Last Minute Gifts

Last Minute Gifts

Last Minute Gifts

Incase you are a procrastinator and need to get some gifts ASAP here is an excellent idea for everyone! Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Sewing) is a great way to put recycle, reduce and reuse into practice in a creative way. You can use things from around your house that you have been wanting to use, well now is your chance! Handmade gifts are special and show the effort you put into your present! This book illustrates ways to get creative, save yourself some money and make sure everyone you love has a little something for the holidays!

Product Description:
Cynthia Treen has a way with fabric. She can pick up a piece of cloth and, literally within an hour or two, transform it into something wonderful—a chic wool hat from an out-of style sweater, say, or an elegant blossom from a favorite piece of silk. In Last-Minute Fabric Gifts, the follow-up to the immensely successful Last- Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, Treen teaches all of us to perform such fabric magic no matter how little sewing experience we may have.

This inspiring book comes with 30 easy projects for quick-to-make gifts ranging from fabric-covered notepads to a tea-dyed sequined scarf to a baby quilt. Arranged by how long it takes to complete each project, the book focuses on gifts that generally require less than three hours of time. What’s more, Treen clearly details the knowledge and skills you need to improvise on these projects, allowing you to customize the color, pattern, and texture to suit the occasion. Complete with 70 full-color photographs and a final chapter on innovative ways to wrap gifts with fabric, Last-Minute Fabric Gifts is brimming with creative ideas sure to appeal to novice and experienced sewers alike.


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Make Your Own Ornaments

Make Your Own Ornaments

Holiday Ornaments

Supplies:

Jumbo Natural Craft Sticks
Pipe Cleaners (assorted colors)
Assorted Buttons
Craft Felt
Craft Wiggly Eyes
Pom-Poms
Glue
Glitter
Eco-Glue
Washables Markers
Fabric from around the house
Bells
Ribbon
Natural Plant Dye Eco Paint
Any odds and ends you have around the house to make the ornaments more fun and original.

Instructions:
1. Make a hole in the top of the stick. If you are planning to give your ornament a hat or hair you can wait to put the hole through that or clue the ribbon or pipe cleaner to the back of the ornament to hang your ornament with.

2. Take your popcicle sticks and paint/color them the way you want festive or other wise.

3. Let the sticks dry then add on all of the decorations you want! Get creative!

4. Hang them where ever you want for any holiday you celebrate this season. You can save these for years to come and add to your homemade ornament collection.


Going Batty!

Going Batty

Going Batty

Supplies:

Paper-towel rolls
Toiletpaper rolls
Construction paper
Eco-glue
Pipe Cleaner
Old rags or clot
Scissors
Fishing line or craft wire even an old wire hanger
Pompoms
Eyes
Any old bits and pieces from around the house you thought you could never use!

Directions:

Take a toilet paper roll and wrap black construction paper around it, glue on the bat wings, googly eyes, and add a nose and mouth! You can be as creative as you want try making ghosts too! You can use old tissue paper. You can use pipe cleaners to make mean witches! You can use the simplest of things to create the scariest of ghouls!! You can even try monsters! Use the fishing line, craft wire or old hangers to hang your decorations anywhere you like!

Scary Skeleton Scavenger Hunt

Supplies:

Cardboard
Large sheet of paper or cardboard
Marker
Construction Paper
Pencils
Index Cards
Decorations to decorate your Skeleton
White Paint
Scissors

Directions:

1. You can find stencils on the internet for your skeleton to trace the shapes or if you have a skeleton from previous decorations you can use that as long as you can take apart the pieces for hiding.

2. Trace out your pieces then cut out your skeleton.

3. Trace your complete skeleton decoration on a long sheet of paper old cardboard or even an old sheet.

4.Take the skeleton apart at its joints and hide the parts around your house or yard.

5. Next, make and decorate your index cards with spookie clues on them as to where the bones may be hidden. Try making the clues educational. Learn about the parts you are finding and what their functions are. Don’t make the clues too difficult. You want to make sure the game stays fun!

6. Hide the pieces around the yard or home but make sure to remember when you hid them so they don’t get lost.

7. Start to play! Remember you can decorate the cards, skeleton and the traced outline anyway you want! Use anything you find around your house! Make it as spookie as you want.

Organic Coffee Body Scrub

Organic Coffee Body Scrub

Organic Coffee Body Scrub

Ingredients:

* 2 cups organic coarsley ground coffee beans
* 1/2 cup organic unscented sea salt
* 3 tbsp organic olive oil
* 2 tbsp organic lemon juice
* 1 tbsp organic almond oil

Directions:

Add the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and make sure all of the ingredients are mixed together well. Feel free to add your favorite shower gel or some soap shavings in with the scrub to make it lather. Make sure to use the scrub on wet skin. If you have sensitive skin try using small amounts first to make sure the scrub isn’t too abrasive. After using the scrub make sure to rinse your skin well and after the shower don’t forget to moisturize!!

Benefits:

Coffee is wonderful for tons of reasons, but the caffeine is what contains the added health benefits as a scrub. When coffee is applied to the surface of your skin, it helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. Caffeinated body scrubs, lotions and masks are more beneficial than the expensive creams we all buy to rid us of this inevitable problem. If only we knew before all we had to do was take a coffee bath instead of drink it! Another lesser known benefit to caffeine is it helps with varicose veins. You no longer have to just deal varicose veins as a necessary evil of getting older. A coffee body scrub can aid in preventing them and in some cases make them vanish! The caffeine acts as a vascular restrictor which shrinks blood vessels, and helps reduce the appearance of varicose veins.


