DIY

For those brave do-it-yourselfers, recipes and thoughts on fun new projects!

Washi Madness

Now, I’m fairly new to washi tape, though I’ve heard about it for ages.

Basically, washi tape masking tape made of paper with really cute designs originating from Japan. You’ve probably seen it on Pinterest loads of times and truth be told, searching “washi tape” bombards the user with a never-ending assortment of pins. I wanted to try something a little simpler than making my closet chevron-tastic with just washi tape so, I went and picked up two rolls from Daiso aka Japanese Home Centre here in the Philippines and set about making my own project: personalization.

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A Rose by Any Other Name

I know I’ve been raving about my DIY rosewater facial mist in almost all of my recent posts. I’ve tweeted about it. I’ve instagrammed it. I have yet to put it on Pinterest, but you better believe it’ll be up there soon. The reason this came about was first, because I’ve heard about facial mists and all the different kinds ever since my summer started and I honestly thought it was a crock. Why pay $13.00-$16.00 or more for Avene or Evian thermal spring water in a spray bottle? Ludicrous, I thought. Absurd, my brain said. And then I thought…what if I could make this myself? Thus commenced the internet search for DIY facial mists. And when I realized that you could add different natural ingredients to customize your own facial mists, I was sold!

And so, without further ado, here is what you need:

  • 1 3-oz. finger sprayer/finger spray bottle
  • bottle of Cortas rosewater (or you can make your own, but this way is much faster)
  • 1 bottle of witch hazel (keep the rest for yourself, it’s divine)
  • 1 liter of distilled water (I used an electric kettle! Love that thing).

Now for the fun part!

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DIY Foot Soak Recipe

So, in a previous post, I alluded to one of my favorite nighttime activities: the foot soak. Below, you’ll find exactly how I did it so you can do it yourself too!

You will need:

  • dishpan or foot soak bowl big enough to fit both feet
  • a really comfortable seat
  • method of boiling water (I use an electric kettle, but anything will do)
  • Epsom salts
  • at least two liters of cool water (depending upon your temperature preferences)
  • moisturizer of choice (I use coconut oil or baby oil with shea butter)
  • towels (2)
  • foot moisturizer (A+D or LUSH Fair Trade Foot Lotion for me)
  • socks

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Me-time

This past year, I discovered the magic of the DIY spa. Interestingly enough, my ideas did not come from Pinterest, as many of them do, but I definitely used some of the Pinterest posts to expound upon what I already knew. When I began this semester, one of my classes was a very long, very tiring residency that occurred once a week, for twelve to thirteen hours a week. Talking to my mom (the catalyst for this awesome discovery), she suggested that I try soaking my feet a few times a week.

This idea was mind-blowing, for me, and I honestly wondered why I had never thought of it myself! So in an effort to make this happen as soon as possible, I took myself to the dollar store and bought—for a whopping $1.07 each—two dishpans! My feet are pretty small, and so instead of buying fancy foot soaking tubs, I figured that dishpans would do and they come in all shapes and sizes, which is absolutely perfect for me and for my college student budget. Then, I took myself to my favorite discount beauty supply (Go, Harmon’s!) and found a giant carton of Epsom salts for $4.00 and I was set for my first experiment in the foot-soaking world. So, in my dorm room, after a very long day, I filled up my Proctor-Silex Electric Tea Kettle (everyone should have one, it’s a lifesaver) and set it to boil. When it finally dinged, I followed the directions on the Epsom salts and poured in a cup into my dishpan and poured the hot water in after it and let it mix and then, I promptly plopped my feet into the luscious wonder of warm water and soothing scents.

After this first attempt, I got more complicated, of course. I learned how to light lavender candles a few minutes before I started soaking so that the scent enveloped the room. I learned how to mix in some baby oil or coconut oil into the water (just a touch) for a moisturizing effect! I also started to make it more fun by investing in a robe, adding a facial mask and hair mask, grabbing me all sorts of lavender-scented lotions and body washes, and playing my Relaxation Pandora station while I was basking in my low lit room. Then, I realized, that this, making time for myself fulfilled yet another one of my New Year’s resolutions and that I had done it; I had found the courage to say “No” to the requests of others in a favor for some time that I needed in order to make it through the next day and the day after that and every day thereafter.

So, friends, for recipes and other fun things, literally just Google search “DIY spa recipes” and have at it. Make things less complicated and have loads of fun making scrubs, facials and foot soaks for less than $10, because it’s been well worth the investment for me.

Love, PB