Makeup Brush Case Tutorial

imageYesterday, we had a strange urge to make something… Anything! This happens to us pretty often, and the only cure we can usually find is to get up and find something to make. After searching for hours on Pinterest, Veronica went with a fruity berry smoothie, and Erica made a case for her makeup brushes. The design is super cool and pretty, and very easy to make if you are a beginner at sewing. The best part? You can make it using your larger fabric scraps! It was so much fun to pull out the sewing machine again, and the roll case came out so pretty. Luckily for us, Momma is sliiiiightly addicted to buying pretty fabric, so we always have nice materials to work with! 😀 Lets get to it!

For this pattern, you will need…

11-2 fabrics in different colors, thread to match your fabric, one pair of scissors or a rotary mat and rotary cutter, a rotary ruler (is that what it’s called??), measuring tape is optional but helpful for when you don’t want to measure with the huge rotary ruler, a safety pin, a pencil, and sewing pins. 23

4.pngBefore you cut your fabric, decide which color will be on the outside and which will be on the inside. We chose a blue and white quatrefoil design for the inside and a yellow white polka dot for the inside. Iron your material, and then it is time to cut! For the outside material, you will need one piece that is 10×15 inches and two strips that are 1-1/2×18 inches. For the inside material, cut two 10×15 inch pieces. One will be folded in half to  use as a flap, so keep that in mind and maybe separate them from each other. We prefer to use a rotary cutter so we get nice, clean lines, but you can use scissors if you don’t have one handy 🙂

5.pngThe first step is to take one of the inner pieces and lay it flat, design side up. Take your second inner piece and fold it in half, also design side up. We found it helpful to iron it perfectly in half so it cooperates more XD Pin it to the first inner piece so the open ends are facing the bottom and the creased side is in the middle of the first fabric. Take the makeup brushes that will be living in this roll (Erica chose to use eye makeup brushes onand set them out on your fabric, about one inch apart.

67Next, use your pencil to make a small mark between each brush. Once you have marked each one, remove the brushes and draw the line all the way down. The ruler comes in handy here so you can get nice straight lines. This will be your guide for the next step.

8.pngOnce you have your lines all marked, sew a straight line through each pencil line. Your slots are officially done, yay! Use the eraser on your pencil to gently erase any pencil lines you can still see. Press the piece set it aside.

9.pngNow, take one strip and fold it in half, design side in. It helps to iron it flat. Take it under the sewing machine and sew all the way across toward the end. Take your safety pin and attach it to the bottom, then use it to flip the strip inside out. It takes a bit of time since the tube is so tight, but don’t give up! Repeat on the second strip and iron them flat. These will be the ties on the roll case!

1011Take the outer piece and lay it on your work table. Line up the ends of the ties and lay them on top, so the ends are sticking out about 1 inch on one side and they aren’t hanging out anywhere else! If not, then the ties will get stuck and your case will be ruined! 😥 Lay the yellow inner piece on top, design facing down. Pin the pieces in place making sure the corners all match up. Sew all around, leaving a 2-3 inch space unsewed at the top!!! This is very important!

1213Using the hole left in the top, inside out the case and use your pencil or something else pointy to push the corners out. It should look something like this! Tuck in the ends of the opening and iron well. Lastly, sew all around the case with very little seam allowance, press again, and you are finished!

141615imageYou now have a beautiful new roll-up case for your makeup brushes made with love! These make amazing presents, and they take hardly any time at all to make. If you do plan on making this as a gift, maybe add a hand embroidered initial for the recipient of the gift before you sew the two sides together; it makes it so much more personal and sweet! It’s so fun to mix and match designs, and get fun with the thread colors and patterns! Take advantage if you have a sewing machine that has lots of fun stitching designs! Ours do not, but Mommas does. Pick a cute design and use it to do the final hem around the edges for some extra flair! You can also make these for that artist friend of yours for their paintbrushes! ❤

What do you think of our makeup brush case? Have you ever made a case for your brushes? What color/design combo would you do for yours? Let us know in the comments bellow! 😀 ❤


Spring Treats!

11.jpgHappy Spring!!! We are SO happy that winter is finally over; this winter was miserable for us. We had lots of cold, however we only had 2 snow days, and the snow only stayed around the first snow day. Only cold and rain, for quite a few months. We’ve had enough, and couldn’t be happier to say good bye to the cold! To celebrate, we pulled out an old recipe that we haven’t made in a long time. Pastel colors scream a few things to us: spring, Easter, and adooooooorable! These delicious peppermints are made of only 3 ingredients and couldn’t be easier. Let’s get started!

12The three main ingredients we used are 1 cup of softened butter, about 6 cups of confectioners sugar, and Young Living peppermint essential oil (if you don’t have oils, that’s okay! Just use 1 tsp of peppermint extract). We also used some food coloring  pens and gels by Wilton since we didn’t have all the colors we needed in gel. Here we go!