Organic Honey, Yogurt, Walnut Mask

You may not always have the time to go to the spa or the money. Why not make your own spa treatments at home? You can invite some friends over and have a spa party or make your own recipes in your spare time. It’s a fun way to learn about the healing and nutritional properties of the foods you love.

Organic Yogurt Walnut Scrub

This treatment works best on normal or combination skin. The nuts exfoliate old dry skin while the yogurt soothes, and the honey promotes calmness.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup organic plain yogurt, chilled
1/4 cup organic walnuts; ground or pulverized
1 tbs Organic Fair Trade Raw Honey

Instructions:
Stir ingredients together. Apply to freshly cleaned face and gently massage to exfoliate. Let the mask sit on your face between 5-10 minutes, then wash off with warm water and pat dry.

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Soda Stream

SodaStream Home Soda Makers

So I am a huge water drinker. I need water with me 24/7. I bring bottles with me everywhere I go. My one green downfall is seltzer. I love seltzer. I need the bubbles. My sadness over all of the plastic bottles I would take to the recycling center forced me to find an alternative. I tried to go back to plain water but it just wasn’t the same. I had to find an answer to my seltzer issue and I did! SodaStream is a great way to make your own sparkeling water or soda at home! I’m not a fan of soda , it is too sweet for me but you do have quite a variety of flavors to choose from.

Ofcourse before I made any purchases I had to make sure they were really green. This is their corporate website http://www.sodastream.com/earthfriendly, this is just a portion of what they are trying to do:

SodaStream is an “Active Green” company. Our solution when used by consumers is actively saving CO2 footprint. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more the user actively saves. This differs from “Passive Green” brands, which use green-friendly production processes, but their products are not inherently helping the consumer save on their daily footprint.

Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means, less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste and less transport of bottled beverages.

Globally, 206 billion liter of bottled water was consumed in 2008 (Zenith International Global Bottled Water Report, 2008); the energy required to make water bottles in the US only, is equivalent to 17 million of barrels of oil in 2008 (Container Recycling Institute, 2002); The bottle industry consumed 100 barrels of oil each year, excluding transportation.

According to the US Recycling Institute, more than 80% of bottles in the US do not get recycled and end their lives in landfills. Eliminating bottles in the US each year would be equivalent to taking 100,000 cars off the road and eliminating 1 million pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

We all know in a world of disposable that reusing is the way to go! We have reusable grocery bags, reusable eating utensils etc why not add a little fizzle to your drinking while helping decrease your carbon foot print!! Check SodaStream out!
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4TH OF JULY MARACA’S!!

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The 4th of July is almost here! Celebrate it with some homemade noise makers! You can make your own 4th of July Maraca’s from thing that are around your house!

MATERIALS:

• at least 2 plastic bottles (water, juice, yogurt etc.)

Gorilla Glue

Kids Classic Recycled Scissors

• rubber bands

Biodegradable Water Balloons

• rice uncooked or dried beans or even dry lentils

• something to use as a handle (straw, popsicle stick, old pen or pencil)

•decorative elements such as beads, stickers, markers, buttons, glitter, paint or anything lying around the house like broken jewelry or hair accessories.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

• Make a hole at the bottom of the bottle, using the scissors or a knife (this is a job for the adults).

• Pour glue on the hole.

• Put the handle in the hole. Give it a moment to make sure the handle stays put.

• Fill up the bottles half way with the rice, beans or lentils.

• Cover the top of the container with the balloon.

• Use the rubber bands to to tie the bottom of the balloon to the handle of the maraca.

• Get to decorating! Make them as fun as you want! Use anything you find from around the house. You can even use things you find outside like leaves, sticks, acorn shells!

• Let them dry so none of the decorations fall off or get smudged.

• After they have dried, PLAY WITH THEM!

How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics

How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics: Face Masks, Hair Rinses & Body Lotions: Recipes for Natural Beauty

I have been dabbling into home remedies and baths due to some books I have been reading and since those have been going so well I have finally decided to take a shot at making my own cosmetics. It is a great way to save money. I can create cosmetics to suit me personally and have them do the things I need specific to my body. I am elated at my new adventure. I know a little about what different herbs, fruits and veggies do but clearly I need some assistance so I don’t make a science experiment out of my skin and hair. After very little research I found this book that looked like it was on my level.

Book Description:
Natural and organic is the buzz in cosmetics. Even for over-the-counter products, everyone from is going organic when it comes to beauty. This beautiful book shows you how to make your own handcrafted, organic makeup using essential oils and other natural ingredients. With this book you can personalize your beauty regimen without standing in line. The Organic Face Book feature a range of recipes for quick and easy daily products: face cleansers, eye cleansers, toners, moisturizing creams and gels, cold cream cleanser, hand cream, body lotion, lip balm, face masks, rejuvenating treatments, liquid shampoos, hair bars, conditioners, rinses, hair nourishing treatments, deodorants, mouthwashes, aftershaves, and eye baths.

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