Must Have Festival Accessories & Summer Festival DIY’s

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These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY’s are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Keep reading to discover not only a collection of my favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of my very own summer festival DIY’s for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Must Have Festival Accessories & Clothing

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Made to Your Hiking Bottle Tote in Floral Tapestry / Cactus What You Preach Battery Pack in Geo / Good News Travels Vast Backpack / Boldly Buckled Belt in Cognac

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Geometric / Floral of the Story Flower Crown / Braid for Walkin’ Sandal in Cognac / Daisy, I Love Your Way Shorts

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

On Cloud Divine Top / Fun-Woman Band Romper / Put Your Mind at Peace Top / May the Vest Fan Win

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Hands-Free to Be Me Belt Bag / Birkenstock Strappy Camper Sandal in Taupe Suede / Banjo Schmo Hat / Now Boarding Zone Fun Belt Bag

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Summer Festival DIY’s

These summer festival DIY’s are perfect for helping to maintain your comfort insect free while you’re enjoying time outdoors!

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Summer Festival Soap Recipe

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Ingredients (x2):

5.4 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. soybean oil
1.8 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. shea butter
3.6 oz. cocoa butter

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace Batch A:

.85 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree oil
.05 oz. lavender flowers
lavender ultramarine pigment or mica powder, to suit

At trace Batch B:

1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil

Directions:

You’ll need to make two batches of soap in separate pots for this summer festival soap recipe. The final festival soap recipe will fill two of my wooden soapmaking molds. Combine equal amounts of all soapmaking oils into each pot and prepare two containers of lye-water. (Each pot should have 5.4 oz. coconut oil, 9 oz. palm oil, 9 oz. rice bran oil, 3.6 oz. soybean oil, 1.8 oz. grape seed oil, 3.6 oz. shea butter and 3.6 oz. cocoa butter. Then each container of lye-water should contain 12 oz. distilled water and 4.8 oz. of lye.) Prepare according to your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Once each container of lye-water and oils have cooled, you are ready to mix your soap. Start by mixing one container of lye-water into one pot of soapmaking oils. At a light trace, weigh out and stir in the ingredients listed for Batch A – the lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, lavender flowers and the pigment powder. Mix well using your immersion blender. Once it reaches a thick trace pour the soap evenly into the bottom of BOTH of your lined molds.

Now mix your second batch of soapmaking oils and lye-water together, weighing and adding the ingredients for Batch B – the lemongrass and peppermint essential oils – at trace. As lemongrass essential oil turns the soap a lovely shade of yellow, you won’t need to use a colorant for this layer. Once ready, pour the soap from this batch evenly into the two soap molds over top of the lavender fragrance/colored soap. Cover and insulate for 24 hours, then unmold and cut your festival soap into bars. Allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks before use.

This recipe will yield 20-24 bars depending on how you cut them.

Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

Summer Festival Dry Shampoo Recipe

My summer festival dry shampoo recipe avoids using food ingredients that may attract insects and in lieu of cornmeal instead uses a super effective and light blend of arrowroot powder, rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal and cosmetic clays. Essential oils and herbs are also added for a fresh fragrance as well as for their insect repellent properties.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms or (lavender flower powder)
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract

Instructions:

Because I tend to have red highlights in my hair I chose to use red Moroccan clay in this recipe. If you prefer you can substitute with Fuller’s earth clay. You can also sub the arrowroot powder with Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour. (Although Bob’s Red Mill makes an all natural arrowroot starch/flour as well.) For darker hair you can also add 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of brown iron oxide.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flowers in a glass measuring cup. Then, using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. This will turn your lavender blossoms into a powder and evenly distribute the essential oils and extract. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. or one 8 oz. jar or container.

To use simply apply to hair – a makeup brush actually works wonderfully for this and cuts down on spillage – and lightly massage into hair with your hands. (If you used brown iron oxide pigment, avoid your scalp area as it can stain your scalp.) Then brush through and go! I found this recipe works really well, smells heavenly, and it even added some nice volume to my fine, straight hair.

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects when camping, hiking, biking and gardening this summer!

Summer Festival Insect Repellent Spray

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects at summer festivals and during other outdoor activities! Simply mist this spray on your skin after showering and as needed throughout the day.

