Showing posts with label Frugal living. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frugal living. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Handcrafted soap and soap molds


Aren't these soap molds just gorgeous? My wonderful husband made them for me.  There is a total of 3- 3.5 lb loaf molds and a 2 lb for more of my specialty soap loafs. 3 sides are attached with heavy duty pressure hinges and the one end is static. The hinges are so strong that I don't have to reinforce the sides from expansion, or at least I haven't had to clean up a soap explosion yet from over expansion. Yeah! These molds are so easy to use that when my soap is ready for pouring all i have to do is make parchment paper liners to fit and depending on the recipe I will add a wood topper for heat retention. 

Once the soap is set the sides of these molds just fold down allowing you to slide the loaf out. This is our Eucalyptus and Sage 2lb loaf that has now set and is ready for cutting and curing.


With any craft sometimes you have successes and sometimes you have failures, this project encompasses both. This is a bubblegum scented loaf and a personal favorite but a total retail failure. This Bubblegum bar is made of both hot process soap base and cold process soap balls that i made using left over base from my heart cupcake soap topped off with some soap icing. These bases are made using different recipes but combine to form an ultra deluxe bar chalk full of coconut milk, Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, palm kernel flakes, vitamin e. Let me tell you that once you use a real soap you will never go back to that chemical laden bars they sell in the supermarket. 
This bar did discolor to a dirty flesh tone with pink balls after curing for a few weeks which I don't mind but I won't sell to my customers. This discoloration is caused from the vanilla in the scent so without adding more artificial colorants to try and offset this I will just have to accept the outcome. 

Castille soap is extremely gentle and low sudsing and is one of the oldest and purest form of soap known to man dating back to the Babylonians of 2800 BC. This bar uses nothing but lye, olive oil and water in its construction and I would recommend this soap for anyone that has sensitive skin, babies or as a face soap it can't be beat. This is available by special order only as it can take more than 6 months to fully cure. 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sleigh Ride Handcrafted Soap for Men

"Sleigh Ride" is one of the fragrances from New Directions that I receieved for the more masculine soaps I made this year and I love it!  Their description of the scent includes top notes of eucalyptus, citrus, ozone floral with nuances of strawberry. Floral mid notes of cinnamon, carnation and tuberose blend into a warm base of cedar, violet, balsam, powder and musk.  It may be just be me but when I smell it I am reminded of my grandpas sweet pipe tobacco.
Inspired by the name of the fragrance, I designed this soap in a white base (snow) and added a pencil line of activated charcoal (for the shadows that you would see on a moonlit stroll through the woods)and added a sharp peaked top that shimmer with white glitter (to represent the shimmery snow caps in the moonlight) . This soap is a treat for all your senses. What do you think?

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Adeps Suillus, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, titanium dioxide, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, fragrance, mica, activated charcoal


Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Adventures - Soap Making

Happy New Year to you all.  Where does the time go? From Mid September to the first week of January it is non stop around here trying to fulfill orders, make gifts, bake, visit, concerts... you know the holiday routine. Ahhh Now all I want to do is just sit, have a cup of tea and of course think about my next project.
Well ever since my baby girl got sick a few years ago with severe food allergies to casein (milk protein) and egg whites, it has flipped everything we knew about the world we lived in upside down. We are now required to read EVERY LABLE, whether it is a whole food or not, you would be scared to know just how lax the labeling requirements are for the food we consume. Vaccinations are touch and go and even the products we use on our body is extremely dangerous in most cases. So in order to face this challenge head on, we have taken control of what we put in our body by making 95% of the food we eat from scratch and grow it when ever possible. We have also learned the art of soap making.
This year for Christmas, instead of making the adults an ornament, I thought I would test out some of my soaps, and to my surprise they have gone over extremely well.  I think I'll be looking into this a little more seriously.

This is my Heritage Bar.  It is hot processed in the crockpot it has a very uplifting citrus and tea tree scent, which is highlighted by the ultra luxurious creamy bubbles and shea butter for moisturizing. Ingredients are listed at the bottom.


As you see, there is nothing fancy here. An old crockpot and utensils that are for soap making ONLY. A plastic shallow tub from the Dollarstore which is lined with a plastic garbage bag and for cutting I used a bench scraper. Let the sit out for a few weeks to dry them out (this will allow the bar to get harder, milder and will last longer.) Hot process soap is one that you can use right away in a pinch but real soap should be treated as a fine wine. It is always better with age.

