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Tuesday’s Tip: Routines make your life easier

Okay, I know some of you read that title and are thinking, well duh! Then there’s probably a few who do just fine with a different schedule every day.

For those of you who are like me, you’re thinking YES, but how do I get started? The one thing that has helped me get on track is following Flylady’s plan for setting up workable routines. I’ve found that even if I just do a simple morning and before bed routine a la Flylady I can get more accomplished than I do working all day at it without the routines.

I must admit that I have fallen out of the habits of late, but I am slowly working my way back. The difference in just a weeks time is amazing.

If you’re like me and need a little push to add simple routines to your life, then you really should take a few minutes to visit http://www.flylady.net/ All the information you need to get started is right there on the website, so there’s no excuse to wait.

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More Craft Fair Tips?

I got some great tips last week for my first craft fair. I also got some responses from other craft fair newbies who were looking for tips themselves. So, to benefit everyone, next weeks Thursday posting will be a compilation of the best tips I receive.

If you have any you’d like to share, please comment here with them, or email them to me at csloan AT subearthancottage DOT com. Be sure to include the name or username you’d like the tip to be credited to. You may also give me a link to your blog, website or shop to include with the tip.

Thanks!

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Tuesday’s Tip: Whiten soap naturally


Today’s tip comes from my own observations. In other words, it works for me, but please don’t hunt me down if it doesn’t work for you. 🙂

If you want your hot process soap to look whiter, use Sunflower oil as one of your base ingredients. It whitens the final bar without using titanium dioxide.

Sunflower oil also has a tendency to volcano, so I limit the amount used to 25% or less.

Here’s my Red Tea Lychee soap, my latest creation where I used this technique to whiten:
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Tuesday’s Tip: Cutting Fabric

Today we have the first in a series of tips. I’m sure this isn’t news to many, but since I haven’t been sewing very long, I’m still learning all the shortcuts. In other words, please don’t laugh at me.

If you have lots of straight cuts to make in a large piece of fabric, measure where you need the cuts to be and iron a crease to cut along. I’ve found this to be very useful when cutting fabric to wrap my soap. I can iron stacks of fabric into neat little rectangles, sit down with my shears and cut along all the creases. This goes so much faster and helps me to cut straighter lines than using a straight edge and chalk to mark my lines.

Be sure to check back next Tuesday for a new tip.