Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Handmade Pearl Washer Earrings


Earrings make good conversation starters, a fashion statement, and show your personality. In addition, earrings make a great gift especially for a birthday or for Christmas. Nonetheless, making earrings are fun and keep you busy for a few minutes at home. Today, I have created the last jewelry tutorial for this month of June which are pearl earrings with a washer.  Here are the instructions for making these handmade pearl washer earrings. 

Materials:

Earring Hooks
Earring Head Pins
2 Wooden Washers
Jewelry Pliers
Beading String Wire
Different sizes of Pearls
2 Jump rings
Acrylic paint and paintbrushes
Scissors
High gloss topcoat

First, insert one jump ring onto an earring hook with a pair of jewelry Pliers. Second, repeat the same step for the second earring hook. Third, insert the headpins to the earring hooks. Fourth, insert the pearls onto the earring headpins. Fifth, bend the earring headpins with the pearls. 

After that paint two wooden washers on both sides. Wait for the wooden washers to get dry. Then, paint a high gloss topcoat onto the washers. Once again, wait for the washers to dry. Next, use beading string wire and tie several knots onto the washers.  


Insert the pearls on each side of the beading wire. Then, insert the beading wire onto one side of the earring headpin. Tie several knots. Make sure the knots are tight. Next, trim the edges. Repeat the same steps for the second earring. 

Using the same technique, you can make several earrings with wooden washers and beads. Make sure the knots and pearls are tight on the earring hooks. Also, make sure you have enough pearls or beads to make the earrings. Before you trim the beading wire, make sure it is the right length for your dangling earrings. Nonetheless, have a good time making these washer earrings with pearls. 




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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Basil Essential Oil for Stress


Basil Essential oil has a mixture of scents of licorice, spices, and a sweet herbal clean scent. This scent helps relieve stress and the nervous system. It makes you feel alert and energetic. Also, it reduces muscle pain when it is massaged onto the neck and back. Often times, this essential oil is used as an insect repellent. 

However,  Basil essential oil is frequently used in aromatherapy, soaps, and in cleaning supplies due to its antimicrobial properties. It awakens the skin and gives a natural glow to the skin.  Basil essential oil is diluted with sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. It can be blended with Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oil. Here are more resources about Basil essential oil. 

11 Amazing Benefits of Basil Essential Oil:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/basil-essential-oil.html

The Benefits of Basil Essential Oil:

Basil Essential Oil Uses and Benefits:



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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Painting & Recycling a Chocolate Box


Painting improves your problem-solving skills and communication skills. Today's painting tutorial is about painting a flower on a Ferrero Rocher box. These wide chocolate boxes make great organizers especially for hair accessories, masks, and other items. This painted flower box only takes about thirty or forty minutes to do. Also, it makes a useful way to recycle these boxes. Here is the tutorial for making this painted flower box. 

Materials:

Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Ferrero Rocher Box
High Gloss Top Coat Paint


Before you paint the flower on the box, wash and remove the labels of the box. If you can not remove the center label, use several colors to hide the label of the box. After that use a flower stencil or paint a flower in the center of the box. Paint in several sections. Once the paint is dry, use the high gloss topcoat paint. Here are more resources about painting and other uses of the Ferrero Rocher box.

DIY Display Box from Ferrero Rocher Container:

Upcycle Ferrero Chocolate Box:
http://www.craftoart.com/2012/02/upcycle-ferrero-chocolate-box-sand-art.html

DIY Organizer Tray from Ferrero Rocher:



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Friday, June 26, 2020

How to do Tai Chi?


Tai Chi can be done at home, in a garden, at the beach, or at a park. As long as there is plenty of space to do the movements. There is no need for a mat or other equipment. This meditation in motion can be done barefoot or with flat shoes. Wear loose and comfortable clothes. 

Make sure the pants stay in place and do not fall off.  Wear a long t-shirt. You can wear a sash which is optional.  After that begin, Tai Chi with warm-up exercises such as a short walk, windmill exercise, or touch the sky exercise. Gradually move on to the next movement slowly and be aware of your breathing. 

Tai Chi is usually done in a group or individually. You can play instrumental music to go with your Tai Chi routine. As long as you do not get distracted.  There are one hundred and eight movements to do Tai Chi. Here are more resources about doing Tai Chi. 

