DIY Spa Style Mother’s Day Gifts

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Gift giving can sometimes put a strain on a budget. Depending on the person and expectations one’s family has, it can cause load of extra stress and pressure. Well, if you have someone you’re celebrating this mother’s day that enjoys a bit of personal pampering, I’ve got some DIY suggestion to help you out in the remain crunch time days here.

From the lovely folks over a Lil’ Luna, here’s all the info you need to make a simple custom set of spy type items; namely bath salts, candles and a sugar scrub. All you need is a custom mix of relaxing music to go with it and you’ve got the perfect at home relaxation kit. πŸ™‚ You will need several supplies to make all 3 items, so if you’re strapped for cash, it might be best to pick 1-2 items that would work best for the recipient. You’ll need a container for all the items, so I won’t list that as other then the candle needing to be glass, the type/style is really up to you. We’ll start with the easiest:

Bath Salts:

  • 1 Cup Epson Salts
  • 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
  • 3 Drops of Essential Oils
  • Zest of one citrus (optional) Citrus types include Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits, etc.

Simply mix all the ingredients together and place them in your jar/container and seal it up. Doesn’t get easier then that. πŸ™‚

Sugar Scrub:

  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Drops of Essential Oils

Heat up the coconut oil a bit in the microwave to get it nice and runny so everything will be easier to mix. Then, simply add all the ingredients together and pour in jar.

This last one is the hardest/most expensive so if you think it’s beyond your skill then buying a candle may be the better choice

Candle:

  • Soy Wax, enough to fill your container twice
  • Container
  • A Wick
  • Skewer
  • Essential Oils
  • Pan

First, wrap the top of the wick around skewer and set in container. Then, melt the wax in a double boiler, stirring constantly. When the temperature reaches 170 F remove from heat, addind about 8 drops of essential oils and wait til it drops to 150 F before pouring the wax into the jars. Leave for a few hours to set, and then snip off the top of wick, leaving about 1/2″ above the candle for lighting.

You can get fancy and add various colors using food grade dye for the body products or colored wax for the candles, or even mix and match essential oils to get a custom fragrance you know they’ll love. πŸ˜€


Sweet Smells of Success

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Happy Sunday!

This week has been all ups and downs as far as weather is concerned here in the Midwest U.S. The beautiful amount of sun and pleasant temperatures have got me thinking about all of the activities I enjoy in the Spring/Summer, one in particular being my trips to the local Renaissance Faire. I love the fun and frolic to be had at Faire but as I’ve also mentioned before, I love the vendors as well. There are certain vendors that I patronize every year but I always look forward to finding new ones (or at least new to me)! One I was very pleased to stumble across last summer was Beeswyck Chandlery/Scenter Square body products. A note for the “non-Rennies” (those that don’t attend Faire), when you are a merchant at a Ren Faire, you are often expected to create a period appropriate character, name, and ambiance for your shop. So at Faire, Shannon’s (the proprietor) shop is known as Beeswyck while online she runs Scenter Square. I have fallen head over heels for her soap. It’s light, airy, doesn’t strip my skin of all moisture and comes in a wide array of scents/colors. It’s all vegan, natural and, of course, handmade!

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Her formulas are safe for my sensitive skin and her often whimsical (and geeky!) scent blends evoke their namesakes. Two of my absolute favorites are the Honey Meade and the Scottish Heather but the Princess Bride themed As You Wish soap was sweet/light and definitely made me think of “twoo wuv”. This is not to say that we are limited to just the soaps. I have not personally used any of the other products YET but from the reviews, it appears I absolutely need to get my hands on some of her natural deodorant, solid shampoo/conditioner, and lip butters.

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Coming from someone that cannot use most commercial deodorant sticks, I think a further future product review is in order. After all of these lovely items, I can’t very well forget her Faire shop’s focus, either. The candles come in most of the same scents (some additional ones, too) in beeswax pillars or tapers or in soy tins or even wax melts! The whimsy is here as well with names like Pixie Dust and Unicorn Farts (I seriously laughed out loud at that one).

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I highly recommend a look through her wares and if you find yourself at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin this summer, stop by for a sniff! Shannon is very willing to work with you for the best in customer service, online and in person. Scenter Square can be found on their website and on Etsy.

Unfortunately, my Renn Faire dreams have to stay just dreams for a few months yet but at least I have the scents to keep me going.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Light Up Your Autumn

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Greetings Sunday readers!

