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DIY: Wreath

DIY Wreath | Tiffany Lane Handmade

This project is so quick, simple and cheap! Just the way I like ’em.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own wreath, there’s no reason to wait. Head over to your nearest craft or hobby store. Right. Now. I’ll wait.

All you need is a wreath starter, mine is grape vine, and some florals and/or other garb of your choosing, hairspray or other spray adhesive, then top if off with some ribbon, twine, rope to hang it. Easy as pie.

But for those of you who need structure, here’s the breakdown in an easy to read format.

Time: 15-30 minutes

Materials
wreath starter (grape vine, foam, etc.)
florals/decorations (dried flowers, feathers, moss, etc.)
scissors
spray adhesive

ribbon/rope/twine

Process

Weave/attach your florals/decorations into your wreath starter until it’s perfect. You may need to weave and/or trim the ends back through the wreath on the backside so they don’t stick out too far. Spray with adhesive, especially if you used dried flowers, so everything stays in place. Tie your ribbon/rope/twine from the backside, being sure it’s long enough to allow the wreath to hang as low as you prefer.

Wah-lah!

DIY Wreath | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Recipe: Nut & Seed Granola

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

I love me some granola.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

This batch is a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition with lots of nuts and seeds, coconut and coconut butter, tahini and sweetened only with honey. On top of that, it’s very easy to make, so you have no excuses not to be in the kitchen, right now, baking up a batch of pure delight. Except that you’re reading this right now.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

So I’m not gonna hold you captive here any more with lots of fluff. Let’s get to it.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

NUT & SEED GRANOLA

Makes approx. 7 cups (fits nicely on one standard size rimmed baking sheet)

Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups flaked coconut, raw and unsweetened
2 cups mixed nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds, etc.)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed, ground
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp vanilla, almond or coconut extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 300F. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk wet ingredients until combined well.  Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until all dry ingredients are coated evenly.

Spread granola mixture onto a lined baking sheet (parchment or Silpat mat) into an even layer, avoiding direct contact with the sides of the pan.  Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and toss, then return to oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove, toss and repeat process twice more, for a total baking time of 80 minutes, or until granola turns golden and toasted. Remove granola from oven and allow to cool completely as granola will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

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Homemade Gift Guide: Body Care

Wow, can you believe it’s almost Christmas again already? I’m feeling a little behind in the gift department this year, mostly for my lack of planning ahead. Serious shocker for a seasoned planner! But never fear my friends, I’m getting it together finally, making lists and crossing off to-dos.

One of my must do favorites every year is homemade gifts and this year I happen to be keen on body care. Today I’m sharing two simple, inexpensive, and quick recipes: sea salt body scrub and salt bath soak.

ORANGE BASIL SEA SALT BODY SCRUB

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups sea salt
1 cup oil (sweet almond oil* or olive)
2-4 tablespoons orange essential oil

2-4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

The basic ratio is 2 parts salt to 1 part oil, plus essential oils of your choosing for scent. For this recipe, I used orange essential oil and chopped, fresh basil. As always, feel free to adjust ratios to your tastes. You could always use basil essential oil instead of fresh basil. I happened to have fresh basil on hand and I also think it looks pretty.

Salt is a natural preservative so no need to worry about the oils or basil going rancid.  I know some of you may be into substituting recipes for what you have on hand, I am a huge advocate for that.  But in this case, please do not use sugar in place of the salt or you may need to refrigerate it (because of the fresh basil) which just isn’t very convenient for something you’re going to use in the bathroom.

PEPPERMINT SALT BATH SOAK

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups salt

2-4 tablespoons peppermint essential oil

This is probably one of the easiest homemade gifts I’ve ever made.  Two ingredients and stir or shake to coat. It doesn’t get much better than that. I used both rock salts and fine salt for a lovely combination, then added in a bit of peppermint oil until fragrant. Endless possibilities for scents, use whatever you have on hand.

Need some more homemade gift ideas?

Candles are another great homemade gift that would go along nicely with these.  I can see myself now soaking in my salt bath, hands and face scrubbed smooth, and a refreshing candle glowing away. Check out my recent post for the full candle making DIY.

And don’t forget about the lip balm to round it out. This one is definitely on my gift list. As a matter of fact, I already ordered my containers and labels, just waiting for them to arrive so I can begin the preparations!

If you’re looking for a bigger ticket item, most women love massages and they make great gifts.  Go for a gift card to a local spa and add on a homemade body care gift or two for a cute package.

READER FEEDBACK: What are your favorite homemade gifts to give and receive?

P.S. This post can be found at Holistic Home Link Party!

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

There’s something about facials, massages, masks and scrubs that just seem to do the trick. They can take away a day’s stress in just a few minutes.

This body scrub doesn’t disappoint in that department and can be used all over the body, face included! The all natural and accessible ingredients make it a home run for the DIY gifter. I recently gifted it to my friend along with this candle.

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

And to take it up a notch in the packaging department, but not break the bank, I reused an empty condiment jar, made and printed a label, then wrapped some packing paper around the lid and topped it off with a bow of twine. Simple and sweet.

