St. Patricks Day Gifts

You guys…I am obsessed with these bottles (recycled Starbucks Frappucino).  So I apologize in advance for this project.  But I just could not help myself!  I realized that I hardly have any St. Patrick’s Day Gifts or décor ideas on The Idea Room.  I decided that I needed to fix that.  So be prepared for a few simple and easy ideas in the coming week.

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I LOVE rainbows so it was the first thing I thought of.  This is definitely not a new idea and I have seen it all over, but I thought I would put my own little spin on it.  The spin will come in the next post…but here is the first version for you if you would like to duplicate it for your own use.

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I like both of these fun containers.  The tall skinny test tube container was picked up from Michaels and is perfect to give a small little treat to a neighbor or friend.

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Or give a bit more candy to one of your favorite teachers for a little pick me up this St. Patrick’s Day.

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I will be providing you with the free downloads of the St. Patrick’s Day printables for a few days before I move them over to my store.  So be sure to grab them if you want to use them.

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You will need to go through my FB page to gain access to them.  If you are not a fan of The Idea Room, you will need to like the page first and then click on {Previous Downloads} to gain access to the printables.

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The files for the “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Labels measure 3 x 2.5 inches.  The round “I Am Lucky” Tags print out at 3 inches.  You can use them as labels at this size.  If you want the round tag to fit the top of the Starbucks Bottles you will need to be sure and print the labels at 50% of the original size so that they will measure 1.5 inches and they will fit perfectly on the top of the lid.

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Click here for the printables:  St. Patrick’s Day Gift Labels and Tags

Do you give out gifts for St. Patrick’s Day?



Handmade Soap Recipes & Small Giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!

As part of Michael’s Random Acts of Kindness week, I was asked to make a fun craft and then “Craft it Forward.  So I whipped up some different and fun handmade soap recipes.  I shared the basic recipe for making handmade soaps earlier this week.  I shared my Lavender Soap Recipe as well.  Today I want to share with you a couple of other soaps we came up with.

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My three girls had a great time helping and wanted to come up with some fun Valentine’s Soap for their friends.  So we made some pink heart soaps that they scented with peppermint oil and dyed pink using some drops of red soap colorant which we bought at Michael’s Craft.

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We poured the pink soap into a rubber heart mold and let them harden.  Then we melted our white soap base and poured it into our rectangle soap molds also found at Michael’s.  When that soap had hardened we sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and added another thin layer of white soap and then placed a pink soap heart in it and let it harden completely.

*Find the full soap making recipe and instructions here.

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Then we wrapped them up and tied them with a colorful bow so that we could give them away as part of the “Craft it Forward” campaign.

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We also experimented with some different flavors of soap.  I LOVE citrusy and FRESH scents.  So we thought it would be fun to add some Lemon essential oil along with some fresh lemon zest to our soaps.  YUMMO!

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We did the same with Lime.  But I did not have a lime oil so I used doTerra’s Citrus Bliss oil…which is awesome, and then added some fresh lime zest to the soap base.  I imagine these soaps will have to be used fairly quickly so that it stays as fresh as possible.

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Shannon, one of my readers, left a comment about Lavender Lemonade on my Lavender Soap post.  Lavender Lemonade!!  I have not heard of that.  But I am dying to try it.  It will be the next one I try.  Sounds amazing right?

But we did make a Pink Lemonade Soap by simple creating a double layer soap.  Pour the first layer and let it harden completely.  Then add a second layer by spritzing the top (where you will add the layer) with rubbing alcohol and then pouring your second color on.  We added lemon essential oil and some lemon zest in the white layer.

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And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week, we delivered our soaps to some of our friends and neighbors.  Each of them were given one of our handmade soaps and a $5 gift card to Michael’s.  Aren’t they the cutest…our friends that is? We are so blessed to be surrounded by good people.

I have one more Michaels gift card to deliver…  If you want to win a $5 gift card to Michael’s and have me send it out to you, simply leave a comment here.  Any comment will do!

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

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In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.

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Homemade Lavender Soap

Did you know that this coming Sunday, Feb. 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day?  Well, it is.  And I am joining with Michael’s and participating in their week long “Craft It Forward Random Acts of Kindness Week!  I was lucky enough to be able to get to know many of the Crafty Geniuses who work at the Michael’s headquarters this past summer.  And so I was really excited to work with them again on this fun campaign.

