Saturday, July 7, 2018

Barbie Organization and Furniture Hacks

Did you know that on March 9, 1959, Barbie (Barbra Millicent Roberts) debuted at the American Toy Fair in New York City.  Who knew Barbie had a full name.  Happy Birthday Barbie. I found a bunch of Barbie DIYs that are so cute and worthy of saving.

this adorable closet is made from cardboard, popsicle sticks, hot glue, and spray paint with an optional bar for hangers.




Perhaps you like this Barbie clothing rack better? This one takes a bitt more effort and some startup materials but the end result is adorable. It also looks a but 'retail' so go ahead and make a few of them and let your girl go on a shopping spree.

Now that you've got storage, you may need some hangers for those beautiful duds. Make some using this tutorial out of paper clips.




Need some clothes for that new closet? How about making a cute Barbie dress one from a sock?


Need to wash all those clothes? How about an adorable DIY washer and dryer made from cardboard snack boxes, spray paint, packing tape, black cardstock, buttons and hot glue. Check out the youtube video linked above.

Don't throw away those empty sample bottles. Instead make a cute Barbie sized tote with half an empty bottle, washi tape or fabric, and some pipe cleaners. The totes in this pic were made from patterned duct tape.




Next is this organizing hack for all the tiny accessories. The OP was storing all of her Calico Critters accessories which we also have a ton of.



Doll hair can get out of control but this hot water/towel/hairbrush post has a quick and dirty (pun intended) solution to tame the wild masses. If you want to try a new hair color on those lovely locks, check out this hair dye blog post using food coloring.

Cute curls are every Barbies best friend ad if your curls have turned straight, set them with these homemade curlers made from bobby pins and tiny straws.

Does your Barbie love water sports? Let your little ones take her on an adventure with this homemade doll boat made from soda bottles and masking tape.


Once Barbie gets out of the water, she may be cold and warming up by the fireplace may be just what she needs. Make a cute fire out of twigs, a flameless tealight, and some wood using this tutorial. If your not handy with power tools, your local craft store will likely have a small table in the unfinished wood section.



Is your friend hungry? Boxed Barbie food can be made from this ingenious hack using foam core board and coupons!


Need eating utensils? This blog is not in English but you probably don't need a translator tool if you simply look at the pictures to see how ridiculously easy these spoons are to make.


How about something to drink. I wondered where people were getting all those adorable bottled drinks. This blogger has a great tutorial for making them out of straws and plastic pen barrels.



Now after all that eating, shopping, and hair dyeing, Barbie is probably exhausted and read for a much needed nap. This blogger made an incredibly cute bed out of a plastic storage box with lid and some fabric. Sewing skills helpful.



Or make a suitcase for her out of a plastic soap bar holder or an Altoids tin and send Barbie on vacation and make an eco and cash friendly tropical oasis for your Barbie and her guy with a fruit crate , a ribbon spool, and some small wood leftovers.



My house is over run with tiny Barbie babies but if you need one, here is a pic using what looks like a wood bead and some fabric.

Wiping that babies bottom will take some TP. Make some toilet paper like this one using paper towels or TP and a match stick. This blog post has some tissue boxes and many other adorable diy items. You will need a translator.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Duluth Summer 2018 with Logan, Dominic, and Hannah

We had a fantastic drive up from the Twin Cities to Duluth today. Logan, Dominic, and Hannah slept over last night. Well 'sleep' is a relative thing. Logan and I went to bed at 3am this morning and then got up at 830 so even though its only 10p, Im exhausted.

We left the house 50 minutes earlier than expected, at 11:10 but after some i-35 construction nightmares, we finally got to Tobies at 1p. After lunch we went to the Riverside cemetery in Superior, WI to visit Kens parents (and grandparents, and great grandparents).

Lunch was great and the cemetery was interesting (in different ways) so all-in-all, the 4.25 hour road trip was good.

Our first adventure was going to Park Point beach. As you can see from the slightly foggy pictures below, despite the rain and the water temp being a reported 55 degrees, the kids still had a great time swimming.



After stopping at the MINIIT MART next to the hotel and getting meat sticks and bottled water, we went off to the hotel pool for a couple houts of more swimming. I feel pickled!


Then at 8 oclock it was McDonalds for dinner and then a quick hot tub bath for the kids. After some  and some much needed wind down time, Ive got all the kids and the husband tucked away for sleepy time. Here are pics of 2 of the 3. Hannah woke up when I took her picture and I couldnt get to Dominic because he is on the other side of grampa. 


Good night people, have a pleasant rest of your weekend. 

REMEMBER;
  1. Our God is an awesome God!
  2. God works for the the good of those who love him






Friday, March 30, 2018

Gods blessing on the one who is willing to sell Proverbs 11:26



There are so many quotable verses on living a Christian life in Proverbs and I generally find something to focus on. Like this verse I'm reading tonight;

People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God's blessings on the one who is willing to sell. Proverbs 11:26.

My take on this verse was that Old Testament farmers would hoard grain which would inevitably raise the price.

