DIY: Scrubs: Brown Sugar Autumn Body Scrub

I love doing anything DIY if I can help it, especially if it will help save money in my pocket. Though I love Sephora, sometimes the things they sell can be a bit pricey when I could just make the item myself. For instance, I recently got a sample of a Brown Sugar Scrub and body wash. I thought “I could make this then I wouldn’t have to buy this!”

So I went searching around Google and Pinterest to see if I could find any DIY Brown Sugar Scrub but as I saw some Coffee scrubs, I thought “Wait, we use Rooibos loose tea, maybe I could incorporate this too!”

More searching only to find one or the other.

So…I made my own. Here’s how to make my Brown Sugar Autumn Body Scrub (I call it a Autumn Scrub because it smells more like Fall/Autumn time to me) :

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar or Brown Sugar (We don’t eat sugar in our house, so I used Truvia Crystals and added Molasses to make Brown Sugar until I got the consistency I liked, then added it to this recipe you might need only 1/3 cup if using Truvia. I did one cup and had to add more)
  • **1 tbsp Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea (or more if desired) (If you only have tea bags, just cut open the tea bags for the amount you need/desire)(You can leave this step out if you don’t want it. The tea crystals are pretty messy in the shower, but not so bad in a bath, though beware of clogging your tub)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E, (cut open vitamin 4-6 Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or your favorite citrus essential oil (optional)
  • 1/3 cup liquid oil – either almond, avocado, olive, or coconut. I like Olive Oil best but we also use Almond Oil in our house so sometimes I mix them together so I get a bit of both.
  • If desired for dry skin, add a tbsp of Raw Honey
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.
  2. Add your oil and mix together, it shouldn’t be to dry or two wet. If the mixture is dripping off your spoon, it’s too wet.
  3. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid and use whenever you feel the urge for a spa night!
  4. The above amount makes enough for your entire body, for a few washes.

 

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This is how it should look with the tea leaves

To Use: In the shower, apply Brown Sugar Body Scrub into skin and rinse. Can be used daily.

**Trixie Tip: Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery so remember to rinse well with hot water afterwards and wipe down so others (and yourself) do not fall. Also little rubber feet at the bottom of the shower or bath help you from sliding as well. If you don’t have that, I generally put a medium town down underneath me so I don’t fall.

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The finished product (this is without the tea leaves)

Gift Packaging Idea: Though Mason Jars are GREAT for this, not everyone has them. Instead, save plastic containers from other products and replace the label with one I made myself on the computer. I use Washi Tape and fabric and a bow. Tie it up with a colorful ribbon and you have a wonderful homemade beauty gift!

enjoy!

 

**Sugar Scrub Variations

Mad Men Monday: The Closet -Ally or Adversary?

mad_men_cd_cover_325x325Since we are all NOT Female stars in a wonderful TV Show like Mad Men, it would be rare to say we all have amazing dressing rooms and closets as well as fab wardrobes to chose from. We are all not lucky enough to have walk in closest and rooms where we can do fittings and change in.

Some may have these finer things in life, but I have found the common woman general has a closest she herself could barely fit in, much less all the wonderful clothes she desires to own and wear.

There are ways however to not only give yourself a fabulous dressing room but also to utilize the closest space and spaces you already have.

For instance, do you perhaps have a room in your home that is currently being unused? Perhaps it was formerly a children’s room or a den? What about in the basement? Do you have wide open spaces down there that is just waiting to be gobbled up by you? Perhaps you have a master bedroom and yet only a one you or you really only need a small bedroom to sleep in and could flip that mast bedroom around to be your own personal space?

The most important thing you can do is have a room where you can see all or as much of your items as possible. Now perhaps you will only be able to have a room to put your clothes in and will have the change nearby or somewhere else.  Do the best you can with what you have. But I bet you would be surprised when looking around that you DO have the space to make a more wonderful space for yourself.

Then there is the under used and under utilized items. What is in your closest that you haven’t worn in a year? More than a year? What about coats? Are coats taking up those spaces? The general rule of thumb for when to remove an item from your wardrobe is if you haven’t worn it in a year, you most likely are not going to. There are the exceptions however to formal gowns etc…but this is where we start separating.

