28 Jun 2011, 12:51am
$30 Cost Crochet Tutorials
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Crochet Baby Poncho

Guess what time it is?!  That’s right, crochet time!
I have another AMAZING tutorial to pass on to you.  Believe it or not, this was my FIRST attempt at it.  Pardon me for being so exhuberant…it has to do with the fact that this project turned out so cool!

I have a bad habit of browsing crochet patterns on YouTube.  I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not, but I am a visual learner.  That means I stink at reading patterns, but show me how to make it and it’s stuck in my head for weeks.  My current favorite teacher is Clare.  She is Australian and a pro at crocheting.  I have no trouble keeping up with her instructions and am even considering trying my hand at a baby sweater I saw on her site.  GASP!  Also, she has tutorials on how to do even the most basic stitch.  Great for beginners to advanced crocheters.

First I’ll show you MY poncho.  Or more aptly, my baby’s poncho.

TADA!  I replaced the crocheted tie with a ribbon.  My favorite part; the scalloped edge.  It looks so professional to me!

Want to see it on the cutest model ever?

Such a little poser…or model…hmm?

This is her, “What do you mean I’m not allowed to yank on the poncho?  It’s on my body.”

Oh, and that AWESOME (cough, cough) chair in the background is my husband’s…in case you were wondering.

Now, for the tutorial links!

The pattern is split up into six videos.  I definitely recommend watching all six before beginning this project.  The last two are dedicated to how to enlarge the poncho to fit any size.  I had to make mine bigger simply because I was using my G hook and my Cascade Pacific yarn.  Oh, by the way, I’m going yarn shopping this week!  I’ll make sure to let you in on my purchases at the end of the week!

Here is video 1.

Here is video 2.

Here is video 3.

Here is video 4.

Here is video 5.

Here is video 6.

Cost:  Free! I already had all of the supplies on hand due to past  projects.  If you count that as cheating then I’ll price things as if you were purchasing them for the first time.

Crochet Hook (size G): $5.99 (I think…)
Yarn: $6.50 per color =  $19.50 (can use as few as one color)
Ribbon:  Too old to know the cost…I’ve had it for a long time.  Also, it is not required.

Total:  $25.49. Not bad for something to keep your baby warm…or yourself…or a doll…husband…friend…the possibilities are endless!

2 Mar 2011, 5:36pm
$30 Cost Pampering Tutorials
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All Natural Sugar Scrub

I came across a very enticing sugar scrub recipe in a natural parenting magazine a while ago and decided to give it a try.  The ingredients were easily available, not expensive, and the directions were super simple.   It was a near disaster!  The recipe was on an advertisement for organic sugar, and I’m not sure if they tried the recipe out themselves, but I couldn’t believe just how wrong it was!  Too much Canola oil meant your hands felt greasy and not enough essential oil meant no scent other than that of the Canola oil.  So I tweaked it and voila, delicious sugar scrub ready for your hands and feet!

Recipe:
1 – 1 1/2 cups Organic Sugar (or regular sugar)
1/2 – 3/4 cup Canola Oil (start with 1/2 and work your way up)
About 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
10 drops essential oil…or more depending on how scented you want it.
1 16 oz jar

To Assemble:

I used 8 oz jars because I was making these as gifts so 2 8oz = 1 16 oz
The essential oils I used were Sweet Orange and Vanilla and I mixed equal parts to create a creamsicle scent that is out of this world!

Step 1:  Combine all ingredients

This is what your mixture should look like when all ingredients are combined.  The tricky part is getting the ratio of oil to sugar correct…and enough essential oil to make the scent right.  So start with the amounts I list, and add more of each until you get a mostly sugar mixture with a bit of oil floating on the top.

Step 2:  Scoop mixture into jar.

I really like mason jars because they’re easily reusable and they look neat as well.  I picked these up at my local Walmart.

That’s it!  As I mentioned above, I made these as gifts in a swag bag for a girls Oscar night I was hosting at my house.

What more could a woman ask for?  Sugar scrub, bath bomb, candle, chocolate…what a relaxing bath that would be!

You could always dress the sugar scrub up with pretty ribbon or custom tags, but I was trying to keep it as budget friendly as possible!

Cost:  This all depends on what you have on hand.  It could be as cheap as free because you already have all of these on hand, or it could cost you as much as….

Jars:  1 – 4 pack mason jars – $3.95
Vitamin E Oil – $6.99
Essential Oils (multi-pack) – $19.99
Organic Sugar – $7.99
Canola Oil – free (already had on hand)

Total:   $38.92         This total is for all ingredients.  I did not use the entire amount of any of these ingredients so the total does not reflect per jar, just per supply.  I do not possess the math skills                                               to determine what the total cost per jar would be.