Project: Cinch Bag & Zipper Pouch

Finally finished my coral & navy projects!
Don't you just love this color combination?
You may remember when I introduced this combo in this earlier post.

I thought they turned out lovely.
Just what I need to keep motivated until Spring truly arrives.

The zipper pouch is a simple flat-bottomed pouch with a coral interior. Perfect for lovely little treasures. I have a slight polka dot obsession, I must admit.
I used Sweet Verbena's lovely "It's a Cinch" Bag tutorial for the bag. Perfect for the beach, books, or weekends away.
Now, I'm ready to welcome Spring with some lovely homemade goodness!


Hello Sunshine...

It's a little dreary here today in the South. Hope this lovely print brings you some cheer wherever you may be today!


Friday Favorites: Blogging about Birchbox

Friday has arrived and it's time to do another post on one of my favorite things...
My favorite this Friday is beauty related!
I'm sure a lot of you have heard about all these "monthly beauty subscriptions" popping up all over.

My favorite of all is Birchbox.

So here's the breakdown on Birchbox:
Birchbox is a monthly subscription service: for $10 a month you receive 4-5 luxe beauty samples.
Each month, they carefully select samples based on your personal beauty profile and delightfully package your goodies. Here's a look at the boxes I've received over the past several months:

{I've highlighted the products I loved in pink and placed * next to the products I've purchased, or plan to purchase, based on being able to try them out}

October 2011
Redken Shine Flash Glistening Mist
*Blinc Masacara
*The Laundress Delicate Wash {This had such a beautiful scent}
*Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser {I actually already used this product in my daily routine before I received my sample, but it was great to have an extra. This is one of my absolute must-have products}
*Ahava Mineral Foot Cream

 November 2011
*Chuao Choco Pod {Hello? Is there anyone out there who doesn't love chocolate?}
LaRocca Champagne and Shimmer Acai Sugar Body Polish
*Zoya Nail Polish in Noel {I really fell in love with this brand}
*Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover
Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Hair Mist
I also received a Baublebar Bracelet in this box {a $20 value}

 December 2011
Eboost Orange Natural Energy Booster
Atelier Cologne Ambre Nue Petite Cologne Absolue
Showstoppers Designer Fashion Tape {I haven't had the chance to use this yet with an outfit}
Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow
*Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink {I never thought I could pull of a color like this, but it looks fantastic on every skin type}
*Blinc Eyeliner

January 2012
*Stila Eyeliner in Peacock {I never thought I could pull off eyeliner in a color other than black or brown. Birchbox sent me a lovely Peacock color, a dark teal, that is beautiful. Plus, this was a full size worth $20}
Juicy Couture- Viva La Juicy Perfume
*Larabar Mini Bar in Chocolate Chip Cookie
Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash
*VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Lotion {I am SO glad Birchbox introduced me to this wonderful brand, especially since I have sensitive skin.}
I also received a super cute Birchbox Magnet which has found a home on my fridge

 February 2012
*Eye Rock Designer Liner {What an innovative product to help create those fun designs we all envy}
*beautyblender by beautyblender {yes, I did say beautyblender}
*Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
Hot Pink Heart Nail File
{Plus, a Digital Download for the band Green River Ordinance}

Another great perk of Birchbox is their point system. 
You earn 10 points for every product you review from your box each month. 100 points = $10
You can use these points towards full size products in the Birchbox shop
I've already redeemed some of my points for a full size Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, Jurlique Rose Balm, and Jouer Mini Glisten Collection, all of which were free because of my points!
What's not to love about a little monthly pick-me-up?

For Christmas, one of the gifts I gave my mom was a Birchbox Subscription. Because she is able to fill out her own beauty profile, her samples are catered to her needs, making this service perfect for every lovely lady out there, no matter your age, skin type, product preferences, etc.

I'm in love with this service. I feel as though Birchbox saves me time and money, while offering me great exposure to some fantastic brands and products. They also offer great tips, tutorials, and videos to help you utilize the complete potential of the products you receive. Plus, they have some of the most exceptional customer service I've come across. Hope you will check out Birchbox and begin your journey to discovering some new favorites yourself!