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I decided that I wanted to make some Homemade Lavender Soap that I could then give away to friends and family as my “Craft it Forward” project.  I also wanted to do something that my girls could also help with.  I wanted them to be able to make their own soaps that they too could share with their friends!

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Now, can you believe that with all my crafting projects that I have NEVER made or played with soap?  I know!  I have always LOVED pretty “handmade” soaps and I guess I thought it was a lot more involved than they really were.  I know there are some people who make handmade soaps completely from scratch and in another life, I would love to be able to try that.

But, for now, I took the super easy road.  And I can’t believe how easy this simple method was.  I talked with my local Michael’s and got some really great tips and advice and learned how to make some really simple but beautiful soap.  Today I will share with you the basics so that you can make some for yourself.  Now…I am no expert, but this is how I made these Homemade Lavender Soaps.

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You will need the following:

A premade soap base (I chose Goat’s Milk Soap)

Scent (I went with my doTerra Lavendar oil but Michael’s has several yummy scents)

A Soap Colorant (I did not use any in this particular soap but did in other soaps I will share later this week)

Rubbing Alcohol

Spray Bottle for the alcohol

Soap Mold

Bowl for melted soap

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Directions:

  1. Break up your soap base into smaller chunks and place into bowl.
  2. Melt in your microwave on 40 second intervals until the soap is fully melted.
  3. Add your soap colorant and scent and stir well.
  4. Pour your soap into your mold.  I used molds that I found at Michaels that were soft and flexible so I did not need to do anything special to the mold.  If you are using a bread pan or a non-flexible mold you may want to spray a little bit of cooking spray to help the soap ease out of the mold when it has hardened.
  5. Spritz the top of the soap with your Rubbing Alcohol to remove any air bubbles from your soap.
  6. If you are adding different soap layers, (like I do in some soaps I am sharing later) you can let the first layer harden and then spritz it again and pour an additional layer of soap on top.  Depending on the number of layers, you can repeat this process over and over.  Allowing sufficient drying time depending on how solid you want your soap layers to be.
  7. Remove from molds and wrap up pretty.

*If your soap becomes too thick to pour nicely into your mold you can quickly re-melt it again in your microwave.

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I was surprised at how easy it was to whip up a batch of yummy smelling soap.  And the fun part was using that same basic method and coming up with a lot of fun varieties of soap.

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And, with some simple wrapping and embellishment you can come up with a very nice and inexpensive gift that someone would love to receive.  Don’t you think?

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I simply took some burlap, which I also found at Michael’s, that I trimmed down to wrap around each bar of Lavender Soap.

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Then added a couple of dried sprigs of Lavender. You can also find Lavender at Michaels.

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I had so much fun making Lavender soap, that I began experimenting.  The girls also joined in and made some of their own soaps.  Be sure to come back in a couple of days and I will share those with you and also pictures of my girls crafting them forward.

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

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In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.

Valentine’s Day Crafts gift and milk bottles—Silhouette promotion

 I was recently sent some Double-Sided Adhesive paper from Silhouette and challenged to come up with a creative way to use it and make some Valentine’s Day Crafts.  I have never used this before and I have to tell you, I was really quite surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

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Before we get into my project and how I made it, let’s get the Silhouette February Promotion details out of the way.

This month Silhouette is offering a pretty good deal to The Idea Room readers…

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If you need a Silhouette Portrait, you can get it and the Double-sided Adhesive Starter Kit for a great deal.  Already have a Silhouette?  Then use the code IDEAROOMand get the starter kit for $12.99.  To take advantage of this deal simply click on the following link or the Silhouette Promotion image above and get started on your Valentine’s Day Crafts.

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Alright, now onto how I made these glittery milk and gift bottles.

Directions:

  1. I found some fun heart shapes in the Online Silhouette Store and downloaded them.
  2. Sized them in the Silhouette Software to 1.5 inches in width.
  3. Cut them out according to the directions on the Double-Sided adhesive box.
  4. My settings were:  Speed: 3; Thickness: 33; Blade setting: 6 using my mat and a double cut.
  5. Peel off the back yellow layer of paper on an individual heart.

