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​Hi Friends!

It has been a long time since I posted here. I will be posting all about that soon, but I wanted to share this video I did a while back on how I make my melt and pour soap base. It was really important to me to know what all was in my soaps. Many commercial melt and pour bases just include far too many questionable ingredients. I have an exciting new addition coming to the shop made with this base, so while I finish getting that ready for you, please enjoy this video. 

I've missed you and can't with to get back to it!

Astarie

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Mothers Day: Bitter but Oh So Sweet http://astariedennis.com/mothersday/ http://astariedennis.com/mothersday/#comments Sun, 08 May 2016 10:00:32 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=520 Happy Mothers Day to all of my mommy readers. No matter if you are a biological mom, a step mom, a mom at heart or mom to an angel. This day is for you!

I have been MIA for a while, but I wanted to be sure and acknowledge the day with you all.

Mothers day is always a bittersweet day for my. My beautiful mother passed away when I was just 3 months old due to leukemia.

Mothers Day
My Mommy

There she is with that fly afro 🙂 Everything I have ever been told about her, let’s me know she was an amazing woman who loved God, Her family and especially me. She fought hard just to bring me into this world and in the end she gave her all for me. I am grateful to be able to call her my mom. You would think, since I didn’t really get to know her, I’d not really be all that influenced by her. But I am. I don’t normally think too deeply about it, but she is a large part of the reason I am who I am today. I want to be like her. I want to the be the sweet, loving person everyone who knew her says she was. My dad tells me I have her laugh, so I try and laugh as much as possible! Even though I will never know her this side of heaven, I am trying my best to be just like my mom. She left big shoes to fill.

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My Mom and Grandma
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Mommy and Me

Two years ago now, I also lost my grandmother. The very woman who helped turn my mother into who she was. My grandmother also had a huge impact on my life. She reminded me to be proud of who I was ans where I came from. She battled illness for a long time as well, and all the way til the end, she was nothing but the picture of strength and grace.

Both of these women among so many others that I have been blessed to have in my life, have shaped the mom I am today! I have the honor of being mom and step mom to two amazing children. Mothers DayI cannot express how much joy ( and grey hair) they both bring me!

I spent two years as a single mom to my son. Those years and that time, showed me that I possessed the same strength I knew my mom and grandmother had. I found courage and a voice I hadn’t known before.

Just this past year my husband and I suffered the blow of a miscarriage after 3 long years of praying and hooping for a little one together. As I am sure you can imagine Mothers Day took a sharp turn toward the bitter that year.

I wanted to share all of this to say, that while this day can me tough for me in many ways, I remain thankful that I am blessed to have these two children in my life. I have a Mother in Love who is really like the mom I didn’t get to have and I have had two Step Mom’s who took me as their own child at different parts of my life! I could focus on what is bitter in my heart and spend the day sad, but I would miss all the SWEET that this day also brings! Bouquets of Dandelions from my son, breakfast in bed from my husband, and even sweet memories from my dad about who my mom was and what she was like. I will admit that it’s hard to focus on those things at times.
When I have moments of sadness and even feeling a bit sorry for myself, besides praying about it, I always go create something. Creating has gotten me through many sad, difficult moments in my life. I am able to channel all of my feeling into a tangible project. In turn I am able to use my sadness for good. I believe God has blessed each one of us with unique abilities that can be used to do all sorts of amazing things. Those amazing things might just start with helping ourselves. He knows just what we need.

I pray each of you has a great Mothers Day, and remember:

“…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 KJV

Be Blessed,

Astarie

 

 

 

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Salt Bar Soap |Coconut Oil Soap Part 3 http://astariedennis.com/salt-bar-soap/ http://astariedennis.com/salt-bar-soap/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:35:08 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=505 Salt Bar Soap is my FAVORITE!

Not only is salt bar soap quick to make, it is amazing on the skin.

What is a Salt Bar Soap?

