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I love Pinterest! I pin recipes, home décor ideas, inspiration quotes, workouts, healthy goodies, and DIY’s. My favorite boards is  “Lovely DIY’s,” which provides endless inspirations for arts and crafts projects.

I’D like to share a few projects that I’ve been day dreaming about:

Upcycle Wine Bottles: Twine or colored yarn is a simple solution to covering up old wine bottles without much effort. For this project, all you’ll need is the yarn of your choice and a strong adhesive like fabric or craft glue. – See more .

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Starbust Mirror:  Starburst mirrors are so chic in metallics and I’m really loving gold accents lately. I wanted to create something for our bedroom that replaced an old art piece that wasn’t really working and that also added more light to a dark corner in that space.  See more.

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DIY Headboard: Super cute and chic! See more.

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Don’t these Lovely DIY’s look fun? I think so.

What are some your favorite Pinterest boards, let me know. To view my DIY’s board, click here.

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I love repurposing old items, such as picture frames, mirrors, or empty candle jars. Call it frugalness or craftiness, either way I am okay with both.

About five months ago, Ryan and I purchased our very first home, which we love. We moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a three-bedroom home with an extra workshop room in the backyard. We have a lot more space, yay! However, the one thing our home does not have is large walk-in closets, which our apartment did. Anyway, I took over one of the extra bedrooms and turned that into my “Wo-Cave,” aka office and closet. Ryan got the workshop room in the back, which will be his “Man Cave.” We’re both happy with that arrangement.

I envisioned my Wo-Cave being a serene and Zen like space where I could be inspired to write, read, and get ready in the mornings for work. It was supposed to be a place where I could get lost in time and just be free to do whatever I wanted. I wanted the décor to be feminine yet not too girly – hot pinks were not an option. So, I decided I’d paint the walls white to match the furniture and then have an accent wall with white and grey vertical stripes. A sunshine “happy” yellow would be the accent color in the room.

Something like this:

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Five months later, the room is plain white – everything is white – furniture, walls, curtains. Everything!

Here’s where the mirror comes in, initially it was supposed to be a pop of color on the accent wall. BUT, I had no idea painting a room was so much work! It took me about three days and multiple trips to the home improvement store to finish painting the walls. After that experience, I did not want to add stripes to the wall, which it’s why it remains white. Initially I wanted the accent wall to be white with grey stripes and the mirror frame to be a “happy” yellow – pop of color on that wall. Scratch that idea!

Now, the mirror is white, on white with more white.

Here’s how I repurposed the mirror giving it a new and more modern look.

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You will need spray paint, painters tape, old newspapers, and the piece you’re going to repurpose.

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  1. Cover the mirror glass portion and secure it with the painters tape. Create two layers to prevent paint from bleed through the paper and getting on the glass.
  2. Spray your paint on to the piece you’re working with. Give it several coats of paint to make it one solid color. I did three layers of paint.
  3. Let it fully dry for at least 24hours prior to hanging it on your wall.

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That’s it, super easy way to repurpose an old mirror!

How to

Do as I say, not as I do – clean your make-up brushes often.

For several years, I’ve been cleaning my brushes by using the same product and method. I’ve tried others, but this is what works best for my brushes and I.

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Before finding Mrs. Meyer’s, I used baby shampoo. However, I was never happy with the results. I always felt like my brushes were not completely cleaned. After seeing a YouTube video about “How to clean your make-up brushes,” I decided to try Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap. Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap is all natural, gentle on the brushes, and I love the Lavender scent. It’s a win, win, YAY!!

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As you can see, my brushes are dirty!

Here’s how I clean the brushes, super easy.

First, I squirt a pump of soap on my palm. Then I wet the brush head to moisten all the old make-up residue, YUCK! After, I swirl the brush in the hand soap until I see the gunk come out of the brush, as seen below. I usually do this wash and rinse method twice, once per small brush.

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Wash, swirl, rinse and repeat if necessary. That’s it! Quick and simple way to clean your make-up brushes.

Next, how to dry your brushes… super easy!

You will need a few hair ties.

Take a hair tie, make a “C” shape wrap on your towel drying rod, and insert the brush handle through the loops.

It should look something like this:

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This method totally works! You must try it next time you clean your brushes.

It even works with Kabuki brushes, which is awesome!

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For smaller brushes I just doubled them, two per hair tie. It works great!

Anyway, give it a try. If you do, use the hashtag #CtoC so I can see your results. Have brush recommendations? Let me know what are your fave’s.

Here are my clean and yummy smelling brushes. Want to know how I made my beauty tray? Visit: Easy DIY Tray tutorial.

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Thanks for visiting C to C,

CAT

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How to make your own tray from a picture frame. This is a really easy project and you only need a few items.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Picture frame
  • Spray paint
  • Fabric

Let’s begin.

Step one: select a frame. I bought mine at a thrift store for $4. I selected one with a “fancy” ornate frame.

Step two: spray paint the frame (be sure to remove the glass prior to painting). I needed my frame to be neutral so I went with all white. To get full coverage on the frame you may need to paint it with multiple coats… My frame was originally a dark wooden color and it took about four coats of white spray paint before it was solid white.

Step three: select a piece of fabric. This fabric will be the background of your tray. The size of the fabric should be one inch bigger than the length and width of glass of your frame. For example if your piece of glass is 8in. by 10in. cut the fabric 9in. by 11in.

