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DIY:Something Old Into Something New

16 Jun

It’s the new season and your home looks like it needs some freshening up style wise. Unfortunately for you, you are on a serious budget. What do you do? Why you breathe new life into some old items in your home. Before you know it your house has been transformed into a new and improved paradise. But best of all you save some green. So what are you waiting for? Get to DIY-ing!

Project 1: Sea Shell Box


  • Wooden box
  • Plastic Gloves (Optional)
  • Paint brushes of assorted sizes
  • Non Toxic Craft paint ( In my case by PLAID in Laguna and White for mixing)
  • Sheet of copper foil
  • Sea Shells, Beads, Fresh Water Pearls, etc.
  • Glue gun
  • Mod Podge
  1. Make sure your box is clean before you begin to paint then begin to mix your colors until you reach your desired shade.
  2. Begin to paint your box one side at a time. The great thing about this paint is that it dries quickly so even though you will need a few coats to reach the right opacity it will not take you all day.  Let your box fully dry before you begin the next step.
  3. Take your copper foil and cut it to your desired size.  Add a layer of Mod Podge to the foil and box. Firmly press the foil in place and let it dry. Then use the glue gun on the corners of the copper foil to keep it in place.
  4. Now it’s time to select your sea shells. Be careful not to stab your foil because it dents easily and will not iron out. Then add some glue to the bottoms of your selected shells and glue in place. I chose a large shell for the center so it can be a knob, which makes it stylish and functional.

I hope this inspired you to do some DIY projects on some old items in your home. Who needs to buy something new when you can spruce up an old friend? So take some time to get creative. Happy DIY-ing!!!





28 Jan

       I hate winter! Being born in July I love summer and all it has to offer. Summer has the best weather, my birthday ;), and when I was in school summer vacation. What could be better? But I digress; this is about winter and the havoc it causes. While there are many bones I have to pick with winter the worst one is the fact that my skin takes a beating.

       The dryness coupled with the cold is torture, and the creams that are offered at the store are just not cutting it. I have tried lotions, balms, creams, medicated cream I stole from my sister 😉 and still no positive results. I finally remembered that I had a sample of 100% Organic Shea Butter from L’Occitane somewhere in my room. After tearing the place up for 30 minutes I finally found it. This had to help, I prayed it would help. It was thick and cold so I took a small amount and rubbed it between my two fingers to warm it up. Then I spread it all over the back of my alligator skin hand. It was heaven, I felt it soak in and I could actually clench my hand without my skin splitting. (Yes it gets that bad)

       Needless to say I loved it. So I race to my computer to buy the full size of this product. I found it at Sephora and to my horror it is so expensive. For the full 4.9oz it will set me back $39. I was devastated. Looking down at my poor hands I knew I couldn’t give up so I went searching once again and I found two possible places to help me. They are From Nature with Love and the Organic Shea Butter Company.

       From Nature with Love is an excellent and well stocked site. They have everything from oils, butters, exfoliants, clays and muds, and a blog equipped with great recipes. For someone who is into making beauty products at home this site is excellent. They also offer equipment and packaging for your entire beauty product making needs. Not only that they have an organic Shea butter for only $28.80 for 16oz. Yaaay!! Next up is the Organic Shea Butter Company. They offer plain Shea butter and three other Shea butters with the added oils of grape fruit, lavender, and mint. I will stick with the plain butter at only $22.99 per 18oz on sale and $26.98 regular price. I will be on the lookout for more great places, so I will keep you posted. I hope you find this helpful, follow the links below to your perfect moisturizer. —-CMY


100% Organic Shea Butter from L’Occitane $$$


From Nature with Love $$


The Organic Shea Butter Company $

(Other than being able to purchase their butter online you can also find them at Walgreens in the Houston, TX area)


L'Occitane 100% Organic Shea Butter (Photo property of Salt Pepper Brilliant CMY)