Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend Valentine’s Day Edition

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe that January is almost over? It seems like only yesterday we were making New Year’s Resolutions and workout plans. Now it’s time to spoil ourselves and our loved ones again because Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! That means you’ve got to figure out what kind of gift you want to give your partner, where to find out and how much to save for it. Or maybe you’re flying solo this Valentine’s Day. You could still use this as an opportunity to get something for yourself of that best friend that’s always there for you. If you need a few good DIY gift ideas that won’t break the bank, we’ve got 5 just for you!

1.      Peppermint Bath Salts are a great way to unwind after a long day. Even though Peppermint is usually associated with Christmas, the red and white colours are still perfect for Valentine’s Day as well. Plus, peppermint is a stimulating scent and is known to help reduce headaches, and would be a great natural help for cold and flu symptoms also. Make several batches and use them for your loved one, or even as teacher gifts. Be a little selfish and make one for yourself too while you’re at it.

2.      Can’t afford a bottle of your beau’s favourite scent this holiday season? Give them a new favourite scent when you make your own! No one knows your partner better than you, so who better to combine their favourite scents into one perfect perfume or cologne for them? It really is very easy actually to make your own perfume and doesn’t take a long time. It takes 3-4 base ingredients which really is up to you. You can make scents that help you to relax, help to de-stress you, or help to change your mood. Get the tutorial here and drive your partner’s senses wild this Valentine’s Day!

3.      If you’ve never heard of Blurb, it’s a great website that allows you make your own photo books! But why stop there? Why not make a family yearbook? If you’re married with kids, this would be a perfect way to include the whole family on Valentine’s Day! They are a wee-bit time consuming, but once you have a hardbound copy of all of the year’s memories with your significant other and kin, you’ll have fun reliving those moments over and over again!

4.      Want to go the inexpensive route but still want your gift to be heartfelt? Decorate a small glass jar with ribbons, felt hearts, and other decorative items. This unique gift can be added to a shelf as a decorative piece, and can be customized with a personal message from you.

5.      Got a tough one on your hands that’s not interested in all of the fussy stuff, but you still want to make them feel loved? Try this next idea! Add a special touch to your partner’s favorite drinks with custom labels that can be attached to ale and cider bottles. Think of unique quotes or a special message for each bottle, and then place them in the fridge.

Which idea is your favourite? Maybe you have some ideas you want to share with us? Share what you plan on gifting this Valentine’s Day in the comment section below. You just may inspire someone else!

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend

Hello Lovely,

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.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For a Geometric Mat
Doormat 
Masking Tape
Acrylic Paint
Paintbrushes

Optional (for a more complex design)
Exacto Knife
Permanent Marker
Paper (tracing / printer)

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!

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend - Vacation Edition

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend - Vacation Edition

I've been plowing through quite a few projects, trying to get ahead with a few trips I have coming up late in May. So, it’s pretty much all hands on deck…with paper projects, some jewellery design, more craft related DIYs, and a sewing project or two. Oh! And some more fashion related content as well.

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Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend

Hello Lovely,

Now that we've had time to adjust to the spring weather and fashions (my allergies still haven't adjusted) there’s no better way to celebrate the weekend than with a good DIY project. Take advantage of the sunshine and get a couple of your besties together for a craft date, complete with home décor and beauty treatments! So here are the 5 projects I’m looking forward to the most to tackle this weekend before Monday rolls back around!

1.       Getting an edge, business cards – I love my business, but I can’t believe how easy it is to give them a quick face lift! This is a great 2 minute project that allows you to tackle other projects as well since it won’t take long to complete.

2.       Coconut oil & Coffee Body Scrub – I tried making my own exfoliating coffee soap bar, but the tutorial I followed left me with more questions than answers, and soap that may have done more than exfoliate (more like take my skin off because it was so hard and jagged). So let’s hope this one goes better.

3.       DIY Gallery Wall – I’ve wanted to do this project since February but kept putting it off. Well now I’m ready and can’t wait to show you guys the end results!

4.       Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet Coasters – OMG how cute are these! I don’t have washi tape or know where to find any on my island, but I know how to improvise. This should be fun!

5.       Zipper ring – When I read the tutorial on how to do this, I couldn’t believe it was so simple! This is another project that shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete!

What DIY projects are you making this weekend? Did we inspire you to try something new? Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram + using the hashtag #iamcreative!