Project Diary #12 Christmas at the Studio

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It’s Christmas as the studio! Since we can’t put life on hold, let’s ignore the unfinished projects and enjoy a festive look at the holiday cheer in a mostly finished space. A place where we share DIY home ideas and creating a beautiful home begins with a healthy environment.   wellness inspired living Christmas

Remember that Succulents & Spruce Christmas tree? It’s a beautiful focal point to the studio living room area. I love the colors and rustic nature vibe in this space.  Christmas tree - rustic   A grapevine star against a window in the daytime is hard to photograph but trust me, it makes for a perfect topper! christmas tree grapevine star topper And I love the pop of color from these coppery-orange ornaments.   christmas tree bulb  Gold glitter feathers! My favorite sparkle accent for this nature themed tree. rustic christmas tree gold glitter feather  There’s lots of extra leafy garlands to give it a fuller look too. Did you notice?  rustic christmas   And there’s Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil in the diffuser ornament giving it a beautiful pine scent! When you can’t have fresh pine, this is a great option! Smells amazing! young living diffuser ornament   A fluffy comfy throw as a tree skirt makes me want to curl up under there to enjoy the starry-night glow! cow hide throw blanket tree skirt    Christmas decor  The mantel is all decorated for celebrating Happy Holidays!  Christmas fireplace  Isn’t it gorgeous? Those fairy lights in glass ornaments are my favorite tucked into lush pine forest garland is just so magical!

And the porch and stairs are on the ‘to-do’ list but a grapevine wreath with holly berries and red velvet bow with poinsettias greets our guests at the door. christmas entryway helloredreno  Oh! The first sneak peek! There is now vinyl decal lettering on the windows to share with our community what’s going on! Wellness Inspired Living is what it’s all about, creating a home that promotes a better you and a healthy home environment for your family. Well-being. You can learn more about my story and what that means to me HERE. wellness inspired living Butler PA Butler PA Wellness Inspired Living studio The entryway still needs painted (or maybe even a pretty wallpaper accent wall with a bench and decor – so many ideas!) but I used what I have on hand to give it a welcoming atmosphere.  christmas foyer   The studio is a place in our downtown where we gather for discussing living above the wellness line, to get together to support one another, for education and fun times. It’s also an available meeting space for small/home business//women in business.  welcome guests door prizes  My 4-year-old grandson took this next photo. I think he did a pretty good job! I love the antique door knob from a little one’s perspective.  Christmas doorknob   With lots of holiday events on the calendar, a “Selfies with Santa”//holiday photo backdrop and props is getting lots of use and laughs! So fun! Christmas photo backdrop selfies with Santa  Before the photo backdrop…this wall featured the quote scroll but was moved to the entryway. Aroma Freedom Technique happens in this room (although via video chat too) –  achieve your goals! xo  living room Christmas vignette helloredreno   Time for entertaining my friends! Some photos, ideas and settings from some recent events: Wine and chocolate. This photo might represent entertaining AND for personal use as well. hahaha! Christmas wine cart

