Teardrop-shaped bag

Teardrop shaped back pack

Teardrop shaped back pack

Someone brought some half-finished garments and fabrics to a SCA tavern in the summer. I took a dress that I thought might fit (and I loved the fabric) with a bit of work, but when I got it home I could tell it wasn’t really going to work as a dress.

I decided to salvage the fabric instead, and with it (and some purple broadcloth I had in my stash) to make a pretty day-pack.

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Lip balm – DIY recipe

Chocolate-mint DIY lip balm

Chocolate-mint DIY lip balm

While making the beard balm and beard oil lately, I figured I’d make up a few tubes of lip balm while I was at it.. (since the bases use many of the same ingredients).

I bought a dozen lip balm containers from a local supplier (I’ve heard they’re seriously overpriced though, so I’m not going to link them here… if I want to do this again and it’s NOT on a whim or tight deadline, I’ll likely order them online or find a more affordable supplier) so I didn’t want to make a LOT… just enough to fill up the containers I had.

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Beard balm – DIY recipes

Beard balm with vanilla and cinnamon leaf oil

Beard balm with vanilla and cinnamon leaf oil

While out shopping with a friend, he started checking out some beard balm and beard oil. He didn’t pick any up, but when his birthday rolled around, I bought him something, and wanted to make him some beard balm to gift him as well.

I started out with three recipes, each with different ratios – I figured I’d try a few different things and see what he liked in terms of scent and texture/moisture/etc.

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Beard oil – DIY recipes

Three oil blend beard oil

Three oil blend beard oil

While out shopping with a friend, he started checking out some beard balm and beard oil. He didn’t pick any up, but when his birthday rolled around, I bought him something, and wanted to make him some beard oil to gift him as well.

Looking up recipes online had a LOT of suggestions. Some suggested single carrier oils mixed with single essential oils, some had single carrier oils with a blend of essential oils, and others had blended carrier oils with single or blended essential oils.

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