DIY

June 18 Homemade Dog Treats

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It’s day 70 billion and a half of quarantine, give or take a day. How is everyone holding up? Cooking became more apart of my routine, as I’m sure it did for many of you. Although I mostly just put the slow cooker to use, haha.
Easy recipes are my jam and I was surprised to find so many simple ideas for tasty meals online.

Now, with beaches still restricted areas  as summertime saunters about, I thought I’d extend my kitchen skills by making some homemade dog treats. Just 3 ingredients for a delicious, healthy bite for my precious little pups.

Fruits that are safe in small quantities for dogs according to AKC include blueberries, banana, apple (cored and no seeds), pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, peaches and even mango. Please consult your vet if you have any concerns before giving your 4 legged friend a homemade treat.
P.S. The fruit recipe should also safe for cats!

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Puppy Approved Recipe #1: Frozen Fruity Treat

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup pineapple

Directions:

  1. Cut up watermelon into chunks and puree in blender. Set aside.
  2. Puree pineapple.
  3. Cut banana into slices. Place a slice in each mold well of a tray.
  4. Add a spoonful of watermelon puree. Then top off with a spoonful of pineapple puree.
  5. Freeze for 4 hours.
  6. Serve outdoors or in a food dish to avoid a messy, sticky cleanup. Enjoy!

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Don’t forget save a slice of watermelon for yourself!

Puppy Approved Recipe #2: Peanut Butter Delight

Ingredients:

  • Jar of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbs parsley (natural breath freshener)
  • 1 c chicken broth

Directions:

  1. Divide chicken broth evenly into a silicone ice cube tray, filling the tray halfway full.
  2. Chop a few sprigs of parsley, a natural breath freshener for dogs. Sprinkle it into the broth.
  3. Place into freezer and freeze until set, about 1 hour.
  4. Spoon peanut butter into the tray, filling the tray full.
  5. Place into freezer again and freeze until hard, at least 4 hours.
  6. Expect wagging tails for this treat!

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The happy customers!❤

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April 22 Milk Bath Soak

What I love about beauty diy is that usually it’s very customizable. This month’s DIY is very simple to create, and all the ingredients can be purchased at the grocery store. You may already have a few in your pantry right now! A hydrating, mood boosting bath soak is just what I need to keep calm these days.
Adding milk to your bath water can help to hydrate and soothe skin, improve inflammatory skin conditions and promote healthy aging. Lactic acid is cleansing and helpful in removing dead skin cells. Combined with exfoliating salts, we’ve just got ourselves a natural glow!

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Did you know Cleopatra was known for indulging in a donkey milk bath with honey and rose petals? Add 2 tablespoons of honey to your bath water and more rose petals, for a luxurious experience just like her.

If you are lactose intolerant, consider using coconut or almond milk powder.

Ready for a fresh feeling oasis right at home? Check out my milk bath soak DIY below. Don’t forget to share your results, I’d love to see your creations! Keep enjoying your time at home and staying healthy!

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1 c powdered milk
1/2 c Epsom salts
1/4 c pink Himalayan salt
1/8 c baking soda
Flower petals
Optional: Essential oils

Sealable jar, medium sized bowl, spoon

Instructions

  1. Clean out a jar. Anything you have available works. Mason jars are inexpensive at the grocery store as well.
  2. Measure out each of the ingredients. Rip up flower petals into small pieces.
  3. In a bowl, mix ingredients together.
  4. Pour the mix into a jar.
  5. Let sit for 24 hrs so ingredients can blend together.
    To use, draw a bath. Add 1-2 cups of soak to water.
    (If you add items like un chopped petals, lemon zest or oats, fill an organza bag with the soak mix, so tidbits won’t get stuck in the drain.)
  6. Unwind in your natural homemade soak! Ahhh

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Combinations to try:

>Rose+Lavender

>Orange essential oil+Vanilla Bean

>Oats+Jasmine flowers (1/2 cup each. Grind into a powder in a blender or food processor!)

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March 18 Springtime Gnomes

I’ve seen Scandinavian gnome decor often in the last few years around Christmastime. If you’re like me, you might be maxed out on all the holiday decor, but I thought gnomes would be a really cute addition around the house for springtime! They pair perfectly with a bouquet of fresh flowers. They are such a cheery way to welcome the new season.gnome8

Sock gnomes can be filled with a variety of materials. Rice, beans and oatmeal are popular dry food choices. You could also use non food items like sand, marbles or polyfil. I did one with rice and one with sand. The sand had more weight to it, but both options worked well. If you have flax seed left over from the previous diy, that would work too!

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Welcome sunny days, chirping birds and blossoming plants by creating your own spring gnome with the tutorial below!

Supplies: clean socks

filling (rice, beans, sand or polyfil)

craft fur

1/4 yd of material

bead or pompoms

hot glue+gun

Scissors

Other: pipe cleaners, sequins, faux flowers, felt, embroidery thread, ribbon

Directions:

1. To make the gnome body, fill a sock with the filling of your choice up to the heel. Secure it by tying a knot.
2. Brush back the craft fur until you reach the base. This will help keep furry strands long! Cut a square out to fit the bottom half of the body. This will be its beard. Trim any loose edges and use hot glue to attach it. To make mustache pieces, simply cut 2 smaller strips, then glue them on top of the beard piece.
3. Cut a 12×18 triangle from the fabric. Glue or sew the raw seams in. And then use the same method to attach edges to make a hat. Hot glue a pom pom or tassle to the point if you wish.
4. Fit the hat onto the gnome body. Hot glue the back edge in place.
5. Figure out where you would like to place the nose. If using a bead, hot glue it a little under the hat. If using a pom pom, then I’d suggest gluing down the front of the hat and then glue the pom pom where the hat and beard meet. (See note).

6. Embellishing time!

  • To make bunny ears, cut 2 3″ ovals out of white and pink felt. Trim the pink ovals to fit into the white ones. Then put a strip of hot glue in the back center of the pink piece and attach it to front of white piece. Using embroidery thread, stitch a little detail around the edge of pink piece. Glue the ears to the front of gnome’s hat.
  • Use pipe cleaners to make whiskers, just twist them together and curl ends in.
  • Add faux flowers and ribbon!
  • Add a mustache by threading a pipe cleaner through the bead nose.

7. Your DIY is ready to be displayed!

Note: If making whiskers glue them in place first, then attach pom pom.

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February 10, 2020 Soothing Eye Pillow

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January was a tough year but we made it! Haha, happy February, who wants a hug? I have a quick, truly awesome diy for you guys. I personally love a good self care day and this soothing eye pillow has already become a big part of my routine. It’s filled with flax seed so it can be frozen or heated. You could use rice if you wanted though as well. I like to pop it in the freezer and use it when a midday slump rolls around. And it also feels great on the back of my neck. Whether you’re looking to meditate or just need a moment of focus, this will do the trick. Don’t you feel calmer already?

