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Garden therapy » Hemp & Honey Lip Balm. This week I tried another recipe from the current Book Club selection, A Green Guide to Natural Beauty, Hemp & Honey Lip Balm.

garden therapy » Hemp & Honey Lip Balm

For ages now I’ve been making manuka honey lip balm because of the extraordinary healing properties of the magical golden goop. Hailing from New Zealand, manuka honey comes from bees that pollinate the Leptospermum scoparium, a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 4m tall with profuse star-shaped flowers. Manuka honey is claimed to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. Applied topically, it is said to promote healing and reduce inflammation, with some sources saying it even prevents or heals the cold sore virus. While I’m not able to quantify these claims, I can say that it makes a darn good lip balm and that’s good enough for me. Raw manuka honey is rated using “Unique Manuka Factor” (UMF) that rates the antibacterial factor. Ingredients: Equipment Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Review 4.5/5 Almost perfect!


FIKS*D: DIY: Date Book. Well, this week I managed to cross 2 things off the list!

FIKS*D: DIY: Date Book

I finally reached 100 followers (I was sitting on 98 for a while there, so that's exciting!! Thanks guys!) Aaand Mr Peck bought me a pleated skirt for valentine's and it finally got here, and I love it!! YAY! Feels good to achieve something! I also managed to finally get another thing off my to do list... This year we're hoping to be a little more into the whole dating thing and try and be more spontaneous and adventurous. I've made a little tutorial for you guys so you can make it too! You will need: A ruler, craft knife, pencil, card (or a cereal box), small envelopes, split pins, a rubber band, paper for the pages, paper for the date ideas, paint, stamps, glue or sticky tape. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Then you just have to think of a whole bunch of date ideas!


Makeup Organization. This morning I reorganized my makeup (which was previously scattered all over my bedroom dresser) in one of my dresser drawers.

Makeup Organization

I used berry baskets, tea cups and small bowls to break up the space inside the drawer and then added all my makeup! I'm really happy with how it turned out. I think that this method will help me save space and clutter while keeping my daily makeup all in one place! Here's what my dresser top looked like before... yikes! And here's what it looks like now!


Stitching Wire at klänypor - Embroidery floss on clothespins. Reclaim: Plastic Bottles. Knitting. Sewing. 10 Cool Sharpie Projects. By ashleyhackshaw | I love Sharpies.

10 Cool Sharpie Projects

The project possibilities are endless! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites and they are all super easy. View them after the jump! Happy Sharpie-ing! Nggallery id=’126149′ Stationary Make some special mail. Pillows This pillow is Christmas themed but you could make any pillow to go with your home decor using sharpies. Bags Aren't these the cutest? About ashleyhackshaw ashleyhackshaw Ashley Hackshaw is the editor, designer, and DIYer behind the wildly popular Lil Blue Boo.

14 Unique and Fun Crafts with Duct Tape. By craftyamy | I’m so impressed with duct tape recently — have you seen all the cool colors and patterns that are available?

14 Unique and Fun Crafts with Duct Tape

Duck Brand has Hello Kitty duct tape, my favorite! I noticed that with all of the new patterns, there has been an upsurgence of craft projects and DIY inspiration using this awesome tape. One project that caught my eye was this set of wallets at Crafty Nest. You won’t believe what else people are making — it ranges from jewelry to gifts to furniture.

Nggallery id=’126138′ Follow Amy at Mod Podge Rocks, or on Facebook and Twitter for updates! Also find Babble on Pinterest More on The New Home Ec:12 Awesome DIY Color Palettes12 Sweet Spring Wreaths to DIYDr. About craftyamy craftyamy Amy Anderson is a crafty, DIY kind of girl who lives in Atlanta with her pug. 14 DIY Projects With Rainbows. By craftyamy | I was looking over my pins lately and realized that a lot of them are rainbow related (go here, here, here and here).

