Category Archives: handmade

Finger Knitting: My First Scarf

I’ve been in the process of changing jobs and also getting ready to move.. so not a lot of focus on crafting and more on putting things in boxes and selecting books to donate(it’s really hard!). I have a few projects that are slowly being worked on, I need a commute hobby so I gave finger knitting a try. Here’s my first scarf. Now I’ll be that strange person knitting on the bus…

 

 

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Hair Conditioner Recipe

Here we go, I’ve been reading up on this for a while a few things to get familiar with before you start should be cationic quaternary compound’s and PH.

I feel like I am ready to try making a batch of hair conditioner. I researched ingredients for a while then built some basic recipes around what I have on hand. Sketched out several recipes for General Use(Argan & Nettle), Moisturizing (Coconut & Avocado) , Dandruff(Tea Tree, Avocado & Nettle), Winter Hair (Carrot & Oat), Invigorating(Jojoba, Rosemary & Peppermint).

My first attempt is as follows, this was my ‘general use’ idea.

90.5% Distilled Water

3% BTMS-50

1% Panthenol

3% Nettle Extract

1% Argan Oil

1% Fragrance (I used green apple)

1% Optiphen

 

It was a little on the thin side, and very appley! If I were remaking this recipe right now I would make the following adjustments 0.5% fragrance and 4% BTMS-50.

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Rose Gold Lip Balm and Flowers

 

The first flowers from my chamomile cut to be dried, my tulips are beginning to bloom and it’s nice out today.

Somehow I have run out of lip balm? Is that possible? I guess the washing machine has gotten them all. Time to test my rose gold mica.

Rose Gold Lip Balm

1/2 tablespoon Candelilla Wax

1/2  tablespoon Coconut Oil

1/2 tablespoon Mango Butter

5 drops Jojoba Oil

3 drops Vitamin E

1/8 teaspoon Rose Gold Lip Safe Mica

1 drop pink grapefruit essential oil

Instruction:

Add coconut oil, candelilla wax and mango butter to a measuring cup, microwave in 20 second bursts until completely liquid. Add remaining ingredients and stir really well.

Pour into lip balm pot, cool completely before putting lid on.

 

Tea Herbs And Lavender Creations

 

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Adding Lemon Balm, Lavender and Chamomile to steeping water, I am still sad my mint did not sprout with these others and I am using dried stuff. Here’s what I’ve been making as iced tea’s this week as I’ve been trimming up my garden.

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Fresh Lemon balm chamomile tea

2/4 cup fresh lemon balm leaves

1/4 cup Chamomile flowers

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1.5 cups of boiling water removed from heat.

Pour over herbs and steep for 5 minutes

 

 

Lavender Mint Tea

1 teaspoon lavender flowers

2 teaspoons dried mint

1.5 cups of boiling water removed from heat.

Pour over herbs and steep for 5 minutes

 

 

I’ve also remade a few things I ran out of so I have a fresh batch of Lavender & Cedar Shaving Cream, Lavender Lip Balm and a Lavender & Tea Tree Foot Balm. In a few more days I will be able to start picking and drying wild lavender on my walks, I can hardly wait.

 

Lavender Lip Balm + Foot Balm Recipe

.5 oz beeswax

.75 oz Coconut Oil

.25 oz Cocoa Butter

15 drops Grapeseed Oil

10 Drops Vitamin E

20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

 

Add Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Grapeseed Oil to a double boiler and melt gently until all ingredients are dissolved.

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Remove from heat and add Vitamin E and Lavender Essential Oil, Stir and pour into lip balm container.

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I took the second half of this lip balm recipe and I added 15 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of peppermint and poured the remainder into a container to cool. Now I also have a foot balm.

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Burnt Sugar Pink Grapefruit Bath Bombs

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Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

1 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup Citric Acid

1/2 cup Salt

From there you can create everything from bath bombs to toilet cleaners depending on what you add to it.

For this recipe I added:

1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder

10 drops Jojoba Oil

10 drops Grapeseed oil

10 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

10 drops Burnt Sugar fragrance

3 drops Vitamin E

 

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After Mixing all oils and dry ingredients thoroughly you want to use a fine misting spray bottle with water to carefully spray the powder as you mix it. When you start to feel resistance as you mix and it begins to look like damp sand it should be ready. You want enough liquid to hold the mixture together but not to start a chemical reaction between the Citric Acid and the Baking Powder.  It just needs to barely be holding a shape for it to set properly. Use a spoon to add the powder to your mold, cupcake pans work well for this, mix in you colorant and anything you want embedded in layers then apply weight and compress the powder into a solid. For my colorant here I used 1/2 of a teaspoon of Beet Root Powder but you could also use a small amount of food coloring or clay.

If I am using a cupcake pan I place the palm of my hand over the top of the bathbomb and use all of my body weight to press down on each one, add more as it compresses until you have it level with the top of the pan.

Leave the bath bombs in their mold until they are completely dry. Moisture can cause slow chemical reaction and warp the shape of the bomb. I usually leave them in the mold over night and pop them out the next morning. Keep them in an air tight container until used.