Comic Book Makeup {tutorial}


halloween is here! i am so excited to be bringing you costume makeup tutorials this month. i love doing these tutorials even though my costume makeup skills are nil. hopefully these tutorials will give spark some ideas for your own costume or give you a push in the right direction. regardless, they are usually a good laugh (Tman and i have a great time watching my pirate makeup tutorial – ARRRGGGHH).


grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy the show!





Simple Bandana Skirt {Tutorial}

A few weeks ago, I participated in a really fun event called Skirting the Issue over at Simple Simon and Co. They were gathering skirt donations to give to the foster care system for young girls and did a whole months event on different skirts.  I came up with a simple skirt made from bandanas and wanted to share it here as well!


As I was brainstorming what kind of skirt to come up with there was one consideration to make…I am bound and determined to use up my fabric stash I have overflowing in my room, so when I looked around the room for some inspiration, I found these:

Yep, just 2 simple bandanas and a little extra fabric and elastic and you have yourself a cute and breezy skirt perfect for the hot, hot summers we experience here in Las Vegas.

To start off, get 2 matching bandanas and lay them flat. Cut each bandana in half. Sew the sides together and finish the top with a serger or zig zag stitch. Place one of the pieces inside the other (I put both pieces with the writing that is often found on bandanas on the inside of the skirt.) and sew the tops together.

Now it is time for the waist piece:

Using THIS guide, figure out what size you will need the waist to be and add 2 inches.  I used 1 1/2″ elastic, so I cut a piece of fabric that was 3 1/2″ thick and made a tube by sewing the sides together and flipping it right side out. Nex,t I took a 6″ piece of elastic and thread it through the tube to the middle of the tube. I sewed the elastic down on one side (see pic.) Next, I gathered fabric over the elastic and then sewed down the other side.  This formed the waistband when I cut the strip (which now included the elastic) to the size I needed. Sew the pieces together.  Lastly, take the waistband and pin it to the bandana skirt part by pinning the four sides and then simply gathering the material in and pinning to create even gathers. Sew around the waistband.

To finish off the skirt, I added a simple flower to the front with a pin. It gave it just a little sass and will be easy to take off and on according to the outfit!

I really enjoyed working with the bandana because all of the sides were already finished. It made putting this together super simple and quick, which is fun because then you can make a lot in a little amount of time! I also love how many funky patterns you can find!

Good luck making your own simple bandana skirt!

Bubble Painting with A Little Gray {Fun in the Sun}

Today’s guest I also know from participating in Project Run and Play. Jessica from A Little Gray is here with a fun idea to keep your kiddos busy! She is an expert designer, seamstress, quilter and more…(and yes, she IS the one who cleaned up in the finals of Project Run and Play):)..I am so excited to have her here today. Here is Jessica:

This activity is always a hit with kids. Bubbles AND painting? What more could a mess-making kid ask for? It can be splattery, so we do it on the porch, but a covered table or kitchen floor would work too. This is not originally my idea of course, probably a preschool classic!


Gather Supplies: You need tempera paint, a cup for each color, straws, paper and dish soap. Oh, and some paper towels on hand for messes.

Mix Bubble Paint: Start out with a little water in the bottom of the cup, 1/2 inch or so. Then add a squirt of paint, and just a little soap. Mix up with a straw. Be careful not to add too much soap, or the bubbles won’t get high enough.


Blow Bubbles: Blow and blow and blow! Keep the straw completely submerged, and be careful not to suck up. You will get some cheek splatters!

When you have a nice dome of bubbles above the top of the cup, remove the straw and stick your paper right on top. Repeat until you are happy with your masterpiece!

As you can see, my buddy Ryan was partial to the red. He’s a master of monotone :) Have fun making messy art, and thanks so much for having me Kiki!

Thank YOU so much, Jessica. My kids will have a ball with this one…they love a good messy activity  (and they love paint, as well). Now run on over and check out A Little Gray and some of my favorite projects of Jessica’s:

Make a Double Potholder, Make a Simple Summer Shirt, I ADORE this sweet blanket! 

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