The lesson learned for me, at this time, is that I need to continue to purge my scrap and stamp hoard by selling it or (better yet) giving it away. Off to planning.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Goals

I'm using a combination of 3 methods to work on some personal goals this year.


  1. I'm using the Totally Tiffany Get Organized Challenge to make my studio a bliss station
  2. I'm using David Allens Get Things Done and Alan Henry has an awesome lifehacker post simplifying Davids method. Ive wanted to start the 43 folder organizing system for quite some time.Maybe its time
  3. Marie Kondos Konmari method will hopefully help me organize my life better
So my commitments in my regular composition notebook I use as a journal look like this;

  1. Financial Health
  2. Getting Closer to God
  3. Cleaning and Organizing my Studio
  4. Develop Healthy Habits 
  5. Improving My Professional Skill Set

Totally Tiffany 2018 Organization Challenge

I started the Totally Tiffany 2018 Organization Challenge several weeks ago. I had a false start after not really embracing all of her ideas and after I completely fell off the wagon for 2 weeks, I've decided to get back on board by starting from the beginning.

One of the concepts is to post your progress and since I cant figure out where to post it on her site, Im doing it here so I can check it off my list.

Here's what I've done previously;


    1. Watched TT Week One Get Organized Video
    2. Learn the 4 section system
    3. Prepare to Purge
    4. Bought 12x12 vertical paper storage
    5. Sorted all my cardstock and organized it into the above boxes in ROYGBIV
    6. Sorted 75% of my designer paper and put it into (what I can fit, there is still a lot left) into the above boxes by ROYGBIV
    7. Donated some stuff to the Champlin - Buy Nothing Facebook page (CTMH ink pads, ink pad holders, Stampin Up catalogs, paper crafting magazines)

    Here's what I've done in the last week;

    1. Watched TT Week One Get Organized Video
    2. Created my Get Organized Notebook with all the things I learn
    3. Created my What Did You Do Today notebook
    4. Create my Rewards chart
    5. Create my Themes and Sentiments list
    6. Prepare to Purge (again)
    7. Find a permanent purge box
    8. Find my locations to donate
    Here is what I still need to do to get my reward;
    1. Gather all my stuff from three rooms into my studio
    2. Create an organized only space
    3. Take some more before pictures after I get everything in the room

    My reward for this week will be to buy 2 new outfits



    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    It Was a Block Sale....

    ....and as a garage sale junkie, a Block sale or City Wide sale is like winning the lottery. A lottery where you spend money instead of getting money but you get a bunch of really cool stuff instead.

    The first house had a lot of old lady junk that didn't really appeal to me except for an antique Mirro cookie press with a 50 cents masking tape price tag.

    When I asked the elderly blue haired woman running the sale abut it, she said she had lent it to someone years ago, couldnt remember who anymore, but didnt get the plates back.

    I was quietly looking at the press and she was looking at me, looking at the price. and said, " How about a quarter?" I said, how about a nickel, since there arent any plates. Press lady finally says, I don't know what you are going to do with it anyway since you cant make cookies with it. I said Im going to save it for a rainy day because you never know what you can find at a garage sale. I gave her a quarter and told her she could keep the change. Sometimes its the win more than the money.

    So on to the next sale, right next door as it turns out. Another elderly woman with some elderly things that mostly had seen better days. An old black fur coat with a large hole for $2.00. A pink baby doll dress for $1. Then I saw it. Could it be? Cookie press plates. My rainy day had come already.  I gingerly picked up a ziplock bag and counted 12 round disks and a couple metal icing tips. A flower, a dog, a Christmas tree, one that looked like a camel. Why would anyone want a camel shaped disc I wondered? There was no price. Ughhhh. Guessing, the press and plates would sell on eBay for around $15 so if I could get them for a buck or 2, I could make about $10 on eBay but again, its not the money, sometimes the find is the win.

    How much are these I ask the plates lady? She was clearly lonely and instead of naming her price, she regaled me with stories about her baking days and how she had learned to cook and bake from her mother. Not wanting to look eager, I waited for a pause to ask her again how much these were. Loneliness is a tough thing. My own mother used to tell me how lonely she was after my dad passed away so instead of hurrying things along, I sat down on a stool and listened as she softly spoke about the things her mother taught her and I shared stories about my mother also. She got teary at one point and so did I and after sometime, we got back to the business at hand. She said she had borrowed a cookie press and plates but her husband had accidentally only returned the press, leaving the plates behind. She didnt realized until so much time had passed that she couldn't remember who she borrowed it from and thus couldnt return them. She said she had always felt bad about it and had hung on to them for so long hoping the owner would ask for them back. As she is getting sadder talking about the missing plates, Im getting happier and finally she looks at me so quizzically. I tell her I think I know who she borrowed the Cookie press from and pull the press out of my purse. 

    With plates and press reunited, I ask if she wants to walk with me back to the neighbors house and return the orphaned set to their rightful owner.

    We three spent quite awhile laughing about the situation and then some more time sharing baking stories and talking about 'back in the day'.

