Something Fun

I’ve become a big Pintrester lately. So when I found a pin for a duvet cover fort, I had to try it. Only one issue though. I don’t have a duvet cover. Boo. Enter craftiness.

bubble fort outside

We did it! It’s a king side fitted sheet, a box fan, and a rock for each corner to hold it down. Just put the sheet where you want, put a rock into each corner to keep it down, add a fan, and go!

exploring for the first time

The girl thinks it’s cool. Or maybe awesome when toys are involved.

m&ms and toys!

I had to sneak pictures. She didn’t want me in there.

Made it her own

She says “MOM! GO AWAY!”


An Experiment

I’ve been browsing Pinterest a lot lately and I came across a post for a homemade facial cleanser.  I’ve been trying to get rid of a lot of the chemicals in the house so naturally I’ve been looking for beauty products. All I could think was “SWEET but I might have to change it a bit.” You see, I have normal skin and the recipe was for dry skin so there was going to be a problem there. So today I decided to take the plunge and give it a try. Here’s my altered version for normal skin.

Oil facial cleanser:  equal parts of castor oil and grape seed oil, plus a few drops of essential oil (I used eucalyptus). Put into a sealable container and shake until combined. Pour onto a cotton ball, or wash cloth and rub onto your face until clean. rinse with warm water and wash off extra oil if desired.

That’s it. All oils, but it does an amazing job! I left the extra oil on my face for an hour so my skin could soak some of it in, then wiped my face with a wash cloth that has a very small amount of my favorite soap on it (One With Nature Dead Sea Mud Soap) just so my skin didn’t have that oily look for the pic that I’m posting. In the future I’m going to leave the oil on my skin overnight. My skin is so soft and doesn’t have that tight, dry feeling it can get with normal soaps.

Here’s the before:

and after:

My after kinda looks like it left a lot of makeup around my eyes, but that’s just the way they look. I’m getting good at covering my dark circles!

On a related note, I’ve always gotten really dry skin during the winter and lotions, even the ones with cocoa butter, have never helped. I went out on a limb this year and decided to try putting coconut oil on my skin twice a day. Not only does my skin look and feel amazing (never had that happen with store-bought lotions!) but I haven’t had a problem with dry flaky winter skin this year.

An Updated Book

I recieved this book for my 6th birthday. I remember taking it for to show and tell in 1st grade. It’s been well loved over the years and was in need of TLC.

The spine was starting to split at the bottom so I had to repair it. As I was working on that I thought why not recover the whole book? I was planning on keeping it around until it turned to dust anyways. So I did.

The new cover is made from Alyssa’s old baby clothes and lace trim I had lying around. Alyssa loves it and calls it her pretty book.

My Latest Creation (and the link to the tutorial!)

It’s a heat mask for when I get migraines or for when I just want to relax. My tutorial for it it found on Cut Out + Keep.

Guilty Pleasure? Yes, Please!

I’ll admit it. I have a guilty pleasure, although it’s not food like most would think (although I am known for stealing Alyssa’s Fruit Rollups!). It’s not sneaking away for a day without the kid, or even the occasional mani/pedi, seeing as I’ve never had one before. It’s even one that I bet no one would have expected me to have.

My weapon of choice?

I just LOVE looking through the hundreds of pages worth of designer clothes that are oh so gorgeous!  I was looking through the March 2011 issue with Lady Gaga  on the cover when I  came across several ads for Fendi. Then I saw this dress from the spring/summer 2011 Fendi Collection.

Simply AMAZING! Wrap around skirt, empire waist, tank under an almost strapless look. I like! I must find a way to recreate this dress. It’s begging for a DIY.

Anyone else have a guilty pleasure that no one knew about?

images: Vogue logo (google search), Fendi dress

Oh The Dress!

We have a wedding to go to at the end of May, and as any woman knows, that means dress shopping. Something I hate to do because the cutest dresses are either too expensive or I can’t find one to fit me.

I had decided to sew one from a Vintage Vogue pattern. That is, until I discovered that it would cost me close to $100 for the pattern, the fabric and the closures. Not cool. I could buy one at Macy’s for that! Off I went to search for a cheaper pre-made dress. I had found one from Forever 21, but I still wanted to make my own! What’s a girl to do!

Now I have a few dresses I was going to donate. I loved the prints on them , but not so much the fit. Why donate when I can re-style them into something new!

Concept #1.

Sweetheart neckline, 2 inch wide halter strap, gathered bubble skirt, solid underskirt to add length. fabric would be from a black dress and a blue/white/black print dress. Total cost for me? Less than $10 for a zipper, thread and a ball point needle.

Concept #2

scoop neckline, A-line skirt, with a contrasting belt. Made from a black tank dress, and a green/black/yellow/grey print t-shirt dress. Total cost will be around $25, depending on the price of colored leather/other stiff fabric, belt closures, and thread.

I already know I’m going to make both, I just hae to wait for payday to get started. Hurry up Friday!