Hey faithful readers! Wow we are on the verge of 2018. I am so excited about what 2018 will bring... what about you? As I set the course for reaching for new goals I want to encourage you to do the same. I am in the middle of a rebrand. But SuziesView will continue on for at least a few more years! Yay
I will have a more dynamic site with great content as well over at WhatsUpSusan. I want to thank you for your support at this site. I welcome and thank you for your support of my new site my friends! I Love you! If you ever need me reach out I will be praying for you.
May God Bless your new year to come!
The best is yet to come!
A year and a half ago a dear friend of mine Dawn over at Enthusiastically Dawn sent me an Arc Planner. I did not know any thing about the planner lifestyle and how such a simple tool would change my life. I was the pen and paper list girl. I would make my list each day of to do's. That was it. Uneventful and boring. But wouldn't you know it I would sometimes lose the list! Then I was up the creek without a paddle because I would forget something. If I didn't write it down when the thought hit me I would lose it a lot of times too. Well when my friend sent me her customized Arc it was amazing. It was fun. It gave me a fun creative way to get organize and let's face it, it was much harder to misplace a planner book. I used that planner for a year. It was amazing and I will never forget her sweet kindness that really helped me and gave me joy. I find it fun to plan and I even get creative with markers and stickers. It motivates me to be more organized!
So to pay it forward I want to give away a planner. Now this is a brand new Happy Planner but it is the 2016-2017 version. There is only 6 months left of this but if you have not tried a planner yet or you where interested in the Happy Planner system... this would be a great sample to try!
I love the bright encouraging messages all in this series of planner. I like the durable covers. If you accidentally spill a drop of coffee your planner is ok... it will wipe right off.
There is a reason it is called Happy Planner I guess because every single one of them I have ever seen makes me smile. I love the welcome page with the big ol' hello. And what lady doesn't like bright, cheery or polka dots. I wanted to show you that each month has a beautiful divider with a message or pretty print but I would love for it all to be a surprise to the winner. It has a month over view then also the daily, weekly pages in this planner. Even the daily is broken down in three sections you can label ever how you wish. I use mine for morning, afternoon, even goals. It has a goals and important dates section for each month over view. I had loved my Arc planner my friend had given me so much, when it was time to finally move into another planner I gravitated towards the Happy Planner because of the disks that are similar to Arc and it was what I was used to. I love how she customized hers. I liked that I could do the same with Happy Planner if I wanted too. I went with The Happy Planner because they offer so many useful and cute things I could do with it. And I loved using Micheals coupons to get 40 percent off things. You can customize the happy planner easy. They offer sheets at Micheals to add if you wish to add more or different types. They offer cute covers, cases, folders to put inside. But You can have fun with cute washi tape or stickers. If you want to use your own paper you can buy the punch to always make your own and use your planner forever if you wish. You can use it as a planner or a planner/ scrapish type memory book. This planner is great as stand alone as well. All you really need is right there above in the picture keep it as simple or creative as you wish.
So if your interested in trying this system and getting organized please feel free to enter! If you know someone who would benefit from this let them know. I will choose a winner at the end of this month which I hope will be a blessing to them. Feel free to come back as much as you want each day to enter. Each entry will count as 5 points. The more you have the better your chance of winning.
It will come with a couple of small surprises too. Giveaways are so much fun.
PLEASE enter via the raffle copter widget here. It will randomly choose the winner at the end of the month!
I love mineral and powder full coverage foundations. You can layer them as little or as much as you want. Your totally in control. But the price of our favorite powder or mineral foundations are just to much.
In order to preserve your makeup investment you can make it last longer. Or take some of your old compacts that have a little left and grow it to make that dollar go further.
What you will need:
I can not tell you how much corn starch or cacao powder to use in this because each persons blend will be different. I would start with what is left of your compact or all of it if it is full. Start maybe adding a full heaping table spoon of corn starch.
