DIY Dog Paw Balm & Perfect Pet Gifts for Pets and Pet Owners (Sponsored by UncommonGoods)

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If you’re like me, then your pet is a part of your family. And as such you probably spoil him or her a lot more than yourself. So not only have I created a simple recipe for making a DIY dog paw balm to pamper your pooch, but I also found some pretty sweet pet care products from UncommonGoods that my dog and I can both enjoy! In particular, I’m crushing on this dog bowl water bottle that’s perfect for long walks and hikes. (Hello, Fall!)

This dog bowl water bottle is perfect for long walks and hikes with your pet! A quality best seller with rave reviews, you can find this amazing product at UncommonGoods.

The thing I really love about UncommonGoods, other than the quality and uniqueness of the products they offer, is the value they place on their own employees to earn a livable wage, their commitment to sustainability & the environment, and their contributions to nonprofit organizations. In addition to the great gift ideas for pets (and pet owners) UncommonGoods also has great gift ideas for co-workersunique housewarming gifts and fun home accessories for customizing your favorite spaces.

This turntable inspired cat scratching pad makes a unique gift for cat lovers who love their music! Find this and other fantastic pet gifts at UncommonGoods!

Once you’re down drooling and window shopping – isn’t this turntable inspired cat scratching pad AMAZING? – be sure to pop back over so you can make my DIY dog paw balm. This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog’s irritated paws! It’s also great for dry little noses.

As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it’s free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and simply add .5% of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

DIY Dog Paw Balm

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.5 oz. white cosmetic beeswax
.5 oz. refined kokum butter
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.4 oz. olive oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the ingredients and combine is a double boiler. Heat over medium to medium-low heat (or in the microwave at 50% power) until melted.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from some of the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

Stir to combine, then pour into a paw shaped silicone mold. Allow your DIY dog paw balm to harden, then gently remove from the mold. Wrap tightly in foodservice film or package individually in tins.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

To use simply apply to your pet’s paws and massage in.

My dog paw balm yields approximately five paw shaped solid lotion bars. So you can keep some and gift some!

If you like my DIY dog paw balm then you may also like natural flea repellent dry dog shampoo recipe. Made with all natural ingredients, this dry shampoo deodorizes your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. The natural clays and botanicals in this dry shampoo recipe gently deodorize your dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt. Find the recipe to make your own dry dog shampoo here.

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DIY Pumpkin Jars for Fall Gifts & Home Decor

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Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

Darice 7 oz. Glass Craft Jar (1095-98) with Metal Lid
aluminum foil
White Original Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
clear acrylic sealer
E6000 glue
pottery tools (optional)
craft paints
craft paint brushes

What to Do:

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Begin by crumpling up aluminum foil into an apple or pumpkin shape in the size you’d like your pumpkin jar topper to be.

Once you are satisfied with the basic shape, knead your polymer clay until it’s soft and pliable. Next, roll out a large circle of clay, about 1/4″ thick.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Shape the clay around the aluminum foil. Cut out sections as needed in order to remove excess clay. Blend the seams together so it’s a solid layer of clay over the foil.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Once the entire ball of foil is covered with clay smooth the sides and add a pumpkin stem.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Use a potter’s rib or similar to add indentations around the diameter of your clay pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Next, shape 1/4″ thick clay around the outside lid to your jar. Create a slight indentation in the clay for your pumpkin to rest in.

Leaving the clay attached to the jar lid, bake the lid and the pumpkin together in a 275°F oven for about 15 minutes on a baking sheet. Then remove from the oven and allow it to cool.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Using craft paints, paint the jar lid and the pumpkin as desired. Allow the paint to dry, then spray the two pieces with several coats of clear acrylic sealer.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Once the sealer has dried, glue the pumpkin to your jar lid using E6000 glue.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Your pumpkin jar is now complete!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Fill your pumpkin jar as desired or decorate your jar for gifting!

