It's been 3 months since my last post, but what a crazy three months it has been!
As you all know Beanies & Weenies launched Fall gift baskets on September 1. Since then, I have hard at work developing a line of Christmas gift baskets (more on that later) and growing my freelance marketing business. I also had a month long sinus infection and somehow ended up rescuing a cat during a thunderstorm (she now rules my house).
On top of that, we went on vacation in October and I came back ENGAGED! So, naturally, to make things even crazier, Zack and I decided to find a house and move back to our hometown and within two weeks of getting engaged, we were in our first house together!
These past three months have been a whirlwind, but Christmas is coming up and there is nothing that puts me in a more creative mood than Christmas decorations and DIY Christmas gifts.
Keep an eye out here at Beanies & Weenies for the launch of my Winter lines including the Christmas gift baskets and beanies like the one featured above. I will also be sharing at least two (probably more) DIY Christmas crafts, presents, and crochet patterns a week between now and Christmas.
Until then, stay jolly and check out some pictures from these crazy three months below!
What better way to usher in Fall than with sweet and nourishing pumpkin spice body scrub!
If you haven't heard yet, Beanies & Weenies is releasing Fall gift baskets this Friday that include a crocheted basket, two fall colored crochet washcloths, and 4 ounces of handmade pumpkin spice body scrub! The best part about it is that it only costs $25!
If you're thinking, "well, that's great and all, but what can I do with a sugar scrub?" then I'm here to enlighten you.
Sugar scrubs are pure magic for your body. I'm not exaggerating! Sugar scrubs help you get rid of dead skin and moisturize at the same time. Who doesn't like silky smooth skin from head to toe? That's right. No one.
The best part about sugar scrubs, Beanies & Weenies' pumpkin spice scrub in particular, is that they are made of completely natural ingredients! You don't have to worry about sketchiness or irritation unless you are allergic to coconut oil, sugar, or pumpkin spices.
Magic I tell 'ya.
While you can use sugar scrubs from head to toe, here are my top three uses for sugar scrub:
To use your sugar scrub, take a steamy hot shower because, why not? The steam and warm water will help open your pores and help you get the most out of your exfoliation.
Grab a small lump of scrub at a time and work it into your skin. Just rub, rub, rub in circular motions while enjoying the aromatic scent the scrub gives off. Envision all your dry, dead skin just flaking off and leaving behind skin just as smooth and soft as a baby's bottom.
Once the scrub dissolved, rinse off your skin and apply a moisturizer to lock in the smoothness. Then parade around admiring your freshly pampered skin!
There! Now you know how to enjoy the body scrub in the Beanies & Weenies fall gift baskets when you buy one this Friday!
And if you haven't entered the Beanies & Weenies Fall Basket giveaway yet, head on over to Instagram and do it now! The giveaway ends Thursday at 11:59 est and the winner will be announced Friday.
If you're anything like me, you're counting down the days until the weather turns cool, the leaves start to fall, and pumpkin spice everything hits the shelves. It might just be me, but there's something in the air when fall comes around. There's nothing quite like it.
That's why I've created a line of crochet fall gift baskets for Beanies & Weenies! This new addition to Beanies & Weenies' fall lineup goes on sale on Etsy on September 1 and are only $25! What better way to celebrate the beginning of a brand new season than with a pampering gift basket?
The Beanies & Weenies crochet fall gift baskets include:
Everything is handmade! The washcloths are made with cotton yarn and the body scrub is made with natural ingredients: sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and coconut oil.
These baskets make perfect gifts for fall lovers or are a great way to treat yourself! The body scrub perfectly captures the smell of pumpkins and the washcloths include all the fall colors you love. Be prepared for fall with the Beanies & Weenies crochet fall gift baskets!
Check out the gallery below to see everything included in the fall baskets!
That's not all!
Because I'm so excited to share these fall baskets with you, I've decided to do a giveaway! That's right, between now and August 31, you can enter to win one Beanies & Weenies crochet fall gift basket!
The winner of the Beanies & Weenies fall giveaway will be announced on Instagram on September 1. The winner will also be notified by private message and email (if applicable).
One winner will win a gift basket, two crochet washcloths, and one 4 oz. jar of pumpkin spice body scrub plus shipping. No strings attached! Just follow the rules below. Good Luck!
