Easy T-Shirt Bag

I know this has been done a billion times but I am the furthest thing from an expert sewer! So I like to show that everyone can do this in a few minutes. :)

Find a shirt that you don't use anymore

Find a shirt that you don’t use anymore

Turn your shirt inside out.

Turn your shirt inside out.

Sew the shirt on the bottom

Sew the shirt on the bottom

Completed shirt sewn on the bottom

Completed shirt sewn on the bottom

Fold the shirt in half for cutting

Fold the shirt in half for cutting

Now turn right side out

Now turn right side out

Now you can use your bag!!

Now you can use your bag!!

A New Year!

Blue Vintage Earrings_01Greetings! You will be happy to know that I will be making many of my items available on my website which can then be purchased securely through PayPal. I hope that will inspire people to buy my items now that the are available on other mediums. You can also still check out my Etsy site if you feel more comfortable. Happy shopping!!

Happy New Year!

It’s that time when every one makes their resolutions! I have many but one of them is to be sure to update my website and my sale items daily! This an idea that anyone trying to be a self starter should put forth as something they need to do whether it is the new year or any time of year. You can always start at the beginning as long as you start!

The Five-Minute Can-Do

As I am working hard to get my business going and write my book, I am learning that anything can be done if it is worked at for a few minutes.

I can be a lazy person, especially after a long day, so I have started with a five-minute trick. This works with everything that I have to get done. I use it to do tasks that I don’t enjoy such as homework, laundry and dishes. I also do it for things I do enjoy such as writing posts on my website, exercising and crafting jewelry.

I tell myself that I can do anything for five minutes, no matter how much I don’t want to do it or how tired I am. I usually will work on it until its about done when I am working on things such as homework. After I am five minutes in on things such as dishes, I am usually mostly done, so by that time I can just finish the task. I have found that five minutes is a great rule for college students, procrastinators and kids alike. Once it goes by, you realize that giving it five more minutes is just as easy. I do not like to overwhelm myself so any task (unless I really, really enjoy it), I try to stop it at an hour. That way, I am not completely worn-out or make myself hate it. I also believe in rewarding myself b doing something I like such as giving myself a pedicure or taking a long hot bath. Plus, being done with things feels good because you can stop thinking about it.

Try five minutes on anything and you will see how easy it is to achieve things in just five minutes.

Easy Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I’m a sucker for simple so I decided to try making lip balm with (un)-petroleum jelly and cocoa butter. It turned out great and makes my lips soft and moisturized. All you need is:

  • one part petroleum jelly
  • one part cocoa butter

Take equal part of each and heat in the microwave until it is somewhat liquid, mix thoroughly and put in a small pot. You can put in fridge to cool if you want it to be done quickly,otherwise let cool for a few hours on a counter and you are done!

I didn’t put specific measurements since I wanted to make it batch at a time. It just depends on how much or how little you would like to try.

Simple and quick, just the way I like it! The best part is if you use unpetroleum jelly its all natural and its cheaper than the all-natural lip balm that I like. You can also experiment with adding flavor or colors. I am going to try adding peppermint to my next batch.

My Make-Up Remover

So over a long period of time I have spent tons on the store bought make-up removers. More specifically, my money goes to the ones that are good at removing mascara and waterproof eye make-up. The problem is that when you get 25 wipes for $5, it gets rediculous. I have read a million articles on an “Oil Cleaning Method” such as on acne.org and for me, I saw the value in removing stubborn make up for pennies. Since so many of the mascara removers out there use oil to remove waterproof make-up, it made sense. So here is what I use:

  • 0.5 ounce of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 0.5 ounce of Castor oil

I mix thoroughly with a toothpick in a small jar. Then I rub a small dot about the size of a dime over each of my eyes while they are closed. I use a soft cloth such as microfiber to remove when I see the eye make-up easily being smeared.  That’s it! I made some a while ago and stored it in a jar under my cabinet because the oil likes cool, dark places. I have had this tiny batch for a long time since a little goes a very long way. Another thing I have noticed is a lot less lash fallout. Perhaps it is because I don’t have to scrub my eyes to get the make-up off. The great thing is that my lashes seem to be longer and fuller due to this.

I might experiment with this and some reusable wipes for travel and let you know how that goes. I will say its much cheaper and more environmentally friendly :)

My own Dark Chocolate Mocha

So, I must admit that the large coffee companies have a lot of my money. I spend between  $4.00 and $6.00 per drink and that adds up so fast! I can’t spend that much anymore so I decided to try making my own mocha with a breakdown of cost vs an expensive fancy cup ‘o joe.

  • 2 Tbs sugar (a 1 lb bag(16 ounces) costs $3.00 or so depending on where you go) = about $0.18
  • 1 Tbs Special Dark Cocoa Powder (I bought the nice stuff for baking @ $6.00 for 8 ounces) = about $0.08
  • 1 Cup Soy Milk ($2.00 for 64 ounces) = about $0.25
  • Splash of vanilla extract, approx 1/4 tsp. (I bought a large bottle for $2.00, it is 4 ounces) probably a few cents.
  • Coffee, the cheap kind( I use about 1/2 cup of coffee grounds to 64 oz of water a can costs $6.00) = about $0.66 or so a cup

I put my soy milk, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla in a large cup and put it in the microwave for about one and a half to two minutes. You can also do it on the stove but it will take a bit longer if you are not in a hurry :) .

Then after heating it through and stirring I added about 4-6 ounces of coffee and stirred again. There you have a it a quick mocha and it only costs about $1.20 a cup, although if I used a cheaper cocoa powder it would be less. The best part is that I can make it at home in my pajamas ;)

 

Shell Picks!

Too cute! Great for parties or just for yourself for fun.

So, I have been looking at doing these for a while but finally got around to it. I had bought a bag of small shells for a coaster project that I wanted to try (I will post this once I am done :) ). I was looking at all these cute and pretty shells thinking about what other things I could do with them. What else could I think of but using them for drinks! You can use them for anything else you like but I thought “what a cute way for people to mark their martinis!” Thus these little things were born.

 

 

You need:

  • Small shells of any kind
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun)
  • Toothpicks, wooden or plastic. (I recommend plastic if these are not going to be used just for drinks with “High Octane” content ;) )

All I did was:

I picked my shells of all different colors

Added glue and shoved in my toothpick! And voilà!