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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DIY Cosmetic Fixes and Creations

I have three solutions to your major cosmetic dilemmas: the broken compact, the broken lipstick and matching your eye shadow to your nail polish.

How to fix your broken compact:
Scoop out all of the remaining compact into a bowl.  Crush the compact into tiny and fine pieces. Combine 1/2 tablespoon of alcohol, mixing together until smooth like peanut butter. Replace the smooth mixture into the compact and let sit overnight. Good as new!

How to Create a Lip Balm from Lipstick:
To easily create a tinted lip balm, melt a small tub of chapstick in the microwave for two minutes (or until completed melted). Next, combine your broken lipstick (it will melt with the heat of the chapstick) and a dab of lip gloss (for shine). I then replaced my tinted lip balm in my chapstick tub. This is a great gift idea and way to create a custom color.

Create Any Color Nail Polish:
This is my favorite! Use a 3/4 full jar of nail polish (allows room for the powder and to mix) and add 1 teaspoon of your favorite powdered eye shadow into the bottle of nail polish. Shake the bottle (with the lid on) for 2 minutes and you have the perfect shade!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Convert a stool into a vanity bench

I was hired to construct a small vanity bench for a local client and I struggled with exactly the best way to construct a vanity bench that was sturdy, small enough for her desk and funky enough to fit my style. I then converted an IKEA side table that I had into the perfect stool.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

15 Minutes Dress Shirt Pillows

You can easily create modern shirt pillows from your worn out dress shirts. I wanted to save some of my grandpa's shirts to recycle as family heirlooms. This project took about 15 minutes. 
First, decide on what size you'd like your pillow. I want my pillow 16" x 16" so I had enough clearance  to remove the sleeves. 

Next, cut your pieces with a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all sides. I cut my pieces to 17" by 17"

Pin your pieces with the right sides facing each other and sew all four sides. Since your shirt has pillows you don't need to worry about leaving any gaps to turn inside out. 

Fold inside out by unbuttoning your shirt and slide in your pillow.