Monday, August 6, 2012

A Gift for Grandma (Homemade/DIY Lavender Bath Goodies)


It's been slow on the blog lately as my mom has been in town for Caterpillar's 1st birthday. Plus, her birthday was 3 days before his, so we got to celebrate her birthday too! Wild Thing has loved all the birthday excitement - this morning when he saw this photo of his birthday he started spontaneously singing his own version of a birthday song, and then asked for cake for breakfast. (We had pancakes instead).


For G-Ma, we made a card by recycling a birthday card my grandmother had sent me and some other cards that were cut up and glued on to the original card. We then made a Lavender Body Scrub and a couple of Lavender Oat mixes for the bath tub. 

For the lavender body scrub, we mixed: 
1/3 cup sea salt (epsom salt would also work)
5 TBS olive oil
6 squirts (an important unit of measurement    according to Wild Thing) of Dr. Bronner's Lavender Pure Castile Soap (Lavender Oil would work, but it cost about $12 for the small bottle, while Dr. Bonner's was $3, so I bought it instead)
7-8 buds from Lavender flowers (pulled off the stem)
1-2 sprigs of rosemary (pulled off the stem)

Lavender salt scrub mix


We also made 2 different Lavender-Oat Bath Options. For the first we used: 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 1 tsp cornmeal and buds from about 10 lavender flowers. For the second we used: 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 bag of chamomille tea (just the chamomille - we cut open the bag and dumped in the contents in the bowl), about 3 sprigs of rosemary and 7-10 springs of lavender (buds only of course). Wild Thing also decided to add a few shakes of salt. 


We put the different mixtures in glass containers that we had and then added ribbons and contact paper covered with lavender buds (I didn't get a photo after we decorated the jars). After we finished the official gifts, Wild Thing had fun mixing up some more ingredients while I washed dishes!



He also took some photos himself during the process -- this is his photo of the lavender and rosemary. 

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10 comments:

  1. What a lucky grandma with such wonderfully scented presents made by her own grandchild!

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  2. how darling is that! handmade gifts are the best... especially the ones made by little hands! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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  3. What a great idea for handmade gifts! Educational for the kids and fun for Grandma.

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  4. That looks fun. I've been wanting to try this and making soap too. I'll bet Grandma was happy!

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  5. What a brilliant idea for a present. We have loads of lavender this year. I must use it!

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  6. I think your ideas about gifts are different and interesting to use it.

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  7. Very nice I love handmade gifts. Visiting from the Bowdabra Blog link party! :-)

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  8. Love gifts that are handmade!

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  10. Oooh this looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Lucky grandma.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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