My favorite Avon C18 Product Highlights

Various Jewelry:

Cool Blue

Cool Blue – Turquoise color Style “Y” Necklace and Earring Gift Set. This set is very stunning and can be dressed up or down. Great Quality for the money. I would recommend this to anyone who has a country flare.

Fashion:
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The FALL “it” BAG. Stylish, Studded, SENSATIONAL! Casual Chic HANDBAG Leather like with grommet and stud accents. Magnetic-snap closure. Filly lined with one zip and two slip pockets.

Mosaic Effects Top Coat:

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Mosaic Effects Top Coat. I have used other crackle polishes and this is my favorite! It goes on well and dries with a great crackle finish. The price is very reasonable compared to others on the market right now. A great product!


In other news, mark. is having a birthday party!  They’ve been around for 10 years now, and they’re celebrating in style by releasing a TON of cool new products.  Here are just two:

On The Dot Smoky Eye Color Compact:

How gorgeous is this On The Dot Smokey Eye Color Compact palette?  I just love blue eyeshadow.  With its two neutrals and a deep shade, you really can make a lot of complete looks.

Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Rosetta and Blue Bella:

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These polishes in lovely jewel tones just shout “party!”
Clearskin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask:

I love the Pore Penetrating line, especially the green scrub.  It exfoliates without stripping and is SO refreshing.  Also, I’m a sucker for gimmicky things like this mask, which has clay and changes colors.  Sold… 😛

Why not do some shopping today? www.youravon.com/wobrien


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My favorite C17 Avon Product Highlights

Mega Effects Mascara

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You may have heard some of the buzz around this product already – a mascara wand designed to be used from the front instead of the side. Lashes have never seen anything like it! 1st ever wonder brush transforms lashes corner to corner. The brush that does what no wand can. Panoramic volume. Lashes look darker, denser and more dramatic for 24 hours.

Opal Top Coat:

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Opalescent opulence! Instantly adds iridescent flecks of glittery shimmer! Opal Top Coat. Apply over your favorite Speed Dry + Nail Enamel shade or wear alone! Wet to Wow in 30 Seconds! Speed Dry + Nail Enamel Formula with volcanic rock, makes nails feel rock-hard.

Layered Pearlesque Statement Necklace and Earring Git Set:

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Forever Luxe Drawstring Handbag by Paula Abdul:

How summery-cool is this?!  Love the tassel at the end.

That’s all for now! If you’d like any of these fabulous items for yourself, please shop my store at www.youravon.com/wobrien

Campaign 17 in effect till August 7th!

Avon – you never looked so good!

In addition to my blogging and various other interests and hobbies, I have decided to become an Avon Representative. I buy and love the product, so I figured why not sell it? If you have a need for an Avon representative and love the product too, please allow me to be your Representative. You can shop my online site here and have the product shipped directly to your front door. Thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to serve you.

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Tissue Poms and Flower Gift Toppers Courtesy of Lia Griffith

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Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? My loft was bursting with family Sunday morning. My sister and I made a tasty breakfast while our four teens hunted for 125 filled Easter eggs. I think we may have had as much fun filling and hiding as they did finding the eggs. To continue with the sweet pastel, fluffy bunny tail and spring flower theme, (I am just not quite ready to be done with Easter) today I am going to give you a quick and easy tutorial on how to make these tissue mini poms or flower gift toppers. You may be seeing these poms show up again for party decoration in a future post. . . they are just too cute! I am seeing a perfect decoration for baby showers, bridal showers, princess parties and even Mother’s Day. So let’s pull out all that leftover tissue and make some of these pretty mini poms! ~ Lia

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Tissue Mini Pom Tutorial


Craft sources for this project: Tissue Paper | Scissors | The Twinery Baker’s Twine | Washi Tape | Hole Punch

MAGIC Decal Tutorial with Free Printables! Courtesy of The Painted Hive

Some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals.

Amongst other things, I mentioned how wonderful they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one drawback – although it’s somewhat tough it’s not especially durable. So, whilst it’s perfect for ornamental purposes, it’s not ideal for more practical applications….until now that is!

Magic decal coating paper is a product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers durable – yes, even dishwasher resistant!

If you’re already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers!

My recently aquired assortment of SLOM jars from IKEA were awaiting some DIY craftiness and seemed the perfect victims candidates for my first magic decal experiment.

As there may be several brands of magic decal coating paper out there, each with slightly differing application requirements, for clarity in this tutorial I will specifically pertain to the particular product I used which I attained from here. The paper seems a little pricey though you can create several decals from one sheet so in reality the individual decals are actually quite inexpensive.

The paper I received came with three sheets of waterslide decal paper (distinguished by a blue watermark on the back) which you print your image onto, and three accompanying sheets of the magic coating paper (distinguished by attached translucent protective paper).

