Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DIY Shower Steamers for a Relaxing Bath Experience - Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

 Welcome to the March Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My PinterventuresIf you aren't familiar with the Pinterest Challenge, it's a monthly event that challenges us to not just be pin hoarders, but to make it happen!
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This month, I chose to make Shower Steamers for a Relaxing Bath Experience. I love taking relaxing hot baths, but haven't enjoyed one since we moved into this house over six years ago. When we had our home built, we elected to have the tub removed in the master bath and replaced it with a closet for the hubby.  We do have tubs in other bathrooms but I haven't had the urge to use them that way. It just wouldn't be the same for me. But I just love the theory behind turning your shower into an aromatherapy by using shower steamers!  And I've pinned and seen quite a few different ways to make them! After checking out a few on Pinterest and the comments I read, I like this pin the best : https://www.pinterest.com/pin/38069559333718611/  It's easy to follow and right to the point! I even saw a tutorial on the Hallmark Channel that convinced me to make a few!

Shower Steamers
are a wonderful and easy way to relax and unwind in the shower! And there're so many ways to enjoy using them - just by adding different blends of essential oils in the mix!  There might be different reasons you'd want to use shower steamers, say, for instance -  if you just want to relax or need help in getting to sleep (lavender, geranium, sandalwood), or maybe ease congestion (eucalyptus, peppermint) or help you to get wide awake and energized for the day ( lemon, peppermint, bergamot, ylang ylang)!  There are so many usages just by adding certain essential oils!

Here's the basic recipe that I tweaked for my purpose of just relaxing in the shower with a fizzy, wonderful aroma:

2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid
1/2 cup cornstarch
3-5 Tbsp. water in a spray bottle
80+ drops essential oil (sandalwood, lavender)
30 drops soap colorant
Molds - silicone or plastic soap molds

  • Combine the baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch in a large bowl. Use gloved hands to diminish any lumps or clumps and mix well.
  • Slowly spritz the mixture all over with water, a little bit at a time, using your gloved hand to mix together while checking to see if the mix is holding together by squeezing it in your hand.  If it doesn't hold together, it's not ready. But if it looks like damp sand or a snowball and holds together, enough water has been added. You will probably hear a bit of fizzing as you mix the water or any liquid in, for that matter. The citric acid causes the fizzing. Just make sure to gently add the water and not pour it directly in.

  • Next, add the essential oils, blending in the drops all over the mixture with gloved hands.
  • If you'd like to have your steamers a bit colorful, add drops of soap colorant at this time. Remember this is liquid too and will affect the consistency. There is a dry colorant called mica powder that provides a deeper coloring if you'd like that.  Continue mixing the solution, and squeezing until ready.
  • Then take some of the mixture and press firmly into the molds, making sure there are no air pockets or gaps. Use the back of a spoon to press and smooth down.

  • If you're using metal molds, once you press the mixture firmly into the mold and the ingredients have taken shape, you'll notice it will easily slide out - which is a good thing. Slide the shaped steamers out and place on parchment paper and allow to dry completely and get hard. Unfortunately, I left both types of molds intact overnight and found the metal ones impossible to remove the next day - no matter what I did. The plastic filled soap molds released easily onto towels. And I'm sure using silicone molds would have easily released the forms, too.

  • Store in a jar with a tight top or inside a sealed bag. Decorate if giving as a gift. Keep in a dry, cool place.
To Use: Drop one shower steamer in the shower stall away from the stream of water. Relax and sit in your hot, steamy shower, breathing in the wonderful aromatherapy benefits of the essential oil blends you chose to use! The steamer will fizz and melt. Leave what's left on the floor of your shower for your next shower, if you like!

My take away from this pin:
  • The amount of essential oil drops used is just a guide. You can add more if you like. I love sandalwood fragrance and would have liked a bolder scent of it.
  • It's best to use silicone or plastic soap molds. They're so much easier to use and release the forms.
  • Don't let metal molds dry overnight - remove the forms from the molds as soon as they're formed and easily slide out intact. Let dry completely out of the molds.
  • Use dry mica powder instead of a liquid soap colorant for a more intense shade.
  • The shower steamers should be called fizzies and not steamers. More fizz - no steam, except from the hot water.
  • Love the overall experience - my shower was very relaxing and the aroma filled the bathroom - the fragrance permeated into the bedroom, too! And the best part - I felt great! Will make more to use and give as gifts! 

To join next month's challenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ April Pinterest Challenge

Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop
Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Kelli - The Olympic Nest
Lynne - My Family Thyme • Beverly - Across the Blvd.
Debra - Shoppe No. 5 • Pili - My Sweet Things
Julie - Sum of their StoriesGwen - Geez, Gwen!
T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet • Kenyatta - My Design Rules
Cherryl - Farm Girl Reformed • Lisa - Blogghetti
Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Deborah - Salvage Sister & Mister
Gail - Purple Hues and Me • Terri - Our Good Life
Emily - Domestic Deadline - Maria - Tinseltown 

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Welcome Spring Link Party

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Welcome Spring! We're celebrating warmer weather and blooming flowers with a group of our blogging friends. You're invited to share your spring time posts with us from March 19 through April 19.

I'm so thrilled to be a part of a group of lovely, creative ladies hosting this party celebrating the arrival of all things spring!    

Meet the co-hosts of our Welcome Spring Link Party

Each co-host will be sharing a spring time post to kick off the party. You'll find their links first in the Link Up below. Please visit their links and check out their creative posts. You're sure to find lots of inspiration! 

