Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Necklaces I've Made

I have been in a major crafting mood lately and more specifically, jewelry making.  I found a cool-looking line of jewelry pieces at Jo Ann Fabrics called "Rebel Shine" a few months ago and have been slowly working on making items. 

The above necklace is made with the following:

  • Black Rose with Filigree Accent (Rebel Shine #34698125)
  • 22 inch Metal Chain Necklace in black (Blue Moon Beads #02065)--came with clasp and ball on ends (this is also from Jo Ann Fabrics)
  • 1 black metal jump ring

The necklace above is made with:

  • Acrylic/Metal Lace Accent (Rebel Shine # 34698124)
  • pre-made multi-strand necklace from Walmart (2 per pack; found in the $1 box in jewelry supplies)--came with a clasp and chain on ends
  • 1 8mm black bead
  • 1 flat clear bead (like a large seed bead)
  • 1 silver head pin
The pendant isn't showing up well in the photo.  It is a clear faceted "gem" with a small black lace overlay and has a black metal filigree-type edge around it.  The necklace part consists of: 1 strand sheer black ribbon, 3 strands black cording and 1 narrow-silver edged ribbon.

The above necklace has 3 parts:

  • Open Rose Accent (Rebel Shine # 34698123)
  • pre-made multi-strand necklace from Walmart (2 per pack; found in the $1 box in jewelry supplies)--came with a clasp and chain on ends
  • 1 antiqued silver spacer bead
  • 1 silver head pin

I might not have much experience in making necklaces and other pieces of jewelry, but so far I am pleased with the way that these 3 necklaces have come out.

**All items purchased by me

Project "Finish This Stuff", part 2 (b)

These are the first of the products I have finished in my quest to clean out the cabinets/shelves/drawers/etc....

Not a whole lot of progress at this point (end of June, I believe) but it is progress.  

I finished one chapstick, a bottle of Neutrogena deep clean invigorating scrub, a bottle of Dr. Scholls' pedicure essentials peppermint lotion, and a bottle of Sally Hansen's Cuticle and Hand Cream.  

The Sally Hansen product, which i did like the product itself, I will not purchase unless they change the packaging because I ended up slicing the tube open in 2 different places in order to be able to get all of the product out.

I did like the scrub from Neutrogena, but I want to try something without the "invigorating" label so that I can use it at whatever part of the day I want.

As far as the chapstick, I have moved on to better brands (Burt's Bees, EOS).

I have also found a more moisturizing foot lotion than the Dr. Scholl's.  

p.s.  These products were finished before the part 3 even though this post came later

**All items purchased by me

Project "Finish This Stuff", part 3

So for a couple of months now, I have been working on finishing bottles and tubes of miscellaneous beauty/personal care products that I have had for way too long.  I have definitely made progress towards my goal of cleaning out.

These are all products that I have used up (other than 2 that have just been thrown away).  

The Orly Spritz and the Rimmel Fix & Perfect primer were just disposed of.  The Orly product no longer came out of the sprayer, plus I think I read somewhere that quick-dry sprays could cause quicker chipping of nail polish.  The Rimmel primer I threw away because the last time I used it, it stung my face for a minute or two (plus it was expired).

I managed to finish 2 bottles of polish remover, a bottle of Dove Cream Oil body lotion (which I do like and may get again at some point), a bottle of Dove "energize" beauty body wash (it was all right) and a face cleanser.  I also managed to finish another chapstick and my Wet n Wild Lash Intense Mascara (this gave my lashes a "natural but better" look - slightly longer and darker).

As far as the rest of the bottles in the picture, I started and finished 2 bottles of spray sunscreen and a bottle of body wash, as well as a trial/travel size of mouth wash.

In addition to all of these products, I also went through my drawers and cabinets and managed to fill a shopping bag full of products that I no longer wanted.  This includes makeup items, nail polishes, face masks, hair products, and a couple of tools that I don't care for/hate (i.e. the Wet n Wild kabuki brush sucks).  This bag will eventually make its way with my hubby to where he works and all of the ladies he works with will most likely clean out the bag very quickly. 

**All items purchased by me

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Project "Finish This Stuff", part 2

As I continue to work on my project "Finish This Stuff," I found some more products to add to the list/pile of things that need to be finished.

Included in this picture are three bottles of bubble bath that are older than I want to acknowledge and have followed me from home to home over the years.

I have also included 5 bottles of shower gel that I received as a gift about three years ago and they got shoved to the back of the closet over time.  I think one reason I never gravitated towards using these is that they are all food-scented, which I am not that fond of products like that.  Luckily, the scents don't last hardly beyond the shower time itself.

**shower gels were a gift; **bubble baths purchased by my mom

Fourth of July Nails

In honor of the holiday, I tried my hand at a little nail art.
Here is what I did:

  • base coat of ProFX Fiberized ridge filler
  • one coat of Rush 60 second High Speed Nail Lacquer in Private (which I believe is no longer sold)
  • 4 stripes in L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in White
  • one coat on tips in Sinful Colors Midnight Blue
  • top coat in Sally Hansen Insta-Dri anti-chip top coat

I also found some cute star earrings in my drawer to wear today.

The top is just a little silver star stud.  The bottom is a star with a sparkle that dangles from a sparkle.  I thought today would be a good day to wear these since I'm not sure I'll be going anywhere on the actual 4th.

**All items purchased by me