We did it! Day One of Crafting for a Cause arrived and went better than anticipated. Eleven people attended (including Mom and I). Dave didn’t have to leave until after lunch, so he took Violet to the park and allowed me to focus on all the craziness going on in the kitchen.
We made two “flavors” of bath salts today: Candy Cane (peppermint) and Lavender. Here is the recipe, from http://www.mixesinajar.com:
Candy Cane Bath Salts
12 tall jelly (12-ounce) canning jars with lids and rings
2 4-pound cartons Epsom Salts (approximately 16 cups)
4 pounds sea salt or Kosher salt (approximately 6 cups)
½ teaspoon glycerin, divided
12 to 15 drops peppermint essential oil
12 to 15 drops red food color
Wash, rinse and dry canning jars. Empty one carton Empsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in ¼ teaspoon glycerin and 3 to 4 drops essential oil. Mix well.
In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add ¼ teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even.
Tip: use a heavy-duty stand mixer to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even — but don’t try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers!
Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.
Cut gift tags and attach to jars. Tags may be trimmed and placed beneath canning jar rings, tied on with ribbon, or taped to gift jars.
The lavender bath salts are made the same way, except you color it all purple and don’t need to worry about layering colors. I punched the tags out with a Creative Memories punch, used a stamp for the candy cane image and a friend’s Cricut machine to create the lavender flowers. We tied the tags on with red raffia. I found red and white gingham designer lids for the candy cane jars and purple gingham fabric which we cut to decorate the lavender jars. I love how they turned out; I will be trimming the purple fabric with pinking shears, however.
This afternoon I started work on another craft which the group will be assembling in a future meeting. I ended up finishing it after dinner, at Mom’s house. It’s a candy cane holder in the shape of a denim horse. I wish I had a candy cane in my Christmas ornaments, but I don’t. You’ll have to use your imagination and visualize a candy cane stem sticking out the bottom of the horse. I used an old pair of Dave’s jeans and I think it’s so cute! I just need to sew on black beads for eyes. It didn’t cost much for supplies, since I didn’t have to buy the fabric, so we should easily be able to double our money. I have enough supplies to make ten more horsies.
It’s been in the nineties (and HUMID) the last few days and is supposed to be hotter tomorrow. I think we’ll stay inside and keep cool.