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Handmade 2012

Over Queens Birthday Weekend this year I attended an event called “Handmade 2011”. This event was held in Wellington. It was a fantastic weekend and I treated myself to two lectures and three classes. Tomorrow the programme for “Handmade 2012” is being released. I would highly recommend this weekend to those that want to try something new, or improve some skills in something particular, or just have a girly get away with friends.

Below is my review of this years event that I posted on my other blog back in June.

Handmade 2011 was awesome, I enjoyed my day and look forward to seeing what events will be on the calendar next year. The lectures I found useful and informative.  Sue was fantastic and helpful and Helena and Wendy were also very informative. What I realised from both sessions is that there are so many people out there only too willing to help share their knowledge, tips to help you on your creative journey. These ladies proved this.

My first class was with the awesome Jo Pearson! Jo was a fantastic tutor and did a great job sharing her love and passion of all things treasured and on top of that she makes lots of lovely things that she sells at Craft 2.0. Jo showed us how to make a brooch and bracelet from fabric scraps. The base of my bracelet was a preserving green screw band as seen in this photo on the Perfit site. This bracelet gives a new meaning to the words upcycling. I ran out of time to put my brooch together and when I can find where I put my hot glue gun I can assemble my brooch. I loved Jo’s class for the simple reason that you can create something with meaning from the bits and bobs you collect.  You are only limited by your imagination.

My second class was an interactive demo, with the fantastic Anna. She showed us that you can preserve using small amounts of produce in your kitchen. Anna provided useful tips and advice. During the session we helped to make and taste a Ginger and Feijoa jam, a ginger and lemon cordial and a dukkah infused oil. These all tasted great and we got to come away with a little sample. I really enjoyed this session and I am now keen to give preserving a go.

My last class was soap making. Whilst I have dabbled with melt and pour soap making I was never a fan of making soap, the main reason being a lack of confidence with using  caustic soda. After seeing this session with Gina from Soapcraft I feel more confident to have a go at proper soap making in the future. I came away with tips and advice and a fail proof recipe which can be used. During the session Gina made two soaps of which we got to bring a sample home. The bottom was a lavender soap and the layer on top was a Neroli and raw silk infused into lye with aubergine mica. The interesting thing was the soap turned brown and within 24 hours the colour changed again to a pale caramel colour, whilst the lavender soap remained cream in colour. I unmolded the soap today and the smells are divine, but I will leave it to cure for six weeks before using.

Such a fantastic day that I would highly recommend to all who might be interested in attending next year. I completed my classes in one day but given the timetable you could have easily spread some of them over the two days.

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Toothpaste Powder

Around October 2009 I made my first toothpaste powder in a class. I must admit I was skeptical about trying it. It took me a few weeks to adjust from using a commercially made product to a powder. After a few weeks I found I preferred the powder to a tube toothpaste. Since then I have used  toothpaste powder.

I introduced the hubby to using the toothpaste powder towards the middle of last year and he loves it. Recently we had both run out of powder and had to use toothpaste, I was struck at how artificial it tasted and I was left with a funny texture in my mouth.


1 Tbspn Baking Soda

½ tsp Stevia Powder

½ tsp Calcium Carbonate

2-3 drops of Spearmint or Peppermint essential oil

4-5 drops Tincture of Myrrh

To Make:

1.        Measure out the baking soda into a clean bowl.

2.       Using the back of your spoon blend the lumps out of your baking soda.

3.       Add the Stevia, Calcium Carbonate to the Baking Soda mixture.

4.       Use the back of your spoon to blend the powders into the Baking Soda.

5.       Add your essential oil and blend into the mixture with the back of your spoon.

6.       Lastly add the tincture of Myrrh and blend in.

7.       Place your mixture into a clean glass jar.

To use your toothpaste powder:

  • Wet your tooth-brush with water so it is damp.
  • Dip your toothbrush into your container and coat the brush with powder.
  • Brush teeth as usual.


  • This mixture makes enough for one person to use for a few brushes.
  • You can triple the recipe and place the mixture into a bigger jar and then full up your small jar when running low.
  • If you want to make this for other people in your household, make sure each person has their own jar, and place sticky labels with each persons name on their jar.
  • Baking Soda – kills the bacteria in the mouth and whitens the teeth.
  • Tincture of Myrrh – good for calming gum inflammation.
  • Stevia Powder – inhibits the growth and reproduction of bacteria in the mouth.
  • Spearmint/Peppermint essential oil – for flavour and leaves your mouth smelling nice.
  • Calcium Carbonate – destroys the acidic environment that the tooth decay bacteria likes.

Changing from your regular toothpaste to a toothpaste powder may take some getting used to. Persist with using the powder for a couple of weeks and before you know it you will wonder why you weren’t using this sooner.

Disclaimer: I can’t guarantee that this will prevent tooth decay.

If you would like the chance to try toothpaste powder, leave a comment before April 5 and you will go in a draw to win a small sample.

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Blogging Transmission will resume soon

Life has gotten in the way the last few months and as a result this blog has been neglected. However Blogging Transmission will resume soon. Tomorrow I have a toothpaste recipe to share with you.

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And the winner is

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Congrats Michele from Dunners you won the After Suncare Spray 🙂 I will pop that in the post to you next week.  A big “Thank You” to Kimmie, Julie and Debs for taking part.

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After Sun Care Spray

When I was a younger a tan was the only accessory a girl wanted. So of course I got burnt several times as a teenager. Now during this time I tried several remedies to deal with the pain and heat of sunburn. From halving a tomato and rubbing over the effected area to making a cup of tea and steeping the cold teabags and then applying over effected area. To having a bath in apple cider vinegar. I was also known to apply an aloe vera gel leaf to the affected areas. While all these remedies worked. I found myself in the last few years resorting to buying products of the shelf that claimed to give similar effects to the above remedies.  On reflection I have discovered that some of the products that I purchased were not really as natural as I had thought they were.

I believe that everyone should have an after sun care spray in their Summer First Aid Kit. Last month as part of my last assignment I decided to create my own. I did some research of what would be good for sunburn and created the recipe below. I have since used this spray after I discovered some redness from the sun. While this spray wont make your sunburn disappear it will aid in taking some of the heat out of the affected areas and offer some relief

After Sun Care Spray


1/2 Cup Distilled Water, 1/4 CUp Witch Hazel, 1/4 Cup ALoe Vera Gel

14 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 4 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil


Mix the Aloe Vera Gel, Witch Hazel and distilled water and stir until combined.

Add Essential oils, stir and then place spray into a spray bottle.

Shake well before using.

Spray and gently rub onto affected areas.

Apply several times.

Would like a chance to win a bottle of After Sun Care Spray?  All you have to do is post the “Steeped in Beautea” link on either your Facebook Page or Blog. Then come back and leave a comment with where you posted your link, and you are in the draw. It’s that simple. This will drawn next Friday by using the random generator.

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Welcome to Steeped in Beautea

Welcome to Steeped in Beautea. On this blog you will find information, tips and recipes on how you can create your own bath and body products.  In 2011 I will be offering workshops and giving you the opportunity to create your own bath and body products. Watch this space for more information on these workshops in the next wee while.

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