Posts Tagged "gifts"

End of Summer Etsy Store Giveaway!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Blog, Promotions | 27 comments

End of Summer Etsy Store Giveaway!

Enter to win the Natural Skin Essentials 3-Piece Gift Set ($68 value) from the Creative Simple Life Etsy Store! The gift set includes some of my favorite homemade skin care items and it is customizable for your skin type!

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Grand Opening: Creative Simple Life Etsy Store

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog, DIY Beauty, Promotions | 4 comments

Grand Opening: Creative Simple Life Etsy Store

Drum roll, please….. The Creative Simple Life Etsy store is officially open! After many weeks of planning, researching, testing recipes, and writing product descriptions, I’m excited to announce that the new Creative Simple Life Etsy store is finally open for business! Please stop by and check it out: http://www.CreativeSimpleLife.Etsy.com A Bit of History Shortly after beginning this blog, I decided to expand my interest in making food from scratch to experimenting with creating homemade skin care products. I found the process to be equally as rewarding and, after many months of reading, research, and trial-and-error recipe and product testing, the Creative Simple Life Etsy store was born! Just as the process of creating homemade skincare products has nourished me, I hope my customers will find my skincare line to be an equally nourishing part of their daily self-care practice. At the new Etsy store you can find homemade face serums, salves, all-natural deodorant, scented moisturizers, lip balms, cleansers, body oils, and more! Many of these items are already posted on Etsy, while others are being fine tuned in my at-home test kitchen and will be available shortly. It’s been such a fun adventure to learn about the process and ingredients that go into homemade cosmetics and I’m so excited to finally be ready to share all of my creations with you! Store Preview Here are a few items that you can currently find at the Etsy store (more to come): Special Discount As a thank you to all of my loyal Creative Simple Life subscribers I’m offering a special newsletter subscribers only discount! Keep an eye on your inbox for an e-mail from me with your exclusive coupon code. If you aren’t already signed-up for our newsletter, you can join...

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Rosemary Tea Tree Body Butter

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Blog, DIY Beauty, Recipes | 7 comments

Rosemary Tea Tree Body Butter

This homemade body butter is rich, moisturizing, and fun and easy to whip up! Try making your own moisturizer this winter for a creative spin on the store-bought stuff.

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Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Blog, DIY Beauty, Recipes | 5 comments

Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub

I’ve always loved giving homemade gifts for holidays, birthdays, special occasions, and for no particular reason at all. This year for the holidays, I decided to only give handmade gifts. All the ladies in my family received Organic Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Scrub. It was easy to whip up, smelled good enough to eat (and frankly it was), and made my dry winter skin super-soft. Here’s my recipe: Ingredients 1/2 cup organic dark brown sugar 1/2 cup organic sugar 4 Tablespoons organic coconut oil 2 Tablespoons organic olive oil (you can use less olive and more coconut oil, which is a liquid above 75°, if you are fortunate enough to live somewhere that is perpetually tropical) 1/2 of a Madagascar vanilla bean OR 15 drops of vanilla essential oil 6 Vitamin E capsules Directions 1. Mix the sugars, oils, and vitamin E in a bowl. 2. Mix in the vanilla essential oil if you are using it. If using the vanilla bean instead, cut the half into 2 or 3 pieces and stick the pieces into your mixture to allow the vanilla to infuse into the sugar. (Another option if you plan ahead is to slice the bean in half and stick it in your sugar for a few weeks to infuse) 3. Pour your scrub into a container of your choosing and prepare for silky soft skin. If you are not sure what to do with your leftover vanilla beans, the Two Tarts blog which I’ve recently discovered has some great suggestions that I’m looking forward to trying. Among my favorites are their recipes for homemade vanilla extract & vanilla sugar, which is as simple as burying your beans in your sugar bowl for one week or longer. I couldn’t have pulled off the making or gifting of this scrub without the help of Rebecca’s Apothecary, where I purchased the containers for the scrub as well as the vanilla beans I used in it. After making this scrub and my homemade peppermint lip balm, I can’t imagine ever living somewhere without a local apothecary. Hopefully I won’t ever have to! If you can find such a place in your area, check it out and tell me about it. I’d love to hear about where you source your ingredients from! If you don’t have a local supplier, I’ve listed my favorites below in the “Resources for this Project” section. Happy scrubbing! For more nourishing homemade skincare, check out the Creative Simple Life Etsy Store! Resources for this...

