Category: Crafty

Handmade Shopping

The Green Gal Tea Towel Package

A week or so ago, @thegreengal tweeted about a new venture in her handmade business – tea towels. Not only was this another opportunity for me to buy something pretty but also to support someone in their business…at least that’s what I told my OH when I ordered  one of the towels from The Green Gables!

The Green Gal Tea Towel PackageIt arrived two days later, which I think is excellent service. And it came wrapped so lovely. I was really impressed. The towel is 100% organic & designed and printed in the UK. It was £10 & the cotton has a lovely soft feel to it. I think this is quite unusual for a high end tea towel. I have bought good quality tea towels in the past, some cheaper, some more expensive. But I have been disappointed with how they feel & how they dry up the dishes. I’ve often felt cheated as I’ve wanted something pretty to hang up in my kitchen but have been annoyed at how poorly they’ve done the job.

The Green Gal Tea TowelI am glad to report that this is not the case with this tea towel. It is excellent at the job it is supposed to do & matches my kitchen perfectly!  I am so happy with it. I cannot wait to see what Gabrielle does next. I did enter the competition to win a tea towel on her blog so if you haven’t entered that you most definitely should. Though I have to say that I am still hoping I win. I wouldn’t mind another one to use while my one is in the wash!

Homemade Body Scrub

The Finished Article

I have recently resigned from my job (for a number of dull reasons which I won’t bore you with) so I’m in the process of trying to cut a few corners until something new comes along. Where’s a better place to start than my beauty regime? I normally use the Sanctuary Salt Scrub but at £10 a go I wondered if I could do better.

Well the answer is simply yes! I’d read a scrub recipe on Daisy Green Magazine’s website, courtesy of Gabrielle Treanor, so thought I’d give it a go. I wasn’t disappointed.

Homemade Body ScrubI started with getting my ingredients together, minus the essential oil as I didn’t have any. However, I will be getting some to add to my next batch. This is the best bit of doing something like this. You can make your batch to whatever size you want. If you don’t want to be wasteful then just use a smaller measuring cup. By doing that you can also vary the oils that you use. Once you’ve got a few in then one week you can use rose, the next maybe bergamot, following that orange or peppermint. You could even mix and match to make your own unique scent.

Two Parts SugarOnce I’d measured out my sugar (and cleaned up the spilt bits – I’m a bit clumsy!) I poured it into a jar. This was just a clean one that I had to hand but if you wanted to make it bit more appealing (or maybe give it away as a gift) you could choose something pretty, tie some ribbon round the lid & attach a homemade gift card. (Family & friends be warned – something like this could be coming your way at  Christmas!) Obviously you’d have to check/find out if they were One Part Olive Oilallergic to any of the ingredients and check that you aren’t either before you smother yourself in it. I have had minor rashes from some scrubs before as I have sensitive & dry skin but I didn’t from this. The great thing is you are in control of the ingredients. You can buy organic, ethical oil & sugar so you know that it’s the best that it can be for all concerned.

The Finished ArticleOnce you’ve added the oil to your sugar you mix it up & head to the bathroom. I have really dry skin that can become really painful if I don’t moisturise it. This also contributes to ingowing hairs (gross!) so I need something that exfoliates well but isn’t too harsh either. This recipe fits the bill. It is cheap to make, easy & quick to do. You have complete say over what goes in & it doesn’t leave the shower covered in muck (much to the relief of my OH!) I was left with soft skin that tingled nicely. It has worked a treat on my rough bits but hasn’t hurt my skin. I will definitely be making this again. A fantastic crafty way to get summer skin – even if the weather won’t let you show it off! x

For other homemade beauty recipes have a look on Daisy Green Magazine.

A Crafty Necklace

Necklace 5

As you know I make silver jewellery. As my sister’s birthday was approaching I thought that I’d make her something pretty. So I ordered my wire, went to my silver class and got cracking.

Necklace 1
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Necklace 2
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Necklace 3
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Necklace 4
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Necklace 5
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There you have it. One jewellery class. One necklace & one very happy sister! Result.

A Crafty Present

Suezybees iPhone Case

As you know I was given the first issue of Mollie Makes magazine. With came a free crafty gift – A make your own smart phone cover. It is a great idea but I already have something similar from suezybees at  Suezybees iPhone Case Folksy (seen here). But this didn’t stop me wanting to make it. Fortunately my sister needed a case & had a birthday coming up so I thought I’d make it for her.

Have a look at how I got on. I really enjoyed making it & it took me about 3 hours from start to finish. I’m very much a beginner at this kind of thing but was able to complete it. Let me know what you think!Mollie Makes Phone Case Kit