Monthly Archives: June 2014

DIY Makeup for Less

DIY Makeup Tips — Get the Look for Less

Good makeup can be pricey and sometimes not so gentle on your skin. But you can create your own foundation, eye makeup, lip balm and facials for half the cost. That way you’ll know every ingredient that goes on your skin and you can customize your look just the way you like.

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Lemon Sugar Scrub

How you treat your face prior to putting on makeup is half the battle to achieving glowing skin. Why buy expensive toner or scrubs when you can use lemon and sugar to scrub your face into perfection? Kandee Johnson discusses how to clean your face naturally with common pantry ingredients in this tutorial video.
Organic Foundation makeup

Gwendolyn Sweaney

Organic Foundation

Mineral makeup is all the rage, but it usually comes with a hefty price tag. Author Gwendolyn Sweaney of Natural Organic Beauty Recipes shares a economical recipe to make foundation, along with many other great tips.

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DIY Makeup Brushes

It’s all about the brushes to create a flawless finish. Sara from Sara Beauty Corner shows you how to use human hair (yes, I said human hair) to make several inexpensive eye makeup brushes out of pencils and glue for about oh … $3 for a pack of pencils and $2 for bottle of glue versus $5 to $40 to buy just one professional brush.

DIY Mineral Makeup

Buy a kit from Brambleberry and mix your own eye makeup in various shades and you get to control the all natural ingredients that go into it. Let the Soap Queen show you how.
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DIY Eye Makeup from Food Dyes and Baby Powder

You Tuber Some Randomness from Me creates eye makeup from food dyes and baby powder. What a great way to introduce cosmetics to younger girls!

Charcoal Eye Liner

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Charcoal Eye Liner

Britanie by Beauty mixes activated charcoal and coconut oil to create an eye liner that is a fraction of the cost and lasts all day long.
Recycled Lip Gloss

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Recycled Lip Gloss

Hudan Kattan from Huda Beauty recycles crumbled blushes and eye shadows into lip gloss by adding Vaseline.

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Natural Eye Make-up Remover

This DIY is virtually free because who doesn’t have a little olive oil in their kitchen cabinet? Tati uses it to clear away mascara and eye makeup at the end of the day.

Honey Rose Facial

Kirsten Anderberg

Relax and detox with a homemade facial. Kirsten Anderberg, author of Homemade Cosmetics: Over 100 Recipes You Can Make at Home, mixes egg, honey and rosewater to make her personal favorite recipe, a honey rose facial.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

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The Best Handmade Wedding Gifts

The Best Handmade Wedding Gifts

Weddings gift registries are helpful for choosing a great wedding gift, but how many toasters can one couple use? Consider the gift of handmade to show how much you care. You can buy direct from your favorite artisan, make something yourself, or you could even help the couple defray wedding costs by offering to handle a DIY wedding project, such as making treats to set a dessert table or creating unique reception décor. Here are several ideas to inspire you!

handmade paper wedding decorations

Kara Laughlin | Ann Martin | Jordan Ferney

Handmade Paper Wedding Decorations

Handmade paper decorations are not only affordable to create, they can add a lovely, light and airy feel to the wedding’s ambiance. Get the whole wedding party involved in a fun papercrafting day with these great ideas from some of our favorite papercraft experts:

cookies and cupcakes for wedding dessert table

Dessert Table Goodies

Here’s a line-up of eight desserts that can be easily customized to any wedding theme. There’s something here for everyone with chocolate, coffee, banana, vanilla and yes, even bacon…the star of many desserts these days!

Recycled Starburst Mirror

Amanda Lee

Starburst Mirror

For the couple who’s into environmentally-sound décor, make this recycled magazine starburst mirror by Amanda Lee of House Revivals. One of the best investments you can make in the thoughtfulness of a wedding gift is your time!

handmade personalized wedding vase

Felicia Nilson

Personalized Ceramic Vase

Help the couple commemorate their wedding day with a gorgeous hand-thrown and hand-carved ceramic vase, personalized with their names. Click here to see all the options from the Maid of Clay shop.
leather honeymoon Scrapbook

Eva Buchala

Honeymoon Scrapbook

Eva Buchala creates wonderfully-distressed leather honeymoon scrapbooks for couples to fill with photos and mementos. It would also make a great early wedding gift for them to use as a guest book.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 

Juneteenth Celebration

Soul Food Recipes to Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth Celebration

Note: Juneteenth is coming up this Thursday. Here are some great BBQ recipes for the celebration. Juneteenth is an annual celebration where African-Americans come together with family and friends to celebrate the end of slavery. It started in Texas because freed slaves there found out a whole TWO AND HALF YEARS after President Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation that they were actually free. Sometimes progress takes some time to filter down in society.

