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12 Easy DIY Lip Scrubs

As a life-long trumpet player, I know all about taking care of your lips.  The cold, dry weather, the heat from the sun, it can all wreak havoc on your skin, especially your more sensitive areas on your face.

In the winter, I easily go through a few tubes of Chapstick before the season is over, but sometimes it just doesn’t do the trick.  When I need to bring out the big guns, I use lib scrubs.

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Lib scrubs are so amazing, and once you start, you’ll find it hard to stop.  Made using anything from sugar to coffee, these scrubs help remove the dead skin and dirt from your lips and leave them feeling super soft.

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While you can buy scrubs in a variety of flavors and styles, it’s just as easy to make them at home…and chances are you probably have everything you need in your pantry already.  So don’t fear the extreme weather…make your skin super soft with these easy DIY Lib Scrubs!

PS – you can also use these on your feet and hands, too!  We won’t tell!  😉

12 Easy DIY Lip Scrubs

  1. Honey Lip Scrub
  2. Raspberry Lemonade Sugar Scrub
  3. Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub
  4. Cotton Candy Lip Scrub
  5. Cinnamon Lip Scrub
  6. Mint Lemonade Lip Scrub
  7. Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub
  8. Dark Chocolate Lip Scrub
  9. Rose Petal and Mint Lip Scrub
  10. Pineapple Lip Scrub
  11. Vanilla Peppermint Lip Scrub
  12. Lavender Vanilla Lip Scrub

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Easy DIY Sharpie Mug

From craft fairs to Etsy shops, everyone is loving on the Sharpie Mugs. Often sporting quotes from some of our favorite TV shows, movies, and books, Sharpie Mugs are a fun and easy project for anyone to do (and they make great gifts for pretty much every occasion)!

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But first, a lesson.  Let’s talk tools.  The two things to keep in mind when creating your Sharpie Mugs are A) quality of your mug and B) types of markers you use. These two things will insure you have great results every time!

First off, the mug. For this project, the cheaper the mug, the better! You don’t want a mug that’s glazed beyond belief, as it will be hard for the markers to set on this surface. Shop the dollar store for cheaper mugs that don’t have layers of protective coating on them. You can always add coating yourself once your design is set.

Second, the markers. Though these are called Sharpie Mugs, not all Sharpies work here. The regular Sharpies will not last and will easily rub off your mug with a sponge or a run through the dishwasher. What you want are OIL-BASED Sharpies…these are like paint markers that will set and ensure long-lasting results. You can find oil-based Sharpies at almost any craft store.

Finally, I also suggest hand-washing these only for best results. Supposedly these mugs will survive washes in the dishwasher, but they’re sure to last longer if you take the time to just carefully wash them by hand.

So for my first Sharpie Mug project, I decided on this quote from Peter Pan. I really like how it turned out and can’t wait to create more mugs to add to my already large mug collection!

 

Easy DIY Sharpie Mug

Materials:

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  • Plain ceramic mug
  • Graphite Paper
  • Quote printed on computer paper
  • Scotch Tape
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Sharpie Markers (make sure they’re oil-based…regular Sharpies will wear off over time)

 

Instructions:
The graphite paper step is optional, but I love using it because I’m not artistically gifted when it comes to hand-lettering…so the graphite is an easy way to transfer your design onto the ceramic mug without having to sweat the details!

  1. Tape the graphite paper to your cup following the instructions on the package (I carefully ripped my graphite paper to a more workable size).
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  2. Tape your quote over the graphite paper.
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  3. Using the ballpoint pen, trace over your pattern.
  4. Remove both sheets of paper from the mug.  Your outlined quote will appear on the mug.  This is washable and will come off easily if you accidentally mess something up.
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  5. Once your design is how you want it, simply color over it with the markers.
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  6. After I colored in my quote, I wanted to add a few more details, so I threw in some flower sprays, just for fun!
  7. Once your design is done, let your mug dry a good long while…at least 2 hours, if not overnight.
  8. When it comes time to bake your mug, there are several schools of thought.  Here’s my way:  Place your mug in a cold oven (I put mine on a baking sheet for stability).  Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Let the mug sit in the oven for 30 minutes, starting from the time you put it in the cold oven.  After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and leave the mug in there until the oven has cooled completely.  This process will help prevent cracking, since the ceramic slowly gets used to the changing temperatures.
  9. Once your mug is cooled, you’re all done!  If you really want to set your design, you can repeat the entire baking process, but keep in mind the coloring of your design may change with further baking time.
  10. If you still have graphite paper trace marks on your mug, you can remove them with an ear swab or cotton ball dipped in warm water.

