DIY: Snow Globe

DSC_0270editWell well well, what is this!? A DIY (not exactly Wednesday) post! It’s been a long time, I must admit. I can’t promise this will be a regular thing again, but we’ll take what we can get, right?

This is a DIY I should have shared ages ago, but it felt unsuited for anything other than the holidays. Making your own snow globe could be one of the easiest and fastest crafts out there, and it makes a great Christmas (Hanukkah, anything) gift. Over the years I’ve made several of these for some dear pals, so I can vouch for it as a thoughtful and neat gift.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • A clean mason jar (or something similar that will contain water)
  • Neato item to go inside (I chose this eagle, but it’s your life, so do what you want)
  • Clear drying water resistant glue – can be found at Home Hardware etc. (do not use the one I have pictured above, not water resistant, I stupidly grabbed the wrong glue out of my cupboard, and well, it ended up being a mess)
  • Distilled water – I always use Smart Water (cause I’m smart)
  • Glycerin – found at any drug store
  • Glitter!!!
  • Twine

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STEP ONE:

Make sure the mason jar (or whatever) you selected has a wide enough opening that you can easily fit your object in without a struggle (i will admit I struggled a bit with the wings of this guy). Once you are certain it will fit, you can apply your water resistant glue to the bottom of the object, and carefully place it at the bottom of the jar (beware long haired dames, tie your hair back when using glue, I learned the hard way, not one, but two times). This can be tricky if you don’t have tiny dainty hands. My hands are rather small, but definitely not small enough to fit directly inside the jar. In a ghetto attempt to carefully place Mr. Eagle in the jar I used a pair of tongs. It did the trick, so I don’t care how weird it may have been.

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STEP TWO:

I left the glue to dry for 24hrs, but most glues will tell you you can wait 1hr. The longer it’s left, the better the hold. Jiggle your jar around a bit to make sure it’s secure, and then you can begin pouring your distilled water into the jar. I never fill the jar to the brim – a few inches before the brim will do just fine. Once your jar is a cool filled guy, add in a few drops of glycerin. Don’t get crazy now, a few drops will do.

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STEP THREE:

Stop, glitter time! Use whatever colour combination you’d like. I did have to remake this snow globe after my stupid glue situation, so I ended up using gold, red and silver glitter on my finished one. Because of the glycerin, the glitter will sit at the top of the water. Do not fret, once you shake that baby, things will get real snow globe glittery inside.

STEP FOUR: 

To add a little something to the finished snow globe, I usually wrap twine around the lid. As stated before, it is your life, people, but I do feel adding something to the top gives it a nice finished look. If using twine, make sure to leave the ends free so it can be tied into a little bow when you’re done. You’ll be quite sad if you forget to do this.

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And voila, a thoughtful gift that is very kind to our check books, and makes you look like some sort of DIY master (it’s not true though).

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Lavender and Honey Cupcakes

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As I had mentioned in my previous post, I baked cupcakes for Matt’s birthday, and thought it would be nice to share them with you guys! I have the most amazing cupcake recipe book – 500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connolly, that was gifted to me from Taylor on my birthday a few years back. If I am ever at a loss for what fun cupcakes I could bake, this is my go-to. It has everything – plain ol’ cupcakes, fancy cupcakes, holiday cupcakes, savoury muffins…I could go on. This time I opted to make lavender and honey cupcakes. Sounds delicious, right?!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

For cupcakes:
1 cup (1 stick) sweet butter, softened – i used salted…woops! I blame No Frills, the name is no joke.
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract.

For frosting:
1 cup cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/3 cup honey
blue food coloring
2 tbsp dried lavender flowers – you can get these at an herb and spice shop, or sometimes heath food/herbalist stores will have them.

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C), and place your cupcake papers (I used fun polka dot ones) in your cupcake tray (why thank you Alex, a totally new concept to cupcake baking) . This recipe makes about 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes.

For the cupcakes, with an electric mixer (if you have one), beat together in a large bowl the butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and pale. To be honest, I didn’t love the actual cake part of my cupcakes. It wasn’t very sweet, and I’m not totally sold on self-rising flour. Next time I would probably opt for a little more vanilla extract, sugar and maybe just regular old flour, salt and baking powder. Once your batter is ready, pour into your tray and bake for 20 mins. After they are done, leave them on a cooling rack or whatever you have that acts as a cooling rack.

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For the frosting, beat confectioner’s sugar and cream cheese in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Beat in honey and a few drops of blue food coloring and stir in half of your yummy smelling dried lavender flowers.

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Once your frosting is all delicious looking, spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle them with the remainder of the lavender flowers, if you want, no pressure.

These cupcakes can be stored without frosting in an air tight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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And voila, you have created a lovely looking and delicious cupcake!

Posted by Alex

DIY Lavender Room Spray

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Last year, when I was working as a flight attendant, one of my favourite things about our hotel in Brussels, was that they put little tiny bottles of lavender spray by the bed for your sheets and pillow. I don’t know why it took me this long to copy the idea, but I finally did!

