Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Card Chai

Today I had an idea.  In my stock pile I dug out some card stock.

I decided to go to The Graphics Fairy and have a look at her labels.  Thanks again Graphics Fairy!!!  I found one that, of course, has nothing to do with tea, but looked pretty.  I downloaded it and played with it in my label program.  I printed four per page.  I tore the labels with a ruler into equal sizes.  I didn't want the edges to look cut.(Or maybe I just couldn't find my scissors...hmmmm, now I have you wondering.)

  I sewed each one  onto a piece of card stock.

I grabbed another piece of card stock, and sewed it onto the back, so that  it  formed an envelope with a label on the front. 

Two holes were punched in the top.

  This was so I could put some chai into plastic bags, put a bag into each card, and tie them with some ribbon.   To see my dried chai mix recipe, click H E R E !

Now I don't have to sit and hand write a whole lot of cards......maybe that would have been a lot easier.... ....duh!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Making Pinecone Candle Holders

 I belong to a Garden Club in my nearest small town.
We often have classes on garden ideas, crafts, and tours to unique places.
  It was my turn to have the tutorial on garden creations using items from outside.
We had some old barn board cut to approximately  18 inches in  length.
We glued glass candle votives onto them.
 These lovelies are often picked up by the glass candle holders, so
 we used epoxy as it needs to be a strong bond.

Started to hot glue pine cones that we collected from our

Some used large pine cones and some used small ones.
Others had brought some that were sprayed with gold, silver or
even dusted in white.

All the pinecone holders were different but all so beautiful!

The finishing touches were with nuts and whatever else we had  around the house
that was Christmas-y. 

Now everyone has table center pieces for Christmas or Gifts!
Have fun with these!
Bessy Boo

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Homemade Linen Spray

Attention Daughter and Sisterkins.....Do Not Read this post!!!!!

 I found this recipe on line after doing a lot of research on how to make linen spray.  The ingredients were easy enough to get, in fact you can order them through the site that I got the recipe from.  Find it here!
I was able to buy some heavy duty sprayers, and I downloaded a cool label from The Graphics Fairy.  I was able to put Linen Spray. the scent and ingredients on the label with my print program.   I grabbed my trusty scale and started to mix my ingredients.


Sprinkle on sheets or other other linens to freshen. Spray on linens before ironing.
1 teaspoon (100 drops) lavender essential oil
24 oz. distilled water

Pour essential oils and alcohol into a bottle, cap and shake to emulsion. Mix with distilled water. Mix will cloud, and eventually separate.
Shake well before each use. 

I added polysorbate 20 to my mix.  You don't need it using the formulators alcohol, but it is added assurance that my water and oil will not separate.  I didn't want them to have to shake really well before spraying.  I added the same amount of polysorbate 20 as the essential oils

Measure the oil, polysorbate 20, and formulators alcohol. Shake it up to mix well.

Add water.

Pour into spray containers

Label from The Graphics Fairy.  See link above.

 Now I can hardly wait til Christmas to see if my daughter and sisters like the spray.
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