DIY Favorites to Make and Bake

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I’m busy in the kitchen and hard at work coming up with some great new soap, bath and beauty recipes to share with you. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my newest favorite diy craft projects and bath and body recipes I’ve discovered online in pursuit of all that’s crafty.

DIY Favorites to Make and Bake - Photo Tin, Cactus Cupcakes, and Faux Hot Process Soap1. DIY Personalized Magnets & Tins via Martha Stewart
2. DIY House Plant Cupcakes via Alana Jones-Mann
3. DIY Faux Hot Process Soap Loaf via How Do I Make Soap

Creative DIY Soap Projects - How to Felt Soap, Make a Lavender Mint Olive Oil Infusion for Your Cold Process Soap Recipes, and Craft a DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser for Your Liquid Soaps1. DIY Felt Covered Soap via Sugar & Cloth
2. DIY Lavender Mint Infused Olive Oil via Delightfully Tacky
3. DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser via Pretty Handy Girl

And while you’re busy exploring, don’t forget to check out my latest crafty post on how to create DIY DIY Homemade Face Creams! These quick and easy face creams can be prepared in about a half hour or less, are made with skin soothing white tea extract and come with free printable product labels! Plus through September 15th, 2013 you can enter to win this face cream along with five other fabulous handmade bath and beauty products valued at over $50! Enter here and pin it to win it!

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Mod Podge Canvas Photo DIY

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DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photo Art

Since I haven’t yet had a chance to get my own hands dirty since my getting back from my vacation, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share another project with you created by my coworker, Erica. She is – like many of us – on the fast track to becoming a bonified Pinterest addict, and is trying new craft projects she’s discovered on Pinterest on what is becoming a regular basis. You might recall the diy crayon canvas artwork she brought into the office recently or the pretty handmade tile coasters she made for me last Christmas. Her next project is going to be a diy pallet coffee table, however, just before I left for vacation she shared step-by-step photos of her newest project for making Mod Podge canvas photos – like the ones pictured above via a tutorial discovered on Pinterest from Aubut Family blog – so I could in turn share it with my readers.

How to Make DIY Mod Podge Canvas PhotosStep one is to gather your materials. You’ll need a canvas, a photograph, a foam brush, scissors, Mod Podge, clear acrylic sealer and some paint and/or decorative scrap book paper.

DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photographs

First she cut the photo she had chosen to use to fit her canvas. As she wanted a border around the front of the picture, she cut it slightly smaller than the canvas.

DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photos Inspired Via Pinterest - Step by Step Photo TutorialThen because Erica chose to use polka dot scrapbooking papers as a decorative edge for the side of her canvas photos, she then cut the paper into strips that fit along the edges of the canvas. Next, she used Mod Podge to glue the papers along the sides of the canvas by applying Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas, placing the papers, then brushing an additional layer of Mod Podge over the papers. (The parts along the edges left uncovered will be painted later on.)

Mod Podge Craft Project - DIY Mod Podge Photo CanvasesOnce the papers had been adhered to the sides, she then applied a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas where the picture will be applied.

How to Make DIY Canvas Photos with Mod PodgeNext, she centered the photograph onto the front of canvas. Once she placed the photo onto the canvas she then brushed another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photograph.

Handmade Mod Podge Canvas Photograph DIYOnce the Mod Podge had dried, she simply brushed black paint around the edges of the photograph and the sides of the blank canvas that had been left exposed. (This can be neat or messy depending on your own personal look you’d like to achieve so don’t feel as if there is a right or wrong way!) Once the paint had dried, she sealed the photo canvas with a clear acrylic spray. (I’ve always used Plaid brand in matte or gloss.) Once your own canvas photo has completely dried, all that’s left is to display your masterpiece.

For more great diy project ideas as well fabulous natural bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

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Free Cover Photo for Your Facebook Profile

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Let everyone know that creativity takes more than just glue sticks and scissors with my free cover photo for your facebook page!
To use it on your own facebook page, simply right click on the image above and hit “save image as” to save to your own computer. Then simply upload it to your facebook page. Below is what it will look like on your facebook profile (or business) page once uploaded.
I hope everyone has a very happy New Year moving forward and that you and those around you will be brave enough to live a very creative life! And, for free wallpaper downloads for your computer and mobile, be sure to check out one of my favorite blogs, Pearl + Earl’s Good-Time Vintage Blog. And if you’re a blogger yourself, visit Misse Design for everything from wallpapers to social media icons!

Truly Free Stock Photography for Bloggers from Lime Lane Photography

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I recently discovered a beautiful new free stock photography website aimed at bloggers called Lime Lane Photography. Created by a photographer and blogger from Australia, Kellie has made many of her stunning photographs available for use as stock photography at no charge to bloggers. While the selection is currently limited, Kellie has plans to add more photographs for use over time. Giving credit for these free stock photos is optional – though it’d be sweet to do so – and they fall under a creative commons license.
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So be sure to head on over to Kellie’s website, Lime Lane Photography, to see all of the terrific images she has to offer. Even if you don’t blog all of Kellie’s photographs are certainly worth a look. In addition Kellie also has a shop where she sells her other photographs. You can find an array of stunning prints, calendars, bookmarks, and even gift kits! Additionally you can follow Kellie on Twitter, Facebook, Google+Pinterest, and Flickr. You’ll also want to check out Kellie’s blog, 74 Lime Lane.
What are some of your favorite sources for free stock photography?

Instagram – My latest creative discovery

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I’ve seen a lot of instagram photos around lately and I’ll admit I was curious. But my LG phone just wasn’t equipped to take decent photos nor did it have a flash. It also wasn’t the most intuitive phone in the world. So when my phone suddenly stopped working after only 5 months of use – my boyfriend has also gone through two LG phones with little success – I decided it was worth paying a little more to buy an HTC Android. After all, I not only use my phone for emergencies, but my business and at work as well. I stuck with the regular last year’s 3G model and saved a hundred bucks, but still got what so far is turning out to be a great product. It’s like when buying a used VCR would cost you $800 (back when VCRs were the latest and greatest) but that sucker lasted for 20 years before breaking while the modern $50 versions killed over in about two. Or how Atari’s in all their retro wonder glory continue to work while my son’s original XBox crapped out due to overheating. Or all those PC’s that died in 3 years, while my macbook just keeps on truckin’. You get the picture.

So now that I have a decent phone, my own picture has gotten even bigger. And I’m having fun exploring the world through my camera phone. My goal is to try to find at least one creative shot a day and post it to instagram, my personal facebook page, twitter and my tumblr.
I started with the dead beetle at work, then had my boyfriend take a shot of me. Then I took a photo on my daily walk through the neighborhood followed by a game of Clue at my parents’ house. Here are the photos I’ve taken so far (with captions.)
Our mascot at work. Everyone needs a dead beetle to vent to. http://instagr.am/p/M9UzElwlet/
A very happy me. Scott registered for college classes today. http://instagr.am/p/M9aKG8QlSF/
Our neighborhood yards are often full of interesting surprises. http://instagr.am/p/M_09NTQlUT/
Clue. Sometimes you wish people would just get one. http://instagr.am/p/NEV5HvQlRL/
I’m excited by the prospect of building a portfolio of my very own through instagram. Do you use instagram? Love it? Hate it? And how are you using it to stay creative?