I have been admiring these 2 rose brushes that grown in front of my parents room. They have been there for years. For some reason this year I took a strong interest in watching them grow (maybe due to having to look at them everyday due to being quarantined). Now that they are fully bloomed, all I wanted to do is cut them and make stuff. Don’t worry I didn’t cut all of them off but I did snag a few.
I made my own rose water. This is my second time making rose water. the first time I made rose water I used a Make It Classy DIY kit, where all the ingredient were included and I just followed the direction on the recipe card provided. But this time. I cut about 7 roses from the rose brush and made some homemade rose water. And you already know, I’m going to share with you how I did it in this blog.
Here’s what you’ll need
Some organic rose (Please don’t use store bought roses, they have pesticides on them and you don’t want to spray that on your skin to get in your blood stream)
Container for storage
Okay, so after I cut my roses from the rose brush, I gently picked the peddles from the buds and rinsed them with cold water.
Next, using a pot I boiled about 4 cups of distilled water on the stove. Be sure to let the water come to a boil before adding your roses.
Once your water is boiling you can add your rose peddles and place a cover over the top. Let them boil until the color has left the roses, about 10 -12 minutes.
Finally, let the water cool, then place in a spray bottle or jar for storage.
For best use keep your rose water refrigerated. You can use and store your home made rose water for up to 1 month.
So I’m bored in the house and I’m in the house bored. I’m such a busy body that I can’t stay still. Doing nothing really bothers me. Sunday was wash day and I decided to do something special to my hair.
Thanks to a few YouTube videos I was able to figure out how to master installing Passion Twist to my natural hair. Honestly it started off complicated, then got easier as I figured out what the hell I was doing. But if I can do these to my on head- SO CAN YOU SIS!!!!!
I don’t know if I would call this a tutorial or just a video of me doing my own passion twist (I’m no professional by far) but check my video.
Products I used:
5 packs of X-pressions Passion Twist Hair ($5.99 each)
Dark n Lovely Jam
Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey
Now that I have installed my own passion twist you not gonna be able to tell me anything. I spent less then $40 to and 4 hours to achieve this look. This is be my new go to style when I know I’m not going to want to do my hair for a couple of weeks.
Today I’m going to show you how to create your own at home spa experience by creating a facial steamer with household items.
What you’ll need:
Essential Oils of your choice
Stainless steel or glass mixing bowl
Step 1: Boil a large pot of water and pour it into the mixing bowl. Fill the bowl half way up.
Step 2: Add a few drops of essential oils.
Step 3: Face your face over the the steaming bowl and place the towel over your head. Be sure to cover your head and the bowl entirely.
If you want to be fancy, you can add citrus peels or organic dried flowers to your hot water when steaming you face. Just keep in mind, whatever is in your water is going into you pores. I would not suggest using flower from a store. Organic things only!!!!!
Also, you can steam your face with or without a face mask. I like to something steam my face before cleansing to really open my pores. But either way is affective.
I hope you are able to try this DIY project and it bring you some joy.
Listen, quarantine life is bored. Even as a work from home entrepreneur, I am bored out of my mind. I like to be on the go. This is day 6 of me being in house. With all the madness going on right now, my work load is light. So, I have a lot of time on my hands. To occupy my time I thought I’d try a Youtube tutorial.
Blankets are one my favorite things. I have a collection of throw blankets and quilts. So I thought it would be fun to make a blanket to cuddle with during all this madness.
I found some chucky yarn in my craft stuff so I decided to try to hand knit a blanket. I watched a YouTube video to get me started (click here). Once I got the hang of the technique, I sat back and watched a few episodes of All American on Netflix to relax while I knit. I wish I could do a DIY/ How to blog for y’all but it’s a little to complicated to explain. If you’re interested in making your own hand knitted blanket, just watch the video I linked above.
For this project I used 3 bundles on Roving Yard that were 78 yards each. I randomly found this this yarn on sale for $5 (regularly priced $16.88) a bundle at Walmart. The label said it was great for arm knitting or crochet projects. I think I just bought it cause I’m a collector of craft junk and thought that I’d use it for something one day. And look, I did!
I have a prayer journal, manifestation journey, and a journal for my thoughts and ideas. But sometimes I find myself writing down my thoughts and affirmations on random slips of paper that I find laying around. I think it has become a form coping for me. And there’s no greater feeling than finding a old slip of paper or journal from years ago, re-reading it and seeing the growth, change, and answered prayer in your life.
I recently started a prayer box for my conversations with God. Today, I’m going to share with you how to make your own.
Materials you will need: A wooden or tin box, spray paint, stickers or vinyl design cuts, makers, and note cards.
I used a circular tin I picked for a dollar at Micheals during the after Christmas sale. I didn’t like the colors of it so I decided to paint it.
