🎁 Gift Guide 2017: DIY with Essential Oils!

Well, holiday season is here!  To follow up with my first 2017 Gift Guide, I wanted to provide a DIY version for all my readers who enjoy putting a custom and special touch on their gifts!

Gifts Using Essential Oils!

Essential oils are such powerful gifts.  Imagine giving someone a gift that promotes wellbeing, immunity support, uplifting feelings and a restful night’s sleep? Well you can! Essential oils provide not only a unique gift for your friend + family member, but they can be customized to let that person know you are thinking especially of them!  The only thing you need to keep in mind is the quality of the oil you are giving.  With dōTERRA you don’t have to worry about quality or purity, as each essential oil are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

Essential Oil Gifting Reason 1:  Customization! 

You can give someone a bottle of dōTERRA essential oils and a How-To guide for enjoying it! (I can totally help you create gift flyers like the one below!)  This is perfect because if you know someone is in need of a restful nights sleep, tranquility,  or needs their mood uplifted, you can provide them the power of dōTERRA essential oils!  Just gift the bottle and an info sheet like below!

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Essential Oil Gifting Reason 2: Cost Friendly! 

If you make a scrub like the one below, you can make so many gifts for pennies!  Gifting DIY scrubs, felt car fresheners (literally a piece of felt!) or blends is an awesome way to again show someone you cared enough to make their gift, to think of them and their needs, and share essential oils with them!

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Essential Oil Gifting Reason 3: Thoughtful All-in-One Gifts

You can also give the gift of wellness to someone by starting them with a kit or several essential oils along with a (free!) consultation from me so they can feel ready to use and enjoy their oils!  I am a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and I LOVE educating people on how they can use oils in their whole lives to see a radical change!

The Emotional Aromatherapy Diffused kit below is an amazingly powerful starter kit and will be a well loved gift!

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The Emotional Aromatherapy Diffused Enrollment Kit (above) includes the perfect combination of materials to experience the uplifting and emotion boosting benefits of the aromatherapy system.

This Kit includes – a FREE dōTERRA wholesale membership ($35 value)

FREE private hour essential oil consultation with yours truly!

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doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ System: (5 mL Bottles)

The doTERRA Essentials Booklet

You see? Gifting with essential oils can be super personal, fun, and heartfelt!  If you’d like to find out more about essential oils please contact me! I do weekly education classes as well as custom 1:1s!

xxx

GFK

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Snake Dress

Another selfish sew! Look at that face! That’s someone who was super excited about some more new clothes.

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I found this snake fabric on Etsy a month ago and loved it. Only in hindsight I’m sure it’s kids fabric but still I love the colors and and how the design was.  I love the weight of the jersey fabric too – generally jersey is pretty see-thru but this was so thick and not see-thru. Since it was sturdy material I didn’t even use my serger as there was no tension issue.

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This was less than an hour project as I almost got thru 1 hour of the Roosevelt’s Doc from PBS. I love that documentary – I’ve seen it probably 4 times all together. I think I love it because it so radically changed my perspective on so much about that family. I especially love watching it now since our political climate has changed so severely.

I used this Pattern from McCall’s:

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Specs on Time/Cost

  • Total Time: < 1 hour
  • Total Cost:  $1.99 Pattern + $24 for 2 yards of jersey fabric on Etsy

Supplies List

Random Comments about pattern:

  • Have you ever bought the wrong sized pattern? I did here lol whoops! But i just shorted the smallest size by 2inches and aimed for 10-12. I didn’t want this one to be skin tight since I wanted to wear it to work, so I think it worked out perfectly.
  • Pattern was super easy.
  • I’ll be making the V-neck and the long sleeves for sure.
  • I only used 1 3/4 yards of fabric.

 

Bathroom Before & After

So this is A LONG TIME COMING I’m pretty sure I’ve been promising the before and after here for months…. well it’s FINALLY HERE!

Boy oh Boy was this bathroom a project. When I first started this ‘mini-refresh’ I thought it would be new paint and a shower curtain………

Here’s what I really ended up doing:

  1. Removed shower stall
  2. Re-did all caulking
  3. Restored Window
  4. Restored Medicine Cabinet
  5. Painted walls
  6. Painted vanity
  7. painted heating vent
  8. Replaced toilet
  9. Deep Cleaned
  10. Changed cabinet hardware
  11. Replaced broken soap dish tile
  12. Repaired vanity drawers
  13. Lined vanity drawers

It took ~30 full hours to restore all these items over the course of 4 weeks.  I had to sand and strip almost every surface to remove rust, paint, caulking, and calcium build up from the untreated well. Well enough chit chat – PICTURES!

