DIY Snowman Magnet

DIY Snowman Magnet

Everyone likes a DIY project that’s cheap and easy. I don’t think it gets any easier than this. This cute DIY snowman magnet took no more than 5 minutes to make (excluding drying time) and costed less than $1. How’s that for do-it-yourself Christmas decor?

Materials for DIY Snowman Magnet

Things You Will Need
Pen
Magnets
Scissors
Highlighter
Glass pebble
Diamond glaze
Construction paper

All of these materials can be bought at the Dollar Store.

trace glass globe

Step 1
Trace your glass pebble on the construction paper and cut it out.

Snowman magnet in progress

Step 2
Flip the cut out piece over and draw two round dots on it with your pen. These are going to be the snowman’s buttons.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have all three pieces of the snowman.

Adhere magnet to glass globe

Step 3
Put a drop of glue on the back of the glass pebble and lay the circle of construction paper (face down) on top of the glue.

Let that dry and repeat with the magnet.

Let it dry for an hour or two.

DIY Snowman Magnet

When everything is dry, go ahead and stick it to your fridge.

This is such a good project to do with kids. They’ll love to draw the snowman’s face, for sure! Make a few of them. You could even draw a scene on some paper and put your new snowman magnets on top of it.

DIY snowman magnet on winter scene

Happy crafting!

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her 2014

Every year, my family and I make a Christmas Wish List on Amazon so that we can actually buy each other gifts that we want rather than guessing. I’m all about it, but I know that some people enjoy buying what they think their parents or significant other would like.

For those of you who are looking for Christmas gift ideas, I like to help you out. Over the past few months I’ve been compiling gifts ideas into a wish list on Etsy so that I can share them with you here. Whether you’re looking for gifts for that lovely lady in your life, your best (girl) friend or your wife or girlfriend, you’re in a good place.

All of these gift ideas are from Etsy. If you haven’t been on Etsy, I highly recommend it. It’s a online marketplace for artisans to sell their work. A lot of these are very small local businesses just trying to make it. In my experience, they make great work, are very responsive and happy to help if you have a problem. I love shopping there because the items are so unique.

Shop: MangoJewels

initial necklace- $28.00

Customized initial necklace- $28.00

I love these customized necklaces! They can be made with gold or silver plates (or both) and you can add as many as you want. Not bad for $28, right?

Shop: VillaSorgenfrei

dandelion seed glass necklace

dandelion seed glass necklace- $24.90

This is one of my favorites. This necklace is filled with dried dandelion seeds. It’s perfect for any girl with a wild spirit.

Shop: freestickersdecal

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover- #12.99

Do you have a Mac lover in your life? This galaxy-inspired keyboard cover is just the thing to spice up her computer. The dark blue to light pink/orange color is lovely.

Shop: infusion

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer- $24.00

Does she carry her headphones around everywhere? This cord organizer holds headphones in place with a snap and go design. Trendy and functional.

Shop: UnaBiologicals

lip balm

Organic Peppermint Lip Balm- $3.50

Honestly, this is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I LOVE Una products. I know you’re thinking why would I spend $3.50 on lip balm? Because it’s organic and is the best lip balm she’s ever going to put on her lips! You can buy 3 for 10 if you’d rather buy a few. The peppermint is my fav.

Shop: BZRshop

Ombré tights

Ombré tights- $40.00

I know, $40.00 is a lot to spend on stockings, but these are so cute and if she likes fun clothing, she’s going to love them! You can get brighter colors or darker colors. And if this shop has any uneven spots (usually on the top half of the stockings (so you wouldn’t be able to see the uneven spots), you can get them for around $15.00.

Shop: maddiekayhandbags

Clutch purse

Clutch purse- $22.00

Every girl I know carries a purse and many of them carry a purse that could fit a toddler in it. Encouraging her to downsize to a cute clutch purse will save her back, and probably her sanity.

If you want to see more gift ideas from Etsy, check out my Gifts For Her list.

Have you gotten anything for a girl that she absolutely loved? Or maybe, as a girl, you’ve received a great gift. Leave it in the comments if you  have any other ideas. I’d love to hear them!

Check back in about a week, I plan to do a gift idea post for guys as well!

DIY Sinus-Clearing Vapor Rub Discs

DIY Vapor Discs for the Shower

I’ve been stuffed up for the past few days so vapor rub has been my new best friend. I’ve even bought Vick’s Tissues. Last year, I saw a DIY for copy-cat Vick’s Shower discs and pinned it on Pinterest so that I could make them later. Since I’m sick now, I went looking for that recipe. After reading through it, I realized I didn’t have all of the essential oils I needed, but I do have vapor rub so I decided to make my own version using what I had.