Adapted from The Mountain Rose Herbs Blog

Ingredients:

2 oz. witch hazel extract
2 oz. catnip or peppermint hydrosol
2 oz. distilled water
1 mL (20 drops) lemon eucalyptus essential oil
1 mL (20 drops) lavender essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) lemongrass essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) Virginia cedarwood essential oil

Instructions:

To make this natural insect repellent spray recipe you’ll need to begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the witch hazel, catnip hydrosol and distilled water. Combine into a 6 – 8 oz. spray bottle using a funnel. (I used this Boston round bottle with mini spray trigger from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Using a graduated transfer pipette or dropper, add the essential oils to the bottle then screw on the trigger sprayer. Shake well to combine the ingredients and again before each use.

To extend the shelf life of this natural insect repellent spray and to help you and your loved ones cool down on a hot summer day, store this in the refrigerator between uses. And don’t forget to pack it for your next hiking or camping trip!

In addition to these summer festival DIY’s you may also be interested in my nine natural foot care recipes to keep your feet looking great all summer long. (Find them here.) And you may also want to try my natural deodorizing foot powder recipe for stinky sweat or rain soaked shoes. (Find that recipe here.)

For more of my natural summer bath and body recipes, be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. In addition you can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook,TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Handmade Wood Tree Branch Shelf DIY

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Handmade Wood Tree Branch Shelf DIY

My favorite homemade Christmas gift this year was this handmade wood tree branch shelf that my son made for me. I actually had discovered a similar handmade white birch forest wall shelf via etsy and pointed out to my son how awesome it was and that I’d love to have one made for me. He didn’t disappoint. It’s perfect for holding a few books and knick knacks. I added a felt rose brooch I had to the tree branches to personalize it and give it a pop of color. I think these would look super cute with several of these grouped together either in a square format or stacked vertically.

To make your own you’ll need two 18″ L x  3.5″ W boards for the top and bottom of the shelf and one 10.5″ L x 3.5″ W for the side. (You can probably get a large home improvement store to cut the boards for you if you don’t have access to a power saw of some type.) Then cut an assortment of three tree branches so they are 10.5″ tall and piece it all together with a bit of wood glue and finishing nails. Customize the final look by staining or painting the wood to suit.

For more great home accessory and home decor ideas that you can buy as well as DIY, be sure to follow my For the Home board on Pinterest.


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Fall Fashion Handcrafted Scarf Giveaway

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Fall Fashion Handcrafted Scarf Giveaway - Enter to Win Your Favorite Scarf from Smiles by JEM

Fall is my favorite time of year. I’m a sucker for cute jackets, turtlenecks, boots and of course, fun scarves! Therefore I’m super excited to be able to offer you a chance to win your favorite scarf for fall from Smiles by JEM! Smiles by JEM was founded by two friends, Janelle and Megan, who wanted share their passion for fashion, culture and travel with the rest of the world. Focusing their efforts on women’s accessories, travel, and philanthropy, they founded JEM. Smiles by JEM offers both handmade jewelry as well as handwoven scarves to compliment your perfect fall look.

How to Wear Your Favorite Scarf This Fall

JEM’s jewelry is made in Ventura County at the homes of Janelle and Megan. These two partners also work in Thailand with local artists to design and make their beautiful scarves. The pair have been traveling to Thailand since 2010. After meeting many local artists and seeing the beautiful items they produced, Janelle and Megan decided to design scarves while working in Thailand to create them. They fly to Thailand 3-4 times a year where they spend a few months designing and making scarves which they then bring back to the United States to sell. In addition they also purchase their beads in Thailand (as well as Peru and the United States) and bring them back to the USA to make their jewelry.

SOS Children's Villages in Thailand

JEM’s mission is a commitment to delivering the highest quality handcrafted scarves while giving back to the local communities where their products are made. They give 10 percent of their proceeds back to help develop and sustain local organizations. They donate 10% of their proceeds from scarf sales to SOS Children’s Villages in Thailand, and 10% of the proceeds from their jewelry sales to Food Share in Ventura. Each piece comes in an organza gift bag with an insert about their company and the charities their support.

Handwoven Scarves from Smiles by JEMNow through September 21st, 2013, you can enter to win your favorite scarf from Smiles by JEM. Choose from beautiful cotton scarves, silk scarves, and warm knit scarves in 50 different colors with up to a $40 value! (This giveaway is open worldwide.) How will you be wearing your favorite scarf this fall?

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Have to look great right now? Enter coupon code: 25thanks now through September 31st, 2013 when you shop Smiles by JEM and receive 25% off your total purchase! (Also be sure to enter the Pin It to Win It Bath & Body Giveaway through September 15th, 2013, open to USA residents only.)


