Personal Vlog - Follow Me Around London

Hello Everyone! A year ago in June I went to London, England as a treat to myself for graduating college. It was my dream place to go, and I miss it everyday. If I could afford it/it wasn't so far away from my family I would be back and living there in a heartbeat. I absolutely love it and cannot wait to go back. I recently moved house and found my lost footage that I filmed. So I figured why not share it with all of you. I have included a few photos as well from the trip as well. The video will be at the end of this post if you would like to watch it now.

In the photos above you have The National Gallery, which was amazing to see and it was also free admission. Most galleries and museums are free admission in England which I think is amazing for tourists. The next photo is Westminster Abbey, I am a sucker for architecture as you can probably tell by all the photos of buildings but churches take the cake in this department in my opinion, it was absolutely stunning. The next photo I honestly haven't a clue what it is of. I took it mainly because I liked the look and feel. I believe this was on the way towards Big Ben and the Abbey from the Gallery. Lastly in this set is a close up of Tower Bridge, another brilliant piece of architecture and construction, it is featured in the video including some shots down below the bridge.

The first photo in this set is St. Pauls Cathedral, another breathtaking church. I was actually able to climb to the top of the tower, which was extremely terrifying for me since I am deathly afraid of heights, but I am definitely glad I made the climb. The second photo is from the Tower of London, which was one of my all time favourite places to visit. I have a huge obsession with the Tudor family and just to actually be able to see the places where they stood and experience the history was amazing. The third photo is an ornate decoration that adorns Buckingham Palace's gates, every little detail about the places I saw was amazing. I think England may be my favourite place for architecture. Lastly there is a picture of Door 4 at the Globe Theatre, as a young child I became obsessed with Shakespeare so although this was a complete replica of the actual building it was amazing to see. They have created the building exactly like it used to be, including the thatched roof.

Well that ends my little photos and descriptions. I didn't intend on writing that much but I got excited and rambled on a little... oh well. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you would like to watch the video you can click here:

Thank you for watching and reading!

Do It Yourself: Soy Candles

Hello everyone and welcome to the first DIY on The DIY Diary!

Today I am going to walk you through the steps to making your own soy candles. The benefits to soy candles is it is a very clean burning wax and is very easy to clean up - which is a huge benefit when you are a DIY-er. I will list the prices for each item at the end of the post as well. So let's get started.

What You'll Need:
• Soy Wax Flakes
• Soy Wick
• Essential Oil (optional)
• Jars
• Glue Gun (optional)
•Pencils or Popsicle Sticks

For Double Boiler:
• Saucepan
• 4-cup Measuring Cup

1. Fill your saucepan with 2" of water to prepare your double boiler. Place the measuring cup inside the saucepan. Make sure the cup does not touch the bottom of the saucepan - this is a key step in creating your double boiler.

2. Begin to heat your double boiler. Start on a high temperature and when the water begins to boil, lower the temperature to low-mid.

3. (Optional Step) While you are waiting for your boiler to heat up take your glue gun and glue your wick to the centre of your jar. This will help it stay in place when you are pouring your hot wax in.

4. Once your double boiler is heated pour your wax flakes in. I did four cups of wax which created 4 candles. The jars I used are roughly about a half a cup- to give you a rough idea to how much wax you will need for your own candles.

5. (Optional Step) Once your wax is completely melted, remove the measuring cup and place it on either a cork mat or a towel and add your essential oils. Add roughly 50-100 drops or until you like the smell.

6. Grab your jars and pour your melted wax into them, leaving about ½" from the top. It's natural for your wick to fall slightly. Do one candle at a time and grab your pencils or popsicle sticks to secure the wick.

**tip: Popsicle sticks with a hole drilled for the wick will work better than two of them standing side by side.

7. Leave your candles for 1-2 hours or until the wax is completely cooled. Make sure it is completely cooled before touching the candle. You can ruin your candle by causing the wick to shift.

8. Once cooled, cut the wick to about ¼ - ½ " long. Then you're finished.

I recommend letting your candles sit overnight before burning them to ensure your wax is completely settled.

I added some little final touches of ribbon to mine and you can even add labels or tags to really make them your own. They make wonderful little gifts for your friends and family for the upcoming holidays.

The huge benefit to making your own candles is the price. Here is the list of items with their prices. I shopped at Michaels - which can be a little pricier, but they always have coupons so take advantage of that!

• Soy Wax (1 lb.) - $7.50 - I only used half of the bag so for this project it was $3.75
• Soy Wicks (pack of 6) - $8.50 - I used 4 for this project so it cost me roughly $5.70
• Jelly Jars - $2.50 each - I used 4 so that brings the total to $10
• Essential Oil - $4 - I used half of the bottle so it cost me $2

That brings the total to $21.45 which is roughly $5 per candle. Most soy candles are $7+ so you definitely save yourself some money, plus its always nice to use something you made yourself.

Want more info? Watch the video here:

Thanks for tuning in! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, and if you would like to see a specific DIY next let me know!

Hello and Welcome!

Hello Everyone!

I am back to blogging but this time I am taking a more hands on approach at it. I have tried beauty blogging, I've tried lifestyle blogging and I could never manage to stay on top of what I wanted. Which was a post everyday. It's extremely difficult to do when unfortunately this isn't my full-time job. However I am very excited to announce this new blog, The DIY Diary.

In this blog I plan on creating how-to's and tutorials on a bunch of projects. These projects will include:

• Cooking
• Baking
• Furniture Building
• Illustration
• Photo Editing
• General Crafts
• Fashion Hacks
• Beauty Items
...and more

I plan on posting about one to two times a week. Depending on the complexity of the DIY I choose to do. The majority of the DIY's will also include a video showing you step by step how to create that item along with a photo post for the blog. So whichever you prefer to use you may. Really if you want to use both- knock yourself out. 

Now apart of this I am also taking suggestions. I already have a ton of projects lined up but I am doing this blog not only for myself but the viewers as well. So if you ever want to leave a suggestion or even a theme, I definitely appreciate it.

I look forward to working with all of you and thanks for stopping by!