February 23, 2014

Natural Makeup

Yesterday one of my girlfriends hosted the first of multiple natural living classes. The theme was MAKEUP, so naturally I was the first one there!

Using a few basic ingredients and recycled baby food jars we made a face scrub, moisturizer, powder foundation, powder bronzer, and a cream eye shadow.

If you'd like to join me in a more natural makeup routine you will need:
  1. Arrow root starch
  2. Cocoa
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Ginger
  5. Paprika
  6. Coconut oil
  7. Baking soda
  8. Lemon juice
  9. Honey
  10. Vitamin E
  11. Essential oil(s) of your choice
Here are the recipes we used:

Exfoliating Face Scrub
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. lemon juice
4 Tbsp. honey

Moisturizer (Combo/Oily Skin)
4 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 capsule Vitamin E (400 IU)
10 drops essential oil (I used orange)
Heat 10 seconds in microwave to stir, let firm

Powder Foundation
1 Tbsp. arrow root starch
spices to color (I used 1/2 tsp. cocoa, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. ginger, and a smidgen of paprika)

Powder Bronzer
1/2 tsp. arrow root starch
1/2 tsp. cocoa
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Cream Eye Shadow
1/4 tsp. coconut oil
Bronzer powder to color
(3 parts powder to 1 part oil)

I really like the face scrub and moisturizer and plan to continue using them. The powder foundation and bronzer looked nice and went on well but weren't long lasting. The cream eye shadow was difficult to apply and immediately migrated to the creases in my eyelids, I probably won't use it again.

Do you use natural makeup? Feel free to share your favorite recipes and brands!

February 18, 2014

Car Seat Cover

I was recently asked to make a custom car seat cover for a friend. I loved that I was able to choose the material with her and make it match her nursery perfectly. I bought these matching prints at JoAnn's and used a pattern I found through Pinterest here.

I diverted from the pattern a little bit by adding a layer of quilt batting in the middle for extra insulation and warmth.

Figuring out where to place the handles was a bit of challenge because I don't have a car seat readily available to measure against and my friend didn't have her car seat yet. So, I took the whole project to church with me a borrowed one from a gracious mama to measure. I placed the top outside corner of my sewn square 16 1/2 inches down from the top and 10 inches in from the side.

I even added a "handmade by Marissa" tag that my mama gave me for Christmas last year.

I even had to borrow a co-workers car seat to display the finished product! This was a quick and easy project and I would definitely do it again.

February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Here is a little sneak peak at the Valentine cards I intend to send to a select group of people. Winter is dreary and seems to drag on forever. I fight the winter doldrums with cheery Valentine cards. These are really straight forward so I won't bore you with the details. If you like them just CASE them. (Copy And Share Everything).
A little birdie told me.

Just a little bit of vintage stamping.

Fun with punches.

A variation with the punches.