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  • DIY Weaving Loom

    I’ve always wanted to get into weaving, but the sky high prices of a just a simple loom really hindered my interest. One day, after receiving a fresh pair of shoes, it occurred to me, “I can just use the box to make a loom…genius!” And so, this DIY was born.

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    What You Need:

    Lid from a cardboard box

    Scissors

    Pencil

    Ruler

    Duct Tape

    Yarn for your weaving

     

    Directions:

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    1. 1. Cut off the edges/fold-over part of your cardboard box, and trim the piece of cardboard the desired length for your weaving.

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    1. 2. Using a ruler, mark lines at every half inch along the top and bottom of your board. Then make little snips along these lines to create slits that will hold the yarn in place.

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    1. 3. String pieces of yarn between the slits at either end, and leave tails hanging.

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    1. 4. Flip the box over and tape down the tails with duct tape.

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    1. 5. Now, start your weaving too look however you would like it to look! After every few rows, push the lines together so they stay nice and tightly packed.

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    1. 6. Once you’re wrapped up, tie off the ends (I did it in groups of three since I like the tassel look) and weave back in and tails you left hanging on the sides.

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    1. 7. I decided to hang my weaving from a stick, so at the top I simply tied groups of three around the twig and trimmed the excess. If you have a different method of hanging, you can always weave the loose ends at the top back into your piece.

     

    Enjoy the house décor, everyone! This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

     

  • DIY Succulent Mobile

    Obsession confession: house plants. You can never have enough. They are the silent companions, the life teachers, and the friends who will always put a smile on your face.

    Double obsession confession: succulents. They will never get mad at you for forgetting to water them, and they look like Mother Nature’s coolest alien.

    Now here’s a fun new DIY to celebrate the obsession and fill your house with hanging succulents.

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    You’ll Need:

    -        Sculpt It (air hardening sculpting material)

    -        5 Old Jars (I used a mixture of jars from spices and preserves that varied in size)

    -        5 Inches of stiff wire

    -        String

    -        Pointed clay tool or safety pin to poke holes

    -        Paint color of your choice

    -        Paint Brush

    -        Cup & Water for painting

    -        Painter’s tape

    -        5 Small succulents & soil

    Directions

    1. Taking a small piece of sculpt it and roll it into a ball.

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    3. Mold the flattened piece around the bottom of a jar.

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    4. Polk two holes on opposites sides of the clay where you will feed your strings through. 416A4825

    5. Poke another hole in the center bottom for string as well.

    6. Let your sculpt it dry completely. Part way through, pull it off the jars and let it sit to continue drying. The whole drying process takes about one day or two. Be patient.

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    8. Thoroughly paint the bottom half and let dry. 416A5004

    9. String two strings through the holes on either side of each planter, and knot them on the inside to secure. Leave the strings on the smallest and second to biggest planters fairly long so that you can choose how low they will hang.

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    10. To begin putting everything together, figure out which succulent you want to put in which container, and line them up smallest to biggest.

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    11. Plant the biggest container first. Then, pick up the strings so you can find where it hangs centered. Once you’ve found the spot, tie a knot and feed the strandsthrough the bottom hole of the next planter, tying another knot to secure.

    12. Plant your second to largest pot next and set the two to the side.

    13. Plant the next three planters on their own using the same method. So you will have one strand of two planters, and another of three.

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    14. Hang both strands from the ceiling so that the hole of one hangs next to the knot above the other. Stick a piece of wire in the hole and wrap it around the knot of the other to keep them separated like a mobile.

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    And you're done! This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • DIY Ombre Dipped Wall Hanging

    The best homes are the ones that you’ve put thought, creativity, blood, sweat, and tears into. Looking around and knowing that you made something with your own two hands – that you turned a pile of found materials into something beautiful – is so satisfying. It creates an atmosphere where you can be at home.

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    I tend to do a lot of random projects and end up with all sorts of odds and ends. This particular wall hanging is a result of just a few materials I had leftover. All you need is a wooden dowel, string, and scrap fabric to get it done. You can really pick any color fabric that you please, but I like the ethereal ribbon quality of the pale peach. The design is somewhat reminiscent of a dream catcher, and I like to think that it has the power to trap and rid bad energies in the air.

    Want one of your own? Here’s how to create the wall hanging with your own two hands…

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    What You Need:

    -        15” Wooden dowel that is ¼” in diameter

    -        Approx. 45’ of string

    -        1 Yard Scrap Fabric

    -        3 Cups Bleach

    -        Bucket

    -        Scissors

    -        Ruler

    -        Pencil

    Directions:

    Lay out your fabric and trace 15 strips on it. I made my strips each 15” long and as wide as my ruler.

    To cut the strips out, begin with scissors and then tare the fabric along your pencil lines.

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    Fill your bucket with the bleach and lay the bottom quarter of your fabric strips in it for 45 minutes to one hour. Once they are done lay them out on a piece of scrap fabric or stick them in the dryer.