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather as well, you are going to thank me for this.

diy vapor rub disc materials

Things You Will Need:
Mug
Pot
Water
Spoon
Muffin tin
Vapor rub
Baking Soda
Cupcake liners

hot water prep

Step 1
Fill your mug with water. I heated mine for two minutes. You want it to be hot but not boiling.

muffin tin prep

Step 2
While your water is in the microwave, line your muffin tin.

vapor rub

melted vapor rub

Step 3
Drop a spoonful of vapor  rub into your hot water. Swirl it around and wait for it to melt. If you really can’t breath, use two spoonfuls.

Vapor paste

Step 4
Pour some Baking soda into the bottom of the pot. Then, slowly pour some of the vapor rub water on top of it.

The goal here is to get a paste-like consistency. If you pour too much water in, just add more Baking Soda. Working in small increments works best.

If you have peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil, add a few drops to the mixture.

vapor discs in muffin tins

Step 5
Pour the paste into your cupcake liners. Just a small amount is fine. I probably filled them about 2/3 of the way.

Let them sit for 18-24 hours before you start moving them around. If your paste is too watery, you will have to wait longer.

sinus clearing shower discs

When you’re finished, you should have some wonderful sinus-clearing shower discs! My batch made about six of them. If you want more, use more water and baking soda. Depending on the consistency of your paste, you might end up with crumbly discs. That’s not a bad thing, though, since it will disintegrate in the shower anyway.

The only problem with these is that you have to wait a day to use them. So make a bunch ahead of time and store them in a cool, dry place. Then you can get them out whenever you’re stuffed up.

Hope this has been helpful for everyone. Stay well!

Elena Caravela: Illustrator, Instructor and Fine Artist

Elena Caravela: portrait of a girl painting

I’ve been following Elena’s blog since I started Make Something Mondays so I am honored to be featuring her work. She creates such beautiful paintings that seem to captivate you in that moment. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!

About Elena Caravela

Elena attended The School of Visual Arts, where she earned her BFA.  She has worked as an illustrator, instructor and fine artist.

Elena has received numerous corporate and private portrait commissions and has exhibited work in a variety of genre and media. Most recently, two of her paintings were exhibited at the Principal Gallery’s “Women Painting Women show.  Her illustration work has been published in 3×3 Magazine for Contemporary Illustration and a collaborative illustration with a young artist was published in BIG Kids Magazine.  Elena has illustrated two award winning children’s picture books, The Birds of the Harbor, and A Night of Tamales and Roses.  She is the author of a non-fiction picture book about young female artists titled Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.

Love of art

The drive to make things;drawing, painting, and doodling in the beet juice on my plate, has always been an innate and consuming preoccupation for me. Shapes, values, color and composition run like a screensaver behind most everything I do, every day.  Although distracting at times, I am never bored.  And because I’ve not been able to satisfy the yearning to perfectly realize what I see, I am driven to make more things.  With every new effort, I hope to someday realize what I see in my mind’s eye.

You can find more of Elena’s work on her website, blog or Behance portfolio.

Elena Caravela colored figures painting Elena Caravela abstract girl painting Elena Caravela: girl in the clouds painting Elena Caravela: girl looking up painting Elena Caravela: old woman painting  Elena Caravela: rabbits dancing painting Elena Caravela: space girl painting Elena Caravela: blonde boy painting Elena Caravela: girl with freckles Elena Caravela: hand painting

DIY Device Charging Station

DIY device charging station

I hate tangled cords. No, it’s really just cords in general… like when all of the phone, tablet, laptop and whatever other chargers are all over the place and wrapped around each other. Drives me nuts. I know, it’s a first world problem and I shouldn’t be complaining about it. I have a rule though. If you’re going to whine about something, you have to come up with a solution to fix it.

Sooo I decided to make a device charging station. I found a desktop organizer at Target for $7 and decided that it was going to be my best option. I really liked the wooden ones I found but I don’t have a drill and wasn’t planning on buying one, so wood might be a little more difficult to work with.

I really didn’t like the idea of digging to the bottom of the organizer every time I wanted to charge something, so I decided to flip it on its side. You do whatever works for you.

charging station materials

Things You Will Need
Scissors
Mod Podge
Pocket knife
Sponge brush
Electrical tape***
Desktop organizer
Pre-cut scrapbook paper

***Optional, but HIGHLY recommended.

holes in charing station

electrical tape fixer

Step 1
Cut a few holes in the back of each designated space in your organizer.

