Scented DIY Soy and Beeswax Candles with Printable Lables

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Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Chocolate & Espresso Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.75 oz. espresso fragrance oil
.35 oz. chocolate fragrance oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the espresso fragrance oil I purchased from Brambleberry and the chocolate fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers.

To make your chocolate and espresso scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Learn how to make this vanilla verbena and peppermint scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Vanilla Verbena & Peppermint Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.6 oz. vanilla verbena fragrance oil
.5 oz. peppermint essential oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the vanilla verbena fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers. For a stronger vanilla verbena scent, reduce the amount of peppermint essential oil and increase the amount of fragrance oil by the amount peppermint essential oil you reduced.

To make your vanilla verbena and peppermint scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

You can also make a natural deodorizing beeswax candle scented with eucalyptus and tea tree. That candle recipe can be found on Soap Deli News blog here. I’ve included three label options on the printable label PDF for these size jars. The PDF contains labels for the chocolate & espresso candles and vanilla verbena & peppermint soy and beeswax candles, as well as smaller labels for the deodorizing beeswax candles that fit the smaller 7.75 oz. sized frosted candle jars.

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

To make the smaller sized eucalyptus & tea tree beeswax candles simply reduce the amount of beeswax to 11 oz., the eucalyptus essential oil to .55 oz. and the tea tree oil to .45 oz. Alternately you can use the same recipe for the soy and beeswax candles listed above with .55 oz. of eucalyptus essential oil and .45 oz. of tea tree oil.

This odor neutralizing candle DIY will teach you how to create your own beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. These odor neutralizing candles are relatively easy to make and they really do work!

If you like my recipes for making scented soy and beeswax candles, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


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How to Make A Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle

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Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? My natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.75 oz. beeswax
.8 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.5 oz. tea tree oil

Tools & Materials:

1 12 oz. glass candle jar
large wood candle wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

I used an upcycled 12 oz. candle jar for my tea tree and eucalyptus scented deodorizing beeswax candle. If you don’t have a 12 oz. glass jar, SKS Bottle & Packaging has some really pretty 12.25 oz. glass jars here that would also work beautifully. If you’re using their 12.25 oz. glass jars, you can increase the amount of beeswax to 14 oz.

I used filtered white beeswax pastilles for my homemade candle recipes. However, you can also use traditional unfiltered yellow beeswax.

To make your natural deodorizing beeswax candle you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut two wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the glass candle jar when placed inside with the metal anchors on. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into two metal anchors using one wick for each anchor. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the essential oil and stir it into the melted wax. If necessary, gently heat the wax again.

Now carefully pour the wax into your glass candle jar and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool.)

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Label your candle jar with the free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

odor-neutralizing-candle-tutorial

If you like my natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


For more homemade holiday gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Christmas gift boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on  G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for more great ideas. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Easy Homemade Deodorant Recipe with just 3-Ingredients

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Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can find locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores.

Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can  locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores!

First, some backstory.

Sometimes you just need a hack to make things in your life better. Something quick and easy to improve whatever. Health is one of those things that is hard for me to skimp on especially as someone with fibromyalgia, so there aren’t a lot of health hacks, I guess you could say, that really work like I’d like them to. Here’s some backstory. (Plus why this deodorant hack, you could say, is worth mentioning.)

I’ve been making a lot of changes since first being diagnosed with fibro in 2012. I’ve learned a lot about my body and the condition by being really proactive. As it turns out, despite fibro being increasingly common, a lot of doctors still don’t know how to handle it. My doctor threw drugs at it. Followed by more drugs. Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Lyrica… drugs that actually caused the pain to increase over time leading to the need for more drugs in higher doses.

So, I quit the drugs. And on my on and cold turkey which in retrospect was probably a really bad idea. At the time, tramadol had recently been reclassified as a Class C drug.

