Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Homemade Cucumber Melon Bath Salts

For Lauren's bridal shower in Destin, there was a Pamper/Spa gift theme (themes on themes on themes, right?) and everyone brought something to let Lauren pamper herself. I gave her a candle, nail files, and made this Cucumber Melon bath salts.  Here's how I did it!

Homemade Bath Salts from CandleSoap

Supplies Needed:
Epsom salts, baking soda, Cucumber Melon essential oil (available at a craft store), soap dye (available at a craft store), and a mason jar.


1. Fill the mason jar halfway with Epsom salt.

2. Add 3-10 drops of your color, depending on how colorful you want the salt. This picture only shows 3 drops, but I ended up adding more and using about 8 in all.

3. Fill the rest of the jar up with epsom salt, leaving about 1/2" at the top. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.  

4. Put the lid on the jar and shake to mix the coloring. Add more drops and shake if needed.

5. Add a fancy tag :)

Bridal Shower Festivities

A few weeks ago, I was working on a few projects for my brother's wife's bridal shower. I made Paper fans in shades of blue, Beachy Love Letters, and a Karambola flower bouquet.

All of the projects turned out really well and looked great in the party!

Lauren seemed to really like the bouquet, and she even used it as a practice bouquet for her wedding rehearsal! I was a little nervous at that... I told her I was just waiting for it to fall apart. I had made it as a "sit in a vase and look pretty" project and was a little worried about the durability. Nothing a little hot glue won't fix!!!

Once we got in Destin for the wedding, I also decided to make these flip flop cookies to tie in with the part-beach theme of the shower. These were really simple to make, and everyone loved them! Who wouldn't, they're nutter butters!!!
P.s. Try describing the deliciousness of a nutter butter to a Brit!

My mom and friends also did a lot of work to pull together both the bridal shower and the welcome dinner the night before the wedding. I definitely don't want to take any credit for their work, but here's some things they did:

Father's Day Knitted Horse

My dad is always one of the hardes guys to shop for, which is weird because he is one of the most clear-cut guys out there.

He has a very defined personality and interests: biker, runner, swimmer, boater, traveller, tech-geek, grad-student, DIY-er, businessman.

So why is it so hard to come up with new ideas? I think there's only so many Blu-Rays/speakers/button down shirts/running socks/goggles you can buy a man.

So for Father's Day I decided to buy my dad an experience instead of an item, so I settled on a groupon for two for horseback riding, which I used to love to do with him as a kid. 

Now, if you know me you know I can't just buy a gift and leave it at that. I might get physically ill or catch a disease or something. I also hate buying groupons for people and just handing them over a folded up piece of paper. It all feels so lazy and like there's not much thought behind it. So I was on a mission to find a unique hand-made gift that could accompany my day's horse-riding adventure. 


With increased confidence in my knitting abilities since the creation of the hedgehog and the mandrake, I found an easy pattern for a knitted horse that would also serve as a time-killer for the 7-hour drive. The pattern is $5 on Mamma4earth's etsy site, and easy enough for me to complete (with a few google and YouTube references).

And of course, I made him the replacement gator wine glass which was my first video tutorial!

So I survived another Father's Day and I have 3 months to come up with the perfect birthday gift!

Man Bouquet

Hi all!
We got back from my brother's wedding last week andI have lots to update on! Since I actually have the [summer]time, I'm going to attempt to break all of the crafts and recipes into multiple posts for better organization.

I'll start with my brother's wedding-day gift. He was so sweet and included me as an 'honorary groomsman' before I went off to start the bridesmaid festivities. I was so excited to have this gift in hand when I arrived.

Here's a mini-tutorial:

Man Bouquet, inspired by ChristyWrights

Supplies needed:

  • Medium-sized terra cotta pot ($2 at michaels)
  • Cigars and mini alcohol bottles
  • 3 thin dowels (mine were 1/8" I believe. Also purchased for dirt cheap at michaels)
  • Foam (I used soft floral foam found at the dollar tree)

  • Stuffing, e.g. Gift basket paper (also at dollar tree)
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors


1. Fill the bottom of your pot with the foam.

2. Cut your dowels. I did the three I put in the back at 12" and the rest at 9". The dowels were thin enough to use scissors.

3. Use a piece of duct tape to secure the dowel pieces to the back of each mini alcohol bottle/cigar. If you use different size dowels for the different layers, make sure you pay attention and secure the correct pieces together.
*i used small pieces of black duct tape for this. If you can think of something classier to use, please feel free!

