Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY Beaded Wrap Bracelets

I originally posted this on my other blog Chelsea Cecelia Creations, hence the watermark on the photos. I am going to slowly transition all my DIY's over here and close down the other site.

I love wrap bracelets. I have many. I was curious about how to make these bracelets, so I went to the craft store and asked one of the workers. She directed me to memory wire. How could I have been making jewelry for months and not have discovered memory wire?! 

Anyways, to make these cute bracelets, its VERY simple. All you need are the three supplies listed above and some patience.

When you get to the end, then do the same as you did at the beginning...turn the end up so beads don't fall off.

And viola!


Monday, April 20, 2015

This is real.

When I began blogging I did it as a stress reliever to cope with rough times. I started following other bloggers and I tried to join in this vast internet community. But after awhile it became too much. I got sick of trying to portray a perfect life, in a clean house, where all attempts at cooking and crafts turned out perfect. Well, guess what? That isn't real life.

It is hard to keep up with everyone. Ninety percent of the bloggers I followed always looked nice in their pictures having perfect hair and wore perfect outfits, their houses were always clean and free of clutter, their recipes produced delicious end products, crafts looked professionally least in pictures. Is that real?

Well, I am about to show you what is real for me and my life.

This is my dining room. My husband throws his clothes on the table, we both leave random clutter thrown about...usually remnants of craft projects. We have 6 bags of pop bottles to take back. I still have Christmas decorations up in my china cabinet. 

This is real.

In my family room (pictured above) there are random papers laying around, I have animals that shed and cause fur tumbleweeds to roll around, there's clutter everywhere, homework and papers and...stuff. real.

This is my kitchen. There's dirty dishes in the sink. There's random crap everywhere. And guess what? This is real life. Real life is busy and I don't always have time to clean. I am in school. I work full time. And sometimes, I don't want to spend my days off putting away every little thing that is laying around. I wish I was that person who puts everything away everyday but...I'm not. My yard is a mess. The house needs quite a bit of fixing up. But I don't have the money to do it right now. My crafts don't always turn out perfect every time. I don't do my hair every day. I don't even put make up on every day. This is real life. This is me. And this is happiness.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 2015 IPSY Glam Bag

Time for a monthly IPSY glam bag review!!
What is the glam bag, you ask? Allow me to enlighten you:
IPSY glam bag is a monthly subscription service, that provides the member with a cute bag filled with deluxe and full-size beauty samples. The glam bag samples are tailored to each member based off of a quiz that take when you first join. If your style preferences change, you can re-take the quiz at any time! The bag is $10/month. Members can share their glam bag with other members, swap tips and tricks, and you can buy full size products at discounted prices. It's fantastic.

April's Theme: Beautifully Bohemian

First of all, I love the colorful and cute bag that came this month. And as usual, it was full of great things!!

1. Redken Wind Blown 05: This hair spray works pretty good! Most hairsprays seem to just make my hair hard and doesn't hold the shape but this one worked pretty well. Retail Value: $5

2. Blush by Hikari Cosmetics in Tango: I haven't used this yet but I am always happy to try a new blush. Retail Value: $15

3. Mini Lip and Cheek Tint by Mullein and Sparrow: This little tin is amazing. It smells and tastes like fresh oranges and makes your lips feel soft and smooth. I haven't tried it as a blush yet, but I am sure smelling like oranges won't be bad!! Retail Value: $10

4. JulieG Nail Color: Super cute color and it goes on smooth. Retail Value: $3.99

5. NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty which is a shimmering violet with gold tint. Very cute. Retail Value: $8

As always, for $10 I felt this bag was totally worth it. Who doesn't love receiving great products at a low price? Another great perk of being an Ipsy member - discounts on the products you love and want to buy more of!! Try it out! 
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