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Baby butt balm

My sister is having a baby in October. I will be an auntie! Of course I have been busy crafting for my nephew. I have knit sweaters and hats, crocheted hats and booties and today I want to make something different. I have been researching Baby Butt Balm/Cream. I found some great posts about making it, what it replaces and how to use it. I know my sister and her husband feel very differently about raising children, but hopefully that one night at 3 am when the baby can’t sleep and just keeps crying because of a diaper rash my sister will find my baby butt balm and everybody will feel better and get some sleep. My son is 8 years old now, and suffered from horrible rashes all over his body for his first two years. I found that letting the rashes air out and using the least amount of creams, lotions or pastes (even prescription stuff didn’t work very well) was the best. If I would have had the knowledge that I do now when my son was born I would have made his rashes disappear in just a few days. I hope my homemade balms and creams will come in handy and my sister will find them useful.

Here is the first one I found. It is from my favorite blog, The Humblebee & Me. Her blog site is worth looking around and reading as many posts as possible.

http://www.humblebeeandme.com/baby-bum-balm/

This one is REALLY simple. I like the very basic feel to the site as well.

http://www.simplyrealmoms.com/posts/diy-baby-butt-balm-safe-for-cloth-diapers/

I love that this one gives a lot of background info on the various causes of diaper rash. There is also a list of very expensive baby products that are very simple and have no extra additives. A great balance for the do-it-yourselfers and the buy-it-I-am-lazies.

http://www.greenchildmagazine.com/caring-diaper-rash-naturally/

This one is very well done. Nice photos, well done descriptions and it’s easy to follow.

http://blog.shoporganic.com/how-to-make-organic-diaper-cream/

Awesome photos, very pretty, easy to follow directions and I love the use of mason jars! This is one you don’t want to miss.

http://www.lovelifenaturally.org/naturally-made-diy-baby-bum-paste-aka-diaper-cream/

This one is from one of my favorite crafting/DIY/how-to sites, Instructables. It has great photos, step-by-step instructions and you can comment with any questions you have on each step. The person who posted it might even have other awesome how-tos to look through.

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Diaper-Rash-Cream/

Now I just need to get some squeeze bottles. I only have one right now. As I typed this I have had coconut oil steeping with chamomile. I made a small batch to see how it would turn out and I have to say I am quite impressed. Next step is to break out the mixer and whip the balm into a cream. I test every batch to make sure it works on my sensitive skin. So far I am loving this light baby balm on my knuckles and eczema patch. I bet it would be great on my cracked heels too.

Good luck and happy crafting hand-crafters!

-Bobby

Behind the Scenes

Last weekend (not yesterday and the day before) we set up a photo light box for a product photo shoot. My husband took some photos of me while I was using his fancy camera to take product shots. It was really warm, so my arms were exposed. Normally I don’t like photos of myself, unless I am all dressed up and only from certain angles, but these photos turned out alright. I’m not going to go and make one of them my profile picture on Facebook or anything, I just don’t mind showing them here.

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As you can see we purchased a photo light box, but I have seen a few tutorials that give very detailed instructions to make them. I like having one that folds up and is ready to use in just a few minutes. The homemade ones are usually a cut up box with fabric glued or taped to it. I just didn’t have the right color fabric in my stash to pull it off, so we decided that it would be more cost effective to buy the already made light box instead of buying the fabric and other supplies. We have many empty boxes (I never let my husband toss out smaller Amazon boxes, they are just the right size for shipping my Spa products) but not big cube shaped boxes. The kind where each side is perfectly square. I really like having this fold up light box around. The lights we bought with it have been amazing. 

 

Here are some of the finished photos. We had to edit the photos slightly, balance out the whites a little. Not a whole lot was done to the raw photos.

 

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A total of three new items were listed in my Star’s Reach Etsy store over the weekend. Lip balm, salt scrub and bath salt. A lot of curious views, but very little sales so far. It has been so few sales that it’s an exciting event for me to take a package tot he post office. I hope some day it seems like more of a chore, more like working. My son is having trouble understanding that when I am typing-or mixing, melting and pouring-it IS work. My work isn’t like other parents. I don’t go to a job site and work outside the home. He will understand some day. Life is different for us here. I make Spa products and my store isn’t a physical store where a shelf is stocked and browsed. My products are made to order in small batches. The photos are very important to the digital store. High quality, bright images make for better sales. Details can be zoomed in on and viewed with confidence. I really feel like the images could sell the product better than a door-to-door salesman. No snake oil here.

 

This part of my post is where I apologize for not posting last week. The end of the school year is very quickly approaching and my son’s school is trying to fit a lot of events into the last few weeks. I happen to volunteer a lot. Field trips, fundraisers, teacher appreciation week. I do a lot so that the children get a better education. There is a lot more to Second Grade than walking my son to and from school every day. My normal amount of errands, extra volunteering, photo shoots and pets can take up a lot of my time. I feel so much more accomplished when I can get a blog post in during the week!

 

Currently I am testing a small batch of concealer, hopefully next week I can write about my hopes and goals with adding natural make-up to my Pamper ME Spa Products. The next few weeks I will be experimenting with rations, bases, oils, beeswax and pigments. I may need an excuse to dress up along with my make-up trials 😉

 

Happy Crafting everyone, until next week ❤

-Bobby