November 2012 | Live Pretty on a Penny

Making Time For My {Other} Love

Some of you know, and some of you don't know...but I have a second love. No, not that kind of "love," but something that sparks another creative side in me and fuels my creative passion. Tired of the blabber, and you want to hear what it is, right? Well, it's makeup. I love to make women look at feel glamorous. I occasionally take on clients that allow me to enhance their outer beauty, which  I thoroughly enjoy. At this stage in my life, my goal is not to a big high -profile celebrity Makeup Artist, or whatever, but just to simply make people feel super glam, while educating them.That's it. So as my blog moves forward and grows, I will be featuring various product tips and tutorials on different looks for women of ANY color that can work for ANY budget. Don't worry, there will still be just as many home project tutorials, but I want this blog to be my portal to share all things creative. Beauty is universal and people within budget should be able to look pretty or have pretty things:) With the Christmas and New Year holidays approaching, I am sure some beauty inspiration is perfectly befitting for these occasions!  Here are a few samples of my work.

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Those are just a few of my clients that I have worked with. I look forward to sharing more beauty tips and makeup tutorials with you guys in future posts! Feel free to email me and tell me what you would like to see. 

Have a great weekend!

Tackling The {Coat} Closet

Entering our home, the coat closet sits to the right of the front door. Yet, it was still one of the most under utilized spaces in the home.  Over the past year, it sort of became the dumping ground for anything that didn't have a place anywhere else in the house.  Now that it's getting cold and close to the holidays which usually means more visitors, I felt it was time to get this area together. Not to mention, the icing on the cake was when I came home, and tripped over my husband's work boots that were in the middle of the floor. Enough became enough. So it was time to do something about using this space properly.

Here is our coat closet before:

This is seriously how it looked. I can't make this stuff up. A solid waste of space. 

Here it is now:

Much more useful and pretty! Now that you've got the urge to do the same, let me show you how we did it!

First, we removed everything out of the closet and decided what really belonged and what did not. For ours, we wanted to keep coats and shoes of course, but also other items such as our dog leashes, cd books for the car, shoe sprays ( for hubby's boots), and other things. So we knew we would need ample covered and uncovered storage, and to figure out a way to make good use of the entire closet space. 

I started by painting the closet with leftover paint that I used for my general areas (Behr Castle Path). It was originally pure white. 

Once painted, we decided to add some shelving to the bottom in order to make use of the vertical space for shoe storage. We built the shelves using one 1x4 cut into the three pieces as the brackets to support the shelves, and one 1x8 cut into two pieces to make the shelf.

*As a note, the longest bracket should serve as the length of the closet, while the shorter brackets should only be as long as you would like for your shelf to extend out in the closet. Just make sure it does not extend too far out, or else you won't be able to close your door. Ours extends a little over half the width of the closet. 

Once the brackets are secured, place the 1x8's on top and screw them into the 1x4's using wood screws. 

Following placement of the shelves, I went ahead and painted them white using some leftover paint. 

Next, I knew I wanted to do something to add to the "pretty" of this project. Being that I wanted to stencil somewhere in my house, I thought the closet would be great practice:) After searching some stenciling choices online, I came across this great free stencil template.  Yes, free! So of course I had to try it. 

I printed this template out, traced it on cardboard a got to work tracing it on my closet interior. I am going to spare you guys the lengthy step by step of stenciling. For a more detailed tutorial on stenciling, click here.

Stenciling is a very tedious and boring process, and took about 3 hours total, including the tracing and painting.  I split it over 2 evenings. But, I love the end result and definitely plan to incorporate more stenciling somewhere else in my home:)

Its so pretty! Too bad it's covered with coats!

Next, I added some storage boxes that I purchased from TJ Maxx, and affixed some chalkboard labels on them using hot glue. The chalkboard labels were spray painted using Kryolin Chalkboard Spray Paint and raw wood pieces purchased from Hobby Lobby. Super easy. The boxes hold our "stuff."

We then put the coats back into the closet, along with my husband's work boots, my rain boots, and other shoes that we use in the backyard, etc. We also added some additional storage to the bottom and over the door hooks for scarves, hats, or my purse. 

Thats pretty much it. I am so happy that I took the time to take on this closet. It was much needed. It also allows me to check out TWO things on my 30 by 30 list...woo hoo! Here she is again in all her glory.

All in all, this project cost me about $50, with the purchase of the storage containers, 1x4 and 1x8 from The Home Depot. Everything else I had on hand, and of course the stencil was a free printable. 

Do you have any closets in your home in need of some TLC? What are some of the ways that you keep your closets organized? Please share! I need all the help I can get.

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The Hostess With the Mostess {Thanksgiving Tablescapes & Decor}

Thanksgiving is just one short week away, and for those of you who may be entertaining,what better way to showcase your hostess with the mostess skills than to create the perfect tablescape and/or decor.

While, we may not be hosting Thanksgiving this year at our home (ummm, lack of dining room chairs), I am still gaining inspiration and in awe of some of these beautiful tables and easy DIY decor ideas. These photos are examples that tablescapes and decor can be fun, yet pretty and inviting.

Check out some of my favs:

I love the infusion of autumn colors in a metallic and modern way. The large candles help to make the table feel super cozy and intimate.

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Just because you are setting a kids table, it can still be fun and cute. Check out this table with a drawn placemat on paper that kids can feel free to mark up with crayons on colored markers.
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How about infusing nature with decor. This table is showcasing beautiful warm candles, Fall leaves and acorns, topped with Fall florals. You can use real or fake flowers. Hobby Lobby is the perfect place for fake florals at a deeply discounted price.

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Looking for something more simple? How about just some spray painted pumpkins that match your personal decor, along with decorative balls on a tray, in a bowl, or even a glass hurricane. Or what about a simple white plate, a colorful linen napkin and simple tablecards for your guests. Very simple and inexpensive.

