What’s New with You?

 Hi DIY friends! How was your weekend? Okay. So something has been on my mind. And it’s just time to hit ‘publish’ and hope for the best because the time for caring what others think is standing in my way! 

Today is less about DIY and more about connections and friendships. I was just thinking about how much I miss being more personal and less “article” like with blogging when the realization hit me from the back of my subconscious that … “hey, it’s your blog! You’re the #girlboss. It can be whatever you want!” I think part of it is I felt the need to rebrand. Because it’s a DIY blog. DIY day and night, right? Well, waiting around for that day to arrive (the rebranding) has only pushed my goals back and halted progress. So, why not just start today?

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

My blog doesn’t have to be an online magazine filled with beautifully staged images for every post (although who doesn’t love that – reason to ::swoon:: 24/7?!), but there’s no reason for me to feel like I always have to keep up or play the comparison game or feel ‘less than’ because I haven’t done a project or posted in a while or hired an assistant or paid a writer. Right? This blog started as a journal and introduced me to some pretty sweet and amazing online friends. That’s the place I’m looking to be again. That’s the part of blogging that I treasure. The friendships. I’ve always strived for authenticity and it’s time to own it. I miss the simplicity and that’s what I’m working to reclaim. 

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Yes, my blog developed into a full time career. What a blessing! What a dream come true! Yes! Yessssssss! But the biggest part of that happening is my readers! You! I miss the part where friendships developed first, the business part being a perk. I hope to get back to that place of getting to know you! My goal is to get back to the friendship part of blogging, without worrying about SEO, page views and getting caught up in the next best way to promote a post, gain the most followers or heck, to even be sure followers see what I post. I’m thrilled that you found your way here and we can consider it serendipity at this point! 

Soooo, back to the beginning – In case it’s been a while or we haven’t ‘met’, I’m Roeshel or Shelly. I answer to both. I’m a blog author, mom, wife, daughter, sister and grandma (known as Nannie) to the sweetest little boy and I just love life!!! I am blessed!

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Currently going on with me: I’m renovating a studio/office/efficiency apartment space. It’s a work in progress and a slow one at that but I love the process so I don’t stress over deadlines. Well, I’m not completely convinced of that last sentence yet! ha! (Pssst. There is progress on the studio, so of course more on that coming soon! #helloredreno)

Oh and as you read this, I might even be at the zoning office facing the unknown so keep me in your thoughts today. I have no idea what to expect!

I’m also working towards a certification to be completed in July that is pushing me outside of my comfort zone. More about that another time. I’ll across the country for a convention later this month and to be honest, I suffer from travel anxiety and I don’t want to go but I force myself because I know I’ll have regrets if I don’t. lol Do you do that too?

I try to remember to savor every precious moment but at the same time, I feel like if I can just get through crazy June, I can relax, unwind, go at my own pace and enjoy summer!

diyshowoff dandelions

So just for today and perhaps something regular, let’s get to know each other again or work on getting re-acquainted. No matter what brought you here today, I’d love to just know a little about you. Who are you? What’s going on in your life? What’s on your mind?  Let’s connect the old fashioned way, in the comments below or find me on Facebook if that’s easier for you. Tell me something about YOU, your day, your plans, your life, your dreams. 

And maybe there won’t be any comments. And that’s okay too. Because I’m putting it out there. I’m pushing my fears aside and taking the leap of faith that you will reply and we’ll become better acquainted and hopefully good friends. I’m believing that something greater than us brought you here today for a reason, to introduce us. Have a happy day and a wonderful week! 

I look forward to re-connecting or e-meeting and getting to knowing you!

DIY Essential Oil Gemstone Infused Roll-on

Fluff up the couch cushions, put your feet up (are those holiday socks?!) and grab your hot cocoa (peppermint-spiked, right?), we’re going to show you {at least} EIGHT GREAT handmade holiday gift ideas! There’s a blog hop (THIS is it!) then a fun online holiday event with giveaways! You don’t want to miss it! So many gift ideas, you’ll gather a collection to nearly fill the unlimited file space in your Pinterest folder. Okay, maybe a little less than that. Still – TONS of inspiration coming your way! 

handmade holiday ideas

And I’m sharing an essential oil AND gemstone infused roller bottle recipe I call “Comfort & Joy”…because ’tis the season! Hey, if we’re to pull off “merry & bright”, we’re gonna need a little “comfort & joy” to make it happen. Am I right? 

Dedication:

I feel like I might have stolen this idea from my daughter. I’m pretty sure we were talking and she mentioned it and then I ran with it. So thank you, Evangeline, for being so gracious and for being the creative inspiration behind what I’m about to show off and claim as mine, or at least my version, for my handmade holiday project below.  

