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.

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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

That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time! Time to share and show off your latest DIY project. 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

Easy No Sew Small Dog Snood – you can make this in under a minute!

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Valentine Highlights from That DIY Party

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff  

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

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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+.

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Does your significant other need a little help on a gift for you for Valentine’s Day? Send them here—> Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, gifts from me, and tons of support. 

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This post is sponsored by my Young Living essential oils business. 
 

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.

thatdiyparty.pinboard

 

Easiest {no sew} Small Dog Snood {infinity scarf} Tutorial!

Have a small dog? This is the easiest {no sew} small dog snood {or infinity scarf} tutorial! 

DIY (no sew) small dog snood infinity scarf in less than 1 minute! @diyshowoff

Our Italian Greyhound, Rosie, has very little body fat and very short fur. Needless to say, she’s not a happy to be walking in a winter wonderland type girl (she’s so much like me). Even if it’s summer time, she’s burrowed under her blankets on the couch in the a/c. So you can imagine winter time = sweaters, pajamas, coats.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

While I was doing some online shopping, I came across something called a “snood”.

Snood: (/snuːd/, rhymes with ‘food‘, not ‘wood‘) is historically a type of European female headgear, or in modern times a tubular neck scarf. In the most common form, the headgear resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head.

I’ve seen dog snoods for sale but my DIY-eye saw the opportunity for a super easy tutorial where I could choose the patterns and colors for a lot less than $12+ each and not have to wait for (or pay for) delivery.

Ready to make one? 

Small Dog Snood Tutorial

1. Shop your closet or thrift shop for a stretchy long-sleeved knit shirt or thermal shirt (this type works best as it won’t unravel or need hemmed).

2. Make sure the cuff area stretches enough to go over your dog’s head comfortably. It should be loose fitting but not so loose it’s hanging. Loose but snug. Got that? Italian Greyhounds have VERY small heads so this is perfect for Rosie. 

3. Then simply cut the sleeve off near the armpit area/where the shirt meets the shoulder. Cut your snood shorter if desired. 3/4 length sleeves work too! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Ta-da! The easiest DIY no-sew dog snood ever! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

If using a sweater, you may have to hem the larger cut side of the sleeve to prevent un-raveling. 

I paid 1.50 for size large shirts from the thrift shop. That’s $3.00 for 4 snoods! Or FREE if you end up cutting up shirts from your own closet. Well, maybe minus the money you’ll need to replace your wardrobe if you go crazy. 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

I snoodle her by putting her head through the larger part of the snood first (the side I cut), letting it naturally bunch around her neck/collar area. If it’s too bulky, remove and cut the sleeve shorter. The smaller cuff area rests closest to her ears and top of her head, the larger part of the sleeve sits at her shoulders. 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Rosie mostly wears them as infinity scarves over her collar but when it’s cold, I pull it up over her ears for her outdoor potty breaks. Awe, baby! Or is that granny? Too cute either way! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

And for those concerned about safety, Rosie only wears her snood under adult supervision.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Please supervise your snood-wearing pooch.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Note: Rosie is a 10 lb. senior dog with a tiny skull. If your dog is larger, try sewing a larger version using a stretchy fabric and by looking at the shape of a shirtsleeve and the size of your dog. You don’t have to be a professional seamstress, just a few simple stitches. Results may vary. :) 

Update: And just like that, that quick, one DIYShowOff reader has already raided her closet and a few minutes later, her sweet chihauhaus are cozy and warm! This is Phoebe & Sable. They love to snuggle. Aren’t they cute?! Thanks for sharing, Mary-Louise! xo 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Share your photos and show off your snoodled pups by emailing them to thediyshowoff at gmail dot com. 

More DIY:

DIY wood plank wall art - DIYShowOff easy DIY cat window perch DIY Dog Bed

That DIY Party

It’s time for That DIY Party! Time to share your creativity and productivity. I’ve been working on some DIY but didn’t have anything to share this past week. 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap: I’ve been working on some DIY projects, but didn’t have anything ready to share quite yet. I did take the time to put together some favorites from a previous week’s link party: 

That DIY Party Highlights

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS - favorites @diyshowoff

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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 Highlights

Helloooo, friends! This past week I had some extra time when visiting the links from That DIY Party and wanted to share some of my favorites. Visit the links by clicking on the images and remember to pin your favorites from the original sources. 

