Soap Making and a Giveaway

soapmaing kit

I like to think I’m a jack of all trades when it comes to crafting. I might not be good at it but I have almost tried it all. However, I have never taken up knitting, crocheting or soap making… until now! I made soap this week and I loved it. Add it to the list of crafts I love to do! The people at Wholesale Supplies Plus asked if I would want to try out a soap making kit and I couldn’t say no. WSP is a company that sells a complete line of soap/bath and body making products with the packaging materials included. They usually sell to soap hobbyists or small craft-based businesses however they assured me it was pretty much fool proof and even a beginner could do it.

I chose to try the “My Teens Favorite Bar Soap Making Kit“. I was a little intimidated when I opened the box but it smelled so good that I soon forgot all about that. I love that they send everything down to the packaging and the FDA approved protective gear if you do want to sell this! There is a whole list of ingredients that were in my box HERE.

soapmaking kit

soap making kit

I dove right in following the recipe and directions and started making soap! (Excuse the bad kitchen lighting)  First, I had to cut the soap base which was easier than I thought. It cuts like butter.

soap making kit

soap making kit

Once I had all of my soap cut, I heated it up in the microwave. It didn’t say a time but somewhere between 2-2.5 minutes was good for me.

soap making kit

While it was cooking the next step was to chop the oatmeal scrub, I used my food processor. The boys thought I was making smoothies :)

soap making kit

soap making kit

After that, take your soap base out and make sure there are no more lumps. I thought it already smelled good at this point.

soap making kit

Next, it was time to add in the fragrance. I love this smell… Honey Almond, it’s actually why I picked this kit. I am very sensitive to smells and this one said “Sweetened summer honey touched with lemon, lavender, bitter almond, and ginger” I mean come on, YUM.

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Then I added the Kaolin Clay (which I had to Google). Being the soap newbie I am I didn’t know why I needed this but apparently it makes the soap silky smooth and is great for sensitive skin. Sounds like a great ingredient to me.

soap making kit

Next I dumped in my chopped oat scrub and mixed it all together nicely, it was still warm at this point. This picture is from my first batch. I later learned that I didn’t actually chop the oats enough in this round causing them to stay at the bottom of my bowl and I didn’t get an even oat scrub outcome. Soap newbie.

soap making kit

After a good stir it was time to pour the soap into the mold.

soap making kit

I filled them a little too high in the first batch… oops, trust me when I say my other batches were far more pretty!

soap making kit

I waited a few hours then just like magic, I popped one out and IT WAS SOAP! That I made!

soap making kit

It was silky and pretty and smelled amazing!

soap making kit

The kit came with cello bags and raffia which are very classic and clean looking but I had to doll it up a little :)

soap making kit

soap making kit

soap making kit

I added things like cardstock, bakers twine, colored staples, doilies, sequins, fabric and washi tape. Very simple and all things I had on hand!

soap making kit

 I love this kit because not only is it fun to make but when you are finished you have a ton of great little gifts that are perfect for teachers, b-days, party and shower favors etc. Now for the best part… Wholesale Supplies Plus is giving away a kit to a lucky reader! Woo Hoo! Enter the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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DIY Headboard

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I am so excited to share this project! I thought about doing my very own DIY Headboard in our Master Bedroom years ago but I wanted to wait until we moved. So, this summer I was ready to get after it. A few weeks ago I hung some craft paper up over my naked bed and let it sit for a week or so. I traced a shape I thought I would like and wanted to live with it  for a while. I never even took a picture of this stage but here is the sad, sad room before. Note the “filing cabinet nightstand”, 10 year old mismatched lamps and the “foot board shin deathtrap”…

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I made a few changes to the craft paper template, cut it out then handed it to my husband. The next step included talking my husband into building the frame and cutting the wood for me. He is a night owl so these things magically happened late at night after I was asleep. I actually woke up one morning to a finished headboard. Yes I’m very lucky, I know :) He used plywood for the main shape and used 2×4′s for the frame and the legs.

DIY Headboard

For the upholstery part I used 1″ Foam, 5 yards of quilt batting, an old sheet and 5 yards of upholstery fabric. First I had to adhere the foam to the headboard. I only put foam on the plywood part of the headboard, not the legs. I had to use two foam panels and spray adhesive directly on the plywood. IMG_6921

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

I waited about 30 minutes or so to make sure the spray adhesive was dry. Then I trimmed around the headboard.

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DIY Headboard

I did a little research before I started and I learned that many people suggested this next step. I was originally going to layer the foam then the batting then the upholstery fabric. But the tip I found over and over was to add muslin or another layer of fabric between to achieve “total smoothness”. I took it as a sign so I went with it. I’m really glad I did, I totally see what everyone was talking about. Fabric on fabric is easier to smooth out than fabric on batting. I used an old king sized sheet and put that on the floor first then I laid my batting down.

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I used 5 yards of batting and cut it in half.

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Make sure the sheet is pretty flat (I didn’t iron it but I should have). Then I started the fun part… stapling! My main tip is on the first side just make sure to smooth it as you go but you don’t have to pull, then on the opposite sides you have to pull really tight. I started on one side then did the top, other side and bottom last. I didn’t trim the excess fabric until I was done because in a few spots I had to remove staples and redo them.

DIY Headboard

After I went all the way around, the corners had some puckering. This is when I took out a few staples and redid them. This is also why it’s important to add the extra fabric layer because the batting catches the fabric a little.