To create your own pumpkin spice mix for your DIY pumpkin jars, combine 3 Tablespoons of ground cinnamon with 2 Tablespoons each of ground ginger and nutmeg and 1 1/2 teaspoons each of ground cloves and allspice and mix well. Alternately, you can purchase organic pumpkin pie spice to use in your jars.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holders has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

If you enjoyed this project, then you may also like my tutorial for making a DIY cactus ring holder! Also made using polymer clay and the same jar as my DIY pumpkin jars, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings!

Pumpkin Spice Soap Recipe! Learn how to make your own fall inspired DIY pumpkin spice soap made with real organic pumpkin via the homemade soap recipe and soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog! These make great seasonal gifts for teachers and neighbors too!

Alternately you can also learn how to make your own pumpkin spice soap with my homemade pumpkin soap recipe that uses real organic pumpkin! You can find my recipe and soapmaking tutorial here.

For more fall inspired DIY projects, be sure to check out my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board. Or simply follow all of my Pinterest boards here.

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Anti-Aging Rosehip Face Serum Recipe

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I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that no one wants to look older after a certain age. But it’s not exactly our choice to make either. However, you can give your skin a fighting chance and help it look younger longer by using natural plant-based anti-aging products. Right now I’m using my own anti-aging rosehip face serum recipe that I created for maturing skin.

Anti-Aging Rosehip Face Serum Recipe! This simple skin care recipe requires only a few key natural plant based ingredients that work in unison to reduce the appearance of aging and help to prevent acne. It can even help to reduce the appearance of scarring!

My simple skin care recipe requires only a few key natural plant based ingredients that work in unison to reduce the appearance of aging and help to prevent acne. It can even help to reduce the appearance of scarring!

I use this exact anti-aging rosehip face serum recipe everyday after washing my face. (You only need a few drops of this product so this recipe will actually last you quite a while.) After applying my face serum, I then follow with (my current favorite!) Derma-E Hydrating Day Cream with Hyaluronic Acid! (You can buy this via Thrive Market at a significant savings. Or find a simple recipe for making your own hyaluronic acid serum here.)

Anti-Aging Rosehip Face Serum Recipe! This simple skin care recipe requires only a few key natural plant based ingredients that work in unison to reduce the appearance of aging and help to prevent acne. It can even help to reduce the appearance of scarring!

Are you excited yet? Then be sure to hop on over to Living the Nourished Life blog here where you can find my latest skin care DIY for my anti-aging rosehip face serum as well as information on the benefits of rosehip seed oil. (You can also check out all of my guest DIY posts for Living the Nourished Life blog here.)

My DIY anti-aging under eye cream with hyaluronic acid will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you like my anti-aging rosehip face serum recipe, then you may also like some of my other anti-aging skin care recipes. You can find my full collection of anti-aging skin care recipes on Soap Deli News blog here. Or follow my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board for more skin care related DIY’s.

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DIY Coasters for a Make and Take Girls Only Craft Night!

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This DIY coaster project is a fun way to spend an afternoon crafting! Dive into this easy weekend DIY with the kids, host a DIY craft night with the girls or simply lock yourself in your craft room and tackle these DIY coasters solo. Me being me, well, of course I chose to host another girls only craft night.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

I started by purchasing a huge stack of blank letterpress coasters. Then I gathered my ridiculous craft stash of paints, washi tapes, scrapbooking papers, glitters and Mod Podge for what was probably one of the easiest make and take craft nights I’ve hosted. Combined with the wine and great company, this is the perfect project if life is weighing you down. Everyone came up with really creative coasters to take home and I felt like it was a great pick me up for all of us!

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

So get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use! Then, of course, be sure to share your finished project using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I can see what you came up with!

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

How to Create DIY Coasters

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

blank letterpress coasters
craft paints & brushes
scrapbooking papers
clear acrylic sealer
assorted glitter
foam craft brushes
washi tape
Mod Podge Glue & Sealer
scissors or X-ACTO knife

What To Do:

If you want to make washi tape coasters, begin by applying Mod Podge to the top side of your coaster blank using a foam brush. (You can tell which side is up as the top curves down on the side to the bottom whereas the bottom is completely flat.)

