Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils.

When Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks fame asked if I would share about her new Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils, I didn’t have to think twice. Amy is an amazing woman and an old blogging friend of mine. She is actually one of the first bloggers that I met in real life and I was taken with her fun style and creativity.

With our journey into essential oil use and the collection that I am acquiring, I needed something to keep all of those cute little bottles in. I went to Michael’s and bought one of those cheap little boxes with the gold clasp in the front. Like this…

wooden box

My DoTerra essential oil bottles fit perfectly inside the box. I have a few oils that I bought from Whole Foods before I was introduced to DoTerra. They came in bigger bottles, and they even fit just right.

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But how BORING is that box? I knew exactly what it needed! Glitter, of course! How about gold to match the little gold clasp? And how to apply the glitter? With Amy’s Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils and Mod Podge Spouncer Applicators.

Peel and stick stencils take most of the human error out of stenciling. You literal just peel them off of the backing and stick them onto the surface that you want to stencil. I wasn’t sure how well it would adhere to the wooden box, seeing how porous it is, but the stencil held quite well! It would do better on a non-porous surface such as glass or plastic, but I was quite happy with how it turned out. I used the Starlite design, but you can choose from five others, including a really cool wood grain design. The spouncer makes it easy to apply the Mod Podge. Once you are finished with the stencil, just rinse it clean and allow it to dry. It’s good for up to 20 uses!

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The glitters are totally fun to work with. They come in a little poof bottle that you squeeze. The glitter comes out of the tiny nozzle tip, landing right where you want it to land. It cuts down on waste and mess too, which I love. I was amazed at how much glitter was in the small bottle…it’s only about 2 inches long!

EO box top

Now my precious DoTerra oils have a beautiful, sparkly home. They have become something that we use on a daily basis, so it’s nice to open a fun little box every time I reach for the oils.

EO Box front

I was given product for free to review. As always, opinions and honest and my own. Thanks for reading today!

The Southern Institute Community: Join the Discussion!

Join the discussion at The Southern Institute Community :

I have some ideas for this space that I call The Southern Institute. As the years have passed since I started this blog, I have changed and grown and so has this place. It’s just like life isn’t it? We don’t stay the same. We learn and we change our minds about things… we adopt new practices and habits in our lives and we want to talk about them with our friends! We want to share. We want community!

A dear blogging friend has encouraged me to start a group for all of us to come to; a place where students of life and creativity can connect and further discuss things like:

*what we are doing creatively
*health topics like essential oils and cooking healthy meals for our families
*parenting and motherhood
*taking care of ourselves

Basically everything that The Southern Institute is about and whatever else you have on your mind!

I’m calling it (drumroll please…) The Southern Institute Community! It will be a place where we can be free to talk like we would if we were all meeting in my living room over a cup of coffee.

I hope you’ll join me there, because I know how wonderful true, supportive community is. Click through either of the links in this post and request to be added…I’ll add you as soon as I see your request. Let’s make The Southern Institute Community a place that we can call our little home away from home.

Celebrate the Season with Handmade Winter, the new eBook and a Giveaway!

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I have been waiting for weeks to reveal something really exciting to all of you… I know you are going to LOVE IT!  Handmade Winter { A Season to Gather, Make, and Share } is a new eMagazine that I have the honor of being a part of.  Handmade Winter is a Creative Mamas Collaboration, a beautiful collection of recipes, projects, and seasonal inspiration from some of your favorite #creativemamas.  

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Winter is for gathering together, making gifts and memories, and sharing with one another.  Handmade Winter will help you get in the spirit of giving and give you ideas to make your season cozy and warm.  There are recipes for seasonal cocktails, delicious meals and tempting desserts (Chocolate Plum Pudding Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, anyone?), and handmade gifts to make and share. Beautiful gifts like a Felted Sweater iPad and Tablet Cover, Leather and Chain Jewelry, and Walnut Fairy Gifts.  There’s poetry and my own contribution to the magazine… inspiration for Encouraging Other-Centeredness during this magical season.

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Handmade Winter is 92 pages of beautifully written and photographed inspiration for the winter.  It’s only $15 and it’s available right now!  Just click on any of the links in this post or on that beautiful button below.  I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.  

Buy a copy for yourself and gift a copy to all of the creative mamas on your gift list!

If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Handmade Winter for yourself just share this post somewhere on the web (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) and let me know in the comments!  I’ll pick a winner on December 6th.

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