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS - favorites @diyshowoff

Drooling over this gorgeous industrial work space at It All Started with Paint. Outstanding job, Linda!

work space at It All Started with Paint blog

Free chalkboard 2015 calendar wallpaper freebies at Vintage Zest…so generous and so cute! Thanks, Diane!

2015 iPhone & Desktop Wallpaper freebies @VintageZest

Or grab a pretty printable 2015 calendar (thank you, Amy!) at Delineate your Dwelling.

2015-Calendar-Graphic @delineateyourdwelling  

Pretty and inspiring living room updates at 11 Magnolia Lane. Love it, Christy!

Living Room Decor @11 Magnolia Lane blog

Jaime is filled with creativity. How cute is this wood block chandelier

wood block centerpiece @That's My Letter blog

Jill shares the plans for her gorgeous DIY coffee table at the Rozy Home (Restoration Hardware inspired). Wow!

DIY coffee table at The Rozy Home blog

Isn’t this clever? Easy DIY (recycled wax paper box) storage for your decorative tape collection via Carolyn’s Homework. 

Wax Paper Box to Washi Tape Dispenser via homework

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

 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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

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That DIY Party time!

It’s That DIY Party time! Let’s see your creativity from this past week by sharing in the link party below or browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

There’s something different in the combined guest room/nursery. Check it out!

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff

and a cute personalized (iron on vinyl decal) baby layette gift set tutorial

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

And proud grandma played around with the camera. Again. He’s just so cute!

proud grandma @diyshowoff

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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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Personalized Baby Gift Set

I love being creative when it comes to baby gifts and personalizing a baby layette set with iron-on vinyl decals is just so easy to do!

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Supplies:

What I did:

Using my Silhouette studio designer edition software, I created a few fun decals. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

For iron-ons, text (and some images) will need to be mirrored/flipped horizontally. Simply right click and choose “flip horizontally”. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Load the vinyl into the machine shiny side down (the shiny side is the transparency side). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Adjust settings for cutting heat transfer material and send to cut. Unload vinyl from the machine. (Note: I do not use a cutting mat as shown below.)

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Cut off the excess vinyl/material and weed (remove) the unwanted part of the the vinyl leaving just the decals. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Set iron according to heat instructions provided with vinyl iron on. 

Place iron on decal, shiny side facing you (iron on isn’t sticky but the clear transparency is…sticker side down to help hold iron on in place). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Cover with a cotton diaper cloth, burp cloth or towel and heat iron on according to instructions. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Carefully peel away transparency (if iron on pulls up too, re-place and iron some more). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Create an entire personalized baby layette gift set…

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

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

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DIY Color Block Painted Door Makeover

Remember when I finished the combined nursery / guest room  makeover a few months ago…

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff  

I had a few finishing touches left to share. One of them was taking this plain door that leads to the guest bathroom…

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

and giving it a fun look. Paint is such an easy way to make a fun and bold statement, add a pop of color and definitely a touch of “wow” to the room…

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used:

  • plain white door
  • sample of Valspar paint (color: rushing stream, finish: satin)
  • paintbrush
  • FrogTape
  • yard stick and pencil

What I did:

1. I gave the door a good scrub. Amazing how unnoticeable the dust is on those recessed panels. Who knew?

2. Using my yard stick, I found the center point of the door horizontally. Then made marks for where I’d like each “chevron” point to be. I didn’t really space them out exact. From the top, the first section is 14 inches down. 

3. Using FrogTape, I created a “v” shape. I eye-balled the angle. 

4. I repeated the “v” shape. A lot of my spacing and angle had to do with the panels, not exact measurements. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

5. I used my thumbnail (a credit/gift card would also work) to burnish the edges of the tape. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

6. I painted one coat and let it dry. Then brushed on a second coat. 

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7. While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape. Try pulling away from the paint, as shown:

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

 

Before:

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

After: I am in love with the large scale bold design. It’s so unexpected and fun. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

 

and just that small project makes a big statement, doesn’t it? 

