Sunday, December 27, 2015

Writing in Style

Writing in style! 
Hello again dear ladies! I'd like to share with you a quick tutorial on how to make a floral pen. These little pens are so feminine and elegant. Full of charm. They would make a nice addition to any keeper at homes desk. Or a lovely gift for a sister in Christ. You're bound to smile while using them. They're super simple to make and frugal as well. I love simple and I love frugal! So let's get to it shall we?

You'll need:
Floral tape (found near the fake flowers in the craft section of your local store)
Fake flowers
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks for your gun
Sharp Knife (possibly)
Scissors (possibly)

What you'll do: 
First you want to remove the caps from your pen and the very end of your pen. You can save your lids and use them if you'd like. I discarded ours as my wee little one finds them the right size to stick in her mouth. On some pens you might be able to pop the end off. If that is the case, great!!! If not then you'll have to take a knife to them. This will require some girl strength and the end results will not be pretty but that's ok. Your lovely flower you 'picked' will cover the ugliness up. Once, you've removed all that you'll want to start wrapping your pen in the floral tape. See picture below.

You'll want to wrap all the way up the pen. See picture below. I hotglued my ends down to keep them in place. 

Your next step is to remove your 'hand picked' flower from its lovely green stem. Some of my flowers I was able to just pluck off and some I had to cut away at. I found that a couple of slashes with the scissors followed by some twisting and bending did the job. See picture below. And no you are not going crazy. I did, in fact, change locations. 

Once all your flowers are removed you'll take your hot glue gun and squeeze some glue into the top of your pen. Push your flower down into that hole that you just liberally filled with glue. Place this pen to the side and finish up the rest. After all your flowers are glued down you'll take some more floral tape and wrap around the bottom part of your flower and top part of your pen. Hot glue it down. This just gives some stability to your flower. See picture below.

That is it! You have made your very own floral pen! Place your lovlies in a cute container and enjoy! 

I do so hope you decide to make these! They really are delightful and add a functional feminine touch to a room! 

Tea Tree Balm

If you do a quick google search you are bound to find numerous lip balm tutorials. Each recipe is basically the same with small things altered to suit the specific persons needs. The recipe I used is no exception. I adapted it to fit my needs. 

This was my first balm to make and I am in love with it! It leaves the lips feeling soft and gives them a nice shine. I was afraid the Tea Tree oil would be too strong but really it's not. At least, it doesn't bother me or my family. So please, dear ladies, let me share with you how I made my first balm. 

Tea Tree Balm

You will need:
Balm containers (approximately 8)
Double boiler (or a make do one which I'll explain in a minute)
5 tablespoons of Coconut oil
2 tablespoons of Beeswax
1 tablespoon of Honey
5 drops of Essential oil of your choice (change the name of the balm to suit your oils)

What you will do:
Melt your coconut oil and beeswax in your double boiler. If you do not have one you could simply fill a pot halfway with water and place a heatproof container (I used a pyrex measuring cup which was super convient due to the pour spout) in your pot. Place the coconut oil and beeswax in your pyrex cup or container of choice and melt together over medium heat. Once your beeswax and coconut oil is melted together remove it from heat and carefully take your container out of the pot. It will be hot of course so I emphasize CAREFULLY. Let it cool just a bit and then add your honey and oils. You want to allow it to cool just a little bit so you don't kill the good stuff in the honey nor cause the oils to evaporate. Stir, stir, stir. Some of your honey will not mix in no matter how much you try. Just dispose of that at the end. As soon as you have stirred it, start pouring it into your balm containers. Allow it to harden, mine took about an hour or so, test it on your lips, cap it, and enjoy from now on. These should keep for a year in a nice dark place. If it gets hot it will melt. 

You have to try this! Your lips will love you!!! 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

About the Author

Dear ladies, I have started this blog as a place to record, share, and hopefully learn beside you in my adventures of becoming a godly homemaker. If you ever need to get a hold of me for prayer requests, questions, discussions or just to have a delightful chat please do not hesitate to email me. You can achieve this by going to my profile and clicking 'email' under my picture. With all that said let me introduce myself to you with 10 random facts. 

1. I am first and foremost a sinner saved by the grace of God. His calling for me, my ministry, is to be a wife to my husband and a mother to my children. 

2. I love all things floral and lacey. Really anything feminine. God has created me a woman and I embrace that. 

3. I am the only girl out of a brood of boys. The Lord Jesus saved me and turned me from a "tomboy" into a skirt wearing woman. 

4. Books are my weakness! I will go to the book section of a thrift store before any other part. 

5. I do not have an 'official' homestead. Yet. In the meantime, I work with what I have and plan for the day the Lord, hopefully, blesses me with a plot of land to grow and raise my own food. We all have to start somewhere. 

6. I love working in my kitchen!!!

7. I love science! It leaves me in awe of my Creator! 

8. I love making my own medicines, cleaning and beauty products. When I say beauty please keep in mind Proverbs 31:30. God made you beautiful in your natural form. Walking around resembling a barbie doll is not real beauty. 

9. I love crafts!!! 

10. I read the KJV bible. All scripture references on my blog will be quoted from that. 

Well there you have it. That is me in a nutshell. Shall we become blogging friends?