Cold Process Soap

Soap can be made any time of the year but one of the basic rules of cold process soap making is that if it is being made for Christmas presents, it should be made by Remembrance Day so it will be fully cured by Christmas. Hot process soap does not have the same timing issues […]

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“Rice” Bags

I have a number of people around me right now who are feeling their aches and pains. So as Yule gifts, I am making rice bags, those lovely cushions that can go into the freezer or the microwave and help heal the bumps and bruises of life. These can be made in any size of […]

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Paper Bowls

May Baskets are a tradition that has gone through many changes. For the last 200 hundred years, much of the focus has been on children or sweethearts. In some places the custom was to knock on the door, yell “May basket!,” and then run. If the giver was caught by the recipient, he or she […]

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Easter Bowls and Baskets

March is celebrated as Craft month so I opted to try something new for me, that I wanted connected to spring. The idea was simple but then things got complex. Ultimately, I was looking for the pastels of Ostara and Easter but I had seen a really simple idea using toilet paper rolls. The problem […]

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Simple Swedish Paper Stars

Folding paper shapes is an ancient craft. In Japan it is called Origami and there are hundreds of figures that can be made from a single piece of Kami paper. A popular shape is the crane and the accompanying legend is that if someone folds 1,000 orizuru (cranes) they will be granted a wish. In […]

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Butterbeer Candle

Time for some Harry Potter candle making fun? Let’s begin by saying that it may take some tweaking on your part because the supplies I use are not necessarily the ones you will be able to get near your location. If you would like to connect directly with Wicks and Wax in Burnaby, British Columbia, […]

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Dyed Egg Shell Soy Candles

Most egg dyeing is thought of as something to do with a hard boiled egg. This in an alternative thought. Crack your eggs first, dye second and turn those coloured shells into little candles for Easter Sunday breakfast, your altar, the Ostara potluck table or just enjoy all through spring. There is even a Valentine’s […]

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Wax Sachets

Merriam-Webster defines sachet as “a small bag containing a perfumed powder or potpourri used to scent clothes and linens.” This is a variation on that idea, made with scented wax and decorated with nature’s beauty. Glitter, embeds and other whimsical items are also decorating options. Be aware though that anything dyed (such as crafted leaves) […]

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3 Corn Husk Brooms

This past summer I dried corn husks, leftover from a dinner, out in sun. Fresh corn is still available here so I am hoping it is where you are too. It is possibly too late to dry outside in some places but corn husks will also do just fine drying in a garage or closet. […]

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All Hallows Apothecary Bottle

While the website migration was happening this last week, there were periods of waiting and waiting and… did I mention waiting. This quick project was perfect for filling some of that time. Small step, wait, another small step. Use the finished bottles to create a kitchen shelf/windowsill vignette, combine with flowers and pumpkins for a […]

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