January 22nd: Make Homemade Cleaners

Back to some essential oil fun! And back to saving the earth. As the year goes on you will begin to see my efforts to cut out toxic chemicals, unneeded products and items that clutter my life. January has kicked off pretty nicely.

1. I have been spending the month purging items from my house, one day at a time. My January 1st item was purge one item from my house a day. I have fallen a little behind on this but plan on spending all morning tomorrow doing a large purge… even the small purges I have made have already made a difference.

2. January 15th challenged me to not use any plastic waste for a week. It has been challenging, mainly because when you get togo food or buy things at the store most things automatically come with unneeded plastic products. I am working on continuing this and think I can make it through the whole year concentrating on it. Even if I just minimize what I am using, that has to have an effect.

3. So back to the essential oils. January 8th was all about making my own essential oil blend. This was so I could produce something that I would use as a pain reliever without using toxic or unknown ingredient pills.

Today, I make my own house cleaner, and man, there are a TON of recipes out there and every variety of cleaner you can think of.

There is a great website One Essential Community that has a great list of different cleaners with a minimal, clean ingredients. Eventually, I would like to make them all – 8 DIY Cleaning Recipes with Lemon – but today I am just starting with the:

Mold & Mildew Cleaner

To make: to a spray bottle add 1 cup white vinegar, 15 drops lemon essential oil, and 15 drops melaleuca essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe with microfiber cloth, spray again with cleaner and allow to air dry.

AND

All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)

To make: to a spray bottle add ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cups distilled water, and 25 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean

So here are the ingredients:

Here’s the All Purpose Cleaner:

And the Mold & Mildew:

I also found this other great site, Back Door Survival, that had a list of the 8 Best Essential Oils for Disinfecting. I will have to use some of these the next time I make some.

Happy clean, cleaning!

January 21st: Make New Business Cards

About a month ago I decided I wanted to start my own company. It has been a process that has been in my mind for over a decade. Over the past ten years I have had jobs but always tried to keep my photography and graphic design going. Recently I have put myself out there more for graphic jobs and have snagged a few. I need these cards to push that forward. People ask me often about services and I always write my name and number down… always seemed unprofessional.

So I made these today (super simple design from VistaPrint) and ordered them!

I should have them in hand by the beginning of February. I cannot wait to start passing them out and hopefully drum up more business. Eventually, I will make my design but just wanted to keep it simple for now.

January 12th: Hang Curtains in Living Room

If I keep up all these home projects my house might just look like a home.

One of my biggest things since moving in has been not having a curtain in the front of my house. I actually completed this task a while ago but forgot to check it off my list, so today, I will lazily mark this one off.

I will say, it is ridiculously hard to pick out curtains. There are probably 16 million different options. I am simple and like rustic, so I went with this cheap but cute style.

I like it because of its simplicity but multi-fictionality.

January 5th: Build Shelves in my Kitchen

I love DIY projects, especially since I bought my house. Many blah posts over the last couple years often show that.

When I first moved in I knew I would be making a lot of changes. The kitchen at the front of my mind.

This is what it looked like when I first moved in.

I quickly moved my refrigerator, took down some of the cabinets and painted the remaining ones. This quickly showed that I needed some more storage areas.

I found these shelves on Etsy

But all the ones I found were either too small or far too expensive.

So I decided I could make them myself!

I contacted a friend who I Jew had an abundance of reclaimed wood, found piping online at Essential Hardware and went to work.

This is what the kitchen has become. It is amazing how some colorful paint and a cheap DIY project can transform a space.

I am pleased with it. But will always continue changing things up. I already have changed how the shelves are organized to make them look a little more decorative.

I have a few more to put on another wall but am having problems attaching them because of the type of material the wall is made out of. Hopefully a project for another day.

February 18th: Deep Clean My Diffuser

I started using a diffuser about a year ago. I am absolutely obsessed with essential oils and use them for everything from purification is the air, helping me breathe, helping me control appetite, relaxation, helping me fall asleep… the list goes on and on.

I typically just wash it out every once in a while, particularly when I switch between oils but I never really thought about doing a deep clean. Someone mentioned it to me and it I was shocked I had not thought about it before.

Below is the cleansing regime that I found on DoTerra‘s website because that is who I buy all my oils and even my diffuser from. But if you plan to use it, make sure it does not make your diffuser warranty ineffective, as I have heard that happens with some companies.

1 Fill your diffuser half way with clean water.

2 Add 10 drops of white vinegar.

3 Let the diffuser run for about 5 minutes to allow the water-vinegar mixture to disperse throughout the unit and clean it.

4 Drain the diffuser completely.

5 Using a cotton swab dipped in vinegar, clean the tight spots and corners of the diffuser.

6 Rinse with clean water.

7 Use a dry cloth to wipe the diffuser and dry it thoroughly.

August 6th: Paint All Day

I had a very different idea of what this meant when I put this on the list for the year. I anticipated that it would mean fine art painting. But after buying a house that is simply not the case. 

I spent today painting my kitchen. I am overjoyed with how the house is coming along.

Here are photos of my kitchen on move in day:


Now I have taken down some of the cabinets, painted the walls and painted the cabinets. Take a look:


The next exciting step is building these cool shelves to put up in place of the cabinets:


And, I have already picked out a color for the bathroom.

Owning a house is so fun!

June 15th: Make a Door Wreath

This year is full of so much adventure, creating, eating and relaxation. Some days I need to remind myself to make these things happen.

Today was simple. Make a little door wreath. 

I started with a wood stick wreath and wrapped some green leaves around it.


Then I took some flowers. I picked these ones because I feel like it can kind of encompass all the seasons.


I glued them on using a hot glue gun.


And that was that. Hopefully it stays together.