01
Jun 15

DIY Home Plant Decorations

By Lesley Kim

I love to do arts and crafts just to keep myself busy.  I recently made these adorable, miniature home plant decorations.  They are made of plastic, therefore there is zero maintenance involved.  They are purely decorational, but should add that beautiful, subtle greenery in your home.

DIY Home Plant Decorations by Lesley Kim

Materials

Black Acrylic Paint

Small ceramic pots

Paint brush

Green fake plants

Small pebbles

Elmers Glue

Scraps of paper

Hot glue gun

(most of these items I purchased from Michaels)

Directions:

1.) Paint the small ceramic pots with the black acrylic paint. For my project, I used four small pots I purchased from Michael’s for about a dollar apiece.

2.) When the black paint have dried, place the scraps of paper in the pot to fill up the pot about two thirds full. Use hot glue gun on the edges to secure the paper.

3.) Trim the green plants to the size you want and insert into the pot. Secure  the stem  in to the paper with a hot glue gun.

4.) Cover the top of the paper with small pebbles  until you no longer see the paper. Pour Elmers glue on top of the pebbles to keep them in place. Allow to dry.

5.) When the pebbles are secured in the pot, your new, decorative home plants are ready to be placed around your house.  I placed mine on the fireplace mantle =)

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 What do you think?


12
Feb 15

DIY Family Name Plaque

by Lesley Kim

Hi everyone!!  I have been trying to organize my home and doing a lot of DIYS lately. Unfortunately, I get in the zone during my DIYS and never take pictures while in the process. (The picture below is actually a photo I texted a friend about my DIY project.)  This adorable, DIY family name plaque is made from materials purchased at Michaels.  You will need an unpainted, wooden plaque, some wood letters, acrylic paint, paint brushes, and wood glue or hot glue gun (which I used).

DIY Family Name Plaque

The whole process is pretty self explanatory.  First, paint the wooden plaque with the color of your choice.  In my case, I used black.  Then, paint the letters with your chosen acrylic paint color.  I used vanilla for mine.  Once dry, carefully lay out the letters on the plaque and then one by one, attach the letters to the plaque with glue.  You are finally done with your customized family name plaque, all for about $15 and 30 minutes of your time! What do you think?

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03
Nov 14

Hemp Milk and Oatmeal Face Mask

by Lesley Kim

My skin has been parched and dry lately. In need of a new, moisturizing, and anti aging DIY face mask, I made a simple hemp milk and oatmeal face mask.  I love hemp milk, and if you haven’t tried it, it’s worth a try.  I have found this vegan milk from places like Whole Foods, Ralphs, and other health food stores.  Hemp milk tastes creamy and delicious, though more on the thick side.  It also works well in DIY face masks, as you can see from this post =).

Hemp Milk and Oatmeal Face MaskIngredients:

1 teaspoon raw oatmeal

2 teaspoon hemp milk

1/2 teaspoon of honey

Hemp Milk and Oatmeal Face MaskMix all the ingredients with a hand blender or with a spoon, mashing the oatmeal.

_MG_0715Add a few drops of moisturizing oil.  I like to use evening primrose oil.
With a cotton ball, apply all over the face.  Let dry for about 10 minutes. Then with a wet towelette, wipe off.  Rinse again with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.


04
Oct 14

DIY EO Hand Sanitizer Spray

by Lesley Kim

It is almost cold and flu season, and every purse and car probably has a number of hand sanitizers around.  Of course, the best sanitizers are the alcohol based ones, as these do not have chemicals like tricolasan, which is a big no no.  My favorite hand sanitizers for the moment are the EO hand sanitizers, which come in delicious aromas like sweet orange, or peppermint… yummm!! These bottles can run about $4.00 to $5.00, and since its easy to go through them, I thought why not make these little heavenly bottles of sanitizers?

DIY EO Hand Sanitizer SprayFor this easy DIY EO hand sanitizer spray, you will need isopropyl alcohol (I purchased mine from Target for less than $1.00), bottled water, essential oils (I am using tea tree and lavender oil from Amazon and CVS) and an empty spray bottle.

DIY EO Hand Sanitizer SprayMix 1/3 water, 2/3 alcohol in your container.  Add your essential oils, based on your preference.  For me, I added, about 10 to 13 drops of lavender oil to give my DIY EO hand sanitizer spray that delicious aroma, and about 2-3 drops of tea tree oil.  Tea tree oil has a very strong, distinct smell, so less is always best. ( I added tea tree oil because it has antibacterial property).

