Essential Oil Lotion Hearts {Embracing Wellness Series & Giveaway}

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. 

embracing wellness blog hop #oilyfamilies

*This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

These essential oil lotion hearts are not only a great gift idea, they’re super handy for dry skin. Winter and extra-handwashing have made my hands super dry. I love having these on display/ready to grab near the soap on our bathroom sinks and in my purse for a quick grab. Not to mention a cute gift, great {essential oil} business incentive or prize at essential oil classes/events. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Ingredients I used:

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

*I chose Valor for the one I keep in my purse. I like the benefits for easing occasional feelings of anxiety on top of soothing dry skin on the go. I also like Joy, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Sacred Mountain. One of the bonuses to DIY! YOU choose the essential oil you prefer. 

Valor: Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.

Young Living Essential Oils @diyshowoff Member #1836762 #youngliving #essentialoils

What I did: 

I simply added the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a double boiler (I bought this double boiler) and melted it together over medium-high heat.

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Once completely melted and blended, remove from heat and mix in essential oil. You’ll need to move through the next step rather quickly (but you can always reheat to liquify if needed). 

I poured my mixture into a glass measuring cup to make pouring the mixture into silicone heart molds easier. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

I let them cool. It doesn’t take long. I waited a few hours just to be sure they were completely cool and formed. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Then I removed the hearts from the silicone mold. They pop out easily! Wrap for gifts or display in small labeled dish on the bathroom sink.

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff  

Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! We’d love to have you join our team. Orders placed today (2/12/15) using member #1836762 will also receive handmade essential oil lotion bar as a thank you. 

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Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

Catch up on even more information by visiting the January edition of Embracing Wellness here where I shared an easy lavender pillow & linen spray recipe. 

How to Make lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Valentine Mason Jars

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Being able to create your own vinyl decals makes last minute quick gifts easy. You’ll need:

Valentine's Day mason jars Happy Crafters

Of course you can create your own designs by just cutting things out with scissors but investing in a vinyl cutter has proven to be well worth the it. I simply created some Valentine designs and circles for mason jar lids using the Silhouette Design Studio software…

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Load vinyl into the machine pattern/shiny side up. 

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Adjust settings for vinyl and send design to cut.

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Remove vinyl from machine and weed away (remove) excess vinyl (vinyl that isn’t a part of the decals).

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Apply vinyl like stickers or use transfer paper to decorate mason jars and lids. 

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Add ribbon or decorative tape to embellish and fill jars with candy, small gifts, homemade bath salts, etc. Instant, quick easy Valentine gifts for teachers or friends. 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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14 Valentine’s Day DIY Highlights

The time of the year is always evident at each week’s That DIY Party since the creativity linked up is filled with seasonal or holiday themed DIY projects and there’s proof that Valentine’s Day is approaching. Take a look at these favorite Valentine cuties…

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff

easy DIY hearts garland at Dwelling in Happiness

DIY hearts garland @dwellinginhappiness  

3D beaded hearts at An Extraordinary Day

3d beaded hearts @anextraordinaryday blog

 

ombre wooden heart from The Hatched Home

ombre heart @thehatchedhome

tissue paper hear wreath from It All Started with Paint

tissue paper heart wreath @itallstartedwithpaint  

LOVE wood blogs at Her Tool Belt

LOVE-wood-blocks @hertoolbelt

frozen yogurt granola hearts at Oh My – Creative

frozen yogurt hearts with granola @ohmy-creative

red velvet muddy buddies recipe at Kathe with an E

Red Velvet Muddy Buddies @kathewithane

3D valentine’s day cards at Passion Shake

3D valentines day cards @passionshake

free printable candy necklace Valentines at Five Marigolds

candy necklace valentines @fivemarigolds  

Swedish fish Valentine with free printable gift tag at The Rebel Chick

Swedish-Fish-Valentines-Crafts-with-free-Printable-Valentine @therebelchick

DIY handwarmer hearts at Haberdashery Fun

DIY heart handwarmers at haberdasheryfun

 

free printable Valentine’s Day box at Caseperlatesta

printable valentine's day box @caseperlatesta

candy free Valentines at That’s My Letter

candy free diy valentines @thatsmyletter

 

Valentine wreaths at Lovely Livings

valentine wreath @lovelylivings

More Valentine themed DIY:

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Valentine-mantel Valentine ribbon wreath Free Valentine Printables Valentine vinyl table runner tutorial

You can link up your DIY creativity and Valentine DIY at That DIY Party for a chance to be featured and pinned.  

