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Revive/Renew: A Vintage Chair Redo

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I love giving vintage/thrift items a new life. And, yes, I tend to anthropomorphize objects.

*BOOM! Look at that big word that just made my student loan debt is totally worth it!*

My latest project was a chair that I actually bought a few years back but finally found the right inspiration to revamp.
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DIY Cinnamon Ornaments and Gift Tags

header photo templateAren’t you tired of those cheesy store bought gift tags with the sad little snow flake or poinsettia leaves on them?  Don’t you want to wow your gift recipients not only with that perfect gift that they’ve been dreaming of, but with a bonus personalized memento that also shows off your gift wrapping skills? (yeah you are that kick-ass awesome) Then why not try out these cute, easy-to-make cinnamon clay gift tags that can double as ornaments once the “Great Wrapping Paper War of 2014″ a.k.a Christmas day is over.  [Read more…]

DIY beauty: Solid perfume

IMG_3882“Being creative is not a hobby it’s a way of life” -Unknown

The wonderful thing about crafting is that once it becomes a habit you start to look at objects differently and constantly ask yourself “how can I use this?”. A few days ago I had a serendipitous moment where the stars aligned and a few ideas that had been brewing in the back of my head came together at once.

Kia and I had discussed a few DIY beauty project ideas (we’ve been inspired by all of the DIY natural beauty guru’s and somehow wanted to contribute) but a lot of the ideas felt forced. Completely unrelated, I personally had been looking for a fragrance for summer. I’m not a big perfume wearer but I wanted something light, natural and portable. And then, as I was walking through the quaint beach gift shop in town, I spied these small handmade shell cases and thought:

Shell case + perfume need + DIY beauty idea need= Solid perfume project!

No lie, that equation probably appeared over my head in one of those comic-style thought bubbles. Eureka! I rushed to the counter with my finds and ran home to start.

Fortunately I already had everything else I needed at home (read: supply hoarder). But here are the supplies:

  • Beeswax (100%)
  • a carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond, or vitamin E oil
  • essential oils of your choice
  • a small heat-safe bowl
  • saucepan
  • disposable mixing tool (preferably thin, like a straw… I used a wooden skew)
  • sealable container for your final product


First, place equal parts beeswax and carrier oil into a small bowl. The amount depends on the size of you final container but approximately 1 tablespoon of each is a good starting point.


Place the bowl in a saucepan containing water and place on high heat to boil until the wax is melted.


Remove the bowl from the hot water USING TONGS. You can’t apply solid perfume with scalded fingers, sweetheart.

While the mixture is still liquid, add 8-10 drops of essential oils of your choice and mix. I used a light Egyptian musk mixed mixed with a subtle tangerine but be creative and personal! A lot of natural food stores sell a variety of essential oils and commonly have testers that you can smell in-store. Open a few in combination in the store to see what you like before buying.


Once mixed (and still liquid) pour into your desired container. Choose a container that’s sealable/closable and has a wide opening for easy finger access. Allow the mixture 10-30 minutes to

cool and you have a solid perfume with a unique personal scent!

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Craft Space Redo part 2: Glass Message Board


As you all can see from previous posts, I like message boards. Writing my ideas out in an area where I can visualize them every day helps to keep me organized. So I created this quick message board for my craft space to stay on track with projects!


  • Picture frame with glass (I chose a large size -16x20in)
  • Fabric
  • Chalk board pens
  • Scissors

Choose a fabric that you can easily see writing on. Tip: if you find a fabric you love but the pattern is too busy or the colors are too bright/dark, no worries! An overlay of tracing paper can be used to mute the pattern and help visualize the writing.


Cut the fabric to size to fit within the picture frame. Press the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Place the fabric within the frame and add padding to keep the fabric flat if necessary. There you have it! Chalk board pens or dry/wet erase markers can be used to write on the glass. Choose colors that pop!