 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

 

I love how it kicks the guest room/nursery room decor up a notch. 

{before} Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

{after} chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

See the entire nursery/guest room reveal here. See this project and more in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine. 

LCI Spring

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time! Share your latest DIY projects in the link party below or browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY.

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

He’s doing so well post-surgery and doesn’t seem bothered by his plaster casts (previous casting was soft). Love his sweet face!

club feet

Don’t miss this! Embracing Wellness {with essential oils} series, 8 bloggers & awesome giveaway {$150 value}!

Thieves Essential Oil Kit giveaway @diyshowoff Jan. 15 through Jan. 21, 2015 #oilyfamilies

Learn more about a few of the benefits of lavender essential oil and a DIY recipe for lavender pillow & linen spray

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Make up some pretty DIY felted soaps. It’s easier than I imagined it would be. I’ll be making more! Felt all the soaps! 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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 to “desktop view” to see the links.


Felted Soap Tutorial

It’s time for the monthly Michael’s Makers challenge! I’ve been wanting to/meaning to make felted soap for years and I can finally check it off my craft bucket list. But first, January is a great time of year for getting organized. I love these Recollections Memory Boxes with chalkboard labels for keeping crafting supplies organized in my craft room…

organized craft room @diyshowoff  

My craft project this month is felted soap. It’s something I usually purchase, handmade from boutiques…always for gifts but never for myself. I’ve always wanted to attempt to make my own but just never made the time to give it a try. Just one of those crafts that seemed time consuming or difficult. Boy, was I ever wrong! It’s so easy! No craft-talent required, although I bet it’s something we can acquire a skill at doing, to create some beautiful works of art maybe even too pretty to use. A fun craft to do with the kids as well.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What is felted soap? It’s like having your bar of soap wrapped in a felt washcloth. It lengthens the number of uses of a bar of soap and there’s lots of lather! It’s also pretty…you decide on colors or designs to coordinate with your bathroom decor, seasons or holidays, etc. You choose the soap brand or scent or even make your own.  

Materials I used: Shop Michaels Online

  • bar of soap (I made 3 this time around: lavender, peppermint and even an activated charcoal soap.)
  • wool roving
  • nylon stocking (cut to fit over soap with room to tie opening)
  • water, paper towels, drying rack
  • optional: felt appliqué and felting needle tool

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Do a search for felted soap tutorials. There are a lot of different ways to go about this. This is what I did:

1. I wrapped the bar of soap with a piece of wool roving in the long direction around a bar of soap, as tight as I could get it to stay. I left a little overlap on the edges/corners. I used a thin sheet of roving and kept the overlapping the pieces on the back to a minimum.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. I then wrapped wool roving the other direction. I tucked in the overlap on the corners from the first piece of wool roving placed. 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Optional: add thin strands of different colors. Add an appliqué using a felting needle tool. Just place and punch. I didn’t really notice that it ‘stuck’ well (I could easily pull it back off) but it did seem to grab a few fibers and that seemed to be all that was needed to keep it sort of secure and in place. Maybe I did it wrong, I’m not a felting expert. lol! 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. I carefully placed the wrapped bar of soap into a piece of nylon stocking. If it was the toe piece, I tied a knot in one end. When I ran out of toe/foot stocking pieces, I used the leg parts of stocking and tied both ends. This just holds everything all together and in place.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

5. In the kitchen sink, I prepared a bowl of hot water. I dipped the nylon covered soap into the hot water and started “washing my hands” with the soap. Rubbing each side of the soap, lathering. Repeating for 15 minutes. Yes, it feels like a long time standing there, but it’s not really a long time for a DIY craft project. It’s worth it. Pull up a stool or chair! Be aware of the appliqué so that it doesn’t slide around or change shape. And don’t forget to give attention to the corners and edges of the bar of soap.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

6. Next I did a rinse in cold water, lathered one more time for a minute or so then a cold rinse and squeezed to remove some of the water.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

7. I then cut away/removed the nylon stocking and patted with a dry paper towel. If it does look as if the felt is not adhered well, repeat steps 5 and 6…without the nylon. 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

