Friday, December 30, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things: Part 2

So... last year I did a post on my fave beauty products... well, we've made some changes to better products! (No clue why I talk about myself in the plural... maybe it's the four pets). ANYWAY- I also needed to post something because it's been a while...

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Metallic Cream Eyeshadow
Shade: Antique Gold (silver with gold glittery flecks)
Cost: $15 at an outlet store
Verdict: No primer needed, just put some pressed powder on your lids and then smooth this on with a brush... it lasts ALL day with very minimal creasing, most times NONE at all.

Hard Candy Glossaholic Lipgloss
Shade: Fireball
Cost: $5 at Walmart
Verdict: I really like the sparkly red shade that is calm enough for my super pale skin tone, but I'm a lip gloss addict...

Burt's Bees Lipbalm
Just the original version... peppermint and something
Cost: $3 and change a piece, or two packs are $5 at CVS

I was using NYC Stay Matte foundation... but they didn't really have a shade pale enough to match my skin and I got super irritated with the masking lines....

Hard Candy Just Face It: Primer, Concealer, Foundation, Powder in one
Shade: as pale as it gets
Cost: $6-7 at Walmart
Verdict: Longer lasting that my Mary Kay foundation, half the price, great coverage... LOVE

I got a Burt's Bees mini sample box thing on clearance at Target and this was in it... I LOVE the way it makes my face feel cool and tingly.
Price: $8 at Walmart

In other news... I've added another furry child to my family...

She's an actual Pomeranian sized Pomeranian at 8 pounds, unlike my dear Charlie who is a sturdy 16 pounds. Her name is Macey Noelle and she is three months older than Charlie. Both will be three in 2012! She's very timid, but taking Charlie's lead on becoming more spunky. She is always wearing something pink and is glued to my side 24/7. I love her to pieces and my Charlie appreciates the playmate most of the time.

I like to call them The Pomeranians....
Like The Kardashians... but furrier... and smaller, paler.... more Pomeranianlike :P

Friday, December 2, 2011


I have no words for how hard this makes me laugh...
the whites of the cat's eyes...
the pure genius of the thought...
the fact that the dog steals poop quicker than i do in this house.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Latest Crush

I am in LOVE with these. Wouldn't they be LOVELY and AMAZING together?

Just sayin'.

Thursday, November 24, 2011



Good now through Saturday at noon!

Good now through Saturday at noon!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Credit Giveaway

Alright, I'm playing a game on Facebook!

Anyone who gets 5 people to like the shop page and tell me the name of the person who referred them get's an entry for a $10 shop credit with free shipping! Any extra like after five people is another entry! Going until 11/11/11.

P.S. The shop prices are super cheap so you are sure to find something you like!

Show some love!!! Please? :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Covered Bridge Festival FUN!

I took a much needed break and spent the day shopping one of the many covered bridge festivals in Indiana. We hit up this one every year, it's in Mansfield, Indiana near Brazil.

It's like... an hour+ drive....

Hellacious TRAFFIC in STAND STILL BUMPER TO BUMPER lines through the whole town...


I go once....
three times...

Don't judge... it's addicting and super fun... see pic below!

I came home today with a blown glass hello kitty pendant ($2.99), a pandora bracelet with six charms ($10) (bee, elephant, turtle, apple, angel, and "born to shop" bag), and four nail polishes ($5)

I also devoured:
1 apple dumpling from Heaven with ice cream ($5)
1 grilled ham and cheese sandwich that everyone is in search of ($7)
2 cans of soda ($1.75)
1 bottle of water ($1)


for $4

There were like 2 dozen of those melt in your mouth, cinnamon sugar, elephant ear like heavenly morsels in my bag... and they are all gone... with no picture...

Guess that's another reason for visit number 2!!!

And the fact that I must own the $25 white hat in the above pic that I passed up today... as well as a pair of rhinestone Hello Kitty earrings and a clip in pink hair extension...

Any of you ever been to a covered bridge festival? Thoughts? Recommendations? Tagalongs?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Creative Practicing: A Grad School Project

This is what you get with 12+ hours of creative practicing:
It involved four hours with a friend to make the rolled roses, wreath, bows and ruffled flowers.
An hour baking a cake.
Three hours making a clutch purse.
Two hours painting and mod podging.
Another hour finishing the painting.
An hour of recipe scrapbooking.
AND another hour + to make the corkboard and mind jar!!!!

Fall wreath with new rolled felt roses (cut in a scalloped pattern instead of just a spiral):

Recipe Scrapbook:

(I painted one color band at a time and then dumped the glitter on while the paint was wet. Then added words cut from magazines that are meaningful to me, hope to add more words!)

