Topic: Homemade Craft Connection

Homemade Craft Connection :: Personal Coat-of-Arms (part 2)

How incredibly serendipitous that last week after posting my coat-of-arms I found out that the Prince William and the Dutchess Kate had just announced their conjugal coat of arms!! What timing :)

So this week I wanted to share with you some of the personal meaning behind the three coat of arms that I showed you last week.

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Usually a traditionally a code of arms consists of a shield, helmet and mantle, charges, a crest and a motto, but I think you should include what feels right to you.

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What story do you want to tell? What symbols best represent you? Think about your color choices and what power animal embody your spirit? Every element in a coat of arms should have deep personal meaning to you.

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Here are a few questions and prompts to help you think about what elements you want to include on your Coat of Arms.

  • What are your favorite color? Do they hold any meaning to you?
  • Do you have any totem or power animals that you feel a strong affinity to?
  • What are your favorite flowers? Your birth flowers? Do some research and find out the meaning behind your favorite bloom.
  • What are your favorite hobbies?  Your favorite foods?  Why are they your favorites?
  • Do you have any hidden talents? What are the things you do well?  The things you love?
  • What are your strengths, skill and interests?
  • What are your Hopes and dreams? The key values in your life?

(download printable shield shapes)

Now that you have a list chock-full of ideas it’s time to start drawing. Don’t feel obligated to include everything on your list. Only those items that carry the most importance and meaning to you so you don’t dilute your story.

Below is a free printable for you to start designing your own personal coat-of-arms.

I will also be offering commissions to create a person coat-of-arms for you or someone you love. They make wonderful wedding and baby shower gifts. So if you’d like for me to design a personal crest for you just send me an email at or visit my etsy shop. I will be having them up there shortly.

(download printable shield)

you can see part 1 here!

Homemade Craft Connection :: Personal Coat-of-Arms

Coat of Arms were originally used to identify noble families and clans. These pictograms were a perfect choice during a time when most folks couldn’t read or write. And let’s face it, when the men were all armored-up it was near impossible to tell them apart.

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These crests eventually became a symbol of identity and lineage that were pasted down for generations with each element, animal and symbol holding strong meaning to the person that donned them. They tell a story of your family, social status, interests, heritage, allegiances. They are a visual record of your legacy.

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Creating a Coat-of-Arms is an intimate and personal undertaking that should be authentic to you. What story do you want to tell? What colors, animals and symbols best represents you? Think about using design element like wavy lines or chevrons as dividing elements. And remember every element represents something.

Next week I’ll be sharing with you the symbolism behind these three coat-of-arms that I created.  Along with a few prompts and ideas on how you can create and design your own.

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I will also be offering commissions. They make wonderful wedding and baby shower gifts. So if you’d like for me to design a personal crest for you or someone you love just send me an email at or visit my etsy shop. I will have them listed there shortly.


Homemade Craft Connection :: Lip Balm Locket (part 2)

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Every locket tells a story. Personalized and monogram your locket with words of inspiration, your initials or words of undying affection.

To do this easy image transfer You’ll Need:

  • a design (use mine or make your own)
  • a scanner
  • a printer and printer paper
  • scissors
  • acrylic gel medium
  • paint brush
  • towel rag

(download this template)

1. Decide what you want the front of your locket to say. Trace your locket so you have a template.

2. Draw your design or use one of mine.

3. Scan your design and reverse the image.

4. Prep your locket by using sandpaper to scratch the front surface of your locket.

5.  Cut out your design.

6. Apply a coat of gel medium to the top of your print-out and the front of the locket keeping the brush strokes even and in the same direction.

7. Allow the first coat to dry.

8. Apply a second coat of gel medium to both the locket and your print-out.

9. Using your fingers press your design face down onto place on your locket making sure there are no bubbles.

10. Let fully dry overnight.

11. With a wet rag moisten your image transfer until it is completely soaked through.

12. Gently rub off the paper fibers with your fingers to reveal the image below then let dry.

13. Apply a coat of gloss gel medium on top of your image and let dry.

14. String your locket on a chain and it is ready to wear.


Homemade Craft Connection :: Lip Balm Locket (part 1)

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Now that school has started and we are falling into a regular routine I’m aiming to publish a new Homemade Craft Connection project once a week. (Sometimes “saying it”makes it more real and always has a way of making me accountable!) So on to this weeks Homemade Craft Connection Post

Lip Balm Locket

Lockets have been around for centuries and were often handed down for generations. They have been know to hold everything from keepsakes, good luck charms, locks of hair, pictures, and love notes. This DIY romantic heart worn around your neck is the perfect place to store your lip balm for a moments notice.

To Make the Lip Balm You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 table spoons of bees wax per locket
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 10 drops + 1 drop for good luck of peppermint
  • Your favorite lipstick
  • A double boiler
  • Grader
  • blank locket(s)
  • A paring knife for trimming

1.  Grate bees wax so you have approximately 3-4 table spoons of bees wax per locket.

2.  Using a double boiler melt the bees wax.

3.  Add in the coconut oil and peppermint to the melted wax.

4.  When fully melted pour the wax into one half of the locket. (don’t worry if it overflows you will be able to trim it after it hardens.)

5.  Return remaining wax back to the double boiler and add in your lipstick color.

6.  When fully melted and mixed pour your tinted wax into the remaining locket half.

7.  Let sit and harden for approximately 20 minutes.

8.  Trim off excess wax with a paring knife.

I’ll be sharing how to created the art on the front of the locket next week in part 2.

HCC: homemade deodorant

Today I made my own homemade deodorant!!

I’m normally not a big deodorant user. I usually just go al natural unless I’m attending a big event for function and then I’ll break out a stick. My grandmother and her sister both had Alzheimer’s. So you could say I’ve never been in a big hurry to rub my armpits with aluminum saturated deodorants that have been linked to cause Alzheimer’s and breast cancer along with seizures and kidney problems.

But since I’ve been taking on a more active lifestyle (I’m only 2 1/2 weeks in, but I’ve been trail running/walking pretty much every morning and hope to continue doing so for the rest of my life.) I’m feeling the need to combat the B.O. with something a bit more natural.


1/2 cup of baking soda

2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil

20 drops of tea tree oil

10 drops of peppermint or another essential oil

a bowl

measuring cup and spoons

mixing spoon

old deodorant tube

TIP: I picked up the coconut oil and tea tree oil here. 


  1. Measure out your baking soda into a bowl.
  2. Add in the tablespoons of coconut oil, making sure it is fully melted. (if it’s not melted it will be harder to mix in and combine with the other ingredients)
  3. Add your Tea Tree and Essential Oils.
  4. Mix until you have a smooth paste like consistency and can roll it into a ball.
  5. Press the mixture into your old deodorant tube being sure to get rid of any bubbles.
  6. Place deodorant tube it the freezer to firm and set up for 2-3 hours.
  7. Remove and use.

TIP: In warmer climates you may want to store your homemade deodorant in the refrigerator so that it stays frim and doesn’t melt.

Travel Watercolor Palette

Altoids Watercolor Palette

This weekends project. So much fun and I’m totally loving it along with my new waterbrush. My sketch book entries look so much nice in color!!

You will need:

1. Altoids Tin

2. Sculpey Clay

3. Pencil or chopstick (to make the holes)

4. Tube Watercolor


Sculpt clay into Tin

Make number of desired holes (to hold colors) with a eraser end of a pencil

Bake following Sculpey directions

Let cool and then fill holes with watercolor paint. Let dry and there you have it!