To Make / Shibori Textiles

 

     Hi there! I've been wanting to try out the shibori dying method for awhile now, and when I stumbled upon this spray dye, I finally had the chance! The spray is really interesting, and saturated the textiles well. My goal was to be able to incorporate Bailey in the craft, since the spray isn't nearly as messy as conventional tie-dye methods, but her little fingers weren't quite strong enough to push down the mister to get dye to come out. She enjoyed observing though, and one of the things we dyed was a t-shirt for her, which she loved! I think it made her feel special, and that's my end game always. I had to revisit her shirt (the pattern I tried on her shirt didn't pan out as well as the other one), and after it was heat set, she proudly wore it the next day. Get the how-to below, and I highly recommend you pick up one of the many colors of this spray dye. It's magical!

Materials Needed:

- whatever textile you plan on dying, we did a shirt for Bailey and a tea towel!

- SEI Tumble Dye in Blue Berry

- rubberbands

Directions:

1. Shibori prints are beautiful and usually a deep indigo (hence the dark blue dye choice). I did a popcorn pattern on my tea towel, and a random one on Bailey's shirt that as I mentioned above didn't pan out. For the popcorn method, you just gather a small amount of the fabric and wrap a rubber band around the base, creating a little ball on top. 

2. Shake your spray well, and start spraying your textiles! Try and get it as evenly on the cloth as possible. 

3. Let air-dry for 20 minutes, and then remove your rubberbands. 

4. Dry in your dryer for another 20 minutes to heat set the dye. Then wash as normal and enjoy! 

To Make / Invigorating Body Oil

 

      Hi there! It's summer, which means it's smooth skin/bare skin season, and I've got the simplest DIY to ensure your skin is moisturized and gorgeous. A body oil is a great alternative to lotions and creams because it soaks in quickly and doesn't leave behind a residue (ew). It's also a lot easier to go all natural, due to lotions typically having way more ingredients and chemicals in general. Get the how-to below!

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of carrier oil (I used a combo of Vitamin E, Sesame, and Safflower oils)

- a peppermint essential oil

- any other kind of scented essential oil (I used tea tree to compliment the peppermint)

- a large amber glass dropper bottle (find online or at your local health foods store!)

Directions:

1. Pour your carrier oil into your bottle. 

2. Add your peppermint oil.

3. Add your choice of essential oil.

4. Shake lightly to combine. Enjoy!

To Make / Salt Spray for Beachy Waves

 

     Good morning! Today, I wanted to share a fun summer DIY with you! I'm always in the mood for beachy hair in the summer, even though I don't live anywhere near a beach. My natural texture is wavy-curly anyways, so this salt spray just adds a little more definition to it. For the fine hair folks out there, it will breath life into limp hair! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- distilled water

- macadamia oil

- 1 tsp. of Himalayan Pink Salt

- grapefruit + tea tree essential oils

- an amber glass spray bottle

Directions:

1. Grind up your salt and pour it into the bottle. Then, add water until the bottle is 3/4 of the way full. 

2. Drizzle in a tiny amount of macadamia oil, then add 10 drops each of your essential oils. 

3. Give the bottle a good shake, and spritz onto your hair for mermaid waves! Enjoy!

To Make / All Natural Bubble Bath

 

     Hi there! I've got a super easy DIY today, and bonus: it's for mamas and kid's alike! All natural bubble bath only has 3 ingredients (try and find that on children's bubble bath!), and it really only requires a couple of pours and a good shake. Get the how-to below!

Ingredients:

- 4 cups of lavender castille soap

- 1/2 - 1 cup of vegetable glycerin (this just depends on how much bubbles you want!)

- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions:

1. Pour your castille soap into your bottle. Then, add the vegetable glycerin. 

2. Add your essential oil drops.

3. Give the bottle a good shake, and you're done! Enjoy!

To Make / After-Sun Balm

 

     Good morning! Today, I'm sharing a DIY that's essential for summer: after-sun balm! Regardless of skin tone, and susceptibility to sun burns, any sun exposure to the skin damages it. If you're lucky, it's not visible (like with burns or sun spots), but thanks to UV cameras, we know it's there! That being said, there are ways to treat your skin after being out in the sun, and my favorite (and most natural way) is with pure aloe vera. I have a aloe plant, and haven't utilized its gel until now! It's bizarre, but each stalk is only covered with green skin and is actually filled with a clear gel column. All you do is remove the skin and then mash the gel and it's ready to use! Get the rest of the how-to below! 

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of aloe vera 

- 1 tbs. of beeswax

- 1 tbs. of jojoba oil

- 1/2 cup of shea butter

- 1/2 cup of coconut oil

- 20 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

1. Melt down the beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil together in a double boiler. 

2. Transfer to your container, and add your aloe and essential oil. 

3. Let set for a few hours, until fully hardened and cooled. Enjoy!

To Make / Rose Facial Spray

 

      Good morning! It's finally June, and that means summer! Along with the coming solstice, there will be a few changes to the blog. I'm rolling out a new business venture in collaboration with the existing blog, and this means that with the new work being shared, there will be less posting here. My goal is to post 3 times a week, expanding on fashion and style, while still keeping a couple of recipes and projects around. I'll share more about the business I'm working on in the coming weeks, but for now, lets kick off June with a refreshing, summery DIY! 

     Rose facial spray has been on my list of essential DIY's for awhile. As you may know, I'm in love with anything rose, from the scent to the color. I just can't get enough! What with the temperatures heating up and all, I figured it's time to share how to make this little gem, to keep your skin hydrated all summer long. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- rose essential oil

- witch hazel

- distilled water

- a glass spray bottle

Directions:

1. Pour your witch hazel in your bottle, about half way to the top, then fill the rest with distilled water and add 20 drops of rose oil. 

2. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. 

3. Mist your entire face and let it soak in. Enjoy! 

(Side note: this is such a fun thing for kids to do. Bailey asks me to spritz her face on the daily with the spray, and thinks it's hilarious. Of course, this is perfectly safe to-do, which is the whole point of these chemical-free, natural DIY's!)

To Paint / A Succulent Planter

 

      Hi there! Just wanted to share this cute little planter I made over the weekend! It was sooo easy, and the end result is simple and pretty. 

       I started with air dry clay, which I rolled out flat and cut into the base and sleeve of the planter. Then, I attached the two pieces and let it dry. After that, you just paint it however you like, and voila!

 A couple of tips if you decide to make your own:

1. Make sure to punch a hole through the bottom of the base for drainage, if you decide you want it to be a planter

2. Use a small amount of water on the edges to smooth out any cracks and unevenness.

To Make / Laundry Detergent

 

     Hi there! I've really been enjoying Homesong, a blog about topics ranging from motherhood to essential oils, written by Amanda Watters, a KC local. She has inspired so many small changes I've implemented in my life, and most of them always come back to providing a clean and natural, well-rounded home for Bailey. I've made quite a few of her DIY's already, and I have another one to share with you today! This homemade, all natural laundry detergent is everything you could want, and it actually works, which can't be said for all homemade cleaning supplies. Get the how-to below!

Ingredients / Materials:

- one bar of Dr. Bronners castille soap

- 1 cup of washing soda

- 1 cup of borax

- 20 drops of essential oils, your choice

Directions:

1. Chop up your bar of soap in quarters, and then quarter those.

2. Add in all of your ingredients to a food processor, and blend, then add the essential oils. 

3. Use about 1 tbs. for an average size load, and you're good to go!

To Make / Salt Scrub

 

      Good morning! Summer is encroaching swiftly, and that means limbs will be bared along with sandal-adorned feet. To prepare those limbs and feet, I concocted a new grapefruit + tea tree sea salt scrub! It smells amazing, and does the trick for getting those newly exposed areas ready for said exposure. Get the how-to below!

