About Roeshel

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That DIY Party

Enjoying the summer? It’s a great time for tackling that DIY to-do list unless of course, you’re just soaking up the sun and having fun! It’s That DIY Party time! Share your latest DIY related projects in the link party below and/or browse the links for inspiration from some pretty talented blog friends!

 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

A blast from the past with red, white and blue inspiration for a patriotic summer!

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Young Living is rocking it with the announcement that we are the ONLY essential-oil company in the world to have FDA-approved medications. If you have pain, inflammation, coughs, sore throats, we’ve got you covered with plant-based products (say NO to toxins in your body!!) even the FDA recognizes the effectiveness! This is HUGE!! and it says volumes about our purity, quality, and the science that backs it all up. I CAN’T WAIT TO PUT MY ORDER IN!
New Premium Starter Kit youngliving @diyshowoff HERE IS AN AWESOME DEAL for anyone that has been thinking of trying Young Living essential oils! Available for everyone!! Through June 30th, premium starter kits are 10% off above prices!! PLUS the DIYShowOff welcome bundle and support/commnity so you’re not wondering “what the heck do I do with these oils?!” They’re not helpful sitting unused in the box. Share the love with someone you love who needs these amazing oils!!!

Grab yours here —> yldist.com/roeshel

Party time: Show off your creativity! Visit the links below for ideas for your next project!

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Let’s get this party started!

1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.

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Red, White and Blue DIY Ideas

How about some red, white and blue DIY ideas since Independence Day is right around the corner? Click the images below to be redirected to the original blog post.

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And some fabulous festive highlights from my crazy talented blog friends who gave permission to be featured by linking up to the weekly That DIY Party. Simply click the image to visit the original post for more details, to pin to your patriotic Pinterest board and to say “hello”!

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Fun and festive! See MORE by following along on the DIYShowOff Patriotic DIY Pinterest board!

 

That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time! If you have something DIY-related to share, link up to the party below! Let’s see you genius creativity and hard work!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: Freebies! June welcome gift for new Young Living members. 

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Party time: Now, finally on to the reason you’re all here! Let’s get this party started! 

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1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.

2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. Limit recipes to one per person per party. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP.

3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+.

4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!

5. If you’re viewing in mobile, you may need to click over/convert to “desktop view” to see the links.

6. Limit three links per week per blogger per party, please. Thank you!



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Yes, this is yet another essential oils story from another essential oils crazed friend (w’re everywhere you turn, aren’t we?) but I encourage you to still read along even if it’s not for you, to not skip past or ignore this time around. It’s near and dear to my heart and I hope you’ll stick with me today. Thank you in advance, friends! 

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Life outside of DIY: My weeks have been filled with all things essential oils, (did you just groan?!). I heard that! I ask that you bear with me and just read along. It’s a lifestyle that’s been prominent in our home lately along with sharing in my community, at cancer support groups, vendor events and even a museum soon. It only makes sense that I share here where I have a voice too. This week I hope to share a fun DIY essential oils recipe but before that, I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about essential oils lately and I wanted to tell you a little more about how Young Living essential oils changed our life. And like most, once you see for yourself, your life is changed. I know. It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Like something you may want to avoid, remain in the dark over or write off as “scam-ish”. Despite seeming trendy at the moment, it really isn’t anything “new”. Young Living has been around for over 20 years, essential oils for longer than that. It’s not a fad or the ‘latest thing’…which is what I thought when I first started hearing about it EVERY.WHERE I turned. Why is that? Because like others I’m sure, I feel compelled to share my story and this goodness, because it’s an important part of our lives now too, because Young Living offers something different.

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::eye roll:: Why do you keep hearing everyone gabbing about essential oils? Annoyed? I apologize if you are because that’s not my intention at all! I’m so grateful when you stop by to read about DIY and my life and even if this is not for you, I thank you for reading on just to humor me and maybe pass along my info to a friend or family who would be interested. Because there might be someone like me out there who needs this, someone who might be desperate enough to try ANY.THING. Something. Anything to get over an issue they deal with frequently with no answers. 