A salt bar is soap usually made with a high percentage of coconut oil and sea salt. These help produce a bar that is long lasting, still able to lather, and provides the benefits of sea salt. It also offers a gentle exfoliation.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is salt comes from evaporated sea water. It is used in both cooking and in skin care. Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, as the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin. Sea Salt also is known to contribute to increased circulation, have antiseptic effects, soften skin without a greasy feel and reduce fluid retention. Since sea salt does not go through the same manufacturing processes as table salt, the minerals from the sea remain, giving sea salts different colorings depending on where they are from. Many of these minerals also provide nutrients and benefits to the skin. Magnesium helps in getting rid of dry skin. Magnesium improves the texture of skin and skin hydration. You can get an improved tone by bathing in sea salt. The permeability of skin improves and it helps to deliver the oxygen to all cells of the skin effectively. Thus, you can get glowing and fresh skin after bathing in sea salt water and of course, using a sea salt bar. 🙂

 

Sea Salt Bars and Coconut Oil

While Sea Salt Bars do offer lots of great benefits, there is one major drawback: salt kills bubbles and lather. Add in hard water, and you are left with an almost sticky bar that is far from Spa like. In comes Super Coconut oil! In my coconut oil post I wrote about how coconut oil is one oil that allows for bubbles even in salty water. It is drying to the skin in high amounts though, so you have to use a recipe that is superfatted between 15%-20%. This combo makes the perfect salt bar soap. Of course every skin is different, so it may still require some experimentation. In general, I stick with a 1-1 salt and oil ratio (if I have 20oz of oils I use 20oz of salt). This makes a bar that is very hard and lasts a long long time. As this bar is used and worn down, it smooths out like alabaster.

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RECIPE!

I wanted to include my simple sea salt/coconut oil soap recipe, in case you want to try this for yourself.

I strongly advise that you use proper precautions when using lye for soapmaking. Check out tips here: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/back-to-basics-lye-safety-guide/ In sharing this recipe I assume you have some basic knowledge of soapmaking and its process.

This is NOT a beginner recipe.

Sea Salt Spa Bar Recipe-1 LB (Click the link for a SoapCalc Download of the Recipe)

20% Superfat

38% Lye Concentration

6.08 oz Distilled Water

2.35oz Sodium Hydroxide

Coconut Oil-100% 16 oz

Sea Salt- 16oz

You can always add special additives. My favorites include coconut milk, colloidal oatmeal, and kaolin clay. You can experiment and replace the water with all milk, beer, tea, aloe juice and lots more. Want to see how I make my bars? Watch here I’d love to see what you come up with. Share it on social media using the hashtag #ladybugsuds.

Next week is my last video and post in this series, and it has also been the longest process! Liquid Soap! See you then.

Be Blessed,

Astare

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Sea Salt Spa Soap |YouTube Tuesday http://astariedennis.com/sea-salt-spa-soap-youtube-tuesday/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:24:28 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=484 Hey Y’all! Today is all about Sea Salt Spa Soap!

This is probably my top favorite soap to make and it’s my husband’s favorite to use. Our Sea Salt Spa soap is also a top seller over at Ladybug Suds and Sundries.

In keeping with the current Coconut Oil Soap Theme, I used 100% coconut oil which allows me to use a very high salt amount but not sacrifice bubbles as we learned here.

This Sea Salt Spa Soap is scented in Stud Muffin, my FAVORITE scent for guys, especially one really handsome guy in particular. (Really smart too, cause he married me 🙂 ) It is long lasting and now overpowering but is decidedly masculine. Here is the scent description A true classic, fresh and fruity male fragrance of watery top notes, and citrus nuances infused with white flowers of muguet and jasmine. Undeniably sexy notes of coumarin and fresh mint finished with soft woody notes of sandalwood and sweet musk.

