Adorable Sterling Silver Origami Necklaces

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Inspired by her kids and with her parents background in art, California based jewelry artist, Cindy, designs beautiful tiny sculptures that resemble origami folding and cats them in sterling silver as jewelry.

Her shop is called Jamber Jewels and she specializes in minimalist jewelry. Her pieces can be bought as necklaces, charms, bracelets, and even earrings in all sorts of simple animal designs. I personally love the turtle and the elephant.Β  πŸ™‚

If origami isn’t your style she also has some simple geometric style pieces to appeal to any minimalist out there. All her work can be found at her etsy shop and extremely well priced. I highly recommend giving them a look. πŸ™‚


Self Employment, the Holidays, and Relaxation

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Hello Thursday Readers!

Like Beauty and the Beast, self employment and the holidays have a very complicated relationship. This is often a time of money making, but it is also a time of family. If you’re like me, then even when you have done a lot of what you need to, you still feel guilty taking time away from your work over the holidays. Add in lack of sleep, travelling, trying to find time and money to get all the gifts that you need to, sleeping in beds that aren’t your own, and the general blahs that can sometimes come by virtue of the lack of sunlight, or the holiday season in general, and you can have a pretty rough time without realizing.

Image from Dreamstime

So I wanted to take a post to remind all of you how important it is to make sure that you give yourself a break over the holidays. If you have orders, if you can get them done before hand, do. But, make sure to check with clients when they need things as you might find that some aren’t on a timeline and may be more understanding with the time restrictions during this time of year. Knowing that your client is flexible can take a huge load off, and keeping them in the loop about your schedule will help to keep you from feeling guilty about it. Remember, that even though you might not be able to take a full vacation, giving yourself a vacation from obligation for a couple days is super healthy and really needed around this time of year.

To that token… here are a couple DIY relaxation remedies that will help. Spirit Sister gives you three recipes for cosmetic pick me ups that will help relieve your winter stresses, all while doing it on the cheap. Check out her moisturizing avocado face mask and her sugar lip scrub to help relieve some of the physical symptoms of winter. Taking care of your body when the weather is out to get you is a good step to taking care of the self.

 

Also a must to check out is The Plant Strong Vegan who gives recipes for four steps to self love that are especially important at this time of year. Please check some of these out as there are some great recipes linked into her page and some good ideas for taking a load off after going through one of the most stressful (though fun) seasons.

Your crafting business is only as healthy as you are, both in mind and body. So be kind to yourself, and remember that you absolutely deserve some time to replenish your energy and gather yourself for the coming year.

Happy Crafting!

~Megan


Fantasy Headbands and Crowns

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Have a desire to unleash your inner fantasy side? Secretly wish you’d been adapted by Elvin Royalty? Well I can’t help you make those dreams come true, but I can point you in the direction to help you look like one.

A Mon Seul Desir is a French based company that makes custom fantasy jewelry for all occasions. Seen above is their Elven Wedding Crown, but they also have works from more modern fantasies, like Game of Thrones, and even cartoons such as My Neighbor Totoro.

Their work is elegant and beautifully designed and I highly recommend giving them a look if you’re in the market for some truly unique and professional fantasy costume jewelry. πŸ™‚


Gothic Perfume

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Something that was all the rage over 100 years ago has been making a steady comeback in the last few years that intrigues and delights me; solid perfume. Back before aerosols were a things/possible, well off people would purchase their perfume as solids (or oils) that they would apply to smell lovely and clean. This concept has been making a return to form thanks to the desire for natural make-ups and beauty products, though not all are quite like the line For Strange Women.

Handmade with natural ingredients by Jill of Kansas City, Missouri; the For Strange Women perfumes come in variety of containers that have a very 1800s/Gothic style about them. The names are like wise inspired by the time with such fragrances as:

Satin Corset (lilies, sweet, vanilla, hypnotic, powdery floral)
Nightshade Garden (citrus, leaves, tomato vine, yellow-green, uplifting)
Antique Settee (Earl Grey tea, polished wood, faint floral)
Winter Kitty (snow, comforting sweet musk, amber, woodsmoke)
Fireside Story (sandalwood, vanilla, campfire, smokey)
Vetiver Single Note (honey, sweet & earthy, grounding)
Violin in the Attic (heavy woods, sweet resins, dusty undertones)

You can test these fragrances, and more, by ordering her perfume ribbons.

These are small ribbon strips with .1g of perfume (about one application) infused into them. Once you’ve tried it they recommend using it to freshen your dresser drawers as the smell will linger with the ribbon and can infuse the clothes as a result. I’ve never been a perfume wearing person, but this line has me intrigued. They’re definitely worth a look through at their beautiful packaging and design at the very least.


DIY Poo-Pourri

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No need to beat around the bush with this one. I’m sure the product campaign for the original is fairly memorable, but it’s not a product that is widely distributed yet that I’ve seen so if you have some essential oils hanging around, this may be something worth trying.


Designed by Rebecca Lindamood of foodie with family, this bathroom toilet spray is designed to replace an air freshener and help keep your bathrooms smelling nice and clean. πŸ™‚ The video above shows the step by step process, but here’s the list of materials you’ll need as well:

The oils could probably be swapped with which ever ones you prefer if citrus is not to your liking. I have a few of my own laying around along with most of the other items so I’m certainly thinking of taking a crack at it.


Mermaid Tights

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For all you mermaid fans out there, one etsy creator has come to meet your call to proclaim your love of scales. Yup. You can now purchase tights that have a lovely scale pattern attached to them.