Basic Tai Chi Moves for Beginners:
https://www.livestrong.com/article/431042-tai-chi-basic-steps-for-beginners/

Tai Chi Moves-How to Get Started, Benefits, Seniors, and More:

A Guide to Tai Chi:



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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Blue Denim Headband Tutorial


If you like blue jeans and headbands, then you will like this sewing tutorial. All you will need is an old pair of blue jeans and a headband. This sewing project only takes a few minutes to do. Headbands with knots have become trendy and a popular accessory to use in the summer. Here are the instructions in making this knotted headband. 


Materials:

1 Headband
Blue jean fabric
Embroidery thread-any color
Embroidery needles
Scissors

Cut the blue jean fabric in strips. Then, wrap the fabric around the headband. Sew the edges of the fabric with embroidery thread. After that make a knot with one strip of blue jean fabric. Wrap the knotted fabric in the center of the headband. Continue wrapping the blue jean fabric around the headband. Last, sew the edges of the fabric onto the headband. 


After you are done sewing, the headband is ready to be worn. You can also make knotted headbands by combining blue jean fabric and another fabric. Nonetheless, headbands keep the sweat off of your face during the summer. Have fun making this knotted headband. Below are more resources for making your headbands with fabric. 



A Kinder, Gentler Headband:

How to Make a Fabric Covered Headband:

The Perfect Knotted Headband-DIY:


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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Ocean Therapy at Home


Going to the beach can make you feel calmer. However, when you cannot go to the beach, you can do ocean therapy at home. Begin by using sea salt in your bath or on your face. Do not use table salt because it is different than sea salt. Sea salt is evaporated from seawater and has more magnesium. 

Magnesium is beneficial for the skin because it reduces acne. Also, sea salt alleviates dry itchy skin.  Feel the salt on your skin and close your eyes for a few minutes. Visualize you are at the beach and rinse the sea salt from your face. Avoid getting the sea salt on your eyes. 

Another way is by using Epsom salts in your bath. Also, view images or photos of the beach online. Wear calming colors such as blue, green, pink, and violet. Add a mini sand garden to your desk or coffee table. Rake the sand in waves, swirls, or circles to feel serene. Here are more resources about ocean therapy. 

What the Beach Does to Your Brain:


Why Sea Therapy Should be a Part of Your Skincare  Routine:

Benefits of a Sea Salt Bath: Types, Best Practices, Precautions:

Visualization of a Beach for Well Being:






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Friday, June 19, 2020

Free Irises Bookmarks


According to May Sarton, “Flowers and plants are silent presences; they nourish every sense except the ear.” Today, I have created three-wide bookmarks of Irises. Irises come in many colors of the rainbow. These bookmarks have blank spaces where you can write down your favorite quotes, phrases, and other words. Each iris is hand-drawn with other unique elements. Once again, these bookmarks are free and for your personal use. Have fun coloring these bookmarks. Below are a few links to find flower quotes for your bookmarks.




Garden Quotes:

http://exlineirisgarden.com/garden-qoutes/

Quotes about Irises:

Irises Quotes:




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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Humming for Relaxation


Humming for a few minutes a day reduces stress, improves your sleep, and lowers your blood pressure. Humming can be a form of meditation due to its calming effect. Humming boosts your happiness and warms up your voice. Taking deep slow breaths while having tight lips and humming for a few seconds calms the brain. Therefore, you will feel relaxed and less tense. 
 
Humming is also beneficial for your nasal passages. However, humming too much might be a symptom of an underlying condition. In general, humming is a quick boost to feel more serene, alert, and more joyful. Humming for one or two minutes while you do your hobbies makes you feel more creative. Here are more resources about humming for relaxation. 

Hum a Happy Tune for Wellness:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/minding-the-body/201111/hum-happy-tune-wellness

12 Instant Benefits of Humming Daily:

10 Sleep Relaxation Techniques You May Not Have Heard of:



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Free Irises Coloring Pages


Irises symbolize passion, hope, and wisdom. These flowers are usually planted in July or in September. Irises need plenty of sunshine for them to grow. Today, I have created three coloring pages of Irises. One coloring page has an Iris with a butterfly. These coloring pages are free and for your personal use. Here are more resources about Irises. 









