Soap Making

November 12, 2006 at 11:33 pm (Around the House, Art & Crafts, Gift Ideas)

bathbomb.jpegWent to Lush this weekend and bought a few bath bombs, including the one on the left (Think Pink).  Great service – the sales girl gave a little bath-bomb demo, and free soap sample when we purchased.  I’m really not a bath person – showers are a lot quicker, but that demo had me feeling like those pricey balls of fizz would be worth it.

 I once heard about how easy it was to make them, so I thought I’d do a little internet search…

 Sites with Soap-making recipes, ideas and/or supplies:

Teach Soap: http://www.teachsoap.com/index.html
Bramble Berry : http://www.brambleberry.com/
not martha:  http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/bathbombs.html
http://web.ncf.ca/aj471/BathBombs.html
http://www.chemistrystore.com/Foaming_Bath_Bombs.htm 
http://excellentlivingguide.com/makebathbombs.html
http://excellentlivingguide.com/articles.html#bathbombs

I saw a cute design in one gallery that had them looking like robin’s eggs or little round rocks… made up of a very light blue or grey/purple colour and bits of herbs and glitter mixed in… 

Re: soap, I’m resisting the urge to buy up all the equipment and make myself some awesome clear soaps with cranberry seed and silver glitter suspended in it, smelling like cranberry orange or some yummy holiday scent…

Maybe I’ll check etsy.com first …

 (PS – been a little busy buying and selling our house … not much time for blogging last month …)

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Tea Books – Gift Idea

October 1, 2006 at 1:40 am (Art & Crafts, Gift Ideas)

I love home made books. 

This is an idea for another way to give loose tea as a gift.

 Idea #1

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This is made with a basic scrapbook as a base (any size you want).  You create sleeves for the tea out of any of these:
– mesh material, sewn into envelope or sleeve shapes
– rice paper or heavy wax paper (sewn, glued or taped together).

You decorate it with buttons, ribbon, tassels, embroidered words, or cards with recipe suggestions, etc.

Add a scoop and a tea steeping spoon to the front of the “book”.

Idea #2
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This idea uses a bunch of card stock paper, printed or written on.

You can write recipes, add photos, draw, add nice quotes, etc.  Add some blank sheets where you would like the tea to go in the book.  Then take the pages to Kinkos (or another print-all shop) and get them to bind the pages into a wire or plastic ring book. Choose wider rings than your stack of papers, so that when you add the tea into the pages, it will still close properly.

You place the loose tea (or bags?) onto plastic ziploc bags (the freezer ones) and use strong double-sided tape to stick them to the blank pages in your book.

You can make a bunch of these books at a time – it’s actually cheaper to bind them that way.

Stick photos or drawings to the front of the ziploc bags if they have a logo or other graphic on them.  Or sew “bags” to put the ziplocs into and attach those to the book page instead.

It’s  a really neat, individualized gift… but it will take a bit of time designing the pages.

Have any variations on this idea? I’d love to see them!

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Tea Gift Set Idea #1

October 1, 2006 at 1:14 am (Art & Crafts, Gift Ideas)

I saw something similar to this is a design book.  I altered it a bit and added some elements.

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It requires the purchase of:
– a number of tall glass bottles with lids
– loose teas – whatever you like – put them in the (sterilized) bottles
– homemade labels for the bottles, with the ingredients
– a squeeze bottle and some liquid honey to put in it
– a number of butter, sugar or gingerbread cookies (or scones, etc.) wrapped in cellophane
– a tea steeping spoon (I don’t know what these are officially called)
– a box or tin or basket to fit all the items
– cellophane or a lid to cover it all

You can put a wax seal on the lids for non-tampering, if you want.  You can add a tea towel in the bottom of the container, too, if the container is a little big.

The container could be a tray, too – or you can add a really nice tea set to go with this for a larger gift.

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