DIY Mask: nutmeg, honey, and cinnamon

I have a lot of nutmeg laying around…so this is awesome to try!

This DIY mask, made of nutmeg, honey, and cinnamon, is calming and soothing for stressed-out skin – in addition, it smells absolutely amazing!

The secret? Nutmeg and honey act as natural anti-inflammatories, which can reduce swelling and redness in skin. They’re also great for soothing acne scars and preventing infection. In addition, the nutmeg and cinnamon also work to exfoliate your skin when you wash this mask off.

Before you begin, it’s always a good idea to do a small test with homemade mixes on your skin to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction to any ingredients. So remember to do a quick patch test on sensitive skin, like that on the inside of your wrist, before applying this mask to your face.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs: honey
  • 1 tsb: cinnamon
  • 1 tsb: nutmeg

Mix and the consistency should be like a thick paste. After it’s all mixed, apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, scrubbing softly in circular motion for exfoliation.

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Breaking the Bottle

 

I have to repost this and try this out!!! Follow the original  link here.

How to Cut a Wine Bottle

Gather Up:

Cotton String

Acetone Nail Polish Remover

a match

pot of ice cold water

Fill a pot with ice cold water and set to the side

Wrap a (medium thickness) piece of cotton string around the wine bottle three times (wrap it around up to 6 times for a thicker bottle), tie it. 

Once the string is tied, slide it off the wine bottle.

Soak the string in acetone based nail polish remover for 10 seconds

Put the nail polish remover soaked string back around the bottle on the spot where you would like it to cut

Using a match light just the string on fire, continually rotate the bottle in circles so that the fire spins around the bottle.  Keep rotating the bottle until the flames goes out.

Once the flame goes out, quickly submerge the bottle in a pot of ice cold water and watch it break!

Now you can imagine all of the possibilities for up-cycling wine bottles!

What are some ways that you’ve up-cycled wine bottles?  Share your thoughts and ideas below!

Hula Hoop Rug

Love this one!!! Much easier and more fun! Will try this for sure!

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What does it take to transform a pile of old T-shirts into spectacular works of woven art? Just a spare hula hoop or embroidery hoop and the techniques we’ll show you here. The oversize looms and easy-to-use loops of T-shirt fabric make these projects particularly appealing to beginning weavers. Learn the basic hoop weaving technique by crafting a colorful accent rug to brighten up a room. And if you want to take the weaving a little further, check out our basket and chair pad weaves

Before you begin, some terms you need to know: the warp is the material you string on the hoop, the weft is the material you weave with.

Hula Hoop Rug

Materials

  • Scissors
  • About a dozen T-shirts
  • 33-inch hula hoop

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Instructions

  1. null For the warp, cut 1-inch-wide loops from the bodies of one or two tees (we found a boy’s large worked best on our 33-inch hoop), removing the hem and stopping at the sleeves. Ideally these loops should all be the same color; we used two colors for clarity in our photographs. You’ll need a total of 11 loops. For the weft, cut at least 50 loops from the remaining shirts. Save the unused sleeves for the basket project.

  2. null Stretch one warp loop over the hula hoop, as shown.

  3. Step 3 Add and secure a second loop, perpendicular to the first.

  4. null Repeat, filling in the spaces, until all 11 loops are in place.

  5. null Push together two warp loops at the top of the hula hoop, as shown. This creates an odd number of warp spokes in your wheel, which allows the overunder pattern of the weft to alternate with each new row.

  6. Step 6 Secure the first weft loop to the center of one of the warp spokes (we chose the doubled spoke from step 5) by wrapping it around the warp and then looping it back through itself.

  7. null Begin weaving the weft over and under the warp spokes, forming a tight spiral. For now, treat both parts of each warp spoke as a single unit, weaving over or under the two together. As you work, push the weft material toward the center of the hoop and keep it just snug. If you pull the weft tight, the rug will develop lumps or bends. When you reach the end of the piece of weft, add a new loop by threading it through the end of the first and back through itself.

  8. null When your rug is about 8 inches across, begin treating each warp spoke as two individual strips instead of a single unit, weaving over or under each strand instead of going over or under the doubled spoke. This increases the number of warp spokes, improving the structure of the project. When you get to the two warp spokes that you pushed together at the top of the loom, separate them. Treat one of the spokes as two individual strips, but continue to treat the other as a single spoke. This maintains the odd number of warp spokes.

  9. null When the rug is the size you want, but no closer than 8 inches from the edge of the hula hoop, snip open your weft loop.

  10. null Tie the ends around a warp spoke, and tuck the ends into the rug.

  11. null Cut the warp spokes off the hoop one at a time.

  12. null Tie the ends in pairs, then trim them to make a fringe or tuck them back into the rug.

