DIY Makeup Bag Tutorial for all your cosmetic essentials.

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I just love the way bunting looks when it’s applied as an applique to products rather than being used strictly as a party decoration. So when I ran across this sewing project for a Bunting Cosmetic Bag Tutorial, I simply couldn’t resist sharing it with you. After all, every girly girl has must have basics in her makeup ensemble, so a great makeup bag is prudent.
This tutorial comes to us from Just Another Hang Up Blog and produces a super cute bag that can be used for anything from makeup, to coins, to craft supplies. Make it your own through your fabric and color choices. You can get the skinny on how to craft this bag here. Then all you have to do is fill it up!
I have a specific list of “staples” that go in every makeup bag I have – those things that make their way into the travel bag even when the glitter eyeshadow stays at home. Here’s what I’ll be filling me pretty, new cosmetic bag with: Waterproof Mascara Remover from Green Beauty Cosmetics, mark. face xpert flawless touch makeup (foundation), mark. powder buff natural skin foundation, CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Mascara (waterproof), Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner, a brow and lash brush/comb combo, Revlon Powder Blush, Almay intense i-color powder shadow and CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain since my boyfriend can’t stand the feel of lipstick when I kiss him.
Speaking of makeup I’m always on the look out for new brands and types to try. After running across the beauty brand My Pretty Zombie on etsy, I’m psyched to add a few of their shadow to my wish list. Created by a gal who loves zombies almost as much as eyeshadow, she creates fun themed shadows named after things an old bruise, murder, black eye, gangrenous, scurvy, decay, nacreous alchemy, unicorn pee, and others. Don’t let the names fool you though. These shadows are pretty as a picture. Shop online with My Pretty Zombie.
So, what do you plan to fill your new cosmetic bag with? Or what do you plan to keep around in the old one even if the new one doesn’t quite make it to fruition?

Aqua Kitchen Craft Projects

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There’s just something about blue that I love. When I had my own house before the divorce, I made over every room in the place. The kitchen was probably the toughest. My ex-husband and I laid tile over the existing countertops, we painted all of the cabinets and gave them new hardware, we eventually had to replace all of the appliances and the sink, and my ex put down a laminate tile floor.
I also painted over the absolutely horrid wood paneling with a pale, pale lavender paint that was so light it almost looked white. The theme, however, was that retro 50s robin’s egg blue and a dark brown. I even painted the ceiling the same color as the pale blue kitchen cabinets. And I purchased retro 50s atomic dinner plates to go above the cabinet space.

While I no longer have my lovely kitchen, I haven’t lost my taste for retro shades of blue. One of those shades being aqua. So when I ran across this lovely aqua and red themed kitchen (above) featured on Kitchenisms, I was in heaven. (I highly encourage you to visit Kitchenisms in order to view photos of every inch of this marvelous kitchen.) But even the most perfect, colorful kitchen needs a few personal touches. So if you’re thinking of repainting your cooking space, consider the following craft projects to add a handmade touch. They’re not just pretty to look at, but functional too!

This bunting tea towel from A Scrappy Project adds just the perfect touch. Make several and keep them in daily use. It’s pretty enough to leave out for quick hand drying and clean ups and has beautiful aqua patterned fabrics for the bunting that make it a perfect match for an aqua themed kitchen!
Every kitchen needs a clock! I particularly love this diy clock from Landee see, Landee do. Not only is it painted aqua – of course you can make it any color you like – but it’s personalized with photos of family members. Since the kitchen is not traditionally a place you would see family photographs, I think this unique concept makes it extra special. Now, every time you glance at the clock to check the time, you’re reminded of those you love! (Or that you’re late picking up the kids from school. Wink.)
What about you? What are your favorite colors for kitchens and what color is your kitchen now?

Celebratory bunting and a happy birthday.

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Today is my friend, Leah’s, 30th birthday. And since I’m smack in the middle of my thirties – at least until I turn 36 next month – I am going on record as saying it is the best decade ever. So welcome to your thirties, Leah! May they be awesome and delightful and full of joy. It also gives me a really good excuse to share this super cute craft project I’ve been dying to post about for a celebratory bunting paper lantern.
While bunting has traditionally been more of a festive form of flags for those in European nations, I think bunting is way more fun than just slapping up flags on poles like we tend to do in America at festivals and parades. I’d never even heard of bunting until I became a regular shopper on etsy and it’s international community. They remind me of stringing rows of lights at Christmas.

Bunting, according to Wikipedia, originated at the “turn of the 17th century, and [was] used for making ribbons and flags, including signal flags for the Royal Navy… Today, “bunting” is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or even cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of bunting are strings of colorful triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes.

Anyhow, you can check out this incredible diy tutorial for a festive bunting lantern at You had me at bonjour blog. Make it, love it, and perhaps you’ll be kind enough to let me know that I’m not the only American who was clueless for so many years about bunting.