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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ultimate Skin Care

Another good product line from AVON is Ultimate. It has been reformulated and will address a number of concerns that you might have with your skin. MAYSHIP25 is a code that will get you FREE SHIPPING thru tomorrow 6/1/15 for spending only $25. If you've already tried and liked the Ultimate line of skin care, why not set up autoship? That way you can be sure you won't run out of your product AND you will get FREE SHIPPING on your autoship. For $55 ($112 value) you get Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25, Night Cream , Dual eye system includes: Cream and Elixir. And for your first autoship you also get a free Travel Size Anew Ultimate Cleanser.   Check it out on my estore at

Budget Fabric and Upcycling

I haven't had a chance to SEW during the last few months that I have been learning about AVON. What I also have been doing is going to various thrift stores to find shirts and baskets and other items for Avon. I found my bag that I use for my Avon brochures & samples at a thrift store.
Flower Tote bag from Hospice Thrift Store
BUT my fabric stash meanwhile has quadrupled. Are you aware that thrift stores often carry unused, uncut flats of fabric? And lace ? And trim? But at a thrift store you are not limited to fabric - look at the sheets from a king size bed - they can be really pretty fabric. Even plain sheets are helpful if you are fitting a new complicated pattern and just want some fabric to sew up before you use your expensive fabric.
In an earlier post, I used sheer curtain fabric to make a shirt.
Sheer Embroidered Fabric from Sheer Curtains
I have also picked up several yards of blue jean fabric that had been made into curtain panels. I don't know exactly for what I am going to use all the jeans fabric, but my first thought is to use it to try to make a cheap corset as jeans fabric is just a heavy twill like the expensive coutil fabric that is used to make corsets.

Last year we bought a "new to us" RV. I needed to make new covers for the windows in the area over the cab (class c). Well as you know blackout material is very expensive. I found some blackout material made into 84" long curtain liners at a thrift store - four liners at $1 per liner. I then bought some horse scene fabric & velcro & ribbon - after several days of hand sewing I had 3 window coverings which can be rolled/folded up if wanted & that will block out the sun. Much cheaper & cuter than what I could buy.

I also found at a Salvation Army 7 black aprons that were brand new for $1 each.  I also found some flannel sheets with an outdoor theme on them.  So I cut out several scenes from the fabric (flannel), used fabric adhesive sheets from Hancock Fabrics, adhered them to the apron bibs, and then used my sewing machine to satin stitch around the edge of the scenes.  Bing, bang, boom -- another customized apron.

I am thinking about making 2 of these aprons into Avon Aprons.  So I would have one to use and another one to put on a customer while we are playing with makeup and skin care items.  My ideas would be to use the pink flannel fabric that I picked up (also in a thrift store) and use a letter stencil on it to spell out A V O N.  Then I'd adhere it to the apron and satin stitch around the edges.  Then I'd either sew on some type of beauty applique (lips, lipstick, mirror, etc) or create an applique of my own.  What do you guys think?

Cindy aka Gato

Friday, May 22, 2015

#13 on GOOGLE & A Limited Time Discount

Today I did a search for Anew skin specialist & Four Aces Mercantile's blog about the temporary Facebook group I created for Anew Skin Care Specialists came up #13 on a Google search of 1.8 million entries!  Wow !

I am definitely glad that I have enrolled in Avon's Anew Skin Care Expert class in Atlanta!

So for those of my customers (or new customers) who would like a FREE skin care consultation with me AND a 20% discount on their Anew Skin Care purchases (in addition to any sales that Avon has currently), please text me or PM me on Facebook (, or email me at, or call me at 256-931-4435.  This offer is good thru June 9, 2015 (the date of my class).

You deserve it !

Cindy aka Gato

Anew Skin Care Specialist
Independent Avon Sales Representative

Saturday, May 2, 2015

AVON Campaign 11 Brochure

Polk Salat Festival

Arab, Alabama will be having it's annual Polk Salat Festival on May 15th and 16th.  What is polk salat?  Well it is a weed that grows in the South that if fixed properly can be edible.  If not fixed properly, it can be toxic.

But the festival isn't all about the plant, there is music, handicrafts, a child's play area and this year the folks organizing it have promised to have a mechanical bull there.

We will post pictures of the festival as we will be there for Four Aces Mercantile selling our crafts and creations of our friend.  Bill is planning on wearing his Confederate Calvary uniform (at least part of the time as it is made out of wool).

Bill's SCV group held an encampment at the Albertville Museum this past weekend.  On Friday more than 400 schoolchildren came through and learned what life was like for a soldier during the 1860s in the South.