Monthly Archives: February 2012

Designing Labels

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I never knew you could purchase labels that would work in an inkjet printer with a water resistant finish.  I worked on a label for my homemade lotion bars today and it was really fun.  I tweaked the font a bit on my “RaineSense” name to make it the way I wanted.  Since I used a cute little honey bee stamp in my mold, I decided I would draw him out on my computer and incorporate him into my label design.  I bought a label size that was actually larger than my tin size since I plan on cutting and customizing it and rounding the corners myself.  This is what I came up with.  Next I will be working on my paper to go inside of my lotion bar tins.  It’s pretty rewarding to D.I.Y. from start to finish.  I can’t wait until my labels and tins arrive so I can put my packaging all together!

Lotion Bar Label

Lotion Bar Label

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Label Names and Packaging

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I’ve been thinking about a name I’d like to use on the labels I make for my products.  Even though this is just a hobby for me right now, I still like to create a professional look.  After all, that is part of the creative beast inside me just waiting to get out.  I also love to mess around for hours trying to figure out ways to package things – something that will make it look like I took some time and put some thought and heart into it.  I’m going to make bigger lotion bars soon so my mind is still thinking about how I’m going to try to make my mold and cute containers to put the final product in.  I just made quick labels and found usable packaging that I could grab at the craft store for my trial batch.  I had so much fun, I can’t wait to come up with a final product.

Since my name is Lorraine, I decided to use the last 1/2 of my name, “Raine”, on my label.  I have a strong passion for the things I create.  The stuff I make is usually something that people can use and benefit from and that makes “Sense” to me.   Hence the name “RaineSense”.  Since Lavender is one of my all time favorite flowers and oil, I had to add a couple of buds.  The font I chose look real similar to my calligraphy writing.  The name pretty much says a lot about me.  I haven’t finalized it yet, but I’m feeling rather strong about it .  Of course I’m getting valuable opinions from family members and friends.  I’d love to hear any opinions you might have.

 

Homemade Lotion Bars

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Ahhh. I love making my own stuff. I made some homemade lotion bars today. So fun looking for containers, making labels and using my homemade versions of things that work better than the overpriced products that we all spend money on that are loaded with chemicals that you can’t possible pronounce or begin to understand. My ingredients are very simple. Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter…with some Lavender Essential Oil. They turned out 2amaysing! I think I have an addiction and I hope it lasts! They are truly Lavender Bliss!

Lavender Bliss Lotion Bar


I’ve had some great results from a couple of people that tried my Lotion Bars! They are fantastic for people who have eczema! It seems in both cases it had made a world of difference. Now I’m toying with making my own mold. I’ll keep you posted!

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Homemade Body Butter

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I did my taxes today 😦 and my reward for finishing them was to try to make a couple of batches of homemade body butter. I had a couple of different kinds in mind and since I’m rather tired of cold weather, I chose to make Lemon Coconut and Orange Cocoa. Kind of warm and tropical don’t you think?

I decided on a formula of 75% solids and 25% liquid oils. I added Vitamin E and essential oil. I thought the best choice for containers would be glass and the best value at the time were 4 oz. jelly jars that I purchased at Walmart. I made a large batch of lemon coconut using an entire 7 oz jar of Shea Butter, adding enough Coconut oil to make 9 oz of solid, 1.5 oz Sunflower oil, 1 oz Almond oil, and .5 oz Avocado oil. After melting those ingredients in a double boiler, I let it cool 30 minutes before adding 10 capsules of Vitamin E and 25 drops of Lemon essential oil.

I beat the oil off and on until it obtained a whipped, white creamy, peaked mixture. I made some labels and added some twine. It was enough to fill 5 jars and a small sample.

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I made a smaller batch of Orange Cocoa.  It smells like Orange Chocolate, but no worries, the scent is not particularly strong when it soaks into your skin.  I used Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Apricot Oil, Vitamin E and Sweet Orange Essential Oil.  The consistency of this batch was firmer than the Lemon Coconut, but both are very nice on the skin.  Making Body Butter takes a good amount of time due to the whipping.  If you come across any great recipes, please share!

Lorraine’s Herbal Rosemary Peppermint Lip Butter

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Lorraine’s Herbal Rosemary Peppermint Lip Butter

I’m so excited! Finally completed my first real batch of Lip Butter. I prefer the name Lip Butter over Lip Balm as the homemade versions seem somewhat creamier and more moisturizing than over-the-counter brands. My goal was to make a Lip Butter that was similar to the beeswax kind we are all so familiar with. I made an Herbal Rosemary Peppermint Lip Butter. I made plenty of lip base without essential oils for another batch later. I ordered oval lip balm tubes for a fun change rather than the round ones. I also ordered water resistant labels for ink jets and came up with a simple label layout for now. I decided it would be best to shrink wrap my tubes and I used an embossing heat gun which worked fast and fabulous.

This stuff works great! Because of all the natural oils in it that soak into your skin, your lips retain the moisture and they no longer chap as with other over-the-counter lip balms. I can’t wait to see what people think of it. Let me know if you are interested in buying some.

Batch of Herbal Rosemary Peppermint Lip Butter

Appreciation for Those that Serve Our Country

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Tanks In for the day

Today I gained a deeper appreciation for those that serve our country.  While visiting my daughter and son-in-law Scott in 29 Palms, California, I was able to actually sit inside one of the tanks that our men use in the military.  I can only imagine what it is like to be inside one of those massive beasts of steel for days; you are in an approximate space of 5×3 and sharing it with 2 others plus another compartment up front for the driver that you may not even see at all while you are sharing the same vehicle.  I can’t imagine how they must sleep, eat and stay in that space while protecting us.  It was nothing short of amazing.  Thanks to my son-in-law, Scott, my daughters and I had the priveledge of understanding the sacrifice that our military men make for our country, our families, our safety.  Here are a couple of pictures.

Scott's Tank Crew

Tank Tour of Scott's Tank

We went up inside of the tank but weren’t allowed to take pictures.  I wish you could see the inside of one of these.  It was awesome to be able to sit in the one Scott uses.

Kate’s Breakfast Bowls – New Orleans Style

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Today I’m in California with my daughter Chelsea, visiting my daughter Kate.  Kate and her husband Scott had visited New Orleans and one of the things that they had for breakfast was a “Breakfast Bowl”.  I was the lucky recipient of Kate’s version of the Breakfast Bowl.  It consisted of brown rice, black beans, pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions and cilantro), fresh avocado,  and chorizo – all topped with shredded cheese and 2 poached eggs.  It’s a different breakfast idea and very filling but oh so good.  How can you resist?

Kate's Breakfast Bowls - New Orleans Style

And yesterday we went to the “Food Truck Show” in Palm Springs.  Had some interesting food.  Among them was a tornado sweet potato skewer, awesome ice cream and the most outrageous choice was chocolate covered bacon.  Yep we all had to try it.  Our reaction was “it’s different, hmm”.  Here is a picture Chelsea and Katie holding the chocolate bacon which we dipped in Sriracha sauce.

Chels & Kate holding Chocolate Covered Bacon