Materials / Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of Himalayan pink sea salt

- 1/2 cup of sea salt

- 1/4 cup of olive oil (jojoba or sweet almond work as well!)

- 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil

- 15 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions:

1. Grind up all of your salt however you like. For a more coarse scrub, I used a mortar and pestle.

2. Add in your olive oil and essential oils.

3. Stir to combine, and keep in an air tight jar. Enjoy!

To Dye / Tea Towels

 

      Good morning! A month or so ago, I came across a new (to me) way to naturally dye fabrics. I was mostly drawn to this natural dye because the end result is my favorite color, blush pink. It sounded very unusual that you could get this dreamy shade from avocado pits! But it's the real deal, and it's remarkably simple. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- about 10 avocado pits

- a cotton tea towel

- water

Directions:

1. Wash off all of your avocado pits, and place in a large sauce pan. Put in your towel, and cover completely with cool water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Let cool.

2. Let air dry overnight, then wash and dry like normal.

3. Store dye in an air tight jar and enjoy!

To Make / A Spoon Rest

 

     Good morning! For awhile now, I've been looking to replace the spoon rest we keep by the oven, and I finally decided to just make one. I like slightly wonky, gilded ceramics, so crafting one myself seemed simple enough! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- air-dry clay

- gold spray paint

- white acrylic paint

- a paint brush

- water for slip

Directions:

1. First, get a large ball of clay, and press it out until it's about 1/2 an inch thick. Mold it into a shallow bowl shape using the bottom of any cup or bowl you like.

2. Using water, smooth down the inside and sides of your dish until desired texture is reached.

2. (cont.) I made a small dip in the front of mine to accommodate any large cooking utensil. 

3. Let dry overnight, then paint the bottom and sides using spray paint, and paint the interior with white paint.

4. Let dry and enjoy!

To Make / Tea Towels

 

     Hi there! Today's DIY is the perfect way to add a little print to your life. Stamped tea towels are so easy, a toddler can do it! Get the how-to below! 

Materials: 

- a tea towel

- a chunk of potato, shaped however you like

- paint  

Directions: 

1. Lay your tea towel out flat, and dip your stamp into the paint. Press on to towel in any pattern. 

2. Let dry overnight, and enjoy! 

To Make / Bubbles

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share a super easy DIY I made for Bailey this spring. Homemade bubbles only require a few ingredients, and all it takes is a little foraging to craft a wand to go with them! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- 1 part dish soap

- 3 parts water

- 2 tsp. of vegetable glycerin

- a twig

- copper wire

Directions:

1. Assemble your wand by curling the wire around the end of your twig a few times, and then shaping it at the end that will form the bubbles. For your bubbles, fill your jar 3/4 of the way with water.

2. Then, add enough dish soap to fill to the top, then add your vegetable glycerin.

3. Shake to combine, and enjoy!

To Make / Flower Crowns

 

      Good morning! My sweet Bailey is three today!! Instead of going into the depths of time and how fast it goes, I just wanted to share a little DIY I made for Bailey's spring flowery themed party this weekend. There will be a few of Bailey's play date friends there, along with her little cousin Madi, and I wanted to make them special flower crowns for the festivities. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- paper flowers (these were in the $ section at Target!)

- twine

- scissors

Directions:

1. First, get the wires attached to the flowers unwound and ready for the twine. Also, measure out your twine around your head and cut to the appropriate size.