If you haven’t worn it and are not going to get rid of it. If it is a formal, collect all the formals and cover them with a wardrobe cover and hang them somewhere safe or cover them with a garbage bag and tie off the bottom. Attach a label to the hang so you know what they are.

If coats are invading your space, the remove all coats and put them in a coat closet or somewhere out of the way. I put even my formal coats with my other coats in the front hall closet, along with scarfs, hats and gloves for easier access when going out.

Once you have the items you are going to keep, you can start assessing the space. Make it an extension of you. Lighting(no fluorescent) (I prefer Daylight lamps) , colors on the walls( I prefer Pink on one wall) , pictures you desire (Anime images and things I have drawn make me feel pretty), a good full length mirror (one can be cheap for under $10 at Walmart) and perhaps a Vanity if you have the space for you to do your makeup(I found one at an Auction event but they can even be found at thrift stores or you can make a vanity from an old desk or computer stands work great to keep your makeup underneath on the keyboard tray).

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Put your shoes on a door hanging rack, or get a small shoes holder to put underneath your clothes. You can also have them in a foyer, or along the hallway. Look for spaces that might work for these.

If you have a small closet and just won’t be able to create a Dressing Room space here are some tips from the Mad Men Fashion Files book and a few hints from me:

  • Archive by season. (Clean things out and put in bins or boxes. I prefer plastic bins to keep my clothes fressh and I make a list of what is in them and then tape it to the top of the bin. Then I put them i the basement to rotate when the next season comes out)
  • Whose Bed are your Items under (Sorry that was a joke from Shania Twain song…) ( At Target and Walmart etc they have bins that slide under your bed. Put shoes, belts, scarves and other misc items underneath it all.You can also store all those seasonal items if you have no where else to put them
  • Hang it Up ( I use bulletin boards, tacks and nails to create a line up of my hair bandanas, scarfs, and belts. They are out in the open and it also uses the wall space. I mean why have a picture when You can have all your favorite items all around you. This also works for hanging up purses on the wall and many other items)
  • Become a Label Crazed person. Buy label maker or use Masking Tape and box, bin and label the heck out of things. Get Ikea drawer boxes or something similar at Target or Walmart or Shopko and put things away and label label label. Then it is out of the way and organized as well

The women of Mad Men are lucky. They not only have a fabulous Fashion and Costume Designer who helps them pick out everything to wear, but they each have their own fabulous space to dress and shoes and do their makeup in. Some may have these same types of places in their homes, but as  I said before the average woman does not.

Be creative.

Think outside of the box…this one being the box of your room.

When I was a teen and had no space, I learned how to put things under neath, hang things on walls and I tuned my bunk bed upside down and made it into a Wooden Futon/Daybed. I went to fabric stores and begged for remnants (the days when you didn’t have to pay for them)

A few years ago I live in a fabulous studio where there was a Murphy Bed. I love how it went up and got out of the way. Even Caroline on Two Broke Girls figured out a way to make a Murphy Bed and create more space for her and Max ( Yes I love that show)

Shop around thrift stores to find desk or things that will help you make a vanity or dresser or a space to put things away. Remember YOU can do nearly anything with something else. Refurbish it. Re Paint it, add different knobs. Transform a desk to a Vanity. Transform a TV cupboard into an Armoire. Unleash your creative side. Hang things up, put things out or label the heck out of them.

Make your closet your friend. Once you have the perfect space or cleaned out closet you can then put the items and things you DO need and WILL wear back in them. I organize by color, some organize by item (Dresses, skirts etc) That reminds me, I did add a pants bar in my tiny closet and gave myself another space for just my skirts. It completely transformed my closet. I also took off my door and hung a curtain for awhile but then I just took that down too.

Here are a few other images of my spaces and how I used them (Click on image to enlarge view and notes)

Here is an image of my full studio. I use my studio for dressing room, work space, create space and so much more…Perhaps you could use an area in your house for a dressing room and closest but make it the space you love to be in no matter what you do with it.

