Lavender Bunnies

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Last Christmas (all the way back in 2012!) James bought me this book on vintage inspired handmade gifts. It’s so beautiful, it sits on my windowsill next to my Rookie yearbook, and my Tea Party book. Books with big pictures are my favourite. Anyway, I spent last christmas writing essays and I promised my mum that when I graduated we would make the lavender bunnies in my book as gifts. And we did! I know some of my friends and family read my blog, so I didn’t want to write about these before Christmas – I wanted the bunnies to be a surprise. I’m so pleased with how they turned out. They’re not symmetrical but I think they’re cute. The fabric I chose frayed like crazy but once we figured out how to work with it they were super fun to make 🙂

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You will need: Fabric (I used 3/4s of a meter of vintage plaid fabric from ebay), greaseproof paper, pencil, fabric scissors, lavender (you can buy dried lavender online), polyester stuffing, needle and thread, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, ribbon, small pom poms, sewing machine (optional)

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We traced the bunny shape onto greaseproof paper (remembering to leave an inch for the seam) cut it out, pinned it onto the fabric, and cut out 24 bunny shapes I pinned two sides of the bunny together and sewed around the edges, leaving one side of the head unstitched We snipped into the corners of the bunny and pushed the fabric through the hole so that the bunny was the right way around I stuffed the bunnies, alternating between polyester stuffing and lavender

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I hand sewed the stuffing hole closed We hand sewed on the pom poms as tails, tied the ribbon around their necks and embroidered eyes noses and mouths using the embroidery floss.

I rarely craft with others, so it was really fun to make bunnies with my mum – especially since they were completed twice as fast! They’re one of my favourite things I’ve ever made, I hope they enjoy their new homes.

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DIY Scented Candles

I love things that smell good, especially during winter when I’m spending a lot of time indoors. I burn a lot of joss sticks but I also love scented candles, and this is my third tutorial featuring essential oils! (DIY one, DIY two.) I find Yankee Candles super expensive though, especially when it’s so easy to make your own! I think it would be hard to replicate the smell of a Yankee Candle using this DIY, but these candles are still really cute.

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You will need: Glass containers for your candles (you can find so much cute cheap glassware in charity shops, that’s where mine come from!) candle wicks, candle wax (I recommend using either an unwanted candle that’s broken or dirty or soy wax, which is eco-friendly), spray paint, tape, kebab skewers, essential oil, and a doily.

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Obviously you can use any essential oil, but I am totally addicted to lavender! I think it’s the most relaxing scent.

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Cut your doily in half and cut each half into a semi-circle • Tape your doilies onto your glassware so that they overlap. Make sure they sit flat otherwise your pattern will smudge, and make sure you don’t put tape on the part you want to paint! • Turn your glass upside down and spray paint the bottom • Whilst your glass is drying, move on to the next step

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If you are recycling a candle like me, scrape any of the damaged parts from the wax with a knife • Melt the candle in a double burner (this is a pan on top of a pan full of water – you don’t want your wax to cook!) and remove the wick. You can recycle the wick too if you like! If you’re using soy wax just melt this in the pan • Tape two kebab sticks to the top of the glass, and wedge the wick in between them. This will hold the wick in place • Add a couple of drops of essential oil to your wax and pour it into your container. Wax sinks as it cools, so you will need to add more wax after a couple of hours.

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I did a second candle, but instead of using doilies I just taped the top of my glass before spray painting it. This is so simple but I think it’s really effective.

What do you think of my DIY? I think these would make great christmas presents, and you can be as creative as you like with both the scent and the way you decorate your glass! I’m keeping these for myself, they make my room so cosy 🙂

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Have you ever made candles before? Happy Wednesday friends!


Homemade Bubble Bath

If, like me, you’re coming towards the end of your degree, then this is a very stressful time of year. We have our final assesments and I’m supposed to be preparing for the real world? That’s too many things at once! I think what anyone in my position needs is a relaxing bubble bath. Scratch that, I think what everyone needs is a relaxing bubble bath. Recently, I love going to health shops. They have so many exciting types of tea and veggie things and lotions and potions that smell amazing! The last time I was there I picked up some things so that I could make my own bubble bath.

I decided to just make enough for one bath, however if you made a whole bottle full, this would make an amazing homemade present! Making your own bubble bath isn’t necessarily cheaper than buying it from the shop. But it’s tons more fun. You can use and combine any scents that you like, and you can tailor the oil you choose to your own skin needs. I chose lavender because I think that it is the most relaxing smell in the world, and almond oil because it’s great at moisturising, and my skin gets a little dry sometimes. One day I will be more adventurous and buy essential oils other than lavender.

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You will need:

Hand soap
Essential oil(s)
Almond oil
A container like an old bottle or a jam jar

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Step 1: Mix together one part hand soap to one part almond oil. If you’re making enough bubble bath for one bath, add 3 or 4 drops of essential oil. If you’re making a bottle of bubble bath, add half the bottle of essential oil.

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Step 2: Pour your bubble bath into the running water and enjoy!

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I hope you’re having a lovely weekend, and making the most of these balmy evenings 🙂


Homemade Massage Oil

This week has been pretty hectic for me, I have so many deadlines, and I’m spending a lot of time in the library. If you’re facing a busy January too, massages are the most relaxing thing ever. Enlist help from a close friend or a more-than-friend. Massage oil is so easy to make. If you’re feeling generous, this also makes a great present.

Massage Oil 1You will need: A carrier oil. This can be any sort of vegetable oil, from olive oil to almond oil. I used almond oil because it has good skin care qualities. You will also need some essentail oils. You can use them in any combination you like! Different oils have different properties, so you might want to take a look at these. I got all my supplies from Holland and Barrett.

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Step One: Mix the essential oils and the carrier oil together. Look on the essential oil bottle for the ratio.

Step Two: Label your bottles with a little illustration.

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