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Holiday Project Roundup / Homemade Sugar Scrubs

For some reason, oranges remind me of Christmas. Perhaps it’s that those boxes of oranges come out around this time here in Toronto and I proceed to binge on them. Or maybe it is the sweet aroma that lingers from this recipe. It’s a refreshing scent too, so I decided to make some of my own sugar scrub after seeing some recipes online over the last few months. All I used was:

  • sugar,
  • coconut oil,
  • orange essential oil,
  • olive oil and
  • shaved some orange peel into the mix to give it a little extra zest. 

My recipe was a variation on others, I didn’t really follow measurements – instead going with a consistency that works. Coconut oil is ah-ma-zing but expensive, so I added olive oil to offset it a little. But too much olive oil and you’re going to smell like a salad. Not the aroma you’re really going for in this project. 

As much as I am for the Holiday Gift Guides, I like to offset buying with making. Some years I don’t have the time, or, start too late, but this year I’ve been trying to set aside some time to find some EASY DIY Projects.  There is something so, well, “Christmas” about baking and making for those you love.  The aroma is amazing and I like my mixture not being too runny, but it’s a matter of personal preference I think.  The ingredients are all easily found in your neighbourhood, so no running around to little hidden stores across the city. Even Amazon carries most of the items you need! Enjoy!

References you may like:
Orange Mint Sugar Scrub 
DIY Orange Sugar Scrub

This post was originally posted on December 5, 2014. While I’m at the One Of A Kind Show, I’ve put together some of my favourite holiday projects and reposted them for you to enjoy and hopefully inspire! xo Lindsay

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Holiday Project Roundup / DIY Snow Covered Pinecones

When I walk Oscar to school in the morning I always find myself picking up one of two pine-cones in the schoolyard that have fallen from the pine trees. I knew I’d try a craft with them, initially thinking I’d paint them, but I decided to try something different using white puffy paint. 

I wanted to make the pinecones look like they had snow on them, so I added a dab of white puff paint to each leaf of the pinecone, as if the pinecone had been sitting out in the garden, after a snowfall – I consider where would the snow have fallen on it – so that’s where I squeeze some paint. 

Let the puff paint try, and then arrange on the mantle or as a part of another scene and you have a pretty ridiculouly cute decor. 

Ps., You can find pinecones in most garden centres this time of year too for not that much $

I picked up my puffy paint at Michael’s, but it’s a common stock item at all craft stores!
Example: Walmart,  Amazon (You can use fabric puff paint – it totally doesn’t matter!)

This was originally posted on December 2nd, 2014. As I’m at the One of A Kind Show, I’m reposting all of my favourite holiday projects and baking recipes! 

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Holiday Project Roundup / Felt Leaf Garland

Last Christmas I started a project that I vowed to finish this year – a felt garland to hang in our home for Christmas. I was inspired by Dickens “A Christmas Carol” – Growing up, we’d watch the movie before Christmas and what always stood out for me (what symbolized Christmas) was the beautiful scenes in Nephew Fred’s home during the holidays. I have images of green garlands hanging throughout his home – colour, sparking silver, family, carols. It was warm and inviting. (You may have also noticed I’ve been pinning a lot of Christmas Garlands over on Pinterest)

I decided to make my own – a garland I could pull out year after year. I couldn’t find any similar projects or tutorials online so my “how to” tutorial here is really a lot of “I tried this, and I tried that” and there is no formula for the perfect garland. But that’s ok, as I think the less you follow instructions on this one, the better it will turn out.

The summary is, this project is super easy. But it may intimidate some as there are no templates, or no real “how to’s” It’s a mix of winging it, trying things out, fiddling with the placement of leaves and just having a good time making it. I have to stress that this project is for a beginner – I started this project without owning a sewing machine and then completed it with a sewing machine that I *just* got. So no fancy stitches or tricks. (Note: With a sewing machine is way faster)

What you basically do is layer on the leaves, one over the other, on a strand of felt that you’ve cut to the length you want. Layering, layering and more layering of leaves all in the same direction – eventually you’ll end up with a fluffy strand of felt leaves that you can hang in your home.

To Sew by Hand, or, By Machine
Do you need a sewing machine? No. But it will make it go faster. You see, when I started the project I didn’t have a sewing machine so I sat on the couch at night stitching leaves together in front of the TV. It took awhile but was actually quite relaxing. However… I wanted a lot of garland and it was taking a long time so I decided to wait to complete the project until I owned a sewing machine. (Which my Mom gave me this Summer (thanks Mom!))

Leaf SizeThe bigger the better but get some smaller ones in there to fill bald patches and also for variation. I didn’t use a template – really, the more “imperfect” the leaf the better in my mind.

The Strand / Backing
Cut a long piece of green felt – the same colour as the leaves so that it hides behind the leaves. To make it easier to hang, cut two “button holes” in the end, to make it easier to hang the strand from hooks (I use 3M hooks)

Attaching the Leaves to the Strand
This was where I had trouble figuring out what was the best way to do it – every strand I did, I did it a different way. It’s likely easiest to work from the bottom and layer your leaves as you go up. Between sewing leaves on, fluff it out and see how it is looking.

I completed three strands and hung them in my dining room (above). In the end I raised the garland some more after realizing it was hanging a bit too low… 

This was originally posted December 3, 2013 / As I’m at the One Of A Kind Show, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite holiday decor projects and will be re-posting them for you to enjoy. Instead of making you click all over the place, I am putting the projects in their entirety here. Enjoy! xoxo