Step four: once the paint is dry place the glass back on the frame and the fabric on to the frame. Be sure to secure the glass, fabric and any backing in the frame.

Step five: enjoy your easy diy tray.

The tray sits on my dresser, here’s what it looks like.

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Thanks for visiting,

CAT

 

Happy 4th of July and welcome back to our 4th day of 4th of July nails!

For our final nail art post I decided to go with something simple yet fun, I like to call it Party in the USA. There is no need for any fancy artistic technique for this design, simply have fun with it. The picture of the final product is self explanatory, but just in case you want to know what strategy I used, read below.

What you will need:

  1. Red nail polish (Sally Hansen)
  2. Royal blue nail polish w/blue glitter undertone (Sinful Colors at CVS)
  3. Glitter polish with red, blue and silver sparkles (Off Brand)
  4. Angled paint brush + nail polish remover
  5. Miley CyrusParty in the USA playing in the background 😉

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Steps:

I have this horrible habit of applying too many colors and too many layers at the same time and then simply ruining my polish.  Since I knew I would be using three different colors this time around, I decided to take it one color at a time.

1. Painted my thumb, middle and pinky fingers with the red polish and let the 1st and 2nd coat completely dry before moving on to the next color. Once these were completely dry I took my angled brush, dipped it in nail polish remover and cleaned around the edges. I chose to go with the red first, because it has been my experience that red polish is the messiest…especially when it comes to cleaning around the edges.

2. I went ahead and did one coat of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

3. I then applied two coats of the blue polish on my index finger. While that dried I applied two more coats of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

4. When the blue was completely dry I cleaned around the edges, applied top coat and wallahhh!

Like I said, the design is pretty simple, but I love it and I will definitely be rocking it at the 4th of July block party.

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– CRISTY

 

 

Thank you for coming back and taking a peek at our 3rd day of 4th of July nails !

Today’s design is what I like to call Patriotic Tye Dye. I came across a similar design (with different colors) on Pinterest and I thought it would be an awesome effect to try for 4th of July. The design is messy and fun.

You’ll need:

  1. White nail polish
  2. Royal blue nail polish
  3. Bright red nail polish
  4. make-up wedge (latex-free)
  5. Flat, angled paint brush
  6. Nail polish remover

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Step 1: Take your wedge sponge and dab a drop of each polish on a corner of the wedge sponge ( I recommend you used a latex-free sponge, as it is less porous). Allow the colors to overlap each other.

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Step 2: Take the sponge and start dabbing it on your fingernail until nail is completely covered.

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Step 3: Allow polish to dry and then take the angled paint brush, dip it in nail polish remover and clean up any messy edges.

Step 4: If you wish, add some subtle glitter, if not go ahead and add some top coat and walaaah!

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Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for the final 4th of July post tomorrow!

– Cristy

Ugly sweaters

Christmas is only 13 days away, which means it’s time for festivities and most importantly, ugly Christmas sweater parties!!!! In ode the ugly Christmas sweater, Cat and I decided we would share our ugly sweaters with you!

Cat’s funky yet endearing sweatshirt in my opinion is all the sweatshirts should be about. Fuzzy wuzzy with so many embellishments. Great find, Cat!

As for myself, the thrift stores were ransacked of all ugly sweaters so I took matters into my own hands. I went to Target and purchased a basic crew neck t-shirt for $8 and bought felt embellishments at Michael’s Craft store. Added a bit of fabric glue and wallah!

So now that we’ve shared our sweatshirts with you, we would love for you to share your ugly Christmas sweater with us!!!

– Cristy

Welcome back to Tipsy Tuesday! As you may know, last week Cristy shared her Fall Nail Colors, this week I will be sharing mine. Added bonus, if you are anything like us it will help feed your nail polish addiction.

I am a little sad to say “good bye” to all my bright pinks, corals, and minty greens, however I am very excited to rock dark polishes. I am a huge fan of dark polishes!

Below are some of the fall colors I am looking forward to rocking.

Tough Art To Follow:  a deep, dark, matte green. This reminds me of seaweed.

Purr-Fect Plum: a deep, matte plum.  I really love this color and I think it is great for a date night out.

Naughty: a purpley, grayish, and slightly pearlescent. Once again, I love this color and I will definitely be wearing throughout the fall.

Nirvana: a grayish milky chocolate. Cristy and I both loved this color!

Let us know what fall colors are your favorites or which you plan to wear often, use the hash tag #TipsyTuesdayCtoC.

Till next time 🙂

-CAT

Happy 4th of July!!!

As you may know, stars and stripes are what make up the U.S. flag, which also served as the inspiration to this tutorial. Remember to wear your red, white, and blue on this holiday.

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Products used:

  • Love & Beauty – Indigo
  • NYC (in a new York minute) – Time Square
  •  L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Essie – Set in Stones

Cheers!

CAT

Freedom and Liberty are not only core principles of democracy in the U.S., but something we celebrate and are reminded of on this holiday. Let’s celebrate together, remember to wear your red, white, and blue – dots!

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Products used:

  • Sally Hansen (Blue me Away), Love & Beauty (Indigo), and L.A. Color Art Deco (White) – combined to make a midrange blue
  •  L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Pure Ice – Crimson

One more day, check back tomorrow for the final tutorial.

Thanks,

__CAT__

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