Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe & Free Printables}

Hey, y'all!  Sorry to have been MIA last week.  I was really busy with work and life in general, but I'm back today to share the recipe for the yummiest-smelling sugar scrub EVER with you.  And to make up for my absence last week, I have not one...not two...not even three...but FOUR free printables to share with you!  Yep.  Two free printable jar labels (that come in two different sizes) and two free printable gift tags.  So let's get to it!
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com

To make your own scrub, you need to purchase and/or gather a few ingredients together.
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
  • 2 Cups of Dark Brown Sugar (or Light Brown Sugar)
  • 4 Tablespoons (or 1/4 cup) of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Spice Latte Hand Soap (or Body Wash if Available)
  • 4 Drops of Vitamin E Oil
  • 4 Dashes of Pumpkin Pie Spice
This recipe makes approximately  2 1/2 cups of scrub--enough to fill three small glass jars.
  • Coconut oil like I used comes in a solid state and has to be melted in order to get it into a liquid state.  To begin making your scrub, use a double boiler to melt 4 tablespoons (or 1/4 cup) of coconut oil.  My double boiler is always a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, so you don't need any fancy equipment for this step.  ;)
  • Next, place the brown sugar in a large bowl.  Add the melted coconut oil and all the other ingredients.  Mix well.  NOTE: At this point, you get to decide if you like the consistency of the scrub as is.  If you think your scrub is too runny, add more sugar.  If you think it's too thick, add more coconut oil.  I don't like my scrub to be really runny, but I don't like it super thick either.  The recipe above yielded the consistency that I was going for.
  • Store your scrub in air tight containers.  (The recipe made enough to fill two small glass mason jars and one small all-glass jar like in the picture below.)
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
Of course if you plan to make a lot of scrub to give as gifts, you can adjust the recipe accordingly.
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
You just won't believe how great this stuff smells.  You will want to eat it.  It smells that good!
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
To use the scrub, place a nickel to quarter-sized dollop in your wet hands and rub your hands together vigorously while making sure to inhale the yummy scent.  Rinse and enjoy how smooth your hands feel!  Of course, you can use this on your feet as well, but be careful using it in the shower because it could make the your feet very slippery!  Also, make sure you don't get any of the scrub on your clothes or light-colored towels because the dark brown sugar could discolor them.
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
And as promised, I have free printables for y'all!  Click the name of the jar label or tag you'd like to download to be taken to the download page.
Small Orange with Pumpkin Jar Labels
Larger Orange with Pumpkin Jar Labels
Small Black and White Jar Labels
Larger Black and White Jar Labels
Orange and Green Gift Tag
Orange and Black Gift Tag
***Note: The hand-drawn circle graphic on the orange jar label is courtesy of We Lived Happily Ever After.***
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
Packaged in the small jars like I used, the scrub would make great party or wedding favors.  In larger jars, the scrub would make great Christmas gifts.  Whatever you decide to do with it, remember--just don't eat it!  :)
Three-Ingredient Sugar Scrub Recipe with Printable Jar Labels pitterandglink.com
Free Printable Friendship Gift Tag and Jar Label pitterandglink.com
Free Printable Friendship Gift Tag and Jar Label

Friday, September 5, 2014

{Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish}

Hey, y'all!  I enjoy constantly trying to challenge myself to see items in new ways.  Sometimes I wander the aisles of Walmart to try to find items to use in unique ways.  In my small town, Walmart is one of the only places to shop that stays open past 5 or 6 o'clock, so that's where I want last Friday night.  While was walking through the bathroom accessory aisle, I spotted several soap dishes.  I looked at a white one and immediately knew that it really wanted to become a ring dish.  (Yes, people, this is how my brain works!)  So today I'm sharing the very brief tutorial for my Sharpie-decorated ring dish.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
As I already mentioned, the project started with a plain white soap dish that cost me about $2.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
Have you seen the Sharpie mugs floating around the web?  I've always thought it would be fun to make a Sharpie mug, but I like to put my own spin on projects.  I knew that Sharpies would be perfect to use to decorate my little soon-to-be ring dish.  It helps that I own lots of Sharpies, so I got a whole bunch of them out to use to decorate my dish.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to draw with my Sharpies, I thought of how much I love the flowers on many of the Rifle Paper Co. products.  I browsed the products on the website until I found an image I really liked, which just so happened to be one of their Floral Temporary Tattoos.  Now a good blogger would have step by step photos of how I recreated the floral image.  Saturday I was being a slack blogger.  I was drawing while watching my Clemson Tigers play, and I couldn't stop watching the game long enough to take process pics.  So all I have to show you is the final product, which is pretty cute if I do say so myself.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
After I finished drawing my floral image, I baked the dish in the oven following directions for the Sharpie mugs that I found online.  I placed the dish in my cold oven and turned the temperature to 350 degrees.  Once the oven was heated to 350, I set my oven timer for 30 minutes.  After the time was up, I let the dish cool in the oven.  I should mention that some sites say that regular Sharpies like I used won't stay on dishes through washes, but since this is a ring dish, that shouldn't be a problem for me.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
I love my little $2 ring dish, and I'm itching to decorate another dish with Sharpies!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame}