Yay! Another sneak peek. You saw them from the outside above and I haven’t revealed the workshop area yet but this grid of windows is amazing for it’s natural light! Christmas window with plants reindeer  The shelving area above a hot beverage station…this room has no natural light but I love it’s function. Beverage center, back door, coat room, hallway. Christmas hot cocoa station Mantel deer…did I mention I can’t get enough of GOLD lately. How about you?  gold reindeer Okay, friends! THIS IS THE BEST SNEAK PEEK….I am in LOVE with how the workshop area is coming along. This table gathers friends for DIY craft time, make & takes, wellness education, iTOVI scans and small parties! Those dark moody walls paired with the barn wood walls (not shown below) and that grid of 9 beautiful windows that sold me on this studio and tempt me to want to LIVE in this room! I’ll share more specific details in the upcoming before/after reveal but wow, right? So so pretty! Or maybe you need to see the before to appreciate it like I do. You’ll have to stop back soon. ::wink wink:: helloredreno workshop   This Desert Mist diffuser is amazing! I absolutely love the candle flicker mode and diffusing settings. You can get it HERE. You need it! You’ll LOVE it! I don’t miss burning candles one bit. That’s saying a lot! I was a brand name candle junkie! I love that I can easily and frequently change up the scent, mood, health benefits…just take a look at more info. I’m so grateful a friend shared with me and feel compelled to pass it on. You control what you bring into your home and a diffuser and essential oils was that first baby step towards a healthier me, family and home.  Premium Starter Kit Desert Mist Diffuser   Another photo from a 4-year-old’s perspective. Setting up for an essential oil make & take party and there’s a glimpse of that gorgeous barn wood.  essential oils Christmas party ideas diyshowoff   I love handmade gifts and making them so pretty and festive with all the trimmings. See more about essential oil infused gift ideas HERE make and take holiday party make and take holiday ideas holiday home spray tutorial DIY comfort and joy roll on essential oil gift ideas YL essential oil holiday craft time   What’s an event without some light refreshments? I love making up a tray with fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and some essential oil infused goodies. party food fresh fruits, crackers and cheese fruit crackers cheese ketogenic pumpkin muffins with Cinnamon Bark Vitality infused cream cheese frosting ketogenic pumpkin muffins with cinnamon bark vitality infused icing    Rosemary Vitality and Lemon Vitality essential oil infused roasted cashews lemon rosemary cashews

So, what do you think? Isn’t it cute? So cozy and comfy. C’mon over and we’ll catch up over a glass of hot cocoa or mulled wine! I’ll save a mini-muffin for you! love spending time here with friends!

Next up:

The workshop transformation. It’s my favorite! 

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There’s a gorgeous Butler, PA Bed & Breakfast across the street called Suite Retreat (how cute is that?!) and an antique shop nearby. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

#helloredreno

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno!

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

Project Diary Entry #4 – Full Bathroom Demo Day

Project Diary Entry #5 – Sealing A Wood Plank / Shiplap Wall

Project Diary Entry #6: Bathroom Flooring

Project Diary Entry #7: Sealing Brick

Project Diary #8: Hardwood Floors

Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

 

Handmade Essential Oil Infused Gift Ideas

Hellooooo DIY and essential oil loving friends! I just wanted to pop on and share some easy DIY essential oil infused gift ideas. Not all are original ideas from the recesses of my creative genius … although most are! haha! I believe my inspiration for the snowmen was sparked from a Facebook post somewhere but since I have so many friends asking about further details, I wanted to post something here for reference. 

diy christmas gift idea

Okay, let’s get this make & take last minute handmade essential oil infused gift ideas post going so that you can prepare for some weekend holiday craft time! First things first – I use and recommend Young Living and LOVE their products. I’d love to be the one to discuss them with you. You can learn more here: Wellness Inspired Living. Once your order is placed, I’ll be in touch to get a DIYShowOff welcome bundle to you!

DIY Essential Oils Infused Gift Ideas

Believe essential oil holiday gift tag @diyshowoff

free printable holiday gift tags

These ideas work for hostess or teacher gifts, handmade gift exchanges, holiday door prizes and incentive gifts and make and takes and I bet you may just want to keep one for yourself as well!

DIY essential oil infused hand purifier spray recipe @diyshowoff

DIY hand spray

*some affiliate links included

DIY Wood Dryer Ball Snowman Tutorial

essential oil holiday craft time

Supplies:

wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial

What I did:

  1. I added a wool dryer ball to a treat bag and secured the top with a clear elastic hair band. wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  2. Then popped in another wool dryer ball and closed the top with another clear elastic hair band.  wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  3. Attach the snowman had to cover the top using hot glue.  wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  4. Decorate hat with Christmas florals or ribbon.  wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  5. Tie on a holiday ribbon scarf between the two wool dryer balls. wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  6. Draw a face using your Sharpie markers. wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  7. Attach a business card and sample of your favorite essential oil. 

wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial How I use mine: REPLACE toxic dryer sheets with wool dryer balls and essential oils! Remove wool dryer balls from packaging, stick the snowman hat on your dog (or not – hahaha!), add a few drops of essential oil to each ball and toss in the dryer with a load of wet clothes. I find that since my dryer has a sensor and stops when clothes are dry, that we don’t have issue with static cling. Sometimes, I’ll add another drop or two and “air dry” or “fluff” before folding dry clothes. 