It is simply amazing! It is always the first to go at any show or fair I participate in. Salt Bars have a tiny bit of exfoliation, but are not scratchy. The soap itself does tend to be a harder, longer lasting bar due to the coconut oil and salt, but it wears down beautifully in the shower, leaving a smooth polishing bar behind.

I went with my usual green to blue gradient, the green always seems a little yucky until after it it allowed to cure. Here are after pictures:

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Both of the colors really lightened up once they had time to cure. Watch the video to see how they looked when they were first made and cut.

Tomorrow I will share more about Sea Salt Spa Soap. How it Works, how to use it and what it does for the skin. See you then

Be Blessed,

Astarie

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Homemade Laundry Butter |Coconut Oil Soap Series P2 http://astariedennis.com/homemade-laundry-butter/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:00:47 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=472 A couple of weeks ago over on my YouTube channel, I shared the first part of me making Homemade Laundry Butter. I recorded a previous version of this process but the video was blurry and not well put together, ironically that is my second highest watched video 🙂

Anyhow, I have been using that batch of Laundry Butter ever since. Guys, that was over 9 months ago, for a family of 5! I’m just now down to the final bits of butter. I love that one tablespoon is all I need for my whole load of laundry! But I’m getting ahead of myself…

What in the world is this Homemade Laundry Butter Stuff Anyway?

Glad you asked. Essentially Laundry Butter is a scoop-able laundry soap, that is super concentrated and safe to use on just about any clothing item you can wash, including cloth diapers! The best part is this soap is natural and great for even sensitive skin.

Laundry Butter is made with 4 basic ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil Soap
  • Distilled Water
  • Borax
  • Washing Soda
  • (fragrance is optional)

That’s it. That’s all you need to make the most amazing cleaner you’ve ever used.

Coconut Oil Soap is made with only Coconut Oil, Lye and Water, I wrote about coconut oil and coconut oil soap in this post. This soap is quick to make and can be used to make Laundry Soap almost right away. Coconut oil is a powerhouse at stripping away grease and oils, which makes too much of it bad for a bathing soap (except in certain conditions) but perfect to clean with. Even though it strips away grease and oils, it is gentle on clothes.

Distilled Water is very important when making any sort of soap. Distilled water is water that has had many of its impurities removed through distillation. Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container. Since it has less impurities, that means less to interact with the lye and less to worry about mixing into your Laundry Butter. I use distilled water in any product I made that requires water. It helps me have a great finished product that I can feel safe in sharing with my customers and especially my family.

Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. While it is a salt of boric acid it is NOT BORIC ACID! Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water. Borax has a wide variety of uses. Some include being used as a component in many detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. This Wellness Mama Blog post shares a lot more on Borax and its safety. Bottom Line, Borax helps give us whiter clothes and also helps with hard water issues.

Washing Soda is also known as sodium carbonate. It is a salt of carbonic acid, a chemical that produces a wide range of salts known as carbonates. In laundry, washing soda accomplishes several things. The high alkalinity of washing soda helps it act as a solvent to remove a range of stains, and unlike bleach, washing soda does not usually stain. It is also used in detergent mixtures to treat hard water; the washing soda binds to the minerals which make water hard, allowing detergent to foam properly so that clothing will come out clean, without any residue.

Make Your Own Washing Soda

Bake 1 Cup of Baking soda at 350 degrees for 30 Mins

When baking soda is heated above a certain temperature, its chemical structure changes. When heated, the baking soda decomposes, or undergoes a dehydration process, and loses its hydrogen molecule, leaving behind washing soda, water, and carbon dioxide.

Towards the end of the Laundry Butter process before you whip it, you can also add an essential oil or fragrance. I don’t add any fragrance or essential oil because I don’t find that the scent lasts through the wash and drying. I also try and keep things really simple when it comes to anything that comes in contact with my son’s skin.

