February 11, 2014
ALL – NATURAL DEODORANT*
- 5 tablespoons Raw shea butter (I think I’ll use cocoa butter next time)
- ¼ cup Cornstarch
- ¼ cup Baking Soda or Arrowroot
- 10 drops of essential oil (for fragrance)
- 5 drops of tea tree oil (antiseptic properties)
- 1 drop of vitamin E oil (preservative)
Melt the shea butter in the microwave in 30 second increments. After 1 minute, the shea butter should be completely melted. If not, just stir it for a few seconds. Mix in cornstarch and baking soda. Add oil drops. Mix. Pour into small mold (I used my sample soap molds) or pour into twist up deodorant container. You can boil an old one to rid it of germs or you can purchase containers from a wholesale company, such as Wholesale Supplies Plus.
I’ve worn the deodorant for 2 days. So far so good. I haven’t worked out in it – put it to a true test. But, I will do that soon. I’ll definitely let you know how it turns out.
*Recipe obtained from Hey Fran Hey
November 26, 2013
This past weekend, my friend’s birthday party was a game night. In keeping with the theme, I made cupcake toppers. They were very easy to make, so I thought I would share the instructions with you. You only need a few things – glue, a pattern, scissors and toothpicks. I chose to do the card suits, using the colors red and black. For the background, I used a paper punch in the shape of a scalloped circle.
For the hearts, diamond, clubs and spades, I created a pattern by printing the shapes on to card stock and cutting them out. Then I traced them on red (hearts and diamonds) and black (spades and clubs) paper, cut them out and glued (using Elmer’s Paper Craft Gel) them to 1 side (the front side) of the scalloped circle. I used a hot glue gun, for quicker adhesion, to glue the toothpick to the paper and both circles to each other. And viola! You can see the finished product below and above (on the cupcakes).
August 23, 2013
I was just reminded that I never posted pics from my birthday events. So, here are a few.I had a blast and so did my guests!
My invitation… Front…
…and back. (I had to take a picture of the back so I could obscure my address).
Birthday Cake #1 – May 31, 2013
I got the idea for the sprinkle rimmed shot glasses on Pinterest.
Kind of what my fondue dippers looked like (except I forgot to take pictures). I used traditional and Golden oreos, strawberries and pretzel sticks. The chocolate fountain was a gift from my Aunt Carol and Uncle Al a few years ago – never thought I’d have the opportunity to use it.
Sweets and Spirits Pinwheel – a must at every event! 🙂
Cheers to 30 Years
Kim and Me
Monica and Me (Monica came all the way from NOLA AND she help me (and my mother) decorate. She also acted as my assistant all weekend. LOL)
These vases were so unbelievably easy to make, AND I already had all of them in my cabinet. So, all I had to do was buy glitter, something of which you can never have too much.
I hung these puffs from each bedroom window. They were a hit.
Birthday Cake #2 – beautiful AND delicious
My step and repeat banner – designed by Atl Red Carpet Events. My logo was designed by a designer on CrowdDesign.com.
String Garland and Guest Sign-In
My Dom – a gift from Ed (Tiff’s Brother)
My DJ (Tiff’s Husband) figured out every song I wanted despite the fact that I did not know the real names of 90% of the songs. 🙂
My peopnies – the only thing I managed to take a photo of on Sunday (after the Sunshine and Lemonade Party). There was plenty of lemonade, food and other drinks, but not a lot of sunshine. I would blame my absent mindedness on the fact that I was sick (literally could not speak at regular pitch since the Tuesday before we started celebrating) and tired from the previous days’ activities, but the truth is I forget a lot of things if I don’t write them down.
August 18, 2013
I co – hosted a baby shower for my friend and line sister last night. She is having a little girl she plans to name Zara Rae. My friend likes to read. As a result, she is building a library for Baby Zara. Sooooo, I put my thinking cap on AND googled various terms and came up with the theme “Once Upon a Baby Girl.” Take a look at how everything came together. I lost my phone before the shower began and didn’t find it (read: didn’t think to use Find My iPhone) until the shower was almost over, so I am missing a few things. 😦
Guests were asked to bring books to assist with building the library. I printed book plates for the inside covers of the books.
Guests signed in on a print of an open book. Photo forthcoming. 🙂
Guests also wrote messages on chalk board conversation bubbles. I re-purposed these from my birthday party. (Photo forthcoming.)
I made the diaper cake (and the banner)! Clearly, I am more proud of the cake. LOL
In keeping with the theme, I selected and printed photos of book covers that I glued on varying shades of pink and purple card stock. I strung the book covers together and put them around the walls. You can see a portion of the book covers in the photo above. But, since I lost my phone, you’ll just have to use your imagination. The unglued covers are below, spread out on my parents’ dining room table.
PINWHEELS!!! I try to incorporate these into EVERY event! They are so whimsical!
By the time I found my phone, this is what was left.
These bookmarks, with a quote from Emilie Buchwald, were a perfect addition to the decor. Each guest left with a bookmark and a frame with a thank you message (pictured below). I’ll post a closeup of the message in a few days.
