Summer is here and those pesky Mosquities! Stay tuned and aware oh how to fight them naturally with this recipe: 

BUG SPRAY

2 oz. Grain Alcohol (120-190 proof)

1 oz. Distilled Water

30 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

30 drops of Citronella Essential Oil

3 oz. Travel-sized PET Spray Bottle (We got ours at Target)

Lavender essential oils are used by aromatherapists to treat burns and skin irritations as well as to promote calming , ease, often used to treat anxiety, stress, insomnia. Its antiseptic, analgesic properties, Lavender can prevent infection, promote rapid healing, is nontoxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Citronella offers a balanced lemon aroma. Citronella essential oil is used to treat colds, fatigue, headaches, excessive perspiration, has antiseptic, deodorant, insecticide, and anti-parasitic properties. It's nontoxic and non-irritant but may cause skin irritations in some individuals. If you are unsure, don't spray directly on skin, but on socks, hats and clothing. Avoid u...

November 21, 2016

Just remember: Methods using chemicals or other harsh and abrasive cleaners are not recommended for soft stones like opals and pearls — use soap and water only. For the rest of your baubles, you can shine them up with one of these handy jewelry cleaning hacks:

 

Aluminum foil

Use aluminum foil to clean your tarnished silver jewelry much like you would your silverware. Line a tray with a piece of crumpled aluminum foil and place your jewelry on the foil. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the jewelry, then pour boiling water over it. The tarnish will transfer from the jewelry to the foil. You may need to flip or move the jewelry around so all sides come in contact with the foil. Remove and rinse with water.

 

Ammonia

That diamond isn't going to keep its sparkle all on its own. Soak diamond jewelry in a solution of 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia for about 15 minutes, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away any remaining grime, especially in the crevices of the setting and und...

October 31, 2016

Dress up any old outfit with one of these stunning, whimsical wood bead necklaces. You’ll need some leather, wooden beads and paint in the colors of your choice. Make your way over to Craft and Creativity to find out exactly how to assemble your own pretty piece of wooden jewelry. 

 All content courtesy of craft and creativity.

 

October 16, 2016

All photo's courtesy of diyready 

 

How to Make Yarn Wrapped DIY Bracelet

You can have lot's of fun with this one, making it with multicolored strings or a single one, any pattern, etc. I’ve been subconsciously buying into the monochrome trend recently. So when I dug up these wooden bangles from the bottom drawer, I thought they’d be perfect for a little updating. I wanted to create a not to monochrome rather than go all out. Plus I really like to look and feel of the wood and the way it contrasted with this delicious pearl cotton yarn. The finished effect is a subtle and stylish not to one of the season’s hottest trends.

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Wooden bangle

  • DMC Pearl Cotton #5 in Black and Off White

  • Yarn Needle and Thread

  • Snips/Scissors


    STEP 1: Start by tying a slipknot around the bangle using the white and snug it up against the bangle. (You’re not cutting off a length of yarn, but wrapping straight from the ball.) Leave a tail of about 2″

    STEP 2 : Flip t...

July 8, 2016

Photo courtesy of almostmakesperfect.com

 

I looooove air plants because even if I kill them, they’re cheap enough to replace and keep like 20 scattered around the house. So i have a half of dozen planters and holders for them, but could always use more.

 

I found these doll heads that had flat bottoms and would stand up perfectly straight — and even though dip dying might be totally last year, i decided to dip dye. i was hoping they’d kind of look like little pieces of like, southwestern pottery, which they kind of do…?

 

materials

  • WOODEN DOLL HEADS
    (the flat bottom makes them way better)

  • DYE (I USED TAN)

  • 1″ SPADE DRILL BIT

  • LOTS AND LOTS OF AIR PLANTS!

1. Using your drill bit, drill 1″ holes in your doll heads. we used 2 bar clamps to grab the ball from all four sides, squeezing them tight around the sphere and weighing the ends down with dumbbells to hold the whole thing in place while we drilled. let the drill to the work and don’t press down too hard or you...

July 7, 2016

All courtesy of ruffledblog.com

 

We’re approaching the end of our DIY wedding favor series, but I guarantee you will love our last picks as much as the first ones. These vertical terrarium wedding favors make great gifts because they don’t take any room, and are extremely easy to maintain. Who wouldn’t want to bring a little bit of the outdoors to their home or office?

 

SUPPLIES:

– Gravel (can be found at any pet store in the aquarium section)


– Air plants, cactus or succulents (you will need a small amount of potting soil if not using air plants)


– Moss


– spray paint


– magnetic metal tins (from ikea, the container store,etc. you just need to slap magnetic tape on the back!)


– Dremel tool


– painter’s tape


– E6000 glue

 

Cover your tins with painter’s tape before you begin spray painting the inside of them. Spray tins with 3-4 light coats until they have are opaque in solid white. While your tins are drying, remove the acrylic top from all lids by putting a small amount of pressure with your...

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