Friday, May 30, 2014

Baby blanket

I almost didn't post pictures of this blanket I finished yesterday, but in my never ending quest to get better pictures of my projects, I decided to give it a try and post it here anyway.  If you know me, you've likely seen (or even been given) a similar blanket and I believe there are other versions of this posted elsewhere on this blog.  This is my "go-to" blanket anytime I hear someone is expecting.  I don't even remember who I made the first one for, but after it was done, I liked it so much that I've been making this pattern ever since.  

Obviously I'm still not mastering the picture thing, since the above and below pictures are of the same blanket even though they look like completely different colors.  I think I finally got an okay shot of the blanket trim, however.  This particular blanket is about 40" x 40" and is in a rose color.  

I originally picked up this pattern from the sheets in the store that hang on the display rack, but there is a copy online that can be found here.  You can use the yarn suggested, or any worsted weight yarn that you like.  Depending on the type of yarn, I usually end up more than one 16 ounce skein, but not much into the second skein.  If I find a color I like, I usually get three of the skeins and make two blankets.  Seems like there's no shortage of babies to give these to!  

Friday, May 23, 2014

Brown Sugar Scrub for lips

I made brown sugar scrub that smells (and tastes) so good!  For ingredients and blurry pictures of my lips, check out my budget beauty blog here.

Tank top

The skirt pictured here is from my bikini top and cover-up.  I had some leftover yarn and so wanted to try this pattern I found on Ravelry.  If I make another version of this, I may try it in the reverse colors as I think I still have enough yarn to do another.  But my hands are sore from gripping the little hook, so I'll give it a couple days (unless I find another project to keep me busy.)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fizzy Bath Bombs

Peppermint scented, fizzy bath bombs.

Soaking Salts for the bath

These small, lavender scented salt mixtures are great for a long, bath time soak.  Great for sore muscles and relaxing!

These are made with Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, baking soda, evoo, and essential oil.  All natural!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Coffee sugar scrub

The mud-like substance you see above is actually an attempt at homemade coffee sugar scrub.  Like most sugar scrubs, using this product leaves your skin exfoliated, soft, and smooth.  The addition of the coffee is to help with cellulite prone areas.  

This particular product uses ground coffee, coconut oil, sugar, cocoa butter, and a bit of water.  I actually added too much water, which made me package this as container sugar scrub instead of the bar style scrub I was attempting to make.  

I love using these scrubs on my legs pre-shave, but they are great as an all over scrub.  The oils provide long-lasting moisture without feeling greasy or sticky.  

Cross-posted to my Budget Beauty Blog

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Essential Oil Diffuser Pendants

Terra Cotta diffuser pendants.   These could be worn as jewelry,  but these were designed to be used as air fresheners in a car or small room.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mermaid Costume

As promised, here's a picture of the mermaid costume in action!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Halter Top

Pattern from the book Hooked on Style by Catherine Blythe and Patons Design Studio.


Child's dress-up set.  Not the best picture, but it worked up quick and was fun to make.  Now I just hope it fits the recipient.  Pattern from Lion's Brand.  It's called Petite Mermaid Costume.  

Colors are off in this second picture, but I wanted to add another picture.  Hopefully I'll get better pictures once I give it to the girl I made it for.  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Paracord bracelets

The boys have started making (and hope to sell) paracord bracelets (and keychains, dog collars, etc.)  They hope to custom make these (size and colors), so comment below if there are colors you are interested in.  They are pricing these competitively compared to what I've seen elsewhere.  Here are some of the designs completed so far.  Again, please support their creative outlet if you are able!

This is an example of the king cobra stitch and is made up to up to two colors.

This is a shark tooth stitch.

The cobra stitch.  Samples are shown in one or two colors.

This is a sample of the ladder stitch in two colors.

More designs and colors to come!