DIYShowOff 2017 Recap

2017 Recap

diyshowoff 2017 recap and highlights

Hello, friends! I’m joining my fellow bloggers in recapping favorite projects from 2017! For me, it was a light year when it comes to projects but that’s about to change! One of the most exciting things about 2017 is this…

I’m the proud owner of a new studio space!

1890s building // workshop

before photos

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

I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into but 2018 will bring more before and after photos and room makeovers! Subscribe to be notified of updates and follow along on social media. Check out the before photos. Do you see the potential? I love it’s character and can’t wait to dive in!

Home Sweet Home

My favorite project from this past year was joining forces with a talented group of blog friends in the Color Lover’s Series and freshening up the dining room. What a fun partnership! 

Color Lovers Room Makeover

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 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

I loved reconstructing and repurposing an old bird bath we found hidden in the weeds on our property. It’s now

a fountain of flowers

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

…or it was until winter hit western PA. So I’ll be doing some planting again in a few months. What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

…and then there was a before and after room makeoverFloorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw is a luxury line locking durable, waterproof flooring option and I am in LOVE!

Shaw Floorte Classico Antico diyshowoff mudroom makeover

It’s actually a play room now! This grandma’s house is beginning to look like a daycare center! So, it’s nice to have a spot to keep toys out of the way. I’ll get some new photos so you can see the update. It’s such a great space to play with the light from the windows and the warm durable Shaw flooring. And if I can commit, I’d love to perhaps bring in some more permanent storage solutions in 2018. Perhaps some cabinets or cupboards. Or more open shelving like the DIY pipe shelving in the pantry?  Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard

and I might have dropped the ball sharing a Christmas home tour but I did participate in hosting a festive fall home tour

Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

Craft Time

This past year seemed to be more craft-related than home improvement as evidenced by my highlights. I love the opportunity to get creative every chance I get and enjoy sharing my projects with you!

flower crown reindeer

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

skeleton couture DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

Halloween dreamcatcher

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

fall decorating with non traditional colors & fall decor

Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

doily + hula hoop = BIG beautiful dreamcatcher 

DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath tutorial @diyshowoff

summer gift fun swim tote
DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Easter egg hunt themed mantel

Spring Easter egg hunt mantel @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers #makeitwithmichaels #ad

etching glass

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

spring centerpiece

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

All Things Essential Oils

I also shared my passion for essential oils + DIY with a few homemade/handmade ideas…

gemstone essential oil infused roll on

diy handmade essential oil roll on

water beads + essential oils // air freshener DIY essential oil infused air freshener gift idea

DIY laundry boost

DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

happy unicorn roll on // make & take

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Spring into Young Living essential oils @diyshowoff Grab a premium starter kit at youngliving using enroller/sponsor #1836762 and receive an awesome welcome bundle! Embrace wellness!

summer cook out with essential oils // raspberry lime fro-yo pops summer cookout raspberry lime essential oil infused popsicle recipe

And if you’re looking for something to motivate making healthier choices in the new year, I invite you to join me! When another blog buddy shared her essential oil with me, it raised an awareness and sparked a wellness journey … it took me by surprise but I’m SO grateful AND healthier because of it. I love when my sharing empowers others to make healthier choices too. 

If there’s one thing I really want you to read, it’s this! Because I’m super passionate about raising awareness for living a healthy lifestyle:

A healthier me!

roeshel @diyshowoff

Precious blog memories… 

…take a look at favorite DIY projects from years past! 

2016 DIYShowOff recap 2015 DIY project recap @diyshowoff

 

my favorite DIY year

DIY recap

2013 DIYShowOff Recap

2012 – so many fun projects including an APARTMENT before/after!

 

(Those last two! haha! Blogging, the early years. lol)

Looking for more inspiration from the best of the best? Visit our friend Rhoda at Southern Hospitality

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

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Beautiful Reindeer Decor

Do you love handmade gifts as much as I do? You’re going to want to grab these supplies and whip up this beautiful reindeer decor. It’s the perfect hostess gift, teacher gift or personalize it for secret Santa gift exchange.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Personalized Reindeer Decor

All supplies are available at Michaels! I received a gift card for this project’s supplies. 