The creator, Daniel Struzyna, is a German artist that makes all sorts of ;lovely things, but their tights have become quite the stir on social media lately due to their beautiful design. You’re not seeing this picture incorrectly either, the silicone scales are actually attached to the tights so that they look like you’re about to sprout fins at any moment. XD I think they could make a really cool addition to any marine based character cosplay, but they’re probably great to wear about town too just to see how people react.

Sadly they have gotten so much attaention that they’re out of stock right now, but they seem to be working on more, so just hold tight and bookmark the tinkercast store for now if you’re interested. πŸ™‚


DIY Gem Stone Soap

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I don’t know about everyone else out there, but my ‘lazy days of summer’ tend to be more hot gross days of outdoor chores or fun. Thankfully, I can look forward to my shower once I spend some time busting out these lovelies.

From the lovely people at Mr Printables, comes this super simple and handy DIY on how to make your own glycerine based soap Gems. ^_^ Now you can go about this one of two ways, either buy some glycerine based soaps online (via etsy or ebay) or adventure into making your own! Once you have your basic bars though all you’ll need is a knife (a simple butter knife may even do) before you start carving away. That’s right, the secret is just to keep chopping off corners until you make a shape you like!

The sky is the limit with designs for these lovelies and I imagine they will look great in the bathroom before you even use them! πŸ™‚

~Nicole


Make your own Jewelry Box

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As I’ve said many times, I’m not big on owning jewelry myself, but this is a great tutorial for those out there in need of an extra display for their product or just safe storage for their growing collection …but are strapped on cash.

The materials needed are pretty simple:
1.A sturdy cardboard/plastic box
2. Glitter foam sheet/tape
3.Pretty Washi Tape
4.Hair Curlers (the foam ones) in coordinating colors
5.A mirror to fit inside the box’s lid
6. Faux Pearls
7. A Pair of Scissors, Double-sided Tape and E-6000 glue

Now, I wouldn’t say this is a hard list that you have to stick to. If washi tape is not your thing you could easily replace it with contact paper and achieve the same (or better!) look. The genius idea from this site for me was using the cheap foam hair curlers as your jewelry separators. Such an elegant and simple solution. πŸ™‚ You can find the full tutorial here at A Bubbly Life with step by step and fully illustrated instructions.


DIY Crystal Hair Comb

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Between Star Wars surge in popularity and wedding season starting up here soon, crystals have been gaining traction in popularity with them in DIY projects and I’m here today to bring a pretty cool DIY one today. What are they? ‘Lightsaber’ crystals hair combs.

Erin over at E-rad’s Cantina was inspired by the crystals that the Jedi/Sith in the Star Wars universe to make their lightsabers to make a killer cosplay or even just regular hair accessory. Here’s what you’ll need:

A plain wire hair combA string of crystals (similar in shape to these)
Hot Glue Gun & Glue

It’s just a simple process of add glue and add stone after that (making sure you add glue to both the clip and side of the previous stone to ensure stability); with possibly some clean up depending on how clean your hot glue skills are. πŸ˜‰ You can find the full step by step image guide over at E-rad’s Cantina should you need it or have any additional questions.


DIY: Bath Bombs

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While not what you’d typically call a craft, I feel like these beauty products can have a lot of visual and creative appeal that just calls to my crafty side. I first encountered these at a LUSH store in Canada and immediately fell in love with the idea (even though I don’t take baths often cause I like a full body soak πŸ™‚ ) and seeing several articles on making your own has inspired me to create my favorite fragrance as one! Until my supplies come in though I wanted to share my excitement with everyone else as well. πŸ˜€

The best recipe I’ve found comes from intimate weddings. Bath bombs can be a fickle thing to make so it may take several trial and error steps until you get them right.

The supplies:

    • 8 oz. baking soda
    • 4 oz Citric Acid
    • 4 oz. corn starch
    • 4 oz. Epsom salts
    • 3/4 tsp water
    • 2 tsp. essential oil (I will be using coconut and lime)
    • 2.5 tsp almond oil or other light oil
    • A few drops food coloring
    • sugar flowers (the kind you use for decorating cakes)/sprinkles/confetti/glitter/extra features you desire
    • Clear Plastic Fillable Ball Ornamentor other plastic molds

Those gathered, start by mixing all the dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt) together in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. In a separate small jar/bowl mix your wet ingredients together (water, oils, food coloring).

Now this is the tricky step that will take practice. Pour your the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and quickly whisk together. If you take too long the water will react with the dry ingredients and your bomb will, well, prematurely detonate πŸ˜‰ . What you want is a mixture that still looks dry but can easily be pressed into a shape if you grab it in your hand and make a fist.

With our base set up, now is the time to add in decorations such as the sugar flowers, glitter, and similar features. I recommend making sure the products you use are safe to be in the water/not ones you would regret having to clean up later though. These decorations are going to go in the bottom of your mold, or in one half if you are making a fully 3D one.

Once your decor is in place, start adding in your bath bomb mixture firmly, like you’re making a sand castle or a snowball. If you’re just using a tray mold and half shapes, simply pop your finished bomb out and set it aside to dry for about a day. With spheres/3D designs, you’ll want to fill both halves but leave some lose mixture in the middle so you can press the 2 halves together and fully compress your bomb. If it has trouble sticking then your bomb may not have had enough loose mix to bind it together. Simple pop the halves out, crumble and try again. These larger ones will take up to 2 days to dry.

Once they do dry you’re ready for your next relaxing soak! πŸ˜€ These are also great little DIY favors for parties and showers as smaller tray molds can be used to make shower bombs for those of us on the go. ^_^

~Nicole