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DIY bracelets

13 Aug

Feeling a little crafty today and caught this cute DIY bracelet idea off Pinterest… what a simple, fun project! Just take some old bangles (or you can find cheap ones at the store) and some colored string, glue one end of the string to the bangle and wrap the rest around, adding some tiny charms and pendants to give it a little something special!

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Ooh La La (Lacquers!)

13 Jul

Next Friday I have my first show as a vendor…I am selling some of my hand made nail lacquer that I make and sell online.  (The name of the line is LaLa Lacquers and is found on http://etsy.com/shop/LaLaLacquers  ) . I managed to get in the “lab” this week and produce a good amount of polishes to bring along.  Here are some (not so great) photos of a few of the color samples, all of which will be made available for sale on Etsy:

 

 

Mila’s Room

11 Jun

So my little bundle of joy is due to arrive this September, and I have not been able to quit making/buying things for her and her room!  I painted the walls an aqua blue green color, revamped an old and ugly brown dresser into a beautiful white one with new hardware, and decorated the room with hot pink, orange, and white colors.  It is a work in progress, still have more to do!  I was thinking of creating a unique design above her crib rather than the cliché letters that spell out her name…there’s also some more furniture to be added, and then the whole room tidied up.  What do you think so far?

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Make your own lotion from coconut oil!

18 May

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If you’ve read my post on coconut oil then you already know all of the benefits it brings…but making your own lotion from it is one of my favorites!  It lasts longer than store bought lotions and is really good for your skin!  You don’t need much to make the lotion, you probably have some of these things in your kitchen already.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup  olive oil (or almond oil)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  •  1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

You can also add essential oils if you would like!

All you have to do is:

  • mix the ingredients into a glass jar (any kind will do as long as it’s big enough to contain the ingredients)
  • heat a couple inches of water in a sauce pan (enough to submerge the bottom bit of the jar)
  • place the jar in the hot water and watch the ingredients melt, shaking around occasionally
  • pour into small jar or container of your choice and put on lid and you’re done!

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How to Make Tie-Dye Cake!

8 May

Today was one of those stay at home days…had a beautiful thunderstorm raging outside, so I decided to grab my husband and force him to bake with me 🙂  When I told him I wanted to make a tie-dye cake, he looked at me like I was crazy… okay, I AM a little crazy but that’s besides the point!  Anyway it was totally easy to make and super fun at the same time.

We just took a vanilla (or white cake mix) and made it as usual (water, oil, and egg whites) and mixed it up and divided it into six different bowls.  In each bowl we added various drops of food coloring to make a rainbow of colors…blue, yellow, red, green, purple, and orange.  Then we dropped each color mix randomly into a greased 9X13 pan and kind of shook it around so it looked like this:

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Then we let it bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 30 minutes (burnt myself on the oven of course) and it came out like this:

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Let it cool 10-20 minutes then we added chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles and viola! YUMMY TIE-DYE CAKE!!!! Now if you want to be really awesome you could make multiple cakes, layer them with frosting in between each layer, and frost the top as well.

Here’s my husband’s slice of cake…couldn’t grab a pic before he took a bite!

From trash to treasure: My soon to be born baby Mila’s dresser

3 May

One man’s trash is totally my treasure!  I took this really old ugly dresser I bought for $20….

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Sanded and painted it white, and added hardware for under $20….And it turned into a cute dresser for my baby girl to be!

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What do you think?

Organizing your nail polish!

30 Apr

I am a nail polish junkie.  In case you didn’t already know.

That said, I have a larger collection of nail polish than most nail salons…and am always looking for new ways to contain and organize my stash.  Nail polish racks can be expensive sometimes, so I’ve found a bunch of different inexpensive ways to store polish, whether you have a few bottles or a complete store full…

Hanging plastic organizers

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Using/Dressing up old spice racks

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Using an old picture frame

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making drawers/boxes

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Using different containers

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Or even magnetic pods

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What do you think? How would you store your polish?

LaLa Lacquers!

31 Mar

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So maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t beeen posting as often as normal…and that’s because I have been hard at work creating and opening my own Etsy shop where I sell handmade nail polishes! I created the unique polishes with 3-free bases and pigments along with solvent resistant glitters…all from scratch (not mixing already existing polishes together like many do) so each polish is individually crafted and unique (and beautiful!)

You can visit my shop on Etsy: etsy.com/shop/LaLaLacquers

and follow me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LaLaLacquers

Here’s one of the polishes named ‘Surfing Fiji’:

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Make your own organic salsa garden!

21 Mar

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If you love salsa or gardening or just being outside, this project is for you!  Personally, i eat salsa with or on almost every meal, and started growing my own salsa garden last year.  I love the freshness of the salsa when it comes straight from my own garden!  I also get to choose exactly what type of ingredients are put into the salsa, so I chose to grow all organic seeds in organic soils. So here’s what you need to do:

  • Plan out a garden space including areas for each type of plant (I planted tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, basil, cilantro, green and red chilies, bell peppers, and jalapenos) and make sure that it will receive at least SIX hours of sunlight each day.

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  • Buy your seeds ahead of time, some seeds can be planted/sown indoors 6-8 weeks     before being transplanted outdoors.  I started my chili peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and basil indoors in a mini greenhouse..they sell starter pellets or starter kits at any garden shop.
  • Dig out your garden space a few inches down and make sure the soil is ready for planting.
  • Plant your seeds according to the package they came in, making sure there is no threat of a frost (usually around May-June) and also transplant the started plants outdoors carefully. I use eco-friendly starter pots that can be planted directly into the ground and covered with soil.  Make sure you plant the garden around 2 months before you plan to harvest your ingredients.
  • Water your garden as needed and when it does not rain
  • Harvest your ingredients and wash before making them into a delicious salsa of your choice! YUMMY!

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Super Easy Magnetic Makeup Board And a Super Easy Makeup Brush Holder

9 Mar

 

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Okay, so if looking at the picture isn’t simple enough as it is…here’s a quick and easy how to:

For the Makeup Board: You will need

  • Makeup!
  • Super glue or double-sided Velcro dots
  • Pack of small round magnets or magnet strips
  • A sheet of metal
  • Fabric
  • Picture Frame

Cover the metal with a fabric of your choice, then glue to a neat picture frame. Add magnets to the back of your makeup with either super glue or Velcro dots. Place on board. Never lose your makeup! For the Makeup Brush Holder: You will need

  • A glass candle holder
  • Glass rocks or beads
  • Makeup Brushes!

Grab a glass candle holder and fill with rocks or beads, then stick makeup brushes in! Holds them upright and looks awesome!

Got these ideas on Pintrest!