Materials:

  • Sewing machine/needle and thread
  • Cotton or linen fabric (great opportunity to use any scraps you’ve got left over!)
  • Scissors/pins
  • 2 c Flax seed
  • 1/4 c lavender
  • Any herb or essential oil of your choice that feels relaxing

Directions:

  1. You can purchase flax seed from a bulk store at a very inexpensive price.
  2. Cut 2 6×10 rectangles. Make a mask shape if you’d like or leave it in pillow form!
  3. Iron your fabric if necessary and pin right sides facing in.
  4. Thread your machine or needle and stitch along edges at 1/2″, leaving one side open.
  5. Trim excess fabric and cut notches at corners so they pop out when you turn pouch right side out.
  6. Pour the flax seed onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet along with lavender buds. I also had some rose petals to dry. Add 30 drops of your favorite essential oil, and gently stir it all together. Then bake it in the oven for 15 minutes at 225°F.
  7. Pour your filling into pouch and then sew the opening shut.
  8. Use a needle and thread to add tassels or other embellishments as desired. Make sure to choose 100% cotton embellishments if you plan to heat your eye pillow in the microwave. Metal, plastics and microwaves don’t mix!

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Ahhh, get ready to relax. For a cooling experience, place your mask in the freezer for about a half an hour; or to warm, place it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Make sure to test the heat level on the back of your hand before placing the pillow over your eyes. Light your favorite candle, turn on some calming music, have some tea and zen out.

Nov 19 Holiday Room Spray

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The holidays are upon us once again and I have the perfect DIY to make your spirits bright! Make your home smell like the holidays with a festive room spray. Tie the bottle up in a jolly ribbon and you even have a quick homemade gift to give!

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Essential oils are concentrated from plant herbs, bark and leaves. Some scents can make you feel calmer because they send a message to your brain that affects mood and emotion. It won’t solve all your problems or completely remove stress, but they can help you relax. Perfect for this bustling time of year!Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Witch hazel combines water and oil so it sprays evenly. You’ll want the witch hazel and water to be a 1:1 ratio for the size of your bottle. Mix and match different scents for a combination just for you. The more oil drops you use the stronger the scent will be. Remember they are not for ingesting and should be discarded after 3 years. Have a wonderful holiday!

 

Combinations I used:

Very Merry-Lavender+Frankincense+Orange w/Cinnamon

Oh Joy– Orange+Tea Tree+Pine+Mint

Materials:

  • Distilled Water
  • Witch Hazel
  • Essential oils
  • Bottle with spritz cap
  • Optional: Dried Flowers or Pine, Twine, Ribbon, Washi Tape

Instructions:

  1. Remove cap from a clean spray bottle and set the bottle on a flat surface. Add about 25-30 drops of each essential oil you wish to use.
  2. Fill bottle halfway with witch hazel.
  3. Top off the bottle with distilled water.
  4. Add dried flowers or sprigs of herbs for enhanced fragrance. (Pine and cinnamon sticks are great options for the holiday!)
  5. Put the cap back on the bottle and shake gently to combine everything.
  6. Tie or hot glue a ribbon or twine on the bottle. You can name your fragrance by making a label or using letter stickers!
  7. Use your new diy fragrance as a freshener or for linens with no worries of harsh chemicals! Shake before each use.
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Helpful information to know:

*Avoid birch, wintergreen, ylang ylang and citrus if using around children under 6 or pets.

*Even a diluted aroma can cause symptoms if not used properly, so stop use immediately if there are any signs of poor reactions, rashes, dizziness, etc.

*Consult with a doctor if pregnant before using.

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Sept 12 Garment Care Symbol Guide DIY

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I’ve talked a little bit about clothing care, so I guess it was inevitable I’d end up doing a DIY because of it! I made a reference chart last year in a post, but I figured I’d make a chart that can be displayed and doubles as some decor. I used canvas, but you could also use craft wood if you wanted.

Without further ado, let’s start crafting!

 

 

 

Supplies:

stretch wrapped canvas

acrylic paint

paintbrushes

sealer

ribbon

scissors, ruler, stapler

Glitter and/or rhinestones

Directions:

  1. Lay your canvas on a clean, flat surface. I used 12×16, but any size will work. Paint the canvas in your shade of choice. (A light shade will be best for dark lettering and vice versa.)
  2. Paint a second coat for coverage and let dry.
  3. Measure with a ruler where you’d like to make your border and title and use a very thin layer of paint in a light shade to mark the points.
  4. Using a pencil, lightly draw the chart symbols. Using a ruler, you can draw the “lines” of your row so the symbols are even. (Your rows of symbols can be vertical or horizontal.) In my photo, I also wrote in my labels, but I don’t recommend that! I had to paint several coats over it before it wasn’t visible anymore.
  5. Using a thin, round paintbrush, begin to paint your lettering and border in colors of your choice. Do this slowly for precision. You may need a flat brush to fill in spaces better. Let dry.
  6. Paint your symbols in a coordinating color, or in a variety of colors, of paint. The wash symbol is made by drawing two slanted in lines a little more than an inch apart. Then connect them with another line and draw a squiggly line at the top. For bleach symbol, simply draw a triangle, and the dry clean symbol is a circle. Drying methods are squares. Temperature and heat is represented by dots in the symbols. One dot is cool or low, 2 dots is medium and 3 dots are hot or high. The iron symbol is made by drawing a line of about an inch, then making a smaller line above it that curves (to create a handle) that connects the lines on the right. Then make a third line between first two and connect that on the left end to bottom line.
  7. Label your symbols with a liner paintbrush. Only dip the brush about halfway in paint for neat lines. As you go, rinse the brush in water if paint starts to glob on the brush. I made my X’s in red for aesthetic purposes of this diy, but remember they will be in black on any labels.
  8. For protection, using a fresh brush, apply a coat of finishing sealer to the canvas. (Mod podge will work just fine.)
  9. Measure a length of ribbon and then cut it. Fold the cut ends in just a bit before placing on the back wood portion of the canvas. Using your stapler, staple the ends to the wood.
  10. Add some rhinestones or glitter for embellishments along canvas width. Or hot glue a ribbon bow to the front of the canvas.
  11. Hang your symbol guide in the laundry room to easily remember garment care instructions!

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6/5 Friendship Bracelets 2 ways

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Who went to summer camp as a kid? One of my favorite activities was crafting in the lodge on a humid afternoon. It was so much fun after a busy morning of hiking or learning archery! This month’s DIY is a total throwback for me in all the best ways. I remember making stacks of friendship bracelets for all the girls at my campsite. I have created 2 types of bracelets in the tutorial below. With the 4th coming up, I decided to make a few patriotic bracelets too! Invite some friends over to make a ton, and you can end the day with a bonfire and s’mores!

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Materials:

  • Embroidery thread in variety of colors 🙂
  • Red, white, light & dark blue thread for patriotic bracelets
  • Large hole letter beads
  • Buttons
  • Charms (optional)
  • Cord
  • Large hole bead
  • Scissors, ruler, tape

Directions:

For embroidery thread bracelets

  1. Measure your wrist. Wrap a strand of thread around your wrist and then pinch where the strand meets. Lay thread against a ruler so you know how long to braid your bracelet.
  2.  Cut three or four colors of embroidery thread about 25 inches long so you have plenty of thread to work with.
  3. To make a loop, lay the 3 strands of thread next to each other flat. Then make a U shape, having both ends meet up. Then grab where the threads meet at the fold in the middle. Wrap them over your pointer finger and take the right bunch of threads to tie a knot, looping threads over second bunch and under your finger. Then pull the knot up until you have a loop that is large enough for a button to slip through.
  4. Tape down your bracelet. Separate the threads and press them flat against the surface. Lay the threads with the same colors matching them up to the corresponding color on the other side.
  5. Begin braiding by taking a thread from the left and crossing it over the others onto the right side and then do the same with thread from the right. Do this for every color. Pull gently to tighten the braid as you go along.
  6. Braid down a few inches and tie a double knot. Thread your letter bead through all the threads or split them in half for 2 word strands. Tie another double knot.
  7. Continue braiding using step 5 until you have reached your desired length. Tie another knot.
  8. You can thread the threads with a needle through a button, but my secret tip is split them into bunches again and put a small dot of glue on your finger. Then run the threads through it until they are sealed together. Thread in a criss-cross pattern for a 4 hole button. Then tie a knot on the back side of button. Add a dab of glue and tie a second knot. Let dry.
  9. Trim the ends and your bracelet is ready to be worn!

