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December 15th, 2011 | DIY cupcake bath bombs

Well folks, today is national cupcake day! And what’s the only thing better than edible cupcakes? Cute little bath fizzies that look like cupcakes!

These are surprisingly easy to make, and a great gift idea! They were fairly cost effective to make as well, it worked out to be just under 2$ per bath bomb. Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ 1c citric acid
♥ 2c baking soda
♥ witch hazel (in a spray bottle)
♥ 1tsp olive or grapeseed oil
♥ fragrance
♥ colouring
♥ cupcake liners
♥ 1/4tsp cream of tartar
♥ 1lb icing sugar
♥ 3tbsp meringue powder

♥ In a large bowl, mix together the baking soda, citric acid and oil. Add a few drops of color and fragrance oil of your choice and mix by hand while spraying the mixture lightly with witch hazel. Keep in mind that water is what makes the bombs react, so try not to get them too wet.

♥ Once you’re happy with the mix, it’s time to fill the liners! If you don’t have silicon cupcake molds, use a bottle cap to hold the shape of the bottom of the liner. Pat the mixture in as much as you can.

♥ I then placed the cupcake bottoms then into a small cupcake tray until they hardened to help keep the shape

♥ You’ll need either an electric or hand mixer for this part. In a large mixing bowl mix together the sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add color and fragrance oil if you’d like. Using a ziplock bag or icing bag and the icing tip of your choice, ice and decorate the cupcakes.

♥ Leave them out for at least 24 hours to harden before packaging.

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December 13th, 2011 | Holiday Drinks & Tea Cozie diy

:) Learn how to make your very own Gingerbread latte, Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog latte and Cinnamon Orange Cider holdiday drink’s over here! There is also a super easy, (almost) no-sew diy for a cup cozie! Enjoy :)

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December 6th, 2011 | Mason Jar Magic!

I love mason jars so much! There are so many things that you  can do with them. They truly are magical, even when it’s not the Holiday’s. Here are some great idea’s I found floating around the internet for DIY gift & decorations for the holidays using mason jars!

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Jars are great for creating simple and elegant Christmas decorations!

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These look so pretty at night! I used to make them all the time as a kid. Great for gifts, or yourself!

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This is SUCH a quick & easy gift idea! Just stack the dry ingredients, and include baking and mixing instructions!

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Mason jar candles are my favourite! You can make a candle right in them, or use them as a holder.

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Martha Stewart has a great tutorial on how to make a mason jar snow globe

Some of my other favourite idea’s include vases, using jars to package/wrap gifts in, giving homemade preserves, using for storage at a Christmas party (straws, candy canes, etc). What’s your favourite thing to use mason jars for?!

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December 1st, 2011 | Handmade Cards & Giveaway

One of my favourite, more traditional handmade holiday items are cards. I love a handmade card, for any occasion. They are just so much more personal and you really don’t need to be a talented artist to make a lovely card. While I decided this year to make all my gifts, I have always made all my cards myself.

I’ve been making tons of cards! I love it, I find it relaxing! I bought a package of blank kraft paper cards from Wal-Mart and have been customizing them in so many ways.

Here’s a list of some tutorials for cards with really unique techniques! I’ve tried out some already, and others are on my list of to-do’s

Modern 3-d Christmas tree & ornament card
Martha Stewart accordion tree card
Martha Stewart button cards
Beaded Christmas Cards

I’m also hosting a giveaway over on Carly’s blog, Tea Cups and Bubble Baths where you can win a package of handmade Christmas cards from me! :)

(ps. I’m sorry I’m just getting this up now. I had it saved to post automatically, but forgot to set the date for it to do so!)

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November 24th, 2011 | Handmade Holiday: Advent Calendar

Hello everyone! This December every Thursday & Tuesday I’ll be doing a new series called Handmade Holiday… I think it’s pretty self explanatory! I’ll be posting 12 days worth of DIYs for easy gift ideas, decorations, wrapping, holiday themed food & drinks galore! I’m super excited about it and have been working like a mad woman on this project!

Our first DIY is going to be this super simple fortune cookie advent calendar! It’s really easy, and cost efficient to make. Here are the supplies you’ll need:

♥ Felt, Thread, Needle, Glue, Pipe-cleaners

♥ Cut a circle out of the felt the size of your choice. Be careful to not make it too small!! You want to be able to fit some small goodies inside.

♥ Glue the pipe-cleaner in  the center. When dry, fold the circle in half and pinch the folded edge together to create a fortune cookie shape.

♥ Stuff the cookie with candy, small toys, a fortune, quotes, etc.

♥ Using bright coloured thread, stitch the edges close.

♥ To create the numbers, I cut them out in different coloured felt and glued them on for the date each cookie was to be opened.

♥ Feel free to have your cookies range in size. Store them in a large bowl, or for fun you could get those “take out” boxes and sort them by weeks. Michael’s craft store sells christmas themed ones :)

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