I was told by my doctor that taking tramadol was safe. I was also told that it was non-addictive. Tramadol is a synthetic opiate. That it’s not addictive is simply not true. As my need for the drug increased I realized that my pain wasn’t getting worse – I was experiencing side effects as the drug was wearing off. Also Lyrica, which they tout as the new drug for treating fibro, actually causing a sharp increase in pain when it wears off or if you try to stop taking it.

Realizing these things and wanting to take back control of my life, I quit both tramadol and Lyrica cold turkey over a weekend. I don’t recommend this. I ate a lot of benadryl.  It was not fun. At two weeks I started to feel normal again. At three weeks I finally leveled back out.

Then I started making changes to my diet. And moving more so that I was at least walking every single day.

I also changed my diet and gave up fast food entirely. I also started eating fewer processed foods and kept track of which foods – typically the over processed ones – that made me feel worse. I switched to organic foods, increase my intake of fresh foods and I started drinking probiotics every single day. Whether kombucha tea or more recently, Kevita’s Turmeric Ginger Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic, these drinks created a major shift in my health.

Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox Tea is a must have staple for your kitchen pantry!

I also drink two to three cups of Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox Tea five days a week and, more recently, started treating the fibro like it was leaky gut syndrome as much as possible.

Finally I changed my deodorant. The difference was notable.

I have been on the fence with natural deodorants for a while. My first experience was not great as I fell victim to the burning fiery rash you get after using deodorant with baking soda. Eventually I discovered that I could swap the baking soda with magnesium hydroxide – basically the same thing as Milk of Magnesia – and it worked just as well. I created a few deodorant recipes with arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide, butters, oils and essential oils that I really liked. I even made one with bentonite clay.

I noticed another shift how I felt physically after sticking to using a natural deodorant with magnesium hydroxide at about two months. I have not looked back.

But then I ran out of my deodorant. And I ran out of ingredients. As I was waiting for sales to place a large supply order for all the soap and skin care recipes I post on my blog, I thought I’d try a store bought natural deodorant that I could buy locally. I mean, not only are there days your supply cabinet runs dry, but sometimes you just feel terrible and making deodorant from scratch is an exhausting task. Plus, starting out buying all of those ingredients can be costly.

JASON Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant Stick

So I bought two natural deodorants to try – Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant Stick (in Wild Lavender) and Jason Purifying Tea Tree Pure Natural Deodorant Stick. Both are free of aluminum. Both fell extremely short in performance.

So basically I melted them down and added arrowroot powder and magnesium hydroxide to them. Huge difference.

Anyway, you can make this easy homemade deodorant recipe from basically any natural, aluminum free deodorant like the ones I used or with a melt and pour deodorant base from a soapmaking supplier. (I was able to find a good baking soda free melt and pour deodorant base with shea and cocoa butter at Essential Wholesale here if you are wanting to make your own deodorant in bulk. Brambleberry also sells a baking soda free melt and pour deodorant base but with aloe and not butters.)

Following is my easy homemade deodorant recipe. Feel free to adjust the amounts of the additional ingredients to suit your preference. You can also add essential oils if you are using an unscented base.

Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can find locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores.

Easy Homemade Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2.15 oz. natural aluminium free deodorant (base) of choice
1 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. magnesium hydroxide

 Instructions:

To make this easy homemade deodorant recipe, you’ll begin by using a digital scale weigh out the deodorant or melt and pour deodorant base. (The amount needed is slightly less than a stick.)

Place in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Mine took around 30 seconds to melt.

Weigh out the arrowroot powder and the magnesium hydroxide then stir them into the melted deodorant until full incorporated.

Add essential oils if desired if using an unscented melt and pour deodorant base.

Pour the melted deodorant into your now empty deodorant container or into one you’ve purchased. (Pictured above is a silver deodorant tube with a domed cap from SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

Allow the deodorant to resolidify then place the cap on your container.

Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can find locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores.

You can then decorate your new and improved deodorant if desired with a sticker or label. (I used this crystals, diamonds & minerals clipart I purchased from Kenna Sato Designs and printed onto white sticker paper from WorldLabel.)

