I’ve recently discovered this Etsy shop that I absolutely love! It’s called BZR and they make some awesome ombre stockings. My favorite ones are at the bottom of the post.
Anyway, the story of the shop was interesting. The girl who runs it, Tiffany, was 26 and without a job. She also lived in an apartment with her brother. She decided that she wanted to try to make ombre stockings because she had time to do it and had been thinking about it for a while. With some motivational prompting from friends and family, she opened up a shop on Etsy. The orders started flooding in and the rest is history. That never happens… but I’m so glad it did 🙂
I love coffee. I don’t love it specifically for the caffeine either. I actually enjoy the smell and taste of it. I was planning to make sugar scrub this week since I haven’t made any in a while and decided to make a coffee-scented scrub. It smells wonderful and would make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life. Especially if they’re always on the move and could use some extra pampering.
If you plan to give the DIY vanilla latte sugar scrub as a gift, I wanted to make sure you could go the whole nine yards, soooooo I made you some cute labels for your jar. The rectangular label is 4×2″ and the round label is 4×4″. You pick which one you’d like. Or maybe you want both because you plan to make more than one jar of these??
Things You Will Need:
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Coffee
3/4 cup Coconut oil
2 capfuls Vanilla extract
Add all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Then, melt the coconut oil in the microwave and add the vanilla to it.
Pour the coconut oil and vanilla into the dry ingredients.
Mix the ingredients very well.
Pour the sugar scrub into your jar.
Pick your choice of label, print it out, and stick it to your jar.
I used double sided tape to apply my label, but if you have label paper you could always print it on there.
(Ignore my bad label in the picture. My printer blows.)
Now you have your own coffee-scented sugar scrub. It smells good enough to eat. Actually, you could eat it if you wanted to.
Enjoy it, and be sure to let me know which label you prefer! I have a few more sugar scrubs planned and will make you labels for all of those as well.
Upcycling old clothes has become super popular Recently. It seems like everyone is taking their old clothes and accessories and making them like new again. Well, Women’s Health Magazine and Erica Domesek, from P.S.- I made this…, want in on the action. They have decided to join forces to create the DIY Cap Contest. All they want is to see your best upcycled ball cap!
If you win, you get a $300 crafting kit and you’ll be mentioned in the September issue of the magazine.
Am I participating? Of course I am, and you should too. I know you guys are crafty and I would love to see one of my wonderful followers win 😀
A year or so ago, a friend bought me some wine glass charms. My first thought was I bet I could make that. So, this week, I dug them out of the kitchen drawer and took a good look at them. Yep. I can do that.
It was actually pretty simple. You can choose to use tools or not, but they make the process a bit easier. Your call. You can get the charms and wire at any craft store. Be sure to pick up some wine on your way home. You know you’ll want to test your charms!
Note: Pick beads with a large hole through the center. There are some beads that are meant for very thin wire or string. You want beads that will slide freely on whichever wire you choose.
Things You Will Need:
Put a small loop at the end of your wire. You can use pliers for this or find a small object to wrap it around.
Wrap your wire around a larger, round object to make it about an inch in diameter.
Add your charms and/or beads.
Then, twist the end of the wire without the loop upwards (or sideways, whatever works best for you) so that the extension fits inside the loop and holds the two ends together.
You should have something like this when you’re finished. I really loved making these and might have gone overboard…
I made some with thin wire and some with thick wire. I prefer the thin wire because it makes the charm look more dainty. There are a few of each in the image above so that you can see the difference. Which one do you like?
So many friends and family members are getting married or having birthdays and I keep trying to think of new ways to decorate their gift bags and boxes. Of course, it’s easier to go to the store and buy a gift bag, but I’d rather make one myself. I gave a gift recently that was tall and skinny and was trying to think if the best way to present it. I decided to make my own bag out of scrapbook paper. The black and white bag in the picture above is the one I chose. The brown one is cute, but the design didn’t suit her as well.
You don’t need much to make it and it takes about 2 minutes to complete.
Things You Will Need
Find the center of your paper and fold both ends into that center point.
Tape both ends together.
Fold the bottom of the paper up about two inches.
Open the folded part up and fold down the sides like in the image above.
Fold the top and bottom to the center and tape them together.
Fold the top of the paper down about an inch.
Punch a hole on each side of the paper and tie a ribbon through for some extra flare! You can always tie a gift tag in the ribbon as well.
The thicker the paper you choose, the more durable the gift bag will be. So if you’re giving a gift that is a bit heavier or needs extra support, go with a card stock paper rather than your typical scrapbook paper.
In a few simple words, this is why I love art. Somehow, getting lost in your own work allows you time to think and become things you never imagined. Join us in the #onething project on Google+ and create something (anything) new every day. Use the hashtag! There are so many opportunities to create and to find yourself… or lose yourself. Whichever you prefer.
My cousin is going to be having a baby girl soon and I went to her baby shower yesterday. She had a craft table set up with stretchy handbands, felt, buttons, hot glue and other fun stuff so that each person there could make a headband for her new baby. (She’s crafty like that and I love it!) I thought this would make a great Make Something Mondays project for those of you who have little girls of your own or know someone who might be having one soon.
The results are so cute and they are so easy to make. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!
DIY headband options
There were several DIY options available and she even made instructions to go with them. Sooooo you are going to get a few DIY projects today.
Baby Pom Pom Headband
Step 1: Cut your felt to the size of the Pom Pom strip to the side of the paper.
Step 2: Fold the felt in half and glue it at the bottom.
Step 3: Cut vertical strips into the folded edges of the felt.
Step 4: Roll the up and glue it as you go.
Glue it the headband and you’re done!
Baby Bow Headband
Step 1: Using the templates, cut the shapes in the felt.
Step 2: Glue the ends of the bow underneath.
Step 3: Glue the bow loop and bow base together
Step 4: Glue on the center of the bow.
Flowers With Buttons Headband
Step 1: Cut out your felt shapes using the templates. You will want a larger flower and a smaller flower.
Step 2: Layer the smaller flower on top of the larger one, add the button to the center and sew them to the headband.
This one is so cute!
Circular Flower Headband
Step 1: Cut out 4 felt circles, each one a bit smaller than the last.
Step 2: Cut small slits in the edges of the flowers to represent the petals.
Step 3: Layer the flower circles from small to large and sew a button in the middle.
This was probably the easiest one to make.
I just loved this idea for a fun baby shower project. I’d love to know what you think!
When you were a kid, which cartoon character was your favorite? That’s always a hard question… for me anyway.
I found these cool modernized versions of a ton of cartoon/video game characters on Alt Ctrl Del earlier this week. I have no idea who the artist is though, because the site didn’t give a name, just a username. He goes by Ben6835 and you can find more of his work on Tumblr.
Apparently he has a great sense of humor and really knows how to get it into his artwork. It cracks me up. I’m a big fan of the Winnie the Pooh robot bear and the Snow White illustration with the skulls. Pretty fancy stuff!
Go visit his site and let me know which one is your favorite 🙂