8. Set aside to dry overnight (I put mine on a rack with paper towels underneath). 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

It’s addicting…

How to Make Felted Soap @diyshowoff.com #michaelsmakers How to Make Felted Soap @diyshowoff.com #michaelsmakers

I want to make more, try more detailed designs! Maybe add a few drops of essential oil. Open my own shop! Okay, I wouldn’t go quite that far. But, I even made up a felted soap-on-a-rope by tying on wool yarn before felting (then simply decorated it by adding some wool yarn stripes). 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What do you think? Something you want to try? Looking for more fun craft ideas? Check out these January projects from the Michael’s Makers team:

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Haven’t decided what project you’re going to kick off 2015 with? Stop by Michaels’ blog  The Glue String  for inspiration from all 30 of the Michaels Makers.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out your closet, your office or even your bedroom, but you’re sick of the typical containers and boxes – here are some cool and creative DIY storage ideas that might help!

For those of us that just need a place to store our craft materials and organize our scrapbook paper, paint, markers and yarn, you must check out these nifty craft storage systems.

Lavender Essential Oil {Embracing Wellness series & giveaway}

Happy day! There’s a Young Living essential oils series and giveaway going on! Woo hoo! *This post contains a few affiliate links.

embracing wellness blog hop #oilyfamilies

First, let me tell you a little about one of my current favorite essential oils. (Although for real, there really is no such thing as ONE favorite…they all have so many amazing benefits. It’s the entire Young Living essential oils line that has been life changing for our family.) But, today I’m sharing about Lavender essential oil: Lavender’s sweet, floral aroma and stress-relieving properties make it a versatile and beneficial addition to your daily routine. Lavender has so many amazing uses! Here are just a few quick ways we’ve been using lavender essential oil lately…

Lavender is also good for supporting normal healing and soothing minor skin discomfort.

Young Living Essential Oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Grandbaby boy’s head has the occasional flaky, scaly and crusty look to it. I know it’s normal and it goes away on it’s own but it sure doesn’t look pretty. I added 2-3 drops of lavender essential Oil (I only trust Young Living brand) to a 10 ml roller bottle then filled it the rest of the way up (dilute essential oil for infants) with a carrier oil (Young Living’s V6). All my daughter had to do was roll it onto his head and gently massage his scalp every once in a while (a few times a day for a few days/do it at a few diaper changes during the day in order to remember) and look at his beautiful scalp now: 

lavender essential oil @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Freshening laundry: I add a drop or two to each wool dryer ball for lavender scented fresh laundry and linens. 

wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

How about freshening up bed linens between washes? Yes, perfect for that too. Smells nice AND it promotes restful sleep, relaxation and helps with occasional sleeplessness. I used lavender essential oil for those reasons but you can choose the essential oil you’d like to add. 

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Giveaway Alert! You’re going to love this! It’s what we use to clean our home. Thieves essential oil blend is a MUST HAVE and guess what? You can enter to win an amazing Thieves kit: Use the power of Thieves essential oil blend to enhance the environment in your home. Enjoy natural home solutions and oral care with safe, natural ingredients you know you can trust! • Thieves essential oil blend, 15 ml • Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste, 4 oz. • Thieves Household Cleaner, 14.4 oz., 2 bottles • Thieves Mouthwash, 8 oz. • Thieves Foaming Hand Soap, 8 oz., 2 bottles • Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 1 oz., 2 bottles • Thieves Spray, 1 oz.

Thieves Essential Oil Kit giveaway @diyshowoff Jan. 15 through Jan. 21, 2015 #oilyfamilies

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Let’s get YOU started! Join the DIYShowOff essential oils team! 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? It’s never too late to start making healthier choices! Today’s the day!

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: 


That DIY Party time!

Hello, friends! I hope all is well! It’s time for That DIY Party!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap: Thanks for your prayers for my grandson. Surgery went well and he is just as happy and talkative as ever. He doesn’t seem to have much pain, thank goodness! He’s in casts for three weeks. 

This past week’s DIY included some bathroom updates….

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff bathroom storage shelves bathroom updates

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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 to “desktop view” to see the links.