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

You can see more DIY and Valentine projects linked up and visit original sources from the That DIY Party pin-board.

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Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Share the Love: Free Printable Valentine Gift Tags

One month until Valentine’s day! Time to start thinking about cute Valentine’s craft ideas! Today I’m sharing some cute Valentine gift tag printables as a part of the Share the Love Blog Hop hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things). Visiting from sweet Lucy at Craftberry Bush? Welcome friends! I’m so glad you’re here! 

Share the Love Hop

Baby, it’s cold outside in my geographical location in February so how about adding a package of hot cocoa to a dollar store mug, toss in some DIY decorated marshmallow stirs and attaching a cute “You melt my Heart” tag. 

free valentine printable

Awe. Heart warming! Heart melting! They’re printable. They’re free! And they’re cute! 

You Melt My Heart Valentine Prinatable

Click here to open and print. 

Marshmallow Stick Treats

Great for accessorizing these gifts too:

  • chocolate
  • bath melts
  • candles
  • melted snowman cookies
  • snowman ornament

free valentine printable gift tag

Next up on the Share the Love Blog Hop is Vanessa at Tried and True with a super cute project & printable!

Share the Love Hop

Visit all 16 blog friends for even MORE free Valentine Printables! 

1. Jamie: “You mean the world to me!”

2. Lucy: “I love everything you dew!”

3. Roeshel: “You melt my heart!”

4. Vanessa: ” Thumb-body Loves You!”

5. Lindsay:  “You blow me away!”

6. Jamie: “You’re o-fish-ally an awesome friend!”

7. Kelly: “No matter how you slice it, we make a great combination!”

8. Lindi: “You rock!”

9. Andrea: “You’re the write one for me!”

10. Abbey: Valentines Day scavenger hunt

11. Jenna: “We’re 2 of a kind!”

12. Emily: “I like you a latte!”

13. Bethany: “You’re just my type!”

14. Caitlin: “You’re sweet!”

15. Colleen: “You’re a deer to me!”

16. Julia: “You are the bomb!”

Valentine Mantel {and thrifty treasure DIY}

Yes! I’m decorating the mantel for Valentine’s Day after all but it’s still not too late…

“Owl You Need is Love & Chocolate”

Valentine mantel

Owl-you-need-is-love-and-chocolate-valentine-mantel Back when I glanced at the thrift store junk stash, I saw two of these calendar displays. I can’t pass them up – wood, great DIY material. Ya know?

wooden-calendar-frame

Bri had scored these fun wood cut out shapes. I snagged the ‘badge/crest’ looking one thinking it was a great owl-shape. {pardon the lighting in the dining room turned work station for the tutorial}

wooden-owl-shape

And a Valentine DIY craft and decorating idea was born.

owl-you-need-is-love-and-chocolate

Materials:

  • FrogTape
  • wooden calendar frame
  • badge-shaped wooden cut out
  • wooden heart shape
  • craft paints
  • wood glue

I started with tracing my camera lens cap for the owl’s eyes. drawing-owl

I drew a pencil line vertically down the center. Using 2 ” pieces of FrogTape, I created a chevron pattern on the owl’s body working from the center out… FrogTape-chevron-pattern

Once the tape was burnished (rub the edges of the tape with a credit card to activate the FrogTape’s paintblock), I painted my pattern. Then immediate removed the FrogTape… painting-with-frogtape

Once that was dry, I continued painting my badge to look like an owl. painting-owl

I used FrogTape to protect the frame and painted the background white and let it dry… painting-calendar-frame

My wooden heart was painted brown {FolkArt’s burnt umber}. Once everything was dry, I laid out the placement of the owl, heart and used adhesive stencils for my lettering… stenciling-sign

The owl and heart were attached using Gorilla wood glue. I let the glue dry for about an hour. gorilla-wood-glue

Then gathered some decorative accents…

painted candlesticks Easter, decor, do it yourself, faux chocolate bar sign, wood sign, centerpiece

…and styled my mantel using thrift store candle sticks, an ampersand and a fun faux chocolate bar DIY from last Easter. valentine-mantel  Of course I was still in my pajamas and I asked Mr. DIY to pick me up a bouquet of pink flowers for my photo shoot and boy, did he ever…they.are.VERY.pink…. pink-flowers They’re perfect. My vase is embellished with clay tags and ribbon.