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Until next time,

XoXo~Trisha Trixie

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Trixie Tuesdays The Boyfriend Apron Continued…

Sorry it is so late. Been a crazy day getting pliers and zipper feet for my sewing machine and all sorts of crazy things for this seamstress and designer. I finally got around to finishing on of the parts of the Boyfriend Apron. Here is the outcome…

 

 

So what will i do with this? I think this would be a perfect apron for Housecleaning. It is already used, I don’t have to iron it, and if it gets dirty, it’s no big deal. Yes a housecleaning apron fer sure.I don’t event know if I will put pockets on it. To me this is like a shirt you make dishrags out of. You don’t have to put a lot of work into it because it is just going to get filthy.

What do you think? What would YOU use it for?

TrishaTrixie Tuesdays: The Boyfriend Apron

Do you have an old boyfriend shirts you just don’t know what to do with? I found a tutorial on how to take a shirt and make it into an apron and thought I would show you my process and how I did it for this Trixie Tuesdays

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I cut off the arms and then trimmed them for the ties

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I cut thae collar and used as much of the sleeve as I could for each set of ties

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I laid out each sleeve and then slit up the sides to open it up

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like this I laid it out and then counted four squares over and cut

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I also took what was left of the top part of the collar and trimmed it to use for puppy and cat scarves

Stay tuned later today to see how this turns out!

Until then,

 

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

 

Fabulous Friday: Is It Time to Be Fabulous Yet?

Nope, but we are not far off!

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Next week, August 2nd is our First Be Fabulous Friday to kick off my  NEW Be Fabulous Campaign aka Course for Fabulousness!

Want in on this? I still have room in my BETA group for the first round. Join the BE FABULOUS Facebook Group here!

What will be in store for you? Each of these are up to you to participate if you desire. I will give you the tools and info. You have to have the desire. The following week we will be sharing our thoughts, comments, awareness’s, and if you like any images you also choose to share from what you created. I have listed the basics of what I plan to offer you and if you choose to create any of the items what you will need for each week. Some people in my other courses I have taken sometimes even like to make one BIG Journal and clip, post and paste everything in one. This is YOURS. I want you to do whatever YOU want to do.  I will have info and print outs for each week. None of these things are set in stone. You can do online or handmade. You can just read them. You can do nothing.

BE FABULOUS in YOUR OWN WAY!

  • Week 1: Be Fabulous 

Envisioning Guided Fabulous Mediation by HypKnowTherapy Solutions with Betsy Bicsak, CHt 

You will receive an audio to download or listen to online (cd’s can be purchased for $10 which includes shipping and handling in the US)

We will discuss what is means to Be Fabulous and open your mind to what it might mean to you

We will be making a Be Fabulous Collage/Vision Board. I will give you some sheets you can print out for ideas and cut outs. It will be up to you to purchase or use materials as you desire. This could be a card, a poster board, a canvas, it it up to you.

If you desire to make a Pinterest Board or other online Board that is fine as well.

Items Needed:

Poster Board, Bristol Paper, Piece of Cardboard, Wood, or whatever you desire to put you Vision Board Collage on. I use Canvas Boards or Bristol Paper with a heavy thickness. You can use anything you just need something to glue your items on.

Magazine tear outs of things that you feel or are connected to as FABULOUS. This could be words, images, pictures, designs, etc.

ModPodge or Glue Sticks

Glitter if you want it or other embellishments

My printout for the week

  • Week2: Be Grateful

Week two we will talk about being Grateful and I will give you instructions on making a Mini Gratitude Journals you can carry with you so you can write down all the things you  are grateful for or notice to Be Grateful for during the day. I will also give you some sites for some Online Journals if you prefer to keep track that way.

Items needed:

Mini Composition Journal (you can buy a 4 pack at Target or Walmart generally for $1-$2)

Scrapbook paper

Modpodge or Glue Sticks

Other items you want to add (i.e. stickers, glitter, etc)

  • Week 3: Be Strong

In week three we will discuss Toxic People and how they affect us and how to overcome this with some hints tips and tricks from my OWN life. We will go over jealously, saboteurs and haters and how to move past those who try to deter you from your Fabulous journey. I will give you a few book ideas as well as some other quotes and info from others I have learned throughout the years.