Toilet Paper Holder Shelf and Bathroom Accessories

Lowe’s Creative Ideas Monthly Challenge: For as long as we’ve lived here (going on 8 years), the guest bathroom’s toilet paper rested in a basket on the floor. Not ideal. So, rather than just secure a pretty oil rubbed bronze holder to the wall, I attached it to a piece of stained scrap wood to create a shelf for decorative accessories like a small plant, air freshener, vase of flowers, extra t.p. or even just cell phone accident prevention, if you know what I mean. 

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used:

What I did:

1. Cut, sand and clean a piece of scrap wood. 

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

2. Stain wood shelf by applying stain. Then wipe away with a clean rag.  I use RustOleum Ultimate Wood Stain since it dries in about an hour.

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

3. Seal wood. I did two coats. 

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

4. Attach the toilet paper holder to the under side of the shelf. Allowing room for toilet paper to roll (not be tight agains the wall when installed).

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

Optional: Have inspector approve your work.

Lalka (ragdoll) at diyshowoff

5. Attach corner brackets on one side where shelf will rest against the wall.

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

6. Decide placement (keeping everyone’s size in mind – not too far of a reach but not so close that it’s in the way of someone’s knees or thighs) and using a level (there’s one in my iPhone’s compass), secure shelf to the wall with screws (use wall anchors if needed). 

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

7. Add a roll of toilet paper. 

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Other bathroom updates: 

Pedestal sink means no storage. Storage cubes with linen milk crates/bins for organizing towels and bath products…

bathroom storage shelves {It’s been nearly SIX years and the painted floor is still in good shape!} bathroom storage cube and bins

 

A towel ring for hand towels… towel bar bathroom updates

Just a few finishing but helpful/functional accessories make a big difference!

Bathroom Updates @diyshowoff

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff

DIYShowOff #lowescreator

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

That DIY Party

Happy New Year, DIY friends! What day is it? It’s time for That DIY Party!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: I sort of took the week off from DIY. I kept the house tidy (still haven’t packed away the holiday decorations – maybe today!) and spent time with family…specifically my sweet little new grandson since his mommy went back to work. He’s still under 10 lbs., but he’s certainly growing fast. Clubbed feet update: new casts tomorrow, bilateral tenotomy surgery Friday. He’ll then have holding casts for three weeks. Praying all goes well, for little pain and a speedy recovery.

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1 1/2 weeks old to 5 1/2 weeks old growth – wow!

 Before the new year I shared a 2014 DIYShowOff recap

DIYShowOff 2014 Year in Review

and last week, the top 10 most visited pages at DIYShowOff

10 most popular posts of 2104 @diyshowoff  

I created a new page about joining the DIYShowOff essential oils team too. 2015 is going to be a great year!

New Years Resolution - make healthier choices @diyshowoff

The plan is to get back to working on getting this home in shape and starting on some long over due projects. 

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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 to “desktop view” to see the links.


10 Most Popular DIY Project Pages of 2014

And the results are in! Let the countdown of most popular/most visited 2014 projects/pages at DIYShowOff begin!

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

I was actually quite surprised that a couple of projects from previous years (all the way back to 2011 even) made the cut for most visited in 2014. 

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#10 How to turn bifold doors into French doors

how to turn bifold doors into French doors tutorial 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#9 Easy No Sew DropCloth Script Curtains

easy no sew drop cloth curtains @diyshowoff 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#8 DIY Show Off Project Gallery

DIYShowOff Project Gallery   10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#7 Lighted PVC Candy Canes

Lighted PVC Candy Canes Tutorial DIYShowOff 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#6 Open Pantry Reveal

open pantry at diyshowoff.com 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#5 Bathroom Before and After Makeover

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#4 Our Home Tour

Home Tour @diyshowoff 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#3 DIY Pallet Herb Garden Tutorial

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#2 DIY Chandelier Planter Tutorial

DIYShowOff chandelier planter 10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#1 DIY Pipe Shelving Tips

Industrial Pipe Shelving

If I were to not count the DIY gallery and home tour pages, these two tutorials would have made the list: 

DIY Cat Window Perch tire flower planter tutorial

What surprises me is that I have so many more favorite projects that didn’t make the Top 10, projects that I really love more than a few of the most viewed pages. See my 2014 Project Recap for more DIY makeovers and tutorials…including a few of my most favorite projects to date. 

