary pale while wearing shorts and a tank top.  Well this winter I used one of those gradual tanners and it didn't do much for me.

Case in point? This pic from about a week ago.

Yikes, look how freaking pale I am! Well after seeing how much I blended in with my white shirt I knew it was time to move past the gradual tanner and start using the real thing...and pronto!

I used Neutrogena Build-a-Tan sunless lotion and after just 3 applications (within a week) I'm happy to say I don't look like one of those creatures from the Twilight Sagas.

Much better don't you think? 

My tips for applying any kind of sunless tanner is to #1 wear gloves (I use those blue latex free kind) and apply regular lotion to areas that tend to be dry first (for me that's my knees, elbows, ankles, and feet).  This really helps in preventing those areas from looking 'dirty'.  Then I apply the sunless tanning lotion, rubbing it into my skin in circular motions (to avoid any streaks). 

When it comes to applying it to my face, I take a tiny bit of the sunless tanning lotion and mix it with coconut oil (which is what I use as a moisturizer) then I apply it to my face.  Pretty simple.

The only bummer I found? Seeing how fast my new highlights have faded.  They were so bright and vibrant a week ago, what the heck! Ok, so that was completely not related to the sunless tanning lotion. Sorry about that. Oh, the things you notice in pictures of yourselves.  Are any of you like that too?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Comfy and Cozy Style

I've always been a T-shirt and jeans type of gal but lately I'm totally digging the leggings and T style.  It's so darn comfy.   Which is why I grabbed not one but TWO of these new cozy T's from Target.

I got this light blue one as well as a light grey one.  I think they're perfect for just lounging but honestly I think they'd look just as great when paired with some skinny jeans.

What about you, if you spot a shirt that you like do you usually buy multiples in different colors?  Please tell me I'm not alone on this one!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Easy Canvas Confetti Art

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Presidents' Day weekend.  We sure did. My son and I took a trip to Denver over the weekend to visit one of my favorite stores...Ikea!  We got so many great things.  In fact that's how our family spent most of Monday, putting together lots and lots of furniture.  It was fun though and I love how everything turned out.  So that's how we spent our extended weekend, now on the real subject of this post...

Well, we finally painted our master bedroom back in January (it only took 2 1/2 years to figure out what color we wanted).  We picked a pretty bluish grey color but once the new color was on the wall I noticed my old DIY painters tape art didn't stand out as much as it used to.  Here's what it looked like before we painted our bedroom.

Sadly the old artwork pretty much blended in with the new color so naturally I took to Pinterest for some inspiration.  That's when I came upon this Kate Spade inspired beauty.

Adorable right?  It's from Mint Love Social Club and I knew from the moment I saw it I wanted to do something similar.  So I followed her super easy instructions while creating our new bedroom artwork.

However, I chose silver scrapbook paper instead of gold and though she recommends using spray adhesive for the confetti dots, I didn't have any so I used Mod Podge instead.  At first I attempted to use a glue stick. DO NOT USE a GLUE STICK.  It did not work at all, in fact it was worthless.  Luckily the Mod Podge version worked great (I just applied it to the back of the dots and then placed them onto the canvas, easy peasy).

Even though I switched it up a bit, so far so good! It's subtle enough that it doesn't clash with the new paint color. Oh, and another bonus?  It's not too over-the-top girly that my husband would be opposed to it.  In fact he's kind of a fan of it (who knew?)!

As for the older painters tape artwork my son said he wanted it for his room.  It's been laying by his nightstand for the past few weeks though...I should probably figure out where he wants it to go.  Looks like I have another project already waiting for me!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thrifty and Fabulous {Giveaway}

I have a fun little Giveaway planned for you all today!

While making some of my latest Flower Earrings I realized 2 pairs had some minor flaws.  The color to one of my light orange flowers is off a tad bit from the other one and one of my blue flowers has a tiny little chip in one of it's petals.  Since these are minor flaws I didn't want to throw them away, so I thought why not offer them as a freebie to one lucky reader?!

Ready for all the technical, disclaimer stuff?

Keep in mind these earrings are flawed and imperfect (which is why they are not listed in my shop).  

Also, once the winner has been notified they will have 2 days to reply with their mailing address or a new winner will be chosen.

Ok, since we got that out of the way, let the fun begin!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

{Oh Deer} Transforming a Goodwill Find

So, I'm going to let you in on a little secret.  I love deer!  Even though dolphins are technically my favorite animals, deer hold a special place in my heart.  I view them as my totem animal, so imagine my surprise while perusing the aisles of Goodwill and spotting this.  Oh, and when I say surprise I mean "um, that's interesting".

For $1.99 though I couldn't pass this mama and her baby up. The bones of this figurine are great, the colors? Eh, not so much.  But no fear! There's nothing a little spray paint can't fix.

First I made sure to wipe it down, then I primed it using Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer spray paint.  After letting that dry for a while (maybe an hour or so) I used Valspar Metallic Gold spray paint.  I cannot say enough good things about this spray paint.  One use and I was ready to paint everything gold (and I'm more of a silver loving girl)! Seriously, that stuff is amazing! Then after letting that dry for another hour I was left with this new lovely.

Isn't it beautiful? I love how the gold brought out more of the details in the deer.  Their eyes and nose, you can actually see them now!

So that's my little secret, I'm madly in love with deer and gold spray paint.

Friday, February 8, 2013

High Five for Friday

Can you believe this is my first High Five for Friday post?  I know, me either!

If you follow Lauren from the blog From My Grey Desk than you are pretty familiar with this link party but if you are a newbie to the H54F party here's the lowdown.  Basically you share your top 5 favorite things about the week.  Pretty simple right?

So here are my highlights after a crazy, busy, week filled with doctor appointments, dentist appointments, parent teacher conferences, lack of sleep, and some other stuff I can't fully remember....

1.  I finally got my hair cut and colored! Last time I saw my hairdresser was back in November so it was definitely time. 

Before my new do'

And after!

2.  Since my hubby had Monday off we decided to be spontaneous and see if we had earned our free phone upgrades (yep, we get pretty crazy alright).  When we found out we were eligible we said bye bye to our old iPhones and hello to a couple of newer ones.  So far we are loving them! My daughter even picked out my new phone case (it's the glittery silver one in the pics above, cute right?).

3.  These gorgeous necklaces were added to my shop! Aren't they adorable? I think they are absolutely perfect for Spring.

4.  I finally got around to organizing and cleaning out my studio. Now let's just hope I can keep it that way!

5.  Last but not least I am really happy with the results I am seeing from using my at home peel (You can read more about what I'm using here.).  My skin gets a little crazy whenever I change up my skin care routine but after one week I can already tell a big difference...and in a good way!

So those are the highlights from my week!  If you joined in the H54F link party feel free to leave me your link.  I'd love to see what you have been up to.

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Let's Talk Peels

I haven't had a peel in ages (at home or in the spa) and since my skin has been doing great lately,  I wanted to treat it to a mild, at home peel.  I didn't have much luck finding one that would work with my skin type needs until I found this...
It comes with 60 pads and it's super easy to use.  Just apply to clean, dry skin and that's it! No need to rinse off after use.  When I applied it the very first time my skin started to tingle after about 10 minutes, so I just applied some coconut oil (which is what I use a moisturizer).  This peel is designed to use daily or weekly, as tolerated.  After using it 3 days in a row my skin finally started to peel (nothing too drastic though).  It's been almost one week since I started using it and I can already see a huge difference. Hopefully by the end of the month my skin will look even better!

Have you ever used an at home peel?  If so what did you think? Worth the splurge?
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