Ornament with Sample Sized or Small Products

essential oil gift ideas YL

What I did:

  • I used THESE plastic ornaments.
  • I added a few curls of white gift ribbon inside.
  • Young Living gift ideas: Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, Lip Balm, Thieves Disinfecting Spray, Essential Oil sample sachet, Wolfberry Truffles, Ningxia Nitro, Ningxia Red, business card, note, gift card, essential oils, essential oils gift certificate, etc.
  • Close up the ornament and tie on a pretty festive ribbon. 

essential oil holiday craft time

Comfort & Joy Gemstone & Essential Oil infused Roll – On

comfort and joy rollon tutorial

  • See the tutorial HERE.

Holiday Home Room Spray:

holiday home spray tutorial DIY Holiday Home Spray tutorial holiday home spray DIY

Supplies: 

What I did: 3-5 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of distilled water. Decorate and label. Shake and spray. 

Marshmallow Treats with essential oil infused candy

  • Check out the tutorial HERE!

hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas

See MORE tutorials and ideas including DIY essential oil infused honey, bath salt ornaments, sugar scrubs, air fresheners and more! 

LINKS to ALL Things DIY Essential Oils

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

DIY essential oil infused air freshener gift idea

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

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I know. I know! It’s about time I checked in with progress. It has been slow moving given it’s been just about exactly one year since we closed on this studio space. And it’s still a work in progress, especially upstairs in the apartment area but the commercial office/studio space on the main floor has just a few finishing touches left and I can call it done! Today, I just couldn’t help but share the living room transformation! 

And this isn’t the true true reveal with amazing photography using my good camera but I have been wanting to get something posted so I figured I’d upload some photos of how it’s changing with the living room and how it looks compared to when I bought the place to how we’re enjoying it today. The workshop transformation, main bathroom updates and some holiday decorating coming in the following days. Stay tuned!

Okay, let’s get started!

I call this the living room. It’s where small gatherings, iTOVI scans, Aroma Freedom Technique sessions and one-on-one meetings are held. I’m including the before photos so you can get an idea of what has changed. Really, not too much in the way of DIY – paint and some new furnishings and decor make a huge difference. I worked in a few furniture and decorative items left by previous owner with the new and thrifted purchases. I love the eclectic mix. 

Before this, this room was used as a waiting area for the law office by previous owner. Blue paint, library shelves and sparse on the furniture. 

before:

library before

now:

livingroom after

There was a reception type desk in this area as well. 

Before

blue room

After: (ahhh! and a sneak peek of the workshop!)

livingroom decor

Thrifted basket wall: basket wall   blue wall decor livingroom

Before: DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

After: 

helloredreno livingroom

Really all that this room needed was updated paint and still could use a whole lotta caulk. Someday I’ll refinish the original pine floors and perhaps swap out the ceiling light fixture and see about getting the fireplace working. But the power of paint is one of my favorite DIY tools to a beautiful transformation. 

I love the the built-in bookcases for displaying products and organizing supplies in baskets.

built in bookcase builtin bookshelves studio livingroom

And the fireplace! Isn’t it gorgeous? Painting above the fireplace was the previous owners. I’ve incorporated a few of the things left behind. I love it! 

fireplace studio livingroom

So, what do you think? Isn’t it cute? So cozy and comfy. C’mon over and we’ll catch up over a glass of wine! I could spend so much time curled up on that couch! 

Next up:

The workshop transformation. It’s my favorite! 

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There’s a Bed & Breakfast across the street and an antique shop nearby. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

#helloredreno

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno!