4. Arrange the dowels in the pot by sticking them in the foam. Be careful... Once you make a hole in the foam it doesn't close back up so make sure you know where to put the dowels!

5. Fill the pot with the stuffing around the sticks.

6. I finished mine with a 'manly' card stock bow hot-glued on the planter.

This really didn't take long, probably only about 20 minutes, and my brother loved it!

Monday, June 10, 2013

First Video Tutorial - Glittered Wine Glass!

Hi everyone,
I have some pretty exciting news.
For my mom's birthday in September, I made her a glittered wine glass that said "I teach therefore I drink".  Right before Christmas, I got a text from here with a picture of the broken wine glass that said 'I know what I want for Christmas!'
I could definitely relate to her, because I remember the first time I dropped and broke my beloved wine glass in the sink and was close to tears.  So I made her a new wine glass for Christmas. While I was at it, I figured I would make my dad one too that was Gator-themed and said, "Not now... I'm studying" to represent the hard work he's putting into his UF master's program.  A few weeks ago, I got another text from my mom that had a picture of my dad's broken wine glass and said "Good thing father's day is coming up!"
I can take a hint.

So since I have ample amounts of time off this summer and I'm not really sure how to handle myself, I decided to spend five times as long making this simple wine glass by making my very first video tutorial!!!


Friday, June 7, 2013

Bridesmaid Hair!

As I mentioned  before, I'm attempting to do my own bridesmaid hair in my brother's wedding in a few weeks. Although this scares me, it also gives me a chance to try out different formal hairstyles I wouldn't usually be able to try.

Here's what I've done so far:

Braid Bun from longhairstylehowto

I tried a few different versions of this hairstyle, and it's definitely one of my top choices for the wedding.

The first time I tried this, I was doing it from memory.  I just did one long braid that went across the back of my head, then I twisted it into a bun.

I needed a lot of bobby pins, but once I got them in there correctly the hairstyle stayed up quite well! I loved it!

The second time I tried the bun, I actually followed the directions on the pin.

Not nearly as cute.  Unfortunately, my hair has layers so that bun didn't work out too well because the ends of my layers poked out everywhere. I played around with a few different options including a mini sock bun from a child's sock.


A Very Vintage Ponytail from indulgy

This was a very cute and flirty hairstyle.  It was pretty easy, but I couldn't get the necessary poof at the top.  It didn't hold up too well and the sides all fell out within an hour or so.


Hot braid curls from allwomenstalk

This was an idea I saw on pinterest. It says to just do 5-10 loose braids in your hair, go over them with a hair straightener, hairspray, then let out.

I started with 10 braids (what do you think about this hairstyle for the wedding??):

And ended up with 1980's-style crimped hair:

I was actually so disappointed with this hairstyle that I showered it out in the 10 minutes I had before having to get to class.

Next I tried 5 braids and made them looser:

And ended up with slightly wavy, not-too-impressive hair:


Half-up / Half-down Fishtail from latest-hairstyles

I tried out this half-up half-down fishtail and fell in love. This might be a winner!

To do this hairstyle, take two side pieces of hair and twist into a half-up pony.  After I did this, I actually liked how this turned out, and would definitely use this as an everyday hairstyle!

Next, do a fishtail braid to the small pony and secure with an elastic.

Next, I decided to cut out the top elastic to see what would happen. It became very loose, and I didn't really like it as much.

Since I loved that style so much, I tried it again the next day but made it a little more formal.  I started by clipping up the two side pieces of hair and curling everything else with a 1" curler.

I then twisted & put an elastic in the two pieces in the back, just like the day before.

I then did a fishtail braid to the small pony and secured with another elastic.

I then added a sweet pink bow to the top.

Finally, I tucked away my bangs with a bobby pin because I knew I couldn't have them in my face all day.  This is the style from the front:


The next hairstyle I found is from this WONDERFUL website that has all sorts of hairstyles that are adorable.

Puff Braided Ponytail from Locks and Locks of Hairstyles

Although not exactly a wedding hairstyle, this is an easy style and a good twist on the regular braid. To do this, you just do a high pony, make a loose  braid, and puff out as you go along.


The last hairstyle I tried is a quick side-braid from the Beauty Department.

This braid was very easy, and a good way to get my bangs out of my face.

Not wedding material though.