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?
Well, I’m back at it again with another update on my quilt I’m working on. I made some measurement errors that I just noticed after I have sown everything together (you’ll see a picture below) but the quilt is not a TOTAL lost. It can be fixed and I’m going to fix it.
Here (pictured below) is all of the patches put together, according to my pattern. But as you can see it doesn’t all line up. AND, its smaller than I imagined it to be.
So…. Now what? I have a plan.
I am going to repeat half of the pattern to make the quilt wider before sewing on the boarder. I think adding about 12 more inches will make it a nice size for a lap quilt.
Honestly, my time for quilting has been limited lately, because I’ve been busy. But I really want to get this quilt done soon. So, my goal is to complete it in the next 2 weeks. the next DIY Quilting 101 blog post I post will be the finally post to wrap up this project. FINGERS CROSSED!
So, I was cleaning out my craft closet and found a bunch of fabric I had from my quilting days. It’s been at least a year since I made a quilt and I think it’s time that I put my sewing skills back to use. I’m excited to start back creating quilts and of course I want to share this experience with y’all. I find quilting to be a very suttle hobby. It’s relaxing and fun to do in your spare time. So I will be instructing you on how to make your own simple quilt.
I sew all of my quilts by hand only using a sewing machine when necessary. Don’t worry if you’re not the world’s best sewer. I taught myself how to sew and quilt. My best advice with this skill is practice makes perfect.
What you will need to start:
Basic sewing skills
A cutting mat or a hard surface to cut on
Rotary Cutter or Fabric Scissors
Marker or fabric pencil
Patchwork shapes or Rotary Rulers
Cotton Quilting Fabric (4 to 6 different patterns)
For starters, you want to find or create a quilt pattern. If you are up for the challenge you can free hand draw/ layout your own pattern or you can find free patterns and measurements on Pinterest. For this project, I created my own pattern (shown in picture below). I used graph paper to sketch out the shapes exactly how I wanted them and mapped out which fabrics to use. I will be using 5 different cotton fabric designs for this quilt.
After you’ve selected a pattern, it’s time to layout your fabrics and start cutting. You want to make sure that you cut all your pieces in the beginning so that you don’t have to stop and cut once you’ve started sewing. For my sketched pattern I labeled each patch with a number to determine which fabric design I will be using.
Pictured in my pattern you can see that each box is labeled with a number 1 through 5. I marked my fabrics 1 through 5. Using the measurements in my pattern, I start with #1 cutting all the different sizes I will need with that fabric design then moved on to #2 and so on until all my fabric is cut. Use a marker or fabrice pencil to trace your lines for cutting. Once you have everything cut, I suggest laying it out on a flat service so you can see how your quilt will look once it’s all put together.
Now that you have all your pieces cut out, start at the top and sew everything together piece by piece according to your pattern. If you are a pro on the sewing machine, you may find it easier and faster to use a sewing machine. But I like to hand sew my pieces together (at least for this part). This may take you some time. So don’t get frustrated. Take you time and sew at your own pace.
The cutting process took me a little over an hour to do. I spent about 2 hours sewing my pieces together in one night and completed the first half of this quilting pattern. In the next blog I will be showing the finished results of sewing all the fabric pieces together for this quilt and how to add a border and the backing to complete a simple quilt.
I hope you are as excited as I am. TELL ME (in the comment section below) how it goes. Have you ever made a quilt before? Or are you just getting started with this new hobby?
Today is a you’re lucky day… another blog post! That’s 3 in one week. I’m really on a roll. I just couldn’t let this content sit until next week.
So, a few weeks ago I was in Goodwill and saw this pretty chair that I thought would look pretty in pink. I purchased the chair for $15.
Rust-oleum Chalk Paint
Spray bottle with water
Step 1: Spray the furniture fabric with water, soaking the fabric really good.
Step 2: Paint the entire piece of furniture, using the paint brush. Let it dry completely for about 24-hours.
Step 3: Use the sand paper to sand the furniture piece. This will soften up the fabric and prevent it from felling crunchy.
Step 4: Paint a 2nd coat. This project will take about 3-4 coats of paint. Be use to let each coat of paint dry completely before starting a new coat. DO NOT spray with water after the 1st coat.
Step 5: Paint or stain the furniture legs any color you’d like.
Step 6: Use a furniture wax to seal the paint.
After 3 coats of Chalk Paint & Wax
This project took 5 days to complete, because I let the paint dry for at least a day before applying another coat. I spent about $42 on the chair, paint, and supplies.
My goals was to put together a cute little sitting /reading area in my small 1 bedroom apartment. I feel really good about what I was able to put together and think it goes really good with the decor of my apartment. Someone once told me, “the way your apartment looks should reflex you as a person”. I’ve been on a journey of decorating my apartment exactly the way I want it and this area is a beautiful addition. It’s cute and chic just like me!
I can’t believe June is almost over. This month has been good to me. I hosted my very first DIY class, met some cool people and made some business connections that I am excited about. So, let me show you what I created this month.
Baby showers are my favorite to decorate and make gifts for.
Letters and Onesies made by me…
I’ve been putting my cricut skills to use to make some dope crafts. I made some logo apparel for a client and a new “branded” tee for me. I’ve been thinking about doing some “passionista” merch ….. stay tuned!
Lastly, my DIY class was bomb. I taught a class of about 7 craftors how to make dreamcatchers using a hula hoop, fabric, twine, and ribbon. We had so much fun talking and crafting. Some of the craftors brought wine and snacks, so we shared snacks while we did our craft project. It was honestly amazing and I’m so glad it was a great experience, not just for me but for the guest as well.
Special thanks to Bianca Octavia of the DIYher Workshop for allowing me to host this event at her workshop. She is truly a DIY inspiration. I look forward to collaborating with her on so many more projects.
Which leads me to my next announcement….. I will be hosting another DIY class on July 19th at DIYher Workshop!!!!!!!!!
July was a really crafty month. I was graced with the opportunity to make so many gifts and decor pieces for clients and even a few things for myself.
On top of blogging and planning events, I also create custom gifts and decor for special orders. I think most of you know that by now. One thing that I love is working with clients for new and exciting projects. It warms my heart when I make a business connection and the client comes back to me to order more or something new. Recently, I have been working with a client for appeal and gifts for her business brand. These items can be purchased on Experienced Elegance website.
I’m interested and excited to connect with more brands and business to create customized gifts and items for their business. Honestly, I want to start a shop on my blog where I can sell some of the things I make. At first I was thinking about creating a “Passionista” line of lifestyle items. But now, I’m thinking of just creating a shop of nic nats to sell all the random stuff I make and put together. Don’t steal me idea, but tell me what you think? Would you shop with me?
The best part about being crafty is the holidays and birthdays. When my friends or family members birthdays come around I like to share my love by making them something special. Here are a few birthday gifts I made this month.
I’ve recently started learning how to make balloon garlands. I watched a few youtube videos and gave it a try, each time I make one I feel like I learn something new. Pictured, is a assorted pink balloon garland that I made for a bridal shower.
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