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    While your fabric is bleaching/drying, cut 16 pieces of string each approximately 30” long.

    Tie the strings to your wooden dowel, spacing each roughly .75” apart. Tie one across the top, fixing it at both ends of the wooden dowel, for the piece to hang from.

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    It’s then time to cut your strings in the shape of a diamond. To do so, hang the piece up on a wall. Use the same technique you see hairdressers use when they cut your hair by bringing the two opposite strands to the center and then cutting them to the same length.

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    Once you’re happy with your diamond, tie the bleached fabric strings to the end. Follow the images below, tying around and down, up and through.

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    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • Vegan Carrot Soup with Coconut Lime Drizzle

    To keep our skin and body looking good, it’s important to eat whole, organic, and fresh foods. Sign up for a CSA or hit up the farmers market. Challenge yourself to see what creative meals you can come up with using fresh produce. If your lacking inspiration, here’s a little recipe to get you started.

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    Carrots can be found in season almost year-round. Most people get tired of the classic ways to eat them, so today I want to suggest one of my favorites: pureed. When carrots are all mashed up, they make great soups. This particular recipe takes an Asian spin with cilantro, lime, and coconut. After you’ve downed it you’ll be packed with good nutrients, and full enough to get through the afternoon.

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    Ingredients:

    Soup:

    -        2 Cups Carrots, Chopped

    -        2 Celery Stalks, Chopped

    -        1 Yellow Onion, Chopped

    -        ¼ tsp Saffron Threads

    -        1 Tbs Curry Powder

    -        1 ½ Cans Coconut Milk

    -        10 Cilantro Sprigs

    -        1 Tbs Coconut Oil

    Drizzle:

    -        ½ Can Coconut Milk

    -        Juice from 1 Lime

    Directions:

    1. Melt coconut oil in a large pot.  Add carrots & onion to cook, stirring every few minutes.
    2. After 15 minutes, or once carrots are almost fully cooked, add celery for 5 more minutes.
    3. Stir in saffron and curry powder, and sauté for another 3 minutes.
    4. Add coconut milk. Stir & let simmer.
    5. After 10 minutes, kill the flame and let the soup sit.
    6. While the soup is cooling, squeeze juice from one lime into your ½ can of coconut milk. Mix it up with a fork & set aside.
    7. Using an immersion or regular blender, puree the soup mixture. Add the cilantro sprigs right at the very end, so that they get chopped up, but are not sitting in the heat for long.
    8. To serve, garnish with coconut lime drizzle & a few pieces cilantro.

    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • DIY Embroidered Yoga Bag

    Yoga is form of exercise that many of us couldn’t get through our stressful lives without. Regularly, we hit the mat for a bit of sweat & zen. After a while we form a special bond with our yoga mat.  It’s our baby, our therapist, our good friend. So why not show him a little love? Here is how to make a beautifully embroidered tote to carry your matt to and fro. Your mat will thank you for its cool new home.

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    What You’ll Need:

    -        Three colors of thick friendship bracelet thread. (I picked red, sky blue, and black.)

    -        Scissors

    -        Paper

    -        Ruler

    -        Red Colored Pencil

    -        Sewing needle (should have a big enough eye to get the friendship thread through)

    -        Yoga Bag in Natural

    Directions:

    1. Cut a 1.5 inch equilateral triangle out of paper
    2. Using the red pencil, trace the triangle in a straight row, spacing each triangle one inch apart.
    3. Leaving a .75 inch space in between and draw another row of triangles that directly lines up & faces the row you’ve already drawn.
    4. In between the two rows, draw a .5 inch strip
    5. Within that strip, make a dot every three inches.
    6. Repeat two more times going around the bag.

     

    At this point, your bag should look like this:

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    7. Using your first color. Thread the needle and fill in the triangles with stitches.

    8. Taking your second color, make stitches between the center dots, leaving tails of string hanging at each.  Do the same with two rows of your third color, and then make one more of your second.

    9. Using the tails that you left hanging, tie a knot at each dot, and trim the excess so you have a small tassel.

    The center row should look like this when you’re done:

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    Repeat steps to fill in the other rows until you have three going around the bag.416A4233

    Happy yoga-ing everyone!

    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • Spring Hair Tutorial: Romantic Side Braid

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    There's nothing like soft waves and a loose side braid to make you feel oh-so romantic. Add in a few dreamy flowers, and you're ready for a bright spring day!

    Shop the inspiration: The Rose Collection

    Start with your hair down in loose waves. Skip the curling iron and just spritz your hair and wear it in a bun for a day! Take down and finger curl the waves away from your face.

     

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    Separate your hair 1/4 up and 3/4 down. Secure the part below with an elastic band.

     

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    Begin with a basic, reverse french braid on one side, wrapping around to finish on the opposite side of your head. Don't worry if it's not perfect, it's supposed to be messy! Need some help learning how to do a reverse braid?

