Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Makeup Drawer: It's a love-hate kind of thing.

My makeup drawer needed help yesterday. Well actually it needed help LONG before that. But I just got fed up yesterday. You see I don't wear much makeup on a daily basis. I can get dolled up for a photo shoot or a public speaking event. But daily? I can't be bothered. I don't know if it is because I was raised on a farm until I was 12 and mom never had a ton of time for makeup back then either. (Later she became a beautician so go figure!) Or maybe it was because it was Oregon in the 70's when I hit my teen years and everything cosmetic was aloe vera this and avacado that. Those are good ingredients but I didn't feel compelled to put things on my face to wear that I was also seeing on my dinner plate and on my grandfathers sunburn.

So now I am an adult and I do wear some makeup. But for some reason, I have accumulated a ton of suppplies. My makeup drawer overflows into the medicine cabinet and the hall linen closet. Maybe that has something to do with having a beautician mom --and a college daughter who is a professional model in her 'spare' time. It is mandatory among teen girls to give body wash and eyeshadow for birthdays? I think so! Because we have lots. Now that daughter has picked through the 34 bottles of body wash (You think I am joking don't you?) and saved out her favorite scents, I end up with the rest. Mascaras, we have every color of the rainbow from high school but she only wears brown and black now she is a big girl. :) I willl toss the others.

Makeup. There is just too much for me. I didn't even know there was such a thing as SpaGlo Moca Cocoa eyeshadow. It sounds like something we should have in a coffee cup over gossip. But then we might glow in the dark afterwards. And Red Berry Ice sounds like something I had for dessert the other day. Red is not really a color I even need to ADD to my eye region. I am lucky to get a good night sleep. Out that goes.

I DONATE unopened items. I toss my daughters stuff that was anything creamy or used near her eyes. I confess I have shared cheek blush but it's a powder. Toss toss toss. Donate. That is pretty much what my evening was last night. But I did get out the compact and use the tweezers while I had them there and added a new moisturizer. My skin did thank me.

My goal was to streamline my supplies and keep only my own cosmetics--and USE what I keep.
Here is the tally of what stayed.

Oil of Olay cream
Cover Girl foundation true blend -tossed two mini misc kinds
brown eyeshadows- tossed 4 used containers
brown and pink blush- tossed 1 container
Clinique foundation powder
Dior foundaton
Dior travel perfumes
Avon deoderant- donated a brand I don't care for
two best tweezers- got rid of two (trash)
vanilla perfumes- donated 5 bottles of other kinds
nail polis- kept a neutral tan, a mauve and a clear topcoat. Out with pale pink, hot pink, and oranges.
kept the peach (for my mom) and vanilla body wash. Donated 37 assorted bottles of other gels and washes
Avon mini lipsitck samples-tossed 3, kept 5
Cover girl lipstick- love this one
safety pins
needle and thread

I now have room in my makeup drawer for it all. Yeah!

I placed it in the drawer in groupings by what it is.Honestly I feel I will actually use the items more often. I like them. I trust them. No little voices in my head saying "Oh I don't really like that color, scent, size, style." or "That is kind of I dare put it on my face?"

Now if you still end up with a lot of stuff, consider what we did for my daughter's makeup and toiletry collection. 3 drawer units! She started with 3 of them (9 drawers) but has now got hers down to 2 units. She also keeps her hair curlers and hair accessories in one.

Whether you love makeup or hate it, tackle this area. Clean out your makeup drawer or cabinet. STREAMLINE! Toss and donate. We all tend to let this area slide but for hygiene sake, do it. For clarity of routine and for more storage space, do it. You'll be glad you did.

And for my birthday, don't give me any body wash gels, ok?


Tuesday, August 26, 2008



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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Cropping Party Games

Cropping Party Games

Because I have been a scrapper so long, I am often asked how to plan a crop or party. Sometimes I just say “Bring out the chocolate, call our scrapbooking buddies and it will instantly be a party!” But honestly it takes a little more planning than that. One of my favorite things to do is to share my stash in the form of prizes and giveaways. From fiber to gems to rubber stamps, if you come to my crops you usually get goodies!!! But usually you have to EARN them in the form of occasional crop games or contests. I have adapted some bridal and baby shower games to scrapbooking parties with success. And I have also adopted other games I have played at conventions and store crops. Here are a few games for scrapbooking parties that might help you plan your next get-together.
Here are a few games to space out throughout the crop about an hour apart.

