Learn how to make this anti-aging face cream you can use day and night. So fast & easy you can have it done in less than an hour (including cool time)!

A DIY Anti-Aging Natural Face Cream!

This anti-aging face cream goes on smooth and absorbs into your skin fast leaving your face soft but not greasy.  This is the best natural face moisturizer I have used and it puts me in control of what goes on my face!

Essential oils are most often used for aromatherapy, but did you know many essential oils have skin care properties as well?  Since I am a working 40 year old mother of 3 (two still in diapers) I can use all the help I can get when it comes to anti-aging!  Hence, the anti-aging recipe.  I won’t go into detail for every oil out there, but here is a little bit of information on the two oils I used.

Lavender:  Lavender is known best for its calming and de-stressing properties in aromatherapy that it would only make sense for it to be so beneficial in anti-aging.  Lavender has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.  Lavender is great for helping reduce fine lines, sun spots, and improve elasticity in your skin.

Lemon:  Lemon is full of Vitamin C, which we all know plays a major roll in immune boosting.  Lemon can also reduce the harm from oxidation in our bodies.  Oxidation is believed to be a major cause for aging.  Like all citrus oils, lemon can cause photosensitivity, so use cautiously if you will be spending a lot of time in the sun.

Ingredients & Instructions:

Ingredients:

¼ cup Coconut Oil

¼  cup Shea Butter

1 T  Argan oil

1 t Vitamin E

Lavender & Lemon essential oils.

Air tight container for storage

Instructions:

In separate Microwave safe dishes, microwave the coconut oil and shea butter until (coconut oil will melt much faster) completely melted

Combine coconut oil, shea butter, argan oil, & vitamin E

Mix thoroughly

Add 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of lemon oil

Mix thoroughly

Pour liquid in your container

Allow to cool completely

Quick Tips

Tip 1:  Depending on the temperature of your home, the face cream may become very soft or more firm.  You can use it either way and it works the same.

Tip 2: A little goes a long way. 

Tip 3:  This is a face cream, the oils have a purpose other than scent (see above), we do not want to overdo the essential oils when using a product on the sensitive skin of your face.


Anti-Aging Natural Face Cream Uses

I use my anti-aging cream both in the morning and evening.  I am more generous with the amount I use in the evening because I have more absorption time.  I let all the oils work while I am sleeping.  In the mornings I use the normal amount that will allow for immediate absorption which allows me to apply my makeup immediately.

If you like this recipe you may want to try my whipped body butter recipe for a natural moisturizer from head to toe!

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

6 Amazing Small Space Organization Hacks for Your Craft Room

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

If you live in the city, space is precious. It requires skill to utilize the limited space; if you have  a hobby you need a little bit more skill to manage your space. I am a sewing enthusiast; when I start working at my sewing corner I face the same challenges that every other crafter may encounter – not enough space to store all my sewing tools and accessories and it is hard to find things when I need them. All these problems point to the same fundamental issue – poor organization.  I have learned some small space organization methods and skills in my sewing journey and I would like to share them with you.

embroidery

Sorting

All crafters start building their work corner in their own fashion. Over time, the working corner becomes messy and cluttered. Most people (including me) simply put everything in a box and close the cabinet door, pretending everything is in the right place and “looks neat” from the outside. The truth is, we are building our own mess. The first lesson we need to learn is to sort out the useless things and organize the things we should keep. You should let anything go which have not been touched more than a year. You will be surprised by the number of things that can be discarded if you stick to this rule.

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.
Sorting

Classification

Crafters have so many tools and accessories – needles, spools, floss, buttons, charms, etc. I used to put them in boxes – needles in one box, floss in one box, spools in one box, buttons in one box. Although the individual boxes look neat, you must open all these boxes in order to get what you are looking for.

Many times, I needed to ransack each box in order to find the specific color of accessory that I wanted. You can buy some transparent boxes for your tools and accessories. For something which may have different color assortment – floss, buttons, beads, you may classify them by color tone. This will make your life easier when you are looking for a matching color accessory for your project. You can simply look through these transparent boxes and locate the things you need.

Vertical Space

Vertical Space

Cleaning things out is always the best way to start organizing and create more space. If you are still looking for more space after this, vertical space is your solution. Look around your working area.  Are there empty walls? Have you ever thought of making use of these vertical spaces for extra storage? These empty walls can be used for cupboards, shelves or pegboards which will maximize storage space for your limited area.

