No sew cafe curtains

I love bargains and I hate above all else paying full price for anything.  I have been on the hunt for some cute cafe curtains for the window above the kitchen sink.  The pre-made curtains are always expensive (at least to me) and kind of cheesy.  I am a young hip modern gal I should have young hip modern curtains.  As I was tooling around Target today it came to me:
What you need for this awesomness:
1 tension rod: $3.78
2 sets of clip rings: $9.78
2 fabric napkins in a cute design: $4.98

Total for the project: $18.54

The best part about this set up is that I can easily change the curtains as I find new ones, get sick of the old ones, or want to do something seasonal.  Also, since these are made of cotton they are washable.  So what do you think?  I ❤ them!

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Fall S.O.A.P. Panel

We all know I am a huge Bramble Berry fan.  It was actually their site that prompted me to try making soap for Christmas gifts a few years ago.  Thanks to them I can officially say my name is Amber and I am 100% addicted to soap making.  This little blog post is my entry for the fall S.O.A.P. panel.  I was lucky enough to get on the spring panel earlier this year, but I have grown so much in my soap making that I would love to be chosen again to try it with my new-found skills.  I have lately been obsessed with HP (hot process) soap making.  I do love it and its simple beauty.  I also am really into making lotions.  If chosen these are the two techniques I would focus on.  Here’s a little glimpse into my obsession:
Sadly, that’s not even all of it.  HAHA.  I am sure my fellow soap makers get it.  One thing I would like to do is at the end of the process I would like to sell all the items that are made.  I would like to donate 10% of the sales to my favorite foundation Souls for Soles where $1.00 = 1 pair of shoes for those in need.  So please pick me if you would.  It would be fun for me and it would also help a good cause.

This and That

Every Sunday I go out and sell my soaps and such at a Farmer’s Market.  This is my first year doing so and I can say I have learned a lot.  For example, I need to have far more stock before the season starts.  Right now I am making soap every couple of weeks or so to keep up.  Because of this my CP soap making has been put on hold because I don’t have time.  I have been trying out a few bases from Bramble Berry.  I recently got LCP base.  I have heard that this one can be slightly drying than the others so I have tried out a few new additives such as coconut oil, avocado oil, palm oil, and honey.  So far I like the experimentation.  Here’s a few pics of my table at the Farmer’s Market and my newest creations:

Passionfruit Rose Guest Soap
Pineapple Cilantro Guest Soap
Oatmeal and Honey (Unscented)
Gardners Soap (Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint)
Lavender Love

I want to get back into making more CP soap but I think that is going to have to wait until I have a bit more time and it’s a tich cooler since we really don’t have any a/c.

Rosemary’s Perfect Cream

I love lotion and creams but I don’t really enjoy the fragrances that are out there. In my family we are trying to take out the artificial fragrances and preservatives that are just not needed. Now I know for lotion and cream that a preservative is necessary for long-term storage. This recipe that I got from Rosemary Gladstar is just for my family and I and because I know we will go through it I don’t feel we need a preservative. I am sure there are some of you out there that think I am crazy (and I might be, who knows). But I am going to trust in this recipe until I find out otherwise. If I were going to sell this then I would definitely use a preservative (so you can all take a sigh of relief and not send me e-mails screaming about mold). I know all about it. Trust me. Please.

I like how with this recipe they give you a range of beeswax to use. I stuck with a middle amount since this was my first time trying out this recipe. I am not into really watery lotions/creams. I like mine to have a bit of body to them. Also for this recipe I used what I had. When I am playing around and trying things out I try not to buy too many new ingredients and instead make them more my own. This recipe does allow you to do that rather easily. What makes this one tricky is getting the proper emulsification since you are trying to get oil and water to play nice with each other. So here’s the ingredients I used:

Beeswax and Coconut Oil Sweet Almond and Grapeseed Oil

Chamomile and Lavender Infused Water (seeped for about 10 hours today)

Plus tea tree and lavender essential oils

So I bet you are all wondering how it turned out. Well, I think rather well. I used my immersion blender for this (which in my opinion has far more power than a regular blender and is easier to clean as well). What do you think?

Total Product Ingredients:  Chamomile and Lavender Infused Water, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Beeswax, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil

Popsicle Stick Bracelets

When surfing around on the internet I came across this great site called Dollar Store Crafts (check it out) and saw a tutorial for popsicle stick bracelets.  I thought they were so cute of course I had to try them out!
I went to the local Wal-Mart and got a box of 300 sticks for like $3.00.  I love cheap crafts btw.  I found I had to simmer them in water for about 30 min then let them sit in the hot water for another 30 before they became bendable without breaking.  I used canning jars as the mold and anchored each one with clothes pins.  Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before taking them out of the jar or else they will start to straighten out.  I sanded each one so they were all nice and smooth.  You can use a variety of things to decorate them.  I used paint, scrapbook paper, temporary tattoos and tissue paper to make mine all pretty.  I gave each one a couple of coats of glossy Mod Podge and let them dry.

 

 

Didn’t they turn out great?  I got a pretty good response at the farmer’s market today.  I am selling each one for $3.00 since they take a minimum of 2 days to complete.  I have had requests for smaller ones and I am going to try to work out how to curve them more without breaking.

 

 

 

I can’t wait to make some more.  If you are patient then these are a great fun and cheap craft to do, or if you don’t want to make them I can sell you one or two of course 🙂

Farmers Market

I am now selling my soap every Sunday at the Somerset, WI Farmer’s Market from 8-12.  It is such a nice little market.  All the vendor’s are great.  We all stand around in our bare feet, and it is located in a campground which gives us great traffic.  I had a lot of interest and I cannot wait to go back this week.  Here’s the soaps I am selling this week:

Crabby but Clean Soap
Patriotic Soap with Star Embeds
Rubber Ducky Soap
Lemon Tea Soap with Lemon Peel for Exfoliation
Bug Soap (big hit with the kids last week)
Pink Power Soap
Hard Rock Soap

On Sunday I will take pics of our set up and the other things we are selling.  Anyone else selling their wares at a market this year?  How are sales going for you?

Out of the Mold

As we all know I was a busy little soaper this weekend.  I finally got everything out of the molds and cut.  Aren’t they lovely?

Chamomile Lavender
Plain Jane
Lemon, Mint, and Cedarwood
Carrot Cupcake
Chocolate Caramel Espresso

I ❤ them all!  I don’t think I can pick a favorite out of this batch.  These were fun, and it was so nice to be crafty again.

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