Gingerbread Cookie Body Scrub Recipe + Printable Labels

gingerbread cookie body scrub recipe

Are you thinking about Christmas, and shopping, making or baking yet?

I know that Halloween is just under two weeks away, but I am already kicking my gift making into
high gear.  Otherwise, well, you know.  It will be a mad dash to finish everything at the last minute
and that’s no fun at all! I make as many of my DIY Christmas gifts ahead of time as possible, and
try to leave as much time as possible for concerts, cookie baking, and some shopping too for the
last few weeks before Christmas.  If you need an easy gift idea that is easy on the budget, gorgeous,
and people love to receive, body scrubs are on the top of this list.

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twelveOeight’s BEST DIY Projects of 2013


There may still be a list of things to be done around our home (it would help if we all
didn’t keep thinking of new things right?) but I had a blast seeing how far we have
come in just a year.

You are the reason, by the way.
I can sand and paint, glue and create.
But what makes writing, and working, and creating all year so amazing is you.
I try to come up with ideas that are easy on the budget, and show you exactly how
I did it.  And you are fabulous about telling me what you like, asking awesome
questions (y’all keep me on my toes!) and pushing me forward to continue to make
twelveOeight a fun place for us to create, cook and party together every week.

So, here are some of our most popular DIY posts of the year:

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How To Make Your Own Honey Sugar Body Scrub

Few things in life feel as wonderful
as a little pampering.

With Summer getting closer all the time, sandal and
sundress weather will be upon us before we know it.
I cannot wait to soak up some sunshine, and enjoy
as much time as I can outside during the warm months.

But after a long, rainy winter, my skin needs some
serious help.
Am I the only one who waits until it’s shorts and
flip-flop weather to realize my skin and nails
are in need of an intervention?

Not only is it great for the spirit to pamper yourself,

but it is good for our skin as well.
And, making a few homemade spa treatments
are a thrifty splurge we can treat
ourselves to any time.  Homemade beauty
treatments also make a wonderful gift for a
friend, or thoughtful Bridesmaids gift too.

(I love to follow up with a great dry skin moisturizer)
you can find my recipe for homemade body butter here.

Honey Sugar Scrub 
Supplies needed:
Brown Sugar, oil, honey & almond extract

Fill a large Mason Jar half full with light brown sugar

3 T. honey
10-12 T. carrier oil (such as walnut oil, almond oil,
or even a good canola oil is great too!)
1 t. almond extract

Blend well (oil will naturally separate upon standing for a while)
and store in a sealed jar or container.
Honey Sugar Scrub can be used for your skin and for
lips as a gentle and moisturizing exfoliant.

Thank you so much for reading friend, I look forward
to seeing you Monday night for another 
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amazing talent!!


DIY Gifts Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching!
I didn’t need to go any further than your amazing links 
every week to the Pretty Things Party for inspiration. 
Page after page of the most beautiful, creative projects
that any Mom would love to receive!
So, let’s check out some beautiful DIY gift ideas for Mom!!

Ann Marie shared her gorgeous wreath
 Decorate Me Diana made this pretty gold dipped vase
 Living Rich On Less shared a super cute DIY Rosette Necklace
The DIY Dreamer shows us how to make
these pretty Tea Bag Wrappers
Posed Perfection made these pretty Boutique Dishtowels
 Queen B Creative Me made this lovely T-Shirt Hoop Art
 My Love 2 Create made this wonderful DIY Wooden Crate
 Create Inspire Me turned old drawers into lovely Planter Boxes
VMG206 made these great Tile Photo Coasters
 And if Mom likes hand and body scrub, 
from simple kitchen ingredients
Now I have so many ideas I may have to make the wonderful Mama’s in my
life a few things since I cannot pick just one!
Do you have any traditions or plans for this Mother’s Day? Or do you prefer
to spend it more low key and relaxed?
I am not sure what we are doing yet, but it always includes spending time
with the people we love.
Hugs to you friend, have a blessed day!

