Category Archives: Arts & Crafts

Benefit Boulder Mountain Fire Department – Sale

Come and Join me this weekend, at The Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale to Benefit Boulder Mountain Fire Department!

Hi all, this weekend I will be at an Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale to Benefit Boulder Mountain Fire Department. This sale/show will be held Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at Boulder’s Watershed School, 1661 Alpine Ave, Boulder CO <–click to see the Map or download the Map from The Boulder Mountain Handmade Site.

Below is a Copy of the Flyer for this Event. If you wish, you may download it in PDF Form. Here is the PDF LINK: Benefit Boulder Fire Dept Sale 2015-flyer-8.5×11 print this up for yourself & please do you part and share this with your friends, family and neighbors.

Flyer for the Boulder Fire Department Benefit... Art, Craft, Bake Sale
Flyer for the Boulder Fire Department Benefit… Art, Craft, Bake Sale

I am looking forward to working with my Father at this show as we sell my Mother’s Art Work (Rest In Peace Mom, I miss and love you!). There will be a lot of talented Crafters, Artists and yummy Baked Goods on Sale and all for a great cause!

The site is Wheelchair and Stroller Accessible

You can’t go wrong stopping by this weekend, there will be:

  • Ample Parking
  • Refreshments Available at the Cafe
  • Entertainment
  • And Family Friendly Activities for the Children
Sample Nancy Marasch Artwork 1
Just a Sample of My Mother’s Artwork.

I hope that you, my followers who will be in the area are able to attend the Sale this weekend. I would love to meet you in person! Mark you Calendars NOW and don’t forget to stop in and say “Hi”!  And While you are there,keep in mind that you’d be a big hit with those ONE OF A KIND, Holiday Gifts this year!

My Mothers Art work another batch of samples.
My Mothers Art work another batch of samples.

Again that’s this coming Saturday and Sunday (November 7 & 8, 2015) from 10 – 4. To find out more information on this please click Boulder Mountain Handmade and See Their Facebook Page.

I hope to meet you there this coming weekend… don’t forget to introduce yourselves and watch for the redhead (me) at the booth (note my hair is shorter now. lol)

I hope that this finds you all healthy, happy, feeling loved and appreciated today!

With Love, Hugs and Appreciation,

Mariah

PS: Thank you all so much for sticking around while I rev up the blog once more, it’s has been a slow start. Don’t forget to follow my blog on Facebook, I post my found freebies and giveaways there. Hey, it’s a way to keep sharing when I am too busy to post on the blog. 🙂

Homemade Halloween Face Paint – Healthy Skin and Eye Popping Color

How to make homemade Halloween Face Paint that is Healthy for your Skin and yet has the boldest colors.

I am thinking about my Halloween Costume and Makeup as we proceed into the month of October.  Every Costume needs the face to go with it, forget the mask and create your own one of a kind look to go with your costume! Here, with the help from some friends and their generous permission to share their pictures, I will show you some ideas and how to make your own bold and beautiful face paint.

Store bought face paint not only tends to have diluted colors but they contain a ton of additives that are actually bad for your skin and shouldn’t be used again next year.

For those who are frugal minded, like me, there is more use than with store bought face paint. This is a mixture of products that women use every day (men and teens don’t miss out either with the Refresh), … so no waste! And the pigments can be put away for next year too!

I am super impressed with products by Younique, here is why:

Younique Product features
This is why I love Younique Products

I am now an Independent Presenter for Younique and I some friends with Younique have shared their creations using the Pigments and Refreshed together to create face paint. Yes, you can use this professional grade intense Pigments and Refresh to create your own custom facepaint, not only will the colors be more intense than those bought at the store, but it is healthier for your skin than those store bought face paint.  You can also mix your pigments to create your own variations of color and let your artistic creations really pop!

My friend Debbie and her before and after, using Homemade Face Paint (the products used were all from Younique)

Homemade Face Paint made with Younique Products

Here my friend Alesia, used the homemade mixture for healthy, vibrant face paint on her daughter, using the pigments and refreshed and the lashes were extended to super long with 3D Fiber lash!Halloween Face Paint Bold Pigment Healthy Skin 1

For the glamorous look, don’t forget to make those eyes pop too with the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, it’s a wonderful 2 mascara tube kit that will make you forget about fussing with false eye lashes. And for those of you with oily eyelids, like mine, you won’t have to worry about them falling off or needing to carry the lash glue around with you and chance at it leaking in your purse, pocket or *cough cough COUGH* cleavage *cough* and have it leak and make a yucky sticky mess all over everything.