When I first heard about essential oils my thoughts were “not for me!”. I mean, “c’mon, really”? “Really?” If they work as wonderful as everyone claims, why haven’t I heard about them before? That’s a whole other story but for me, it took TRYing something once. You guys, it really worked. “What the heck?!” I was super-shocked that it resolved my issue, one I had been dealing with for years. Why HADN’T I heard of this before?! It opened my eyes. It raised awareness. And with my family’s major health scares in recent years, I believe it was an answer to my prayers.

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Try essential oils and they didn’t work? Why did I chose YL? To be honest, because Young Living is what I was fortunate enough to be introduced to first, the brand I first tried thanks to Carrie at Making Lemonade Blog (I’m forever grateful, Carrie!) and then after a little research, learning that they’re #1 worldwide, the BEST essential oils an essential oil-infused products, a 20+ year history (wow!) and a seed to seal guarantee, that all essential oils are not created equal (a cheaper brand from say WalMart is not going to have the same health benefits, if any, because of quality)…I decided this was the brand for me. I love DIY, budget friendly projects, thrifty finds and awesome deals but some things aren’t worth scrimping on and integrity and quality is important to me. 

“But I don’t have $$$ to shell out.” I understand that sentiment well. But it IS worth that initial investment of $160 for 11 essential oils, diffuser, samples, rollerball fitment and welcome gifts from me. And for me personally, it has been worth placing a monthly order. Now before you get all…”ah-ha – there you go! It’s not just a premium starter kit after all!” …all I do is simply shift my spending from the store to Young Living for what I was mostly already buying. The best part? We’re creating a home environment that is toxin-free. How? There are so many essential oils we grab now instead of opening the bathroom supply cabinet. Instead of purchasing supplements from a big box store, we’re getting them from Young Living (and actually…I wasn’t really all that into supplements before although I did want to make better choices for supporting a healthy body). Now I clean with a multi-purpose cleaner concentrate that’s natural instead of suffering respiratory issues like I did with the store-bought cleaners. Even our laundry detergent is now purchased through Young Living. What else? Deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, soap, hand sanitizer, floss…all of those products without harmful chemicals. And guess what?! I earn rewards on my purchases too – BIG rewards, as in 10-20% back for free products with an opt-in essential rewards program (not required). I wasn’t getting rewards from the store (or a paycheck for recommending products to friends…but more on that later). And hey, it’s pretty nice that those products are delivered to my door. But all I’m asking is that you “TRY” them with all that comes packaged in a Premium Starter Kit. 

Yea, but what’s the catch? Aren’t MLMs scammy? A premium starter kit is simply the cost of a lifetime membership. That’s it. Period. Only with this lifetime membership fee, I actually got nearly $300 in products for $160 to show for that money I spent. There are NO further obligations. I do NOT have to purchase regularly or ever again (except to maintain an active status, but even going inactive has no penalty. I would simply place another order to re-activate each year if I wish to, whenever I am ready. If not, there are no consequences). There’s no contract like I have with my cell phone, no penalty if I want to quit…I just fade away and never order again. If I would decide 10 years down the road to order, my lifetime membership will kick in to give me access to the wholesale prices. No need to call and cancel membership or stop automatic payments or anything along those lines. I do NOT have to sell or sign people up. It’s actually much like but a lot better than the annual $45 membership fee we pay to Sam’s Club to get the bulk/discounted pricing. You purchase a premium starter kit (a fair way to really experience essential oils and the benefits) and you’re a lifetime member with access to wholesale prices. It’s a no brainer and a win and I breathe easier knowing my family isn’t going to suffer long term side effects from toxic ingredients. 

Chemical free living has to start somewhere. Take a look at this LIVE GREEN EARN GREEN video real quick. Isn’t that sad? It’s up to us as individuals to make healthier decisions because it’s not happening with what is celebrity or professionally endorsed. Most times, their bottom line is $$$ and business; not our well-being, not what’s best for us and our families. 

