Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Homemade Christmas: Adorable Bookmarks

I am in several book clubs and I am always looking for a gift that shows sentiment but doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  These adorable, easy-to-make book marks fit the ticket perfectly.

All you need to make these are buttons, embellishments, large sized paper clips, and a glue gun.

Heat your glue gun to the temperature you like.  I like mine HOT.   While your glue gun is heating, sort your buttons and embellishments into themes.  I just looked at the assortment and saw what combinations I could make.  This isn't necessary, but if you are giving them in groups like I am, it is a pretty way to give them.

My buttons came from Michaels and are called Loops and Threads.  They were in the sewing department.  My embellishments came from Michaels, too and are called Recollections.  There are 15 rosettes in each package.  The set was on sale, so these are a bargain.

Place a dab of hot glue on the back of the button or embellishment.  Now, this part is important. Glue the embellishment on the single loop of the paper clip.  The double loop is what slides onto the pages of the book.  I placed the bookmark glued side up to dry.

Once you are finished with the bookmarks, create a way to gift them.  You can place them on cardstock with a cute quote about books, or personalize them for your friends, like I did.  What do you think about this gift?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homemade Christmas: Bath Salt Scrubs

Giving homemade bath products is always a welcome gift, especially if yours smells as wonderful as mine!  The recipe is traditional, but the scent combinations aren't.  This is where you are really going to shine!

My recipe is very simple:

1 c Epsom salts (or sea salts, the larger pellet)
1/4 c almond oil
1/4 coconut oil
15 drops of Essential Oils

(jojoba, olive, grapeseed oils all work well, too)

Place in a glass bowl.  Combine together until Essential Oils and mixed through.  This makes 1 gift.

Combinations of oils that will rock your gift:

Relaxing Combinations

lavender (all 15 drops!)
chamomile and lavender (8 and 7, respectfully)

For Energy

Peppermint and Lemon (8, 7)
Rosemary and Wild Orange (8, 7)
Rosemary and Grapefruit (8, 7)

For Cheer

Sage and Orange (7 and 7)

For Clarity

Rosemary, Lemon and Cypress (5 each)

I save pretty clear jars all year around. I love putting the mixture in different jars and tying them up with yarn, ribbon, twine or colored rubber bands.  I also like making tags for these gifts, like the ones here and here.  I did kind of cheat on this jar, as it was a gift of bath salts to me!

This is a perfect gift for grandmothers and aunts, and men who need a little skin softening!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homemade Christmas: Tea Mugs

I first saw these delightful personalized mugs at a craft show last year.  I asked the crafter if they were easy to make, and she sheepishly said, yes, they really are.  

She gave me these super simple directions:

1. Wash the mugs thoroughly.
2. Create your design using the best oil based Sharpies you can find.
3. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Let cool before handling.

It is super important to use the best oil based markers you can find.  I recommend NOT washing them in the dishwasher, especially with the soaps that have the stain power boosting cleanser in them.

Package these adorable mugs with your favorite tea.  Mine is this amazing wild harvested camomile tea from Canada. 

While these are tea mugs, I want to make some coffee mugs with these sayings:

1.  There's a slight chance that this is wine.
2.  If you can't say something nice...we should probably be friends.
3.  I love you a latte.

Another Christmas gift, handmade and fun, right from your heart!