How to: Make Simple, Organic DIY Lip Balm for 25¢

DIY Lip Balm recipe

Organic DIY Lip Balm Recipe

You’re going to love this easy no fuss homemade diy lip balm recipe that not only your skin will love, but your bank account will too.

Once you start to make your own, there will be no going back and you’ll find youself loving it even more than what used to be your go to store bought brand.

Say goodbye to spreading additive filled mysterious lip balm formulas on your lips and hello to all natural beezewax free lip balm that couldn’t be easier to make. Continue Reading

12 Affordable All Natural Beauty Products You Should Try This Month

It kind of feels like natural beauty products are “trendy” right now, but they can be really beneficial for your skin and body if you're willing to put in a little time (and money) to try something new. While it may be convenient to pick up the usual drug store beauty products, some things are worth more research, and natural beauty products don't always have to be expensive. I've been researching all natural beauty products a lot the past six months, and I've learned what I like and don't like, but I've also learned what's affordable and what's not. Continue Reading

Round up: 9 All Natural Homemade Beauty Products

9 All Natural Homemade Beauty Products
Photo: The Wonder Forest

It’s been a long time now since I made the switch to organic skincare and I’ve never looked back – the ingredients used in natural products are just so good for my skin! But although I’ve been using these items for awhile, I always bought them from our local store without a second thought until I realised just how easy it is to make your own. See below for some of my favourite natural DIY alternatives to storebought beauty products.     Continue Reading

Stumped? Log Some Inspiration With These DIY Lights!

created at: 06/29/2011

Oh snap!  Looks like we’ve got stumps on the brain.  Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights!  If you’re ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your consideration.  

I was going to make a comment about how these lights are TREE-ific… but decided against it.  (See what I did there?)  Instead, I’ll just get right on down to business and show you a sweet table lamp and an awesomely rustic/modern* pendant light.   Continue Reading

A Tree Bookcase

Tree Bookshelf

This tree bookcase’s creator, Shawn Soh, was inspired by a memory of  folding pieces of paper and tucking them between the branches of a tree.The result is a steel, tree-shaped bookcase that I happen to adore. (The bird wall decal is a sweet touch.) For more information, visit Shawn’s website.


Organic Pendants From Toothpicks and Plastic Spoons

created at: 2009-05-19

image: designboom

Oh, the design ingenuity of the gifted and talented! Made from glued and what looks like stitched together toothpicks, the stamen light is one of the bendable organic designs of daisuke hiraiwg that was shown in the british section of the ICFF this past week. This talented Tokyo born designer uses humble materials to form organic expressions.

created at: 2009-05-19

image: designboom

Here, 300 plastic spoons were patterned and textured using a soldering gun to drill holes and then artfully joining them together to form a simple yet sophisticated use of the ordinary to form an extraordinary petal pendant light.  Continue Reading

Trendspotting: Plant a Victory Garden

created on: 01/10/09

The epitome of DIY-ing in this economy is being played out in the growing (sorry) number of dutiful stewards planting a victory garden.  This week the L.A. Times shined the light on this trend and environmentally responsible activity of good old-fashioned garden tending. 

created on: 01/10/09

Due to food shortages during World War II, Americans were urged by the government to plant their own gardens.  By 1943, Americans had planted more than 20 million Victory Gardens that reportedly produced more than 8 million tons of food. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: Graffiti Leaves

created on: 05/02/08

This is a really quick, easy and inexpensive way to create images pretty enough for framing.

The props:

  • Acrylic craft paint (I used a luscious turquoise)
  • White acrylic spray paint
  • A paint brush
  • Something to serve as a canvas like a piece of plywood or MDF
  • Several leaves from an indoor or outdoor plant (for the picture above, I used silk leaves purchased at my local craft store

The procedure:

  • Paint your ‘canvas’ with a coat or two of the craft paint.
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