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I love reading my best friend’s blog and have enjoyed seeing and hearing about her “10 Minute Craft Dash” that she started a while back. I decided I’d try to do it and so here you go, my first entry!

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The colors were (excuse my potentially inaccurate crafting color descriptions) slate, moss and light pink. I love these colors, but everyone who knows anything about me knows that I’m incredibly indecisive.

I don’t make cards very often (OK, really at all) so my entry isn’t a card, but rather a cute little “taggie” security blanket. I’m the proud auntie of a hilarious little girl (16 months) and will soon have twins nieces/nephews added to the mix (coming in August), so I love sewing things for them. Since I don’t know if the twins are boys or girls yet, I’ll just keep this on hand … and if they’re boys, I’m sure I’ll find someone to give this to!

The blanket measures roughly 13″ x 13″.

*Please excuse the crappy iPhone pictures … I need to get myself a new digital camera!*

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I have to say, this is the quickest that I’ve ever sewn something start-to-finish … I started the clock and had to cut all the ribbon, fabric and backing and then get sewing! I misjudged how much fabric I had, so I had to do stripes of the grey background instead of the two-piece diagonal triangles I had planned. I also originally planned to do three ribbons on each side, but with the time constraints, I settled for ribbons on just two sides. I think it turned out pretty well anyway. I didn’t look at the clock when I was sewing so I was hoping I was still within the time limit!

The time it took me:

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I made this mug for my best friend from college, Molly. Her birthday is later this week and I wanted to do a DIY gift for her. She lives in Wisconsin and I’m in Seattle, so I thought this idea would be fun. I love how it turned out and hope she enjoys it, too!

Here’s a quick overview of the supply list and steps to make a mug like this:

  • White ceramic mug (I purchased mine from Fred Meyer)
  • Sharpie pens (I used the traditional fine print ones in black and red; I wanted to make the hearts pink but my pen was defective)
  • Image of whatever you want to put on your mug (I just used Google Maps on my iPhone)

Here’s how I did the project:

  1. Determine what you want on your mug. My friend lives in Wisconsin and I live in Washington, so I just needed to find the basic shapes for both states. I just searched on Google Maps! 
  2. Draw the shapes on the mug; I freehanded mine and (very) surprisingly, they turned out nicely. I definitely didn’t inherit the artist genes the rest of my family has, so I was pleased.
  3. Trace over the initial drawing until it’s the thickness you like. I wanted my state outlines to be pretty thick, so I went over it 3-4 times.
  4. Using a colored Sharpie, draw a heart nearby the city you and the recipient of the mug live.
  5. Draw little dashes from each heart to the other. Of course from Washington to Wisconsin there isn’t a funny squiggly mark, but I added it for a fun little touch.
  6. Place the mug in a cold oven in the middle of the rack. Turn the heat to 350 degrees and “bake” it for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the mug cool for 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove (be especially careful not to smear the ink; since it’s warm it might be a bit wet) the mug and place on a potholder. Cool completely.

**The mug is ready to use, but be careful not to wash in the dishwasher and/or use a heavy-duty scrubber to wash as the ink might fade. 

I used to laugh at people who made their own everything; you know, the people who make their own soap, laundry detergent, deodorant, baby wipes, etc. I mean, what’s the point of doing that?! Usually the point is to either save money or “be green” … neither of which I needed to do in the past.

Well, karma has come back to bite me and I find myself dabbling into the whole DIY product realm. Not as extreme as others and definitely not to “be green” (disclaimer: I try to be responsible and sustainable when possible, but I wouldn’t say I go out of my way to do so). I’m trying to save money so I can payoff my final student loan and so making my own things has been a good way to save some extra cash.

Today’s project was making my own body wash. I find that personal products are some of the most expensive things on store shelves, which makes sense from a marketing standpoint because we all need to use them to a certain extent. Body wash didn’t seem like a product that I’d be compromising a lot with, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s an easy step-by-step process:

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Get three bars of Dove moisturizing bar soap (see note below).

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Grate all of the soap; I just used a cheese grater, which worked fine.

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Slowly add the grated soap into the boiling water.

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Gently stir the soap into the water. Allow the soap to dissolve completely. Make sure you stir gently to avoid excessive sudsing.

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Place in a large container and transfer to a bottle once cool; I used a large Ball canning jar to do this and saved a Bath & Body Works body wash bottle to use for refills.

So far, so good! If I like the results from this (as in it gets nice and sudsy, remains squeezable from a bottle, etc.), I don’t think I’ll need to spend money on store-bought body wash again!

Supply List:

  • 3 Bars of Dove Moisturizing Soap
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • Cheese Grater
  • Cutting Board (or other surface to protect counters or tables)
  • Large Pot

Savings:

  • Dove body wash: $5.99 for a 24oz. bottle
  • Dove moisturizing bar soap: $5.54 for a 4-pack (enough to make a total of 64oz. of body wash)
  • You save about $3.90 by going the DIY route!

*Note: I tried this once before using Target’s Up & Up brand of bar soap and it didn’t work with the ratio of water and soap. The final product was a large clump of slimy soap gelatin. This time I used Dove green tea and cucumber moisturizing bars. 

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