Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber has been a homemaker for over 40 years, and loves to share some of the great ideas and innovations she has discovered along her journey. Her greatest joys are her children and grandchildren, and cooking with her grandkids is something that's celebrated as often as possible. The Lifestylist® Brands are all about Life Celebrating Style, and you can discover more about how to live your live graciously at: www.lifestylist.com

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The Lifestylist List for 2015

What a busy year 2015 was! So many great new products and ideas - lots to share.

Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber was asked by Candy'sDirt to come up with a Lifestylist List of her Top 10 building products, and she shared it here.

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Re-Moving: Getting Organized with IKEA

Walking down memory lane today and found this post from 2006. 

My home is a live-work space that was built in the 40's to house a printing company. When I drove past it the first time it was love at first sight - a large building (I originally thought it might have been an old YMCA) with a Southwest feel. It had only been owned by 2 owners and needed quite a bit of work but I had to have it. It has lots of light, cement walls, high ceilings and land that I can grow things on but it is also very close to Dallas.I've now owned "The Home Idea Factory" for four years and have accomplished some of the major remodeling projects that I wanted to do - a new kitchen and bath. Before I could start on those projects I had to rewire and plumb the home which lead to the bathroom being in the only area that had plumbing to it when I bought it - the kitchen. Finally, I have a real kitchen and a real bathroom! Thanks to the miracles of IKEA, there is hope that for the first time in years I can be organized. I'm also realizing that I am a creature of habit. When you move to a new home you don't have the history of where you "expect" something to be - when you remodel, you are used to going to the same spot for something for a number of years. I'm still going to the old spot where the refridgerator was even though it's now across the room, but it's a small price to pay for having my new, organized kitchen and bath.

Being a Positive Force in 2015

Happy 2015! This holiday has been a long one due to the days that it falls on, and it's been a wonderful opportunity to really reflect on what we want the future to bring.

Giving back is so important to us, and one of the reasons we started the Lifestylist® Brands is to create a way that we can give back. This year we are helping Shared Housing build their dream residence - the Green Haus. Leaving negatives behind and focusing on a positive future is something we are really looking forward to.

Crafting Ideas For The Holidays

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This winter, while its cold and grey outside, take up something fun and different to nurture your creative side. Beading, painting, or embroidery - here are some ideas for you to try.

Get into beading

Dimensions - Beads 6,000 Count Bucket-Multi Mix

Dimensions - Beads 6,000 Count Bucket-Multi Mix - $10.69, 6.95 shipping - Available at Kmart


Start embroidering

Dimensions - Cardinals In Dogwood Crewel Embroidery Kit

Dimensions - Cardinals In Dogwood Crewel Embroidery Kit - $19.99, 6.95 shipping - Available at Kmart


Take up painting

Dimensions - Japanese Garden Paint By Number Kit

Dimensions - Japanese Garden Paint By Number Kit - $12.39 (52% off), Free shipping - Available at Target.com


Take up sewing

Singer - Heritage 8768 Electronic Sewing Machine

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Holiday Gift Giving Ideas For The Kitchen

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Our favorite room of our house is the kitchen. As Lifestylists® we love kitchen gadgets - here are some of our favorites.

Columbia French Press

Bodum - Columbia French Press 4-cup Coffee Maker 17oz. 1105516

Reusable Grocery Bag

Esse - Foldable Reusable Grocery Bag

Esse - Foldable Reusable Grocery Bag - $5.95, Free shipping - Available at Abe's Market


Adjustable Rolling Pin

Joseph Joseph - Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus, 16.5-Inch, Multi-Color

Scoot Pizza Wheel

Joseph Joseph - Scoot Pizza Wheel, Grey

Joseph Joseph - Scoot Pizza Wheel, Grey - $13.45, 4.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Pie Kitchen Timer

Joseph Joseph - Joseph Pie Kitchen Timer Appliances Cookware - Green

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Making Your Own Candles

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As a Lifestylist® I spend a lot of time designing products for the home, and candles are one of my favorites.

