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I'll be seeing you!


Friday, April 20, 2012

A "BLUE ROSE" GIFT TUTORIAL

Hello, everyone!  I'm back with another monthly DT project for  Pam's blog today.

I'm still going through a difficult period right now which isn't allowing me time for crafting and/or blog visiting, but I truly miss you all and I've been fortunate (and blessed) to be able to literally "squeeze" in time to get here for my monthly DT projects, thank God!!!  Please have a bit more patience with me, I promise I'm trying to get back to you as soon as I can!

Unfortunately, due to time restraints, today's project will also be short --but sweet!!!  You'll see what I mean and, judging from past projects like this, I think you'll like it!  I hope so anyway... lol!

This project can be altered to suit a man or woman, and it's soooo easy!  It's a room and/or linen spray (can also be used as a car deodorizer).  These make wonderful gifts -- here's mine:


Once I put together the spray, I poured it into a small plastic spray bottle which I embellished by tying ribbon to the neck of the bottle, adding beads and a rose; for the leaf to the rose I added an oval-shaped crystal gem, and a round gem to the top of the cap cover.  Lastly I added a personalized computer generated label with a blue rose background that I found on the internet to match the blue rose on the bottle.  Maybe this picture will give you a better close-up (or try double clicking on the picture to enlarge it):

Okay, here's the really simple recipe for the spray.  Into a lidded or capped container, add the following ingredients:

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup distilled or boiled tap water (allow boiled water to cool)
2-1/2 to 3 tablespoons essential or fragrance oil (or your favorite perfume or cologne)
Optional:  If you like color, before adding your fragrance oils to the liquids, add soap dye or food coloring sparingly

Shake the ingredients until the oils and liquids have all blended well; pour into decorative bottles, embellish bottles if you wish.  Let the spray sit for at least 24 hours before using -- the longer it ages, the stronger the scent becomes!!!  Now, it's ready!!!  Enjoy!!!

P.S.  As with most liquids and oils, the oils can separate -  just shake the mixture before use if this happens.

I called mine "Blue Rose" because I used a rose scented essential oil but added just a hint of lavender too!  It smells delicious!!!  Of course, the rose embellishment and the label background is blue... hence the name!  You'll use your own favorite scents, and don't be afraid to try blending different scents together!

Any questions, please leave me a comment and/or email me at audreyfrel@sbcglobal.net.  Due to my circumstance, it may take me a few to get back to you -- but I will!!!

Hugs and love you all!  I'll be seeing you!

32 comments:

Patti J said...

You are so clever, Audrey! Thanks for sharing your recipe :) So happy to see you here - hope that things slow down for you soon. Hugs...

Monique Barr said...

I just love how you can make me think. Still praying for you Lady A

Treva said...

Audrey,
Thank you for stopping in to share such a wonderful idea. You have been in my thoughts and prayers as I know that you know that you are covered by God's grace and mercy. Take care.

Pam said...

What a lovely gift and thanks so much for the recipe.TFS

Susan said...

Hello my dear friend! I love this project and I actually think I can do this! I'm going to give it a shot, I have all the stuff!

I'm sorry you are still going through this rough time Audrey. I'm going to have to say my knee mails a little louder! I miss you and look forward to when you return.
{{Big hugs}}

Susan
cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Beautiful project Audrey. Love how soft and pretty it looks... bet is smells great too. We miss you and hope things get better soon for you.

Myrna said...

Audrey
Thank you for the short and sweet blog. Love your idea.
Wishing you the very best in your difficult time.
Don't worry, when you get back we will all be here.
Myrna

lovemypaper said...

Great project!

Lisa said...

Beautiful project Audrey, what a nice idea. I hope that everything is ok. I know what you mean though, I am going through different trials right now also but I just keep the faith and know that things will be ok. :)

girlia said...

Gorgeous as always. Thanks for the link

Brenda Burfeind said...