Materials I gathered up:

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

  • distressed reindeer plaque
  • holiday florals – check out the aisle filled with festive picks with pinecones, birds, glittery accents, etc.!
  • MORE embellishments – I used a laser cut wooden “Believe” and a painted metal monogram ornament. I didn’t end up using the shatterproof ornaments shown.
  • hot glue/gun 

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Easy peasy tutorial:

Create a flower crown for your reindeer using the holiday florals. Snip with wire cutters as needed. DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Carefully secure florals with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Personalize with custom colors, embellishments, a letter – get creative, make it pretty and festive! Attach with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

The finished product:

There you go! A beautiful semi-handmade decorative accent! This is going to be one of those quick crafty projects where you’ll want one for a friend then one for yourself! Or better yet, a better gift is getting together with friends and making one together! 

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Michaels is your one stop gift shop this holiday season! From DIY gift ideas to our favorite kids gifts, they have everything you need to MAKE the season merry!

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

More DIY home improvement, design and decorating – coming soon!

For a few years now, I’ve toyed with the idea of a studio, somewhere to stage my DIY projects, somewhere to hold some DIY workshops and of course some wellness meetings and classes too. May as well throw in a studio apartment for fun to spoil out of town guests.  Periodically, I’d check local real estate for sale or call a number when I’d see a ‘for rent’ sign on Main Street. I wasn’t aggressive in my search, there was no pressure or stress. I just put it in God’s hands and told myself, if it was meant to be, He’d lead the way. Well, I’m excited to announce that I’m the proud owner of a new space! This 1890 beauty is mine…

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

and all of my fears, nervousness and worries and hesitation disappeared when I opened that door for the first time. My excitement grew, my mind instantly went to work on plans for every room, every square inch now that I was able to really take it all in as I walked from room to room. Someone pinch me. Is it really mine? 

So I know you’re curious! Let’s look at the “before” stages! These are the photos from FIRST time seeing it as the new owner, so previous owner’s belongings and the exact “before” condition. Can you see potential?

I see it! I can’t wait to dig in!

The entry way could use a little sprucing up. A new light fixture. I share more about the stairs below. The door needs a little weather-proofing and oh, I have to patch some plaster (grrrrr….no fun!). And I’m considering a pretty wallpaper too. We’ll see! And oh my gosh – that door beside the stairs? If you’re over 5 1/2 feet tall, you’re gonna have to duck! 

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

The first room will be a comfortable sitting area for casual meetings. Sort of a living room type space with comfortable seating arrangements for conversations and comfort. I won’t be touching the original pine floors to start. They’ll get a good sanding and staining down the road. Maybe. It’s one of those projects you really should do before moving in but I’m going to hold off for now. 

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

There will be much painting happening. I’m actually headed today to pick out some color swatches. Update: As of yesterday, bye bye blue! New color? Sherwin Williams HGTV Home “Passive”. 

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

Ugh. Those tiled ceilings. Another project for another day! 

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

Max capacity is 49 (this is a commercial space) but that feels crowded to me! However, there will be a small studio for DIY type workshops…the windows provide so much natural lighting!

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

How about the barn wood walls? ::drool:: 

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

And new light fixtures! Gonna need ’em. The lighting is pretty dim in the evenings.

A half bath update. This bathroom is half of what was the original kitchen back in 1890, thus the floor to ceiling built in cabinets (aren’t they wonderful?!) There is no kitchen in this ‘house’ currently. 

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

Carpet. In a bathroom. That is gonna have to go!  DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

Oh man – can’t wait for new flooring to replace the blue carpet. It extends into the mudroom area just outside the half bathroom and all of upstairs. 

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

Moving on! I’d love to turn the upstairs into a small apartment. I don’t plan to become a landlord but I might be open to an air-bnb-type arrangement down the road. Out of town guests are going to be spoiled rotten!

