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A Very Fast Homemade Valentine's Card

Are you a procrastinator like me?  There's nothing like last minute.  Luckily, time crunches can inspire great ideas.



This Valentines Day card is very simple, requires minimal supplies, and above all else, is creative and handmade.  The ultimate display of affection is assembling something with your own massive, callused, hairy hands.

All you will need is:
Heavy paper (Use what you have:  card stock, a cereal box, a manilla folder, even construction paper will work in a pinch)Newspapers, magazines, junk mail (Anything with lots of big letters printed on it)ScissorsGlueMarkers
 The assembly is quite simple:
First, fold the heavy paper in half to form a card.Next, cut out letters from newspapers and such to make a message of your choice.  Since the card has a ransom letter look to it, you may want to make your message pretty ransom-ey.Cut out hearts from any kind of paper you'd like.  I used a combination of construction paper and newspaper hearts on my card.Glue the letters and h…

Soapmakers: Why You Shouldn't Use Vinegar if You Come into Contact with Lye

It was one of the first things I learned when I began making my own soap; I read it in books and on the internet:

"Always keep a jug of vinegar on hand when you are working with lye.  Vinegar neutralizes lye."
Soapers, have you heard this?  Do you practice the habit of keeping vinegar nearby when you make your soaps?  So did I, until recently, when I read an interesting post on a soap forum, and then decided to research the claim myself.