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How To Apply Mascara


Here’s how to apply mascara with some special beauty tips in case you mess up!   If you missed it you might want to watch “How To Apply Eyeshadow” first.

How To Apply Mascara

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19

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Should I Get A Student Loan



In this video, I discuss some of the pitfalls of student loans.
Should I Get A Student Loan

Mar
15

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How To Make Crochet Headbands For Saint Patrick’s Day

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St Patricks Day Headband

Here’s how to make crochet headbands for Saint Patricks day.  This is a fast and easy project that uses very little yarn and will let your little girl (or yourself) stand out and most importantly, not get pinched :-)   If you don’t have a little girl you might be interested in this St Patrick’s Day Pin instead.

How To Make Crochet Headbands For Saint Patrick’s Day

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I’m adorable and I know it!

Crochet Pattern – Shamrock pieces

With an H hook and green yarn:

For the Clover leaf- repeat this section 3 times:

Chain 2, 1 sc in the 2nd chain from hook

ch 2, turn, 2 sc in the one space

ch 2, turn, work 2 sc in each space (4 total)

ch 2, work 4 dc in first space, work slip stitch in next space, chain 2, work 4 DC in next space, slip stitch in last space, tie off and hide thread.

To connect the leaves + stem

Put crochet hook through the end of all 3 cloves, pull some yarn through and tie a knot.

spread the 3 leaves out like you want them to look.

ch 1, ch 1 going through the clover leaf on the right, chain 8 more times

turn back around, skipping the last chain you worked, and work 7 slip stitches

work 1 slip stitch in the other side of the clover leaf

work 1 slip stitch in the top clover leaf to reinforce it. Cut, tie off and hide the thread.

For The Crochet Headband

Tie yarn to a hair rubber band

Still using an H hook, ch 1, and work 4 SC on the rubber band

ch 2, turn, work 4 DC (repeat for a total of 33 rows (or as many needed to fit around your child’s head)

connect to the rubber band on the other side

ch 1, and work 4 sc all the way across

Mar
14

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Bleak House

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Bleak House

If you’re looking for a good classic I suggest you go watch Charles Dickens “Bleak House”. It’s an instant view on Netflix so if you already have a membership that would be some “free” entertainment for you. If you don’t have Netflix you might be able to find it at your local library as it’s not new (2005). You can also rent it from amazon instant.

As a quick summary, (don’t worry I won’t ruin anything for you!)  Bleak House at it’s center is about a court case that goes on for generations.  As in generations of people have already died waiting to be awarded an inheritence that none of the MANY lawyers can agree on who it belongs to because of there being so many different versions of the will.  Don’t worry that’s not all that’s going on, there are multiple love stories and mysteries to keep you on clicking next episode when you really know you should turn off the TV and go to bed because the kids are going to be up way too early in the morning.

As a personal aside I couldn’t help but compare the surrounding and life situations of some of the secondary characters to my own.  One of the characters is a young orphan boy living on the streets.  His life is piteous indeed, and through him you see the underbelly of the city streets, people without homes, proper food, and in poor health.  I just  couldn’t help but be shocked by his plight when my children are warm, fed, and loved.  Yet how many children (and adults for that matter) also have as much, or more and do nothing but complain?  I really think we need to stop taking the basics for granted.  The basics being things like FOOD, SHELTER, etc.  Even living in a country where your “fortune” or lack thereof is in your own power to change because you don’t have to deal with a class system that labels you from the moment you’re born, well that’s huge.

Anyway, you’re either a BBC fan, or you aren’t… but I recommend you give Bleak House a try.  If you do give it at least 2 episodes so you’re fully hooked in the plot :-)   What’s your favorite BBC production?

I haven’t read it yet, but now I’m considering reading Bleak House, and I’m sure your local library has it, or you could read it for free here:  http://www.gutenberg.org/  just type Bleak House and it will pop up.  I believe they even have an audio book if you want to listen.