14 DIY Projects With Rainbows

What is that all about? Well, let’s face it – rainbows make me happy! I love color; most of us in DIY and crafts do – it’s just so inspiring. Get ready for even more inspiration, because I’ve put together a collection of 14 rainbow craft projects that I love. Nggallery id=’126161′ Follow Amy at Mod Podge Rocks, or on Facebook and Twitter for updates! Also find Babble on Pinterest More on The New Home Ec:12 Pretty and FREE Spring Printables12 Awesome DIY Color Palettes14 Cool Duct Tape Craft Projects About craftyamy craftyamy Amy Anderson is a crafty, DIY kind of girl who lives in Atlanta with her pug.


For My Humble Abode. Look to inspire. Holidays. DIY Project. This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own.

DIY Project

#pmedia #KleenexTarget 8 years ago, I remember this… My daughter, who was almost 2 years old at the time, would grab my hands and spin around “ring around the rosie” style to the following… “Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose and 2 eyes made out of coal…” I was also 35 weeks pregnant with twins. In addition to needing tissues for my tears, my entire family has also needed a lot of tissues recently.

So, I went to Target to purchase several boxes of Kleenex facial tissue using this $1 off 4 or 6 pack Kleenex facial tissue coupon (coupon available while supplies last). During the past several weeks, my kids, husband and I have had a cold. A cough and cold is tough on the kids. We’ve used so much Kleenex tissues, we had a supply of empty tissue boxes. Download our Frosty the Snowman template HERE. Happy Crafting! Ucreate. Ucreate with Kids: January 2011. Today I'm going to be sharing a grocery shopping activity that can easily be created by you.

Ucreate with Kids: January 2011

As my son has gotten older, taking him grocery shopping has become more and more difficult. He either wants to get out of the cart and run around or help me shop by throwing everything in the cart. To keep him occupied, I decided to create a way that he can shop with me and learn at the same time. I came up with a grocery store activity called Look and See Shop with Me.

There are a couple of different ways to create this activity. I also used the same pictures to create a collage of pictures, letters, and numbers. A third way to create this activity is to use different store fliers to cut and paste items onto a piece of cardstock. Princess Theme Gift Bags? Quick Princess Crafts for Princess Goody Bags. *Note: All tutorials mentioned will be listed in the new "Tutorials" section, coming this week What do preschoolers really want in their princess themed goody bags?

Princess Theme Gift Bags? Quick Princess Crafts for Princess Goody Bags.

Bags that will entertain 30 boys and girls at least until they get out the doors of the classroom. Here's what I came up with Finger Puppets in disguise as Pencil Toppers, Unicorns or Dragons (Tutorials to come) Sparkle flower hair clips (Another easy Tutorial, stay tuned) Plus a special Headband for the birthday girlSorry boys, you'll have to settle for harmonicas. Slap Bracelets (banned from schools decades ago, but now covered and safe) Butterfly Straws (paper punch and sticky dots, I can't this is stress how simple) Princess SillyBandz (a new and rare commodity here) All in these nifty little baggies (do you really want another Tutorial? Tutorial: Cupcake Pencil Toppers. Remember when I said I wasn't going to post much about cupcake projects this week, and just do a wrap-up after the party?

Tutorial: Cupcake Pencil Toppers

Remember that? Yeah, well I lied : ) I'm just too, too focused on all things cupcake, excited about the birthday party on Saturday, AND inspired by Lollychops' and Fuji Mama's CUPCAKE WEEK this week (check it out, check it out!) - I can't NOT throw a few cupcake posts your way right now. So I've had THIS tutorial from Whimsy Love in the back of my mind for a long time, meaning to do something with it.

I had picked up some iron-on glitter cupcake transfers over the weekend for another project (coming soon!) I ironed the transfers onto felt - which I did not think would work at all. I cut them out, two per pencil... And hand sewed them together... I left the bottom open to slide on to the pencil. I need to find some cute blue and pink pencils for my toppers, and then these will be slipped into the big girls' goody bags for Saturday's party!

Snowman pencil toppers. How to, Creative DIY, Crafts, Patterns & Tips - DIY Colored Pencil Vase (Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas) Teacher Appreciation Week starts this Monday. (May 2–6, 2011) So, my oldest daughter and I decided to make something fun for her teacher. We made a Colored Pencil Vase. It’s so cheery and colorful. I especially love the simplicity of it. All you need is a container such as a can, colored pencils, a rubber band, a ribbon, a ruler and a black marker or sharpie. Here’s my Colored Pencil Vase Tutorial: I first wrapped a few colored pencils around a (soup) can and secured with a rubber band. I then cut some ribbon. I wrapped the ribbon and tied over the rubber band. My daughter’s teacher can enjoy the flowers and then later can use the colored pencils.

