Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Tinted Moisturizer

Well as most of you know I am a mom of 5 kids, and getting myself ready can really be a challenge.  I have taken a challenge to not always look "frumpy" (word I use alot).  As beauty experts always say you need to use a moisturizer everyday with a SPF.  So to give me a refreshed look everyday (no matter what the day brings) I made my own tinted moisturizer. 
I was introduced to the stuff in HS.  I personally LOVED the kind that Avon had, but over the years they phased it out and it only comes around every now and then.  Having five kids we are on a strict budget and making my own is way more affordable.  Below I am going to tell you how to make your own.  

Foundation or Mineral Make up (pick a color slightly darker than your normal shade)
Your favorite moisturizer with a SPF
A beauty spatula or thin popsicle stick
Empty lotion bottle or you can get the travel size kind.

1. Fill the empty bottle 3/4 of the way with your favorite moisturizer.
2. Start mixing in your liquid foundation or mineral make up (if using a powder mineral make up you will need to mix little bits with the lotion to cream it up then add it to the bottle)
3. Make sure you mix well and test it until you come up with the right shade.
Now you have a quick way to add light coverage.

I hope you enjoy this
Chaun V.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I made....A bottle cap key chain

Sorry it has been so long since my last post.  I am hoping to do better now that the baby is getting bigger and I am not so stressed about our house.
So today I am going to share with you a free tutorial on how to make a bottle cap keychain.  Sorry for some of the pics, my son was helping me by taking pics so I could use both hands.
First here is your supplies. This is what I use, but if you want to change anything to add your own style then that is fine.
So we have split rings.  I have two sizes 9mm and 33mm.  
Paper Glaze or 1" epoxy dots.
1/16" hole punch
Welding pliers and a piece of felt
1" bottle cap (I used one with a design on one side)
Bottle cap image (there are many you can get from ETSY ). The one I am using was free share from a forum that I belong to.  Making your own is a whole new tutorial.  
Sticker maker (pic is below)

 Line your welding pliers with the felt.  This keeps the bottle cap from getting scratched.
 I have found by placing the bottle cap this way when applying pressure you get less dents.
 You want to apply even firm, but not to firm, pressure.  You will have to rotate the cap to get it flattened on all sides.
 Here is one side after it is flattened.  It gives it that "charm" look.
 Here is the other side.
 Now you want to make your image sticky on one side. This is what I use and LOVE IT!!!!
When you get one it needs to be permanent adhesive.
 Place the image inside the cap.  Press firmly down on your image.
 Now you either place your epoxy dome over the image or use the paper glaze according to the directions.
You can also use a resin.  This is just personal choice on what you want to use.
 You need to punch your hole in the cap.  Then place the 9mm split ring through it.  Add the larger split ring and..........
Voila.... You have made a
bottle cap key chain.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
Chaun V.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Blog to Follow

So I know that many of you are moms.  One thing about moms is we are really good about helping each other out and having great ideas.  Here is a blog that gives you some of those ideas that can really help you out, Everyday Mom Ideas. Today she has a guest blogger, Small Fry and Co., she is going to show you how to make travel cosmetic bag.

She is also holding a contest on the blog for a free pack of Avery Labels.  I know my friend Katina would like them to get her house and her classroom organized.  Here is the link.

So today I didn't share anything that I made but I wanted to share some other great blogs out there.  I hope you enjoy them.

Chaun V.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I Made This.....a Tote

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. You know how life goes, and here life goes a lot with 5 kids.
Today I have a great I made this... it is a No Sew Tote. This was made for my youngest daughter who just started taking dance classes, and she needed something to carry her shoes in. As a bonus I TRIED (key word there) to make a tutorial for you. I really hope you enjoy it.
You are going to need two coordinating fabrics or bandannas.  I like using the bandannas because your top is already going to have seam.
Place bad sides together and fold in half.
Next cut through all the layers.  I did 3.5" in and 1" apart.
Start tying the layers together.  You will get the two from one side and the other two from the other side and tie them together.  When done go back through and make sure all the pieces are TIGHT. Then get random pieces and tie them together.

Here is what it looks like when all tied up.
 Now to add handles.  Get 46" of ribbon.  I used 1.5"  A roll of Witch Stitch or Heat Bond for Hems.
Start warming up your iron to the instructions of your No Sew Bond you are using.  I also recommend that you have an iron that you can use just for your crafts.
You are going to cut a strip of the Witch Stitch the size of your opening of the bag.
Cut 4 pieces (2 for each handle) of Witch Stitch the width of your ribbon.
Lay down your long strip right below the seam.  Then place your ribbon over that and about 1/4" below the Witch Stitch.  Now place your two small pieces on top of the ribbon.
Now lay the top layer of fabric over all of that and start ironing according to the directions.  I recommend that you use the end of the ironing board to help hold the bag.

Now flip it over and iron the other side.
Repeat for the other handle.
And here is the finished product.
I really hope you enjoyed this post.
If you make this please post pics on the Facebook page so we can see.
Chaun V.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What I MADE my family do.

So this past week has been really crazy. We had the ultimate winter storm here in Texas. You think being locked in the house for four days I would get so much done. WRONG!! With all 5 kids in the house I got NOTHING... I mean NOTHING done.

So on to what I made my family do. At my church they are doing a 40 day fasting. Well with me breast feeding I can not quite do that. So I came up with my own fasting for me and my family. Yes this more goes on the lines of lint but we have never done anything like this so we have to work our way into it. As a family we have given up eating out for 40 days. Easy you might say, but not for us/me. I am all about convenience with my big family. My thinking behind it is this, fasting is suppose to help you grow and provide self improvement. By us not eating out we will be eating at the dinner table more and growing as a family. Also, we will be praying at dinner time as a family. So our growth as a family and God will be met. The extra bonus, we will not be physically growing, I hope to be shrinking.

With one week now down the struggle begins.
Wish us luck that we can make it through. Prayers would be nice too.
Chaun V.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011