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  1. Placed onto clean “milk” bottles (which are repurposed Starbucks Frappucino Bottles)
  2. Peeled off the white top layer and made sure all the adhesive was pulled out of the negative space area where I did not want any glitter.
  3. Dust glitter over the sticky adhesive and then using a clean brush, brushed away the excess glitter.

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Then fill the bottles with your favorite drink.  These bottles can be used at a Valentine’s day party in the classroom, or with your friends and family.

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For Valentine’s Day we usually have a nice candle-light family dinner.  I think I will be including these as part of the table settings this year!

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Or you could gift the jars to a special friend as a nice little Valentine’s Day gift along with some VERY RICH chocolate sweets!  Your friends will thank you!

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For the fun Heart Shaped Cookies in the photos, I simply took a favorite Chocolate Drop Cookie Recipe and cut the cookies with a heart shaped cookie cutter.  Then made a cookie sandwich by spreading some delicious Cream Cheese Frosting in between the two layers.

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Cause seriously…if you are going to eat a treat…it might as well be a good one…right?  All things in moderation of course.  So limit yourself to 2…or 3 depending on the type of day your having…haha!

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And just because I am obsessed with making labels lately…I made some fun “Bottled with love” labels.

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You can download them here….

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You have to be a FB fan to gain access to the file.  Click on “Get your free gift” at the top of the FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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You can attach the labels as a fun gift tag, or attach it directly to the bottle itself.

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Pretty fun little gift if I do say so myself.  The best part? You can use this idea for so many different things…a birthday party, gifts, showers, bridal showers…etc.

Oh…where do you get the fun Hershey Kiss Valentine’s Day labels you ask?  You can find them by heading here…

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One last thing…be sure to use the code IDEAROOM get the Silhouette Promotion.  The offer is good through the 14th of February.  You also can only get to this special offer using this link…

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Have any questions about the Silhouette Promotion or Silhouette in general or any question…feel free to ask in the comments!  Happy Crafting! xo

*Disclosure:  I was given a Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Kit by Silhouette.  However, all statements and opinions are mine.

Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe

2013 is not getting off to a very good start around here.  When it rains…it pours…right?  So not only am I in the midst of a huge elimination diet due to some newly discovered food allergies/intolerances, but my sweet Mom suffered a stroke on Tuesday morning.  She spent two days at the hospital and we found that she has had some past strokes from her MRI.  She is just fine now with just a few lingering effects and hopefully she should recover fully in time.

Unfortunately, we have been down this road before with my Dad who has also suffered several strokes.  After one particularly large stroke, we discovered my Dad had a hole in his heart.  He had heart surgery to repair the hole about 8 years ago.

Anyways, needless to say I wasn’t around much last week.  Things are getting back to normal and I am trying to get caught up with my life.  I have had this post sitting here half finished, but there were plenty of more important things I needed to attend too.

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to come up with a gift idea you can give to your girlfriends or yourself.  The sugar scrubs I have shared recently have been a big hit.  So I decided to switch things up and go with a Sugar Scrub Cube.

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Sugar Scrub Cubes are fun because they are single serving cubes that have all the same qualities of an awesome sugar scrub in a fun this square.

I looked all over to see if I could find a great recipe, but I couldn’t find anything that didn’t require some special soap base, which I didn’t have.  So I did a little experimenting and came up with a little recipe that I really like.

Here is what you will need:

Almond Oil or Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)

White Granulated Sugar

Shredded Bar of Soap

An Essential Oil (I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss)

Mixing Bowl

Spoon

Microwave and possibly a double boiler

A mold or a scoop

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This recipe calls for 1 part oil, 2 parts shredded soap, and 3 parts sugar.

Sugar Scrub Cubes:

1/4 cup Almond Oil

1/2 cup Shredded Soap

3-4 drops of Essential Oil

1 cup Sugar

1.  Pour the oil into a bowl and add the shredded soap of your choice.  Microwave this on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each.  If this does not work to slowly melt your soap into your oil you may have to melt the soap shaving in a double boiler.  (If you don’t have a double boiler like me, simply place a small bowl over a saucepan filled with boiling water).

2.  When the mixture is melted and and stirred together, add several drops of your Essential Oil.  I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss.  {If you have not used DoTerra’s oils, you are missing out!  I love them.  I get mine from my friend Julie Crowell.  You can find more information by clicking on the link.  I will be sharing a bit more about my love for doTerra oils in an upcoming post}.

