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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Published November 9, 2013 by rumbl3

Yesterday I spent at least 2 hours scouring Pinterest and my FB feeds for an easy ornament to make.

I found it!


Material list (I got everything at Wally’s):

  • package of baby ankle socks ($4 for a pack of 10 pairs, will make 20 ornaments)
  • googly eyes ($4.50 for hundreds, various sizes)
  • brown pipe cleaners ( less than $1 for pack of 25)
  • holiday fabric ribbon (I used 5/8″ wide, was less than $1 for 3 yards)
  • small square of orange felt for nose, perhaps an orange button might work, too
  • colored poms (less than $1 for a pack of many)
  • cotton filling (less than $4 for big pack)
  • hot glue gun and sticks of glue
  • rubberbands

Here we go!

Take a sock and fill 2/3 full with cotton filling. Use rubberband at neck section and again at top of head section.


Fold down top of sock in a stocking cap style.


Glue 2 googly eyes on face.


Take a small segment of ribbon (4-5″), fold it over on itself and glue at bottom. This will be the hanging loop for tree.


Hot glue this loop to top of hat. I then used a pom in front of that.


I cut a brown pipe cleaner into arms, and added branches for fingers. I glued them to side of snowman. And then added a red holiday scarf around his neck and sequin buttons down his belly. I added a small sliver of the orange felt for his carrot nose 🙂


It took me around 15 minutes to do this from beginning to end and he is so stinking cute! He would make a great package topper too.

Would love to see other examples if anyone else is getting into the holiday spirit!

Happy crafting!

Edit: The finished products! I made 20 ornaments in 6 hours.



Solid Perfume Sticks- so good!

Published November 6, 2013 by rumbl3

I finally got around to making my own solid perfume sticks. They turned out awesome!


What you will need:

  1. Glass measuring cup
  2. Pipette (plastic eye dropper)
  3. Beeswax
  4. Carrier Oil (grape seed, almond, or olive) I used a light olive oil
  5. Essential or fragrance oils work with this ( I used Patchouli and Orange)
  6. Containers (I used empty chap stick tubes)
  7. Double boiler ( I used a canning ring upside down in pan of water and then placed my glass measuring cup on top of that)

The recipe is:

Equal parts Beeswax and carrier oil (olive, almond, grape seed) I used a light olive oil

30-40 drops of Essential or Fragrance oil, depending on how strong of scent you want

For your double boiler- only add 1/2 the height of water to your glass (using a 2c. measuring glass, only allow water to go to the 1c. mark). When water starts boiling, you do NOT want the water to splash back into your Beeswax.


Melt down the Beeswax. When it becomes clear, remove glass from water and add your carrier oil.

When thoroughly blended, add in your Essential or Fragrance Oils.


Using your pipette or eye dropper- fill your container and let cool for at least an hour before capping.


They turned out awesome!

Try it- it was easy, quick, moderately cheap and it makes a great girlfriend gift!

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.


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


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.


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!

Mmmm… An easy-to-make Sugar Scrub recipe

Published August 13, 2013 by rumbl3
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1/8 c. coconut oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil to your liking

That is all you need to make a delicious Mint Sugar Scrub.

Edit- I melted the coconut oil in microwave for 20 seconds prior to adding it to sugar. Mixes awesome!

After mixing thoroughly, scoop into a 10 oz. + jar with lid.

To use: Using fingertips, “paint” scrub all over face and neck. After face is completely covered, you can leave on for 10 minutes for a mask or using a wet washcloth, in circular motions wash the scrub off face and neck.

I tried this. My skin is very soft and creamy feeling. The after- doesn’t feel oily or waxy.


fyi- You do not need to order the coconut oil online (I did). Walmart carries coconut oil in the cooking spice aisle for a very reasonable price. I believe it was less than $6 for a good size container.

Happy Crafting!

Christmas is around the corner…

Published November 12, 2010 by rumbl3

Every Christmas season, there are a few neighbors or friends I want to remember with a gift but just don’t have much money to do so. So I scour the internet for recipes of items that are great gifts but cost very little money to make.

This year’s crafts are: Bath salts, and Cinnamon Ornaments.

Here are the recipes…

Bath Salts-
3 c. Epsom Salts
2 c. Sea Salt
1 c. Baking Soda
5-7 drops Essential/Fragrance Oil
Food Color for desired color

Mix in glass bowl thoroughly.

The ingredients come in large enough packages so you can make a couple batches… One batch is enough to give 6 friends 8 oz. of bath salts.

The cost- approx. $10 for all materials (except decorative bottle)

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.