17
Feb 14

How to Make a Dangle Turquoise Earrings

by Lesley Kim

I learned to make jewelry when I stopped working to stay home with my new baby.  I am one of those high energy people who need to constantly be doing something, otherwise, I get restless and dissatisfied.  So I took up many hobbies, among them jewelry making. (Yes, I know, like a newborn is not enough to fill up my day =))diy dangle earringsSo today, I wanted to show you a super easy way to make a pair of turquoise, dangle earrings. These diy dangle earrings are pretty easy to make, though you may need practice making a loop on the headpin (the long needle thing you put through the bead).diy dangle earringsYou will need 2 beads of your choice, 2 headpins, 2 french ear hooks, jewelry pliers and  a cutter.  All these items you can purchase from an Arts and Crafts Stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.diy dangle earringsFirst, you will insert each headpins through each bead.  Then with the jewelry pliers, make a loop. (Or you can wire wrap, depending on the length of your pins.)  Trim off the excess wire with the cutter, making sure to cut off as close to the loop as possible.diy dangle earringsWith the pliers, open up a French ear hook and insert the loop on the bead onto each ear hook.  Using the pliers, close up the opened ear hook.  Repeat for the other bead.diy dangle earrings

Now, you have a pair of gorgeous, turquoise diy dangle earrings!!


09
Feb 14

Upcycle Baby Food Jars

by Lesley Kim

Hi everyone!  This is a super simple way to upcycle baby food jars and should take you but a minute.  I am an arts and crafts kind of person, and so I have many beads and small craft items.  What I do lack is storage and organization for my arts and crafts.

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IMG_1718 As a momma of  a little one, I had accumulated baby food jars.  Instead of recycling these cute, little containers, I removed the paper labels by soaking them in hot water.

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I then painted the caps all silver, using a bottle of nail polish.  Now,  I have adorable, little containers for my many beads! 


30
Jan 14

Dry Shampoo Recipe

by Lesley Kim

Dry shampoos have become quite popular recently because of its promise to freshen and revive hair that hasn’t been washed for a few days.  I usually wash my hair every day because I just love showering.  Even so, I still find use for dry shampoos.  I usually prefer to shower early in the morning before going out.  But some days, H will want to grab breakfast and showering is not always time efficient. For days where I can’t shower before hand, I like to use dry shampoo to freshen my hair.

dry shampoo recipe

I have seen this dry shampoo recipe all over the internet.  It is very simple and can be stored for a few months.  The dry shampoo recipe I have seen only used baby powder and cocoa powder.  I added a splash of my favorite perfume for a yummy scent.

dry shampoo recipe

For this dry shampoo recipe, you will mix the baby powder and cocoa powder, about half and half, to use with dark hair.  Most people just use plain baby powder if they have blonde hair.  I keep the mixture in a clean, sterile container.  Using a powder brush, I apply the dry shampoo to the roots of my hair.  Then I brush my hair thoroughly to distribute the dry shampoo.  Sometimes, I curl my hair after or just style and go =)


27
Jan 14

DIY Plant Decorations for the Home

by Lesley Kim

As you know, I am a huge upcycling and DIY fan.  In this post, I wanted to share a very simple and adorable way to upcycle glass bottles to create DIY plant decorations for the home.  These plant decorations are made from plastic plants that you can purchase from arts and crafts stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  These DIY plant decorations for the home are perfect for adding some green and color to your house without the hassle of maintaining a real houseplant.  They are also small enough to be added to an office or a cubicle.DIY plant decorations for the homeI was inspired to create this DIY when we had several Schweppes ginger ale glass bottles that were just too adorable to throw out. The green tint of the glass bottles reminded me of a whimsical forest.  Instead of recycling these small bottles, I decided to upcycle them to create vases for plastic plants that I purchased from Michael’s.  Each plant cost me $2.99 to $3.99, minus the 40% off sale for that day.

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DIY plant decorations for the homeI removed the sticker labels and washed each bottle with soap and water.  I let the bottles air dry for a few hours and then with a hot glue gun, I attached each plant to their bottle.

DIY plant decorations for the homeThe bottles can also be decorated with ribbons, beads or paints.  I kept the bottles free of decorations because I kind of liked the simplicity of the green glass against the green of the plants.  You can also use plastic plants with roses, lavender or orchids.

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What do you think of this DIY?


21
Jan 14

Easy Greek Yogurt and Honey Mask

by Lesley Kim

A facial mask is an effective way at cleansing and reviving the skin.  Facial masks can be expensive and full of chemicals and preservatives.  Many food are actually great as facial masks. One of my favorite masks is just plain greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.  This greek yogurt and honey mask is super easy to make.

