Copycat Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm Recipe

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Say goodbye to chapped lips with this Copycat Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm Recipe. So easy and so wonderful for your lips, you must try this! Made using all natural ingredients, these lip balms also make great gifts or stocking stuffers.

Say goodbye to chapped lips with this Copycat Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm Recipe.

Copycat Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm Recipe – I don’t know about you but during the winter my poor lips take a beating from the cold weather. As soon as November hits, I’m having to apply copious amounts of lip balm to keep my lips from cracking. I have a few go-to favorite lip balms but recently I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm most often and what I really like about it is that it isn’t overly waxy. Unfortunately, Burt’s Bees products are also very expensive (in my opinion). As much as I like these lip balms I figured I could probably come pretty close to making a similar recipe on my own.

After reviewing the ingredients and researching other recipes, this is the recipe I came up with. It’s ridiculously moisturizing and seems to stay on well too. Now, I know there are recipes out there with fewer ingredients but if you want it to be most like Burt’s Bees then you’ll want to stick with the ingredients on the list below. The recipe is really easy to put together and from start to finish only takes about 15 minutes to make.

Everyone that I’ve given these lip balms to rave about how great they are and how it’s saved their lips so far this winter. I keep one in my office, one on my bedside table and one in my purse so I’m never without. These amazing moisturizing lip balms also make great gifts or stocking stuffers.

Copycat Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm Recipe

Makes approximately 10 tubes of lip balm.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp Beeswax
  • 2 tsp Cocoa Butter (3 wafers)
  • 1½ tsp Shea Butter
  • 3 tsp Sunflower oil
  • 1½ tsp Coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp Castor oil
  • 4 pea sized drops of Lanolin
  • 10 drops Vitamin E oil
  • 15 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • Optional: you can also add a couple of drops of vanilla and/or peppermint flavoring if you have it available

Directions:

  1. Slowly heat the cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, Shea butter and lanolin over low-medium heat in a double boiler until melted (a small canning jar in a pot of water works too).
  2. Add the oils.
  3. Add essential oil and stir well.
  4. Pour mixture into containers while still in a viscous liquid. Allow to cool in containers and then cap.

Download my Copycat Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm Recipe here.

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Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

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Add some Christmas cheer to your mantle with this free crochet Christmas stocking pattern. The stunning stripped design can be easily made in only two days.

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern – While I was off recovering from knee surgery I had a lot of time to sit around. Of course, I had prepared for my down time by making a little bin of yarn and hooks to keep beside my bed so that I could crochet. One day, not too long after my surgery, my daughter suggested that I crochet a Christmas stocking…for our cat (um ya, our cat). While I’m pretty sure our cat had no need or desire for a stocking, I liked the idea of trying something new to crochet. I have to say that I’ve never been a huge fan of crochet socks and slippers – mainly because of all the counting you usually have to do.

I set about researching patterns and came across this really cute sock pattern by Maria over at Pattern Paradise that looked relatively easy. After reviewing the pattern, I thought I’d give it a try, turning it from sock into a Christmas stocking. Maria’s pattern is super easy to understand and she goes into great detail and has nice photos to help with the dreaded heel. Seeing as I wasn’t mobile yet I had to use the colors I had on hand so I came up with this slightly unconventional Christmas color palette but I think it works.

This pattern may look complicated but trust me, once you get in the rhythm, you could practically do it in your sleep. I never bother with complicated patterns so I wouldn’t have bothered finishing this if it was too challenging. It took me two evenings to make it so it’s not a huge investment in your time. I love the new crocheted Christmas stocking for our cat (Milo is ever so excited) and think it will be a wonderful addition to our mantle.

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

TERMINOLOGY: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: MEDIUM but definitely not hard

MATERIALS:

  • Hook: The original pattern calls for a US I/5.50mm but in the end I think a US J/6.00mm would give the sock a little extra size – better for a stocking.
  • Worsted weight size 4 Yarn – 4 skeins each in 4 different colors  (I used Red Heart Soft -256 yrds – in white, grey, berry and leaf).
  • Darning needle & scissors

Size: From toe to heel 7″ long, from heel to top of sock (when folded over) 10″, 4.5″ wide.

Abbreviations:

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sl = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
  • Xst = Modified X Stitch
  • Color A = Color choice 1
  • Color B = Color choice 2
  • Color C = Color choice 3
  • Color D = Color choice 4

Special Stitch: Modified XSt – X Stitch – Worked over two stitches crossing the second stitch in front of the first stitch and encasing the first stitch within it – think of it as the second stitch hugging the first stitch!  Skip next st, dc in next stitch, working around stitch just made, work dc in skipped stitch.

Crochet - Modified X-Stitch Tutorial. Add some Christmas cheer to your mantle with this free crochet Christmas stocking pattern. The stunning stripped design can be easily made in only two days.

Crochet – Modified X-Stitch Tutorial

Notes:

  • Weave ends as you work
  • Ch1 at beginning of round/row does not count as stitch.
  • Stitch count is in ( ) at end of the round. Stitch count is same as previous round, unless noted.
  • Work instructions in [ ] as designated
  • When a number precedes a stitch, such as 3hdc, work that number of stitches in the next stitch.

