How To Expertly Apply Self Tanner

We all know that the health of our skin is directly correlated to one big decision: ‘fake’ or ‘bake?’ You should ALWAYS opt to use a self tanner over extended exposure to the sun. But going to the salon for a professional spray tan is expensive and time consuming. Achieve the same thing at home by following this simple guide.   

Supplies

  • Self tanning spray mist
  • Lotion
  • Cotton balls
  • Shower cap
  • Hair blow dryer
  • Powder puff

Start with clean, exfoliated skin. Put on a shower cap to protect hair, and insert cotton balls into your ears. This will prevent buildup in ears and product from entering your ear canal. Next, protect nails and cuticles by dabbing a bit of lotion them. Then, stand on a towel. Not only to protect the floor, but also to ensure you don’t step in residual tanner while you’re moving around and end up with stained feet.

Now it’s time to tan! Always opt for a mist instead of lotion because it is much easier to apply and it’s easier for you to avoid streaks. Stand with legs a little wider than hip width apart and softly bend knees to keep tanner from creasing. When you are ready to mist your bum, push it back slightly to avoid missing the area where the bum meets the thigh. Start from the bottom up and go very light on the tops of your feet. Your biggest priority when doing your own spray tan is very even coverage. So, no matter how deep you want your tan to look, think layers!

Begin by coating your whole body lightly and then start over again to build coverage. When doing your face keep in mind that you likely wash it more than the rest of your body so you might want to layer on just a touch more self tanner. Or, reapply it sooner to keep it looking the same as the rest of your body. Inspect everything closely when you’re done and if you find an area that’s blotchy use the powder puff to smooth it out.

Last, use your hair dryer to ensure that the mist dries completely. Don’t take a bath or shower for 24 hours. Then bathe to remove any residue. Don’t wear light colored garments during the first 24 hours to avoid staining them. Within a day you’ll look like you just returned from vacation!

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How To Make DIY Pictorial Light Switch Covers

If you love eye candy in a room, then you won’t be able to resist this project – especially if you enjoy expressing your personal artistic taste. If that sounds like you then plain light switch plate covers are a horror! Fix that problem cheap and easy with this smart project.

Supplies:

  • Printed image you like (magazine page, scrapbook paper, etc.)
  • Flathead screw driver
  • Tacky glue
  • Clear acrylic spray coat
  • Craft mat
  • X-Acto knife
Start by finding a picture or print you love. This could be torn out of a magazine or a sheet of scrapbook paper would work well. The one condition is that it can’t be anything too thick or it won’t adhere to the plate properly.
 

Remove the switch plate from the wall using a flathead screwdriver and clean it, or buy new plates. They’re very inexpensive and can be easily found.

Lay the plate on the part of the image that you want to use. Experiment with turning it sideways to see if you like the image better that way. Don’t forget, you’ll be cutting the center out so that part of the image will be lost! Trace around it using a pencil or white sewing pencil if the image is dark. Using the X-Acto knife, cut around the plate on all four sides, but DON’T cut at the edge of the plate. Cut aprox ½ inch away from it because you will need the excess for wrapping around the back of the plate. The cuts don’t have to be perfect, because no one will see them. Don’t pull the knife edge to hard or fast because this will make the plate move and possibly tear the image. If it does move, re-center it using the outline you traced.

Next, lay the image over the top of the plate to ensure it is the right size. Then, use a foam paint brush, and coat the front of the switch plate with tacky glue. Do this thoroughly and evenly, not forgetting the sides and edges. Now, place the newly cut image on the glue, being sure to center it. Use a credit card to very gently smooth it down and ease out any large air bubbles. Use your fingers to press it down at the side edges.

Next, fold the edges to the back like you would when wrapping a gift. Snip corners a little if needed.  If the image doesn’t stick completely around all of the edges, apply a tiny bit more glue and seal them down. Let it dry a little. Flip the plate over and use your X-Acto knife to cut out the center piece using the same rule of a ½ inch away from the edge. Then cut a diagonal slit at each corner to ensure the image wraps tightly at the inner edges. Line each edge with the glue and press down. Next, cut a small X into both of the holes where the screws go. Last, go to a well ventilated area and spray it with an acrylic clear coat to set it permanently and give it a finished, glossy look.

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Choose a Kitchen Backsplash…

Which backsplash would you choose?  Let us know!

Geo Flecks by Dal-Tile

Granite Radiance by Dal-Tile

Endeavors by Dal-Tile

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I’m So Sorry! I Just Spilled!

These are terrible words to hear at any get-together, but even worse when it is in your own home!  Nothing can ruin a mood more quickly.  But don’t panic!  Just a few steps can give your carpet the help it needs.

Follow these general guidelines to prevent carpet blemishes whenever you have a mishap.

