Category Archives: DIY

21 December 2014

Because Christmas – DIY Printable Gift Tags

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How’s your holiday gift wrapping going? If you’re like me and waited until the last minute, you’re probably going to be wrapping all week long. The designer in me is VERY particular about gift wrapping, especially during Christmas time. I purchased chartreuse & white striped wrapping paper and I wanted something red-orange to complement it. I was on a time crunch and I didn’t want to search the stores (nor did I want to pay the price of something I can most likely make myself) so I whipped these gift tags up. The download is set up to be printed on standard 8.5″x11″ paper so you can print it at home or even take it to your local print store and have them print it out on card stock, double-sided.

To make these into gift tags, I added eyelets and baker’s twine that I had on hand. The eyelets I found at my local Michael’s in the scrapbooking section along with tools to set them. Here’s a list of what you will need in case you would like to add in eyelets to your gift tags.

  • Holepunch (the size that you’re eyelet will fit through without it being too big)
  • Eyelets
  • Eyelet setter
  • Small hammer, or something substantial to set your eyelets

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Ready to print these? Click here to download your printable gift tags.

8 May 2014

Printable Mother’s Day Card

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Yep, it snuck up on me too. Mother’s Day is just days away and if you’re a procrastinator like me, you haven’t purchased a card yet. Here’s a little something I created last night for you last-minuters.

Instructions:

  • Download the .pdf file here.
  • Print it on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock paper on your own printer or at a print shop like Kinkos. (I suggest using an off-white color with a linen texture but white will do as well!)
  • Cut along the solid lines with an X-acto or scissors
  • Fold the card in half and fill the inside with your message.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the past, present and future mommas out there! Don’t forget to make your own mom(s) happy and let her know how much you appreciate her!

2 April 2014

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair “Conditioner”

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Lately, my life has consisted of work, half marathon training, Netflix and emptying out my closet. With the many things that make us busy in life I put my hair on the back burner. I haven’t had a cut in about 7 months so it is was time for a little bit of TLC.

As suggested by a handmade soap maker, apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is a great way to soften your hair. Naturally, I didn’t believe her. Vinegar…in my hair?! What? So right after my brief encounter with her beautiful and natural soaps and shampoo bars at a local flea market, I ran (but really I drove) to the closest Sprout’s and picked up a huge bottle of Bragg’s. When I got home, I did a bit of research on how to use this stuff in my hair. I created a basic mixture that I found online but after using this for a few weeks, I came up with my own recipe that works for my own hair.

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At first, it took me a while to get used to having the vinegar smell in my hair but once it dried, it went away. I use this mixture about 2-3 times a week when I wash my hair at night. I try not to use it in the morning in case I’m rushing out the door and I don’t have time for a quick blow dry. I make a jars worth of the “conditioner” and keep it in my shower for the week. I also put some in a spray bottle to use as a detangler on days when my hair needs a bit of help untangling.

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For the conditioner or detangler:
Mix 3 parts of filtered water with 1 part organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I added a couple drops of lavender essential oil to help with the smell and because lavender oil also conditions the hair.

How to use:
For the conditioner, pour it all over your hair and scalp after shampooing. Make sure not to get it in your eyes. Trust me, it stings! Leave it in your hair for a couple of minutes while you wash your face, brush your teeth, etc. Or you can just stand there in wait. Whatever floats your boat!

So the question most of you are probably wondering – does it really work? Yes! For me, it’s the best conditioner I’ve ever used. I saw a major change in my hair immediately. I also tested it after using Lush’s BIG shampoo, which is probably the most drying shampoo ever, and it worked better at conditioning my hair than the conditioner I usually use. My hair was shinier, softer and it felt cleaner. The ACV also helps remove build-up in my hair and scalp that I get from hair products that I use daily. If you can’t handle the smell of vinegar, this might not be for you. But for those who are looking for a natural conditioner for your hair, give this a shot! My friend also says that she uses this as a shampoo replacement and she doesn’t suffer from dry hair anymore.

If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think! Also share your own recipes and let me know what works for you.

16 March 2014

Caramelized Pecans with Sea Salt

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I went to a café over the weekend and ordered a sandwich that came with this delicious side salad. I probably remember that more than the sandwich. The salad was topped with caramelized pecans and I could not stop thinking about them. It was the perfect way to add nuttyness + sweetness to a tart salad. I did a bit of research on how to caramelize nuts and came up with my own recipe. I sprinkled a bit of sea salt on them while the nuts were cooling because…sea salt caramel. Why not?

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You can use these to top on your salads, yogurt, ice cream or oatmeal. They’re even good enough to eat on their own!

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Cooking time: Approx. 10 minutesCooling time: 30 min-1 hour

 Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups of raw pecan halves
  • 1 pinch or two of sea salt

Method

  • Heat up the brown sugar, coconut oil and agave syrup on a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Stir the mixture until it turns a caramel color and begins to bubble.
  • Add pecans into the pan and continue to stir, coating the pecans with the sugar mixture.
  • Continue to stir the pecans for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let them cool on wax paper or silpat.
  • Sprinkle sea salt on the pecans before they cool completely.
  • Store in a cool and dry place.

*NOTE: Make sure you don’t clump your pecans together as they cool! The sugar will harden and they will stick together. I used chopsticks to transfer them from the pan to the wax paper.

Love my spice bowls? They’re handmade by my friend and I purchased them from her etsy, Five Lines Pottery. Check it out!

2 February 2014

DIY Geometric Gold Pattern Planter

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I love finding cute little planters to arrange the little succulents that I pick up from flea markets. I suggest checking out your local thrift store for interesting vessels if you’re looking for some funky home decor. I found these ones at a thrift shop for less than 50 cents each! Such a steal. These DIY planters were inspired the Kate Spade gold polka dot iPhone cases that I have been wanting to get. This DIY is so easy and can be perfect for a last-minute gift!

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Materials

  • A planter or cup/bowl of your choice with a high-glossy finish
  • Gold Sharpie Paint Marker (oil-based)

How To

  1. Shake your marker until the paint inside of it is mixed
  2. Push the tip down on a piece of scratch paper to get the paint flowing
  3. Draw your geometric pattern onto your planter
  4. Wait until it is completely dry and then pot your plant!

Tips:

  • If the vessel you are using is safe for the oven, bake it at 375°F for 30 minutes to make the pattern more permanent (I didn’t do this for mine because the gold looses some of its shine).
  • Draw out your geometric pattern on a sheet of paper before drawing on your planter. This will prevent you from making mistakes.
  • If you make a mistake, take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove the marker before it is completely dry.
  • Draw on half of your planter, wait for it to dry and then draw on the other half so that you don’t accidentally ruin your pattern while it is wet.
  • Most importantly, have fun!