OMG! That's amazing!!
I've just received this recipe on the e-mail and totally loved it!
I live in Brasil, and around here the vanilla extract isn't expensive at all ( +/- 2 dollars), but I'm just sure that the homemade stuff has SO much flavour on it and only the vanilla, without the corn stuff and conservant. Tomorrow I'm going downtown and totally buying the cute bottles and vanilla, and another one for the sugar recipe that made me even smell it by reading those wonderfull tips you gave!