Monday, February 21, 2011

Lapis & Llamas

The last couple of days I've been busy trying to organize my crafting area.  The weather's been so nice lately that it gave me a little extra motivation to clean, organize and go through a ton of boxes to find a place for everything.
I also wanted to incorporate some of my mother's crafting supplies that were still in my garage. So far I have just made room for them in my cabinet, they are still in the garage.  But hopefully by Wednesday night they will be all sorted and put away.
We also got Nightcrawler fixed.  She has been so down since we brought her home, at fist all she wanted to do was hangout with Yetti, but today she back to her old self, harassing everybody and everything (especially my Bird of Paradise plant).
Nightcrawler loves spending time with Yetti, and Yetti doesn't mind.  Her home is so cozy that Nightcrawler loves napping in it.

I also wanted to share a couple of things that I received from Chile when some of my family went for a visit.
I just wanted to share with you what my Tia Gladis sent me, this beautiful Lapis Lazuli & silver pendant and earrings.  She knows that Lapis is my favorite stone. She has great taste in silver jewelry and always sends me beautiful pieces.  Gracias Tia!!
I go gaga for Lapis, that is one of things that made me drool over my boyfriend.  Before we started dating I told him about my love for the stone, and he started reciting a few lines from a Yeat's poem Lapis Lazuli, and that was it.
My sister gave me this beautiful bag.  It has another of my loves, Llamas!  I have been using it non stop. Thanks Tamara!!
Hopefully I will have everything sorted and clean and maybe i'll take pictures.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pastel Cupcakes!

So I finally tried my hand at making a rainbow colored cupcake.  Inspired by reading "How To" post on the The Dainty Squid & Cultural Exposure, who both made yummy looking baked good using food coloring.  On Wednesday evening my niece and I did some baking.  It was her job to pick the colors we were going to make, she was practicing her color making skills. She also picked out the sprinkles that we were going to use, pastel rainbow stars.
 This is the basic run through of the task:
1. Mixed a box of white cake mix as per the directions on the box.
2. Divided the cake mixture into 4 separate bowls.
3. Added food color to the mixture to make four different colors.
4. Lined the the muffin baking sheet with paper cupcakes sleeves.
5. Added cake mixture one color at a time.
6. Bake in oven, and  let cool when done, ice and add sprinkles.

My niece loved, absolutely love doing this project.  She was so good at, and at following directions. She had lots of fun, and so did I!!

Before we started we went to Walmart and Zehrs(my local grocery store) to see if we could find some food coloring other than your basic primary colors, but they had the same box I did.  Where do you get the neon food coloring or anything that is deeper than pastel?  That is all that I seem to be able to make with my kit. And does anyone know if you can use the Wilson Icing coloring on cake mix? I have those and want to know if they would work.
This is my favorite tea cup set! Mushrooms!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vibrating Mascara!!?

This week we are reviewing the "Sonic Boost Vibrating Mascara".  Vibrate, separate, captivate. This is how Avon describes this product:

Power up your lashes with intense volume, dramatic definition...and eye-opening length and lift. Micro-vibrating brush pushes bristles through lashes for the ultimate coverage and separation. 8000 vibrations per minute help lashes instantly look fuller, longer, lifted & intensely defined. .247 fl. oz.
 It's regularly sells for $16.00, but right now it's on sell for $12.99.

So here are Tamara's thoughts on the mascara:
I love mascara, i use it everyday so I am quite picky when it comes to what type of mascara I will subject my eyes to.  I am familiar with a few differnt "vibrating" mascaras like Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating mascara. That particular one is my mascara of choice these days because I find most regular mascaras do not keep my lashes seperated and long. So when I heard that Avon released a vibrating mascara, I was all over it, ready to give it a try!