Actually add as much powder as you want to make the size batch you desire. Start adding the cacao as you think you will need last. Go light on it you can always slowly make it darker as needed and build it up to your skin shade or desired glow. Sample a little as you blend each shade until you get what you want. If your testing it as you go you will get it right! Do not worry. Just make sure your sampling a tiny bit thats been blended well.
As you see next the colors all stand out at first but you must grind and mix well until you see no other color run. Take a look at how dark the below picture is compared to the next one where the powders are all well blended. Do you see all the colors running? At first your mixture will be darker but do not fear it will lighten as you blend.
Now look at the finished product! It was my perfect shade. You should apply your makeup as you go along and test it until it is built up to your desired shade. You will be surprised even if fair skinned how much cocoa powder you will actually need. As you grind it together It will blend well and give you such a fantastic natural glow.
I have found that this blend helps with oily skin. It also does not dry out the face. I have combination skin so I was a great tester! This will be perfect for summer too. It is build-able on your face and as light or heavy as you wish. I have sensitive skin and this does not break me out. Just simply clean makeup.
I suggest storing it in a small glass bowl to keep it clean from plastics inevitable toxins.
This will transform that expensive compact to a much high volume longer use. Your in control and it feels great to make your own makeup and save so much money.
Be frugal and look good while doing it!
I was using mason jars on my counter to hold my staples such as flour, sugar as kitchen counter canisters. I needed something larger but I loved my jars so I decided to go buy jars a lot bigger. But I had an idea. I love bird houses. Why not decorate the jars with bird houses to make my canisters.
To make this craft get large mason jars and go to the wooden dollar section of any craft store. I wanted to do four.
First cut off the string on top of the bird houses.
You can fill in the wholes with wood filler. I was going to do that myself but honestly as I began to do this project I did not check my supplies well before hand and my wood filler was too dried up and would not work well. That is ok. I am learning the beauty of imperfection lately. I might use some of the tiny wholes later to stick a tiny bird in it or something.
Next spray paint your bird houses or hand paint them. I painted mine with left over spray paint colors I had on hand in my shop. I wanted to keep this country decor project cheap.
I took crafting paint to accent the country bird houses after they dried. I wanted some of the unique features of each house to have more of a pop.
Next you can leave them as is or take sanding paper and scuff them up. It gives your country decor a weathered look easily.
Next hot glue your houses to the mason jar lids. How tight for 60 seconds for each clued lid to secure them tight.
That's it. This is an easy craft to do in one day. Never pick your mason jar up by the bird houses but by the sides of the jar to ensure the hold of your craft. Enjoy!
I have really developed a liking lately for modern farmhouse decor. I have found some great free farm house printables for you to print and frame. If you are on a budget this is a great way to save money when decorating. You could even get frames from the Dollar Tree or thrift stores for cheap and repaint to your liking.
I have to share with you my favorite site first. Out of all the sites I foiund The Mountain View Cottage is awesome. Her site rocks and she makes all original farmhouse printables.
Check out my Pinterest board for the rest of the 7 free farmhouse printables sites then simply Pin it! You know you gotta.
Check out my new and growing Best of Home Board in Pinterest. It will have some of the best deals I have found in awesome home stuff for you! There is even farm house pillow covers for .66 cents!
Ok so those of you who have followed me a while know I love the Dollar Tree. Well I wanted a cheap, fast, easy wreath idea for 2016 and this is what I came up with. Maybe it is not as lovely as all the fantastic crafting you see on Pinterest but it did exactly what I wanted it to do! It took five minutes, required no glue, costs only four to make it. I bought two of everything so I could make one for my sweet neighbor.
All you need from the Dollar Tree:
So you take the leaf garland and you weave it in the wreath. Make sure to tuck in deep slots of the wreath your plain parts of the vine. This will hold the garland on the wreath with no glue needed.
Save your metal twist ties off the packages to anchor down your looser spots of the vine on the wreath.
Take your scarecrow or raven picks and place them into the wreath. Once placed how you want them towards the bottom break off the picks stick that over hangs. It is very easy.
