Sunday, April 01, 2012

Home at Last

Well we have been home for several days and it feels like yesterday. I really can't believe how time flies. If you check out my ART blog you will see some of my fun old book finds and what I plan to do with them.

One of the first things I did when I got home was make some more body cream. The last cream I made was a face cream but this time I wanted to add some Coconut oil (shouldn't use that on your face) to see how it would work. So I played around with my recipe and got to work. This one is really moisturizing but too thick. I think I'll try it again using less if no Stearic Acid.

It has a nice light scent of coconut but it doesn't linger after you put it on. If you want the recipe, leave a comment with your e-mail and I'll send it to you.

I had someone ask me about all my supplies... well they do tend to grow like any hobby that you start to get into. The little purple bag holds most of my essential oils. Here are the essentials that you need to make your own lotions and creams.

  • Scale
  • Whisk or stick blender
  • Pyrex measuring cups (I use a 4 cup and a 1 cup)
  • Containers
  • Spring water or distilled water
  • Oils (various...could be grape seed, olive, caster, sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, sunflower, cocoa butter or more exotic like mango butter or Shea oil.
  • Emulsifying Wax (this is to help your water and oil blend together and not separate)
  • Preservative (I use a paraben free one that you can get at

I'm sure that most of you have some of these ingredients already. If you don't want a preservative in your lotion then you will need to either keep it refrigerated or use it within 2 to 3 months. The Sage blog has all kinds of recipes and shows steps in making your own lotion so check it out.

I did play with making some charms this week. I had to finish up a set for the Springtime in Paris swap (forgot to take pictures) and now I'm working on Nest charms for another group. These are fun but I have to make a total of 18 of them - only 9 more to go.

Next up is a button swap hosted by Cindy Wimmer over at Sweet Bead Studio (see button on the right top). I have a growing collection of buttons and thought it might be fun to do a little blog hop swap. I also found some really cool old metal buttons while at the antique store shopping yesterday. I'll be sure to post my finished creation here at well as on my ART blog since I'm not sure if it will be art or jewelry... maybe a little of both?

Have a great Sunday.

1 comment:

  1. Dana- LOVE your nests! I especially like the copper one with the round blue beads- but they all are so cool! This is going to be another good swap- I can feel it in my wings- er - bones! lol.



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