Here is another look from my friend Debbie, she also used Younique products to make her homemade Face Paint:

Homemade Face Paint made with Younique Products

So there you go friends, some fun ideas for making your own face paint using Younique products! The pigments are highly pigmented so those colors are sure to pop, and mixing it with Refresh? Well there are a lot of great benefits to using Refresh here are some:

Refresh Rosewater from Younique

 

 Disclaimer: I am NO LONGER an Independent Presenter for Younique. I had a death in my family and as a result I didn’t sell enough products to keep my position… wish I knew that would happen if a family emergency came up! 🙁

Got The Creative Bug – Classes and Workshops – Review


I have the Creative Bug lately and I had an invitation to try out a Month of Creativebug Classes and Workshops for a review. What wonderful timing as my stress has been maximized as of late, and any number of fun DIY Crafting Projects can distract me. Now I was a latecomer to the Month of classes, just reviewing about 4 or 5 class videos today and accomplishing one craft project today. But wow, what a well needed break for the creativity that seems to be lacking in my life lately. After all crafting is second nature to me since I was raised on all sorts of DIY Craft projects in my creative family, my parents are artists and they kept us 6 kids pretty busy with crafting and DIY projects.
Creative Video Workshops on Creativebug.com
The classes that I looked at were for a “found necklace,” basically an upcycling project with beads from jewelry, friends will know that I love to collect old jewelry and beads. Family knows that I have done this since I was a little girl, but I have to say that I learned a few new things such as what to do with the tail from the filament you tie to the clasps.

I also looked at a really cool project for Image Transfers too. I have my packing tape set aside here as I am going to immerse myself in one of the 3 methods of Image Transfers she shows us how to do in her video. I can’t wait to find the perfect colored magazine page to use for this one! Yay!

I glimpsed at the bracelet crocheted with beads, cool… however I don’t have the cord that it called for in materials and my embroidery floss is MIA at this time, hiding in the deepest darkest recesses of some poor neglected moving box at this time.

Finally for my first project I was extremely inspired to dig out my Shrinky Dink Printable “paper”, and play with it for the first time in about 5 years. Oh, I don’t think it counts that this past Winter I just used Shrinky Dinks for making luggage tags for my trip to Florida to see my friend Joan, I really didn’t play with it, it was just something I figured I needed spur of the moment, then night before leaving. lol

What Shrinky Dinks at my age? Yes I love that stuff! I knew exactly what I was aiming for, and I had just the perfect picture to make into an outline in the picture/photo editor program. It was about an hour and suddenly I remembered how to get a good outline out of my colored picture, I used to do this for the Tattooists in the Tattoo Shop my husband and his partner had owned for a few years. Nice to know I haven’t forgotten all those old skills and it came in handy again. lol

In the Shrinky Dink Jewelry Class, I did learn some unique hints and tips from the video and it helped out so much better than the instructions that came with the Shrinky Dinks. I won’t spoil it for you, you will need to join Creative Bug to learn for yourself.Honestly Mariah Shrinky Dink Jewelry

My problem with my printer/copier is that it only prints in black… So I had to spend many hours with my detailed design to have it ready for the oven. And when the design curled up and folded itself it seems that the lovely Victorian Lady in the middle turned into The Freak Show Bearded Lady as the pencil marks or the ink smeared just perfectly on her face, before the Shrinky Dink flattened out again. lol

But all in all, this does look quite pretty, don’t you think? Now I have to decide it the original idea of putting two holes in it for jump-rings is what I want or to attach it to a Barrette Blank (or make it into a brooch) … oh and then figure out who would love a bearded lady piece of jewelry. lol Oh and I added to my design an outline around it some gold leafing permanent ink from a pen to further enhance the design.
All A La Carte Classes $9.99
So much fun, a project that is normally thought of as only for children, was revisited by me once again. Five years ago, I did have fun making Christmas gifts for everyone, it was about time I revisited this old favorite for fun once more.

CreativeBug’s offering are such a wide variety, from beginning sewing to advanced knitting and kids crafts too! Creativebug has a class to inspire your creative side. And the classes can be purchases A La Carte or as part of a Subscription… Subscriptions would make great gifts, for the crafter in your life. Better yet, make homemade gifts from these classes and workshops, these gifts are the best gifts, as they come from your own hands and your own heart!

Thank you to CreativeBug for helping me find a way to relax and have so much fun I lose track of time! What a stress relief for me.