    In the end, they let me keep the press and plates and I promised to bring home made cookies by the following week.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Eye Shadow Comparisons


    There are still several brands I need to add but heres a start. 


    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Protest
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Smog
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Mushroom
    Size: 
    Price: 
    Experience: Plastic potted metallic goodness. Steel grey and more shimmery on my skin than in the pot. Lovely color. UD is my favorite brand.

    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: ACDC
    Size: 
    Price: 
    Experience: Plastic potted metallic goodness. Shimmery bruise color in the pot but goes on like a navy. UD is my favorite brand.



    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Medusa's Makeup
    Color: Amulet
    Size: 2 grams
    Price: $13
    Experience: Love this vegan and cruelty free company. Love that their monthly beauty box is only $16 with free shipping for 3-5 full size products. The shadow is full of knockout color thats easy to apply and hangs on for dear life. The only issue with Amulet is that it looks grey in the capsule and brown on skin.

    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Medusa's Makeup
    Color: Midnight Oil
    Size: 2 grams
    Price: $13
    Experience:Love this vegan and cruelty free company. Love that their monthly beauty box is only $16 with free shipping for 3-5 full size products. The shadow is full of knockout color thats easy to apply and hangs on for dear life. This navy blue color looks very similar to the Sugarpill Velocity.



    Rating: 10 (nuff said)
    Brand: Sugarpill
    Color: Velocity
    Size: 4 grams
    Price: $13.00
    Experience: This navy shadow has a lite shimmer and a hell of a lot of color. Staying power is awesome and there is little to no fallout. High quality for the retail price. Lack of animal testing and $6.00 shipping make this a 10.

    Rating: 10/10 (5/5 staying power, 5/5 pigment)
    Brand: Mac
    Color: Talent Pool
    Size: 1.5 grams
    Price: $16
    Experience: A beautiful color and quickly becoming a top drawer shadow. This is a true mermaid color somewhere between aqua and teal.



    Rating: 9/10 (5/5 staying power, 4/5 pigment)
    Brand: E (eyes) L (lips) F (face)
    Color: Teal Tease
    Size: 47 grams
    Price: $3.00
    Experience: This is really a liner but its a very creamy, highly pigmented product and easy to apply as a shadow. It comes in small glass pot with a small brush and for the price, and even twice the price, no one has a better potted cream shadow than E.L.F.

    Rating: 8/10 (5/5 staying power, 3/5 pigment)
    Brand: E (eyes) L (lips) F (face)
    Color: Toast
    Size: Unk
    Price: $3.00

    Experience: Love, love, lovey dove dove this color. Super blend-able which means it rubs around pretty easily even after drying which it never really does. It doesn't really rub off either though which is good. It comes on a plastic pot instead of glass like my other ELF potted shadows but still, this is a top drawer shadow!

    Rating: 8/10 (4/5 staying power, 4/5 pigment)
    Brand: Too Faced-Matte Hazelnut from the matte Chocolate Chip palette
    Color: Hazelnut (medium brown)
    Size: unk
    Price: $25/palette
    Experience: This is a really nice brown with lots of pigment and staying power. A diaper wipe left some color behind and I had to use eye makeup removed to get it all off


    Rating: 7/10 (5/5 staying power, 2/5 pigment)
    Brand: Mac
    Color: Bitter Velvet
    Size: 1.5 grams
    Price: $16
    Experience: I want to like this. I like green eyeshadow, its blendable and a pretty color but its just not as vibrant as my other green shadows. I like that it sticks around all day.

    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Protest
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Smog
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 5/10 (3/5 staying power, 2/5 pigment)
    Brand: E (eyes) L (lips) F (face)
    Color: Aint That Sweet/Let It Go
    Size: 5.5 grams
    Price: $3.00
    Experience: Notice there are 2 names for this pretty light pink icing colored shadow. They are exactly the same but ELF has branded Aint That Sweet as Let It Go as part of their Disney/Frozen product line. Ive had the Disney version for more than a year and havent noticed and product degradation. I do have to use my finger to apply as I dont get even application with a brush. The other issu I have is I haven't been able to pair this with anything else as I cant really blend it so I wear it on my lids.

    Rating: 5/10 (4/5 staying power, 1/5 pigment)
    Brand: Too Faced
    Color: Unicorn Tears (holographic light blue/pink)
    Size: 2.5 grams
    Price: 1 of 4 items in the LE Unicorn Tears set; $26/set
    Experience: Ugh, I realized after reviewing this product as a shadow that this is really a highlighter so while it sucks as shadow, it positively rocks as a highlighter. Note that Paris Hilton has a lipgloss and highlighter set called Astro Purple and the highlighter in that set is very close in color and experience as the much more expensive but a lot cuter Too Faced version.

    Rating:  3/10 (1/5 staying power, 2/5 pigment)
    Brand: Too Faced
    Color: Firefly
    Size: 1.7 grams
    Price: $18
    Experience: I had really high hopes for this as it is a perfectly lovely, shimmery gold but there is almost no staying power. It brushes right off but I gave it a 1 because the loose glitter lasted longer than any other shadow I tested.

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