DIY EO Hand Sanitizer SprayIf you want, you can also add a drop or two of vitamin e oil or any other moisturizing oil you prefer.  This will add some moisturizing benefits to your otherwise drying DIY EO Hand Sanitizer Spray =)

DIY EO Hand Sanitizer Spray


11
Apr 14

Make Your Own Boho Bracelets

by Lesley Kim

If I never have to sleep, I would devote this extra time to making things.  I just love, love, love to make things.  When it came to making my own jewelry, I never delved into this hobby until I became a stay at home mom.  Bored when the baby was napping, I invested some money and bought a lot of beads and jewelry findings.  I even sold of some of my finished jewelry on Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage. Etsy is actually the reason that I discovered and began blogging.  And now, my blogging has truly evolved into something else.  And Etsy has slowly faded away as a once upon a time.

make your own boho braceletsToday, I wanted to show you a post on how to make your own boho bracelets.  I don’t know if it is just LA, but the boho style seems to be everywhere around me. Layers and layers of light clothing and jewelry is such a norm here. Which is absolutely beautiful!  This make your own boho bracelets tutorial will give you bracelets you can layer with your other pieces.

make your own boho braceletsYou will need gold seed beads, which you can find at Arts and Craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby,  a clear stretchy string, scissors, and super glue.  I prefer to use .7mm for the stretchy string because it is just the right size for the beads.  It is also sturdy and does not break easily.

make your own boho braceletsMeasure the diameter of the bracelets that you want to make.  Then string the beads until you reach this measurement.  Tie the string at least twice, then dab a small amount of super glue on the knot.  Let dry and then cut the strings close to the knot.  Repeat until you have as much bracelets as you want.

Now you know a simple way to make your own boho bracelets! =)


11
Apr 14

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

by Lesley Kim 

I don’t know what it is, but my skin has been going through a dry spell lately. I am always  on the lookout for great facial moisturizer, the kind that leaves my skin soft, supple, and moisturized through out the day.

I like to use an oil blend on my face on the days that I stay home, sans makeup.  But the problem with oil blends  is that the oil usually need to be massaged on the face a good few minutes for the oil to truly soak in.  I wanted a more simple facial moisturizer that would immediately sink right into the skin.  Check out my Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe below.

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

1 teaspoon 100% Aloe Vera Gel
5 drops of 100% Vitamin E Oil
5 Drops of Jojoba Oil
5 drops of Avocado oil

In a small, sterile container, place all the ingredients and slowly stir until well mixed.

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

I like to make small batches to prevent my homemade skincare from spoiling or getting contaminated.  I also like to wipe every tools and containers with cotton balls soaked in alcohol to sterilize. I am a homemade skincare fanatic, but I want to caution those who make their own skincare, which usually does not have preservatives, to always be careful of spoilage and contamination.

I typically will never make anything with water (which can cause mold, yuck!) unless it is for one time use only.  I have seen many skincare recipes which uses water.  I personally would not make such recipes.  Good luck and have fun making your own homemade skincare! =)


06
Apr 14

Make Your Own Tinted Lip Balm

by Lesley Kim

Waxelene is probably one of my favorite products to use. A petroleum jelly alternative, waxelene is made up of organic soy oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil and organic rosemary oil.  I use waxelene for everything, from a lip balm to a foot cream.  I also love to use waxalene for my homemade skincare. In this post, I wanted to show you a super quick way to make your own tinted lip balm using waxelene and your favorite lip color.

make your own tinted lip balmIn a clean, sterile container, melt 1 teaspoon of waxelene and a small amount of your favorite lip color.  Mix well. Transfer to a clean container.

If you don’t have waxelene, you can combine 1/4 teaspoon of melted beeswax with 3/4 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil.  Waxelene is fairly easy to find in places like Target, CVS, or Walgreens, costing about $10 for a 9 oz jar. Online stores like Amazon also carries them. Waxelene is definitely a beauty must have!

make your own tinted lip balmFor my tinted lip balm,  I used a matte lip color from MAC.  MAC is usually my preferred makeup brand because they are not too expensive and are very camera friendly.  Their products are also highly pigmented, making them perfect for mixing with products like waxalene.

make your own tinted lip balmWhat do you think of this super easy way to make your own tinted lip balm?


