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DIY Exfoliating Face Mask!

Lately my skin has been in desperate need of some extra attention. I don’t know if its because of the weather, the way I am eating (Apple pie anyone?), or just coincidences, but it needed something. My skin is pretty sensitive so I try to keep my skincare as natural as possible. I am also terrified of all the hidden chemicals in skincare and makeup! Had you ever heard about parabens before they became a no-no? Me neither. I bet there are more no-no’s in there somewhere, we just don’t know about them yet. Sound crazy? Well, I just think there has to be another way, and here it is!

After Pinteresting for a while, wait, is that a verb yet? Anyways, after perusing Pinterest for natural homemade facial masks, I learned that apparently Cinnamon is the best natural pore extractor/cleanser. Who knew? I then found this simple DIY facial mask that consists of Honey and Cinnamon. Yepp, that’s it! Honey for moisture and Cinnamon for pore exfoliating. I have been using it twice a week for a good month now, and I can really tell a difference. Unfortunately I didn’t do any before after shots, but I did make a 1-2-3 guide on how you can make your own!

1. Find Honey and CinnamonDIY Exfoliating Cinnamon Facemask

2. Add 1 tea spoon of Honey and a dash of Cinnamon in a bowl and blendDIY Exfoliating Cinnamon Facemask

DIY Exfoliating Cinnamon Facemask

3. Put it on your face, leave your eyes alone and play on your phone for about 15 minutes. Cleanse off and do a couple of circular movements around your own pore clusters (chin, nose, forehead). Dry off and put on a gentle calming moisturizer. I love this one from Trader Joe’s! It’s simple, has SPF, affordable and my esthetician approved it :) Win!DIY Exfoliating Cinnamon Facemask

Disclaimer: You will turn red for about 30 minutes after the mask so don’t do this right before the annual ball!

Give it a try and let me know how you like it?

Until next time, Hadet på Badet!

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How To Reupholster Easily, A Step-By-Step Guide

We have had this chair for a long time and even though my boyfriend have tried to throw it away multiple times  I always wanted to keep it and change the fabric. The framework is beautiful but let´s be honest the old fabric wasn’t too pretty. After moving it to our new place and having it stand here for 3 months untouched, I figured it was time to get it done. So here is my step-by-step guide on how to reupholster a chair.

How to reupholster a chair? An easy Step-by-step guide

Here is the “beauty” before I started my work. Pretty huh? If you dont look at that dated “Hansel and Gretel” inspired, faded fabric. Otherwise the chair is actually in good shape, which is great because then I dont have to do any reconstruction.

So How to reupholster a chair? Here is what I did step-by-step

1. I started off by ripping off the existing fabric. Or I actually started with the lining all around, which came off pretty easily, and then moved on to the fabric. You are supposed to do this very carefully so you can use the ripped off piece as a patten later on. Of course I read this when I was already halfway done, but it didn’t go to crazy so I kind of had it in one piece when I was done.

How to reupholster a chair? An easy Step-by-step guide

The lining came off pretty easily since it was glued on probably 20-30 years ago!

2. On the picture above you can see the staples that the fabric is attached with. I actually used a screwdriver with a sharp tip (Ikea starter set) to unhook the staples, as I am not a reupholster professional and more of a DIY kind of girl. As I unhooked the staple, I pulled them out with a plier. I know there are tools purposed for reupholstering, but since this was my first try, I stuck to my tools.

How to reupholster a chair? An easy Step-by-step guide

You can see the chair looks a little “scuffed up” because of the removal of the staples, but dont worry as long as it is underneath where the fabric goes.

3. After I finished removing all the fabric and trimming I cut up similar pieces in my new fabric with some extra lingering around the edges.

This is the new fabric I chose to put on my chair! Or a close up view so you can see the details. Nice huh?

4. I used my staple gun to attach the fabric. The most important thing here is to stay within the lines of where the old fabric was attached and keep the fabric as tight as you can! If it´s your first time, dont use striped fabric. That was the advice I got, and now I understand why. The staples should be pretty close together to keep the fabric tight and to not get “wrinkles”.

5. After I attached all the fabric, I trimmed the edges with a scissor as close as possible to the stables.

6. I got my glue gun ready and started applying the trim over the edges of the fabric to cover them and the staples all around the edges.

7. After I was done I went over the edges and made sure everything was covered up and that the trim was glued tight.

8. The result? Not to bad for a first timer:) Here it is! What do you think?

How to reupholster a chair? An easy Step-by-step guide

 

How to reupholster a chair? An easy Step-by-step guide

How to reupholster a chair? An easy Step-by-step guide

Jersey Maxi dress made from a tank top pattern!

I have wanted a maxi dress for ages, but I never seem to find one that I like. The shape is usually off , the fabric is not quite right or the pattern is too boring or too crazy. On my trip to the fabric store a while ago I picked up this really cool knitted jersey in white and grey stripes and I decided to sew my own maxi dress with my own pattern!

The fabric I used for making the maxi dress

I didn’t have any pattern and even after looking around online, I couldn’t really find any that I completely loved. And to be honest, my printer was out of ink and I was to lazy to go walk 3 miles either to buy new ink or to the closest print shop on a sunday:)

So the solution came to me in a tank top! I have a few that I really like the shape of and I folded it in halv and marked around on some parchment paper. I added some seam allowance of about half an inch ( 1-1,5 cm) on each side and cropped the neckline to a high v-neck in the front. Normally I would not add seam allowance to the fold (the back or mid section front of the tank top) because you are not sewing anything here, but this tank top is a little tighter than I would like my dress to be so I added all the way around.

Back. Added seam allowance all the way around. Usually I would not do the back, but the tank top is a little tighter than I would like my dress to be.

I then laid out my fabric with the inside out and enough width for the “pattern” to cover and made sure the stripes were aligning front to back. At the end of the tank top pattern I continued the line with a slight curve going out all the way down to the end of the fabric. I had measured in advance how long I wanted it and added a few inches to that. It is always better to have a little to much on the length instead of having it be just a little too short, especially when sewing without a pattern.

One of the sides cut and ready

After cutting out both pieces, I pinned them up together on both sides with zig zag stitches since I was doing a jersey knit (very important detail!). I tried on the fit and had to do some smaller adjustments to the waist for a perfect fit. After stitching it up, I pressed the hem and overcasted the ends (See your sewing machine manual for overcasting stitches, basically zig zag along the end of the line so it wont fall apart). I closed up the arm holes and neckline by doing a fold and sew. I sewed an overcast stitch to all the edges for them not to flare and then folded in about 1/4 of an inch (0,75 cm) and pressed it down with an iron. I then folded again and sewed with a lightening stitch (it is probably not called that, but it looks like a lightening on the sewing machine so I am calling it that). I also had to adjust the neckline somewhat as I wanted it a little lover then my first cut (Again, I have learned along the way that it is always better to have a little more than less fabric to work with).

And thats it! Took me probably a few hours to make, but I am sure if you are more efficient you could pull it off in an hour.

The result! You cant see the top part as well here, but it had medium broad shoulders like a tank top:)

What do you think?