Add a little flare to your holiday table this year with personalized napkins. Transform boring napkins into fun and personalized decor that you can use year after year. All you need is a set of alphabet stencils and the world is your oyster – as long as it fits on a napkin. Personalize the napkins with sayings, names, or initials. You can be as creative as you like. Personalized napkins would also make a great gift for a hostess. The momtastic blog has a great example of this unique DIY.
Stencil brush or foam pouncer
Mixing bowl and stick to mix
A piece of cardboard
1. Find the letters from the stencil set that you need and cut them apart. I chose to use all lower case. I lined them up and then taped them together to create the word “eat”. Taping them together also makes doing repetitive napkins go quickly.
2. Mix 1-part fabric medium to 2-parts craft paint and mix well. To do one set of napkins you only need a small bit of this paint mixture. The fabric medium helps the paint adhere better to the fabric so you can wash it.
3. Place a piece of cardboard under the section of the napkin you are going to stencil. This will help keep the fabric flat and rigid while you pounce the stencil brush over the letters and also protect your work surface.
4. Dip the stencil brush or pouncer into the paint and then dab on a piece of paper towel to remove excess paint.
5. Pounce the brush/pouncer over the open section of the letter and keep pouncing until you have the openings covered. Less paint is better when stenciling. If you apply too much paint it will just bleed under the stencil and make a mess.
6. Once the paint is dry you can heat set the paint by laying a cloth over the stenciled area and press for a few seconds with a warm iron.
Instead of eating your left overs for the next week why not pamper yourself after all your hard work in the kitchen.
Have some left over pumpkin from your pumpkin pie – try making a pumpkin face mask. Pumpkin is rich in zinc, which helps purify oily and blemished skin Pumpkin is also an excellent exfolioator – its gentle without to many abrasive particles.
How to: 2 tablespoons raw pumpkin, (finely grated), 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon tomato juice, (or 1/2 teaspoon tomato puree).
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and blend well – use a blender if you have. Then apply the mask to your freshly cleaned face – let sit for 10-15mins and then rinse with warm water.
Do you have left over apples from your apple picking trip? Make a hair mask!Revive dry hair with just three medium sized apples. This mask helps ease dry scalp problems.
How to: 3-4 medium apples, 2 table spoons apple cider vinegar, i traespoon lemon juice, 1 table spoon corn flower.
Peel, core, and grate the apples. Combine the grated apple with remaining ingredients and stir well. Spread the mixture over dry unwashed hair. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the mask off and follow with a mild shampoo.
You don’t need to spend tons of money on bath products to experience the benefits of essential oils. With a quick trip to your local health food store or drug store you can find everything you need to make your own bath products for just a few dollars!
What should you put in your bath – well the answer depends on how you are feeling?
Stressed out? Chamomile is great for a relaxing bath to ease weariness and pain. How to: Just put a couple of drops of essential oil into your or you can brew pot ot chamomile tea and add it to your bath water.
Sore? Lavender is a great natural anti-inflammatory which is useful in easing muscular aches and pains. How to: Add lavender when bath water is still running
Still sore? Black Pepper stimulates circulation which can help reduce muscle tenderness
Skin dry? Oatmeal is VERY moisturizing and is a great ingredient to relieve itchiness and dry skin. How to: Grind the oatmeal before adding to bath water.
Feeling anxious? Basil essential oil helps to relieve stress, anxiety and respiratory problems
Cold and flu getting you down? Why not try this cold and flu DIY bath soak.
Cold and Flu Bath Soak:
2 two cups of Epsom salts
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
Combine ingredients and pour into the stream of warm water as your tub fills..
In keeping with the Spring Time theme of the last few blog posts I thought this would be appropriate. While pursuing one of my favorite blogs, design sponge,I came across this great DIY that is perfect for spring! DIY – Wild Flower Seeded Paper. There are numerous uses for this project – from thank you cards, to invites, to present wrapping. The best part is the recipient just plants the card/wrapping/note in their garden and with a little bit of TLC beautiful wildflowers will soon pop up! I plan on using it as the card for my thank you gift when I head to a friends place over Easter weekend. I haven’t yet attempted to make the paper but I plan on doing it shortly and will post pictures to prove that a fairly craft challenged individual 1) can or 2) can not complete this project. In either case I’m sure I will have fun doing it and if all fails I can purchase the paper here or here.
Just bought the new MacBook Air but couldn’t find the perfect case for it? Well, start digging through your closet for that old favorite hoodie because now you can easily transform it into a laptop bag!
I have recently celebrated another full circumnavigation of the sun (aka birthday) and after a big night of celebrating I couldn’t wait to peruse the photos. I offloaded my camera and started flipping through the pics and what was starring back at me was a bit scary. It was faint and probably only a scrutinizing eye would notice – but it was there. Yup! My first few wrinkle lines zigzagged their way across my forehead. I brushed it off as the inevitable reality of inching closer to 30. And so begins my battle with wrinkles. My plan of attack: 1) moisturize face every day and 2) get more regular facials.
Last week I headed for my now regular monthly facials at Q West Spa and was informed by my facialist about this new trend called “Yoga Face”. I have never heard of said activity but figured why not do a little research and see if I could prevent the need for Botox until I hit the 35+ threshold!
Analise Hagen is the yogi behind Yoga Face. Yoga Face is an anti-aging regimen that promises to eliminate wrinkles and tone the muscles of your face through some unique face movements. Hagen says that if you start doing a few minutes of facial yoga a day, in six months you’ll have a tighter, more refined skin. Hagen’s Yoga Face is based on the simple premise that the muscles of your face are no different to the muscles of the rest of your body and they need to be exercised to prevent them from becoming weak and flabby.
Check out the video from Analise Hagen and decide for yourself if a few minutes of crazy faces can keep the lines at bay!
I came across this amazing new DIY project. The project was inspired by vintage spider brooches that were commonly worn on woman’s business suits in the 1930s and 1940s. Im sure everyone has old jewlery lying around that they don’t use anymore so why not re-purpose old costume jewelry into fun and useful little spiders. These creepy crawlers are perfect for a halloween party table setting, place-card and picture holders, cupcake toppers or decorative picks.