I spent the summer diving into art therapy and this was one of my projects. I’m revealing my new rug design, technique and the progress of my living room renovation!Read More
Earth Day is just 2 days away, and I'm so excited! Why? Because it's an excellent reason to share with you my favorite crafts: Upcycled Crafts! There are many different household items you can recycle or repurpose to give your space an eco-friendly flair! Today we're looking at crafts using easy to find items such as cardboard boxes and tin cans. Cardboard is one of my favorite items to upcycle, and it's a great way to feel a little less guilty about all of those Amazon boxes that arrive at your front door. Looking to get organised? Well there is no need to buy more organizing or craft supplies, when all you need to do is look to your kitchen. Put those empty tin cans to use with a beautiful upcycling project.
Are you a sucker for all things industrial? Well that's what drew me into this project! I think if I try to make this my mother would officially kick me out, but if you have space for something like this on your wall, I would 100% recommend it! I mean think about how much money you would save! Thanks to Chip and Joanne, EVERYONE is on the farmhouse/galvanized/industrial home décor trend so these are not cheap! But if you make it yourself, that's something you can brag about!
With a few supplies, you can easily upcycle cardboard boxes and make beautiful custom storage and organizing boxes for your home. I already know which room I want to put these in!
Cardboard box shelves
An easy step-by-step DIY project for cardboard box shelves from homes+ magazine - make it yourself and transform everyday objects into something special for your home. I'm thinking of making one of these to hold my shoes in.
If you’re a serial DIY-er like myself, I’m sure you’ve been stumped when it comes to dealing with old empty paint cans. Try a hanging garden!
Making your own reusable dryer sheets is a no-brainer way to save money AND the environment! This method is so simple you'll never BUY dryer sheets again!
Ever since my niece was born, I've been obsessed with finding the cutest DIYs for her. She wasn't the friendliest at first, making it really hard to get a good photo of her, but around 2 months she really started to open up, smile more and even light up for the camera! It's been a joy creating things for her the past three months. One of those is this whimsical rainbow ribbon wall hanging! Kid stuff always feels like it can be more playful and fun and you can do just about whatever you want!
-60 white cotton balls
-8 x 11 white cloud printout
-8 x 11 cardboard
-hot glue gun
-ribbons or tissue paper in rainbow colours (ribbon will hold up more to a grabby baby)
- First print out a white cloud, cut it out then glue it to your cardboard. Cut around the shape of the cloud. This will serve as your base.
- Glue cotton balls onto cloud filling up all of the white space. For an 8 x 11 cloud, I used 40 cotton balls and for an 11 x 17 cloud, I used 60 cotton balls.
- You can either glue a string to the back of the cardboard cloud or use your jewellery pliers to attach jump rings to each bail. Cut a length of chain with your jewellery cutters to attach to the jump rings (mine was about 8″ long) and connect your jump rings with the chain.
- Decide how long you want your ribbons to hang down from your cloud and cut 3 of each colour ribbon a few inches longer than that measurement (I made mine 20″ long).
- In colour order, glue the colours across the bottom back of your cloud and make sure to reverse the order from how you want it to appear when hanging.
- Hang your rainbow in the spot you want it to go and then use fabric scissors to trim the ribbons at an angle with the longest ribbon in each set being the one at the back and the shortest ones being the ones hanging in the front. That’s it! You’re done!
So sweet! I love how the ribbons hang down and the cotton balls above look so puffy—I just want to poke them! The cotton ball clouds would be a great item to add a few drops of essential oils onto to keep a delicious scent in a kid’s room as well (just keep in mind that peppermint oil should not be used around children under the age of 6 and eucalyptus oil should not be used around children under the age of 10).
We have officially survived the first week of the year! How did you do? Was it a breeze or are you already planning your first escape? If you work a Monday-Friday, weekends are a reward for you. They're a great time to unwind and tackle projects around the house you didn't have a chance to do during the week. Personally, I like to try new things on Saturday mornings. The lighting is perfect, it's usually quiet around the house and by the time I'm done with everything it's time for me to go to church for practice. On a good day, I can knock out three projects in one day!
So if you're looking for the perfect project to tackle this weekend, check out these five projects below!
2. DIY Mini Colourful Dessert Goblets
5. Photo Frame Tray
Which projects are you excited about? Do you have your own project you're going to work on? Share your weekend plans with us in the comment section below. We love hearing from you!
The weekend is here, so I thought it would be a good idea to round up some fun DIY projects for you to look at. This was you can check them all out in one place and pick the one that you enjoy! The only problem is…I think you are going to like them all.
It’s time to get your Craft on and get inspired to do some fun crafts!
Wouldn't these plates look just lovely at a spring brunch with the girls (or boys? or dogs?)? I know several ladies who would 'ooh' and 'aah' over these beauties as they eat their fruit and cupcakes. That's what you serve at brunch right?
Sometimes simpler is just better, and these DIY confetti pattern plates are about as easy as it gets! Also good to note: no one is ever expected to be a professional painter when it comes to using Q-tips cotton swabs as your disposable party paint brushes of choice, so the more abstract the better. If you can dot an I, then you’ve got this one covered! Plus you can use this same concept as inspiration for just about any surface that you want to pattern — table linens, notecards, back-to-school school supplies, you name it.
Napkin rings can make such a beautiful impact on your table setting. They dress up any table and provide visual interest. I have a handful of silver napkin rings that we purchased when we were first married, but I wanted something with a warmer, crafted feel. These autumn acorn napkin rings are the perfect accent for custom cloth napkins.