12
Mar 14

How to Make Food Felts

by Lesley Kim

My little one and I went on a play date and the other mommy had made cookies out of felts.  These adorable DIY toys provided so much fun and entertainment for the kiddos that I was inspired to make my own food felts.

IMG_5156The good thing about felts is that they are easy to work with.  I initially used fabric glue to seal the sides of my food felts, but the fabric glue was not as sturdy as I would like.  I ended up using a hot glue gun.  Though very effective at gluing the felts together, hot glue gun does require care and patience because the glue can become very hot, sometimes leaking through the felts.

blog17To make a watermelon felt, cut the shapes as seen above.  Carefully use an adhesive to glue the shapes together to make the food felt.  I used rice to pad the food felt and give the food felt some weight.

IMG_5154These sushi food felt are my favorite.  My toddler loves pretending to eat these adorable little pieces with a pair of bamboo chopsticks. To make these sushi food felts, cut white felt, about 1 inch by 6 inches.  Cut a black felt, about 1 inch by 3 inches.  Add strips of colored felt at one end of the white felt, and roll the white felt to create the “rice”.  Add some glue to secure the roll.  Add the black felt around the white for the “seaweed.” Secure the felts with glue.

IMG_5161These cookie food felts are probably the easiest ones to make.  Using a round cap, I traced round shapes on a light brown felt.  I glued the sides about 80% of the way to make a pocket, filling this space with rice.  Then I sealed the sides fully.  I added some decorations on top for fun.  (I wanted to add “chocolate chips,” but I did not have dark brown felt.) The beautiful thing  about making food felts is that there are no limits to your imagination.


11
Mar 14

How to Make a Cream Blush

by Lesley Kim

There’s nothing worse than when your favorite cheek blush breaks into little pieces. When this happens, I typically crush the pieces to a powder form and turn this powder into a cream blush.

As I get older, I tend to lean towards cream blush because of its multi-tasking properties.  Cream blush is perfect for dry skin, creating a dewy finish while moisturizing the skin. Today, I want to share an easy way to make your own cream blush from broken powder blush.how to make a cream blushhow to make a cream blushFor this tutorial on how to make a cream blush, you will need:

about 1 tsp of blush, crushed into powder
3/4 tsp of shea butter
1/2 tsp of shredded beeswax (I used  a cheese grater on my 1 lb block of beeswax)
7-10 drops of oil (I used rosehip oil, but you can use coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or any other oil that you prefer)
a clean, sterile container (I used an old MAC blush container)how to make a cream blushDirections:

  • Melt the beeswax in the microwave until it turns into a liquid form.  I did about 10 seconds intervals until it was fully melted.  Be careful as this will be very hot.
  • Melt the shea butter and mix with the beeswax.
  •  Add the oil and stir until everything has mixed together.
  • Add the crushed powder and mix well.
  • Transfer to a clean container.

how to make a cream blushNow you have a personalized cream blush that will not only look dewy, but will also moisturize your skin.  If you like, you can mix different shades to create your own unique color.  Adding different types of oils will also add a variety of antioxidants to your cream blush.

What do you think of this tutorial on how to make a cream blush?


25
Feb 14

Make Your Own EOS Lip Balm

by Lesley Kim

Who hasn’t seen that adorable EOS lip balm commercial and had to have that little round lip candy?  When I tried EOS lip balm for the first time, I loved how well this lip balm moisturized my lips. I also loved that the ingredients of this super cute lip balm are organic. But the best part of the EOS lip balms may be the round, colorful containers they are in. These round containers are just too cute for words!

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Even though the EOS lip balms are in a unique container, the recipe for this delicious lip balm is fairly easy to recreate.  I decided to make my own EOS lip balm at home and wanted to share the recipe. The container of my DIY EOS lip balm may not be as adorable as the EOS lip balm, the finished product however, is just as delectable and moisturizing.

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DIY EOS Lipbalm Recipe

1/2 tsp of organic olive oil
1/2 tsp of organic beeswax
1/3 tsp of organic coconut oil
2 drops of organic jojoba oil
1/4 tsp of organic shea butter
1 drop of Vitamin E oil
1 drop of  essential oil of your choice (I used lavender)

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Directions:
In a double boiler, gently melt all the ingredients, except for the essential oil, in low heat. Be careful, as the mixture can become very hot.  Gently pour in a heat safe container.  Stir in the essential oil once the mixture has cooled a little bit.  Refrigerate for a few hours for the lip balm to fully harden.

What do you think of this tutorial on how to make your own eos lip balm?