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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wax Sealed Easter Eggs!

 Wax Sealed Easter Eggs!
 Upgrade your Easter Egg game with wax seals!
They are fancy and fun to do.
And...you can keep snitching hands out of them until they are supposed to!
 You'll need plastic eggs, twine, wax stamper, wax sticks and mini glue gun.
I used the jumbo size eggs.  Love these.
However, the purple one cracked beyond repair...rats.
 I got this fun Fleur de Lis wax stamp and these
Gold wax sticks from Oriental Trading!
They are the source for all party, holiday and event goodies!
 First, stuff the egg full of goodies.
I'm using Air Heads!  They are my favorite, and Oriental Trading has them in bulk!
 Wrap the twine around the egg, right where the 2 halves connect.
I wrapped them 3 times and tied a square knot.
 Plug in your glue gun and push a wax stick inside.
Let it warm up.
I use a baking mat especially for crafting.
It's so nice to not worry about things sticking.
 Squeeze out a big glob of wax.
Enough to cover the knot of the twine.
 Press the stamper onto the wax gently and let it sit for a few seconds.
 Peel off gently for the perfect seal!
 Once your stick is getting low, add a dab of wax to the end of it...
 And push it in the glue gun to adhere to the wax stick already in the glue gun...
just like you would with hot glue.
Add a big blob of wax...
 Press in the stamper.
 Let cool and remove!
Fancy and super fun!
 Makes a fun gift, Easter egg hunt, or you could even include an address and
send it in the mail!
 And for now, it will be decor in my house!
 Until I need my Air Heads fix!
Such a fun project!  You'll want to wax seal everything!
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Never Tie Your Shoes Again!

 Never Tie Your Shoes Again!
This is why I never teach my kids to tie their shoes!
Don't tie your shoes!
Okay, I taught my kids to tie a bow, but not their shoes.
This is why.
This is my favorite life hack.
 Get shoes with laces and remove the laces.
 You will also need some 1/4" elastic.
It's cheap and comes in white or black.
I mostly use black.
 You need a different amount of elastic for different sizes of shoes.
Unravel the elastic and thread one end through the lace holes.
We usually use a pair of pliers to help ease it through.
 Make sure you get the tabs on the tongue and every hole.
 Once at the top,
Put the shoe on.  This has to be worn so you can tighten it just the right amount.
 Then tie it off in a square knot!
Trim the ends and lightly singe the edges with a lighter to keep the ends from fraying.
 Repeat for the other side!

We do this on every pair of shoes.
It is great for running shoes.  They work fabulously on church shoes.
They are the reason I don't teach my kids to tie their shoes!
And why I don't tie my shoes!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Layered Crystal Rock Soap DIY!

Layered Crystal Rock Soap DIY!
 Make gorgeous soaps that look like natural crystal clusters!
Fun to use for washing too!
Great gifts and fun to make with a group!
 You will need Melt and Pour Soap Base
Stephenson Personal Care Melt and Pour Crystal Soap Base
(this is the one I used)
They have fantastic soap bases and I highly recommend them.
Just message them to find a retailer near you!
They sent me several soap bases to try in exchange for this post.

Plastic cups
Glass container for melting
Spoon for stirring

Soap coloring

Gold Mica for cosmetics

Cut the soap base into small cubes.
 Melt about 1/2-1 cup worth in a measuring cup.
 Pour in the base of the cups.
Melt a new batch and add a different colors.
Layer after layer, darker to lighter.
 Let cool completely and then cut the cup off.
 Next place the soap on a cutting board and get a sharp knife.
 Slice and cut the soap into fun geometric and asymmetrical shapes!
 Save all the soap scraps for another fun soap project to come!
 Adorable natural crystal soaps!
 Great for a gift or just a classy accent in the powder room!

Check out these other fun soaps too!

Teal and Gold Ombre Soap!

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