Here are a few other fun teacher gift ideas: Teacher Appreciation Notepad over at How Does She. You Were ‘Mint’ To Teach! Printable Thanks “a latte: Gift Card Holder over at Skip to My Lou. Do you have any Teacher Gift ideas?! See our other similar projects: (Note: This post contains affiliate links.


Pixel Pages. Pixel Pages are a Cubeecraft side project featuring pop-up art from new and classic games (and more). As with any other Cubeecraft, tape and glue are not needed, simply download, print, cut, and fold. A hobby/craft knife is absolutely necessary for cutting out Pixel Pages, so kids get an adults help! A nice little handmade gift for your favorite holidays and special occasions. Great for display at home, work, secret laboratory, or dungeon. You can see all of the available Pixel Pages right here. Instructions in Spanish: Necesitarás: Un cuchillo artesanal Una regla Instrucciones: 1. Share and Enjoy. - Blonde Designs Blog - lip and moustache lollipops. Around the end of January, my girls catch the Valentine's Day bug.

They love the holiday as much as I do, especially their class parties with homemade mailboxes stuffed full of notes and treats from friends. For their class treats, we always try to come up with something different each year. Last year, we filled glassine bags full of their favorite Valentine's candy and affixed cute foldover labels printed with their picture and a Valentine's message.

My friend, Jennie, made clever ones last year. This year, however, Charlotte informed me that she absolutely did not want a photo of herself on her treats for school. This project became a family affair. I hope you enjoy!


Blog. May 27th, 2012 Lace inserts are a popular denim DIY this summer. Usually done with white lace and light denim I wanted to mix it up and try it with black! Sources: (Top Left – Right) 1. Clones ‘N’ Clowns 2. Refinery29 3. What you Need: Shorts/Jeans – I got mine from Value VillageLace – Mine is the edging of fabricScissorsThreadHand Sewing NeedlePins Loading ... Categories: Blog, Do It Yourself, Shorts of the summer series May 25th, 2012 One of my favourite parts about thrifting is finding that amazing item that is great quality but CHEAP. Categories: Blog, Thrifted Outfits, Toronto Vintage May 4th, 2012 I think everyone who thrifts has those few items that you look for each time you go.

A Little History Coco Chanel is credited for making the tweed suit fashionable in the 1960′s. source: Coco Chanel A lot of Inspiration Today the tweed suit is still popular but in separates. Source: Aime La Mode source: Wendy’s Lookbook (great blog!) Source: Clemence Posey via Fab Sugar source: La Mode Classics: 1. Pics. Universal wrapping paper - StumbleUpon.

All my base are belong to you greeting cards. Minor Emergency Kits. Use your scraps. DIY T-SHIRT! I pretty much have been going to sleep thinking about what to put on my shirt ever since I got new Iron-on transfer papers. (I thought that phrase was fitting!) The point of this DIY is show you how to add your favorite or funny phrase onto a shirt! I got my transfer paper at Target for under $10 bucks and it came with plenty of sheets. To make my design I used photoshop, which worked great. The most important thing is that your image is flipped, because when you print it out you don't want the ink out towards the world, but instead sealed under.

Oh and wait! Now cut out your design, peel off backing (lightly score the back with an exact-o knife and it comes off real easily). And yet another tip: I used parchment paper even though my paper's directions did not call for it, I just wanted to be safe. I love this shirt, mostly because its true. Ok so to review the tips: Thanks people! KNOW AND TELL CRAFTS.


The Twenty Minute Tote - The Twenty Minute Tote. How to make a simple (reversible) tote bag. Diana Hobo – Free Pattern – think liz. FREE bag purse pattern - 'For Pleat's Sake' Tote. Do-it-Yourself DIY String Wedding Lanterns Yarn Chandeliers. Skip to my Lou. Watermark Tee by Sweet Verbana - StumbleUpon. Make This Look.