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Crochet Clover Pin For St Patrick’s Day


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I have a crochet shamrock, where’s yours?

If you’re looking for something to wear for St Patricks day you might like this crochet clover pin. It’s a quick project so you have plenty of time.  If you have a little girl you might prefer this St. patrick’s Day Crochet Headband instead.

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Crochet Clover Pin

Crochet Clover Pin

Crochet Pattern – Shamrock Pin

With an H hook and green yarn:

For the Clover leaf- repeat this section 3 times:

Chain 2, 1 sc in the 2nd chain from hook

ch 2, turn, 2 sc in the one space

ch 2, turn, work 2 sc in each space (4 total)

ch 2, work 4 dc in first space, work slip stitch in next space, chain 2, work 4 DC in next space, slip stitch in last space, tie off and hide thread.

To connect the leaves + stem

Put crochet hook through the end of all 3 cloves, pull some yarn through and tie a knot. 

spread the 3 leaves out like you want them to look.

ch 1, ch 1 going through the clover leaf on the right, chain 8 more times

turn back around, skipping the last chain you worked, and work 7 slip stitches

work 1 slip stitch in the other side of the clover leaf

work 1 slip stitch in the top clover leaf to reinforce it.  Cut, tie off and hide the thread.

Sew a safety pin to the back using a creweling needle and some yarn, and voila you have your crochet clover pin for St Patricks day!

Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s day?

Mar
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Crochet Orange

Here’s a free crochet orange pattern plus a video tutorial. Crochet food is great for imaginative play and this project is easy if you are just starting to learn to crochet. If you’re into the crochet fruit right now, you also might be interested in making these crochet cherries. There’s a video tutorial as well as a free pattern for them as well.

Crochet Orange

Crochet Orange pattern

With a G hook and orange yarn:

Chain 5, join loop with a slip stitch

Ch 2, work 3 half double crochets (HDC) in each of the 5 chains (15 total ) join with a s.t.

ch 2, 2 HDC in each space (30 total stitches) join with a slip stitch.

ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch

ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch

ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch

ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch

ch 2, (3 HDC, skip 1) x7, 2HDC, join with a slip stitch

ch 2, (4 HDC, skip 1) x4, 2 HDS, join with a slip stitch

ch 2 (1 HDC, skip 1) x9

ch 1, skip 1, sc1, skip 1, sc 1, skip 1, slip stitch in next space and tie off.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – crochet orange

Orange you glad I’m going to show you how to make an orange today? This is an easy crochet project it only uses a few stitches and it’s a free pattern so keep on watching. Modern Homemakers theme song/intro plays.

To make your crochet orange you need orange yarn, a piece of fabric about the size of your hand, scrap fabric or even dryer lint. You could use polyfil but that’s going to cost you money and you know that’s not my thing.

With your G Hook form a loop which if you want some more detail on that you can watch my how to crochet a chain video. We’re going to chain 5 and join to that first chain with a slip stitch. Grab some thread and go through both of those. Then we’re going to chain 2. now in each of those 5 spaces around we’re going to do 3 half double crochets. A half double crochet is kind of like a cross between a double crochet and a single crochet. So to make it we’re going to wrap around we’re going to go into this first space here and grab some thread and pull it back through at this point you have 3 loops on your hook. You’re going to wrap around and go through all 3 of those at once. So you can see it’s a little bit shorter than a DC, but it is a little bit taller than a SC. Do 3 half double crochets in each of those 5 spaces. all the way around.