This year, I'm celebrating the arrival of spring with an easy to make "Welcome Spring" DIY  Boxy Shaped Wreath with Matching Urn Fillers
It's a great way to dress up your front entryway for spring with a lovely look to greet your guests that shouts "Welcome Spring!"

You’re invited to share any spring related posts: Crafts, Decor, Activities, Gardening, Recipes & More. If it’s a way to celebrate spring, we’d love to have you share it with us! We're looking forward to seeing your spring time creativity!
All of the co-hosts will be sharing a Welcome Spring Link Party features post on April 23, so be sure to check back on that day! 

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

DIY Boxy Shaped Spring Wreath

See how easy it is to dress up your front entryway for Spring with a DIY boxy shaped wreath and matching urn fillers!  

This year I'm celebrating the arrival of spring by creating a unique looking wreath to place on my front door, using curvy sticks called Kulu sticks and a pretty flower garland that I cut to fit. I wanted to create something different from the usual round wreaths for my entryway and for the urns that are there, too.  

To make this project, you will need:
Curvy sticks (Kulu sticks)
DecoArt Outdoor Patio paint/brush
Flower garland
Hot glue gun
8" Styrofoam ball
Large skewer sticks
Floral pins
Faux ivy picks

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I found the curvy sticks used here a few years ago at a craft store in North Carolina. They were originally a deep maroon color (now faded) and well over six feet long. I was really drawn to the unusual look!  Michaels carries something similar in a natural or chocolate color called Kulu sticks.

To begin, I cut the sticks into four, 16" and 14" lengths and hot glued them together (where they touched) into a rectangular, boxy 16"x14" shaped wreath.

Then I painted the sticks using DecoArt Outdoor Patio Paint in Woodland Brown. 

Once dry, I decorated the boxy shaped wreath frame with pieces from a fluffy garland I got on clearance at JoAnn last summer .  .  .

adding a few more flowers, here and there in the top left and bottom right corners, draping over the edges .  .  .  keeping it pretty simple! I love the exposed shape of the frame!

Next, I cut an 8" Styrofoam ball in half and draped each half in garland and flowers, securing with floral pins. You can buy half foam balls to decorate, but I had this one already, so I cut it in half!
It's always fun to "shop" what you have in your stash for projects!

I hot glued a large skewer stick (used for grilling) in the bottom center of each half foam ball to place into the urns (not shown) - to help secure the foam in the dirt.

And finally, ivy picks were added to the front of each urn to enhance the flowers.

Don't you just love this inviting look!

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."                                                                   -Proverb

 Welcome Spring!

I'm sharing this easy to make DIY Boxy Shaped Wreath with Matching Urn Fillers Tutorial on our Welcome Spring Link Party where I'm co-hosting from March 19 to April 19th!  Stop by and join the party by linking up your favorite posts on all things spring, new or old. And be sure to visit all of the other co-hosts to see their creative ideas, too!
Thanks for stopping by, and
Happy Spring Crafting!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Decoupage Glass Goblet Dish Stand - A Dollar Store Craft

It's that time again for our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!

I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a monthly challenge blog hop. On the 2nd Monday of each month we share our themed creations for the month.  For March, it's a Dollar Store Craft!  And who doesn't love creating something awesome using items from the dollar store! 

  For this month's theme, I've created a unique spring decorative goblet dish stand using napkins, a clear glass plate, goblet, and mod podge - all from the dollar store.
In addition, I used:
alcohol wipes
paint brush
plastic wrap
Loctite super glue gel

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 I know you've seen several ways to decoupage napkins on plates and create display stands, but using napkins on the inside bowl of the goblet and plate stand definitely gives it a unique looking decorative touch - especially with
dollar store items!

 Let's begin by cleaning the plate and goblet with soap and water, drying them off and then wiping down with alcohol to remove any lingering skin oils or debris. I'm so glad to find the plain glass plates, bowls and cups once again at the Dollar Tree! These are definitely a crafter's delight!
Next, separate the plain white layers of the paper napkin from the printed portion that we will be using.
Then apply an even coat of Mod Podge over the back of the plate.
(sorry for the sloppy paint look - I cleaned it up after I took the picture)  
Center the napkin over the plate to find the best design or layout and lay it down on top of the glue. Use plastic wrap to smooth out any wrinkles. Be sure to press firmly down around the rim of the plate to get a good seal. 
Gently remove the plastic wrap - being careful not to lift up the napkin. If you still see any major wrinkles, dip a finger in mod podge and gently try to smooth the wrinkles out. There will be a few wrinkles left because of the curvature of the plate - but not to worry since they just add more character and charm to the design!
Allow the decoupage to dry completely for several hours or overnight.
Once dry, trim excess paper off, first using scissors and  .  .  .
then with sandpaper, filing down and away from the plate rim.  Seal plate with additional coats of mod podge.
 For the goblet, cut designs from the napkin to glue onto the inside bowl with mod podge .  .  .
and also on the bottom glass base of the goblet.  Let dry, trim with scissors and sandpaper and seal with more mod podge, as before. Let dry completely.
This technique of not adding paint to the back gives a somewhat transparent look to the plate and goblet, which I really like.
 The design is quite beautiful even looking at the goblet upside down.
To connect the plate and goblet, apply Loctite Super Glue Gel to the rim of the goblet and center the plate on top. Place a heavy object on top of plate to weigh down the plate and goblet together until the glue dries.

This design idea makes a lovely statement for spring and summer dining entertainment or decor!
So dainty, bright and cheery!

You will be amazed at what can be created from dollar store goodies, so be sure to visit each and every blogger who joined in this month's challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by

and be sure to come back next month for

our all inspiring Upcycle Challenge!

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