WLB is on Etsy!

handmade jewelry dish

I’m so happy to officially introduce my new Etsy shop here on the blog! I started it up a few days ago and I’ve been obsessively checking it every day. In case you’re wondering, I even got a few favorites this weekend!

handmade winter headband

I currently have 5 listings up (3 knitting projects and 2 clay jewelry dishes) and I just made my first sale this week. Thanks Donna! 

I’ll tell you a little later about the listings, but for now I have a few questions for you:

  • Do you shop or sell on Etsy?
  • What do you like to see in an Etsy shop?
  • Do you shop only for certain items?
  • Do you have any tips for a new shop?

Check out my shop here, and as always, please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions!

DIY Lavender Body Scrub

DIY lavender scrub

I always hear about people making their own body scrubs and instantly feel jealous. They’re expensive to buy and it just sounds pretty cool to be able to make your own, doesn’t it? Well I finally caved and gave it a try- I seriously had no idea it could be this easy! All you need is a hydrating oil base, something gritty to exfoliate and an awesome scent.

DIY lavender scrub

Lavender Body Scrub


  • 1.2 cup epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil
  • Container that closes well


  1. Combine salt and sugar
  2. Add in oils and mix well
  3. Add lavender and mix throughout
  4. Store in an air tight container and use as you please!


be careful when using this scrub in the shower as the oil based product could make your shower slippery**


The lavender is perfect for a relaxing shower. I had a particularly bad homework session this week and after a nice warm shower with this scrub I felt content and sleepy after. Gotta love that lavender essential oil!

DIY lavender scrub

I’ve also been playing around with a few new scents such as a citrus scrub for the morning and a coffee scrub for some winter warmth so I’m sure you’ll be seeing a few more variations of this soon.

Do you make your own bath products? What kind of scents would you like to see?

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Emptied Gestures

heather hansen drawing

Have you heard about the artist Heather Hanson? Some of her latest work involves an exploration of transferring movement to paper, or “kinetic drawing”. She’s connecting her body and gestures with her art by tracing her movements with charcoal. She describes it as taking daily gestures and emptying them into a new form.


I love how her project incorporates so many different forms of herself. I imagine it’s both emotionally and physically freeing. Watch her work in the video above.

What are your thoughts?

photos via Michael Guerrero

4 quick costumes from items you already own

I’m pretty bad at Halloween. I wish I could be that person who has this great costume all put together weeks before hand, but the honest truth is that I’m just not like that. It’s pretty normal for me to put together costumes the week of (night of?) and if you’re like me, take note: less is more. With less 10 days left until the big day, I thought we could brainstorm a little bit. When you’re on a time crunch, the big thing is the classic KISS- Keep it Simple, Stupid, (why don’t we have a nicer acronym?) You don’t want to over do it at all. Use things from around the house and have fun with the character.


quick costume ideas- beatnik The Beatnik plan is all about simplicity. Just throw on some black clothes and a pair of sunglasses and hit the road! No hat or turtleneck?? Roll up your pants, grab some white socks and stick your hair in a pony – BOOM you’re Audrey from Funny Face.   quick halloween ideas with items you already have- mimeAnother black and white option? A mime! This takes a little more work as you have to run to the store for some face paint, but I’m going to assume that you already have dark pants, a striped shirt, and red lipstick. Unless you’re pulling something together day-of, I’m going to say that this isn’t too difficult. quick costume ideas with items you already own-workerThis doesn’t really have to be a train worker, the red bandana just reminded me of a conductor, ya know? Anyway. Throw on some “work” boots, wear a lot of jean and put some tools in your pocket. Just like that you’ve become a handy-girl!   Quick costumes with items you already own- RosieRosie the Riveter is my personal favorite. I’ve been wanting to be her for the past few years but I’ve been traveling for work and unable to dress up 🙁 This costume is all about the hair/bandana and chambray. The fun part is that there’s a little guess work involved. From the waist down we have no idea what she’s wearing! I went for a worker girl in jeans look, but feel free to do it up in your own style. People will still get it.


Anyway, is anyone else like me and really slow at finding Halloween costumes? What have some of your favorite costumes been?

Adventures in Knitting

You guys may remember that last year I talked about getting my knitting started early… you should probably know that this was a big fail. I finished one scarf last year. Just one! In case you’re unsure, fall and winter should have left me much more time to make many things, but sometimes life gets in the way.

This year I was determined to start early again, and what better time to start than travel season! Yesterday I locked myself up in my hotel room and watched the voice (magical) and the Blacklist (new favorite) and just started knitting in my bed. This may make me sound like an old lady, but does this look like something an old lady would wear?

knitting project


I think not. I’m a novice knitter at best, so I stole this simple tutorial from Craft Snob and now you can enjoy it too. Isn’t it cute? I’m so proud that I got something done before the cold weather really starts up. Now the big question is, how many of these headbands is too many?


(answer: none)


PS- I also had some people ask about buying them… would anyone else think about it if I put together an etsy shop? I’ve been looking for a way to donate some extra funds to a local pit foundation and I think this could fit the bill. Anyone have any experience selling on etsy? Spill the deets, please!