DIYShowOff 2014 Year in Review

Sharing at the Top Posts linky party

 

 

That DIY Party

Okay, who’s ready to tackle packing up Christmas decorations? I’m ready but not quite motivated…yet. Perhaps after the new year. It’s time for That DIY Party!

Christmas DIY party

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

I couldn’t resist sharing a few grand baby’s first Christmas photos in my Merry Christmas from DIYShowOff post…

Christmas Cookie @diyshowoff

And compiled a list of 2014 posts from DIYShowOff too… including our open pantry makeover, bathroom before and after, guest room/nursery reveal, lots of little DIY projects too, so much more!

open pantry at diyshowoff.com LampsPlus Monroe Adjustable Wall Sconce DIYShowOff Wood Plank Wall Art DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff 2014 Year in Review

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

Christmas DIY party

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 to “desktop view” to see the links.



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DIYShowOff 2014 Recap

We tend to look at all we didn’t accomplish, every thing still taking up space on the to-do list but this time of the year is a great time to count blessings and recap accomplishments.

DIYShowOff 2014 Year in Review

Here’s a look back with links to my favorite DIY from 2014 BIG and small…

room makeovers & tutorials @diyshowoff

My first project of 2014 was an open pantry reveal with tips for making DIY pipe shelving. I still love this space. There’s also a tutorial for the easy painted accent wall that is often mistaken for pretty wallpaper. 

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

This next space ties the open pantry as one of my most favorite in 2014. I just love the fresh new look (of course if you check out the ‘before’ photos, you know why!) bathroom before and after makeover

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

DIY grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial

DIYShowOff bathroom accessories

I plan on having more overnight guests in 2015. Check out the Guest Room/Nursery Reveal

Nursery Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff  

My craft room tour and DIY window shelves. I’m considering moving this space in 2015. Ambitious plan. lol We’ll see!

DIYShowOff Craft Room

I gave my sister’s back door/entry area a fresh and fun new look for her birthday: 

Drop Zone Makeover

DIY drop zone makeover at diyshowoff.com

There is still some work going on in the laundry room but loving the bold staggered striped laundry room wall and herringbone tile floor

laundry room at diyshowoff.com

Aaro’s small apartment nursery nook reveal (my first grand child’s birth announcement).

small apartment nursery nook reveal @diyshowoff

This was so easy! A gold arrow accent wall

metallic gold arrow wall at diyshowoff.com   DIY storage and organization projects @diyshowoff.com

Free Standing Galvanized Pipe Mobile Coat Rack

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

DIY organizer tutorial

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial DIY decor & crafts @diyshowoff

scrap wood plank silhouette wall art and pipe fitting coat rack tutorials

Wood Plank Wall Art at diyshowoff.com DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

wall mounted lantern hanger tutorial

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

DIY Book Ends

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

sisal rope planters and teacup succulents

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

Easter succulent garden

Easter succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

upcycled t-shirt tote bag

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

nursery wall art

nursery wall decor tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY birdie garland

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

thrift store mirror makeover

1 mirror 4 ways at diyshowoff.com misc. DIY projects @diyshowoff

mocha mint smoothie recipe and woodland centerpiece

mocha mint smoothie at diyshowoff.com rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com

iron on vinyl decal tutorial

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

decorate your rainboots

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

chalk finish paint recipe

how to make DIY chalk finish paint

I had the opportunity to participate in an Animal Rescue Center Makeover

Animal Humane Society Makeover #myrescuestory #purinacatchow @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

DIY furniture makeovers etc. @diyshowoff

dresser makeover

painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

cart / furniture rescue

DIY cart makeover at diyshowoff.com

a hospital bedside table / furniture makeover Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial DIY holiday @diyshowoff   DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial at diyshowoff.com Holiday Gift Basket Idea with free printable art @diyshowoff

And finally, my holiday home tour DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome

First project of 2015 will be putting away the Christmas decorations. I don’t like doing it but it sure feels good when everything is put away. So fresh and decluttered. Other plans for 2015: a master bedroom and bathroom makeover, a shower in the guest bathroom, the start of a basement makeover (huge project) and giving a helping hand to my mom’s new fixer upper. I suspect that because of this cutie (my new grandson, Aaro), 

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that you’ll be seeing lots of baby-related DIY projects as well as a handful of arrow-inspired ideas too!