For cord bracelets

  1. Take your wrist measurement and cut a length of cord 2 times the length of it.
    Measure the halfway point then tie a knot about 1/2 inch under it. String your letter beads.
  2. Tie a knot at the end of your word.
  3. An optional step is to string other beads or charms along the cord.
  4. Take your large bead and thread it through one loose end of cord. Leave an inch or two of room so the large bead has sliding ability. This is what will make your bracelet adjustable. Tie a knot.
  5. Then thread the other side of cord through the bead and make another knot.
  6. Trim the ends with scissors and seal with some clear nail polish to avoid fraying.

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Have a happy and safe summer!

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5/15/19 Reversible Bucket Hat Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

One of the biggest trending items for the summer is a bucket hat. Originally a fishing hat introduced in the early 1900s by the Irish, the hats were made of wool that was waterproof because of lanolin (oil produced by sheep). It could be easily cleaned and its flexible shape could be folded into a coat pocket if necessary. Bucket hats made their way into high fashion in the 1960s and have been on and off the runway ever since. With summer just around the corner (hooray!) I thought this would be a great item to DIY. Learn how to make your own in the tutorial below!

Material:

  • 5/8 yd of fabric in 2 patterns or colors of your choosing
  • Iron on fusible interfacing (available near fabrics in your craft store)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Directions:

  1. Choose your fabric. Use different colors or patterns!
  2. Cut an 8-inch circle. You will need to cut one circle out of each fabric. This will be the top of the hat with a ½-inch seam allowance. This may need a small adjustment depending on the size of your head. I measured a hat I like to wear to get my measurement, and used it as a point of reference.
  3. Cut out 2 4×12 rectangles out of the material.
  4. Cut the brim pieces from each fabric. The pieces should be about 5 inches wide by 12 inches long along the inner curve and 18 inches long around the outer curve.
  5. Use iron on fusible interfacing for support of the material. Cut the interfacing a little smaller than your pieces, then iron them on to the wrong side of the fabric. That is the dull side of the material. I used the interfacing on the brim and body pieces.
  6. Thread your sewing machine.
  7. Pin and sew the rectangles together. Pin the two rectangles together, right sides touching. Sew up the outer edge using a ½-inch seam allowance.
  8. Pin and sew the brim pieces together. Pin the two outer brim pieces together, right sides facing in. Sew along just the narrow, straight ends. Use a quarter inch seam allowance.
  9. Press the seams open on the body and brim pieces. Place one of the body pieces on the ironing board with the seam facing you. Use your iron to spread apart, or open, the seam. Press it flat. Repeat this step for all of the seams on all of the body and brim pieces.
  10. Pin the body pieces (rectangles) to the circles. Pin the top edge of the outer body piece to the outer edge of the matching circle. Make sure that the wrong sides are facing out. Sew around the edge.
  11. Pin the brim to the body. Pin the inner edge of the matching brim all around the bottom edge of the body piece. Make sure that the wrong sides are facing out, then sew.
  12. Repeat steps 2-10 for second material.
  13. Tuck one hat into the other. Turn one hat right side out; leave the other one as it is. Tuck the first hat into the second one so that the right sides are pressed together and facing inward.
  14. Pin and sew around the outer edge of the brim, leaving a 5-inch wide gap for turning.
  15. Turn the hat right side out through the gap. Shape the hat so that one piece is tucked into the other. If you need, use a capped pen to help push out the seams along the brim.
  16. Finish the hat by tucking and pressing the gap shut. Then top stitch around edge of the brim.
  17. Your bucket hat is ready to be worn!

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An optional step is to continue making lines along the brim for a traditional bucket hat look. As you can see, I ended up changing my mind about one of the fabrics I was using, so don’t be afraid to play around with different choices.

My final thoughts are to only use interfacing on one side of the hat. I like that the brim is firm, but it lays straight out on its own, where I was anticipating a little droop. And depending on if you would like ruffling on the brim, then you might consider cutting down the length of the brim pieces by a few inches before sewing them to the hat body. Send in photos of your hat, I’d love to see what you create!

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4/18/19 Quick DIY: Linen Scrunchie & Hair Scarf

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I had some leftover fabric from my sewing project, and thought that it would be fun to make a matching hair accessory. This scrunchie will add effortless style to your spring and summer wardrobe! Linen is a light, comfortable and machine washable material that is a great option, but you can also use satin or a durable cotton, depending on how fancy you’d like it to be. Weave the scarf into a braid or tie it to the scrunchie and wrap it around a ponytail. Wear it to the office, with a swimsuit to the beach or with your favorite summer dress to a festival. Read below how to make your own!

Materials:

  • 1/2 yd of Linen (you may need more if using a patterned fabric)
  • Thread in matching color
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Elastic

Directions:

  1. Cut a rectangle of fabric 3.5″ wide by 18″ long.
  2. Cut another rectangle of fabric at a diagonal, 45″ long.
  3. Fold ends of 18″ strip and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  4. Then fold the rectangle lengthwise creating a tube and stitch, leaving the ends open!
  5. Trim any loose threads.
  6. Cut an 8″ strip of elastic with scissors. Attach a safety pin to one end and push through the tube. **Hold the end or pin it in place as you do this step.
  7. When you’ve reach the end, remove pin and safety pin while holding both ends of elastic. Then place ends of elastic together and sew together. Don’t forget to do a back stitch. Stitch a few times so its secure.
  8. Slip one end of the scrunchie into the other and top stitch close.
  9. Adjust the ruching so its even.
  10. Fold 45″ strip in half lengthwise right sides facing each other and sew. Keep one end open to turn it right side out, and then top stitch the opening closed.
  11. Tie the scarf to the scrunchie with a firm knot, and viola!
  12. Your scrunchie hair scarf will be your best summer accessory!

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3/29/2019 Soap & Lotion Bars

Spring has arrived and I am here for it. My tan has gotten weak, but the sunshine and warm temperatures are back! I’m digging out my shorts from the back of the closet and making a linen skirt. Since I’m showing off some skin, I thought it would be fun to make a set of soap and lotion bars for pampering days, complete with a face mask.

I thought this DIY could get complicated, but all the supplies were available at the craft store. I tried out a recipe for the lotion bars without beeswax that wasn’t successful, but luckily Sprouts, a health food store, carried beeswax beads that they sell by the ounce, so that turned out to be an inexpensive purchase. This was surprisingly and satisfyingly simple. The creativity is endless, and with all the different potential scent combinations, I will definitely be making these again! Avoid any scents that cause allergies or skin sensitivity if you choose to create this DIY.