Now, who wants to buy a Victorian Freak Show Bearded Lady piece of jewelry? It’s ONE OF A KIND (that’s for sure!). I will finish it (or you can) and I will sign the back of it too. Do I hear $25.00? Hey, can you blame a girl for asking? lol

 
Creativebug

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Easy Video Creation with Muvee Reveal – Review

Hi all, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Muvee Reveal 11, a program to make help you make videos. I was fortunate enough to be one of the bloggers chosen for this review and I have to tell you, it made making videos so easy!

This program has everything, I put together a few collages using Gimp (a free photoshop like program) and polished up a few old pictures. I played with Muvee a while and decided to add some old video footage of the dogs.

I can’t help myself sometimes and I just MUST grab the nearest camera and take videos of my dogs… you may say that I am easily entertained, but I do think that they are the cutest dogs in the whole wide world! Lol Just like a proud Mother, huh? I am in the habit of saying that I wish my eyes had a built in camera in them to capture those moments that come and go so quickly.

muvee reveal program pictureLuckily most of us have several means for taking those precious videos and pictures close at hand with technology today. The problem has been getting those great pictures and videos together to form an entertaining video to share with others. Lets face it, with YouTube out there, we’ve all seen some very put together videos and we wouldn’t be entertained by just any video anymore.

I am picky when it comes to putting anything together to post online, and I have, in the past spent days and hours to put together my videos for my blog. The program Muvee Reveal 11 has made my work so much easier for me, and I can say that it is honestly worth the money, because of the ease of use and professional results you get in no time at all.

Muvee has so many features in it that I couldn’t possibly tell you about all of them… I am sure that I haven’t done anything but touch the surface of this programs capabilities. I know that I have yet to play with the voice-over feature and I only cut one old video down on it.

movee reveal picture of some settingsThe features that I have used to make my little movie, that I can recall off the top of my head:

Captions for on your video clips or pictures

Inserting Text before certain pictures

Choosing the Theme

Choosing the Music (either choose from what comes with the program or your own music)

Turning down the Music

Enhancing  the sound on your video clip

Editing one of the 4 little videos in the mix

Sorting my pictures and videos

Playing with the font for Captions, Title etc

Added Graffiti (tons to choose from)

Choosing where to upload my video (I chose youtube of course)

muvee reveal another settingAnd that is just to name a few of the options that I chose, I am currently waiting for my video to upload to youtube as I write this. 🙂 I could save this in HD Format, but that would take hours and with my internet sometimes acting up I decided to go with the lowest resolution so it will take only a few minutes to upload.

And Here it is! Check out my new video:

All I can say about this program is, the more I played with it yesterday the more creative I found I could be in making my video look truly professional and attractive. And the more I play with this the more I discovered about the program. If you get lost playing with Muvee Reveal, they not only have tutorials online, but they have a forum where you can easily search to find answers to your questions and if you don’t find an answer, then just ask your own question in the forum or with their Live Chat too!

I am excited that I have Muvee Reveal, as I have more review projects coming up soon that could use a video. Click here to get your own copy of Muvee Reveal and start making those pictures and or videos stand out from the crowd.


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Happy 4th of July – Patriotic Nail Design

Hi Folks Happy 4th of July, I thought I would show you my idea of a fun little Patriotic Nail Design. You know me, as a former Cosmetologist, I love to play with anything beauty and that does include making my own nail art designs. 🙂

I took the time, late one night last week to create this patriotic nail design and meant to post it back then, however I got extremely busy again. And because I was so busy and doing messy things my nails aren’t the same as they were then. Basically with hard labor doing what we did this past week, I managed to almost ruin my manicure. I will tell you all about the fun we’ve had for almost 7 days now, demolishing an exterior wall from all our hail storms and the resulting water damage, etc etc. *sigh* Two disabled people shouldn’t have to do this, but when insurance calls it “flood” from the resulting water damage from repeated hails storms and drenching rains, you’ve got to do some of the work yourself… unless of course you have the money to hire out the work.

Well here is the patriotic nail design that I created for the 4th:

Oh, and I almost forgot, what am I calling this Patriotic nail design? It’s my Wonder Woman Nail Art! lol

 patriotic nail art design 4th of julypatriotic nail art design 4th of july

I didn’t include the polishes that I used for this look, as I used odds and ends, it took me forever to find the perfect colors for this look… however these colors have been my favorites for creating fun nail designs and unfortunately I wore out the labels. However watch for my post soon, with some colors in it that would do the trick!

Here is the link to my other post, I am so jealous of you lucky newbies to this free nail polish & cosmetic box offer, I am a member there already and I will have to use their secret store to order these individually.