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

1. Image to transfer. Use anything you like. I made up my canister labels in Photoshop. I wanted them to be a bit different and quite typographic so decided to style them based on dictionary definitions (my artwork is attached as a free printable if you would like to use them – see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the end of the post to view and download!).

2. Inkjet printer.

3. Decal paper (blue watermark on back). Decal paper comes in clear or white. I’m using the clear paper because I want a transparent background around my image.

4. Magic paper (attached translucent protective paper).

5. Laminator. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.

6. Scissors.

7. Water.

8. Soft cloth.

9. Item to embellish. As already mentioned, I’m using my plain SLOM jars from IKEA.

10. Microwave, oven or hairdryer.

THE PROCESS

1. Print your image onto the glossy side of your decal paper (DO NOT mirror your image) using an inkjet printer. Allow to dry thoroughly. I created my canister labels in Photoshop and have attached them below as a free printable (see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the end of the post to view and download!).

2. Separate the translucent protective paper from the magic paper. Do not throw the translucent paper away.

3. Place the magic paper gloss side up on your table. Lay the decal paper printed side down on top of the magic paper. Place the translucent protective paper gloss side down on top of the decal paper (the translucent paper is designed to act as a protective barrier of sorts between the decal paper and laminator heat).

Note: As my image took up the entire sheet of decal paper I did not need to trim around it first. If you are working with a smaller image you may wish to cut roughly around it with scissors.

4. Laminate your stack of three papers together on low speed and at low temperature.

Note: Laminating pouches are not needed. Laminating is performed to fuse the decal paper and magic coating together. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.

5. Discard the translucent paper. Your decal paper and magic paper should now be fused together. Trim closely around your image – you can see it quite easily through the paper if you hold it up to the light.

Note: By nature, waterslide decals have a very fine, slightly translucent carrier film. On close inspection this will be visible on completed transfers. As my image is text alone with no border I experimented with techniques and found the neatest finish to be a nice even box (trying to mimic the outline of the text just looked messy). If your image has a distinct border then trim approximately 2mm all the way around it (leaving a small buffer ensures you get a good seal).

6. Dampen the back of the decal paper (watermarked side) with a cloth until it becomes translucent. Wait around 15 seconds then gently peel the paper away completely.

Important: Ensure you remove the watermarked decal paper only at this stage.

7. Quickly immerse the decal in a shallow dish of water to dampen the other side then position it, image side down, on your item, smoothing it down with your fingers and a slightly damp cloth to remove excess water.

8. Carefully slide off the backing paper and manipulate the decal into its exact position then continue to smooth it until it is water and air bubble free.

9. Finally, set the decal by either:

Baking in an electric oven for 8 minutes at 150 degrees celsius.

Cooking in a microwave for 5 minutes on low.

Blowing with a hairdryer for 5 – 10 minutes.

Although I was hesitant, I did find the courage to run these babies through the dishwasher (twice, just to be certain) and they didn’t show any signs of distress. I was honestly AMAZED! Of course, given I have only had them for a few days I can hardly vouch for their longevity so advise hand washing for frequent use.

As I mentioned, there is a very faint translucent background (which is the case with waterslide decals) though once the canisters are filled it’s barely noticeable.

I am super stoked with how these turned out – absolutely love! Don’t forget to download your complimentary printable sheets of labels below!

UPDATE

If you’d prefer the labels without the work you can now buy them in easy ready-to-apply format from my little on-line store here.

And excitingly, along with the PDF file, you can also now download the free PSD version of my labels below! Enjoy!

Spray Bottles DIY Project

This project is so simple.1. Remove labels from bottles. (You can soak them in hot water and dish soap for extra help)

2. Dry and clean

3. Pick your spray paint choices: Seen above is Satin Ivory. I Use Krylon Brand Spray Paint.

4. Spray paint box carrier too!

You get the idea…

Some spray painting tips… Cover area with newspaper or drop cloth first. Wear a mask or be careful not to inhale fumes. Don’t spray into the wind!!! Wait for your first layer to dry and stick the bottle on your finger to get a good coat around the bottom sides.

Aren’t these a cute, cheap project?

I usually like matte finish, but the glossy texture on some of these gives them a nice new sheen. And baby jars make the cutest little mini vases or containers!

I do have to note, these are not “safe” to use for any type of liquid consumption. They just look cool and won’t damage flowers or decorative pieces.

Cute idea right? Especially on a budget! You could do this for wedding centerpieces, parties etc… I have spray painted wine bottles, vases, jars… you name it, I’ve probably painted it.

Another idea for a centerpiece would be to take tons of different sized items and paint them one color and or have a line of vases down a table… you get the idea.