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Ingredients

  • Melt & Pour soap base
  • Essential oils or skin safe fragrance
  • Dried flowers (optional)
  • Mold
  • Mica powder or soap dye (optional)
  • knife
  • Bowl and spoon

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle dried flowers into mold.
  2. Using a knife, cut squares of soap out of soap base and put those chunks in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Melt at 30 second intervals in microwave until liquefied.
  4. Add 15-20 essential oils and/or color. Use mica powder or soap dye at this point if you wish.
  5. Pour into mold and stir gently with a spoon to evenly distribute dried flowers.
  6. If you want to make different colored layers, only fill the mold halfway and let it harden, then add your second color layer.
  7. Let soaps harden completely before removing from mold. You can leave out to harden at room temperature, which will take a few hours or put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour. If the soap doesn’t remove easily from the mold, continue to let it dry.

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For lotion bars-

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs shea butter
  • 2 tbs beeswax
  • Essential oils or skin safe fragrance
  • Dried flowers (optional)
  • Mold
  • Bowl and spoon

Directions

  1. Optional step: Infuse the scent of dried flowers with a few extra drops of essential oil. Mix infused dried flowers with olive oil and essential oil on the stove over low heat for 30 minutes to an hour and then strain. This is good for gleaning therapeutic benefits for a salve, but not necessary.
  2. Place coconut oil and beeswax into microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals, until melted completely, stirring after each time.
  3. Add shea butter to your melted oil and microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Stir.
  4. Let cool for a minute or two so essential oils don’t evaporate, then add dried flowers and essential oils.
  5. Pour in mold and let it sit in the fridge until it has completely solidified.

The lotion bars will melt from body heat so you can use freely, then will harden when put away. Keep them in a small box in a cool dry place away from sunlight will allow for longer shelf life. Due to the ingredients being in a solid form, they should last for about a year. I actually purchased a candy mold for a smaller shape that I can use quickly. The recipe is for 1 bar. If you have a bigger mold, simply double the recipe!

Your soap and lotion bars are ready to use! Display them on a tray or in a jar away from sunlight. For external use only.

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1/28/2019 Vinyl Photo Pockets

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Well guys, we’ve almost made it through January! A shout out to A Beautiful Mess for this month’s DIY! These photo pockets are adorable and very customizable. As soon as I saw this, I thought it would be a perfect project. I’ve given up on the broad yearly resolutions, but I still try to be goal oriented. I pick something each month that I want to work on and make that my monthly focus. If I need more time with something particular, like with a fitness goal, then I continue in the following month with that goal. It’s much easier for me to maintain and meet goals and it feels really good when they actually come to fruition. Another way to successfully accomplish a goal for me is to write it down! So I make a calendar and jot down my goal and any steps I need to remember. And I thought having it out where I can see it would be better than putting it in a journal. So here’s my twist on photo pockets; I hope you like it and maybe get inspired too!

Materials:

  • 1 yd of Transparent Vinyl Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Dry erase marker
  • Sewing Machine OR needle and thread
  • Magnets with adhesive back (magnetic tape)
  • Photos, scrapbook paper, stickers, stamps, etc.

Directions:

  1. Determine what size your photos will be. Whatever the size, go at least an inch larger so your photos will slide into the pocket smoothly. My photos were 4×6 and 5×5, so my pockets were 5×7 and 6×6.
  2. Fold your vinyl in half. Draw a line with a dry erase marker and ruler if needed, careful not to smudge, and cut along that line. You can make your pockets individually, or a double or triple frame. Just multiply your length measurement, like for three, instead of 5, for a 5×7, it becomes 15×7. With the 6×6 square pocket, if you wanted 2, would be 12×6.
  3. With a damp cloth, erase the dry erase mark. Then mark at the points when you will divide your frame. (For a single pocket, you can just skip that.) Either with a sewing machine or by hand, stitch the 2 pieces of vinyl together, leaving one length side open for your photos. If sewing by hand, I’d suggest adding a dab of glue on the finished tied end for reinforcement.
  4. This is the fun step: gather whatever supplies you’d like and doodle a sketch, make a calendar or write down your favorite quote embellished with stickers! Of course you can also stamp up your photos as well, or leave them plain and simply place in the pocket frames.
  5. Once everything is to your liking, trim any uneven edges of vinyl and thread. Then attach the magnets to the back side of the pocket frame. I only placed one on each pocket for the triple set and two on the upper edge of the square frame.
  6. Your photo pockets are ready to be displayed!

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I was a little worried the vinyl would be a somewhat tough material to work with, but I sewed it both on a machine and by hand and didn’t have any issues. But if using on a sewing machine, since the vinyl has a bit of cling to it, it’s suggested you run it with a piece of cotton over top the vinyl so it doesn’t get stuck to the foot.

I like how each way turned out and may even make a few more! I love that the surface is wipeable, so you can even write little messages on the pockets with a dry erase marker. Swap out your calendar monthly, hopefully meeting your goals, or just display your favorite memories!

11/12 Quick DIY: Mixed Media Thanksgiving Garland

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s all about the yummy food, and while I love to create a tablescape, I also like a little extra decor, even if its something simple. I have recently started using garlands, which are great accents. They add color and spirit without taking up tabletop space or creating clutter. This month’s diy was created in the process of decorating. It’s inexpensive and only took about half an hour, which are additional bonuses! I used some classic fall shapes for a festive touch in addition to a few others, but the options are limitless. Include any shapes, flowers, cute forest friends or letters; don’t be afraid to make it your own! The color options are up to you, too. Have fun with it and enjoy the holiday!

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Materials:

  • Felt, foam, cardstock, ribbon or other sturdy fabric
  • Twine or thick yarn
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue

Directions:
1. Select the shapes you would like to incorporate and decide how many you would like on the garland.
2. Draw the shapes yourself or use stencil designs on paper, foam and/or felt. I liked the mix of all three for a playful vibe.
3. Cut the shapes out.
(Tip: to avoid pencil line showing on felt, use the reverse side of it, then flip the shape over once its cut out.)
4. Turn on your hot glue gun, being careful of how hot it gets!
5. Cut a piece of twine to desired length. Leave a couple inches free on each end so you can hang it up later. Mine was aboit 76″ amd held 9 shapes well.
6. Make sure the spacing between each piece is even. Then draw a line of hot glue along the upper back of the shapes and press twine down. Hold down on the outside edges for a few seconds to secure in place. (Avoid gluing down in the center like I did with my pink turkey, it won’t hang flat when its strung up.)
7. When all the pieces have been glued down and dry, its ready to hang. Make a second garland to pair together or hang with another garland for a pretty layering effect.

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Sept 24 Haunted House DIY

Not all witches live in Salem! One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner and I have the perfect project to get you in a celebratory mood.

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Supplies:

  • Wood craft houses
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Brushes
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue gun/tacky glue
  • Embellishments (mini pumpkins, googly eyes, toy critters, dollhouse accessories, stickers, pipe cleaners, etc)
  • LED tea light

Directions

  1. Paint house walls in desired colors. I went with traditional colors of black with purple on one house and gray with green accents on the second. Let dry.
  2. One coat should be sufficient but give them a second coat if necessary, or just paint in some touch ups where its needed.
  3. Paint the roof, windows and door in your chosen accent color. I would suggest having an assorted size of paintbrushes to better reach narrow spaces and have more finesse. Again, go in and do any touch ups. Also cover up any splotches or splatters that went outside the edges.
  4. Turn on your glue gun; remember to be careful of how hot it gets!
  5.  Mix glitter with mod podge and apply generously. I chose to add the glitter to the house “trimmings” but add as much or as little as you want! Depending on the size of the glitter, glitter glue would also be a good choice for this step. Let dry.
  6.  Now for the best part, decorating! I bought some holiday themed dollhouse pieces, googly eyes, toy bugs and snakes, broomsticks, glittery trees, and it’s not a haunted house without pumpkins. (I also found some bones near the bead aisle of the craft store that worked excellently along the trim.) Use the hot glue gun or tacky glue to attach everything firmly in place. Make sure to let everything dry firmly in place. I added pipe cleaners to stair banisters and the roof for an additional sparkle element. I decided to fill in the space on one wall of the house with a ghost made with some leftover white felt. Check holiday or party sections of craft store to find any unique pieces!
  7. Give the house a finishing coat of mod podge. The pumpkins were peeling a little, so I gave them a brush of mod podge as well for some sheen and stability.
  8. Your haunted house is ready for display! Slide an LED tea light through the door opening for an extra spooky detail.

