Stash Lashes

I recently discovered these fun things at Sephora:

and I want them. 

I’d love to have just the tips of my eyelashes decorated with delicate cut out feathers. I can’t justify $19 (or $9 on sale, even) for a one-time use eye accessory. So here’s my $2, conceivably reusable version:

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Needed: $1 sheet of mustache stickers from Target, $1 false eyelash kit, also from Target, powder (any on hand), scissors (also on hand) .

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Apply makeup as usual, preferably with a dark eyeliner to blend in with the mustaches (I’ll use gel or liquid liner tonight, couldn’t find it this morning). 

Choose a mustache with a fun curly edge, and trim it to a tapered point.  You can try them on at this point and see if you need to trim down any more.

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Apply powder to the sticky side, just of the parts you don’t want to stick to your face (like the big curl on these).

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Curl the sticker around a makeup brush or eyeliner, so that it stands away from your face.

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Apply eyelash glue to the pointy tip and wait a bit until it’s tacky.

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Place the sticker at the corner of your eye. Bask in your awesomeness, and ring in the New Year in style! Or, as I’m going to do right now, go out grocery shopping looking rather eccentric. It’s okay. Just own it.

Lace and Lemons Stash Lashes

Happy New Year!

~Amy

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What Have I Got in My Pocket

Way back in the day, my grandmother made a little pocket doll for me. Actually, she made me two, because I lost one at daycare and was so upset that I needed another one.  The second one had my name stitched on it so that if it was lost it could be returned. Shortly thereafter I found the original doll, who now had a bff.

Lace and Lemons Pocket Doll

Fast forward two decades. Nick and I had the distinct honor of babysitting our niece, Maggie, the other weekend, and I decided that she needs her own pocket doll to haul around in her pocket along with all the dandelions, dirt and rocks.

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Come and Trim My Christmas Tree

Seating arrangements are a challenge of logic, physics, creativity and sociability. Seating arrangements in tiny apartments: doubly so.

Nick and I are hosting Christmas dinner (well, lunch. We can’t wait all day for food and family togetherness) and our space is limited. There are also things to consider, like making sure there’s someone next to my niece, Maggie, to make sure that most of her food stays makes it from her plate to her mouth and not the floor. And that you don’t want to make the same people sit at the kids table every time. And that I always sit next to my aunt, Tracy, at family dinners.

Enter the place card.

Not wanting to go the traditional paper route while hosting my first Christmas dinner as a Mrs., (I did host once for my parents and grandmothers at my first apartment years ago. It was a basement apartment. No seriously. Basement.) I opted to go fancy and crafty and make salt dough ornaments that will double as place cards and party favors.

Lace Lemons Salt Dough Ornaments

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It’s not Monday, it’s not Mocha, but please accept this offering anyway

Happy December, yinz 🙂  It has been uncharacteristically warm this week here in the Burgh.  A week and a half ago, I went paintballing in 30 degree weather. This week I went to work without a jacket. Make up your mind, PA!

Despite Mother Nature’s mood swings, it’s getting very Christmassy in this apartment. Our Christmas tree has survived scrutiny and several taste testings from our kitten, Rocco (and indifference from our cat, Bob). We’re accumulating a pile of gifts for friends and family under its enthusiastically decorated artificial boughs, and we’re attending two office Christmas parties this week.

I’ve got several projects and recipes in the works that I will be sharing soon, but in the meantime there is one more part of the Christmas season you can indulge in: Hobbit Week with Stephen Colbert!

~Amy