How about you? Have any plans for the new year? Something new? Something fun? Something DIY? 

I’m sharing in Rhoda’s Best Projects of 2014 Party at Southern Hospitality Blog and Best Posts of 2014 linky party

essential oils @diyshowoff

New blog sponsor: Also new in 2014…Young Living essential oils at DIYShowOff! With what feels like a recent cancer epidemic in my family, I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too. Young Living essential oils are the newest/main way I help boost our immune systems, alleviate a lot of our minor aches, pains, and injuries and promote a healthier lifestyle . Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll also learn the amazing  business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom! I’d love for you to join my team! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

Young Living at diyshowoff.com

I also want to take a moment to thank you all for your visits, your comments, your support and your friendship. I love that you’re here. I love that we have things in common. And I love getting to know you! Thank YOU so much from the bottom on my heart! Wishing you the BEST in the new year! 

thank you so much from DIYShowOff  

This post is sponsored by my Young Living business! Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support:

young living essential oils @diyshowoff
 

That {Holiday} DIY Party

It’s nearly Christmas! I’m so excited! Things will be quiet this week but today, today let’s “show off”. It’s That DIY Party time!

Christmas DIY party

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

A few of my favorite things…and a blog hop for more blog friends’ favorite things too. 

2014 Favorite Things @diyshowoff  

JOY blocks tutorial featuring holiday patterned adhesive vinyl…

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

metallic striped Christmas tree tub

metallic striped Christmas tree tub tutorial @diyshowoff  

Gift ideas for the chef…

gifts for the chef @diyshowoff

and an updated Young Living essential oils info-graphic page…

Young Living essential oils @diyshowoff

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

Christmas DIY party

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 to “desktop view” to see the links.


Metallic Striped Christmas Tree Tub

Looking for a new idea for your Christmas tree? Grab these things:

metallic striped Christmas tree tub tutorial @diyshowoff

  • large galvanized beverage tub
  • gold spray paint
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Use the FrogTape to create stripes or a pattern on the galvanized tub. i just applied mine without exact measurements. Wouldn’t triangles, x’s or chevron be pretty too?

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Using a plastic card, burnish the edges of the tape. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

I covered the handles with sandwich baggies and taped them in the ‘up’ position. Spray paint the tub. I positioned mine upside down. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

As soon as you’ve finished, carefully remove the FrogTape. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Let paint dry. Remove sandwich bags from handles. 

Add a tree stand, assemble and decorate the tree. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Since our cat likes to roll around on tree skirts, I love this option.

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Holiday Housewalk @diyshowoff  

FrogTape Blog Squad

Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

My Top Ten 2014 Favorite Things

Today I’m participating in a Favorite Things blog hop and what I really like about it is getting ideas from my blog friends for my own wish list. Since we have a lot in common, reading their top choices gives me ideas for things I might enjoy too. It goes without saying that family, friends, good health, etc. and a brand new sweet grandson…are at the top of my list!

my favorite things blog hop  

After taking a look back, here are some of my top favorite material items and purchases: (*This post includes a few affiliate links.)

2014 Favorite Things @diyshowoff

10. Wool Dryer Balls – with the addition to essential oils in our home, I’m now using these wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets. I love that I can control the type and amount of scent I want to add to our freshly laundered clothes and bed linens. 

my favorite things @diyshowoff

9. Lush Shampoo – it’s a splurge but I love this shampoo. I ordered back in March, use it about 4 times a month and am just now ready to place another order. I think I’m going to give one of the shampoo bars a try this time. 

my favorite things @diyshowoff

8. This Rifle Paper black & gold polka dot iPhone 5 case…love it! It has protected my phone during many a fall and it’s pretty! 

