Anyone else completely blown away that Thanksgiving is here? I mean seriously where did this year go? It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start prepping and shopping for Christmas. If you’re like me, you need lots of little gifts for the folks at church and the office. I have a hard time isolating who to give something to and it gets sorta expensive really quick. So I like to have a little arsenal of quick, thoughtful, make it yourself gifts you can whip up on a chilly Saturday. You know, like this scrub.
I actually made this Salt Scrub back in the Summer for a friend who was getting married. I made me an extra little pot to leave in the guest bathroom. I actually use it on my face and let me tell you, it gives me the nicest glow and softest skin ever. I found the recipe here, and used their infused salt method.
- 1 cup kosher salt (half kosher, half pink Himalayan)
- 1/2 cup pure organic almond oil (half coconut, half olive oil instead)
- the zest of one lemon
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems
I made a couple of little edits. I did half epsom salt and half pink Himalayan salt to give it a pretty color. Himalayan salt is a little pricey, and suppose to be good for you so I didn’t want to waste it all on a scrub. But it does give the scrub a little more color which bumps up the gift factor. If you’re making this for several folks, I would probably just use all kosher or sea salt to keep the price down.
Also, I didn’t have almond oil at the time so I did half olive and half coconut oil. I really like the way this mixture feels on my skin so I would keep it. Plus almond oil is also on the pricey side.
You could add a little bit of lemon essential oil to bump up the lemon factor, but citrus oils can make your skin sensitive to to sun so use your own judgement.
I bought a pretty glass jar for like a dollar at Walmart and these pretty wooden spoons from etsy. Made a little tag and tied it with some twine. Ta Da!
Also if you want a more Christmasy looking label you can download these. They’re super pretty. I used them last year to label my jam gifts.
Photo from Lab Partners
Is it really the end of the month already? October is by far my favorite month. So many wonderful things exist within it. Probably why time flew the past four weeks.
I’m still waiting for fall to hit the Gulf Coast. The nights are a little chilled and I’ve seen some red and orange speckles trying to shine out among the trees. But oh how I miss fall. I think that’s why my heart has grown so fond of mums and pumpkins scattered about my front porch. Forget the fact I leave the house with a tank top. Even got sunburned this past weekend. Gotta love the south.
Thankfully the weather has thrown us a bone for Halloween, tonight should be crisp and I got the night planned with butter beer and Hocus Pocus on the tube. Enjoy the day (and night) mate and watch out for spooks.
I’m excited to announce that I have my first design pattern up for sale at spoonflower.com. It even made the home page for the recent trends (1st one in bottom row). I initially came across Spoonflower when I was looking for some specific prints for baby gifts. I googled Dr. Who fabric and came across several on this site. I spent some time exploring and just let me tell you they have so many adorable prints to choose from. I favorited so many things to purchase later when I have kids.
The exciting thing about Spoonflower is that you can upload your own designs. I seriously was not going to get involved with this but they have weekly contests and just so happened the upcoming one was gemstones. I knew Stone and Feather had to play their part so thus commended my first fabric pattern.
My purchase of it came in last night and the stones details show up beautifully. I was a little concerned that the painted details would lose some of their quality but they are strikingly vivid. Can’t wait to make something out of our signature illustrations. You can purchase here, even comes in wallpaper, decals, and gift wrap.
I recently had the honor of painting an engagement announcement for friend. They wanted to incorporate their sweet little bunny and the groom-to-be’s love of games.
For Christmas Tj got me a gift card to Skillshare so I signed up for a few hand lettering classes I had on my wish list. I finally got around to watching the lessons for Mary Kate McDevitt’s second hand lettering class. She has two, the first one teaches how to create effective hand lettered designs. The second focuses on the digital aspect of creating a cohesive design with hand lettering,texture, and color.
I applied her tips to a shirt I’m working on at work for the food bank. This time I created a new page every time I did a massive tweak of the file just so I could see the progress. It’s pretty fun to see how it evolves.
At first, I went with three colors. I hand lettered the fork and spoon and the message. I liked the idea of a place setting. However, I felt that the green was too stark and thought the design could handle being reduced to two colors. This also helped on the screen printing side of things. I also felt that the words were too contained in the “plate”.
I brought the lettering out of the plate. At this point I started to experiment with texture and created some using stamp pads and pens.
I also lost the weird block at the bottom and brought in some flourishes to create a charger look around the plate. I added the texture I created. We decided the message needed to be more elaborate so I added some more lettering and flourishes to really solidify the charger idea.
I’m happy with the final outcome and I’m thankful for taking the class. It’s always helpful to see the process of other designers to learn new tricks and freshen up. If you’re interested in taking that or any other class for the first time, click here for a $10 discount.
This month marks 6 months of being an old married woman. It’s been a interesting twist to everyday life, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. Some days it’s hard to believe it’s only been 6 months. October 12th seems like it was ages ago. The whole day was a blur of fun and crazy exciting adrenaline, great friends, awesome family, and lets just say that top piece of cake is getting thawed early (we waiting half a year, that’s good enough right?)
In the midst of all the planning I did, my favorite components were my invitations. They were my baby. Each one lovingly wrapped up and mailed with adorable stamps to guests. Once I had these made, the rest of the wedding came together. The little illustrations I created of me and Tj were made into cake toppers. I used the flower paintings as backdrops to drink tags and food labels and for the programs.
I couldn’t be happier with how these invitations presented the whole theme of the wedding. Invitations are often after thoughts in the midst of the mountain of details wedding planning will throw your way, but they are the first piece your guests will see (unless you send out a save the date.) Make a statement from the get go. Tease your guests with the goodness that awaits them.
The invitation alone is available as a printable template in the shop. You can grab it here.