(We will not be making anything this week but you can make a Pinterest Board or another Vision Board here if you like. I will share my Strong Vision Board with you all for suggestions)

  • Week4: Be Enlightened

In week four, our FINAL WEEK, we will discuss how our lives have changed. How you can Be Enlightened and stay enlightened.  I will share some of my favorite sites, people and things that will help you and guide you along your path to continued power and positive thinking so you can always carry that Be Fabulous attitude with you.

The final thing you will receive is the Be FABULOUS Mantra. I have a mantra I have made FOR YOU but desire you to add to it and make it yours as well. I hope that you will print the Mantra out and post it where you can see it so you will be able to Be Fabulous every day! You can also collage it and frame it or have it online. As long as it is something you will see, read and feel in your heart regularly.

Is it Time to Be Fabulous for you?

Come join our group of nearly 50 participants now! CLICK HERE to JOIN!!

All items for this will be posted in here. I am currently offering this for FREE to test it out, get your input and feedback and make this the best course ever with YOU in mind!

Want a great way to remember to Be Fabulous? Order this “Time to Be Fabulous Hourglass Double Ribbon Necklace” and wear it with pride! This can also be Converted to a Zipper Pull or whatever you desire. Custom Orders are encouraged.

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Until Next Time,

Xoxo Be Fabulous

Trisha Trixie

Try It Tuesday: Ridding your home of those nasty gnats (by special guest Jessi Wilson)

Getting rid of Pesky gnats (Jessi Wilson)

Okay, so how many of you have woken up in the middle of the night to that annoying buzzing sound in your ear? Yep, me too. When spring comes those little gnats sneak their way in unnoticed and prey on you nearly 24/7 but mostly at night. I use to be a firm believer in fly strips until the day I backed into the one hanging in my dining room and got my hair stuck. And after many a “sentence enhancer” (cuss words for short) I decided, in desperate times I will use these.

Not anymore, I have found an at home safe and beyond effective method of getting those little gnats and fruit flies out of your life if not for good, pretty close, and you have all of these ingredients IN YOUR KITCHEN!

This is what you will need:

Wide mouth plastic bottle with tight fitting lid (Lipton Pure Life Tea bottles work great!!) or
Pint or Quart Mason jar with ring

Saran Wrap –if using the mason jar

Apple Cider Vinegar or Left Over Wine (WHAT!?! You say?!? Who has left over Wine? It happens, *laughs* I’m proof)

Dish Washing Soap (like for your sink, not dishwasher)

Water

Okay, these ingredients look pretty simple, right? This is where it gets even easier.

Method 1:
You are going to rinse out the contain you decide to use, shake it out so you get most of the water out of it, and measure out 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar or Wine(if you have that much left Emoji) and pour it into your container, add approximately 1 squirt (1 tablespoon) of your Dish Washing Soap. Now if you use the Mason Jar, you can take your little piece of Saran Wrap, put it over the top of your jar, and apply your lid and poke some holes in your wrap. You dont want them too big or too small, because you want these little buggers to get in, and not be able to get out, set it in the place your flies are gathering and… wait. (You may want to change this solution every couple days, where in method 2, I put put the lid back on shook it again, and started over)

Method 2: (Which is the one I used)
Put all ingredients from above into your Tea Bottle, when finished add 1/4 c of water and apply your lid. This is where your kids can help, have them shake the bottle until you have bubbles forming to the top of your bottle. Remove your lid, set it in place, and wait. The cool part about this method, is you can see these little bugs gather on the bubbles, and it traps them so they can fly in, but not out. Genius, Right?!

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Good Luck with your options, I would really recommend this over any other product out there. But ill let you decide for yourself. — Jessi

I found this idea at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080323033742AAlzDst

What not Wednesday: Schools Out Crafts about?

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What is better than making a balloon float on air?  The directions are all included on the Spoonful website.

Does your child like to paint?  There are many canvas studios that offer children’s painting.  This is a fun way for your child to invent on a canvas.  A local business called Social Canvas offers this service, but check your local area for all the selections.

I saw some youngsters doing this and they seemed to really find a sense of accomplishment.  You will be amazed at how much it relaxes your child too!

