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I always use Smith’s Rosebud Salve as a chapstick or moisturizer, so when I found this recipe for something that looked similar I thought I would give it a whirl. I varied the Design Sponge recipe by just using lots of lavender, ylang ylang, baobab, and tahitian jasmine oils. Other than that I followed the steps of the recipe: heating the olive oil, beeswax and sesame oil in a double boiler and then mixing in the oils for aromatherapy purposes once all of the beeswax melted into the mix. I put mine in this cute old tin I have, though any little jar would work!IMG_1640

Sweet dreams!

 

//Megan//

Yesterday I made homemade pickles for the first time. Talk about easiest DIY ever! I think I will have to try pickling some more adventurous pickle recipes in the future, but this was really great for the first time. The whole time I had this video stuck in my head:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups filtered water

2 tbs salt (use pickling salt if you have it, I just used table salt though)

4 tsp dill seed

3 tsp mustard seed

10 cloves garlic

1 1/2 packs of pickling cucumbers (or about 6)

a few sprinkles red pepper flakes, optional for a little kick

Boil apple cider vinegar, water and salt until the salt dissolves (about 5 minutes). Slice cucumbers into spears, chips or leave ’em whole. Put seasonings into a large clean jar or divide evenly into two clean jars, if you are using two smaller ones. Stuff the jar as full as possible with cucumbers and then fill almost to the top (leave about 1/2 inch) with vinegar mixture. Let the jar cool down to room temp and then pop them in the fridge. They honestly already taste delicious after just one day, but they will be more traditional pickles after about a week.

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Lately I’ve been really into the idea of homemade beauty products. I buy a lot of shower-stuff from Lush, and I guess the fact that it’s all handmade has inspired me to do a little DIY. I saw a few different scrub recipes and decided to sort of wing it, so heres what I did!

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The ingredients I used, as you can see here, were: coffee (course ground), sesame oil, epsom salt, ylang ylang oil, and peppermint oil. You can also use used coffee grounds if you don’t have a crazy coffee abundance like I do.

The basic idea is you mix even parts ground coffee and epsom salt, and then add oil until it makes a paste. I started with sesame oil, but I would not reccomend it. Something about the smell of sesame oil and coffee really grossed me out.. part way through the process I switched to some extra virgin olive oil. I would definitely just use olive oil (or any mild smelling oil) in the future, I really didn’t like the overwhelming smell of the sesame oil (though I do love it for cooking). I added ylang ylang and peppermint for aromatherapy purposes. Peppermint oil also soothes sore muscles (I use it sometimes for back/shoulder pain) so it’s a good thing to use for that reason. These were all ingredients I had on hand, but I would have rather used lavender than the ylang ylang, but I’m all out right now.IMG_1625

The finished result is AMAZINGLY moisturizing and skin-softening. This was no surprise though, as I can remember my co-workings and I rubbing our hands in coffee grounds back when I worked at Lab Cafe. Coffee is a great exfoliant, as long as you don’t mind absorbing a little caffeine through your skin!

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So I would definitely make this again, but I would do it a little differently. I think the ratio of 50/50 coffee/epsom is totally great, but I would use a mild olive oil (or maybe even grapeseed), with rose, lavender, and peppermint extracts. I think that would produce a much nicer smelling result without compromising any of the positive traits of this scrub.

// Megan //

 

!EDIT! Apparently toasted sesame oil and untoasted sesame oil are seriously different things with seriously different smells. I used toasted in the above recipe which is probably why I really disliked it. Who knew!

I love giving personalized/handmade gifts. This year for Christmas I was kind of struggling for an easy/inexpensive personalized gift to give to my boyfriend. He’d been looking for good pocket notebooks to carry around with him to jot down ideas, so I found these small Moleskine notebooks at Target I knew would be perfect. Now, I knew he would appreciate these just as is, but me being me, I decided I needed to take them up a notch. I decorated these notebooks with short quotes from a few of our favorite nerdy TV shows, but you could use any quotes or phrases!

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Supplies:
+ notebooks
+ pencil
+ ruler
+ acrylic paint
+ paint brush
+ a good eraser!

First, come up with your quotes. I chose really short phrases so I could have one word per line. Once you have your phrase chosen, measure the height of your journal, or space you want the quote to take up vertically, and divide that by the number of words in your phrase. Use a pencil to draw lines to use as guides, you can erase these later.

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Next, figure out how wide your letters need to be, and draw lines for those. If you have all really short words, like this Firefly quote, you can just choose a width you think looks nice, and mark it out. If you have longer words, like I had in my X-Files quote, divide the width of the journal, or width you want your word to take up horizontally, by the number of letters in your longest word. Make that the measurement for the width of every letter in your phrase. Once you have your measurements, create a grid using pencil. When you paint on your phrase, make each letter fill its space on the grid completely. I used tan acrylic paint I had left over from the Antler Tip Necklaces I’d recently made.

Once your paint has dried completely, you can just go over the whole thing with your eraser to get rid of all the pencil! If you have a light color like I did, you may end up needing to touch up a few places where the pencil shows through the paint.

