How to Make your New Years Resolution Come True

The year is quickly coming to an end and I know we are all thinking about our New Years resolution. This is a hard decision in a way because we want to set goals that we can realistically reach. So we look back on what we did this year and see if we achieved the new years resolution we set last year. If you are like me your answer is yes and no. I always set more than one goal. So if I achieve one of my goals in the beginning of the year I have something else to work towards the rest of the year.

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So when setting my goals they are not something I think of in 20 minutes and decide that is what I am going to do. My resolutions have to meet a few specifications such as…

  1. Is it realistic?
    Is there an actual possibility that I could achieve this goal in 365 days while also living a life.
  2. In 5 years with this goal have made a difference in my life?
    If I lose 20 pounds this year but in 5 years have gained one hundred then that 20 pound weight loss doesn’t really matter. But if I transition my eating and activity habits to incorporate more healthy decisions then continuing those habits in 5 years will make a difference.
  3. How will it effect others?
    Losing 20 pounds benefits yourself but having a healthier eating habit may encourage others around you to eat healthy as well.
  4. How important is it to me?
    Personally I am more motivated to achieve a goal if it is important to me. Don’t make your new years resolutions about pleasing others or trying to become someone your not.

Once I have created my list I then go back and check it several times. After I know everything on my list is 100% staying on my list then I add in details. Details are important because then you know in six months what you were talking about when you said get healthy. Ok I ate a salad today thats healthy so check it off the list. NO! Add details in, set a set when you want to have it completed by, where your going to do it, with who, and why.

Example: In the year 2017 I, Marissa, want to live a healthier life style. I want to incorporate my boyfriend and encourage him to be healthy as well. I want to eat healthy meals and get involved in more physical activity. I will learn one new healthy recipe a week and expand my meal prep options. I will also participate in seven hours of physical activity a week. I understand it may take time to fit this into my schedule so I will give myself till April 1st to work up to seven hours of physical activity a week.

When thinking of your new years resolutions don’t set yourself up to fail. Truly take an hour to sit down and think about your goals and objectives for 2017. Then write it out, type it up, and get creative. Just document your goals and dead lines in a way to motivate yourself to achieve your new years resolutions. Another thing you could do it encourage other to hold you accountable. Tell them to nag you about thing you want to change or goals you want to achieve.

I hope all of this helps you and gets you thinking in more detail about your goals for the new year. Leave a comment below of something you want to achieve for 2017 so others can get ideas and get inspired. One of my goals is to build a better blog and become a better blogger. Also to do some pretty awesome and unique DIYs on 2017.

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DIY candle

One of my favorite thing to do all year is burn candles. They are the perfect compliment to any room and add a warm home feel when being burned. I love that there are many different scents and they change every season. One thing I don’t like is the price. I spend hundred of dollars a year on candles. I always burn them all the way down but I feel like they are over priced. So I decided to finally make my own.

I have been playing with the idea of making candles for a long time but the process was always so intimidating to me. I watched videos and read articles but it was a something completely different than what I have ever done before. Well I finally decided to go outside my comfort zone and it was so worth it. Honestly, candles are so easy to make and they don’t take very long either. I love the way mine turned out and will definitely be making more.

The instructions I am giving you are for the first and only candle I have made so far. So the timing and measurements might be different for you but this is how I did it. Also I did not measure any thing out I guessed and it turned out very well. I also made a cute little something extra out of my left over wax so keep reading for that bonus DIY.

What you will need:
– soy wax flakes
– candle wicks
– a glass container (I used a small bowl)
– a large glass measuring cup
– crayon to color your candle
– hot glue gun
– spoon
– scented oil
– microwaveIMG_1418
Directions:

Start by filling your measuring cup with wax flakes and small pieces of your crayon. The bowl I was using is a small dip bowl so I did not need a lot of wax. If you are using a larger container then you will need more wax. IMG_1419

Next use your hot glue gun to attach the wick to the bottom of your glass container. To hold my wick up straight I taped two pencil together and laid them on either side of the wick. I left them there when I poured my wax and while it cooled.

Then you are going to put your wax into the microwave for two minutes checking and string it every 30 seconds. Once the wax is completely melted your going to add your scented oil.

I melted about two cups of wax and added about a teaspoon of oil to my mixture. After you add the oil stir your wax very good so that the oil is throughout. If you feel like your mixture needs more oil feel free to add it. I measured the scent of my candle by letting the wax on my spoon dry after mixing and smelling the wax on my spoon.