I'm super excited about all the fall items coming to Beanies & Weenies. It really is my favorite season and I plan to celebrate it all season long, so stay tuned for more updates!
Anyone interested in pre-ordering a crochet fall gift basket, go to the contact page and fill out a pre-order form! You will be contacted when your pre-order is ready.
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If there's one thing I refuse to think about, it's how dirty my makeup brushes are. Makeup brush cleaning has always seemed like chore that never really has the results I want. (Don't even ask me how long it's been since I last tried to clean them).
Between all the foundation, concealer, and eye shadow caked on the bristles of my brushes, I just assume dunk them in acid before I try to clean every last drop of makeup off of them.
Until I saw the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat. I saw it and I knew that my makeup brush cleaning problems were solved. That is, until I saw the price tag. It was $25. Granted, I've seen simple things priced extremely higher than this but considering $25 is another tube of my favorite Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick... I wasn't convinced to buy it yet.
The more I thought about it, the more I was sure I could make something at home to clean my brushes. That's how I came up with the idea for this DIY makeup brush cleaning board. I've seen a lot of people work wonders with hot glue, so why not me?
Afterall, makeup brushes can be so cute just like this studded couture 10 piece brush set from BH Cosmestics, you just have to keep them clean so you can show them off!
After doing research on other makeup brush cleaning boards, I bought a $1 plastic cutting board from Dollar General and stocked up on some hot glue. After making sure the surface was clean, I started planning what patterns I would use and where I would put them.
Most makeup brush cleaning boards have a series of lined, dotted, swirled, and scalloped patterns. I chose to use two sized dots, one swirly circle, two sized straight lines, a scalloped line, and a hashed pattern on my board.
Once I knew where I was going to place them, I got to gluing! The most challenging part was the little stringy bits that always happen when you're hot gluing stuff. Once I was done, I cleaned up the strings and let the rest dry. After that, my makeup brushes were ready to be cleaned!
This DIY makeup brush cleaning board does wonders. You can even make one inside a plastic container so you don't have to use it over the sink!
Keep reading to find the step by step guide on making your own makeup brush cleaning board and my handy makeup brush cleaner recipe and makeup brush cleaning tutorial.
Make Your Own Makeup Brush Cleaning Board
BONUS!!!! Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe & Brush Cleaning Tutorial
If you've made your DIY makeup brush cleaning board and you have your dirty makeup brushes ready, but you forgot that you need something to clean your brushes with, I'm here for you. I'm giving you my favorite makeup brush cleaner recipe.
This is a very simple recipe that uses ingredients you probably have around the house right now: Water, Dawn Dish Detergent, and Olive Oil. Mix them all together and you've got yourself a cleaner that will get even the deep down, dried on makeup out of your brushes.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes:
You can use this to clean your makeup sponges too! Soak up all the cleaner in the sponge and move it over the large bump pattern until the water runs clear. CAUTION: running the sponge roughly over the smaller bumps could cause you to lose chunks of sponge. Trust me. I learned the hard way.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Board Patterns
You may be wondering why you need so many different patterns to clean your makeup brushes. In theory, you could use one pattern to clean all your brushes but that would not be as effective as using multiple patterns.
Your makeup brushes are all different sizes so it only makes sense that different sized patterns will clean each brush differently. I have listed the differences in patterns and brushes below but if you ever can't remember which is which, just remember that bigger patterns are for washing big brushes and little patterns are for washing little brushes.
And that's it! That's my comprehensive guide on making a makeup brush cleaning board and makeup brush cleaner. I hope you found this helpful! If you did, share it with your friends!
Happy Independence day! To celebrate this colorful holiday, I made a crochet bralette bikini top in red, white, and blue! I found this Lily's Sugar N'Cream yarn in nautical ombre and thought it was perfect. This bralette is great for lounging by the pool or wearing under your favorite tank top while enjoying the sun. As my Fourth of July gift to you, I am sharing my pattern!
To crochet a bralette, all you need is cotten yarn and a g hook. From there, it's pretty simple! The pattern I am sharing with you is specifically for a B-cup, but it can be changed to fit any size cup. Just measure your beginning chain to the size you want and work from there, ignoring any stitch counts I list. If need be, you can use an existing bra as a guide for how big or wide you should make your own crochet bralette as well.
