Chloe's Cottage, Everyday Life, Tiny House

Tiny House Update- Trim!

The trim is going up in the tiny house y’all! I’m so excited about this! I thought putting up walls helped make it look more like a house, but now that the trim is going up I can see everything coming together.

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Trim around the kitchen window. Why yes, I am using a random piece of duck cloth and layers of tissue paper to protect my counter top. (:

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The wall is looking just about complete!

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More wall and some door trim.

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The trim continues to more of the house!

The list of things to do before I can move into the bottom part of the house is getting a lot shorter now! In fact I’ve already done so much since this stage. I’ve enjoyed working on the house, but I’m really anxious to move in! I’ll fill in and what all I need to accomplish with the house soon!

 

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Everyday Life, Makeup

Spring Makeup Must Haves

Every spring I always re-do my makeup routine for the warmer weather. In the colder months I tend to wear a bit more makeup (more for me anyway) but in the warmer weather I opt for a very natural face.

Today I wanted to share with you all my every day spring makeup must haves that help me achieve this!

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The first thing I use is this Ponds correcting cream. I’ll put this on and use it as a facial moisturizer before I put my makeup on. I was a bit hesitant about this at first as I have super sensitive skin, but this hasn’t broken my face out at all! I bought the travel size product, but will definitely by the full size soon!

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Next I put on this Wet n’ Wild concealer for dark spots. This is what I use for eye concealer and it works great! I have some darker under eyes and once this is on it hides them. I paid a little over $5 I think, but it is worth it!

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If I have any other little spots that I want to give a little extra coverage I use the L’oreal infallible pro-glow concealer.

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After the concealer I use this, now this doesn’t give a complete “covers every single thing” coverage, but more of a sheer coverage. I love it and use it for warmer weather since in the warmer months I’m not too worried about covering everything up.

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For mascara I use just a little bit of this Eyeko lash alert. This trial size came in an Ipsy bag, but I’ll definitely buy it when this runs out!

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So all winter long I’ve struggled with split and cracked lips. A co-worker told me to go out and buy this Nivea creme and put it on my lips to help moisturize them…..and it works so well! I’m still using this and love it!

I’m not being sponsored by any means for these products…this is simply me letting you all know what I use and how I use it.

 

 

Cottage Living, DIY, Everyday Life

Gone With the Stitch

So here lately I’ve seen more and more people talk about cottage industries. Now a cottage industry is a business started in one’s home. A few people I know have started their own cottage industries and I wanted to highlight them. They were so gracious and let me interview them. The first interview is with Sydney Martinez and she manages Gone With the Stitch.

What does your business make?

Mainly crocheted beanies and messy bun beanies, but I really can crochet anything as long as I have a video to follow. I’ve also done scarfs, hooded scarfs, purses, and baby blankets and now washcloths.

What inspired you to start this business?

Nothing really. After I crocheted a few things I just had a thought that I might be able to sell a few things and make a few extra bucks.

How long have you been making and selling these items?

About five years ago. Stopped when I got diagnosed with MS and started back up here recently to completely get my business up and running.

Where did you get the name for your business?

Gone With the Wind is my favorite movie so it’s a play on words with that movie cause with crocheting you are doing stitches and when I get started I’m ”Gone With the Stitch.”

How do you sell the items? 

On Facebook mainly to local friends and family members.

What’s your favorite item to make?

Right now the Messy Bun Beanie. I like finding different patterns for them that have different designs to them. Also when someone asks can you crochet this or that I enjoy trying something new.

Do you think you will continue on making new items and selling them?

Most definitely. There’s still a lot out there I haven’t even tried to crochet. I’ve barely started.

Who taught you to crochet?

YouTube. But I did get my Great Aunt Fay’s crochet hooks given to me.

Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of starting their own home business?

If it’s your dream and you really want to do it then do it!! You only have one life to live so live it your way!! Also don’t over price your items but price them enough that you are making a profit, and first orders should come first.

Here are a few pictures of items Sydney has made:

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A little Poke ball backpack and Pikachu character.

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A set of 4, 100% cotton face cloths.

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An adorable Bella Rose messy bun beanie.

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Crocheted headbands.

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Hooded scarves.

If you’re interested in seeing what else Gone With the Stitch makes click here!

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