Nursing necklaces, breastfeeding necklaces, mommy necklaces – call them whatever you like, I think they are pretty cool. After all, especially with a baby in her arms, every mom want to feel pretty. But she needs something that will survive the incessant pulling and tugging. That’s why textile necklaces are such a great option. And if the right colours and materials get combined, even the baby will be able to appreciate their visual appeal while letting her tiny fingers explore the different textures.
This simple pattern can be executed in either monochromatic tones or in a range of colours from contrasting brights to coordinating pastels to soothing neutrals. Beads are an optional addition – their weight adds substance to the piece but they are not necessary.
With a knot closure, the length of the necklace can be customized. This way, the necklace can be worn with many different shirts regardless of how deep their necklines are. And the mom doesn’t need to worry about the closure snapping!
I’ve been crocheting in circles for weeks now. Literally. Circles are fun!
All that’s needed to make this necklace with crochet beaded karma circle is some perle cotton, an appropriate hook, and seed beads. It’s that simple. But what I personally love about it even more is that in the end, this pendant looks more like a piece of sophisticated jewelry than a simple crochet motif that it really is.
I came across this crochet technique when browsing the Internet for nursing necklaces – child-safe pieces of jewelry that make the mama feel pretty while offering adequate entertainment and visual stimulation to the child she’s nursing.
In its pure form, oya lace is in fact a form of needle lace, and is most often found adorning edges of scarfs – along with a lot of tiny beads. But I found plenty of crochet versions – and they inspired me. This is my interpretation of Turkish oya lace and how it could work as part of a nursing necklace.
Almost all of the nursing necklaces I found contained either a plastic, metal, or wooden ring that was crocheted over. The idea of plastic or metal doesn’t really appeal much to me, and even though an unfinished wooden ring would be fine, the hassle of having to purchase some first got me thinking about alternatives.
Why not use thread only? This way, the necklace is safe, soft and pliable, and easily washable.
The individual flowers are quite small, but weigh just enough to keep the chain nice and taut.
Made in neutral tones, it could be a nice accessory for a woman who doesn’t even think about children!
I really like the initial results – and I already have ideas on where to take it next. More Turkish crochet necklaces are sure to come.
Some things are so easy to make it’s a shame not everyone knows about them. Homemade chapstick is one of them. To make your own single tube of nourishing and moisturizing lip balm, you need only a handful of readily available ingredients – many of them probably lurking around in your kitchen already.
You don’t even need any fancy containers. Reuse your old chapstick tube. Scrape out as much of the old balm as you can, and then immerse it in a bowl of hot water. Wipe the softened leftovers away, and the tube is ready to be used again. Alternatively, you can use any little tin, pill box – even that extra contact lens case from the back of your bathroom drawer!
Ready to get started? Assemble your ingredients:
grated beeswax (0.7 grams, or about 1/4 tsp, packed)
extra virgin olive oil (1.0 gram, or about 1/8 tsp)
coconut oil (0.7 grams, or about 1/8 tsp)
shea butter (0.7 grams, or about 1/8 tsp)
apricot kernel oil (optional, 3 drops)
tea tree essential oil (optional, 3 drops)
sweet orange essential oil (optional, 6 drops)
This lip balm will coat your lips with soothing goodness – and it will stay on. Its gentle, sweet scent of honey and orange in combination with the healing powers of tea tree oil and the skin-softening properties of apricot kernel and olive oils create a truly luxurious lip treatment experience.
Of course, you are more than welcome to use any of your favourite essential oil combinations – or leave them out altogether to keep it pure and simple.
The only thing simpler than these 7 wholesome, natural ingredients might be the process itself. It’s like re-heating an already cooked meal in a microwave. Seriously.
In a microwave-safe dish, combine beeswax, olive oil, and coconut oil.
Heat until melted, about 50-60 seconds.
Add shea butter. Stir to melt.
Add apricot kernel oil and essential oils, if using. Stir well.