A few weeks ago, I spent the morning with my friend and fellow artist, Flin Grant learning to make an aromatherapy spray. One of amazing things about being an artist is meeting other creative and conscious people. It is always a pleasure to have a friend who is not only creative but cares about wellness. Flin shared with me how to make a room spray out of essential oils. To celebrate her essential oil business, we are giving a set of room sprays away! Please read on down to find out how you can be entered to win a pair of room sprays or one of Flin's aromatherapy hand balms.
I have been a fan of essential oils for some time now. Both for aromatherapy and their unique properties. I have always wanted to learn how to create my own room spray. For this project, I reached out to Flin to find out more. Flin hosts an online FB group Art of Essentials and sells doTerra oils as well. Today, as part of my DIY series, we will show you how to create an aromatherapy spray.
We began by pulling out some of our favorite oils, making a cup of tea and sharing our ideas. Smelling each oil gave us ideas about the type of scent to create.
Flin has a lot of knowledge about each type of oil and what they are used for. I have enjoyed learning about them through her. Last year, the online group tried out an essential oil recipe for handmade shampoo.
For today, we decided on 2 unique scents. We wanted to create a spray that incorporated jasmine and citrus in some way. We also wanted to create a spray that smells soft and floral, but is up-lifting. We called this one Love Blend.
For the Love Blend, we used:
Flin recommends that you store your room spray in a cool place to extend the shelf life to 1-2 months.
Continue reading to for all DIY directions, photos, and tips from Flin. Plus, scroll on down and leave a comment to be entered into our giveaway.
Today, I want to take you to visit my favorite museum in Los Angeles and show you how to make a Heart-shaped Dream Catcher.
While, I love many of the art museums in Los Angeles, the Getty and LACMA, CAFAM is at the top of my list. CAFAM stands for the California of Folk Art Museum. It showcases of traditional arts and crafts in a gallery setting. These crafts range from textiles, weaving, furniture making, book arts, printmaking and ceramics. I love the functional art that I find in their gift shop. They also offer community workshops and classes throughout the year. Here is a picture of the museum from the front, it is on Wilshire directly across from LACMA.
I attended a workshop on Sunday on how to make a DIY heart-shaped dreamcatcher. Dreamcatchers are something that I have made in the past. I loved heart-shaped idea to try out with my students or for an interior application such as as a wall hanging. This workshop was led by weaver and fiber artist Mimi Haddon and is the third class that I have attended at CAFAM.
Although, I made one dreamcatcher at the museum with my Mom. I decided to gather additional supplies and try out another one at home. For this project, I used:
To the right, you can see how I shaped a wire heart using gold and rose gold wire. I began by using the thicker gold wire and wrapped the rose gold around it. This is so that the heart shape will be grooved and those little grooves will catch the thread as you loop the embroidery thread.
Below, you can see how I loop the embroidery thread around the outside of the shape gradually working my way into the center. That is a technique that I learned in the past when making a dream catcher.
Also, I loved the idea to place love themed quotes into the dream catcher.
Next, I want to add fringe to the bottom of the heart. I cut several pieces of yarn the same length, then I folded them in half. I looped the yarn around the wire using larch knots. After I finished my heart-shaped catcher, I decided to make a second one b/c I still was not finished exploring the idea. For this one, I decided to use a small gold ring that I had been saving for an upcoming weaving workshop.
I followed a similar pattern with the ring. I wrapped it in rose gold wire in order to create grooves to catch the thread. Then, I visualized an inner hear shape that would be suspended by the thread.
Here is how I formed the heart slightly asymmetric looked charming. Then, I wrapped it with yarn doing a macrame knot every few inches or so to secure the yarn.
Later, I added the 2 red glass beads and the thread. Yesterday, I saw people adding crystals and gemstones to their weavings which looked amazing.
I personally think these would look sweet in a children's bedroom. I hope to make larger interior wall hangings with you soon. Please leave a comment below, if you would like to be notified or invited to a weaving workshop with a professional weaver that I will be hosting in Los Angeles this Spring!
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