DIY Headboard

Tada. Layer one done. I didn’t add batting to the end of the legs because we screwed the legs into the bed frame.

DIY Headboard

Here it is from the back.

DIY Headboard

THIS. FABRIC. I could die! It’s my most favorite fabric in the universe. It’s so me, made up of my very favorite colors and it makes me so happy. I saw it long ago on a chair. Then months later I started seeing it on DIY projects.  I knew this was the fabric I wanted to stare at every night and every morning. It’s called Santa Maria Desert Flower by Waverly. They now sell it online and at Hobby Lobby. Ironically you can even get a headboard (in a very similar shape) in the same fabric from Land of Nod. Unfortunately my dream fabric is only 54″ wide so I was going to have to sew a couple of seams.

DIY Headboard

I thought about doing one seam right down the middle but I am not the best at matching patterns so I decided on two side seams. Honestly this was the hardest part of the project for me. I ironed my fabric then placed it right sides together. I kept checking for accuracy making sure the pattern lined up just right.  I had to redo one side  3 or 4 times but on the other side the heavens parted and it looked perfect!

DIY Headboard

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

I made this fabric long enough to fully cover the legs.

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

I used the same technique for stapling. For the corners I stapled one side to the edge, then the other side to the edge then just pulled the fabric up to form a point and pulled it down right in the middle of the two sides and stapled. Once again, we screwed the legs to the bed frame really late at night so I didn’t take any pictures.

DIY Headboard

I have to say this is by far one of my favorite DIY Projects! I love the way it turned out. Isn’t it great when you picture something in your head and it turns out even better than you imagined? How cool that I get to sleep here :)

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

I ordered this bedspread almost a year ago and have been patiently waiting to put it on my new pretty bed. I made a triangle quilt pillow too because it can’t go totally pillowless. I found these amazing lamps from JC Penny. I told my husband I feel so grown up having matching nightstands and lamps, it’s the little things right?

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

Here is the other side. I love this dresser, we just got it from Overstock. My mom made the tree and that’s my Barrel Chair Makeover. Down the road I would love to have this one wall covered floor to ceiling with pictures and art.

DIY Headboard

I didn’t take a before picture of the previous fan but imagine it white, gold and very very squeaky… much improved! We also want to tear the carpet out one day. DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

There is it, my favorite piece. Do you have something you have made that you just adore like me?

The Frozen Fox

frozen fox

Hi Guys, yall are in for a real treat today! My friend Courtney from A Little Glass Box emailed me a few weeks ago and had the great idea to work together on a little Kids DIY project. We each made a fun craft and thought we would share both on both of our blogs. I instantly fell in love with Courtney’s blog a long time ago when she posted pictures of her home. She is such a talented decorator, photographer and has such an eye for design. Her home tours and Tween Girl Bedroom Makeover are some of my favorites! I know you will lover her and you can thank me for the hours and hours you spend checking out her blog :)

On to my kids crafts… The Frozen Fox. My boys love band aids, what kid doesn’t? I’ve seen these little mommy-made ice packs around blogland and thought it would be a great little surprise. Now, when someone gets hit (by their brother) they have a little something to take their mind off of it.

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All you need is the Frozen Fox Template, fabric, felt and a button. Click on this picture to enlarge,save and then print it off.

frozen fox template

Cut everything out.

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Place everything on the front of the fox face. Pin it and sew.

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For the ears: pin the inner white part on top of the larger fabric ear and sew. Then get the other large fabric ear and put right sides together. Sew around the two longest sides leaving the bottom open and flip.

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Sew a button to the face right where the white cheeks meet.

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With the white sides of the ears facing down, place the ears on the face lining up the edges.

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Then place the other side of the face right side down on top of the fox. Pin all the way around and leave the bottom open. IMG_6708

Sew around the fox. On the bottom, leave a 2″-3″ opening. Clip the corners and flip right side out.

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Pour rice in to the opening at the bottom. I tried both beans and rice… I like the rice better but the beans are a little heavier, and both will work. (husband’s man hands not mine haha)

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Hand sew the bottom up to close the fox :)

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TaDa! Now you have a very easy mom tool right in your freezer :)

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Go visit Courtney and check out her project…  Star Light Star Bright

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Scalloped Bunting Tutorial

 

scalloped bunting tutorial

Two bunting tutorials in a row… what is going on over here? I didn’t even mean for that to happen but what can I say, I love bunting!  Remember THIS “Shower” baby shower we threw my cousin. I actually made this bunting back in April and it now hangs in the window at Ampersand !

I love buntings and I also love scallops so this seemed like a perfect match for our rain cloud decor. Its really simple and quick to whip these out.

Scalloped Bunting Tutorial:

Start with a piece of cardstock and make a scallop template. Then fold your fabric and cut as many as you can at a time… haha, this tutorial will give you a little glimpse into my non perfectionist ways.

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See my non-straight lines, my husband would die!

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Then two by two, pin them- right sides together.

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Sew around the bottom rounded side. Leave the straight side open.

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Once you have them all done, snip the rounded sides up to the seam and flip them right side out. Then press.

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As for hanging them, you could make your own bias tape but I just bought a pack of white for this bunting. Sandwich the flag between the bunting and sew :)

scalloped bunting

Super easy custom party decor! Is anyone else bunting obsessed?

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