Friday, November 30, 2012

FREE Christmas Embroidery Design


Hello out there to all my embroidery friends.  I've just posted this free embroidery on my webpage. Please help me spread the true meaning of Christmas with stitches by posting the link onto your Facebook wall or Pin It to your blog or Pinterest account. 

Don't forget...if you download the free designs, please pin it or post it so you can help me spread the true meaning of Christmas.  Got any parties or get togethers this time of year?  Embroider it on a tea towel for an awesome hostess gift... 

Click Here to find the free embroidery design!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Candy Cane Soap Recipe ~ Christmas Gift Ideas



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Thought I would share my first soap making project. I'm here at my sister-in-laws in Harrisonburg, VA and we took a trip to Michael's Craft store to purchase all of our supplies. The three of us (sister-in-laws) had so much fun making different soaps that we just couldn't stop so I took some photos and wrote down each recipe in case anyone else wants to make some quick gifts for Christmas. Doesn't it look good enough to eat? We found the candy cane soap recipe idea from this great blog. We wondered if the candy on top would make our hands sticky...and the answer is no. It's wonderful, kind of like a sugar scrub and soap all in one. Very girly and decadent!

Click here to see the original post. I have added more step by step photos and exact measurements to my post. 



Candy Cane Soap Materials Needed 
  • 3 lbs ArtMinds Shea Butter Soap (purchase two 2lb packages)
  • loaf pan
  • peppermint oil (not extract)
  • red or pink ArtMinds soap colorant (or red food coloring)
  • 2 glass bowls & 2 spatulas
  • 1 box of 18 candy canes, crushed

Candy Cane Soap Recipe
  • Unwrap the candy canes and put them in a large plastic freezer bag and crush using either a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer as shown below and set aside.
  • Layer 1 ~ Cut one Shea butter package in half. Reserve half for the second layer. Break half of  the package into individual blocks and put in a microwave safe bowl and melt at 30 second intervals, stirring with a spatula in between each cycle until completely melted. 
  • Add 1/2 tsp of peppermint oil and 1/2 tsp of colorant to the melted soap and stir well. Pour into a loaf pan.
  • Layer 2 ~ Break reserve soap into individual blocks and repeat melting process as in first layer. Add 1/2 tsp of peppermint oil and stir well. Pour into loaf pan over first layer. 
  • Layer 3 ~ Cut the second Shea butter package in half. Melt half of the package in the microwave and add 1/2 tsp of peppermint oil and 1/2 tsp of colorant to the melted soap and stir well. Pour into a loaf pan and let cool slightly so it starts to set up forming a "skin" on the top. Add the crushed peppermint stick to the top making sure the peppermint sinks into the top sightly so it will be partially "glued" into the soap mixture as it hardens.
  • Let it completely cool for 1 hour and then run a butter knife around the edge of the pan. If the soap is still warm let it cool completely before removing it from the pan.
  • Remove from the pan and place on parchment or wax paper. Slice into 1/2" pieces (making sure it's hardened and cooled completely) and then slice each piece in half. Wrap in cellophane bags or in parchment paper and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Mini Soap Recipes

We had so much fun making the candy cane soap that we decided to experiment with other scents adding some natural exfoliants. We used what we had on hand in the kitchen like flavored extracts and baking ingredients. The results were amazing. We are going to give these to friends and our children's school teachers as Christmas gifts. 

Mix the ingredients and then add to silicone mini muffin pans. Let them cool, remove and wrap them in a cellophane bag or freezer paper. 


Hint:  We used Goat Milk Soap but you could substitute Shea butter soap. The individual blocks refer to the small blocks that are already separated in a 2lb package. 

Vanilla Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap
3 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
2 Tbs quick oats
1.5" tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap
3 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
2 Tbs quick oats
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cinnamon oil

Coconut Rum Goat Milk Soap ***smells like Pina Coladas
2 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp rum extract

Lemon Cornmeal Goat Milk Soap
2 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
1 Tbs cornmeal
1 tsp lemon extract

Raspberry Almond Goat Milk Soap
3 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
2 Tbs quick grits
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
pink soap colorant or red food coloring

Vanilla Goat Milk Soap
2 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
3 tsp vanilla extract

Maple Butter Goat Milk Soap
2 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
2 Tbs quick oatmeal
1 tsp maple extract
1 tsp butter extract

Strawberry & Grits Goat Milk Soap
2 individual blocks of ArtMind Goat Milk Soap
2 Tbs quick grits
2 tsp strawberry extract
1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Go Anywhere Checkers

Are you in a creative slump right now?  
Do want to make something really awesome but don't know where to start? 
Tired of the same old techniques and looking for something amazing, unique and practical? 



Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to let you know Kimberlee has written a new magazine article for Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine using three of my products.  This cute checker board is magnetic and sporting magnetic embroidered covered buttons.  Play checkers anywhere, in style, and your buttons will stay put on the quilted board.  How cool is that?

Buy your copy of the magazine wherever craft/sewing magazines are sold to get the low down on how to make it.  Like cooking, the secrets is in the sauce or in this case it's in the magazine. 

Here is the link to find all of my products Kimberlee has used to make this awesome project. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Let's Talk Turkey ~ Button Centerpiece


What a great centerpiece to add to your Thanksgiving table this year. We used our Holiday Button~Ups Embroidery Designs and our 1.5" & 2.25" Fabric Button Cover Machine to make button lollipops. Designs were stitched on oatmeal, papaya and white 3" wide grosgrain ribbon (& green gingham cotton fabric.)

Free directions will be given to our button machine owners in an upcoming newsletter including another free embroidery design.