Creating Soy Candles in Easy Steps

You can learn to create candles out of soy in just a few easy steps. It’s easy and, best of all, soy is a sustainable alternative to paraffin candles. Soy wax has a lower flash point and can be melted at a lower temperature. It also cleans up easily in soap and water. The elements required to create your soy candle are as follows: •    Soy wax - flaked soy wax is the easiest to use and I purchase mine from Kentucky Candle Wax Supply, Inc.•    A container - I use my own handmade pottery ...more

On Hatred of All Things Crafty

When the idea for a family gift exchange first came up this year, my initial response was, "Wait. I'm poor. I can't afford Christmas." And then I thought, "OOH! Unless we did a CRAFT exchange in which we gave homemade arts and crafts to each other." And then I laughed. I am NOT a crafty person. Nor am I a "do it yourself" sort of person. ...more

I get my "awesome" (or lack of) craft-skill from my mom.  I am with you, I would ...more

Living Nicely!

To blog or not to blog...blahg, blahg, blahg...After mulling around in the muck and mire of indecision, I have decided to jump into the blogpool and fill more virtual space with my mundane take on Life, or to be specific: Living Nicely! Firmly believing that everything has been said and done somewhere, by someone, I have no expectations of originality or uniqueness for this blog...however, I do believe that even though someone else has been there and done that, it doesn't hurt to try to do it better! ...more

Grandkid's Christmas Day Camp

As a grandma i am very involved in the lives of my grandchildren. I regularily plan activities that will enrich their little lives. My goal is to strenthen the bond between them and I, and between themselves as cousins. Every December as part of our familie's HO....HO...HO...liday Schedule I plan a 12 hour Christmas Day Camp for my grandchildren. This gives the 3 sets of parents a full day to do some shopping, giftwrapping, or whatever they choose to do with the time. ...more

The High School Memory Blanket

What can you do with 25 high school T shirts that cannot be worn in college because it isn't "cool"? 25 times $15 equals $375.00 of clothing that's outdated !!!! You cut out the centers, all the same size and make a blanket! We worked as a team on this. About 25% of my advice was accepted and used -Pretty good for a teen and Mom project. ( 75% of what I suggested was DUMB) Of course ALL of her ideas were the best! (wink-wink) ...more

Pretty Sassy Straw Purse

Time for a new fun craft for Tweens and Moms! I picked up these very cute straw purses at the dollar store. They were lined with fabric and Only One Dollar - how do they make them so cheap? ...more

It's So Etsy: Handmade Red Sun Night Light

A beautiful night light for your kitchen or any place you want to add a festive glow. ...more

Thrift Stores and Salvage Yards Are Art/Craft Supply Stores

Recap: as part of the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Wallet series,  I'm talking about recycling and thrifty ways to feed our art/craft habits.  This weekend, let's examine Thrift Stores and Salvage Shops as our art/craft supply stores. Thrift Stores: Wool Sweaters: ...more

You are so right! I visit all those places in the east bay fairly regularly and I donate to the ...more

Slow Cloth/Slow Craft: Is This the Birth of a Movement?

Have you heard of The Slow Movement: a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace and maintaining local and regional distinctions?  This idea started being discussed in fiber art as Slow Cloth and is expanding into a discussion of Slow Craft that has captivated me all week. Slow Craft might best be described as a return to the philosophy embraced by the practitioners of the original Arts and Craft movement over 100 years ago: simplicity, craftsmanship, respect for environment. ...more

Hi Debra,
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