Keep in mind if you are making your natural deodorant to sell, you’ll need to label it properly in order to meet state and federal laws. (If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.) Also, if you’re purchasing clipart for labels, be sure to purchase a commercial license.

Have you been looking for an all natural deodorant that not only works but doesn’t cause skin irritation like deodorants that contain baking soda? All Good deodorants may be the answer for your sensitive skin.

If this still too much work, Mountain Rose Herbs sells a natural brand of deodorant called All Good Deodorant. These deodorants contain Saccharomyces/Ferment – a type of fungi – that contains naturally-occurring, live enzymes that breakdown sweat molecules and effectively fight both odor and wetness. They also contain arrowroot powder.

This natural neem oil deodorant recipe is a no baking soda deodorant that won't irritate skin. Learn how to make your own plus choose from two awesome printable deodorant labels for your own no baking soda neem oil deodorant. Choose from a Star Wars inspired deodorant label for a Wook Control Stick or a basic Natural Neem Oil Deodorant label.

If you like my easy homemade deodorant recipe and have the means, you may also want to try my Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe with Bentonite Clay and my Natural Neem Oil Deodorant Recipe. These are both all natural and free of aluminum and baking soda. You may also want to try my Natural Lavender and Patchouli Deodorant Recipe. While this recipe does contain baking soda, the baking soda can easily be swapped for magnesium hydroxide. You can also shop for baking soda free deodorants on Etsy here.

While it’s not commonplace for me to share more personal parts of my life, I thought this was important enough to pass on. It’s also my hope that it may help improve your own quality of life or the quality of life of someone you know who copes daily with their own private pain or illness. As always, you should not make any significant changes in regards to any health issues without consulting your doctor.

Also keep in mind that there is no one size fits all solution to health. Pay attention to your body and take care of yourself and always seek help if you think something is wrong. While changing your deodorant obviously isn’t a cure for anything, you may just find it helps in ways you didn’t realize.


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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can't make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade. This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you're also helping out the artist and their families as well!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can’t make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade.

This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you’re also helping out an artisan and their families as well! Keep reading to discover handmade gifts for soap lovers, gifts for DIY-ers, gifts for guys, gifts for kids and more!

Handmade Gifts for Soap Lovers

Handmade Soap Gifts for the Holidays Perfect for Soap Lovers

Handmade Gingerbread Soap from Boston CreationsFrosted Birch and Juniper Bath Gift Set from Sweet Clementine Soaps / Christmas Soap Gift Set from Orange Blossom Soap Company / Lump of Coal Soap from Northern Dlights

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Soap Gifts

Handmade Pumpkin Chai Soap from SoapwonderfulSecret Santa Christmas Parcel from Sweet Cecily’s / Gingerbread Body Butter from Nature’s Skin Nutrition / Holiday Soaps and Lip Butters Gift Set from Beth and Olivia’s Market

Handmade Gifts for DIY-ers

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Prosecco & Peach DIY Lip Balm Kit from Sweet Cecily’s / DIY Zombie Moss Terrarium Kit from Moss Love Terrariums / Crystals Embroidery Pattern from Sarah K. Benning / DIY Whipped Body Butter Kit from DarNaturals

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Organic Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop / Organic Nut Free Whipped Body Butter Kit from ElixourOriginal Dairy Free Mozerella & Ricotta Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft / DIY Natural Soy Candle Kit from Holistic Studio

Handmade Gifts for Guys

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts for Guys

Brewery in a Box Beer Making Kit from Urban Brew Shop / Rock Candle Oil Lamp from Handmade Rock Art / Handmade Novelty Bacon Soap from Epic Soap Company / Skull Coffee Pour Over Filter Set from Nicole Pangas Ceramics

Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys

Spiced Chile Hot Chocolate Mix from Whimsy and Spice / Oak Wood iPhone Valet from Paybacks A Beach / Hand Stitched Mens Guitar Wallet from Fullmoonn / DIY Cocktail Bitters Kit from High Desert Botanicals