Handmade Gift Idea: DIY Essential Oil Gemstone Infused Roll-on

diy handmade essential oil gem infused roll on holiday gift idea

Supplies:

(Head’s up! Full disclosure: I’ve included some affiliate links! Shop ’til you drop! ::wink::wink:: but seriously, if you’re just hanging out waiting for the right time…get.oils.NOW! Today. They’ve changed my life and I think they’ll do the same for you!)

diy essential oil gem stone infused roll supplies

 

Okay, back to the topic at hand. Supplies: 

  • roller bottles (similar ones here
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil (Did I mention that quality matters? Not a Young Living member? WHAT?! We need to talk! Get the kit & membership and join our awesome community of oily bloggers and friends HERE! You need oils and we need you in our community and know what? I’ll hook you up with some sweet holiday surprises because Santa told me you were good this year!)) 
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Carrier oil (liquid coconut oil or try Young Living V6…choose something clear. You’ll want to be able to see the gemstones!) 
  • amethyst and rainbow fluorite chips (check for them at my most favorite shop in the whole entire world: The Lunar Fae)

Get busy: 

It’s pretty self-explanatory but here we go! Pictures and everything! After all, I take my responsibility as DIY blogger seriously! 

Step #1: I added the gemstone chips to the roller bottle. diy essential oil gemstone roll on

Step #2: Then dripped 10 drops of Ylang Ylang + 10 drops of lavender + 1 drop of peppermint into the bottle. Think happy thoughts and good intentions! Positive vibes and lots of love! diy essential oil gem stone recipe

Essence:

Comfort & Joy blend…

  • Amethyst = calming
  • Rainbow fluorite = harmony
  • Ylang Ylang = relaxing & romantic
  • Lavender = mood booster & relaxing
  • Peppermint = positivity & peace

Note: Choose your own oils and create a blend personal to you. Remember some oils have color like amber, yellow or blue. Same with carrier oils. Normally I would have chosen to pair the florals with something citrus-y but I didn’t want to take away from seeing the gemstones, so I altered my recipe and chose what I felt worked nicely. 

Step #3: Next I topped it off with carrier oil. diy essential oil and gem stones

Step #4: And popped in the roller ball, screwed on the lid and decorated with decorative tape and a label. Ta-da! All done!

diy handmade essential oil roll on

It’s a BEAUTIFUL personal handmade gift!

Because – friends don’t let friends wear synthetic fragrances!

BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU!

handmade gemstone infused roll on recipe

What a beautiful gift idea for friends and family (if I don’t say so myself) and a super sweet stocking stuffer! I’d be stoked to get it and your friends will too! It smells SO pretty! Uh…so comforting. So joyful! 

diy essential oil gem infused roll on

You’ll have to let me know if you try it and what you think! 

Shake and apply topically by rolling on to wrists, behind ears, neck…wherever you desire! But avoid eyes. And inside of ears. And mouth. I don’t recommend that. Probably not very tasty.

Smell pretty & enjoy!

Or give! Make one for you and one for a friend. Give the gift of essential oils and handmade pretties, not carcinogenic synthetic uglies! 

Be inspired:

Visit these lovely, oily blog friends and their handmade gift ideas:

handmade gift ideas @diyshowoff

Scented Gift Tag Printables by One Project Closer

Mulling Spices Gift by Shaken Together

Melt-in-your-Mouth Butter Mints by Unskinny Boppy

Scented Sachet Ornaments by Here Comes the Sun

Gemstone Infused Roll-on by DIY Showoff – you are here!

Infinity Diffuser Bracelet by Practically Functional

Leather Tassel Keychain Diffuser by Making Lemonade

Easy DIY Holiday Candles by Eat Sleep Be

What a bunch of crazy amazing creatives! I love those girls! Don’t forget to join us. Be joyfully oily! (More info HERE.)

You’re invited:

Then BE SURE to join us at the Handmade Holiday event Dec. 6th at 9 p.m. EST (or catch it later at your convenience) on Facebook by clicking “going” here—> A HANDMADE HOLIDAY event

handmadeholiday

Thanksgiving That DIY Party Highlights

Look no further for last minute Thanksgiving inspiration! Here is a collection of favorites from That DIY Party: (as always please remember to visit and pin from the original blog/source). Now, on to some beautiful Thanksgiving features…

That DIY Party Thanksgiving

Marty with her Thanksgiving tablescape at A Stroll Thru Life … who needs food? I’m drooling over the pretty centerpiece and elegant place settings. 

