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How To Make Bath Bombs For Easter

Let me show you how to make bath bombs to pamper your loved ones this Easter! Fill baskets with egg shaped capsules that will turn their bath into a luxurious soak.

How To Make Bath Bombs For Easter

Spring is the perfect time to pamper someone special with some precious bath bombs. Why not give them (or yourself) a reason

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Sprinkle Easter Eggs

Adorn your Easter eggs with colorful sprinkles this year. This sweet touch of whimsy will take hard boiled eggs to a whole new level of darling!

Sprinkle Easter Eggs

I’m always searching for new and exciting ways to decorate my Easter eggs. This year I decided

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Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

This sequined Easter eggs tutorial will show you how to make exquisite decorative eggs that you can use to adorn your home for years to come.

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

I’ve been making these beautiful sequined eggs with my elementary students at school for years now. Every Spring I pull out the foam shaped eggs, sequins and straight pins and we go to town chatting and sharing stories whilst we create a magnificent specimen out of layered colorful circles held together with pins. I cherish this special time with my students. We sit together working quietly as our imaginations slowly unfold in a relaxed repetition of jewel-like splendor.

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

Some students choose to make their egg into patterns of color, some choose a solid palette, while others cover the surface with a myriad of sizes, shapes and colors of sequins. There is no wrong or right way. Each egg comes to life at the hands of unique individuals who take the time to sit and create them. And each egg is as beautiful as the individual who creates them. And I tell them so.

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

I love watching their faces glow in self discovery and awe of what their each capable of.  Most of the children can’t sit still for more than five minutes, but this project can capture them and entice them into a creative trance. And the end result of their hard work and dedication is truly priceless…

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

just like each one of the beautiful children I am so fortunate to know and teach.

Items you’ll need to make sequined Easter eggs ::

  • Foam shaped eggs found at any craft store
  • Multicolored sequins, I like to get various sizes for layering
  • Flathead push pins

Take time to sit down with those you love and create something together. You’ll be surprised by the beauty that unfolds.

Happy creating,

Wenderly

 

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How To Force Paperwhite Narcissus

You can grow paperwhite Narcissus right inside your home and have beautiful white blooms that will perfume your room and brighten any cold dreary day!

How To Force Paperwhite Narcissus

Flowers brighten any dreary day at my house but during the winter months I find that I need them around more than ever! They’re just so

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DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

Make the cold winter days cozy and quaint with a DIY Sweater Mug Warmer. They’re inexpensive and you’ll never believe how simple they are to put together.

DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

I’ve been an avid coffee lover and drinker since I was a wee little nipper. As a matter of fact, those of you who know me know that “coffee is like air to me.” There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t relish in at least one mug full of the deep, dark, delicious brew and during the cold winter months I find myself wrapping my hands around a mug more often than not. This year after using refurbished sweaters and scarves for setting the scene for a winter party I was inspired to dress up my mugs with these darling sweater mug warmers!

DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

They were unbelievably simple to make! Cut the sleeve of a sweater (across width of the arm) so that it covers the mug but leaves a few inches of the top of the mug exposed. You’ll need lip room for sipping. Next, cut along the edge (height-wise) to make room for the handle. Then cut pieces of a foam double sided tape and place the tape on either side of the handle at the top and bottom of the mug. You may want another piece of or two placed along the top edge of the sweater (depending on how snuggly the wrap fits) so it doesn’t slip. Once tape is affixed, place the already cut sweater wrap around the mug. Make sure to press the sweater against the tape to secure it. I left the cut edges untouched and they haven’t frayed but you can use a non-fraying liquid along the edge if you so choose.

DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

I certainly don’t need any excuse to sip on a mug of my beloved coffee, but I must say that it’s even more fun with a mug dressed up in an adorable sweater warmer! If you’re not a coffee lover, here’s a yummy homemade hot chocolate  recipe for you to enjoy.

Supplies you’ll need to make a DIY sweater mug warmer::

  • ceramic mug
  • sleeves of a sweater (I used sweaters from a thrift store and a children’s size works better)
  • foam doubled sided tape (regular double sided tape would work as well)
  • scissors

Warm wishes!

Wenderly

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Homemade Valentine Gifts :: Flower Pens

Flower pens make beautiful homemade Valentine gifts for loved ones, teachers, friends or coworkers. While they’re easy and fun to make, they’re even more fun to use!