3.  Get your mold ready to go before adding the sugar.  This is important because once the sugar is added the scrub will harden VERY quickly.

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4.  Pour in sugar and stir quickly.  Take mixture and place it into your molds with your fingers.  Or…if you don’t have a mold you can take a scoop and make rounded sugar “cubes”.

5.  Let cubes harden by popping them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  Then pop them out of the mold and cut them into fourths depending on the size you would like them to be.

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Then simply throw them into a fun air tight container and add a cute label.

Sugar scrubs smell amazing and gently exfoliate your skin for a smooth feeling.  The fun thing about these sugar scrub cubes is that they also have a fun “cleaning” element with the addition of the soap.  And the citrus bliss smells amazing and has some relaxation and calming benefits which you can learn more about here.

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And…you know I am going to be sharing the fun labels if you would like to make some for yourself.  Click on the link below to gain access to the labels and to the use-age tag so that the gift recipient knows just how to use their fun and personal gift!

Citrus Sugar Scrub Cubes Labels

{click on previous downloads once you are taken to The Idea Room FB page}

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What do you think? Have you ever tried Sugar Scrub Cubes?

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Interested in some of our past Sugar Scrub Recipes? Check these out:

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub (featured on the Ellen Show)

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Foot Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub with Honey

Bath Salts Recipe

Homemade Valentines–Crush Bottles

I’ll admit…I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year.  Last year we were right in the middle of our Kitchen Remodel and so, as you can imagine, we were in a huge mess of dust and chaos.  The Valentine’s Day decorations and homemade Valentines didn’t make much of an appearance.

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Well this year I am hoping to make up for it.  There are so many fun ideas out there that I was excited to get busy creating.  This crush bottle is not a new idea and I have seen some really cute versions floating around the web.  I just LOVED the idea of using the CRUSH soda to give as a gift.  So, I made my own labels that to use as a gift for my daughter’s pre-school friends this year.

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And the best news?  The gifts are ready to go already.  How is that for being prepared?

I made some cute tags too by simply punching out a 1.5 inch circle of scrapbook paper and gluing it onto a scalloped 2 inch piece of paper.  Then wrap some baker’s twine around the neck of the bottle and throw on a cute mini clothes pins which I painted white.  I also added this fun pewter heart!

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I came up with a couple of different labels in pink and blue. The labels look pretty washed out in the photographs but show up darker in real life. They were proving difficult to photograph ;)!

Simply click on each label image to get the download to take you to the download page.  You must be a fan of the Idea Room to get access to the labels.  Click on “Previous Downloads” and you will find each label.

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Give the crush bottles separately as a small gift or give the entire six pack to “your little crush”.

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Fill the bottles with some fun Valentine’s Day Candy and add some fun scrap book paper to the box to jazz it up a bit like I did for these Bath Salts.

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Throw in a fun stripey straw and enjoy!  But beware…when you put a cardboard straw into this Strawberry Crush, the carbonated drink gets a little crazy.  So be prepared for it to come bubbling up.

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Now, I have had more than a few of you ask me how I get my labels to stick to the jars or what paper I print them on.  Great question!  I simply print my labels onto white cardstock paper and then cut them out by hand or with my Silhouette.  Then simply glue them onto the bottles with an old fashioned glue stick.  It works like a charm and leaves no bubbles if you gently smooth out the label with your fingers!

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I have got some more Valentine’s Day posts in the works so be sure to check back in.  I am also struggling to write a pretty personal post about my recent health issues.  Well see if I can get it published here soon.  I’m struggling with finding the right words :)!  Hope you all have a great day! xo

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**If you are new here and are visiting from The Ellen Show, we are glad you stopped by!  I hope you like what you see here.  Looking for the Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Recipe that was shared on Ellen’s site?  You can find that by clicking on this link:  Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub!  You will find a full tutorial with step by step photos and instructions.   I also offer a free download for the fun labels!  Thanks for stopping by!

I was hoping to share this with you earlier,but it ended up being a “last minute” project.  With the events of the last weekend, I found myself wanting to distance myself from the computer and the internet…so this years Teacher Gifts sat undone.

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I always like to give the kids teachers a practical gift that they will actually use.  I have made a few different versions of these unique and personalized Hand Sanitizer Bottles and this year was no exception.  The kids teachers have always “claimed” to love them so we continue to give them out.  I always add a fun gift card for the local Movie Theater or a Restaurant for them to enjoy, along with the Hand Sanitizer.

