Saturday, November 16, 2013

Goodwill "Art" Revamp

I love thrift stores because you can always find things that can become awesome with a little bit of work.

Awhile back I found a couple of white square frames for $1.49 each, but wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.

I'm redecorating and reorganizing my kitchen and needed something cute to hang above some extra storage shelves I bought.  Inspired by a picture I saw at "Anya Adores", I decided to put the frames to use there.  (The shelves in the picture at her blog are the same ones I have--Hyllis shelving units from Ikea.)

The pictures in the frame were nothing I would want anywhere in my house, so they were discarded and replaced by my own printed-on-scrapbook-paper knock-offs of things I'd seen around Pinterest.

Here are the pictures that were originally in the frames (no thank you) and the finished project...

So next time you're in the market for art for your home, don't overlook thrift stores like Goodwill, Savers, or local shops.  You'll be saving yourself some money and contributing to the charities each shop supports.

PS -- You probably noticed I couldn't scratch the price tags off all the way.  I have some cleaner at work I use to remove graffiti (the joys of teaching teenagers) that is actually meant for removing adhesives and works great.  It's called Goo Gone.  As soon as I remember to bring it home I'll have them ready to hang up.

PPS -- When I get the kitchen all set, I'll post pictures of them hung.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Saw It Online: November 2013 Edition

Here's what I've noticed is popular lately during my Pinterest adventures...

1. Coats, cardigans, and oversized sweaters

It's that time of year again--when everyone falls back on the comfy basics and our eyes get a break from some of the bright color combinations and patterns people tend to attempt to pull off in the spring and summer.  I'm not saying a bright patterned maxi dress isn't awesome, I'm just saying it gets old, especially when every single dress that was out there this past spring/summer was a high-low chevron-print something-or-other.  I was as excited about this change as other people get about the changing of the leaves.  It's time.

With that being said, pulling up "Women's Fashion" on Pinterest brings up pages and pages of big, warm coats, cardigans of all sorts, and the kinds of sweaters you just want to curl up in and read a book (or play Plants vs. Zombies 2, whichever makes you happiest).

And none of them (so far) have been chevron or ombre.  Huzzah!

2. Earthy, simple jewelry

I am not seeing as many of the large "statement" pieces out there anymore.  It seems there has been a shift back to more simple jewelry, most of which seems inspired by nature.  Even larger pieces are showing up in earth-tones versus the pastels and neons we were seeing only a month or two ago.

3. "Rustic"/Shabby Chic home decor

According to the "Home Decor" section on Pinterest, everything you own should look like it was made out of pieces of a barn, painted, and then set outside for a few years. As negative as I made that sound, I'm actually a fan... as long as it's not overdone.

What I've Been Up To

So... I was supposed to be writing more on here... and that definitely didn't happen.  Don't worry.  I've been doing stuff, which has included an almost complete redecoration/reorganization of my entire house.

A lot of the nifty things I am working on will end up on here eventually.  It's just very hard to do while I'm juggling work, more work, and classes.  My classes end soon, as did fundraising season at work, so my intent is to plow through everything I have left to do and then get to posting regularly.

It's always something though, isn't it?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Using Cheap Eyeshadow Pencils Fearlessly

Warning: I ramble, so if you don't want my back story and just want the solution to smudgy, creasing eyeshadow pencils, skip to the bottom of this entry.

I'm sure most people can relate to working a job where you never really know what's going to happen over the course of a day.  When I walk into the high school where I work I don't know if I'll just be in my classroom with my kids all day without incident, or if I'll end up subbing a P.E. class (what an awkward experience that was), breaking up a girl-fight, or crying over/with a kid who is going through hard times.  So at the end of the school day, when I then have to meet with a parent, stay at the school and put in 15 hours to work an event, run my own errands, or anything else where I'm still going to be seen in the public, I'm always a little worried I'm going to look icky.

It took me some time and a lot of experimenting, but I've been able to work out some tricks on how to prevent that issue with various products.

When I use cheap products (I'm not just talking price, but in quality too) I always worry my work of art is going to smudge, smear, crease, fade, whatevs before I make it to the end of the day.  This is a big problem--for me anyway--with eye makeup, especially eyeliners and eyeshadow pencils.

Once upon a time, I saw this wonderful picture of a woman wearing this periwinkle eyeshadow and winged black eyeliner.  (See the pictures below.)  I fell in love.  While I'm still looking for the perfect periwinkle, I did decide I wanted to try it with baby blue in the meantime.  The only brand I could find that had a dead-on baby blue in a powder shadow was MAC.  That isn't exactly a color I'd wear often enough to be willing to buy in an expensive brand like the rest of my shadows (I usually buy Urban Decay, specifically for its staying power), plus I didn't really know that I'd like how it would look on me.  So I decided to go cheap, and the only thing I could find that was actually the color I wanted was an eyeshadow pencil by NYX.

The only eyeshadow pencils I had used prior to this were Urban Decay, which "dry" quickly and stay put all day.  I was less than thrilled when I found out NYX's pencils weren't going to do that on my eyelids.  It stayed creamy and was therefore prone to looking melty and moving around as the day went on.  It was exactly the color I wanted though, so what could I do to fix my problem?

I started thinking about cream concealers.  They don't really "dry".  If you want to set them you have to use a powder over the top.  But what powder could I use over the top of a cream eyeshadow that wouldn't dull or otherwise alter the color?

I had just made a huge E.L.F. purchase to try out some of their stuff and one of the things I had got was their Studio High Definition Powder in translucent.  It ended up not being the replacement for my usual--and unfortunately discontinued--face powder that I was looking for.  Plus, I was not in love with the ingredients for something I was going to be putting on my skin every day.  It really was translucent though, and not so bad ingredient-wise that I wouldn't be willing to use it sparingly when the need came up... Like it was in this situation.

After playing around with the products for awhile I found a method that worked!

  1. Apply the eyeshadow pencil (or other cream eyeshadow) where you want it
  2. Lightly dust the E.L.F. Studio High Definition Powder in translucent over the shadow with a fluffy eye makeup brush (I used Urban Decay's Good Karma crease brush)
  3. Apply a second coat of the eyeshadow if so desired (I do)
  4. Apply a second light dusting of the powder if you chose to do a second coat of shadow

The shadow barely budged after working all day, taking a nap (I sleep with the covers over my head and face too!), and going back to work a football play-off game at the school until 10:00 that night.  The picture of my eyelid in the collage below was taken at 11:00 pm after I got home.  The stuff had been on since 6:00 that morning!

So if you want to rock a similar look, like any of the ones below... yes, even the "Mimi"... you totally can, even if all you can find in the right color is a cheap pencil or cream shadow. (PS--The image on the right is the one I love!)