I really love making candles when I can. Sure you can find candles at a local store at cheap prices, but you are not able to control the scent strength that way and you don't get to experience the feeling of accomplishment that you get when you make them yourself.

Cotton Candy Candle

I thought I would share some links to some affordable, good quality candle making starter products for those thinking of getting into candle making. I highly encourage it!

Below is a super easy candle making recipe which I am happy to share. I also create wax tarts which is the same recipe, only you would pour the melted wax mixture in wax tart tins and set to cool and harden. I will add a how-to video to this post in the future.

Candle Making Recipe:

Supplies needed:

  • Soy candle wax (or a candle wax of your choice)
  • Tabbed Candle Wick(s)
  • Mason Jar(s)
  • Sauce Pan (filled about 1/4 of the way with water)
  • Candle Making Pouring Pot
  • Candle/ Candy Thermometer
  • Fragrance oil
  • Colored Candle Wax or Liquid Candle Dye (optional)

Before you begin, be sure you have the appropriate type and size wick(s) for the size and kind of candle(s) you are making. If you are using soy wax, for example, be sure your wick is suited to soy candles. If your mason jar is wide, make sure your wick is wide enough in diameter to burn optimally. In most craft stores where you can find these supplies, you can ask employees for recommendations on the packaging and what type and size wick you should use depending on your project (I have suggested some online products below).

Step 1: Begin melting your wax. Melt you soy wax in a double boiler using your saucepan and your candle making pouring pot. I planned to fill one 8 oz. mason jar, so I melted approximately 8 ounces of soy wax. I melted the wax on low to medium-low heat. Never leave melting wax unattended!

Step 2: While this is melting (and while you’re keeping an eye on your wax), secure your wick to the bottom of your mason jar. Apply your wick stickers to the center of your jar and press it centered in place.

Step 3: Arrange your tabbed wick so that it stands upright and use your centering tool to make sure that it is as centered as possible.

Step 4: When your wax is melted, allow it to cool a bit before adding in your colorants (if desired) and fragrances. Wax purchased in craft stores will typically come with a guide that recommends an ideal temperature for adding fragrances and colorants to your wax depending on the type of wax you’re using. For my wax, it was recommended to add in fragrance oil when the wax had reached between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. (This is because some fragrances can lose their scent when added to high-temperature liquids.)

If you purchased fragrance oil or colorants designed for candle making, it should come with guidelines as to how much of each to use given the volume of wax you are working with. I usually use one ounce of scent to 8 oz. of candle wax.

Step 5: Pour your wax into your mason jar and allow it to cool.

Step 6: When your wax has cooled completely, trim your wick to fit your jar.

And now you have a beautiful handcrafted scented mason jar candle that you can be proud of!

I have listed below some great places to buy candle making supplies. These are some items I have purchased in the past. I am listing them for your convenience. If you don't have the money to purchase all you need right away, I would recommend just buying one of the starter kits then slowly buying what you can until you have all you need to make more candles in the future.

LABELS FOR YOUR CANDLES

I created some Printable Candle Labels. Feel free to use it for your candles! You may need to purchase some sticker paper.

Natural Soy Wax 10lb Bag

Natural Soy Wax 10 Lb Bag

This is the kind of wax that I usually use for my candles. Soy wax does not burn if it spills on to skin so it is a lot safer, especially for children.

Natural Soy Wax Candle Making Kit

Natural Soy Wax Candle Making Kit

I highly recommend this kit. I have used it in the past because of the quality of the items included and because it is very affordable. It also has pretty much everything you would need to make your very first candles. You probably also want to purchase a candle thermometer along with this kit.

Natural Soy Wax Candle Making Kit - $24.36, 6.38 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Deluxe Candle Making Kit (Natural Soy Wax)

Deluxe Candle Making Kit (Natural Soy Wax)

Here is a more costly alternative but as you can see, it has a lot more to offer (including the candle thermometer).

