Category: make stuff

DIY :: lip balm

DIY-Lip-Balm-7Lip balm is kind of a big deal at my home. I usually have one next to the bedside, one on the dresser, one in the “catch everything” kitchen drawer, one in the office drawer, and that’s not to mention the one in the bathroom and my purse. Lip balm is serious business and as much as I like the coloured tints and fancy root beer smells, my favourite is always a simple mix of natural products that soothes and moistures my dry lips. Once you gathered up your ingredients, it’s as easy as bi! bam! bap!

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Ingredients:
2 oz almond oil
1 oz cocoa butter
1.5 oz shea butter
1.5 oz beeswax
Lip balm containers
Stirring spoon
1 pot
optional: scent – make sure you choose one that is edible safe

This recipe makes 24 tubes. You can easily cut the recipe in half or make some for gifts!

DIY-Lip-Balm-2Set stove as low as possible and start melting the beeswax. Do the same with the shea and cocoa butter in the same pot. Once liquidfied, add the almond oil and pour the mixture into the containers (I used a ladle, but I have poured it in directly using the spout from the pot). Let cool and solidfy!

DIY :: glitter letter banner

DIY glitter banner1DIY glitter banner2DIY glitter banner3DIY glitter banner4DIY glitter banner5Hope you had a good weekend. I’m feeling a bit off with the time change, but this DIY project using gold glitter is sure to help! We made this handmade sign for our Indie I Do booth last January using paper, some fishing line, glue, and glitter! Customize your message for parties or booth displays!

things you need: cardstock, computer, printer, scissors, fishing line, glitter, glue, tape.

Step one:
Choose what you wish to say!

Step two:
Determine the size you wish your banner to be and print out the letters using your computer.

Step three:
I’m sure there are plenty of fancy tools that can help you, but I just hand cut the letters on to card stock. The banner pictured above took me about 1-2 Gossip Girl episodes to complete (don’t judge me!).

Step four:
Cover your table with newspaper to keep the glitter mess to a minimum. Using spray glue (I bought this at Michaels) or a glue stick, spread the glue on one side of the letter and dip it in the glitter. Make sure that your letters are the right side up to ensure that your letter is orientated correctly (The letter ‘p’ and the letter ‘d’ can be tricky!).

Step five:
Shake off excess glitter and let dry.

Step six:
Here comes the difficult part! Line up your letters from right to left with the non-glitter side facing up. Measure a long piece of fishing line across the entire banner section making sure you give yourself extra string on both sides of the banner for tying. Use tape to secure the fishing line and lift the banner up gently to make sure that everything is secure (you may need more tape). For a lower case ‘i’, we used a toothpick to hold the dot in place.

->> For a simpler method, you can also hole punch each letter prior to glittering and string up each letter individually instead of using the fishing line! <<-

DIY :: confetti business cards

DIY biz card1DIY biz card 4DIY biz card2DIY biz card3We commissioned the super talented the pauhaus to help us redesign our business cards last year. Aren’t they cute? They say ‘can’t wait to hear from you!’ on the back. I’m such a sucker for heart shapes and polka dots!

To get ready for Indie I Do this Saturday, I hole punched some neon card stock that I already had to make it look like the “confetti / polka dots” on our business cards. I then placed a handful of confetti and the card into a glassine envelope that I purchased on Etsy and sealed everything with a piece of washi tape. Find me at the show to pick one up!

making a terrarium

I finally put together our little terrarium last week and I am thrilled at how it turned out! Terrariums are super easy to make and maintain (I don’t have much of a green thumb), so I figured I would share a tutorial for you to make your own.

You will need:

  • A clean glass container with a large enough opening for you to place plants (fish bowls work well!)
  • Small stones for drainage
  • Charcoal (can be purchased at a nursery)
  • Soil
  • Plants (succulents and slow growing plants that like semi shade / shade work well!)
  • Cute decorations

Instructions:

  • Layer the stones (carefully) at the bottom of the glass container.
  • Add a thin layer of the charcoal on top
  • Add a layer of potting mix and create a hole large enough to place your plants in.
  • Place plants – > I used moss for easy maintainence.
  • Include cute decorations! -> I purchased toadstools from Layer Cake Shop and small animals can be found at Collage Collage.
  • If you have an open top terrarium, then spritz with water once or twice per week. Closed top terrariums should stay moist. Avoid placing in direct sunshine.

Have fun!

tutorial :: canning spicy beans

guest post by Jackie Dives

Take advantage of the bounty of harvest time by canning foods so they are available to eat in the winter months. Despite the rumours, canning is not as difficult or time consuming as people make it out to be. It is a fun activity that keeps your mind and body healthy. Green beans are available year round, with a peak season of May to October.

Equipment:

  1. 4 500ml canning jars with lids and rings
  2. 3 pots – small, medium, large

For inexpensive jars keep a look out at your local thrift store. Double check that the jars are crack and chip free. Jars and rings are reusable, but lids are not. Once the lid’s sealing compound is used it will not reseal properly again.

If you find a bunch of jars at a thrift store with no lids or rings it’s no problem. You can buy them at most grocery stores. If you prefer to buy new jars Canadian Tire has a great selection.

Optional equipment: (These things will help, but are not necessary)

  1. canning tongs
  2. lid lifter
  3. plastic spatula

If you are missing some equipment have a look at this website for DIY canning equipment instructions.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup kosher or canning salt
  • 2 ½ cups of white vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • 2 lbs green beans, cleaned and ends trimmed
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 4 sprigs of dill
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp black pepper

Step 1: In large pot sterilize jars by boiling them for 10 mins. Water should be one inch above jars.

Step 2: While the jars are sterilizing, cut up the jalapenos and garlic.

Step 3: After 10 mins, take the jars out of the water. If you have tongs, use them. If not, wait for the water to cool before you take them out.

Step 4: Fill the jars with beans, jalapenos, garlic, dill and pepper.

Step 5: On high heat, stir the water, vinegar and salt in the medium pot, until the salt is completely dissolved. This liquid is the brine.

Step 6: Pour the brine into the jars, leaving about 1 inch of room below the top of the jar.

Step 7: Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean cloth or paper towel. There can’t be anything on the rim, or else it may not seal properly.

Step 8: Remove any air bubbles by using the plastic spatula. The first time I canned I just used a plastic fork.

Step 9: Put the jars back in the large pot, adding water if needed, and boil for 10 mins. This is called heat processing.

Step 10: After 10 mins, take the jars out of the water. See step 3. Leave your jars to cool. The lids will make a snap or pop sound when they have sealed. If any of your jars do not seal, keep them in the fridge and eat from those jars first. Store the jars for a min of two weeks before eating.

These are basic instructions for canning. You can use this method for other foods including turnip, beets, okra, carrots. Simply look online for ingredient lists and heat processing times.

Originally posted on Granville Online August 31, 2010.