Want to make soap? Here is a simple recipe to get you started.

Are you a potential homesteader or just fed up with using those shop bought bars and shower gel that are full of chemicals. Did you know that most commercial soap has the glycerine removed (to sell separately) then it’s benefits replaced with chemicals? These chemicals (detergents (sodium cocoyl isethionate), hardeners and synthetic lathering agents (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)) are the reasons why I got into making soap.

 

If you would like to have a try , the read on……

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Easy Newborn Baby Dress

what do you get for a couple who already have everything they need?  Why not sew up a simple easy dress for the newborn. Add some t-shirts or hand-knit cardigan for a beautiful hand made gift.

In coordinating fabric, this dress is easy to make . Choose light weight cottons for summer or a mini corduroy for the winter. Worn over leggings or tights to make a whole outfit worthy to be called Sunday best.

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Large Letter Home Decor Monogram

So what does every home mantel need to dress it up and customize it, why a large letter Monogram.

I’ve looked longingly at the metal, denim and leather letters in the home stores, but even with a discount coupon couldn’t justify spending the money on a letter when although I liked the idea of them, I didn’t like the fonts on offer. My solution…. Make my own, cool eh? The leather looks is achieved using Modge podge and brown paper.

Large Letter 2

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Holiday Gift Tags – a need or a want…… oh! a need……

There are so many gifts to give throughout the year; holidays, birthdays, anniversary, baby showers, wedding gifts… the list goes on. What makes each gift unique…. why a gift tag. and when you’ve either made it yourself or bought it, a gift tag just finishes off the gift by including some small message that shows the recipient how much you care. These are simple, wooden gift tags crafted using bought cutouts… but Shhhh! no-one will know

Gift Tag

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Wooden Jewelry box, with beautiful curved sides

We have a charity Auction at work every year and this year a beautiful jewelry box was placed as a prize by one of the maintenance crew, a friend placed her ticket in the box but was unlucky not to win it, so I said i would make her one.

I was so pleased it turned out like this

Box closed ribbon

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