Enjoy Halloween!

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August  30 End of Summer Soiree

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The summer season is drawing to a close. Lucky for me, I get to enjoy fairly warm temperatures all year long, but it always feels a bit melancholy when the season winds down. With recent monsoon storms in Arizona, we’ve gotten to enjoy some cooler weather, especially in the evenings. I thought it was the perfect opportunity have a dinner with a few friends for one last celebration, complete with a few tabletop diy’s!

I chose some place mats to hand paint and then dip dyed and hand stamped napkins. I went with a multi color on the place mats, but any color combination of your choice will look great. This would be a good idea for a table runner too! This project is a bit time consuming, it took me a few hours each day over the course of a weekend. After painting my first place mat, I decided to leave parts of the material exposed for a more natural look. I switched the colors around to be different on each setting for a more eclectic feel. Host your own soiree with this diy and keep reading below for a few good party tips.

Materials:

  • Cotton place mats
  • Cotton napkins
  • Acrylic fabric paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Powder dye
  • Rubber gloves
  • Fabric safe ink
  • Alphabet stamps

Directions:

  1. Choose your colors.
  2. Tape down or draw design, using chalk not a pen! ( I realized this the hard way.)
  3. Lay down newspaper or protective barrier. Using a paint brush, begin painting in open spaces in desired shapes on place mat. Let dry.
  4. Apply a second coat. Let dry.
  5. Add accent colors or shapes. Let dry.
  6. Your place mats are ready for use! Set on your table.

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Dip dye napkins:

There are multiple dying methods printed on the box so you can choose which is most efficient for you. I prefer to prepare the dye mix with the bucket method, using hot water, a teaspoon of salt and stirring in powder dye for stronger color. Then dunk the napkins in individually, just under halfway. Hold for a minute and then raise napkin so a quarter of your submerged half is still in the dye. Hold it for about 5 minutes, or longer depending on desired saturation of color. When you have achieved this, then wring out dye, careful to avoid undyed upper half, rinsing the dyed portion in cold water. Remember to wear gloves for this, so your hands don’t get stained with the dye! Hang over a line to dry for about 3 hours. If hang drying indoors, put a spare towel or newspaper on floor under napkin so drips don’t stain the floor either.

Once the napkins have dried, take an ink pad with fabric strength and stamp set and stamp on a food related word or phrase. Use a ruler to lightly draw a straight line close to ink color with a colored pencil and space out letters evenly. Once that is dried, go in with a permanent marker and fill in an gaps in ink.

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Hosting Tips:

-Never try out a new recipe. You don’t want to deal with a mess in the kitchen or have something that doesn’t taste great when you are entertaining guests! Sticking with classics or company’s favorite is always a recipe for success.

-Make sure to invite guests at least a week in advance.

-No dinner party is complete without a few candles! Opt for unscented ones so the scents don’t overwhelm or clash against your meal.

-Don’t let drinks become watered down. Freeze whatever beverage you are serving in an ice cube tray so as they melt they can blend into guest’s drink. Bonus points if you can find a fun shaped tray!

-If you dress the table with flowers, enjoy your fresh floral’s even after your party by dissolving 2 tablespoons each of sugar and white vinegar in a quart of warm water. Change this mix every few days.

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June 1 Tic Tac Toe Board Game

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Make your own tabletop board game of tic tac toe. It’s perfect for playing by the pool or at a picnic this summer. Its not overly time consuming to make, which is always cool for a diy project. The shapes will be your game pieces, I chose a star and sun combination, but you could do hearts and peace signs, diamonds, fruit slices, whatever shapes you can find. This is where you can get creative! Happy crafting!

Materials:

  • Wooden rectangle shape
  • 9 wooden shapes
  • Acrylic paint (in colors of your choice)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ribbon
  • Strong glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Optional: Pipe cleaners, glitter glue or other embellishment

Directions:

  1. Paint the rectangle shape in color of your choice with a thick coat of paint. Set aside to let dry.
  2. Take 5 of the first shape of your choice and paint on first coat, also in color of choice. Let dry.
  3.  Paint 4 pieces of the second shape. Let dry.
  4. Give everything a second coat of paint and let dry.
  5. Paint on a protective coat of mod podge to board and game pieces.
  6. Make markers on the rectangle. You could simply paint the lines onto the board. I used some tacky glue to attach small pieces of 5mm ribbon. Use a ruler for precision.
  7. Add any embellishments to game pieces and board game. If you want to attach stickers to the pieces, seal them with a coat of mod podge. Add some glitter glue or paint on a contrast color. To make the sun pieces, take a pipe cleaner and bend it into an accordion shape. Adjust bends to fit around circle shape and cut any excess if needed. I found making about 10 points looked best. Using strong glue, slowly start to glue on the pipe cleaner. Go about 2 points at a time, pressing down and holding firmly until its set in place. Let dry. Then continue until pipe cleaner is glued around circle shapes.
  8.  Your game is ready to be played!

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April 15 Spring Banner

Welcome spring with a some fresh decor, like this simple diy banner! Especially if you’re still seeing snowstorms, even though its April! Beat those winter blues with a bright and cheerful reminder of good weather and warm sunny days full of fresh blooms and picnics in the park as the ice cream truck plays its tune in the distance. This diy is versatile and really allows you to get creative, so express yourself!

Supplies:

  • Linen or canvas
  • Needle & thread or sewing machine
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Felt (in multiple colors)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Dowel rod
  • Ruler
  • Yarn
  • Embellishments (ribbon, trim, sequins, beads, etc)

To make the banner:
1.The size of your banner can be whatever you like. I used some fabric quarters that were 18×24, and my banner will be 12″ wide. Fold the fabric at desired length edge to edge, and with a ruler, measure out the width. Draw a line on your measurements so you can cut a straight line.

2. Again with a ruler and pencil, make a small mark at the center of your materials bottom. (On the edged side not the folded side.) From that point make a line from that point and up a few inches to create a triangle shape. I went about 2″ up.

3. Cut along the line to create your banner’s shape.

4. Thread your needle generously.

5. With your banner still folded in half, sew around the edges, starting about 1/2″ down from folded side. Slowly start to stitch around the shape. When you reach the opposite side of your banner, keep stiching about halfway up then secure your thread with a knot and a dab of glue. (If you wish for the stitch to be exposed, then go ahead a finish stitching and secure as above. Then skip the next step)

6. Flip the banner inside out through the larger gap you left. If you used a sewing machine, you can finish the stitch, remembering to leave a small gap at the fold for the dowel rod. If you used a hand stitch, then the fabric should fold in, and you can seal it with a little hot glue. Remember to be careful, the glue gets hot!