Basic Cleaning Steps For All Food and Beverage Spills

  1. Scoop up as much of the spill as possible, with a towel or a spoon.
  2. Blot the spot, don’t rub or scrub. Gently press clean cloths into the stained area to remove moisture. Scrubbing can damage the fiber and set the stain into the carpet.
  3. Apply warm, not hot, water to the stained area and blot until the stain stops transferring to the cloth.
  4. If you can still see the stain, make a Detergent Solution by adding 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid to one cup warm water. Don’t use too much soap, because it’s difficult to rinse out of the carpet.
  5. Apply the detergent solution, let sit five minutes, then rinse with clear warm water. Repeat until all the detergent is removed.
  6. Place layers of white paper towels on the spill to absorb the liquid. Weight down the towels with a non-staining glass or ceramic object. You can let them sit overnight.
  7. When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.
  8. If you can see the stain after all this, repeat steps 3 through
  9. It means the stain penetrated deep into the pile and has wicked up to the surface.
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Virtual Room Designer

Do you want to see how that new carpet would look in a living room?  Do you wonder if your wall color would complement a particular floor tile?  Or would you like to see how these items would look in your own home?  

Virtual Room Designer is a powerful design tool that allows you to combine many different options from the store.  We have multiple rooms for you to use in your decorating combinations, or you can upload a picture from your own home to see how your favorite choices would look together.  

Combinations are endless with Virtual Room Designer!  

 

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Warmest Wishes

We wish for everyone to have the warmest and happy holiday season with your friends and family.

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A Holiday Round-Up

We thought you would enjoy this grouping of holiday themed posts during the season!

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Holiday Table Centerpieces

If you’re holding the big holiday meal this season, you probably have an image in mind of the entire family gathered around a perfectly set and decorated table. But what do you have in mind for your table centerpiece? Centerpieces are often the perfect finishing touch that provides the focal point of the table and gives your guests something to look at other than their meal. A good centerpiece can cement a decorating theme or provide something to think and talk about around the table. If you’re stuck for holiday table centerpiece ideas, consider one of these to help get you started.

Holiday Themed Ideas

Sometimes you want your centerpiece to be reflective of the holiday itself. There are many wonderful representations that go along with the holidays, regardless of how you choose to celebrate them. Choosing a holiday-themed image for the focus of your centerpiece can give you a good jumping off point to get the piece done. Some ideas that can be expanded on to make a personal and unique centerpiece include:

  • Angels
  • Bells
  • Candles
  • Christmas Trees
  • Elves
  • Ornaments
  • Poinsettias
  • Reindeer
  • Santa
  • Sleigh
  • Snow Scenes
  • Stars

Color Themes

Sometimes a centerpiece doesn’t have to have a particular image; it can be a group of flowers, presents, ornaments, or random items that all have similar colors. These colors can be further reflected in the dishes, napkins, and tablecloth you use to create a cohesive color theme on the table. And while many people think of traditional holiday colors like green, red, white, and silver, in recent years there have been many other popular colors associated with the holidays that may be perfect to include, such as:

  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Lime Green
  • Lavender
  • Gold

Setting the Scene

Remember that your centerpiece doesn’t have to be a single object; it can be a grouping or a scattering of different items that all tie together in some way. Pick your theme first to let the design follow along behind it, and impress everyone this holiday season with a perfectly decorated table.

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Country-Themed Holiday Decorating

No matter what type of architectural design you have, it’s usually possible to incorporate at least some amount of Country charm into it, even if it’s just for the holidays. If you love the cozy casualness of Country style, consider decorating your home for the holidays using a few of these tricks.

Mismatched Charm

One of the things that make Country decorating so popular and comfortable is the way that different materials, prints, and colors can all come together into one cohesive look. The same remains true with Country decorating for the holidays; you don’t have to purchase everything from one store or coordinate your colors, prints, and decorations together. Consider mixing some poinsettia prints with some plaids, incorporating throw pillows in traditional holiday colors in a variety of different textures, and working toward an overall theme of comfort and welcome, rather than a single polished look for a room.

Remember that comfort is the goal; you want your guests to feel welcome and comfortable in your home during the holidays, so consider how each accent makes you feel, rather than how it looks in the space.

Homemade Accents

One of the ways that Country style can be reflected for the holidays is with a little homemade charm. Even if you aren’t particularly crafty, there are often kits that can help you pull something together on your own. While these pieces aren’t perfect, they have that slightly off beat style that fits in well with Country homes. Things to make and display in your home include:

  • Wreaths
  • Swags
  • Topiaries
  • Gingerbread houses
  • Wall hangings
  • Ornaments

Bring the Outdoors In

Remember to incorporate as many accents from the surrounding “countryside” as you can. This includes pine swags and branches, pinecones, bittersweet vines and berries, birch logs, holly, and mistletoe. Arrange them throughout your home, mixing them in with other items like candles, topiaries, wall hangings, and purchased items to set the scene and make the whole house seem welcoming and ready for the first frost.

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We Hope Your Thanksgiving Is Wonderful!

We are thankful for each of you!

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