STEP 1: Paint the outside of your box any color you’d like.
Then, I used my Cricut Explorer Air 2 to cut out some crosses and saying to add to the outside of my box. If you don’t have a cricut machine you can just use stickers, markers, or paint.
STEP 2: Decorate the outside of you Prayer Box and Lid.
Next, I decided to write my favorite scripture inside the lid of the prayer box.
STEP 3: Write your favorite scriptures and affirmations inside of the prayer box, for your eyes only.
STEP 4: Add a pin and notecards inside.
STEP 5: Begin writing down your prayers.
I pray that this prayer box brings to closer to God and help you see the growth and change he is making in your life. I’d love to see how your prayer box designs turn out, post a picture on instagram and use #passionxDIY to share yours with me.
Y’all remember making salt dough ornaments as kid at school or in Sunday school. Well that’s the DIY of the day. I made some salt dough gingerbread ornaments for the christmas tree. If you never got a chance to make these at a kid or have forgotten how, I’m going to show you:
You’ll need: Flour, Salt, Water, Coco Powder, Gingerbread Cookie Cutter, and a baking sheet.
Mix 1 cup go salt and 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup water. Mix together until the dough is form
Fun fact: You can add 1/2 cup of coco powder to the mix to make the dough brown for gingerbread men.
Use a glass cup to roll the dough flat and use the cookie cutter to cut of the gingerbread shape, or any other shape you would like. Lay them on a cookie sheet. Be sure to use a straw to make a hold at the top of your ornament for hanging.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and back for 1 hour. Cool for 1 hour or until complete dry.
Paint them to decorate them as you like and thread string through the hanging holes. then, decorate your tree.
This is a good project to do with your family for family night. Plan it and let me know how it goes.
It’s been ages since I’ve carved a pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds. This year I was determined to do both. So I called over my girls for a “Girl’s Night”. We sipped wine and carved our cute little pumpkins.
Honestly, it was easier than I remember it being. I can’t explain why but as a kid it felt like carving a pumpkin was the hardest thing to do. I’m overjoyed with the way my pumpkin, “Jack-o-lena” came out.
Jack-o-lena sat gracefully on my countertop with a cinnamon candle for about 5 days before I saw mold and threw her out.
Now I did try to roast the seeds from inside the pumpkin. It was an epic fail. I burnt them. I don’t even know how they burnt. They didn’t look burnt but for sure tasted burnt. Better luck next year.
Tell me (in the comments), What traditions do you like to do with your family and friends on Halloween?
Before I go, #selfcarenovember starts tomorrow. Head over to my IG (@thepassionista__) for the flyer and take the challenge with me.
I have experienced yet another great beauty DIY from Make It Classy DIY beauty box. Each DIY beauty box is plant- based and free of chemicals for your everyday beauty routine.
I had the pleasure of assisting the CEO & Founder of Make it Classy, Victoria (who is also a fellow blogger) during the Ultimate Women’s Expo in Atlanta, GA. During the expo, I worked at the Make It Classy booth with Victoria and a few other ambassadors. The day was filled with me talking and networking with women who are curious and passionate about natural beauty care. There was even a station for customers to make a quick clay mask sample for face and hair to take home and try. I felt truly in my elment being able to share my passion for embacing natural beauty and DIY projects.
A few weeks back I posted a video of my using the Make It Classy DIY Beauty Box for Rose Water on IGTV, click here to watch. Today, I want to share with you the Make It Classy DIY Beauty Box for Herbal Hair Rinse.
After making my herbal hair rinse, I used it to rinse the conditioner from my hair after cleansing. I used the entire bottle provided for one rinse. The DIY beauty box comes with enough ingredients to make 2 batches of the product. If you don’t use the entire bottle in one usage like I did you may store in for up to one month in the refrigerator. My scalp felt refreshed and my curls looked more defined than ever. Picture below is how my curls looked after using the hair rinse.
Tell me, what are your thoughts about herbal hair rinses for your natural curls? Have you ever used a natural herbal hair rinse?
I can’t believe it’s October already. But I’m excited because Fall is my favorite season. Being that I live in Georgia, it’s still 100 degrees outside, so I’m over the heat. I’m ready to wrap up in my blankets, wear my cardigans and oversized sweaters, and drink apple cider.
September was a busy month that went by so fast. Here are a few things I created last month. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see on news and events I have coming up.
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I will be a panelist at the GSG Pop Up Shop on October 12th at Genesis Atlanta Studio and Creative Loft.
Lastly, I’m searching for 4-8 guest bloggers to be featured on the blog throughout November. To be considered you must creative a blog post of 100 words or more about something you’re passionate about, with 3 to 4 supporting photos. Send you’re blog content to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 18th.