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Crocheting With Wire. In my experience, thick wire is challenging to work with; you don't want to put your hands through the strain of crocheting with wire that is too heavy.

Crocheting With Wire

So with that in mind, you'll want to work with thin wire -- perhaps in the range of 26 to 28 gauge. I've also seen projects made using 24 gauge wire. Wire comes packaged in many different ways. Sometimes you find it packaged on spools, as pictured here. Sometimes you can find value packs comprised of much smaller spools of wire. All have their advantages and disadvantages. So far, my favorite is the larger spools pictured at left. I also love working with the smaller spools from the wire value packs, but they only work for projects where a small amount of wire is needed. Also, there is an excessive amount of packaging with this type of wire, which could potentially have an impact on the environment -- depending on what you do with the packaging afterwards.

My least favorite is the loosely coiled wire without any type of spool. Choosing Yarn, Introduction and Weight. Choosing yarn is hard for me.

Choosing Yarn, Introduction and Weight

I don’t know about you, but I generally go into “choice paralysis” the minute I hit a yarn store, a craft store, or the internet. The days when you could choose a yarn by “weight” because everything was either wool or acrylic are long, long over– there’s so many different yarns, with so many different properties! So how do you pick? After four years of yarn shopping and lots of mistakes, I have my yarn-shopping criteria whittled down to six dimensions. I start with the dimensional criteria that will eliminate the largest possible amount of yarns and work my way down.

Nota bene 1: These dimensions only work if you already know what you’re buying yarn for. Nota bene 2: This isn’t a lesson on gauge, and I won’t be discussing the effects of the size of needles you choose on the properties described here. In order of consideration: WeightDensityPly/TextureWashabilityQualityFeel Thickness/Weight Thicker yarn means knitting goes faster. Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub.

With Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the special women in your lives.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Now, I don’t know about you…but as a Mother myself, I prefer gifts that are of the pampering kind. I have been obsessed with using DoTerra Essential Oils and just got some Lime oil. It smells AMAZING! So…I made a Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub. If you have been hanging around The Idea Room, you have been aware of my Sugar Scrub obsession. Since my food allergy diagnosis, I have incorporated Coconut Oil as my main cooking/baking base and I am in LOVE with it. Plus, the combination of Lime and Coconut scream summer, which we are totally looking forward to at our house. You just might want to eat this stuff…which would totally be fine since everything is edible :)!

Brown Sugar Scrub. Are you guys ready for another Sugar Scrub?

Brown Sugar Scrub

There is just something about the Summer Season right upon us that has me craving a good scrub. PMD Personal Microderm — Holiday Facial Scrubs. 5 Facial Scrub Recipes with a Holiday Twist Orange Honey Face Scrub Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Dried Orange Peel Powder2 Tablespoons Oatmeal1 teaspoon Honey1 Tablespoon WaterInstructions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together well.

PMD Personal Microderm — Holiday Facial Scrubs

Gently massage into skin for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Coffee and Sugar Plum Scrub 2 Tablespoons Ground Coffee3 Plums Crushed (or enough to mix coffee to a paste)Instructions: Mix the ingredients together. Peppermint Sugar Scrub White SugarOlive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract or Essential OilInstructions: Mix 3 parts white sugar and 1 part olive oil or sweet almond oil (look for that same consistency and add where necessary). Candy Cane Sugar Scrub 2 Cups of White Granulated Sugar1/4 Cup to 1/3 Cup Almond Oil (Coconut Oil will work too).Few drops of Peppermint Essential OilInstructions: I simply took two cups of white granulated Sugar and mixed in a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup Almond Oil (Coconut Oil will work too).

Crafts. You guys… I have a secret I have been keeping… for a long time.

Crafts

And I am finally able to share part of that secret with you today! As you know, I love a great crafting tool. I LOVE anything that allows me to actually create something beautiful that starts as a thought and idea in my crowded little brain. Before I get ahead of myself, let me back up…so I can tell you a bit about my journey over the last several months. Over a year ago I was contacted by my friends from Cricut. Cricut’s new machine sounded promising, but without actually having the machine at my fingertips, I was reluctant…and told them so and that was that. Finally, this fall, I connected with Cricut again and made arrangements to go out to their headquarters and actually see and use the new Cricut Explore for myself. You guys! I was given a machine in early December to start playing with and have been working with the Cricut team behind the scenes on some really fun things.