7. If you left the stitch exposed, take some liquid stitch and seal off those raw edges to avoid fraying.

8. Now you can add whatever phrase or image you like! You can paint on a quote, add trim to the edge, add a tassle, whatever comes to mind!

9. To make a rainbow, you could use felt, like so, braid yarn or use thin pipe cleaners in 5 shades. On a piece of paper, draw or trace a 9″ semi circle. Then subtract about 1/2″ and keep drawing lines. Cut out the whole semi circle. Trace the semi circle onto pink or red felt. Then cut off the largest strip. Continue cutting strips for each color. Put the remaining semi circle aside. Carefully using a hot glue gun, glue those pieces together from smallest to largest. Give it a minute to dry, then take that semi circle template and trace it onto the rainbow. Then cut it out and you will have a rainbow shape. Glue it down on your banner.

10. Take a white piece of felt, and cut out 2 cloud shapes. Next, glue them to the bottom of rainbow and banner. It will be slightly lifted due to the thickness of felt.

11. Because I only left a small space for a dowel rod, I used a 5/16″ rod, but there are a number of size choices you could pick from depending on what space you left when stitching up your banner. Slide the dowel rod through the banner.

12. Taking yarn or twine, cut x” and tie a double knot to both sides of banner on rod. Add a little glue to the knot for strong security.

13. If you’d like, add a dab of glue under the material to dowel rod to further secure in place.

14. Hang your banner to display!

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January 25, 2018 Patch Pins & Conversation Heart Gift Box

Our cute, quirky and quick diy this month is patch pins. They were inspired by enamel pins, but I like the larger, more noticeable size that patches have. After finishing all these, it was hard to pick a favorite! And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought these might be a fun little gift for some friends, so I’ve also made some conversation heart inspired boxes. Below is the tutorial so you can make your own.

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Supplies: Patches, bar pins (mine were .75 in/19 mm), felt or thick material, hot glue gun, scissors, paint, paintbrush, mod podge, heart shaped box & red letter stickers.

Directions: 

  1. Remove patches from their packaging.
  2. Lay felt or sturdy material smooth on a flat surface.
  3. Turn on hot glue gun. Some of the patches I got had a sticky adhesive back while others didn’t, but just for good measure, apply glue to all the edges of the back side of each patch and attach them to the felt or thicker material.
  4. Let the glue dry for a minute or two, then using scissors cut out the patches from material around  the edges of each shape.
  5. Trim off any stray edges of material.
  6. Turn patches face down so material side is facing up. Take a bar pin and apply hot glue to the back side, then attach in desired position to the back of the patch.
  7. Let dry for a few minutes. You can start the gift box at this point. Lay down protective paper on a flat surface to avoid paint stains. Using your paintbrush, paint the heart shaped boxes and lids separately in your choice of color. Let them dry and then paint another layer for better color concentration. When that second coat is dry, apply a coat of mod podge. Let dry.
  8. Now you will use your letter stickers to make a little catch phrase on the lid of the box. Place them in toward the center of the lid. Coat with a light layer of mod podge to prevent the stickers from falling off.
  9. Fill the boxes with small piece of tissue paper and candy and place the pin inside.
  10. Accessorize with your pins!

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December 5 Upcycle A Sweater to Mittens

IMG_0429It’s finally cooled off here in Phoenix, which meant I can cozy up in sweaters and knit hats! I realized I needed a pair of gloves the other night while I was walking the dog; since I won’t need them too often I wanted something really stylish and fun. I decided this would be the perfect diy project, so I grabbed some old sweaters and turned them into a cute pair of mittens! And in just a few simple steps, with a handful of supplies, you can make your own.

Materials:

  • Sweater
  • Needle & embroidery thread
  • Paper
  • Permanent marker, pen or pencil
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Using a pen or pencil, trace around your hand in a mitten shape or use a mitten template on a piece of paper. Allow a little excess room around your mitten shape or template. You can always cut down the size later.
  2. Cut out the shape from your paper.
  3. Lay your sweater on a smooth surface than lay your shape on top of the sweater. Using a permanent marker, trace that shape twice onto sweater, flipping the stencil for your second shape.
  4. Slowly cut through both sides of the sweater around the shapes you have made  using scissors. You will have 4 pieces when you are done.
  5. Discard scrap material, then lay the 4 mitten shapes on top of each other and trim the uneven edges. Feel free to cut the size closer to your hand shape at this point if needed.
  6. With your new mitten shapes, invert your pieces as a pair so that you are now viewing the inside of your material that you have cut.
  7. Take a piece of embroidery thread at desired length and thread your needle. If you are not comfortable with sewing you can use pins to hold both sides together as you sew around the edges.
  8. Begin sewing pieces together. To make first stitch, thread needle and thread through material and tie a knot at end of thread to material to secure in place. Then continue hand stitching around the edge of the mitten, keeping in mind to stitch closely along that edge.
  9. When you have finished sewing, cut the thread off of needle and then tie another knot to secure. If you have run out of thread before finishing simply repeat step 8.
  10. Turn material shape right side out for finished mitten.
  11. Repeat 6-10 to complete the pair.

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You can be finished here, or continue with the creativity! Sew on a button to the edge, or embroider an initial to one side of the mitten before sewing together. These are a great white elephant or stocking stuffer idea for the approaching holiday season.

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Sept 12 DIY Notebooks and Pens

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School is back in session and taking notes couldn’t be more fun with these adorable and simple handmade notebooks. Even if you are not in school, you can never have too many notebooks, can you? These are perfect for keeping organized jotting down plans, even journalling.

Notebooks Materials:

Notebooks (a size of your choice), patterned scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, scissors, paintbrush, pen, embellishments

Instructions:

  1. Using a pen, trace the outside of notebook onto the back side of scrapbook paper.
  2. Using scissors, cut that shape out.
  3. Using a paint brush, cover the back side of paper and front cover of notebook with a generous layer of modpodge. Lay paper on surface and press firmly down to smooth out any bubbles. Fold the spare section of paper to the inside or trim it off with scissors.
  4. Repeat on the back side of notebook if desired.
  5. Using stickers, washi tape, rhinestones or other small pieces of scrapbook paper to embellish the cover, or leave it plain.
  6. To make a pocket on the outside or inside of cover, cut a square shape to fit on the cover. Using mod podge, paint along back sides and bottom edge of back side of paper. Flip over and attach, sealing to cover. Again press firmly to smooth out paper, Remember to leave the top unglued so it can be a pocket!
  7. Ready to take some notes? Keep reading to see how to make some cute pens to match!

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Pom Pom Yarn Embellished Pens

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Materials:

Pens, yarn or embroidery thread, twine, large pom poms, Mod Podge, scissors, hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Take your pen and remove cap or clip.
  2. Take embroidery thread or yarn, and tie a knot near the head of pen.
  3. Using your paint brush, apply a small amount of mod podge about a third of the way up the pen. Steadily and slowly wrap the embroidery thread or yarn so that each wrap meets the previous wrap around body of pen. You can use the embroidery thread or yarn as far up the pen as you’d like.
  4. When you’ve reached desired stopping point, cut the thread and seal it with a dab of mod podge.
  5. Turn on your hot glue gun.
  6. Cover remaining portion of pen in a light layer of mod podge.
  7. Cut or unravel a long piece of twine and put a dot of hot glue at the base of twine where it meets the thread or yarn. Press that down for a moment so it settles in place. Use the same wrapping technique in step 3, going slowly and pulling tightly until pen is covered. Hold your stopping point so twine doesn’t unravel and trim remaining twine.
  8. Add another dab or two of hot glue to pen and secure that twine down. Add another dab of hot glue to base if it is still not secure.
  9. Add one final dollop of hot glue to the end of pen and place a pom pom on top. press down firmly so it will attach.
  10. Let dry completely and your pens are ready for use!