*As with all Friday Favorites posts: all products or services featured have been purchased with my own money and these are my own honest opinions.*


Craft Failures

Woah, woah, woah.
Hold on.
Where have I been?
Why have I not discovered Craft Fail until now?
This may just be the most genius website for crafters out there: folks submit personal crafting failures they have experienced.
Here are just a few of the gems that are featured on the website:

Admit it. You've failed at a craft too.
And not every craft can be fixed by taking a seam-ripper to it.
Some are just not meant to be.

One of my latest personal crafting fails came around this past Halloween, when I did pumpkin carving for the first time. Being fairly crafting savvy, if I do say so myself, I went into the carving with the utmost confidence...

Why yes, if you don't look very closely, this looks like a lovely pumpkin carved to pay homage to my favorite football team {the current super bowl champions} the NY Giants. But if you take a closer look through the lovely logo, you will notice toothpicks holding the back of the pumpkin together. You see, I had attempted to do this design on the other side of the pumpkin first, and what I ended up with was a huge gaping hole. But, I decided to try again, and came out a champion on the other side.

You can bookmark every website there is on tutorials, crafting inspiration, whatever it may be, but sometimes you just need a reminder that you're only human.

So when you've had a bad day, and feel like you're a complete crafting failure, head over to Craft Fail, where you'll once again remember that you're not alone. Everyone fails sometimes.


The most perfect love, the greatest Valentine

When you think of a perfect love, what comes to mind? 
I think of the greatest and most perfect love of all.
Have you ever heard the saying "an item is worth what someone is willing to pay for it?"
God's love is so great for you and for me that He has said we are worth dying for. Isn't that a powerful truth? This is the greatest Valentine of all.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
John 3:16-17 NIV

There is no greater love than the love God has for us. There is not greater love than that of our God who sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. 
I have been chosen.
I am loved.
I am a treasured creation.
And so are you.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-14

We are created by God and for a relationship with Him. Apart from Him we will never find the real satisfaction, joy, or life we are looking for. God knows we aren't perfect, though, that is why Jesus died for our sins. Rather than trying to live a life of perfection, we need to hold ourselves to a standard of Grace. We are to live as God created us, sharing His love with others.

I cannot brag about my love for God because I fail Him every day.
But, I can brag about His love for me, because it never fails.


Tutorial: Crayon Hearts

Remember all those broken or leftover crayons I told you to save from the Crayon Monogram or Melted Crayon Project posts? Here is a super fun and easy project to put all those extras to good use!

I have two beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew, ages 5, 2, and 9 months. I try to avoid giving them candy related gifts for Valentine's Day because their energy level is something I wish I could bottle and sell (and because I would still like to be on speaking terms with my brother after V-Day.) :-)

This year I'll be making the oldest two some cute Crayon Hearts!
Here is the tutorial so you too can make these for whoever you choose: a child, classroom, or anyone else who is young at heart:

What you will need:
-Crayons (broken, remnants, etc.) I use Crayola brand
-Silicone heart-shaped baking mold (I got these for a dollar each at Target)
-Optional: Clear celo wrap, ribbon, card stock

Let's Begin...

Step 1: Preheat oven to 230 Degrees Fahrenheit

Step 2: Peel the remaining crayon pieces and remnants you have saved. If you are using full sized crayons, and not leftovers, the easiest way to peel them is by using an X-ACTO knife: make a slit using the knife as pictured below and then remove the paper.

Step 3: Fill your heart molds with your crayon pieces, keep colors together, mix them up, whatever you like! If you are using new crayons (or big remnants) then make sure you break the crayons into smaller pieces before placing them in the mold.

Step 4: Place your heart molds into the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. 

Step 5: Once the crayon hearts have hardened, remove them from the molds by simply popping them out.

I'll be wrapping my niece and nephew's crayons in clear celo wrap and I'll be attaching similar tags, to the ones I've created below, with red ribbon. They'll also be receiving a few new coloring books with their new crayons! 

