3 Simple Beauty Recipes Using Olive Oil

Olive oil isn't just for cooking! Here are three ways I use it in beauty recipes. 
First up is a simple one ingredient hand moisturizer. I find myself constantly washing my hands when I'm cooking which really dries out my skin. The last thing I want to add to a salad is store-bought moisturizer. Gross. So I just rub some olive oil directly onto my hands and keep chopping! I don't have to worry about scented moisturizer tainting my food.  
Now for my very favorite foot scrub (store-bought or homemade). Nothing works like this simple 3-ingredient recipe. Just mix a half cup of kosher salt (epsom salt works too) with a quarter cup olive oil. Then add to that a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice. 

Rub the mixture onto your feet and let it sit for a couple of minutes, then rinse off. Store the scrub in the fridge between uses. 
Now for a four-ingredient recipe. Put two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon each of grated beeswax and shea butter into a microwave safe bowl. Heat until just melted and add 15 crops of essential oil. I like to use vanilla essential oil. Pour into a clean container and let it harden before using.

Stamping with Vegetables

We've been having a pretty uneventful winter break. The weather is crummy and the car's in the shop which pulled the plug on my plans to go on some day trips. 

But when the weather outside is frightful and you've no place to go, you get to crafting, right?

This idea of printing note cards with vegetables has been at the back of my mind for awhile now. If that sounds strange then you're not spending enough time on Pinterest. Stamping with veggies is nothing new, but it's one of those things I just haven't gotten around to trying. And the kids have their thank you notes to write, so I did what any crafty mom would do. I handed them some broccoli and told them to get started on those thank you cards! 
After watching them have quite a bit of fun, I decided it was my turn. And also time to take things up a notch with some moody burgundy paper and gold ink. How sophisticated! 
Stamping with vegetables is a very intuitive process. Interesting shapes appear without giving things too much thought. I see flying dragons on one card and hibiscus on another.  
 I'm kind of in love with these cards and this method of just seeing what happens.
And just in case you want the step-by-step, it's quite simple. 

Just cut the ends off some veggies and use them just as you would a rubber stamp. I used broccoli and celery, but you could use potatoes, carrots, chard stalks, or a cob of corn. I had to get just a little fancy and use a pigment based ink which is slow drying and allows you to add some embossing powder. If you take this extra step, you'll need to set the embossing powder with a heat tool. And be sure to pour the embossing powder over a sheet of paper so you can pour the excess back into the container. 

The paper I used is Canson Mi–Teintes in burgundy. I cut an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet in two and folded each half to make two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" cards. 

Oh yes, this was a crafting success. Try it out! 
Here's to keeping things simple and a very Happy New Year!

Getting Fabric On Ball Ornaments

Every Christmas I come up with a new idea about how I want to decorate the tree. This year I'm thinking lots of cozy reds, plaids, flannels and twine. Instead of buying new ornaments, I'm going to work with what I have and cover some ball ornaments with festive fabric.

Below are the supplies I used: decoupage glue sealer, scissors, a ball ornament and foam pouncer.
 First, I cut enough fabric to wrap around the ornament and overlap just a tad, about a 1/4-inch. Then I cut the length so that it was long enough to over the top and bottom of the ball.
Next, I covered the middle of the ornament with decoupage glue and then stuck the fabric back on the ball. 
Then I cut fringe on the top and bottom. I cut each strip of fringe to a pointed tip. This will keep the fabric from bulking up when you go to adhere it around the ball.  You may find it easier to do the fringe cutting before you put in on the ball. 

Start with the first piece of fringe and press it down (make sure there's glue underneath). Press the next strip down so that it slightly overlaps the first and smooth down with your finger. Work your way around the ornament and repeat on the bottom. 
When all the fringe is layed down, go over the entire ball with more decoupage glue. Hang to dry. 
If you're feeling like your ornaments could use a little makeover, go ahead and give this a try. 

I have a bunch more of these to do, so I'd better get cracking! 
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