Once you have mixed together all your ingredients it is time to pour your wax. Slowly pour your wax in your container and allow it to dry completely before removing the pencils from the wick. My candle only took an hour to dry because it was small but it could take any where from two to eight hours depending on the size of the candle and the temperature of the room.IMG_1428

Once the candle is dry remove your pencils and trim the wick.

When making a larger candle I did see people having a problem with a crater forming in their candle after it has dried. So be prepared to have to do some touch ups after your candle has dried.

After I poured my candle I still had some melted wax left over so I took a silicone ice cube tray and poured my wax in make mini wax palm trees. These would be perfect for wax burners or even a gift. It would also come in handy if your candle does sink in the top you could remelt the wax and fill in the hole.

Tips and Tricks to learn from

Since this was my first time making a candle I chose to make a smaller one. My candle dried very quickly and I was very happy with how it turned out. When I make another candle I will be changing a few things though. When making my candle I added about a 1/4 of a crayon and it turned out in a very light blue color. I plan to add more crayon the next time I make it. Also the wax dried lighter than when it was wet. So if you plan to make a candle and the melted wax is lighter than you would like add more crayon at that time. Another thing to remember is that you can burn wax so once it has completely melted there is no need to leave it in the microwave any longer.

Over all I am very happy with how this project turned out. It is very easy to make and can easily be corrected if an error is made. If you are not completely sure about this project and don’t want to spend the money on wax flakes you can always use old candles or even wax cubes that are already scented. IMG_1448

Pretty flowers! Ugly Flower Pots?

Spring is here and it is now time to plant flowers. The thought of having pretty flowers decorating the outside of my house just makes me so happy. While getting out my old flower pots out I noticed they were dirty and ugly. I like to use terracotta pots because they are sturdier and I can reuse them every year but, they aren’t very pretty looking. All the decorative pots at the store were plastic and I find they don’t hold up as well as terracotta pots. So of course I decorated my flower pots. I think they look much better.

This was a very simple DIY and didn’t take very long. It would be a cute way to personalize the flower you give to your mom or grandma on mothers day. There are also many other things to do with flower pots besides planting in them. They could be cute desk organizers, candles, or they could add that pop of color and extra storage you need in a room. (below picture found on Pinterest)

What you will need:

-Flower pots
-spray primer
-paint
-creativity

Directions

Because there are so many different possibilities of how you could decorate your flower pot, my directions may not achieve the look you want. I am going to give simple directions to serve as a guide for you as you paint your flower pots. I chose to make mine pink and add rhinestone and plastic flowers as decorations to mine. Honestly after I finished mine with the rhinestones I did not like the way it turned out. IMG_1175

Step 1:
First I primed all my flower pots with my white spray primer. Sadly I ran out of spray primer during this process. So I would recommend spraying the top and inside the top of the flower pot also. I am not going to be using mine for planting so I did not worry about it but if your are planting I recommend it. I propped my pots up on old containers s0 they were not sitting on the card board. It makes it easier to get the rim of the pots.IMG_1149

Step 2:
I sprayed my two larger pots with the colored paint I chose. This is where your process might be different if you choose to hand paint them. I did about two coats. I also covered the bottom of the pots to give it a more professional look. When they were dry I flipped them over and prayed inside the top of the pot. I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of this.

Step 3:
I then used painters tape on my medium size pot and added my silver spray paint design. I purposely made the stripes different sizes and crooked. This is where I should have stopped. I think it looks cute and simple just like this.

Step 4:
If your going to plant in your pots and are not going to paint on any more decoration this is  where you would want to spray sealer. I strongly recommend this because when I was doing my research on this project there was a lot of people complaining their paint peeled off when they got wet. I personally did not do this because my pots will be used to store craft supplies.

Step 5:
For my two pink pots I glued on the rhinestones and flowers using my E6000 glue. I had to lay my larger pot on its side till the glue dried because I noticed my flowers starting to slide off. Once again I didn’t take pictures. Im sorry!IMG_1164

Before I glued on my decoration I taped off the top of my small pot with painters tape. It wasn’t necessary but I felt it was safer that way. Then I took silver acrylic paint and hand painted the bottom of my small pot to compliment my medium pot. I applied three coats because it was very thin. I did my first coat and allowed it to dry while I was glueing on my decoration to my other pots and then applied a second coat.

Step 6:
Once my silver paint was dry I glued my flowers all the way around the top of my pot with my E6000 glue.