Finally successful with making felt bows for hair clips!
Ruffled jersey flowers for brooches:

Wine Corkboard
(I used wine corks from a friend that are REAL cork. First though I traced the back of the frame on a piece of foam board, then glued burlap over the foam board, glued all that onto the back of the frame and then glued down the corks- going to add a big bow to the top since it's not centered!)
Mind Jar- for relaxing and calming down in time out
(You fill a container with 2/3 warm water, 1/3 gel school glue, and then a tablespoon of glitter. I also added some food coloring to get a yellow color water. For my kiddos I'll be remaking this in a plastic water bottle!)

Ruffled Zipper Wristlet Clutch!!!
(So excited about this!!! First time I've ever sewn in a zipper with my sewing machine! And used fusible fleece for the first time EVER! Also added the removable wrist strap! I LOVE it!)

Mod Podge Cigar Box
(I used a piece of wood from the inside of the box to cover the writing on the original lid, then I used my pedicure tool to carve the heart and the word joy into the top like a tree carving :) ).

Rolled Roses:
(Tried to make the little roses by making a knot and then gluing it down to felt and gluing down as I rolled... not sure how I feel about the finished product. It's thinner than my normal rolled roses, but would be nice for headbands. The process was much quicker than my normal roll, fold, and glue method.)
Chocolate Pudding Cake:
(Pinned on Pinterest and made for my mom's birthday. It was a big hit and involved NO eggs!!! That part surprised me!)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Creative Practicing: Hour One- Devise a Plan

I've spent an hour on pinterest (probably more than an hour, but let's not go into my addiction) and have the following picked out as projects to do for my 12 hours of creative practicing:

(obsessed with wanting to make a pennant banner)

Paint something

Paint some beads- idea via The Idea Room blog- linked through pinterest

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Make a clutch

Now to get to crafting!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Grad School: Development of Creative Thinking

So I'm going to school to get my Master's in Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted Education.

I'm taking two courses right now, one of which is an eight weeker that ends on the 17th. I am preparing to start one of my final assignments: Creative Practicing.

Assignment: Spend at least 12 hours over a period of time doing something in a new way or something differently.

My take: spend at least an hour a day for the next two weeks creating one new thing each day and then documenting that journey on this little blog. Goal? Do some of those things I've starred on Google Reader and pinned on Pinterest and maybe whip up some new items for the Etsy Shop.

Follow along with me :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What to Do...

School started back over a month ago...
Since that time I have gained 10 pounds (seriously).
Went from sleeping 10-12 hours to 4-6 (yes I still sleep like a crazy teenager).
I still haven't finished washing all of the dishes (ridiculous yes).

Now I am the only resource teacher for 29 to 32 students with special needs.
Given they are in their classrooms so I don't have everyone in my room, but I'm definitely stretched to the second.

I feel as though I've lost myself.
I've lost all time for crafting and creating.
I almost feel numb some days.

I've pondered closing my etsy shop.
I've wondered what kind of new designs I could add.
Felt as though I've failed at keeping it going and getting it to it's full potential.
(There are mountains of coordinating fabrics that I bought to make rolled roses for stuff for the shop that haven't been touched.)

Source: None via Amy on Pinterest

I know we all go through times like this, or at least I'm told.

So now I've stolen a quiet moment to ramble on here.
I also stole a couple moments a few nights ago to play around with photoscape and on the computer.

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Now I'm preparing for another late night of school work.
Good news is that they are working on putting another teacher with me half days to help out at the school...

Until then... I'll be around...
Pinteresting an imaginary vacation and craft wishes!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

WWIW: What I was too busy to post!

The school year started...
I am the only special education resource teacher in the entire building...
That makes my caseload 32...
It's never been larger than 27...
Manageable is 22...

Basically, I lost all ability to have time to blog!

So here are some outfit posts from the last month:


I used tutorials from Sweet Verbana for:

Shrug: T.J. Maxx

Jacket: Marian College (now Marian University- my alma mater)
Dress: Walmart (I was sick this day and this was my comfy outfit!)
Cowboy Boots: Kmart (LOVEEEEEEEEE THEM!!!! First pair that has EVER fit my size 11 feet)

Shirt: Cato's
Pants: Maurice's (clearance)
Necklace: Flea Market

Dress: Kmart (red and aqua!!! LOVE!)
Shrug: T.J. Maxx
Jeans: Maurice's
Shoes: Target

Bad lighting... sorry
Shirt: Lane Bryant from Goodwill
Pants: Maurice's (same pair! EEK!) (I washed them I swear!)
No clue what shoes are on my feet!

Dress: Target
Flats: Payless

Lazy hair with a rolled rose clip from an etsy shop I've lost the name of!

Patchwork Poseys: Made by me in my Etsy Shop :)

Shirt: Fashion Bug
Jeans: Walmart Phat Silver Label

Shirt: Family Dollar
Lace Cami: Cato's
Jeans: Maurice's (clearance)
Necklace: Premier Designs

I'm linking up to:
pleated poppy

Momma Go Round

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