My Top Ten Favorite DIY Craft Blogs

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If crafts, glitter and glue are part of your genetic makeup, then you’re probably just as in love with DIY as I am. Which means you’re always on the lookout for fantastic and inspirational DIY blogs. Well, I thought I’d take some of the legwork out of the equation and share a few of my favorite craft blogs with you. They’re sure to become some of your favorites as well.

DIY Craft Project - Fashion Stone Statement Rings via Alisa Burke - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Alisa Burke / The project: Stone Statement Rings
Written by Alisa Burke, a freelance painter and mixed media artist, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and loves to recycle found items in her artwork. Her blog includes a vast array of craft tutorials, sketches family adventures, recipes, and fashion projects.

Homemade Cheesecake Recipe - Coffee and Cream Cheesecake Recipe via A Beautiful Mess - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Elsie and Emma, A Beautiful Mess is a lifestyle blog that focuses on simple ways to create a beautiful and inspired lifestyle. As believers in lifelong learning, Elsie and Emma share craft projects, recipes, fashion and decor ideas and DIYs on their blog daily to help make your life a little bit sweeter.


DIY Fashion Project - How to Turn a Dress Into a Blouse Tutorial via Bored & Crafty - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Meream, Bored & Crafty yields her love of fashion, fabrics and sewing. Meream has a degree in Psychology from the University of the Philippines and her family includes four cats – Snow, Ghost, Egg, and Chino. While many of the DIY craft projects she posts on her blog include plushes, clothing and puffy cloud mobiles, she would love to learn woodworking. She is currently preparing to re-open her online shop.

DIY Craft Project - Travel Map Pin Board DIY via Ciera Design - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Ciera Design / The project: Travel Map Pin Board DIY
Written by graphic designer, Ciera Holzenthal, Ciera Design is a lifestyle and design blog where Ciera shares her adventures as a freelance graphic designer as well as her many DIY projects, photography, home decor projects, arts and crafts, music, inspired living ideas, and all things graphic design.

DIY Craft Project - How to Handpaint Porcelain Dishes via Craft & Creativity - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Craft & Creativity / The project: Painting Porcelain
Written by Helena of Vallentuna, Sweden, a self employed graphic designer of ten years,  Craft & Creativity contains an abundance of simple DIY craft projects designed around the home, living, fashion and family – many with a focus on recycling everyday items.

DIY Bath and Beauty Project - Essential Oil Solid Perfume DIY via Go Make Me - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Cate Holst of Sydney, Australia, Go Make Me features a glorious selection of DIY projects and recipes that Cate loves to make, bake and create. She has had three projects published in the Kids Crafternoon Book Series by Hardie Grant and been featured on the Huffington Post. All of her handmade projects and delicious recipes feature beautiful in-depth photos and instructions.

Homemade Macaroons Recipe via One Sheepish Girl - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Meredith, a yarn lover from Dallas, TX, One Sheepish Girl explores Helen’s most recent projects – whether it’s embroidering in her journal or trying out a new recipe – along with a collection of fun knitting and crochet projects you can make yourself.
Homemade Cookie Recipe - Intensely Chocolate Sables Recipe via Smitten Kitchen - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Smitten Kitchen / The project: Intensely Chocolate Sables

Written by New Yorker, Deb, who is also cook, photographer and occasional dishwasher has received numerous awards and press for Smitten Kitchen where she shares her love of food and the recipes she’s tried, improved upon and created. She’s big on comfort foods stepped up a bit – like bread and birthday cakes made entirely from scratch – and shares not only recipes but also tutorials on everything from how to poach an egg to how to make tart doughs that won’t shrink up on you. She’s wary of excessively fussy foods and pretentious ingredients.

DIY Craft Project - Mario Inspired Handmade Rainbow Road Coffee Cuff via Wild Olive - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Wild Olive / The project: Rainbow Road Coffee Cuff
Written by Mollie, a 30-something crafter and illustrator of cute things, Wild Olive contains a collection of handmade crafts and cuteness. While her most recent craft tutorials were themed around Mario Week, her posts are often filled with craft projects, patterns and printables you can download for free and use in your own projects.

Homemade Popsicles Recipe - Star Fruit Popsicles Recipe with Printable Flags via Funky TIme - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Sibylle, a freelance graphic designer and blogger, FunkyTime was declared one of the twelve most creative blogs on the internet in one of Germany’s most popular women’s magazines. Her work is featured in two books, “The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home” by the HGTV host Kelly Edwards (available May 1st, 2013) and “Mod Podge Rocks! Decoupage your World” by Amy Anderson. Funky Time includes Sibylle’s own budget friendly DIY projects and decorating ideas, free printables and her online magazine, Funkytime Magazine – seasonal home and lifestyle magazine featuring articles on food, design, fashion & DIY projects.

What are some of your favorite blogs?

Fresh Beauty Products to Take on a Test Drive!

