Category Archives: DIY Ideas

So a friend of mine had TWINS and I saw pictures of the cutest woodland themed nursery she was doing for them. She’s also into essential oils so when coming up with a gift, I knew I wanted to incorporate those into some aspect of the gift. I’ve been super heavy into the crochet spirit (it seems like I always am this time of year!) so it was a no brainer to find some things I thought she might love!

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First, I found this AMAZING fox pillow that’s made by graphghan or intarsia crochet! DON’T let the fancy name or the intimidating look of it scare you! I PROMISE this is like so easy once you get the hang of it! I got the pattern HERE from Etsy.com It was very well written and I would most definitely buy from this designer again! You can also check out her blog, it’s adorable and she’s got some amazing free patterns out there and an intarsia crochet tutorial!

Fox cushion

That is her picture, for some reason I didn’t get a finished picture of just the pillow myself!

Next, I happened across these amazing and FREE boxy woodland animal crochet patterns! She has 2 older kiddos and I didn’t want to leave them out! Here they are all nice and cozy sitting together 🙂 And you can see my fox pillow in the background!

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You can find the patterns for each by clicking on the names!

Crochet Bear

Crochet Fox

Crochet Owl

I used I Love This Yarn! by Hobby Lobby and I have to say that I’m VERY impressed with the quality of their yarn for the price! I used to love Caron Simply Soft, but I found it too limp on a lot of projects and it was getting the fuzzy look way too early. To make them diffusers, I added a small pouch of rice to the bottoms and then filled the rest of the way with stuffing.

I got the eyes from here

And last but not least I made a baby book! This was by far the most time consuming of all the items I made for her! I didn’t get a really good picture of it and I wasn’t all that happy with the way I did the lettering; I should have just done it the way she recommends. Overall, I was very pleased with the pattern. I just wish there was a way to make the lettering look better!

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You can find the pattern here

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DIY Smelly Play Dough with Essential Oils

Can you tell we like to make stuff?! Ha! For boys, my kids sure like to keep busy making and doing. This is TOTALLY cool with me because, well, they get it honest! 🙂

This afternoon after some park time and a trip to the library, the boys asked to make a video! They LOVE to sit and watch videos of other kids doing toy reviews and all sorts of things so I decided I’d let them help me make some play dough scented with some of our FAVORITE essential oils!

How pretty are these colors?! And they smell so delish!

Here’s the recipe if you didn’t catch it!

2 cups of flour

1/2 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons oil (we used grapeseed)

1.5 cups boiling water

Food coloring – optional

Essential oils – optional

DIY Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

Hey there! Crafting and prepping for the holidays is in full swing here! I’ve got this super fun and easy recipe to make your own lotion bars for yourself or some lucky family and friends! These only require a few ingredients and about 30 minutes of time (longer to fully set).

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Coconut oil (Like this one here)
  • 2 oz Beeswax (Like this)
  • 2 oz Shea Butter (Like this)
  • 1 Tbsp Argan Oil – optional but I highly recommend for your beauty regimen- (like this)
  • 30 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (from here)
  • Silicon Mold (like this) This is optional but a great way to dress it up for gift giving!
  • Raw local honey, or (this) if you don’t have any available but I HIGHLY suggest checking out your local farmer’s market and supporting them if it’s available to you!
  • Kitchen scale – looks like mine is out of stock but there’s this one that’s similar and a great price!

I’ve created a short video to show and tell you exactly what you’ll need to do to make these!

I hope you all enjoy!!

Disclaimer: There may be affiliate links contained in this post. If you purchase through these links I receive a small percentage. Please know that even if I include affiliate links, I still love these products, and would not recommend them unless I truly thought you would like them too!

Gentle Baby Whipped Body Butter

You’ve probably noticed that I’m into essential oils lately! And there’s SO

MUCH you can do with these oils! I mean, seriously, the possibilities are endless! My sewing machine has been packed away for a few months (I’m mad at it haha) and it’s been way too nice outside to feel like crocheting. So, what’s a crafty girl to do… craft with my new passion, of course! “Gentle Baby™ is a soft, fragrant combination of essential oils designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin. Many of the essential oils in this blend are used in elite cosmetics to enhance a youthful appearance.” From http://www.youngliving.com.  It’s also been out of stock, for like ever! So, when it came back in stock I HAD to get my hands on some! I’ve been seeing all these neat whipped body butters and creams so I knew just the thing to make with this! This is so simple and soooo heavenly! Here’s how I did it!
You’ll need:
-small jar with lid (glass is best)
-Gentle Baby oil
-organic coconut oil
-hand mixer
-bowl to mix in

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Instructions: put a few scoops of coconut oil into your mixing bowl. My glass jar was reused from some foundation so it didn’t take much coconut oil at all! Mix with hand mixer until it’s creamy. This usually takes about 3 minutes or so. Add 5 drops of Gentle Baby and mix for a few more seconds to incorporate. Poor into your glass jar and you’re done! It will take about 2 days for the coconut oil to set again and when it does it will be light and fluffy just like a body butter! Enjoy!

Printable Hoodie Hood Pattern Available!

Life has gotten busier and crazier so the pattern had been put on the back burner. But, my wonderful husband got it scanned for me today! Here’s a quick link to the pattern!

This pattern is for personal use! If you make and sell items from this pattern, you MUST disclose that it was a free pattern AND link them to the pattern on my blog. Please feel free to donate if you found this pattern useful. Thank you!

Hoodie Hood Tutorial and Pattern

Hoodie Hood Tutorial first draft

I know some of you have been waiting on this tutorial, so I’ve decided to go ahead and get what I’ve got ready out there. I still need to get a file that can be printed and cut out for the pattern. I just don’t have a scanner here at home! Be looking for the printable pattern and updated pictures within the next week or two!

In the meantime… here goes nothing 🙂

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