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All you need is ONE tablespoon per load of laundry. That is IT, I promise. Of course if you have really soiled clothes you could throw in another scoop. This Laundry Butter works great in Bottom and Top loading machines. Don’t look for lots of suds with this soap. It is not meant to bubble but to CLEAN! That is what makes it so perfect for any type of machine. Yes you can use it in HE machines! Add your tablespoon of Butter to the machine after you have added your clothes, it dissolves in warm and cold water, but does dissolve best in warm water.

I never planned to sell my Laundry Butter, I just wanted something more economical and effective for my families clothes. After the Release of My Rainbow Baby line of products, I realized how much Cloth Diapering parent’s needed a reliable detergent. Any parent really, but cloth diapers need a little extra attention. I love that I can now offer this as part of the Rainbow Baby line, of course this is great for ANYONE!

On my Coconut Oil Soap video I got a request to show how Stain Sticks are used. I did a small demo in the video on YouTube, but here are a few pictures. The Stain Sticks are great for using on stubborn stains prior to throwing the clothes in the wash. Homemade Laundry Butter and Stain Sticks just go hand in hand.   IMG_3616IMG_3619IMG_3617IMG_3620 Dawn from Custer Cottage shared the recipe that I use. It was shared with us soapers by ANOTHER sweet soaper Miki. I am grateful to Miki for sharing and allowing us to not only make this recipe but share it with our customers as well. If you would like to try out this recipe, but don’t want to fuss around with soap safety and lye, I will have my 100% Coconut Oil Soap available in my shop. Pre-Shredded in 6oz packages ready for you to try your first batch. I will also include the recipe. If you just don’t want to bother making it at all (Even I have those days 🙂 ) I also have my Laundry Butter available in 1 quart Tubs.

If you are visual, Like I am make sure you watch the entire series on Coconut Oil soaps and how to make the Laundry Butter so you can make your own.

Stay tuned, next week we will be making liquid coconut oil soap for cleaning around the house!

Leave me a comment and tell me, do you make any of your own Household cleaning items?

Be Blessed

Astarie

 

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Bible Journaling |Heaven Is Calling 1 Samuel 1:1-20 http://astariedennis.com/bible-journaling-heaven-is-calling-1-samuel-11-20/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:25:31 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=446 This year I have committed to more Bible journaling. I want to take time to dig deep into God’s word and Steep in it. Many times we read the Word but don’t really allow it to sink in. What I love about Bible Journaling is that it gives me a chance to not only express what I am gaining from a passage of scripture, but also sit on that word as I Journal about it in my Bible.

Bible journaling is basically using whatever artistic form you’d like to visually convey what you have learned from a verse or verses of scripture. Something that stands out to you. I started out with a basic King James Version Bible that I had for years, but over Christmas my husband gifted me a brand new KJV Journaling Bible. What is so great about Bibles made for Journaling is that they come with a blank or lined margin on either side of every page. Space for whatever notes you’d like to put in. Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling Challenge

This week I participated in Rebecka R Jones’s Bible Art Journaling Challenge for 2016. She shared a weekly challenge last year and I plan to take on a few of those this year as well. For 2016 Rebecka is doing a Monthly challenge this past weekend she shared her first one. The verses that she journaled about were in 1 Samuel 1:1-20:

 

Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:

2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.

And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:

But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.

And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.

And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.

10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.

11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.

13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.

20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.

In this story, we see a woman who was pleading to God for a child. We see God answer her prayer. If you continue to read on in 1 Samuel, not only did have 1 child she was blessed with 5 more children after Samuel. We serve a GOOD GOD! He desires to answer our prayers, we just have to let Him. Hanna offered the child God blessed her with to Him, and she made good on her promise. This story touches me very closely because my husband and I have been struggling with infertility for almost 5 years now, we suffered a loss last year, but we refuse to give up hoping in a GOOD GOD. He is able to answer our prayers and He has all the power to do so. This story only helps my hope grow stronger, but I also gained even more from this, I know that no matter the outcome God is still Good and He will only give me His best. Maybe a child isn’t in His plan for us, it will be hard, but I can keep my hope set on a Good God and know He will keep me.

