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  1. DIY Lotion Bars


    December 13, 2012 by Emily

    There’s a store in the mall that sells solid lotion bars, they feel great and smell delicious. They’re $11 each…wait what?!  I’m a teacher on a pretty tight budget…. can I get that lotion bar on lay-away?! Oh yeah, and I can’t get near the store without going into sensory overload…strong, overwhelming mixes of smells, even yummy smells, give me headaches. *sigh* 

    So while these lotion bars used to be my treat to me, and one of my favorite gifts to give to people I think I’m going to have to take a pass on the mall and move my love of lotion bars into the kitchen.

    What You’ll Need:

    -100% Beeswax, You can find this in the candle making section of craft stores…I’ve even used 100% beeswax candles from the grocery store!

    -Grape Seed Oil, my grocery store carries this but if you can’t find it Olive Oil works as well

    -Coconut Oil

    -Essential Oils (if you want scented lotions)

    -Molds, silicone bake ware works perfectly

    -Metal container for mixing lotion.Only use a container you don’t mind using only for waxy materials!! I used a large can that was set for the recycling bin.


    Measure out equal portions of chopped wax, grape seed oil and coconut oil. I weighed mine, only because there was a kitchen scale next to me, but you can use volume measurements as well… mine ended up being 1/2cup or 4 ounces of each ingredient.

    Prepare a double boiler; a small sauce pan with an inch or so of water set to simmer, you’ll place your “don’t-care-if-this-never-gets-clean” metal container into the water to gently heat the ingredients.

    Put the bees wax into your metal container and set in the water and allow to melt. Next add the grape seed oil and coconut oil stirring until everything is incorporated and remove from heat…we’re almost done!

    If you want to scent your lotion bars now is the time to do so. My essential Oil bottle told me how many drops (4) to add per ounce of “base” so I gentely stirred in about 48-50 drops.

    One a side note:  pure aromatherapy grade essential oils can be found in stores like whole foods or MOMs, but they can also be found in craft stores like Michaels in the candle and soap aisle. The only real difference I see is that craft stores have a smaller selection and often the craft store oils are “pre-mixed” into scent combinations like vanilla-lavendar or “serenity” and you aren’t able to smell before you buy.  

    You’re ready to pour! Carefully pour your liquid lotion mixture into whatever mold you like and allow to set until solid, about 2 hours. Then pop them out of the molds and package for presents or personal use!

    I put my personal use lotion into a little metal tin that I can throw into my gym bag or glove compartment so I didnt need to worry about fuzz on my lotion or getting lotion on my gym shoes…but for gifts I placed them into little bakery boxes with brightly colored packing fluff inside! I think they’ll make great stocking stuffers and presents for some of my co-workers!


  2. DIY Holiday Gift Round Up


    December 5, 2012 by Emily

    We’ve always been partial to making gifts for people, and while we have a few ideas rattling around in our noggins (you’ll see them soon!) We just like everyone else, turn to our fellow DIY bloggers for ideas, inspiration and sometimes just to oggle at how crafty and creative they are!

    Take a peek at what DIYs are on our “must make for presents” list, and have been making us oooh and aaah lately!

    Emily’s Picks:

    For the Fashionista:

    Hmmmm..what to get for the conflicted vegan who wants to rock some Mad Men style fur wraps? What about a DIY “fox stole” scarf! Prudent Baby  shares the pattern to make a furry friend to keep them stylish and cozy!


    For the Kiddos:

    How about a modern spin on matryoshka nesting dolls for the munchkins in your life?

    This also works for all people in your life that are of russian heritage and were always fascinated by their grandparents nesting doll collection… oh, that’s just me? moving on…


    For the Readers:

    Book worms need love too! I’d be a smitten-kitten if someone made me one of these to gussy up my book collections! The same post has a tutorial on making a leather feather headband as well!


    Jenn’s Picks:

    For the Art Lover:

    Is there an art lover on your list but you can’t afford a Picasso? I’m a huge fan of anything wood grain and this DIY is a fantastic addition for any home. The Happier Homemaker lays out this tutorial that is a cute and easy project for any one on your list.

    For the Foodie:

    Wine is a welcome gift for that person on your list with great taste… get it? Taste. (I’m a dork) This wine bottle cover from Pocket Change Gourmet is inexpensive and looks adorable.  It’s a great way to recycle those old winter sweaters you aren’t using!

    For the Creative Type:

    I AM IN LOVE. Ornaments make thoughtful gifts and gives your friends and family a keepsake for future tree years. Blow them away this year with these adorable animal ornaments from Voyage of the Creative Variety. I may or may not be making these for some artsy folks on my list, Wink.

    Stay tuned for more Holiday ideas and DIYs!

  3. Dying Wool Yarn DIY


    October 1, 2012 by Emily

    I myself am not a knitter, looking at a knitting or crochet project all I see is colored spaghetti on needles… and while I love tedious and obsessive crafts (I quilt and weave fabric…talk about tedious!!) knitting is not something I ever grasped well.  But, I am tremendously lucky to know amazing and talented friends who not only love to knit but rock at it! They also never tire of making me beautiful hats, gloves and sweaters!

    As the seasons change I need to start preparing for the holidays, especially if I plan on hand making most gifts… and what better present for my knitters then beautiful custom dyed yarn?!

    keep reading

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