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Mint Chocolate Body Butter

19 Dec

 

 

My DIY Christmas continues with some homemade body butter! I based the recipe off of the one I saw over at Wellness Mama, but I quadrupled the ingredients and made them holiday scented.

Ingredients:

16 oz. Shea Butter

16 oz. Cocoa Butter

16 oz. Almond Oil

16 oz. Coconut Oil

Approximately 30 drops of essential oils – I used Peppermint and Spearmint

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Here are all of the supplies, which actually doesn’t even look like much! I purchased an entire essential oils kit because I wasn’t sure what scent I wanted to go with at that point.

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The recipe says to heat everything except the essential oils in a double boiler so I just used a heat-safe glass bowl, but as you can see it was very very full.

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I switched over to this large sauce pot about halfway through to cut back on spillage possibilities.

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This is what it will look like completely melted. It took about 20 minutes to get to this point and as long as the heat is on about medium, there’s really no need to even watch it – so simple! This is where I added my essential oils because there was no direction in the recipe for when to add them.

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Once everything is melted, the recipe says to let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes before popping it in the refrigerator to cool longer – I just went straight to the fridge and had no problems. It will take longer than the estimated hour to set up though, so keep an eye on it. You want to take it back out of the fridge once it is almost hard, as you can see above I tested it with my finger and it should have a little give but still be a little soft.

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Once the mixture has reached that point, you can take out your beaters and start whipping the body butter to your desired consistency. The mixture will warm up and melt a bit the longer you whip it, so I actually did a double whip, cooling it in the fridge for about 5 minutes in between. IMG_0053

After you’ve whipped the mixture, back in the fridge it goes. You can let it sit there as long as you want, but I was anxious and gave it only about an hour before I portioned it out among my glass jars. I used 8 oz jars that I bought in bulk on Amazon. This recipe filled up 10 and a half of the jars.

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Onto the labels – I debated between hanging labels and glued labels, glued won this round so I used Adobe Illustrator to design them. The labels measure 2″x8″ and don’t wrap completely around the jars.

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I printed these on some thicker cardstock paper and just ran a small bead of super glue down the short ends of the label to secure them.


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Here they are, all finished! I love that the labels all look the same but are each a bit different. I am so excited to give these out to friends and family – they smell almost exactly like Thin Mints, the texture is wonderful and the ingredients are all natural. As usual, there are so many variations that can be done on this project and overall it only took one day to make and cost about $5 per container. Win. Win. Win. Ho. Ho. Ho.

–Heather

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Champagne Bubble Wine Glasses

10 Dec

I saw a pattern awhile back that stuck with me and I decided to replicate it on some wine glasses over the weekend. So here’s how to do it:

Supplies:

Glassware
Acrylic Paint
A paint brush or pencil
An oven

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Dip the end of your paintbrush or pencil into acrylic paint.

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On the INSIDE of your glass make dots with your first color.

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I chose 3 colors for each wine glass and I like the way each turned out. So I guess I’d recommend 3 or more colors if you are going to replicate this pattern.

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Once you’ve finished your glasses, place them in a cold oven. Turn the oven t0 350 and let the glasses stay in there for a half hour. After the half hour is over, turn the oven off and let the glasses sit in there until the oven is cool.

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Now enjoy!
I washed the glasses to make sure the paint didn’t come off-and it didn’t! It’s definitely baked on there. With gentle washing, the glasses hold up just fine.

-Emily

Table Lamp

13 Nov

Well, now that I am back in school my art has taken a backseat, but we were assigned a project that asked us to create an abstract visual representation of what we would like to be as a teacher. I don’t have a tutorial for this but I still wanted to share with you all, just to give you an idea of what I have been up to!

The concept behind this lamp is the idea that as a teacher I want to create a community of empowered individuals.

On top of working out what my goals are in becoming an art teacher, this project challenged me to figure out how to do the electrical wiring so that the lamp functioned as well as learn how to drill through glass – both of which ended up being fairly simple.

–Heather

Kitschy Kitchen Art

5 Sep

So both of the Two Girls moved this past weekend and are finally settled into their new apartments! During my many trips back home to pick up what I think will be the last thing but never is, I found some old glass frames that I knew would look great with some love and craftiness. Lucky for me, my roommates are supportive of my interior design background and are happy to have me changing things up a bit.

Supplies:

Frames

Nice paper – scrapbook, craft or wall paper work really well

Tape

Scissors

ImageWhile exploring the new neighborhood, I found a paper store with a huge selection of gorgeous paper. I had initially gone in the store thinking since I had four frames I would pick out four different paper prints. I left with only one piece and the idea to cut it into four pieces – which made this project cost 1/4 what I was estimating!

ImageHere’s the print I chose, perfect for the kitchen! As you can see, one sheet was the perfect amount for four frames. I thought the paper cutter would work wonders but instead I just folded the paper in four, cut along the creases and used the old photos from the frames as a base to wrap the paper around.

ImageI laid the old photographs onto the back of the paper and folded the edges over, taping to secure.

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ImageAll hung up, these definitely liven up the wall space.

ImageI love the way these came out. This paper caught my eye the second I walked in the door of the store. I have always had a bit of a love affair with bright, pop-arty style prints and such for kitchens; they bring out the vibrancy of food and cooking.

–Heather

Window Storage Cabinet

20 Aug

This project sort of just fell into my lap – I came home one day to an old window sitting in my driveway just asking to be repurposed. While scraping the old green paint off, I ran through a bunch of ideas in my head of what exactly to do with the window. By the time I chipped off as much green paint as possible, I had decided on turning the window into a clothes storage cabinet to replace the last piece of plastic dorm-style chest of drawers I had left. Adulthood here I come!

