Wonderland Curiosity Shop

Curious, Interesting, Delicious, and Beautiful things.

Awesome: Herbal Sugar Scrub

I made a sugar scrub today that I really liked. I took 2 Lavender Honey Stress relief tea bags, broke them open and put them in a jar. Then I added maybe 1/2 cup of white sugar and a few glugs of almond oil (I know this is really scientific) just enough to moisten the sugar and herbs but not so much it was swimming in oil. I also added about 15 drops of lavender oil. I used it to scrub my face and it felt awesome! I really like using teas in sugar scrubs and if you have extra herbal tea bags it’s an easy way to add some extra oomph to a scrub.

Interesting: Sugar Scrub Cubes

I saw several items on Pinterest about sugar scrub cubes. I have made sugar scrub several times now and it is really simple. I will have to write a post about it soon. But sugar scrub cubes were intriguing, because they keep longer and are easier to store and you can make them into fun shapes (the best part).

I looked over several recipes and finally found one that looked simple and had good results. It requires that you weigh your ingredients but I have a kitchen scale that I use for baking and weighing yarn already so this was easy. I decided to make a slightly smaller batch than the recipe called for just to test it out.

Here is the recipe:
4 ounces melt of pour goats milk soap
4 ounces of an almond and olive oil mix
12 ounces of white sugar
A cheer up buttercup essential oil blend

First you melt the soap and oil. I did this in the microwave but you can also do it in a double boiler on the stove. Then, working quickly, stir in the sugar. Some of the recipes I found said the mixture hardens very quickly and I did find that the mixture was fairly solid but it still squished easily into my molds. I used some silicone baking molds in heart and flower shapes. I think because the ratio of oil and soap is equal in this recipe the chances of the mixture becoming totally hard very fast are low. The cubes are still just very slightly squishy a few days later. I think this is a good thing, they will definitely be easily squished up in the shower. They do hold their shape just fine, but they are definitely not rock hard.

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I totally recommend trying this if you are into sugar scrubs. I plan to make more with different scents. I will let my boys try some too and we will report back on how well they work.

Curious: Handmade Lotion

I experimented with making lotion today. I think it turned out well. I was a recipe specifically for stretch marks but it feels like a nice thick lotion that could be used all over.

My Pinterest Homemade Beauty board has the link to the recipe I used. Here is the original recipe I halved the recipe as it seemed like it made a lot and I was just trying it out.

The recipe had olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin e oil, rosewater and several essential oils. I modified it slightly to include some almond oil and some carrot seed oil. The essential oils I used were: lavender, lime, frankincense, and geranium.

The process was fairly messed and really need to be done in a food processor or high speed blender, but the result was a thick, not too greasy lotion. The best part: a super cute bunny jar to put it in.

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Beautiful Beginning: A New Perspective

I have not blogged for over a year, but I have been thinking about this little blog of mine. As I express myself creatively, by making and learning new things I feel the urge to share what I make and some of my creative process. For I am very much a ‘maker’. I like to take ideas from various sources (cough *pinterest*, cough *etsy*) and make them my own. I am inspired by the creativity of others and I also love to learn new things and try new crafts.

I am still very much a capital K Knitter, but I have other interests as well. The latest interest/obsession I have is making my own beauty products and bath products. So far I have had great success with sugar scrubs, bath bombs, face scrubs, undereye serum, and a tinted sunscreen/foundation base. Today I wanted to make something quick and easy that smelled yummy for my kids and myself.

So I pulled out the ingredients for making bath bombs and make some very simple and small bath bombs or fizzies if you like. My son Andrew calls them ‘science’. I think they are just a tiny bit magic.

I used the basic bath bomb recipe which is 2 parts baking soda to 1 part citric acid, spray this mixture with witch hazel until it sticks together (about 20 sprays, maybe more, I have a tiny spray bottle). I added 3 different scents to suit mine and my kids tastes.

The first one I added lavender essential oil, and I broke open a Lavender Honey tea bag to add to the mix as well.

The second I simply added Lime essential oil, and the third I added a Cheer Up Buttercup essential oil blend that smells very citrusy.

I used a small silicone flower mold to make the bath bombs. I have several different shapes and sizes of silicon molds that are usually used for baking but work very well for bath bombs. You don’t have to have a specialized bath bomb mold to make these.

Once the bath bombs were done I filled a large bowl with hot water and dropped one in. It is really delightful to watch them fizz and the smell is wonderful. I stuck my tired feet into the bowl of warm water and relaxed.

Beautiful 8: Ornament Tree

I saw this idea on Pinterest a few months ago and remembered it in time to decorate my office for Christmas. I didn’t want to drag a tree all the way to work so this ornament tree was perfect. It also gave me a chance to sort through all my ornaments and discard broken or unloved ones (and donate them so they can find a home that appreciates them). As I was sorting I looked for mostly flat ornaments so they would hang well on the wall and because I found so many similar ornaments I decided a theme would be fun too. So here is my colorful and snowy “tree”.

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I tried sticking the ornaments to the wall with Washi tape but many were too heavy and the wall was too textured for it to stick well so I ended up using push pins in green and white. I’m pleased with my little bit of Christmas to brighten my office on the gloomy gray days we have had recently.

Curiosity 12: Snowflakes

I have been making hexipuff snowflakes that are cute and fairly simple to do. I can’t show them all, because some of them are secrets, but here is a sneak peek. I really enjoyed making a these. They combine crochet and knitting but the crochet is simple and if you have made one or two plain hexipuffs and know basic crochet you could make these.
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Interesting 8: Knit Headband

I have been busy the last few weeks with secret Christmas knitting but here are a few projects I can show you.

I received some yarn recently as a random act of kindness from a Ravelry swap partner. I was going to use it to make hexipuffs but I liked it so much I decided to make a headband instead.
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The yarn is Trekking Tweed (the swap person who sent it to me had lost the ball band awhile back so wasn’t sure) and it’s really neat yarn. It’s a tweed but the tweed bits are all different colors. So the yarn is a lovely natural color with bits of red, blue, yellow, and green in it. Sort of a secret hidden rainbow in the yarn.

I made this Modern Garden Cardigan in a few days it was super fast! The buttons are from etsy and are handmade from a tree branch and stamped with a tree.
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Here is a sneak peek at a current project.
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Dark gray and rainbow yarn, I am in heaven!

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