Help A Girl Out Here

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I am in need of help!! I can even admit that I need help!!

I am wanting to do some tutorials on my make up looks. When I am out and about, I get comments on my makeup and I would LOVE to share them with all of you (because they are fast and super easy). But how in the world do you girls take such lovely picks of your makeup? I swear when I do, it looks nothing like what I have on. So what is your secret?

Please leave a message and help a girl out.

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Mason Jar Snow Candles

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Who loves mason jars?? The better question should be who doesn’t love mason jars? They are so versatile and can be used for so many things. As you know, I like crafting things that the kids can help with and that will turn out nice enough for around the house. I like win-win things!! So we are off crafting again. These candles are so cute, when lit they look like sparking snow.

This is a super easy, so cheap, fast, really cute idea when done. All you need is:

  • Mason jars
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Glue (we are fans of the Elmers School Glue)
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Epson salt
  • Tea Light candles

Okay lets make some candles!!

  1. Take the lids off the mason jars
  2. Pour salt onto the cookie sheet
  3. Use the foam brushes to spread a thin layer of glue all over the mason jar
  4. Lay the mason jar on its side in the cookie sheet and roll it to get the salt applied all over it
  5. Set the jar up to dry
  6. Once the jar is dry, fill the bottom of the jar with salt to make a holder for the tea light candle
  7. Place candle in the middle of the jar
  8. And your done

Tink had a blast making these. Belle was very into making it perfect: that all the sides were evenly covered and there were no bare spots. She took the longest to make hers. Baby just liked to play with the salt.

Post pics of how your candles turned out and how you personalized yours. Can’t wait to see them all

3-D SnowFlakes

Completed SnowFlakes

It is the holiday season. How did that happen? Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? Anyway, I have a love/hate relationship with this. One the one hand, I love spending time with my kids, hot cocoa, fireplace going and watching it snow. On the other, I feel the need to go all out; decorate, cook, bake, craft, it is endless. So much to do, so little time.

Well this great little craft is not only is easy, fast, cheap but your kids can do it too. You get to spend time with them, while making something that is worthy of hanging up in your home (family time, crafting, and decorating all in one). To me that is a total win-win-win.

Lets start by gathering all of the supplies. I like having everything put together before you start, that way you are not looking for something or worse realize that you are missing something half way through. You will need:

  • Bamboo Screwer- 12″ preferability
  • Styrofoam Balls- in various sizes.
  • Spray Paint- in what ever colors you want. Make sure that you get one that is okay to use on Styrofoam. I didn’t realize that there was a difference; and if you get just normal spray paint, it left a slightly uneven finish or eats away a small bit of the Styrofoam. Not a big deal to Tink, she said the small flaws made them more realistic. Gotta love that kid.
  • Small bit of Glue- We used Elmer’s School glue.

Okay lets make some snowflakes!!!!

  1. Lay out all your supplies.
  2. Pick up one of your large Styrofoam ball.
  3. Push one of the screwer through the center of the ball. Your ball will be in the middle of the screwer.
  4. Push a second screwer through the center of the ball at an angle.
  5. Push a third screwer through the center of the ball at an angle. At this point you will have your ball with three screwers through the center: one straight down, the other two forming an X.
  6. Push the various smaller sized Styrofoam balls onto the remaining screwers in what ever pattern you like. I preferred going largest to smallest, but the kiddos liked seeing them in all different variations.
  7. When you get to the end and are about to put on your final ball, put a small amount of glue on the end of the screwer. It will run, and that is okay. Now push the ball on. I turned mine a bit to make sure that the glue got inside the ball. This is not essential but I found it does help hold everything together a bit more.
  8. Spray paint them whatever colors you like.

Viola you are done!! Easy as that. It took us about 45 minutes to complete this; start to finish. We made about a dozen snowflakes. I did use some tulle at the end so we could hang them around the house; since the girls love seeing their creations around the house. How did they turn out for you guys? Post me some pics so we can see them.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

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