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

Project Diary Entry #4 – Full Bathroom Demo Day

Project Diary Entry #5 – Sealing A Wood Plank / Shiplap Wall

Project Diary Entry #6: Bathroom Flooring

Project Diary Entry #7: Sealing Brick

Project Diary #8: Hardwood Floors

Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

 

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

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Finally! I know. It’s been a while since the last update. Lots of work! There is something to report in the #helloredreno series, a bit of progress that includes beautiful new vinyl floor tiles and walls in a back entry and main floor restroom area for the workshop. I’m still working on final details like getting a sink/vanity installed, trim work, some fun DIY projects and decor but I just can’t wait to show you this beautiful flooring! 

shaw fairmount sweetbriar flooring

Back Story // Before: 

Real quick: the “painted cardboard” walls were removed to reveal very dirty lathe? I’m not sure but it was filthy. Oh and the ceiling tiles are gone as well! We installed some insulation and my sweet Mr. DIY guy put up some fresh new drywall. Side note: It was a very verbally colorful experience since nothing is square in this 100  year old building but thank goodness it’s done! Now Let’s get the the before shots from when it just changed hands from the previous owner to us…

back entryway – everything was so dirty

backroom before

back entryway looking into the main {half} bathroom area

coatroom before

back entryway and what we call the hobbit door (watch your head!) leading to the basement stairs, front door and staircase

back entry before

bathroom before

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

bathroom before ownership

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

bathroom before – those cabinets were from the original kitchen over 100 years ago!

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

Okay, the floor before had blue industrial carpeting (in.a.bathroom!, you guys!). ::gag:: That definitely had to come out!  Good bye flimsy walls. Good bye ceiling tiles. Good bye carpet! Good bye!

Demo day: 

Behind those walls? SO much black sooty dirt. It was everywhere! Fingerprints for months! 

diyshowoff demo day demoday

We kept the original pine floors throughout the rest of the main floor. 

studio renovation lathe before drywall

Product Choice: 

I chose these gorgeous grouted vinyl tiles for their durability, beauty and warmth – a perfect choice for this space. It’s a product from the Shaw Fairmount collection. Design is “Sweetbriar”.  

Fairmount Sweetbriar

fairmount sweetbriar

From the Shaw inspiration gallery: 

Shaw Fairmount Sweetbriar

Fairmount is a 12×24 rectangle vinyl tile. I love the color variation and that it’s super resilient! And boy can we ever attest to that! 

Installation: 

Mike, a subcontractor with A&S Carpet in Allison Park, PA utilized a glue-down installation in a brickwork pattern. The fun part? This product can be installed with or without grout! How cool is that? I went with the grouted installation. 

subfloor bathroom renovation  See how the flooring was installed before the walls? When I say this floor is durable, I speak from experience! More on that below.  vinyl floor tile installation

Progress // After:

Since it’s not fully completed, I don’t have true reveal photos just yet but here are some sneak peeks. This space is a back entryway which will also house a small beverage station, built in wine storage and a place to hang coats. 

shaw fairmount sweetbriar flooring

view through the back door 

beverage station

back room

fairmount sweetbriar vinyl flooring

And this is the main floor restroom for the studio/office/workshop. I love the durability and warmth of the vinyl tile, especially since we may be working with glass…a harder surface wouldn’t have been as forgiving or functional in that case so this softer surface was a pretty and wise choice. 

fairmount sweetbriar vinyl tile flooring fairmount sweetbriar flooring

So, what do you think? Isn’t it gorgeous? If you’re choosing a vinyl flooring for it’s warmth, durability and beauty, you’re going to want to add this to your list of options for sure!

fairmount sweetbriar flooring shawstyleboard

Stay tuned for a completed reveal of these two spaces! 

Care and Maintenance:

vinyl floor care

How do I know this floor is durable and the right choice? Because of timing, the flooring was installed prior to the walls, so you can just image the mess (drywall mud and dust, caulk, paint, dirty shoes, tools, renovation, etc.). It stood the test of time and workers! All of that grime and dirt, dragging ladders, tools, supplies and drywall, all that comes along with renovating, the behind the scenes not so pretty stuff. And despite my warnings, I didn’t see a drop cloth in sight! 

