It goes without saying with pregnancy come lots of changes. One of those being my skin. The cold winter weather isn’t helping much as my normally sensitive skin is now also dry. I thought I’d share some of my winter skin care routine – the pregnant version….
Handmade & Crafts
A few years back, I visited a home of a friend of my mother’s during the winter in New England and she had a lovely indoor garden made up mostly of terrariums I completely fell in love with. I asked her how to make a terrarium also known as a fairy garden; and discovered not only were they easy to make, they were super simple to care for.
The best part about terrariums is that you can make them as big as you like or as small as you need. The only thing terrariums really require is a light spritzing of water and indirect sunlight. Uncovered terrariums will need a bit more work because you’ll have to water them more than the covered type. Open or closed, you will need to keep in mind the type of plants you’re using. Sun loving plants like cacti require have different soil requirements than say succulents, so doing a little research before hand will ensure you’re terrarium will thrive.
I like an eclectic desk. I tend to use items to store things like note cards or pens that weren’t necessarily designed for that purpose. I also want the items that sit on my desk for any length of time to be aesthetically pleasing to my eye. As a writer I have to sit at my desk a lot. Having cool things to look at I find helps to boost the creative in me. I also discovered when I get creative in other ways like crafting my overall creativity is given a boost (as if I needed a reason to craft.)
Washi tape is a great way to personalize your tech gear or even to remake home decor accessories or every day items like candles (see photo below), jars, boxes etc.
This of course isn’t the fist time I’ve spruced up my tech gear. I gave my MacBook a boost using a lap top cover and some decoupage, because I didn’t want to do anything physically to my actual laptop. You check out my DIY Decoupage Laptop Cover post to find out how.
To create this personalized external hard drive I simply grabbed three types of coordinating washi tape and lined them up. I didn’t even use scissors as I knew I’d cover the torn edges – though it looked pretty cool that way too.
Last Friday morning I awoke with a mission. To paint a shelf and spruce up my office. The sprucing up of my office involved rearranging some books and tackling a dress form I had leaning against a wall because it was somehow broken in our move.
It wasn’t bothering me as you really couldn’t tell it was “leaning” because the skirt of the Book Fairy costume I had on it kept it up right. However it was taking up serious real estate and I knew I either had to fix it. Give it away, or find some new purpose for it. I chose the latter and I got to recycle my costume as well.
It was super easy to do.
Here’s how you can create your own DIY Decoupage Dress Form.
If you have a beat up dress form like I did, simply remove the soft fabric cover and foam. Scrape away as much if not all of the foam you can. I used a sharp knife for the areas that were glued on and wouldn’t just pull away. Once you’ve cleared away as much as the foam as possible you’re ready to begin decoupaging.
I didn’t have enough Modpodge left to complete this project, and waiting the 10-12 days for Amazon to deliver it to me just wasn’t an option. So I turned to Pinterest and discovered a ton of recipes for Modpodge, the one I used was so simple. I can’t believe I’d not made some sooner. I found the recipe on this delightful blog called Lulatastic.
To make your own decoupage glue you’ll need:
PVA Glue AKA Elmers Glue and water. That’s it. Nothing else.
I used 1 cup of Elmer’s Glue All and 1/3 cup of water. Mix them together in a jar via a vigorous shaking and voila! You’ve got your very own Modpodge glue to decoupage to your heart’s content! This formula produces a matte decoupage which is just how I prefer it.
Once you’ve got your glue you’re ready to begin to decoupage your dress form.
In addtion to the glue, you’ll need paper or fabric of your choosing to decoupage with, a brush and something to “smush” out the bubbles.
When decoupaging I prefer to use a sponge-brush but you can use whatever sort of brush you like and something to flatten out the air-bubbles. On this particular occasion I used my fingers but a silicone spatula works great too. If you don’t mind glue all over your fingers do it my way. If you’d rather not be taken back to elementary school, use gloves.
Grab your paper dab the back with glue. Brush some glue onto your dress form, place the paper glue side down and brush the air bubbles away, any that don’t come out smooth with your fingers or what-ever device you choose. Continue in this manner until you’ve completed your project. Overlapping as you go.
Don’t have a dress form? You can make your own. Grab and friend and some duct tape and head over to this page for the instructions on how to make your own DIY Dress Form.
Today’s DIY Upcycle post is brought to you by my long hair and lack of hair ties.
Way back in high school I worked at a shoe store where I had to dress up. In the mid 1990’s that equated to having to wear pantyhose.
Panty hose and going up and down ladders to retrieve shoe boxes always didn’t work out to the benefit of my stockings. As a result I went through quite a few pair.
I can’t take credit for this ingenious and rather industrial idea, as it actually came from my mother who had used her own pantyhose to create hair ties. She offered up this wisdom to me one day when I found myself in without a scrunchie.
Way before blogging, when scrunchies were the go-to hair accessory I was using pantyhose to tie back my long locks.
Panty hose actually make for a really good hair tie because it won’t pull or damage your hair.
All you need are a pair of scissors and pantyhose.
Step 1. Cut off the toe portion of your stocking.
Step 2. With a sharp pair of scissors (preferably one used only for fabric) cut the stockings, move up in thick bands. I prefer 2-3 inches.
Step 3. Gather the edges of the cut pantyhose to make rings.
That’s it! Now tie back your hair!