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Make Soap the EASY way!

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A few months back my sister-in-law surprised me with some amazing handmade soap.  It smelled delightful and had all natural ingredients like lavendar oil and lavendar petals and coconut oil and goat milk.  I asked her at the time how hard it was to make and she said it was the easiest thing ever.  I haven't had any experience with making soap before and had always thought there was just the one scary wear gloves and goggles hard way to do it.  My interest was immediately picqued and I couldn't wait to get together with her and make some soap together.  

She was worried I wouldn't like learning from her because she only knows how to do it the easy way.  But the easy way is my favorite way to do everything!  I love the idea of making soap in an hour and not getting out any goggles or gloves or any other scary accessories.  Maybe some day I'll try the other method. But today! We're gonna look at the easiest soap making ever!  Are you ready?

Here's a list of ingredients for you:

Silicone Soap Mold (click image to buy)

Goat's Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base 2lb (click image to buy)

30 drops Sandlwood Essential Oil (click image to buy)

4 Tbsp Oatmeal

2 Tbsp Honey

Orange Zest of 1/2 large orange

Knife

Pyrex bowl

Spoon or Spatula

1. To start with you Cut up your soap base in managable cubes and put them in your pyrex bowl. 

2. Melt your soap cubes in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir between each heating. (Optionally you can also heat soap cubes on the stove in a pan)

3. Once melted stir in the Oatmeal, honey and the Sandlwood Oil.

4. Zest half of the orange into the mixture as well. We also zested a little bit into the bottom of the molds for a pretty look.

5. Pour your soap into the molds and let them set up.  This recipe makes about 10 bars of soap. So we had to fill the molds twice but it wasn't a problem.  If you'd like to make them all at once you could buy two molds as they are very cheap.

6. After all the soap was done I fancied them up with a little wax paper, some brown paper from a paper bag and some string.

This is us having way too much fun with our soap.

Handmade soap is great for home but it also makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift.  If you're extra ambitious you can even make soap and sell it.  This quick and easy method makes soap making accessible to everyone.  Even older kids could help out with this fun craft. I hope you enjoy making your very own soap the easy way.  Have you made soap before?  What tips and tricks do you have for me? Stay Crafty!

 

 

 

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Jasmine Hewitt
I'd love to try this one day!
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DIY Leather Tassels

If you are a mom you probably know, remember or long for that precious moment when you feel like you can switch back to a regular purse from that giant diaper bag.  Well friends I am there.  I seem to get away with leaving the house with just diapers and wipes these days and I keep a change of clothes in the car.  Baby girl is perfectly capable and insistent on carrying her own sippy so I am confident that the glorious moment has arrived.  Maybe I should mope a little.  After all baby girl is our last baby and leaving the diaper bag behind is a little symbolic that she is growing up.  But instead I choose to celebrate the steps we're taking together.  My big girl and I will both carry our own purses and they will be appropriately sized to our bodies instead of giant baby suitcases.  Goodbye diaper bag it was great while it lasted.  

Hello my new beautiful purse.  My first real name brand purse (it was a special early anniversary present)  I was giddy picking out my purse over the weekend.  It almost felt like that moment had finally arrived where I was a real adult woman with her first real purse.  The mom purse.  I'm embracing it you guys. This thing is sturdy, fashionable and functional.  It'll have diapers and a pretty wallet.  Kid snacks and my celly.  I'm realizing more and more how little I actually need to carry with me.  It's freeing and wonderful.

Well anyway!  When I was buying my first big girl purse I was looking at all the pretty little tassels and baubles I could attach to it as well.  But I couldn't bring myself to pay $40+ for a leather tassel.  I just couldn't do it.  Quite awhile back I visited my local leather store and bought a couple bags of remnants on the cheap.  I thought some day I'll use those!  And today's the day.  I happen to know how to make tassels and they are practically the easiest thing ever.  Seriously!  They almost make themselves.  So let's do this; let's make some pretty little tassels for my brand new purse. Who does't need a few tassels in their life??

Supplies:

Leather

Scissors

Strong glue ( I used Leather Cement but I think you could try hot glue or craft glue)

Key Ring or Clip (optional)

I made all of my tassels different because that's just how I am.  I'm not real big on uniformity and since my purse is very structured I wanted to bring it just a little more personality with my fun tassels.

 

1.  Cut a strip of leather.  It can be a perfect rectangle.  Tall or short.  Or angled to add texture

2. Cut knotches all the way across.  This is the time to be a little uniformed in your sizes.  It will look best if all the tassel pieces are approximately the same size, but you can choose to do very thin tassel pieces, super chunky or even angled slices.  Be sure to stop about the same place around the top of your tassel.

3.  Cut an extra piece of leather to be a loop.  This is basically just a little rectangle strip.

4. Glue down your loop on the inside of your tassel. Optionally you can add a keyring or clip inside your loop when gluing it down.

5. Put glue across the inside top and roll your tassel up. 

6. Be sure there's enough glue at the end to make it very secure.

7. Some other options are to make a few different colored strips to go across the top of your tassel or glue on jewels.  The sky is the limit.

I hope you loved making these tassels as much as me.  I ended up liking the way just two of them together on my purse looks.  So that means you can win the pink and dark blue tassel.  To enter like me on Instagram @aprildoesthat and tag one friend on the tassel post. I will pick a winner Friday April 21,2017.  

So enter to win or make your own.  Have you ever made tassels before?  What other leather projects have you done?  Do you have some ideas for the rest of my leather stash?  Stay Crafty!

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DIY Chalkpaint Couch Makeover

A guest post by Paige Everson

I bought this vintage settee for only 10 bucks. I always wanted some sort of stylish bench seating for the window side of my dining room table and this was the perfect size. That said, I never really liked the fabric.

 I mean, honestly, other than a baby’s room, who decorates with pepto pink? In addition to the less than desirable color, there were a few deeply set in stains that were beyond removable and also some spots of sun fading.

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DIY Spring Wreath

Spring has sprung!  My flowers are starting to pop up.  The birds are singing and the weather has warmed.  It's time to say goodbye to my snowflakes and pinecones and so long to my snowmen.  Hello bright colors!  Welcome spring flowers!  

Seasonal decor can be expensive.  In fact, when I bought the supplies for this tutorial, the lady in front of me spent $100 on Spring Decor. (no really!)  If you don't believe that's possible, just take a walk through Hobby Lobby and see for yourself.  I like to change my wreath for each season.

 

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April Huggins
Thank you! It was fun and easy too.
Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:21
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DIY Fur Baby Vest

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You've seen them.  Those little tiny fashionistas with their attitude and fresh style and squishy diaper butts.  They have their mocs their trendy outfits and their accessories.  Well I'm as guilty as the next mom.  I love to dress my baby in grown up styles because it is just so darn cute.  I still like those fluffy dresses now and again but my baby is usually dressed in leggings, gold bow moccasins and a trendy shirt.  That is where it's at for me.  I had been wanting a fur vest for baby girl all winter and when I made those throw pillows a while back, one of them was made of faux fur.  So I decided instead of spending a fortune on a fur vest for the baby, I'd take a shot at making one because that's how I roll.  My sewing skills are pretty limited so if I can do this, so can you!

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