The last couple weeks have been spent preparing to have a Young Living table at a home school conference vendor fair. Needless to say; I really am not totally sure what I am doing, as this is new for me. It sometimes seems the older I get, the less I know.
When a friend of mine, who sells Tupperware, approached me about doing this I thought, “Hey, why not?” As the time draws closer I am scrambling to get ready. If I am going to do this I want to do it right.
I have haunted Pinterest for ideas to use for displaying the oils and other things to the best advantage. I got crafty and made myself a business card holder from an old fork. My husband was even slightly impressed with that one.
After rummaging through the old school house that is on our acreage, I found a couple old drawers to use in my display. With a lot of cleaning, a little paint touch up, and some sanding they actually look pretty cool for what I need.
My husband suggested finding school related items as this is for a homeschool conference. A couple tin lunch boxes, chalkboard, vintage school books (ones I used in school! Does this make me vintage?), and a Kindergarten chair later I think I have what I need.
I also spent time making breath mints for people to sample. I made mine spearmint flavored and used a small stainless steel funnel to cut them out. I needed a straw to push the mint out of the funnel and onto the tray.
They are little bits of goodness! Here is the recipe (from Abundant Health) if you would like to give them a try:
Essential Oil Breath Mints
Gum Paste (or recipe below)
Food Coloring (optional)
Essential Oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, fennel, ginger, orange, lemon or lime
Powdered sugar (or citric acid for sour flavors)
Pull out section of gum paste size of an egg. Knead with your hands till pliable.
Add food coloring, if desired. Knead till well blended.
Add 3-4 drops essential oil for mild flavor, 5-8 for intense flavor
Place a little powdered sugar on rolling surface. Use rolling pin to roll out to 1/8 thickness
Cut out mints. Can use a straw or another shape or use knife for small squares
Dust with some powdered sugar so they don’t stick.
Let dry till hard (about 48 hours)
Homemade Gum Paste
4 tsp. water
1 tsp. unflavored gelatin powder
1 tsp. white corn syrup
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Put 4 tsp of water in glass measuring cup placed in small pan filled with an inch of water.
Sprinkle gelatin powder over the 4 tsp. water.
Let sit 5 minutes till looks foamy
Stir in corn syrup
Warm on stove over medium heat till clear,stir frequently
Stir in 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add little by little, knead with hands till no longer sticky
Once texture is soft and stretchy, it is ready to use
If unable to use quickly, store in plastic bag so it does not dry out.
I will let you know how the weekend went…..once I make it through it.
You either create something and you keep it a secret
and you die with it,
or you can benefit the craft.