Nautical Rope Bracelet

有机会做个这!一看就好容易的说!Open-mouthed smile

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Instructions

Step 1

Materials needed:

Rope – 4 strands, 30cm each (I got mine from Daiso!)
2 Leather Strips – Cut to 3.5cm each
Snap buttons
Thread
Needle
Scissors

Step 2

1. Make a loop by bringing one end of the rope across the other.

Step 3

2. With the above image as a guide, thread your second strand through as above.

Step 4

3. Bring the bottom right end under, over and under. It sounds complicated but following the pictures closely should leave you with right knot! :>

Step 5

4. You should have this by now. If not, don’t fret! Just go through the steps again to make sure your rope was looped through correctly.

Step 6

5. Get another strand of rope and follow the first strand through the loop.

Step 7

6. Do the same with your last strand of rope. Follow your second strand through the loop.

Step 8

7. Now you have your knot!

Step 9

8. Pull your knot taut.

Step 10

9. Snip your ends even for both sides.

Step 11

10. Fold your leather strips in half to gauge if it holds your ends nicely.

Step 12

11. Sew on your snap buttons.

Step 13

12. One side done! Sew on the other side of the snap buttons to another piece of leather strip.

Step 14

13. Tuck your rope ends into the fold of your leather strip and start sewing around the open edges to secure it.

Step 15

14. This is how it should look when you’re done sewing.

Step 16

15. Repeat for the other end of your bracelet, but do note that your snap buttons should be facing opposite directions, or you won’t be able to snap your bracelet on!

Step 17

16. You’re done! Your snap closure should look like this if you’ve done it right. 🙂

Simple Wire-Wrapped Ring Tutorial

觉得这个好酷哦!很想自己试试的说!Open-mouthed smile

There are a lot of complex wire-wrapped ring tutorials out there, and I’ll be honest – this isn’t one of them. This is about as “intro” as they come – a basic, simple wire wrapped ring with a single 8mm bead focal. For those of you just getting started with wire jewelry making, this is a terrific way to get your feet wet. With this design, you can create a colorful bit of bling in just a few minutes with a bit of inexpensive 20 or 22 gauge Artistic wire, an 8mm bead, and the necessary tools. I won’t admit to how many of these rings are in my jewelry box – but a girl just has to have a ring to match, well, anything!

Parts Suggested

    Step 1

    Cut a length of wire about 12″ long. Put the 8mm bead in the middle of the wire, and lay it flat on the mandrel at the line indicating your chosen ring size. Wrap either end of wire around the mandrel and bring it back ot the front so the wire ends lie to either side of the 8mm focal bead.

    Step 2

    Firmly gripping the wire so it stays taunt, cross the wires around the bead.

    Step 3

    Again, keeping the wires taught, cross the wires again. As you cross the wires, you want the newly wrapped wire to lay underneath the previous crossed wire.

    Step 4

    Keeping wrapping the wires around the circle of the bead, keeping pressure on the wire for, and making each new layer wrapped underneath the previous layer.

    Step 5

    When you have either four or five wraps (my preference), then you’re finished wrapping around the bead, and it is time to finish the sides.

    Step 6

    Before wrapping the sides, clip the excess wire – give yourself about 1.5″ of wire on both sides to finish the ring with.

    Step 6

    Wrap the tail of the wire around one side of the ring. Keep firm pressure on the wire to make nice, neat loops.

    Step 8

    When you have three or four loops, snip off the excess wire with your wire cutters. I snip mine with the cut on top of the ring so that the end isn’t underneath and poking my finger.

    Step 9

    At this point, I gently squeeze the newly cut tip of wire with my pliers to snug it in so it won’t catch or scratch.

    Step 10

    At this point, I transfer the ring to an unmarked wooden mandrel. My mandrel is rather scuffed up at this point, as you can see in the picture, from this part of the project, and I used one of the inexpensive ones sold in the wire wrapping tools page.

    Your ring will not be perfectly shaped after you’ve finished the wrapping and the sides. I put the ring onto my “cheap” mandrel, and push it firmly down all the way. I turn it around in a circle a few times, and this brings the ring back to the nice, round shape it ought to have. It is also where I straighten out any problems. If the side loops don’t fit quite tightly together, you can gently manipulate them into place with pliers while the ring is snug on the mandrel.

    Step 11

    And that’s it, folks! Ready to wear… (and ready to go make another one)

    Variations

    I used the same technique to make a sweet little ring out of an onion cut green amethyst stone. I had to use a skinnier wire (24 gauge) with this gem, so to make the ring a little stronger, I cut the wire a little longer, and crossed it around the back of the mandrel twice instead of once, for a four-strand wide band rather than a two-strand wide band.

The Aspirin Mask

平时我是很少做面膜的,真是应了那句话,没有丑女人只有懒女人!

今儿看了个自己制作面膜的帖子,转来回头试试!

Step 1: There are two main ingredients in the aspirin mask: water, and uncoated or lightly-coated aspirin. I rarely come across uncoated aspirin, so I use a lightly-coated generic brand, and it works great. For your face, all you need are 2-3 tablets.

Step 2: The aspirin tablets will dissolve in water, so you don’t really to put a lot of work into preparation. It’s best to use a small bowl, I happen to do all the mixing in my hand. Just a few drops of water will do.

