My little Valentine sweethearts in their Valentine’s Day tutus. Please excuse the pacifier in my 2 and a half year old’s mouth. She needed to be bribed to pose for the pictures.
With Valentine’s Day coming tomorrow I thought it would be cute to make something for my girls to wear. I decided to make a simple tutu. When I say simple, I mean SIMPLE, and also so cute! I’ve made so many tutus for these girls it’s ridiculous. Their last 2 Halloween costumes were made using this same technique. I’ve also made them as gifts for other people. I’m telling you you’ll never buy one of these again once I show you how easy they are to make. This is what you’ll need…
- Red tulle roll (I bought this at Joann’s Fabrics and Crafts, but you can also buy tulle in any color on www.etsy.com. I prefer for this project to use the 6 inch wide rolls of tulle, but you can also buy a few yards off a bolt and cut it into 6 inch strips if you can’t find a roll in the color you want.)
- Elastic band for waist
- Red ribbon
For something nice for my girls, I’m planning to have a little family Valentine’s Day “party”. (If you call something a party around here you have a better chance for good behavior… we have a lot of “parties”) Trying to do some fun and special things with the girls to offset the trauma of a move and a new brother all at the same time. Anything involving cake, cookies, ice cream, or candy seems to be working so far. The apple doesn’t fall far, as they say. The same things work for me, haha. Anyway, I’ll take some pictures of the girls in their surprise Valentine’s tutus and post them after the ”party” for you to see. Don’t forget, any left over tulle can be used as a bow for the hair or to be added to their tops. Have fun!!
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Let me start this off by saying that I am in no way an expert in anything having to do with hair or makeup. I have never gone to beauty school or had any training what so ever. I just happen to love doing hair and makeup. I think it’s fun Over the years I’ve learned how to do a few things pretty well, one being applying false eyelashes. I know this can be a very big challenge for some people and I just wanted to show the simple way I do it so maybe it won’t seem as daunting to some of you anymore.
When I first started applying false eyelashes I was in college and I’d only wear them on big nights out. I love a dramatic eye! The problem was that I would end up glopping on glue and getting my eyes all irritated in the process, leaving me with running makeup and a headache. After much practice I realized I was going about it all wrong. I was putting far too much emphasis on making sure the lashes were glued securely because I was afraid they’d fall off. Not that I would ever want my lashes to fall off, but I’ve learned that it takes a whole lot less glue and stressing than I had been doing for all those years. If you’ve ever had them applied by a professional, which I have for weddings I’ve been in, they always apply them after they put your eye makeup on. I’ve learned that when doing them myself it’s not a good idea to do it that way. You risk messing up your whole eye and having to remove your makeup and start from scratch! I’ve done it a million times and it’s so annoying. This is my method and hopefully it’ll work for you as well…
Like I said before, I’m not an expert. This is just the technique that works the best for me. You may still need to practice several times before you get the hang of it. I suggest you try this a few times before your event to avoid any extra stress when you’re getting ready. This really isn’t hard, and they don’t have to be perfect OR look like natural lashes. Have you seen the Kardashians? Do you think anyone believes they have 3 inch eyelashes?
Someday I’d really like to try professional lash extensions. I’ve seen them done really well and they are so beautiful. I’ll let you know when I do that Not really worth the money and maintenance when I’ll have a new baby and barely leave the house for a few months. Maybe my summer look? We’ll see…
Moving day has arrived! Time to say goodbye to my first house. This was a great house and served us well. We bought it as a “fixer upper” in hopes to make it into something amazing, and through the past (almost) 4 years we were only able to do some of the work. However, we’re leaving a completely different house than we moved into and have high hopes that the new couple moving in will be able to complete the job because it’s a great house that totally deserves it. At least we were able to make some money with the sale
Nothing was more exciting for a couple of newlyweds than buying our first house.
I was moving to the suburbs to start my real future with my spouse.
We had been living in a rented apartment and looking high and low
But because of our low budget the houses we saw were just so- so.
I’ll never forget walking into our house for the first time
A house that would have scared others was perfect and had to be mine.
My biggest shock of all was that I didn’t have to beg and plead
For my husband was just as excited as I was and totally agreed
We were both over come with the history and charm
I tried to hold in my excitement and just squeezed his arm
This is where our story was to start
“Our little money pit” we called it and it totally stole my heart.
We would clean her and we’d paint her and we’d make her our home,
A place where friends would gather, a place for little babies to roam.
Little did we know what our future had in store
We’d be cleaning and we’d be painting until our backs were raw and sore.
We had been looking at this house through rose-colored glasses
“Such a great investment” we’d reassure, but still such pains in our asses
As the days and months went by we soon realized our new fate
We’d have to spend every last dollar we made to fix it up and to make it great
Soon we’d get our biggest shock and at first we were all grins
When we found out our expected baby was really a set of twins
Every pending home repair was about to be put on hold
For I’d be staying home with my babies and our bank account would turn cold
Forget about the fact that our kitchen was ancient with red formica countertops
And our refrigerator was so small it could barely store a plate of pork chops
Our bathrooms were original to our 1928 house and had many a leaky pipe
Some windows were drafty even though they were painted shut, but I’m not the type to gripe
You’d be surprised the things you can live with and without when you have no choice
We felt so helpless and scared but we would soon rejoice
This old house is the house that I brought my babies home to
It’s where I heard their first laughs and cries, and their little coos
Where they took their first steps and said their first words
Where they play and sing all day long, sweetest sounds I’ve ever heard
This is the house where we went from a family of two to four
Where we made a house a home, it didn’t matter that we were poor
With all the stress and anxiety that comes with the day-to-day
A feeling of immense gratitude overcomes us and I can honestly say
That now as we’re leaving this house I realize that it taught me what life is about
I feel guilty about the times where I’d feel sorry for myself and pout
With all the crazy stress that this house has caused us
It gave us shelter, kept us warm, and helped us refocus
We now know all about what is most important in life
It’s having happy children, happy husband, happy wife.
A new kitchen and new bathrooms would have been icing on the cake
But material things does not a happy person make
And if I had to live here to learn that important lesson so be it
It wasn’t all bad living in this little money pit
I bless this house with all my heart and I truly pray
That with all its challenges it continues to form families with each passing day
And teach the lessons of life and gratitude that it taught me
and become that beautiful and charming home that I always dreamed she’d be.
I’ll love and miss you always 46 Gilbert Rd!