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I hope these directions aren’t too confusing! I wasn’t initially planning on posting these, so I didn’t take pics through my process, but I’m confident you can figure it out! Or you could always just wing it! ;]

// Laura Jude //

I love making treats for people as Christmas gifts. This year I decided to make truffles to give to my boyfriend’s family.

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I made two different kinds: Dark Chocolate Nutella & White Chocolate Egg Nog. I liked the idea of having one white chocolate, and one dark chocolate to counter balance the super sweetness of the white chocolate.

First, I made the Dark Chocolate Nutella Truffles.
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I followed this recipe, but I used all dark chocolate instead of using white chocolate for the coating. Then, I drizzled white chocolate over them for a fancy touch! :]

Next, I made the White Chocolate Egg Nog Truffles.
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For these, I followed this recipe.

These were both pretty easy to make. The only tricky part is keeping the chocolate coating at the perfect temp. while you’re dipping them. If it’s too hot, or not hot enough, the chocolate will get lumpy. I also recommend putting the egg nog truffles in the freezer to stiffen up while you melt the coating. This makes them a lot easier to handle when you’re dipping them.

This was the first time I ever made truffles, and they turned out beautifully. PLUS they are both way tastey. They make a great gift because they look fancy & difficult, but they are actually pretty painless and fun to make!

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Merry Christmas!

// Laura Jude //

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I have had these antler tips for over a year, and I was never really sure what I wanted to do with them. They were on this really tacky necklace I found at a thrift store, but I took them off and I’ve been keeping them until I thought of a good use for them! I finally decided I would paint them and make individual necklaces to give to some of my friends.

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What you’ll need:
+ Antler tips with 1/4in hole drilled in the top. [You can buy antler tips online with holes already drilled in them!]
+ leather chord/string
+ acrylic paint & brushes
+ Matte Finish spray paint

First, paint the tips with the acrylic paint. I chose to use a variation of pastels & chevron patterns. The neon yellow didn’t work out so well, which was a bummer; it dried too clear! I recommend sticking with more matte opaque colors. The dark antlers, like the ones I used are pretty bumpy so you have to go slow & be sure to fill the grooves to give the illusion of a nice straight line. Next, once they are dry, give them a coat or two of the matte finish clear coat. That’ll keep the paint from chipping. Wait a couple hours before finally stringing the leather through!

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I’m definitely going to order some & make more. I’d like to make some with the white tail deer antler tips, and the claw tines. I also think I’ll use a little gold to add some shine!

// Laura Jude //

I revamped my little Ikea dresser! There isn’t too much for me to say about this DIY. I just taped off some triangles and painted the areas with some turquoise wall paint we had laying around. I bought the little knobs for the drawers at Anthropologie! They seriously have all the cutest little trinkets and such.

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I love little clusters of knick knacks! Here are some of my favorites: succulent in a AA art fair pot, various stones from friends, vintage owl and an old tin I’ve had forever full of bobby pins and junk.

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So, I know there are a million floral crown DIYs out there, but here is how I did mine. I really wanted one that was simple, & JUST roses. I also get headaches really easily when I wear headbands. So, I decided to make mine just out of ribbon. That way it would be soft & comfy on my head. The basic idea is just to buy roses, in this case fake ones, cut them off the stems, & hand sew them onto the ribbon. Super simple idea, relatively easy to execute.

What you’ll need:
+Flowers
+Ribbon
+Needle & Thread
+Scissors
+Hot Glue [optional]

Start by picking your flowers. I chose large pink roses, 6 was the perfect number to make it across the front of my head from ear to ear. After you pick your flowers, pop them off the stems & cut off any excess plastic that’s sticking out. This is when I used the hot glue. You don’t HAVE to, but once you pop them off the stems they tend to come apart. So, I used hot glue to reinforce the backs so they would stay together.

Once you’ve got the flowers ready, cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to tie around your head. Cut it longer rather than shorter; you can always trim it down.

Now, it’s time to sew on the flowers! Cut the thread just long enough to do one flower, & then re-thread the needle for each one. This keeps the thread at a manageable length, & makes everything easier. I recommend sewing the flowers on starting at the center, & working your way out. That way, you can make sure everything is centered correctly. Begin sewing up through the back of the ribbon into the back of the flower. Be sure to go through several of the layers, so that the flowers will stay together better. I made a couple good stitches on the left and right side of each flower so that it would lay flat. Sew them on about 1 inch-1.5 inches apart.

I also created two small headbands for my nieces. For these, I used the same exact process, but with smaller flowers & elastic to create a stretchy headband.

So there you have it! Relatively easy, simple rose headbands for you & any pretty little girls in your life!


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Good luck & get creative! ❤

// Laura Jude //

This year for Halloween I was a BAT.

I’ve never been one for store bought costumes. I love creating my own look to get things just right! This costume consisted of a thrifted top, with panels of fabric sewn on the back & arms for wings. I created the ears using some pleather fabric I hot glued together into little pouches and put a thin wire inside for support. I wrapped the ends of wires around a plain black headband I bought at Target, and secured them with some more hot glue. The mask was a black masquerade mask I purchased at Michaels and trimmed down/reshaped. I paired these DIY items with some American Apparel leggings, some knee high black combat boots [similar], and this silver spike necklace from Romwe. I wore Va Va Violet Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick.

// Laura Jude //

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