I rarely wear nail polish. In fact, I have never used even half of a bottle of polish before it has turned into a hard plastic. If you add a couple drops of paint thinner to the polish bottle and mix it for 2 minutes it will extend the shelf life by a lot. A lesson learned a little late for my bottles of cement but maybe it can help you.

Use up the last of a bottle:

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Some smart people created accessories with a little wire and nail polish. I bet you could make some really cool stuff with this process. You could also use the thicker dry cleaner wire hangers too, I bet. If you try this let me know how it worked out for you!


Earth Day bonus! Tired of your colors or just run out? Annually Zoya runs an Earth Day Promotion. You can send your old used bottles of nail polish to Zoya for a 50% discount on new polish purchases. The 2015 promotion has not been announced yet on their site, so check back HERE.  A Zoya representative notified me that the annual special would more than likely be brought back and to check back in with the site towards the end of April for details.




  • Dress for Success An organization which “provides suits and makeup for disadvantaged women to wear to job interviews and then, later, to work”.
  • Glass Slipper Project An organization that gives away free prom dresses and accessories to high school juniors and seniors in Chicago and the surrounding areas.
  • Polished Girlz Takes nail art parties to girls with special needs or severe illnesses.


Get inspired!

Well Polished, a natural beauty bar and nail salon used nail polish bottles to make a chandelier statement piece.

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Get creative and recreate these vintage Christmas looks this year with nail polish!

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Polymer Clay Jewelry

Polymer Clay Jewelry

Last night was the first Crafty Beaver event we have hosted in months and it was perfect. The attendees were small in numbers but it really gave me a chance to spend some quality time with my ladies. All in all it was a fantastic event.

I found a few great blogs on how to make poly clay jewelry; Henry Happened, Dismount Creative and Minted Strawberry. I always like to add a recycling or an upcycling factor to our crafts and encouraged the ladies to bring old jewelry parts to reuse in their new pieces. We used FIMO clay I picked up at our local craft store, Joanns. The first batch of necklaces I followed the directions perfectly, 230 degrees for 30 minutes. The second batch I messed up and baked them for the proper 30 minutes but accidentally bumped the temperature to around 320. Honestly, the mistake in temp turned the clay a Silly Putty color and was more pliable. It seemed brittle then the earlier versions. I can see why Henry Happened’s blog altered their instructions from ones suggested by FIMO. You don’t need a lot a of clay to make a lot of fun stuff either. If you reuse old jewelry pieces this craft can cost as little as $2.40 to make several items. This craft was a definite win!

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BATCH TWO: I did not get a chance to take photos with the earring backs on and chains on the necklaces. I can assure you that they all turned out beautiful though. I really love the Deathly Hallows pin!

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It is the beginning of the school year for some and so this month we wanted to focus on education. We would like to encourage you to support Pencils of Promise Pencils of Promise, also known as PoP for short, is a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world.

Stay Crafty!

Day 5:GO January!

Day 5:GO January!

Of all the resolutions people have made I think the most attainable one is to “GO”, get organized. However I think that there is a just as much a commercial aspect to this as a mental wellness one. I refuse to buy any more crap no matter how organizational it claims to be. Today I am reusing things I have lying around the house to make more of an organized chaos of my home.



DIY Clay Key / Jewelry Dish

DIY Clay Key / Jewelry Dish

There are few things worse than a cabbie honking his horn threatening to leave if you don’t put a hustle on it. This is the story of my life because I can never remember where the hell I put my keys. I decided it was time to rectify the situation and make myself a key dish.  I hopped on my bike and headed over to Joann Fabrics.  I came upon a company called Sculpey which takes all the pain and search suffering out of clay crafts. Right there in one little section they had clay in several different sizes in over 20 colors, clay rollers, sealants and fun stamps. I tried to stick to the basics and avoided purchasing stamps. Honestly it’s because I’m cheap and was sure there were things lying around my house I could use instead.

Things you will need:  2oz. oven bake clay (I used one 2oz. package per dish),  rolling pin or clay roller,  stamps, small oven safe bowl,  baking pan, 200 grit sandpaper or nail file (optional: acrylic paints and sealer)




Preheat the oven to 275°F (130°C). You should knead the clay first between your fingers. This makes it easier to work with. Use your rolling pin or clay roller to roll out the clay. It should be 1/4″ thick. Roll it out on wax paper. If you want to have a patterned bottom of your dish use a texture plate. You can purchase them at your local craft store for rather inexpensively. I painted the bottom of mine so I did not use a plate.



Oddly, I had brass knuckles that I purchased at a flea market so I used them. Push the stamp into the clay deep enough to leave an imprinted image. Don’t push too deep or you will punch through the clay.





Peal your clay up off the wax paper. Place in the bottom of a small oven safe bowl. The bowl needs to be small enough so the clay takes the bowls shape and edges are rounded.  Put the bowl in a baking pan or on a cookie sheet. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from the bowl.



Ta Da! Remove the clay and you have your very own bowl.  If you want softer edges use a nail file or 200 grit sandpaper and smooth them out. You can stop here or paint your new bowl. If you paint it make sure you use a sealer afterward. You don’t want your new key /jewelry dish getting scratched.