DIY Christmas Curtains

Almost 3 years ago I made all the curtains in our home. I had so much to do, so little time and lots of curtains to make, I definitely made a few mistakes. But I loved my curtains and so I’ve kept them up every.single.season in these 3 years {see them here, here and here}. I’m not replacing them anytime soon, but I just could not let them be up for Christmas again. I mean, seriously! Floral in December? No thank you.

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I also didn’t like the price of already-made curtains. Ouch. So I decided I’d go get some fabric at Hobby Lobby and whip up some curtains for Christmas. Well, long story short, I was only half done with my errands when Little Man decided he wanted his nap early. I spotted the perfect design I wanted- as a tablecloth in Target. My mom once made me & her matching skirts and a dress for my sister out of sheets, I could make curtains out of a tablecloth, right? And the price….$15.99? I couldn’t have gotten 2 nice yards of fabric for that. And the best part? The width was the exact width I needed! It was meant to be. Now, I just had half a table cloth to use up.

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So, after Little Man was down for his nap, I got to cutting. After starting to hem up and make the curtains, I realized I hadn’t sewn since I made curtains 3 years earlier! I couldn’t believe it. Now, I’m not going to tell you exactly how to make curtains- make them fit your windows! Since I used a tablecloth, I was able to only sew half of the seams since they were already half done.

So what did I decide to do with the other half of the cloth? I made up a valence for my kitchen window- and now they matched! I still had some more fabric, so I’m planning on making a big throw pillow to go with the curtains; but that’s a project for another day!

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Do you put up Christmas curtains or leave your old ones up?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Old Books and Flowers….a His & Her Shower

Happy Wedding Wednesday! It’s been a really long time since I did one of these….and I’ve definitely missed it! Even though I’m not here sharing about my personal wedding, I want to share an easy set-up for a bridal shower on a budget!

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I was in one of my friend’s wedding this past weekend and threw her a His & Her Shower a couple weekends ago. It was a lot of fun for me & my mom to put together! Some of us had never met her now-husband before, so it was a great way to meet him and shower them with love & gifts! ❤

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We served lots of fruit- grapes, strawberries and watermelon, homemade pinwheels (making them yourself saves money), homemade mini muffins, nuts, carrots & dip and cheese cubes.

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For the decorations I just put together what “fits” the couple- old books & music with a vintage feel. And a way to make a big impact with little stuff? Lots of flowers!

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I was so blessed & honored to do this shower for my dear friend! What are your tips to throwing a pretty & easy shower?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Super Easy DIY Cloth Baby Wipes

Happy Monday! Did you know I started using cloth diapers on Caleb a couple months ago? We’re loving it! I love that we’re using less chemicals, easier on the environment, and they are better for his skin!

DIY Cloth Wipes

But then, we ran into a problem. What do we do about wipes? You’ll have to have a separate bag for the disposable wipes and the cloth diapers….and it just wasn’t fun! So, my friend who taught me all about cloth diapers helped me out with making my own wipes. It’s so cheap, easy and chemical free!


You’ll need:

24 baby washclothes

Wipe container

Epsom salts

Young Living Lavender Oil

Water

Quart Jar

Directions:

Mix 6-10 drops of lavender oil & 2 tablespoons Epsom salts in a quart jar. Slowly add 2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved. Put 6 washcloths in the bottom of the wipe container, then pour 1/2 cup of the mixture over the 6 washcloths. Continue with the rest of the washcloths. You might have to play around with the amount of water for your desired “wetness” of the wipes.


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It’s that quick, easy & affordable!

And now through June 30, 2016, the Premium Starter Kit (which includes lavender!) is 10% off! You can sign up HERE, or learn more HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Pregnancy “Belly Oil”

Everyone knows that with pregnancy comes stretching, changing skin. It’s no fun- even if it is for a good cause….like growing a precious little baby. Today I want to share with you how I make my own belly oil to rub into my stretching skin twice a day. It’s so wonderful!

DIY Pregnancy Belly Oil

For this DIY oil, you are going to need a jar to store your mixture in, coconut oil, Young Living’s Lavender Oil, and Young Living’s Gentle Baby oil.

This is a super easy recipe! First, you want to scoop (or pour, if it is warm) the coconut oil into your jar. Depending on the size of your jar, add 5-10 drops of each essential oil. Mix well. If your coconut oil is staying liquid and you want a more “cream” feeling, keep the mixture in the refrigerator. Runny oil doesn’t bother me, so I just keep it on the bathroom counter. This mixture of oils is SO wonderful for healthy skin!

Have you ever made your own belly oil? What did you do for stretching pregnancy skin?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Bath Salts

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I love making gifts for people- especially if its easy and inexpensive!

Today I want to share with you how I make easy- and inexpensive- bath salts to give to friends. And the wonderful part is that there’s no nasty chemicals, colors, or fragrances! It’s all natural and safe. 🙂

DIY Lavender Bath Salts

For this batch of bath salts, I made them lavender. All you need is….


Glass jar (I got this from the dollar section of Target for $1)
Enough Epsom salts to fill the jar
5-8 drops of Young Living’s Lavender oil

Just fill the jar with Epsom salts, add your oil, and ta-da! You’re finished! 🙂 Easy, peasy.


Just think of all the people you could give these to! The possibilities are endless. This may or may not be what I give for Valentine’s gifts this year. 😉 But don’t tell anyone!

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Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

DIY Linen Spray

Happy Tuesday! Who else has freezing weather this week? I’m not really sure how I feel about it….I mean, if it’s not going to snow, please don’t be this cold. Ahem.

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite DIY natural products! I’m all about getting rid of chemical-laden products, and using natural things instead.

DIY Linen Spray

This is super-duper easy to make, and I love having it on hand!


Ingredients:
Water
Witch Hazel
8-10 drops of Young Living oil of choice (I used 5 drops Thieves, 5 drops Purification)

Directions:
Fill the bottom of bottle with witch hazel and the rest of the bottle with water. Add oils, mix well and use!


I love using this on our couch, on non-washable pillows and rugs. I love that it’s purifying the air, and it smells so good…without chemicals!! 🙂

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Getting Organized: DIY Home Binder

Hey, hey, everyone! Who had a wonderful Christmas week? {raises both hands} We had a total blast with lots of family time, time for just us, and then a quick 2 day trip to Memphis with my family. Tons of fun! Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

With 2015 quickly approaching us- I’ve been working on my goals, my word of the year, and getting better organized! I already am a very organized person…but one thing I want to have this year is a Home Management Binder. When we first got married, I didn’t let anything home related slip through the cracks- but adding different kind of work at different places, I am gone a whole lot more now. I want to keep organized!! So I did some research on Home Management Binders and I am so exited to jump into making one! Now I just have to go get a binder….

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Ahem. Anyway- here are 5 of my favorite resources for making your own home management binder!

This is a wonderful post by The Handmade Home with printables!

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Here are some awesome Meal Planning Printables.

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Mom Advice shows how she makes her own Home Management Binder.

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I love the tips and tricks from Happily Ever After, Ect!

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One of my favorite posts about making a Home Management Binder is from Thirty Handmade Days. You have to check it out!

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How are you hoping to get more organized in 2015? Have you ever made a Home Management Binder? Are you going to make one for this year?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane