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DIY Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

Hey there! Crafting and prepping for the holidays is in full swing here! I’ve got this super fun and easy recipe to make your own lotion bars for yourself or some lucky family and friends! These only require a few ingredients and about 30 minutes of time (longer to fully set).

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Coconut oil (Like this one here)
  • 2 oz Beeswax (Like this)
  • 2 oz Shea Butter (Like this)
  • 1 Tbsp Argan Oil – optional but I highly recommend for your beauty regimen- (like this)
  • 30 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (from here)
  • Silicon Mold (like this) This is optional but a great way to dress it up for gift giving!
  • Raw local honey, or (this) if you don’t have any available but I HIGHLY suggest checking out your local farmer’s market and supporting them if it’s available to you!
  • Kitchen scale – looks like mine is out of stock but there’s this one that’s similar and a great price!

I’ve created a short video to show and tell you exactly what you’ll need to do to make these!

I hope you all enjoy!!

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Single Layer Tula Hood

This is similar to the original wrap hoods that come with the full Tula’s. It’s perfect for warmer weather, or if you just don’t have much fabric to work with.  I wouldn’t recommend it for a one sided fabric, because once the hood is in use, the backside of the fabric will be showing. So, let’s begin! Here’s an idea of my measurements for my pattern:Single Layer Hood  Fold your fabric in half and line up the design.  This picture is comparing the size to the normal size hood pattern that I use for the double layer.It looks really long, but you need that for the bottom part where the snaps go! Here’s what we’ve got when we open it up:  Get your iron ready! It’s a must for this! Ok, so the top piece, we want to iron down about 1/2 an inchNow fold again, and iron about an inch.Let’s topstitch this down!These little piecesThey gotta go! Chop them off!Moving to the bottom, fold and iron down about 1/2 an inch.Now, let’s work on the pockets for the elastics. Iron about 1/2 an inch down the sideAnd now the other sideNow fold and iron about an inchAnd the other side…Fold the bottom up 1 1/2 to 2 inches, and iron.You can see that the seams are getting thick and elastic still needs to fit under there. So, lets open this up and take out some of the bulkiness!  Where my thumbs are marked, I’m going to cut out, like this:**I know it doesn’t show it in the picture, but I should have just cut all the way down** Note that I left some fabric to catch in the seams, we don’t want any frays!Repeat for the other side.Fold up and sew around the three edges of the piece you are folding up. In the picture below, it’s the red that I’m sewing around. The sides and bottom.  This is when I chopped out the extra pieces that I could have just cut to begin with.   The above picture is what yours would automatically look like if you had already cut it in the steps above. Now, let’s cut 2 pieces of elastic at 20 inches each.If you want toggles, you should add them now. The picture below shows  where I’m going to place the elastic inside the bottom we created. Make sure you leave enough of the ends to catch in the seams!I have found that my machine does some weird looping on the bobbin side when I stitch over the elastics. To prevent this, set your tension higher.Sew elastics in place.Here’s what we’ve got so farDon’t forget to set your tension back  And now let’s sew the bottom space in between the elastics that we just tacked in place.Getting so close! Now, let’s stitch the sides up.Use the presser foot to keep the elastic out of the way. You don’t want to stitch over it!

Once you get about halfway through stitching the side, gently pull on the toggle end so that only the fabric behind the presser foot is gathered.

Hold toggle down so that you don’t lose the elastic in the casing we are creating for it.

Finish stitching. Remember to go back and forth when starting and ending a stitch. This will secure it so the seams don’t come undone!

Even though I used toggles, I still like to stitch in between the two pieces of elastic to just ensure it doesn’t get pulled down inside. I stitch back and forth a few times only about an inch or so long.

Repeat elastic casing for the other side!

And now you’re done! Admire your work and add your snaps!

Deployment Homecoming Shirt


I can’t remember where I saw the wording for this shirt but its so fitting for my son when he’s on the loose. The shirt is just a plain t shirt from Walmart. I typed up the phrase and printed it out and made sure I liked the size on the shirt. The font used for DADDY is called patriot. I found it on a site for free, I’ll try to find it and link to it some time. Once I made sure I liked the size of it, I trimmed the edges of the paper so it would fit under and then traced with puff paint. I love how it turned out and it was a hit at the airport! And here’s the back