     

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    Finish by pulling out sections of the braid to make it loose and messy, starting at the bottom and working your way to the top. Finish by pinning in flowers (we also used some Rose bobby pins)

     

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  • DIY Rose Petal Soaps

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    These hand-made, all natural decorative soaps are so beautiful and fresh. Not to mention so very easy to make. It's the perfect way to use leftover roses, just pull a few petals off for the soaps and dry the rest! Keep them for yourself or give them away as a thoughtful, inexpensive gesture.

    Shop the spring color inspiration: The Rose Collection 

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    What you'll need: 

    An all-natural soap base, we used Stephenson's clear suspending, so we could layer the flowers throughout the bar.

    Dried flowers and herbs of your choice (press the rose petals in a book for a couple of days before use)

    Soap Mold of your choosing

    Essential oils of your choice (We used Rose and Lavender)

    Beet Juice for coloring if wanted

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    Directions: Cut soap base into small pieces and place in a pan over boiling water to melt. You can also microwave the base on high for about 30 seconds.

    Stir in essential oils of your choice. 1-2 drops is more than enough, oils are very strong and can be overpowering. Make sure to stir slowly.

    Place petals in the bottom of soap mold and pour base on top. Use one of your flower stems to press the petals down into the base as they tend to float to the top.

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    You can do a layering technique to arrange flowers throughout the bar by pouring a thin layer of base, letting it dry for about 20 minutes, then placing additional flowers. Repeat process until you get your desired look.

    If you want to color to your soap base, add a small amount of the beet juice which will give the soap a pinky tint (we did this on our final layer.)

    Let harden for at least an hour. We put ours in the fridge to speed up the process a bit. They should be completely cool and come out of the molds easily. If they don't, let them cool a bit longer.

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    Voila! Easy, beautiful soaps! We are so in love with them we put them all around the office!

  • Rose Beauty Tips

    Inspired by the beautiful new blushes from our Rose collection, we've compiled all of our rose beauty tips from around the office. Turns out, roses aren't just pretty to look at, there are tons of skincare benefits as well!

    Shop the new blushes here

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    1. Roses are a great natural anti-aging tool.

    FIlled with anti-oxidants and vitamins, roses are a great way to protect against harmful environmental factors, keeping your skin supple and healthy.

    2. And the ultimate skin balancer.

    Used as an emollient for dry skin, an astringent for acne-prone skin and an anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin, it covers all the bases to keep your complexion smooth.

    3. Let's not forget about aromatherapy.

    Stress has a direct effect on the look and feel of your skin. Using the relaxation benefits of breathing in Rose oils and fragrances can help keep your skin and psyche balanced.

    Try these tips to incorporate roses into your beauty routine. 

    A steam facial: Great for leaving skin looking hydrated and feeling clean, putting some rose oil and/or petals in a steam facial is the perfect way to relax and refresh after a long day.

    Add a drop of rose oil to your daily moisturizer: It is intensely concentrated, so you will get major benefits from a small amount, plus the smell is divine.

    Use rose water as a face tonic: It's safe and gentle and provides calming, soothing and moisturizing benefits, perfect for using on top of the rose blushes to keep skin looking supple and glowy.

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  • DIY: Customized EM Nail Polish

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    Ever wanted to turn your favorite EM shades into a lovely nail polish? Coordinate your nails, cheeks and eyes by simply mixing your chosen shades with a clear coat of your choice. Mix together and paint away!

    Things you'll need: Any powders you want to turn into a nail polish (We chose Mint Color Corrector and Come Hither Eyeliner with a little bit of Amazing Bronzer for Shimmer) + 1 bottle of clear coat for each color chosen. We used Honeybee Gardens  which is water based and peels off a little more quickly than our favorite, Sante.

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    The hardest part of this DIY is getting the powder into the bottle of polish. Best to either use a spatula or create a funnel with paper as you see above. Shake to mix. Add more color as needed to create desired shade depth.

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  • Two Easy and Traditional Holiday Potpourri Recipes

    The Holidays are officially here, and there’s nothing like smell to remind you of home. If you don’t have the want, time or skill set to make your own goodies that perfume your house the way Grandma did, try these easy recipes and fake it ‘til you make it.

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    You may remember making these as a kid, but if your crafting skills have improved since then, they make not only a beautiful table centerpiece, but fragrant ornaments as well.

    What you’ll need:

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    Some people like to map out the design with toothpicks, but it’s much easier to follow if you sketch it with a pencil first. Press cloves into the orange in whatever design you choose. Finish with ribbons, glitter or whatever other crafty things you have lying around.

    Stove Top Potpourri:

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    What you’ll need:

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    Specifics: 2 cinnamon sticks, handful of spices, 1 cup of cranberry, half of large citrus or one whole small citrus fruit

    Feel free to substitute the oranges and cloves from the recipe above for the grapefruit and mulling spices.

    Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, cover with water, place over low heat and let the smell of the Holidays carry you away!

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