2. Attache the flowers with the wiring to the twine in an alternating pattern.

3. Tie onto your adorable models head, and enjoy!

To Make / Linen Spray

 

     Hi there! I was recently combing through Homesong's DIY's, and found this really simple "recipe" for an all natural linen spray. I've been wanting to try one out for awhile as a pillow spray, and this was the perfect opportunity! I tweaked the ingredients a little to make it lavender scented instead of pine scented. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- witch hazel

- distilled water

- lavender essential oil

- a small funnel

- a glass spritzer bottle (I find mine at my local health foods store)

Directions:

1. Fill your bottle about 1/3 of the way with witch hazel.

2. Add in 20 drop of lavender essential oil, and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.

3. Place the lid on top, and shake for a second to combine all of the ingredients. Spritz and enjoy!

To Make / Beeswax Candles

 

     Good morning! Today's DIY is one I've been wanting to try for awhile, and finally got around to it last month! Beeswax candles are the most natural candles out there, and super simple to make. Not to mention the wax melts down to a pretty yellow, and burns nice and slow. I consider these essential! Get the DIY below!

Materials:

- beeswax pastilles

- wick + wick holder

- washi tape and a stick to hang the wick from

- essential oil

- jar for candle

- double broiler

Directions:

1. Melt down about 2 cups of wax in your double broiler.

2. Set up your wick and pour the melted wax into the jar, then add your essential oils.

3. Let cool overnight and clip the wick, et voila!

To Make / A Photo Garland

 

     Good morning! A couple of weeks back, I made this little photo garland to put to good use some prints from the fall. I never have actual prints of the photos I take, so I felt I had to actually hang them up somewhere! Check out the DIY below!

Materials:

- photos

- clips

- wire

- scissors

Directions:

1. Trim down your photos to a square shape. I did this for personal aesthetic reasons, but feel free to leave them in their rectangle shape if you want!

2. Attach the photos to your wire using your clips, and space evenly.

3. Hang the garland wherever you like! Ours is hanging in our huge living room window, and looks so pretty in the natural light.

Thanks for reading, and have a good day!

For Bailey / Craft Time

 

      Hi there! Since tomorrow's Valentine's Day, I wanted to share a little craft I did with Bailey the other day! I had her put together a card for Brett, and it turned out adorabley!

     We just used a simple sheet of red construction paper, some appropriately colored pom poms, fabric glue and a marker!

     First, we glued on the pom poms around the heart shape that I drew with a marker.

     Then, I had Bailey color all over it and on the inside with the marker, and added a few hearts and some text. That's all! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Make / A Bedtime Box

 

      Good morning! Today, I wanted to share a fun idea I had for getting Bailey more interested in a bedtime routine. She already loves going to brush her teeth and put on some lavender balm before bed, but I wanted to take it a step further with a bedtime box!

       All you need are a few items for your child to associate with bedtime to keep in a little box. We bring it out at night, and she looks through it, then starts using the items. We plug in her nightlight, do a couple of drops of the lavender oil on her pillow, read her tiny book, all while she snuggles with her tiny Pooh!

        It's really just something to make bedtime a little more fun. You can rotate out the items with other things, and really customize it to whatever your child likes!

     I think Bailey's favorite part is the box though, as she loves putting away her little treasures somewhere hidden. She hides coins under blankets, little dice in a drawer, and once hid our smart TV remote in a piggy bank. She's already quite the mischievous one! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday!

To Make / An All Natural Face Serum

 

       Good morning! One of my goals for this year is to try and switch out as many store-bought products with homemade products as I can. A lot of the cleaning supplies, beauty + skincare products, and home goods that are available in stores can be made at home with fewer and all natural ingredients. I have a long running list of supplies to make, but the one I wanted to share with you all today is this "recipe" for a simple face serum. I've been looking for a good serum to use at night, but most serums are pretty pricey, and the most luxe ones are the most chemical-filled. Then, as I do with most things, I thought "I'll just make one". It's a very easy DIY to follow, and I've had great results so far since I made it last weekend. Find out how to craft your own below!

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of coconut oil

- 1/4 cup of jojoba oil

- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil

- 20 drops of lavender oil

Directions:

1. Melt down your coconut oil and jojoba oil in a double broiler.

2. Once melted, pour into a small jar and add in your essential oils.

3. Let set overnight and you're good to go!