DIY Floral Centerpiece

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There is nothing like having your boyfriend walk in with some flowers! It’s the best actually. Receiving flowers is great, but where to put them? So as my boyfriend and I were looking for a vase we realized we had nothing. So I found this great alternative here. Um, so I don’t know exactly what the site is called or the language but the photo looks pretty self explanatory.
Here’s what you need:
Flowers
Bowl
Tape
Shears, or scissors

Here’s what you do:

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Start taping the top of the bowl so u get it to looked checkered. This will create holes so you can place your flowers. Next, cut your flowers to size so that they fit in your bowl. You don’t want them to long unless you have a lot of filler flowers. Then you can place your flowers exactly where you want them and you will notice your bowl looks full with these flowers.

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This is a great alternative when you don’t have a vase or if you just want to add some fresh flowers.

DIY Leopard Print Earrings

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(I did the star earrings first then decided to photograph the heart how-to. Sorry for any confusion :))

Everywhere I look there is Leopard print. On leggings, babies, stairs, everywhere. I wasn’t a big fan but when you see it everywhere sometimes it starts to look cute. (Someone obviously drank the kool-aid!)
So it was about 1 am and while I was reading a thought jumps in my head, (that’s right there not in there, they just jump right in) I remembered I had some jewelry that I bought during Halloween and I figured I could make a pair to have the leopard print that’s going around.

Here’s what you need:
Earring studs
Black polish
Gold polish
Brown-ish polish (really any colors u want to use to make leopard

Here’s what you do:
First you grab the earring, paint it gold, dot some of that brown-ish polish. Between adding your different colors of polish you should wait a couple of seconds before applying the next step in polish so that it has a little time to dry. Since you are not using a lot of polish it doesn’t need much time. So, after your “spots” are dry you get your black polish and draw little lines or curves or squiggles whatever your leopard print loving heart desires. My black polish has a very thin brush so I was able to use that but if u do not have one, you can just put a dot of polish on something and use a toothpick to draw the lines, squiggles, curves, whatever.
I don’t know about y’all but I love making things out of the blue!

DIY T-shirt Scarf

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I actually made these a year ago and thought why not share with you these DIY scarves for this time of year. They’re great for accessory or to add some color to your outfit. I made a few of these and gave them out for christmas gifts. I found this at Mr. Kate.com. it also has photographs of the instructions in case you need them.

Here’s what you need:
T-shirt (without side seams preferred)
Leather or faux leather(for binding)

Here’s what you do:
Lay your tshirt on a flat surface. Cut under the arms from one side to the other. Then, cut 1 inch strips going from side to side(not bottom to top) leave about an inch uncut on one end. Next, start to pull down strip by strip. It should begin to look like rope. Finally, gather at the end not cut and tie your leather, faux leather, or even braid strands of tshirt to bind. There you have it!

*I apoligize for the photo. I’m using a not-so-smart phone 🙂

Butterfly Baby shower

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I am so excited! I’ve been recruited to help my bestfriend with her sister-in-law’s baby shower! It’s butterfly theme! Now at first I have to admit I wasn’t very excited. I kept seeing a pink preteen type of butterfly theme and was kind of, oh what’s the word, YUCK! its a babyshower not a 9-year-olds party. Anyway, so with a very small last minute budget I quickly went on the internet and searched for a different way to have a butterfly theme. WOW!  I underestamated the butterfly theme. I found I was able to make an easy centerpiece that wasn’t hard to do at all.

Here’s what you need:
Tissue paper
Cob spears
Chlothes pin
Small tuna can
White paint
Butterflies
Stryofoam
Parsley, mint, rocks(optional)

Here’s what you do:
Get a pack of tissue paper. I got mine from wal mart at the party supplies. Since it was already creased I just cut along it. You should end up with 2 halves. They are not equel halves but it didn’t make much of a difference. Then I cut alond the crease of each one of those halves. Make sure all papers are single and not attached. Next, start to fold your paper as if you were making a fan. Then wrap some wire, string, or yarn at the center. Here comes the fun part spread open the tissue paper and begin to lift the paper on each side. I lifted from the front of each sheet then pushed foward from the back to make sure I got it as far up as I could go. You do need to use a light hand while doing this. Your paper should start to look like a pom pom ball.
Next gather 3 spears and tape together. Then get your small empty tuna can and put 20 clothes pins all around.(I painted mine white so they would look like a fence.)They should snap right on. You don’t have to glue so it makes it so easy. Next add stryofoam to the center of the can then insert the spear sticks. You can add fresh herbs or decorative rocks to hide the stryofoam. Then Glue the pom pom ball to the end of the spear. Now all you have to do is glue butterflies or wherever you’d like and Ta Da! Cute centerpiece for butterfly themed party.