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If you are new here, you might want to check out some of the other Hand Sanitizer Bottles I have shared:

Hand in Hand Sanitizer Bottle

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Joy Hand Sanitizer

Thanksgiving Hand Sanitizer

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This year I decided to show you an example of putting the label INSIDE the bottle, which is the same as I have done for all our past versions of this along with putting the label on the OUTSIDE of the bottle.  My personal preference is for the label to be on the inside, which is printed on a sheet of Transparency Paper (film).  And the label on the outside of the bottle is simply just printed on a laser printer onto some white cardstock.

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For complete, step-by-step instructions, please refer to this hand sanitizer tutorial.  If you are going to make labels to go inside the bottle you will need to print onto your transparency with a laser printer.  This is a CRUCIAL step.  Every year I get emails from people who use an ink jet printer and wonder why their ink slides off into the bottle.

If you don’t have a Laser printer or copier, or your printer is not made to print on transparencies (check your owners manual), then you can simply have your local copy center print it onto a transparency for you.  They usually charge a small fee but in the scope of things, this turns out to be a very affordable gift!

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I have provided you with a free download of this fun Chalkboard Art Christmas Label. Simply click on the link or the image below to download the labels for your own use. You will need to re-size the labels to fit into the bottles you end up using. I made them a bit larger so you could use larger bottles if you would like too. Just re-size the image in your printing program before printing.

I printed mine out so that the width measured 2.75 inches (if my memory serves me right).

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*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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*As always please remember to link back to this post and send others here rather than sharing them on your own sites.  These are for your own personal use and are not for resale or redistribution.

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I am really enjoying this trendy Chalkboard Art…so of course I had to put my own little twist on it.  Aren’t they so much fun?  And, if you don’t want to make the hand sanitizer bottles (or soap bottles) you can simply print these out and use them as a gift tag or frame it for your desk!

Homemade Bath Salts and doTerra Giveaway

I am so excited to share with you a fun gift idea AND an awesome giveaway today.  I LOVE homemade gifts that are functional AND pretty at the same time.  I like to give things that I would actually like to receive as a gift myself…like this Homemade Bath Salts Gift Set.

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The Bath Salts are really easy to make and just take a few simple, easy to find ingredients.  And, if you like to take baths, you know how yummy smelling they can make your bath water.  Plus the salts have some great healing and soothing aspects for your skin.

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These Homemade Bath Salts also contain some awesome doTerra Essential Oils.  These essential oils also have multiple benefits and uses depending on the type of Essential Oil you use.

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First, let’s give you the recipe.  It is the same Homemade Bath Salts Recipe I have shared with you when I first started blogging.

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe:

3 cups Epsom Salt
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Table Salt
Food or soap coloring (optional)
Scented Essential Oils (2-4 drops)

If you want more than one scent and color, separate into different bowls before adding the color and scent. Then you can have 2-3 different choices to choose from. Let the bath salts dry for 24 hours before placing them into your decorative jars.

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I chose not to use any coloring as I wanted all of the jars to be similar and fresh and clean looking.  I used doTerra’s Lemon, Lavendar, and Peppermint Essential Oils for my jars.  You follow the directions for each flavor of Bath Salt and then just add the Essential Oil of your choice.

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I haven’t talked much about doTerra’s Essential Oils but I have been using them since April and have fallen in love with them.  You might have noticed that I have used them in a few of my past posts recently.  (Chocolate Cinnamon Bread, Peppermint Candy Cane Scrub, Lemon Sugar Scrub) The thing I love about them is that almost all of doTerra’s essential oils are food-grade oils which means you can take them internally and use them safely on your skin.

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I have been getting my oils from Julie Crowell, an Independent doTerra Consultant who and a fellow fan of The Idea Room.  (I knew there was a reason I liked her ;)!!  She is currently an Idea Room Sponsor and wants to give One Lucky Idea Room Reader…

an Introductory Set of 3 doTerra Essential Oils

(Lemon, Lavendar, and Peppermint).

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If you have questions about each of the oils, you can click on their names for more information about the benefits of each oil by clicking on each of their names above.  Julie has also offered to talk to any of you if you have specific questions on her FB page or by sending her an email ([email protected]).