Step 3: Massage the tablets in your hand until they’re dissolved and form a mushy paste. There isn’t a binding agent, so the paste will be fairly loose and flaky.

Step 4: Apply! Let rest for about five minutes, and then rinse away. The dried mask will be powdery, so be careful! Alternately, you can incorporate aloe vera or honey with the mushed up aspirin to act as healing binding agents.

As you’re rinsing,  use the mask as a scrub. You’ll need to use a washcloth to follow up and make sure you’ve removed the mask entirely.

Step 5: Moisturize and you’re set!

The Aspirin Mask is quick and works – I’ll do the mask a night or two before an big event- its like an at-home mini-peel that makes your skin so smooth and let your foundation glide on. You can do the mask as often as you’d like, as long as it doesn’t overly irritate your skin. Of course, if you’ve never done the mask before it’s best to do a patch test for allergies first on your neck.

DIY Rugs from T-shirts

看到这个DIY我就立马想到家里的一堆不穿的T-shirt!

转过来准备回家试试!Mark!

Supplies: 1 XL t-shirt, cloth scissors, and lots of small t-shirt scraps

the base with a few scraps threaded through

1. Make the base.

For the base of the rug, lay the X-L t-shirt flat and cut a large rectangle out of the shirt, as large as you would like the size of your rug to be. It’s possible to make a larger rug by sewing more t-shirts together- two to make a runner, four to make a large square, etc. You could also cut it into a circle shape for a circular rug.

a rotary board makes cutting easier

perfect sized scraps!

2. Make scraps.

If you are me, you have scraps of t-shirts all over your apartment. If you aren’t, you may need to go to the thrift store and purchase a lot of t-shirts to make into scraps. I would go for 10-12 to start, although I’m not positive exactly how many you will need. Go for more rather than less, and choose complimentary colors, or try to purchase t-shirts that are the same color for a monotone rug. 

Cut these t-shirts into strips that are approximately 5-6’’ long and 1-1 ½’’ wide. You can use scissors, or if you are lucky, a rotary cutter and board, which helps make things faster. Some t-shirt fabrics stretch and so you can pull them to make them longer. Others don’t.  Once you cut a few t-shirts you’ll begin to see what works. Also, don’t be afraid to use imperfect scraps-scraps that have odd edges, have a serged edge on them, are ruffly, etc. They add to the shaggy look of your rug.

holes before and after scraps are threaded through

3. Cut holes into the base.

Starting 1’’ from the edge of the base, carefully poke or snip horizontal and vertical rows of small holes about 1/2 ’’ to 2/3’’ inches apart. It will look like a big Lite-Brite board without the little pegs! You can also do this as you go along while putting the rug together, as I did, or just go ahead and make all of the holes before you start to thread the scraps into the rug. If you want perfect rows, you can mark the holes first using a ruler to mark the spots. 

see how the scraps share each hole?

4. Start threading scraps into the base.

Beginning at one corner, thread a strip down through the first hole and back up through the second. Take a second scrap and thread it through the second hole (the same hole you just pulled the first scrap up through) so that it shares this hole with the first scrap, and then pull it up through the third hole.

Continue doing this for a very, very long time… Do this while watching movies, television, when you have a really short moment of time and you don’t know what to do. It will take time, but it will be finished!

the back and top side of the rug- pretty on both sides!

5. Give your rug a haircut.

When you are finished, you can give your rag a little haircut to even out any longer scraps that look off, or you can leave your rug uneven for a shaggier look. But remember, these scraps don’t grow back!

The top side of the rug looks great, but so does the bottom side. Flip the rug over for a new look and feel! If a scrap falls out or gets uneven, simply put it back in or pull it until it is even. It’s very easy to maintain. If you would like to wash it, please use a lingerie bag and run it in a delicate cycle as it could fall apart in the wash. However, the fabric is not delicate itself, so if something were to happen, it can be cleaned.

Send me pictures of your own rugs, and I’ll post them here. Or, make one for a Christmas present this year. It’s not too early to start!

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家用自制洗衣液_Home-Made Laundry Soap

QQ截图未命名

网上看到一个自制洗衣液的方法,觉得不错,所以记录下来。之前看到的都好麻烦,要煮肥皂什么的。。。这个简直太容易啦。。。

3 Tablespoons Borax —3汤匙硼砂 (淘宝有售,我买的药用的,反正都很便宜)
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda —3汤匙小苏打 (这个可以用食用苏打粉)
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap– 2汤匙洗洁精 (超市的种类有很多,看喜欢什么吧)

把上面3种原料加入一个4升的桶里,可以用农夫山泉的桶。往桶里加入4杯烧开的热水,晃动直到所有的原料充分溶解在水里。等混合液体冷却至常温后,加满冷水即可!你还可以看到会有泡泡冒出来哦!

真正的无磷洗衣粉,保护全家哦!哈哈哈。。。