Chalkboard Labels, Book Pages, And A Glitter Filled 2012

Can you believe it is almost 2013?? It has been an amazing year, I have loved getting to know you and making stuff together.  My little ones are getting so big, and my eldest turned 21 this year.  Time is so precious, I am so thankful for the time I am able to spend with those I love.  I am not sure I really have a New Year’s Resolution, but if I did it would be to cherish the time I have with family, friends, and to create.  And create we have in 2012, here is a roundup of some of your favorite things we made this year here at twelveOeight, I am looking forward to an amazing 2013. 
Don’t forget to kick off the New Year with me at our first pretty things Link Party on January 1st.  Not only will we party like it’s 2013, but I have a fabulous Ramsign giveaway!!!
One of my favorite posts (and yours) was a quick and easy tutorial on how I make chalkboard labels. 
How To Make Chalkboard Labels

Another favorite was shared in December, My Favorite Eggnog Bread.  Even those who don’t usually like eggnog seem to love this moist, rich cake-like bread.  I am making another batch for the New Year…

My Favorite Eggnog Bread

Homemade Body Scrubs make an economical and lovely gift, I think I will be making more for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day this year…

I was able to finally give my old paint-laden card table a proper makeover this year.  For the first time I am excited to use it for extra seating and not embarrassed to bring it out, and you loved it too!

Card Table Makeover

We used a lot of Dollar Store treasures for crafts this year, one of my favorite’s was the wreath I made out of a pool-noodle.  We made a few of these this year, but the Christmas Wreath was a reader favorite.  Don’t you love saving money and making something fun?!

In September I shared my Dollar Store DIY Chevron Doormat, gotta love a super easy project and a little chevron for the front doorstep never hurt anyone…
 Most of us love sparkle and glitter year round, and in December I shared how I turned a simple recycled pickle jar into a holiday luminary with two simple ingredients…
A few book page leaves and a grapevine wreath came together to make a winter wreath that I can use all thru the holidays into later winter.  I have so enjoyed this sparkly, shabby wreath…

 Book Page Wreath

It has been almost a year since I made this sunburst mirror for my living room, she will be moving upstairs to the master bedroom soon as I am making over my mantel in January. 

DIY Modern Mirror

One of my other favorite projects were some simple and thrifty ideas on gift wrapping.  Bags, boxes and bows can add quite a bit to the cost of a gift, sometimes a lovely and creative wrap makes the gift even more special…

Pretty Gift Wrap

Thank you again for your ideas, kind words, encouragement and faithful reading of this little blog of mine.  Not only is it a wonderful creative outlet, but I have so enjoyed getting to know so many of you this year.  I am really excited about 2013!

Make sure you mark your calendar to come by and see what everyone has been up to, and link up your amazing  projects! I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store, blessing and hugs to you friend

xoxo, Tanya

How To Make Warm Vanilla Body Scrub

 Have you ever wanted to make your own beauty products but worried they may not turn out? I am going to share my favorite body scrub recipe with you, and I promise you will like it.  Sometimes I like to make a floral or citrus for spring and summer, but for winter only warm fragrances make me feel cozy and wonderful.  Not only is this super easy to make, it is very inexpensive and looks beautiful in a jar with a little label for a homemade gift. 
Let’s make something luxurious that will make all of the gals (and you) in your life feel pampered and fabulous!
How To Make Warm Vanilla Body Scrub:
16 oz Epsom Salt (no fragrance)
 3/4 cup carrier oil (safflower oil/kitchen oil works well and is inexpensive)
3 t. vanilla extract
Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl and fill two 8 ounce Mason jars, seal and be prepared to make more upon request!  Alternatively table salt or sugar can be used, however I prefer to use Epsom salt for a few reasons: sugar can irritate someone with candida issues, Epsom salt is great for muscle pain and tension, and it is more course than table salt.
So there you have it, let me know if you make this and love it.
I cannot stop walking by and smelling it.  Maybe it’s time to make some muffins or something!!
Thank you for reading and creating with me, hugs & blessings to you and your family

xoxo, Tanya


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