Monday, January 3, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Oh Snap!

Krafty Kat rocks my world. She's so stinkin' crafty -- it's not just a clever blog title -- and she's always leaving me sweet comments. But this time, she did more than comment, she gave me the Stylish Blogger Award!

Woot! I saw this award a few weeks ago wandering around a linky party and was so super envious. Weird considering I hadn't heard of it five minutes before, yet was dying to have one five minutes after. Funny how our little brains work, right!?

Anyway, being a new blogger with only twenty-one followers, sometimes I wonder how many people are really reading this. When it comes down to it, 'how many' doesn't really matter, it's the 'who' that matters. I'm glad that other creative bloggers, like Kat, are reading and I'm thankful for family and close friends that continue to support and encourage this little endeavor.

So, on to the Award.

There are four duties to perform in order to accept this award:

1.Thank and link back to the blogger who awarded you.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Award fifteen more recently discovered bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and let 'em know they won!

Here goes...

1. I'm obsessively neat and organized. So much so, that the #1 gag to play in college was "rearrange Danielle's room to see how freaked out she'll get."

2. I've wanted a baby for two years now and the stork still hasn't visited us.

3. Even at  5'10" I still wear heels almost everyday to work!

4. I'm twenty-eight and still play dance party with my girlfriends in the basement.

5. It usually takes me an hour (or more) to fall asleep once I get into bed.

6. 90% of my wardrobe is black, grey or white.

7. Being an only child has caused me to be stingy, arrogant, stubborn, demanding, and incredibly sensitive.

ah, that was therapeutic.

on to the New Winners!!

1. It's a Lunsford Thing
2. Free Stylin'
3. Dandelions and Dust Bunnies
4. Domestic Goodness
5. Trendy Accentz
6. One Thrifty Chick
7. Muse Lodge
8. Nitty Gritty Pretty
9. Inspired by You
10. Krystal-Kreations
11. Day by Day
12. Type A

Okay, okay. I realize I'm breaking the rules by only choosing twelve blogs, but let me explain. I didn't want to pick blogs that I wasn't familiar with just for the sake of filling a spot. I can vouch for these blogs; they are all worthy of a visit (or several hours of lurking!).

Thanks so much Kat.

<3 dani


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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Rub a Dub Dub...

...Vanilla Lemon Sugar Scrub!

I made this for all the ladies in the fam. It's pretty aswesome.

I used a combination of recipes. This one from Brandy at Gluesticks. And this one from Maggie at It's a Lunsford Thing.

I didn't take notes while I was altering the recipes, but luckily it isn't an exact science. Wing it.

I was making enough to fill the six jars above. I guesstimated the amount I'd need.

2 Cups(ish) White Sugar
2 Cups(ish) Brown Sugar
1 Cup(ish) Oil (I used olive oil)
1-2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla (or a drop of Vanilla Oil)
Mini Drop of Rosemary

I mixed the sugars first, then added the oil, lemon juice, vanilla and rosemary.

It looked a little runny at first, so I continued adding stuff until it looked 'right.' I wasn't really sure what 'right' was, but eventually it resembled something someone might use as body scrub.

Gluesticks linked me to Mean Mommy Academy, where I found the great labels I used. I added some hemp twine and a tongue depresser thingymajiggy.

They turned out pretty swell, I think.

**I used the leftovers in the shower and that taught me a few things...first I found that a lot of the sugar settles. Even after mixing it up a bit, it still helps to drain a little oil off the top. Which probably means I used too much oil to begin with. I also learned that pouring the oil out on the shower floor could make a serious slippery hazard. But, it works wonders for the skin. So super soft.

Try it.

<3 dani

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