Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DIY Lace Jeans (easy fix)

Hello lovely peeps, I've got another super fast and easy DIY for you today.
DIY Lace Jeans. When I say this is easy, I mean it is done in 20 minutes or less. Recommended drying time is 24 hours, but as far as doing the project.... easy peasy. I absolutely love my Silver Jeans mainly because they were destroyed, but the holes got a LOT bigger. Ha, thinking about it I actually tried wearing them out with the larger holes and people stared me down. So, I got crafty and thought about what I found on Pinterest years ago. So this is my take on it, and if you'd like to do it too please continue reading!

  • You're going to need a good ol' pair of destroyed jeans or shorts (or destroy them yourself).
  • A pair of scissors
  • Some fabric glue. The kind I used was "Liquid Stitch Stitchless Sewing". I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby for $4.99
  • Some lace fabric, I bought a yard (but you could use less). Also purchased at Hobby Lobby. It was $8.99 a yard but I had a coupon for 40% off.

Turn your lovely jeans or shorts inside out, and smooth out the surface as much as possible. If you have to iron before hand I would do so now. You want a clean smooth surface to work with :).

Take you lace fabric and line it up to the outside and inside of the stitching for the width. For the length will depend on how many holes you're covering. I made a large piece because I have a lot of holes to fill. 

Then cut along the outside stitching.

It should look something like this for both legs, or one if that's what you're doing.

Take your fabric glue, and make a small dot under each corner of your fabric so you know where the lace will lay. Take the lace off and set to the side. Then place the glue all over the surface where your lace will sit, staying away from the center of the open holes. You can do the edging but be careful to go lightly around the holes. 

Grab your lace that you set aside and place on top of the sticky glue. You can either use a sponge to firmly smooth the lace over the glue, or just use your good ol' hands like I did. Definitely wasn't the most exciting feeling in the world, but it washed off with regular tap water :). Just make sure to smooth out the surface and press all over the surface to insure a good hold.

Yay! Hard part is done. Don't mind my fabulous no makeup mug.

Now, ironing is optional but I took a piece of an old jean patch and used it for a buffer between the lace and the iron. Put the iron on the "cotton" setting and very gently go over the jean patch till it is warm. Then, slowly take the jean patch off and repeat to each surface that has not been touched yet. This just helped it dry a tad so I could take the after photo for you guys. :D But it can also insure that it's not going anywhere!

After that all you have to do is lay them out to dry for 24 hours and viola! You vamped up some old jeans that you were probably thinking about ditching! It's almost like you have a new pair of jeans without buying them. Like I said, these are my favorite jeans and for about $10 I saved them. One of the easiest DIY's I have ever done! Hope this inspires you to get out those old jeans (or new) that you'd like to add a little extra too.
Get out there and start crafting people, it's too easy not to :).

Questions or Comments? Post below!
Until Next Project, Thanks for stopping by.... :P

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sigma Premium Professional Kit

Lets just start off by saying my husband is basically AHHMAZING. I've been wanting this Sigma set for awhile now, but have been pushing it back because it's... well.... pricey. Is it worth it? I'll get into that later in this post. 

Sigma has blown up all over social media over the last few years. From YouTube gurus to bloggers, and all over the beauty industry. It's was founded in 2008 by a husband and wife team originally from Brazil. They had a mission to make Beauty Products for a more affordable price, but durable with high end features. Their brushes are used from small beginners to top end worldwide makeup artists. Word got around fast about these brushes, and for a good reason. 

It comes in this gorgeous thick case! As soon as I pulled it from the box I hugged it, looked like a total weirdo doing it and I didn't care at all. My husband knew I wanted it, but I don't think he realized how bad I wanted it till he saw the craziness coming from the other side of the couch. The case itself is amazing. It's absolutely perfect for travel or keeping your brushes in a safe secure place where they wont get messed up. It also helps that it's one of my favorite colors, like a flat black. Amazzzin. :)

Pictured above are the face brushes in the kit:

