Sunday, February 13, 2011

DIY Lip Balm

We are making more Valentine's day gifts and are making our own Lip Balm. I got the recipe from Meet the Dubiens.

lip balm containers (I had a hard time finding this, so we used painters things instead)
koolaid packets(cherry and grape)

Instructions: (taken directly from Meet the Dubiens)
1. put about 1 cup vaseline in a microwave safe bowl
2. heat the vaseline in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each heating. It took me about 7-8 minutes to melt each batch of vaseline. It will be liquid when it is fully melted. It will be very hot! Make sure you wear gloves or oven mitts and make sure children are being supervised.
3. take out of microwave and stir in kool-aid drink crystals until desired colour is reached - I used the whole package for each batch. Stir until the crystals are completely dissolved. (Make sure you stir for a while, I didn't stir enough, so my batch wasn't that great)
4. if starting to solidify you can heat again for another 30 seconds - skip this step if it is still liquidy
5. pour into your lip gloss containers and leave to solidify - a couple hours
6. repeat this whole process if making more flavors
7. print out labels on sticker paper
8. using either a 1 inch punch, or scissors, cut out the circle labels and attach to your lip gloss container

Saturday, January 29, 2011

DIY Body Sugar Scrub

Again, more Valentine's gifts! This is a Lemon Body Sugar Scrub. I found the recipe at Under the Table and Dreaming, here it is:

Lemon Sugar Scrub
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 TBS lemon juice {I added some lemon zest (grated) for the fun look and added texture}

*I also designed my own labels in photoshop and printed them on label stickers to add a personal touch!

*I also had a hard time finding the containers I wanted for these, so I found these cute glass bottles at Michaels and will include a wooden spoon with them!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Love Magnets!

Making some Valentine's gifts for family! We are making adorable thumb print heart magnets! I got the idea from Meet the Dubiens. We are using Crayola Model Magic (because it is so light) and I bought a fun metallic red paint!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Felt Bunny

I am on a felt kick, and made this cute felt bunny for my daugther. I am also planning on knitting it a little sleeping bag using my Knifty Knitter, but haven't gotten that far yet! I am thinking of doing these as easter gifts for S's little friends. I have a couple ideas for different "looks" too! Like little ties or bow ties for boy bunnies, and a pearl necklace for the girl ones. I was also thinking about adding pockets to the front and they could be tooth fairy pillows. Any other fun ideas or little touches I can add to the bunnies?

I used my own pattern and used the blanket stitch for the outside of the bunny, a french note for the eyes, and the satin stitch for the nose. Check out Martha for instructions!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Felt Chinese Take Out Box with Fortune Cookies!

I am involved in a pay-it-forward craft chain. Where I have 5 friends that I am to make a handcrafted project for by the end of 2011. Then they get 5 friends to craft for, and so on! So I have already made my first gift and it was a Valentine's Gift. I made a chinese take out box out of felt, and then made little felt fortune cookies in red and pink (adding little fortunes)

For instructions:
Chinese Take Out Box
Chinese Fortune Cookies

I think it turned out really cute!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Felt Pillows for Friends

I have been very busy crafting these fun pillows for my daugther S's little friends! It was so fun coming up with each of the designs!

I hand stitched the whole thing, using the blanket stitch around the edges and the chain stitch for the text (found instructions from: Purl Bee).

If you try this, share the fun pillows you made!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cute Face Pillows

I made these for Christmas gifts a couple years ago and I just love them, and they are so simple!

fabric - I prefer fleece or corduroy
insert pillow
embroidery floss

1. Cut the fabric 1/2" to 3/4" larger then the pillow insert.
2. Once you have the two pieces, sew the buttons on the front of one side for eyes.
3. Then hand sew a smile/frown/smirk, whatever, with the embroidery floss. If you want to add any other decorations now is the time. A bow, earrings, necklace, or just keep it simple.
4. Sew the two pieces of fabric together (good sides facing each other) Leave an opening on the fourth side of the pillow so you can insert the pillow. Then hand sew the pillow closed.

You can even make little ones and stuff with stuffing to make Christmas tree ornaments.

Just have fun with the personality of the fabric and buttons!