Quick recent personal uses: (it’s like this every day…a quick look up in my reference guide or connecting with my support team for recommendations for just.about.everything and I’m armed and empowered with natural products and no need to run to the store with resources to guide me). My grandson is going to associate natural essential oils and GOOD scents with grammy and pap. He has such a good head start on living a clean life. We grab oils for supporting the immune system, purifying the air, booboos, wellness, sleep, cleaning, uplifting, adding to cooking recipes, beverages, for occasional stress and more. And those lifestyle changes? They motivated more health conscious choices. Better dietary decisions, a husband who’s down 40 lbs. and keeping it off! And that exercise routine I always put off? Okay, you got me. I still put that off! haha! But, I’m working on it! Today, I’m feeling a bit sore from stretching muscles I didn’t know existed from a beginner’s YouTube yoga routine yesterday for the first time. It’s something I’d been telling myself I wanted to start but years later, here I sit. I applied a  motivating/energizing oil yesterday and dove in and today I’ll be using another essential oil for after exercise symptoms, if you know what I mean. I haven’t struggled with weight issues but that doesn’t mean I’m fit. Young Living gave us the kick in the pants we needed. Also just this morning, Russ was complaining about pests on his plants in the garden. It was nice to look in my guide and find a recipe to assist. We had the supplies to make up a chemical-free spray and IT WORKED! It’s also nice to whip up a DIY recipe for gifts, samples to help friends, so many different uses. We follow a daily routine. We also discover new uses nearly daily too. 

But how do I know what to use oils for?  Well, unlike buying essential oils from the store where a store associate isn’t going to offer any help, once you purchase a premium starter kit from me – I am here to hold your hand to get you started, offer guidance, resources, educational material and an awesome huge online team/community of friends to answer questions and empower you to take charge of promoting wellness for you and your family. Before long, you’re retaining that information and have the tools you need to USE your essential oils, not to mention the other products available. Young Living has the largest selection of essential oils, essential oil blends, essential oil infused supplements and products I’ve ever seen! 

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And you know what makes me sad? Seeing friends with issues that I know would benefit from essential oils because I’ve experienced it myself.

Even sadder? That I fear or worry about approaching them because of the stigma associated with network marketing business or even essential oils for that matter. I’m an introvert and it really takes stepping outside of my comfort zone (even to write this blog post). However, the new healthier me feels compelled to share. If reaching out means I help one person, it’s worth it. 

“I hesitate to buy a kit because then I have to sell oils.” Nope. Wrong! I ‘accidentally’ built a business. Isn’t that strange? I don’t know anyone who says I want to build an MLM business. “NO. Just NO.” That was my mindset. But by sharing how they work for me like I would share my favorite restaurant, listening to friends and family not feeling well and maybe sometimes giving samples…well, it just happened. So random and unplanned. And when I finally personally looked at the compensation plan out of curiosity, I was blown away with the potential. In fact, some of my friends have even retired their husbands. Financial freedom is a possibility. I didn’t have to buy some $$$$ business starter kit to get started (the premium starter kit which provides the lifetime wholesale membership is all that I needed). I don’t have monthly quotas or inventory. I don’t have to hold qualifying parties or achieve a certain level of sales each month. I simply show those I care about how to get their own essential oils. It’s not a get rich quick scheme by any means, it’s an honest compensation plan and business model. But yes, my paycheck is surpassing my blogging income which had surpassed my healthcare administrative position I held for nearly 20 years. Blogging took 9 years to get to that point. Essential oils? I’m celebrating my 2 year anniversary! But, “you have a blog”, some say. “That makes it easier.” You’d think so, right? However, it’s not my experience. Most readers coming across this blog post will ignore it, others will unsubscribe or unfollow. (Please don’t!) That saddens me but success comes from heart-centered sharing, caring and helping others achieve wellness. And before your brain registers the warning “pyramid scheme”, let me say…I find that a traditional job more closely resembles a pyramid scheme. In my previous positions, I was working to make the people above me or the company I worked for money. There was a cap on what I could earn. I actually reached that level with 20 years of experience. My position and income level was lower than the person above me who had a lower paying job than the person above them. That sound a lot like the shape of a pyramid, doesn’t it? Young Living? My friend, you could join under me today, start building a business immediately and pass me up tomorrow. Not exactly a pyramid shape, is it?