Maybe you don’t have time to set up a huge crafting project, but the little ones need something to do.  Well, the DLTK’s website offers many printable coloring, crafting, and activities for you little ones to complete.  This site is well worth its weight in gold!

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Why not make a chicken paper plate craft?

Remember that projects keep the little ones busy.  Make the summers memorable.

Don’t forget your little one might enjoy to craft in some of our lovely apron designs just for kiddos.  Check them out at our etsy store.  Custom orders are always welcome.

Saturday Special: Gardening in a vintage way

Gardening in a Vintage way

I take many of my gardening ideas from my grandmother.  When I dig in the dirt, I still hear her voice.  I guess the garden is the place that I go to be near her.  I am thankful for all that she has taught me and hope that I might be able to share her passion with you.  I don’t guarantee results, but this is the way we have always done it!

First of all, you can garden any place.  I started pot gardening in my first apartment.

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This is a tomato plant and it already has yellow flowers and a tiny tomato.  All signs that this is a healthy plant.
Second, gardening has to be fun.  Wear cute cloves and a pretty apron!  If you are going to do it, do it in style.  Find many cute items now available at our etsy shop!
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Now, you’ll want to keep the critters out.  My grandma never used harsh chemicals and neither do I.  I like to pull weeds, but I do use organic preen.  Also, to keep out the bunnies and other varmints I plant green onions and Zinnias.  I never eat the onions and they come back year after year on there own.
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When we plant lettuce, we dig a small trowel and place the seeds inside.  After the seeds go in, we brush the dirt over the seeds.  Use plenty, some will wash away!
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Beans are fun to plant.  It always makes me think of jack and the bean stalk.  It is truly amazing that little beans become plants.  We dig little holes and then fill them in.
We, usually, plant two rows of beans.  The idea of planting three is the hope that one bean will make it to maturity.
Our garden also has peppers, pumpkins and a few herbs.  What do you like in your garden?  Have other helpful gardening trick or tips?  We’d love to hear them.

Throwback Thursday: Interesting Nature Facts

Dragonflies

Dragonflies fly up to 20 miles per hour!  They also hover and fly backwards.  They are great for gardening, as they devour insects.

Shade Trees

Planting two to three shade trees in your yard can save you $100 to $250 a year in energy costs.

Onion

Ancient Egyptian laborers ate onions to give them strength while building the pyramids.  Onions were used, in the past, to treat infertility, impotence, headaches, hair loss and muscle aches.  Perhaps, we should be eating more onions?

 

Crickets

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Did you know that you can tell the temperature outside based on the sound of the cricket?  Really!  I learned this from my grandmother.  Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and add that number to 37.  This will be the approximate temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Night Blooming Plants

My grandmother bought a night blooming plant this year.  I wondered what the real purpose of these plants was.  Not only are they beautiful, but the attract night flying pollinators.  This helps your plants to grow stronger!

What are some fun nature facts that you know?  Please comment on the site, we’d love to hear them.

Wednesday What Not; reusing the plant to have the flower and gardening tips and tricks!

What to do with the plants loved ones gift you?  

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This is beautiful and I have convinced my babe to buy me plants, rather than cut flowers so that I can create a beautiful flower bed.

That beautiful plant above will eventually become

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However, it’s beauty is not over.

Gardening Apparel Suggestions

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Just think of how you can make gardening look good!

1. The Jean Apron by Trisha Trixie Designs has cute embellishments and pockets to hold your gardening tools.

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2.  Don’t forget your little helper.  This Trisha Trixie design is for your little one.  Won’t you match so sweetly?

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Directions

1.  Take your pot outside and put in the garage.  The plant will dry out along with the flower and leaves.

2. Pull off the leaves and flowers, leaving only the bulbs behind.  Keep them in a container.

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3.  As Spring approaches, the bulbs will start to sprout.

4. Dig a shallow hole with your shovel.

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5. Place your bulb with the green size up in a grouping of three or four.

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6.  Cover up the bulbs with dirt.

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7.  Wait for your bulbs to grow.  They may not grow fully this year, but just wait for next year!

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Through the years, I have never purchased bulbs.  However, you can see how replanting gifts has developed my flower garden!  Easy, simple and lasts forever.  These dears will come up year after year!

