Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Entryway Accessories

Here's an update on where my entry hallway stands in its makeover! 
You may remember my post on adding some pops of color by making pillows for the bench...or this post on framing up some family photos...or this one on installing beadboard.
I've continued to add some color with a few more accents. 
The fabric for the pillows comes from JoAnn Fabrics and the ceramic owl vase was picked up at a store in my local mall. The orange fabric bins are the Martha Stewart collection at Home Depot.  
I was so excited to find the orange and gray plaid lined organizer on a recent trip to Target! The colors are perfect and I was looking for something that would help keep my keys, change, and sunglasses organized in my 'drop zone'! The chandelier is from Ikea and the mirror is something I've had since I was a teenage (recently spray painted gray). The shelving unit is also from Target.

Oh and how cute are my new boots from LL Bean? Every Maine girl needs a pair of Bean boots to survive the long winters! They're so warm and easy to slip on over my tights when running out the door to school (then I pull a Mr. Rogers and change into my nice shoes)!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Insta-Friday

Linking up with Jeanette at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday!

Here's what I've been up to over the last couple of weeks...
1) Over Christmas break I caught the last weekend of the Winslow Homer exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art (that's me and Winslow hanging out)...amazing paintings from his time spent here in Maine!

2) The joys of winter in Maine...our mailboxes were taken out by a car that went off the road during a snow storm! 

3) Celebrating New Years Eve with friends!

4) Warming up with some friends at Soakology! Soooo amazing and relaxing!

 5) Trying not to lose the stamina I've built up running all summer and fall...but running on the treadmill sucks!

6) Rooting on my students at a b-ball game!

7) A new semester starts Monday! Spent time this week organizing all my course materials, particularly my curriculum binders.

8) Game night at my place with some of the funniest people I know!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunshine Box Printable

Greetings on this cooooold Maine January day! How about a little sunshine?  I've created and packed up a Little Box of Sunshine to ship to a friend 'just because' and now I'm sharing the warmth with you!

Sunshine Gift Box Idea and free printable

Go to the store and find as many 'sunshine' colored items as you can, 
then put them in a box with this printable card I've designed especially for this project!


 Then ship the package to a special friend who may need their day brightened! The printable in the pictures above don't show up very well but the one you can download here should be brighter when you print it! I've used a paper punch to round the corners of the cardstock, too! Enjoy!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Beauty Routine

I consider my makeup and hair routine relatively low maintenance.  I don't like to spend a lot of time on either area and am a creature of habit.  I've never been one to bother with foundation (I've been blessed with pretty good skin) but instead opt for a dusting of bronzing powder and blush!

But recently, I've changed some things up a bit and have been pleased with the results! Let's start with the eyes...  I have really long eyelashes, however, they grow straight down so an eyelash curler is a must! I heat mine up a bit with my hair dryer before curling my lashes to help keep the curl.  With my old mascara (and others that I experimented with along the way but never had good results) the curl would fall out of the lashes and I'd have to curl again! Even then, the curl would fall by mid day.

Enter BETTER THAN FALSE LASHES...

Although the picture is sort of blurry due to my camera phone, you can see what my lashes look like without any eye liner or mascara (on the right) and what they look like after being curled and coated with BTFL mascara! LOOOOOVE it! I'm frequently asked if my lashes are real!

It is a two part system that has mascara in one tube and then little white fibers in the other. You put one coat of mascara, then a coat of the fibers, then another coat of mascara.

The Pros:  Holds the curl better than any mascara I've used and gives me incredibly long, thick lashes.  I don't have to mess with false lashes (too high maintenance for me)! I get compliments everywhere I go!

The Cons: It's expensive...about $30 at Sephora (although I can get about 3 to 4 months out of one set). It's sticky...if my top eyelashes are smushed together, they will stick!  I have to use eye makeup remover on my lashes or the mascara won't come off (the camomile gentle remover from The Body Shop works well).  But I love it so don't care about the cons! :)


Change #2 was trying Bare Minerals.  Several of my friends use this product and have loved it! It's essentially foundation, bronzer, and blush all in a powdery mineral form. Goes on like a powder but covers like a foundation. I only use it very lightly so I can't attest to how it would work for someone with real 'problem areas' they are trying to cover, but so far I really like it because it doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything at all!

I've got the routine down, too, so I'm happy to maintain my 'low maintenance' status! 
PS- I'm not cool enough to be paid for posts or endorsements...these are all my opinions!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

30th Birthday Gift

30 Sucks!  Well, not really, but it's a clever tag line for this cute and creative 30th birthday gift! 

30th Birthday Gift Idea Bouquet

I've seen something like this all over Pinterest and I finally had a chance to make one for a recent 30th birthday party to which I was invited! I didn't follow a tutorial, just sort of 'winged it'.

Here's what I used:
-Two bags of Tootsie Pops (you could do 30 pops but there were 17 pops in each bag so I just used them all)

 -A small bucket or container...I found mine in the $1 section of Target but I also checked out my local Goodwill for flower pots and vases

-Desert Floral Foam (I purchased this for around $3 at WalMart).  Cut a piece small enough to fit inside the bucket without sticking out over the top. Then start sticking the pops into the foam in a circle around the rim, followed by filling them in randomly as you move toward the top. Once you've stuck them all in, go back and adjust their heights until it pleases your eye!


-Skewer or thin dowel...stick this, pointy side down, into the center of your bouquet.

-Scrap book paper and glue...I created a simple '30 Sucks' design in Photoshop (any word processing program will work, too) and printed onto card stock, punched with a 2 1/1" circle paper punch, then glued to a square of scrap book paper folded in half. I also used a paper punch to round the corners of the scrap book paper. Glue your sign to the skewer and your done!