Get Your Craftsy On!

Have ya’ll heard of Craftsy? I’ve told you about them before 🙂 I love their simple-to-follow but really informative online classes and the prices are great. Even better? Their free digital e-guides that you can download at any time! These are all at least a $4.99 value, for free. Grab ’em all!

It’s the time of year for cabin fever which means it’s time to learn something new or dive deeper into a favorite or forgotten hobby. Let’s talk about this free doughnut recipes class. Or watercolor. Or SUCCESS with container gardening, which cracks me up, because they don’t just say “container gardening”…it’s SUCCESS WITH, which is a class I need, given my perpetually brown thumb.

Check them out here:

Photography
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at HomePaper CraftseGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
Painting
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor
Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

Happy craftsy-ing! 

Weeknight Project: Mason Jar Soap Pump

How cute is this? And Pinterest-y, if we’re being honest. 
Best yet, it cost me $3 and about half an hour.
That’s some Pinterest-y cuteness I can afford!
Supplies: 
1 Mason Jar with 2-piece lid
1 pump from another bottle (hand sanitizer or soap pumps work great! You’ll want it to be long enough to allllmost hit the bottom of the jar)
Super glue gel
X-Acto knife and awl or another tool to get the hole started
Pliers

Use the X-acto knife to score an X where you want the hole to be in the flat part of the lid, then use the awl and pliers to open it up so that the thickest (top) part of the pump you chose will fit snugly. The hole doesn’t have to be perfectly centered, because the rim of the pump will cover it a bit on the top.

Make sure you carefully fold down the metal pieces on the underside so no one will get hurt! Then, line the rim of the jar band with super glue gel and push the flat lid down so the two lid pieces will become one. Let dry thoroughly.
Make sure the pump fits, and hold it steady while you take a bit of super glue to secure the pump on the underside of the lid. Let dry. 
Fill your jar with soap, screw on the lid, and enjoy your handiwork! 
~Linking up with Skip to My Lou!~

Weeknight Project: Sugar Scrub

I have been the happy recipient of two jars of this lovely body scrub, this most recent batch from my friend, and last Christmas, a similar jar from my sister-in-law, so I never had to make myself a jar. Happily, my friend included the recipe so I could make some more when I ran out. 
And lucky for you, she’s letting me share.
Thanks, dear!
I love Weeknight Projects: the kind you can whip up after dinner, while watching a movie, or after the kids have gone to sleep and you sneak a cup of tea and a few moments to yourself. They usually involve products around the house or inexpensive items. This sugar scrub is no exception! With a few basic pantry ingredients, you can create an indulgent, pretty, and useful sugar scrub. Unlike other exfoliating sugar scrubs I’ve tried, this one isn’t too oily, so you don’t need to worry about it making your shower slippery. It is especially indulgent to use before shaving. I recommend following up with a lovely body oil right out of the shower to seal in that soft skin! My friend sent along the Refresh scent (Green Tea & Grapefruit) from this line.

Vanilla-Orange Sugar Scrub
borrowed from Whole Living, with a minor modification

1 tsp. honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix thoroughly and keep in a jar in your shower. Rub all over body to exfoliate. Rinse well. 

I picked this Philosophy body wash/shampoo up on clearance after the holidays. It smells truly fantastic (as all of their products do), and it coordinates so nicely with the scrub! I can’t be the only one who gets a kick out of having color-coordinated shower products, right? Right?

Ahhh, don’t you feel refreshed now?