Monday, August 31, 2020

Star + Clouds Baby Mobile

When I was pregnant with my first daughter six year ago, I made her a mobile.  It was a cloud with stars hanging down. Now that I'm pregnant with our second daughter, I wanted to do something similar but different. So, I made a star with clouds hanging. Genius, huh? ;)

There is a tutorial for the first mobile I made here.

There will not be a tutorial for this mobile. I made it while juggling a few other projects and didn't take the time to document the steps. I also found there were a few things I would do differently if I were to do it again.  But I will let you know about the materials in case you want to attempt something similar!

The star is made from glitter canvas. I bought two 8.5x11 sheets at Hobby Lobby. There were in the section with felt sheets. I cut the sheets into stars and then sewed them together. I used glossy Mod Podge to seal the glitter so it wouldn't shed and fall into the crib.

The clouds are cut from faux leather that I've had-- the same faux leather used to make the stars on the first mobile. I painted the clouds white and sealed them with glossy Mod Podge to keep the paint from peeling.

Also like the first mobile, I used guitar strings. These particular strings were brand new, so they still have some stretching to do not to curl up.

The raindrops are cut from Hobby Lobby fabric I used to make the baby blanket. I may go back later and hand stitch around them to add interest. But we'll see about that.

Working with the glitter canvas was a bit of a challenge to hand sew the guitar strings to it. I used E6000 to reinforce where I stitched. I stuffed the star with two plastic grocery bags to give it some dimension.

It was a labor of love. And sometimes frustration. Once the guitar strings straighten out, it will look a bit more polished.

Just a few more weeks and we'll have a little one staring up at it!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Video: Chatty GRWM (Life Update + Channel Chat)

I'm chatting about life and this channel while slapping some makeup on my face! Below are the makeup products I used. I have linked to them to make them easy to find. If you purchase through the link, I earn a small percentage (like a few pennies). Here's my two cents (ha)-- buy when the products are on sale! I usually only buy when products are on major sale, including drugstore items.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 05 Ivory

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow Palette (Shades: Marina + Siren)

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush

Elf Crease Brush

Elf Lip Brush (used for eyeliner)

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact in Light

Real Techniques Sponge

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow (Used cream bronzer in Shade and highlights in Lit, Strobe, and Stunner)

Elf Small Stipple Brush

Wet n Wild Flat Top Brush

Wet n Wild Stipple Brush

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination Powder in Radiant Translucent

Essence The Blush in 10 Befitting

NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Milan

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Candy Venom

It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe

Benefit Gimme Brow in 3

Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel (clear)

Essence Volume Booster Lash Primer

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

Mac Prep and Prime Fix+

Monday, August 10, 2020

Baby Blanket for Our Little One on the Way

In about 2 months, we'll be welcoming a little one into our family. I had a few things I needed to get made before she arrives, and I started with this blanket. The middle patterned fabric is some I got at Walmart awhile ago. If your Walmart looks anything like the ones here, the fabric section is almost empty thanks to the pandemic. The blue dotted, orange dotted, and solid pink fabric is from Hobby Lobby, and I got it a couple weeks ago.

We don't have the nursery set up yet (working on that this week!), so here's the blanket laid out on our guest bed.
I didn't create a tutorial for this project since I'm just focused on getting things done right now and checked off the list before I go into labor! Here's a rough sketch with rough measurements in case you want to make a similar blanket. I did a 1/2 seam allowance, and that's included in the measurements. You might want to ignore the three measurements at the very top and just focus on the measurements on the actual sketch.
After finishing the blanket, I completed a few more nursery projects. Now we just need to put together the crib and set up the nursery!

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Video: Mask Makeup: Rosy, No Foundation Look Using Julep Products

I've been going foundation free quite a bit this summer since I've been wearing a mask (isn't 2020 weird?!). Here's a simple look I've been doing using Julep makeup products. Julep Products Used: ✹Blank Canvas Mattifying Treatment Primer
✹It’s Balm Full-Coverage Lip Crayon in Shades Sepia Mauve Creme and Blossom Pink Creme ✹It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Shade: Pillow Talk ✹Cushion Complexion Foundation + Concealer in Shade ✹Skip the Brush Blush Crème-to-Powder Blush Stick in Shades: Passionfruit and Sheer Glow ✹When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner in Shade: Rich Brown ✹Finishing Brush


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