Hues You’ll Heart: Black, White and Gold

While I love black , white and gold separately, I adore these colors paired together! Black, white and gold create the most opulent and glamorous color combination. I think these colors also work perfectly to create a dramatic and stunning winter wedding. I love the look of tarnished gold against black. I also love how the white roses work to down play the dramatic black and gold combination. Overall, this look is totally elegant, and will literally make your wedding a black tie affair! Black and Gold Table Setting, Gold Flatware, Elegant Table Reception Black and Gold Bridesmaid Dress, Black and Gold Color Scheme, Maid of Honor and BrideBlack and Gold Inspiration, Bride and Groom Portrait Black and Gold Wedding Cake, Black and White Striped Cake, Black, White, and Gold Color Palette Bride and MOH, MOH in Black Dress, Elegant Wedding ColorsBlack and Gold Color Palette, Black and Gold Shoes Black, White, and Gold Color Scheme, White Roes in Gold Vase Gold and Black Wedding Theme, Gold and Black Wedding Colors, Elegant Gold and Black Wedding

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Society Nest: DIY dōTERRA Wool Dryer Balls

If you have sensitive skin like me you swore off fragrant dryer sheets a long time ago.  If you don’t have sensitive skin you still might consider swearing off as dryer sheets are one of those household items, that many people use, that happen to have known carcinogens in them.  Enter today’s natural alternative to fabric softener and dyer sheets – DIY dōTERRA Wool Dryer Balls! These little babies are cost-effective, long-lasting, and if you like making stuff, are actually oh-so-fun to put together.  Not to mention, they actually speed up drying time while softening your clothes. Who couldn’t use a little more time, and softer clothes? I highly recommend grabbing a group of your girls, a little vino, and making these together because it’s that much more fun.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 100% wool yarn (Stay away from any wool labeled “superwash” or “machine washable.”)
  • pair of pantyhose
  • blunt-tipped needle or crochet hook
  • scissors
  • all natural laundry soap
  • bowl of water
  • essential oil (optional - I personally prefer doTERRA for their potency and aromatic benefits)

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Step #1: First, separate your wool into 3 strands and then intertwine in fingers to form a small clump.

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Step #2: Then, begin winding it around itself. If you get wool that hasn’t been bleached or treated, it will still posses natural oils and will stick to itself.

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Step #3: Try to make the balls as tightly wound as possible and then begin lightly tapping around the entire ball with your needle. (warning, I pricked my finger so do be careful on this step – or perhaps have your red wine afterwards and not before ;))

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After you’ve pricked the ball with your needle it will firm up and then begin to form it’s shape and should be about the size of a tennis ball when all is said and done (ps. my first batch was not as big and they still work, but tennis ball size is better).

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Step #4: Grab your bowl of warm to hot water (just make sure it’s a comfortable temperature to dip your hands in) and add a few drops of your laundry soap and then dip, lather, rinse and repeat.

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Step #5: After you’ve wrung the excess water out of the wool, select your favorite essential oils and shake a 2-5 drops on each one, then roll in your hands again to work into the ball.

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Step #6: Next, grab your pantyhose and put one ball in a cut off leg. Tie a knot in the pantyhose to secure the ball from slipping out, and then add more balls, and repeat this same initial step.

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Step #7: Throw your pantyhose caterpillar into the dryer on the hottest temperature with some towels. After the cycle you can remove and test by gently scraping your fingernail over the ball to ensure strands/threads do not separate.  If they do, you may need to repeat the washing and drying cycles up to 3 or 4 additional times.

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And that’s it! You’re donskies!  Toss about 4 or 5 balls in your dryer with your clothes, watch your drying time cut down, and feel your clothes get softer the au naturel way! For info on purchasing essential oils through doTERRA shoot me an email – info{at}societybride{dot}com 0r go to www.doTerraEssentialOils.com.

WINTER TIP: Put a dry blanket in the dryer with a few wool balls infused with doTERRA Lavender or Serenity; dry on high for 3-5 minutes. Place under your comforter for a toasty under-layer in bed and you will sleep like a baby!

*In case you’re interested here’s some helpful info on the chemicals in traditional dryer sheets and what they can cause: Care2.com

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