DIY Aurora Queen of the Moors Crown

This DIY Queen of the Moors Crown was inspired when I received an early release copy of Disney’s Maleficent from Click Communication to help promote the in-store release on November 4th. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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“For in the other kingdom, the Moors lived every manner of strange and wonderful creature.

And they needed neither king nor queen but trusted in one another.”

Maleficent is my new all-time favorite Disney movie EVER! That’s saying a lot. I’m a Disney freak. One might think it’s because I have a million kids so I had to learn to embrace them, but that’s not true. One of my very first vivid memories as a child was going to the movie theater with my mom and my sisters to watch a Disney movie. I was hooked at about the age of 3 and things haven’t changed since, and I never miss a single new release. Unfortunately, because there were questions about whether Maleficent was completely kid friendly, I opted to skip it at the theater *SIGH* and anxiously await the release of the DVD in store. And that time has come! Disney’s Maleficent will be available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand November 4, 2014! I got an early release copy, and I’m not going to ruin it for you if you haven’t already seen it, but I’m going to tell you…again…I loved it and have watched it several times. And for the record, there was nothing even remotely frightening to my 8 year old daughter in the movie and she loves it too! We loved it so much that it inspired me, a total craft hater, to craft an Aurora’s Queen of the Moors Crown. Want to make one for your little princess before the in-store release? It’s super easy. If I can do this, anyone can!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Thick, bendable wire
  • Electrical tape
  • A random assortment of leaves (the fake foliage you can buy at any big box store)
  • Random embellishments (I used a few beads and some sparkly gold twigs)
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
  • Hot glue gun

Start with the wire. Measure the piece around your queen’s head and cut it accordingly, overlapping by about 2 or so inches. Take the electrical tape and tape the overlapping wire together. Be sure to cover the whole area to avoid sharp edges.

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Cut the leaves off of the stems, spray paint both sides gold, then start hot gluing them on the wire band as randomly or neatly as you see fit until the entire band is covered to your liking.

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Clip your other, smaller leaves, twigs, etc. and hot glue them as you’d like to get the desired look and depth of the crown.

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That’s it! When you’re done, you have a golden crown inspired by a movie that you either already love, or you’re going to love as soon as you see it on November 4th! This was a fun project that my daughter was able to help with and she absolutely adores the results.

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November 4th is just around the corner, hurry up and preorder your copy of Maleficent today, and then head to the store to pick up supplies to make your own Queen of the Moors Crown before it arrives. In the meantime, check out all of the buzz about Malefient on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve already seen the movie, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. If you’re anxiously awaiting the in-store release, let me know what you think of it as soon as you see it. Seriously y’all…Maleficent FTW!

DIY Orange Sea Salt Scrub

This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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When I was in Arkansas for a recent conference, they had the most amazing sea salt scrub in all of the bathrooms at the hotel. Let’s face it folks, I don’t get out much, so I’m not overly accustomed to this sort of thing. Then B took us (yes, all of us) out for our 11th anniversary last week, and a sea salt scrub was awaiting me in the restaurant bathroom too. Bug and I washed our hands, used this scrub, and talked about how wonderful it was. Then I saw a post by my friend, Censie from Building Our Story, and she shared how easy it was to make her Lavender Vanilla Scrub at home.

I had a plan. You might have guessed by now that it involved sea salt and some super soft hands. You might (OK, you were) have been right.

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I wanted this stuff in my house. I wanted my guests to feel as special as I do every time I step into a bathroom with this hand-softening magic. She made it look SO easy. And guess what? It really is! I used Censie’s initial “recipe” and changed it up to fit my color and “flavor” preferences, and it was a huge hit with me, with Bug, and with my neighbors (more on that later).

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Want to make some for yourself?

What you’ll need:

  • Sealable glass or plastic container (I used mason jars)
  • 2 cups Epson salt
  • 2 cups course sea salt
  • 3 tbsp orange extract
  • 1/2 cup olive or coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 5 drops red food coloring to give it the orange glow (this is optional and you should never use too much or your hands will show it).

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What you’ll do:

  • Mix the Epson salt and sea salt in a bowl. Make sure you get rid of any clumps.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the orange extract, coconut (or olive) oil, and food coloring together.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the salt mixture and stir thoroughly.
  • Carefully put the mixed salts into a mason jar (or container of choice), and you’re done.

This stuff is ah-mazing and I use it every day. So does Bug. It’s great for making your guests feel special, it’s super easy, and it’s an awesome gift. We were invited to a cookout over the weekend and I brought a mason jar full to the hostess. She put it out on her bathroom sink and by the end of the night, every women in the place was asking if I sell it. It’s that delicious to your hands.

