Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tie Shirt Complete!

I am not onefor those "Easter outfits" you see in store with the bow ties and the sweater vests... I know lots of people are, but I never really felt the desire to dress Nate up like Orvell Redenbocker.

That being said, when I found this pattern and instructions for the Tie shirt on Crap I've Made I knew that was what Nate would be wearing on Sunday.

It took me longer to get out my sewing machine then it did to construct this shirt from start to finish... I could have made 1,000 of them last night that are that easy and fun.

The end result:

And a close up on the tie:

I used one of Nate's white undershirts, I have the fabric and the wonder under on hand, so this shirt cost us $0!

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I love to make things. I really do. It doesn't really matter if it is food related, clothing related, or gift/decoration related, I like to make stuff. The problem is that I rarely find time to actually make anything at all.

Currently on my crafting To Do list:

1. Finish the tan wrap skirt that is cut out.

2. Make the spring/summer blouse from this fabric before it is fall/winter.

3. Make this Tie Shirt for Nate in lieu of an Easter outfit.

4. Make a few bunny door hangers as Easter decorations.

5. Make a Can-Can Skirt for me

Oh yeah and...

6. Finish Nate's birth sampler (before he finishes college, I think that is a realistic goal)

7. Learn to needle felt before next Christmas

The only way I see any of this actually happening is if I chip away at it a little at a time every night after dinner, lunch packing, working out, etc.

Doesn't sound very promising... but I'll keep you posted.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Day!

Well, the day has finally come when my friend Becca of The Bedrest Chronicles is actually in labor. She made it to 36 weeks (full term for twins) and started contracting early this morning. Keep her and her boys in your thoughts. Lets bring these babies into the world safely!

UPDATE: Asher and Benjamin were born at lunchtime today. Everyone is healthy and happy. Labor lasted 9 hours from start to finish... you can hate Becca a little bit... I won't tell.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

So Let's Talk About Makeup

Because it's what I felt like blogging about today.

I am not always well rested. Shocked? I thought you would be.

I know what you're thinking. "Preposterou! You are the mother of a toddler with a full time job, how could you NOT get your 8 hours a night???"

I don't know what to tell you ladies, I really don't.

Anyway, my point is that although I don't usually get the sleep I want/ need, I have co-workers who remark on a regular basis that I LOOK very well rested... and that I chalk up to makeup!

I wear makeup to work and I suppose if you were counting products I use on a daily basis, I use a lot of makeup.

Without fail I use:

1. lip gloss -- I don't really have a preference other than it be pinky and high glass. Moisturizing is a must as well.

2. concealer -- There are 2 that I like. Soap and Glory's Trick or Treat is really thick and creamy and does the job when you haven't slept in a year but you need to make people think they should still trust you. The other is Benefit's Ooh La Lift and is not so much a concealer as it is a "luminizer," meaning that it reflect light back and hides the dark circles.

3. highlighting stick -- Also know as a "luminizer" Benefit's Eye Bright used in the inner corner of your eye, makes your face look brighter and, well, more well rested.

4. eyeliner -- I like a cream eyeliner. I think you can get a better application, with better shading, and less trauma to the lid. I like Smashbox's Cream Eyeliner.

5. mascara -- I truly believe that, although I LOVE diamonds, mascara is a girl's best friend. Nothing does more for your eyes then mascara does: darken the lashes, open the eyes, divert attention away from flaw... oh mascara what won't you do? I use mainly drug store brands, in black, non waterproof, but I got a free sample of Sephora's Triple Action Mascara and I am LOVING it! Seriously, it does not clump, ever, at all... I didn't know it was possible.

6. blush/highlighter -- I use two different ones depending on the season, the weather, the outfit I am wearing although the both do essentially the same thing... brighten: Benefit's Dandilion and Benefit's One Hot Minute.

Sorry... there is nothing remotely frugal about this post.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guiness is Good!

In honor of St. Patrick's day I made Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guiness Cake.

Although I have made this cake many times in the past, yesterday's baking adventure was a FAIL!!!

As you can see from the picture above, the cake completed sunk in the middle. I have no idea why, but since it was cooked and I didn't want to waste it, I frosted it and brought it to work anyway.

There was none left by noon, so I guess it was good!