Plus we’re located one block from our hometown Main Street with restaurants, brew pubs, shopping, festivals and parades. 

OHMYHEAVENS! These stairs! LOVE the detail of this split stair case and the railing! I’d love to swap out the blue rug for a beautiful rug runner. DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

A fresh new space would be nice, wouldn’t it? MOVE IN ready! haha! But every time – I’m a sucker for old. I love seeing past the tired and outdated to the character and potential.  DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff   DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

This landing area at the top of the stairs will be the entry outside the apartment front door. A great place for shoe storage, a place to put on shoes and to hang coats, etc. 

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

The future apartment living room is the first room inside of the apartment. I’d like to add a small kitchenette in one corner on 1-2 of the walls. Open concept in a small space. 

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

Then there is a bedroom, which is a nice size. It’s definitely big enough to maybe add a desk too or seating area. 

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

But first on the agenda was a serious roof repair. YIKES! 

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

And then a complete full bathroom gut and remodel. Exciting! This is the one room that gives me the most anxiety! ha! 

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

Bathroom demo – next on the to-do list! DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

But it’s such a good size (actually bigger than any of the bathrooms in our home!) so it’s going to be awesome! And definitely tile instead of blue carpet.

I know it’s just a small apartment but I certainly wouldn’t mind adding a little luxury with a soaker tub AND shower. 

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

Then there’s a tiny little stair case that leads back to the stair well. So cute! 

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

So, what do you think? Isn’t it adorable? Anything pop out at you when it came to looking over the rooms? Can you see my vision? What do you envision? I’m working on some design boards now so stay tuned! First up: Roof fix (check), bathroom demo (next) and then…Shaw Floors! Not only is this place going to be a beautiful studio, it’s a dream come true! 

It looks like a little red school house! I’m actually still brainstorming creative names. Any ideas? (DIY/craft classes, essential oils/wellness, small event center). 

Follow along as I work on making some changes! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for sharing in my excitement! 

 

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Inspired Skeleton Couture Tutorial

Crafty friends! Who’s searching for a quick and easy last minute Halloween craft? Look no further! These Halloween fairy-fashion inspired skeletons are so cute! I had so much fun dressing up mini-skeletons for a Skeleton Couture photo shoot! These make for a fun and creative party activity, a cute Halloween party favor, a creepy but stylish decorative accent or whip up your own type of hide and seek or ‘elf on the shelf’ inspired game for Halloween. 

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Inspired Skeleton Couture Tutorial

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

{BOO-tiful!}

Materials I used:

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

(I found my supplies at Michaels, currently 60% off)

  • mini skeletons 
  • a package of butterflies
  • feathers
  • flower embellishments
  • hot glue/gun

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

What I did:

I simply created fairy-inspired fashion accessories for the skeletons using butterflies, feathers and flowers and secured them to the skeletons with hot glue. It really doesn’t get much easier! 

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

 

Then we had a bit of a fashion photo shoot outside…

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

I have to admit, it kind of brought back some childhood memories of playing with paper dolls and Barbie dolls (although in a creepier Halloween kind of way). lol What fun! 

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

Ready to make your own Halloween Home Coming court?! Show off! If this is something you do, share using the hashtag #skeletoncouture or tag @diyshowoff! I’d love to see your BOO-tiful creations! 

So many uses…style them on bookcases, or in lanterns, with pumpkins or floral arrangements. Heck, add one to your necklace as a quirky and whimsical Halloween accessory. Have fun! 

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Inspired Skeleton Couture Tutorial

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

DIYShowOff Halloween DIY Ideas

Looking for some Halloween DIY ideas?

