My current use it or lose it challenge is to wear perfume every day and finish some of the less loved scents . But now I reckon I only have enough to last me until October!!! So a little scented craftiness is today’s project.
I will be refilling some of the tiny bottles I have recently emptied with essential oil blends using a recipe ‘collaged’ from various sites
Base Essential Oils:Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood 20 drops or 20% of the essential oil mix
50 drops of middle tone oils like Rose, Lavender, Chamomile or Geranium ie 50% of the ess oil mix
30 drops of top note oils like Bergamot, Wild Orange or lemon ie 30% of the ess oil mix
3 parts of alcohol (unscented vodka) either on its own or with one part of carrier oil such as almond oil or coconut
Apparently it takes a few weeks for the blend to meld so I will report back later.
Love this simple home made craft. It is designed so that the feeder of a greedy dog sprinkles biscuits/kibble/dry food on the mat giving the dog a challenge to find and retrieve the food.
Simply made with an inexpensive sink mat (mine Addis 30 cm approx square) with lots of drainage holes in it. Spend 20 minutes cutting a metre of fleece into 2.5 x 10 cm ish strips. Then sit in front of the tv knotting the fleece through the holes. Thread a strip up and down through adjacent holes and tie a single, simple knot to secure each strip until every hole is filled.
I used a thick fleece so stopped when the back looked like this. I finished by threading and stitching a 20 cm strip of fleece through a corner hole to make a hanger. This mat is washable and easy to make.
My favourite so far and a range of non festive makes which I really like. Wrapping paper, cards, tags and bags that will be used and a set of dies, stamps, inks and stencils that have added to my supplies. Good value!
Inspired by the consistently innovative ‘mixed up crafts’ site, this house-shaped gift box is a great way to present a selection of home made cards I am giving. Any combination of cardstock could be used for flowery, plain or sparkly houses but I really love this geometric paper ‘mandala dreams’ from paper addicts.
This is a basic box made from two sheets of cardstock scored and cut to make the walls of the house 8 x 3.75 inches by with two additional pieces offset and stuck over the top flaps of the basic box to form the roof. To decorate with windows, door and chimney – and a few little tulips – I used white card and scraps from the same paper pack.
A huge donation of crafty stuff set me up for months of playtime so I decided to use some of the flowers in a decor wreath
I cut a disc of cardboard from the recycling bin and wrapped it with wool before hot gluing flowers around. To keep balance I visualised the wreath as a clock face positioning flowers roughly at the hours but clustering them in odd numbers.
I kept going until the wreath felt full then gifted it to the lady who gave me the wool stash in the first place. Happy 90th!
A low newel post is a peril for taller visitors to our home so I tend to dangle seasonal ‘creations from it to avoid bumps. This month’s version uses one of my less used die sets.
The pirate ship die alone is 4 inches square (about 10.5 cm) so works well as part of a dangler.
Each element from the set was cut from card two or three times and stuck together to give it some stability and to sandwich in the thread hanger. I tried to use most of this fun Docrafts die set but couldn’t quite work the palm tree, desert island or octopus into this version. Next time maybe.