For more instructions on how to make tissue balls go here.

Here are some other links to butterfly themed parties.
lilblueboo.com
blog.amyatlas.com

DIY Dandruff Shampoo

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I made this shampoo for my boyfriend actually. He suffers from severe dandruff and nothing seems to work. I have used brown sugar scrub to get rid of the flakes but I was able to find a DIY dandruff shampoo from savyhomemade.com

Here’s what you need:
10 fl oz Baby shampoo
1 tbs apple cider vinegar (optional)
1 tbs baking soda (optional)
10 drops of tea tree oil
10 drops lavender oil

Here’s what you do:
Mix ingredients together. To use, massage into scalp and leave for about a minute or 2 then rinse.
***try not to get into your eyes***

The original recipe did not call for baking soda or apple cider vinegar however I’ve heard on many occasions to use ACV and/or baking soda in your shampoo so that is why I added it in.

DIY Cough Remedy

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So you wont feel yucky anymore!

My dad has recently had this terrible cough that really bothers him so, it obviously bothers me. My mom, sisters, and I will try our best to get him to take any type of medicine but he just won’t have it. Since I’ve been doing my DIY projects he has seen the power of using homemade products. So when I told him I found him a cough remedy he finally caved in and decided to give it a shot!

I found this at nancyvienneau.com

Here’s what you need:
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ginger* (in original recipe)
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tbs water
1 tbs of honey

Here’s what you do:
Mix all ingredients except the honey so it mixes a little more evenly. Then add in the honey and mix all together.
*i didn’t have ginger and it worked pretty well.

Take 1 tbs as needed.

I know when I use medicine it sometimes leaves me feeling worse or completely out of it. At least with this natural remedy I can take it as often as I need too. It works really well, at least it did for my dad. I plan to use this cough remedy for my entire family!

Clean with Dryer Sheets

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I heard a dryer sheet, even a used dryer sheet works great on cleaning soap build up from shower doors. I actually use dryer sheets to clean my sinks, drains and hardware it works great and cuts cleaning time!

Here’s what you need:
Dryer sheets (new or used)

I love the idea of being able to use your used dryer sheets, so go ahead and get them from the floor of your laundry room, your basket of clean clothes or your pant leg (you know it’s happened to you!)

Here’s what you do:
Lightly sprinkle a dryer sheet with water, and I do mean like 3 drops only and wipe away. See how easy this cuts through soap and water build up! I love this tip and learned it from realsimple.com

I really wish I would have known about this years ago!

Alternative Face Primer

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I love using my homemade mineral make up but it does go on light and I had a party I was going to and needed something to last. So I decided I would go and buy some make up just for the occasion. Well as I was at the store, I was looking at all these different powders trying to decide which would have long-lasting staying power and I found myself not being able to pick one. I just couldn’t do it! I felt like I was a fraud. (I know I am a bit dramatic) if I am trying to be “greener” buy saving money and finding alternative solutions well I better find one. So I left with no powder in hand and searched. When searching for a DIY eye primer I remembered also looking for DIY face primer and basically came up with nothing but I did find an alternative, 2 in fact.

Using a primer on your face creates a barrier between your skin and what your putting on your skin. It also helps smooth out and fills in lines on your face so that your make up gets applied smoothly.

Most face primers on the market today will read in the ingredients Dimethicone as one of the main ingredients, Dimethicone is a skin protectant, anti-foaming agent and hair conditioner, but seeing as it is a silicon based polymer, some may be mildly allergic but it’s very rare

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So here are the 2 alternatives I found for face primer

•Aveeno Baby Daily moisturizing lotion (found tip at livelivebeauty.hubpages.com)
•Monistat chaffing powder-gel
(found tip at weddingbee.com)

So at first I was not going to even consider using Monistat chaffing gel, I mean come on! Then after researching further (and having to see it for myself) I found that the exact ingredients found in smash box photo finish primer and monistat gel are the same!

I personally preferred the Aveeno Baby Lotion, maybe it was because I paid about the same as the monistat and got a whole lot more.

I tried each before the date of the party and I have to say what a great alternative for face primer. Both made my make up last with a very nice smooth finish. Seriously lots of compliments on my make up!

So if you want to cut the cost of your face primer from $36 to just $6 why not give it a shot!