Handmade Gifts for Kids

Handmade Holiday GIft Guide: Gifts for Kids

Superhero Soap from Love Lee Soaps / Crochet Raccoon Toy from Ami Ami Gocco / Squirrel Coin Purse from KaselottiNatural History Coloring Book from Awreon Illustrations

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Trio Set of Lip Glaze Tins from Feeling Smitten / Personalized Pony Pin Badge from Bonbi Forest / Soapsquatch Big Foot Soap from Leeloo Soap / Ice Cream Parlor Bath Bomb from Boom Shaka Bomb

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide and Etsy Favorites

Want even more handmade holiday gift ideas? Shop from among my other Etsy favoritesGift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers! (Or see them all here.)

You can also find more handmade gift ideas from Etsy’s Editors’ Picks Handmade Holiday Gift Guide here.

Want to make your own handmade holiday gifts? Check out my collection of 50 unique DIY Christmas gifts you can make for friends and family here.

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Annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

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Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

Yesterday evening my dear friend, Bambi, and I went to the 8th annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair. This two-day funky market and bazaar takes place every year the weekend before Thanksgiving and is a mecca of handmade, upcycled, recycled, odd and useful gifts made by regional artists and makers.This was the first year we both were actually able to attend and we were not disappointed.

The annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair is an annual fundraiser for Girls Rock RoanokeGirls Rock Roanoke (GRR!) is a volunteer-run, community based organization in the Roanoke Valley. At Girls Rock Roanoke camp, girls ages 8-16 will form bands, write their own songs, and perform at a final Showcase. They also participate in workshops on women’s music history, self defense, screen printing, DIY clothing, body confidence, stage presence, teamwork, songwriting, tech talk, and more. Their aim is to support girls as they develop self-confidence, amplify their voices, and fully realize their power to make a difference in the world. Camp activities and volunteers create a nurturing space that fosters creativity, communication, collaboration, and inclusivity. You can learn more about this organization or simply make a donation by visiting their facebook page here. You can also find them online here.

While we weren’t able to buy everything we wanted at this year’s Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair, Bambi and I did make the rounds and snatch up business cards for future purchases. Bambi purchased some pretty awesome upcycled arm warmers to wear at work now that the weather is getting colder as well as a tiny pottery vase from Entropy Designs.

Handmade Pottery Mug by Entropy Designs

I also made a purchase from Entropy Designs and bought this super cute pottery mug as well as a fun lidded container with a similar design but in yellow. (You can find Entropy Designs on Etsy here.)

Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I also both made purchases from Lucky Buttons, owned by two rather fabulous local Roanoke favorites, Jordan and Lucy. Bambi and I have both known Jordan and Lucy for many years through their band, Another Roadside Attraction. (You can have a listen at ReverbNation here.) In addition, Lucy is also much of the energy and life behind Girls Rock Roanoke.

Handmade Coin Ring by Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I both bought rings from Lucky Buttons. I bought this ring made from a commemorative coin from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Bambi bought one from Wisconsin. Both of our rings were just a smidge big, but Jordan was able to quickly re-size them for us on the spot!

Handmade Wheat Penny Bracelet from Lucky Buttons

I also bought this fantastic bracelet made from wheat pennies. I LOVE the magnetic clasp.

RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax

And I bought some of Jordan’s locally famous RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax for my boyfriend. (You can find Lucky Buttons on Etsy here.)

Leather and felt feather necklace with turquoise and baltic amber beads by Witty Fox Craftworks

Some of the other fantastic vendors included The Artful SojournNaturel Mistik, Lunachick, PillowslipsWitty Fox Craftworks (pictured,) Whole StudioMagpiper Metalworks and Art by Sharell.

For more wonderful indie crafters I’m in love with, be sure to check out all of my favorites on Etsy here. There are lots of wonderful options there to knock out all of your holiday shopping. Or, if you’re a crafter yourself, be sure to check out my post with 50 unique DIY Christmas gift ideas here.


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