Summer means school’s out and many people are focused on finding activities and projects for their kids. That doesn’t mean adults should be left out of the fun! Summer should be fun for everyone, so we found the best summer crafts for adults to help you have fun all summer long. And you’ll fancy up your space at the same time. [Read more…]
Now that summer is here, you want to capture the beauty of summer flowers both inside and outside. So Sisters Know Best came up with 5 ways to display flowers that you are going to love! They add color to your home and create a great background and conversation piece for BBQs and backyard events. These crafty and creative flower displays will certainly capture attention. Consignment shops are a great place to find old bottles, metal and glass containers, or even clay pots. These beautiful containers can be “upcycled” to hold flowers in a variety of creative and ingenious ways. [Read more…]
Itchy, flaky dry skin. It makes me crazy! Eczema is a frustrating skin condition… and it’s tough to find good natural eczema treatments… I’m not a fan of chemical-based treatments. In general, eczema is a lack of oils and fats in your skin which causes it to become inflamed. The space between the skin cells becomes larger, which can allow bacteria and other irritants to enter more easily. Most soaps make this worse because they strip away the oils and lipids your skin normally produces. I normally use aloe vera to treat eczema that is out of control but the following are great ways to manage and try to avoid outbreaks.
Coconut, Jojoba and Shea Butter for Natural Eczema Treatments
This remedy is easy to make and store. Each of the ingredients on their own have been shown to help skin retain moisture. Combined, it makes a wonderful, powerful cream.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 tablespoons Shea butter
-2 tablespoons beeswax
-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
-4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
-Lavender essential oil (optional)
-Airtight tins or glass jars
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and jojoba until liquefied. Then coconut oil and stir until it is fully incorporated. Finally, lower the heat and add the Shea butter, stirring as it melts. Shea butter gets added last and at lower heat because a little more heat sensitive. It can also get grainy further along its shelf life. Pour the mixture into airtight glass jars and add a drop or two of lavender essential oil, if desired. Allow it to cool and cover for storage.
Apply liberally to affected areas as needed.
Oils don’t work for every eczema sufferer. Vegetable glycerin can be a great alternative in those cases. Food-grade vegetable glycerin is 99.7% pure. The remaining 0.3% is water. As you can imagine, this makes it ideal for restoring moisture to your skin and filling the gaps between skin cells. Start with a 1:1 ratio of water to vegetable glycerin. Blend them in a spray bottle and spritz on your skin as needed. Once you see how your skin reacts, you can play around with the ratios to find the right mix for your skin.
What other natural eczema treatments have helped you tame the itchy, inflamed skin? We’d love to pass them on to our readers!
Don’t let boredom get you – make some winter crafts! Being cooped up with the snow is pretty tough, especially for kids. The more cabin fever they get, the crazier they start to act. When all the usual indoor entertainment ideas have gotten boring, what’s a parent to do? Easy! Bring out the winter crafts! We love these fun ideas you can do with your kids. [Read more…]
At some point, we can all use a little more inspiration in our lives – a little happier, a little more zen. As crafters, we have a unique opportunity to use our creativity and craftiness to add those necessary elements to our environment and give them to others. If you need a little inspiration for your inspirational craft project, here’s some of our favorites.
Fall DIY projects are some of my favorite to round up! I love this time of year. Not sure if it’s the changing leaves or the crisp air that invigorates, but I LOVE this time of year. How about you? Do you like Fall? If yes, you will love these cute and easy fall DIY projects for indoors and out. [Read more…]
Ok. It’s not really a homemade bug dope. It’s more like a DIY salve or DIY balm. It’s super easy to make, it’s natural, and it works! [Read more…]
This garden gate collection was created because my garden needs a gate. This past summer we used sawhorses to keep out deer and moose. Prior to that I did have a gate that we had made from branches. It was pretty cool and worked, but it rotted. I can’t do another summer with sawhorses for a gate. Ok. I can, but I don’t want to.I live in the woods and want a gate preferably that we make. I love the twig and branch gates.
Do you guys remember our giant DIY ice marbles that we made last winter? They are so easy to make and they add such a fun touch to our railing out front. I can’t wait for the weather to get cold enough to do it again. BUT THIS TIME I’m going to have more purpose for them and turn some of them in to bird feeders! What a great idea from Twig and Toadstool! [Read more…]
Chaga grows on birch trees near my home in northern Maine and is not very attractive, but the health benefits of chaga are extremely attractive. I have heard it said that we will find in nature what we need to maintain or heal our health. I’ve also heard that the things that heal us resemble what they’re curing. [Read more…]
We’re so excited about this Thanksgiving Food Crafts Collection! Before we get to that, let’s have a little history lesson. An EASY history lesson!
In 1621, Thanksgiving was much different than it is today. Thanksgiving was a harvest shared between the new colonists and the Indians in America. It was a celebration of a successful harvest. Today we celebrate it in remembrance. It’s a festive time! The treats and crafts below are a great way to show our spirit! They are super easy to make! Take a look below and enjoy eating or making something. From Sisters Know Best to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Candy corn are the rage this Halloween season… at least in my household. We love Halloween and we love to decorate! Why not do it with one of favorite Halloween treats? This Candy Corn Mason Jar Craft is simple and affordable to make.
These Halloween Party Decorations will be super spooky and fun to make! First things first – do NOT eat the trees! There is a wire in them. (Gulp!) Everything else is edible. These are yummy and adorable Halloween centerpieces! The original post says they are not edible; however, it’s because of the black wire they used. Instead of black wire, I twisted my trees together and then used black electrical tape to tie it together. [Read more…]
Chris and I have been so excited about the fall foliage and making crafts with beautiful leaves. We challenged each other to come up with a new project to top last year’s Nicole Duke’s Leaf Roses. My project is a fall leaf candle holder using a canning jar, Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and leaves.
DIY fall crafts – they’re on my brain! Today, as I begin this article, it is the first day of autumn. It was an amazing summer but now as the air turns crisp and signs of Fall are everywhere, my mind is turning toward fall crafts. I know I’m not alone. I’ve been looking at Pinterest and Facebook for fresh and new ideas for crafts. Here are Sisters Know Best Top 5 Picks for DIY Fall Crafts: [Read more…]