***Simple Christmas Potpourri

Published October 27, 2013 by rumbl3

I love the smell of Cinnamon/Orange/Apple wafting thru the air of my house… It reminds me of holidays.

And face it… we have all spent lots of money on the oils, plug-ins, and potpourris to capture this smell.

Here is a simple (really!) recipe to get those holiday scents without breaking the bank!

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In the bottom of a soup mug:

2 tsp. cinnamon

Squeeze one section of an orange and drop peel in cup

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2 tbs. applesauce

Boil water in the teapot.

Pour 3/4c. over cinnamon/orange/applesauce. Stir well.

Now wasn’t that easy?

When the water starts cooling the cinnamon will become gloppy goo. To refresh potpourri- remove goop, add a little more cinnamon and applesauce, and pour more boiling water over it.

Try moving the steaming cup from location to location. Or make multiple cups for different rooms.

Happy crafting!

Label the Jars… Check!

Published October 16, 2013 by rumbl3

The Holiday Bazaar approaches. But I have my handy, dandy check list to keep me on the straight and narrow 🙂

Week of Oct. 8: Pour soap till your body aches.

As you can clearly see, that job is done.

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Week of Oct. 15: Make labels and label the jars.

Again- this is clearly done.

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Whew!

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75 jars- bagged and tagged.

When they are filled, I hope they resemble this:

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It’s been a productive week.

I would LOVE to hear about any other craft fairs going on.

Cinnamon- Applesauce Ornaments

Published October 11, 2013 by rumbl3

Cinnamon Ornaments-
1 c. ground cinnamon (bulk bin cinnamon works awesome)
1 c. Applesauce (generic is great)
1/4 c. Elmer’s glue (I’ve tried others, but Elmer’s works best)

Mix well in glass bowl. If dough is too stiff, add another tablespoon of applesauce.

Sprinkle counter with cinnamon dust so dough won’t stick to surface.

Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thick. Use reg. cookie cutters to cut out ornaments. If dough sticks to cookie cutters, sprinkle cinnamon on top of rolled out dough.

Take a regular plastic drinking straw to poke thru top of ornament for hanging string or ribbon.

Use a spatula to gently lift ornament and move to a large piece of cardboard. I break down a cardboard box and use for my drying trays.

Set ornaments aside for 24-48 hours to dry.

Decorate with yarns, pipecleaners, raffia, glitter and glue, sequins, buttons, etc.

If you store your ornaments after Christmas in ziplocs bags and a plain shoebox, they will retain their smell for years.

++reposted for the holidays 🙂

Ready, set, SOAP!

Published October 9, 2013 by rumbl3

We moved to the Portland, Oregon, area about 1 1/2 years ago. We hired an LA moving company to get our things here. Almost all our things did get here, but as near as we can figure we are missing at least 3 cartons and a stick fan.

Of course, the 3 cartons missing contained my sanity. Yup- my crafting supplies. Over the last few months I’ve been itching to get back into melt-and-pour soaping. It’s a solo project that is soothing and relaxing to me.

So on Sunday, I went to the craft store and purchased 1 mold with 4 cavities, a 5 lb. block of Mango/Shea butter soap and cellophane bags to wrap the finished product in.

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After dicing a good portion of the soap block into ice-cube sized pieces, I melted, I poured, I colored and scented. Yummy!

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The green ones are Green Tea/ Cucumber bars. And the pink are Lavender. After 2 hours they were ready to pop out and wrap for gifting.

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After 4 more sets, I will be ready for my neighborhood’s Holiday Bazaar. My goodies include: Soap, Bath Salts, Peppermint foot soak, and a Sugar Mint scrub. Fingers crossed!

Why do you craft?

Published October 3, 2013 by rumbl3

My Adventures in Oil :)

Published October 3, 2013 by rumbl3

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I had read many articles and blogs about making your own herb/fruit infused fragrance oils so I thought I would try.

I started with the zest (grated peel without the white pith) of 2 Clementine Oranges.

I took approx. 1/3 c. light Olive Oil

I saturated the zest and sealed the jar. A couple times I day I shake the jar. 10 days went by. Shake, turn, spin. Shake, turn, spin.

Today, I opened the jar with high expectations of smelling a burst of orange essence or at least a light fruity scent. Right?

Uh, no.

What I smell is the fruit zest fermenting- yuck!

It looks pretty. It smells yucky.

Any oil makers out there with an opinion or helpful hint?

What Stinks?!

Published September 27, 2013 by rumbl3

Do you have pets? A smelly husband? Grimy kids?

At one time, I had all 3 🙂

You know how well baking soda works on odors in the fridge- but did you know it works just as well in a smelly home?

Here is a very simple deodorizer to help out with the smelliest of smells.

  • 1 unused coffee filter
  • 1 jar with the canning ring on it
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 20-25 drops of your favorite essential oil (or fragrance oil)

Take your coffee filter and use a hole punch to perforate the center, 10-15 holes (a paperclip or a pen will work too)

After mixing your baking soda and fragrance oil very well (no clumps remaining), put in jar, cover with coffee filter, and top it off with the ring.

Sprinkle on carpet, furniture, in shoes, on bath mats… anywhere you need to deodorize. Vacuum it up after a few minutes.

I also sprinkle just a bit in the bottom of dog’s bed about once a month.

Simple and effective and most of all cheap!

Happy smells to you!