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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
8:12 pm
[colleensblog]
Homemade gel air freshner/smelly jellye

Hi everyone, here is a really simple air freshener recipe, also called smelly jelly.  I made this over the weekend and it turned out really well.  It smells so good!

 

Homemade Gel Air Freshener/Smelly jelly
2 cups water
4 packages Gelatin (plain)
15 to 20 drops Essential Oil (adjust to personal preference)
1 to 2 TBS salt
Food Coloring or colorant
Directions:

  • In a small pot, mix 1 cup water, essential oil and food coloring/colorant. As soon as it starts to boil, remove from heat. Completely dissolve gelatin and salt in the hot water then add the other cup of water (cold)–stir well (gently so it doesn’t foam).
  • Pour into jars and set aside for a couple days before using so the gelatin has a chance to completely set (you can refrigerate to speed up the process). Once cooled, cover with lids that have a few holes punched in them to allow fragrance to escape. The salt in this recipe is used to help combat mold, please make sure to add it.
  • Make sure the jars are completely clean before pouring in the hot liquid.
  • You could cover the top with lace or netting instead of jar lids. Tie decoratively with ribbons, raffia, whatever you fancy.
  • Any heat proof glass jar will do. Collect jam & jelly jars, mason jars or even baby food jars can be used for the Smelly Jellies.

When content in jar start to shrink, add a little water to rehydrate.

 

 



Current Mood: Crafty
Friday, January 11th, 2008
9:31 am
[colleensblog]
My favorite soap making sites

Hi everyone, here are some of the sites I like to purchase my soap making supplies from.  Brambleberry.com. This site is great and the customer service people are awesome.  Soapcrafters.com is also another one I really like they have some free recipes that are easy to follow. Naturesgarden.com is also one of my favorites.  They have some designer oils that are very nice.  All these sites have good descriptions of the items and prices are not bad.

Today I am going to give you a recipe from soapcrafters.com for shower gel. 

1 1/2 Cup of Super concentrate

4 Cups Distilled water

3 Tablespoons of Glycerin

3 Tablespoons Almond oil (optional)

½ teaspoon fragrance oil (optional)

20 Drops of liquid colorant (optional)

1.2 ounces Humectant (optional)

 

Use distilled (purified is not distilled) water for best clarity in the end product; tap water will add a cloudiness.   Use a stick blender to mix in the Super Concentrate, colorant and fragrance.  (A stick blender must be used to mix because hand stirring will not mix it in properly.) Mix for about 1 minute.  Allow mixture to sit overnight before bottling to give the air time to escape and the mixture will return clear.  

If you add oils to the mixture then it will be opaque and have slight foam on top. If you add humectant, it will give your finished product an amber tint.

 

When I made this I left out the Humectant, and it turned out very well. The super concentrate is a little expensive, but it goes a long way.  Make sure you use metal measuring spoons and wipe the fragrant oil out of the spoon ASAP or it will gunk up the spoon.  I used 4oz bottles with disk tops from brambleberry just because I had them on hand, but soap crafters also have bottles.  Brambleberry bottles have better prices.

The biggest tip I can give you is when filling the bottles, either use a small funnel, but I like to use a big syringe which I purchased from a local farm store which is use to give shots to large animals. I labeled them with mailing labels from an office supply store, and don't advise doing this.  The ink ran and the labels came off in the water, so I will have to just buy some from one of the sites for better results.

Well, that is my recipe from soapcrafters.com it is very easy and fun!

Have a great weekend!



Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
2:55 pm
[colleensblog]
Introduction
Hello everyone and welcome to blind hobbies!  I hope all of you who are blind or VI will join my blog and share all your wonderful skills with one another. 
After losing my sight I didn't have any hobbies and a friend introduced me to soap making.  Hmmm, I wasn't sure if this was a good idea, and well to make a long story short, I make shower gels and lotions a enjoy it very much.  
This Christmas  (with my 13 year old daughter we made Sugar Plum Fairy shower gel and lotion for her teachers And friends.   This fragrant is a little fruty and at first smells a lot like lemon but after it is all mixed together it smells wonderful.   It is great to get kids involved it makes them feel good and she had a wonderful time and bragging to her teachers how she made their Christmas gifts.  
We made a big mess, but we made adjustments on my next batch and learned how to get it into the bottles much better instead of all over ourselves.  
For my sisters and nieces I made Pink Champaigne shower gel and lotion to match.  This seem to be a big winner with my family.  The fragrent smell just like fresh Champaign, and I colored it pink so I could call it Pink Champaign. 
  
I don't know how much I will post but will do as much as possible, I would like any of you to join and chat about your hobbies, kids, questions and have fun. 
If by any chance you sell your products, feel free to post your advertisement, but please I don't want to make this anadvertisement blog only.  
Next time I will give some of my favorite sites where I like to buy my scents, bases, packageing, and other good stuff. 
Colleen

Current Mood: cheerful
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