Take your fall ribbon and use it for your hanger. Just cut as much as you want and tie at very top. I did not want it fancy but kept it simple. I am not good at making bows anyways. If you tie up the wire ribbon it will hold the wreath up very well.
Five minutes. No glue. No skills needed. And at only four dollars to make I think this is super cute to rock any budget this Fall.
I saw some pretty towels at the Dollar Tree. I thought I would love to sew a craft out of them. I wanted a cute little summer throw backpack for a few light things like a water bottle, a book & sunglasses. These Dollar Tree microfiber towels are thick & cute just the right ones for this.
Make sure you get the thicker wider ribbon. This bag I have tested with a water bottle, light book, sunglasses and a few more things it holds well! This is the perfect summer bag to grab & go to sit by the pool. You could use this for so many other things too like transporting a knitting project & such.
I love fast easy crafting. I love to sew but not complicated things. I really enjoy simple sewing projects specifically ones that do not take long to make. Below is a round up of great 5 minute sewing projects that will leave you feeling good about your five minutes sewing. These are great projects to even make & give as gifts. Below I even share first up my own five minute sewing project on how to make a travel case! These projects are great for any level sewer. Just click any picture below to see how.
How to make a tea towel apron in five minutes at Best Baltimore Craft
I have made these before ( a lot of them) and they are so easy & fun!
This is adorbs! The five minute chapstick cozy. You could give this as a gift with the chap stick in it or lip balm. Be sure to visit Little Bit Funky to see how to make this.
Sarah at Sweet as Honey Studios made up this too cute five minute head band for girls that anyone can create.
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I found this way to cute ipad stand. You can seriously have this made in five minutes flat. I have to say Teresa at Sewn Up by Teresdownunder is simply amazing with this creation. Be sure to visit her site by clicking below to see how to make it yourself! What a super gift this would make.
I love that the ladies at Natural Nesters shows us how to make in five minutes your own Swiffter pads. Now you can save so much $ never buying them again!
This five minute kleenex holder is so cute. Over at Hello Creative Family they show just how easy this is to make. Yet again another perfect five minute project I fell in love with.
Be sure to follow my 5 Minute Sewing Project Board in Pinterest to see a lot more 5 minute projects as I save them!
I had a great old frame. I didn't want to put photos in it but do something different. I put in some neutral wrapping paper in the back. I bought a Dollar Tree wall cling sticker. I am so thankful they are easliy removable in the event I want to use the frame for something else.
I simply cut the sticker in half. I placed it on the out side glass part of the frame. With the wrapping paper back drop and the sticker on the top of the glass it made it look 3D-ish. This craft seriously takes less than five minutes. You can use any wrapping you have on hand and any frames. You could even use a Dollar Tree large frame for this.
I like to decorate with meaning. I love the saying of this sticker for my family. This looks high end but only cost me a dollar since I already had the frame & wrapping paper. I love it!
I still have cans of indoor outdoor spray paint I bought on clearance last year. I wanted to challenge myself to see how many things I could paint out of three cans. I like crafting but love to be frugal about it. I do not want to go buy more paint when I already have some on hand that can serve many purposes. I love dyi as well. So this was the perfect challenge to set for myself. I had so many rusty things that needed a little love. I also had a few thrifted furniture redo's I wanted to do. I simply wanted to see how many things I could make in a day with these three cans of paint. Below are all the projects I got done out of my left over three cans of paint! I was so happy it went so far! Forgive the photos I took most of them on my phone and it was very cloudy. None of it is Pinterest worthy but hey it's my real life and this is it from my view. Wink Wink.
I was able to score 2 of these tables! I only took a picture of one but there is really 2 there that I painted!
So what I got out of 3 cans of paint:
I painted each thing with a few layers too! I love the Krylon primer & paint that is indoor or outdoor. It is so durable and multi- functional!
As you can tell at my web site I love easy & frugal crafting. A few years back I created this scarf basket idea that went crazy on Pinterest. You can view that original post here. It went on to be my most viewed Pin from my site ever in the history of my site & my Pinterest. Go figure. I thought it time to do a new post on this and show it brand new all over again. This time I call this basket Spring Fling!
