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41  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Whipped Body Butter (super easy mini tutorial) on: January 26, 2016 11:06:28 AM

For some reason this winter has made my skin so dry. It is the first time that I have needed heavy duty lotion. I decided to try my hand at making some body butter. I am in love with this stuff! It goes on a bit greasy but easily absorbs in your skin and I used a little bit of fragrant oils into the mixture. My skin loves me now!

Sorry no in progress pics. If I make some more, I will insert them.

1/4 cup cocoa butter (I used unscented)
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 coconut oil
1/4 cup castor oil
25 drops of fragrant oil (I used Pink champagne mixed with raspberry cake)

In a double boiler on medium high heat,  melt all the ingredients together EXCEPT the fragrant oil.

After everything is melted, put into a glass bowl and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes or until it firms up just enough for your finger to make a dent. You don't want it firm, but you don't want it oily either.

Take the bowl out of the freezer, add 25 drops of your fragrant oil to the mix, and with a hand held mixer, mix the oil like you would a meringue. The oil will fill up with air and turn white. You want to keep mixing until you get stiff peaks. You should be able to lift the mixer and have a peak form and stay.

That's it! Now you can put it in containers and slather it on your skin.

This is what the finished product looks like:

I am not sure of the shelf life. I have used so much of mine in the past couple of weeks that I may need to make another batch.
42  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Girl with kitty and cupcake tea towel on: January 21, 2016 08:30:49 AM
I was in a swap in a Facebook group and the person that was my partner loves kitties and cupcakes so I stitched up two tea towels for her. (Excuse the Iggy Pup hair, he wanted to be a part of the process)

43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stitchy Home Decor: Cross Stitch Vase and Embroidered Calendar on: January 02, 2016 01:41:49 PM
My first project of the new year! I finished this vase last night and I really love the way it turned out. I also finished up this calendar. I really like it because it reminds me of the practice embroidery cards for kids.

Close ups:

44  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghost on: December 30, 2015 08:46:57 AM
My husband and I collect Disney's Haunted Mansion stuff. Every year I try to do at least one cross stitch for him and this year it was the Hitchhiking Ghost from the Haunted Mansion. I'm so glad to be done with it. For some reason it gave me a fit. The fabric has glitter pieces in it. I want to get a Victorian frame for it, but here it is, fresh off the hoop.

45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Danish Heart Basket Tutorial (picture heavy) on: December 21, 2015 03:56:52 PM
Every week we get a soup delivery. The lady who delivers it rides her bike and lately it has been getting really stormy and bad weather. She still delivers it with a smile. I wanted to give her something nice for Christmas so I made this Danish Heart Basket to hold some tea to keep her warm and a gift card to a local store. Here are the steps to make the basket. This would also be great for candies and Valentines.

Step one:
Cut out your paper. I used a template I found online. http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/heartbasket.html. This made it a lot easier and I didn't have to measure out my lines. You are going to need two sheets of contrasting scrap book paper or card stock (or felt)

Step two:
Fold both pieces of paper in half.

Step three:
Place your template over your paper and cut the lines as shown. DO NOT CUT all the way to the top.

It will look like this:

Step four:
Place your paper in a "heart" formation like so.

Step five:
Now you start to weave the paper. As you can see the first green goes though the first red, then the second red goes through the green. This is a little confusing so check out the picture.

Another view

Step six:
Continue these steps until you are finished, pushing up each piece to make room for the next.

Step seven:
I attached a handle to the basket, but you don't have to. Fill up with goodies!
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy Hedgehog Christmas! on: December 19, 2015 11:13:24 AM
Inspired by Lindyv321's little hedghog cross stitch, I decided to stitch these little guys up. I want to spend Christmas with them!

47  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch Cuff on: December 19, 2015 11:11:14 AM
I got this cuff in a kit and finally got a chance to stitch it up. The first time I tried, it didn't go so well. The second go around it came out perfect.

And on my wrist
48  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Pom Pom tomte/nisse on: December 18, 2015 03:55:00 PM
I have been discovering more and more of my husband's heritage. He is Danish and Swedish. I even joined the Danish sisterhood of America. I made this little tomte also known as a nisse, for our house. I think I may need to make a few more. He needs friends and a girlfriend

49  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Super Quick String Art Ornament on: December 17, 2015 04:40:07 PM
This ornament was so easy and took about 15 minutes to make. It reminds me of Spirograph but with floss.
50  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Santa embroidery and cross stitch on: December 13, 2015 02:17:51 PM
My tree had an open spot so I decided to stitch Santa up to fill the gap. I love the way he looks nestled in the tree.
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