DIY Vegan Butterscotch Chips - make vegan treats for Valentine's​ Day

Do you have a vegan in your life who needs a sweet treat? Make these butterscotch chips, then bake them into cookies!

https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-butterscotch-chips

The cookie recipe is from Lauren Toyota's new cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics. She's a vegan youtuber too, check out Hot For Food

Here is the link to her book: https://amzn.to/2TfJg8s

TIPS: OH BOY, use fresh brown sugar. It'll make your life easier. I also used a whisk to stir the whole time and was told that's how sugar crystals form. So don't stir for too long.

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DIY Bra Fix - front closure or racerback bra

Front closures on bras are easy to fix! Both my friend and I had bras that were perfectly fine, but the closure was broken. So I volunteered to fix it but I didn't know what I was getting into. It turned out great! And I highly recommend this fix.

Special notes: If you look for swimsuit closures you may have better luck! My bra closure is 1" wide, which is not a normal bra size, so I went with a swimsuit closure.

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DIY Elastic Smocking - using elastic thread

Using elastic thread is a great way to make elastic smocking or shearing. And the dress I made used less than 1 yard of fabric and went together super fast.

For a 3T dress, these are the measurements I used:

for the dress body - W: 40" L: 26.5"

for the ties - cut 4 pieces 5"x4"

I needed to take in the back seam more, so my seam allowance was 1" at the center back.

Hem at the top was 1"

Hem at the bottom was 1.5"

The ties have 1/4" seam allowance.

Tips and tricks for sewing with elastic thread

Use Guterman, not sponsored but it worked like a charm the first time

Here's a link: https://amzn.to/2D97mMr

Get yourself a lipstick chalk/chaco liner

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If you have trouble with the elastic thread here is a great troubleshooting tutorial:

https://youtu.be/rPp6Nn4mmYk

To get the fabric I used and look at other fabric that is eco-friendly and fair trade go to MonaLuna

https://monaluna.com/pages/catalog

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DIY Vegan Sugar Cookies - with natural food coloring

I made vegan sugar cookies for the holiday!

Thank you to Minimalist Baker for the recipe: https://minimalistbaker.com/1-bowl-vegan-sugar-cookies/

The only change I made was to add 2 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar, I think only 1 teaspoon was necessary.

For the frosting

2 cups powder sugar

2 tablespoons milk of choice, plus more as needed

Add powder sugar to the bowl and the milk, mix. Add more milk 2 tablespoons at a time until the mixture runs off the spoon slowly.

Big thank you to @GoingZeroWaste for showing me how to make natural icing! The icing colors are turmeric for yellow, beets for pink, and spirulina for green. Check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrGEWDSHZYl/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=bp4szxwnn2h9

Happy Holidays! I'll see you in the new year!

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DIY Easy Wire Wrapping

I make the tiny books here: https://youtu.be/ha6oBS5xRCo

This wire wrapping tutorial will teach you the basics. Use wire in place of jump rings when your bead is too big or you've run out of headpins. Headpins are the wires with the stoppers on them.

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DIY Sachets - great fabric de-stash scrap fabric

Making sachets is a good way to de-stash some of your fabric scraps. I used floral herbal teas and long grain rice for my stuffing.

Materials

Fabric scraps from your stash

Long grain rice

Dried roses - or any floral herbal tea like lavender or chamomile l

Scissors - regular and pinking shears

Sewing Machine

Thread to match

If you want to make triangles follow this tutorial! https://youtu.be/AxiICUDreTc

To get the same flower teas I used go to https://www.byolongbeach.com

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DIY Tiny Book - made into jewelry

To learn DIY easy wire wrapping go here: https://youtu.be/8jfm5SoQHRE

These tiny books are easy to assemble and super cute to make into jewelry. The books are fast to make, but making them into jewelry is a few extra steps. If I made them again I would tea stain the pages before I cut them up for a worn look.

Materials

Blank paper - you can tea stain the paper if you

Fancy paper - for the inside cover of your book

Thick paper/board - I used a sugar box from the recycle bin

Scissors

Ruler

Glue - make sure it's a flexible glue, it will say on the bottle

Fabric

Sharpies or marking pens - to change the color of your fabric if you want

For jewelry

Needle - for poking holes

Wire

Earring hooks

Chain & closures - you may need jump rings too

Beads - optional

Pliers and wire cutters

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6 Best Tools for Sewing - gift guide

Here are my top 6 tools for sewing. If you have a present to get for a crafty person who sews, this is a great place to get ideas.

These are Amazon Associates links

Gingher Scissors: https://amzn.to/2UqTQup

Rotary Blade, which I call a rolly cutter: https://amzn.to/2E7Hl10

More blades for the rolly cutter: https://amzn.to/2PnSVah

Self-healing mat 24x36": https://amzn.to/2EoNDKo

Brass seam ripper: https://amzn.to/2UqzKAi

Clear grid ruler: https://amzn.to/2SEXajR

I just noticed all my tools have my name on them! Ha! They work hard and in many different shops.

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DIY Wax Food Wraps Using Parchment Paper Method

Super excited to have Julie from Bring Your Own Long Beach on the show to teach us how to use parchment paper and an iron to make reusable food wraps.

Julie has the supplies you need on her website: https://www.byolongbeach.com

Here's what you'll need:

Pre-washed fabric cut into 8x8" pieces

Parchment paper - get the kind you can compost

1 tablespoon candelilla wax

1 teaspoon powder resin

1/2 teaspoon soy wax

1 teaspoon jojoba oil

Iron

Scissors

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DIY Almond Extract

Amond extract is super easy to make, you pretty much have everything you need right now.