BEFORE:

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just grimy – shower stall covered in calcium – toilet filled with rust and calcium

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mmm moldy calcuim

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rusted out window in the shower

Please feel free to go shower now after you’ve looked at all of those grimy/nasty pictures.

and now…. drum roll please!

AFTER

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I made the shower curtain from IKEA fabric.

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I chose a light mint green and I love it. 
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this cabinet is one of my favorite things. 
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I worked so hard on this damn rusted window – just need to fix the cracked sill. 

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a productive weekend here at the Farm House. Last Thursday, I had sinus surgery and well… it knocked me on my ass. Between the anesthesia and the trauma – I was not myself for a better part of a week.  In fact, I think I slept all last weekend 😉

However, this weekend – I got shit done. Here’s some photos of some things that happened.

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the $7 table i got at habitat – painted coral and added some fun fabric i’ve had in my stash for a few years under the glass.
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the garden was planted! read more about it here!
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the soffits and the gutters are done!
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peaches sunbathes
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last weekend with my ‘nurse’ and bandage – NOT productive lol

 

 

Redoing the Hardwoods Part 2

It has been a LONG week since I first updated about our hardwood redo.  After spending 30 combined hours sanding, I came by the house on Tuesday and realized in the daylight – we had missed some spots under the dust/dark lighting. I wasn’t super bummed, but it was just hard to think through what the next steps would be.  Would we redo the whole floor with the drum sander? That would be okay, but it would mean re-renting all the tools again – $$$$$$.  After asking a flooring friend, we decided the edger was the way to go.

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You can see the varnish still on the corners/sides of the boards. BLAST.

I spent 6ish hours on Thursday edging out any left over varnish that was on the floors.  It was primarily in corners of boards since the boards had been worn to different heights over the 61 years they had been in that house. The edger is a b*tch of a tool to use also because you have to bend over and move your arms back and forth – basically imagine the most awkward position ever and add a high power sanding tool.

The next step was the screen buff. Now I’ll admit, anytime I’ve seen someone running a buffer it looked pretty damn easy. Like just lightly moving it back and forth – no effort. Well, actually using a floor buffer for the first time is pretty much like having a heavy tool jump out of your hands and twirl around like some sort of giant angry cat that is trying to escape your cuddle….. Thankfully, my dad came by just to see if there was anything he could help with – he had to not only run the buff for more than 70% of the time, but he taught me how to run the buffer with control.

I seriously can’t believe how hard it was to control a buffer. Totally surprised.

Anyways after the screen buff (which took much longer than also thought due to the wood filler that I was too liberal with) I had to clean and mop the floors.  Again, Lois swooped in and helped so much to get the final push done.  We had to dust the walls, the door knobs, everything had dust on it. Then we mopped with special ‘pre-oil’ wood cleaner.  It was a long day at the house, but it set me up for success in the next step.

Finally, I get to put oil on my damn floors. I used a paint roller to apply the oil, which had to sit and absorb into the floors for 15-30 minutes. Then I used my good old friend the buffer to first buff the oil into the floors with a red pad.  The final step was using terry cloths on the bottom of the buffer to clean any left over oil.  The results were AMAZING.

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Contrast of bare wood vs. oiled wood.

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I had one of those moments when I was done and could see the oil where I felt like crying, because I was so fucking happy I did this even though for the entire past week I have felt 100% insane. I still have three bedrooms to do, and then apply some white paste as the final ‘coat’ of oil.  It will probably result in a little more ‘milky’ and I’m really excited to see how it comes out in the end.

 

Baby Quilt Fabric

Since I’m officially losing my mind at the Farm House, I decided to take some time to talk about another hobby I have in the mix.  Baby Quilt or as it shall be used in my home CAT QUILT! I signed up for a class at the end of May with Lois and I am just counting down the days.

I have never taken a class at Fancy Tiger – but they do have a … well, fancy, set up. Here is the class info.

I have been hoarding quilting fabric for years, so I figured starting off simple would give me the motivation and interest to dive into real fabric piecing and traditional quilting.

Here is the fabric I got for my little baby blanket! EEEE PUGS!  Fabricworm is a super cute site with TONS of quilting fabric.  This fabric is high quality and I can’t wait to get started.

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In the past I have also joined a ‘fabric of the month’ club with Pink Castle Fabrics. I really love their ‘Kawaii’ or Japanese fabric.  They have a lot of different ‘fabric of the month clubs’ and they are really well priced.

Here is some past fabric I have received from Pink Castle:

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Anyways!  I can’t wait to get my craft room all set up and start sewing more than just curtains 😉

This is my current state of mind at the house:

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