Basic Ingredient Ratios
1 cup sugar (any kind will work)
1/2 cup oil (sweet almond oil*, coconut, olive)
1 tsp vitamin e oil

essential oil(s)

Vanilla Lavender
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sweet almond oil*
1 tsp coconut oil (since I didn’t have vitamin e on hand)
2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lavender essential oil

vanilla lavender body scrub | tiffany lane

READER FEEDBACK: What’s your favorite skin care scent?

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Recipe: Whole Wheat Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

whole wheat vegan oatmeal cookies - tiffany lane

I’m no vegan, but I do appreciate plant based foods.  And not only are these babies vegan, they’re packed full of healthier whole foods like coconut oil, honey, coconut palm sugar, applesauce, whole wheat flour and oats.

You might be wondering why I’m posting a recipe with whole wheat when I’m trying to avoid it. Well, I made these cookies before my whole wheat detox and didn’t get a chance to share them with you. I’m sure I’ll make them again, wheat free, but in the mean time, those of you not avoiding wheat can try something yummy.

I originally made them over the holidays while visiting some vegan friends and again recently for game night.  Boy do they deliver! Trust me, these cookies are delicious and even approved by non-vegan folks!  If you don’t believe me and want to try your hand at a more traditional recipe, you can substitute equal parts butter for coconut oil and one egg for the applesauce.  But seriously, these are so good no one will bat an eye about what’s inside!

whole wheat vegan oatmeal cookies - tiffany lane

Whole Wheat Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from Williams Sonoma, Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup honey
1 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

3 cups rolled oats

Optional Add-Ins

1 cup: chopped dried fruit (pictured with raisins), coconut flakes, chocolate chips (vegan if necessary), nuts

Preparation

In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil, then remove from heat.  Whisk in the honey and coconut palm sugar until blended, then add the applesauce and vanilla extract.

Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together into a small bowl, then slowly stir this mixture into the wet ingredients until blended.  Add the rolled oats and mix again.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.  Drop batter by the tablespoon  onto the prepared pans, spacing the cookies at least 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.  Once removed from the oven, allow to set for a couple of minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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DIY: Candle Making (Again)

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Katie and I made these candles earlier this year and for her birthday I decided to make her a special one with the 2 pounds of soy wax flakes I had at home waiting for good use.

In my browsing for something to give her, I found this bowl at Anthropologie, one of her favorite stores.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Materials
Wax Pouring Pot
Large Metal Spoon
Soy Wax Flakes
Wicks &Tabs
Essential Oils

Container

What To Do

The first step is to measure your wax to make sure you have enough. Per our calculations, the wax flakes melts down to about 5 ounces per cup or 21.5 ounces per pound. For Katie’s candle, the bowl will easily hold about 2 cups of liquid.  For ease of calculations I went with 15 ounces of liquid as my base, requiring about 3 cups of dry flakes.

Before melting my wax, it’s a good idea to get the wicks ready. Since they don’t like to stand up on their own, I used tape to create a sort of divider, keeping them in place and something for them to lean on.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Melt the flakes a cup at a time over low heat, then take the pot off the heat and add any essential oils for scent a teaspoon at a time.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Once the wax cools, I’ve found the scent dissipates a little, so I made the warm wax stronger than I actually wanted the candle. For Katie’s candle, I decided on orange eucalyptus and ended up using 1 1/4 teaspoons eucalyptus and 3 1/2 teaspoons orange essential oils. Keep in mind that some essential oils have color and others are clear. Orange essential oil is definitely orange in it’s concentrated liquid state, but will turn a pale yellow once the candle has cooled.

Pour almost all the wax into your container, reserving a little to top it off once the initial pour sets.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

The initial pour tends to dimple or crack since the volume of the wax doesn’t cool evenly, but a thin top layer should cool more evenly preventing dimples and cracks. It will take a while for the initial pour to cool.  Once cooled, remelt your reserve wax, if necessary, and top off your candle. This layer cools much more quickly as there is less wax to cool.

After the top layer has cooled completed, you can remove the tape (or whatever you used to hold your wicks in place) and trim the wicks. As a finishing touch, I added some babies breath flowers and fern hairs. Wallah!

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

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Real Wedding: Jodee + Alex’s Rustic Wedding Stationery

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Burlap and kraft paper. I’m in crafting heaven.

Jodee and Alex were married this past weekend and what a lovely affair it was.

Leading up to the nuptials I had the honor of creating their wedding stationery.  The wedding featured burlap textiles and khaki tones with soft pink accents all in a gorgeous outdoor setting complete with my very favorite flower: baby’s breath.

So much fun it was to be a part of their special day, from planning the details, making their stationery, celebrating at her bridal shower, partying during the bachelorette weekend, coordinating on the day of, and most of all, standing at her side as they said “I do.”

I can’t wait to see their photos to relive the day with them over and over, but for now we can enjoy the stationery.

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And here’s the card I made for us to sign for the lovely couple:

Love Wedding Card | Tiffany Lane

Love Wedding Card | Tiffany Lane

Stick around the blog and check back often for their wedding photos.  I can’t wait to see them and you know I won’t hold out on you for long!

Did you miss a few of my planning posts along the way?  Not to worry, catch up here!

Are you in the market for stationery or rustic home decor?  I hand make all sorts of things: cards, invitations, book marks, tags, jar labels, burlap and paper garlands, and wall decor.  Check out my Etsy shop, Tiffany Lane Creations, and feel free to message me with any questions regarding custom orders.

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