1). it's easy to use. I don't need to hold down a button to maintain the vibration in the mascara, which at times can be annoying with Maybellines Pulse Perfection. Also, I found that the actual vibration was stronger on the Avon Sonic Boost than the Maybelline Pulse Perfection. This helped the seperation effect on my lashes. Its good to note that the vibration was not too strong that it caused a tickle in my eye.

2). the brush of the Sonic Boost is much, much thicker and bristlier..is that a word?..and so the Avon mascara is definitely made to help thicken as you seperate. A huge plus because the Maybelline mascara has a thin, plastic brush so that it will seperate but it does nothing to thicken lashes. Take note that because of the thick brush on the Avon Sonic Boost, the first couple of times you use it you may have to dab off some mascara before applying on your lashes.

3). I have naturaly oily skin, so all of my eyeliners and  mascaras are always waterproof. But the Sonic Boost is not, so I was apprehensive about the staying power of the mascara.  I was pleasantly surprised because it lasted all day and did not give me the raccoon eye look that most non-waterproof mascaras give me. I even slept with it on to see what it could do. When I woke up, some of the mascara had come off but it was only a tad bit a smudged, but not enough to truly notice.
So overall I recommend this mascara to anyone looking to have thicker, longer yet seperated lashes. You just have get used to the vibration and work it through the lashes a few times and you will find that it does do what it claims!  Plus - it's cheaper which is always a bonus!

Thanks Tamara for another great review!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Plushes

I just wanted to show something I have been working on for a little while.  When I was younger I started writing this story about my bear "Tete" as a intergalactic space traveler, he and his crew were bounty hunters.  I drew sketches and schematics of their ship, but always wanted to do more with the idea.  So decided to take their journey in a Plush direction.  I am loving the way they are turning out.

My button a sepia picture of the new plush Tete.

I still need to make 4 other crew members and will post pictures of them when their finish.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mark Coupon!!!

Many people don't know that Avon has a product line gear towards a younger market called "Mark".

  The "Mark" line is full of beautiful makeup, perfumes,skin care, clothes, purses, and jewelry.   Their items tend to be a bit more pricey, but of great quality.  I'm a big sucker for their liquid eyeliner and lip glosses.
Mark has a $10 off any $50 mark beauty purchase.  You just have to log onto LouLou Magazine’s website www.louloumagazine.com and click on DEALS to print out the special mark coupon.

Eyeshadow sample cards
The coupon is valid in C4 & 5 National / C6 & 7 Trendsetter. Expiry date: February 15, 2011, midnight EST.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Strumpet's Crumpets Memory Lane Project

When I read this project of taking a trip down memory lane on Strumpet's Crumpets Blog by sharing your story and posting it on your blog, I loved the idea! Also the feeling it gave me when I thought about my beloved "Tete" my blue teddy bear. 
So here is our story:  He is my oldest and dearest toy.  My older brother gave him to me the day I came home from the hospital.  It was actually his bear but decided to give it to his new baby sister.  I fell in love with him instantly and he has never left my side.  When my sister was born I decide to break the tradition and not give her my bear, ..like if I could even part with Tete.  This always scorn my sister and she has had it out for him because she could never have him.  Tete was always the butt of her practical jokes, she tossed him out of the moving car on the 401 going to Toronto.  My dad drove in reverse on the side of the highway to retrieve him. I was screaming and crying at the top of my lungs.  We've bashed our day trip plans in order to stop at a laundry mat to wash him when my sister threw up all over him in the car.
He has played every game with me, been the Admiral in the fleet of "Animal Trek" game we use to play.  My mom use to take him to the "Toy Hospital" to get him all clean up and he always came back with a new little red suit.  In grade five we were learning about Ancient Egypt, one our projects was to draw our coffin like King Tut's but make it our own.  I painted my coffin with pictures of me Tete on it because he was going to be mummified with me. He moved to B.C. and back with me and been a part of my life all 35 years of it.
Tete, my bear.

Sweets!!

It's my new Friday thing!!  Photos of sweet yummy Candy!!
First, here are a few links to some photographs that I love, please check them out.