Extra Tips and Tricks for your food gardens!

1. Plant marigolds, onions or Zinnias on the border of your garden to keep out rodents.  (My grandma told me this and it always works)

2. Plan your cucumbers on father’s day.  They will grow in abundance.

3. The best organic gardening starts with the soil.  Adding top soil to the top of your garden will do wonders.

4.  Use Preen Organic to keep the bugs away.  You can purchase it at any hardware/gardening store.

 

Try it Tuesday: Garden Party lighting

Gardening Party Light

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So, this is try it Tuesday and I look for other ideas to try.  I’m no designer like Trisha Trixie.  The directions were to stick some tissue paper in a jar, put on a lid, and a flameless candle and you would have a masterpiece.  If you couldn’t do it, they have them available on easy.  Psh…the directions were bad, but I can help you and I’ve added some beautiful additions.

Attire Suggestions

Trisha Trixie had come up with a reversible apron that is meant for keeping beauty supplies.  However, I think it will be great for holding crafting supplies.  Today, I introduce the cutest little barbie apron around.  Oh, this girl loves her some Barbies.  I’ll have to let you in on my Barbie collection some day!

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Supply List Per garden light

  • A canning jar (I use the clear one from the craft store, just so as not to distract from my design)
  • A flameless candle
  • One sheet of tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • And something long to push your tissue around (I used a long handled lighter)

Directions

  1. Cut the tissue paper in half
  2. Measure around the jar and cut with a little room for overlap.
  3. Curl up the tissue and stick it in the jar.  Measure the depth of the jar.
  4. Pull out the tissue and cut so the tissue isn’t sticking out of the jar.light(1-4)
  5. Roll up the tissue slightly and put it inside the jar.
  6. Push the tissue around at the top and spread it out.  The edges of tissue should overlap a little.
  7. Use the long item to slightly push in the edges.
  8. Make the tissue even on all sides

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9. Tape the edges

10. Put in the flameless candle

11.  Cut a square of tissue to go over the top.  Do not put the seal back on, but put the ring on.  Cut around the edges to give it a pretty flare.

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Ready for your garden party!

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Wednesday What Not: Birthday Traditions

We are celebrating the birthday week of TrishaTrixie.

I thought it would be fun to reflect on some birthday traditions.

Cake

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There are many theories as to why we have the birthday cake!

  • The greeks were thought to take cakes to the gods at the beginning of a full moon and a birthday represents one full moon!
  • In Germany, it was a tradition to make bread in the shape of the baby Jesus’s swaddling clothes.

But why do they put candles on the cake?

  • Again, this looks at ancient Greek times.  When the cakes were brought to the God’s they were lit with candles to look like the moon.
  • The German’s were the first to use small candles on their cakes, as they were good candle makers.
  • Candles were used in the center of cakes to represent the “light of life”
  • Some cultures believed that the smoke from the candles would send your wishes up to heaven.

The Birthday Party

A party is usually had so that treats can be shared and presents can be given.  However, this was not always the case.

  • The earliest parties were planned because people thought that evil spirits would visit them on their birthdays.  Friends and family stuck close so they could keep the spirits away.
  • Later, they became traditions where people would come together and celebrate the life of the person having a birthday.

Birthday Luck

A good luck birthstone, good luck flower and good luck color have been assigned to each month of the year.

Wrapping Gifts

A tradition that we hold is the custom of wrapping gifts.

Check out this video on how to wrap a perfect gift.

Try it Tuesday: Personalized Picture Jar

In honor of TrishaTrixie’s Birthday I tried my hand at this personalized gift.  Who wouldn’t want a memory of you?  

Personalized Picture Jar

Attire Suggestions

I am designing this for the bright and cheery TrishaTrixie and so I must dress for fun.  All of these styles are available through our store!

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Needed Supplies

  • A jar large enough to fit a 4 x 6 photo
  • A 4×6 photo
  • Enough vegetable oil to fill the jar.
  • Some decoration to go behind the picture and beads (if you’d like) to go in front of the picture.
  • A scrap piece of fabric to cover the top of your jar.

Directions

1. Put the photo inside the jar.  You may have to cut it down a bit to fit.

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2. Place your beads in front of the photo or whatever else you might want there.

