Monday, August 22, 2011

Guest Host {Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming}

Good morning everybody! I am a little under the weather so today's guest is a blessing, specially since I wasn't able to get the projects I wanted to get done this weekend. 

Today's guest host is the extraordinary Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming. (I love that blog name, don't you?)
I want to show you Stephanie Lynn's creative space. I am not an organized person so I am extremely impressed of those who are. I dream of having an organized workspace like this someday. 

I love this art piece she made for her son. They are words for all us to always remember and live by.

For details on how she made it, click here.

This is a sneak peak of her little boy's playroom. More organization! I can really lear a lot from her!

I am now turning the table over to Stephanie Lynn!


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Hello my friends - I'm Stephanie Lynn from
Under the Table and Dreaming.
I am so excited to be visiting 3 Sun Kissed Boys today!
Thank you so much Yanet for the invite.


As Fall approaches, I love to fill my home with all the warm inviting scents the season brings along. With my precious little guy running around, it's important to try and find scented alternatives that are not only flameless but safe and non-toxic - unlike most of the commercial fragrances sold in the stores today. Reed diffusers are a great option, especially if you make your own. They work really well in smaller areas since they do not have a very powerful scent throw. They are quite simple to put together and pretty inexpensive plus you have the option to create your own favorite fragrant combinations.

Materials Needed:
Tall container - preferably glass to safely hold the oils
Corks
Reeds or Wooden Skewers
Carrier Oil {see below}
Essential Oils
Vodka


When looking for a reed container, make sure you use one that is made of glass or another material suitable for safely holding the oils. {plastics are not recommended as the essential oils can dissolve them} You want the opening of the container to be tapered as well, but large enough to hold the reeds. Cleaned recycled containers can always be used or I simply picked up some vases at the local dollar store.

There are many online retailers that sell reeds specifically for diffusers as the porous fibers work best. You can also get away with using skewers as they work as well. Dried stalks or branches from your garden, such as hydrangea branches can be used as well. The reeds should be at least double the height of the container you are using - and if you are using skewers be sure to snip off the sharp pointy ends.


Depending upon the opening size of the container, it is a good idea to use a cork if at all possible. You can find corks of all sizes at your local craft store. Using a drill bit simply drill completely through the center of the cork to create an opening large enough for the reeds. The cork helps prolong the oil mixture from evaporating.


There are three main ingredients used to create the diffuser oil for the container; a carrier oil, essential oils, and a flow agent.

Carrier Oils - Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Jojoba oil or Mineral Oil work best. You can also use plain water if you can not find any of the above - though it does tend to evaporate very quickly. Using a heavier carrier oil makes the fragrance slow to diffuse - as a thinner base will travel into the reeds a lot quicker.

Essential Oils - Essential oils are highly concentrated and derived from true plants. An essential oil is basically the liquid distilled from the leaves, bark, roots or other elements of the natural plant. Essential oils are not the same as fragrance oils or perfumes and can usually be found in the health section of local health stores. There are many different scents available so mix it up and have fun creating a fragrance that best suits your taste.

Flow Agent - Inexpensive Vodka works as a flow agent to help the oils be absorbed by the reeds and disperse better. If using water, it also help to bind the oils.

The general mixture for the diffuser oil is 1/4 cup of carrier oil, 12 drops of essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of vodka. More essential oil may be added if you prefer. Extra diffuser oil can be made ahead of time and stored in a sealed glass container until ready to use.


For first time use, fill the container 3/4's of the way full and insert the reeds, soaking them for at least minutes. Then flip them upside down and replace them back in the diffuser.

Once a week swirl the oil in the container and rotate the reeds to keep the aroma going. The different ingredients in the mixture have a tendency to settle over time and an occasional swirl will help better diffuse the scents. Make sure the diffuser is placed in a room with good circulation to best throw the scent.

Once the reeds become totally saturated they lose their ability to diffuse the fragrance and need to be replaced.


I like the simplicity of a plain diffuser in my own home, though the container can be embellished to fit in with any decor. Some simple ideas using scraps include ribbon rosettes, fabric ruffles or added vinyl.


Thanks so much for letting me share - enjoy!

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I asked Stephanie Lynn if she could please send me a photo to use in her intro. She wrote back telling me that she was horrible at any pictures of herself. But she did include this photograph.
It's of Stephanie Lynn and her adorable little boy CJ. About 3 years ago, CJ was diagnosed with Autism. Stephanie and her family have put together a very touching video to bring Autism awareness to her family and friends. I invite you to take a look. 

For more information about autism and how you can help please visit www.autismspeaks.org/.

Stephanie, I can't thank you enough for joining us today. You are a remarkable individual!

For more creative do-it yourself ideas, visit Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter

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8 Sunny Notes:

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I've never used a reed diffuser. I always wondered if they really throw off a scent and for how long. This is a great way to try them out. Thanks!

Ashley said...

Under the table and dreaming is a line from the Dave Matthews Band song "Ants Marching".

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i think stephanie lynn is one of the nicest and most talented bloggers.... love her!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I've got to try this! Do you think rubbing alcohol would work in place of the vodka?

Great post!

Joanna said...

First I'd like to say...I hope you get to feeling better soon!!

Ok...these things are expensive and I love them...this will save me boat loads of money! I have got to give making one a try!

Paula said...

Hope you feel better soon!

I had no idea that making a diffuser is so easy. Thanks to Stephanie Lynn for showing us how.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Yanet - Thank you so much for the invite - I greatly appreciate it!

Suzanne - I have never tried rubbing alcohol in place of the vodka. It may work but I am thinking it would evaporate really quickly. I do know the rubbing alcohol contains a lot of different chemicals so I try not to keep it around with my little guy.

Thanks again Yanet - hope you are feeling much better! ~ Stephanie Lynn

P.S. Cassie - you are so sweet!xoxo

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