Change is hard: Did you know that I used to be an expensive candle junkie? I love when my home smells good, don’t you? I didn’t even think about the chemicals I was breathing in. The latest greatest beauty product or $$$ designer perfume? Yep, that was me. And now? I get MORE compliments on my home smelling soooo good along with now feeling “peaceful” (benefits of essential oils with relaxing properties). No flame, no hot wax. A diffuser emits a cool mist of essential oils into the air and shuts off when it’s empty or after 4 hours. How cool is that? The same with me smelling better too. Instead of turning away people sensitive to synthetic ingredients in my pricey perfume, I’m asked by strangers what I’m wearing (and of course it’s essential oils, a blend I made up myself with health benefits). Isn’t that neat? I’ve never been told I smell like a stinky hippie. lol! People inhale deeply and just ask what I’m wearing and want to know more (for real – in a check out line more than once!). I never even thought about my body absorbing the chemicals I applied topically and how that would affect me long term. And I’ve always had the metabolism type that could eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight. That does not mean I was healthy or fit. But I’m now taking better care of myself and that feels good. I feel good!  

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Closing: Okay, thanks for bearing with me or pacifying me while I got that off my chest. It’s important to me to raise awareness and share these unbelievable powerful drops of goodness with others. Even if you are not interested, it’s worth looking into a little more. Even if you get them from someone else, I encourage you to just.get.them. (Although research brands to find a quality that will give you results.) And I would be honored to be your enroller and sponsor for Young Living. I look forward to getting to know you better.

Now I can get back our regularly scheduled DIY posts. But first…ready to learn more or get started on your oily journey with my help? I’d like to introduce you to the…

June Welcome Gift: I offer some AH-mazing welcome gifts (valued at $25) with purchase of a premium starter kit using member#1836762 at yldist.com/roeshel from me personally. Once I receive notice that you’ve made the leap, I will be in touch to customize your welcome gift package to tailor them to fit your personal needs) and get your goodies out to you! (US members only. Friends in other countries – I will be send you a comparable welcome gift). Offer expires June 30, 2016. I know it’s a bit of an investment but it’s one I’ve never regretted, it’s worth saving for and it’s my hope that my readers experience the same wellness too. Thanks for taking the time to read and/or share my blog post today! xo 

That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time again! Have you been sweating and working hard to transform your space or staying cool and keeping crafty? Are your days filled with creating and transforming? Well, I’m envious! We all have the same hours in a day but mine have lacked DIY activity. So share your DIY eye-candy! Let’s see your productivity by “showing off” in the link party below. Visit the other links for inspiration for your next DIY. 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: Some before and after projects from mom’s house renovation! It’s a work in progress for the fine details but you won’t believe the difference! I can’t wait to show you! I know it’s been a while but it’s one of those DIY projects that have an “as time allows” schedule working around full time careers and life. But mom’s current home sold in less than 24 hours so it’s hustle time!

Home Exterior Before

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Home Exterior After

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Party time: Now, finally on to the reason you’re all here! Let’s get this party started! 

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1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.

2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. Limit recipes to one per person per party. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP.

3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+.

4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!

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That DIY Party

Hi all! It’s That DIY Party time again! Share your creativity and DIY projects by linking them up below. Visit the links for more DIY inspiration! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: The #michaelsmakers June challenge is all about summer parties! Click over to see links to lots of fun ideas including a backyard wedding ceremony we’ll be hosting for one of my sweet friends. 

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This past week I had to muster up some courage for public speaking at a local cancer support group. Ironically, it was my essential oils (a blend I call liquid calm) that helped me step outside of my comfort zone when as an introvert, I prefer sitting in the back and being the one to listen to those around me. Are you finally ready to learn more about essential oils? Believe me. I rolled my eyes and said “No. They’re not for me.” But best.decision.ever. We’re taking baby steps to become more educated and more aware. We’re working on creating a chemical free lifestyle and feeling better than ever. I want the same for those I care about. And that includes my readers too. During the month of June, I’ll be including some very special gifts (my favorite educational material, $10 Amazon gift card and surprise package directly from me) with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit. Learn more HERE

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Interested in learning more an in online (no obligation) class? Friend me on Facebook for an invitation (you read along at your convenience). 

