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Just Add Alcohol

9 Jun

My favorite makeup is Revlon Photo Ready. I swear if they ever stop making it, I might cry. I only use the compact powder, but I go through them pretty quickly.

A few months ago, I saw an idea on Pinterest where you can take broken makeup and fix it.

I already had a compact or two that were almost empty. Am I the only one who gets tired of fighting with that outer ring of makeup left in the compact? Anyway, I hate to be wasteful so I held on to them just in case.


I finally broke down and worked on it this afternoon:


I used the back end of a butter knife to break it all up. Then I loosely spooned the powder into two empty compacts. Used the back end of a spoon to level the powder out. Then poured just enough alcohol into each one to wet the powder.

Then I placed a plastic bag over the make up and again used the back of the spoon to smooth it out. Then I left the compacts open to dry.

They are like new! Cheap and easy way to conserve.

DIY Quote Wall Art

8 May

I’m kinda proud to admit that I’ve been reading Young House Love since it was This Young House.  Yes, it’s been that long.  It’s my favorite blog, and pretty much the only one I still make sure I read everyday.  So it’s kind of surprising that this is the first time I’ve participated in their Pinterest Challenge!  Young House Love is actually how I first heard about Pinterest, which is basically my favorite ever.  I don’t spend as much time on there as I used to, but it’s where I find inspiration for pretty much everything.

A while back, I decided to combine two pins to create some much needed wall art for my apartment: this one and this one.

DIY Quote Wall Art

There’s some great tutorials if you follow the links I provided above.  I didn’t use letter stickers from a craft store because I wanted the words to be pretty large.  So I ordered vinyl from my friend Diane with GraffitiChic.  I’ve actually had the vinyl for about 6 months so it was time for me to get on that already!

DIY Quote Wall Art Steps

I got my canvases in a cheap 2-pack from Hobby Lobby when they were on sale a while back.  Everything else I already had.

It was difficult to get an accurate picture of the final effect, especially with just my iPhone camera.  In the picture below you get a better idea of the texture and opacity of the paint, but the color itself is brighter than in person.

DIY Quote Wall Art after

I’m really happy with the way it turned out!  I had some friends over this weekend and the project got quite a bit of attention.  I might have to make a few more!

Gettin’ my craft on

7 Mar

glass etch header

I’ve had the idea for this project for a looooong time.  I’ve had the vinyl sitting around for months.  I just haven’t felt like doing much of anything.  When I’m feeling good emotionally, I always get the itch to create.  I’ve had the bug lately, so I’m taking advantage of it!

Originally found this idea on Pinterest.  It’s a Martha tutorial…  How can you go wrong?

glass etch martha

It’s a pretty simple tutorial. Only need a few supplies:

glass etch supplies

  1. Painters or Masking tape.
  2. Vinyl letters or designs
  3. Glass Etching medium, brush and gloves

I had the Frogtape left over from previous projects.  It really is the best painter’s tape I’ve used so far.  I got my vinyl from my friend Diane at graffitiCHIC.  I bought the glass etching medium at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon.  Obviously, you’ll also need whatever kind of glass you want to etch.  I got my storage jars from Wal-Mart a while ago.

glass etch steps

Yes, I have a jar for my herbal tea bags… I’m a little obsessed with herbal tea!


The steps are pretty simple. You need to start with a clean surface.  The directions recommend you use rubbing alcohol and soap.

1.  Tape off the section you want to etch.  Make sure you go around the edge with your nail or something hard.  This is to prevent the medium from getting under the tape.

2.  Place the vinyl.  Again, make sure you go around the edges.

3.  Put an even generous layer of the medium on and let it sit for 15 minutes.

4.  Rinse with water and remove the tape and vinyl.

You might notice a couple of spots toward the bottom of the jar that don’t seem to have taken the medium.  I’m not sure why that is!  But I did not wipe it down with rubbing alcohol, so maybe there was oils or residue that the soap didn’t get?  It’s not that noticeable with stuff in the jars.  I’m not sure how I could have put the medium on more evenly.

glass etch before after


This was my very first attempt at etching and overall I’m pretty happy with the results!  I think I’m going to spray paint the lids oil-rubbed bronze eventually.  Considering that I didn’t put a dint in the medium, this won’t be my last glass etching project!

There’s some pretty cool ideas out there!  What’s your favorite etched glass idea?