This soothing Aloe Vera face wash is great for sensitive skin with just the right amount of moisturizing for all skin types.

How to make a soothing Aloe Vera face wash using only 3 ingredients!

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Finding a face wash that is not full of a bunch of extras that you have no idea what they are can be difficult.  So many cosmetic products say "natural" but when you flip over the bottle, there are a ton of ingredients you cannot even pronounce, let alone know what they are!  That is not very "natural" to me.  

With life being full of things we have no control over, it is time to start taking back as much control as we can.  Making our own beauty products gives us just that.  You KNOW what you are using and you KNOW that it is all natural without all the “extras” that you will find in store bought products.

Now you can make your own natural aloe vera face wash with just 3 ingredients.  It is fast, easy, and your face will thank you!


About the ingredients:

Castile Soap:  Castile soap is vegetable based soap with no animal bi-products or synthetic ingredients.  It was originally made from olive oil from the Castile region of Spain, hence the name.  Castile soap is non-toxic and extremely biodegradable making it a great product that is safe to use for so many things.

Aloe Vera:  Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that stores water in its leaves.  The inside “gel" of the leaves are very rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  For this reason aloe Vera is used in many cosmetic products.

Vitamin E:  Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that contains antioxidants.  These antioxidants can help reduce the effects of free radicals in your body caused by environmental stressors.  This is also true when used topically on your skin.  Vitamin E may also reduce the negative effects of UV damage to your skin, making is a great addition to your face care regimen.

Aloe Vera Face Wash Ingredients & Instructions:

Ingredients:

1 c Unscented Castile Soap

¼ c Aloe Vera Gel

2 t Vitamin E

8 drops each of Lemon & Orange essential oil (optional for scent)

Clean empty bottle to store your face wash

Instructions:

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.

Quick Tips

Tip 1:  Because there are no preservatives added to this recipe (that would defeat the purpose, right?) we need to make small batches.  The ingredients can turn after a length of time, so I like to make a batch I can use in a couple weeks.

Tip 2:  A little goes a long way.  You can use a quarter size amount or less and really maximize the total number of washes you get from each batch.


Aloe Vera Face Wash Uses 

I use this aloe vera face wash both morning and evening along with my anti-aging eye serum and anti-aging face cream for a complete face care regimen.

Using the face wash twice a day leaves my skin far more moisturized than when I was using products I bought (even when I spent way too much).  The anti-aging face cream absorbs so quickly into my skin that it is perfect for a mom in a hurry.  I do not have a ton of time to wait for my face moisturizer to absorb so I can apply my makeup (I do not leave the house without my eyebrows and mascara done, sorry just being real here).  The roller ball with eye serum makes for an easy and gentle application to the delicate under eye skin.

The best part is all three recipes are so fast and easy! 

Learn how to make this natural anti-aging eye serum you can use day and night. So fast & easy you can have it done in less than 5 minutes!

How to Make a Natural Anti-Aging Eye Serum!

This anti-aging eye serum goes on smooth and absorbs into your skin fast. Using a roller bottle allows for a very gentle application to the delicate skin of our under eye. After washing your face apply the anti-aging serum under your eyes by rolling the roller ball gently for 2-3 passes.

Essential oils are most often used for aromatherapy, but many essential oils have skin care properties as well. As 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! 

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.

Sandalwood:  Sandalwood is known for having anti-inflammatory properties.  This may help with the appearance of puffiness under the eye. 

Geranium: Geranium is often used for acne treatment because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  It also has  a moisture balancing property which makes it a great addition to any face care regimen.

Cleary Sage:  Cleary Sage is best known as an antioxidant. As an antioxidant cleary sage can prevent and repair the harmful damage from free radicals that are believed to cause the signs of aging.

Rose:  Rose is an ingredient seen in so many products that have to do with anti-aging. This is largely due to the fact that Rose oil has so many properties.  It is anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial, and an antioxidant, making it a logical essential oil to add to any skincare product.

