DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask

 

My Hair was starting to get pretty dry so I decided to try something that is all the rave on the internet! The Coconut Oil Hair Mask.

As you can see it is quite dry. Egh! These are the before pictures. It is also frizzy because I just brushed it.

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So I put a bunch of coconut oil all in my hair. I know, weird right? But, hey, a girls gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

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I then combed it through thoroughly before putting it up in a bun for the afternoon.

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After the afternoon was over, I washed my hair per normal. It took a few washes to get all of the oil out, but it finally looked normal. These are the after pictures. I liked what it did to my hair. It felt so much more natural and soft after the mask. It still looks kind of frizzy here, but it wasn’t really. I probably wouldn’t do my whole head in Coconut oil again. Too much work to get it all off my scalp. I will definitely be applying it to my ends on occasion to help give them some moisture and softness.

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I would recommend not applying all over the scalp, I think I would do it over night or maybe even longer as well. Once it was in a bun, it didn’t really look like I had just slathered Oil all over my hair. It actually looked ok, like I wouldn’t mind going out in public with the Mask on. LOL. Smile

What about you? Have you ever tried a Coconut Oil Hair Mask? Do you have any tips or tricks for me?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

 

 

DIY Blouse to Tunic

 

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I saw this blouse at a garage sale for $2 and really loved the adorable pink floral print. It looked kind of big, but I figured I could alter it to make if fit. But after trying in it still looked just bleh! So I decided to do something a little more drastic!

 

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I cut of the sleeves, leaving the seam intact so that it would still look finished. I then took a strip of white fabric from an old sheet and made it into a ruffle. I hemmed it, then gathered it along the hem of the shirt.

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It still felt like it was lacking something, so I added some leftover lace from another project around the bottom. I also added some ties in the back because it still looked a little too large. I didn’t want it to look like a maternity top! LOL!

 

Here is the finished look! I am so happy with the way it turned out!

 

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This was such a fun, see how it goes project! I really enjoyed it and thankfully the outcome is something I will wear over and over again!

 

Do you like this DIY?

Do you think you might try it?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

DIY Notebook to Journal Tutorial

Hello Lovelies! Back with another Partner Post with Julia from Julia’s Journal! It is the DIY category! SO FUN!

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Today I decided to do a Composition Notebook to Fabulous Journal tutorial! These are soooooo easy and look fabulous when done. There is something so inspiring about a pretty notebook. It just MAKES you want to write in it! Not to mention they are very inexpensive. Journals can cost quite a bit. I have written a journal and stories since I could write, I am always kind of surprised by how much they are. I mean they are just lined paper and a pretty cover right? I’m a bit on the cheep side. Take it from a girl who just purchased her first expensive journal this year from Barnes and Nobles. It is a beautiful Leather beauty but I couldn’t have done it if someone hadn’t gifted me with a giftcard there. I digress. Let’s get to it!

 

 ~Supplies~

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~ 2 sheets of 12×12” paper. You can use 8.5×11” too.

~ 2 pieces of Cardstock. Black or white. I had black today. Smile

~ 1 Composition Book

~ Glue Sticks (at least 2)

~ 4 Binder Clips or Clothespins (both work great! But if you are using clothes pins, I like to use twice as many.)

~ Paper cutter (you can use scissors for this the cuter just makes it easier)

~ Scissors

 

And that’s it! Let’s Create!

 

 

 ~ Instructions ~

  Start off by cutting your paper to 12×9” (you can also use a 8.5×11”)

 

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Next, glue your paper tight against the black binding of the composition notebook centering it as best as you can eyeballing it.

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Rub it really well!!!!!! You don’t want the sides coming up.

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Do this to both sides! Make sure you put lots of glue right next to the binding. That is the most important part.

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Now open it up. This is what is should look like.

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Fold the corners in nice and tight. Glue them down.

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I use a pen to score the sides against the notebook. This allows it to fold nice and neat with no mistakes.

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Like so!

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Now, glue that flap down nice and tight. Don’t be afraid of wasting the glue. The more the merrier!

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Do this to the tops of the notebook as well. Scoring, Folding, and Gluing. Now is when you use the clips. It holds the paper down so that it gets a chance to dry.

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Do this to both sides. TA DA! Looking good!

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Now for the Cardstock. Cut the first sheet directly in half.

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Apply glue liberally!

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Center if over the paper on the inside. The pretty paper will create a pretty frame around the the cardstock. Make it as even as possible. Do this to both sides.

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Take your second sheet of cardstock and measure it against the notebook length wise. Mark where to cut. Cut along the line you marked.

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Cut two strips 1.5 to 2” wide.

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You are going to glue these against the sides of the notebook paper. Front and back.

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EEK! YOU ARE DONE! GORGEOUS!

 

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Super pretty and chic. Write away lovelies!

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* Tips and Tricks *

~ Use lots of glue! Don’t do it sparingly. As you can see from the above picture it started to peel because I didn’t use enough glue. Repeat. LOTS OF GLUE

~ Keep your notebook closed for a while when you are done to give it a chance to dry properly. I sometimes even clip it closed.

~ Make sure you admire your work! Smile

 

What do you think? Is this something you would try? If you do, I would love to hear from you in the comment’s section or by email. rufflesandgrace@gmail.com I would love to see pictures!

 

Check out Julia’s DIY post here! She is so creative and I can’t wait to see what she made!

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

DIY Skirt to Pillows Tutorial

DIY Thrift Store Pillows

 

So What started this whole venture is I had this skirt that I LOVED the fabric it was made out of, but it didn’t really fit me right and I never wore it. So I decided to make a pillow out of it! It is the one all the way to the left. So this gave me the idea and I went thrift store shopping. I came home with 2 skirts, a dress and 2 pillows for under $14. Are you ready? Here we go!

 

 

First you want to eliminate any gathers your skirt or dress has. Cut off the waistband or bodice leaving you with this.

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Cut a nearly perfect square. Don’t worry about it too much. I just eyeballed it. We can fix any less than straight lines when we sew.

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If the skirt or dress came with a lining, I would recommend using it in your pillow. Super thin pillows aren’t that attractive. So if you are using a lining, cut them the same size as your fabric squares.

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Next, You are going to lay your lining pieces on the wrong side of the fabric on both squares. Then, place the sandwiched pieces together, right sides together.

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Pin in Place

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Sew all around the edge leaving a small opening about the width of your hand to put the stuffing in. I sew mine like this, so that when you close the pillow later, you don’t have to worry about the corners.

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Snip corners and trim edges.

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Now, Turn your pillow right side out! Look how nice! Pat yourself on the back!  From Here I like to iron all of the seams nice and flat, Paying special attention to the opening. Pressing it so it matches the rest of the seams.

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Now for the STUFFING! I got my stuffing from the aforementioned pillows. I cut them opened and stole the fluffing from inside. Shhh. .  don’t tell anyone. Much cheaper than buying fluffing from a craft store.

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After stuffing the pillow, I lay the edges of the opening nice and flat and either hand stich them shut, or use the machine. These I handstitched. There is less room for error that way. Using the machine can be tricky because you are going to be fighting the pillow trying to keep it flat under the foot of the machine. No thanks.

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TA DA!!!! You are all done! Now have fun Sewing!

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Which one is your favorite?

Do you have some things in your closet that would make great pillows?

By His Grace,

Victoria