So my flower pots didn’t turn out as cute as I hoped they would. I thought these looked adorable on Pinterest but mine were a small fail. I think this would be a great DIY for a mothers day gift and I am hoping to make more so I will post pictures of those. Also on my Pinterest I have created a board dedicated to this DIY and below are some of my favorites that I have seen.

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Prime the bottle, Prime Prime the bottle

This week is wine and paint week. I do not support drinking and driving but I highly suggest crafting under the influence. Who doesn’t enjoy having a nice glass of wine while creating fabulous DIY projects? Please just be careful with hot glue guns and sharp tools. Once you have finished your bottle of wine you can recycle it and turn it into a fabulous decorated bottle.

Going back to crafting under the influence there is a youtube channel called ‘Crafting Under the Influence’. Where these two inserting ladies literally craft under the influence. They do a lot of cool DIYs and there videos are very interesting. If you are looking for serious step by step directions to a DIY I do not recommend turning to them. I like to watch them when I am looking for ideas or as background noise while I craft. I just thought I would share with all of you one of the DIY channels I like to watch. Also I thought they might be an inspiration for how crafting under the influence could go. Here is the link if you would like to check them out. Crafting Under the Influence Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 9.19.38 AM.png

When creating a decorated bottle the first thing you want to do is prime the bottle. If you would like to be able to see the glass then all you have to do to prime is use some rubbing alcohol. So first what your going to do is clean the bottle and remove the label. If you are not sure how to do that I explained how in my Drink, Reuse, Recycle post that I made yesterday. After removing the label and cleaning the bottle your going to take a cotton ball or paper towel and dampen it with rubbing alcohol. Then just wipe off he whole bottle. When doing this you want to try not to touch the bottle with your hands to much. This step is to remove any oil from the bottle so that your design will stay on. Also you want to do this right before you decorate the bottle, so if you cleaned the bottle but your not going to decorate it right away then you can wait to do this.

If you don’t want to see the glass and you plan to prime with paint your still going to prime with rubbing alcohol. This will ensure that your bottle is clean and the prime will apply nicely. I recommend priming your bottle with white primer. When I prime with paint I use spray primer. It is much easier to apply and looks much nicer. Also it is much faster. What I do when I prime a bottle I prime several at one time, even if I am only decorating one bottle, so that I always have a primed bottle on hand. Since I do all my spray painting outside it might not be the right type of weather the day I need to spray so that also helps a lot.

Spray priming a bottle is very easy. I use Krylon fusion for plastic. It also says on the bottle that it is for other types of surfaces as well. I figured that it would stick better to the glass. I keep the bottles standing right side up so that I can rotate them by sticking my finger in the opening of the bottle. I apply thin coats, slowly working my way around the bottle until it is completely covered. Once it dries I apply a second coat. It is important to put the coats on thin and to hold the spray can about ten inches away from the bottle to prevent drip marks.

I usually only do two coats when I know that the bottle isn’t going to stay white. It isn’t perfect but since I am covering it with something else I’m not to worried about it. If I am going to leave the bottle white, I will wait longer between coats and apply a third coat. I also usually let my primer dry over night before adding any more decorations to it. That way it is completely dry before I apply any thing else.

Now that you have cleaned and primed your bottle let it dry overnight. Then tomorrow we are going to decorate a bottle. Exciting! Tomorrow I am going to tell you guys how I decorated these three simple black bottles. As many of you know I like to add in a bonus every week so this weeks its chalk board. These black bottles are chalk board bottles.IMG_1105

Drink, Reuse, Recycle

Do you ever just sit and think about all trash we produce and where it all ends up? I do and if I think about it while I’m throwing something away it concerns me. As you know, I have been working on organizing my craft room and I have been creating a lot of trash. I was thinking a great way to recycle some of my “trash” would be to use it in a DIY project.

This project is one I have been doing for a little while now. They make great gifts and decor. For this project we are going to recycle wine bottles. This has been a big trend on Pinterest and is constantly popping up on my feed. I am going to show you a couple ways to decorate wine bottles. You could use any type of glass bottle for this project, not all of mine had wine in them. I would also like to let you know that I did not drink all of this myself. My good friend works at a bar and supplies me with the majority of my bottles.

There are many different ways to decorate bottles. You could take the simple approach and paint the bottle. You could also get very detailed with a bottle. I find this project to be very relaxing and it brings out my creativity, since you could decorate a bottle so many different ways. My most recent bottles were a set of beach themed bottles. One of them took me about two and a half hours to make while the other on took me maybe an hour. It honestly all depends on how detailed you want your bottle to be.