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

Next, apply strips of washi tape across the top of your coaster so they line up and each tape edge touches that of the one beside it. Cover the entire top of the coaster with the washi tape. Once you’ve covered the top of the coaster, use a pair of scissors or an X-ACTO knife to cut off the excess tape from around the coaster.

Now add another layer of Mod Podge over the washi tape. If desired, you can then dust the top with glitter then cover with another layer of Mod Podge. Allow the Mod Podge to dry, then seal your coaster with several coats of a clear acrylic sealer.


To use scrapbook papers for your DIY coasters, flip the paper over so the image side is down. Then trace around the coaster on your paper. Carefully cut out the circle you traced just inside the line you drew. Then, glue the paper to the blank letterpress coaster with Mod Podge, applying one layer to the coaster, then another over the scrapbook paper once you’ve glued it onto the coaster.

Once dry, trim off any excess paper and seal with a clear acrylic sealer.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

My friend, Hillary, chose to use a combination of techniques. She used scrapbook papers, washi tape, chipboard elements and paint on her coasters!

Painted Vase DIY

And because these DIY coasters were so quick and easy to make, she also had time to paint a matching planter from an unfinished modern ceramic planter that I’d picked up at Target!

(If you like Hillary’s artwork you can discover more via her booth at the Aurora Studio Center on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, VA. Alternately, you can view and sign up for Hillary’s workshops or Wine and Art Wednesdays here.)

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

Once you’ve created and sealed your custom DIY coasters, all that’s left to do is enjoy them!

If you liked this DIY, be sure to check out some of my other craft projects on Soap Deli News blog here. Or visit my Jonesing for Crafts board on Pinterest for more ideas from around the web.

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Plant Based Tinted Vegan Lip Gloss Recipe

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This plant based tinted vegan lip gloss recipe is both all natural and, well, kind of amazing! Naturally tinted with alkanet root infused sweet almond oil, this vegan lip gloss gives lips the perfect pop of red.

This plant based tinted vegan lip gloss recipe is both all natural and, well, kind of amazing! Naturally tinted with alkanet root infused sweet almond oil, this vegan lip gloss gives lips the perfect pop of red. Plus the natural, plant based ingredients help to moisturize lips and prevent chapping! What better way to complement your new wardrobe for fall?

Plus the natural, plant based ingredients help to moisturize lips and prevent chapping! What better way to complement your new wardrobe for fall?

Try this tinted vegan lip gloss solo or over your favorite lipstick for different looks. You can also add up to 1 mL of your favorite flavor oil to my tinted vegan lip gloss recipe if you prefer. Or try combining 6 drops of peppermint essential oil with 8 drops of lavender essential oil for a heavenly lavender mint scented gloss.

You can find my plant based tinted vegan lip gloss recipe now over at The Nourished Life blog here.

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own in custom colors for your own personal style or give my own fun and flattering tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

And, if you like plant based vegan lip tint recipe, then you may also enjoy my merlot tinted lip balm recipe. While not vegan, this super moisturizing tinted lip balm, will not only make lips look and feel fabulous, but is another great color for fall! You can find my merlot tinted lip balm recipe at Soap Deli News blog here.

Vegan Face Wash Recipe for Sensitive Skin. This mild vegan face wash recipe gently cleanses skin without stripping it of beneficial oils, yet is also effective at removing makeup and deterring adult acne. Find this vegan face wash recipe now at Soap Deli News blog and start creating your own natural vegan skin care products!

Alternately, you may also enjoy my vegan face wash recipe for sensitive skin. This simple vegan face wash recipe not only gently cleanse skin, but it’s also effective at removing makeup and deterring adult acne. You can learn how to make my vegan face wash recipe at Soap Deli News blog here.

For more great recipes like these as well my other bath, body, soap and beauty recipes, be sure to follow me on your favorite social media platforms! You can find me on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Alternately, you can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

Also be sure to share photos of your finished products you’ve made with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with!


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