DIY Spa Pedicure Essentials

If there’s anything I like more than  crafting and cooking, it’s pampering. I’m always sold by products that promise to pamper your skin, hair, teeth, whatever. It’s not a “I’ve gotta have it” impulse, just a voice in my head saying, “ah, that would be nice. I deserve a break.”

So, usually after a long day, I’ll flip on some netflix (gossip girl) and show my toes some love. I’ve practically destroyed them from living in NYC and running countless miles. And while no amount of scrubbing can make them look like they did when I was a teenager, I like to think, “well, at least I’m trying.”

Here are a few of my favorite things to use for my at-home spa pedicure.

At Home Spa Pedicure Essentials

DIY At-Home Spa Pedicure

  1. Before you soak your feet, take the pumice stone (#5) and go to town. Scrub all over the bottom of your feet, paying particular attention to your heels.  This will make them feel incredibly smooth.
  2. Grab a large tub (big enough to soak your feet in) and fill it with warm water.
  3. Pour 1/2 of a cup of epsom salt (#3) into the soak and stir it around to dissolve. I’ve been taking epsom salt baths since I was a kid. It’s great for any aches
  4. Add a few drops of essential oils (#1)  in your foot soak and prepare to feel like a queen. I think peppermint, orange, or eucalyptus work best for giving you that “clean” feeling, while lavender works best if you’re trying to achieve the “relax” mood.
  5. Grab your favorite glass of wine (#7) and soak your feet for 20 minutes or until the water gets cold.
  6. Dry your feet and cover them with a generous spread of coconut oil (#4). Wrap your oiled feet in saran wrap to keep the coconut oil from getting on your furniture and floors. Secure the saran wrap by covering your feet with an old pair of socks. Stay put, have another glass of wine, and let your feet “marinate” for another 10 or so minutes. They’ll be super soft by the time you’re done. Also, since coconut oil is a little pricey, you can avoid the organic stuff. It’s going on your feet, not in your mouth.
  7. When you’re finished with step six, wipe off any residual oil and dry your toes completely.
  8. Trim and file your nails like you normally would.
  9. Add a base coat (#6) and let it dry before you start with your polish. Base coats keep your polish on longer and keep your nails from discoloring.
  10.  Paint your toes with two coats of your favorite nail polish. I love Essie brand (#2). Let it dry in between coats.
  11. Finish off your toes with a top coat (#6) to seal in the color and protect your new polish job from chipping.

That’s all it takes. Here is product list below (affiliate links).

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Essie Nail Polish Winter 2014 Collection
  3. Dr. Teals Epsom Salt Soaking Solution in Lavender
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Earth Stone Lava Pumice Rock
  6. OPI Top Coat and Base Coat
  7. Your favorite white wine

So, what do you do to relax after a long day? Have you created your own spa night? I’d love to hear how.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

My ideal craft is one that takes an episode of TV to watch. It’s usually something small and charming that brightens up a room or something unique that draws the eye. A big necessity to being a craft blogger with a full-time job is that I can’t spend a lot of time building or constructing things. It has to be something that helps me unwind.  I need to be able to partially zone out as I watch TV and get my mind off of the stress of the work day.

I still hope to one day build my own chair, coffee table, kitchen table and/or other piece of large furniture. But right now those types of projects aren’t conducive to  my Brooklyn apartment and work schedule.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

So instead I create pieces that are on the daintier side, like this small Thanksgiving centerpiece.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

From start to finish, the whole craft took about as long as an episode of New Girl. That show is so good.  It cracks me up.

Materials and Tools

  • 3″ foam half-sphere
  • 2 bunches of plastic flowers, your preference
  • wire cutters
  • 1 small clay pot (I painted mine with spray paint leftover form this project)
  • hot glue gun and hot glue

Step 1: Using the wire cutter, cut the flowers about an inch from the bud.

Step 2: Pierce the flowers into the foam, beginning on the bottom of the half-sphere. Place the flowers close together, making sure the buds cover any visible foam.

Step 3: Plug in the hot glue gun. Once the glue is warm, drag the glue across the rim of the clay pot, creating a complete circle. Then place the half-sphere on top of the glue to fasten it.

You’re all done! Don’t you think a few of these pots would look cute on a Thanksgiving table?

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Ryan and I are flying to Portland to visit his family. I’m too excited.

Quick Stocking Organization

I’ve put off posting this particular bit of information because, well, I couldn’t tell if it actually fit in my blog. I kept going back wondering if this was weird or useful. I don’t know why I had such anxiety about posting a way to store stockings and pantyhose, but here I am, a full year after I’ve taken the photos and implemented this organizational strategy.

And you know, what? It’s really great! Because today I’m talking about organization and ice cream (well, gelato). It’s a win-win.

Earlier this month, I removed my winter gear from where it was hiding under the bed and in the closets. This process included completing the frustrating task of untangling my winter hosiery and checking for holes and buying replacements. Last winter was rough and the holes were victorious.

Stocking Organization

Normally, at this point, I just stuff the tights in my sock drawer and deal with them tangling and catching on each other. But now I’ve started storing them in empty Talenti gelato jars and it has been wonderful.

First, I get to eat some amazing gelato. I love that stuff. Second, I can sort the jars by color. I like to stick the blacks in one jar and the pinks/nudes in another. Then have a rainbow jar. You can write the name of the color on top of the jar and you know exactly where your tights are.

Stocking Organization

If you roll the tights up, a single jar can usually fit four pairs of lighter tights or three pairs of thicker tights.

So what do you think? Do you think you’d give this a try? Would you decorate your jar? I’ve been tempted, but haven’t gotten around to it. It seems like a fun way to use some jewel stones and brighten up your sock drawer.