DIY: Leather wrap bracelet


I love an afternoon of relaxing and enjoying friends.  It's good for the soul to chat about great loves and difficult struggles, while soaking up the warm sun. It's even better when it includes crafting and yummy organic popsicles from the local stand!  Kelli and I had such an afternoon yesterday. We made these colorful leather wrap bracelets, and I'm totally loving them. The turquoise leather is from Endless Leather, and I picked up the tags, hooks and charms at Hobby Lobby. You won't need everything pictured above for this project...I might have been really excited and grab-happy in the findings aisle...:) I've also included links at … [Read more...]

Homemade natural translucent powder


Hey friends! I am beyond excited to share my latest DIY find with you, homemade all-natural translucent powder! I heard about this from a friend and thought it was worth a whirl...and it's amazing. Can you tell I am RAVING about it!?!?!  I have super oily skin and this stuff blots the oil right out, stays put all day AND looks and feels totally natural. Perfect right? PLUS!! It's SO cheap! I got all these ingredients at Whole Foods for less than $10 and it's gonna last a lloooonnnnggg time!! You will need organic cornstarch and French green clay. You can also tint a little with organic cocoa ( I like it) Cornstarch is sometimes used in … [Read more...]

DIY Soy Candles

Good morning friends! I did some guest posting here this week and made a fun soy candle from a pint paint tin.  I seriously think this is a contender for Christmas gifts or my craft show this year.  It is SO cute! And of course I used an image from the Graphics Fairy and made it printable for you to grab yourself. Check out Cheri's blog for the tutorial. Have a great day! I am linking up to these parties: The Graphics Fairy Linda @ Coastal Charm Tip Junkie Sugar Bee A Glimpse Inside Saturday Night Special … [Read more...]

DIY Bauble Ring

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Good Morning Friends! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start:) If not, maybe a fun project will make it better...or maybe the weekend, but I can't give you that:) I am so digging this ring and, as always, you can totally make it yourself on the cheap. You need: Thick gauge wire-- I am flexible on exactly how thick, it needs to be bendable (by you), but strong enough to hold the shape of a ring while you are banging it all over the place on your hand. Thin gauge wire--also flexible here, I used 24 gauge which is about right. It should be super small and very bendable. Assorted beads--you can usually buy a pack of mixed ones, but … [Read more...]

DIY Resin Cameo Necklace


DIY Cameo Necklace...yes please! You will love making and wearing this funness! I actually have 100 things to say about making this project, but I will save those for the end. What you should focus on now is the brilliant finished product. I am so totally in love with it. And PS, I will be totally in style while I strut my stuff . Because I do make a habit of strutting my stuff pretty much all the time. :) You need ICE Resin (wouldn't it be cool if I hadn't cut off the package name in the photo) Round bezels, these are 17mm (buy them here) 2 images from the Graphics Fairy that I combined. The origionals are here and here if you … [Read more...]

DIY sugar scrub from dish soap: guest post for 5 dollar dinners$

Hey friends! Check it out, I made a new sugar scrub for $5 Dinners. Have you ever been to her site? Cool meal ideas for under $5. wow. I made this from your regular grocery store items. Love it. And a cool printable from Graphics Fairy. Check $5 Dinners for all the ingredients and a link to the printable tag. Happy Scrubbing!! I am linking up to Graphics Fairy DIY Show off … [Read more...]

DIY Luggage Tag and the 2011 Color of the Year


Hey friends! Hope you had a fab weekend! I made these sweet luggage tags with A Dub today. Not only that, it was sunny outside.  I know...right...crazy. We used the 2011 color of the year.  Because...let's be honest, we must have chic and trendy luggage tags. First go get the graphic . It's from Graphics Fairy...who I love:) Then wave your magic wand in a computer program of your choice. Easiest way: Open a Word Doc Insert the picture that you have already saved to your desktop. Right-click on the picture and choose format. In the layout section, choose behind text. Now go back and click inside the image and the cursor should … [Read more...]