So, without any further ado, here is my crochet bralette pattern:
Row 1: In 3rd ch from hook, DC, 10 DC, 2 DC in next ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, working down opposite side, 11 DC, turn
Row 2: Ch. 2, counts at first DC, 12 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 12, turn
Row 3: Ch. 2, 14 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 15, turn
Row 4: Ch. 2, 16 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 17, turn
Row 5: Ch. 2, 18 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 19, turn
Row 6: Ch. 2, 20 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 21, turn
Row 7: Ch. 2, 22 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 23, turn
Cut yarn, make two
Lay cups side by side, right side down, with the straight edges lined up
Row 1: attach yarn to far ride side of the right cup, SC across, in last st of cup, beg SC dec and finish in first st of second cup, SC across bottom of the next cup, turn
Row 2-3: Ch. 2, DC across, cut yarn
attach yarn to bottom left corner of the left cup, crocheting up towards the top of the bralette
Row 1: SC 4, turn
Row 2-30: SC across, turn
Row 31: Ch. 1, 2 SC, SC dec, turn
Row 32: Ch. 1 SC dec, SC, turn
Row 33: Ch. 1, SC dec
Row 34: Ch. 76, sl st back down length of strap, sl st into beg ch,
Cut yarn, repeat on other side
With the right side facing down, start at the base of the right cup where it meets the side strap
Row 1: SC up the side of the cup, in ch sp, SC ch 100, SC down length of strap, SC in ch sp, SC down other side of cup, SC dec between cups, SC up the side of the left cup, in ch sp, SC, ch 100, SC down length of strap, SC in ch sp, SC down other side of cup
Cut yarn, hide tails
The 4th of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means! Summer is in full swing! Between trips to the pool or beach and time spent enjoying the warm weather, it is easy to get too busy to cook. And with everyone's favorite grilling holiday only a few days away, everyone wants to get out, enjoy some fireworks, and eat good food. If this sounds like you, I have the perfect recipe for you: burger sliders.
I made these babies out of desperation last week. I had a handful of foods about to go bad and I was at a loss for what to cook. When my boyfriend had the idea to throw everything together to make burger sliders, I thought it was ingenious! Especially after I tasted them!
Not only did they taste good, but they were so EASY to make! I mean it! Neither my boyfriend or I know what we are doing with a grill. But when I busted out my handy-dandy George Foreman grill, all I had to do was sit back, relax, and wait for my food. Seriously. It was that easy. But if you are an avid griller, this recipe can just as easily be done on a traditional grill.
This recipe all started when our newest grocery store, Lidl, had hamburger on sale. I also had some of my favorite King's Hawaiian rolls that were nearing their expiration date. Naturally, we put two and two together to make these easy burger sliders. We spiced up our burger by grilling some onions on the George Foreman grill, as well as using salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. I also decided to use provolone cheese on my burger sliders instead of the regular American cheese. I highly encourage you mixing it up and make these burger sliders with different spices. Here is a recipe that I like for burger seasoning. Homemade chili would also be good on these burgers. These easy burger sliders also go really good with homemade fries!
Without further ado, here is the recipe for easy burger sliders!
Let me know what spin you put on these easy burger sliders using #beaniesnweenies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or tell me in the comments below!
The time has come. The time of oppressive heat, puddles of sweat, and general misery is upon us. Summer is finally here.
If you can't already tell, I'm not a big fan of summer, especially here in the south, due to all of the heat, sunlight, and sweating. I can tolerate the summer as long as I have an ice cold drink and a pool to swim in.
What I also don't mind about summer, despite the heat, is the food. Barbecues are front and center this time of year and I am more than happy to brave the elements to be first in line for some good grilling.
Since it is so hot outside, I tend to reach for lighter foods to go with my grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and right now, my go to is pasta salad.
Much like chicken and potato salad, I don't trust just anyone's pasta salad. There are a lot of ways you can make it and a lot of ways it could go wrong. That's why I took it upon myself to make the perfect pasta salad for summer and today, in honor of the first day of summer, I am sharing the recipe with you.
My summer pasta salad may lack several ingredients you are familiar with in the traditional pasta salad. Part of that is because I used what I had on hand and the other part of that is because I just plain old don't like olives. But I promise this recipe is just as yummy as as a traditional pasta salad, if not more so.
