Mary Kay!

As of today, I am an independent consultant for Mary Kay.  I’m excited to begin this new adventure. 

If you live in the Atlanta Area and would like to host a party, schedule a makeover, facial or other meeting, please feel free to contact me via my website, phone, text, or email.

http://MaryKay.com/MelinaBryan

Have a blessed weekend and Happy Easter! 

Enjoy the chocolate and other yummies but let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate — He is risen!

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Melina’sMemorables is now Raspberries and Honey

I’ve changed the name of my shop!  You can find it at
http://www.RaspberriesandHoney.etsy.com

I’m excited about this change, and I’ll be unveiling my spring collection soon.  Check out the shop Monday!

Have a blessed weekend y’all!  Don’t forget to wear your green and celebrate tomorrow.  I’ve recently learned that I do, in fact have black Irish in me…. so I’ll be celebrating tomorrow 🙂

How about you?

Paper Boxing

 These are perfect for many events.  Goody boxes, mini gift boxes, hostess gifts, party favors, etc.  Let your imagination run wild here.  The box is versatile and easy to make and you can use vertually any size or type of paper you want.  For the box in this tutorial, I used white construction / copy paper.

I made these for my daughter’s preK class last year.  Her wonderful ParaPro was moving during the Thanksgiving break and we found out only two days before the last day of school.  I had just learned how to make these and the teacher thought it was a nice idea, so I made enough so that each student had a box to decorate.  We decorated them, and presented them to the ParaPro on the last day with instructions not to open them until December 1; and to open one a day.  That way she could open one every day through Christmas.  This gave the kids a special way to say goodbye to her.

Each child wrote…. dictated a letter to her telling her what they loved and would remember about her.  We placed the letters inside their respective boxes and decorated the boxes with markers, glitter and ribbon.

On another note, my oldest brother married his beautiful bride July 2011.  At their reception they had these boxes made and decorated with pretty ribbon; one for each guest.  They left notes in the boxes asking everyone to fill them with their favorite candies from the candy table.  It was such a cute idea, and my kids thoroughly enjoyed filling… and uh… refilling… their boxes!

*I’m sure you can find tutorials for making these paper boxes online with a quick search but I figured I’d present the idea to you here as well.  After you learn how to create the boxes you’ll always find events that these can be used for.

TOOLS-

  • Paper (for this particular project I used pieces of white construction paper, which I cut in half to make 2 squares the size of copy paper).  Copy paper, colored paper, even wrapping paper may be used.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen

NOTES-

  • I would rate this craft as Easy for beginners (you can easily teach your kids to do this)
  • Although easy, if making in bulk they are time consuming (so enlist your kids’ help)!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING THE BOX TOP:

1) Determine your size needed. (start with copy paper and see how that works).

2) Take your paper, fold from lower left corner over to the other side of paper, align with side and fold.

3) Cut off excess above your triangle.  (to the left of triangle in the picture –>)

4) Now you have a triangle.

5) Take your triangle and unfold.  Now, fold the other corner over so when it’s unfolded you’d have an “x”.

6) Next, take your paper, unfolded and place on table or surface at an angle, it will look like a kite.

7)Take your bottom corner and bring corner up to the point in the middle of the square / “x”.  Fold.

8)   Repeat for other 3 corners… like this.

9) Now, OPEN your large square and take your corners, one at a time, and bring up to center of top fold line, fold.

(pictured below)

10) NOW, fold the bottom corner to the fold line made when your corner meets the center. (Bottom fold line),  and repeat for the other 3 corners.

Now your square should look like this, nicely “quilted”. as shown below.

11) Take your scissors and cut the lines to make this    

***** DO NOT CUT INTO THE MIDDLE SQUARE! *****

12) Now, you’re all ready to create your box.  Take your bottom triangle (below the center piece) and fold the small triangle part up, then fold that entire side up again.  Repeat for other side (top piece).  Then fold all four corner edges up to stiffen.

13) Next, Take your bottom left side edge, fold in; take your top left side edge, fold in.  Now join the two, press.

14) Now, fold top triangle down, and fold that side down over the two combined edges.  Press firmly.

15) You have three sides now.  Finish the box by repeating steps 13 and 14 on the other side.

   **You have successfully created the top of your box.**

 

MAKING THE BOX BOTTOM:

1) Take the same size sheet of paper you used to create the top of your box.

2) fold bottom left corner up to make triangle like you did to create box top.

3) Now mark the that edge (where your bottom left corner folds to) with a pencil or something.

4) Unfold your paper.  Taking a ruler, measure 1/4 inch  in – from the point your bottom edge folded up to.

  • Just to be clear:  You’re measuring your 1/4 inch INWARD, toward the center of the paper.  (The point of this is to make a slightly smaller triangle, so when you unfold it and cut off the excess, you’ll have a slightly smaller box, so when you’ve repeated all the steps you’ll have a bottom box that will fit snuggly in your top box).

5) Now measure 1/4 inch at the bottom of the paper, where the other edge of your triangle forms.  Next, measure 1/4 inch all the way down the side of the paper so you will have an even edge.

6) Next, take your bottom edge and RE-fold, stopping at your 1/4 inch border.

7) Cut the excess off the top like you did while creating the box top.  Now cut the 1/4 off the side.

