DIY Rose-Vanilla Lip Balm

alkanet and oil to color lip balm

This unique lip balm is very easy to make and turns a beautiful rose color with the addition of alkanet root powder. Nourishing for the lips, this rose lip balm softens as well as adds shine. The addition of castor oil is responsible for it’s smooth application and residual shine. While this is very quick to create, you […]

Things to Make with Dried Roses

11 things to make with dried rose petals

For some unknown reason, I wanted to try making things with dried roses. Something about them seems so beautiful and luxurious. Plus, I love the way dried roses look. Rustic style is always my favorite. When I finally took the plunge and ordered some dried roses, I ordered a large amount. Since then, I’ve been […]

DIY Bath Fizzies

DIY Bath Fizzies

Bath fizzies (also known as bath bombs) are fun to use. My children especially enjoy seeing them fizz and dissolve in the water. This recipe is very simple and a little different to traditional bath bombs (traditional ones use less oil). The amount of oil in this recipe for bath fizzies gives them a moisturizing […]

Chamomile-Lemon Balm Tea Recipe

Chamomile Lemon Balm Tea

Tea is one of the simplest methods of creating herbal remedies. Mixing together a few herbs is quick and easy Plus, they smell great. Homemade tea mixes can be stored (and gifted) in jars and may also be given in poly-lined bags These are available in the Tea Accessory Section of Mountain Rose Herbs. This […]

Homemade Gifts with Washi Tape

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I discovered this book last week: It reminded me how much I enjoy using washi tape. I love how washi tape can dress up a blank page in a notebook, planner or journal, and how it adds style to basic, every day papers, like cleaning instructions or to-do lists. Washi tape makes plain wrapping paper […]

Chamomile Bay Leaf Bath Vinegar

chamomile and bay leaf bath vinegar

I first learned about making bath vinegar in the gardening book, The Bountiful Container. The idea seemed intriguing. Vinegar in the bath, how could that be a good idea? Well, here’s why: vinegar helps restore skin’s natural pH level may relive pain of sunburn cleanses and detoxifies softens skin Add herbs to the mix and […]

Handmade Gifts {Simple Sewing}

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A seamstress I am not, but I still find it enjoyable to get out the sewing machine every once in a while, or create something that involves a little hand sewing. Today I’m sharing a few tutorials for handmade gifts that involve simple sewing. Nothing outrageous. Just simple. Hand Sewn Journals – Martha Stewart Image […]

Lavender-Rosemary Fire Logs

rosemary and lavender

These herbal fire logs smell lovely and add a delightful fragrance to a fire place or wood stove. They are simple to make and have a beautiful, rustic look. I have used lavender and rosemary, however, other herbs would be work very well. How to Make Lavender-Rosemary Fire Logs You will need: 10 stalks  dried rosemary […]

Brown Sugar Scrub & Make Dozens of Homemade Gifts in an Hour

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Brown sugar scrub is one of the simplest body scrubs to make. It can easily be customized to suit your preferences by adding a few drops of essential oil. To Make a Simple Brown Sugar Scrub Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 to 3/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed, sunflower, sweet almond, or light olive oil) 1 teaspoon […]

11 Homemade Bookmark Tutorials

bookmark tutorials

Bookmarks are a simple gift most people can use. I don’t know about you, but most of my books are stuffed with old receipts and ripped up magazines. A pretty bookmark would be a welcome treat. Especially a homemade one. I have made bookmarks out of photographs and created a few from old jeans (with […]