3. Place an ornamental item behind the picture.  I chose a plastic flower that I thought would hold up to vegetable oil.

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4. Fill up the jar with vegetable oil.

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5. Cut a square of fabric larger than the lid.

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6. Cut the fabric so that it just barely peaks out from the lid, as you want the picture to be visible.

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7.  You have the perfect gift from the heart to share!

Saturday Special: Last Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day

Procrastination?  Yes, we have all been there and help is on the way.  

Hallmark has an amazing new product that you can do with the little ones called magic prints.  The products range from $9.95 to $24.95.  They are sure to melt any mother’s or grandmother’s heart.

Just Like You Magnet  Girl Double Frame with Sentiment

Of course TrishaTrixie designs has lovely jewelry designed for the fashionista in mom.  The products range from $10.00 to $20.00.

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Better Homes and Gardens has some great DIY projects for the kids to complete.  My personal favorite is the pen/pencil holder.  Who else is always looking for a pen?

Mother's Day Pencil Holder and Frame

Does your mom like to bake, craft, garden or just look gorgeous?  Check out these fun, vintage inspired aprons!

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Martha Stewart might not be the perfect ideal housewife anymore, but she has some great ideas!  Why not make mom a nice meal for Mother’s day?  This heart-shaped egg toast is sure to get a smile out of mom!

Heart-Shaped Egg in the Hole

What woman doesn’t love shoes?  There are so many various possibilities.  Does mom like comfy, flat or a nice heel?  Why not spoil her and shop now!

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Is mom eco-friendly?  Does she do what she can to save the world?  Then check out these repurposed items for mom.  The photo cubes would be so cute on a desk!

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Does mom like scarfs to brighten up her outfit?  The choices are unlimited and usually reasonable in this category.  Shop for mom!

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We hope we were able to provide you with some last minute ideas.  At TrishaTrixie designs we would like to stop and thank all of the women in the world who take time to care for our future.  We are all blessed to have you as a part of our community!

Try it Tuesday: Charm Bracelet for Mom or yourself!

Charm Bracelet

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This is a relatively simple task.  The hardest part is picking out the perfect beads, charms and accessories to complete you beautiful project.

Attire Suggestions

The floral rosy cuteness half-apron is great for fun tasks.  Pair it with a sporty shoe and #1 mom earrings to really get your inspirational juices going.  All of these items were made by Trisha Trixie Designs.

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Supplies

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1. Half circle bracelet where the end bead unscrews

2. Glass beads, silver beads and charms of your choice.  As many or as few as you desire is fine.

Directions

1.  Unscrew the end off the bracelet.

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2.  Set your beads up in the order you would like to place them on.

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3.  Screw the end back on and you have a beautiful charm bracelet.

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The bracelet cost me around $25 to make.  This may seem pricey, but it is no where near as expensive as the charm bracelets purchased at your local retailer.  If you search around, you can usually find deals on these bracelets.  Beads, charms and etc easily come off the bracelet making the charms changeable.  This would make a great, personal Mother’s Day Gift.

Friday Wrap Up: Golf and Summer in Review

Golf and Summer in Review

Let me just say that I really messed this summer thing up.  It is May 2nd and we have measurable amounts of snow here in Iowa.  We thought about packing our bags and heading to a beach, however were going to give Iowa another try at summer!

Saturday

Trisha Trixie talked to us about her childhood and growing up in the 70s.  She talked about music, the outdoors and just being overall happy.  You must read to find out the meaning of “don’t stir the ice cream!”

Sunday

We prepared beef kabobs ala summer fun!  This simple, fast recipe is great for busy weekends.

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Monday

Mad Men had a focus on the shooting of MLK.  This made Trisha Trixie think about how this tragic event correlated with what occurred in Boston.  That is was okay and normal to feel the pain of those we have never met and question how something so horrible could ever happen.  “How are yousince it happened?”

Tuesday

We created a repurposed frame for the golf fanatic. This project could be done with any sport.  It is a fun twist on an old frame!

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Wednesday

We looked at golf fashion throughout the ages.  It is fun to see how dress has evolved over the years to meet the needs of golfers.   Also, we had a date night in a jar to feature for May day!  Did you get any lovely May day surprises?