Monday, June 15, 2020

DIY Glitter Donut Necklace



Painting and making jewelry is a terrific way to relax. It helps with your eye coordination. This glitter donut necklace only takes a few minutes to make. Also, you can make several donut necklaces with different color cords or paint multiple colors of wooden donuts. The possibilities are endless.

I was inspired by Holly's Art Corner blog in making this necklace because of the glitter and the jewelry washers. Making donut washer necklaces are easy and fun to make for your family and friends. You can use your friend's or relative's favorite color to make a personalized donut washer necklace. Nonetheless, this do it yourself glitter donut necklace will make a trendy look to any outfit. Here is the tutorial for making this glitter donut necklace. 

Materials:

1 or 2 Jump rings
2 Wooden donuts
Glitter nail polish
Acrylic paint- any color
Black leather cord
Cord end fold-over
1 Lobster clasp
Jewelry Pliers
Different colors of beads
Scissors
Beading string wire
1 Paintbrush


Insert one cord end fold-over into one black leather cord. Then, tie a knot. After that paint two wooden donuts on both sides with acrylic paint. Once the paint is dry, paint glitter nail polish on both sides of the wooden donut. I used antique white acrylic paint and silver glitter nail polish. Wait for the glitter to dry. 


Then, use beading string wire and insert the wooden donut with a few beads. Tie several knots. After that continue adding beads and the second wooden donut. Tie several knots and trim the wire with scissors. Insert the wooden donut on one side of the black leather cord. 

Add one cord end fold-over to the black cord. Tie a knot. Then, insert a jump ring to the cord end with a lobster clasp. After that, you can add another jump ring to the other cord end. Here are more resources to make your own glitter donut necklace for the summer or for any season. 

Freeform Resin Jewelry:
https://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/freeform-resin-jewellery

Refined DIY Washer Necklace

Craft Project-DIY Nail Polish Washer Necklace:



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Saturday, June 13, 2020

DIY Pearl Anklet


This simple anklet can be worn with a summer outfit or with a summer dress. Using one hoop earring and a leather cord, this anklet can be made in a few minutes. Anklets have been worn before the 7th Century BC. There are many ways to make anklets and it continues to make an impressive fashion statement during the summer.  Here is the tutorial for making this do it yourself pearl anklet. 

Materials:

1 Hoop Earring
1 Black Leather Cord
2 jump rings
Pearls
2 Cord End fold-Over
1 Lobster clasp
Beading String Wire
Jewelry Pliers
Scissors

First, measure the leather cord around your ankle. Second, cut the leather cord. Third,  insert one cord end fold-over inside the leather cord. Fourth, repeat the same step for the second end of the cord. Fifth, add one jump ring and a lobster clasp to the cord end fold-over. 



Sixth, remove the hook of the hoop earring. Seventh, insert a jump ring to the hoop earring. Last, insert beading string wire into a few pearls. Individually add the pearls one by one to the hoop earring. Trim the edges of the wire. After that, the anklet is ready to be worn. Here are more resources to make your own anklet. 

Tutorial-Adjustable Cord Necklaces, Bracelets, and Anklets:

15 Adorable DIY Anklets to Show Off on the Beach:

How to make a rainbow pearl anklet with rainbow glass beads:




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Thursday, June 11, 2020

DIY Pearl Necklace


Instead of throwing away a missing earring, you can recycle your missing earring into a necklace. For this do it yourself necklace, you can use pearls to add to your missing earring with a leather cord. Did you know that pearls symbolize wisdom? Also, wearing pearls has a calming effect. Here is the tutorial for making this pearl necklace.

Materials:

2  Pieces of  Cord end, fold-over,silver-finished steel (5 X 4 mm)
1 Lobster Clasp
1 black leather cord
Pearls
1 Hoop Earring
Bead Stringing Wire ( .015 in X 0.38 mm, 30ft)
1 small Jump ring
1 medium or large size jump ring
Jewelry pliers

First, measure the black leather cord for the length of the necklace. Once, you have found the right length for your necklace, cut the cord with a pair of scissors. Second, insert one end of the cord into the cord end and make a tight knot. After that repeat the same step for the second end of the cord. Third, use a jump ring and a pair of jewelry pliers to put the jump ring onto the left cord end. Fourth, remove the hook from the hoop earring. Fifth, insert a jump ring into the hoop. 