The possibilities are endless since there are so many scent and color combinations you can try. Who knew feeling this pampered could be this simple? Not me, until now anyway. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think. Sure, you can buy this in the store, but I honestly think this DIY version is even better than the stuff I used in those hotels and high-dollar restaurants. My hands have never felt, or smelled, this good!

It’s Snowing Inside This Christmas and Glass Fish Net Floats are on the Tree

Before I share our Winter Wonderland and my craft idea with you, I should tell you that I received product from Oriental Trading to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.
Obviously it’s not snowing inside because we do have a roof over our heads and I’m almost 100% certain it won’t even snow outside again this year. Galveston rarely gets snow and the last snow fall here was in 2004. Nope. Not a white Christmas for us…or so you would think!
But I’d like to welcome y’all to our Winter Wonderland. It’s not completely done yet, so hang tight for updates as we finish up, but we’re off to a great start with the help of Oriental Trading and the babies are thrilled. My babies want a white Christmas, and they deserve that, but Mommy needs to live in a warm climate so this is our compromise and it’s really fun every year.
The minute anyone enters the foyer, they are greeted with lights, snowflakes, lots of blue obviously, and loads of fun and festivity. I’m particularly fond of the blue lights hanging over our archway. And I love the snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, and the snowflakes on the window. Oh who am I kidding? I just love this theme!
As you know, I’m redecorating the house in blues and greens and everything beachy. The only way to tie in this Winter Wonderland was to keep with the theme colors which was easy with Oriental Trading’s HUGE line of holiday decorations.
This window treatment is Bubby’s favorite. I hung it in the dining room, right next to his count down til Christmas sign, so he can enjoy it during all of his meals. He likes the way it sparkles. Of course he does…he’s my kid after all.
We still have a few more snowflakes to hang and a couple of other decorating items on the list, but our house is literally a Winter Wonderland and our guests this weekend loved it too. It’s not just for the kids!
My tree fits my blue and green theme but I wanted to put some beachy items on there too. I ordered some clear glass bulbs from Oriental Trading and they inspired me. You see, every little shop around the island adorns those glass fish net floats and I love the way they look. I set out to make some of my own for our tree.
Glass Fishnet Bulb Christmas Tree Ornaments
 
What You’ll Need:
 
Glass Clear Ornaments
Regular School Glue
Food Coloring
Twine
Funnel
Cupcake Pan
Tinfoil
Patience and an Old Toss of the OCD Tendencies
Start by mixing regular school glue with water (equal parts) and mix in your food coloring of choice. Typically glass fish net floats are blue or green so this worked perfectly for me. Mix the 3 components until you have your color of choice.
Funnel some of the mixture into the glass bulb and swish around until it is fully covered inside.
Place a piece of tinfoil in each of the “cake” slots you’ll be using and place your bulbs in there face down. Bake on 200 degrees for about an hour.
When they come out dry, they may not be perfect (oh be still my poor OCD heart) but that’s OK. If you’ve ever seen blown glass, you know that no two pieces are alike and their imperfections are what make them unique and beautiful. Oddly enough, I like the more splattered looking one better. Put the stems back in the bulbs so you have a way to hang them for the next steps.
Tie one piece of twine around the neck of the bulb. Then cut 6 equal length pieces of twine (I didn’t measure them but make sure they are long enough to be doubled and hang well below the bulb – I’d say about 20 inches). Thread each piece through the anchor twine and knot them at the base. I just used a simple knot, I think it’s called an overhand bow knot (but don’t hold me to that).
Start knotting your fishnet. And here’s where those OCD tendencies need to be really tossed. They don’t have to be perfectly equidistant. The knots don’t have to be exactly the same. Have you ever seen a real fishnet? Yea, not perfect. Take one piece from one of your double strands, and knot it with one piece from the next double strand as shown above. Keep doing that until you get to the bottom.
Don’t flip out when the “net” starts crawling up the bulb and looks like it won’t fit because that’s all resolved at the end. Simply gather all of the pieces at the bottom, pull them tightly, and tie them off. And yes, I do need a manicure and my fingers are completely blue in this photo. Don’t judge.
Like I said, it may not be perfect but it fits perfectly with other items in my decor that use fishnet so I’m pretty pleased with the results. We’re enjoying our Winter Wonderland this year more than ever and I can’t wait to get it all finished before the Big Guy gets here on Christmas Eve. I want him to feel at home too.
For more decorating and craft ideas, be sure to visit Oriental Trading’s Christmas Store, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. They don’t only help with your holiday decorating and crafting either. Let them help you throw an amazing holiday party (at half the cost of your local party store) too!