3.jpgFirst, start by placing your softened butter in an electric mixer and use a paddle attachment to beat the butter for one minute. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time. We sadly forgot to take pictures at this part 😥  Be sure the powdered sugar is fully mixed before you add the next cup, and that you mix slowly at first or the powder will fly everywhere! Add 4-7 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix, tasting between each drop. Once it tastes minty enough for your liking, you are ready to color your peppermints!

4.jpg6Next, let your mix stand in the fridge for about half an hour, to let it harden up just a bit. It can be hard to work with if the mix is too melty! Separate the mix into the same amount of piles as colors you plan to use (we made 5 piles for 5 colors). Spread your last 2 cups of powdered sugar on your counter top and kneed the mixture so it is no longer sticky. If you are using food color gel, dip the tip of a butter knife into the pot and dab it in the peppermint mix. If you are using food color pens, twirl the tip of the pen in the peppermint mix for a bit. Remember, not as much dye comes out of the pens so be sure to swirl a lot!

5Kneed the food dye in until the mix no longer has streaks of color. Add more coloring until you reach the desired shade. Repeat for all of your different colors, allowing the finished batches to rest in the fridge.

789Once you have completed coloring all of the peppermint mix, it’s time to shape them! This part is very fun, and perfect for letting little ones help. Simply take a pinch of the mix, roll it between your palms into a ball and gently flatten it a bit. Use a fork to press the top and peel the fork away, leaving a striped design on the mint. Repeat with all batches of color until you have none left, let them chill in the fridge for an hour, and you are done!

101112Don’t they look lovely?? They taste so yummy, and everyone loves them! The only issue is that since they are mostly made of butter, they soften if left out too long, so they need to be refrigerated while covered when you aren’t eating them. They keep for about a month covered in the fridge, however they never last more than a few days in our house!

What do you think of our mints? We hope you try out the recipe and let us know how they come out! Have you ever made peppermints before? Let us know in the comments!

😀 ❤ Happy Spring! ❤ 😀


Jp’s Birthday | Waffle Recipe

10Time flies so fast; somehow, our little baby brother Jp has turned 13 years old today. How is he 13 already??? Although we were very young, we can clearly remember the day he was born, and it couldn’t possibly have been a whole 13 years ago! On birthdays in our house, we take the day off school to relax, the birthday-person gets to select whatever they want to eat for dinner, and us kids make them a special breakfast. This year, we were honored to be the only two people to make the meal, just for him 😛 We decided that buttermilk waffles topped with homemade whipped cream and strawberries, with bacon on the side of course, sounded like a very yummy 13th-birthday-breakfast. Check out how we made this meal!

For the pancakes you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbs granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 tsp vanilla extract

Lets get started! First, turn on your waffle press and grease it if you need to. Ours needs to be greased or the waffles get stuck, so we use coconut oil to grease it between rounds XD  1 Lets get started! First, turn on your waffle press and grease it if you need to. Ours needs to be greased or the waffles get stuck, so we use coconut oil to grease it between rounds XD

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and whisk well. Use a spoon (or your fingers) to make a well in the middle of the powder. Pour in buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla and mix well until everything is combined without over-mixing. Allow the batter to rest for a minute or two.2 In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and whisk well. Use a spoon (or your fingers) to make a well in the middle of the powder. Pour in buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla and mix well until everything is combined without over-mixing. Allow the batter to rest for a minute or two.

34For our waffle-maker, we used about 1 1/2 scoops of batter for each waffle, but every waffle press is different so you may need to use more or less depending on the size of your press.

Completely unrelated, but this is our cat Van. Our dad found him behind a dumpster and brought him home to surprise us (trust us, we were surprised XD ) He has blue eyes, no tail, and is a total sweetheart. We bought a new rug to go in front of the sink so you can be comfy while washing dishes, but he has decided that this is his new sleeping spot! He will not leave the spot, because it is cushy and soft. You can be standing with your legs pressing on his face and he will not move! He has mastered new levels of kitty-yoga on this mat.
Look at that little face!!! ❤ 🐱

Anyways, back to the recipe! Move cooked waffles to a wire rack (such as a cookie cooling rack or even your oven!) to cool and repeat until you have no batter left. Cooling the waffles on a wire rack is important, otherwise your waffles will sog and they lose that delicious crisp crunch! 😥

65Whip some whipped cream, fry up some bacon, and top with any syrup and fruit you want, and you’re done! Super easy, fun, and thanks to the vanilla, they taste delicious even without syrup. We used the syrup we bought at the Maple Syrup Festival to top these and it was amazing! (See our post about the Maple Syrup Fest here!)

10111314How yummy does this look??? This recipe made enough waffles for some of us to have two, so depending on the size of your waffle press, this recipe makes about 12-16 waffles. They taste so sweet and crisp, while not being to sweet or too crunchy. They were just right for the occasion, and it was the perfect way to start Jp’s birthday. On a side note; how scary is it that we now have five teenagers in the house? Five????? o_O  XD

What do you eat for breakfast on your birthday? Do you have any special traditions? Any tips to make these pancakes even more amazing? Let us know in the comments!