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jun 17, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/soul-food-recipes-to-celebrate-juneteenth

June 19th, known as Juneteenth, is a national commemoration of the end of slavery in the US. Juneteenth is about people of all races, nationalities and religions coming together to acknowledge a time in our history that continues to influence our society today. Families around the country celebrate with barbecues and picnics, so here’s a collection of soul food recipes that will surely please everyone!

Molasses-Barbecue-Sauce

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Molasses BBQ Sauce

This molasses BBQ sauce from Fredrick Douglass Opie, author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America, is great on beef, pork or chicken.

fried_catfish

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Fried Catfish Fillets

You’ll love this spicy, fried catfish from the author of Cajun Cuisine and More, Paul Raphael. Serve it with hush puppies and sweet potato fries.

collard-greens

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Greens with Ham Hocks

Author of The Southern Slow CookerKendra Bailey Morris, cooks up delicious collard greens with ham hocks.

lima-beans

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Beans, Beans, Beans

Member of Real Men Cook, Joseph White, combines ground beef, bacon, molasses and beans for his Florida Boy Baked Beans recipe. And because there’s no such thing as too much bacon, try this lima bean recipe by the Homesick Texan.

Healthy-Candied-Yams-watermark

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Candied Yams

Sweet, sweet yams – check out this healthy candied yams recipe from My Whole Food Life.

corn-bread

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Brown Butter Cornbread

This brown butter cornbread from Grandbaby Cakes belongs on everyone’s plate!

desserts

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Sweet Treats

Every good meal deserves a sweet ending…or two or three. This coconut cake from Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memories by Patty Pinner hits the spot, as does this Sweet Potato Pound Cake by Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Fine artist Lisa Clough

Living with chronic pain – Artist thrives despite painful medical conditions through prayer, diet and a steady dose of painting

 

Lisa Clough (as told to Melissa LeGates)

When most people think about Christmas, they might remember the smells of cookies, pies or turkey cooking in the oven – or time off from school.

For me, I equate Christmas to having a sore throat. I had one every year of my childhood because of my compromised immune system. So I know it sounds odd but sore throats remind me of being excited to wake up and open presents.

Soreness, pain, nausea and tiredness have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. They are not exactly my friends but I have learned to deal with my chronic illnesses through my faith in God and his calling in my life.

Yes, I said illnesses. I have three that I have to keep in check to function each day, although you would never know by looking at me.

That has always been the frustrating part – convincing others I actually don’t feel well, especially doctors.

For so many years, doctors treated me like I was making things up. It doesn’t help that I talk really fast, especially when I am frustrated, so doctors always thought I looked too energetic to be sick.

My main complaints have always been nausea and fatigue. I have woken up with the feeling of being rested only about five times in my life. On top of having Celiac disease, Fibromyalgia and Ankylosing spondylitis, I also don’t retain REM sleep therefore I never really feel rested.

Here is a quick rundown of what those diseases do to me. Celiac disease is a reaction to eating gluten that damages the lining of the small intestines and presents it from absorbing parts of food important for staying healthy. So if I eat those cookies and pies, I immediately feel nauseated and end up in the bathroom. Fibromyalgia causes long-term, body-wide pain in joints, muscles and tendons. So it essentially feels like somebody is stabbing me in my side or legs some days. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of long-term arthritis that affects the bones and joints at the base of the spine and over time the spinal bones fuse together. This is the reason why I cannot sleep with a pillow, and I really miss them. I cannot stretch like a normal person can when they wake up, because sometimes the muscles around my rib cage will tighten to the point where every breath is agony. And REM sleep, oh how I would love to get some. REM, or Rapid Eye Movement, is a stage of sleep occupying only about 90 – 120 minutes total of a night’s rest but without it people often feel drowsy the next day, which is my case every day.

However, it hasn’t been all bad. My sicknesses have afforded me plenty of time to stay inside and get better at what God has designed me to do – create.

I am blessed to make a living as a professional fine artist. I paint. I draw. I play violin. And if I have any energy left, I love taking on new hobbies like quilting, crocheting or working with mosaics and glass.

So I don’t really have a lot of time to feel sorry for myself.

Even as a child, I never blamed God for feeling so sick. While all the other children were outside playing, I was safely tucked away in my bed drawing or coloring. I have the best mom in the world, and she would bring me hot tea to cheer me up and make me feel better.

Those years struggling to find out what was wrong with me set the foundation for my craft. Although God designed me to be an artist, I don’t think it is some sort of magic and Poof, He made me instantly great. I have had to work really hard at perfecting my craft the same way a doctor learns the skills they need to cure others.