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Tables decorating not your thing? How about a mantle, or floating shelf? You can bring the spirit of thanfkful into your home in so many ways. Don't have a floating shelf? Read my post on how to create your own!

Or how about this super cute and easy Thanksgiving banner. I didn't create it, but one of my favorite bloggers did. Here is the tutorial.

As you can see, with a little creativity, ambiance, and the perfect infusion of functionality and style, anyone can put on the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Oh yeah, and I guess you need the good  food too:)

Happy early Thanksgiving to everyone!

30 By 30 {30 Things To Complete By My 30th Birthday}

Disclosure: This is NOT a project post, but more of a challenge to complete some projects that have been chillin' on my to-do list to complete. Okay, moving on... 

Looking back over the past 29 years of my life, and the things that I have accomplished, I must admit that I am pretty darn proud of myself. I am one of those big list makers that love to check things off as I complete them, sometimes going as far as writing something on my list that I have already done, just to cross it off *dont judge me*.  I guess I love the feeling of accomplishment.  I carry around a notebook in my purse where I like to list thoughts as they enter my head. Well, one recent thought was prompted by Melissa Jill's blog, where she talks about 101 things she would like to do in 1001 days. Hmmm, personally for me, my attention span is too short, and 1001 days just seems like forever! So I opted for a different spin where I could sorta receive an "instant" feeling of gratification (so to speak). That's when I began thinking about 30 things that I would like to accomplish by the time I turn 30 in April of next year. Yep, the BIG 3-0! I have been so blessed to set out and accomplish my past goals that I wanted to challenge myself a bit further, with a little fire under my behind. Some things I am just good at putting off, then another year passes, then another year, then...well you get the point. And honestly, I am just tired of it.  I even went as far a challenging a few friends of mine to tackle the same list, since we all pretty much turn 30 in 2013. 

Anxious to see my list? Well darnit, here ya go!
1)      Makeover at least one guest room
2)      Clear and Organize 4th bedroom aka dogs room
3)      Get Home Gutters Cleaned
4)      Kitchen Backsplash
5)      Paint Living Room
6)      Stencil a wall somewhere in my house
7)      Crown Molding for family room and kitchen, at least
8)      Under cabinet lighting for kitchen
9)      Organize hall closet
10)   Purchase and lay new flooring for main floor
11)   Re-Organize and push makeup business (organizing beauty  space at home & site)
12)   Learn one new recipe per month (1 of 6 completed)
13)   Address lighting in Kitchen and Family room
14)   Renew Passport
15)   Exercise at least 3 days a week for one month straight
16)   Renew Mac Pro Membership
17)   Get a massage
18)   Get three Winter Pedicures (Never even had one during the winter) 1/3 completed
19)   Apply for Grad School
20)   Get a facial
21)   Get cavities filled and bonding on teeth
22)   Professional Headshot (yikes, I hate taking pics)
23)   Pay off 2 household debts (can be mine or Jules)
24)   Save $1000
Social/Relationship Building
25)   Make my blog dashboard more user friendly for me
26)   Increase blog subscribers by at least 50% (target 40 subbies)
27)   Update my blog 2-3 times per week (with substantial info of course) by pre-planning posts for one month straight
28)   Find a church home
29)   Update and rebrand social media outlets
30)   Have date night once a week with husband (big or small)
31)   BONUS: Offer my services to a non-profit organization that helps women

Started November 8, 2012- To be completed by April 8, 2012


 All of the things on my list are free or inexpensive, yet very gratifying. Some things on my list I have just been putting off out fear, some out of neglect, some out of just pure laziness, and some just plain out of neglect. Am I the only one guilty of any of those things? Oh, ok, I guess I am.

I honestly look forward to the challenge, and have even begun moving toward some of these goals. I can't wait to share my progress. Just make sure you guys hold me accountable, k?

Anybody else interested in partaking in this challenge? It doesn't have to be a 30 by could be 40 by 40, 53 by 53, or 22 by 22. Whatever your soon to be age, just list our your challenges based on that number. That simple. Just make sure you have someone to hold you accountable, and vice-versa!

I challenge you to list your goals on paper and attach a deadline to them. I am a firm believer that this will help to keep you in check. So do it now! Ahem, sorry for yelling... but, why wait til the New Year with everybody else. Good luck, because I know that I will need it:)

Simple Updates {Refresh Your Space}

I don't know about you, but sometimes I get very bored with some of the items that I have in my home, or even just how they are set up. Not that I don't appreciate them, or that I necessarily want to replace them, but I just get....well, bored. So to avoid hearing my husbands mouth about me wanting to spend money on "needless" things (to him), I sometimes just re-shift items that I already have, or purchase a few low cost items to refresh my space.

Take my family room for example. I love my couch, and it's super comfy, but it's also super brown. Nothing against the color brown, but this past weekend, I had become tired of looking at it being so big and brown. Sorry couch, you did was me... Anywho, enough was enough, and I wanted a change.

Ross to the rescue, I was able to purchase these four pillows for $10 each, instantly providing my sectional an update that I can live with. What I love about Ross is that they have a great home decor selection for very low prices. I purchased two houndstooth patterned ones, one in a gray-blue, and the other in a cocoa- brown color. The other two are the same colors, just a a diamond pattern.

Yep, that's it. Nothing major, just enough to get me through my boredom and "stupid big brown couch" phase. A big thanks to my friend Adriane for hipping me to these particular pillows in Ross.

I hope that everyone had a fabulous weekend. Have you recently freshened up any spaces in your home?

P.S. Sorry for the fuzzy pics. I think something is wrong with my camera lense. Working to figure it out.