Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Market 24/7

In my recent adventures to try to look better on a daily basis and feel a bit better about myself, I've purchases some mid to high end makeup.  Earlier I showed you all the foundation I have started using - Urban Decay.  I went a little deeper into the Urban Decay line and decided I needed some better eyeliners. Usually I only use liquid liners since I have the dreaded hooded eyelids but i decided to give the 24/7 liners a try. 

I was told these were waterproof and that they wouldn't "travel" on my eyelids.  No truer statement has ever been said.  I've been wearing these eyeliners for several weeks and I adore them.  They stay put.  The colors are great - West - a not too dark but not too light brown, Desperation - a gorgeous gray, Apathy - an olive mossy mix and Black Market -  a medium black are the ones I love.  I don't care for the Riot, I plum/purple or Ink, a deep blue.  So worth the money

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Makeup Upgrade

I've been using low-end cosmetics for most of my makeup wearing life.  Recently I decided that I needed to up my game a bit and upgrade to something better.  I went from Almay and Revlon to this:

Yep - I bit the bullet and invested in some Urban Decay.  Less than one hour at Ulta and several dollars later - I was out the door.  I'd never done a makeover at one of these stores before but I wanted to have the foundation be the correct color for my skin tone.  She checked three different colors before matching me to #3.  A little primer, an extraordinary small amount of foundation and a great brush - and she transformed me.  A little blush and bronzer and I was sold.  I purchased the primer, foundation and good karma blending brush; along with some hair products and nail polish. 

 Needless to say, I am in love with this new foundation routine I have going on.  I know it sounds crazy but I was apprehensive about the new look - but I feel like I look better.  Money well spent if you ask me.  

**I've had a few readers comment that I've been gone for a while and a couple even asked if everything is okay? I was burned out on blogging for a while and was getting ready to start up again in May.  I even did a quick post on May 27.   Later that week, my father-in-law was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He passed on August 14.  Now you know why I've been gone this year, I hope to get back in the swing of things soon.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Grease Can

I get lectured on occasion by the hubby if any grease at all happens to do down the drain.  I try really hard to not let this happen and I reuse tin cans.  It’s just not very pretty to have this sitting out on my sink.

My remedy:  scrapbook paper and a little tape.  I simply cut the scrapbook paper to size and tape it to the can. 

This looks so much better and it take about 2 minutes.  Very little effort or cost so I don't feel bad about tossing it when it's time.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This Year's Plants

My wonderful mother was here for the weekend and she and I hit the greenhouses – if you are in SE Kansas and want quality plants, I highly recommend TLC Greenhouse at LaHarpe and Arnold Greenhouse just west of LeRoy.  Their prices are a little higher than you’ll pay at Wally World but the plants are so much nicer – healthier

I seldom have a solid plan when I head to the greenhouses.  I just pick and choose as I go and although it does take a while for me to decide – I usually come up with some unique combinations.   

Here’s what I did in planters for the front of the house.

A rusty bottom bucket with holes had found new life on the front deck.

And this old stand washtub was just begging for plants

Sweet potato vines, vinca, Swedish Ivy - I can hardly wait for these to take off

I have one barrel that gets exactly zero direct sunlight - begoinas always do very well here.  

And the back yard . . . . .

Bright pink geraniums in an old strainer basket

More pink in one of my old washtubs with some brides veil trailing over the sides

Some pretty purple in an old graniteware pot on the patio table

And my favorite this year - more pink with wandering jew, airplane plants and asparagus fern.

linking with:  The Charm of Home, The Shabby Nest

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Kid's Tree

From kindergarten through fifth grade my girls made Christmas ornaments at school. I love them all. Someday when they have homes and family’s of their own I’ll think about letting them have their ornaments.  Until then they are mine and will be displayed each year on what I call the Kid’s Tree.

It’s a 3” artificial tree that I purchased several years ago.  I use LED white lights and it gets the honor of holding these precious handmade ornaments.

  Adorable items made by my little ladies.


Gingerbread Men


 Photo Ornaments

  Kudos to all the teachers over the years - they had some great ideas!   

It’s a very special tree to me, I think I prefer it to the big family tree; it must be the mom in me. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Craft Stick Snowflake

I saw a great project on Pinterest the other day using craft sticks to make a snowflake.  I thought to myself “I can do this”.  And I did.

I started by cutting 24 craft sticks in half and then glued them together to make an approximate 90 degree angle – nothing exact going on here. 

Then I took a quarter – I couldn’t find the washers out in the garage and I don’t have any wooden discs on hand – and started gluing. 

Then I glued some more. 

I had one tiny freak out moment when the photographer (my eldest daughter) informed me that I had hot glued my rings.  Emeralds and hot glue are not a good mix. 

Then I glued a little more until I got the balanced look I desired. 

I was going to paint and glitter it up but I decided it looked good “natural” against my blue living room wall.  


Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday 2012

It’s Black Friday – anyone want to guess what I did today?   Shopping?  No freaking way – I have zero desire to fight the crowds for “bargains” in the middle of the night or early morning.  This lady enjoys sleeping at night and getting to sleep past 6:30 a.m. on a Friday is pure luxury.  So instead of shopping I started Christmas decorating. I decided that this year less is more.  Simple and uncluttered.  I think I used about one-third of the decorations we own.

I decided to go with a Christmas tree theme this year.  Trees I’ve collected, trees we’ve made, funky trees, traditional trees.  Some made of glass, others of paper, some covered with ribbon and others with glitter.

I also went with a few pine cones I picked up at Marshall’s in early November during a half price sale.  I mixed them up with some ornaments in a couple of antiques boxes.  I love the look. 

I also changed out the pillows in the living room.  

And put together a quick centerpiece for the dining room table. 

Our oldest daughter wrapped gifts for her friends.  

I can hardly wait until we go pick our tree this weekend!