Sugar scrubs have become my latest obsession. So, I made a few as game prizes. So far I have made brown sugar and honey (the one I have been using in the shower), lemon bar (my favorite for washing my hands in the kitchen), honey almond (very fresh smell), black soap, apple pie (the one that makes a perfect flavor enhancer for my oatmeal) and rosemary mint. I plan to experiment with a few more fragrances once September rolls around. I have been giving them to friends and family members to sample. With the exception of the rosemary mint and the black soap scrubs, all of these are edible because they are made with all natural ingredients. The black soap and rosemary mint are made from all natural ingredients too, its just that the ingredients aren’t meant for human consumption. 🙂
By the way, check out my logo sticker on the jar!!
These are a few door hangers the kids made during vacation bible school. I think they turned out pretty well. 🙂
June 21, 2013
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CRAFTS
I missed vacation bible school this year. I was so sad. But, I had already selected the crafts they were going to do before I found out I’d be out of town this week. I made a card for each craft and put a bible verse at the bottom of each. I chose bible verses that best fit the day’s craft. Last year, I didn’t make cards because I made sample crafts. This year, I just did not have as much time. So, I figured the cards would serve the same purpose as the sample crafts. Behind the cards you will see the supplies (all spread out on my dining room table) needed for each craft. The sidewalk chalk, a personal favorite, was an impulse purchase from Target for the smallest kids on the last day. Who doesn’t love sidewalk chalk? 🙂
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of heavenly lights who does not change like the shifting shadows. James 1:7 (NIV)
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of them. 1 John 5:14-15 9NIV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
PINK & ZEBRA PRINT BIRTHDAY PARTY
Pinwheels are my new favorite things!! 🙂 They are so easy to make and a few go a long way. This time, I used mason jars (remnants from my mother’s birthday party) and wine bottles as vases for the pinwheels. The tissue paper pom poms hanging from the ceiling fan were pretty easy too.
BIRTHDAY AND SHOWER BANNERS
I saw this baby boy shower banner on Etsy, a website where I am often inspired to create new things– mostly because I refuse to pay the asking price for some of these items. I figure I can make a lot of them myself. Well, last night, I finished the baby boy banner below for a shower that I am co – hosting tomorrow (more pics to come). I think it turned out very well for my first one. I’d estimate that it took me a total of 2 hours to make it, not including shopping for the supplies. Rarely can I go in Michael’s pick up the items on my list and come right out. I always see something that makes me stay a little lot longer.
Two of the prizes (featuring my onsie thank you tags!)
My daddy’s birthday was yesterday. We had an impromptu birthday dinner (baked chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, rolls and German chocolate cake) for him after bible study last night. He was really surprised, and everyone said the food was good!
I made this banner for my the surprise birthday dinner last night.
I forgot to take pics of the table cloths and food once I had it set up, but it wasn’t anything fancy.
EASY EASTER CRAFTS
I finally finished the jars and baskets that I am giving away this Saturday. Whew! I’m tired. 🙂 Not from the crafts, although they were last on my to-do list before turning in last night. Work has been really busy this week. Nevertheless, I hope you are inspired to make an easter craft for a child in your life. Be inspired!
Resurrection Sunday is right around the corner. I have almost finished my crafts for this year (I’ll post pictures soon). I made the jars and basket above a few years ago for an Easter raffle my sorority was doing. And so began my love affair with mason jars… 🙂 This year, my crafts are for three sisters who attend my church and a few of my co-workers’ children. These jars are really easy. The children in your life would love to receive something as unique as a jar filled with candy. For the smaller jars, I layered jelly beans and gum balls by color. If the children are really small, I suggest plastic jars or a basket. The youngest sister is getting a small basket with her treat inside.
- smooth mason jar
- candy rabbit
- candy eggs
- candy carrots or ducks (optional)
- hot glue gun
I purchased 5 yards of 118 inch ivory tulle for $2.50 per yard from Gail K Fabrics (considered one of the best fabric stores in Atlanta). I can definitely see why! The staff people who helped were very friendly, going as far as asking each other for suggestions of which type of tulle and what shade of off off white would look best to make the skirt in the picture I showed them. This store is a great find. They have an awesome button collection!! I will definitely be going back.
My inspiration… You can click here to see it. This is a Pinterest page. Scroll down about halfway. I don’t want to put a copy on here because I’ve heard horror stories about the repercussions bloggers have faced using photos that weren’t their own.
Since I didn’t have a pattern, I searched for how to videos on You Tube. I came across a tutorial by tglashen that had a photo of the skirt that inspired me. Woot woot! A screen shot of the video is below. You can click on the photo below to view it.
“DIY: How to Make a Tulle Skirt”
Because I had so much fabric, a lot of cutting was required. My mother helped me. With all the cutting and pinning that was required, this was definitely a two person job. And after the pinning, came the sewing and then more cutting. We cut the fabric in half length wise and then cut those pieces in half (length wise) again. From there, we cut the pieces in 2- 3 foot segments. We then folded and pinned the segments together.
While pinning the pieces together, we also pinned the top and the bottom to help keep the pleats in place. The handheld sewing machine was no match for all the fabric, so we had to pull out the real deal.
Sewing the elastic waistband on.
My mom holding the skirt up before we finished gathering it and overlapping the ends.
After it was all sewn together, it was too long. So we cut about 3 inches off from the bottom. We also had to cut the extra fabric above the waistband.
How it turned out…
All in all, it took about 4 or 5 hours from start to finish. I am very pleased with the results. My photo session got rained out, but photos of me wearing the skirt will be up soon.