****If you are going to be attempting this at home, use caution and educated yourself on safe handling of caustic products. ******


Ingrediants: Cocos Nucifera (coconut Oil), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive oil), Aqua (water) Sodium hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Tocopherol, Glyceryl Stearate (steric acid), bergamont oil, orange oil, lime oil, grapefruit oil, lemon oil, lavendula officinalis (lavender), melaleuca (tea tree), mica, tumeric

Ingrédients : Cocos nucifera , l'huile hydrogénée vedgetable, Olea europaea , Aqua . L'hydroxyde de sodium , 4 Simmondsia chinensis ( jojoba ) Seed Oil , Tocopherol , Glyceryl Stearate , l'huile bergamote , d'orange, huile de citron vert, pamplemousse , huile, huile de citron , lavendula officinalis , Melaleuca , mica, tumeric

 
 
I would love to hear what you think.
 





 

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Paper Doll Costume

 
This is my Halloween Paper doll Costume this year. It will be completed with anime doll makeup and a big red buffon wig.  

This is an easy no sew, last minute Halloween costume idea. Here is how mine came together.

Supplies;  2 pieces of poster board. This color choice will all depend on your outfit. I chose white as I knew I would be painting it.
                 pencil 
                 scissors
                 a formfitting outfit you already own
                 sharpie or other permanent marker 
                 paint or decorative tapes to color in designs
                 stapler and staples
                 elastic
                 straight edge

1.  Go searching for outfit inspiration, just don't go too long or too fancy. It is was easier walking in a two piece outfit above the knee than a long dress. This costume does not bend very well. Also you are going to be coloring this in so the pattern should be something your comfortable working with. 

2. Lay out an outfit you already own on the poster board to get your size parameters. Lightly trace around your existing outfit with pencil and remove. Now construct your paper doll outfit within the parameters you just established.

3. Remember to add tabs using your straight edge,

4. Now color or paint in your pattern and design.


5. Go back and outline your dress and tabs in sharpie.
6. Cut out your dress/ outfit.
6. Take your elastic and attach 1 piece around the waist of your skirt. so it can be slipped on and off. Remember to leave a little more wiggle room if it is going to be going over your winter gear. And attach 2 more pieces of elastic from each shoulder to just under the underarms. So it fits like your putting your jacket on backwards,
7.  Try on, add makeup, a wig and a paper accessory and you are done.
Ill make sure I get a picture on Halloween with makeup and do an update. I hope this inspires you to try one out too.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vintage Inspired Wood Signs

This project was inspired by a 1950's ice chest and picnic basket that we found on our travels this summer, both of which are in the red plaid patterning. Both of these were created using the separator pieces from a wine crate. I started by giving the pieces a good sanding and 2 coats of primer. I free-handed the coffee sign and used some letter stencils for the Farmers market sign and then sealed them with 2 coats of outdoor sealer as they are hung outside.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fishing was pretty poor this year.

On our travels this summer, I went beachcombing for some driftwood with a completely different project in mind. I love using natural items in my projects and with keeping the nautical travel theme for the boys' room, I designed this fish bones wall hanging. I found some slender twigs for the body and some bark for the head and tail attached it all with my handy dandy glue gun and voila.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Recycled Wood Arbour

We have been busy in the yard this year planting, moving, and always adding. I find most of my inspiration and calming in our gardens so why not make it all that it can be. This is another simple reclaimed wood project that we put together in a weekend. The box was an after thought and still needs to be painted but until the "monsoon" season is over, it just wont be happening. lol Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Potter's Table Re-do

This has been on my to do list since last fall. My Wonderful husband rescued 2 of these beauties from the trash at work and thought I could do something with them. Well of course I can :D I was just looking at the industrial tables on the Restoration Hardware site. So as they say one persons trash is another ones treasure.


Nothing a little elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint couldn't cure. Until next time Happy Creating everyone :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fish Side Table

So I have been redecorating the little kids rooms into bigger kids room and for the little man in my life I decided to go with a "Sail Away with Me" theme. We have had this icky side tabel in out possession for a long time and everytime I look at it all I saw was fish. So with a little elbow grease it was transformed from this

to this



I think it is just the perfect addition to his room. And the more it gets banged around - because you know it will being almost 3 - ;) the better it will look.
Hope you enjoy
Tammy

Sunday, August 21, 2011

My Birds think its the Ritz Carlton - DIY Lamp ReVamp

We have all seen these 1970's hanging lamps or we even have one stuck in the very back corners of our basements. Well this is a product of my husbands creative brain at work of turning what was once an eye sore into something useful and lovely. :) I cant take any credit for this at all, and when he first told me what he was doing I thought he was going to the birds.. hahaha But our little woodland creatures LOVE it. It also seems to be hail, squirrel, and big bird proof (jays, black birds, magpies etc...) He took out all the electrical, plugged the holes left by that and stuck rubber stoppers under the glass to lift it enough for the seed to be gravity fed. We decided not to paint it as it blends nicely into its surroundings, but did seal it with 3 coats of outdoor sealer. Hope you enjoy.
Tammy