Hey, y'all!  Back in July, Consumer Crafts sent me some supplies to create a project for Crafts Unleashed, their craft blog.  I came up with this fun Instagram photo display.  (You can find the original post HERE.)  Today I want to share the the project with y'all.
Most people these days are guilty of using their camera phones way more than other types of cameras, and Instagram is all the rage.  The only problem with this is that we often fail to display these pictures anywhere other than the web.  Making a frame dedicated to holding Instagram pics is a great way to display these photos so that you can appreciate them daily.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com

The best feature about this frame is that you can change the layout of the pics anytime you want.
Supplies needed to make your own Instagram photo frame:
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
The first step to creating the Instagram frame is painting the shadow box.  I painted the actual frame part of the box pink.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I painted the inside white.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
To seal all the paint, I sprayed the box with matte sealer.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Y'all know I like my glitter and don't like anything too plain, so I used sparkle tape to create gold stripes on the background of the shadow box.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I attached a sawtooth hanger to the back of the frame.  To do this, I marked the middle of the frame with a pencil and simply lined the middle of the sawtooth hanger up with the line and nailed it down.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I used photo corners to adhere my photo to the back of the shadow box.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I wanted to create a little something extra to decorate the frame, so I created a pennant banner.  I painted polka dots on the canvas triangles and attached baker's twine to the back of the triangles with hot glue to complete the banner.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
The frame can display a grouping of Instagram photos.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Or it can display one larger Instagram photo.  And as you can see, the banner can be attached to the frame or above the frame.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Because the pictures are attached with the photo corners, you can remove them at any time and change the layout.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Now that I have my frame finished, I have no excuse to not print and display my Instagram photos!
While Consumer Crafts sent me materials to create this project, all opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, August 25, 2014

{A Tour Through Blogland with Pitter and Glink}

Hey, y'all!  Today's post is a little different from my normal posts.  I'm sharing a little about myself and my blog by participating in something called A Tour Through Blogland. 
A few weeks ago, Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods contacted me about participating in this little series that's been making its way through blogs across the web.  I agreed to participate because I thought it would be fun to have to answer some questions about my blog.  Part of the tour is sharing a little about the person who invited you, so let me introduce you to Ashley before I get started with my part of the tour.
Ashley is a Southern blogger like me, and she blogs about craft projects, family, decorating and recipes.  She recently shared her recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits, and, y'all, they look DELICIOUS!
And Ashley's house?  You have to see it.  She recently did a Summer House Tour, and I love all the rooms she shared!
And now without further adieu, it's time for me to share some about my blogging process by answering four questions.
What are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on a few different makeovers and small projects that I started during my summer vacation.  I'm working on my living room makeover and my mom's kitchen and dining room makeover, along with other small projects that I work on whenever inspiration strikes.  I've shared little pieces of each of those makeovers.  I gave y'all a sneak peek of my entryway when I shared my thrift store lamp makeover.
And you recently saw one of the walls in my mom's room makeover when I did a focal wall makeover post.
Hopefully soon I'll be able to do full room reveals!
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
This is such a hard question for me to answer!  I think everyone who blogs brings a unique perspective to the web, and while readers of a blog can easily see that blogger's uniqueness, I think it's sometimes hard for the blogger to describe that uniqueness.  My blog is part craft blog and part home decor/DIY blog.  Some people want their blogs to fit into a certain box, but I try not to limit myself to one specific craft or project type.  I try to stay true to things that I really love, so you won't see me jumping onto any band wagons just for the heck of it.  And, of course, I'll stay true to the style and colors that I love, which are of course girly and pink like my stenciled watercolor makeup pouch
Why do write and create what you do?
I create because I have to.  I'm serious.  Creating is such a stress reliever for me.  Creativity is in my veins, and if I don't express my creativity for a while, I start feeling "antsy."  I start feeling that if I don't create something soon, I may go crazy.  I write about what I create because I love to share projects with others.  I love the thought that I could inspire someone to create something, and that their creating something could bring them joy.  I keep this purpose in mind at all times, and it has guided me well throughout my blogging career.
How does your writing/creating process work?
I am constantly reading other blogs and looking at different projects.  I'm constantly looking at online retailers, and if I get a chance to go to the craft store, I'll walk through every aisle to look at every item.  Other bloggers and their projects may spark an idea in my head for another project that has my spin on it.  A piece of fabric may inspire the color palette for a room.  An item at the craft store that's meant for a specific purpose may look like something meant for a totally different purpose to me.  Once I get an idea, I just go with.  I'm not afraid to try something, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work.  I'll try it again a different way or just do something completely different.  And even though I'm an English teacher, a lot of times the writing part is what I enjoy least.  I just write about the steps it takes to create the project without adding too much.  Even though I'd like to show more personality when writing tutorials, I do realize that most people want the how-to.
I hope you enjoyed learning about myself as a blogger.  As part of the Tour Through Blogland, I had to ask a few other bloggers to do their own tour.  I asked two awesome ladies who kindly agreed to participate.
The first lovely lady is Kara of Mine for the Making.
Kara is beautiful woman who has the cutest family!  She shares posts about her family, homeschool, recipes and fun projects.  She recently posted her craft room reveal, and I am in love with it!
I also love the Happy Summer Wreath she created a while back.
Make sure you check out Kara's blog because you'll love it!
The second lovely lady that I asked to participate is Jen from Vintage Gwen.
Jen is so pretty and sweet, and she has a lovely blog!  She recently posted about her beauty favorites. I'm dying to try out that Urban Decay Naked Palette!
I also love her Updated Coffee Station!  I really need to get the area around my coffee maker this organized!
Also, Jen hosts a weekly link party that I'm sure she'd love for you to join.  It's called the Show & Share, and it goes live every Wednesday.
Well, that's about it, y'all.  I hope you didn't mind this little post that's a bit out of the ordinary for Pitter and Glink.  I'll be back later in the week with more of my normal craftiness.  Have an awesome day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

