Makeup Tutorials

I have small eyes and I am constantly looking for ways to make them appear larger.  Not many things on my body I want to enlarge but this is one of them. I found this technique that I have never seen before.  I tried it and it does make your lashes look thicker,

I discovered this cool trick a few months back. Drop your mascara tube in a glass or cup of warm water.  The mascara glides on and it is a great way to get out the last bit of mascara out of the tube.
I never really got eyelash curlers until I ran into this neat trick.  Warm up your curler with your hair dryer and enjoy longer,  luscious eyelashes.
I recently started doing my concealer like this instead of the straight line under my eye.  It seemed I could never get it to blend. Another great tip is to use your foundation first and then use concealer.
I love buying makeup brushes but I never know the best way to use them.  This guide is so helpful.  Some of these uses were a surprise, but now I know what to do with each brush.
Last but not least is how to apply eye makeup that best suits your eye shape.  This is very important.  I have a hooded eye and the colors above my lid is what is going to be noticed the most.

Baby Food Jar Organizer

I just discovered a new use for a baby food jar organizer and it was so surprising and pure genius. It is perfect to hold all your spices.  I had a drawer full of spice bottles that never got used, now they are on my counter, begging me to use them when I cook.
I can't take the credit for this invention though, it was the idea of my friend, Lauren, whose baby had just stopped eating baby food. She is the one who came up with this brilliant idea.  The moment I saw it, I knew it was the answer to a problem I've had for a long time, buried spices that needed to be used before the date ran out. I couldn't get to town fast enough to buy this organizer.  Thanks Lauren for your great idea, some people are just so creative.

Small Closet Organization

I am in the process of organizing my very small closet. I need all the closet organization tips I can find.

  The most important step is to get everything out of the closet and evaluate it's value.  Here is a simple way to decide what stays and what goes.

I personally don't go along with the idea  throw it away after a year. Why not store it away.  It could be an important piece when other pieces are added to your wardrobe. 


           How to Organize Your Closet


Here are two ideas for  tank tops.  I had put my  solid tank tops on one hanger and the patterns on another hanger, but  I really like the idea of a tie rack.
And this one uses shower curtain rings.  Genius!!

 Both ways are a great way to have tanks at your fingertips.

 I used to put my tank tops in a drawer so I forgot to use them when dressing.  They add so much style, hide straps, add color, and the list goes on and on.
I have NO lights in my closet and when I first saw this idea I said no way. But when you when you start thinking about strands of lights around the door(on the inside), it starts to make sense. Definitely trying this.

The Bride Wore Red

My family and I attended a wedding this past weekend.   This was not the traditional white wedding  but I loved that there was a lot  vibrant colors.  The bride wore a red dress and she was beautiful.
My daughter was the wedding planner for this wedding  and pulled it off for a little over $200.00.
 I'm frugal, but really, two hundred dollars?

This is a breakdown of the costs:

  • Wedding dress                                  (Thrift store)
  • Veil                                                     Borrowed
  • Shoes                                                 Borrowed
  • Flowers                                              $40
  • Invitations                                           Home printed
  • Hair                                                    Stylist Donated
  • Makeup                                              Donated by Consultant
  • Food                                                  Donated
  • Photographer                                     Free
The photographer part is where my story gets interesting.
  My son who is a photographer was going  to take pictures but he was called to work 3rd shift the night before so when he was supposed to be at the wedding taking pictures, a bomb explosion would not have woke him up.
My husband and I are sitting on the back row when my sister in law walks in with my son's camera and hands it to me.  My daughter has sent the camera to me to take pictures.  (because she was in the wedding also)
I have never taken a picture on this camera,(and it  has all the bells and whistles). I can barely take pictures on my cool pix camera.  I'm sitting there  saying Oh my goodness, you are kidding me.
No she wasn't!!
She shows me which button to push for the picture, 
That concluded  my crash course in photography.
 I'm sitting there thinking, I'm not about to get up and jump around like a photographer does when he takes pictures even though I know this is the way to get good photos.
I slide to the end seat and  take on the task of wedding photographer.
   It's then that I  realize that I don't know what to look through to take the picture.  There is a big holey thing on the top so I line up the wedding couple in it and snap away.
I was definitely a photographer on the fly.
Actually, the pictures turned out good considering I was looking through the wrong hole.
The point of my story is, always listen to your inner voice.  When it tells you to sit down, it will pay you to keep your seat, unless you want people pointing and saying, look she's looking through the wrong hole.

Reviving Old Sofas

A few posts back I showed how I stuffed my sofa with fiberfil (used to make pillows).  I  loved the way it worked.  It will satisfy me until I can find the perfect (or almost perfect sofa)
My niece Krista saw the post and tried it too.  She said she was very pleased with the results.  She sent the before and after photos: Here is Krista's Sad Sofa.

 And here is the After Picture.  It made a lot of difference to the looks but she said she also loved the way it sat after the makeover.
So now we can relax until the perfect couch is found.

Free Printable 1st Birthday Candy Wrapper

Your baby's first birthday is always a special time.  There are so many milestones to celebrate during that special year.  Here is a free printable for baby's 1st birthday.  The design has a cute brown bear holding the number one.

  • Click on image and print from your home printer
  • Cut away the border leaving only the printed wrapper.
  • Cover your Hershey bar with foil, you can use a  regular thin aluminum foil.
  •  Place the front of the printed wrapper on the front of the chocolate bar and wrap and align
  • Use a glue stick where it says glue line
  • Stick the ends together.  Make sure the back and front are straight.
 This makes unique baby shower favors for girls or boys.


Saving Wedding Cards

My niece was  married a few months back and came up with this idea to save her wedding cards.
 Our family is very sentimental and will figure a way to save anything personal. To make a binder, center your cards with the  rings and punch the holes.  
Here is a photo of the open book.  She has two binders full of wedding cards and invitations This will be a treasure for years to come.  I love the idea that someone loved my card enough to include it in notebook.
This is a great way to preserve all the sentiments and  well wishes from family and friends.

Snack and Gatoraid Craft

My daughter wanted to make her dad something for his birthday that he would enjoy.  She wanted to keep it simple because she said he's not worried about how it looks, he just wants the
I thought it was a good idea and  I guess men don't care, like my daughter said, but I tried to think of ways to pretty it up but not too much.
I would cover the cardboard circles with scrap paper with tool designs since he is a carpenter.   Then circle with  pieces of burlap ribbon on the top and bottom.  Then I would tuck small tools in the burlap. Do you have ideas for this craft?  Let me know how you would change this gift or would you change it at all?  We would love to hear your ideas.
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