DIY Pink Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Happy early Valentine’s day everyone!  I recently made this sugar scrub and I love it.  It’s very inexpensive and can make a great gift.


Sugar (any kind – I used granulated sugar.)
Oil (any kind – I used coconut oil)
Extract or essential oil (I used vanilla extract)
Coloring if desired (I used one drop of pink food coloring)


Put some sugar into a small bowl (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup).  Slowly add oil and mix.  If your oil is a solid, melt it in the microwave or stove before adding it into the sugar.  Keep adding oil until the mixture is a liquid but still has granules.  If your sugar dissolves, add more.  The granules are what make it a scrub.

Once you have the right consistency, add your desired scents and coloring.

Next time I make this I’m going to use an oil that is always a liquid because my scrub hardens after each use and I need to melt it a bit before using it each time.  If I had an oil that did not turn to solid when cool, I wouldn’t need to melt the oil each time.


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DIY Upcycled Garage Shelving


After two years of saying I was going to put up some shelves, I’ve finally done it and am so happy with the results!  These shelves were in my master closet when I moved.  After trying a few things,  I couldn’t find any functional use for them so I removed them.  You can see the wall the shelves came from in my post about patching the holes the shelves left behind.

Since then, I’ve put a shoe rack in place of the shelves and I hung my  necklaces about eye level above the shoe rack.

Before putting up the shelves, I bought a few extra mounting brackets and screws to replace ones that were damaged during removal.  Other than the couple of dollars spent to get the extra parts, the shelves are 100% up-cycled.

I chose to mount the shelves right by my door to the house for convenience.  I also bought bins from the dollar store to hold my painting supplies, gardening tools, and other yard and outdoor supplies.  The four shelves  fill up the wall perfectly and I even have enough room to fit my lawn mower underneath.

What are some things you’ve up-cycled?

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Home Made Decorative Wreaths

Every once in a while I get the creative bug and want to do some arts and crafts.  This time, I was going to make some wreaths.  One for Christmas, and one for every day to match my house colors.  So, I took myself to the Hobby store then to Walmart since they of course are a million times cheaper for most items.  I gathered enough to do two types of wreaths but quickly learned that I do not have the same patience as I did when I was younger.

Here’s the style of wreath  on making for the teal wreath.  This is a wreath I made back in I believe middle school.  I also believe it’s the best one I’ve made yet.  Something about the young creative mind.


Once I decided not to use the above method for the teal wreath, I had to find another way.  So, I grabbed the wired wreath and had to think a bit.  I ended up cutting the teal fabric into about 8″ x 1″ strips then tying them in double knots around the wire alternating sides.  I ended up with ends of these strips sticking out everywhere so I decided to pin them to the back of the wreath.

Here’s how the wreath turned out.  I added the ribbon and flower as an extra touch.  I’m quite happy with how the wreath turned out but of course ended up returning the extra supplies since I didn’t make as many wreathes as I had planned on making.


 Home Made Decorative Wreaths


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