Chalkboard labels turn ordinary into extraordinary.

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I recently stumbled across a tutorial for these gorgeous glass canisters. While they are perfect in the kitchen, I can also imagine them in the bathroom filled with soap balls, cotton swabs, and other bathroom necessities. They’d also be gorgeous as a gift for the holidays, labeled and filled with your friend’s favorite treats. And of course, once the original contents are gone, the recipient can erase the label and add her own, giving the jar a new purpose.
I love that the chalkboard paint makes these jars easy to know what’s inside, while the DecoArt Thick Texture Paint creates a border that adds visual interest most chalkboard labels don’t offer. This craft project can be found on Mustard Seed Creations Blog. Find the full project here.

Aloe Soap Balls – Handmilled Soap Recipe

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These soaps will look like traditional New England soap balls. The scent is very clean and the effect on skin very soothing.

4 ounces grated Castile Soap
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 1/2 tablespoons rosewater
30 drops evening primrose oil
6 drops tangerine essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil

Mix grated soap with evening primrose oil, aloe and rosewater. Cover and let sit overnight. Put in a food processor and mix well while adding essential oils. Wet your hands and form the mixture into balls. Place on wax paper to dry.