Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIY closet that isn't that hard!

We have all seen those DIY closets on Pinterest saying how easy it is, right? Well I am happy to say that it kinda was, once you figure out what you want. So we moved in our 'new' house and the first rooms we worked on was the girls'. They had been sleeping in our room and that got old real fast. We started out using the closet that was in there but quickly discovered that it just wasn't going to cut it. Sorry, old, 100 pound, metal pipe used as a hanging rod, you had to go. L. is always so busy at work that I decided that if I wanted it done soonish, I was going to have to do it myself. I was going to build all the shelves but we lucked out and found the perfect shelf that was $50 at the recycle center that we decided would be waaay easier.

I made four hanging compartments. One for dresses, one for skirts and two for their shirts. Also there is enough space under the shirts for when they get bigger. (don't mind my knobless dresser, it was getting a makeover too)

I love the added charm the legs that are on the shelf give. And can't believe how perfect it worked!

Put some hooks in for necklaces that are too long or bulky for their jewelry boxes.

The shelves aren't caulked yet, I put a lamp in there for light, but am going to change it out for something smaller and I will need access to it. 

These are just those MDF shelves that you can get at the home depot and measure 13 inches and the rods are away from the wall 11 inches.

I will put up a before shot and a material list once I can get my phone to work

Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY Faux Peony Arrangement

I promised that I would do a DIY on making a faux flower arrangement awhile ago and I can't believe it took me this long since its SOOOO easy! I was looking in on of those amazing high end mags and saw a pretty peony arrangment and wanted it so bad but at $69+ it wasn't going to happen! I knew I could make one for alot cheaper so off to the store I went. I made these 3 for under $30, booyah!! I got the Quick Water and silks from Michales. Micahaels has the best selection of faux flowers that look so real and they have any flower your little heart desires! I will let the pictures do the talking!

Here is what you will need: pliers to cut your flowers, Quick Water Simulated Water for silks, vases and flowers* for your arrangement, a container that you can throw away when you are done, a stick to stir and paper towels just in case you make a mess.

I would suggest figuring out your arrangement first, get it perfect. The Quick Water comes with two parts, A & B

Slowly pour in part A and then part B 

Slowly stir so you don't get bubbles. Stir until it looks clear and the streaks/cloudiness are/ is gone.

Pour "water" into vases, try to pour straight down and don't get it on the sides, if you do, wipe it with your paper towel.I filled 3 different sized vases.

Carefully arrange your flowers, try not to let the stems touch the sides.

Put them in a safe spot and let them dry, and you are done!! I let mine dry for 24 hours.

Wasn't that EASY?! And they last a heck of a lot longer than real ones! (I may have gone overboard with how many I made, but I ended up using them as gifts, which was perfect!)

*I used my 50% off coupon!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Ever heard of dry brushing? Yeah me neither until I started digging into treatments for cellulite. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it's fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. After all, your skin is your biggest organ.The method itself is super easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it. Here are four things you need to know about dry skin brushing.

How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can -- and should -- be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don't get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don't brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red. 

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.

Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You'll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. Its awesome because it's one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things you can do for promoting healthy skin.

Here are some great natural options:

So you brush, shower and then lather on lotion. Since your pores are now open and cleared, I would suggest a lotion with natural, simple ingredients. Your body absorbs 60-80% of what ever you put on it, so you don't want your body sucking up all those hormone disrupting chemicals. I use good ol' coconut oil with a few drops of essential oils mixed in, usually lavender and geranium since they are both so good for your skin. I let it absorb for a few minutes while doing my hair, etc. I am trying to do it everyday and already notice a difference in my skin. It feels softer and smoother. Hopefully the cellulite will improve as well if I keep doing it! What do you think, think you would try it?
                 Essential oils from Spark Naturals and use coupon code: wonderlust to save 10%!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Easy Halloween Decor Part II

Round II of Halloween Decor. These are from my sisters house, very different than mine, but still easy and cute ideas!

   The spider web table cover is from Potterybarn. Black cake stands and hand are from our local grocery store. Pottery barn has a similar orange glass pumpkin.

              She spray painted random bottles a flat black and added stickers and wine corks to them.

Wine bottles with sticker labels.   

The knock-off Potterybarn Halloween banner I made for her. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Easy Halloween Decor

There are alot of really awesome ideas out there for Halloween. So much stuff you can buy and everything you see on Pinterest. Sometimes I almost get overwhelmed because I want to do everything I see! I usually don't go out and buy a bunch of stuff, I like to use what I already have and then get some pumpkins or dried leaves or corn stalks. Of course I do DIYs as well, pretty much everything. Here is some of my decor this year.

                                                        Simple pumpkins outside

            I found some images online, printed them out, and framed them in old, thrifted frames.

Pretty wine bottles that I glued labels to.

                                                                Branches from outside

                                                                       Another print out

               My daughter put this up when I wasn't looking and I loved it, and thought it was quite fitting.

                                            I bought these a few years ago on clearance.

Apples that we picked.

                                                         Pumpkins, squash and dried sunflowers

So its quite eclectic, a little bit of everything. What do you like to do?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DIY Burlap Halloween Banner

There is an awesome Halloween banner. From PB. I loved it, wanted it, but they were sold out. I decided to just make one since I have a huge bolt of burlap that I 'need' to use. I ended up loving it and it was easy to make, just a little time consuming. 

Happy Halloween Banner #potterybarn
                               Potterybarn banner

What do you think?