Bible Journaling

For this Challenge, Rebecka did some painting with a plastic card and stamped over the color. I did a similar technique with some Micheal’s acrylic paint. I used an old ER room key. I love using the paints in the Bible because of the bold color, but it doesn’t bleed and doesn’t take forever to dry. I used my Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad to stamp “Set Your Hope on a GOOD GOD” I am using an alpha stamp set from Micheal’s it had no name, but any alphabet set would work. What I liked about this set was it had upper and lowercase letters, so I was able to make Hope, and God stand out even more.

Bible Journaling

I used some metallic paint for the green and then went back in with a blue and purple metallic paint over the matte ones I had used originally, next time I think I will stick with the matte paint for stamping over, I feel like the ink just sits on top of the page instead of sinking in more. I believe that is because the paint dries with a glossy finish. Also since I added even more paint some of the words under the blue are hard to read. Not impossible, but a little difficult in some places

Bible Journaling

All in all I like how it turned out. I love how Bible journaling doesn’t have to be “perfect.” It is your worship with and for God.  Whenever I come to this page, I will be reminded to set my Hope on my Good God, in all things. I pray I will be blessed enough to come back and journal the page on the other side of this page where Hanna tells The priest: “for this child I prayed.”

Watch how this Bible Journaling page came together for me:

Read this passage for yourself and tell me how you can set your hope on a GOOD GOD and I’ll see you next Sunday with another Bible journaling entry.

Be Blessed,

Astarie

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Coconut Oil Soap |The Super Cleaner Part 1 http://astariedennis.com/coconut-oil-soap/ http://astariedennis.com/coconut-oil-soap/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:30:07 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=433 Coconut Oil Soap |The Super Cleaner

Ever since I timidly walked into my local home improvement store and searched out my first container of lye, I have loved making soap. I have tried all sorts of recipes from simple olive, coconut and castor oil, to one where all I use is my stick blender to complete the soaponification process. Out of all my soaps, coconut oil soap is definitely in my top 3.

Why do I love it so much? Coconut Oil Soap is an Anomaly. It is supposed to act a certain way in soap scientifically, but it does what it wants and becomes this amazingly bubbly cleaner when placed in the right conditions. We’ll talk more about that a  little later in this post. Since I love coconut in soap so much, I am dedicating the next few weeks here on the blog and on YouTube to all things coconut oil. I’ve already posted Parts 1 and 2 where I showed how I make 100% Coconut Oil Soap for Laundry Butter and use in Homemade laundry soap recipes.  I posted Part 1 of making Laundry Butter as well. Let’s talk about what makes Coconut Oil so great in the first place.

Coconut oil comes from the ripe coconut fruit of the coconut palm tree. The oil is extracted in one of two way: wet or dry.

DRY:

  • the meat is extracted from the shell and dried using fire, sunlight, or kilns to create copra.
  • The copra is dissolved with solvents, producing the coconut oil and a high-protein, high-fiber mash.

WET

  • uses raw coconut rather than dried copra.
  • the protein in the coconut creates an emulsion of oil and water.
  • centrifuges and pre-treatments including cold, heat, acids, salts, enzymes, electrolysis, shock waves are then used to extract the oil from the emulsion.

 

Coconut Oil can fall into a few different category types: 76 degree, 92 degree, Fractionated, Virgin. For most soap making purposes I use 76 degree coconut oil. This oil is non-hydrogenated and melts at temperatures over 76 degrees. 92 degree coconut oil is hydrogenated and melts at 92 degrees (there is even a 102 degree classification of coconut oil) If you’d like to learn even more about Coconut Oil classifications head over to this post by Quality First International, they break down all the types of coconut oil and the ways they are produced.

As with all oil and fats used in soaps, coconut oil has a make up of fatty acids that need to be taken into consideration when being used in a recipe.