Ingredients & Instructions:

Ingredients:

1 t Vitamin E

2 t Rosehip Seed oil

4 drops of Lavender essential oil

3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil

2 drops of Geranium essential oil

3 drops of Clary Sage essential oil

2 drops of Rose essential oil

Almond oil

10 ml roller bottle

Instructions:

Using a dropper or a small funnel add all essential oils

Using a dropper add Vitamin E (too thick for funnel)

Add rosehip seed oil

Fill remainder of the roller bottle with almond oil

Insert roller ball

Cap & mix thoroughly by gently inverting the bottle several times

Tip 1:  After applying the serum to your under eye, use your ring fingers to gently blend. Your ring fingers apply very little pressure to your delicate under eye area.

Tip 2:  This is an under eye serum, 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.

Tip 3:  If you like this recipe, pair it with the Anti-Aging Natural Face Cream 

Uses

I use my anti-aging eye serum 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 do not blend the oils in at night.  In the mornings I use the normal amount that will allow for immediate absorption which allows me to apply my makeup immediately.

How to make a Double Happiness Sachet – (Part 2)

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Did you find the Double Happiness embroidery mesmerizing? Although it takes longer time to complete the embroidery, the result of the embroidery, especially with the DMC satin floss, will not let you down. The exceptional sheen that the thread brought cannot be compared with other embroidery floss. The scented sachet I used was bought from a dollar store. You can make your own scented sachet if you have your own. You can also get them from Amazon (MYARO 12 Packs Lavender Scented Sachets). You can make this sachet without hanger so that you can put it in drawer or even put it underneath your pillow to give you a s relaxing good sleep.

You can download the free pattern again ​HERE.

I will show you how to use repetitive pattern for embroidery next week.

130 Decibel Emergency Alarm Pen

130 Decibel Personal Alarm Pen – Protect You or Your Loved Ones!

130 Decibel Emergency Alarm Pen

Our Personal Alarm Pen Designer’s Story

How often do you go out alone at night? Not often? Think twice. In real life, there are a lot of situations where we put ourselves at risk. Just a few include:

  • Parked our car far out in a large parking lot
  • Walking the dog late at night
  • An early morning jog
  • A short cut through a city side street

Have you ever experienced a moment where someone walks toward you on a dark night? That moment when you wonder what their intentions are. We have all had those moments.  Your heart rate speeds up, driving you to walk a little faster and be more alert. Unless you are experienced in self-defense, you hope for the best. What if, with just a little preparation, you could add some peace of mind to your walk.

There were a lot of personal alarms on the search page. Most of them are made like a garage-door openers, a bit bulky and meant to be hung on handbags, satchels, backpacks and such. Honestly, I wouldn’t feel comfortable hanging them on anything I carry. And I know my wife wouldn’t want this to hang outside her fashionable handbag, so I designed an alarm that is practical and useful, the...

Personal Alarm Pen

What Does It Come With?

It is in fact a very simple and elegant design.

As a pen, it writes well. The body is made of metal, with a very nice reflective enamel black coating. Twist open to get the tip out. And a metal clip that I could slip it into the pen holder on the side of my messenger bag. Thanks to the size, like other tool pens, it works as a regular carrying pen.

Personal Alarm Pen Kit

The Alarm

As an alarm, I care about three things. Functionality, portability and how it looks. The siren is definitely loud. I intentionally set it off outside a Starbucks for a split second, and I grabbed all the attention I wanted. Everyone on the street turned to look at me. A 130-decibel alarm gets the attention you need!

It’s easy to carry, after all, it’s just a pen. It is not going to add extra weight to your existing belongings. I’d just leave it inside my bag most of the day, until I know it might be a good idea to have it ready in my hand or shirt pocket.

The personal alarm pen is discreet. I am not going to look like a panicky person. That is very important to me; I want protection but with style. I don’t want everyone in the street knowing I am carrying a siren, period.