All you need:
So you just take your scarf and weave it up and over. This is so easy. Make sure when you start you leave a couple of inches or so hanging out to tie later when you come back around.
Be sure to puff up and out your scarf a little so it is not totally flat. This helps fill it in nicely. I would do this once you have weaved around the basket first not as you go because it will mess up as you weave.
For all the rows I just weave it to the start point then take the two ends and tie it once and weave back in the rest of the hang that's left. You can stop on any row you wish for your basket. I think just three rows on this looks great as is but I will do all four rows to show you as well.
Here is the finished product. It's so bright and cheery. I love this craft. It was fun to think it up a few years ago. It's so cheap to make. This one only cost me $5 dollars. It only took a few minutes and makes me smile. You can use this for cute storage for so many things or reasons. You could even use this method when making a large gift basket from someone.
I am seriously becoming such a lazy crafter. I want to have the fun of crafting without spending all day on something. I also want inexpensive projects to make and decorate my home with. So of course I payed another visit to the Dollar Tree. I thought let me think up something new. I saw these pretty serving platters & these lovely little lavender plants and had the idea of attempting to make floral wall sconces. I saw some pretty ribbon the Dollar Tree has as well I thought would make a great hanger.
What you will need:
I made three of these but you can just make one if you desire or more!
Cut your ribbon into the length strips you want to make your hangers. Just glue on to the back in an upside down u pattern. Put a lot of glue on one side of the flowered pot to anchor to the plate.
Press firmly in place and hold a bit.
Enjoy! It was that fast & easy. A painless easy craft any one can do and it turns out so lovely. If you do not like the shine of the plates you can always paint them first as well. I loved the shine myself and how it reflex's the Spring time sun!
I love Dollar Tree! You can get so creative for super cheap. But you can create amazing looking crafts for your home decor without breaking the bank. I am doing a Dollar Tree Spring crafting series. This beautiful little succulent garden is the first installment. I wanted a way to upscale last years succulent fake plants from Dollar Tree I had left over. But I have seen that this years fake succulent selection at Dollar Tree is super adorable. So if you do this project you will have plenty to look through.
What I used for this was:
I just love the white rocks and the look of the texture. It looks bright for Spring in the blue glazed bowl.
The succulents easily come out of the original pot by hand. You can if you like put some glue on the end to anchor it to the rocks once you slide it in the garden. I will be using mine indoors for now so I simply just placed mine in the rocks.
This is a nice upgrade I think from the original plain little pots. I think they look better together in a garden rather than alone. This only takes 2 dollars to do and takes less than five minutes. I love love no brainer easy crafts. Even something this simple gave me some much needed de-stressing satisfaction! This is so cute for Spring. This is also a great idea to give as a gift to anyone to make them smile! It truly looks so real.
There is so many cute ways to use clothespins! I have this new found love for them. It is a super useful item that is super frugal & cheap to craft. I am compiling a new Pinterest board that over time will hold all my favorite clothespin finds on the web! So here are some starters below of what I have found. To see the how to's on all the below crafts please visit my Pinterest board and click the photo to visit the original creators web sites!
I have been interested to see all about this adult coloring book trend. I wanted to see why is it so popular all of the sudden and what is the lure? Leisure Arts was kind enough to provide these adult coloring books for my review. All opinions of these are my very own.
You can color these for fun or for crafting. You can use your colored pages in so many ways!
I found it very relaxing to color. I was surprised how fast I got into it. It's a no brainier craft option in which you do not have to do deep work or much thinking. Yet your creating which for me is super relaxing to do. I love that a book can fit right inside a large purse when your waiting in a doctors office or something! This I can see is truly great for any age. This craft was truly a breath of fresh air. I can see why Leisure Arts sells these they truly are super for leisure time & relaxing!
Leisure Arts has so many fine quality adult coloring books for all to enjoy. Stop by their site today to see! These would make great gifts for teens, adults, elderly & any one who wants a great creative way to relax.