(from left to right)
  • Large Fluff - E50 (perfect for highlighting on cheek/brow)
  • Concealer - F75 (great for using defining around lips/brows)
  • Large Concealer - F65 (typical for larger areas of concealing)
  • Tapered Highlighter - F35 (subtle highlighting ex. cheek bones)
  • Duo Fibre Powder/Blush -F15 (for a diffused blush application)
  • Powder/Blush - F10 (great for precise placement of powder or blush)
  • Tapered Face - F25 (gives exact placement of product on the face)
  • Large Powder - F20 (omg, big huge soft brush, amazing for bronzing)

Eye brushes (and one lip brush, far left)
  • Lip - L05 (perfect lip brush with a cover to bring on the go etc)
  • Small Eye Liner - E10 (works well with gel or liquid eye liner)
  • Flat Definer - E15 (sharp and precise for product along upper/lower lash line)
  • Short Shader - E20 (apply in small areas or smudge out under eye)
  • Small Tapered Blending - E45 (color application for the crease)
  • Tapered Blending - E35 (effect is blended but defined w. this brush)
  • Blending - E25 (controlled blending brush, buff out harsh lines)

This is the Premium Professional Kit from Sigma. Like I said earlier, I've been wanting this set FOR-EVER. I was absolutely shocked when this came in the mail for me from my husband. It was my 25th birthday this last Saturday (the 26th). Bryan surprised me by going above and beyond this year! I wont go into full detail but lets just say I effing love that man. He did good, real good. 

These brushes are purely amazing. I love them already and I haven't put in for a trial and error (but I will, and will update). I had one brush before this kit and that was the F80 Flat Top Kabuki. Aka, one of the greatest foundation brushes out there. I bought it off of ebay, because it was cheaper for me at the time. This thing is incredible! Yes, I know everyone raves about it. There's a reason for that! After I started using this brush I almost felt stupid for not finding this sooner. Makes your foundation look flawless and almost airbrushed. I clean it regularly and it still stands up to my expectations after every wash. I have never seen any hair fall out or anything! Very sturdy and you can tell it'll last you a long time. Once I had this brush, I knew I needed the rest.

In conclusion I love these brushes, even though I just started using them.... today. So with that said I will update for a trial and error in a couple of months. They're beautiful high quality brushes for an amazing price. M.A.C. has nothing on Sigma.. nothing. 

Questions or comments? Post below. These were not sent to me, these were a gift from my husband. All opinions are my own and I would never mislead anyone of any product reviewed by myself. Have things you'd like to send for me to review? send an email here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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DIY Frame Collage


Hello loveys! Here's another DIY idea for y'all out there. Over the years I've had many decorations kind of piled up in storage. Well, we moved into the new house and had big new walls to cover. So with that in mind I kind of just winged this idea together and this is what I came up with!

Now, I don't have an exact tutorial for this idea since I just kind of put it together, but I can at least explain the concept and how I came up with it.

With a majority of things that I have in our home I have either made, got for free, re-did, or purchased from one of the following stores (yes, these are my all time FAVORITE stores):
  • TJMaxx
  • Marshall's
  • Ross, Dress for Less
  • HomeGoods
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Amazon

  • I never pay for anything that is full price. I'm not the person to go to Pier 1 or PotteryBarn to purchase one small thing for $40. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but I just like to find things A LOT cheaper. More money in my pocket makes not only me, but my husband happier haha. 

    My husband was in the Marine Corps for 4 years, so we take a lot of pride in that. During his last deployment to Afghanistan I ordered the vinyl sign you see at the top. Can't remember where I ordered it from since it was almost 5 years ago (when I do find it, I'll add it). There are lots of websites that make vinyl signs or sayings for you. It's a little pricey, but worth it. This is one thing I had to have, and obviously had to pay full price for. Now this sign was made for one purpose, and one purpose only. I bought it for our first home that we purchased. It took 5 years for us to finally purchase one (thanks to the VA Home Loan), and I finally could put this on a wall. So, that was my main focus for this wall everything else came after.

     I placed all the fun objects that I wanted on the wall near the sign, placing and adding as I went. Using a small level from an old ruler I placed marks for the nail holes so they were even. And honestly that's about it! The great thing about a collage is that you can add anything to it. I imagined this would be great for future children and events throughout our lives together. :) What do you think?? I'd love to hear or see your ideas! Question or comments? Leave a comment!

    Until the next project, thanks for stopping by...