I’ve had a bit of a life long love affair with air fresheners (when Febreeze releases new limited edition scents, I get a little crazy). Lavender has always been my favourite scent for almost anything – and so, when I spotted a vendor selling essential oils at the farmer’s market this weekend, I bought the lavender one right away. I made this room spray, but also some scented soy wax candles that I’m probably a little too excited about.

 

 

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What you’ll need: 

  • Lavender essential oil (or any other scent you like!)
  • Distilled water 
  • A bottle with a spray nozzle
  • Sticky labels
  • Scissors
  • A marker

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Simple as anything, just fill your spray bottle with distilled water and add in 8-10 drops essential oil per cup of water. Shake well and let sit for an hour or so before using. Shake before each use.

There are a lot of great recipes online for room sprays. Some of them suggest mixing Chamomile oil with lavender to make the scent even more relaxing. Other favourites of mine include; eucalyptus, cedar wood, tea tree, rose and sage oils.

 

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Easiest ever DIY sugar scrub

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I recently took up hot yoga classes at a studio near my place, and I can’t even believe how much I love it. It’s been hard to stop me from going every single day.  Tonight though, I skipped it, and cooked dinner for my friend Luke, who is leaving tonight, to Nepal, with his Mom and Brother, to hike to Base Camp One on Mount Everest!

I used to enjoy spending entire nights sprawled on my sofa, with the dogs, reading, or watching movies, but lately, I get restless – so, after Luke left, I got to making a sugar scrub I saw on Pinterest a few weeks ago. It might be the easiest thing you’ll ever make, and it actually is such a great scrub. Just equal parts coconut oil & sugar – melt the coconut oil (half a cup of coconut oil took 35 seconds in the microwave to melt), and pour the sugar in. Mix it, and pour it into the cutest container you have! It’s fairly rough, so I wouldn’t recommend using it on your face, or any sensitive skin areas, but it’s just about the best for hands, feet and arms.

The rest of the night, I indulged in all the most relaxing things I could think of – reading,hanging with my pups & drinking red wine (I shared some of that 1.5L bottle of cheap wine with Luke…I promise it wasn’t all for me). I’m so looking forward to this long weekend, since my parents and Sister are visiting, and we have LOADS of good stuff planned!

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Done it Yourselfs

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Disclaimer:

This is a bit of a cop out post. Alex and I started this blog with the intention of doing weekly crafts and projects, which we would photograph and share with you guys. We’ve been horrible at it so far – and most of our do-it-yourself ideas either never get done, or we forget to take pictures!! These are four crafts/projects we’ve actually made in the last few months – most of them as gifts for people – which we were silly enough not to document. All of these photos are stolen off Pinterest. We promise to try to be better at this!!!! 

1. The Air Fern Terrarium

What you’ll need:

  • Any kind of glass receptacle with an opening
  • Air Ferns
  • Earth or rocks of any kind

Optional:

  • Moss
  • Shells
  • Any other decoration you’d like
  • Tweezers or chopsticks in the case of a small opening

This project is ridiculously straight forward – fill the bottom of the receptacle with rocks or earth (or both) and put your decorations and air ferns inside. Check with the person you buy the air ferns from on what they recommend in terms of plant care.

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2. The Mason Jar soap Dispenser

What You’ll Need:

  • A mason jar with a double piece lid
  • A pump of any kind (I took one from a dollar store soap dispenser
  • Liquid soap
  • A drill or hammer and screw driver

Easy peezy – Just drill or hammer a hole through the flat part of the mason jar lid, just large enough for the pump to fit through, then, fill the mason jar with liquid hand soap/dish detergent/etc., and screw the flat lid on with the pump in it! Done!

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3. Homemade sugar scrubs

What You’ll Need:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • Mason jars or any container with a seal

Optional:

  • Essential Oils (for a scented sugar scrub)

This can literally be as easy as putting some melted coconut oil (or olive oil) in a mason jar and pouring sugar in until it becomes like a paste. You can add in essential oils to make it smell delicious – but when you’re using coconut oil, it already kind of does! Use it in the shower to scrub off all your dry, dead, Winter skin.

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4. Snow Globes

What You’ll Need:

  • A Mason Jar 
  • Water
  • Glycerin (though we’ve heard vegetable oil works as well)

Optional:

  • Glitter
  • Plastic animals or trees
  • Any other decoration you’d like to include
  • Twine or ribbon to decorate the base
  • etc.

This one  may be a little out of season – but you can actually make really pretty glittery snow globes that don’t necessarily need to be Christmas-y. Fill your jar with half water/half glycerin. Put some glitter or sequins or fake snow in, and glue your little figuring friends to the inside of the flat part of the mason jar top. Put the lid on, and screw it on tight. Now shake it all up!

 

Posted by Meaghan