At the beginning of the crop:

Name Doodle Contest:
Have markers of all kinds available (your Zig collection?) and blank nametags. At each seat have a list of the guests. When they arrive, people can quickly add their name and a few doodles or a lot of doodles to their own tag. Later on (when everyone is seated) go around the room and have each person introduce themselves. People will vote on the best nametag with the guest list provided on their spot.
Prize idea: The winner gets a writing instrument or pen of some kind. like these marker pens from American Crafts

Bradley McBraderson and Penny Ziggerfeld:

While you are waiting for everyone to arrive your guest can do this little exercise. Type up these two names at the top of a 8.5x11 sheet of paper and print one off for each guest. They have to see how many DIFFERENT words they can make from these two dedicated scrapbooker names.
Prize idea: The person who makes the most words wins a packet of brads and a Zig black marker!

Time for Memories:
Two winners here.
Who has been scrapping longest? Who got you started?
Who is the freshest recruit? Who got you started?
Prize idea: Anything time-related like clock stickers/accents/paper or a new album.

Midway through the crop or just before a meal it is time for a mental break:

Pass the Bag:
We just played this at a recent bridal shower and it can definitely be adapted to a scrapbook party. A large bag of nice items like punches and templates and papers is the prize. (Template by Timeless Touches)

Start the game with the hostess at the start. After that it goes in the following order to:
The person who did a baby page most recently
The person who makes mostly cards --not pages--and doesn’t really consider herself much of a scrapper.
The person who did a pet page most recently
The person wearing a pink shirt today
The person who is the oldest in the room
A person with green eyes
The person who brought the largest circle Coluzzle.
The person who packed the lightest for the crop.
The person who has an orange marker on the table right now
The person oldest single person
The person who has done the most 12x12 albums EVER.
The person wearing red socks today.
The person who works exclusively in 8.5x11 album size.
The person with the most paper stash along today.
The person who has done origami most recently.
The person who DOES NOT like chocolate.
The person most recently married.
The person who owns a scrapbooking store or business.
The person who has green eyes.
The person who has on the most jewelry today.
The person who has done Scherenschnitte paper cutting before
**The person who brought the most paper punch tools along with her today**

The last person holding the bag (**most punches**) is the winner of the entire bag.

Family History Challenge: This one is a game --but it also is meant to spur people to know their ancestors a bit better. (Because most of us don’t.) Give each person a basic 16 line family tree chart (such as the free one seen and printable from here)
See if anyone can write down all 15 of their own immediate ancestors names. Those who do get a small prize!
Prize suggestion: a nice chart paper like this one

a can or jar or bag of mixed nuts because we ALL have a few mixed up nuts in our family trees!

“Steal the Bag” Layouts Completed Prize:
A small bag (less than 6 inches in width) of prizes is handed out to the first person to get a layout done. Each person who finishes a layout after that can STEAL this bag from the person before them. At the top of each 2 hour stint, TIME is called or a bell rung and the winner holding the bag at that time gets to keep it. Another bag is brought out for the next 2 hour time frame.
Prize suggestions: keep it small so it doesn’t plug up room on the tables. How about a gift card or rubber stamp set by Teresa Collins?

Toward the end:

Crayola Basics Scrap Happy:
Have everyone bring the scraps off their workspaces to a central table and sort by 8 main Crayola colors. As they bring up their scraps, have each person put their name down on a slip of paper. Draw a name out of a hat to determine a winner.
(You can add a white pile too if you like for a 9th color)
Prize: A plastic accordion file style organizer, a square paper punch, and ALL the scraps!

Who Brought the Most/Least
Croppers always vary in how many supplies they bring to a crop. The hostess goes around and judges silently who brought the MOST and who brought the LEAST. This is meant to be all in fun and not meant to make anyone feel unorganized…Creativity takes many forms and styles. This game just shows how differently we all work and still enjoy the same wonderful hobby.
Prize idea: The winner of most supplies gets an page kit/organizer box of some kind and the winner of the least gets a pack of paper to bulk up her light load. LOL

Let’s get scrapping! You can pick and choose what games to play and when. I think one an hour is plenty because once people start working they hate to stop their train of thought for long. Put out lots of easy to handle scrapbooking snacks, some beverages in ‘safe’ cups, and a few tools to share. Most of all let the conversation flow and HAVE FUN.

Enjoy yourself. And hey, invite me to the next crop! Rockester