Showing posts with label dollarstore crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dollarstore crafts. Show all posts

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.
Remember sharing is caring. (referral affiliate link- all that means is that if you click on the image, and decide to purchase, I would receive a teeny tiny %. There is no cost to you by using my referral link)
 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Haunt - DIY Rotting Flesh/ Corpsing prop tutorial

Here is one of the techniques I use to attain the rotting flesh look on cheap plastic dollar store Halloween props. 


Supplies you will need:

  • plastic body parts or skeletons
  • cheap plastic wrap - it doesn't matter what brand 
  • heat gun or high-temperature hairdryer
  • wood stain ( I used oak because that is what I had laying around)
  • spray paint ( red and black)
  • craft paint (red, black, dark brown, white, grey and green)  

First, wrap your cheap skulls or bones in a few layers of plastic food wrap. It doesn't matter what brand. Then take your heat gun and melt areas away until you get your desired look. Some hairdryers may not be able to get hot enough to do this.
Hope this inspires you to try a new prop idea for your Halloween Haunt.
 If you like this idea remember "sharing is caring". 











Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Haunt 2014 - How to build a Coffin Prop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Only 2 weeks left until Halloween so here are a few more last minute ideas you can use in your Halloween haunt.

Build your own Coffin:
 I built this one using a half sheet of rigid insulation. I didn't really have any measurements to work from. I just took a piece of paper, scaled it to the size of insulation that I had, drew out a quick plan and cut it out. I used duct tape to stick everything together.
Step 2:
I had some leftover red velour fabric from a Freddy Mercury costume from a couple years ago so I cut it to size and used some carpet tape to attach it to the coffin. Carpet tape is a very strong double sided tape that is weather resistant, permanent and won't melt the foam. Then I used a hot solder pen to melt the wood grain patterns into the styrofoam.
I got out the paint in a black, umber, greys and white and just started painting thin washes of color, trying to get the look of aged wood. The skull on top of the coffin is a dollar store foam piece that I thought was perfect for this piece.
I added a few smaller cheap skeletons that I treated with a Kleenex rotting flesh technique. Then I added a few details like a bow tie and cufflinks for the groom and a veil with a beaded tiara for the bride. And we have "till death do us part - coffin project" 



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hanging towels DIY

After the holiday I have been lacking any type of motivation. It is like the longest turkey hangover...ever. LOl So to start the year off I decided to give my kitchen and bath a quick update with new towels. By taking a teatowel and a pattern I found here http://www.momtastic.com/diy/172615-diy-hanging-dishtowel I came up with this cute little stove towel.  I did make a minor adjustment by adding a button hole instead of just the velcro closure - just testing to see which one will be added to my Christmas gift list for next year.. ;) Hope you enjoy. :)







Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Customized Santa Bags

One thing I really try and keep alive is the "Magic of Christmas". I want my kids to believe in Santa for as long as they can and now that they are in school it is going to get a little harder every year. So this year I made up these quick Special Delivery bags from the North Pole. I know they are not perfect but Santa's elves are really busy with the millions of bags they have to make every year. They came together so quick.
I just worked up the image in my word processor printed it off on the burlap fabric, You can find a tutorial for printing on fabric here and then sewed it on to the pre-made Dollar store gift bag. These are going to be perfect for my little monsters. Hope you enjoy them too.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY wood snowflakes

A quick project to dress up an empty wall. These are aprox. 15 inches each and were done with 2 different sizes of craft sticks, my handy glue gun and a little paint. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DIY Crayon costume for Halloween

Halloween is my favorite time of year. We spend weeks getting our yard and home decorated all for the night when the little ghosts and goblins come out to play. ;) B started school this year and within her school they dont do a Halloween, they have an orange and black day. So in order to kill 2 birds with one stone we decided that she is going to be an orange crayon. So with an old t-shirt and a little black fabric this is what we came up with. I think it turned out Awesome! And the best part it that it was a no sew project. Hope you enjoy

Monday, September 24, 2012

Doodled lunch bag idea


My daughter needed a lunch bag for school and so I went shopping, but anything pretty was incredibly overpriced for what you get, and being in kindergarten I know we will be going through at least 3 during the year. So while I was at the dollar store I found this "blank canvas", grabbed my fabric markers and turned it into what looks like a designer bag. My girl is so happy, even though it's not pink. ;) Hope this inspires you to turn something boring into something beautiful.

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.