Happy Valentine’s Day baby photo and club feet update

Happy Valentine’s Day! One thing this new grandma can’t get enough of is this cute little love bug and a chance to whip out the camera for some photography practice. I’m not a professional photographer but I do enjoy pretending to be one. As a home/DIY blogger, I’m used to taking photos of before/after spaces and tutorial steps. A moving model is a lot more challenging but a lot of fun! I call this one “Cupid’s Aaro” and of course he’s covered in grandma kisses.  Valentine's Day baby photo 2015 @diyshowoff #clubfeet

DIY cast covers: The casts had gotten a little worn and dirty looking. He does have some cute leg warmers but for this photo, I just snipped off the toes of festive dollar store socks (adult sized) and tucked in the raw edge. Perfect fit.

Update: He is now two months old and doing well! He loves to ‘talk’ and is always smiling. Thanks for the prayers! The plaster casts from his surgery were finally removed after three weeks earlier this week. He wasn’t phased one bit by the extra heavy weight from top of thighs to little tiny toes but he was temporarily horribly traumatized by the saw.  Measurements were taken and he’s now wearing temporary shoes and bar until his custom ones arrive. He’ll wear them for 23 hours a day. 

club feet shoes & braces @diyshowoff

His feet are a little peel-y from being in casts for months so my daughter is applying a V6/lavender essential oil blend with success. And he’s able to finally bend his knees for the first time since he was born, lots of kicking and fascination with feet during that one hour a day without shoes. 

Happy Valentine's Day 2015 from @diyshowoff

And…I just want you to know that you are loved. Your comments, your support, your encouragement, your kindness, every time we interact, I’m smiling. I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with lots of love, kisses and good health. 

Striped DIY “Love You More” Sign

I like to incorporate a little Valentine’s vibe into my decor this time of year but I prefer to have decorative accents that can withstand longer time frame. Creating a “love” themed vignette works year round and this striped scrap wood sign is the perfect focal point. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com  

Materials I used:

  • scrap wood for canvas
  • paint
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • vinyl decals

What I did:

Sand edges and clean scrap wood canvas. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Paint base color and let dry. I did two coats. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Use FrogTape to create stripes. I started with a center stripe and worked my way out. Just eyeball it. Use a small piece of FrogTape for spacing. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Burnish the edges of the FrogTape using a thumbnail or credit card. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Paint stripes. I did two coats. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

While second coat of paint is still wet, remove FrogTape. Let paint dry. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

I added DIY vinyl decals. Other options include a print/rub technique (print out wording, rub pencil on the back of the paper then place paper on wood sign and trace lettering) and paint or marker or stickers…get creative!

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Now I have a “love” themed vignette perfect for Valentine’s day and a wood canvas sign that I can display all year round (cute for the nursery too)!

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

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

Essential Oil Lotion Hearts

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. *This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

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

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Ingredients I used:

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

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

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

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

What I did: 

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

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

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

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

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

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

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

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

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff  

Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! 
Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

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

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

Valentine Mason Jars

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

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

Valentine's Day mason jars Happy Crafters

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

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Load vinyl into the machine pattern/shiny side up. 

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Adjust settings for vinyl and send design to cut.

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

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

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

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

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

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

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

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14 Valentine’s Day DIY Highlights

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

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff

easy DIY hearts garland at Dwelling in Happiness

DIY hearts garland @dwellinginhappiness  

3D beaded hearts at An Extraordinary Day

3d beaded hearts @anextraordinaryday blog

 

ombre wooden heart from The Hatched Home

ombre heart @thehatchedhome

tissue paper hear wreath from It All Started with Paint

tissue paper heart wreath @itallstartedwithpaint  

LOVE wood blogs at Her Tool Belt

LOVE-wood-blocks @hertoolbelt

frozen yogurt granola hearts at Oh My – Creative

frozen yogurt hearts with granola @ohmy-creative

red velvet muddy buddies recipe at Kathe with an E

Red Velvet Muddy Buddies @kathewithane

3D valentine’s day cards at Passion Shake

3D valentines day cards @passionshake

free printable candy necklace Valentines at Five Marigolds

candy necklace valentines @fivemarigolds  

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

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

DIY handwarmer hearts at Haberdashery Fun

DIY heart handwarmers at haberdasheryfun

 

free printable Valentine’s Day box at Caseperlatesta

printable valentine's day box @caseperlatesta

candy free Valentines at That’s My Letter

candy free diy valentines @thatsmyletter

 

Valentine wreaths at Lovely Livings

valentine wreath @lovelylivings

More Valentine themed DIY:

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

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

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

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

thatdiyparty.pinboard

 

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

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

Valentine dining room decor

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

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

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

Tools I used:

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

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

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

Silhouette Design Studio software

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

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

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

weeding vinyl decals

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

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

vinyl decal placement

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

transfer paper

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

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

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

glass top table vinyl decal

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

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

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

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

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

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