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


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)


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?

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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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.

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

May 14

DIY Open Back T-Shirt

by Lesley Kim

Instead of buying new t shirts for the summer, I have been refashioning some of my older clothes into something new by cutting, twisting, and sometimes sewing.   Today, I want to share an easy DIY Open Back T-Shirt for old shirts.  It’s super easy and require NO sewing.  I recommend practicing on a shirt you do not mind messing up first.

DIY Open Back T-Shirt


1.) Cut slits on the back of the shirt, about one inch wide until you reach the bottom.  I made my slits get slightly smaller as I reached the hem, but this is up to you.  You can keep the slits all the same sizes, or you can make them get smaller.

DIY Open Back T-Shirt2.)  Take the 2nd strip, and place it under the 1st strip, then pull it on top.  You will repeat this over and over until you reach the bottom.  You should get a really cool design like I have made on the first picture.

DIY Open Back T-Shirt3.) When you get to the very bottom, cut the last strip in the middle, and then tie a knot on each side of the 2nd to the last strip.  I double knotted the ties to prevent it from loosening up in the wash.

This DIY Open Back T-Shirt looks even better when you have it on.  If you don’t feel comfortable showing your back, you can always wear a colored tank. I also to prefer to use bigger shirts for this DIY for a casual look.

What do you think of this easy DIY Open Back T-Shirt?


May 14

Upcycle a Starbucks Bottle into a Soap Dispenser

by Lesley Kim

I really love the idea of upcycling because I can’t bear the thought of creating so much trash.  I am not exactly living an ideal waste free life though.  I probably have as big a carbon footprint as most people.  I consume and waste much more than I should.  But when I can, I try to reduce my waste and consumption.

One way to do reduce waste and consumption is to of course, upcycle. This post is about how to upcycle a Starbucks bottle into a soap dispenser.  This DIY project is super easy and quick.

upcycle a Starbucks bottleFirst, thoroughly clean and dry your empty Starbucks bottle.  I painted the lid with a silver nailpolish just to give it a different color.

Carefully cut a hole on the lid of the Starbucks bottle.  You can use metal cutters.  I just carefully hammered a nail to create a bunch of holes near each other and then I connected the smaller holes to make a bigger hole with a jewelry cutter.

Place the liquid soap in your clean Starbucks bottle.  Carefully stick the soap pump through the Starbucks lid.  Screw the cap on securely.  Now your DIY upcycle a Starbucks bottle into a soap dispenser is complete!

If you want, you can use modge podge to decorate your bottle.  Make sure you also spray with a waterproof sealant over the modge podge to prevent any water from ruining your design.

What do you think of this way to upcycle a Starbucks bottle?


Apr 14

DIY- Make a Ring Organizer from a Tissue Box

by Lesley Kim

My jewelry has been in chaos lately, piled up in boxes or thrown carelessly around in the dressing table. In an effort to create some order and organization in my jewelry collection, I decided to make a ring organizer from a tissue box. As you know, I love upcycling. Why trash something when you can make something new out of it. Upcycling is great for the environment, reducing trash and reducing consumption.

make a ring organizer

To make a ring organizer, you will need an empty, rectangular tissue box, felts or fabrics, a hot glue gun, and some decorations.

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1. Enlarge the tissue box opening by cutting the sides off. I like to just make slits on the corners and then taping the extra paper to the sides to make the box more sturdy.  The box should just be a rectangular prism, with one face missing.

2. With your fabric or felts, wrap the tissue box, securing the fabric or felts to the box with an adhesive or a hot glue gun.

3. Make long rolls of fabric or felts to insert inside the tissue box. In my ring box, I actually used bubble wrapper to make the rolls, then wrapped them in felts. You can use strips of foam, wrapped in your fabric. Glue the end of the fabric of each roll so that each roll will not unravel.

4. Glue the rolls inside the box, making sure to glue the side of the roll to the bottom of the box. The rolls should also be pressing tightly against each other.  (These rolls will hold your rings).

5. Decorate your ring organizer. I used a sparkly band that was complimentary to the black felt I used. You can use ribbons, beads, or any thing you like.

make a ring organizer IMG_7733This make a ring organizer DIY is a wonderful way to reuse tissue boxes =)



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! =)

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! =)

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?