I hope you’re well!
It seems crazy to think that we’re already halfway through our final year of the decade. It feels like yesterday I was wrapping Christmas gifts and looking forward to the new year ahead. But yet, here I am, writing the summer news letter! Oh, how the years fly by.
We’ve been super busy here at Savvy Homemade, coming up with cool and interesting crafts for you to try your hand at. I always think summer is such a good time to get stuck in and make stuff, because before you know it we’ll be decorating for another holiday and I like to build up a box full of potential homemade gifts for people.
It’s also a great time to get your kids involved. Now they’re on their summer vacation, making their own homemade things is a great way to get them off their cell phones, tablets and other electronics and spend some quality time together as a family.
So, if you need some inspiration for what to make, take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last few months to get you and your kids in the mood for crafting.
Bath and Body
I may have over done it a little with the amount of bath and body products I’ve been coming up with recently. I’m totally not sorry, though. Who doesn’t love a good bath and pamper session?
Lets kick things off with my ‘Bath Bombs That Leave Your Skin Super Soft‘! These bath bombs are formulated with whole milk powder, substituting the cornflour in my standard recipe. I fragranced them with early grey fragrance oil and they smell absolutely divine. Definitely worth a look.
Speaking of bath bombs, lets not forget my cute ‘DIY Confetti Bath Bombs for Special Occasions‘.
In this DIY, I split the Epsom salts into 3 and then dye each 3rd a different color. That way, when they poke out of the bath bomb, the 3 different colors look like confetti.
This a great craft to try with your kids, and they should be a lot of fun in the bath too.
For a more grown up bathing experience, maybe have a look at my ‘Moisturizing DIY Bath Melts with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter‘. These are much more skin softening and nourishing than a bath bomb will ever be, but funnily enough much easier to make. Perhaps not the best gift, as they melt easily, but these are the perfect treat after a long day at work.
But if melts aren’t your thing, perhaps my ‘Wonderful Homemade Bath Salts Recipe‘ will catch your eye. This one comes with a video made by my son Daniel, making this relatively easy DIY even easier to follow.
Now, lets talk body scrubs. There are lots of ways to make one, right down to the different salts, sugars and other exfoliating ingredients you can use. I cover all of this in my ‘Gorgeous Homemade Body Scrub Recipes‘ post.
As a fun alternative, my ‘DIY Body Scrub Recipe That Looks and Smells Like Ice Cream‘ is worth a try as well. Each layer is dyed and scented differently, just like real Neapolitan ice cream!
The last bath and body post I wanna talk about is ‘My Best DIY Body Butter Recipes – Whipped Or Solid‘. In this post I introduce you to the ins and outs of body butters, whether they be whipped or solid. I talk about the pros and cons of each, as well as take you through the process of making each type. Definitely worth a read.
Candles And Soap
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll know how much I love candle and soap making. I just cant help myself, I’ve gotta have a post about either of them every now and then.
For candles, I wrote a cool post about using embeds to create cool effects. In this particular post, ‘A Gorgeous DIY Coffee Bean Candle With Real Coffee‘, I show you how to embed real coffee beans into the base of a pillar candle. Although the technique is totally useful for anyone looking to embed pretty much anything, not just coffee.
I also tried my hand at decoupaging a candle, in my ‘DIY Decoupage Candles, The Easy Way‘. I’ve found lots of different candle decoupage techniques, and I’ve tried them all. By far this is the best one. Its relatively simple, doesn’t require too many supplies and the only equipment you actually need is a hair dryer! Definitely worth a try if you wanna add a bit of star dust to some boring old candles.
So, let’s chat about soap. While I usually prefer to make CP and HP soaps, this year I’ve really made it my mission to become more acquainted with melt and pour. While it’s never going to be as good as your standard cold or hot process, you can actually do a lot of cool things.
For starters, I wanted to try out those shea butter melt and pour bases everyone’s talking about. When you think melt and pour, I don’t think nourishing really comes to mind. But with a shea butter base, your soaps can actually be great for your skin! I use this in my post ‘Shea Butter M&P Soap With Lavender and Sandalwood‘, and they turned out great.
‘My Gorgeous MP Strawberry Sponge Soap Recipe‘ is also a lot of fun, too. I use a sponge, cut to size and embedded in my melt and pour base (scented with strawberry fragrance oil) to create and interest soap that exfoliates and cleans so much better than your standard melt and pour.
Another fun melt and pour recipes you could try is my tri-colored melt and pour soap recipe that you can find in my ‘How To Make A Funky 3 Colored Soap‘ post. While it can be tricky to get the layers to stick together and look smooth, it’s definitely a lot of fun when you get it right.
Now, last but not least, lets quickly talk about the posts I wrote on diy skincare products. First up is my amazing alternative to eye cream. I just don’t like the idea of putting a cream on my eye. With an oil in water emulsion you always, always need a preservative, which is also not great to put on your eyes.
While you can probably get away with using a combination of 2 or 3 natural preservatives, isn’t it easier to try a formulation that doesn’t require one? That’s exactly what I discuss in my post ‘My Amazing Alternative To DIY Eye Cream – No Preservative!’.
I also wanted to show the guys a little love and formulate a moisturizer that is specially formulated just for them. With the combination of oil and water ingredients, plus a few well chosen essential oils, this moisturizer will keep your man looking his best for years to come.
So that’s all I have time for today, unfortunately. I hope you’ll enjoy reading all the posts I’ve highlighted in this newsletter. I’m now going to get my sneakers on and head out into the glorious summer time. After all, I’ve gotta get my healthy does of vitamin D, but I also find getting into nature so cleansing for my mind. If you’re doing the same, don’t forget to wear a good sun screen and keep hydrated.
Enjoy the rest of summer, my friends, and I’ll be back again soon with a whole host of new crafts for you to try, gift and enjoy.
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Best wishes and God bless,
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