Supplies:

Old window

Scraper

Sand paper

Glass cleaner

Power drill

Paint brushes

Paint

Primer

L brackets

Door pull

Hinges

Plywood

Shelf pegs

Painter’s tape

Door catch hardware

Furniture feet and attachment hardware

Detail trim

Level

Measuring tape

Pencil

Storage bins

(This supply list looks a little daunting, but it’s mostly just the tools and hardware, I promise this was a pretty simple build)

Here’s the window – in rough shape and in need of some crafty loving care.

I found these scraping tools among my family’s tool collection, they worked great for the nooks and crannies of the trim around the window panes.

Scraped and sanded, I got to work measuring out the window to come up with a design for the cabinet.

Lucky for me, we had some scrap wood available that was perfect to build the structure of the cabinet with. I decided to go with three boards on the two sides and back to mimic the layout of window panes.

I used small L brackets to attach the sides to the top and bottom. At first it is really flimsy but once the shelves go in, the cabinet becomes very sturdy.

Here is the cabinet with two sides attached.

Here you can see the furniture foot attachment. It’s really easy to do and makes it easy to switch out the feet if you ever wanted to.

Now time to attach the window! I just used basic hinges and attached them to the inside of the cabinet. I ended up adding an extra L bracket to the top and bottom of the board the window is attached to. This helped to keep the board in place when the window swung open and close.

I marked where I wanted the shelves based off of where the horizontal mullions were and drilled holes for the shelf pegs. Once the cabinet was all built, I attached a door handle and a door catch so that the window would stay shut when closed.

After the cabinet was built, I decided I didn’t like the unfinished look of the top and bottom edges. So I went and picked up some simple decorative trim and attached with some finish nails.

Now for the fun part (sort of, haha)! I primed the whole cabinet and didn’t fuss with taping the windows off because I was feeling lazy.

I left the interior a glossy white(surprise, surprise) and painted the exterior a glossy fuschia.

I dreaded having the scrape the paint off the windows so maybe tape would’ve been a better idea. Though to get the paint off easily, I sprayed the windows down with Dirtex and let it sit for a few minutes and then took the tool above and just scraped away.

One of my major issues with this project was finding storage bins that I liked and weren’t ridiculously priced. Luckily, I found these bins at Home Goods for a decent price and if in a few years I get sick of them, I can easily just swap them out for a new set. The bottom shelf will be home to my printer, so the gaps between the boards work perfectly for all those cords!

I am excited to fill this up and put it to use! This project should have taken me just a couple days, but other things came up – projects, school, a wedding, so it was spread out over a few months. It was actually nice to work on this in stages, breaking it up into more manageable pieces and not rush through it just to get it done.

–Heather

Marbled Glass

18 Jun

Well hello old friends- the Two Girls have been very very busy lately but we are back with an awesome project! This project was so easy and I already had all the supplies (and if you’re a chick, you probably have all the supplies already too).

Supplies:
Glassware with a flat bottom
Assorted nail polish
clear nail polish
straw or pencil or toothpick
container filled with water
nail polish remover
q tips
masking tape or painters tape
Fill up your container with water and pick out a few shades of nail polish that would look good together.
Tape off the sides of your glassware-for this project I used some shot glasses. You can do this with any glass, as long as it has a flat bottom.
Now pour in a few drops of your nail polish into your water, layering the colors on top of each other.
Using a straw or toothpick or pencil (anything with a sharp, pointy tip you don’t mind ruining), drag and swirl around your polish. WORK QUICK! The polish starts to harden pretty fast, so you need to be speedy. (Hence the limited amount of photos for this project).
Dip in your glass just below the surface. You can even gently swirl it around for an added marble look.
Let them dry for about 2 hours or until they are not tacky anymore.
Peel off your tape and using your nail polish remover and q-tips, touch up any color that dripped through your tape. Then layer a coat of clear nail polish across the bottom to protect your design.
How fun! What a great idea for a gift! I’m thinkin’ bridesmaids gifts for your bridal party in the colors of your wedding- wine glasses maybe? Endless possibilities, so give it a try!
Bottoms up!
–Emily Jo

Frosted Solar Light

21 Apr

To stay on the Earth day kick this week that Heather has started with her previous posts, I decided to continue by making a DIY Solar Light tonight.

I saw this glass jar solar light on UrbanOutfitters.com for about $35. It was love at first sight. I was about to hit the “add it to my shopping cart” button, but saw that Heather had a similar post on her pinterest craft page with a DIY option. Yes please.

Supplies:
Solar Light
Glass Jar with top
Frosted Glass Spray
Hot glue
The longest part of this project was finding all the supplies. I went with a solar light lawn stake I found at Home Depot for $1.99.  Make sure the solar light you chose is detachable from the rest of the unit, all you need is the sensor and lightbulb part for this to work.
I decided to make this as a birthday gift for someone, so I took a sticker of their first initial and placed it on the glass before frosting. This worked great, so next time I’m going to do a whole word.
Spray your glass frosting spray about 10 inches from your jar. I chose a blue tinted spray. Once dry, peel off any stickers/letters you may have put on.
*Important- DO NOT spray the lid to your jar. It has to stay clear so the sensor can get sunlight during the day so your jar will glow all night.
Detach your solar light from the rest of your unit.
Hot glue your solar light to the top of your glass jar, sensor side up.
Alright…start charging your light.  I stuck mine under a lamp for about 5 minutes. If you leave yours in a well lit room during the day, it should glow for up to 12 hours at night.
If you decide to do any type of stickers like I did, the cool part is that it gives off a shadow in the shape of that sticker in the dark.
It was so difficult to get a good photo of this project. But it really does give off a great amount of light. And it’s solar powered! A perfect Earth Day project.
–Emily Jo
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