Here’s a round up of DIYShowOff Halloween projects for creepy and fun inspiration: 

halloween DIY ideas @diyshowoff

Halloween (witch) dreamcatcher // tea party

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

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels

Halloween {essential oil infused} Marshmallow Treats

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

witch hat tutorial for a Halloween centerpiece, candy dish, vignette or planter

Halloween DIY @diyshowoff #lowescreator

monster repellent Halloween party favor recipe

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

Halloween wooden BOO blocks and super easy wall art tutorial 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff  

DIY chicken wire/cheesecloth spooky skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

DIY ‘Nevermore’ tree Halloween decor

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. 

Get Cozy for Fall – DIY recipes and ideas

It’s all about fall and the best time to get cozy this season with essential oils to promote wellness. ESPECIALLY this time of year.  all about fall essential oils recipes and DIY Ideas

Welcome Fall

If you’re new to essential oils and need more info, see more HERE. It’s a membership much like the one I purchase at Amazon and Sam’s Club (familiar with those?) but you actually have something to show for the life time membership fee (11 oils + diffuser + DIYShowOff welcome bundle). No obligation to sell (it’s there if you want it, ignore it if you don’t). No obligation to ever buy again (but now you have access to wholesale prices for life if you do, ignore it if you don’t). The kit is a fantastic deal to get you started and a great way to give them a try. That’s it! So easy, right?

all about fall essential oils recipes and DIY Ideas

Okay…back to DIY! If you’re all into essential oils already, here are some great DIY recipes and ideas for fall:

DIY cocoa mint lip balm recipe

DIY spiced autumn sugar scrub recipe all about fall essential oils recipes and DIY Ideas

autumn diffuser blends

all about fall essential oils recipes and DIY Ideas

DIY warm vanilla room spray recipe

all about fall essential oils recipes and DIY Ideas

spiced pumpkin creamer

all about fall essential oils recipes and DIY Ideas

butternut squash soup

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cinnamon rolls

all about fall essential oils recipes and DIY Ideas

Ohmygosh! Can’t you just smell those amazing fall scents now? Not the synthetic perfume kind. The real honest to plant goodness with healthy benefits, smelling good and promoting wellness! 

If you’re ready to jump in with both feet, join the Essential Rewards program too and begin earning points for free oils and products right away. There are loyalty gifts for milestones. YOU choose what YOU want each month with a minimum 50 pv order (unlike a lot of popular subscription boxes). You choose a date that works for you. And you can cancel at any time. There is NO penalty. What do I recommend? Grab some V-6 carrier oil, check out the Savvy Minerals make up line, a bottle of the amazing Thieves Household cleaner, a bottle of Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. Do some window shopping to see the selection of over 580 items! Wow! Here are some more ideas: 

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Halloween DreamCatcher Decor

Who here is a BIG fan of all things Halloween? ::raises hand:: We aren’t into super scary so I whipped up the cutest Halloween Dreamcatcher Decor to share with you today, my pretties! I’m so excited that the Michaels Maker Challenge for October has a Halloween decor theme! Purrrrfect! It’s cute. It’s colorful. It’s fun! 

Halloween DreamCatcher Decor Tutorial

DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

Forget ‘dream’ catcher! With your creative magic, you just might wind up with a witch-catcher like I did. Look at what I snagged, you guys! This sweet little witch! Oh my goodness. Adorable! Er, frightful! 

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

Okay, you’re right. The cupcake lure did the trick too. Treats. Gets ’em every time. But the witch-catcher dreamcatcher is pretty sweet if I do say so myself. This face…it’s the cutest!

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

Ready to make one of your very own Halloween dreamcatchers? Ex-cell-ent!!! 

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

(Note: I’d steer clear of making a spider-catcher! Ain’t nobody wants to catch spiders. Except bats. Bats like spiders. )

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

What I used:

  • embroidery hoop
  • glitter tape (you could also just paint your hoop so insert ‘craft paint’ here in your supply list if you’re so inclined)
  • felt spider web placemat 
  • lots of coordinating ribbons – so many fun colors and Halloween themed ones too (look for lace trim too)!
  • embellishments – my list included small colorful glitter balls, witch feet/skirt headband, small raven, glitter floral/Halloween (maybe even tucked in with some Christmas) pics
  • hot glue gun and hot glue

DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

*Michaels provided a gift card for supplies for this project, so in case you didn’t know, all supplies for this project were purchased at Michaels Craft Store. Obv. Seriously, do you spend hours in there finding all.the.crafty.treasures too?!  Michaels has everything you need to make your Halloween FUN! 

