Category: Crafts

November 14, 2014

Consumer Crafts

Filed under: Crafts - 14 Nov 2014

I’ve been sewing up a storm lately, but I enjoy a good craft project, too.

Recently I’ve had a hankering to try some new things. I long to slowly shuffle through the aisles of a craft store, letting my imagination run wild. But, the weather stinks and I’ve always got kids with me, and a trip anywhere just isn’t as fun as I want it to be.

I was thrilled when I discovered Consumer Crafts. Their website is stocked with some of the most amazing crafting supplies! I clicked through page after page, brain wheels smoking from spinning so fast. They have the coolest stuff!

Imagine the gorgeous masks you could make with these. Adorned with feathers and jewels? I die.

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The paint selection was also pretty amazing. I really want to play with all that chalk paint…

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But there was one item in particular that caught my attention and I felt compelled to add it to my cart.

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I quickly knew what I wanted to make, added a few more items to my cart, and clicked buy. A few days later a glorious box of supplies hit my doorstep and my heart skipped a few beats.

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Trust me, you’ll want to check out this site! Right now they have a holiday catalog with a bunch of sweet deals and coupons for even better prices! I reallllly want those mason jars!!

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And come back early next week when I share a tutorial on what I made. I’m squealing inside I love it so much!

**Items were provided to me free of charge, but all opinions are my own**

January 20, 2014

Handmade Winter

Filed under: Crafts,Reviews - 20 Jan 2014

I had the privilege of reviewing the gorgeous Handmade Winter eBook!

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

I flipped through the delicious pages, mouth-gaping at the delicious recipes, divine cocktails, and inspiring sewing and crafting tutorials.

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

The entire eBook is full of phenomenal photography and terrific ideas. I was inspired the second I flipped the virtual page and landed on these precious chalkboard blocks.

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

My oldest is in Kindergarten this year and for some reason just can’t get the hang of rhyming. I’ve struck out on all methods I’ve tried to get her to get it and I thought this might just do the trick! And by golly, it did!

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

Instead of doing blocks I did wooden tags I found at Hobby Lobby. They’re easier to write on since they’re flat and she’s been writing words to her heart’s content!
Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

I made 12 of them so she has plenty to experiment with and discover more rhyming sounds.

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

But in true girl fashion, all she wanted to do was write her name!

Sew Like My Mom | Handmade Winter

Read more about this project and all the other wonderful offerings in the eBook here.

Handmade Winter

**disclaimer: I received a copy of the eBook in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

October 27, 2012

Green Living: Frugal DIY Beauty Products

Filed under: Crafts,Family,Tutorials - 27 Oct 2012

After doing my post on green cleaning, I started thinking about how much money I was saving by not buying commercial cleaning products and how much safer I felt my family was without being exposed to all those chemicals. I started thinking of other ways to cut chemicals and unnatural products out of our lives and decided a great place to start would be some beauty items. I’m not fancy, I’m mostly a chap-stick-and-mascara-hair-in-pony kind of girl, but I’m a sucker for a smelly lotion or delicious lip balm.

So I started hunting around Pinterest and blogs that boast natural or raw living ideas. I came up with 4 products I wanted to start making and one afternoon, I got to work.

I ended up with lip balm, body butter, sugar scrub and lotion bars.

LIP BALM
The lip balm was one of the things I was most excited about. I seem to go through it at an extraordinary rate. I get tired of shelling out the money, even for my cheapy Vanilla Lip Smackers (I know, but I can’t help myself! I swear I’m 30, not 13.), and I really cringe to hand over $3 or $4 for something a little fancier.

To make the lip balm I used:

-2 TBSP beeswax
-4 TBSP natural oil (I used Safflower, but I’ve seen Sunflower used as well. I assume Olive Oil would also be a good option)
-a few drops of Strawberry Flavor

I simply melted my beeswax and oil together in a bowl in the microwave until melted. Added some strawberry flavor to it and stirred well, then dumped it in my pots. I found these pots at Hobby Lobby for $.79 each and they hold .5 ozs. I only got 4, but ended up with enough lip balm left over to make probably 2 more. I put what was left into an old baby food container and gave it to my 4 year old.

Cost break down:
$1.12 for beeswax
$.33 Safflower oil
$.35 strawberry oil
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$1.80 for 4 pots

I had leftovers, but I just did the math for what I had here. Each pot of lip balm cost me $.45 for half and ounce. My lip smackers run $1.49 these days and are .14ozs each.

