Summer Fabulous in a Jar: Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub

The look of summer fabulous does not just happen.  Getting our decor, porches, patios, decks, lawns and gardens summer wow ’em ready comes with a fair amount of work.  Unfortunately, this labor of summer outdoor living love does not go unnoticed on the hands, feet and elbows of those who do the time in the summer salt mines putting a lot of elbow grease into it by performing the let’s pretty things up around here task at hand. Consulting my handy dandy Thesaurus for a nicer word for work, I thought these synonyms for the word work make a point.

Task at hand.

Elbow grease.

Salt mines.

Hand.  Grease (oil).  Salt.  I’m thinking a sweet summer season body scrub is in order.

Targeted emails, BOGOS and promo codes complement the necessary essential oils order needed to create the latest addition to my DIY beauty scrub recipe collection.  Let me introduce you to a fabulous summer hand, feet and body beauty treatment– Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub.

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I almost forgot to add this little tidbit of inspired information to the post.

crystal kiss dishGodinger Hershey’s Kiss Candy Dish

Back at Christmastime I ordered the crystal replica of the Hershey’s Kiss from Godinger Crystal for Dave the Builder’s Christmas stocking gift.  The busy shipping elves at Godinger mistakenly sent me a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup dish instead of the Hershey’s Kiss dish.  One quick and courteous call to customer service later, the issue professionally became a non-issue resulting in a sweet deal.  With all this talk and type of the rule of kiss aka keep it summer simple, container inspiration stylishly struck.

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I spooned ¼ cup of the scrub into the kiss dish and added a few of the dried lavender buds for keeping it lavender rose summer body scrub stylishly scented and summer scrub simple.

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I keep the remaining scrub in a lidded jar, the lavender buds nearby in a lovely vintage dish.  The pairing of lavender and rose together is summer scent divine!

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Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub

Lavender Rose Summer Body Scrub

½ cup sugar
½ cup kosher sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, melted
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Spoon scrub into a lidded jar of choice and seal tightly.  Scrub will keep for several weeks.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub

Good morning, afternoon or evening, friends!  Friday is in sight or here which is always a plus. Fall is getting its look and feel on, the small surgical procedure I had Tuesday went well, and I love the way the homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub turned out.  Anesthesia is drying, and knowing this I wanted to have a hand scrub on hand.  Looking ahead to more fall decorating with the branches and cuttings soon to fill ironstone pitchers and the demijohn Dave the Builder recently found in his rounds, I quickly recalled that getting to and cutting down the aforementioned branches and cuttings do a number on your hands.  Put the pumpkin pie seasoning in the coconut (oil, that is) and treat your hands to a fabulous Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub in the morning.

Or noon.

Or night.

You get the point.

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After a day filled with political mudslinging from every channel, network and streaming site, am I the only one who feels like a day at the spa treatment is in order?  Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub has got you and your hands covered.

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This scrub is super emollient, softens immediately, and can I just tell you- the scent is fall in a bottle.

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Mexican vanilla and pumpkin pie spice marry together in notes of fall fragrant harmony.

For the hands:

Dampen hands with tepid water.  Apply a small amount of pumpkin pie spice sugar hand scrub and gently massage in a circular movement to exfoliate and renew skin.  Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. To further promote  at home spa experience,  apply a small amount of your favorite hand cream to seal in the moisture and protect.

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Taking the new mixing bowl out for a recipe mixing test drive.

Now for the recipe.

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Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

½ cup coconut oil; softened

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1½ Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until blended.  Store the Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub in jar(s) with air tight lid(s).  The scrub will keep at room temperature for up to one month.

enjoy

 

 

Halloween Not So Haunted House Favorites: Halloween Decorating Ideas

Friday night lights will apply to more than high school Friday night football games this Halloween. The flicker and glow from jack-o-lanterns, skull sconces and every tricked out decoration in-between will illuminate the evening and catch the eye of the costumed faithful.

skull-sconceSkull Wall Sconce from Moonshine Lamp on Etsy

Halloween is exciting enough, but when it lands on a fab-Boo-lous Friday night the celebration soars to flying monkeys all hopped up on sugar heights.

flying-monkey“Fly, Fly, Fly.”  Winged Monkey Costume

Halloween decorating has taken on a life all its own in recent years. Decoristas leave no moss covered stone unturned, no craft store unshopped, no Halloween Pinterest board unseen in their search and shop for the ultimate get your Halloween decor on ideas.  I’m a traditional old soul at heart when it comes to my Halloween decorations.  We keep the scarefest very G-rated as not to spook or scare the little ones.  The most frightening thing at our house is the amount of calories in the bowls and bowls of candy, but who’s counting? Black and orange rule the color palette, Monster Mash is the first tune on the Halloween playlist, and I’ve been known to break out an old pair of men’s cowboy boots, jeans, flannel shirt and stacks of yesterday’s news (0ld newspapers) creating a wicked good cowboy to help me pass out candy. Speaking of haunting hits, here’s a few of the Places In The Home Halloween house favorites.

If your ideas of Halloween pumpkin decorating finds you in the no carve pumpkin zone, fret or fright not.

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Invent your very own throwback Halloween hashtag #TBH and channel decoupage days of basket purses and vintage milk cans past. Spray painted leaves, printables, old photos – get creative and test your mad Mod Podge skills. Glitter stickers, acrylic paint and a decorative furniture or curtain finial lend a designer touch and signature style to your Halloween decorations.

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Stylish decorations don’t have to expensive to be impressive. Create fab-BOO-lous Halloween centerpiece magic with a couple of dollar store feather boas, a witches hat, and a rhinestone pin.  You can get more bang for your harvest and Thanksgiving decorating buck by not carving the pumpkin and simply surrounding it with wow factor embellishments. Mingle twinkle lights in and around the feather boas for mood lighting.  Wrap average party paper cups in high Halloween style with ribbon in your favorite designer pattern and color.

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I like using fabric for foundation tablecloths and table skirting. Velvet and lace are hot trends at that moment and add an elegant, creepy edge to the festivities.  I stock up on pillar candles and dollar store glass containers and cylinder vases for my Halloween tablescapes.  Glitter, black beans, candy corn or food-color dyed water make great filler choices. This can I give you a hand serving bowl from Target would make a fun centerpiece anchor. Another dollar store run for Spanish moss, red apples and glow-in-the-dark insects and you’re set.

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Paper lunch bags come in handy for Halloween treat bags and light the way luminaires.  For treat bags, I like to glue Halloween themed printables to the front of the bags.  Next, I fill each bag with a generous layer of shredded newspaper, and finish with favors and treats wrapped in glitter tulle.  I cut the tulle so the ends will flow from the tops of the bags.  Using a hole punch, punch a hole through the center of each bag (about 1” down from opening), thread the raffia through and tie together to seal.

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Battery-operated LED votive candles produce the perfect flameless lighting for pathway luminaries. Safety first, and this option is a safe alternative to fire burning candles.

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I hope one or more of these Halloween decorating ideas offers inspiration for your Halloween haunted or not so haunted house soiree.

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday features signature signs of the season in sight and word, warm reminders, a DIY project, and a pair of birds from a distinct feather.

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Warm is a hot topic of fall conversation.  We have entered the season so closely associated with a changing and impressive palette.

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It may be a coincidence, but it seems the senses become heightened as the days shorten, colors deepen, spices and aromas entice and the tones and textures of nature engage us by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.

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I call this the apple of my eye wreath.  This stunning DIY apple wreath on fall home tour display at The Wood Grain Cottage is my kind of DIY project.

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Lowe’s knows color.

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Natural elements come together to create a tablecsape with a nod to the seasonal influence of color, texture and pattern.

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This time of year is deliciously referred to as soup weather, and this Pumpkin-Chestnut soup recipe from Martha Stewart is a quintessential fall favorite.

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A member of the duck, swan and goose family, the ruddy shelduck or Tadorna ferruginea is a distinctive species mostly found in central and Southern Asia.  Beautiful markings, don’t you think?

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I hope you have a most Fetching Friday.

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DIY Project Inspiration

About the time I think it’s time for a blog vacation, I see something so gorgeous, so share worthy, my blog writing, sourcing and general gabfest battery is recharged and DIY project inspiration is born.  Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens.  The summer months can be as hectic as they are relaxing, and with that in mind I am tailoring my blog posts to suit the on-the-go set.  Pretty is as pretty inspires.

 office-colorsBetter Homes and Gardens

Leopard prints are spot on style. This timeless look falls into the category of classic in the interior design and decor fabric hall of fame.  Don’t share the leopard love?  Here’s a suggestion.  Introduce leopard print in a small but statement making way like the upholstered chair bottom in the above image.  It will either make a bigger impression on you than you think, or it will only be a small bump in the decorative road to change. Vintage chairs can be found for cheap or free at second-hand shops, thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and curbside boutiques (one man’s trash is another man’s DIY project).