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To enter, simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter box below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want to print out the labels I used here?  Simply click on this link to get access to the Free Bath Salts Labels.

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And since many of you will ask, the bottles are Starbucks Vanilla Frappacino Drinks.  They came with the cute little carrier in a set of 4.  And I found them at my local Target.  I know…we LOVE Target!

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You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: DoTerra’s Essential Oils

Julie Crowell is so helpful and is happy to answer any questions you may have.  Her contact information is on her site or you can email her at [email protected]

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Julie Crowell, who is an Independent Consultant for doTerra’s Essential OilsI was given some essential oils to review.  However, the opinions and text are all mine.  Contest runs December 14-18, 2012. A random winner will be selected and will be given 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.

DIY Hot Pads

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Hello Everyone!

I am Desirée visiting from The 36th AVENUE.

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I am sharing today with you a quick tutorial of how to give an

ordinary set of Dollar Store Hot Pads a little Fall makeover.

Isn’t it fun?

Before I share the tutorial let me thank Amy for having me.

I love The Idea Room and I feel honored to be part of her fantastic blog for a day.

I am a lucky girl!

OK, are we ready for the tutorial?

Let’s do it!

MATERIALS

You don’t need much.

1 Hot Pad Glove

Square Hot Pads

{ You can find them at the Dollar Store. The squares hot pads comes in a set of two }

1/4 Yard of Fabric of your choice.

{ I found mine at Jo-Anns, but you can use a fabric scrap if you have some around }

Buttons

{ My buttons came from Wal-Mart }

TUTORIAL

This was so easy and quick to make.

FIRST cut a strip of fabric long enough to cover the width of your glove.

I cut mine 4 inches wide.

Fold the fabric in half and then fold the unfinished top again about half an inch.

Just like the picture.

I like to use my iron to make every fold perfect and crisp.

SECOND

Use one of the square hot pad as a mold to cut another piece of fabric.

You are going to use this fabric to make a pocket.

After you cut the fabric fold the ends of it.

Iron it.

Turn it around and sew it to the hot pad.

THIRD do the same thing with the strip sewing it around the top of the glove and

attach the buttons in place…They are so cute!

And you are done!

These would make a great gift for neighbors or the lucky one hosting Thanksgiving this year.

I am giving mine as a gift to a good friend of mine

with our favorite delicious Pumpkin Bread.

Delicious!

I hope you stop by The 36th AVENUE and say hi.

Make sure to check out our Pumpkin Bread Recipe here.

You are going to love it!

Thank you again Amy for having me today.

I love it here!

Besos

Desiree Campbell

Desirée

The 36th AVENUE

Don’t you just LOVE Desirée? So is so talented and one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  I LOVE this project too.  Such a fun and simple gift idea.  Be sure to head on over to Desirée’s site, The 36th AVENUE and check out her other amazing ideas.  She is full of them!  Thanks Desirée!–Amy

Lemon Sugar Scrub

I am still recovering from this last weekend.  My feet are killing me.  We did a lot of walking and running back and forth to make sure everything was running smoothly with  the Snap Conference.
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Me feet needed a little extra love and pampering.  So I was excited to be able to use some of this amazing Lemon Sugar Scrub.  I whipped it up a couple of weeks ago and have used it a couple of times but still had some left. Perfect!

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It is so easy to make. Really! I simply took two cups of white granulated Sugar and mixed in a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup Almond Oil (Coconut Oil will work too).  Add the oil slowly till you have a nice soft consistency that is soft but not too oily.  Then add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil.

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Scoop the mixture into a pretty jar.  And keep it all to yourself.  Or…if you are the sharing type…which sometimes I am, gift it to your mom or one of your best girlfriends!  They will love you forever!
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This stuff is really so amazing and feels so decadent and expensive.  No one will be the wiser that it was so easy and inexpensive to make.  Those are the best kind of gifts to give…am I right?
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This makes your feet so soft and makes them smell so good.  Perfect for those summer time feet.

I made the labels on my Silhouette CAMEO.  I made the file into a pdf so that you can print it out here.  Simply print on white card stock and cut it out and glue on the jar with a glue stick.  Works like a charm.

 {Lemon Sugar Scrub}

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You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: Lemon Essential Oil

Julie Crowell is so helpful and is happy to answer any questions you may have.  Her contact information is on her site or you can email her at [email protected]

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes