Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day - You are so Loved!!

This is one of my latest chalk drawings, which I made to display in my favorite frame for Valentine's Day.  Aaaaaand, then my cat knocked my frame off the table and broke it!  Nothing a little glue can't fix though, I think!  This print is available in my Etsy shop, TheHedgehogLife.

Homemade Lavender Whipped Body Butter

Ok guys, I have been having the MOST fun playing around with essential oils.  I have been diffusing them constantly around the house because they smell like unicorns and rainbows!  I LOVE them!

I decided that I wanted to make some lavender body butter to put on the kids after bath time in the evening.  It was totally a piece of cake.  And, seriously, this stuff looked like the icing for the cake when I was making it.  I was glad that the kids were in bed, because they for sure would have been fighting me to lick the bowl!

It does go on a little more oily than I expected, but after a minute it absorbs right into your skin.  I might try adjusting the coconut oil a little next time just to play around a bit.  I am totally planning on making a peppermint version of this next because I think it would smell heavenly.  And I love the feeling of peppermint oil on my skin - that cool tingle is wonderful!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup shea butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
10-30 drops essential oil - you can really use whatever you want.  I used about 10 drops of lavender and 10 of lemon in mine

Put all of the ingredients together in a double boiler and heat them over medium heat on the stove, stirring constantly until everything is melted.  When everything is melted, let them cool for a short time, and then place in the refrigerator for an hour to an hour and a half until the mixture is starting to turn solid.  Remove from the fridge, and use a mixer to beat for 10 minutes until fluffy.  I personally put everything in my Kitchen Aid mixer and used the whisk attachment.  Otherwise you could use a hand mixer.  Transfer the butter to containers of your choice, and you are all set! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Subway Art

 I wanted to frame some colorful art for the playroom walls.  I decided to go with some subway art in various colors that would match the room. 

I searched around online for some inspiration for the wording, and then I just put them together using was super easy and definitely affordable!  I just printed them out on cardstock at home, and put them in some cheap-o Ribba frames from IKEA. 

The look really nice filling up the wall space, and the orange and green colors match the room really well!  The other two are dark navy and dark brown.  With the lighting in the room, it was hard to get the colors to turn out right.  And also my so-so photography skills!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

My New Gallery Wall

I have issues with making holes in our walls around the house.  I don’t know why, but I just hate doing it – maybe because I spent hours upon hours painting the house when we moved in?  I’m not sure.  Perhaps I’m hole-o-phobic.  But the walls around our house are pretty bare bones because of it.  I finally decided to hang some things up on the wall that leads down into our basement.  I’ve had some really great pictures of the kids framed and ready to go for an eternity, but we just hadn’t put them up yet. 
Originally, I was just going to hang the pictures up of the kids and that was going to be it.  Less holes that way, right?  But, I felt like I wanted more because the wall is large.  So, I started collecting a few things.  I found these really neat architectural type arch things at a local flea market and thought they would look neat hanging up.  And I found some other things here and there that I liked.  A sign from Target, some little mirrors at Hobby Lobby, etc.  And I really wanted to make a big “H” out of some corrugated tin we had left over from the playroom ceiling. 

So, I drew the “H” out on the tin, and my husband cut it out for me and attached some pieces to the back of it so we could hang it up.  I feel fortunate that “H” is an easy letter to cut out – no curves!  Haha! 

My husband hung everything up for me, because most of it was really hard to reach from the stairs – we had to use a ladder and a wood plank to reach quite a few things. 

I really like how it turned out!  There are still a few holes that I need to fill in with some smaller things.  I didn’t want to wait until I found them though – who knows how long that could take!  I’m hoping to get back to the flea market and find some small treasures. 

And I’m planning a family related chalk art piece to go into the empty frame.  The frame was from my Grandma, and I think it looks pretty nice hanging up even with nothing inside. 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vinceremo (You and I)

I made this chalk drawing based off of another Tenors song that I love. I think that this song would be perfect to play at a wedding! 

I am really enjoying making these chalk drawings.  I can't wait to get started on some more!

I had posted this piece on The Tenors fan page when I had it sketched out, and was so shocked and excited that The Tenors actually posted it on their own Facebook page! 

Prints are available in my Etsy shop, TheHedgehogLife.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Forever Young

I love Christmas music.  I get just a *little* excited each year when the local station starts playing it 24/7 right around Thanksgiving time.  I hope that others have this problem, and that I am not alone!  Anyway, last Christmas, I heard the song “Hallelujah” played somewhere along the way.  That one usually doesn’t pop up too often, and I really like it.  So I searched for it on YouTube, and I found a video of a group called The Tenors performing it live on Oprah.  So I watched it, and I really liked the group!  I ended up buying their Christmas CD and one other CD that they have out.  I listened to them both throughout the holiday season, and I found that I really liked the music and found it beautiful and relaxing.  It was something different to listen to than the standard pop music on the radio every day – it is a crossover between pop and opera. 

The Tenors sing a song called “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan, and I really like the words and the message.  It is one of my favorites .  So, I decided to do a chalk drawing of part of the lyrics.    I am offering prints of the chalk drawing in my Etsy shop, TheHedgehogLife.

Leave me a comment if there is anything you would like to see in chalk art!  I hope you enjoy the artwork, and if you should check out the group, too (!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Doing more of what makes me happy

Earlier this year I realized that it has been quite a very long time since I have drawn anything.  When I was younger, I used to love to draw.  In fact, when I was starting college, I was seriously considering doing something in a creative field.  I even started taking the art general education classes that would have been required.  I really loved them.  However, somehow I settled on accounting, which was also a class I enjoyed when I was still back in high school. 

Then life kinda happened – I went off to college and was very busy with my major and studying for the CPA exam.  I got married and had two kids.  Now I am a full-time working mom, and most days it seems like there isn’t an extra minute in the day.  It feels like I go, go, and go from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed.  It is so stinking exhausting, and some days I can’t help but get a little down about it.  But, as I mentioned, I was hit with the realization that there were a few things that I just really used to love that I no longer do anymore.  Things that I used to consider part of what made me, “me.”  I have a great life and love it, but it made me pretty sad to realize that I had just let those things stray out of my life. 

So, I’ve decided that I need to do more of them.  Maybe it means that the dishes won’t get done that night, or the laundry might sit in the basket an extra day or so.  Or the dog hair might turn into gigantic tumbleweeds.  (Who am I kidding, that happens anyways!!! Haha!)  I think I will be a more fulfilled me if I push some of that aside and focus on things that truly make me happy.  Of course my family makes me happy, but I am talking about hobbies, here.  I also feel that it is important for the kiddos to see mom doing some things that she finds fun and inspiring.  One night when I was having “bathtub conversations” with the kids while giving them their bath, I had asked Tyler “What does your Mommy like to do for fun?”  The only thing he could think of was read, because I do read quite a bit and they do see me doing that.  But, that was about the only thing he could think of.  When I told him how much his mommy likes to draw, and make things, and play the piano, he was kind of surprised.  He really had no idea that I even did any of that stuff.  Hmmm…kinda sad, since I enjoy those things so much!

I have seen a lot of cute signs that look like they are chalkboard lettering, so I thought that would be a fun place to start.  I also have loved the signs with the states on them, so I decided to combine the two, and I came up with this little sign.  I have plans to hang it on a gallery wall in our house.  I am definitely planning on making more chalkboard signs.  There are so many quotes out there that I love (like the one I used on our playroom wall art), so I will hopefully be sharing those on here in the future! 
I wanted to share this sign as a fun printable for all of you to use, so here are the links!  I know this probably is only good for those people who live or have lived in Illinois.  But, if you like this type of art, I would love for you to leave me a comment or like my Facebook page and let me know if you use this and what other types of things I could share in the future!  Because I most certainly will be making more.

I hope that you will also find inspiration to do more of what makes you happy!