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Pick a fabulous designer color in your favorite brand of paint or spray paint and chalk it up, distress it down or go glam.  Fabric remnants are a do it yourself upholsterers best friend and find.  Upholstering a chair bottom is about as easy as a DIY project comes.   Link love: how to reupholster a chair seat.

DIY project inspiration

Low cost DIY projects keep beginners anxiety and buyers remorse at bay and spells  D-I- Why not?

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Tricking Out Your Spooktacular: Halloween Decorating

Invited guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight as they cast their eyes upon these visual treats of Halloween party pageantry.  I still get a big thrill planning and color scheming ideas for the Halloween decorating season.  Traditional colors, vintage jack-o-lantern window displays, antique accents and newly discovered decorative treasures conjure up oohs and awws.  You’re invited to sneak a peek at these Halloween decorating ideas with the right amount of scary style and swoon.  On that note, let’s Halloween!

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John Derian – Paperless Post

Set a mood of stylish intrigue by illuminating  your fright night soiree with distinct lighting options.  This hauntingly elegant antique bronze candle holder is guaranteed to garner attention. 

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Look! Up in the sky!  It’s red Sisal Cotton Ball Lantern String Lights casting a spell of pitch perfect party light into the dark of night.

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Inspiration is everywhere, and imaginative ways of use comes to caw (get it?) with these  lighted LED Willow Branches in black and gold.

LED willow branches

Party possibilities range from potted pathway luminaries to apothecary jars filled with Spanish moss, plastic creatures and towering twigs.

Halloween decorating ideas

A captivating centerpiece is an essential tablescape feature.  Centerpiece ideas range from classic orange and black Halloween accouterments to the very creepy with a hint of  chilling chic.  Dollar Tree is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers.  Spanish moss, black roses complete with spiders, a triple threat of eerie crows, and black and orange glitter pumpkins do a table good.

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I love the Oz Top Hat from Century Novelty for a focal point piece.  The top hat tips its hat to decoration triple duty.  Primp it out in tulle and tales for Halloween, tidy it up with a gold band for the perfect Pilgrim piece at Thanksgiving, and top it off with feathers and bows as a Christmas tree topper. That’s a lot of decoration bang for the decoration buck.

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Haunted elegance is found in the creepy and the crawling side of the season in these Haunted Elegance plates from Pier 1 Imports.

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With a grin from ear to ear, this black cat table piece will lend a frighteningly furocious look to the party.

chair sash

No party decoration closet, bin, or bag of tricks is complete without yards of yards of tulle.  It’s not a Halloween party until something is wrapped in black glitter tulle.  Take table tops and dining chairs to the next level with tulle skirting and sashes.  To cover and sash a chair, drape enough tulle over the chair to reach floor length.  Gather the tulle around the back of the chair at the base of the seat and tie with decorative ribbon.  Tie ribbon in bow or loose knot and place a plastic spider in the center.

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Mystery and intrigue awaits in the stacks.  Vintage mystery book stacks tied with raffia, burlap or decorative wire ribbon make great props for vases, urns or candelabras.

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Pair black kraft paper bags with tissue paper, glitter tulle, decorative ribbon in festive colors and these free printable vintage Halloween circle tags from Project Alicia for a super cute look.

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Halloween printables

That’s it kids!  It’s not too early to begin gathering ideas and goodies for your Halloween decorating extravaganza.  I hope one or more of these Halloween decorating ideas help to trick out your Halloween decorating spooktacular.

Focal Potential: A DIY Light Fixture Project

Necessity and sticker shock is the mother of all DIY projects.  If I search for an item and either can’t locate it or can’t bring myself to shell out $$$$ in order to make it mine a DIY light fixture project is in the making.  At times I succeed with the project, other times I exceed all expectations, and plenty of times it fails miserably. I’m rolling the dice on this one.

DIY light fixture project

Italian scroll chandeliers cause inspiration to tug at the creative part of my brain. The fixture style is lovely and wildly popular, but the sticker shock gives pause. Ouch!  Truth be told, the drops and the finial are the true eye catchers of the piece. A quick search landed me in a more affordable neighborhood. Gorgeous hand painted chandelier drops from Aidan Gray and a Tara Shaw Italian gilded tassel finial from Layla Grayce will be added to the shopping cart if this “eye”dea of mine falls flat. Here’s what I’m thinking~

Williamsburg chandelier

The crystal chandelier is pretty much pristine sans burned out bulb.  I found the fixture on eBay six years ago thinking it would be perfect for a client. When it arrived I immediately knew it was staying out of inventory.  It’s moving to the dining room.

foyer light fixture

The 12 light Williamsburg chandelier is an inherited left over from the original dining room design.  I added the shades last year with pleasing decorative success, but talk about further darkening the room. Personally I love it, but my camera and aging eyes hate the thing. I’ve studied and studied the fixture with a modifying intent. Paint it?  No. Lose the shades?  No.  Move it to the foyer?  Yes! That’s a start, but I want more for this chandelier.

decorative wood finial

We measured the clearance in the foyer noting the links would have to be removed to eliminate any head to fixture contact.  Hurdle #1 cleared. I’ve Googled till I can Google no more with very limited success in locating wooden carved chandelier drops. I asked Dave the Builder if he could channel his inner MacGyver to come up with an idea for the chandelier drops and decorative finial. How about…

chandelier parts

Dave found these craft finials at Lowe’s.  The mixed Oak craft finial (top left) is $2.98 and the Early American table leg (bottom right) is $1.48. Okay, the upfront cost is minimal. The plan is to create drops out of the table legs by removing the screws with vise-grip pliers, replacing with cup holder hooks, and staining with an umber or antique bronze to create the desired finish.  A distressed effect is also under consideration.  The craft finial will replace the center ring. We will retrofit it with a new screw to match the opening size of the chandelier, screw it in, and hope it fulfills my decorative dreams.  It’s well worth the try.

Top Off The Look: Pelmets, Cornice Boards And Valances

Draperies, curtains, pelmets, cornice boards and valances can be looked upon as the  finishing accessory that pulls the look of a space together- much the way a pair of earrings or a singular gold cuff bracelet sets a fashion ensemble into style.

scalloped valanceTraditional Home

Draperies and curtains ( you say tomato, I say tomahto applies here) cover much more than windows- they make an open and shut case for adding pattern, texture, height, balance, and color to the space.  Pelmets, cornice boards and valances complement draperies and curtains while providing a stylish alternative for covering and concealing the sins of install mistakes, measurement mishaps and drapery hardware.

pelmetHouse Beautiful

Wood (i.e. plywood) is usually the material of  choice for the construction of cornice boards.  Cornice board shapes and styles range from box to scalloped which can be painted or covered with drapery fabric or upholstery.

decorative wooden cornice19th Century Louis XV Cache Rideaux Wooden Cornice

An architectural pediment has the decorative ability to be not only a focal point, but a cornice board of decorative distinction with minor modifications.

decorative pelmet pedimentAugustusBrandt Antiques

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Decorative times have changed.  There is a breaking with the rule of perceived formality traditionally that is associated with the cornice board. As with most home decor and home furnishings, materials, design, form, construction, molding, upholstery, and embellishments can be dressed up or dressed down to reflect and the balance of the space and the desired look.

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Dave the Builder and I saved our newlywed nickles and dimes up for custom drapes.  When we listed our house for sale I reserved the drapes. Those lined little darlings were coming with us regardless of  any measurement restrictions!  The window measurements of the space in the new house didn’t overly concern me.  Plan B was in the woodworks.  Dave the Builder built scalloped cornice boards using ½” plywood.  He covered the forms with batting, measured and cut the fabric, and stretched and stapled it in place.

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While the glue gun heated up I measured and cut the finishing trim. Decorative upholstery trim is my go-to solution for beautifully embellishing and beautifully hiding a defective seam or less than perfect corner fold.

custom cornice board

For the DIY project minded, DIY Network has an excellent step by step guide to making a basic wooden cornice board here.   This is a smart option, the BCL Drapery Hardware Marion Custom Moulding Curtain Rod Cornice comes complete with decorative cornice and built-in curtain rod.

valanceTraditional Home

Valances and cornices share the common trait of purpose and position. Intended as a decorative option for concealing drapery hardware, a valance is made of fabric that runs the top length of the curtain or drape. Popular styles range from the casual loose and free flowing treatment, traditionally tailored, the structured balloon, ruffled, or scalloped design, pinch pleated, tied and tasseled, or a simple straight finished piece shirred on the rod.

valance window treatmentTraditional Home

Pelmets, cornice boards, and valances remain popular decorative choices to top off  and complete the total look of window treatments.