My favorite season is slowly but steadily coming closer and today I want to share a quick and easy tutorial with you. It’s a Scented Wall Hanging made of orange peel. Because now is the time to eat lots of vitamins and so we’ve got peels to recycle. And it is a good way to slowly start decoration for Advent without overdoing it.
All you need for this craft idea is some oranges or mandarines, a cookie cutter of your preference and some yarn.
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Remember, I tried to grow an avocado tree. Didn’t work out too good. I gave it another try a couple of month ago but again I failed even though Miri had a good post up. So I decided the third time I try something different: homemade avocado sugar scrub.
I do eat quite a few avocados so I also end up with many pits. You often read about avocado in cosmetics and how many good effects that has. So I did a little research.
Avocados are rich in vitamins that are beneficiary to hair and skin and that prevents ageing. Mainly the avocado oil – obviously it is not easy gained at home. Still it can’t hurt using the grated pit and use as exfoliant.
Specially after I read that you need 70 litres of water to grow one avocado – in certain areas up to 300 litres. That actually shocked me. And then you still need to fly it half across the earth to deliver it to my doorstep. So I better use every little bit of the avocado. (Edit: I researched bit more and realized an apple needs just as much water while a tomato needs 5litres. Who would have thought…)
What you need for the scrub:
- 1 avocado pit
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs jojobaoil
- 3 tbs almond oil
- Wash pit and let dry until the brown skin peels off. Grate it in a coffee or apple grinder. The avocado will react with oxygen once grated and turn orange. Let dry complete after being done to avoid mold.
- Mix oils.
- In separate bowl mix sugar and avocado gratings.
- Mix together and put into jar.
- Enjoy scrub.
I am not sure how long it would last. But I would assume as long as the oil is all fine and the avocado pit was all dry and didn’t get moldy nothing can happen. Did you ever do homemade cosmetics? Share your experience in the comments, will ya?
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Another one in the books!
If you followed along on Instagram in the last months you couldn’t miss my crafty endeavor. I challenged myself to learn more about watercoloring and aquarell painting and so I joined the annual fun of #the100dayproject where artist meet and challenge themselves to try new things, dabble with new techniques and just play around.
You may also know that this was my third year in joining (read about #100daysofcraftaliciouspatterns here). And it was the easiest year yet.
Let’s see if I can come up with a little fun list of noteworthy things and stuff I learned along the way:
- You don’t need much to join and get started in this project. Overall I spent approximately 30€ in paint and pens. It could have been even less because in the end I mainly used 1-2 pens. As for the paper I recycled the inner core of where wrapping paper is rolled on to. Of course this took some time preparing and cutting up in my squares but I appreciate using materials that are otherwise a waste.
- To be honest the kraft paper was a real challenge. It had some coating that was water resistant – not ideal for watercoloring. And so I was actually thinking about scrapping it on day 50 to experience with real aquarell paper. (I already got a pad.) I just couldn’t manage to make the edges look all fringed and cool. I am glad I stuck with it though because it made me think outside the box and figure out new ways to achieve what I was trying to get.
- I think I used about eight different techniques for all my images.
- It is very calming to watch the paint move around on paper and find its way.
- I usually only spent a maximum of 15 minutes on the project. A bit longer when I took a process video. (Check it out a compilation on my Instagram highlights).
- Sometimes I felt guilty for not taking longer to do it. I asked myself if I didn’t take it seriously.
- I never really had the feeling I want to quite. I actually complained a week before it ended to Mr. 🖤 that the project will end and that I am so sad.
- I always painted on the assigned date but was slow on posting to Instagram. However I have to admit there where two days where I completely forgot because I was so tired and one day where I deliberately decided to do two pieces the next day.
- I like the blue ones with white pen the best. I actually think they look much more interesting if pen is added.
- I already have two ideas for the next 100 day project. That only proves: Creativity breeds creativity!
When I started the project my goal was to end up with at least 50 pieces or art. In the end I got 74. Here are a few of my faves:
Now check out the whole collection #100daysofcraftaliciousdrops and let me know what your faves are. Also if you are interested you can check my highlights on Instagram for a few process videos.
One thought that I had during this project was: When are you being an artist? When is the time you become legit? Who defines what an artist is? Do you have to sell a piece? Do you have a gallery show your work? Do you have to call yourself an artist? I really don’t know and would be interested in your opinion.
Happy weekend and stay crafty,
I just realized it’s been ages since my last recycle quick tip.
Last year I was lucky to win one of Annette’s calendars. Well 2016 is over and I really thought the calendar was too cute to just hand it over to the trash bin. So: What to do with old calendars? I asked myself.
While I was writing down my goals – one being to write birthday cards to every person this year as I have been doing back in 2015 – an idea struck me.
Why not make postcards…
Well the how to is too easy but still here it is:
- find an old postcard for measurements
- get out a craft knife and cutting mat
- Figure out what part of the calendar you want to use
- cut away
- draw the backside – remember to meet legal requirements, you don’t want your card to be returned to you.
Here you find German requirements.
- write postcard and make someone happy
Well that’s what I did with my calendar. I also have a couple nice photo calendars which will be put into frames.
What your you doing with old calendars? Let me know in the comments.
I’ll be adding this quick DIY to Herzblutprojekte and Wow me Wednesday. Go check them out to find more inspiration!
Do you follow me on Instagram? If so, you might have seen I challenged myself for the last months and drew a little pattern for the last 100 days. Here you can check them out #100daysofcraftaliciouspattern.
I followed Elise on her endeavor of doing 100 pep talks and it was just so inspiring. Then I listened to her podcast about her journey. Immediately I knew I needed to start my own project. I could feel it in my gut that it would be right and somehow I also kinda knew I will manage to write the #100 on one of my paper slips.
And I am so glad I started my 100 day challenge. It was tough at times. I made a tiny list of my take aways. Because who doesn’t love lists…
- 100 different patterns is tough. I felt like I was drawn to paint similar patterns more than once.
- Circles, dots and triangles reappeared often.
- I like the bold pens better than the really fine ones.
- The drawing took place mostly right before bed. However that was more because toward the end it became a chore…
- The best patterns were created when I didn’t pressure myself (surprise right here, no?) and when I wasn’t tired and wanted to head to bed.
- Sometimes I felt like I didn’t give it my all.
- When I didn’t come up with an idea/inspiration I leaved through a magazine or looked around my craft lab.
- Sometimes inspiration hit me totally unprepared. Like my migraine inspired pattern – one of my faves.
- I came across a ton of interesting Instagram accounts during this challenge. I wrote about them here.
So here are my top ten patterns.
And apparently those top three were the most loved ones on Instagram.
What is your fave? And have you ever done a challenge like this?
Happy day to you,
PS: I just realized I must have messed up the count because I only got 98 pictures uploaded on Instagram and missing #15 and #58. Mhm… so did I really do the project or did I fail?!
PPS: And since this is another DIY and pattern project I will link up with Muster Mittwoch, Wow me Wednesday and creadienstag.