Sunday, December 20

Cristmas Treats with Essential Oils

Hello crafty reader!  It was in 2016 when I discovered essential oils.  This is not the type you see in your brick and mortar stores.  I'm talking about 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.  I have been researching on the best way to minimize, if not eliminate the intake of harmful chemicals into our body, and I found that essential oils would be the best to try.  It has been 4 years since I incorporated them into our family life, and I haven't looked back.

This Christmas, I made some DIYs to give to some friends and co-workers.  For these projects, Christmas-themed washi papers did the trick.

The first project is a cute mask-freshener spray bottle.  It has Thieves, lavender and peppermint essential oils.  I have one in my purse all the time, and spray my handmade mask prior to use.  The scent perks me up and gets me ready to start the work day.

These inhalers hopefully can give comfort during times of headache or migraine.

And finally, I made lip balms with natural ingredients:  beeswax, coconut oil, lavender and peppermint essential oils.

I hope the recipients like them, as I enjoyed making them.  I sure love my essential oils, and how I can incorporate them with my crafting.

If you are curious about essential oils, I only use Young Living (Member Number:  10811270).  Do your research.  I did mine.

Hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.... Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 6

All Natural Christmas Wreath

I typically buy wreaths from school fundraisers, then spice them up with pine cones from our backyard, accents and embellishments.  Here are some of them:
This year, I didn't have access to any school organizations selling wreaths due to current restrictions.  So I just bought a couple of base wreaths made with twigs at Hobby Lobby.  As usual, I have a generous amount of pine cones from our back yard to use.

I had my niece paint the pine cones with Glistening Snow-Tex Glittering Snow by DecoArt,, which she enjoyed a lot!

Once dry, we have pine cones to adorn the wreaths.  For other accents, I used bling and whatever Christmas decoration I can snag from storage.  First, I adhered the bows, followed by the pine cones.  My niece adhered the bling.  

I really like this oval wreath - something different.

The bow here is from a broken Christmas candy cane I bought form a Christmas craft show sometime ago.  Who would know, right? 

My niece insisted to add this Santa ornament on the wreath.  I was hesitant at first, but then I thought this is her project too, and her input is also important.  Now looking at it, she was right.

The bow on this wreath was handmade by a long time crafty friend, attached to a present she sent me many years ago.  It's so pretty I couldn't get rid of it.  It's been hanging on our Christmas tree every year since then, but this year, it's the main attraction of this wreath.

I really love how the pine cones look like on the wreaths.  My niece did a mighty fine job!

The pandemic didn't stop us from creating a festive atmosphere here at home.  We may be limited to what we can do outside, but there sure are no limits behind our doors.  I hope it's the same for all of you.

Stay safe, everyone... 'til next blog!