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July 29 Ribbon Lace Up Tank

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After looking for a way to add a little flair to my everyday summer tanks and tees, I decided to do a lace up accent with ribbon. Even though the steps to this diy are a bit tedious, its an extremely simple project that turned out very cute.

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materials

Materials:

ribbon

tank or tee

measuring tape

chalk or pen

scissors

Directions:

  1. Measure length of shirt from under the armpit to hem. Mine was 14″ or 35.5 cm.

2. Multiply the measurement by 4 and cut two pieces of ribbon with scissors that length. Mine was 56″ or 124.24 cm.

3. Fold ribbon in half so ends are equal. You may want to secure ends with a small piece of tape to avoid fraying like in the photo below.

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4. For my pattern, I used chalk to mark an inch vertically down the shirt and a half inch horizontally. An inch horizontally would have been fine as well. Use the crease of the hem connecting front and back of shirt as a center point. You could also use a pen, depending on the color of the shirt.

5. Cut or poke holes on marked locations made with chalk or pen. I made 5 criss crosses, so I had 22 holes. There were 4 holes per 1 cross, so 20 of them were used in 5 crosses. The last 2 holes were so I could tie the ribbon up at the bottom hem of shirt.

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6. Take ribbon and insert through top two holes from inside to outside. Then cross ribbon to make an ‘x’ pulling ribbon through holes securely making sure it is not too twisted on the back side.

7. You should stop after each cross to make sure ribbon is even on each side before continuing. Continue crossing ribbon threading through holes until you reach the bottom hem.

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8. At this point you will knot end of ribbon or tie a bow, adding a little hot glue to secure in place.

9. Trim remaining ribbon.

10. Repeat on opposite side.

 

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*Also note that you may cross the ribbon again from the inside to outside as you thread, or leave it plain. Remember not to pull too tightly or the shirt will start to gather.

This can also be done on the sleeve of a shirt or sweater.

And/or continue to spice up the shirt by sewing on sequins or beads to the front of the top with needle and thread.

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June 6 Holly Golightly Sleep Mask DIY

I recently got a new comforter and have no shame in admitting all I want to do is sleep in and have breakfast in bed. This month’s diy was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, honestly I’ve always wanted one, and it turned out so nicely. This is just a one day craft that requires a little patience and will add instant glamour to your morning/evening routine!

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Supplies:

sleep mask

light blue felt or fabric

black felt

sequin trim ribbon mine was 18″

1/4″ wide gold ribbon

glue gun

gold glitter glue

scissors

tape measure

pen

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Directions:

  1. Using sharp scissors, cut the straps off of the eye mask. Then, lay it on the blue felt or fabric (I used felt) and draw around the mask with pen leaving an inch of space to glue over the back edge. Cut out the shape.
  2. Next, to make an eyelid, cut a small semi circle out of blue felt. To make the eyelashes, cut small slits on an inch long piece of black felt. Do not cut all the way through, leave a small section at the top solid.
  3. Using the glue gun, slowly hot glue the blue felt to eye mask. Go slowly and in small sections so pieces are secure and felt is tightly placed in addition to avoiding air pockets. Leave a small opening at edges large enough for ribbon to be glued in later. Fold over extra felt and hot glue to back of mask.
  4. Measure gold ribbon that will be long enough to tie around your head. Cut that in half so you have 2 pieces to be hot glued on each side of mask. Carefully trim any extra felt off those edges.
  5. Place sequin trim around edge of mask. When trim has covered edge, cut the length out and slowly hot glue it in place.
  6. Glue eyelash shape to eyelids. I put the black felt under because I thought it looked cleaner, but you can put it over top of the eyelid if you would like. Measure length from left to right to determine where to place eyelids so they are even. I placed each eyelid an inch inward from outer edges.
  7. Use the gold glitter glue to make eyebrows and let dry.

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**You can also make the eye mask yourself using cardstock paper, batting and fabric. Measure distance between your temples for width of mask and use that line to draw a kidney bean shape of an eye mask. Cut out the shape and then use that shape to cut out batting and fabric. Pin pieces together and sew, still leaving small openings at each side for ribbon strap. Then continue steps 2-7.

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May 8 Custom Photo Memory Game

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With summer around the corner, I have been looking for card and board games for those sunny (and hot) afternoons when I’ll have a bit of free time to fill up. After sifting through some photos, I thought it would be cute to make a memory game using my own photos. With just a few materials, you can make your own as well!

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Supplies:

-Card stock scrapbook paper

-20 wallet size matte finish photos

-scissors

-liquid glue or mod podge

-paintbrush

 

Directions:

  1. Select 20 photos that you would like to use. When ordering wallet sizes, they usually come with at least 2, but if not, be sure to order or print 2 of each photo to make a pair.
  2. Lay scrapbook paper pattern side down and arrange photos. Using a heavier paper will create some weight that will make the cards sturdier. Leave a small bit of space between photos to cut later. Use more space if you are not comfortable with cutting close to images.
  3. Generously apply glue or mod podge to back of photos using a paintbrush to get along the edges and corners.
  4. Allow time to dry completely. To ensure cards will lie flat, place them under a heavy object, like a book. For greater durability and protection, add a layer of mod podge to the photo surface.
  5. When dry, use scissors to cut along edge of photos. I cut the paper in strips and then cut the photo pair into cards. Trim any uneven edges and your game is ready to play!

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To play, mix all the cards together and lay them face down. Then each player takes turns flipping over 2 cards at a time. Players want to find the match of the first card flipped over. If 2 cards are not a match, then they are both flipped back over. If they are a match, player collects the pair and takes another turn. When all the cards have been collected by players, the player with the most matches wins.

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*This game has a lot of pieces, but can easily be stored in a small makeup bag or box. Be even more creative with this diy by adding stickers or painting the back of cards. You can also make a matching box by adding the paper used on the card pieces to the top of box lid and using same stickers, paint colors, etc. Happy crafting!

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March 8 Sugar scrubs

Sugar scrubs are a natural way to soften and freshen up skin. Its fine texture gently exfoliates the skin without leaving a harmful residue that can clog pores, making it ideal for use in natural beauty regimen. It can be used as a face, body, hand and foot scrub. What I love about this diy is that it only calls for a handful of ingredients and is completely customizable.

The basic formula for creating a sugar scrub is 1/4 c coconut oil and 1 1/2 c granulated sugar. Then add whatever scents you like! Its is not limited at all, so any essential oils, fruit or florals you’d like to use go for it. I substituted brown sugar for white sugar in the recipe I created below.

BANANA RASPBERRY COCONUT BROWN SUGAR SCRUB

1 ripened banana

1/4 c coconut oil

1 1/2 brown sugar

1/2 tsp raspberry extract

bowl/spoon

jar

INSTRUCTIONS

Scoop coconut oil into a bowl and melt in microwave at 1 minute. Mix melted coconut oil with brown sugar and raspberry extract. If there is excess coconut oil add more sugar until mixed evenly. Using a fork, smash peeled banana over top, mixing chunks in gently. Make sure banana pieces are broken up well, but don’t over mash or scrub will be too thin. When at a good consistency, place into a jar with airtight lid.

