Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Her ears do look a little big in this photo!!! It gives her character! ...not that she needs anymore, she's crazy!
Monday, December 21, 2009
This can be used with less soap and more water...the castile soap we used was just picky and would separate if mixed with more water.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I mean, look at this...
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I then took scrap pieces of the fabric used for the game pieces and made a little baggie to store them in : )
I also used scraps from the same fabric to make bean bags filled with dried beans (of course!)...
They need something to do with the bean bags right?! I connected a few pieces of pipe cleaner together then wrapped some around it for more strength and covered it with a piece of black fleece...simply lay the ring on the ground and try to throw the bean bags into the ring. (For pretty young kids, so it didn't need to be too complicated.) There are many other uses for bean bags too, I can only imagine the things kids could come up with!
My brother had made soap before so I emailed him asking him for his recipe. When told me that he would bring the recipe and the stuff needed to make it up with him when he came up for Thanksgiving, I was thrilled!
I was so excited to make it that I asked him to show me how to make it the day after he arrived, haha. He brought the recipe and enough lye for two batches of soap. We quickly made a run to the store and picked up the olive oil, shortening and coconut oil. That's it! That's all you need for a basic bar of soap. Simple enough, right?!
The lye scares me because it is a little dangerous if you don't know what you're doing with it...and I didn't have a clue! You must be careful to make sure you don't get any on your skin! However, we made it through the soap making process without incident.
After we made the soap was the hard part...you have to wait 3-4 weeks before you can use it!
Friday, December 18, 2009
(sorry for the slightly blurry photo, this was taken with my phone)
This recipe is soooo simple!
- 1/4 cup beeswax shavings not compacted, but not super loose (make sense? haha)
- a tiny bit less than a 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- a few drops of whatever essential oils you prefer
I say a tiny bit less than 1/4 cup oil because when I used a full 1/4 cup I felt it was slightly too oily. Simply combine the wax and almond oil in a glass microwave approved vessel and nuke at 30 second intervals stirring in between each. Do this until completely melted but not burnt. The first time around I added the oils to the lip balm jars (only if using jars) until I figured out the desired scent. (Usually 3-6) Then simply fill the jars or tubes with the wax/almond oil mix and stir! Once I've gauged how many containers a batch makes I just mixed the proper amount of essential oils into the wax/almond oil blend.
You should try it! Simply adjust things to the way you like it, but this is a good starting point :) Some people like to add honey to this recipe...I wasn't a fan, because my honey never seemed to mix into the wax/almond oil blend well. Good luck and happy melting!
The picture isn't the best because it's taken with my phone, but you get the idea...nothing fancy. She loves it tho! She's still a little scared of getting down from the top platform though.