What I did:

(Psssst. The fun thing about DIY is you can alter it to fit your style/supplies…get creative and tweak this to come up with your own version. Creepy or Spooky. Fun and colorful or gory. You decide!)

  1. I used the inside piece of the embroidery hoop. I wrapped that with Duck Glitter Tape. You could also wrap it in ribbon or paint it or leave it naked. It’s up to you! DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels
  2. Next, I tied ribbons/twine/lace/trim/etc. along the bottom. I had to look it up but I used a lark’s head/cow hitch type knot to secure the ribbon to the wreath. Stagger the ribbon/trim lengths. I like the longest in the middle. Or make them all long at this point and trim them up later.  DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels
  3. Using hot glue, secure the spider web placemat to the hoop.  DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels
  4. Then add embellishments using hot glue too. I layered the floral pics above the knotted ribbon. I snapped off the headband from the witch’s skirt/legs. I added a raven to the back so that side was finished as well. Maybe add a few plastic spiders. I added some glittery balls.  DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

Now go proudly display it and and enjoy trick or treat! 

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

What do you think? For real? Are you inspired to make one up now?! I hope so! Snap a picture and tag @diyshowoff on social media to ‘show off’. Heck, add the #madewithmichaels hashtag while you’re at it. I’d love to see it! This Halloween, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE it Spooky!

We enjoyed our witchy dreamcatcher tea party. Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels   Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

This fun Halloween dreamcatcher project was inspired by the beautiful fall dreamcatcher wreath tutorial I did a few weeks ago. See it HERE! Happy October! 

DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath door decor tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY Fall DreamCatcher Door

Okay, DIY friends! I know it’s been a while. Life has been a little crazy so it feels like forever since I’ve had the time to do something DIY related myself but it’s beginning to get crafty over here! With Fall comes routine. Loving it! I’m kicking off autumn with this beautiful DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath (door or wall decor) tutorial! Here we go:

DIY Fall DreamCatcher Wreath Tutorial 

DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath door decor tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used for the DIY Fall DreamCatcher Wreath Tutorial: 

  • small hula hoop (check the clearance sections this time of year! I got mine at Michael’s Craft Store)
  • doily (affiliate link) to fit inside (a bit smaller than the hoop so that it can stretch to fit) 
  • string
  • assorted ribbons, lace trim, twine, decorate rope, etc. 
  • fall florals (separated using wire cutters) 
  • hot glue gun and glue

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

DIY Fall DreamCatcher Wreath Tutorial // What I did: 

I tied string to the outermost scalloped edges of the doily.

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

Then using hot glue, secured one end of the string to the hula hoop, one end to the next, careful to keep it centered and pulled tight. This just temporarily holds the string in place for the next step. 

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

Next, I tied the doily to the hoop with knots all the way around. Trim ends

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

I then covered the hula hoop using 4 inch wide ribbon, securing the beginning and end with hot glue. 

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

Then cut different ribbons, lace trim, twine, etc. into desired lengths and add to the bottom of the dreamcatcher.

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

I had to look it up but I used a lark’s head/cow hitch type knot to secure the ribbon to the wreath. 

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

Last step! I simply glued on some fall florals.

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

Ta-da!

DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath door decor tutorial @diyshowoff DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath door decor tutorial @diyshowoff DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath door decor tutorial @diyshowoff

It’s gorgeous! And lightweight but a nice BIG size! I am in love! Looks beautiful on a wall…

DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath tutorial @diyshowoff

…and makes for a gorgeous and unique door wreath!!!

DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff DIY fall autumn dreamcatcher door decor wreath @diyshowoff

What do you think? Love it too? I want to see yours if you make it (tag @diyshowoff on FB or IG) and of course I appreciate your pins and shares! Thank you! 

DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath door decor tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY Fabric Softener

Do you love homemade products as much as I do? I feel like it has that luxury boutique vibe. Bonus: you know exactly what’s been added and personalize the ingredients to fit your own likes and preferences. With my goal to create a chemical free home, I switched to a laundry detergent without chemical and synthetic fragrances. I also use wool dryer balls in place of toxic dryer sheets. Then I saw a recipe for a fabric scent and softener booster and adjusted it just a bit. 

DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

What I used: (affiliate links for my exact products)

DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

What I did:

 

Add all ingredients to stainless steel bowl and mix thoroughly with a stainless steel whisk. That’s it! How easy was that?! Transfer to glass or stainless steel container. *Note: Use stainless steel/ceramic/glass when using citrus essential oils. 

Usage: Add 2-3 scoops to laundry in the washing machine basin either before or after adding clothes then begin wash cycle.

DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

Thoughts: The scent is super faint but fresh and subtle and laundry feels softer! 

DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

“Loads of fun!” DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

Adaptation from original recipe via Fun Easy Recipe.

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Want to know more about essential oils and chemical free living?

Take a look —> HERE or comment below. 

Check out how you can join me in taking the first steps to creating a healthier lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils at diyshowoff.com

Color Lovers {10 Bloggers 10 Room Makeovers} – Dining Room Refresh

Color Lovers Blog Tour: Welcome, color loving friends! I’m so happy you’re here! The time has come! The day we’ve all been waiting for! Can’t wait to see – 10 bloggers, 10 room makeover reveals as a part of the Color Lovers series! Here’s one of them on the tour. My dining room from blah to ta-da!  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

Let’s take a look at the before and after of my dining room, let me know what you think in the comments below and then be sure to visit the other makeovers designed by our talented blog friends at the end of this post for more color loving inspiration. Ready? Let’s go!

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I’m so excited! It’s time for the dining room reveal! If you like what you see, I’ve included some affiliate links below. Okay, here we go! My dining room was neutral to start…

The Before:  Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before   Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

My dining room has very little natural light. So adding fun colorful elements took it from gloomy to cheerful! Hey, I’m a neutral loving girl too, but I was ready for some fun pops of color in that bland uninspired dining room.

The Plan: (see THIS post for more details)…my design board included a beautiful color combination of navy and chartreuse, blush and gray. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room design board: navy, blush, chartreuse and gray

…finally, a room with some fun personality and color! Decorative accessories + paint = a color lovers’ dream! I love the power of paint, don’t you? Take a look!

The reveal:

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

{above: extra large serving tray basket no longer available…I’ve had it for years} 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Comparison: 

before

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after

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

before

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after

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

before

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after

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

 

Shop the room: What are your favorites from the design? (Some affiliate links included where applicable. TY!)

The Mine has an enormous gorgeous selection of unique fine furnishings to bring in texture and color through decorative home accessories.

Add beauty to the walls and bring in fun pops of color with paper and fabrics. Minted has such a beautiful selection of stationery, wall art and fabrics. 
#mintedcolorlovers
 
Birch Lane is an affordable shopping destination with classic designs. 

Michaels Stores: wood burst wall mirror // wood/blue glazed ceramic vase // boxwood planters. 

Target – wire diamond table lamp

Young Living – Desert Mist Diffuser (diffuse a vibrant blend of lemon, grapefruit, orange and ylang ylang!) 

desert mist diffuser @diyshowoff #1836762

Rustic Style Wall Mount Coat Rack

Cutting Boards & Cushion Covers

Paint Colors: (watercolor/ombré paint treatment tutorial later this week)

Blush // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Quartz Blush

Gray // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray

Chartreuse // Valspar Gilded Pesto

Navy // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik 

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 Chartreuse // Valspar Gilded Pesto Navy // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik Blush // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Quartz Blush Gray // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray

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Color Loving Tour: Ready for more Color Lovin’ fun? Visit these talented blog friends and check out their beautiful room reveals:

http://www.kellyelko.com/2017/06/color-lovers-colorful-living-room-makeover/

https://inmyownstyle.com/2017/06/decorating-room-makeover-before-and-after-reveals.html

http://tatertotsandjello.com/2017/06/colorful-happy-home-dining-room-reveal.html

http://southernhospitalityblog.com/screened-porch-new-summer-edition/

http://www.dukemanorfarm.com/2017/06/screen-porch-reveal-pop-color.html

http://inspiredbycharm.com/2017/06/color-lovers-bedroom-makeover.html

http://foxhollowcottage.com/living-room-makeover-reveal-at-the-little-cottage.html

http://www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com/2017/06/colorful-modern-farmhouse-office-decorating-ideas

http://diyshowoff.com/2017/06/27/color-lovers-10-bloggers-10-room-makeovers-dining-room-refresh/

https://jenniferrizzo.com/2017/06/gray-and-coral-family-room-makeover.html

Love it? Share it! (Thank you!) So happy you stopped by!  

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

DIY Personalized Pool Party Gift Tote

Cannonbaaaaallllllll!!!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Summer pool parties are so much fun, aren’t they? Woo hooooo! Summer in my family is filled with days at my mom’s pool, watching my nieces and nephew giggle and splash around. I love that they’ve learned to swim so well and enjoy watching them overcome their fear of water over the years.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

“Pool-rific” is the Michaels’ June Challenge. Perfect timing! 

pool party challenge

Kicking off pool party season this past holiday weekend, I gifted each of them with a cute personalized beach bag filled with fun outdoor goodies, swim accessories and beach towels.  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Supplies I used are all available at Michaels with the exception of the beach towels.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

  • beach totes
  • Sharpie markers
  • letter stencil
  • plastic container
  • fill ‘er up: sunglasses, bubbles, plastic water bottles with carabiner, assorted dive toys
  • beach towel
  • optional: toss in some sunblock and flip-flops! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Whether you’re looking for fun décor, activities for your kids or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun!

What I did:

Using a pencil and a yardstick, I drew a faint line onto the upper part of the tote bag so that my personalization would be level. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then I used a pencil to stencil the letters. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

I filled in the letters with Sharpie markers. There was a little bleeding (due to the tote bag material) but I actually like that affect, don’t you? It adds to the design! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

The plastic bucket/container fits perfectly inside and helps the tote back hold an open shape. Perfect for toting home a wet bathing suit too!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Toss in fun accessories.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

So cute for a summer time birthday gift or pool party hostess gift! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff   DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Pin for future reference for summer birthday party or pool party hostess gift!  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more pool-rific ideas? Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Color Lovers: Dining Room Refresh

Color Lovers Blog Tour: 10 color loving bloggers working on 10 colorful rooms! Are you ready for some ideas on adding color to your home? You hit the jackpot! Follow the tour below and stay tuned! 

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The Challenge: Our dining room is looking kind of stale and uninspired. It’s hard to tell in photos but it needs a paint job pretty bad and well, while I LOVE neutrals too (have I mentioned my design-mutt style?), I am ready to add some color to my neutral base.   It’s usually looking like something along these lines…

#loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room       

::yawnnnn::

Nice enough. Clean. Bland. It’s time to liven things up with some color, baby!

Before: See the patch work for nail holes, dings, cracks and scratches in the walls below? These walls require some TLC! Since this room doesn’t have direct access to a window (although behind where I’m standing to take the photo is a set of French doors in another small room), there’s little to no natural lighting so it’s important to keep paint options light and bright but oh man, if you know me, I do love being creative so I might have something special planned for that back wall. Watch out! I’m armed with my FrogTape and ready to go! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

See how dark the room typically is?

Okay friends, so here’s the plan: feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments. If they’re nice. haha. Just kidding. Constructive criticism welcome! 