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

You may be thinking, “what a beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting quietly in an antique sugar bowl” as you gaze upon the above photo. But is it, really? Nope! It’s not! It’s a beautiful antique sugar bowl filled with a bouquet of flower pens! If you’re looking for a unique homemade Valentine gift, then you’ve come to the right place! Flower pens are such fun! So easily personalized by the pen you use and what type (or types) of flower you choose.

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

You’ll only need a couple supplies and less than 5 minutes to make this sweet gift.

  • a pen (or pens)
  • artificial flowers
  • floral tape
  • wire cutters

I found these pretty peonies at the dollar store but you can find an even larger selection of artificial flowers as well as the floral tape, at a local craft store.

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

Here’s what you do ::

  • Simply cut a flower with wire cutters leaving about a 4 inch stem
  • hold the stem against the top of the pen, then gently pull the floral tape to release its sticky texture while wrapping it around the stem
  • continue to wrap (while gently pulling the tape) until the entire pen is covered in the floral tape
  • tear off the tape once you get to the tip and press the edge down for a smooth finish

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

Viola! You’ve got yourself a flower pen. Isn’t it sweet?

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

A bouquet of pens arranged in a fetching vessel makes a gorgeous gift for Valentine’s Day or even a birthday or Mother’s Day. Treat someone special to a beautiful homemade flower pen. It’s nearly impossible to use one without a smile on your face.

Other easy homemade Valentine gifts you may like ::

Happy Valentine crafting!

Wenderly

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DIY Bath Bombs

DIY bath bombs will turn your bath into a glorious soak. Enjoy pampering qualities of epsom salts, olive oil, delicious essential oil fragrances and secret surprises inside.

DIY Bath Bombs

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of a busy life calls for a luxurious bath. Slipping into a hot tub of pink water that’s scented like roses, feels like silk ribbons swirling around you and melts into an explosion of sweet little heart sprinkles can make you feel like a queen. (Or a king depending on who you are.) My daughters happen to be huge fans of a store called Lush, and they especially adore their bath bombs. After a recent pricey trip of loading up on their favorite bath time essentials, my eldest daughter decided to experiment with different bath bomb recipes.

DIY Bath Bombs

She’s very sciencey and always smitten with a challenge, so it took her only a few hours of experimentation to come up with a perfect fizzy bath bomb concoction. She’s had numerous friends and family members volunteer as “guinea pigs” lately and we’ve all agreed hands down, that these bath bombs are, well…the bomb. 

DIY Bath Bombs

When making your own DIY bath bombs, the world is your oyster as far as shapes, sizes, colors, fragrances, and surprise additions are concerned. My daughter likes to embellish her bath bombs with a hidden capsule inside that differs in color and always entices the recipient with an additional hidden treasure of sprinkles, glitter or even pop rocks for a special effect. The typical round bath bomb can be molded into a tennis ball that’s been cut in half. However, my daughter decided that she much prefers to make unique shapes out of a plethora of different plastic vessels for an individual touch.

DIY Bath Bombs

Why not surprise someone this Valentine’s Day with a personalized DIY bath bomb? Tied up with a bow in a simple plastic wrap makes an impressive gift that anyone would love to receive.

DIY Bath Bombs

Treat those you love (as well as yourself) with a reason to indulge in a glorious bath any day of the year.

In case you missed it, here’s another suggestion for a relaxing bath ::

Wishing you a splendid Valentine’s Day!

Wenderly

Here’s the bath bomb how to ::

 

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DIY Wine Glass Charms

These easy DIY wine glass charms will add a personalized touch to your party that your guests will admire and appreciate.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

I can’t count how many times I’ve been hosting or attending a party or casual gathering, that somebody didn’t say, “Is this my glass?” It just seems to come with the territory. So when I entertain, I like to embellish my glasses with some sort of charm or clever tag. As of late I’ve been celebrating winter and all of its old school charm with all sorts of ideas and projects for a winter themed dinner party. I made yarn pom poms into a darling garland for my fireplace and I decided that these sweet little snowball-like pom poms would be just precious tied onto my wine glasses.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

I knew that I wanted to keep the pom poms off-white so to distinguish each glass, I tied on an assortment of tiny silver charms (from Jo Ann Fabrics). I selected charms that had something to do with winter and/or my tablescape, like snowflakes, pinecones and ice skates, to keep my theme consistent.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

They were a cinch to put together. I just thread the yarn of the pom pom through the ring of the charm and tied them onto the stems of the glasses.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

No more “Is this my glass?” Not to mention they’re stinkin’ cute, aren’t they?