It also helps that painting for me is a type of prayer. When I create, I feel closer to God than almost any other time. If I go long without painting, I start to feel disconnected and depressed. It’s not just that I like to paint, I have to paint and create. There is a force driving that need in me. I can only assume it is His will pushing me, and I’m grateful for that.

So I paint whales, flowers, stars and planets, and anything else that pops into my mind. I love animals; they inspire a sense of awe and wonder in me. I like taking God’s creations and placing them in settings that don’t normally exist together. For me, it is like creating a new world inside our world.

So no, I don’t feel sorry for myself despite my pain. The knowledge that God is in control and that everything happens for a reason keeps me positive. Even now, I hear from others who have physical afflictions, who tell me how encouraged they are after hearing my story. If that alone is God’s reasoning, then it’s all worth it.

Plus, I don’t have it that bad. I have a roof over my head, a husband and family who loves me, art supplies and internet access to share my work. God also blessed me with an inquisitive mind and through internet-research I learned eating raw foods or embracing a vegan diet diminished my symptoms greatly. So now my health is in my own hands. If I feel poorly from eating like crap, I am the only one to blame.

I figure, worst case scenario, if I never feel totally well while I’m here or Earth, then Heaven is going to feel that much more amazing to me. Not only will I be able to worship non-stop, it will be pain free!

That is a pretty exciting thought for me!

Native Californian Lisa Clough is a self-taught fine artist who lives in Frisco, Texas with her husband Matt and two Italian Greyhounds. You can check out her artwork at www.lachri.com and watch her speed lapse painting videos where she invites you into her studio every Wednesday to learn painting tips at www.youtube.com/user/lachri. She also loves teaching art classes around Texas and offers online student consolation. “I feel when we are blessed with a gift and called to perform for Him, we should be working harder than secular artists to represent Him in the best way possible and grow our gift,” Lisa said.

Camouflage Crafts

Celebrate Our Soliders with Camouflage Crafts

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jun 14, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/camouflage-crafts

The Army celebrates its 239th birthday today. There are lots of ways to celebrate our soldiers – we have 480,000+ on active duty around the world. Make a camouflage tote, camo toys or even camo cupcakes – and some of these camo crafts would make a great Father’s Day gift, too. So take some time today to tell people in uniform that you support them and their family.

BDU Shirt Purses

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BDU Shirt Purses

No need to tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree – military spouses, family and friends can proudly proclaim their support by carrying this camo purse made by Army wife Melissa.

Camo Minky Puppy

Ginger Peachy Kids

Camo Minky Puppy

It’s hard for kids to say goodbye when Mom or Dad is deployed. But you can turn an old battle dress uniform (BDU) shirt into a cuddly friend for the kiddos to love until their soldier comes home safe and sound.
Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

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Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

Whip up these treats and watch them disappear! Debbie from Life is Sweets baked these camouflage cupcake sandwiches for her sister’s boyfriend who serves in the Guard and is going overseas for a year.
Camo Play Barricade

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Camo Play Barricade

Blogger Midwest Moma rescued these boxes headed for the dumpster and sprayed them camo-style for her son’s Nerf Gun War Birthday Party. They make great barricades for little kids and those young of heart to run, hide and shoot with their Nerf guns. What a great way to recycle and create a playland for a few hours.
All Around Tote Bag

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Camo Tote Bag

Jen Eskridge, author of Deploy that Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects that use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life, sells lots of great patterns to turn BDUs into purses, tote bags and quilts.
Camo and Flag Braclet

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Camo and Flag Bracelet

Stacy Risenmay from Not Just a Housewife crafted these cute camo and flag bracelets from polymer clay. Wear them in remembrance of the soldiers you love.

Camo Wreath

Faccia Bella Couture

Camo Wreath

This camouflage wreath made by Faccia Bella Couture is a great way to let people know you love a soldier and support the Army all year long.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Colored Pencil Magazine June 2014

Living the dream–Fine artist transitions from amateur to professional by teaching others art

I had the privilege of interviewing You Tuber and artist Lisa Clough on her colored pencil artwork.

Click here to read a PDF copy of the article: Clough-CPM-Jun-2014.

You can purchase a copy of the magazine in its entirety at www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/761782.

You can connect with Lisa on her You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/user/lachri. She posts time lapses videos of her creating artwork every Wednesday, critiques of other artists’ work on Tuesdays and Vlogs most weekends.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.  You can commission Melissa’s work (either writing or art) by contacting her at malegates@gmail.com.

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