Recipe

15 raw almonds

2 cups vodka

Blanch almonds by placing them in boiling water for 1 minute. After the minute is up, remove the almonds and let them cool down. Peel the almonds carefully. Chop the almonds and place in a jar. Pour the vodka over the almonds. Shake the jar once a week. Store in a cool dark place. After 6-8 weeks your extract will be ready. Strain and use!

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DIY Poo Spray with Essential Oils

House-guests are coming! Be prepared with this DIY Poo Spray.

Full recipe from Wellness Mama:

https://wellnessmama.com/155904/bathroom-spray/

Recipe:

1 tablespoon vodka - you can totally use rubbing alcohol too if you mean business. Now that I've made mine, I wish I had used rubbing alcohol.

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin - optional

20 drops orange extract

15 drops clove

Filtered water to fill your spray bottle. Use one that is around 3-4 ounces.

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Smoothie Recipe - to help boost your immunity

If you need extra support during cold season I recommend making this smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:

1/2 an apple

1/2 an orange

1/2 a carrot

Water or milk of choice

Protein powder of choice (optional)

Cut up fruits and carrot into chunks, smaller for less powerful blenders. Add fruits and carrot to blender, then water or milk. Add protein powder and blend.

For more information on my fruit/veggie choices go here:

https://www.healthline.com/health/juice-immune-system-boost#1

Why smoothie and not juiced?

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/juicing-vs-blending

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Tea Stain Your Halloween Costume - make it look old

Make your costume even more authentic and creepy with tea staining. This method works on any fabric type and will make your costume look dirty. Brew a strong black tea and get a spray bottle and bowl to get started.

I used this technique when I worked in the theatre as a painter/dyer.

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Picnic Lunch by Joan Goodspeed - Book Announcement

My booklet is out! Picnic lunch has 5 DIYs in it that will help you make your lunch more eco-friendly

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DIY Wax Canvas Market Bag - hair dryer vs heat gun

Many of you were like OMG use a hair dryer/heat gun when I waxed the last market bag. So I decided to see which one was best to melt the wax. This method would work on any sturdy cotton bag!

HEAT GUN ALL THE WAY! Which I was afraid to use, what if it burned the fabric? I've had melty accidents with the heat gun before.

NOTES ON THE RECIPE! I would make the ratio of beeswax to carnauba wax 50/50 so the bag isn't as crinkly. If you look closely in the vid it's pretty wrinkled.

Recipe:

4 parts carnauba wax

1 part beeswax

Melter for wax - however you melt the wax, it will be wax forever.

Pastry brush

Iron

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Junk Mail Awareness Week - October 1st-7th

Junk mail just happens! OR DOES IT?! Here are some easy tips for stopping junk mail and using what you have left before the no-junk-mail lists kick in.

If you live in LA, CA:

https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/junkmail/reduce.cfm

If you live in Long Beach CA:

http://www.longbeach-recycles.org/recycling/waste_reduction_guide.htm

If you know of any junk mail reduction guides in your area leave them in the comments!

The coolest paper mache tutorial:

https://youtu.be/zkBXOsdk3Fk

Break + Remake paper tutorial: COMING SOON

Break + Remake FIRST BOOK OUT NOW! Picnic Lunch is my debut book: https://www.breaknremake.com/picnic-book/6cvci8uxs851rv02kne0pz59qo90jf

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DIY Market Bag - easy sewing project

This bag is a great start for people just learning how to sew. I use a zig zag stitch to keep the inside from fraying too much and the straps are stitched with a cute design, not just a boring X. The shapes I used were a heart and a lightning bolt, but you can use whatever shape you want.

Special note: Mr. Remake thought this bag was too small. You can totally add length to the bag if you'd like.

Materials

Fabric cut into 16"x27" - use a sturdy fabric like canvas or denim

Thread to match

Cotton webbing - for the handles 2 straps at 29"

Marking tool

Ruler

Scissors

Sewing machine

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DIY Essential Oil Foot Soak - with Dame Sannae

After a long day of hiking or working treat your feet right by soaking them, you'll feel so good after. We used 2 recipes: one for relaxing and one for reducing odor. You can add any essential oils to the soak for aromatherapy and relaxation. Recipes below!

Big thank you to Dame Sannae for coming over and helping! Here are her links:

IG: @damesannae

skin care line: http://damebody.com

Recipe for relaxation

2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup Epsom salts

2 tablespoons vinegar

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Recipe for reducing odor

2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup Epsom salts

2 tablespoons baking soda

5-10 drops essential oils

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DIY No Sew T Shirt Pom Pom

Making cute pom poms is a great way to upcycle shirts that are no longer wearable OR use up small leftover pieces of fabric. I like putting the pom poms on my scissors and bags to show they are mine and to make them cute.

Either way this project is a great stash buster.

Materials

Old t-shirt

scissors or rolly cutter and cutting mat

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DIY Herb Ice Cubes - with edible flowers

Making herb ice cubes is a great way to use up leftover herbs or help remind you of summer. I made mine with peppermint and edible flowers and the result was a beautiful ice cube that was refreshing and earthy.


You will need:

Filtered water that has been boiled and cooled - boiling the water helps with the clarity of the ice

About 1/4 to 1/2 cup loosely packed herbs - chop the herbs roughly just to bruise them, it helps release the flavor

Edible flowers - this is totally optional, but it adds color 


What flavor combos do you want to try? I'm going to do basil and lime next!


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