I designed it for everyone; my wife, daughter, and myself. Think about your daughter walking across campus at night. This gift can give you a little peace of mind. The gift box makes it great for the holidays, a birthday present, or a corporate gift. Truly a gift for anyone.

Eric

Click the Photo on the Right to Buy it Today!  ----->

Essential Tools for Hand Sewing Beginners

Essential Tools for Hand Sewing Beginners

Essential Tools for Hand Sewing Beginners

Sewing is a relaxing hobby which does not require expensive equipment. I love to spend my weekends on my sewing projects. It helps me unwind myself after a hectic week at work. Making your own things by hand-sewing is therapeutic and fulfilling, especially when you are making unique gifts for your loved ones.

Are you not quite sure what you need to get your first sewing project started? Let me share with you what I consider the must-have sewing tools for beginners.

Scissors

All sewers should have 3 pairs of scissors – a pair for cutting fabrics, a pair for embroidery and a pair of paper scissors.

Fabric Scissors (or shears)

This is the most expensive tool you will ever get for sewing. The quality is totally proportional to and reflected by the cost. The higher the price, the better the quality. High quality scissors can cut through all sorts of fabrics. It is worth investing in a good pair; they are safer and easier to use. Use fabric scissors to cut fabrics only. Do not lend them to anyone in your family; you risk them being used to cut something other than fabric and they will lose their edge. Take good care of your fabric scissors and they can last forever.

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears

Gingher Dressmaker's Shears

Embroidery Scissors – These scissors are small with pointy tips. They can cut a normal thread or multi-ply embroidery thread easily. Due to the sharp pointy shears, they can cut through tight areas and get a clean cut without fray.

DMC 61253 Peacock Embroidery Scissor, 3 ¾ inches

DMC Peacock Scissors

Paper Scissors – You might already have these plain paper scissors in your drawer. They can be used for cutting patterns for your sewing projects. Use this pair of scissors for everything, instead of your fabric scissors.

Needles

Hand sewing needles come in different thicknesses, lengths, point shapes and needle eye sizes. They are packaged by type and size – the larger the needle size, the shorter and finer the needle. Use heavy needles on thick fabrics. Use finer needles on delicate fabrics.

Singer Assorted Hand Needles in Compact, 25-Count

You may easily be confused or overwhelmed by all different kinds of needles that are being sold in a store. I recommend buying a variety pack for beginners. It will include needle sizes for all your needs. Singer Assorted Hand Needles 25-Count is an example of a good variety pack.

Thimble

When you are sewing with thick fabrics, you do not want to hurt your fingers and shed blood over your beautiful fabric. A thimble protects your finger when pushing a needle through fabric. They are commonly made from metal, leather and rubber. The specific type of thimble is your own preference. The important thing is to make sure it fits your finger and it doesn’t fell off.  Clover Leather Coin Thimble is an example.

Clover 614C Leather Coin Thimble

Thread

There are different varieties of threads available. The two most commonly used embroidery threads are 6-strand embroidery threads and pearl cotton threads.

6- Strand Embroidery Thread

 Stranded embroidery cotton thread is sometimes being called “Embroidery Floss”. The thread consists of six single threads which you can separate easily. This is most commonly used in embroidery and there are wide range of colors available to choose from.

DMC Embroidery Floss Pack 8.7yd, Holiday Decor 30Pkg

You can choose to thread your needle with one thread or all six strands, depending on the project you are work on or the fabric you are using. The thicker the thread you used, the larger the holes in your fabric. If you use a thick thread on a very fine fabric, the thread will easily displace the fabric. Use one strand for fine and delicate fabric. DMC Embroidery Floss Pack is an example.

Pearl Cotton Thread

 This is a rope-like twisted thread. It comes in one single strand and is not dividable. There are different thicknesses available. The higher the number of the thread, the finer is the thread. For example, Pearl no. 3 is thicker than no.5. Pearl No.3 is about the thickness of whole six strands of embroidery thread. Pearl No.8 is about the same thickness as three strands of embroidery thread. LE PAON Pearl Cotton Balls 15 Colors are one type.

