Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Summer DIY-Homemade Air Freshener

The hot season is coming to an end and I've got to to say... I'm quite eager!
This summer was a non-stop rollercoaster of little and big adventures with the people I love,
but autumn brings so much to look forward to!
Cinnamon, pumpkins, scarves, warm colours in nature and in my wardrobe, spicy chai tea, soup, kicking fallen leaves, apple picking, apple cider, an excuse to start wearing toques, jackets.
I cannot wait!
BUT, I can't miss out on sharing some little projects I've done this wonderful summer.

Homemade Air Freshener/Room Deodorizer

I got this idea from a blog called Secondhand Sundays that I really enjoy reading.
I thought it would be a great idea since my room started smelling a little weird after leaving the door closed all day with the heat collecting inside.

    Supplies: a small glass jar, baking soda, essential oil of your choice, cheesecloth & a ribbon
    (I couldn't find any cheesecloth for the life of me so I used a laundry bag instead)

Add about 1/4 cup baking soda to jar and about 10 drops of your essential oil.
 Mash up the baking soda that has clumped up with a fork until smooth again.

Cut two squares of cheesecloth (or laundry bag)

Lay on top of one another. 
You especially want to cross them so there are less holes if you are using a laundry bag.

Tie your cute ribbon of choice around the rim of the jar & trim away harsh edges of cloth.


How cute is that?

As mentioned in the title, this little creation does smell very strong at first, making it an air freshener as well but as the days go by you won't notice it as much anymore and it will mostly just capture gross smells in your air.
Add more essential oils & breaking powder as you see fit, don't forget to de-clump it! 

Hope you enjoyed!
M xo

P.S. Thank you Melanie @ This Tiny Burrow for lending me your baby Pentax! 
Go check out her blog, she's an awesome photographer (:

Sunday, 28 July 2013

First Try DIY

So this past Winter I decided to take up knitting. A little irrelevant this time of year? ...
I know, but I had to share my first knitting accomplishment with the world! I have always been so fascinated with knitted clothing and accessories. It flabbergasts me how one long string can become a mesh of knots that magically stay together in weird formations and keep you warm and cozy.

I was pleasantly surprised at how simple the basic knitting stitch is for a regular scarf but,
my downfall was the tricky bumpy bulky yarn I decided to use. It was just too cool to resist!
My knitting teacher Chantal knew I did myself in for a tough time with my first scarf when she saw it.
I went ahead with it anyway, and after 6 months of trying to squeeze in knitting time,
not knowing I was adding stitches (and more time) to each row as I was going along,
this was my result...

Oopsie! Nothing a little thread and needle can't fix, I said to myself.
I decided to make a tube/infinity scarf contraption. I sewed the two long sides together to create the tube and then sewed the two ends together to create the circle.

  TADA! The result was shockingly amazing, and comfy!
  I forgot to take a photo of the scarf by itself so you could see the actual shape of it -_-
  But here is my happy friend sporting her 7-month delayed birthday present :)

 The wider part of the "scarf" where I accidentally added a whole bunch of stitches makes it so you can wear it as a cute little hooded scarf or a super neck-warming scarf!!

(p.s. how in the heck do you rotate photos on Blogger?!)

So it turns out my inherent "screw-up" turned out to be a beautifully cozy mistake.
It seems that most of my projects always end up getting messier and less organized than I had planned,
but you know what, that's what makes them me. Without all those quirks and tweaks, my DIYs wouldn't have my clumsy character sprinkled into it that I've learnt to love over the years.

So here's to trying new things, and loving every little mistake you make along the way :)

xo M

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Summer Adventures

So I've been pretty M.I.A. this past month.
Summer has a way of letting you forget what day of the week or even what time it is. I just love it.
But not when you realize that the things you were looking most forward to are suddenly over.
I wish I could go back and relive this past month over again & eliminate all the times I felt stressed, overwhelmed or frustrated.
Turning 19 shocked me in the sense that I felt like my teenagehood just passed me by & I wasted a lot of time either doing nothing, or being stressed out.
Life is so short & theres almost never anything good that comes from being stressed.
And so from now on I am trying to live in the moment. 
No stressing about whats to come or what happened, but just enjoying right now, 'cause its all we got.

Here are some adventures this past month including camping, my birthday at Escapade & Canada Day.
Hope you enjoy<3

 Some DIY posts coming soon!
xo, M

Friday, 7 June 2013

Life, lately

After almost a year of my life being documented through iPhone photos, I have finally bought a new digital camera! Yippeeeee! Although its not the best on the market, it was a great find for my budget and just what I need to keep all my adventures well documented (until I can afford a DSLR... 2 years is the goal!).

This is the camera. It's purple. I love it. Here are some it's flicks of life lately, proudly unedited.

campfire season has begun (eeeek!)
mini bamboo speaker from ebay, best 20$ ever spent!

veggie girl dates
                                                                                +hair wraps, of course.

winter into summer
who doesn't love a boy in uniform?
double dates 
 ultra quick DIY: earring tree :)
made w/ bendy wire from hardware at the Home Depot and a flat rock from PEI

veggie girls can have junk nights, too! ("chicken" nuggets from veggie patch)
ladies night
best healthy "pancakes"
just 2 eggs to 1 mashed banana, cook in a pan like pancakes in oil until golden brown on each side

meet my soul sister, Chanel
this constant rain don't get us down 

loving this company I just discovered! got my first "Boho Glam" box free!
use my referral code 16389065 & get yours too :)

my perfect mat!
been searching for a perfect rug that would double as a permanent yoga mat in my tiny room
finally found one while randomly browsing at Pier 1!
it looks like a classic persian rug but its plastic! perfect for not slipping in my downward doggie

Now I'll say goodnight & go watch another episode of Bob Ross's Joy of Painting, the best sleep-aid ever.

xo M