Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My First Attempt At DIY Makeup

So last night I decided that I wanted to play chemist.  I ran out of my typical Maybelline Foundation and thought it was time to try to explore the next phase of my chemical free life.  Make up!  and boy did I make a mess.

I never realized how bad makeup is for you with the multiple amounts of chemicals.  How could something that makes you feel so beautiful be so bad.  Not only that, but what kind of harm is it doing to your skin?  Well one thing led to another and by the end of the night I had  foundation powder, blush, mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, dry shampoo, regular, shampoo, and conditioner.  I can tell that some of these recipes still need some tweaking (at least for me), but are definitely a great start.  If you want to get a hold of some of the recipes please feel free to visit my Pinterest Board.  As I perfect these recipes I will start posting the recipes that work best for me.

So the preliminary results are in;  Here is my before and after from this morning.

diy foundation, blush, mascara, results

What do you think?  Who has tried DIY chemical free makeup?  Do we have favorite recipes?



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why I Lost My Mojo and How I Got It Back

Life, oh life.  Life has a funny way of pushing you down and picking you back up when you need it most.  I've always been known for being a positive person.  My big saying is "Problem?  Solution!" I'm a fix it person I can fix anything, but this year my mojo was no where to be found.  I found myself in the situation of "life".  A few years ago, my husband and I were doing great.  We had a house, 2 jobs, 2 cars, you know the typical stuff that people have, nothing outrageous (I'm too frugal for that), but then we decided to move back home.  With the promise of a job for my husband and my industriousness, we would make this work.  Then came the job loss.  I really thought that my husband would recover quickly, but the "Great Recession" took us for a loop.  Sure, I was painting furniture and making some extra money, but that was hard work and definitely wasn't a full time income.  After all, we had 4 year old twins.  So in the mean time we worked hard, odd jobs, a couple of real estate deals, but nothing stable, nothing set in stone.  After a year, we couldn't pay our rent anymore, our utilities, our car.  I found myself anxious and depressed.  I couldn't get up, there was no hope.  Granted, my practicality pushed forward. I knew my changes would mean that I had to give up a lot.  If I lived in an apartment, where would I paint my furniture?  Would I have to give up my business? "I can't decorate an apartment" (yes that thought went through my head.) We found a smaller place, and yes it's an apartment, and a pretty decent one I might add, and no I no longer have my furniture painting business (I have been know to paint occasional pieces in my kitchen, but I wouldn't recommend it full time).  We replaced our car with one that is 15 years old, and stopped spending money all together.  Eventually, I found a part time job that was steady, which luckily turned into something full time.  I've realized that the best things come in little packages, and that allowing yourself to live simply is the biggest reward ever.  See, I feel like I got my mojo back.  I'm so happy to be rid of the material things.  We have a nice place to live, transportation, and food on the table.  We live simply and eat organically.  I started making homemade things like cleaning supplies to save money.  With that came cosmetics, toiletries, etc.  I've embraced my new chemical free way of life (Ironically, I work in a chemistry lab. It's all about balance).  There are some toxic things that are hard for me to give up because as my mojo has come back and I'm not in this horrific zone of depression, I'm starting to paint and I'm starting to decorate an apartment that I have lived in for 10 months. For those of you who know me 10 months is an eternity to decorate in my book.  Although, my husband still doesn't have a job...we've embraced a new way of life.  It's a bit of a role reversal, but we are a team and he makes it happen, well we make it happen together.  Our kids are happy, they get excited about the dollar store, the park, hiking, the beach, and just spending time as a family.  It has made me realize that kids don't need a lot to be happy, they just want their family and friends.  Things are good, I'm smiling again, excersising, eating healthy, and starting to think about me again. I'm feeling like I can once again take on new things  With that being said,  lets talk about the blog.  Like I said before, I have started decorating.  Soon we will have a finished bathroom project, a coffee table, and a kitchen in progress.  I also mentioned that I have embraced a chemical free life and would like to incorporate some of that in the blog.  The question is turning Decorating Insanity into more of a lifestyle blog.  Do I change the name?  Not really sure yet, but only time will tell.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

IKEA Expedit Turned Kitchen Island (Tutorial)

I know this is not the first Ikea expedit island hack you have seen, but I had to post it.  See originally I was not going for the whole island with seating thing, I was just going buy on expedit to place it on the floor for extra storage, but I couldn’t help myself.  I saw the opportunity for a couple of stools and had to go for it!!!  The best part it was super easy.
Step 1- Put together your expedit (I don’t have to show this step because lucky for me, I was able to find one on Craigslist for $30 bucks already put together)
Step 2- Attach the feet.  I used ball feet purchased at Home Depot and painted them white using Pure White Annie Sloan. So first you just screw these metal leg brackets in.
IMG_0943 Then you screw in the feet.
Ball Feet Home Depot
Step 3- Attach the Table Top.  I used an Ikea Vika Furuskog Tabletop, because it is made of wood and is stainable.  Just use long screws to screw it in.  I used 2 1/2 inch wood screws (Note- At this point I was just going to go natural with a sealer so if you decide you want to stain, you may want to switch Steps 3 & 5)
attach a countertop to expedit
Step 5- Flip it over to see what you’ve got so far.
Step 6- Seal or stain it.  If you want to leave it natural than just seal the top, if you want to stain it, then you can go ahead and do it now, or do it before attaching it to the expedit. I used Miniwax stain in Provincial and sealed it with a dark wax.
Step 7- Decorate
Step 8- Add stools and Enjoy.
Ikea Expedit Kitchen Island

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Side Table Out Of Salvaged Cabinet Doors

It all started with these windows that my dad brought to me.  He had found them on the side of the road in the trash.  There were four of them.
vintage leaded glass cabinet door
He brought them to me and said, “Can you use these?”  Did he even have to ask?  I was like, “Of course, I’ll find a place for them.”  So, the first one got painted bright yellow and I added hooks and placed it near our front door, which was merely decorative since we never used our front door.
window yellow
Well, these windows sat in my garage for so long I forgot about them, until we moved a few weeks ago.  During the move one broke so I was down to two windows. Then I realized I needed a side table to hide my wine fridge and I started planning.  Wouldn’t you know that the windows were the perfect width for the sides of the table.  That made me super happy because now I could have a cool table out of salvaged stuff.  So my good friend Dustin and I started plotting our trip to the lumber store and this is what we came up with.
wine fridge table
savaged door table   
salvaged window tableWe used pine 2x6’s for the top and the shelf and just used finishing nails to tap it in.  Then we  used a super thin plywood for the back to give it some extra stability.  It’s a fun conversational piece in the living room and I”m in love.  Plus since the wine fridge is kind of an eye sore on its own it’s an awesome disguise.
Speaking of disguises, check out the awesome video my friend Dustin made, if you look really hard you will find a cameo of me.  If you get a chance, subscribe to his channel, I’m sure there are a lot more awesome videos to come.
Furniture Feature Fridays

Its Been Too Long

Hello all.  You are probably wondering why you haven’t heard from me for a while.  Although I absolutely loved what I was doing, unfortunately my furniture business journey has come to an end.  I know I’m sad too, but I’ve done all my crying and I’m moving forward.  With that being said, the reason for the end of my journey is that I moved into a new place, which unfortunately does not have a garage.  I’m also working on a couple of other things to keep me going financially. 
Now as to the question, will you ever see me again?  The answer to that is an big absolutely.  1.) I have a new place to decorate and 2.) I’ve got some other stuff up my sleeve which may allow me to reenter the business in the future. 
Love you all!