Then we’re going to join to that first space, and chain 2, and work 2 half double crochets in each of those spaces and that’s going to give us 30 around. Make sure that you double check that you’ve got 30 half double crochets, you don’t want to mess up this early on, then go in and join with a slip stitch. And I’m going to chain 2, and it’s going to be very repetitive for the next few rows. we’re going to do 1 half double crochet in each space around which is going to be a total of 30 each time. Chain 2 and work one half double crochet in each space, I just wanted to take a moment and point out that as you go around it’s going to start to kind of turn in which is our ultimate goal I mean we’re going to be making a ball, an orange, anyway, so don’t freak out if it starts to curve in that’s why we didn’t add any increases, we wanted it to start coming in in a natural non-forced way. 29, 30, then we’re going to join with a slip stitch. And you guessed it the next row is exactly the same, so we’re going to chain 2, and wok 30 half double crochet all the way around. We’ve finished our 30 half double crochet and we’re going to join again with a slip stitch. And this is our last row that we’re going to do the same thing. So chain 2, and work thirty half double crochet all the way around.

Now that you’ve completed those 3 identical rows of the 30 half double crochets, you’re going to have to count a little more , so chain 2 and we’re going to work 3 half double crochet one in each space, then we’re going to skip one space, and you’re going to continue to repeat tat all the way around 7 times. So II’ve done the 3 hdc skip one 7 times, and the I’m going to do 2 half double crochet, and join back again. This next row we’re going to do chain 2, four half double crochet, skip one and repeat that 4 times, work 2 half double crochet, then join with a slip stitch. Now take the piece of fabric and stuff it with the fabric scraps, and ball it up and stuff it in the orange. Then we’re ready to do the next row. Chain 2, half double crochet, skip one, and do that 9 times. In this next row you don’t even have to count, we’re going to do a chain one, single crochet one, skip one until it ends in a nice way. How many you do is up to you, we don’t want a bump sticking out at the end that’s why I’m not going to tell you an exact amount. I’m actually going to stop at that point where I have 3 spaces left at the end , and I’m just going to go into the last one, grab some thread pull it though , cut off the thread, fuzz the ends and hide the yarn.

 

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11

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How To Apply Eyeshadow


Here’s how to apply eyeshadow with some special tips for how to put makeup on for mature skin or makeup for older women.

How To Apply Eyeshadow

Video Transcript – how to apply eyeshadow

“Hi, my name is Renee, and today we’re gonna learn how to do eyeshadow. So maybe you’re getting ready to go out on a hot date and you want to spruce things up. I’m gonna show you how to apply eyeshadow that’ll make your eyes look younger, not old. Are you ready to learn how to apply eyeshadow? Make sure you check out the video on eyebrow makeup first. So with eyeshadow, brushes, once again, are important, to have some nice brushes. I never like to use the ones that come with the eyeshadow. They’re, you know, usually a little sponge tip and it’s a lot better to have a natural haired brush. So we want to have multiple colors. We’re gonna start with like a base color, with like a bigger brush to do that. We’re gonna apply this over the whole area. I’m gonna be careful not to get it here, in the creases of my eye, also not to get it all the way in the center by the bridge of the nose. You can see I’ve used that one a lot. Okay, that just kind of evens that area out, makes a base. There’s lots of different colors that you can use. These are just kind of real basic colors. I can use these colors every day, or I can use them for evening. I’m gonna start with this lighter color. And I’m gonna go up kind of higher with that, because you’ll notice as you get older, this area, this upper eyelid, it comes down and hangs over, so you don’t even see very much of the actual eyelid because of that. So I’m gonna go up a little higher with that light pinkish color. Up a little higher. Just gonna draw that area out. You want to use an eyeshadow that’s not real drying, so like this has a mineral base to it. Okay? After that, something, a brush with a little more of a contour to it. We’re gonna do the darker color with that. So don’t go all the way in to the center of the eye, you know, not all the way into the crease. And I could have used a lot darker color, this isn’t, you know, this isn’t a super dark color. Really kind of applying this like a real thick eyeliner kind of look, ‘cause I’ve got that lighter color above. Okay? Make sure you brush off, if you’ve got your brush that you use for powder, you know, you could get rid of any excess of this. And then you just decide how high you want to go with that and how dark you want to go. You could go up higher, make it more dramatic, or for daytime you could keep it down smaller area. Okay, after you get that in there, we’re gonna blend it with the brush that we used originally. So blending that darker color in with the lighter color. Okay. Then do the other eye. The mistake a lot of people make is they go too far and it gets in the creases on either the outside or the top and you don’t want that. It’s ok to go up higher if you want to go, but don’t over to the sides. Brush off all this stuff i don’t want on there, and then blend. So the blending is not over the whole eyelid. It’s just where the 2 colors meet. And then just kind of look at it and see if you need to do a little more in places , i’m going to go a little darker there and a little more on this one too. Alright, now we’ve applied our eyeshadow and now we’re ready to do mascara.