Did I mention that just regular days are like Valentine’s Day around here? Not only did he pick out pretty flowers for my Valentine’s Day mantel decorating, but he came home with these…

cupcake

decadent chocolate cupcakes

He hadn’t even seen my “Owl You Need is Love & Chocolate” theme yet but he reads my mind. most of the time. 

I’m not so into lots of Valentine’s Day decorating but hey, I am a fan of “Owl you need is love & chocolate”! diy-owl-valentine-mantel Affiliate links for similar materials:

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Results may vary.  FrogTape Blog Squad

Subtle Valentine Decorating

Love and hearts are February’s traditional decorating theme but at our home void of little ones, red and pink and over-the-top would look out of place. I do plan to work on something DIY-Valentine related. However, inspiration hasn’t hit just yet so I set about collecting some subtle Valentine ideas.

Subtle Valentine Inspiration

I added a frame to my turquoise ribbon heart wreath from last year for the focal point of the vignette on our dining room buffet and shopping from around the house discovered a few eclectic coordinating accents to tone it down… DIY heart ribbon wreath

I love Jessica’s creative idea, inspiration from a romantic movie {or book} is a perfect subtle theme for Valentine’s day. The Notebook inspired mantel at Mom 4 Real is so inspiring… Mom 4 Real The Notebook Inspired mantel

Why not turquoise for Valentine’s Day? We “love” the color right? This turquoise Valentine wreath spotted over at ModPodge Rocks captured my heart. It’s not extra-frilly or pink and red. Try adding a small Valentine related accent to a regular wreath … maybe inspired by a ‘conversational heart’?  Turquoise-typography-valentine-wreath

 

Lyrics from a love song provide inspiration for all sorts of subtle Valentine decorating. This is DIY sign by Seven Thirty Three is one of my favorites… Seven Thirty Three All You Need is Love sign

Kim at Today’s Creative Blog adds just a touch of glittery red to her terrariums. Just the small simple embellishments look as if her pretty thoughts of spring garden display is sporting lipstick kisses. Decorating-for-Valentines-Day

Valentine DIY doesn’t have to be time consuming or messy. This sweet little DIY Valentine topiary at Celebrations is a great little Valentine gift for your every day decor. Just tuck it on a shelf, near books, lined up with your plants, mantel theme…any spot and instant touch of Valentine goodness. Does this topiarary remind anyone else of a Dove foil covered chocolate heart? Just had a sudden urgent craving for dark chocolate… Valentines-Day-Decorations-Topiary

Jennifer at Dear Lillie has big talent for subtle anytime decorating and Valentine’s Day is no exception. A simple neutral banner, splash of fresh pink flowers and Silhouettes reminiscent of vintage Valentines. Did your heart rate increase just a little too? pitter~patter~pitter~patter…

Dear Lillie Valentine

This sweet Valentine’s Day canvas by Doreen at Hymns & Verses is a great reminder any time of the year of what’s truly important. Love. Hymns and Verses Valentine's Day Canvas

Easy and full of Valentine charm – pop one of these adorable free Valentine chalkboard printables by Create.Craft.Love. into an existing frame…clutter-free, simple instant Valentine decor. valentine chalkboard printables

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? Subtle touches or bold & traditional?

Blue Valentine Vignette

Last year, I created a small blue Valentine vignette in our home.

Valentine decor

 

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

turquoise Valentine wreath {key to my heart wreath}

The thing about this wreath is I can leave it up a little longer since it shares my March birthstone color. :)
X’s & O’s decorative accent tutorial

I decided to do some X’s and O’s for Valentine’s Day. Hugs and Kisses are always a great accessory, right?  :)

Materials:

  • Cardboard x’s and o’s
  • Deco Art Americana acrylic craft paint {White Wash and Desert Turquoise}
  • Deco Art Victorian Baroque Border Stencil
  • Sanding block

1. I gave my letters two coats of paint and let dry.

2. I sanded the edges for a worn/vintage look.

3. Add decorative touches using a stencil.

That’s it!

