Thursday, September 26, 2013

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Favors

For the Little Pumpkin Baby Shower coming up I spent the day drinking pumpkin lattes and making pumpkin pie soap while my kiddos watched Spookley the Square Pumpkin.... aah fall is here!

I'm pretty pickled with how the DIY soap turned out. I wrapped it up in scrapbook paper, wrote on it, and tied it with some raffia. 

Want to make your own pumpkin pie soaps for your own Little Pumpkin Baby Shower? It's pretty easy... and if I did it again I would make it even easier on myself, so learn from my experience! 

The first step in making the pumpkin soap favors was to buy some glycerin soap (it was $10 at Hobby Lobby, but I used a 40% off coupon on my iPhone, and it made about 20 bars of soap.)

Put a few cubes of the soap and a gloop (about a tablespoon) of pumpkin pie mix (the stuff that comes in a can) into a tupperware and microwave it. I did 40 seconds for 2-3 cubes. 

When it's all melty mix it and pour it into whatever containers you want. If I did this again I would go buy some tiny paper bowls or square tupperwares or something, maybe a giant box of those individual cereal boxes? But as I didn't think about it, I folded foil into little squares. 

I considered using tea boxes, as you can see, but in the end went with the foil. It was pretty easy. Luckily we are remodeling our master bathroom and just finished making the shower pan liner, so I knew how to fold my foil :)  The foil was kind of cool because every bar turned out a bit unique. 

I sprinkled a bit of pumpkin pie spice on the pumpkin soap bars when they were done, but don't think that step was necessary either. 

One morning and about $6 later (I already had the pumpkin pie mix from making about a million homemade pumpkin spice lattes a week!) and I have 20 bars of homemade pumpkin soap for our Little Pumpkin Baby Shower favors! They really do smell like pumpkin pie, too! Good enough to eat. 

What I learned: It would have gone a lot faster if I didn't have to make 20 little foil squares, so next time I'd look into buying some sort of food that came in square packages... cereal boxes, juice boxes... something. Also, if I was throwing a larger Little Pumpkin Baby Shower I would totally not wrap them, but just put them in a glass apothecary jar with a sign and some little white paper bags for guests to take them home.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Make Your Own Chalkpaint

OK, I did it. I made my own chalkpaint. I received a hand-me-down dining room table that was refinished in that old dark oak with black paint or stain dots all over it. Do you know the finish I'm talking about?

Well, I was going to quickly paint it and sell it on craigslist... but I think I fell in love with it! AND with the homemade chalkpaint I used to paint it.

So now I think I will be selling the one we are using now and put this one in our kitchen.

The recipe I used to paint it was from THIS site.

It was 2 Cups paint (I used Swiss Coffee white paint), 1/3 Cup Plaster of Paris (I found mine in the craft section of Walmart for $5), and 2 TB water. It was a gorgeous consistency, dried nice, and sanded well. I am in love!

I am very excited for my adventures in making my own chalkpaint. This shall be fun!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Newborn Pumpkin Hat Knitting Pattern

We are having a 'Little Pumpkin' baby shower theme coming up in a month, so obviously I had to knit a little pumpkin newborn hat.

I had a bit of trouble finding a perfect pattern, though. So I modified and used a hat pattern I had already modified, and modified it again. Does that make it my original? Not sure... but, it's not anyone else's, I know that.

If you'd like to make your own little pumpkin knitted newborn hat for another little pumpkin head, here is my pattern:

I used Hushaby Solid by Baby Bee from Hobby Lobby in Apricot Jam and Sage.  Be sure to go two different days with two different 40% off coupons!

I also used size 3 double pointed needles.

Cast on 50 stitches.
Join in the round and work in Knit 4 Purl 1 until hat measures about 4 1/2 inches.
Decrease as follows:
round 1: Knit 2, Knit 2 together, Purl 1 to end
round 2: Knit 3 Purl 1 around to end
round 3: Knit 1 Knit 2 together, Purl 1 to end
round 4: Knit 2 Purl 1 around to end
round 5: Knit 2 together, Purl 1 to end
round 6: Knit 1 Purl 1 around to end
round 7: Knit 2 together around to end = 10 stitches
round 8: switch to green yarn and knit 10 around
round 9: Knit 2 together around = 5 stitches
round 10: Knit 5
continue knitting 5 around until your stem is as long as you want it.
Cut a long tail of green and thread it through your 5 stitches, pull it tight, and tie it.
weave in ends and enjoy