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Bags to Have and the Stuff to Put in Them

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One bag doesn’t fit every occasion. Sometimes you require only small purse or wallet for those few basic essentials and other times you find you need a mammoth tote so you can be prepared for every situation. Whether you’re bag of choice is small, medium or large, following are a few of my recent favorite purses and bags along with a selection of some go to essentials to tuck inside.

Fabulous Handmade Bags and Purses for Women on Etsy1. Small Waxed Canvas Cross Over Bag from Cloth & Ink / 2. Medium Cosmetic Zip Pouch from MinneBITES / 3. Large Blue Floral Kallia Hobo Purse from milloo / 4. Large Mint Green Organic Cotton Canvas Satchel from Handmade Therapy / 5. Leather Black Cat Bag from Pelle Volare

Natural and Handmade Beauty Essentials for Your Purse1. Pink Folded Leather Coin Purse from La Lisette / 2. Vegan Peach Mango Lip Balm from The Gnarly Whale / 3. Patchouli Rose Perfume Oil from Scent By The Sea / 4. Coconut Shimmer Salve from Good 4 You  / 5. Natural Ruby Lip Tint from Phoenix Botanicals

Stylish and Fun Handmade Handbags, and Backpacks and Purses for Women on Etsy

1. Burgundy Zig Zag Leather Saddle Bag with Tassels from LaLisette / 2. Multi-color Chevron Stripe Backpack from BagyBags / 3. Handmade Watermelon Leather Bag from LaLiseette / 4. Red Herring Waxed Canvas Backpack from Wooly Bison / 5. Large Yellow Handbag from Hashibags

Must Have Items For Every Woman's Purse1. Fresh Lemon Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E from Pegasus Soaps / 2. Coral & Mint Travel Tissue Holder from Marine Parents / 3. Travel Comb with Mirror from Estee Lauder / 4.Nikon COOLPIX S3500 20.1 MP Digital Camera from Amazon / 5. Zen Green Tea & Mint Lotion Bar from The Pig and the Peacock

According to a recent survey on women’s favorite purse size, 22% of my readers said they preferred a small bag, 22% preferred a large bag and 22% said the size of bag they preferred to carry depended on the situation. 34% of readers chose a medium sized bag as their go to purse size.

As for must have essentials to keep inside, the majority of my readers had to have a lip gloss or lip balm and a lotion or cream at all times. Next up was mascara, a brush or comb and sunscreen. And a slim margin of readers always carried hand sanitizer, q-tips, lipstick, soap and perfume. What is your favorite bag size and what items do you always carry inside other than your wallet, ID and money?


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Things I Love Lately – DIY Crafts and Handmade Products I’m Ga Ga For

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I’m still not quite back into my regular routine of things since my vacation. And as I generally spend my weekends crafting and the weekdays blogging after my regular 9 to 5, I haven’t yet had a chance to whip up any new DIY projects or beauty recipes. While that means I’m just one short day away from giving those creative juices some time to run wild, it also means I won’t have any new bath and beauty recipes to share with you until the beginning of next week. But don’t fret. Life happens and as I’ve learned, it is what it is. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this little collection of diy crafts and handmade products that I’m a little ga ga over lately.

DIY Craft Projects I'm In Love with Lately - DIY Glitter Dipped Air Plant Holder, DIY Diorama Bookends, and DIY Vintage Book Tablet CoversDIY Craft Projects I Love Lately :: 1. DIY Glitter Dipped Air Plant Holder via 52 Weeks Project / 2. DIY Diorama Bookends via Sea of Shoes / 3. DIY Vintage Book Tablet Covers via Squirrel Junkie

Handmade products via etsy that I'm in love with lately - Creature cups, Hot air balloon gadget case, and totem animalsHandmade Products I Love Lately :: 1.  Creature Cup Set via Creature Cups / 2. Hot Air Balloon Gadget Case via Lazydoll / 3. Custom Baby Animal Totem via HandyMaiden

Unique Fun and Bright Handmade Products to Get Excited About - Moss Wars Terrarium, Stripey Pillow, and Washi Tape Cosmetic Pouch in Neon ColorsMore to Love Crafted By Hand :: 1. Princess Leia and Imperial Trooper Moss Terrarium via Moss Love Terrariums / 2 . Bright Multi-colored Stripey Accent Pillow via Geometric Electric / 3. Washi Tape Stripes Cosmetic Zipper Pouch via Allisa Jacobs

Which one is your favorite?


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