Posts tagged ‘homemade’

May 29, 2011

A lip smackin’ good time

I found a few recipes online recently for tinted lip balm/gloss.  My absolute “must have” makeup item would have to be, hands down, lip gloss/lipstick.  I’ve already mastered {ha!} chapstick, so tinted lip gloss sounded like a perfect next project!  I tried the gloss recipe first and the results were just right for this blog: {un}perfect.  Since I have a ton of empty chapstick tubes, I poured the gloss into the tubes.  While it holds up decently, as soon as the gloss hits a pair of lips, it melts into super gloss.  A little too much gloss, if you ask me.  So, I tried a tinted lip balm recipe today.  This recipe fared much better, but this time not quite enough gloss for my liking.  Maybe later I’ll try for a happy medium.  Once I get the {in my opinion} perfect recipe, I’ll post.  In the meantime, my friends’ lips will be getting all kinds of glossy, balmy spoiling going on 🙂

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April 29, 2011

Pucker up!

As promised, here are the pictures of my chapstick factory 🙂

{all my supplies}
{my new scent/flavor – tangerine!}

 
{filled tubes, waiting for caps}
{cute little teal caps}
{my helper was perfectly color-coordinated}

 
All 200 tubes have been shipped out and now I can’t wait to see them with their little labels.  Thanks, WhimWed, for the opportunity!
April 13, 2011

Mass production

I just received a big-time order for a few hundred tubes of chapstick – WOW!  The Nashville-based company WhimWed sells GOR-GEOUS whimsical handcrafted floral bouquets and they want to use my chapsticks as giveaways to their bridal clients.  How fun is that?!  I’m super excited for my supply shipment to come in so I can get started.  I also ordered some fun flavors {to be revealed soon 🙂 } to experiment with.  I’ll be sure to take photos of my kitchen as it gets transformed into a chapstick factory.  But in the meantime, check out the whimsical wonderment that is WhimWed!

{Funky Shway}

{Funky Shway}

{Regal Rose & Carnation - love it!}

{Vintage Brooch Bridal Bouquet - OMGorgeous!}

April 6, 2011

Holy craft! I’ve finally done it…

…restocked my Etsy store, that is 🙂  If you’re interested, check it out! 

HOLY CRAFT

{fabric rosette necklaces - for women and little girls}

I’m still hanging out, waiting for spring to fully arrive and making a TON of fabric rosettes whenever I have a few extra minutes.  I canNOT wait to get back into my garden and just play outside more.  Winter can GO now!

February 20, 2011

Grande Chemically Processed Latte, please

I *love* coffee.  That’s one of my favorite things about winter–warming up with some yummy creamy coffee.  Caramel is my absolute fave, but I’m open to other flavors, too.  A few days ago I came across a post on Deliciously Organic where Carrie posted recipes for coffee creamer withOUT using processed ingredients.  I’m not hugely concerned about that, but I’m gradually coming around to seeing the benefits of sticking with natural {and sometimes organic} foods.  We’ve switched almost exclusively to organic free-range locally farmed eggs, we’re growing our vegetable garden without chemical fertilizers, our beef comes from grass-fed locally raised cows, same with our pork.  And I just recently discovered a source for organic free-range chicken.  When I can afford it, and when it makes sense I’m going natural/organic.  So when I came across these creamer recipes {and I have to admit, I go through the creamer!!} and was reminded that most creamers are full of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils, I thought I’d give it a shot.  I love homemade things as long as it’s not too tricky and these recipes looks pretty darn simple! 

Little Miss A and I stopped at the store on the way home from church today {while the Hubs and Mr. M headed to the in-laws’ for the afternoon} and I picked up the ingredients I needed to make the caramel creamer.  Good thing we did–in the last 4 hours we’ve gotten over 6″ of snow…and sleet and freezing rain is in the forecast in the next few hours.  Faaaaaannnntastic.  {sarcasm dripping}  At least I’ll be able to cozy up with my girl, some movies and a hot cup of creamy caramelly coffee goodness! 

Here it is, friends:

CARAMEL CREAMER

The caramel recipe makes twice what you need for the coffee creamer recipe. You can store the caramel in the fridge to use for another coffee creamer recipe or use it to drizzle over ice cream. Makes about 2 1/2 cups
Caramel:
3/4 cup organic whole cane sugar or sucanat
5 tablespoons water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream {I used half & half to make it a little lighter}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

{Not the cheapest option, but more natural and has a great rich flavor}

Put the cane sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Continue to simmer until mixture reaches 240ºF. {I don’t have a candy thermometer, just a meat thermometer that only goes up to 200º so I heated it about a minute or so after it hit 200º} Remove from heat and whisk in cream and vanilla. Cool.

Creamer:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk {again, I used 2 cups half & half, instead of buying cream AND milk}
1/2 cup homemade caramel

Whisk together cream, milk and caramel in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture begins to steam, remove from the heat. Pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator. {I didn’t have a glass bottle, so I poured it into a canning jar.  Umm…maybe I’m not that coordinated, but it made a mess when I poured it!  So I poured it back into the half & half container since it had a screw on cap.  I had a small amount that didn’t fit, so I put it into another container and sent A across the street to share it with K.N. 🙂 } 

{mason jar = cute for photo = not at all practical for pouring}

{yummmmmm...}

 For more great organic/all-natural creamer {and other} recipes, check out what Carrie has over at Deliciously Organic!

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February 16, 2011

A Spring-is-coming Giveaway!