Tips:

  • Join each round with sl st to first st. Start each round in the join.
  • Do not fasten off at each color change, instead carry the unused color along inside.
  • Make color change in last pull through of last st before the color change.
  • Refer to Maria’s slipper sock pattern here if you’re having any challenges.

Pattern

Round 1: Color A, Ch2 (does not count as st), 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join. (8)

Round 2: Ch1, 2hdc in each st around, join. (16)

Round 3: Ch1, [2hdc, hdc] repeat around, join. (24)

Round 4: Ch1, [2hd, hdc next 2] repeat around, join. (32)

Round 5: Color B, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Rounds 6 – 7: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 8: Color C, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 9 – 10: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 11: Color D, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 12 – 13: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 14: Color C, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 15 – 16: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

Round 17: Color B, Ch3, dc in next st to the RIGHT (beg XSt made), working in the usual direction, XSt around to end, join. (16 XSt)

Round 18: Color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32)

You will work heel gusset in rows and then continue working remainder of sock in rounds (see Maria’s photo here to help give you a visual idea of how this works).

Heel Row 1: Ch1, sc in next 18 sts. (18)
Heel Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in each st. (18)
Heel Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 6 sts. (16)
Heel Row 4: Ch1, turn, sc next 7 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 7 sts. (16)
Heel Row 5: Ch1, turn, sc next 5 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 5 sts. (14)
Heel Row 6: Ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 6 sts. (14)
Heel Row 7: Ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 4 sts. (12)
Heel Row 8: Ch1, turn, sc next 5 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 5 sts. (12)
Heel Row 9: Ch1, turn, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 3 sts. (10)
Heel Row 10: Ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 4 sts. (10)
Heel Row 11: Ch1, turn, sc next 2 sts, sc2tog, hdc next 2, sc2tog, sc last 2 sts. (8)
Heel Row 12: Ch1, turn, sc next 3 sts, hdc next 2, sc last 3 sts. (8)

Continue working in rounds.

Round 19: Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc next 4 sts, sc2tog, working down side of gusset, work 6sc (approximately one every other row), working along stitches from Round 18, work sc in next 14 sts (you should be at the beginning of the other side of the gusset), work 6 sc up side of gusset, join. (32)

Rounds 20 - 44: Repeat rows 5 – 18 two times, excluding row 5 the second time around (see photo for color change example).

Round 45 – 64: With color A, Ch1, sc in each st around, join. (32). Note: In row 35, at the back edge of the sock, I chained 12 and then slipped stitch back into the same stitch to create a little loop for hanging the stocking but this is completely optional.

Round 65: sc in first st, [Ch 4, slip st into st, sc in next st], repeat across row.

Break yarn, weave in ends.

Download the free Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern here.

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Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wraps

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Learn how to make these quick and easy polymer clay spiral hair wraps. A great kids craft - girls will love making their own cute hair accessories.

Easy to make spiral hair wrap.

Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wraps – Today I’m excited to show you how to make these flexible, removable polymer clay spiral hair wraps. These are ridiculously fast and easy to make. From the moment I decided to try to make these until they were ready to use was about 30 minutes. They’re so easy to make, kids can pretty much make them their selves.

There’s a back story about how these came to be actually. About a year ago my mother-in-law went to Seattle and found some sweet spiral hair wraps to give to Noelle. Noelle’s worn them but honestly I never really looked at them too closely. Then a number of weeks ago I went on a girls trip to Seattle and while we were at Pike’s Market my girlfriend found similar hair wraps for her daughter. When she showed me what she bought, she suggested I should try to figure out how to make them. So when I got home I took a look at Noelle’s hair wraps and I decided to give it a try. What do you know…these spiral hair wraps were super quick easy to make.

Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wrap Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Polymer clay in various colors (Sculpy, Premo, Fimo, etc.) – or if you just want, you can just use one color. Apparently Sculpey has a Superflex Bake & Bend clay that would be perfect for this is you can find it.
  • wooden skewer or something of similar size
  • Cookie sheet lined with tinfoil
  • Optional: glitter to mix into the clay and beads to attach to the bottom of the spiral wrap

Directions:

  1. Choose 2-4 colors of clay and knead the clay until it’s soft and then roll the clay into little logs.
  2. Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
  3. Fold over and twist again. Roll on a smooth flat surface. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the design. *Be careful not to do it too many times or it will all just turn into one color – likely grey or brown.
  4. Roll the clay smooth and until it’s about the 1/8″ in width (smaller than this will mean the spiral hair wrap will easily break) and about 12″ long (although you can make these any length you desire). Feel free to roll in a bit of glitter too if you’d like to make these extra fancy.
  5. Carefully start winding the clay around the skewer until you’ve wrapped it completely (see photo at bottom of post for example). If you’d like to add beads, etc. you can pinch one end into a little loop, otherwise, leave plain.
  6. Once you’re happy with the spiral, gently release it from the skewer and slide the clay off and onto the foil lined cookie sheet.
  7. Cook in the oven at the temperatures listed as per the clay’s instructions (mine cooked in the oven at 275 degrees °F for approximately 15 minutes). Here’s a great chart of cooking times for the various brands of polymer clays.
  8. Take out of oven, allow to cool.