It’s good that I decided not to be a surgeon because those cuts are pretty rough. I know it doesn’t really matter because no one is going to see the back of it, but it still bothers me. This is why I told you to get electrical tape. It’s still messy, but it’s 100x better than it was.

decorative charging station from desktop organizer

Step 2
Put a light layer of Mod Podge on the organizer, press your pre-cut scrapbook paper against it and firm it out. Let that dry and put another light layer of Mod Podge over top of it. Let it dry.

Repeat until you have the box completely decorated.

phone charging station

Feed your chargers through the holes in the back and you will have yourself a cute little charging station. I seriously love this thing! I can charge everything here and I never see the cords. It’s wondrous.

DIY device charging station

What do you think? Let me know in the comments :-)

Happy crafting!

One Lovely Blogger Award

One Lovely Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Deborah over at DeborahJane for nominating me for the One Lovely Blogger Award! You are too sweet. She’s a third year biomedical science student (I know, crazy) who shares her thoughts on science, crafts and happenings in her life. Seriously though, check out her blog. It’s always a good read.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog in your post.
  2. List the rules and display the award logo.
  3. Include 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10 others and let them know you’ve nominated them.

So, 7 facts about me… hmmm.

  1. I rarely watch TV but I could watch Criminal Minds all day long.
  2. Green is my least favorite color.
  3. I’ve been practicing yoga for 3 years.
  4. Pinterest is my favorite search engine.
  5. If I could wear leggings and a hoodie all day, every day I would be the happiest girl on the planet.
  6. Make Something Mondays got me the job I currently have.
  7. I hate cooking.

Now, for the important part: the nominations in no particular order.

  1. Sophies Foodie Files
  2. Find the Beauty
  3. My Guilty Pleasures
  4. Fozzie.M
  5. My Scrap Muse
  6. A Twist of Couture
  7. Cricket Muse
  8. Live and Learn
  9. Marina Kanavaki
  10. Elenacaravela

My Portable Craft Space

ideal portable craft space

It might surprise you that I don’t have a craft room since I’ve been crafting and sharing tutorials on this blog for almost 3 years now. I’ve always worked on my projects at my kitchen table or on the floor (depending on the potential mess level). So, it’s about time that I start thinking about making a craft area to call my own.

Why haven’t I thought about this yet? Well, I have location commitment issues. I’ve moved 7or 8 times in the past few years. Not because I had to, but because I get bored doing the same things all the time. If I live in the same town too long, I see the same scenes, go to the same restaurants… you get the point.

So, long story short, my designated craft area has to be something that is portable. I won’t be able to depend on anything permanent like built-in bookshelves or drawers to hold my supplies. Here’s my plan.

My Portable Craft Space Wishlist

Inspirational Artwork

Lot 1410 Abstract Oil Painting

Lot 1410 Abstract Oil Painting by Thomas Lee

Any good craft space needs some inspiration, right? So I would pick vibrant, colorful artwork like this oil painting to hang within view of my craft table. I love how the colors blend so well, but each one still clearly defines a new section. Gorgeous!

I found it on invaluable.com if you want to check it out. There are a ton of great paintings on that site in different genres, mediums, etc. Good stuff.

Portable Craft Table

DIY craft table

DIY craft table via House on the Way

You know I love DIY projects so, of course, I’m going to make a craft table myself, if at all possible. I found this really great tutorial on House on the Way on how to make your own. It’s small, looks like it’s lightweight and has storage space on the sides. I think I would make mine a bit longer so that it had a little extra storage space, but I really like everything about this one.

Filing cabinet

fabric storage for small spaces

via Sew Many Ways

I know, a filing cabinet in a craft room? I would’ve thought I was crazy too, until I saw this post on the Sew Many Ways blog. If you cut hanging folders in half, you can lay fabric over each section and file it away. I doubt I have that much fabric, so I could probably fit it all into one drawer and use the others for extra storage. This system is perfect for those of us who don’t have a lot of space.

Extra Storage

Spinning storage

DIY Spinning storage caddy via HGTV

I loved this idea that I found on the HGTV website. This cute storage caddy is made out of a lazy susan, cake pans, and candle sticks that were glued together. This could sit on top of the craft table with my most-used items like Mod Podge, scissors, a hot glue gun and sticks, etc. I could paint it orange to match that lovely painting!

tin can pencil holder

tin can pencil holder via Better Homes and Gardens

I could finish it off with some up-cycled tin cans for pencil and marker storage. I seriously have a ton of colored pencils, pens and markers that I could put in these. Then I could decorate them with some orange and yellow scrapbook paper.

What do you think? Do you have any more ideas for me?