LE PAON Soft 1500Y 15 Pearl Balls Cardinal Size 8 Rainbow Colors

Pins

You will use a lot of pins once you start sewing! Although pins small, they do important jobs. They hold pattern pieces in place, secure trims, mark seam allowances and much more. I always use glass head pins – it will glide through most fabrics with ease.  They are very sharp and never rust. The best part is that the ball head is made of glass, not plastic. This is very important because you will come across with projects that require ironing with pins. The cheap plastic pin head will melt under the iron, while the glass head pins never will. Clover Quilting Pins are one brand.

Clover Q2509 Quilting Pins

Fabrics

For beginners, I suggest using fabric with a looser weave. These fabrics have lower thread count, which allows the needle to pull the thread through easily. I recommend beginners start projects with quilting fabric (cotton), middle weight linen or plain cotton muslin (or calico). Beginners should avoid using these fabrics - satin and other very smooth and shiny fabrics, stretchy fabrics, velvet, corduroy, fleece, gauze and very thin and transparent fabrics. Try Calico Quilting Squares 5”.

80x5inch Antique Calico Reproductions Charms Quilting Squares

These essential tools  for hand sewing can be paired with great ideas on how to organize your sewing space, check out 5 Great Sewing Room Ideas for Small Spaces.

How to make a Card Holder – Clover (Part 2)

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I hope everyone enjoy the embroidery of 4-Leaf Clover I demonstrated last week. I am going to show how to sew all the pieces together to make a Card Holder. Make sure to iron all the fabrics before you sew them together to avoid the creases. This Card Holder can hold three cards on each side, six cards total. You can always use other color fabrics to match with your desired pattern to be put on the card holder.

 You can download the free pattern HERE. I will show you how to make a Sachet next time.

How to make a Card Holder – Clover (Part 1)

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What is the best gift I could make for my friend who just got his new job? A card holder. This is a very simple card holder which you can make it either with a sewing machine or hand sew the entire project. I chose to do it all by hand. I embroidered a four-leaf clover on both sides of the card holder. A four-leaf clover is thought to bring good luck to anyone who finds it. I wish my hand-sewn clover can bring my friend luck in his new job.

Today, I am going to show you step by step on how to prepare the material for the card-holder. You can download the free pattern HERE.

 I will show you how to complete the Card Holder next week.

How to make a Coaster – Finale

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In the last few weeks, I showed you how to embroider Dill, Rosemary and Thyme using different stitching methods. You must have enough practice of embroidering and looking forward to know how to sew them together to make a good looking coaster.

I am going to show you two methods to sew the coaster. You can choose either way to make your own. You notice that I used a thicker cotton fabric because I want the coasters to be thicker and water absorbent. Enjoy your coffee with your own hand-sewn coaster!

I will start a new sewing project next week – card holder.

P.S. Our World Axiom Pegboard Jars have arrived at Amazon. They are great at helping you organize your sewing supplies. You can find them HERE.

How to make a Coaster – Thyme

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Thyme is one of the most commonly used herb both in medical and culinary throughout history. It is known for its antibacterial properties. They are thought to have antibacterial, insecticidal, and possibly anti-fungal properties. Essential oil of thyme has many fungicidal properties which research suggests that it can be used as a disinfectant where there is mold. Essential oil of thyme also can sooth you mood when you are blue.

Last week we made a Rosemary Coaster. This week, I am going to show you step by step on how to embroider the Thyme pattern. You can download the free pattern from HERE.

I will show you how to sewn the two fabrics together in different ways to make the coaster next week.

How to make a Coaster – Rosemary

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Rosemary is a fragrant herb. It makes delicious dishes such as rosemary chicken and lamb. Studies have shown rosemary to be rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.

 Today, I am going to show you step by step on how to embroider the Rosemary pattern. You can download the free pattern from here.

I will show you how to embroider the Thyme pattern Coaster next week.