 

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10

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Inspiring Stories 4 – Fancy Kitchen


My grandma lived through a lot, the great depression, WW2, and 5 kids. They never had money and in this inspiring story she’ll be talking about her first kitchen which had a wood burning stove, no running water, and more! Stories like this help remind me that I have nothing to complain about.  If you enjoyed hearing my grandma’s stories you might also enoy hearing her talk about traveling with a baby in WW2 .

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Baby Changing Mat Pattern



baby changing padHere’s a free baby changing mat pattern. This changing pad is a great baby shower gift.  It’s small, about the size of a folded up receiving blanket so it won’t take up a lot of space.  So make some extras for your diaper bag, vehicle, purse, etc!

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Make sure to print all 4 pattern pieces!diy baby shower gifts

Pattern 1             click to print baby changing mat pattern piece1

 

Pattern 2            click to print baby changing mat pattern piece 2

 

Pattern 3            click to print baby changing mat pattern piece 3

 

Pattern 4             click to print baby changing mat pattern piece 4

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How To Do Eyebrow Makeup



Here’s how to do eyebrow makeup. These makeup tips are especially helpful for mature women experiencing thinning or graying eyebrows

How To Do Eyebrow Makeup

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – how to do eyebrow makeup

“Hi, I’m Renee, and today we’re going to learn how to apply eyebrow makeup, because we all know, as we age our eyebrows start to thin and we lose this outer edge of our eyebrow. We’re going to learn how to even that out and make your eyebrows look like they did when you were a teenager. Now I’m going to show you how to do eyebrow makeup. So, as you age you’ll probably have noticed that this part of your eyebrow is thicker, and then this part out at the end just kinda like disappears. You know, it gets a lot thinner.

 So, there’s a couple of different products that you could use to fill that eyebrow out. You can get an eyebrow powder, and if you use that eyebrow powder, it’ll come in a little, you know, it’s just a small container like that. You will need this kind of brush. So if you’re using the eyebrow powder, you just dip the brush in the powder and brush it on like that. I like this product real well. It’s a pencil, it’s an eyebrow pencil that has a brush on the other end. So I start here on the end that’s thinner, and just imagine like you’re coloring , like, you know, you have colored pencils, it’s the same thing. You’re just gonna fill in that whole area, and I go ahead and do this up here too, because believe it or not my eyebrows have started getting grey. So why not just do that part too?

 Then after you fill it in, just like you’re coloring, you take the brush side and brush it off. And then you’ll see if you’ve got any areas that look thinner. That looks pretty good. And then I’m gonna do the other side. Once again, that’s the area that looks the thinnest there. And I like that brush, ‘cause, I mean, you don’t want to have crazy eyebrows going up in the air. After I’ve done that, I like to just pluck out any just few like, you know, stray loose eyebrow hairs, because then you know exactly what you need.

If you do this first, you don’t know which ones, you know, you want to keep, but after you’ve got your eyebrows drawn in…now this is not a full eyebrow tweeze, you don’t want to do like a whole bunch, or you’ll have red splotches before you’re going out. This is just if you happen to see, like I see here, I see one all the way over here. I’m like, I don’t need that. What is that doing there? Just those few stragglers that don’t seem to go anywhere. Alright, and there you have it, how to do eyebrows. Next, we’re going to do the eye shadow.”



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