Homemade Laundry Detergent


I think my sister and I are channeling Laura Ingalls these days. We totally made our own clothes soap. It was really cheap.  Under $7 and this will last forever! You can totally do this too, it's super easy. To make about 4 mason jars full you will need: 6 cups Borax 4 cups baking soda 4 cups washing soda 4 cups Fels-Naptha bar soap (almost 2 bars) ~ UPDATE: This is totally your decision, but some new studies are showing that Borax powder fumes may cause reproductive harm in men.  You may try adding more baking and washing soda instead of the Borax and see how you like the results.  Another commenter made her's into a liquid, … [Read more...]

Homemade Sugar Scrub


I so love Christmas, but  I am not really a huge fan of the winter:( So...this year I am making and gifting some sugary sweet scrub.  I think it's the perfect fix for your tired, cracking winter hands.  It's affordable too, these jars are from Wal-mart, the labels are a free printable gift tag, and the ribbon is leftover from somewhere.  Not only that, most of these ingredients are probably in your kitchen pantry.  Make sure you give it and use it sooner rather than later, there are no preservatives...But who wouldn't want to use this immediately?!?! Honey Almond Sleepy Sugar Scrub: Mix about 3 parts white sugar and 1 part honey. 2 … [Read more...]

Craft show wrap-up & tons of Christmas gift ideas


Last weekend, my mom, sister, and I( (laughing hysterically in photo above) sold crafts to benefit a foster care/adoptive family here. I can't bring myself to individually put in the 20+ photos, so this gallery deal will let you look at everything and click on what you are interested in.  If I know where the craft idea came from originally (or something similar), I am tagging it at the bottom of the post. Literally...there are so many cute ideas!  But the best part is that through ticket sales and proceeds we were able to help a family care for their children, build homes for other foster parents , and begin work on a foster care summer … [Read more...]

Vintage plate bird feeder


Look at the sweet bird feeder Mom made me:) She used an outdoor strength adhesive to glue a thrift store bowl and vase together. I don't remember the glue name, but anything suitable for outdoor weather will work. My sister's is made from two plates and a vase...I think... You could really do anything. Sweet baby bird from the local dollar store. Then she slid the vase over a piece of bamboo. Totally sweet. I love it! Thanks Mom:) I am adding this to the Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors … [Read more...]

DIY Cute Bobby Pins


Seriously this project is so easy.  It's stupid easy. And so cute you will fall off your chair. First you need to hop over to the scrapbook section of your favorite craft store and find little fabric brads like these. You can also look here for the silk flower pieces you see on the finished product. Then hop over to the beads and jewelry making supplies to grab these bobby pins with a flat circle on top. Then hop over to adhesives for krazy glue. Why is it spelled with a "k?" If you could literally "hop" this would be more fun. You will also need index cards and wire cutters. Take each brad and cut off the brad part with your … [Read more...]

More cheese plates you can make


My sister and I are participating in a fun craft show this fall to raise money for foster care.  Craft #1 is this cheese plate and knife set with recipes. I blogged about making these last year...I is the link. It's crazy easy and a very useful gift! I love useful gifts. We rummaged through hundreds of stacks of dishes to find a few that were cute and in good shape.  A few of the sets come with two dishes. It's the thrift store.  Who knows what you will find when you get there. Then we searched through bins for knifes. My hands were so nasty that I had a hand sanitizer emergency. Right there in the dish aisle. Using … [Read more...]

Fun gifts to make


Sometimes I find so many cute things online I can't even stand it!! People are so creative.  So, for those of you that want to get a head start on Christmas presents or whatever, here are some ideas- Super cute labels and easy canning recipes from How About Orange Free downloadable decals in lots of fonts to label lots of cute things from Just Something I Made Decal Penny necklace from the same fab girl! Cork Coasters from zakka life Washer necklaces at Not So Idle Hands … [Read more...]

Granite cheese board


This granite came to me from a bosom buddy who I love dearly, and who always has the most exciting design ideas.   They are the leftovers from custom countertops and such...but the perfect size for hosting and entertaining whatnots.  Don't you think? I used countertop spray cleaner and sealer purchased from the local hardware store.  This process takes a few days, so don't get all jazzed up about a 10minute project.  The products have great directions, but you are basically cleaning a few times, drying for several hours, then sealing. I used a sponge, but paper towels would be great too. I then added these feet to keep scratches off my … [Read more...]