Sunday, December 9, 2012

Free Printable - Only an Aunt Quote

I made this printable quote for my closest aunt for Christmas this year. She is truly is like a second mother to us; so much so she is the Godmother to my son.
I won't put too many words in this post but I did want to mention I created a new tab (page) with all the free printable pieces I made. Be sure to check it out here. 
I produced this as a 5x7 image in many different colors. I had a really hard time deciding which I liked the best, so I just kept going with the colors. Please feel free to download, print and use this piece for personal use. I love offering free ideas and cheap gifts to everyone but hate when I stumble upon someone making money off it.

To download the image:
  • leave me a comment :) (not required but I really do love to know what you think)
  • right click on the color image you want and select open in a new window or tab
  • on the full size image, right click again and select save as
  • save it to a place on your computer where you can easily find it
  • send it to your favorite photo developer, find a frame and you can cross another Christmas gift off your list.




Which is your favorite? I still have not picked the one I will be printing for my aunt. Any suggestions?

Stephanie

Saturday, December 8, 2012

DIY Eucalyptus Yoga Mat Cleaner/Freshener - Easy Gifts Ideas on a Budget (Part 6)

I decided, at the last minute, to add this Eucalyptus yoga mash freshener for my sister and sister-in-law's spa basket. I know it isn't a perfect fit with bath salts etc., but if you have ever had a smelly yoga mat before, you might appreciate this. Both my sister's love yoga and I thought this might be well liked. Plus, it took no effort and I had all the ingredients on hand... both are great things when making gifts!

In case you are new to this series, here is my running list of spa related items I making (and sharing with you):
If you have not heard of Yoga Mat cleaners/fresheners, well all they really are is a spray that has antibacterial qualities(since eucalyptus is antibacterial) that freshen and clean your yoga mat. You simple give you mat a spritz and wipe it down. You can use other essential oils that are also antibacterial for this recipe; I have hear lavender is antibacterial as well, but I really wanted to use eucalyptus for this one. 


I have seen these little spray bottle being sold for around $10 at a local yoga studio. I am not sure the ingredients in those ones, but mine cost my around $0.50 to make and I know they don't have any chemicals. Perfect!

Materials Needed:

  • 6 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Distilled Water
  • 20-30 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (or lavender)
  • Small spray bottle (My bottle was in a travel pack of 3 from the Dollar store)
Note: If you want to do a large batch of this,  you can use the recipe as 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and add essential oil to your personal preference.
Mix the vinegar and essential oil together in the little spray bottle. Add the distilled water and you are done!
To clean your mat:
  1. Spray the cleaner liberally over the surface of your mat.
  2. Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge.
  3. When the cleaner has been removed, 'buff' the mat with a soft dry cloth.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Allow your mat to air dry.

Has anyone ever used a yoga mat spray like this before? Have you ever made your own?

Merry Christmas everyone.
Stephanie

Friday, December 7, 2012

DIY Lavender Linen Water - Easy Gifts on a Budget (Part 5)

Sorry for the delay in posting this recipe. I have been kind of frazzled the past week or so. I thought I was completely under control with my 80% home made gift goal until I realized we are in December.

I knew what I was making everyone but had I finished them, no! So that is where I have been. So, my posts might come a few at a time or there might be days in between. But I will get everything posted!

Here is where I am with my spa DIY gift. In case you are new to this series, here is my running list of spa related items I making (and sharing with you):
I love Lavender linen water. I have used it in my iron, sprayed it on my sheets and towels to freshen them, added it to laundry and used it as air freshener. This is the first time I have made it myself and I am a little shocked at how stores charge what they do for this.

Materials Needed:

  • 2 cups Distilled water (I read this prevents mold from growing)
  • 20-30 drops of Lavender essential oil (or what ever scent you want)
  • 3 tablespoons of Vodka (I know you all let out a little scream for using vodka but it helps the oil mix with water. Just use your cheapest vodka for this)
  • Spray bottle or jar 
I don't really drink, so, I had to send my husband a note while he was at work to ask which bottle to use. I had his really pricey one out about to use it when he responded. I made 5 of these so 3 tablespoons times 5 would have added up :) Good thing he checked his email.

This recipe for Lavender scented linen water was really easy. Some sites will say to mix it all together and you are done.

Here is what one trick I learned that you need to know when making this yourself...mix the vodka and essential oil together before you add the distilled water! This will prevent oil bubbles floating throughout your linen water. So add the vodka to your spray bottle, add your essential oil, swish it around and add your water.

It is really that easy! I didn't even feel it was necessary to share the making of photos.
The grand total is hard to estimate. The bottle cost me $1 at the Dollar store, a huge bottle of distilled water cost $1 and the oil was around $20 but I have used it for all my spa items and still have over half left. So I think $1.50 is a reasonable guesstimate (shockingly, that word did not come up as spelled incorrectly..it is now a word :) ).

How are you Christmas gifts coming along?

Stephanie

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