Since there are endless possibilities on decorating bottles, I am going to create several post on how I decorated a bottle and share them with you through out the week. Today I am going to share with you some tips and tricks I have learned when decorating.

The one thing I hate about this project is the waiting process. The bottles often have several layers of decor to them, so you have to wait for each layer to dry or set before adding the next. Other than that I really enjoy these projects and they are something that you cannot buy in any store.

Tips and Tricks

  • To easily clean the label of off bottles soak them in very hot water until the water is about room temperature. The label should easily peel off. If there is any glue left use a scrubby sponge and soap to clean it off. You want to make sure the bottle is completely clean and that there is not glue left on the bottle. If there is glue left on the bottle it will be visible once you paint the bottle.
  • Right before painting the bottle wiping it off with rubbing alcohol will prime the surface.
  • When paining a bottle I highly recommend spray paint, at least when priming. For my very first bottle I tried to hand paint the bottle. When I was priming it was streaky and I had to let the bottle dry over night before being able to apply the second coat of primer. Using spray primer takes about 20 minutes and looks 100% better.
  • HOT GLUE DOES NOT STICK TO GLASS. This makes me very mad but it is true. It was very disappointing when I used hot glue on my first bottle and a few weeks later when I went to move it all my glass marbles feel off. So learn from my mistake and use the E6000 craft glue that I frequently use. I have found when glueing ribbon to a painted bottle hot glue works. It also works if you are not glueing directly to the bare glass. IMG_0962
  • Something else I would recommend is when painting a bottle keep in mind that you are working on a curved surface. Meaning that if you are going to add detail when looking at the bottle the detail on the sides will not look that same as when looking head on. You may need to adjust a design if you want it to look a certain way from a specific angle.

With my personal bottles I use acrylic paint 99% of the time. I have never baked any of my bottles so they are not water proof and should not be washed.I also like the mate look of the paint on the bottle so I usually do not seal my bottles. I glue decorations onto my bottles that is also why I do not seal them. The bottles that I have sealed I used mod podge because I like the control I have.

This project definitely takes patience but the results are worth it. Any of the processes and designs I am creating can be done on almost any glass. Other types of glass you could decorate if you do not want to use a bottle would be mason jars, vases, and even cups. Just keep in mind that they are not water proof and cannot be washed.

I am going to post step by step instructions of how to prime your bottle and decorate them through out the week. Keep in mind you can make any decoration you would like and if you could incorporate something recycled into the project it would be even better.

More Scrabble Coaster!

Hey guys! I have been working on so many projects this week and it has been crazy. I am excited for all of you to see what I have been working on. In all the craziness I have made more scrabble coaster. Sorry it took me so long to post this, I was waiting for a day I could go outside to spray sealer on my coasters but unfortunately mother nature isn’t happy with Ohio right now and I had no such luck. So all these pictures you see are not completely finished but I figured you would get the idea.

I also created this neat little dish washer magnet. I used the same process as the casters then added a strip of magnet tape on the back. If you haven’t read my post first post of how to make the scrabble coasters once you read that you will know how easy this was to make. Although the magnet tape was already sticky I didn’t know how well it would hold on the cork so I added an extra strip of my E6000 glue to add some extra hold. I put this on thinner cork that it used for scrap booking and honestly I wish I would of used the 1/4 inch thick cork that I used on the coasters. It was not as sturdy and bent very easily. For the purpose of being on my dishwasher I wasn’t to worried about it but if I made another I would make that change. This also does not have the sealant spray on it yet. I am hoping once I put that on it will make it sturdier.

 

An organized crafter is a happy crafter.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you now how I like to be organized and for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram go follow me right now (@createlynndiy). I have slowly been working on organizing my craft room and cleaning it. Let me tell you it is a long process, plus it doesn’t help that I am crafting as I organize and clean. Hopefully after this weekend I will have it some what organized. Maybe after I finish I will show you what my craft room looks like. Just a disclaimer my craft “room” is the basement/laundry room so nothing fancy or super nice but I can craft and be happy and thats all that matters. Also I am creating some DIY craft organization that I hope to add as some bonus DIYs these next couple weeks.

Just to give you a sneak peak of my organizing process. I fount this container that has small containers and they screw together to make on big organized container and I just love it. I wish I had a lot more of these for organizing all my small items. These would work perfectly for my beads, small shapes, and even other small miscellaneous items. In this one I have alphabetized my scrabble tiles. It helped me so much and made forming words so much faster. I got annoyed very quickly with having to flip all the tiles right side up and then have to search among the hundreds of letters for the one that I needed. Solution! Find small containers group three or four letters together add a label and then organize your letters. If you don’t can’t find a container like this, some small food containers would work perfectly. All of my letters didn’t fit in the container so I organized as many as would fit then as I use them from the container I just sort some more. I promise this didn’t take me as long as it sounds and the time you spend organizing will be less than flipping tiles and searching.

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Whimsical Lights

This week we are going to make whimsical lights. This project is very easy but you can make these in so many different ways. I chose to make a simpler option. The only complaint I had about this project was the price. I had the string lights laying around my house but I had to buy the ping pong balls. I went to my local Target and chose to buy a large box of 36 for $10. My string lights had 100 bulbs so I had to buy three boxes. My total cost for this project was over $30 because ping pong balls were so expensive.

This is where your all probably thinking $30 isn’t that bad but Im a cheep ass. I love thrifting, repurposing, garage sales and flea markets. I am also a large advocate for coupons. I hate paying full price for something and this was one of the major reasons I got into DIYs in the first place. I am a college and while yes I work and make more money than most college students I don’t like to spend it. So if there is going to be a common theme on my blog it would probably be cheep but high quality. Also I will always try to put where I bought my supplies from and about how much they are so you will know how much a project costs.

For this project you will nee:
-one strand of lights
-enough ping pong balls for each light on the strand
-an exacto knife

After gather all your supplies your going to want to cut a small X into all the ping pong balls. The X only needs to be big enough to fight the light through.

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After that all you have to do is put each ball onto the lights.

Once have have all the ping pong balls on your finished. I chose to use multi colored lights so that my ping pong balls would look colorful but you could do so many different things with these to give them a different effect.

Other ideas:

  • Use white lights with colored ping pong balls
  • Painting the ping pong balls and using while lights
  • covering the balls in a thing layer os glitter to add some extra shine
  • glueing the balls together to make a specific shape or sculpture

Here are some pictures of other option that I found on Pinterest.

Scrabble Coasters

Im bringing together my love of board games and weird obsessions with coaster in this DIY. I found this project on Pinterest but have never seen them made. I am in love with the final product.

For this project you will need:

  • scrabble letters ( I ordered a bag of 100 off of Amazon for $7)
  • 1/4 inch thick cork board
  • E6000 craft adhesive
  • finishing spray or mod podge
  • exacto knife

Once you have all your supplies your going to use your letters to create four letter words. Each coaster is going to have four words, so your coaster will be a total of 16 tiles.

After you have your words laid out you can start glueing them to the cork board. I started by putting a small strip of glue for the word I wanted at the bottom of my coaster. Then I worked from the bottom right corner ending at the top left corner of my coaster, once I finished glueing my top word. So basically I glued my letters as if I was reading my coaster backwards.

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After you have glued down all your letter you can move to the next corner of the cork board to let your first coaster set before trimming the edges.

 

Once you have glued all your letters down and the glue has set you can trim the edge off. When trimming the edges of the cork, it works best to make several shallow cuts to make sure your actually cutting the cork and not ripping it. IMG_0974.jpgTo make sure they are water proof and have a nice finish I sprayed mine with clear finishing spray. I got a gloss so they would have a nice shiny finish. I sprayed them with about four thin coats and it created a nice gloss sealed finish. You could probably skip this step but I think it adds that extra over the top edge to them. The spray brought out the grain in the wood and made them look more vibrant.

Overall I am very happy with how these turned out. It was a simple and quick project that I will definitely will be doing again. Unfortunately I could only make two of these coasters because I made the mistake of only ordering 100 letter tiles. When I was ordering my supplies I thought that 100 was a lot but they only give you a limited amount of each letter so I am going to order more letters to make more.

Learn from my mistakes
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  • The glue is slightly difficult to work with so I found it was best to put my strip of glue on the cork and let it set for about a minute. This allowed it to get slightly tacky making the letters slide around less.
  • Like I already said, I should of ordered more letters. I tried to create somewhat of a theme to the words on my coasters and I just didn’t have the letters I needed after I made two coaster.

Tips
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  • Use the corner of the cork board as a guide to keep the letter straight.
  • If you plan to make a set of coasters that all say the same thing make sure in advance to have enough of each letter.
  • The coaster was smaller than a store bought coaster I have so you could definitely make them with five words that have five letters. IMG_0975.jpg