Ok, maybe it’s wishful thinking, but with the near 50-degree  temps today, Punxsutawney Phil and I might not be that far off!  To continue getting us all in the SPRING of things, I’m having a little giveaway.  Same rules apply as usual:

{HOW TO ENTER}
Leave a comment here on this blog post {facebook comments won’t count–sorry!}.  For extra entries, share this blog post on facebook, Twitter or your blog and leave me a seperate comment for each one {one comment to enter straight up, another one if you share on FB, another if you share on Twitter, and another one if you share on your blog–please provide a link to your blog = 4 total possible entries}. 

{DEADLINE}
This contest will close Friday, February 18 at midnight EST.

{WINNER}
The winner will be chosen using random.org and will receive this lovely necklace right here 🙂

{all kinds of springy colors}

{close-up of the colorful neck garden. Neck garden?? Whatever...}

{antique silver, pewtery colored adjustable chain}

{modeled by me! I have to admit, I'm wearing it around and I MUST take it off soon or I won't want to give it away!}

Want it?  Ready…Set…ENTER!!!!

February 10, 2011

Fabric flower headbands

Here are the fabric flower items I mentioned here the other day.  You know, the ones I couldn’t post yet because they were en route to a reader as a surprise 🙂  They have made it safe and sound, so now I can share them with you!

{cute little headbands for two cute little girls}

{this purplish blue and brown one is for a sweet little redhead}

{and this black and pink one is for a brunette cutie}

Happy Valentine’s Day, K & M!

February 7, 2011

Make It Monday: Felt and Fabric Flower Rosettes

Here they are, folks!  The tutorials for felt rosettes and fabric rosettes.  They’re very, very similar, but I’ll go through them each, step-by-step.

FELT FLOWERS

Materials:
1.5″ x 11″ strip of felt {this doesn’t need to be exact}
Glue gun/glue sticks or needle/thread
Embellishment for center {bead, rhinestone, pearl, button, etc.}

1} Dog-ear the corner of one end of the felt and secure with a dot of hot glue
2} Fold long end down over the dog-eared corner
3} Twist strip and fold over.  Continue this step to form a closed circle
4} Continue twisting and folding over, making sure to make the second larger circle behind the first circle
5} Glue the end to the back of the rosette to secure
6} Glue “petals” in several spots to secure the rosette, ensuring it doesn’t unravel
7} Glue your embellishment to the center of your rosette
8} Use your creativity and attach your sweet little rosette to whatever you come up with!  Hair clip, headband, shirt, handbag, pillow…whatever you’d like

{I start with a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of felt - $0.29 at Michael's}

{cut about a 1.5" piece the long way on the felt}

{dog-ear the corner}

{fold the long end over the dog-earred corner}

{twist and fold}

{twist and fold until you have a small closed circle--no hole in the center}

{when starting the second bigger circle, tuck behind the first circle}

{almost finished!}

{embellish!}

{or like this. I have a stash of gorgeous vintage buttons that I just can't wait to use}

{this one's more understated}

{last one, I promise!}

 FABRIC ROSETTE

Materials:
Fabric {I love to use fat quarters}
Glue gun/glue sticks or thread/needle
Embellishments {same as above}

1} Cut or rip {ripped gives a more “shabby” look} a 1″ +/- strip of fabric – the longer the strip, the bigger the flower
2} tie a knot at the end of the strip
3} Fold the end over and glue to the knot
4} Twist the strip and wind it around the knot, securing every so often with glue
5} Continue to twist and wind until you have about an inch of a tail left.  Glue the tail to the back side of the rosette to provide stability to the rosette
6} Finish off your rosette with the embellishment of your choice
7} Finally, add your rosette to whatever you want, just like with the felt flowers.  These little cuties are so versatile! 
*} If your strip isn’t as long as you’d like it, you can either glue or tie two strips together.  Instant long strip!

{start with a cut}

{let it rip!}

{tie it up}

{fold and glue}

{twist, wind and glue}

{now we're getting somewhere}

{cute little tail}

{glue it around back}

{add an embelly and you're done!}

I’m loving these sweet little rosettes and I’m having fun thinking of ways to use them.  How do you think YOU’LL use them??

February 7, 2011

Fabric flower necklace

I know I promised some tutorials, but I’ve been having so much fun creating!  I’ll work on them soon…  In the meantime, my latest accessory:

{making a statement}

I made a few other accessories using these twisted fabric rosettes, but I’ll have to wait a few days to post the pics since they’re a “surprise” for one of you {shhhh!} 🙂

UPDATE: a few friends asked for a photo of it being “modeled”.  Here it is!

{I was telling C.Y. to take the photo from "here to here" to just show off the necklace. Looks like she doesn't take direction very well!}

February 4, 2011

Why? Because I FELT like it!

Felt flowers, that is 🙂  In my search for zipper flower tutorials, I came across these darling little felt rosettes and knew I had to try some.  Can I afford another addiction?  Well…too bad, I’ve got one.  Quick and easy, these little suckers.  Sweet on hair accessories, but also super fun for embellishing a myriad other things!  I’ve got this royal blue shirt that’s cute enough on its own, but let’s face it–it’s pretty boring.  But add a few dark gray felt flowers with pearly centers and VOILA!  Super duper cute!  But here’s my problem:  If 1 flower is good, 4 flowers are great, right?  The problem is that I don’t really want to stop at 4, but I think I should.  What do you think?

{blah blue before}

{adorable azul after} {I know you love my alliteration}

{close-up of cute...flowers. Sorry it's 1am and I can't think of anything that starts with "c"}

What do you think–should I work up a tutorial of this one?

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