Homemade Infused Vodka

Tonight, I finally got around to doing something that I had been meaning to do. Make my own infused vodka! This is something really simple and you can be the toast of the party when you show up with one of these in hand! 🙂


1) Gather and wash the jars and fruits. I used mason jars and the flavors that I know I will like 🙂


2) Dry the fruit and slice it into pieces.


3) Fill up the jars with vodka and voila!

4) Wait. Expect to wait for 2 weeks. If you need to use it sooner, just open up the jar and taste! 🙂

5) Strain and serve.

If this is a success, I intend to infuse tequila next! 😀 Remember, you are only constrained by what you can imagine in terms of flavors!

* Caveat: I would recommend using a cheaper alcohol to experiment with before splurging on the top shelf stuff.

Enjoy and cheers!


DIY Compost Trash Bin

LOL this blog is starting to go off in a tangent! 😀 In line with my DIY posts, today I am embarking on a DIY compost bin. To be honest, this is one of the things I had been wanting to do but had been putting off. Why? Google anaerobic composting. I ended up doing a chicken wire compost bin, an Ikea compost bag as well as vermicomposting (composting with worms). The chicken wire bin and ikea compost bag were unsightly and didn’t work out too well. I ended up killing all my worms. But I still wanted to compost! I am trying to garden organically and compost will be a great addition! So here it is.


32 gallon Trash bin costing about $13.

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Start drilling holes all around (bottom and sides). Wear eye protection! I didn’t drill my lid. Some advocate drilling the lid. I chose not to so that I can control the amount of water that goes into the bin.


I bought three bricks (about $.40 each) from Menards so that my compost bin can stand on them (more air).

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Then I transfer the compost that is ‘cooking’ in my chicken wire bin as well as in my Ikea compost bag.


Here it is completed. I will update after a few months as to how this turned out.


DIY Giant Planter without breaking the bank!

Hello everyone! I got a maple tree on sale last fall and meant to re-pot it. I have limited yard space and I much rather grow stuff that I can eat. I started looking around and all the large planter pots are expensive! So what does a gal do? Repurpose a trash can!

I started with a galvanized trash can from Lowes (about $25). I also got casters as I wanted to be able to move the planter. This is important especially after the plants get huge!


Place the caster on the bottom of the trash can. Use a sharpie pen to mark out the holes. Pre-drill. Be careful! Wear eye protection when drilling!



Use screws and nuts to hold the casters in place.


Here are all the casters attached.


Then I added epoxy to the edges to secure it further.


As you can see, the maple tree is root bound already. So just cut the bottom of the roots. Don’t worry about hurting the plant, the roots will regrow as long as you don’t cut too much.


I used coffee filters to line the bottom so my ‘soil’ doesn’t fall out!


Adding the ‘soil’. It’s not really soil. I mixed my potting media using Mel’s mix (square foot gardening).


Here is it. A giant planter that is movable and will last for many years without breaking the bank!


DIY Bird Bath

Recently I had been on a huge DIY kick so I decided to do a DIY birdbath. I have all the materials already so I can only give an estimate cost.


Start with a plate and bowl that I got from Ikea (about $1.25 for set of 4 bowls/plates).



Use epoxy to secure the bowl to the plate. Spent about $1.50 on the epoxy.


Stick the bowl to the plate. I weighed it down with a bowl to allow it to cure. Total cure time is 24 hours but I was impatient and only allowed 15 mins cure time.


Added some blue floral rocks to weigh down the plastic bowl and plate. Got the blue rocks from dollar tree.


Set the bird bath on electric conduit that I spray painted black (electric conduit is about $2 for 10 ft, spray paint about $4.50).

There you go. I’m still not sure if the bird bath is weighted enough to withstand strong winds. I might end up gluing the bird bath to the conduit. We’ll see.





Some of some of my red lipsticks :)

Some of your might know this but I have been slowing purging my stash. The items are getting sold at my sale blog.


But back to this post. I’m always been been drawn to red lipsticks but rarely wear them. Hence I decided to swatch my reds. Except I forgot my Shu Uemura lipsticks which are in another box. So here are swatches of the other reds I have.


