February 8, 2012

Waiting is Agony

In one week exactly, I'll be getting ready to go see my bestest friend and "sister" and I could not be more excited! I have quite literally known Kelly my entire life and I really don't know what I would do without her. We laugh together, cry together, complain together, celebrate together, mourn together. Name a life situation and we have probably been through it together.

We live through each other and for each other, but oddly we have never lived with each other, or even near each other. Since we both got our first cell phones, I can't think of a day that we have not texted each other, even if its just to check in on the day or a simple, "Ugh, it's raining." I couldn't be more thankful to have a friend like her.

And this next week of waiting to get on that airplane is going to agonizing, well, not literally. We'll have five full days together to refocus our lives, regain our sanity, and bring each other back to earth to focus on the things that matter. It's not the amount of money is our bank accounts (or lack thereof) and its not the pile of bills waiting for us at home. But it's living life to the fullest and relearning to appreciate the small things, like friends, family, our loves, and most importantly, each other.

I heart you  :)

P.s. Check out her blog here.

January 20, 2012

Another Blog!

I feel like this blog has become the red-headed step child in my life...So to replace it I started a new one! Okay, its not a replacement. But, another blog with a totally different subject matter. Please go check out Nude Food at http://ournudefood.blogspot.com/ and please subscribe! I love having people following me to keep me motivated!

December 19, 2011

BakeCraftLove is on Etsy!

I have finally started my Etsy shop! I currently have three item options for sale; everything is custom made to order! I am working on getting some more items in my store. Please go check out my store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BakeCraftLove  Here are two examples of my current items: Name frames!

These make great gifts for baby showers, births, children's birthdays, and even as a wedding gift with the couples last initial and wedding date! These are 100% customizable and the possibilities are endless!

Photo Collage Wall

It seems like my last post was forever ago! (And it was!) I have a few updates for you! The first being the photo collage wall that my last post was about. A few days after that post, I had started looking around for frames. I decided that for me, it didn't make a difference between expensive wooden frames or cheaper plastic frames. In a home with three animals and panelling walls, I was afraid of a cat (or dog who thinks he's a cat) running into the wall and the vibration knocking it off and shattering the glass of a wooden frame. So, these plastic $2 frames will do just fine for us.

The process of putting this up was long and tedious...It took a lot longer than I was expecting! First, I laid out my collage and figured out how I would like it arranged on the wall. I then traced each item onto newspaper. I also marked where the nails would need to be for each item to hang.

After laying it all out and tracing it onto paper, I taped the shapes on the wall so that I could get the spacing just right. (This took a lot longer than I would have thought!) Now here is where the nail marks come in. Simply hammer the nails or screws into the wall right where you marked it on the newspaper.

Now, this would go a lot faster than it did for me if you mark the hang points in the right right spots...Apparently I did some of them wrong...And now, is the easy part! Just hang it all up! (This may also be easier said than done...I fought with these shelves for HOURS! And they're still not completely level and against the wall...I gave up.)

Now, if you have shelves, you can add your cute little knick knacks! I love the look of adding items that are not only photos, like the "C" on the wooden plaque that I found at Garden Ridge on clearance. (It was a great $3 steal!) The shadow boxes I made shortly after we had our engagement pictures done. Now I just need to print some wedding photos and everyday photos to fill the rest of the frames.

And here is our semi finished product! I wish the pictures would hang perfectly straight...But they are light plastic frames, so I guess that's what I get.

Happy Hanging!

November 2, 2011

The Photo Wall

Now that the wedding is over and the house is starting to resemble a home, it's time to start decorating. I've been wanting to do a photo wall collage behind the couch, since we already have some random pictures from the apartment that have no new home in the new home (ironic, eh?) Here is some of my inspiration.
How fun is this collage!

I love the little pops of color!
No credits were given for this photo on the site where I found it.
I love thet mixture of photos, empty frames, mirrors, and other items.
The all black really makes the photos pop!
And the mixture between matting and no-matting really adds some interest.
Well, it looks like I'll be hitting up the dollar store soon to find some frames that can be spray painted black! All of the other frames are already black, and I was previously undecided about whether to use all black frames, or to mix it up a bit. I think I've decided on all black frames, but with colored accents, like the fun letters in the collage from DramaCopy.

October 26, 2011

"No Make-up" Makeup

Many people are always looking for that "natural" look. The look where you are wearing make-up to feel human, but only so to enhance your natural features rather than to turn you into someone else. This doesn't mean that those who enjoy wearing colorful eyeshadows and disguising themselves, but, I personally can't pull off (don't know how) colorful looks.