Feel free to save these tags I've created to your computer as well, to use for your Valentines!

Happy Crafting and Happy {early} Valentine's Day!
Much LOVE to all!


Tutorial: Earring Frame Holder

If you're like me, then you have a lot of fashion jewelry. I happen to LOVE earrings.
About a year and a half ago, I was cleaning out my jewelry box and was amazed to find pieces I hadn't worn in a while and some pieces I'd completely forgotten about. So, I decided to make my own earring holder.

For a while now, I've had a number of requests to make these or explain the crafting process.

So, here is a little tutorial for you. These holders are actually so easy to make {and are really inexpensive} that all you need are a few instructions and supplies!
Soon you'll be enjoying your earring display that will keep your treasures lovely, clean, unbroken, and organized!

-An 8x10 frame with a base approximately 1 inch thick: Choose new or vintage, spray paint or customize, whatever you like! I found a simple frame from Ikea that worked for my liking. It's important to have a base about an inch thick {it doesn't have to be exact as you can see below} if you want your holder to stand on its' own.
-E600 crafting glue or Hot Glue: If you're a fellow crafter, then you probably are hoarding tubes of E600, which is my glue of choice for just about every project. If you don't have some already, you can pick it up at your local craft store {Walmart even carries it in their crafting section.} If you prefer hot glue, that will work as well.
-1 sheet of perforated plastic: I picked mine up in Michaels near the knitting section. They have different sizes to choose from.

Let's Begin... 

Step 1: Remove glass and backing if you have purchased your frame in this condition. After you have customized your frame, with paint or other embellishments, or left yours plain like mine, simply set it right side down onto a flat crafting space. 

Step 2: You will use the perforated plastic to replace the space where the glass should go in the frame. If you have purchased a frame that contained glass, use it as a tracer on your perforated plastic. Use a pen to trace and cut the excess plastic so it will fit nicely inside. If you did not purchase a frame with glass simply measure the area where the area where the glass would fit and cut those dimensions from the perforated plastic. {Make sure you are measuring from the back and including the space that is unseen from the front of the frame.} Be sure it fits nicely in the cavity before you begin to glue.

Step 3: With your E600 glue {or hot glue if you prefer} line the inside edges on which you will place your perforated plastic with dots of glue about every inch. I started at the middle top, worked my way down the left side, and dotted the bottom about half way. Then I placed the plastic and secured on the left side. I repeated this for the right side and then secured the rest of the plastic. I let this sit for about about 5 minutes and then reinforced the backing by lining all inside edges with a line of glue over the plastic. Allow your holder to sit for several hours if you are using the E600 glue {I allowed mine to air out overnight.}
 {My frame had those little metal backing reinforcers. You can remove these if you wish. Mine couldn't be seen from the front of the frame so I decided to keep them.}

Step 4: After you have allowed the glue to dry on your frame begin placing your earrings. Place your holder where you wish and Enjoy! 

 Hope you have fun working on this little project! 
Don't hesitate to comment below with any questions.
And as always, I love to see how your projects come out too, so link below!

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Setting Sail

I'm pretty obsessed with coral & navy right now.
I love the preppy and nautical spirit of the combination.
Doesn't it make you feel happy?
Below are some beautiful fabrics I ordered from Drygoods Design Online.

{1} Carolina by Alexander Henry- This is actually a home weight fabric that I'll be using for some tote bags as an accent fabric and main fabric. This lovely tote below is exactly what I had in mind, and Zita was so kind to offer to create a pdf pattern for me so I too can enjoy this lovely :
{via meilinger zita on Etsy}
{2} Free Spirit Solids- Dark Coral- What a beautiful coral this fabric is, plus it has an incredible sheen to it as well. This will be perfect to line some clutches and zipper pouches.
{3} Children at Play Dot to Dot Navy- I love a classic, and this navy fabric with lovely white dots is indeed a classic. This will be a perfect outer fabric for said clutches and zipper pouches. I might even play around with some white wool felt flower clips to accent them.

Here are some more lovely coral & navy finds: