Posted in DIY Corner

Bath Melts!

I LOVE making bath bombs! I use coconut oil so they make my skin feel amazing and the water in the tub fun colors. BUT sometimes I don’t feel like hunting citric acid or I run out of one ingredient. I was recently out of baking soda when I thought about making bath melts instead. Coconut oil is so good for your skin and with coldness approaching my skin was already in need.

Bath melts are the easiest thing you will ever make. It’s as simple as melting 1 cup of coconut oil,adding some essential oil and pouring the mixture into a mold or ice cube tray. Seriously…that’s it.


  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1-2 tablespoons of essential oil (as smelly as you want
  3. A mold….any kind

Extras: Glitter,color,dried flowers….whatever floats your boat.

I do always recommend Crayola Color Drops for coloring. They are non staining and work great!


Begin by melting one cup of coconut oil. Once this is melted add everything else into.


Then pour into your molds. They will need to sit a while. To make them harden faster put them on a baking sheet or plate and place them in the freezer.


I used a Halloween mold for my second set. The color you see here is a comboo of the glitter and Color Drops setling to the bottom of the mold. It didn’t intend for that to happen but…SCIENCE haha. It actually worked out GREAT!! I’m still dying over the cuteness of that ghost 🙂


A few things to keep in mind:

-Using a mold about an inch deep seemed to give me the best sized bath melt for one bath. The fruit mold was silicon and they popped out SO easily. The Halloween mold was plastic and I ended up breaking it a little. It was very thin though.

-These will melt fast if your house is the least bit warm. I do not suggest leaving them in the bathroom. Mine are stored in my freezer.

Based on how easy this is I may just make these from now on instead of the bombs. It’s a cheaper option and my skin feels amazing!!


Posted in DIY Corner, My World Of Modeling

“…And All The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen”

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”


This photoshoot around downtown Winston-Salem,NC with Julie Jackson was so much fun! She is an amazingly beautiful as a person and photographer. Her and her assistant (aka her hubby) are so great to go out and adventure with. She has such a creative eye,knows great spots and is just zero stress. It’s like hanging out with a friend!

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”


I was in Greensboro for this shoot and has very little costuming materials around me. We wanted something dystopian…steamy….but I had left my favorite goggles elsewhere. I shopped around,trying to find something really cheap but found no options. I went to Wendy’s for a frosty….and my frosty became my goggles. Paint the lids,sew on some .99 elastic…boom. There is nothing easier.

Super fast,super easy accessories for cheap. I can always find Nerf guns at Goodwill. They range from .50-$8 depending on size. Add some paint and you’re golden. I had one day to do this step so I didn’t get too involved with it…because it had to be dry by the next morning !

Not too shabby for last minute! 🙂


“The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon.”


The clothing worn in this shoot is all from the thrift store. It consists of a buckled strap tank and two skirts. The ruffled longer skirt I pinned behind the shorter one to give an illusion of a petticoat/bustle. The thigh highs I always purchase at Spirit Halloween after season for cheap. I have an endless supply of striped leg wear 🙂 The necklace is simply a piece of lace tied around my neck.


“Why should be fruit be held inferior to the flower?”


“You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you”

Downtown Winston truly has some amazing spots for a Dystopian feel photoshoot! I think we took advantage of as many as possible that day!

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped.”



Quotes taken from George Orwell’s 1984

All photography by Julie Jackson


Posted in Cosplay, DIY Corner

Sweet Tea Witch Hat!

My latest group shoot featured models dressed as witches inspired by various flavors of tea. My lack of love for tea actually inspired this endeavor. I don’t like to drink it but I love the names and the smells…so why not turn it into a themed shoot? Game on!

Pumpkin Spice, Rosehips,Southern Sweet Tea and Earl Grey! Photography by Bill Welch.

I threw this costume together fasssst. I had a pretty good idea in my mind of what I wanted after looking through my closet.

I had chosen Southern Sweet Tea because it’s the only tea I like! Lucky for me I had the perfect items around to whip up something in that theme. In the grand tradition of “Under $20 Cosplay” I managed to make this entire costume …for $0.

I started with a dress I’ve been looking at in my closet forever. I bought it for $3 at a thrift store. It didn’t fit then,doesn’t fit now and it’s a bit broken and stained. After I bought it I dyed it with watered down Lipton tea. It’s great material! So we are going to cut away everything but the skirt. We’ll utilize all these pieces eventually.

I gathered the skirt up and pinned it to itself at the top to create a sort of ruching in the front into a very light bustle look. After I pinned it I took it off and sewed it lightly where I had initially pinned it. Nope I didn’t sew in a zipper. This upcycle is fast and easy bc I’ll be reusing this material soon.

Mostly finished!

Next let’s start on our hat! I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to use for it. Some friends of mine had given me some great hats! Super grateful for these! Included were several straw varieties.


This Southern Belle one was calling my name for this project and the cats were loving the new smells 🙂 They are SO helpful….

I couldn’t get the top of this hat to point like I wanted. So I decided to use a second hat for that. I basically folded it into a point and hot glue it to make it stay together then attached it over the top of the belle hat.

One side of the hat I curved upwards to the point sort of pirate style and glued it there. This side I layered in flowers.

Since the two hats are different colors I am now going to “paint” the top one with a tea wash to make them match up! Super easy…tea and water. I spray it with a clear coat to prevent rub off.

I’ve added an off white sash to my hat so now I want to tea stain that as well. What I love about the staining for this versus the dress is that this will not be uniform. It should look drops of tea.

I also painted the lace trim with some watered down tea to make it less white.

Throughout the process I kept adding flowers to the side. I even spray painted some to match. Notice how the flowers are used to cover the areas where I added the second hat and any other imperfections.

My last touch was to add a hanging tea bag to the crooked top 🙂

ANDDD I’m done! Cats and hats forever!

To complete my costume I used a ruffled white shirt from Goodwill,a corset I made years ago, a belt as a necklace,wrist bands I glued sunflowers onto ,some thigh highs and Goodwill shoes.

Bill Welch Photography

“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”
❤ Neil Gaiman

I had an absolute blast making this. It’s simple and sweet and captured exactly what I wanted. I always seem to go a little bigger on hats than I mean to but I plan to use this as a table centerpiece later 🙂 It’s perfect.

Bill Welch Photography

Until next time….


Posted in DIY Corner

DIY Bath Bombs!!

I’m a bath bomb fanatic. Gimmie any of them and I’m happy. Not all bombs are created equal though. Some just fizz. NO. But some make pretty water,some make your skin feel amazing…some do both! Of all the ones I’ve tried LUSH is the best,in my opinion. I consider it the best when I don’t have to use shaving cream to shave with while using the bomb.

I stumbled upon a Pinterest DIY for bath bombs earlier in the year and decided to try it. It was magical! I modified it a bit for my likes and that is the recipe I have whipped up here for you!

  1. 1 cup Citric Acid
  2. 2 cups Baking Soda
  3. 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  4. 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil or Almond Oil

You will also need:

  1. Mixing bowls
  2. Measuring cups
  3. Molds
  4. Crayola Color Drops (if you want color)
  5. Soap Glitter or Cosmetic Grade Glitter (if you want glitter)

Things to keep in mind before you buy ingredients:

  1. When you make these you may want to bathe different ways. Not every night for me is a long soak in the tub. Sometimes I want to get in,take care of business….while having my skin nurtured and then get out. So I make large bombs and small ones.
  2. Why are you making these? Just for a smelly/pretty bath photo? Do you want soft skin…aromatherapy benefits?
  3. How many do you want to make? I go by the theory that these are best w/in 6 weeks.

Easy diy (mix dry ingredients,mix wet ingredients,push into molds,pop out and let dry over night) For more info,with photos…read on.

I use a bomb every bath. The coconut oil has completely healed my cracked heels. I notice a difference in the rough skin on the back of my arms. If I’m sunburned these take the pain away and lessen my “burn time”.

Let’s start! In this photo I am also making deodorant. If you’re interested in that recipe,comment on the blog. For this round of bombs I’m using the core ingredients, Baking Soda,Corn Starch,Citric Acid,Coconut Oil,Essential Oils and Bath drops for color. Also..yes glitter 🙂


The process is easy…in ONE mixing bowl mix all the dry ingredients together: Baking Soda,Corn Starch and Citric Acid. I use a whisk to make sure it’s all nice and mixed. Once it’s mixed I separate this mixture into the other bowls. If you are not trying to make more than one color or scent then you can work out of just one bowl. I’m making many!


I use the handle of an ice cream scoop to break the Bath Drops into a powder form. At this point in the process we can go ahead and add this powdered coloring to the bowl we are currently working with.



You can also add glitter now if you like! Warning…a little goes a LONG way. After bathing with a bomb from my first batch it looked like I had just spent time backstage at a Burlesque show. Be sure to use cosmetic grade glitter otherwise there can be skin irritations!

After we have everything dry then we want to add in the wet: This is whatever oil (coconut or Almond)that we have chosen and essential oils. I’m using both. What I do is pour out just a bit of the essential oil into the mixture and then melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil to add in a little at a time. You don’t want a soup.

Add the coconut oil a little at a time and stop once your mixture sticks together like a snow ball….example…



Now comes the fun!  You can make and mix whatever colors you want. Experiment! The mixing bowls will help you make variations in colors and scents. You can add colors or mixture in and out of these as needed. Make sure that you add coconut oil to each separate mixture you work with. Again,just until it makes a snowball. Any more than that and they wont dry.

Get out your molds and have a blast! These molds are sold at places like Michael’s Crafts (in the form of soap molds) or at A.C.Moore. You can also use random molds…like we once used old plastic Easter eggs.

It’s works! 

You want to push the mixture into the mold and then flip it out onto paper or a towel.

And viola! Bath bombs. You are going to want to let these sit 24 hours before you use them. Whatever room you set them in to dry is going to smell fabulous!

The Color Drops will turn your fingers colors. No worries though,they are non staining and will come off with soap. They don’t stain the tub either!

Using the full recipe I provided this is the batch made: 18 in all. Two big ones that can be broken in half or quarters,one full heart,eight half hearts, one half round and six sea horses.


Other bombs I’ve made while experimenting…

In the tub they are fantastic!!

Happy Creating!!