DIY Inspiration: Eco-friendly Picture Frames

Every time I move into my dorm, or get a package, or walk by the school post office I am faced by a mountain of cardboard boxes. I absolutely hate unnecessary waste and it seems as though we carelessly toss these containers into the recycling, or even more horrifying into the dumpster. After searching for some nifty wall decorations for my dorm I came across a BRILLIANT way to repurpose old cardboard
picture frames! 
All you'd need would be some cardboard, an x-acto knife, adhesive, and a lot of patience...
Here are a few frames I stumbled upon that left me breathless. If I have a few dozen hours on hand I could take a shot at these remarkably intricate pieces - but most definitely shouldn't take anywhere near that long!

Seems like a cute idea for a family or free time craft! This project is also versatile enough to suite all styles and artistic abilities. Hope you're inspired to give it a shot and I'll definitely keep you updated on any attempts I make!

~Until next time~
Andrea


Cranberry Crazed: DIY Skin Care Regimen

The first day of winter is upon us; Thanksgiving has come and gone; and for most of us Northerners the cold front has come. And somehow I still can't get my mind off of this holiday dinner staple. Cranberry sauce aside, this little fruit is packed with anti aging and detoxing capabilities. So, since they're in season, I figured now's the time to reap internal and external benefits of this super fruit.

These past few weeks I've been guzzling home made cranberry tea. They've even been found to fight infections, promote oral and intestinal health, and even combat certain cancers; and have a whopping number of antioxidants inside their small crimson skins. It's such a refreshing and healthy drink that's great hot or cold. This is definitely way better than any cranberry juice cocktail that you'll find at the supermarket - which most likely has more than 20 grams of sugar a serving!! Don't forget the artificial coloring and flavoring too.


Cranberry Tea Recipe:
Just add half a cup of berries to 2-3 cups of water and boil until the berries open up. At this point you can turn off the heat and let it steep on it's own. I love to add fresh ginger slices to my tea before its boiling for some added flavor.



Somehow these little beauties have gone under the radar all these years, but when it comes to skin care they are the mother load - salicylic acid, vitamin C, antioxidants, oil absorbing, skin firming, moisturizing! 

So here are 3 ways I've found to put them to good use in your beauty regimen this holiday season. Hell, you can literally use them in each part of your daily face routine!

Cranberry Tea Toner 
Step 1. Strain and cool your cranberry tea.
Step 2. Mix with equal parts Witch Hazel and put in a bottle to store.
Step 3. Apply with a cotton ball and enjoy radiant skin!

This toner will give you antioxidant fighting power, act as an anti-inflammatory, tone skin, fight oil and acne, and leave you feeling radiant and not the least bit dry!

Cranberry Detoxing Mask
Don't toss the boiled berries! With these left overs we can make a super packed facial mask.
Step 1. Put boiled cranberries in food processor and add 1 teaspoon of corn starch.
Step 2. Blend until cranberries are smooth add teaspoons of water as needed.
Step 3. Apply thin layer to face and store rest in an air tight container to last for the next week or so.

This mask is detoxing and will give you more prolonged exposure to cranberry's benefits. Never has this once dried out my skin. If you don't like cornstarch or don't have it around any natural flour like substance will act as a thickening agent.

Cranberry Firming Scrub 
Too many berries on your hands? No problem! Whip up an amazing smelling natural firming scrub!

Step 1.Follow directions for Cranberry Detoxing Mask
Step 2. Add 1 parts coarse brown sugar to 2 parts mask and mix for even consistency.
Step 3. Step into the shower, slosh away dead skin, and let the cranberry goodness rejuvenate you.



Your skin will feel revived from head to toe with these DIY beauty treatments. Considering they're in season and such a steal what's there to lose?!

~Until next time~

Andrea

Crazed for Crayons: DIY Melted Crayon Wall Art


Crayon art has been around for quite some time now and makes for a really great craft for home decor or holiday gift giving. I decided to take a shot at this simple and very versatile medium after perusing Pinterest and finding great renditions like thisthis, and this. I chose to use negative space to great an Ohm symbol -the final piece will be a gift for my yogi, veggie-loving best friend, and I recommend taking a shot at this very unique and simple gift for your loved ones this holiday!



Supplies:
canvas (I used 6 3x5 mini canvases)
Crayons
X-acto knife
painter's tape
hair dryer

optional: iron, scissors, news paper

time: 1.5 hours



The first step, which I did not snap a picture of, is to adhere your painter's tape in strips on the canvas. Unfortunately, I used duct tape which I do not recommend because some crayon seeped underneath- but I didn't mind because in the end it kept the Ohm from looking rigid and too sharp. 

I then marked the outline and used an x-acto knife to cut away the excess. If you want to use positive space instead (making the symbol or picture out of the melted crayon) then just peel away within your markings and leave the larger strips of tape.
The process of melting the crayons is all up to you. Here is a great Buzzfeed list of different types of melted crayon art.
I ended up using a mixture of the steam setting of an iron and my hair dryer on high heat. If either tool hits the melted crayons just wipe with a wet cloth immediately - once it dries its a pain to get off, but it's not impossible!


The final product!
Although there was some running of the crayons I really love how it turned out - it looks great up on the wall adding an unexpected pop of chaotic color to a serene Ohm symbol. 

~Until next time~




Thrifting Tales: unloading baggage

I just arrived back home for the holidays - and what's the first thing I do? Hit the local Salvation Army, of course. As of now, my closet is 80% thrifted; its the ultimate way to get unique, quality made items for an absolute steal. Get over the fact that it was someone else's grandma's; it's good for the earth and for your wallet.

I must admit I have been spoiled back in central florida where I have found some stellar local thrift shops pricing items as low as 50 cents! So, coming to the Salv where things are as low as 5$ almost shocked my broke wallet back into my purse. But I prevailed, and left with some one of a kind vintage bags that I'd like to share with you.

This by far one of my favorite items I found that day and if I didn't have so many damn backpacks already It'd definitely be staying in my closet. This baby came with the tags still on and is in brand new condition even though its from the mid 90's. Super soft leather with so many useful pockets; I can already see it on a festival-goers back holding all the necessities.

This 6x6 burgundy soft leather cross body is much deeper in color than my camera could capture. You can see better photos in my Vinted closet here.

This is an amazing vintage leather-bottomed drawstring backpack! I love the colorful detailing and the deep forrest green. Definitely had to keep this one for myself. 
Can you believe it was only $1.99?!


These bags can be found in my Vinted closet (click the vinted icon!) - or just click here!

~Until next time~

Andrea