Last summer, my mother treated my sister and I to a spa treatment. After spending the fastest hours of our lives in the session, we wandered around the spa shop, where tons of overpriced body products were being sold. Annie and I sampled almost everything and they managed to convince me to buy one $20 product, which, in my mind, was restraint on my part.
After we got home, I started researching ways to make body scrub without spending the huge pay increase because it's simply from a spa. We found a bunch of "recipes", but the one here goes a little like this:
1. Grab a mason jar (or any kind of jar, really. Just make sure the lip closes nice and tight!)
2. Scoop in brown sugar, olive oil, cocoa, and vanilla. I'm not sure of measurements, but you'll want the consistency to be thicker than mud. Also, make sure you only use a little bit of cocoa - that stuff goes a LONG way! (If you don't have brown sugar, regular sugar works fine as well.)
3. Make sure it's total stirred up! Screw on the lid.
4. I tied this cute little twine around it to give it more of a rustic feel. And there you go!
My only suggestion would be to use this in the shower! If you're using it at a regular sink, the water could splash leaving your things brownish from the cocoa.
Ultimately, it smells WONDERFUL, feels great, and costs you practically nothing!
(Try other scents and combinations. Later that day, we tried one using coffee!)
In case you didn't know, I'm a 6th grade math teacher! Here's a view from my desk, which has actually gotten LESS cluttered, believe it or not. I took away a few of the pictures to lessen the bulky feeling. And believe me, I'm a clean freak throughout the day, so I never have too much clutter overwhelming my desk.
Anyway, two of the things you see here are things I made myself!
1. Pencil Sunflower Vase
2. To -Do List
I made the Pencil Sunflower Vase back in the summer time as I was getting ready to start my job. I started with an old soup can that I thoroughly cleaned out. I bought a few boxes of pencils from the dollar stores and hot glued them all around the sides, making sure they were as straight as possible so I would be able to keep them perfectly upright. Then, I tied a cute little red bow around it. This helped to make sure they all stayed and it gave it a little pop of color. Finally, I bought a few sunflowers from Michael's and popped them in! All done!
My To-Do List was extremely easy! First, I went to the Dollar Store in my town and picked up a little frame - whatever size and shape will work! Then, the fun part came. I visited a website one of my girlfriends told me about called DaFont.com, where you find tons of awesome fonts and download them to your computer. I've used these fonts for so many things ; stuff for school, cute invitations, etc. Once I found a font I liked, I simply typed "To-Do List" onto a blank Word page. Finally, instead of printing on regular old while printer paper, I used line paper! Oh, and you can't forget the little red bow I hot glued to the top corner! I had extra from my Pencil Sunflower Vase that I decided to use!
Hope this helps to make your desk brighten up a bit!
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If you guys haven't realized just yet, my boyfriend and I tend to work on a lot of these DIY projects together. So, when he got a Dremel over Christmas, I had a feeling I would be borrowing it for a few fun jobs.
I saw on Pinterest there are TONS of ways to use a Dremel, but my favorite one I saw was to etch glasses.
So, etch I did!
I went to the Dollar Store and started out with two wine glasses, costing me a whopping total of two buckaroos. Then, I used a Sharpee to draw the design I wanted on my wine glasses. This time, I was starting simple and planned on doing our two initials: L and R.
Then, I strapped on my goggles and started etching using my Dremel. The first one took about 15 minutes to get nice and smooth. Once I had the practice, I finished the second one in only about ten minutes.
As for the next ones I tackle, I'm thinking I'll go with a more challenging design.
Let me know if you would like one!!
Today, we had a snow day, so it was the perfect day to work on a quick DIY project.
Over the weekend, I stopped at JoAnn's fabric. I'm not sure what color couch I'll have once I actually want to use these pillows, so I knew I wanted colors that were somewhat neutral. Here's what I found:
I scavenged through the basement and found a few old pillows. Don't mind the embarrassing Snoopy pillow from my middle school obsessive years:
After messing around with my mom's super old sewing machine, I realized it wasn't going to work and knew I had to do it the old fashioned way - by hand. Thank goodness I had Home Ec in high school...
Here we go:
1. Flip the fabric so the nice side is facing "in". I decided to make an envelope-style pillow cover, so all I would need to do is slip the pillow inside. Fold it how you see it in the picture below, and make sure you overlap the two flaps. This will act as the envelope to hide the old pillow inside.
2. Sew the two sides, making sure you get it straight as possible.
3. Once both sides are sewn, flip the fabric so that the nice side is on the outside now.
4. Slip your own pillow inside.
I started making candles a while ago and sold a bunch at a craft fair last summer. Still, there were some improvements I needed to work on.
Ryan's new obsession with his Dremel tool helped with one of these improvements. The wine bottles are great because they're:
b) Aesthetically pleasing
d) Used (after) you drink the bottle of wine ;)
Soy candles are great because they're safer to breathe (compared to the normal paraffin ones we're used to seeing at most stores). We did a few with double wicks and some with just one wick.
If you want one, we're taking orders! Let us know what kind of wine bottle you'd like and what scent! Can't wait to hear from ya :)
With a "plan" of moving out in the somewhat foreseeable future, I've had apartment-decorating on my mind. (At the same time, I have saving money on my mind.) To make the two thoughts come to an agreement, I've been trying to think of a lot of DIY projects that I could do to eventually furnish and decorate an apartment.
A few months ago, my parents got rid of their ottoman because it was looking pretty worn out:
But I knew this could be saved! So this morning, I went to Joanne's Fabric and bought three yards of fabric good for upholstering furniture. (Joanne's always has good sales, which always helps!)
After a little bit of tugging and using the staple gun (again), we got it to look like this:
Much better, if I say so myself!
This past summer, I got my first job as a middle school math teacher. Obviously, I became more obsessed that I was already with Pinterest and knew I wanted to get busy crafting and making things for my new classroom.
I knew I wanted a cool "teacher stool", but didn't want to spend the money. My boyfriend's mom remembered she had this old stool tucked in the attic somewhere, and thank goodness she found it:
It doesn't look like much to begin with, but we got busy! My boyfriend and I sanded the edges and gave it a fresh coat of nice white paint. Then, we used a staple gun to attach a thick layer of foam. Finally, the staple gun came in handy one more time to attach my blue and white fabric I got from Joanne's! After just a little bit of work, here's the final product!