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Thursday

We looked at the history of women and golf.  Analyzed the social elements of golfing.  If you golf, what do you gain from golfing?

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We have had a wonderful week here at Trisha Trixie design. We are working to keep our Store up to date.  Keep checking back for fun ideas that may inspire your own creative passions!

Wednesday What Not: Golf Fashion and May Day Maddness

May Day Madness

So, we have all gotten the little cups with popcorn and M&Ms dropped at our door.  But we wanted to look for a more adult twist on this idea.  Through 504 Main, we located many gifts in a jar.  A featured item was a miniature golf date in a jar!

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I love this idea and I think you could really add your own spin to this gift giving idea.  Who might be deserving of such a May Day gift?

 

Golf Fashion Through the Years.

Golf has always been the place to be fashionable for women.  Having the right shoe and ensemble is just as important as how you play the game.

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The basic ensemble of the 1890s was a simple blouse and a long skirt about 3 inches off of the ground.  This sleeves often made a full swing difficult and the golf club often got caught up in the skirt.  Can you imagine?

The Twentieth Century

Women began to prefer the jacket, skirt, and blouse ensemble.  However, around 1909 the jacket was replaced with a cardigan.  This might have provided a bit more comfort.

1915

Finally, Jersey material was introduced.  The cardigan and the skirt were often made of jersey material.  This provided for more comfort.

1925

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The golfing sweater vest became the latest rage.  This allowed for more movement in the swing.

Mid 1920s

The one piece golf dress was all the rage.  The skirts and sleeves were shorter.  I think this is a fun look.  Love those stockings!

1930s and 40s

Dresses modeled fashion trends.  The skirt did not get shorter and many stylish patterns were available.

1950s

It was common for women to where a blouse, skirt and often a cashmere sweater.  Golfing shoes were becoming a new fashion statement. Some women even wore nickers and blouses to the range.

2000s

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Most women wear shorts, polos and cute golfing shoes on the range.  What would you prefer to wear?

My favorite look is the 40s.  It is classic.  Perhaps, we should plan a retro day at the range?  Trisha Trixie has been working away hard to make many golfing items.  Keep an eye on her site for more details!

Try it Tuesday: Repurposed Frame for the Golf fanatic

Repurposed Golf Frame

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This is a rather simple project, but we want to look fabulous designing it.  Just like the ladies in the picture below!

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Attire Suggestions

To start with this lovely necklace is sure to add some fun to your golfing adventure.  Pink Golf Tees has many other fun jewelry to offer!

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Trisha Trixie designs has a lovely repurposed apron to tie in with our theme.  It is called the “Oma Heck So Cute.”  This will help welcome in summer!

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Supply List

  • Scrabble Letters for G O L F.  I often buy old games at thrift shops.
  • A plain frame.  I found this one at a thrift shop too.

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  • Golf Ball
  • 12 inches of twine
  • Glue Sticks and Glue gun
  • A picture will be dandy too!

Directions

  1. Arrange the letters on the frame so that they look even.
  2. Glue letters on the frame.

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3. Take your piece of twine and double it up.

4. Put a little dot of glue on the bottom and sides of the golf ball attaching the twine.

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5.  Tie the ends together wrapping around the ball.

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6.  Attach the twine to the back of the frame, using two dots of glue.

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7.  Add your photo and your project is complete!  Happy crafting.

 

 

 

 

Friday Wrap Up: A week of Nautical Bliss!

Saturday

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We learned about the fascinator and all of its beautiful uses.

Sunday

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This week we created Easy Prawn/Shrimp Old Bay Nautical.  This is a super yummy easy treat.

Monday

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The fun fashion of Mad Man was discussed.  Check out the link to discover some lovely fashion ideas for you.

Tuesday

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This DIY project is sure to give you the flare you deserve.  These cute shoes have already gained me tons of compliments.

Wednesday

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Check out our natural products to keep your skin looking fresh and smooth.

Thursday

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The beautiful vintage, nautical apron was this weeks feature.  Featured patterns and designs were included.

Thank you all for another great week!  We hope you were inspired.