From left to right:

Bobbi Brown Matte Stain For Lips – Cabernet
Julie Hewett Femme Noir
Julie Hewett Coco Noir
Julie Hewett Rouge Noir
Julie Hewett Oona Noir
Kevyn Aucoin Poppia
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Ravish Me Red
Duwop Private Red
Paul & Joe #24


From Left to Right:

Lipstick Queen Medieval
Julie Hewett Jules Bijou
Besame Besame Red
Besame Red Hot Red
Besame Red Velvet
Besame Merlot
Besame Cherry Red
Giorgio Armani Matte Silk – #15
Giorgio Armani Lipstick Mania – #9


From Left to Right:

Giorgio Armani Shine – Hollywood Red #31
Chantecaille Tulipe
Cover Girl Fire Shine
Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple
Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge RD1
Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge RD2
Neutrogena Moistureshine Lipstick – Poppy Red
Laura Geller On Stage
Vincent Longo Gel X Lipstick – Select
Hope they will help you if you are contemplating a purchase!

** Not affiliated with any brands and all items were purchased by me.

Swatches of my Green Pencil Liners

One sleepless night, what does a makeup lover do? Start swatching her stash 🙂 So here’s my green pencil liner stash.

One swipe down my arm

1) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide eyeliner  – Covet

2) Prescriptives Softlining Pencil – Teal

3) Cargo Swimmables – #2

4) Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eyeliner – #15

5) Christian Dior – Precious Green

6) Laura Mercier Kohl Pencil – Black Turquoise

7) Laura Mercier Kohl Pencil – Antique Jade

8) Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner – #03 Darling Green

9) Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner – Golden Moss

10) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide eyeliner  – Stash

11) Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner – #05 Intense Olive

12) Yves Saint Laurent YSL Perfecting Eye Pencil – #5

13) Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil – 09 ME Khaki

14) Sephora Flashy Liner – Flashy Moss

15) Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil – 07 ME Green

16) Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner – 007 Alligator

17) Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio – Green Eyes

18) Make Up For Ever – 12L

19) Cargo Swimmables – #05

Then I noticed that Make Up For Ever – 12L looks very similar to the Pixi Eyeliner that I bought.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen – True Teal on left

Make Up For Ever – 12L on right

Hope these swatches will help! 😀

* Not affiliated with any brands. All items were purchased by me.


A chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at CRCmakeup.com?

Do you have a youtube account? Have you thought about making videos but never got to doing it? Camerareadycosmetics is running a Video Promotion Contest! The grand price? $1,000 shopping spree at camerareadycosmetics!

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Anything else goes… The video promotional can be funny, serious, informational, or whatever you like. The video can be a “how to” video, a “how not to” video, or can even review CRC products. The overall goal is to drive traffic to CRCMakeup.com. Feel free to use CRC’s logo on your video, and use your imagination!

Grand Prize

The entrant whose video has the most “Likes” on YouTube by April 1st 2013 (noon PST) will receive a $1,000.00 credit to purchase anything at CRCmakeup.com. This credit will never expire.

2nd Prize

Mary Erickson, Owner of Camera Ready Cosmetics, will choose an “Owners Choice” from the remaining videos. This winner will receive a $500.00 credit, which can be used to purchase anything at CRCMakeup.com and will never expire.

Videos must be posted after March 3rd 2013. Videos posted before March 3rd will not be considered as part of this contest.


  • The video must (verbally) mention “CRC Makeup” or “Camera Ready Cosmetics” at least once.
  • The video must show the URL to CRCMakeup.com in the video at least once.
  • No inappropriate language please.
  • The video can be any length.
  • Send the link to your video to mary@crcmakeup.com.
  • Promote your video and get as many “Likes” as you can. Only YouTube “Likes” (Thumbs Up) will be counted.
  • On April 1st at 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time, votes will be counted and the video with the most “Likes” will win.
  • By entering this contest you are granting permission to Camera Ready Cosmetics to display the winning videos on the CRC website.

Purchases are not necessary to enter this contest. You do not need to be a CRCMakeup.com customer to enter. You do not need to be a makeup artist to enter. If you have any questions about this contest please contact mary@crcmakeup.com.

Camerareadycosmetics carries alot of the pro lines and this will be an amazing price!

So will you be doing a video?

* Not affiliated with CRC.