Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saving Art.

We have a million and one pieces of art from Louis and are running out of have run out of wall space to display it on.  Oh the struggles of parents of a youngster.  Not joking what-so-ever.  The only available wall in my craft room/studio is covered in things Lou has made.  And I can't bring myself to get rid of them!  WAAAH!

So for now, just to give myself peace of mind, we've come up with a solution.  We are going to make a book of Louis' art.  We will store all of his adorable work in a 12x12 album that we can easily flip through.  So excited about this.  And yet a little nervous about how many books are about to fill our shelves over the next few years of his life.  Between things he makes at home and all of the crazy cute things at school...we are never lacking in Louis-made decor.

I'm hoping this will work for now.  I was putting this off because I had ambitions to scan/photograph each item and then turn everything into a printed book like we use for our regular family albums.  But I'm worried that I'll never get around to it and the problem will just grow and grow.

Does anyone else have a solution for the over abundance of save-ables from their kiddos?  I'm all ears!

Until then, this will have to do.  I basically love everything Louis makes for us.  So having it all in one place to browse through is kind of the best thing in the entire world.  But you know. I just love that kiddo to pieces.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#NYCBigBold

When I get emails from Influenster telling me that I have a VoxBox coming my way, I get way more excited than a person should.  I get even more excited when I read on to see that it's going to be makeup.  Wahoo!  What girl wouldn't love getting some new facepaint in the mail?

I was sent two products, both from New York Color Cosmetics: NYC Big Bold Angel Lash Mascara and NYC Big Bold & Precise Felt Tip Liner.  I'm not mad that these items were sent my way.  Not at all.

 

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about the liner.  I haven't worn eyeliner since college and back then I used to be a little more raccoon-like than I should have been.  But hey, we've all gone there with eyeliner, right?  Right?  

I used to also wear a lot of glitter on my eyes back in high school too.  So there have been some makeup mishaps that I will never return to.  God help us all.

Things that I really liked about these two products: 
  -- the liner has a solid, felt tip.  It wasn't impossible to put on like I remember so many of my old ones being.  I didn't smudge the crap out of my eyes.  And the tip was beveled so I could make it as heavy or light as I wanted.  I stuck with light. 
  -- the mascara is great.  It wasn't super chunky.  It was light.  It stayed on all day without flaking.  And it was a good, bold black that helped make my eyes pop a little more.

As you can see, I stayed raccoon free.  Woot!  I actually have been wearing eyeliner (THIS eyeliner too!) since the day it came in the mail.  I'm back on the eyeliner train, people!  I like the subtle definition it gives my eyes.  Especially since I'm really a makeup minimalist and don't wear much beyond shadow, mascara and a bright red lip from time to time.

So yeah, NYC.  You've got me.  Hook, line, and sinker.  Well played.

 Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
While I do love free stuff, but that doesn't stop me from giving an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  Pinkie swear.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Layer Me Up Shirt by Patterns for Pirates

Is it getting old that I'm only ever sewing Patterns for Pirates things for myself?

Guess what?  I don't care.  I love her patterns.  They're always in style...but in a classic, I-can-wear-this-forever-and-a-day kind of way.  They are easy to sew up. And she includes about a million different variations in each pattern.  So you could sew eight billion shirts from one pattern and never feel like you're wearing the same clothes every day.  For serious.

I didn't test this pattern.  I sat patiently in the shadows, waiting for Judy to release the Layer Me Up shirt.  Why?
Because it had so many elements that I wanted in a shirt.

Those elements?
Despite my never ending curves, I like form-fitting shirts.  I also am crazy busty, so when I wear most tshirts, the length becomes way shorter on me because my boobs take up half of the length.  Not joking.  It's a serious issue that all shirts are stupid short on me, even though I don't have a long torso.  AND, I hate necklines being too high.  I'm not trying to show off said giant boobs (I swear), I just feel like it's more flattering on me to have a little collarbone showing.  I have a big, round head and the less amount of things next to my face, the better.

Let's first talk neckline.  It's a scoop neckline.  And Judy teaches you how to create a seamless version on the hem so it looks all professional and such.  I adore it. 

And then the length.  The benefits of having a tall woman as the designer is that she doesn't make things for shrimps.  Her patterns always have several lengths you can choose from.  I actually used the tunic length of this shirt and it hits me exactly where I like my tees.

As for the fit, it's great.  This is designed as a shirt that you can layer, so there isn't much give.  There is a tank version that I basically will be making 102980234982304 of for this summer.  I never wear anything without a tanktop under it and I love that I can make my own now easily.  

So again, Judy hit this one out of the park.  A fast, easy sew for a wardrobe staple is perfection for a girl like me.  Excuse me while I go check my fabric stash to see what else I can come up with.

I found the star fabric on SpandexHouse.com (back when I was ambitious and wanted to make a swimsuit out of it): HERE.  And the red/white stripe is from GirlCharlee.com: HERE.

Patterns for Pirates is selling the Layer Me Up shirt [HERE].
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