Here are some of my other ideas for a winter themed party ::

Happy Hostessing!

Wenderly

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DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

DIY wreaths made with scarves are a cozy way to embellish your home during the winter months. They cost next to nothing and take minutes to put together.

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

I’ve been up to some winter fun around here! I decided jazz up my January by setting the scene for a festive warm-up dinner after some outdoor winter fun. During the next few weeks I’l be sharing decorating ideas, DIY projects and delicious recipes, that will melt away the cold and warm up your heart as well as your home. The first easy and festive project is this DIY wreath made out of scarves.

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

I decided to hit the thrift shops and found the most beautiful wool scarves and sweaters for my winter party at only a couple of dollars a piece. I bought a few foam wreath forms from my local craft store and then went to town. All I did was wrap the scarves around the foam, (which actually worked beautifully because the wool stuck to the foam so it didn’t slip).

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

Then used these floral pins (that have pearls on the end), to adhere the scarf to the foam. They were perfect.

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

A couple of the scarves had tassels on each end, but no worries! Just tuck them in before sticking in the pins!

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

Isn’t it just as cute as can be!?

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

Here are a couple of the other scarf wreaths I made for my winter fun party! I just love all the textured lines in this one.

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

And this one is so soft and etherial.

DIY Wreaths Made With Scarves

(You can take a sneak peak in the mirror to get a glimpse of the fireplace and mantle decorations. I’ll be sharing those next.)

DIY Wreaths With A Scarf

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make DIY wreaths made with scarves ::

  • foam ring from your local craft store (choose any size you like)
  • scarf (choose any type or color that tickles your fancy) I found all of mine at a local thrift store.
  • floral pins that have a pearl at the end (I found that these worked the best to affix the scarves because the pearl at the end kept the scarf secure)
  • yarn or ribbon to hang your wreath

DIY wreaths made with scarves. So easy, so darling and cost so little! I can’t wait to show you the rest of my winter party details! Hope you’ll come back for the fun!

Stay warm and cozy!

Wenderly

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Epsom Salt Bath

Slip into an epsom salt bath and enjoy all of the glorious medicinal benefits that magnesium sulfate has to offer.

Epsom Salt Bath

Taking a long luxurious bath has always been a favorite stress reliever of mine. I love the process of gathering up and lighting my favorite candles, selecting which of my beloved magazines to read and listening to the sound of the bathwater as it slowly fills the tub. With that first toe touch of almost-too-hot-water I quickly slip into full submersion, instantly surrounding my tried, heavy body into a beautiful buoyancy. There is just nothing like it in the world. Nothing.

Epsom Salt Bath

But did you know that by pouring two cups of epsom salt into your bath water, you could revitalize achy, sore muscles and help your body detox!

Epsom Salt Bath

These beautiful little magnesium sulfate crystals have healing properties for minor sprains and bruises too. However…I’ve got to say that I’m no doctor, make sure that you always go to the doctor when you’ve hurt yourself and then take a nice bath. I don’t want anyone overlooking a serious injury. With that said, my family and I have enjoyed the benefits of these wonderful epsom salt baths for years!

Epsom Salt Bath

On occasion I like to jazz my epsom salt bath up with a few drops of essential oils. Lavender oil is a favorite for relaxation.

Epsom Salt Bath

Here are a few tips to remember about your epsom salt bath ::

  • make sure that you use 2 cups of epsom salts
  • pour the epsom salts under the warm running water as it is filling the tub
  • make sure that the water is warm not cool. The warmer the better to dissolve the crystals and open your pores to absorb the magnesium sulfate
  • make sure that you soak for at least 20 minutes. You need 20 minutes for the benefits of the epsom salts
  • you can use leftover epsom salt bathwater to fertilize your houseplants and/or outside plants (and even shrubs or your yard!)
  • add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath for added soothing properties (or any other essential oil you like)
  • You can find epsom salts at your local grocery or drugstore usually in the first aid section

Go soak in an epsom salt bath and treat yourself to a glorious half an hour (or more) of uninterrupted relaxing bliss that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Now if you’ll excuse me. I’ve got to go draw a bath.

Wishing you a sublime soak!

Wenderly