Thanksgiving inspiration

Need some help staying organized? You might need to grab this printable Thanksgiving dinner meal planner from Crafting A Family. You might also be interested in her crockpot turkery recipe. Thanks, Susan! Thanksgiving dinner meal planner from Crafting a Family

And oh my, so pretty – a Thanksgiving bar cart from The Honeycomb Home

Thanksgiving bar cart The Honeycomb Home

I’m in love with this beautiful plaid Thanksgiving tablescape at Five Marigolds….

thanksgiving-tablescape-at-five-marigolds

A beautiful Thanksgiving printable at My Busy Beehives. Thanks so much, Julie! 

Thanksgiving printable at My Busy Beehives

I love this cute gratitude lesson idea at Building Our Hive blog. So cute!

gratitude lesson

make this beautiful magnolia pumpkin from Time to DIY

magnolia pumpkin at Time to DIY blog

and creating a Thanksgiving kids’ table The View from the Ville

Thanksgiving kids table at the View from the Ville

If you missed Thanksgiving from DIYShowOff past, catch it HERE for more last minute Thanksgiving inspiration. 

Thanks so much to the talented ladies above for sharing their inspiring ideas, hard work and creativity! Link up your latest creative DIY or decorating project to the weekly That DIY Party for a chance to be featured or pinned to the That DIY Party Highlights Pinterest board. 

That DIY Party - autumn

 

 

Decorating with Natural Accents

Because of tight budgets and a desire to make a pretty home, I’m no stranger to using natural accents and being creative with plants and natural elements from our back yard by incorporating them into our decor from succulents in teacups to a nature-themed baby shower to my husband working on creating a log-handle for his beloved Big Green Egg as I’m typing up this blog post.

summer beach mantel @diyshowoff

There’s just something “real” about adding bits of nature to my decorating that make it feel alive.

rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com DIY succulent planter tutorial tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

So I was so super excited when a) our sweet friend, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, was publishing a book and b) when I found out it was all about bringing the outdoors in with natural accents! Beautiful, natural budget friendly decorating inspiration?! Yes, please! 

Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay

My summer has been crazy but I finally had the time to enjoy flipping through the pages, losing myself in gorgeous staging and decorating and discovered so much inspiration.

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I loved that it’s more than a decorating book. It’s filled with beautiful photos, helpful tips, 35 tutorials and fresh new ideas. Natural elements can add texture to design and Stacy’s thoughts, memories and writing add an additional beautiful dimension to the pages of this helpful book. I love it! I think you’ll love it and want to add this book to your collection too!

I have my favorites DIY projects bookmarked and I’m already referring back to it for tips on keeping cut flowers and houseplants in tip top shape! 

You can get it here on Amazon (affiliate link) or here at Barnes & Noble or Books & Things

 

Red White & Blue DIY

Looking for some last minute patriotic, 4th of July DIY ideas? Here are some past projects and red, white & blue DIY highlights/round-ups from the DIYShowOff archives:

Celebrate America

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

red, white and blue table markers

DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

this Independence Day round-up from 2014

16 Patriotic 4th of July DIY highlights from That DIY Party at diyshowoff.com  

and this collection of 4th of July DIY highlights from 2013

11 Patriotic DIY Projects

Happy Celebrating, USA friends! 

follow the DIYShowOff patriotic Pinterest Board for more ideas from 2015

Follow DIY Show Off’s board Patriotic DIY on Pinterest.

Got something red, white & blue DIY to share? There’s still time to link up to this week’s That DIY Party!

Essential Oil Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Gift giving can be a challenge sometimes, right? I love coming up with creative ways to give gifts. So I’ve gathered a few of my essential oil loving blog friends to create and share essential oil gift basket ideas. Follow the blog hop below for lots of essential oil gift ideas!

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

I recently created and donated two gift baskets for a local humane society fundraiser. Both work for many different occasions:  “cheer up”, “feel better”, “thinking of you”, “Happy Birthday”, “Happy Mother’s Day”, etc. {some affiliate links below}

When Life Gives You Lemons….

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts I put together:

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Stop & Smell the Lavender

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts: 

Add a DIY lavender linen spray.

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

lavender linen spray recipe

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

*Most of my supplies were purchased at Michael’s Craft Store. Here’s a few more ideas:

citrus essential oils gift basket

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

holiday cheer gift basket

 

baby it's cold outside holiday gift set idea @diyshowoff

Get your premium starter kit + free gifts directly from me HERE! Give the gift of wellness to yourself and your family!

Young Living Essential Oils @diyshowoff

Learn more!

More essential oil gift basket ideas from these sweet blog friends:  Essential Oils Gift Basket Blog Hop

 

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop