What’s Old, Can Be New Too

IMG_7717I was doing some Spring cleaning and found an old t-shirt that I used to love.  It had shrunk a lot and kind of grunged down so I was ready to toss it when all of the sudden an idea came to me.  Why not re-invent something I already have?  I started snipping and studding and ended up with an awesome new tank top that is now my new favorite!  It was super easy and I did it in less than 15 minutes.  Here’s how.

IMG_7698(This was the original)

IMG_7699(First chop was the new, low neck line)

IMG_7700(I chopped in a rounded “V” to avoid making too low of a cut top)

IMG_7704(Next to chop was the sleeves.  I followed close to the sleeve line in front to make sure there’s no unintentional side boob going on.)

IMG_7707(The back I cut much deeper towards the middle to make more of a racer-back tank.  I also chopped off the back of the neck hem.)

IMG_7709(I bought some studs from the local craft store and started placing them on the tank)

IMG_7711(I used jewelry pliers to begin to press the backs of the studs because they are sharp.  However, you can do this with your fingers as well)

IMG_7712(I positioned them before fastening to make sure they were even.  You can put as many or little as you’d like)

IMG_7713(Push the studs through the material and then bend the backs to fasten the studs on)

IMG_7721(Then try the tank on and make any cutting adjustments from here.  It’s best to start modest and then cut as necessary)

IMG_7718Ta da!  New, old shirt has officially transformed!

Edible Fairy Wands

IMG_6451It’s every twenty something year olds dream to have these magical sweet treats!  Chels and I first discovered these at a fund raiser which was dangerous because if you know your money is going to a good cause why not buy hundreds of them and indulge??  After all, it is helping somebody else!  Anyway, anything dipped in chocolate is a gift from God.  I don’t know if you have noticed but we are all about simple fixes and these are a great treat that you can share with others.

What you will need:
– Long Stemmed Pretzels
– White Chocolate Chips
– Sprinkles and/or any other desired toppings (our favorite choices: mini-marshmallows, coconut flakes, sparkly sprinkles)

IMG_6356(First step: Gather all your ingredients and place chocolate chips in a heating pan on the stove.  I’ve heard you can use the microwave but then the chocolate would harden much faster so I wouldn’t suggest it.  You want to have the pretzels out and ready to dip though because once the chocolate is melted, it’s go time)

IMG_6361(BEWARE: We melted on heat level 1.  The chocolate chips must melt on a very low level, otherwise they don’t become a creamy consistency and will actually harden/burn.  Once the chocolate is melted, you must work quickly.  Keep the burner on though as you start dipping.)

IMG_6370(We learned that tilting the pan to the side allowed for more chocolate which is always a plus)

IMG_6371(Twirl the magic wand as you start to remove it from the melted chocolate.  This helps swivel off some of the extra chocolate and make the wand look much more consistent)

IMG_6366(Now here’s the fun part!  Sprinkle your little hearts out.  We sprinkled over the sink because this can be a tad messy)

IMG_6487Lay them out to dry and then serve them up!  We couldn’t help but sample them along the way, you know, to make sure they all tasted alright.

Hey, they can’t all come out perfect looking but don’t worry they won’t last long anyway.  The combination of salty sweet gets everyone addicted instantly and before you know it, all that’s left are scattered sprinkles like a fairy crime scene.

No, I don’t want no scrubs …

I just want a sea salt exfoliate.  Big difference.  Chelsea had been talking about this amazing body “scrub” that she had made a few years ago and how great it made her skin feel.  Before she left for her trip, she decided to make a few batches while I worked on another project.  Let me tell you, this stuff is amazing.  I’m a pretty simple person and not into too many scents or crazy soaps but this is so refreshing and makes your skin so smooth!

What you will need (We stocked up on ours from Whole Foods):
1. Sea Salt
2. Coconut Oil
3. Lemons

IMG_6473(To start out, you may have to heat up the Coconut Oil because you want to make sure that it’s a liquid consistency)

IMG_6466(After the oil has turned to liquid, add it to the sea salt in a large mixing bowl.  The amount of sea salt and oil you use all depends on the storage containers you are going to put them in at the end.  We used mason jars here.)

IMG_6468(Squeeze fresh lemon in to liking.  We added extra lemon because it smells so good!)

IMG_6475(Place the delicious contents in mason jars and add some big chunk slices of lemon.  Voila!  A natural and fabulous body exfoliate.)

These could be a great and thoughtful gift for a friend or family member’s birthday.  Or you could even make this to keep and pamper yourself.  Either way, it’s very simple to make these.  Enjoy!