Monthly Archives: July 2013

Mason Jar Madness


When someone says “Mason Jars”, most people picture delectable fruit canned in sweet syrup as a preservation method. But in the last few years the novelty of these jars being used as drinking vessels has been on the rise.   The first time I can remember drinking out of a Mason jar was at my aunt’s “Jar Parties”.  I’m not quite sure why using Mason jars as glasses, and for other projects, is becoming so increasingly popular  but I am definitely on the bandwagon.  I saw a set of three plastic mason jars with straws at Costco for about $20 and instantly fell in love.  The purchase was definitely a success but I found myself missing the glass element of the jar.  Just a few days ago I saw a pin on Pinterest for homemade Mason jar glasses with attached straws. SOLD. I headed down to the dollar store picked up a few jars, then to my local hardware store for some other supplies and got busy! You can find the original pin here.

Supplies include: mason jars and mason jar lids, drill with 3/8in drill bit, rubber grommets (original pin shows exact packaging and size), and straws (I had some disposable straws stored away).





First I placed the lid on the jar and drilled a hole slowly through the top.






Then I flipped the lid over and cleaned up the rough edges with wire cutters. After, a rubber grommet was placed carefully in the drilled hole.  The jar ring was then screwed on the jar and the straw inserted.  I AM SO EXCITED.


Now I have my spill proof jar without the plastic look! And all for under $ 3.00 a jar.  Why not make your summer beverages a little bit Pinteresting? Head to the store and get your jars to add some southern flare to your next party.


Happy Pinning!


Basically Free Brush Cleaner


4th of July sparkling gif animation

As I explained in my  Magnetic Makeup Board blog post, I am a makeup hoarder.  My hoarding is not limited to just makeup products, but also makeup brushes.  I have about 3 complete sets each containing 20 brushes.  With all these brushes I find myself cleaning them often.  I’ve tried many alternatives including shampoo and conditioner as cleaning methods, but my brush cleaner of choice is MAC’s Brush Cleaner that runs about $15 for 235mL and lasts me about 2 months. Looking around Pinterest I found a pin for homemade brush cleaner that was almost free. So why not try it?


CIMG2824Supplies include hot water, a container, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and dirty makeup brushes. The recipe is ridiculously simple.  Combine hot water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a container.  Soak the brushes for 20 minutes then rinse with hot water and finally with some cold water. Dry the brushes with a towel and let them air dry.






Unfortunately I have to call this pin a Pintrocity. I could still see the makeup on the brushes when I pulled them out of water.  And when I dried them with the towel makeup residue was left all over my towel. I guess I’ll have to stick with paying $15 every two months to get my brushes clean. If any of my readers have suggestions for at home brush cleaner recipes please comment and link them below.


See the makeup all over my towel!?


Yuck! This is hardly and improvement.

Happy Pinning,

Fourth of July picture credit.

Marker Mugs


I’m an avid coffee drinker and coffee cup collector. Some of my favorite coffee cups have come from various Starbucks stores across the United States depicting the cities the cup came from.  One of my absolute favorite coffee cups is my Create-A-Mug from Starbucks.  The Create-A-Mug is a kit that includes a black coffee mug and a glazing pen.  You are then able to draw your own design on the cup and bake it in your oven. It lasts forever! I’m always on the lookout for these cups when I head into Starbucks for gifts and for my own use. Currently Starbucks is not selling these customizable mugs, so when I found this pin on I was really excited to try it! You can find the original pin here.  It really helped that my grandfather is a total Sharpie Pen hoarder so I had an abundance of colors to choose from.

Supplies include a white plain coffee mug and Sharpie Pens of various colors.


First the mug was washed and dried thoroughly. My sister decided she really wanted to design the cup for herself, so she chose a design and colors she liked and began drawing.  She chose a tribal print that is very popular in fashion right now.  She also added her own sense of personality by drawing a symbol from the Lion King and the phrase “Hakuna Mata”. After her design was complete, she placed the mug in the oven and THEN turned the oven on to 400 degrees for 20 minutes (DO NOT PREHEAT).

When the mug has finished baking we removed it from the oven and allowed it to cool completely. I was not impressed with the end results. The colors were faded and had bled into other colors on the mug.



There were also fingerprints on the mug that were not visible before the mug was baked. I’m calling this one a Pintrocity. It nowhere near compares to the Starbucks Create-A-Mug. I think I’ll wait till Starbucks starts selling this create product again before making another custom cup!

Happy Pinning!

Magnetic Makeup Board


I’ll admit it I am a total makeup hoarder.  I’m one of those people who likes to try every new product that hits the market (probably the reason I have 15 different brands of mascaras, eye shadow, concealers, primers, and foundations). With this much makeup in my collection, it seems my bathroom counter is always cluttered with product.  I’ve tried many different organizational solutions like putting boxes inside my draws and even keeping all my daily use products in one giant makeup bag on the counter. When I found this magnetic makeup board pin  from Laura Thought’s blog I knew I had to try it. You can find the directions and the original pin here.

My crazy messy counter!

My crazy messy counter!


…And my attempt at organizing my drawers!

CIMG2799My board took me about 15 minutes to make and cost me about $18. I found an empty frame at Wal-Mart for $4 sheet metal sized to the frame at Lowe’s for about $10 and adhesive magnetic tape at Lowe’s for $4. (If you can’t find adhesive magnetic tape, small magnets and hot glue work as well).




The first step is to place the sheet metal within the frame and press down the frame fasteners. You can now hang the frame if you’d like.  I placed mine up against the counter wall (I don’t have enough wall space to hang it in my bathroom).







Next take all the products you want to hang on the board and attach the magnetic tape to the back.  Make sure you put even on the container. Some of my products are very heavy so I added four pieces of the tape.




Lastly place all your products with magnetic tape on the board… It’s that easy! If you have any products slipping down the board just add some more tape! I started adding the magnetic tape to my products outside and figured out that the heat actually caused the adhesive on the tape to not stick as well, it may be best to apply the tape it in a cool room, or not in direct sunlight.


The end product!

I’m claiming this pin Pinteresting! It was a great solution to my cluttered bathroom counter and actually looks really cool! Do you have any other tips and tricks for organizing your makeup collection? Comment about them below!

Happy Pinning!