DIY 5

Along with Bath Salts, I decided to make my sister and mom scarfs for Christmas. Sweet CS Designs gave a great step-by-step tutorial on how to make infinity scarves.

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  1. To make this scarf, you’ll need 1 to 1.5 yards of fabric. I used spunky printed flannel fabric for my sister‘s.
  2. You’ll basically make a long fabric tube. It helps if you picture it that way during the process! First, fold your fabric in half hotdog style (make it the longest it can be).
  3. Cut down the middle of the fold so that you have two long strips.
  4. With the right sides of the fabric facing together, straight stitch the two long strips together at the short end. You should now have a long piece of fabric stitched in the middle.
  5. Open the long strip then fold it in half again long ways (hotdog) so that the right sides are facing and sew together down the long side.
  6. Turn the fabric tube right side out and fold down the remaining ends together (interlocking them) creating the loop and sew across.

 

For my mom’s scarves I didn’t complete Step 6 but instead folded each end under and sewed them so they wouldnt be connected. That way she’s able to wear it any way she’d like rather than being restricted to the infinity style.

These were super easy to make and they loved them!

Enjoy,
♥ B

Wonderful Whimsical Wednesday

I love finding unique items on the web! Like card catalog minibars!

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source: the sugar monster

Or suitcases turned medicine cabinet! This is a great idea for all the vintage luggage I’ve collected.

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source: matador network

These witty postcards are all the rage nowadays… some of them, not so funny, others–pretty spot on.

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Ya see, most people think that Journalists should be excellent spellers… not the case with this girl. I have to spell-check my texts often.

And because I recently bought tickets to see the a-maz-za-zing Avett Brothers for Valentine’s Day. Here’s one of their lovely ballads that’s been rocking my world.

Design a Tea

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I found this awesome website called Design a Tea. You can choose a base tea, pick your favorite flavors, and enjoy your custom blend. For a tea lover, this sounds amazing! To sweeten the site, you can try 2 free samples of tea you create for only $1 (no s&h) and then receive a $2 credit for your next purchase! Sounds pretty great, right?! Well I’ve ordered my sample and will let you all know how it goes!

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I’m not a huge jewelry wearer but this ring is so different and pretty that I love it! Not to mention the green is my birthstone!

Why yes, I do believe I want to visit here!

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4 seasons resort: bora bora

Happy Wednesday! ♥ B

DIY 4

For Christmas, I decided to get creative and make some of the gifts I was giving (yes, Pinterest was the inspiration). I decided to make some of the lovely ladies in my life some bath salts. I found this super easy ‘recipe’ from Intimate Weddings. They used the bath salts as wedding shower favors but they worked just as well for Christmas.

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You’ll need:

Cute jars or containers
3/4 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup coarse sea salt
1/4 cup baking soda
8 drops essential oil
food coloring

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I used jars I purchased from Ikea
Clove and Cinnamon essential oils from my local Co-Op to ensure the salts smelled Christmasy
I also used ‘Relax and Relief’ Epsom salts to provide a clearing minty aspect but I would advise using plain Epsom salts (later found in the Pharmacy section at Wal-Mart) because the mint overpowered the clove/cinnamon a bit.
I added enough drops of red food coloring to give it a pink/red tint but not enough to risk dissolving the salts.

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To add another element to the gift, I wrapped each Bath Salts Jar in a dish towel I purchased at Ikea for $0.79!

Enjoy,
♥ B

-Time-

I dont think we can really understand how time passes. We can’t study it like a river or tame it with a clock. Our devices only mark its coming and going. Some things have to end, you know. You feel like life is always leading up to something, but it isn’t. I mean life is just life. It’s all happening right now, and we aren’t going to be any more complete a month from now than we are now.
~Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts

Interesting: Authentic Manhood

Kennon Vaughan writes a blog on ‘Authentic Manhood’ that a previous Journalism student of mine posted about. He shared this article and I found the ending particularly intriguing

The Gift of Responsibility

It is well documented that a larger and larger percentage of young men are not becoming men. They are not taking responsibility. They are not growing up. They are not showing initiative. I can’t help but wonder how many haven’t been given permission to make mistakes.

For others, making mistakes is the easy part. But when it comes time to own them, I see nothing but a tail tucked quietly between their legs, and the hope that someone else will clean up their mess. And sadly, someone does.

I’m all for grace, but grace should come after our willingness to own our mistakes, not in spite of it.

Wonderful Whimsical Wednesday

I love this sweet little, minimalist house

Nike asked this guy to make a movie about what it means to “make it count”, so he spent all the money traveling around to sweet places! I think I’d like to have his job!

That’s my shack on the beach. right. there. Love it!

So apparently I’m into advertising for Google now.. but the video was pretty genius advertising on their part so I reposted.

A real Q&A from the FAQ section of a Night of the Running Dead 5K race held in Utah.
Q: Are these real zombies?
A: No, they are your friends and neighbors “Zombiefied” and should pose no real threat.

Happy Wednesday!

Wonderful Whimsical Wednesday

Pretty much my life goals right here.

If this doesn’t scream Laura Lee Modesitt I dont know what does!

How can a day not be awesome when you get a FREE Jimmy John’s sandwich delivered to you at work?!?

I love breaks from work that include the boyfriend bringing me lunch and eating with me at the park! That’s no regular lunch meat sandwich either, so sir. It’s a pork-chop sammich!

Kinda have to agree!

Happy Wednesday!