As promised, even if the weather isn’t complying, I am going to continue hoping that autumn will burst forth with a riot of lovely colors and I will be ready to meet it with my crafts! Last week we had some great warm crafts and this week I’d like to continue the warmth idea with a few ideas for fall candles.

First I thought, what about the scent of autumn? The leaves, the crisp air, and most of all the spices! I would love to have a spicy pie scent permeating my home. So I found this lovely pumpkin pie a la mode DIY candle:

Mmmmmmm....tasty.

Mmmmmmm….tasty.

It looks and sounds like the perfect thing to put me in the autumn mood. But perhaps we could capture some of that glorious color just beginning right now? We may have to wait until the actual leaves start falling (or maybe substitute fake leaves if you can’t wait) to get this particular look:

So pretty, festive, and cheap!

So pretty, festive, and cheap!

It’s definitely a start but once the season really gets rolling, I’m going to want something more. If you, like me, have a love affair with fall gourds maybe this last one is right up your alley:

Yes, yet another use for those lovely gourds!

Yes, yet another use for those lovely gourds!

Despite the lingering summer weather here, this makes me feel a little more in the right mood for the calendar date. Just one more week until it’s official!

See you on the other side and remember to stay crafty!

~Laura


The Melting Library

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Like Hermione do you love the smell of books? Or perhaps you’ve always wondered what some of your favorite book locations have smelt liked while reading about them. If you are then the Melting Library is just the store for your olfactory senses.

Designed by Raquel Nevarez back in 2012, these candles are perfectly named and blended to invoke the scents from some of the most fantastical locations. I also love the way her labels look like the old library book return cards. Every feature has been well planned with her candles and having worked with candles before, I love the idea of ordering them online so I don’t have to kill my nose in a store full of them instead. XP

Even if you don’t want the scent to be of a book location you’ll still find lovely ones like the Summer Reading which give you the smell of the beach while staying in the comfort of your home. Just take a browse through her etsy store for a whole menagerie of scented delights. If you like candles you won’t be disappointed.


More For Mom

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Mother’s Day is only a week away here in the U.S. and as I promised, I have some additional ideas for gifts! You may not have time for personalizing items if you’ve waited this long but you can still order to your Mom’s tastes. For instance, if your Mom is a wine enthusiast but you don’t want to just give her a bottle, what about a wine scented candle in a recycled wine bottle?

Look Ma, it's recycling at its best!

Look Ma, it’s recycling at its best!

Or maybe you already got her a new book but would like something extra to make it super special? How about a handmade felt bookmark:

Pretty and functional!

Pretty and functional!

Is your Mom a crafter? Does she knit or crochet? How about a new (punny) yarn bowl:

Show her how much ewe love her...

Show her how much ewe love her…

Perhaps the kitchen is still your Mom’s domain. If you get her this lovely engraved cutting board, she can always blame the tears on the onions:

I'm not crying, you're crying!

I’m not crying, you’re crying!

You better get a move on if you want them to ship on time! If last minute is the name of your game, however, I’ll be back next week with some very quick and easy gift enhancements to add on to that thoughtful card you’ll pick up on the way to Mom’s.

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 


DIY Colorful Crayon Candles

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While all the pumpkins are blown out and the decorations are coming down, don’t just toss those extra candles in the trash. In fact, if you have some crayons left over from your back to school shopping spree in September, you are already well on your way to making some fun and beautiful looking candles of your own according to brit.co. πŸ™‚

These ones remind me of those sand art kits, but you don’t have to make them look like that. The materials list is pretty simple:

– Dixie Cups
– wax (available onΒ Amazon or your local craft store)
– crayons
– wicks (see Amazon or your local craft store)
– votives or your preferred size glass jar
– popsicle sticks (for stirring)

The paper cups are what you’ll use to melt your wax (Sadly it can’t be just crayon wax) and then use the popsicle sticks to mix the colors up. It’s recommend that you only use half a crayon per 3oz of wax to ensure the mixed wax will burn like a normal candle. The other way to avoid this problem is by using a paint brush to simply paint the sides of your candle with the color and to set the wick. Then use the candle wax to fill the inside.

The frame stand is only needed if you want help creating the layered effect that is used in the first picture. You can forgo it if you just want a solid color candle instead. If your really want to go the distance though (or maybe get a head start on some great holiday gifts) why not add some scents into your custom candles?

You’ll want to avoid water based scents as they don’t work well with the wax, but a scented candle is much better then the crayon smell these typically have and, hey, maybe using the layering to have it be like a fancy timed scent released candle where each color is a new fragrance! ^_^

~Nicole