Deluxe Candle Making Kit (Natural Soy Wax) - $79.95, 12.95 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Candle Colors Dye 1 oz. Dye Color: Pumpkin Pie (Medium Yellowish Brown)

Candle Colors Dye 1 oz. Dye Color: Pumpkin Pie (Medium Yellowish Brown)

These are really great candle scents if you want to buy a variety of scents along with the candle making kit. you can also mix scents and create you own... be creative with it!

Candle Colors Dye 1 oz. Dye Color: Pumpkin Pie (Medium Yellowish Brown) - $3.45, 4.58 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Liquid Candle Scent 1 Ounce Bottle

Liquid Candle Scent 1 Ounce Bottle

Here is another brand that I use frequently. These are also really great scents.

Liquid Candle Scent 1 Ounce Bottle - $5.71, 6.50 shipping - Available at OfficeSuperSavers


Ball 8oz Regular Mouth Quilted Crystal Jelly Mason Jars 1440081200 12 Pack

Ball 8oz Regular Mouth Quilted Crystal Jelly Mason Jars 1440081200 12 Pack

These jars are very pretty and easy to apply your own custom labels to.

Ball 8oz Regular Mouth Quilted Crystal Jelly Mason Jars 1440081200 12 Pack - $7.19, 8.42 shipping - Available at Target.com


100 Pack - Standard 20mm Wick Stickers

100 Pack - Standard 20mm Wick Stickers

These are a MUST!

100 Pack - Standard 20mm Wick Stickers - $2.00, 4.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


(Large) Square Braided Wick: 75 foot Spool

(Large) Square Braided Wick: 75 foot Spool

The kit above comes with pre-cut wicks but I usually purchase the braided cotton or hemp candle wick spools and candle tabs separately as well. I try not to use the zinc ones because I have heard that they are toxic. These are pretty good in my experience but test various wicks until you find one that you like.

#4 (Large) Square Braided Wick: 75 foot Spool - $2.36, 5.01 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Metal Candle Wick Centering Device (6 pieces)

Metal Candle Wick Centering Device (6 pieces)

I love these! I used to make my candles without them but they turn out so much nicer and professional looking when these are used.

Metal Candle Wick Centering Device (6 pieces) - $7.30, 5.18 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Candle Wick Trimmer - No Color

Candle Wick Trimmer - No Color

Candle Wick Trimmer - No Color - $38.00, Free shipping - Available at Nordstrom


500 1.5

500 1.5" Round Candle Warning Package Container Labels

This is the size I usually use for my 8 oz. mason jars.

500 1.5" Round Candle Warning Package Container Labels - $10.49, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


500 2

500 2" Round Candle Warning Container Labels Stickers

They also come in a larger size.

500 2" Round Candle Warning Container Labels Stickers - $10.49, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Kitchen Craft Scale for Candle/Soap Making - Digital 1000g Weighing Machine - Weigh Fragrance, Oils, Waxes, Bar Molds, Color Dyes and More

Kitchen Craft Scale for Candle/Soap Making - Digital 1000g Weighing Machine - Weigh Fragrance, Oils, Waxes, Bar Molds, Color Dyes and More

You will not need a digital kitchen scale right away, however I highly recommend getting one at some point in order to be sure that you are making the most out of your candle wax and pouring the correct amount of ounces in your candle jars/containers.

Kitchen Craft Scale for Candle/Soap Making - Digital 1000g Weighing Machine - Weigh Fragrance, Oils, Waxes, Bar Molds, Color Dyes and More - $29.99, 4.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Avery - Ink Jet Sticker Paper With Cd, Matte White 8-1/2

Avery - Ink Jet Sticker Paper With Cd, Matte White 8-1/2"" x 11"", 5 Per Pack

I created some Printable Candle Labels. Feel free to use it for your candles!

Avery - Ink Jet Sticker Paper With Cd, Matte White 8-1/2"" x 11"", 5 Per Pack - $6.60, 5.58 shipping - Available at Amazon.com


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