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Easter Island Head DIY Moai Planter

Its finally starting to green up around here. I have 1/2 of the greenhouse permanently planted the other half are in cold frames and almost ready to go to their outdoor location. I have radishes, spinach and lettuce that have popped through to say hello and my annuals are up and waving to the world. :D So now I have been on a search for interesting containers to put all these extra pretty ornamentals. HMMMM Have you actually checked out the prices of some of the big pots and outdoor decor. It is crazy! So off to Google I go for inspiration and this is what I came up with. This Moai planter is 3 ft tall and made of concrete, Styrofoam and reinforcing wire The inner pot can be removed for easy planting or changing out plants as the year goes by. I'm thinking of putting some big bushy purple verbena in for hair.
Happy Creating :D
For a more detailed step by step and another crazy head planter idea visit here:  http://tampster1.blogspot.ca/2012/05/new-concrete-planter-head-for-garden.html#.Ups31sRrZy0



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BHG Pergola Patio Set knockoff for under $25

This is probably the absolutely best outdoor project we have taken on. We have an enormous yard for being in the city and for years it has been neglected. The gardens have grown over and the perennials were being chocked out by the thistles. So last year we tackled the main veggie gardens and 1 small circular perennial bed to add some interest. All veggies are started from seed and all the perennials have been graciously donated from friends that have been dividing up what they have. This year I really wanted to add some extra seating and maybe some extra pretty things - because you can't have enough pretty flowers. So few weeks ago BHG sent out their weekly newsletter - a pergola special, and after explaining to my DH that the word pergola actually exists LOL we came up with some VERY rough sketches and I sent him to work. Hahaha K is really enjoying this woodworking thing and as long as he enjoys it I will keep coming up with projects. :D




This year we also tackled the greenhouse http://tampster1.blogspot.ca/2011/05/our-easter-project.html#.UpoG58RrZjo- which is already producing :D, added a rain barrel, put in 2 raised beds and 1 cut bed, made the kids a few picnic tables, added the clock and it was still lacking something.
Now wait for it.... Cost for project
Wood .... free ** actually we should get a credit for this, the company was just going to cut this up and call it garbage, as it cant be used for anything that they produce and pay to have someone haul it away.
Screws... $12 and there is about 500 of them in here... LOL don't ask. ;)
Paint.... $5/gallon Wally World was doing renovations and they had their $35/gallon paint marked down you betcha!!!!! I took 3 but haven't used 2 yet
Chicken Wire 2 rolls at $1.25 from the dollar store - $2.50
And of course my wonderful husbands Love :) --- Free and unconditional :)
Total ---- $24.50 Cant get much better than that. :D
The boxes are 2ft square, the benches are removable, 1 is 5ft and one is 4ft. And right now the corners are planted up with Annabella hydrangeas, the corner box will have clematis and other planting to be decided at a later date . :) I LOVE IT!!!! Hope you do to.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Restoration Hardware Clock knock-off




I have never been a big shopper - especially in high end boutiques. But when I was thumbing through a decorating magazine I came across this massive fake clock from restoration hardware. 2 reasons why I would never buy this product - 1. it doesnt work - lol - not very practical 2. It cost $1495.00 Can you imagine paying that for something that doesn't work ... Oh my! I was going to ask my DH to cut me out a big cirle from some of our left over wood projects, but my neighbours beat me to it. They had this stone tabletop (use to be a sundial) with a broken plaster pedistal and asked if I could use it before it went into the trash. **** You betcha***** And low and behold I came up with my own version. 4ft round marble. It will be sitting in my yard for the summer and I "will" find a place for it in my house this winter. I LOVE it!! And the best part is that it cost me NOTHING. I have bins and bins of paint and outdoor sealer so all it took was a little geometry and some elbow grease and Wholla. :)
Hope some of these projects will inspire you to try something new. :)
Happy creating.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

DIY Project- Greenhouse

Its been busy around here, Ive managed to finish 3 dresses, 2 skirts, 1 shirt for my little girl and pj pants and a hat for my little boy and a skirt, top, 2 hats and an 50's inspired apron for myself.(ill post those when my model is not so ill. Plus Ive started a new watercolor painting. - ill post that tomorrow. But the best"est" ;) project we have taken on is my prized Greenhouse. Measurements are 7 * 7 *3.5 feet :D This will save ALOT of post hail tears - hopefully. My husband works for a lumber yard which has come in handy for the summer project wish list. The lumber used was fall down (stuff they cant use because of estetics and would have been cut up and tossed away, (which is no bother to me ;)) and the poly are the sheets that cover the wood as it comes into the plant. So total cost of the project was my husbands' love and much appreciated help from our neighbour. :D I can't wait for everything to start blooming and producing.