 I usually mix 1/2 a cup of greek yogurt with a teaspoon of honey.  I keep this mixture in the refrigerator for about 3 days at most.greek yogurt and honey maskWhy greek yogurt and honey?  Greek yogurt contains lactic acid, which can gently exfoliate the skin, while the milk fat in the yogurt will nourish and moisturize the skin. Greek yogurt is also natural, and if you want, you can use organic greek yogurt. Honey has anti bacterial and anti microbial properties, clearing and preventing breakouts.  Honey is also calming to the skin.  IMG_1699

A greek and yogurt mask is usually great at brightening and clearing my skin.  For added benefits, I sometimes add a drizzle of olive oil or argan oil.  Olive oil and argan oil are great way to add anti aging benefits to this simple greek yogurt and honey mask.greek yogurt and honey maskI like to apply the greek yogurt and honey mask on cleansed skin right before bedtime.  I leave the mask on for about 10 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. I follow with my favorite night cream.IMG_1712


09
Jan 14

Homemade Foot Scrub

by Lesley Kim

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Albert Camushomemade foot scrub

It’s easy to neglect our feet, especially during winter when we don’t see them because we end up wearing boots all season long.  Unfortunately, it is during the winter season when our feet probably need the most tender loving care. One way to keep our feet soft and beautiful is to use a moisturizing foot scrub a couple of times a week.

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In this post, I am going to share a simple, all-natural, homemade foot scrub, using ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen. If you follow my blog, you know that I love all things natural.  There are so many chemicals and preservatives in our every day beauty products.  Using a few products here and there that is natural and preservative free is definitely a breath of fresh air.

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06
Jan 14

Homemade Anti-Aging Serum

by Lesley Kim

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
Maya Angelou
Homemade anti-aging serum

Anti-Aging serum often come in teeny tiny bottles and are very expensive.  I was inspired by an anti-aging serum from Kiehl’s, called Midnight Recovery Serum, in making my very own, homemade anti-aging serum. The Kiehl’s serum consisted of several essential oils, many of which I already have.  I created my own homemade, anti-aging serum recipe, which is very easy to replicate.

Homemade Anti-Aging Serum Recipe

1.) 10 ml of jojoba oil
2.) 10 ml of argan oil
3.) 5 ml of vitamin E oil
4.) 10 ml of evening primrose oil
5.)  5 ml of sweet almond oil

In a sterilized container, mix all the ingredients.  Apply a few drops of this homemade anti-aging serum before your moisturizer for a glowing, youthful skin.

*Please not that if you have allergies or sensitivity to certain products, I do not recommend using this homemade anti-aging serum. Always test a small spot on your skin to check for any reactions before use.  If you are not sure of the ingredients or how it may interact with your body, I recommend not using this homemade anti-aging serum.  Good judgement is always recommended when using anything new or experimental. :)


29
Dec 13

Make Your Own Bangles

by Lesley Kim

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu 
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I like making my own jewelry because it’s fun and you can customize them.  For this DIY bracelets tutorial, I will be showing you simple ways to make 2 different types of bracelets.  I bought all of my materials from Michaels, a craft store here in Los Angeles.  I believe they are a chain store that are in most states.diy braceletsFor this bangle with charm, you will need a bangle with an opening.  The one I used came in a 2 pack, by Bead Landing, for about $5.99.  You can use any charms you want, even beads with a large opening.DIY braceletsDIY braceletsInsert the charm or charms into the bangle.  Close the bangle. And that’s it!!DIY braceletsFor this bejeweled bangle, I found a bangle with flat circles for adding beads or crystals, by Bead Landing, about $3.99.  Make sure you use beads with flat backs.  With super glue or permanent adhesive, glue the beads to the bangles. I used red and turquoise because they are gorgeous colors, especially together.IMG_0906IMG_0930

 Now you have colorful bangles for any occasion.  DIY bracelets are simple and fast to make. Keep these DIY bracelets or give them away =)


21
Dec 13

DIY Storage Container

by Lesley Kim

“If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”
Emile Zola

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I am obsessive with recycling and now that I discovered upcycling, I have been crafting to create new out of old.  I found this amazing burlap with a damask print in downtown LA and just fell in love with it.  Because online shopping boxes come all the time, I decided to wrap one of these boxes with my super cute burlap, creating my own DIY storage container.  You can use the finished DIY storage container to store many items.  Fill them up with toys, towels, or anything you want!

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15
Nov 13

DIY Makeup Brush Holder

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo 
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