Mine – $.90 per ounce
Others – $10.43 per ounce

BODY BUTTER

I LOVE body butter. It’s so silky and smooth and has an amazing ability to soften any part of your body, no matter how rough. I have this weird thing with my feet and I have to slather them with lotion before I go to bed every night. If it’s not good lotion, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and they’ll be too dry and I’ll have to lube them up again. I love body butter for this exact reason–it keeps them nice and hydrated all night and most of the next day. The thing I don’t like about body butter? Its price tag!

To make the body butter I used:

-1 Cup shea butter
-1/2 Cup coconut oil
-1/2 Cup almond oil
-a few drops of lavender oil I had on hand

I put all the ingredients into a large bowl inside a pot of water on the stove and simmered until it melted. Once it was all liquid, I put the bowl in the fridge. It was taking too long to firm up, so I stuck it in the freezer instead. Once the liquids had turned back to almost a solid state, I used my hand mixer to whip them. The consistency is something like icing and it smells heavenly!

I put my body butter into these jars. I grabbed them 50% off and gave one to a friend. Each jar was 8oz (they’re not stuffed, but nicely filled) and is perfect. You have to be careful not to get this body butter too warm or it’ll “melt” back into a liquid. If that happens you’ll need to melt it all, freeze it again and re-whip it back into butter.

Cost breakdown:
shea butter – $13.44
coconut oil – $2.48
almond oil – $4.24
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$20.16 for three 8 oz jars


Mine – $.67 per ounce
Others – $2.14 per ounce

SUGAR SCRUB

At first I wasn’t going to do any kind of scrubs or bath salts/bombs because they’re very common. But my feet need the TLC, especially going into the winter. I try to sit down once or twice a week and scrub them with a good scrub and a pumice stone to keep them soft and crack-free during the winter. And this sugar scrub is so good, you could eat it. Literally!

To make my sugar scrub I used:

-1 Cup of regular granulated white sugar
-1/2 Cup coconut oil

This takes 30 seconds to whip together. You just stir the coconut oil and sugar to incorporate. If you want to add a few drops of essential oils, you can, but I preferred the coconut smell so I didn’t add anything.

Cost breakdown:
Sugar – $.50
Coconut oil – $2.48
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$2.98

My scrub fit nicely in a cute jar I grabbed at Hobby Lobby. The oil didn’t really change the amount of sugar, just made it wet, so it’s about 8 ounces.

Mine – $.37 per ounce
Others – $2.06 per ounce

Lotion Bars

I really enjoy lotion bars because of their versatility. I prefer to keep one in the bathroom and right after a shower, while my skin is still full of moisture, I slather it on and let the oils really soak in. You’re left with incredibly soft and silky skin that’s not greasy or slimy feeling.

To make my lotion bars I used:

-1 Cup beeswax
-1 Cup shea butter
-1 Cup coconut oil

Again I made a double boiler on my stove and threw all the ingredients in together. The beeswax takes the longest to melt but with stirring frequently, it wasn’t too long. Once all the ingredients were liquified and mixed together, I poured them into molds. I bought a soap mold, but apparently I needed to grease it first because my bars got stuck inside! I had to warm it up a little to get them out and they warped!

The rest went into a silicone cupcake mold I have and they came out perfectly.

Cost breakdown:
Shea butter – $13.44
Coconut oil – $4.96
Beeswax – $4.50
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$22.90 for ten 2 ounce bars

Mine – $1.15 per ounce
Others – $5.13 per ounce

Since converting to a more natural beauty regimen, The Hubs and I have been experimenting with alternative uses for coconut oil. He’s always loved to cook and eat with it and I’ve really been swayed by its moisturizing and protective abilities. Did you know you can use unrefined coconut oil for:

-Cooking
-Sun screen
-Moisturizer for your whole body
-Protecting baby bottoms that have rashes
-Defrizzing curly hair
-WD-40 substitute

and so many more! Check out this list of 52 uses for Coconut Oil. At the bottom of the page is a link to 70 more uses, so check them out, too! We can’t sing its praises enough!

These are just as amazing as the store bought versions without all the nasty, unnecessary chemical additives. So break out your natural ingredients and start making beauty products today!

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