What do you think? That’s a DIY photo backdrop…but for all you know, it could be a beautiful wall in my home, right? These accessories are really displayed elsewhere in my home. :)

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? This year I’m keeping it subtle…

DIY heart ribbon wreath

Valentine’s Decorating Ideas

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I’m joining the party:

14 Days of Love…Blue Valentine {ribbon wreath tutorial}

I don’t normally really decorate for Valentine’s Day but when Ashley from Cherished Bliss asked if I wanted to join 14 Days of Love, I just couldn’t resist! Visit the link below to follow all 14 days of fabulous Valentine projects…she did a fantastic job organizing this fun blog event! {Thanks, Ashley!}

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You can see my “14” tutorial and X’s and O’s how-to over at the DIY Club today where I used some Deco Art Americana acrylic craft paint, Stencils and Glamour Dust.  

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial  

Pin It {key to my heart wreath}

I used:

  • Styrofoam heart
  • 2 spools of organza ribbon {you can choose different types/all one type – up to you!}
  • 2 spools of glittery wired ribbon
  • 1 spool of toile
  • Deco Art Americana craft paint (Desert Turquoise)
  • Embellishments (I used a decorative key)
  • hot glue
  • paper clip
1.  Since I’m doing a non traditional Valentine turquoise, I painted my wreath form {Desert Turquoise by Deco Art). The wreath will show through in a few spots as a finished project, this camouflages the white foam form. Let. dry.
2. I cut ribbon into approx. 12″ pieces and cut the toile into approx. 8″ pieces.
{Tip: fold ribbon in half lengthwise, snip ends at an angle to create an inverted “v” on the ends.}
3. I alternated organza, wired ribbon and toile, tying it around the wreath form, experimenting with different ways of tying (regular knot, looping around, adding 2-3 pieces of ribbon at a time) but I kept a consistent pattern.
4. I attached a paper clip to the back/top/center for use as a ‘hanger’ with hot glue.
5. Trim ribbon as needed and ‘fluff’.
6. Embellish as desired. I added a decorative key.
Ta-da! Key to my heart {ribbon} wreath.
The thing about this wreath is I can leave it up a little longer since it shares my March birthstone color. :)

What do you think? {yes, that’s my fancy/schmancy DIY photo backdrop…but for all you know, it could be a wall in my home, right? These accessories are really displayed on my mantel in real life.} Want more Valentine inspiration?  Visit the creative blog friends shown on the button for more fun ideas!

Cherished Bliss

See Aimee’s SUPER cute MR.&MRS. {in the bedroom – G rated, I promise} at It’s Overflowing shared yesterday and tomorrow ~ check out the sweets at See Kate Sew then get ready for an awesome HUGE giveaway at My Cherished Bliss on February 7th!

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DIY Valentine

If you’re looking for some DIY Valentine inspiration this weekend or you’d like to share your DIY Valentine project, you’ve come to the right place!  



Chalkboard Heart Boxes at Sweeter Hours



Valentine Subway Art tutorial by Jeanene at the Queen Bee’s Hive

Heart Hair Clip tutorial at The Polka-Dot Umbrella

Jami from Colour Her Hope has shared this before but it’s worth seeing again…

And some SUPER SWEET DIY VALENTINE PROJECTS from this week’s DIY Project Parade…

Homemade Valentine tutorial at Simply Living

Yummy – sweet handmade earrings from Handmade Poreva



valentine hearts tree


Make Crepes – recipe by Northern Cottage
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Valentine Printables at Sprik Space!
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Sweet Valentine Topiary tutorial at A Glimpse Inside

Pretty Valentine Garland at Sassy Sanctuary

Wired Heart brooch tutorial at Childmade (super cute gift idea)…

Organize & Decorate Everything – FUN Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe

DIY LOVE Sign at Red Heads Craft More Fun

Sentimental Art at California Callahans
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LOVE POTION by Can’t Stop Making Things – love this!

Sweet Valentine Tablescape at JC’s Loft

BE MINE – tea cozy, dishmat and bunting at Let’s Go Fly a Kite
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Valentine Wreath at Vintage on the Farm

Printable Valentine Coupons at While He was Napping


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(so many, so little time!)

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Speaking of sweethearts, meet “Lalka” (doll).

She is newest family member at The DIY Show Off, 
always by my side chirping, purring, meowing and getting into trouble.