Instructions to place in hair:

  1. Using a small section of hair, about the thickness of a straw, give the hair a little twist.
  2. Place the section of hair in the first channel of the spiral wrap and with one hand pinch the hair against the wrap and with the other hand begin wrapping the hair counter clockwise into each channel all the way down the shaft of the spiral wrap.
  3. Once the section of hair is in place, check to make sure it is in place by giving a little tug. If the wrap slides then redo with slightly more hair.
  4. To remove: Carefully unwind the hair section from the wrap.

NOTE: these are relatively durable but be careful not to just try pulling this out of your hair in one big yank, this will snap the hair wrap. Please do not twist or bend them excessively as this will also cause them to break. These are slightly flexible but it’s best to treat them gently.

Download your printable Polymer Clay Spiral Hair Wrap instructions here.

Looking for more crafty stuff for kids: Houses Coloring Page, Word RocksPrintable Secret Decoder WheelMandala Coloring PageRainbow Loom Perler Bead BraceletsBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

Learn how to make these quick and easy polymer clay spiral hair wraps. A great kids craft - girls will love making their own cute hair accessories.

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Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern

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Claire's Outlander Crochet Cowl - Free Pattern. Inspired by the knitwear on the Outlander TV series, this Sassenach Cowl is quick and easy to make, even for beginners.

Outlander Cowl Free Crochet Pattern – quick and easy to make, even for beginners.

Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern – Three weeks ago I underwent knee surgery to fix a chronic knee problem I’d had for many years now. For the first number of days after my surgery, I was lucky enough to have my dear mother-in-law Lynda come and stay with me during the day while my husband was at work. She was a great nurse and during our time together we decided to watch a series called Outlander. If you’re not familiar with this TV series from Starz, Outlander is a historical time travel drama based on the best-selling books by Diana Gaboldon. The storyline follows the passionate relationship between two lead characters, combat nurse Claire and the chivalrous and handsome Scottish warrior Jamie. Diana Gaboldon is one of my mother’s all-time favorite authors – at times I’m sure my father felt pangs of jealousy the way my mom would blather on and on about leading man Jamie. This American-British series takes place in Scotland during the mid-1700’s. Outlander is worth watching for the scenery and costumes alone. Their costume designer, Terry Dresbach, is simply amazing and she runs a wonderful website full of her sketches and photos of her costumes. The knitwear, in particular, is drool-worthy.

Inspired by Claire’s cowl in Outlander I decided to see if I could come up with something similar. Of course, Claire’s cowl (seen here) is knit so it’s impossible to get the exact same design and drape but I thought I’d give it a go – a great project being that I was bed ridden for a couple of weeks. After a few attempts, I finally settled on this design. It’s very easy and works up really quickly – this can be done in one evening. I loved the first one I did so much I made a second cowl with a different yarn.

If you’re new to crocheting and would like some further instruction before you try a crochet project, I highly recommend some of the online crochet classes at Craftsy.

OUTLANDER CROCHET COWL PATTERN

NOTES: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MATERIALS:

  • Hook: U.S. P/11.5mm
  • Worsted weight size 4 Yarn – 2 skeins/170 yds each  (Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Taupe [top photo] and Homespun by Lion Brand in Clouds [bottom photo] used in photos)
  • Darning Needle & Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet

FINISHED SIZE:  17” tall, 28” circumference.

NOTES: Making a half double-crochet in the back loop isn’t as scary as it sounds. If you’re not familiar with crocheting this way see the photo below to help you know where to find the back loop. To crochet in the back loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop only and make your hdc as usual.

How to crochet in the back loop. The front loop is the one that is closest to you and the back loop is the one that is furthest from you when you hold your crochet work.

The front loop is the one that is closest to you and the back loop is the one that is furthest from you when you hold your crochet work.

PATTERN:

Made by holding 2 pieces of yarn together throughout the pattern.

Make a slip knot and chain 32.

ROW 1: hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in each st across row, ch 2, turn.

ROW 2 onwards: hdc in the back loop of each st across the row, ch 2, turn. Repeat row 2 until the total length reaches 28” in length.

Finish: Carefully sew those two edges together from the inside/wrong side using the whip stitch and weave in ends.

Download the Free Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern. If you’d like to get your hands on more crochet patterns check out this great book: Crocheted Scarves and Cowls: 35 colorful and contemporary crochet patterns

Looking for more great crochet patterns:  Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern, Easy Modern Crochet Patterns, Crochet Beach Bag Pattern, Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dish Clothes, Crochet Boot CuffsCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

Outlander Cowl Free Crochet Pattern in Clouds by Lionbrand Homespun -  Inspired by the knitwear on the Outlander TV series, this Sassenach Cowl is quick and easy to make, even for beginners.

Outlander Cowl Free Crochet Pattern in Clouds by Lionbrand Homespun.

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