Then, add a medium or a large jump ring onto the hoop. Sixth, use the wire to insert the pearls onto the hoop. Insert the wire onto the hoop earring with one pearl and make several knots. Make sure the knots are tight. Seventh, insert another pearl onto the wire and make a few knots. You will need seven pearls to make this do it yourself pearl necklace. 



However, you can use as many pearls for your necklace. Once the pearls are onto the earring hoop, trim the edges of the wire with a pair of scissors. This does it yourself necklace makes a great gift. Have fun making this pearl necklace. Here are more resources on making a pearl necklace. 

7 Best Ways to Finish Cord Jewelry:

Jewelry Making Article-A Dozen Ways to End a Necklace:

7 DIY Pearl Jewelry Ideas-Pearls of Wisdom by The Pearl Source:

History of Pearl Jewelry:









Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Free Coloring Cards for Father's Day (2020)


Today, I have created three coloring cards for Father's Day. Each card has stars and other elements. Two coloring cards have stars with hot air balloons. These coloring cards are free and for your personal use. Happy Father's Day in advance! 














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Monday, June 8, 2020

Massage & Meditation


A massage is an easy way to get some relaxation. However, it can be hard to relax during a massage. Yet, meditation can make the process less challenging during a massage. First, make sure you have plenty of trust and feel comfortable with your massage therapist. Second, begin to take deep breaths and use your senses during the massage. 

Notice what you smell and how you feel during the massage. Allow yourself to clear your mind for a few minutes during a hand massage. Practice counting meditation or deep breathing during a Swedish massage. After meditating during a massage, you will feel less pain. Also, you can do your own massage on your hands and feet without a massage therapist. 


By massaging your feet, your entire body will feel relaxed. Take your time to massage your feet with your favorite lotion. Adding some aromatherapy and meditation during a massage has a positive effect. It reduces your anxiety and stress.  Here are more resources for massage techniques and meditation. 

Hand Massage Benefits and How to Give Your Hands a Great Massage: 
https://www.healthline.com/health/pain-relief/the-many-benefits-of-a-hand-massage-and-how-to-do-it-yourself

5 Relaxing Massage Techniques Anyone can do at Home:

https://www.goodnet.org/articles/5-relaxing-massage-techniques-anyone-do-at-home

How to Massage Feet: 12 Techniques for Relaxation and Pain Relief:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323790

5 Ways Meditation can aid a Massage:
https://urban-co.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/urban.co/editorial/5-ways-meditation-can-aid-massage/amp/?usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D&amp_js_v=0.1#aoh=15915930065230&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Furban.co%2Feditorial%2F5-ways-meditation-can-aid-massage%2F




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Thursday, June 4, 2020

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month (2020)


Once again, it is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. It is recommended to eat leafy green vegetables such as spinach because of its vitamin E. Supplementing with vitamin E and vitamin C may protect neurons in the brain. Neurons are cells that send nerve impulses to the brain. Also, consuming pine nuts, almonds, and peanuts a day keeps your brain healthy. 

Consult with your primary doctor before supplementing with vitamin E and vitamin C. However, eating healthy provides the necessary vitamins and minerals the body and brain needs. Your general doctor can run a blood test to see if you are deficient in certain vitamins such as vitamin D, E, C, and Zinc. Besides, eating vegetables and fruits, consuming fish or chicken is beneficial for brain function. Brushing your teeth three times a day keeps your heart and brain healthy too.  

Sleeping is significant for brain function. Recent studies have shown that sleeping on your side helps the brain to eliminate waste. Sleeping on your left or right side cleans and protects the brain. This may reduce Alzheimer's. Doing Aerobics or any kind of exercise helps the body and brain to relax. 

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's, you can donate and promote Alzheimer's Month in June on social media. Go Purple on social media by adding the Go Purple to End  Alzheimer's picture frame on Facebook. Wearing purple and decorating your home with purple items to bring awareness of Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders. Last, sharing your experience of caring for someone with Alzheimer's at the Alzheimer's Association website or Facebook or Twitter page. Here are more resources for Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. 

10 Ways to Love Your Brain-Alzheimer's Association:
https://www.alz.org/help-support/brain_health/10_ways_to_love_your_brain

How to Keep Your Brain Active at Home-Peak:
https://blog.peak.net/2020/03/19/keep-brain-active-at-home/

Brain Exercises: 13 Ways to Boost Memory, Focus, and Mental Skills:
https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/brain-exercises




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