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Looking beautiful and feeling fabulous seems to go easier if we women have a few beauty aids to help with the process of maximizing our gorgeousness! So here are some fresh and fun new beauty products from handmade companies that are tried and true and may become your next favorites!
1. Natural Beauty Must-Have Collection – Pure Organic Mineral Eye Colors, $24.95 from Orglamix – These easy to blend colors come in six perfectly coordinated natural shades in colors flattering to every woman! Love them or your money back!
2.Superfruit Nutritive Cleansing Scrub – All Natural and Organic Facial Cleanser, $17 from Naturallogic – A gentle, exfoliating scrub that nourishes and revitalizes skin with fruit enzymes, anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, proanthocyanadins, and vitamins & mineral.
3. Flawless Finish Clarifying Mineral Liquid Foundation – All Natural/Non-Comedogenic, $14 from Erzulle Cosmetics – This makeup offers a light feel and matte finish while evening out your complexion. It’s moisturizing without being greasy and is great for mature skin!
4. Natural Nail Polish, $5.99 from Mudd Minerals – A clear nail polish free of toulene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. Mix with Mudd Mineral eyeshadows for color!
5. Skin Care Treatment – Gentle, Sensitive, and Vegan with Natural Ingredients, $40 from DeeVoo – A three step system with a creamy cleanser, milky toner, and radiant facial moisturizer.
6. Two Creamy Lip Color Luscious Berry Mineral Lip Colors in a Pot, $10 from key botanicals – Rich lip color that wears comfortably and gives lips a soft, creamy shine. Contains emollient shea butter and plant-derived skin conditioners with a slight hint of raspberry.
7. Organic Healing Weeds Balm, $6.50 from Phoenix Botanicals – Made from a green blend of healing, wild northwestern “weeds,” this balm eases skin irritation, dryness, injury and pain and is suitable for Grover’s disease.
8. Tangerine Lavender Perfume Oil, $8.50 from The Starshine Company – This unique scent combines Citrusy Orange and Tangerine with Wild Amethyst Lavender and Bois De Rose held beautifully together with a rich Oak Moss Musk base.
9. Lavender and Sage Natural Deodorant, $7.50 from Rainwater Botanicals – A natural deodorant free of irritants and chemicals, yet highly effective. Smells great and fights odor and wetness without a sticky feeling.
10. Gardenia Whipped Body Butter – For Skin and Hair, $7.00 from Angie’s Suds ‘N’ Such – Treat your dry winter skin with this amazing body butter and whip it into shape for spring. Extra moisturizing and works great on both your body and dry, frizzy hair!

Be sure to comment with your beauty and skin care favorites!

My Beauty Favorites

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I love to try new beauty products. If it’s new and fabulous then I have to try it for myself to see! Here are a few products that make the grade and have found a home in my everyday beauty regiment.
1. mark. Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation, $12 from mark. – My friend Melanie started selling mark. cosmetics last year so I’ve been trying out products here and there in order to support her. The line is really great, but my favorite product is the Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation. It can be worn alone or over your favorite foundation. The coverage and finish is the best I’ve ever used!

2. CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Mascara Black Sapphire, $6 – I have gone through a ton of mascaras in my lifetime searching the perfect one. While there are a handful of truly great ones out there, this is my current favorite! It’s waterproof and beautifully lengthens my short lashes without flaking or clumping. Choose your shade based on your eye color.

3. Organix Hydrating Shampoo, Teatree Mint, $4 – This lush and fabulous shampoo is completely free of sulfates which keeps my scalp from drying while the tea tree keeps it from flaking without having to turn to harsh dandruff shampoos. Available in a variety of types for all hair types in shampoos and conditioner. Try the Coconut conditioner for a deep condition for super dry hair.

4. Rose Sugar Mineral Lip Tint, $7 from French Girl – Goes on smoothly without a greasy feel and feels fabulous! Very moisturizing with a lovely tint for perfectly pretty lips. Several shades to choose from, and it’s both organic and vegan.

5. ALMAY intense i-color™ powder shadow – Choose a trio based on your eye color. Shades last and last without wearing off halfway through the day. I love the staying power of this shadow!

6. Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Makeup, $9 – Provides coverage without being too heavy and lasts all day.

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7. Waterproof Mascara Remover, $12 from Green Beauty Cosmetics – All natural formula easily removes even the most stubborn eye makeup with ease. Leaves lashes feeling soft and glorious.

8. mark. Face Xpert Flawless Touch Makeup, $10 from mark. – A lightweight foundation that beautifully evens out skin tone. They offer the perfect shade for my fair skin.

9. Soul Kiss®, $3.69 from Biggs and Featherbelle – The best lip balm for moisturizing chapped lips! For minty moisture, try Eskimo Kiss®.

10. Unscented Shea and Cocoa Butter and Goat Milk Cold Process Soap with colloidal oatmeal, $5 from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen – The perfect soap for dry, sensitive skin. Makes a great facial soap by cleaning gently without sulfates or fragrance.

What are some of your favorite beauty brands and products? Feel free to share them in the comments!