12. Upcycled Wine Glass Lampshade

I loved doing this simple craft in an evening. It’s the type of DIY project you can easily do with friends for a girls night. Grab a pack of mis-matched wine glasses from the second-hand store near you, a bag of tea lights, embellishments and mini lamp shades or thick craft paper. Or a slightly chipped wine glass from your cabinet is ideal too!

There’s two ways to do this

  1. I happen to have a chandelier that I will be giving a face lift to soon for our kitchen remodel and it has a handful of tiny lamp shades that I don’t want on it. The lampshades are the perfect size and such good quality that I’ll be able to use one of them outside on my little porch. I’m also thrilled about this because it seems a little safer than using a paper shade. For this style, you can leave the lampshade as is or embellish with glitter and mod podge glue. Or perhaps ribbon and lace. 
  2. If you can’t find a tiny lampshade, here is a link to the pattern for cutting sturdy craft paper into a lampshade. Very simple. Just be sure to not leave the candle unattended when burning with this paper shade. The shade will have the glass between it and the flame but I still wouldn’t trust leaving it burning in another room. An LED tea light would be perfect. Know that the paper wont hold up long-term on a porch but this version is a nice temporary idea for a tea party. With the paper version, you’ll just need a glue gun to adhere the edges together. Rubber stamps or other embellishments can be added too. 

​I’m loving getting settled in our first real home. We’ve already had lots of family come visit and it’s already been filled with laughter and love. My sister Kara brought me porch lights and fashionable outdoor pillows as house warming gifts! I especially love the peacock one featured bellow, she knows me so well.

Cozy porches are a sort of tradition in our family and I can’t wait to spend more time out there this summer.

11. Quick DIY Makeup Remover

We have officially been living in our new home for two weeks! Lots of hands helped us move in just in time before we had Kent’s brother and sister-in-law come to visit for Memorial Day weekend. We had a lot of fun with them even though the house still has a handful of projects to finish. I’m in another scurry to get more done before my sister and her family come to visit us next week.

Even though we have all this going on, it’s been a mercy that I’ve naturally had little things to share on my blog every two weeks. This is my eleventh post since my New Years Ambition and I’m so thrilled it’s still going! Taking a few minutes to blog now and then is a nice break from thinking about the renovation.

Once we’re settled and unpacked, I cannot wait to get into bigger craft projects I’ve been dying to do for home decor in the new place. And of course I’ll post about it here!

For now, here is my Essential Oil Makeup Remover recipe I’ve been using for a while. It’s been in my notes to share it and since I ran out of makeup remover during our move, I had to make more last night. It truly works!

​​​There’s a lot of recipe variations on Pinterest and this is a conglomeration I’ve enjoyed with my Young Living Essential Oils. I chose Frankincense for its anti-aging benefits and Tea Tree for the anticeptic like qualities and skin repair. They are absolutely my favorite oils for my face! I first started using Tea Tree oil when a piercing technician recommended it for healing skin and scars. It definitely soothes better than anything else I’ve used for skin damages. Frankincense is my number one oil above all others. If I was lost on a desert island and could only choose one oil or form of medicine, Frankincense would be it. It’s basically a Jack of all trades in the essential oil world, with healing properties for burns and cuts, immune system strength as well as a natural pain-killer for headaches. I also use it with Thieves oil to cure sore throats. It has over 20 uses, there’s a reason it’s been valuable for centuries! As I jokingly tell my husband “If it was good enough for baby Jesus, it’s good enough for us.”

A tip on the makeup remover; my skin is natural to dry so the two tablespoons of coconut oil work nicely. You can use other oils like almond or pure virgin olive oil. If your skin is combination to oily, use only one tablespoon of coconut oil. Or substitute it for a half a teaspoon of un-scented, liquid Castile soap.

In place of distilled water, boiled water is fine, just make sure it cools before applying it to your face!

I only make enough for one month because the pads must be replaced in four weeks. Fortunately, it’s easy to whip up in a mater of seconds.

Hope you enjoy!