DIY Body Massage Candle

As you probably already know, candles are one of my favorite things!
I especially like glass container candles. I love the ambience delivered from the dancing flames. Candles are romantic but did you know that you can make them an actual player in the game? 

 Have you ever heard of or tried a Body Massage Candle?
They are fairly simple to make with the proper ingredients. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 


  • Soy Wax
  • Shea Butter
  • Coconut, Almond, Vitamin E or Jojoba Oil (your choice)
  • Skin Safe Fragrance Oil 
  • Candle wick 
  • Gravy Boat (easy to pour from)

How To Make Massage Candles: 

Melt the soy wax using a double boiler method. Place water in a boiler, put the soy wax, shea butter, fragrance oil and choice of oil inside of the gravy boat. Place the gravy boat inside of the boiler. (stir gently)  Once it has melted, place the wick in the center of the gravy boat and center with straws or pencils. Allow for a few hours to set. 

You’ve just created a Body Massage Candle! 

How to use: 

Light your Massage Oil candle and burn it for 15-20 minutes or until a nice size pool of wax has developed. Extinguish the flame and apply to the back of your hand to ensure that the pouring temperature is safe. Pour warm oil onto skin and massage! 

Package it and Label it!! It’s another perfect idea for a DIY gift for any occasion!

 I hope this project inspires you to get your creative juices flowing!! Make up a massage oil candle for an intimate home spa evening with your love! I’m sure he/she will appreciate you for it! 

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DIY Sea Salt Potpourri


Back when I sold homemade candles at Trader’s Village in Grand Prairie, Tx, I met a lady that sold what she referred to as “Scented Stones”. It was a form of potpourri that was made differently than using your traditional dried flowers. These things looked like little fragrance absorbing crystals. She would set them out in a bowl on the table and the aroma would draw customers in from everywhere. Since we were at separate ends of the flea market, I purchased them from her at a wholesale price and sold them to my customers. For years I wondered what those little things were made of and about a year or so ago I finally found out!!


Sea Salt is salt produced from the evaporation of seawater and is typically used in cooking and bath salts, but you can also utilize it in your home decor as Potpourri!

To make “Potpourri Crystals”
you’ll need:

sea salt (I purchase large rocks from Saltworks)
fragrance oil

How to use:

Potpourri Crystals are best when displayed in a flat or wide mouth dish that allows the aroma to disburse into the air. When the fragrance begins to fade, recharge your crystals by simply placing them in a ziplock bag and adding a few drops of fragrance oil. Distribute the fragrance evenly and allow to soak in the bag for 30mins-1hr and return to dish.

These cuties are NOT EDIBLEBe sure to

So…. do you think you’ll be creating your own personal line of Potpourri Crystals?
Here’s a peak at my own personal line Walkerhouse


Here’s another Sea Salt project you may want to check out – – – Rosemary Sea Salt Scrub


Cocktail Ottoman : 101

I started the daunting task to update my living room/family room. Because we currently live in an apartment, space is very limited. Therefore, instead of going for the gold and getting the fancy-shamancy furnishings that I dream about, I had to opt for a more functional arrangement. I must accommodate a family of 4 that includes a 7yr old son. We use this room for tv watching, game nights, homework, lounging and most times my husband and I eat in this room.

Because I work on my feet all day long, I wanted to be able to retire with my feet up. Well, I was unable to find a reclining sofa that made me drool. I kind of hated the style of all the ones I found. My aim was to find a good quality sofa, two nice reclining chairs (that didn’t really look like recliners) and a large Cocktail Ottoman. I got lucky and was able to find a floor sample that was marked down from $499 to $99. The fabric however was hideous – – – in my opinion.


I rushed over to Hancock Fabrics, Crafts & more and found a vinyl Faux Leather material for $5/yd that perfectly matched my decor. I was able to recover it using only 3/yds!


Cocktail Tables range in style depending on your personal design style.  Not only are they stylish, but they are extrmely functional.  The cocktail table becomes home to lots of items… remotes, drinks, trinkets, magazines, etc

A Cocktail Ottoman is the ideal choice when you desire your room to have a warm, inviting, casual and relaxed vibe. It’s versatility acts as a footrest, additional seating, and by adding a tray it becomes a station for food, drinks and decorative knick knacks.


There are many styles of ottomans that will compliment any space.
Use the style that best suites your tastes and needs. With a Cocktail Ottoman you can enjoy the beauty of your space while relaxing with your feet up!!
Are you a lounger too?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience with Cocktail Ottomans!!



DIY Soap Dispenser

I wanted to give my kitchen a more sleek and polished look that does not include this unsightly, enormous bottle of dish washing liquid.


Because I use dish soap so regularly, I would really prefer that it remains readily available and not have to store it away in the cabinet.

I’ve seen a lot of chic looking soap dispensers in the stores and even some thrifty creative ones made from mason jars, but I wanted something of a larger scale that would hold quite a bit of soap and still be visually pleasing. It’s not uncommon for me to have a “ah ha” moment, but I can say that I don’t ever remember having one while snacking on chips ‘n salsa!!

The size and shape of the jar happens to be perfect for this DIY project!

Here’s what I used:


  • Large Dollar Store Hand Soap w/ Pump (only $1)
  • 24oz Pace Salsa or Picante Sauce Jar
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Glue Gun or E6000

Begin with cleaning the jar and lid of its residual contents and soaking it in water to remove the labels.

Drill a hole in the top just big enough to fit the pump stem through (if you don’t have a drill I’m pretty sure you can accomplish this by using a nail and hammer)


Place the stem of the pump through the hole and use your hot glue gun to secure it.
Paint the jar, lid and pump whatever tone you desire.


Once the paint has dried, you can begin to assemble your DIY Soap Dispenser!

Fill the jar with dish soap and screw on the cap.

Display ‘n Enjoy


Oh and by the way, this wasn’t made in New York City!!!

I hope this project inspires you to get your creative juices flowing. Let your creativity run wild.
This project can be customize to your liking.
You can paint it what ever color you like, stencil it or even leave it clear to show the color of the dish soap… Hey whatever suites your tastes!!!

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DIY Monogram Soap

Technically Monogram is defined as a motif of two or more letters, typically a person’s initials, usually interwoven or otherwise combined in a decorative design, used as a logo or to identify a personal possession. However, most companies that offer monograming services will allow you the option of 1 to 3 letters.

A decorative bar of Monogramed Soap can add a personalized touch to your bath or guest bathroom. And if you’re great at carving, these can be offered as saavy hostess gifts and such.

Here’s an easy way to create your own Monogram Soap

  • bar soap
  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • magnetic letters
  • anything of the right circular shape and size
  • non-serrated knife

Sidenote:  If you dont have magnetic letters you can use small cookie cutters or you can create your own image using Microsoft Word or any of the many editing softwares and apps available.


Begin by scrapping the soap with a non-serrated knife to remove the logo.

After removing the logo, use a little water and a spatula to smooth out the surface



Next,  make an impression in the bar of soap by pressing a magnetic letter into it.

After making the impression, use a flat head screwdriver to carve out your letter



With a little more practice, I think I may be giving away Monogram Soaps as Christmas gifts!
I hope this project inspires you to get your creative juices flowing!!

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DIY Framed Silverware Art

Create accessories for your Kitchen or Dining area using items you probably already have

here’s what you’ll need:

  • spoon
  • knife
  • fork
  • frame
  • spray paint
  • glue gun


Spray paint your silverware a color of your choice. You can either leave your background in its original state, paint it or use decorative paper or fabric to cover it.


Finally, adhere the silverware to the background with a dab of hot glue and you’re done!!IMG_2241.JPG

I hope this project gets your creative juices flowing!!

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29 Surprising Tire Upcycles

Can you imagine being excited about tires?
Well I was absolutely thrilled and more than honored to have been asked by
Hometalk to curate a board featuring some of the most

Amazing Ways to Upcycle Tires

From Tire Swings, to Ottomans and many other creative possibilities in between, this clipboard is sure to get your creative juices rolling. After viewing the board on Hometalk, you’ll think twice about discarding old tires again.

You can view all 29 Surprising Tire Upcycles on Hometalk


Be sure to checkout my post Turn a Tire into an Ottoman and don’t forget to sign up and join me on Hometalk, you’ll never tire of all the inspiring DIY projects and ideas!!

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DIY Mirror Writing

Last year when I was just getting started with I created an Inspiration Board. I wanted to be able to incorporate goals and encouraging words with home decor.


I have the tendency to get discouraged and lose focus at times. I even struggle with bouts of depression sometimes.
What seems to help keep me going is reminding myself of God’s Word and Promises. I also have to keep myself reminded of the goals I’ve set in order to try to stay on task.


I spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It’s where I am before I go to bed at night and after I awake in the morning. I began using my bathroom mirror as something like an inspiration board. Some days I may write scriptures and sometimes I write inspiring quotes and then most times I include both.


My Mirror Writing utensils usually consist of either:
Sharpies (erase with fingernail polish remover)
Dry Erase Markers



Here’s a short list of sites that offer Inspirational Quotes
Bible Study Tools

Inspirational Bible Verses
Quote Garden
Forbes Top 100 Inspirational Quotes


I hope this project inspires you to get your creative juices flowing! I encourage you to create a Vision Mirror for yourself. Make it work for you! Turn it into a list of your goals and aspirations. Be sure to include a few inspirational quotes and Bible verses to keep you inspired and motivated along the way!

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As always Thanks for dropping by,
Dannielle USA, LLC


The Good, Bad and Ugly Facebook

20140718-114129-42089496.jpg Generally my blog is about my DIY and craft adventures. Because I love blogging and have a passion for creating things, I spend a lot of time on social media sharing ideas and exploring new ones. I have a personal Facebook account as well as a Fan Page for TheDIYShow. My experience with the two is quite the opposite. My personal Facebook page consists of family members, friends, and mostly people who are just lurkers who don’t even speak to me outside of Facebook. Around 2007 is when I really started hearing the FB buzz. I was determined to stay away from it because all I ever heard was negative things. There would always be talk about a FB Beef, someone making fun of another’s pictures, people taking screenshots of photos from other’s accounts and sharing them with those who aren’t considered friends. The list goes on and on! I ended up creating a FB account because everything advertised was followed by “Like us on Facebook”. I was missing out on the news, the trends and the product offers and discounts so I signed up. My initial experience was extremely overwhelming. I received a friend request from an aunt on my father’s side that was followed by a message that stated, “you have a brother named **** and a sister named ******* on here.” Shortly afterwards I became ‘friends’ with 3 other sisters! At 34 yrs of age I was finding out about siblings I had no idea existed. To top it all off, I found out I had a brother a year younger than my daughter. I really don’t have to say it for you to figure it out but papa was a rolling stone.

20140718-114234-42154958.jpg For the most part I enjoy FB, but there are those moments when it gives me the biggest headache. I hate it when I’m scrolling down my newsfeed and some raunchy video automatically starts to play. I hate it when people posts threats to someone but won’t tell who they’re talking to. I hate it when someone passes away and there’s always those certain people who want to be the first one to break the news (not having any type of consideration for family members or close friends who may not have even been informed yet). I hate receiving notifications of game requests. I hate the fact that FB decides what friends and pages appear in my newsfeed. I hate when people post statuses acting as if they are IIyanla Vanzant or Dr. Phil especially when they were just displaying those same characteristics themselves. I hate when people use FB as a platform to put their family and friends on blast. Yea, it’s entertaining but tacky at the same time. I hate reading comments from news stories and realizing how sick and racist some people in the world can be. I hate logging on and seeing some poor ill or damaged child. I hate when adults bring drama to FB when they should be setting better examples for their children that they friend on their accounts. I hate it when someone’s page gets hacked and I get all those crazy comments on my posts or in my inbox. I hate being Poked, what is that about? I hate when someone adds me to a group I would not otherwise have joined. I hate receiving messages from some strange female asking to ‘get with me’. I hate when I share something on TheDIYShow fan page and FB wants me to boost my post in order for my followers to see.

On the flip side of things, I love being able to share important life events with my family and friends. I love being able to see the photos and milestones in their lives. I love being able to read the latest news stories and celebrity gossip. I love following craft and DIY pages that share creative ideas. I love being able to buy and sell on an online yard sale page. I love being able to tag my husband in a post that relates to us. I love meeting new people in groups who share the same interests and passions. I love being able to inbox people when I want to send a quick message. I love being able to reconnect with people I never thought I’d see or hear from again. I love being reminded that it’s someone that’s close to me birthday (I’m sure I probably would’ve forgotten). I love being able to uplift someone by commenting with encouraging words.

There are a lot of pros and cons to Facebook and although my negatives outnumber my positives, I continue to faithfully log on daily! Bottom line is… Facebook is what you make it! You have to take the good with the bad and sometimes it can get ugly!

I would like to know your thoughts and what you consider your Facebook experience to be like. As Facebook says, “What’s on your mind”

Thanks for stopping by, Dannielle