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Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in Blog, DIY Beauty | 2 comments

Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

My first adventure in homemade lip balm has been a huge success. I adapted a recipe from Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit and was super happy with the results. Since this recipe calls for beeswax, and I’d heard that beeswax can be tricky to work with, I found a cheap ($1.99) pot from my local thrift store to use solely for the purpose of making homemade beauty products. I purchased all of my supplies from a local apothecary, which I recently discovered and immediately became enamored with: Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply. It’s a completely enchanting shop and worth checking out the next time you are in the Boulder area. As always, I recommend sourcing as much of your project materials from local businesses whenever possible. With my new used pot and my supplies in tow, I was ready to enter the world of DIY beauty products. I used the following recipe which will fill six 1/2 ounce lip balm tins: Ingredients: 2 Tbsp (22.5 grams) beeswax chips 2 Tbsp (28.7 grams) shea butter 3-4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (Use less for a thicker balm) 3 vitamin E capsules 25 drops of peppermint essential oil You’ll also need: Six 1/2 ounce (15ml) tins to pour the mixture into (You can also use more smaller containers or fewer larger ones. Aim to buy 3 ounces worth of containers or reuse old chapstick tubes, tins, or jars.) Cheap-o pot or pan or a double boiler (an old glass bowl or glass Pyrex measuring cup would serve this purpose nicely) A regular pot (only for water) Metal Tongs (for sterilizing your tins; a colander will also suffice) Cookie sheet Metal spoon Measuring spoon Sterilizing the tins: 1. You’ll want to start by sterilizing your tins (skip this step if using plastic tubes) . Preheat your oven to 200°. In the meantime, place the tins in a pot and fill with water to cover. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat. Allow them to sit for a few minutes before fishing them out with your metal tongs. If you don’t have tongs (or this seems tedious) you can pour the whole thing through a colander and then pick them out with your hands once they are cool (this is what I did). 2. Place the tins on a cookie sheet and slide into the oven for 10 minutes, or until dry. Voilà: clean tins! Now you are ready to melt the beeswax. Making the lip balm: 1. The first step in this recipe is to melt the beeswax chips and the shea butter. The recommended method for this is to use a double boiler to reduce the risk of burning the oils. Since I didn’t have a double boiler, I used the heavy-bottomed pot that I found at the thrift store and melted the beeswax and shea butter over VERY low heat, stirring almost constantly. This process took close to 20 minutes, so be patient if you are using this method. If you have a double boiler, use it. Even a glass bowl or a Pyrex measuring cup that you can set inside a pan of boiling water will work great. 2. Once these two ingredients are melted, add the olive oil. Continue stirring until all three ingredients are melted together. 3. Remove from heat and squeeze the punctured vitamin E capsules into the mixture. Add the essential oil and stir gently. This mixture tends to cool quickly and the beeswax will begin to solidify. Work quickly, or come back to your stove burner for...

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Learning to Needle Felt

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog, Crafts | 1 comment

Learning to Needle Felt

Felt is created when wool fibers are matted together and condensed to create cloth. Needle felting is just what it sounds like: you use a special needle to make felt. I realize that that alone sounds less than exciting. Here’s the fun part: you can create almost any soft, fuzzy, and colorful shapes with just a few supplies and steps. The possibilities seem endless. I started out making felted animals with the help of Wool Pets, a great book by Laurie Sharp. I’m excited to give these as gifts to my friends and family. Since wool is soft, natural, and non-toxic (unless, of course, you are allergic) felted gifts can be given to young children. I’d love to make a whole set of farm animals. For now, I started with a pig! In addition to my beginning experimentation with felted animals, I’ve started to make felt jewelry. Making these rings was fun and easy (and I only drew blood once or twice). The idea originally came from Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit but I adapted the design to suit my own style. I’d also like to branch out and explore the idea of making other types of jewelry like necklaces, earrings, or bracelets using needle felting techniques. Getting Started If you are interested in trying needle felting, you need very few supplies to get started. These include a foam block, a 38 gauge felting needle, and some wool roving. These can usually be purchased at your local yarn store, which I recommend. If you’re unable to find them there, you can purchase them online using these links: Foam Pad for Needle Felting Wistyria Editions Wool Roving Size 38 Felting Needles Finally, here’s a video that may be helpful in explaining the basics of needle...

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