Joanna Anastasia

DIY

Sugar vanilla body scrub

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I love a good body scrub, that leaves your skin soft, smells great and is all natural. But I usually find them way to expensive. And when they are organic on top of it, then they get really ridiculously pricey. So it’s really much better to make your own, specially that it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. Last year I’ve shared with you a recipe for a lemon body scrub, this one is sweeter in scent and leaves your skin even softer thanks to honey and olive oil. You can use only white sugar if you wish, and even though it feels right to use the best organic products for your skin, you can use regular ones too.


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
Olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Start by mixing sugars together, then add honey, vanilla essence and as much olive oil as needed.

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Stir it well:

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You may want your scrub to be more or less liquid, I like mine quite liquid because I find it softer on my skin. So add olive oil slowly , and mix it well together. If you think it’s too liquid just add more sugar.

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You can also wrap it and offer it as a cute little gift:

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So easy, isn’t it?

Crochet Easter egg

Crochet Easter egg

So when I told you that me and my mom we like to try something new every Easter I meant it 🙂 . This year my mom decided to make a crochet Easter egg, and I must admit that all I did was taking pictures.. I still don’t know how to knit but as it’s mentioned I am a lazy mom, right ? So here is how she did it :

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Honestly when she started I was sure it will take her ages :

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But after not more than 10 minutes she was already trying it on:

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And then she was knitting with the egg inside her crochet cozy:

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And she finished with a little bow. Next year it’s me doing another colour 🙂 . Would any of you try it? I’m curious 🙂 .

Paper scraps Easter eggs

Paper scraps Easter eggs

I love decorating Easter eggs, it’s a tradition that we have with my mom to always try something different. Some years we paint them, others we try using all natural ingredients like beets and onion to dye them, and sometimes we try glueing seeds or paper scraps. This year we opted for pastel paper coated eggs, so pretty and easy enough to include a child to help :).

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First we ripped the paper in to little peaces:

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And then we glued them on the eggs :

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And we were developing fine motor skills at the same time !

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And this is how they turned up :

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And I think that they make for a lovely table decoration :):

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Watercolour fox

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One of my friends had just had her first baby, little girl Florence. Her baby shower was something like 2 weeks before the actual delivery, a bit of last minute event organized by her friends. And with me also ready to pop ( 9 months pregnant) I didn’t really feel like shopping a lot. So here is what I’ve did, a watercolour fox 🙂 . It was actually her nursery motive. She had a stuffy fox , a banner with forest animals , and she had pained the nursery exactly the same colour as the foxes ribbon. So it fitted quite well,and I was really happy she liked it. But in the end I did go shopping as well, it kind of relaxes me;) .

Hand painted monogrammed cup

Monogrammed cup

This is a DIY gift I’ve made for my husband , simple ,practical and in my humble opinion quite cute 🙂 . He needed a perfect cappuccino cup for lazy Sunday mornings, and this cheap Ikea cup seemed to be the perfect size. I could call this project an ikea hack, I guess 😉 .
All you need is a cup and porcelain paint. I used the Peboo sort that once you paint , you can bake it in the oven so it becomes dishwasher proofed.

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I started wit the : hello there handsome ! On one side :
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And then I’ve added the monogram on the other side:
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And in the end it was the perfect cappuccino cup :
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Clay Christmas ornaments

 Easy Christmas ornaments

I’m really holding my self from listening to x-mas music , my all time favorite :Last x-mas.. and all the others. I usually try to stick to 1 of December rule: no Christmas fever before that date. But since we had first snow 2 days ago, I just couldn’t stand the temptation any more, and I started making some clay Christmas ornaments, that are also great as a Christmas gift.

 Easy Christmas ornaments

All you need is some cornstarch, baking soda and water, and it gives you this great, easy to handle, even by the little hands clay-like mixture. We had a great activity together with my daughter, and now I can’t wait to decorate our Christmas tree :).

2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cup water

Mix it all, and put on the stove , on medium heat, just keep on stirring until it boils. When it’ll get thick , take it of the heat, and let cool down before manipulating. I used some cookie cutters and earnings 🙂 After I cut my forms, I pressed gently with an earning to add this extra texture that you see in the corner. But you could also use stamps. Cut your forms on the surface dusted with cornstarch, so it doesn’t stick. When you’ll be done let them air dry, it should take around 24 h.

Clay Christmas ornament

And then, I packed them in little boxes, and they made for a lovely hand made gift :).

Clay Christmas ornament

Just don’t forget that this is a very delicate clay, so for storage, wrap them very carefully!

 Easy Christmas ornaments

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