That DIY Party time: Show off your hard work, creativity and DIY! 

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3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+.

4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!

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Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 21st. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony. 

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party.  A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape. 

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It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony. 

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Decorations:

• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots. 

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• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent. 

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• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!

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• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.

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• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.

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Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties. 

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Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts. 

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Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon. 

Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick. 

Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table. 

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Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look. 

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Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon. 

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Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

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For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

Visit these talented blog friends starting at 11 p.m. CST for more summer party inspiration:

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That DIY Party

Hello, DIY friends! I’m hoping you’re enjoying a lovely weekend, staying cool and picnicking with family and friends. It’s That DIY Party time! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: We had some technical difficulties this past week so you may have missed this! Pop over to show some love to my daughter, Evangeline from The Lunar Fae, who shared a guest post on decorating with air plants…awesome ideas and beautiful photos! 

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Party time: Show off your hard work, creativity and DIY! 

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How to Decorate with Air Plants – The Lunar Fae Way

How to Decorate with Air Plants – The Lunar Fae Way:

I’m so happy to introduce you to my talented & beautiful daughter, Evangeline from The Lunar Fae, sharing some tips on how to decorate with air plants. decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

Have you heard of incredible wonder of nature that is the air plant yet?

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Meet Tillandsia. This little lady is easily becoming my favorite plant to decorate with, due to how very low maintenance she is! She doesn’t care for soil (score! neither do I, my cats dig it up), she only needs watering once a week and if you forget for a day or two, she probably won’t die either (double score! How can I be expected to hydrate the life of others on a regular basis when I’m just grasping how to hydrate mine!?)

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My current obsession is mixing plants with my other obsession, crystals! There’s just something soooo pleasing about a plant emerging from crystal coated caverns or a chunky mineral.

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Have any geodes laying around? My lovely, add an air plant! You won’t be sorry and it’ll probably make you appreciate the geode more regularly too!

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Have any votive gemstone candle holders? Add an air plant! Most candles are full of toxins anyways.

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Have an empty jar, planter, or dying terrarium? Add some faux moss or river rocks, an air plant, and fill that shiz with shiny crystals!

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Seriously. There is no way to go wrong with this. In just a few easy steps you can have a beautiful, unique piece of art that also serves a larger purpose!

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Obsessed yet?

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If you’re looking for some crystals or air plants, I’ve got both in my shop for the time being.

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Thanks for reading and considering adopting some Tillandsia into your boho home!

Stunning! I received one of her gorgeous creations for Mother’s Day and I’m in love! (and it’s still alive – a big deal with me & plants!) I invite you to visit Evangeline at her blog, The Lunar Fae and The Lunar Fae shop to get more ideas and inspiration. Use code “DIYSHOWOFF” for 11% off order over $5! 

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That DIY Party

That DIY Party time!

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That DIY Party

It’s that DIY Party time again! Time to share your creative crafts, home improvement and home decor projects!

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That DIY Party Time!

It’s That DIY Party time! Link up your creativity and visit the links for more inspiration! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Happy Mother’s Day, moms! I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing day! xo

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

spring floral arranging tips & trying something new

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

 

and DIY hand purifier spray

DIY essential oil infused hand purifier spray recipe @diyshowoff

 

Party time: Let’s see your creativity!

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DIY Hand Purifier Teacher Appreciation Gift

One of the perks of having essential oils and {make & take party} supplies on hand is having last minute gift ideas. I whipped up this DIY hand purifier for Teacher Appreciation Gifts for the little one’s daycare workers. Affiliate links listed below. 

DIY Hand Purifier – teacher appreciation gift

DIY essential oil infused hand sanitizer spray recipe @diyshowoff

What I used: feel free to alter the recipe according to your stash of essential oils (use a cleansing/purifying blend). 