I’ve been wanting to try making my own DIY version of my favourite headband for quite some time. If you’re not an experienced seamstress don’t worry, I’m not either and this project comes together really quickly and quite painlessly. Your stitches and seams don’t have to be perfectly aligned which can make this a favourite kind of pattern. It’s a great way to use up fabric scraps that you love.
So…what do you think? Have you picked out a DIY Project for this weekend…or is it two…maybe three!!!!! I just hope you have tons of fun creating and making your family and friends smile!
So I LOOOOOVE coffee! I love it so much so, that when I joked with a teacher to bring me some coffee from her trip to Cuba, she actually brought me some! And another teacher gave me a baggie of coffee. I use it to cure my headaches and refuse to do work until I at least brew my coffee! And as bad as this sounds, one of the reasons I continued going to my church when I first started, was the free Starbucks coffee. Miraculously I don't drink coffee on Saturdays, but you can imagine, with me brewing coffee five days a week, that's a lot of coffee grounds being thrown away....or reused if you know what to do with them!
Yes, you can totally use used coffee grounds to make a spa-like body scrub. Sounds crazy, right? I recommend using 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part coffee grounds. You want to use room temperature coconut oil, not quite melted, still solid but soft enough to scoop out. Pour the two ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Doesn’t look too luxurious at this point, does it? But, just you wait! Then use a hand mixer to whip the oil and coffee grounds together.
And this is what it looks like after you have whipped it up. You guys, it smells so gooooooooooood. I’m not a fan of the scent of coconut but the coffee definitely makes up for it! And doesn’t it look like Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream? But DO NOT eat it. I mean you could because it’s all technically edible, but it would be so gross. So just smell it. And put it on your skin. But not in a creepy Silence of the Lambs way.
This works like any other body scrub. Scrub it on your skin in a circular motion, rinse it off, and pat your skin dry. Since neither oil nor the coffee grounds are shower drain friendly, don’t use more than you need to and run hot water down your drain for a while after use. I found that my skin felt like I had just bathed in body butter, and if that’s an icky feeling for you too, don’t worry; the feeling goes away after about ten minutes, and you won’t even need to wear lotion!
If you store the scrub in an airtight container, it will last a few weeks — but toss it out at any signs of mould or mildew. Keeping the jar of scrub in the fridge will extend its life a bit longer. Also, if you store the scrub above 76 degrees the coconut oil will start to melt again. If that happens just pop it in the fridge for a bit, and then whip it up again.
Make sure to check out the other DIY projects I share this week. You might also like these previous posts:
As Mother's Day approaches (May 8 — you're welcome for the reminder), it's a good time to go over some do’s and don’ts for gift giving. Let’s face it, as adults uncooked macaroni glued to cardboard doesn't cut it any more when you have a full-time job. Remember your tween years, when you'd forget it was Mother's Day until the actual day and frantically throw together a "coupon book?" Basically gifting your mother — the woman who birthed you, nurtured you and raised you— a collection of IOU's. Things like "One free lawn mowing," or "Will walk the dogs without being asked." They were chores we were going to do anyway, but we were desperate and young, and we could get away with it. Not so much any more.
As an adult, buying a Mother's Day gift is still a struggle, but it doesn't have to be. Why not go back to the classic "coupon book" that worked so well for us in the past? The only difference being this time you'll make some coupons mom will actually want.
Here, we've compiled some for you already. We’ve even left some blank for you to fill out yourself. You can print as many as you’d like to make your coupon book as thick as you want.
All you have to do, to put this gift together, is print and cut out each coupon. Then stack them on top of each other, punch a hole on the side, and tie it together with a ribbon, like so! Feel free to go crazy with the decorations, or keep it simple!
Which ones do you think you’re going to use? Stay tuned this week as we’re going to be giving you great ideas for DIY Mother’s Day gifts that your mom actually wants!
I'm so excited to close out this year! Not because this year sucked, no far from it! I had a great year! Of course there were some ups and downs, but the ups definitely exceeded the downs! I finally made it to one year in a relationship, I finally spent Christmas with him, things changed for the better on my job (notice I don't complain as much any more), I reunited with friends I thought I'd never speak to again, went kayaking, toured the seas on a pirate ship, tried The Cheesecake Factory for the first time, found out I'm expecting a goddaughter in February (my birth month), and so much more, but most importantly, I'm ending the year with a much stronger faith than what I started the year with.
I learned so much this year and I'm so happy that I was able to share it with you guys. You've become more than just my readers, you're also my friends. Over the course of the year I've met so many people who were like, "Hey I know you!" I had no idea my words reached so many of you and for that I am truly humbled. So to welcome the New Year and officially close out 2015, I have compiled (in chronological order from most recent to oldest) a list of my Top 15 Posts of 2015:
- Getting Vulnerable with Kamillah
2. Travel Diaries: Abaco
3. DIY Nautical Themed Wedding
4. 8 Irresistible Donuts to Kick Off Your Weekend
5. Seafood Margarita Alfredo
6. Summer-to-Fall Essentials that Looks Good on Everyone
7. DIY Catnip Toy
8. Power Woman: Ria Georgina
9. 10 Things You Can Do When You're Having a Bad Day
10. The 2015 Bahamian Icon Awards
11. DIY Body Wash with Honey + Coconut Milk
12. How to Unplug & Let Go
13. Funfetti Waffles with Whipped Lemon Yoghurt Topping and Fresh Berries
14. Vegan Spinach + Mushroom Grilled Cheese
15. DIY Black Crop Top Without a Pattern
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!
See you in 2016!