This is so cool. Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh I am so glad you were able to get a little scrapping in.. You are in my prayers my friend... Hugs

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Glad to see you posting sweetie-think of you often and I hope your taking care of yourself.
Miss seeing your projects but totally understand.
Fun idea to share and bet it smells wonderful
Hugs

Stephanie said...

This is a wonderful project. I'm so glad you had time to post it. I appreciate the sacrifice you're making for your Aunt, but if you're like me, crafting helps keep me grounded and and more able to deal with stress. I have followed you for a few years and and enjoyed your work. I hope things get better for you soon.

lisa808 said...

Audrey,

I hope life gets easier.

Gorgeous ribbon & flowers.

Hugs, Lisa

Lori Apgar said...

What a lovely gift idea Audrey!!! Love the flower on your bottle too :) It is good to see you when you have the opportunity to craft!!

Cricut Couple said...

Audrey, this is STUNNING! You always do the most beautiful designs! It's wonderful to see another Audrey project. I know things have been so busy for you, but we love them all and they are all well worth the wait! Big Hugs!

MsJay said...

Cute project and this is a must try.

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

What a beautiful and practical gift! Rose and lavendar sound fabulous together!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Hi Audrey,

This is so pretty. Glad you were able to find a minute to post. I've been missing you! Hope all is well.

Hugs!

Beebeebabs said...

Hi Audrey such a nice project. I was so happy to see your beautiful face on my page - hope all is well with you and your family and can't wait until your back in full swing. Thanks again - I have been a little busy myself since the last time you visited and even joined in on a few challenges lol.

Besthobbyeva said...

You are amazing. I love this, so beautiful!! Great great job. I hope all is well with you my friend!!

Laurie

Scrappin Sista said...

Hi Audrey!!! Thanks for stopping by... glad to see you back visiting again. I have missed you!! Your project is just beautiful, hope all is well with you, have a wonderful day my friend!!

Ana Márquez said...

Dear Audrey, you don't have to apologize all the time :-) We can understand everything! Don't worry and be calm. Hope you are well and with your heart strong.

Your bottle stunning as everything you make. I send you a great hug from Spain, my friend!!

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Susan said...

Hi Audrey: I am glad that you can squeeze a little crafting time anyway. I think of you often and hope that you are taking some time for yourself. Hugs to you, sweet lady. Sue from KS

The Archiving Angel said...

Hello dearest Audrey! This is just so lovely! Great easy recipe for the scent. Feel like I can do this one.
TFS. It is great to come & catch up.
Sorry you are going through a difficult time. I will continue to keep you in prayer.
We appreciate all you share with us and any time you can spare.
I am off to see more & continue catching up. I too was out of commission a little. I had a computer crash and now am using my friend's laptop until i get a new one.
In the meantime, I have actually pre-posted my usual segments but I have not crafty projects that I have created. I definitely have to get crafting.
I miss it but like you have had a series of unfortunate events that have taken up more of my time.
Enough about me...I am so glad to visit.
Hugs,
Sonia

Nancy Zunic said...

Crafting is the best therapy Audrey! This is beautiful. So glad you could squeeze this time in for yourself. I hope and pray things lighten up for you soon.

Angi said...

Super gorgeous project Audrey! I'm sending loads of hugs your way. I hope thing get better soon. Miss you! :)

Sherrie K. said...

What a great project-thanks so much for the recipe..
I hope you get back to feeling better..we all are missing you:)
Hugs,
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I just wrote this recipe down so I can try it...what an awesome gift idea!! And how cool that you can create different blends for different people!! Love this so much!!

I am praying that things get better for you soon and that you are able to relax and rest, Audrey. You are in my thoughts my friend.

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Mary said...

See, I don't stop by for a while and look what I almost missed! Thanks for another great recipe. I can't wait to try this! Hugs~ Mary M

The Archiving Angel said...

Oh my goodness! Simply fascinating! I adore this...you go lady...keep them coming!