Lauric 39-54%
Myristic 15-23%
Palmitic 6-11%
Capric 6%
Oleic 4-11%
Stearic 1-4%
Linoleic 1-2%

Now I am not a science person, Kenna, over at Modern Soapmaking breaks down what each of these means much better than I ever could 🙂 (If you plan on becoming a great soapmaker, I’d definitely suggest checking her blog out, she shares AMAZING information that will help you make not only pretty looking soap, but safe and effective soap as well.)

Basically coconut oil will produce a hard bar of soap with nice fluffy bubbles of lather. This oil even lathers in salt water.

In soap making, 100% Coconut Oil Soap is one of the easiest types of soaps to make.  Normally it is advised not use coconut oil as more than 30% of your soaping oils because it breaks up oil and grease se well, that it can be drying and stripping to the skin. But if you don’t mind being a little rebellious you can get around that rule. By using a superfat of 20% (which means your use 20% more oil than the lye can change to soap) your are left with a luxury bar that is FAR from drying. more coconut oil than the lye can convert to soap, you end up with a luxurious body bar. What makes it so great is that coconut oil has a long shelf life, no worries of your soap going rancid from all of the extra unsoaponified oils. You can also use supperfatting to make a bar or liquid soap that is perfect for laundry and household cleaning. By Superfatting at 0% or not allowing for any oil to be left over after soaponification, you are left with a bar that is a powerful grease fighter and stain remover. Coconut oil soapThis oil really is an anomaly of soapmaking oils: It breaks usage rules, superfatting rules, it even breaks the rules of salt killing bubbles. As the weeks progress we will use this oil in a number of different ways, demonstrating some of these very ideas. We will finish our Laundry Butter made with coconut oil soap superfatted at 0%, Liquid cleaning soap, a Sea Salt Bar that is reminiscent of a spa-like experience and a 100% Coconut Oil soap that is superfatted at 20%. Coconut Milk might even make an appearance along the line. Friday  I will be sharing Part Two of making my Laundry Butter Video and even more about the amazing cleaner that is coconut oil soap.

Make sure you watch the first two videos in this coconut oil series Here.

Be Blessed

Astarie

 

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Valentines Day Cards!! http://astariedennis.com/valentines-day-cards/ http://astariedennis.com/valentines-day-cards/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:23 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=424 Valentines Day Cards are probably my favorite cards to make.

I mean, who doesn’t LOVE, love? 🙂 X’s and O’s, red pink and white, hearts and Cupid?  Yep, Valentines Day Cards are definitely my favorite!

I wanted to showcase a few of the Valentines Day cards I have made for this years holiday. These will be available in my shop at the end of the day. ( If you are more of a Do-It-Yourselfer, Check out this post for a card tutorial I did for Mother’s Day last year)

When it comes to card making, I am a simple kind of girl. I tend to stick to an simple A2 size card bases (4.25 by 5.50 inches) and only a few layers of embellishments. While I LOVE the gorgeous cards I see created (check out this beautiful card and this one) by other super talented paper crafters, my sweet spot is more Clean and Simple. Valentines Day Cards

These cute Penguins are one of my favorite cards. I gave a similar one to my Husband a couple years ago. It uses one of my favorite color combos Red, Black and White, and the funniest little sentiment. The Stamps are An Inkadinkado Stamp Set called “Animal Hearts”. I colored in the hearts with a red sharpie marker and added Glossy Accents to the hearts. I also kept it simple with the embellishments. Just red Washi with white hearts and black Washi with White Polka Dots. I got both at either Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, I am so bad I keeping up with where I get everything from, but I will always try and let you know if I do remember or have a link.Valentines Day Cards

This card I made using lots of Kraft cardstock and a simple, but really cute ticket paper from an all occasions paper stack at Hobby Lobby. Kraft is a really fun cardstock to work with, it lend itself to both masculine and feminine cards it also works really well with lots of color combinations. My favorite Kraft paper is this one from Michael’s. It’s thick and holds up well as a card base. I have even cut it in my Silhouette Cameo and it help up very well. On this card I decided to finish the inside with a white layer and a small strip of the ticket paper on the bottom. I tend to leave my inside blank for the person sending the card to write their own sentiment, but sometimes I do jazz up the inside. Like the inside of this card

Valentines Day Cards

I did some negative space stamping around a die cut and stamped Happy Valentine’s Day with enough room to write your own sentiment.