No worries! When I reached out to Shaw, they provided me with some great vinyl floor cleaning tips: 

Proper care will help protect and maintain the appearance and performance of your Shaw resilient floor!. A care program consists of key areas: 1) Preventive maintenance; 2) routine maintenance; and 3) spot and spill removal.

1) Preventative Maintenance

Always protect floors when moving heavy objects to prevent permanent scratches and tears.
Walk-off mats should be used at all externally facing entrances to absorb soil and moisture.

2) Routine Maintenance:

Daily removal of dirt and dust is important to prevent particles from abrading the surface of resilient floors.

Sweeping, dust mopping and vacuuming are recommendations to remove soil particles that can result in scratches and worn appearances. IMPORTANT: Do not use vacuums with rotating beater bars on hard surfaces.

Periodic wet cleaning will be necessary to help maintain the floors appearance.

3) Spot and Spill Removal

Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by white paper or cloth towels.

Recommended by Shaw: Use Shaw’s R2X® Hard Surface cleaning products or products formulated for vinyl floor cleaning.

Remember: The most effective part of any floor maintenance program is the simplest: sweep, dust mop, or vacuum your Shaw resilient flooring daily, or more frequently if needed.

Next up on the renovation: 

Baseboards and door trim, a fun door DIY to dress up the cheap hollow bathroom door, light fixtures, sealing brick, a wine cubby and beverage station, decorating and then the reveal! Then we’ll be back in business!

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

#helloredreno

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno!

 

15 Halloween Ideas

Where are my Halloween lovin’ friends? Time for some Halloween fun! 

I’ve rounded up some DIYShowOff Halloween ideas from over the years for inspiration for your upcoming weekend projects. 

15 DIYShowOff Halloween Ideas

halloween DIY ideas @diyshowoff

Skeleton Fairy Couture – perfect for adding Halloween touches to your decor. Attach to a wreath, pin onto your jacket, position in a plant, unlimited ideas and so much fun – a little reminiscent of playing with paper dolls only more creative and 3D. 

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

Halloween (witch) dreamcatcher // tea party – this whimsical witch-catcher is just too cute! 

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

The Raven inspired Halloween party ideas – throwing a monster bash? A black and white Poe theme is perfectly POEtic! 

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels

Halloween {essential oil infused} Marshmallow Treats – easy to make party favors! 

So cute! Halloween (essential oil infused optional) marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #makeitwithmichaels

witch hat tutorial for a Halloween centerpiece, candy dish, vignette or planter ‘witch’ purpose works best for you? A construction cone + plant dish = so many options!

Halloween DIY @diyshowoff #lowescreator

monster repellent Halloween party favor recipe – you just might want to use this all year long! Still holding out on trying essential oils? Learn more here —> essential oils 101 class

Halloween essential oils Make & Take ideas, graphics and printables @diyshowoff

Halloween wooden BOO blocks and super easy wall art tutorial – isn’t that laser cut wall art amazing? It’s like the easiest craft project ever! 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff  

DIY chicken wire/cheesecloth spooky skeleton ghost – this guy hangs out in our (storage) barn all year long until it’s time to come out of hiding! A scary sight when you walk in to rummage through the treasures. And a fun addition to the grape arbor/gazebo with the curtains blowing around. Spooky! 

DIY Halloween Ghost

DIY ‘Nevermore’ tree Halloween decor – grab some branches from the yard and ravens from the Dollar Store and your glue gun! Easy fun craft time!

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

The Raven inspired Halloween mantel

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

personalized trick or treat tote bags

DIY trick or treat tote bags  

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular  

DIY pumpkin/jack-o-lantern diorama

pumpkin diorama @diyshowoff

candy skull owl

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial  

wooden candy corn decorations

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

I love this old Halloween display from quite a few years ago…

halloween decorating @diyshowoff

Share YOUR Halloween in this week’s That DIY Party.