Walls & ceiling: Freshen up the ceiling and walls. The walls will be neutral and light for the most part (again, those lighting issues) with the exception of maybe something fun on that back wall. The ceiling was actually a lighter shade than the precious taupe-y walls at one point but as you can tell below, definitely not clean crisp white. That’s changing! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

 Sliding door: I still swoon over this door. I’ve considered repainting it for a change /something different but I am still so in LOVE with the chartreuse color so it’s staying! However, I’m adding frosted contact paper to the windows to give the bedroom privacy (there’s currently a dark curtain there…blah). The frosted film will still allow some of that natural lighting to make it’s way into the dark dining room but provide privacy between the rooms.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

My thoughts on decorating and loving color:  I looooove bringing in color with paint and decorative accents. Why? Mostly because I love to rearrange and redecorate often. I find that keeping the furniture (those big ticket items) neutral allows for adding and changing color schemes whenever the itch to do so hits me. And I get itchy often. Wait. That doesn’t sound so good, does it? lol What I mean is…I find that my reward for ‘cleaning’ is re-arranging and redecorating. It keeps things fresh and motivates me to get the sweeping, dusting, picking up tasks done. So for me personally, change happens often in my home. It makes me happy. 

Summary: Paint and decorative accessories are easy to change so do what you love! I’m no stranger to colorful accents. Remember this fun room? Not everyone’s cup of tea but my family room was so colorful-carnival, I couldn’t help but smile in there. Ya know?

family room was once a kaleidoscope of color

eclectic family room

 

guest room/nursery

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff

Anyway…back to the dining room and adding color there! 

Keep: existing handmade barn wood dining room table, built-ins (I’m always tempted to tear those out but…they’re so functional I’d be crazy to do away with them, ya know?) and existing light fixture (still love it so working with it). Those two built-ins are actually a very light shade of blue. I’m ready for them to be white so I never have to paint them again in my lifetime.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Built In Cabinets:  I guess previous homeowners had a LOT to display since out of the 4 corners in the dining room, 3 have built-in cabinets. Well, who doesn’t love storage? So they stay. I’ve lived 10 years with being able to see what’s in the built in cabinets and it’s not always pretty. The best of intentions sometimes get out of control. My plan is to hide the contents.  I love this lace pattern privacy window film (affiliate link) on the two matching built-ins for hidden storage. Spray painting hardware. 

before…peeling light blue paint

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after will be fresh, crisp and clean.

The other built in cabinet shown below will get a fresh restyling. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Design board: I am SO super excited for this fresh colorful update!!! 

  • Update the seating. Birch Lane is an affordable shopping destination with classic designs. 
  • Add beauty to the walls. Minted has such a beautiful selection of stationery, wall art and fabrics. 
  • The Mine has a killer selection of unique fine furnishings for my plan to bring in a few feminine touches and color through decorative home accessories. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room design board: navy, blush, chartreuse and gray

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COLOR LOVERS PALETTE: 

blush, gray, navy, & chartreuse 

I am in LOVE! What are your thoughts? Not vibrant but certainly color lovin'! Think it's not colorful enough? Just wait and see! It might look muted in the plans but it's going to make my boring dining room bright and colorful! 

before

dining room before-7

I feel it's versatile. I'd have no problem adding in maroon or magenta, teal or turquoise, gold or silver, black or brown or even eggplant...lots of color options for adding colorful seasonal accessories. 

Mark your calendar! Stay tuned! On June 27th, stop back to see how a coat of paint, some DIY and a color palette of blush, gray, navy and chartreuse give my tired dining room a bright and colorful new look!

Longing for some more Color Lovers eye candy? Visit these talented blog friends in the Color Lovers tour. Prepare to be wowed and inspired!

Kelly Elko/In My Own Style/Inspired by Charm/Tatertots and Jello/Southern Hospitality

Fox Hollow Cottage/Four Generations One Roof/Jennifer Rizzo/Duke Manor Farm

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