Valentines Day Cards

I went a little more masculine with this one. With a chevron embossing and just a simple i heart u sentiment. The letters are glitter Thickers and the heart I stamped the same as the inside and cut out to place on the front. I really enjoy this Red, Black, and White theme!

And finally, I have this cute card perfect for that BFF of yours.Valentines Day Cards

This one has a white Card Base with Red and White pattern paper peeking through some die cut hears. My favorite part are the sequins! They are so shiny in person and add just a hint of bling.

Sometimes still shots just don’t do things justice so I recorded a quick walk though on my YouTube Channel. Watch below

So was your favorite Valentine you’ve ever received (so far) Let me know in the comments below!

Be Blessed,

Astarie

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Laundry Butter |YouTube Tuesday http://astariedennis.com/laundry-butter-youtube-tuesday/ http://astariedennis.com/laundry-butter-youtube-tuesday/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:18:23 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=231 I absolutely love Laundry Butter!

Not only is Laundry Butter economical, and effective. I can make it using my coconut oil soap that I made last week! I love being able to use my own products in even more products, especially in my home where I want to keep as many harmful chemicals away from my family as possible.

Laundry butter is a great alternative to typical laundry detergent. Its is creamy and fluffy like butter but one little tablespoon packs a powerful punch in a load of laundry! It is cloth diaper and HE machine safe. It does not cause lots of suds (which are a no-no for HE washers) and it washes away clean even in cold water.

Today’s video is only half of the process. I realized after the last step that I messed up my measurements. I had planned on doubling the batch, but only remembered to double the water. 🙁 Unfortunately I don’t know of a good way to save the batch without causing the borax to crystallize and be too hard to whip later so I had to remake the batch, not to worry it will still work out fine. (I will be doing a little more research between now and next week to see if I can find a solution before then, if so I will add that to next weeks’ video. ) I will show the next steps as well as more about Laundry Butter in next weeks video and blog post. Enjoy!

First here are a few pictures of the coconut oil soap:

Laundry Butter, Coconut Oil Soap IMG_3275 IMG_3274 IMG_3273 IMG_3276

They are such a simple, white soap, but so very pretty. One of my all time favorites to make. These are NOT good for skin though. Find out why here on Friday’s post, I will share more on 100% coconut oil soap, Laundry Butter and the next in our Coconut Oil line up.

Be Blessed,

Astarie

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Coconut Oil Laundry Soap |YouTube Tuesday http://astariedennis.com/coconut-oil-laundry-soap-and-stain-sticks-youtube-tuesday/ http://astariedennis.com/coconut-oil-laundry-soap-and-stain-sticks-youtube-tuesday/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:00:03 +0000 http://ladybugwrites.com/?p=221 100% Coconut Oil Laundry Soap is a powerhouse of cleaning! Almost a year ago I made this video showing how I made coconut oil soap as well as laundry butter. My camera wasn’t all that great nor the lighting, so I decided to remake this soap and recipe. The original recipe I got from Miki over on Facebook in her Facebook group. The group is closed so if you’d like more information on her process head over there and join!

This is going to be part 1 and I will share part 2 of making my own modified version of her laundry butter next Tuesday.

This time I cut my soap up into stain sticks, stay tuned later in the week I will share more about Coconut Oil Soap, Stain Sticks and why they are so great! Until then enjoy the video:

Be Blessed

Astarie

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