A little creative break.

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I was browsing blogs yesterday when I stumbled across this amazing little project for creating your own mid century clock magnets. I fell in love with these little beauties right off the bat!
This crafty diy tutorial was created by Jessica over at How About Orange Blog. She gives full instructions on making these little delights for your fridge and even provides a downloadable pdf file of the clock graphics she made. The tutorial for this project is located on How About Orange here.
Need to write down that recipe your Aunt Anne gave you at the Fourth of July picnic? Volume 25 has a cute little recipe card you can print onto card stock to add to your recipe file. There no need to use an index card when something this cute is just hanging around! Download the card here.
Too much time on your hands this summer? Well, really, there’s no need. Not with a book like Show Me How available for sale. Show Me How is an illustrated encyclopedia of 500 things you should know with instructions on how to do them all. You can purchase this book for $24.95 from The Curiosity Shoppe.

Honey Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Ingredients:

4 cups brown sugar
4 cups fine sea salt
1 cup finely ground almond meal
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup apricot kernel oil
2 Tablespoons melted avocado butter
10 drops Vitamin E Oil
Fragrance or essential oil of choice

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix well, then spoon into seal tight container. (You can find natural, organic ingredients for your recipes at Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Chocolate Orange Body Butter

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Ingredients:

1 2/3 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Almond Oil
1 oz Cocoa Butter
1 oz Shea Butter
0.3 oz Beeswax
1 tbsp Cornstarch (optional)
Several drops Sweet orange EO

Instructions:

Heat and melt beeswax and butter then mix with oils and EO. (If you’d like to add cornstarch, mix it into oil now). Pour in a container and let it solidify.

Lavender Rose Milk Bath Soak Recipe

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Craft a handmade lavender rose milk bath with the ingredients from this recipe and relax your worries away in a long soak in the tub.

Ingredients:

1 egg
1/2 cup virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon glycerin
1/2 cup dried milk powder
1 drop jasmine absolute
1 drop rose essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
2 cups distilled water

Instructions:

Beat together egg, olive oil, glycerin and milk powder with a whisk or hand held beater. While beating add essential oils. Continue beating until a smooth paste forms.

Add the water a little at a time, beating all the while.

Immediately add to your warm (not hot) drawn bath. (Don’t use it if the bath water is too hot or the egg will try to cook! Besides, if your bath water is too hot, it can tend to dry out your skin. This mixture should be used immediately because of the fresh egg. (You can find organic essential oils and absolutes at Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Apple Spice Potpourri Recipe

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 Project compliments of Kitchen, Crafts, n More.
 A delightful potpourri with real apple slices and spices, to make your house smell wonderful!

Ingredients:

1 small apple – made into dried apple slices (see below)
1 cup carnation petals, pink and red, dried
Cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/ 2 tablespoons whole cloves
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3 drops vanilla fragrance oil (at your craft store)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 150 degrees. Slice the unpeeled apple in very thin slices and lay in a single layer on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with vegetable oil spray and bake for 30 minutes. You can sprinkle a little cinnamon on top to make these cinnamon dried apples. Let the dried apple cool for about ten minutes before adding to the other ingredients.
In a lidded glass jar (a Mason jar is perfect) combine all of the ingredients of the potpourri mixture, and gently combine with a wooden spoon. Cover tightly. This mixture will keep for months. To use, place about a tablespoon into 2 cups of boiling water. Turn down the heat and let the mixture simmer gently to release all of the wonderful apple pie scent!