Spring is around the corner,  I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

Shelves and Pegboards

Shelves and pegboards are an easily installed way to organize and offer the most storage space. I love to use shelves and pegboards to store my tools and accessories. I have so many different boxes of tools and materials that I must store in a way that allows me to have an empty desk for my projects.

The shelves store all my extra material, such as fabrics, plush filling, books, spools, etc. Then I use the pegboard for all the tools and accessories that I frequently use – needles, embroidery floss, embroidery brackets, scissors, buttons, etc. Setting up my own pegboard system is one of my most important and efficient tips for small space storage. It is so convenient for me to work in a small space but still able to have access to all my things at my fingertips.

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

Pegboard Jars

I use a lot of small accessories or tools for my projects – needles, pins, chalk, buttons, etc. In the past, I put them in different small boxes and stored them in a drawer. Over time, the drawer was stuffed with other unnecessary things and became quite messy. I had to dig out the things I needed every time I worked.

After I set up my pegboard system, I used clear pegboard jars for all my craft accessories. I put my needles, pins, bobbins, thread cutter, buttons, in different jars. They are organized by individual jar and lined up on my pegboard. I can reach any jar I need easily. These jars are especially useful because you can see what is inside the jars without searching through your drawers or boxes anymore.

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

Clean up

I use a lot of tools and material for each of my projects. Most of the projects I work on cannot be finished in a day. I used to leave my unfinished work and messy desk behind and continue the next day. I built more and more mess every day and eventually lost my work area. No matter how late it is, be responsible and clean up your craft corner. Keeping your space tidy, organized, and clean is important. It will not only look great from the outside, it will also save you time from searching and make you work efficiently.

It is never too late to start cleaning up and organizing your working area. Small space, unlimited creativity. Consider my suggestions and use your small space efficiently and effectively.

Learn how to make this DIY Natural Body Wash. It is the perfect body wash for sensitive skin, plus the energizing scents of peppermint and eucalyptus!

How to Make a DIY Natural Body Wash

Learn how to make this DIY Natural Body Wash. It is the perfect body wash for sensitive skin, plus the energizing scents of peppermint and eucalyptus!

Homemade body wash is the best way to ensure you know what products you are putting on your skin!  This recipe is perfect for those with sensitive skin or those that are just wanting to get back to the basics when it comes to skin care.

The best part about this recipe is how fast and easy it is!

You can have your body wash done start to finish in less than 5 minutes!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • In a double boiler or microwave safe dish, melt the coconut oil and Shea butter completely.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl with a pour spout
  • Mix until blended thoroughly
  • Pour into your clean empty bottle.
  • Shake well before each use.
Learn how to make this DIY Natural Body Wash. It is the perfect body wash for sensitive skin, plus the energizing scents of peppermint and eucalyptus!

Tip 1:  Use an old soap bottle instead of purchasing a new one.  Reduce, reuse, recycle, right?

Tip 2:  Use as much or little of the essential oils depending on your preference.

Tip 3:  Be sure to mix your body wash with each use.  The Shea butter and coconut oil will separate.  Shake the bottle a few time and you are good to go.

Tip 4:  A little goes a long way. Because this wash does not have any added water or extra fillers it does not take much to produce enough lather for a full body clean.

Uses:

I use this body wash for my morning showers because I really like the energizing properties of eucalyptus and peppermint.  It also has a de-stressing property which makes this blend the perfect way to begin your day! 

If you like this Natural Body Wash try my Whipped body Butter recipe to compliment and add to your DIY Natural skin care line. 

If you love fabric shopping or looking for craft accessories, Nippori Fabric Town will not let you down with its 1 km of shops full of sewing supplies.

Fabric Shopping in Tokyo – Nippori Fabric Town

If you love fabric shopping or looking for craft accessories, Nippori Fabric Town will not let you down with its 1 km of shops full of sewing supplies.

My dressmaker friend is always going fabric shopping in Japan. On her last trip there she bought many beautiful types of fabrics that I had never seen before.  I finally went fabric shopping with her in Tokyo last month. It was such a great experience that I think I will make this trip an annual event!

Tokyo, a city full of vibe and rich in culture. Everyone thinks of shopping, amazing food, temples and hot springs when travelling to Tokyo. I have been there many times, and just like other travelers, I am fascinated by their beautiful shops and the complicated train network.

Nippori Fabric Town

Nippori Fabric Town is a place all textile crafters should visit to fabric shop. This cozy district is hidden in the city of Tokyo. You can find all kind of textiles, accessories and anything fabric-related here. My spirit was lifted as soon as I stepped out of the train station – there was a big sign right outside of the station – Welcome to Nippori Fabric Town!

