Category Archives: Activity Crafts

Basket making

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I just wanted to share a few pictures of when I made my first basket! It was a very fun experience and the nice thing is you can make it for any purpose you like. I wish I could share the specifics of where to get materials, but all I know is you soak the wood overnight. My friend Laurie had everything ready to go and just guided me along as we went. I’m sure you could look up where to get materials near you and the shop people could tell you where to go from there.

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The bottom is sometimes hard to start and get set right, but you expand and when you want to start with the sides…

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…you just start making it the same length/tightness all around. As you can see, I added beads to mine.

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The bottom of my basket wasn’t sitting flat enough for my liking. According to my lovely teacher, if I stood on it it would set right. It set great!

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As you can see, you can use soaked wood or even rope. This rope is such a lovely color because it washed up on shore where Laurie saved it for such a project. She used shells she’d collected that happened to have holes in them and strung them on as feet for her basket. Here she is cutting the extra long ends off.

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Here are the finished baskets.

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I made mine for my kitten Tiger Lily. At first it was for a sleeping basket, but now that she’s big I use it for all her toys. I made this basket the day I went to get her!

Hope this inspires you!

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Cheers,

Laina

DIY Lavender Bath Salts

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Do it yourself lavender bath salt

For Christmas last year I made various jar gifts, including Mocha Cocoa Mix, Sugar & Spice Face & Body Scrub, and Lavender Bath Salts. These projects were all pretty easy and fun to do, as well as wonderful gifts for yourself and others! Just add the lavender bath salts to your bath, or even to a foot soak, and soak in the luxury!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender (or other yummy-smelling dried herb/flower)
  • 5 drops essential oil (I didn’t have any so I used vanilla extract)

Directions:

  1. Mix the salts and Lavender together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the essential oils one drop at a time, mixing well between each drop.
  3. Store in a jar. You can use a mason jar or a recycled glass jar (such as an old jam or salsa jar).
  4. To use, add as much as you desire to bath water (a few tablespoons should do the trick).

This recipe only yields a little less than a cup and a half. For gifts, I needed to fill ten one-cup mason jars. If you need a larger yield, here are the measurements for ten cups of lavender bath salts:

  • 4 cups sea salt
  • 4 cups epsom salt
  • 2 cups lavender
  • 1/2 teaspoon essential oil

Happy bathing/gifting!

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The “Bored?” Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do

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The "Bored?" Jar

The “Bored?” Jar

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sitting around at home with a friend or boyfriend and one or both of us suddenly gets the urge to go and do something. But what? We will never have to sit around brainstorming unsuccessfully ever again. I give you, The Bored? Jar!

For this craft I combined some ideas from a couple of blogs for date night plans (Six Sisters’ Stuff & Life in the Green house). This jar of activities is great for friends, couples or just yourself.

Supplies for The "Bored?" Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do!

What you’ll need to make The “Bored?” Jar

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • 1 Jar (I used an old ranch dressing jar with the label taken off)
  • 3 sharpies in different colors
  • 1 black ultra fine tip sharpie
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Label (optional)

The Bored? Jar:

  1. To start, put your popsicle sticks in the jar so it’s full but not stuffed, make sure you can still easily grab one from the jar.
  2. Get your three colored sharpies and black sharpie handy. Each color will signify a category: cost money, go somewhere, or stay home. Decide what each color will signify. I used green for cost money, purple for go out, and pink for stay home.
  3. Go through the following list. Before you write down the activity on the popsicle stick, decide what category it falls under (i.e. “Make breakfast & eat in bed” would fall under stay home, so I colored the tip of my popsicle stick pink). Color the tip of the popsicle stick the corresponding color and then use the black sharpie to write the activity down. Replace the popsicle stick, color tip up, in the jar and keep going!
  4. Once you get to the end of the list, cut some ribbon to the correct size and tie it around the jar.
  5. Using a label or piece of paper, write “Bored?” on it and attach it to the jar. If you like, add what the color categories mean.
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The “Bored?” Jar: what to do when you have nothing to do!

If you have extra popsicle sticks, add things you like to do or take the extras out. Keep some blank ones handy so you can add activity ideas as you think of them. Once you use one you can turn it upside down so you go through each one, or just replace it color tip up. Now you will never be bored with nothing to do again!

Here’s the list of activities:

Stay Home:

  • Find a recipe you’ve never tried and cook it together
  • Make indoor smores and read/tell campfire/scary stories
  • Wii Game night
  • Make Muddy Buddies
  • Make ice cream sundaes
  • Have a spa/pamper night
  • Have a game night
  • Make breakfast and eat in bed
  • Play 20 questions
  • Make chocolate fondue
  • TV show marathon
  • Make a new dessert recipe together
  • Have a living room camp out
  • Make home made pizzas
  • Read together
  • Stargaze
  • Have a movie marathon

Go out:

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The “Bored?” Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do!

  • Go on a hike
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Go to a park
  • Go to a local car dealership and test drive a car
  • Try a new sport
  • Take a drive, see some beautiful scenery
  • Make a picnic
  • Be a tourist in you own city (cheesy pictures and all!)
  • Take a free factory tour
  • Pick a theme and center everything for the rest of the day around it
  • Fly kites
  • Exercise together
  • Go to a local book store & look at photography books together

Cost money:

  • Dress up and go to a new place for drinks
  • Restaurant hop: go to a new restaurant for each course
  • Go skating or rollerblading
  • Go to the arcade
  • Go out for ice crem
  • Drive-in dinner/movie
  • Go for a swim, or hot tubbing
  • Visit the zoo or go see wild life
  • Have a coupon date
  • Go to a local fair or carnival
  • Go to a local sporting event
  • Go to a thrift store, pick out funny outfits for each other
  • Go see a play or comedy show
  • Go bowling
  • Take lessons
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Desert only date
  • Go carts
  • Visit a bakery and pick out a treat
  • Check out a local museum
  • Go find yard sales, treasure hunt
  • Laser tag

Happy un-boredom!

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