My daughters good friend has two children, the youngest of which was born recently. This friend of my daughters is very special to me because she has been in my daughters life since the 4th grade and she was also in my Girl Scout troop - yes I was a Girl Scout leader (I am also a lifetime Girl Scout!). For the first child my daughter asked if I would help her to paint the letters of the child's name to match the crib bedding her friend chose, and of course I said yes! After looking at some pictures of the bedding we came up with a color scheme and decided butterflies. We wanted the letters to be just different enough, but still match the room and I think we did a pretty good job as you can see in the picture below.
So of course when child #2 was born we needed to make more letters - fair is fair, right? So once again we got right to work on trying to match the bedding....this time it was flowers! Again, we wanted them to match just enough, but still be original and...... I think they came out pretty good!
Once the colors and design are decided on, the process is really pretty simple!
Here's what we did:
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There is nothing better than fresh food made from scratch! This eggplant parmesan was made with all natural and fresh ingredients, most of which was grown right in my backyard! The sauce is made fresh from cherry tomatoes I picked, the ricotta is made from scratch, and the eggplant is right out of the garden! I also used fresh grated parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella. There is nothing better! Simply delicious :-)
I had always loved these old looking signs but never really thought about making my own until I came across a Pinterest Pin on how to do it yourself. Then when I really started doing some research I actually came across several different ways they could be done. I settled on the method I use below because it really is simplest and I had all the materials to get started right away. I absolutely love the results and can't wait to make many more as gifts for the upcoming holidays. I am even working on a sign for my craft fair booth!
Many thanks to Tammy at Homespun Happenings for the post "I Made A Sign." I couldn't have done this without you!
DIY RUSTIC SIGN LETTERING YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL:
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- I just don't feel like going to the beauty parlor and sitting there having my hair done for an hour or more. I really have no patience for just sitting around waiting when I truly have so many things I would rather be doing.
- I don't know if I am lucky or what, but having somewhat wavy, or even curly hair at times, is awesome! If I cut it and I mess it up, it's hidden in the curls. So in the end, I really can't go wrong other than possibly cutting too short.
- I have long hair, so the possibility of cutting too short is really not an issue. If I am keeping it long, even if I cut a little extra, it is still medium length so no problem!
- My hair grows FAST. I don't understand it. Maybe it is the vitamins I take but my hair grows as fast now as it did when I was 20! The only problem is that this means the gray that I now have comes back that fast too!
- Since my hair grows so fast, and the gray comes back so fast, it needs to be colored every 3 - 4 weeks. I definitely don't have time to go to the beauty parlor that often! And I am definitely not sitting there bored to death while letting the dye sit in my hair for 45 minutes - the amount of time that is necessary for full gray coverage! If I do this at home while the color is setting I can do laundry, freeze corn, pick weeds, and a multitude of other useful things! This time I made Homemade Cherry Tomato Sauce, Homemade Ricotta, and used it to make Fresh Eggplant Parmesan!
- And finally, a quality color, wash/cut/dry would cost close to $100! I have way better things I would rather spend my money on! And yes, I know I am worth it, but that is not what I CHOOSE. I would rather buy something useful that will last longer than a color and trim! It's that simple :-)
- Looks aren't everything and I am pretty sure nobody would even have had a clue if I didn't tell them I trimmed my own hair! Thank God for somewhat curly hair :-)
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Anyway, I started looking around online for diffuser pendants and really didn't like anything I saw. I am not a jewelry person at all. I just don't like the way jewelry feels on my skin, especially around my neck so that pretty much ruled out anything made of metal. I saw a few pendants made out of clay, mostly kiln fired, which I thought was great at first. But then I realized that you were just applying the oil directly to the clay and the risk of getting that on my clothing or even on my skin was not worth it. Then I came across air dry clay pendants and they were doing the same thing - applying the oil directly to the pendant. But air dry clay, well now I had something I could work with! Being a science teacher...well...the experiments began!
- I made the pendants out of the air dry clay, however since I didn't like the idea of the oil possibly getting on my skin or clothing I decided it needed a small well for the oil to go into so we drilled small holes into the back where the oil would be 'dropped' into.
- After giving these a try I quickly realized this was not going to work. The oil was able to seep through the pendant to the front. The oils are also very strong and they weathered the finish as well!
- Same pendants, same drilled holes as wells on the back, but now we addd a small piece of felt. The felt worked great for absorbing the oils and keeping them from seeping into the clay.
- Problem: the oils dissolved the glue that was holding in the felt.
- We ended up experimenting with numerous glues until we found one that the oils could not dissolve.
- However, after about a month of using the pendants I realized that the oils were still able to seep completely through to the front of the pendants and weather the finish on the front. Not good.
- I needed to find a way to prevent the oil from seeping into the clay. I needed it to be 100% blocked from going through. Thats when the finish experiments began. We tried every type of finish we could find from polyurethanes, to acrylics, etc. The oils are so strong that they weathered every single one of them. Some finished took longer than others, but nothing worked the way I wanted.
- So I started to think about what they are stored in: metal or glass containers. I already knew metal was out for me, so glass it was. What could I use that is like glass? I was watching a video one day for wood finishing and the man was using epoxy to give it a beautiful glossy finish. I thought to myself, "could this work?" and the epoxy experiments began.
- If you know anything about epoxy you know that most of them have a yellow tint to them. Finding one that remained clear and could withstand the effects of the oil was not easy but I did eventually find success (With thanks to my husband!).
Some of the important design features:
- Super lightweight - the only reason you will know you are wearing it is by smelling the diffusing oils!
- Super soft cording - the faux suede cord is so soft on your neck you won't even know it is there.
- Deep well for the oil - we drill the wells deep enough that the felt is not able to touch your skin or your clothes.
- Absorbent felt - the felt absorbs the one or two drops of oil and allows them to diffuse over several days.
- Epoxy coating - the back of the pendant is coated with a special epoxy that prevents the oil from seeping into the clay.
- Many designs to choose from!
- Just add 1 or 2 drops of oil to the back and wear it all day! So simple :-)
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The fresh ricotta, well, I can't tell you how simple it is! I simply will never buy it since it is so easy to make! I actually made it with 1% milk (shown in the picture), but if the more fat in the milk, the more creamy it will come out! But since I only buy 1% milk that is what I use and it is still delicious! Especially in my fresh eggplant parmesan :-)
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