DIY Dresser Makeover

Woofta, where do I even begin on this project? This was so easy, and I definitely should of done it a long time ago. About a year ago my best friend's co-worker gave us this dresser for free. We definitely needed an extra dresser, and I hate the thought of spending hundreds of $$$ on something new. This dresser had the shape I wanted and I knew I could always paint it to a different color. At the time we lived in a town home that had no room for even the smallest home project, so thankfully we now own our home with a garage! We've only lived here for 2 weeks and I'm already getting on the long awaiting projects, like this one! Enough of the blabbing I know, lets hop into it.

This is what the dresser started out like. Old, drabby, ummm smelly? Ha, it wasn't in terrible condition but definitely needed a little "makeover". Thankfully it fell into the right hands ready for the challenge.

Bought this little gem at Walmart for $19.99. I started off sanding by hand and let me tell ya, I highly recommend a palm sander over doing it by hand! It was taking me forever to get the shiny top coat off so at 2 am I headed off to good ol' Wally World. I used whatever sand paper it came with and sanded it down till there was no more "shininess" haha. Wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove the access dust and shadings.

This was bought at Home Depot, it's Behr Brand and it's called Stain-Blocking Primer & Sealer. I believe it was about $7 dollars. 

little painting kit I bought at Walmart for $4.99 I believe.

I then used the Primer (pictured above) all over the surfaces that I just sanded down. I only sanded down the areas that would be seen. I started with the first coat, let it dry for about 45 min. Then continued the 2nd and 3rd coat the same way. You don't have to necessarily do three coats, but I wanted to make sure the paint had something to stick to just to be safe.

My favorite part! This beautiful Metallic paint came from Martha Stewart at Home Depot. I can't explain to you how ahhhhmazing this stuff is, but it is just spectacular. These little 10 oz jars are $4.98. Yes... that cheap, and it is so pigmented. The shades I got are Polished Silver (painted on the drawers), and Thunderbolt (painted on outside of the dresser, and middle pieces in the front). I actually started with the Polished Silver all over everything, and then wanted to add some darkness so I grabbed the Thunderbolt and added that at the end.

 These are pictures with one coat of the Polished Silver. Like I said it was very pigmented and opaque. But it was almost too light in color for me. I love dark colors, specially black. So the Thunderbolt color was staring me in the face and I decided to do a final two coats of that on top of the 3 coats of Polished Silver that I did. Again, you don't need to do that many coats but I just preferred a thick even coat. I also used a mixture of painting techniques. I first used a rolling brush for the first coat. 2nd and 3rd coat I used a foam sponge for a more "stainless steel look". Everything is optional and up to your own style and taste :). 

I could have salvaged the old hardware on the dresser but knowing me and my taste, I wanted new and exciting. Shiny should be my middle name, seriously. So knowing me, I love Hobby Lobby. I could literally spend hours in there. Well, this week was definitely the week for me there because knobs we're 50% off!! So I grabbed 4 smaller knobs for the top two drawers (originally $4.99 but were $2.99 each) and then grabbed 4 bottom drawer pulls (originally $6.99 but were $3.99). So yes, they weren't exactly cheap cheap, but to me they were a steal. I'm probably the queen of bargain shopping... NEVER SPEND FULL PRICE, unless you have to of course. They didn't fit perfectly so I had to drill new holes for the pulls, and snip the extra long screws to size. 

And BOOM, it's done. Took me about 2-3 days from start to finish. Super easy and almost relaxing. Now I know why guys like to hang out in the garage. It's quiet and peaceful. Just you and your project! Dressers and other items are easy to come by. This is the season to grab future DIY projects since it's spring cleaning. Garage sales, and estate sales are where it's at! I highly encourage people to re-use anything they have or find. It's way cheaper and super thrilling to know you created it. For any questions or comments please post below and I'll reply as soon as I can! I hope everyone has an amazing spring, and can't wait to see all the projects added to the social-sphere lol. 

Until the next project, thanks for stopping by.
PS. To anyone wanting to know, I also made the jewelry holder sitting above the dresser. If anyone would like to know how I made one, I was thinking of making another for a friend. So If anyone would like to see how I did it, I'll post a blog on a How-To :)