His & Hers Mugs

After hearing about what I was up to this month, one of my dearest friends sent me a few words of encouragement along with links to ideas for projects. It really made my day.

One of the links took me here to this great idea for DIY monogram mugs. My project took a different route which I'm not quite sold on, but the idea is the same. Grab some of this...

 

Draw a little doodle...

 

 

 

Let dry for 24 hours, bake for 40 minutes and voila!

 

 

They're for sale, duh! Tomorrow is the last day to enter the cocoa giveaway, so leave a comment here...I'll draw a winner Friday at 11:59am EST!

DIY Natural Sea Salt & Raw Sugar Scrubs

Do any of you ladies use scrubs? I'll be honest--I don't splurge on bath products that often. I love yummy handmade bars of soap, but if you peeked at the items in my shower, that's pretty much all you'd see besides shampoo and conditioner! At night, if I get around to washing off my makeup, I use plain warm water. So when I had the chance to make some of these luxurious scrubs, I didn't hesitate to try them out myself!

There's a good chance you already have the essential ingredients for DIY bath scrubs--all it takes is salt or sugar and some sort of oil, even honey does the trick! From there it's all about the embellishments. I made a tingly rosemary mint salt scrub (coarse sea salt, organic coconut oil, fresh rosemary and peppermint essential oil) and an energizing orange sugar scrub (fresh orange juice/zest, raw sugar, honey, organic coconut oil, and sweet almond skincare oil).

After I packed your jars, I tested the leftovers on my face and hands. Because, you know, if I were to break out in crazy hives or whatever, I totally wouldn't try to sell them to you. But good news! I LOVED both of them! Here are my conclusions: the orange sugar scrub was wonderful on my face. It left me smelling sweetly orangey and not too oily once I patted my skin dry. The peppermint scrub left my face with some traces of oil, but that may be because it was the second scrub sesh. I've heard very good things about using coconut oil on your skin!

 

The ingredients.

 For sale here, as always. If you don't buy these, you should totally try this at home and give them as gifts!

 PS - Don't forget to comment below for a chance to win some deeelicious hot cocoa mix!

relic | Blue kitchen chair makeover

When Luke and I got married, much of our furniture was given to us by his grandparents, Cliff & Anne. They found pieces at estate sales, contributed some items of their own, and Cliff even made two small tables for us. I love the character of the older pieces, but sometimes I enjoy giving them a new look. Our kitchen table, which they picked for us, is a gorgeous relic that we plan on completely refinishing one day so we can keep it forever. For now, I reupholstered the seat covers for a simple upgrade that adds a pop of color to our kitchen. Seriously, my new chairs make me smile every time I lay eyes on them--especially in the midst of a current obsession I have with blue.


 

 

Don't you love the curves? The covers that were on them are beautifully hand-embroidered, but heavily stained so they needed to go. Can you imagine how long it took to embroider all of them? Here are just a couple of my favorites...

 

 

We used a cordless drill to remove the cushions from the chair frames and removed all the tacks that the last person had used to reupholster the chairs. Underneath, I even found the original chair cushions. I can see why these got covered in the first place.

 

 

I used a staple gun to staple the fabric (my method was the same as if I were stretching a canvas for a painting, see here), using more staples along the curved edge to make sure it was tight. Then I simply used the drill to screw the seats back on. It took me about an hour and a half.

  

 

 All set for dinner.