DIY Handmade Lip Balm

DIY Handmade Lip Balm

As the Christmas season looms, it can sometimes be difficult to find unique gifts to give friends and family that won’t break your budget.

Well look not further!  This DIY tutorial is so easy, AND it’s super cost effective!!!

I am a HUGE lip balm person.  I’ve use lip balm for years and years.  You could say I am addicted.  I only like to use natural lip balms, with no artificial colours or flavours, or petroleum by products. I have wanted to try to make my own but it seemed so hard!  But how wrong I was!!

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Finger Knitting a Christmas Tree Card by Amanda's Woollen World

Finger Knitting a Christmas Tree Card by Amanda's Woollen World

It’s that time of year when we start seeing all the Christmas items pop up in the shops and my little 6 year old thinks Christmas is tomorrow!  She always wants to have some yarn on the go (like mother, like daughter) and like most little kids I know, she loves to make cards.  So we decided this year to combine her love of yarn and card making and to finger knit a Christmas tree this year and then make it into a Christmas Card.

This little project is suitable for 6 year old's upwards, or younger with adult assistance and is perfect for using up scraps of yarn.  We added a couple of decorations on to ours and I am sure that glitter will be added before the card is sent!

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Passion for your Product – A Small business start-up story
 “In These Moments”

Passion for your Product – A Small business start-up story
 “In These Moments”

Life, the day to day events involved with our working lives, our social lives and a little downtime. Well.. If you are like Susan and I and have children it’s working lives, family lives with a sprinkle of a social life and very little downtime! While it often feels like ground hog day we have so much to be thankful for. Especially living in Australia, where so much opportunity is out there if you have the motivation and persistence to work for it. 

Like many Aussie parents unfortunately Susan and I both have to work day jobs to make ends meet, mortgages, bills and all those delightful modern society expenses.

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Juliette ~ Felter Extraordinaire and only 7 years old!

Juliette ~ Felter Extraordinaire and only 7 years old!

We are unashamedly passionate about everything Australian Handmade and want to do everything we can to grow the Australian Handmade movement.  This includes encouraging the next generation of makers...the mini makers! We believe it is so important to foster kids creativity and passions. We are going to feature regularly on our blog, some amazingly talented kids and their creative work. 

Introducing our next talented Mini Maker, wet felter extraordinaire - Juliette!

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From Hairstylist to TopKnotQueen ~ Top 5 biz tips from Holly of TopKnotGirl

From Hairstylist to TopKnotQueen ~ Top 5 biz tips from Holly of TopKnotGirl

Hi, I'm Holly, former hairstylist (although I seem to continue to dabble in that!) turned entrepreneur + chief topknot maker at TopKnot Girl

I'm wife to Nathan + cool mama to William (6) and Poppy (3). 

I started TopKnot Girl in 2014 after discovering a market for functional, comfortable and on-trend headwear in a range of sizes and styles. 

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I Love This Shiz! – Lil Bit Better

I Love This Shiz! – Lil Bit Better

Who is a fan of house cleaning?  Anyone?  Anyone??!  Not many hands going up (mine certainly isn’t) are there?

I’ll tell you one of the reasons why I don’t like cleaning (other than the obvious fact that I’d rather be on the couch watching Girls or something).  It’s the harsh chemicals.  Chemicals and ingredients in traditional cleaning products can impact on the environment in numerous ways, such as the rate in which they break down (assuming they are biodegradable), how they impact our waterways and wildlife, and if they have any potential effects on the people that use them.  And it’s not only the effects that chemicals may on the environment, but the chemicals in commercial cleaning products often gave me really bad headaches and made my dermatitis flare up.

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Introducing our first Mini Maker!

Introducing our first Mini Maker!

We are so so excited to be able to bring you our very first featured Mini Maker!  We are unashamedly passionate about everything Australian Handmade and want to do everything we can to grow the Australian Handmade movement.  This includes encouraging the next generation of makers...the mini makers! We believe it is so important to foster kids creativity and passions. We are going to feature regularly on our blog, some amazingly talented kids and their creative work. 

 

Now onto our very first mini maker...we are proud to introduce you to Aleera!

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The person behind a handmade business – ‘The Maker’

The person behind a handmade business – ‘The Maker’

When I started this journey almost 5 years ago, I didn’t know where it would lead me.

 

I have always loved handmade or artisan made items.  I loved that I held something that was often made by one person, it had that person’s imprint on it, it was unique and made in small batches.  I had something special in my hands and that made me feel special!

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