8) Repeat the steps above (creating the box top) and you’ll have your bottom.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello Loves!!Melina’s Memorables is now on facebook. Please, Please, please head on over and “like” us on Facebook. —After you “like” us:—*To be entered in our giveaway: leave a comment on our facebook page explaining what your favorite springtime color is. **To gain an extra entry: post a blurb about the giveaway on your blog (BE SURE TO INCLUDE A LINK TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!, and then leave a comment on our facebook page including your blog url. ***To gain another entry: Tweet about our giveaway (BE SURE TO INCLUDE A LINK TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE)!, and then leave a comment on our facebook page including your tweet. ****To gain another entry: Share this blog post on your facebook page, then leave a comment letting us know you’ve shared us with your facebook friends.*****To gain another entry: email this blog post to five of your friends and be sure to cc: cultivatingyourbranch@gmail.com Thanks in advance for helping us grow!Drawing will be randomly selected by  Random.org@ 9:00 AM, EST on March 11, 2012This may be a longshot…. but…. **For every 50 people who “like” us on facebook I’ll draw one name.How many people will win on March 11? It’s up to you! Make it happen!! Good Luck!!!

MelinasMemorables – Giveaway+Now on Facebook!

Hello Loves!!
Melina’s Memorables is now on facebook. Please, Please, please head on over and “like” us on Facebook.
After you “like” us:
*To be entered in our giveaway: leave a comment on our facebook page explaining what your favorite springtime color is.
**To gain an extra entry: post a blurb about the giveaway on your blog (BE SURE TO INCLUDE A LINK TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!, and then leave a comment on our facebook page including your blog url.
***To gain another entry: Tweet about our giveaway (BE SURE TO INCLUDE A LINK TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE)!, and then leave a comment on our facebook page including your tweet.
****To gain another entry: Share this blog post on your facebook page, then leave a comment letting us know you’ve shared us with your facebook friends.
*****To gain another entry: email this blog post to five of your friends and be sure to cc: cultivatingyourbranch@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for helping us grow!

Drawing will be randomly selected by  Random.org
@ 9:00 AM, EST on March 11, 2012

This may be a longshot…. but…. **For every 50 people who “like” us on facebook I’ll draw one name.How many people will win on March 11? It’s up to you! Make it happen!! Good Luck!!!

Poodle Skirt Anyone??

My daughter had a dance to attend on a Friday afternoon… a daddy / daughter dance.  Mamas… y’all know how excited she was.  I hadn’t realized until Friday mid-morning that this was a Rockin’ 50’s themed dance, and I’d need to make a poodle skirt for my daughter! Woops!
When I did the math in my head, I had a few hours to get the felt and poodle iron-on, get the kids from carpool, get home, measure, cut, sew!
I finished up my errands as soon as possible and headed to good ole’ Hobby Lobby. I quickly found the perfect felt as she requested blue and I had a pink shirt for her to wear….
Once I got the kids home I had an hour to get this poodle skirt made. Thankfully, we have wonderful technology such as google search, or in my case, yahoo search!  I found a few reputable poodle skirt tutorials online, but the simplest one is the one I went with because I was so pressed for time. This is the Poodle Skirt Tutorial that I used.

Make Your Own Poodle Skirt!
You Need:
1 – 2 yards of felt — 1 MAY work for young girls… (I bought 2 because I wanted to be sure I had plenty)… besides, I will use the extra to make a cute Valentine’s box for my daughter’s preK class party…
measuring tape
fabric pencil
scissors
iron
iron on poodle patch

click the poodle skirt tutorial link above to get the instructions. (sorry) I’d post them here, but I’m pressed for time.
Optional — if you have a silhouette or are creative, you could make your own poodle patch, or what I would have done if I couldn’t find a poodle patch at Hobby Lobby — buy a black fabric repair patch, cut out your poodle shape, iron on — voila!

Anyways,
Here is my “semi”-finished product, modeled by my beautiful daughter…

 

I Just Earned A $20. Giftcard Just For Shopping!

I am soooo excited to tell you about this!  I wish I’d known sooner, or that I hadn’t been skeptical.
I heard about this earlier this week and just in time to do some shopping.  It’s not too late, you have until December 31, or while rewards last.
Just go to
http://mastercard.com/holidayAnd enter your information.  I would have blogged about this sooner; only I was skeptical and wanted to be sure I wasn’t be spreading false information.  Anyways, I registered Sunday, shopped Sunday & Monday, received all my items yesterday, and received my notification email a few minutes ago!

All you have to do is
1)   go to the website above

2)   enter some information (not the code on the back of your card)!

3)   shop online and spend a minimum of $200.

~~This does NOT have to be in a single transaction, or store.  It simply all needs to be online, and through a secure site.   Please note – Paypal transactions will not count.  Also, this deal isn’t retroactive.  Only purchases made after your registration and before 12/31/2011 will count toward your $200.~~

~~Make sure you pay via a secure site, and no Paypal.  As soon as your transactions have been fully processed, you will receive an email from Mastercard confirming your qualification.~~

4)   You’ll need to open this email and click the link to verify your name, email and mailing address.  Your card will arrive in a few weeks!

I am not receiving any compensation from mastercard for passing this information along.  I don’t receive any money for any of my blogs!

I am anxiously awaiting my giftcard’s arrival..  and just wanted to spread the good news!