My mouth can't stop watering!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Homemade Power Bars

So last night I try my hand at making some non-bake power bars!!  I got the recipe while watching The Marilyn Denis Show on Tuesday morning.  On the show she had a chef who was making 2 different recipe for power bars.  Since the weather outside was horrible, I chose to swap some items for what I had in my cupboards. I altered the recipe a bit, but I think they came out delicious!  If you want the original recipe click on the link, but here is my version.
2 cups room-temperature peanut butter (you can use soy butter to make this recipe peanut-free)

2/3 cup palm syrup (didn't have maple but I had a can of palm syrup from Chile, yummy!)
¼ cup safflower oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup of oat bran
3/4 cup natural almonds(chopped)
¼ cup chia seeds
1/2 cup finely chopped figs
1/2 cup finely chopped Goji berries
1 cup unsweetened coconut

Add peanut butter, palm syrup and safflower oil into a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.  Stir in cocoa powder, oat bran, oats, almonds, chia seeds, figs, Goji berries, and coconut.  Line an 8 inch (2 L) square glass or metal pan with aluminum foil so it overhangs pan.  Press mixture into pan.  Refrigerate  overnight, until firm.  To serve, lift squares out of pan using aluminum foil.  Cut into 32 bars.  I wrapped each bar with plastic wrap and put half of them in the freezer. 
They came out soft, chewy, and tasty. And I believe they are as nutritional as the original recipe.
Bob took one to work to try and he loved it!!  That's proof enough for me!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sisters

Last night the storm(blizzard) started and it's still snowing today.  Our area hasn't been plowed yet, so my sweetheart and I are having a snow day!!!  Mostly cleaning and unpacking boxes.  Maybe I will attempt to make some "Power Bar", from a recipe I got yesterday.  Well I got 2 recipes one for a bar you have to bake and one that is non bake bar.  I think i'll tackle the non bake one.  I'm in creating mood but not a baking mood.
Us attending a 50's party.

Snow days make me miss my sister a bit.  We always try to get together on snowy days to hang out to watch movie in our comfy clothes and be crafty.  She will be back from Chile next week and I can't wait to see her.
  
Tamara & I two summers ago
Well I'm off to unpack another box!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Avon in Review

This week I am reviewing the latest lipstick that Avon is releasing in Campaign 5.  It's the Moisture Seduction Lipstick SPF 15. 

The special thing about this one is that it is a lipstick with an intense infusion of moisture.  The Lipstick has ribbons of hydrating moisture intertwined with the rich color, you actually see the swirls of moisture running all through the lipstick.  It also claims to offer 500% moisture boost.  It comes in 10 beautiful colors.  Regular price is $9.99 but it will be selling at the price of $4.99 in it's first feature brochure. 
I gave one of my client "Kumarie" 4 samples of the lipstick and I bought 2 for myself to try.  I have be using the "Tangerine" and "Red Kiss" for about 2 weeks and have to say that I am in love with these 2 shades.  They are rich and beautiful, but my concern was if they would keep my lips moist like the add said it would.
Red Kiss & Tangerine
That was the first thing Kumarie was concerned about especially during the winter months.  Also she wondered if this lipstick would bleed out like cheap ones do?   Her first observation was how intense the colors were, despite the fact that half of the lip stick is made from lip moisturizer.  She also noted that the color stayed on longer then expected, and never left a "stained" look on her lips.

Her new favorite shade is the "Plum Gorgeous", it really complements her skin tone. She found that the lipstick did keep her lips feeling moist, she didn't think 500% more, but moist enough.  I agree with her, the lipstick didn't dry out my lips and kept them relatively moist, I also was impressed with the longevity of it's wear.  That really surprised me!

 Kumarie said that in her books, this lipstick was really nice to wear and that she will be adding her favorite shade to her must have make up.  She loves the fact that such a nice lipstick will be selling for $4.99 and is planning on ordering one next brochure.