After I had bought my Naked Palette by Urban Decay, I began researching the hundreds of possibities. It wasn't long before I found this look that is now my every day go-to. It took me about twenty minutes to do for the video, but, on an average morning I can get it done in ten. After you've watched the video above, you can see the products that I used listed below. I hope you enjoy and I always love seeing your make-up looks! Especially the possibilities that you can come up with using the Naked Palette!

  • Nobody's Perfect Concealer Palette by Hard Candy (Wal-mart exclusive)
  • Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller (Most drug stores)
  • Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer by Hard Candy (Wal-mart exclusive)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Ulta, Sephora, etc.)
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin in 300 Golden Beige applied with a make-up wedge (Drugstores)
  • Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder (Ulta, Sephora, etc.)
  • Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess applied with the Coastal Scents angled kabuki brush (Ulta, Sephora, etc.) (Coastalscents.com)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Long-wear Blush in Natural Beauty (Ulta, Sephora, etc.)
  • Naked Palette by Urban Decay (Shadows used: Dark Horse, Smog, & Virgin) applied with a Coastal Scents fluffy brush and pencil brush (Ulta, Sephora, etc.) (CoastalScents.com)
  • Milani Liquif'Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil in 05 Brown (Walgreens, CVS)
  • Bad Gal Lash mascara by Benefit in Black (Ulta, Sephora, etc.)
  • MAC eyeshadow single in Handwritten applied with an angled eyeliner brush (MAC Counters)
  • Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint in Moody (Ulta, Sephora, etc.)
  • NYX Gloss in 13 Peach (Sephora, NYXcosmetics.com)

October 21, 2011

Cutsie Onesies!

A few weeks ago, we had the chance to go back up to Joliet and visit our friends and family for the weekend. My now step-sister-in-law had recently had a baby a few weeks before our wedding, and I was so excited that I finally had a chance to make some adorable onesies for a precious, little girl! We unfortunately didn't get a chance to visit them, but I made sure to leave these gifts with family, to make sure that they got into the right hands.

I had found these ideas MANY weeks ago on Pinterest and just thought that they were the most adorable things I had ever seen, and couldn't wait for wedding stuff to be over so that I could have a chance to make these.

The first one I made was the more "time consuming" one of the two, but it was still fairly easy and requires minimum sewing abilities, I promise.

Start with any color and color onesie that you would like. I chose this soft pink in a 6 month size. Since I couldn't find any long sleeve onesies, I chose a bigger size so that she can wear it this coming spring, maybe with a cute little sweater! Then, you want to head over to the fabric department, and find any color jersey knit that you would like, then ask for about a quarter of a yard. This is just regular soft T-shirt material, and you won't use a whole lot. You could even use a regular T-shirt if you don't find the color fabric you would like. I love the look of pink with gray, so this is what I chose. (Jersey knit is usually very cheap! I believe I only paid a little over $1.00 for this quarter yard.)

Now, when you get home, find four or five circular objects of all different sizes. Each "flower" will be made of these circles. Think about how many flowers you would like. The bigger size onesie, the more flowers you will probably want to use. I only did three, because my flowers were fairly large. After you've decided on a game-plan, trace and cut out all of your circles for the flowers. Stack them on top of each other and sew a few stitches through the middle to hold them together.

Now, you'll want to lay our your flowers on the onesie and decided on a design. Once you've planned this out, place some stitches through the center of the flowers to sew them onto the onesie. Remember, this will be worn by a baby, and babies pull on things! More stitches is better here than not enough. I then held up the onesie to see where the flowers were falling and tacked up the falling petals in a few places, just to make sure that they laid nicely.

And you're done! The jersey knit doesn't need to be hemmed, because it won't fray. After it's been laying out for a bit, the edges will start to curl up for more texture.

The second onesie I made involves painting and just a tiny bit of sewing. I love the classic look of this "little black dress" with a classy pearl necklace and sparkly bow.

I started with a black onesie. For the paint, I used a matte white, metallic white, and white glitter fabric paint. I used two different sized dotters. (I found these "dotters" in the aisle with hobby paintbrushes. You could use regular sponge dotters, but these provided a crisper "pearl.")

I started with the matte white paint, and dotted three necklaces around the neckline. Once it dried, I went over the matte white paint, with the metallic white paint, followed by the glitter paint. I used a sheer sparkly ribbon to make a bow and sewed the center onto the side of the strands. I also placed a few stitches in the loops to help keep it secure. I'm hoping that the bow isn't too high. I would hate for it to be too high and always be in her face! But, I think it's okay.

And you're done making some incredibly cute, affordable, and easy gifts for the little girl in your life! You could also very easily put these onto regular T-shirts for a toddler. I have a few more onesie projects that I would like to try, so be watching for those around Christmas!

Enjoy! And, I always love seeing the results of your projects!