Looking for a fabulous-yet-frugal gift for the moms in your world? Something easily thrown together in minutes with things you probably have around the house? Well, then let me suggest these DIY reed scent diffusers — they are way cooler than the ones you see for $15 each. I’d been thinking I should make my own ever since I saw the first crazy-expensive air fresheners in a specialty shop years ago. They just looked TOO SIMPLE. So this year, when wracking my brain for mom’s day gifts, I remembered my stash of used SanBitter bottles, and decided to give it a shot.
I did a bit of Googling to see how it was done, and I found this post from Young House Love in 2009, but I was disappointed to see that they had just used Mrs. Meyer’s Household Cleaner as their scent (nothing against Mrs Meyer’s — I SWEAR by the lavender products). I wanted to custom-blend my own scents. Thankfully I found this helpful post at TipNut to help me make my own uniquely scented gifts. I used a mix of grapeseed and sweet almond oils as my “carrier oil”, added a splash of vodka to help it diffuse, and my favorite essential oils, gave it a shake — and BOOM. That’s it.
What you will need:
small bottles or narrow necked vases
grapeseed or sweet almond oil
Trim the pointed ends off the skewers with wire cutters or sturdy kitchen shears. To mix the scented oil, measure out 1/4 c grapeseed/almond oil, add a splash of Vodka and 12-20 drops of essential oil. Shake. Pour in your vessel (no more than 3/4 full), add the skewers, and flip them a few times to start the diffusion more quickly. Favorite scent combinations are grapefruit & sandalwood, lavender & clary sage, and black pepper & palmarosa. Have you ever made them? Share your results in the comments! — Megan B.
Earlier this year I painted my boring white bathroom an awesome turquoise color and was really pleased with the results. But something was missing â€¦ I felt like it needed just a little more design oomph to make it perfect. After some web surfing and brainstorming, I came up with this Orla Kiely-inspired stencil pattern, and applied it on the walls using a slightly glossy version of the same paint color. I loved the results! The stem pattern added just a bit of extra visual interest to the room that I felt it was missing. Thanks to Ms. Kiely’s Scandinavian design, I now love my bathroom just a little more. What do you think? â€“ Rebecca F.
Photo: Rebecca Firlik
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What is Re-Energized by Design, you ask? Well, it is an awesome web series that Shelterrific is excited to be participating in — produced by Puget Sound Energy, it’s all about incorporating energy efficiency into home design. The challenge is this: six teams of homeowners are paired with design coaches and together they compete to re-design 5 rooms with a focus on saving energy with a small budget. Cameras are documenting each leg of the challenge, and with every room one team gets the boot! The prizes are great: a home full of new LED and CFL lightbulbs from GE, a full suite of kitchen and laundry appliances from Frigidaire, and $5000.
I was fortunate to be paired with the Bedford family, who are just delightful. Kristen and her husband Slade have a great contemporary house, fun design aesthetic, and are really willing to completely put themselves into every challenge. This experience for me has literally been re-energizing to me as well, ending a year-long creative rut and getting me back into blogging and crafting and having fun again. I can’t wait to share what we’ve created together.
But as of today, I won’t have to wait much longer, as the first webisode is available at 6am PST at the Re-Energized By Design site — this week’s is an introduction to all the contestants. And stay tuned each week as we reveal another webisode. Also be sure to go to the Re-Energized page on Facebook, where you can enter to win a new Frigidaire appliance like those featured in the challenge!
I donâ€™t know a single person who doesn’t have a love affair (of some sort) with Ikea. Be it their inexpensive furniture, colorful home decorating accessories, or myriad of household items we didn’t know we needed, there’s something for everyone. My most recent obsession is with Ikea’s fabrics. The cheery colors and funky Scandinavian patterns helped me fight the blues through Chicago’s dreary winter — I picked up red-patterned Fredrika fabric (for less than $6 a yard!) and two pillow inserts and made these pillows in a single afternoon. Donâ€™t they make you feel happier just looking at them? What’s your Ikea obsession? â€“ Rebecca F.
photo: Rebecca Firlik
Around here, we have a thing for holiday decorating. Last week we scouted the latest in Easter dÃ©cor at some of our favorite stores, but if youâ€™re looking for a crafty, quick and virtually free project for this week, look no further than this adorable paint chip Easter garland tutorial from Modern Parents Messy Kids. I love the simplistic pop of color this could add to a room, but unless I hit the paint store for some new chips, weâ€™re looking at a greige garland strung together with dental floss. Neutrals. So hot right now.
Also, lest we forget, Easter marks the beginning of a very fleeting Peep season, so ready those pots everyone: Itâ€™s time for Peeps treats! â€“Sarah C.
Photos courtesy of Modern Parents Messy Kids
I have a huge glass coffee that I absolutely love. Itâ€™s perfect for a messy craft project, spreading out work papers, or having a casual dinner while watching a movie. But, after a while, I got tired of having to constantly clean it b/c my coasters weren’t measuring up. While cute, they didnâ€™t absorb any moisture and left me with watery rings to constantly wipe away. But — ta-da — enter a crafty solution! I went to my local Flor store and picked up three 6×6″ carpet samples (for $5), cut each sample into quarters with a sharp utility knife, and voila â€“ cute coasters that actually do their job! Flor has a huge selection of colors and textures that would fit almost any decorating style, and because they’re so inexpensive, than can be switched up when room styles change. So, what do you think of my new coasters? — Rebecca F.
Photo credit: Rebecca Firlik