How to Get There

To get to Nippori, take the JR Yamanote Line (light green color), get off at Nippori station and take the east exit. You will immediately see signs leading to your destination. The Fabric Town is located few minutes from the station. Almost all the shops are situated along this street, but there are some hidden gems in the neighboring streets.

You can also get an official map of the area from most of the shops which shows you almost all the shops location in the area. You can plan your route before starting the shopping spree.

Sewing and Crafters Paradise

Although Tokyo is a city that never sleeps, some districts do have a slower pace. In Nippori, you cannot find skyscrapers or big shopping malls. All the craft shops are small, but every one of them is unique. Each shop has a different specialty, such as webbings, leathers, fabrics, sequins and beads, buttons, sewing machines and other accessories. You can easily spend a day in this area. This was my first time visiting this town and I was so overwhelmed that I spent over hour in just a button shop. My friend pulled. me away and took me to a big store called Tomato with multiple shops along both sides of the street which sells  upholstery, garments, sewing tools and discounted goods. I decided to go into the main shop.

Tomato – Paradise of Fabrics

This place sells everything! The main shop is 5 stories tall, each floor sells different fabrics and accessories. They have a large variety of printed fabrics – from high-end imported prints to traditional Japanese prints. The fifth floor sells mainly imported and designers’ fabrics. The fourth floor sells traditional Japanese printed fabrics and sewing accessories, the third floor sells upholstery and the ground and second floors sell fabrics for formal wear and discounted fabrics. 

If you love fabric shopping or looking for craft accessories, Nippori Fabric Town will not let you down with its 1 km of shops full of sewing supplies.

Don’t worry about choosing so many fabrics that you can’t carry them all; each floor has its own set of rolling fabric baskets which can be used to wheel your selections to the cutting table.

6-44-6 Higashi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku. Open daily, 10am-6pm. www.nippori-tomato.com

Tomato – Seamstresses’ Paradise

Tomato not only has all sorts of fabrics, they also have different accessories – sewing tools, pattern kits, fabric scissors, quilting tools, bag or pouch accessories, sewing floss, different sewing needles, buttons, etc. You can easily spend half day at Tomato! As a first time shopper at Tomato, I bought almost everything, from fabrics to floss. I am lucky that my friend gave me some very useful shopping tips before getting there, such as preparing a list of things you want to buy and the projects you plan to do. This helped me to focus on the things I need instead of just being distracted by all the beautiful fabrics and accessories.

Fabric Shopping and Accessories Will Never Be The Same

Tokyo is a highly populated metropolitan area with advanced technology and one of the busiest train networks in the world. Tokyo preserves its own traditions and handcrafts. After visiting Nippori, I felt their passion to make every single detail perfect. They are so proud of their products when they introduce them to their customers.

My visit to Nippori was an eye opening experience to me. I discovered another side of Japan – friendly and relaxed. Sewing to me is a way to slow down and enjoy the process of creating something stitch by  stitch. If you are planning a trip to Tokyo and you are a sewing enthusiast, put Nippori on your itinerary. It will never let you down.

How to Make a Three Ingredient Whipped Body Butter

This whipped body butter recipe is great for any time of the year.  It is so moisturizing that it relieves the dry itchy skin of winter and absorbs so fast it is the perfect moisturizer for summer too! 

Ingredients:

Instructions:

In a double boiler:

Combine Cocoa Butter and coconut oil

Set heat to medium

Stir continuously until all pieces are melted

Stir ingredients until melted

Remove from heat

Pour liquid in to a bowl large enough to use a hand mixer with

Pour liquid in to a separate bowl

Allow liquid to cool almost to solid (your finger should be able to press through easily but it is not hot to touch.

Add 20 drops of Lavender, 10 drops of eucalyptus, and 5 drops of tea tree essential oils

Whip at high speed with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy (about 5 minutes)

Tip 1:  Allowing it to cool to ALMOST solid is key to getting the smoothest body butter.

Tip 2: A little goes a long way.  You do not need globs of lotion so start with a small amount and grab a little more as you go.

Uses

I use the whipped body butter every day after my shower.  I love it because it moisturizes, but also absorbs fast so my skin feels soft and I can still get dressed right away.  With store bought lotion I would always have to wait a few minutes for the lotion to dry before I could get dressed which would cause me to skip lotion often because I was in a hurry. 

Once you have tried the whipped body butter, try out the Lemon, Rosemary, Pepperment DIY Lotion Bars to take with you or to decorate your bathroom.