What I did:

I added the following to a 1 oz. glass spray bottle: 5-7 drops of Thieves essential oil, 2-3 drops of Melaleuca, one squirt of V6 then a pinch of epsom salt (to help keep oil + liquid mixed). I then 1/2 filled with distilled aloe liquid, topped off to where the bottle starts to curve at the neck of the bottle with witch hazel. Secure lid, shake and spray. Embellish with decorative tape and a label. Tie on a handwritten note with pretty ribbon. 

“Thanks you for your helping hands.” 

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DIY Floral Arranging

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge: Attend a class at Michaels craft store. Take a little time to indulge yourself with some “you” time, learn new skills, get some tips, spoil yourself with something handmade with love or whip up a handmade gift. Gather your friends and make it a girls’ night out.

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Were you aware that Michaels offers craft-themed classes?! There are so many to choose from – from painting to knitting or crocheting to paper crafting to jewelry making, kids’ crafts, floral arranging and more. I found most classes were free, only the cost of supplies. A great way to try a new skill or craft, a fun way to set aside time for yourself or to get together with friends. Productive too – you walk home with something you create! 

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I simply enrolled online (I chose the project DIY floral arranging) then showed up at the scheduled date and time with my friend, Dana. 

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We started with shopping to purchase the materials needed for DIY floral arranging from a printable supply list. The twist: choosing flowers and a container with our own preferences for a custom DIY floral arrangement. Our instructor, Brittney, was close by to answer questions and make suggestions. 

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The printable class description and supply list when I signed up online for the class provided me with a coupon too – 10% off our entire purchase. Score!

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Our class size was 6! So fun and what a joy to see the creations! Because of the shopping, we sort of worked in two groups of three, our group getting an early start so I did miss out on seeing the other groups’ finished projects but from what I could tell, they choose some pretty unique supplies too (a tall glass cylinder with burlap and neutrals, a birdcage with ivy and a glass lantern with sea shells)…so fun that you have the option to choose what appeals to you personally. I was there at 6 p.m. and home by 8 p.m., a small time frame and a little indulgence…me time!

When I’ve done floral arrangements in the past, my techniques have varied: 1) buy a pretty bundle of silk florals/bouquet, place it in a vase and call it a day to 2) snip the stems with wire cutters and haphazardly, errr..’artfully’ arrange them in a container. The “handpicked bouquet” technique (haha), kind of like this one last spring:

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So, getting some ‘professional’ tips was a welcome help!

DIY floral arranging tips I picked up at the class:

  • Secure floral foam to the bottom of a vase/basket/container using hot glue/glue gun to keep the arrangement secure.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Separate stems using wire cutters to desired height. 
  • Michaels’ has a “pick machine” which gives floppy wireless stems a pointy edge to place in foam. So cool!  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Starting with the center, poke a stem into the floral foam then work in “triangle” placements (threes) around each stem.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Slightly bend wire stems to give flowers a more life-like look. Real blooms are heavy and droop, faux florals have strong wire stems. Give it some “life” by ‘curving’ the wire stem.
  • Camouflage foam with moss or stones. Use picks to secure moss.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, making acquaintances with new people too. And I now I’m excited to display a pretty centerpiece perfect for spring. 

Have you attended a local class at Michaels? Did you even know about them? What would interest you most? I plan on attending more for sure, opening a whole new world for making local friends who share my passion for DIY and taking a couple of hours on occasion to improve my crafting skills or trying something new. 

Here are a few floral arrangements from class. Pretty, right? 

Our inspiration from Michaels: 

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Dana’s: I love the copper accent with turquoise, purple and green!  

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A pretty spring collection from Maggie…

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Mine: I’m in love! I’m inspired to add a few more spring buds.

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And that artichoke! ::swoon::

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

Michaels offers free classes in their stores! You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies. Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.

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That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time…again! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap in photos, what’s going on behind the scenes, upcoming posts, life in general, etc….

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Party time: Let’s see your creativity!

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