All you need to make summer pasta salad is tri-color rotini pasta, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, avocados, and Ken's oil and vinegar dressing. The Ken's dressing is the special ingredient. Without it, you wouldn't have my super special summer pastas salad. So, without further ado, here's my recipe for summer pasta salad!
Tri-color rotini pasta
Ken's oil and vinegar dressing
Just in time for Memorial Day! If you're in need of something to spice up the buffet table at your Memorial Day cookout, look no further than this DIY tiered tray. It's super cute and great for holding desserts, utensils and so much more.
I put this little beauty together for $5 and it took all of 10 minutes. I bought the various cake plates and trays from the dollar store and used hot glue to attach the painted candlesticks. The best part about this DIY tiered tray is how customizable it is.
I went for a silver galvanized look, but this tiered tray is just as easily recreated with glass or plastic and painted with any color. I have seen these trays on kitchen and bathroom counters, too. They're great for storage and display.
If you're in need of some cute display this Memorial Day, you can make this DIY tiered tray in 10 minutes and for $5. Check out the instructions below!
1. If you are painting your pans or candle sticks, do this first.
2. Measure the center of each pan. Mark the spot if necessary.
3. Use hot glue to attach the bottom of the first candlestick to the largest pan and the top of it to the bottom of the middle sized pan. Take the second candlestick and glue it to the top of the middle sized pan and the top of it to the bottom of the smallest pan. Let it dry and viola!
One of my favorite things about birthdays is all the free things. And I'm not just talking about the presents. I'm talking about all the coupons and goodies you get from being a rewards member at your favorite stores and restaurants. So far, my favorite goodies have been a free scoop of ice cream and Baskin Robbins and free tater tots at Sonic. That coupon for Olive Garden is going to taste mighty good this weekend too. But one birthday reward has blow all the rest out of the water and that is my free gift from being a Sephora Beauty Insider.
May's Beauty Insider birthday gift at Sephora was this cute blush and lipstick combo from Tarte. Anyone who knows me know that I am definitely not going to sneeze at free makeup. In fact, I will more than likely do everything I can to get free makeupt. It was a no brainer to yes to the Tarte duo at the checkout counter, especially when I haven't tried any of their makeup before.
This Tarte combo comes with an Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in the shade paaarty and a tartiest lip paint in the color birthday suit. Lipstick is my weakness. Actually, that's why I was in Sephora in the first place. I was buying my birthday lipstick. (I chose Stila stay all day liquid lipstick in perla, but that's a different story.) I was eager to get this Tarte freebie home and try it on.
This Tarte lip paint is fantastic! This lipstick has a cool mint smell and goes on like a dream. It felt so light on my lips. Not to mention, the shade is a dark dusty rose color that makes for the perfect nude lip. And the Tarte blush is a nice light pink color that didn't make my already rosy cheeks too rosy. I usually stay away from blush for this very reason, but I have a feeling I will be picking this one up often.
Let this blog post serve as a reminder to you that when your birthday rolls around, don't forget to check everywhere you are a rewards member with so you can get your free goodies too! Tarte is a great brand and if you haven't already, check out their makeup!
Things have been crazy for me these last few months. I have not had time to maintain my website like I should due to producing an awards show in Las Vegas, graduating, and turning 21, but now that things are winding down, prepare for a Beanies & Weenies like you've never seen before.
This past semester was rough. I was taking 17 credit hours worth of classes and working as an editor at ECU's student newspaper. On top of that, I was part of a specially chosen group of students who flew to Las Vegas at the end of April to attend the National Association of Broadcasters convention and produce the Best of Festival awards show for the Broadcast Educators Association. I have been a busy bee since February!
Now that graduation is over and my birthday has passed (I finally turned 21!), I plan on dedicating a lot more time into Beanies & Weenies and my freelance services. For starters, I plan on updating this website and posting many more blog posts with cool patterns and tutorials. I also plan crochet a giant inventory of goodies for Etsy, local markets, and maybe, just maybe, a few giveaways (shhhhh!).
Anyway, that was my quick update. Check back later this week for what could be a fun crochet pattern or interesting DIY. I haven't decided yet.
Until then, check out these pictures to see what I've been up to for the last 3 months!
I'm Jennifer, a 21 year-old crochet, craft, and DIY enthusiast who loves sharing her projects with the world. I hope you find inspiration in my posts. Keep checking back for new projects every week and don't forget to sign up for Beanies & Weenies newsletters!
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