my favorite things @diyshowoff

7. Hooded knit poncho – I believe I got mine at TJMaxx but here is a similar one at Boscov’s (on sale too).  It’s my favorite sweater to grab for cooler weather. 

my favorite things @diyshowoff

6. Minnetonka double fringe ankle wedge boots (I found mine at Ross) – these are the footwear you’ll see me wearing this year. I love them and they’re my ‘go to’ boots every time I leave the house! Comfy!

my favorite things @diyshowoff

5. I always have a lot to carry around. I use this Lucky brand Covina tote bag as a purse. I’ve about worn it out so I’ll be on the hunt for something new. Any suggestions? What do you carry? (Ps. A Google search shows it’s available on eBay.)

my favorite things @diyshowoff

4. My daughter’s handmade jewelry at The Lunar Fae. I love this one: Red Jasper with Gun Metal Wire Wrap. Red Jasper brings problems to light and provides insight into difficult situations. An excellent worry stone, it calms the emotions when played with. It stimulates the base chakras while cleansing and stabilizing the aura, not to mention the sentimental value of having something special and handmade from someone I love.

my favorite things @diyshowoff

3. Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser – this was a gift to myself this year. Diffusing essential oils has become a routine part of our daily life and this beauty is amazing! It transforms my room into a spa by diffusing my favorite essential oils, has spa sounds (or I can plug in my iPhone and listen to iTunes with the speaker system. There are options for different colored lighting and a timer. It’s so soothing and pretty too. 

my favorite things @diyshowoff

2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 / Mac (download) – I can’t believe I didn’t get this sooner. Game changer! A must have for blogging photography and now with a new little grandson in the family, I’m definitely getting even more good use of this awesome photo-editing software. 

my favorite things @diyshowoff

Here’s a sample photo that I’ve edited…because this little guy is one of my favorite things of 2014 too:

Aaro - 2 weeks old @diyshowoff

1. I am new to Young Living this year and essential oils have been life changing for our family. This is by far my #1 favorite thing. No regrets other than “why didn’t I get started sooner?!” No joke. My newest blogging partner: With what feels like a recent cancer epidemic in my family, I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too. Young Living essential oils are the newest/main way I help boost our immune systems, alleviate a lot of our minor aches, pains, and injuries and promote a healthier lifestyle . Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested? You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

Young Living premium starter kit

Follow along and see what these blog friends loved most in 2014:

Chris – Just a Girl

Beckie – Infarrantly Creative

Beth – Home Stories A to Z

Brooke – All Things Thrifty

Rhoda – Southern Hospitality

Sarah – Thrifty Decor Chick

Stacy – Not Just a Housewife

my favorite things blog hop

That DIY Party – Holiday Edition

Happy day, friends! The countdown to Christmas is on! I just love this time of year, don’t you? How about sharing your holiday related DIY? It’s That DIY Party time! FYI: before “That DIY Party”, this was named the “DIY Project Parade” for a few years but today marks the 100th “That DIY Party”! Hurray! 

Christmas DIY party

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

First…let me get a my proud grandma bragging out of the way. Aaro is two weeks old and got his first set of casts this past week. As you can tell, it doesn’t seem to faze him one bit. He’s such a cutie and a good sport and you guys, he smiles. I know…they say it’s just a reflex at this age but it melts my heart. 

Aaro - 2 weeks old @diyshowoff

Okay, on to the recap. It’s been a busy week:

warm {cinnamon bark essential oil optional} apple crisp recipe and a baking essentials holiday gift guide. This is an adaption of my mom’s apple crisp recipe. Delicious! 

cinnamon apple crisp recipe @diyshowoff

Eclectic Christmas in the family room and Blogger Stylin’ Holiday Home Tours

eclectic Christmas family room @diyshowoff #BSHT

My Holiday Home Tour and the Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome

easy DIY ornaments from $1 ceiling medallion inserts

personalized ornaments @diyshowoff

 and a Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Lovers @diyshowoff

My Newest Blogging Partner: With what feels like a recent cancer epidemic in my family, I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too. Young Living essential oils are the newest/main way I help boost our immune systems, alleviate a lot of our minor aches, pains, and injuries and promote a healthier lifestyle . Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested? You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

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