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Use 1-3 times/week on wet skin and avoid eye area when using. The coconut oil will leave a slick residue in bathtub, so be sure to wipe surface down after use. Scrub should last about 10-14 days.

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January 17 Citrus Pouches

I made these sweet little pouches for protecting sunglasses when they’re just thrown into a bag or keeping makeup together. I wanted something fun that would also organize my bags better. It’s fairly easy assembly and has really cute and functional impact!

 

What you need is felt, a pen, scissors and a hot glue gun.

You can use various colors of felt- orange(oranges), yellow(lemon), green(lime) and white for the inside, or pink against yellow if you want it to resemble a grapefruit.

 

Using a large circular object (I used a plate) trace and cut out circle. Then cut triangles out of the white and pink felt. For better shape, make the base of the triangle a curve so it follows the outside line of the circle shape. You will need approximately 4 triangle per side.

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Fold the circle in half so opposite ends meet up, and you can either use a dot of hot glue in the middle and leave a small pouch opening on one end to slip in lipgloss or mascara, or glue on a snap button and leave sides open to place small items like sunglasses or keys.

Then lay out the triangles and glue down. Once the glue is dried, they are ready to use!

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January 12, 2017 Fruity gift boxes

About now I’m sure many of us are craving a warm, sunny day. Even out in Arizona its been crisp and has me thinking about sweltering weekends, grabbing brunch at the farmers market. One of my favorite things to do is browse through all the fresh fruit, and that’s what inspired my next series of DIY projects. 18-53-18-hdr

To start, I have some friends and family birthdays coming up and I thought it would be fun to make some gift wrap and boxes myself. The first is the simple strawberry box. What you’ll need is a box in desired size, red acrylic paint, a paintbrush, sharpie, green paper or foam, scissors and glue.
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So the first step is to  paint the box and lid with 2 or 3 coats of red paint and let dry. Once its dried, draw small teardrop shapes around box with sharpie to create a seed pattern. Then take green paper or foam and cut a leaf shape, or individual leaves if you’d prefer, and glue it to the lid. You can also make a stem with a small rectangle shape about an inch or two long. This turned out so adorable, I’m going to make a few to keep around my kitchen!

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I also made some pineapple bags that turned out super cute as well.

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What you need are brown paper bags, green and yellow acrylic paint, paintbrushes, scissors, a marker and yarn in a color of your choice.

Paint a coat of green and yellow on the bag, with the yellow taking slightly more space than the green. Once its dried, draw diagonal lines on yellow portion to add detail. The cut green portions vertically into strips about an inch wide to the start of yellow paint. When ready, insert gift into bag and then tie with yarn. That’s it!

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Pineapple DIY idea courtesy of The House Lars Built.

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December 22 Gold painted star shaped bowls

I have one more quick gold painted DIY! I had found these bowls at a thrift store over the summer and I’d forgotten about them until the other day, but thought they would be cute jewelry dishes. I painted the base and rim in gold and then the inner and outer sides with a brighter shade of white. (These are also a pretty gift idea!)

 

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December 16 Gold Brushstroke Shoes & Sunglasses

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This is a pretty simple DIY, but they make for big statement and easy gifts if you are looking for a quick gift idea with the holiday right around the corner.

For the shoes, you’ll need shoes with a sole, gold acrylic paint, (or any color of your choice) a paintbrush and mod podge.

 

 

 

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If you aren’t comfortable with paint, then you might want to line where the shoe and sole meet with tape to avoid splatter or smudging. Just apply paint to sole and let dry. Apply a second coat for stronger color and coating, then seal with mod podge.

For the sunglasses you will need a pair of sunglasses, acrylic paint or paint pen, washi tape, mod podge(not pictured) and glitter(optional)

 

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Use washi tape to seal where you want paint to stop. You also might want to tape off the lenses. It will help to avoid extra work. As you can see in the one photo, I did not and had to scrap off excess. Then I nicked the paint on the rim and had to repaint. ugh. Once paint is applied you can simply finish with mod podge or you can mix glitter into it and have that little dose of sparkle.

Like I said, its pretty simple and straightforward, but it makes for a unique piece that is truly one of a kind, and you can never go wrong with that!

December 2, 2016 Felt Heart Cactus Keychain

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This year I moved to Arizona, and while I was working on a scrapbook, I made these little cacti out of a heart template. It turned out so cute, that with Christmas coming up I thought I’d make them into keychains for my siblings as a part of their gifts!

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For this craft you’ll need:

-felt

-keychains

-needle & embroidery thread

-Strong glue or glue gun

-small artificial flowers

-scissors

-heart template(optional)

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The first step is to cut out a heart shape from felt. You will also want to cut small strips to attach keychains. I eyeballed it, but about an inch long should be sufficient.

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Then using strong glue or glue gun, add a small drop to strips to create a loop. Put the loop in the dip of heart before gluing 2 pieces of hearts together.

 

**You don’t necessarily need to glue the hearts together, I just wanted the extra support. I found using a glue gun easier, but have the glue closer to the inside of the heart than the outer sides because putting the glue on the outside made it difficult to thread needle through.

Next you’ll thread a larger needle with the embroidery thread. Be generous with length and double knot the ends. This was just a simple under over stitch that continues along the rim of the heart.

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Once finished with the outer threading, use smaller pieces of thread and make small x’s or v’s on the body of heart to act as the prickles of a cactus. I found that less was more in this instance. The first one I made I tried to put 6  prickles and it looked a hot mess. (Its in the first photo) But the light green cactus below has only 3 and looks really good.

Gently attach a keyring like so.

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The final step is to add a flower blossom. Pull the flower head off the stem and there will be a small piece of plastic that can be covered in hot glue and then inserted in a small gap between stitches.

 

And there you have it, what do you think? Feel free to share thoughts in comments!

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October 6, 2016 Fashion Monster Sweater

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am so excited that its creeping up on us! This DIY is pretty quick (I don’t have a lot of patience for huge time consuming projects, but I’m trying to be better, do it yourself is always worth it!) I found this fuzzy sweater at a thrift store and thought it could be really cute with a monster face. As I was putting the eyes on, I thought I’d add some extra details like the lips and eyelashes to make it a girl monster. All the face pieces are cut from felt and glued on. (I really need to get my sewing machine out of storage!) I added rhinestones to the pupil for extra detail. I’m so happy it all came together so well!

 

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   Wishing you all the spookiest fright night!

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September 8, 2016 Quick DIY: glitter camera strap

Is anyone else bored to tears by the lack of colors and prints camera straps come in? I know one can never go wrong with black, but when I’m out and about with my camera around my neck I want it to double as an accessory. So I gathered up some supplies for this easy 10 minute craft.

Supplies:

-camera strap

-ribbon the fits width of strap or can go down the middle with equal spacing on both sides

-E6000 glue

-scissors

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So the super easy way to do this is just take an equal width ribbon to the camera strap, cut ribbon and glue it down.

Another way to do this is use a smaller width of ribbon and measure it so it has equal spacing on both sides of ribbon to the camera strap. Then if you have a patterned strap like I had, it can compliment the ribbon.

A sturdier way to attach the ribbon is to sew it down, but I haven’t had a problem with the E6000 so far. Once I had glued it down, I just added drops where pockets popped up or the glue didn’t attach well.

 

I love how this turned out with the full width covered in glittery ribbon and I get compliments all the time!

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