{DIY Stenciled Watercolor Makeup Pouch}

Hey, y'all! Today is that special day of the month where I join My Favorite Bloggers to share a themed project and offer y'all an awesome giveaway!  This month's theme is Pinterest-inspired projects, and if you'll hang with me until the end of the post, there will be a $35 Starbucks gift card giveaway to enter.  But first, let's talk about my Pinterest-inspired project.
There are many makeup pouch pins on Pinterest, and my favorite comes from Minted Strawberry, which is one of my new blog crushes by the way.  There are also LOTS of pins on Pinterest about how to tie dye t-shirts with Sharpies.  I was inspired by the one from All Things Thrifty.  These tie-dyed t-shirts remind me of watercolors, so I thought a stenciled watercolor pouch would be a great project to create.
I purchased a small pouch from Hobby Lobby to use for this project.  The first step of the project is creating the watercolor effect on the pouch.
To do that, you need Sharpies and alcohol, which you should put in a spray bottle.  If you only want to color one side of your pouch, you'll need a piece of cardboard or card stock to put inside the pouch as well.  (I wanted my front design to bleed onto the back, so I didn't use an insert.)
Begin the watercolor process by scribbling on the bag with the Sharpies.  I did horizontal scribbles because that's the look I was going for.
 Once you get your bag covered with scribbles, spray it with the alcohol.  I soaked mine, but I guess depending on the look you wanted, you could use less.  Once the pouch dried, I thought the markers faded a little too much, so I repeated the process.
I did lots of scribbling the second time, as seen in the picture, and then sprayed the bag with the alcohol again.  I was happier with the pouch this time and used a hair dryer to dry it completely.
Above is what it looked like when it dried.  I think it looks a lot like watercolor, don't you?
Since I wanted to stencil the pouch, I used my handy-dandy Silhouette to cut a stencil of a quote I've always liked from Audrey Hepburn.
I used transfer paper to help adhere the stencil to the pouch.
I then used a dry brush technique to stencil in the design.
While my design was drying, I decided the cherry on top of my bag would be a tassel.
A while back, I bought this braided mason line from Lowe's.  I've been dying to use it on something, so I knew that it would be PERFECT for a tassel.
Making a tassel is a lot like making a pom pom.  I cut a length of the string and placed it horizontally on a piece of card stock.  I wrapped the string around and around vertically until I thought it was enough to make a thick tassel.  I cut the string that was leftover off and carefully slid the wrapped string off of the card stock.
I then wrapped a piece of mint embroidery floss around the top of the string and tied it tight.  I cut all the loops at the bottom and used a match to very carefully melt the ends of the strings so they wouldn't ravel later.  (You can only hold the flame to the end of the strings for like a second; otherwise, the strings will blacken.)
After I tied the tassel to the pouch, my makeup bag was finished.  I LOVE the finished pouch.
I think having the Audrey quote on my makeup bag will remind me that it's not really all about the makeup.  A smile is really the prettiest thing a girl can put on her face.  (Remember how last week, I reminded you that you're perfect just the way you are?)  I actually think it would be fun to use this little pouch as a clutch too, and this would be great to give as a gift as well!
So now that you've seen my Pinterest-inspired project, check out the other great Pinterest-inspired projects from some of My Favorite Bloggers!
6 Pinterest Inspired Projects
Red & Turquoise Memory Wire Bracelet by Kirsten at Sweet Tea and Saving Grace / Steamed Honey Glazed Carrot Medallions by Melanie at It Happens in a Blink / Pipe Curtain Rods by Kara at Happy Go Lucky / Slow Cooker Italian Beef by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects / Stenciled Watercolor Makeup Pouch by Bethany at Pitter and Glink / Unicorn Counted Cross Stitch Pattern by Nancy at Do Small Things with Love
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