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28 Graduation Gift Ideas

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Well, the time is upon us.  Saying goodbye to old friends and hello to new beginnings.  Walking down aisles, turning tassels, and throwing caps.  Celebrating a life that was and preparing for the life to come.  Embracing change, accepting challenges, and preparing for the journey ahead.

Today I bring you a very special edition of Creativi-bee…the Graduation Edition.  Whether you know someone who is graduating middle school, high school, or college, I have some great gift ideas sure to please.  So put that check book away.  Don’t run to the bank to give them a card of cash…just open your pantry and clean house…

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

–The key to a great gift is practicality.  If you know someone who is graduating middle school, help them out by making them a basket of school supplies.  Give them some folders, notebooks, pens, paper, etc.  Decorate the notebook covers or pencils to add a little personal touch to your gift.  On that same note, a good quality back pack is always a great gift.

–Get them the fixings for a memory book or box to add stuff to as they work their way through high school.  I know I have a couple boxes filled with old marching band drill charts, award certificates, medals, patches, and photos.  Decorate the box or book with their high school’s school colors to get them in the spirit!

–If you’re looking to spend money on something they’re sure to use, consider buying them a graphic calculator or a digital camera.

–Offer to take your graduate out on a shopping spree.  Buy them one new cool outfit for school while discussing high school stories of your own.  🙂

–A journal is a great gift for someone this age.  Start by writing the first entry for them, telling them how proud you are of them and what you hope for them in the future.

–Collect your 52 favorite inspirational quotes and put them in a jar.  Tell the graduate to pull out one slip of paper each week to help encourage and motivate them.

–Offer to give a graduate free music/dancing/singing lessons for a year.  Students often enter the fine arts in middle school and it’s so important to keep them active in the program throughout their educational career.  If you’re musically inclined, or you know someone who is, allow your graduate the opportunity to further their education in the fine arts.

HIGH SCHOOL:

–One of the best gifts I received when I graduated high school was a huge food basket.  It was filled to the brim with all kinds of snacks and goodies and lasted me a good while in college.  Along those lines, enroll your graduate in a “Cookie of the Month” club or the like, sending him or her a new batch of cookies every month, straight from your kitchen.

–Most high school grads are college-bound…meaning life in a dorm.  Help them out by buying (or donating) linens, towels, furniture, dishes, and appliances.

–Again, if you’re willing to spend the money (or want to go in with a group of people), consider the following:  digital camera, laptop computer, or iPod.

–Donate some of your scrapbooking supplies and invite your graduate over to make a high school memories collage to decorate their dorm room.

–Cash, gas cards, gift certificates, restaurant certificates and the like are also great gifts.  It may seem heartless to give cash as a graduation gift, but I assure you it will be put to good use.

–Offer to buy one of their college text books.

–Donate some of your cleaning supplies to help keep the dorm in tip top shape…or make some eco-friendly cleaning materials by mixing lemon juice and ammonia.

–Use up some of your left over yarn and knit your graduate a mixed scarf.

–Offer to help them write up their resume or admissions essay.  I know I dreaded that part of the college process…so offer your wisdom and support.

–Having a summer garage sale?  Offer your graduate the chance to scour your goods first and pick out their favorite items, free of charge, to help decorate their new living space.

–Everybody loves care packages.  Offer to mail something to your graduate once a month to help brighten their day.

–Leaving high school is hard for a lot of students.  Friends they spent the last four years of their lives with spread out all over the country to further their education.  Using computer software or scrapbook supplies, put together a stationary set so your graduate can keep in touch with his/her friends.  Include paper, envelopes, pens, and stamps.

–Offer to host a graduation party at your home or rent a larger location.

COLLEGE:

–Money, money, money.  I know I told you to put your checkbook away, but I revoke that comment for the time being.  Every college graduate is in need of financing…and every little bit helps.

–College graduates often have no idea what to do when they return home from school.  Offer to help with the job search.  Help them find leads, learn how to apply for a job, and practice interviewing.

–If you have some nice business clothes you no longer wear, consider donating them to your graduate.  Suits are not budget friendly and even if they never have to wear one for a job, it’s important to wear one for an interview.

–Donate your old car or furniture.

–Are you artistically inclined?  Paint your graduate a picture to hang in their new apartment.

–Write a recommendation letter.

–Offer to drive to campus and help move them back home.  If you have some extra space, suggest they store some of their stuff with you until they find their own place to live.

–Offer your graduate a part time job working for you while they look for something more stable.

For all of you who are graduating this year, the very best of luck to you in whatever it is you decide to do.

“The world is waiting…so get on your way!”

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