DIY Projects

Gin is my favourite hard liquor. Does that make me an old lady? Oh well, I enjoy it. Vodka, I just wanted to try another hard liquor, for this DIY project. I didn't make the Gin or Vodka (I'm not that good, yet). The DIY is adding the cherry flavour. Watch the (sped up) 4-ish month process, here.

What I like about the end result:

The cherry flavour, in both the gin & vodka, was amazing. Nice and strong.

The lime rind infused into the vodka was tasty as well. Not overwhelming or bitter at all. I might even add a little more next time. Maybe try some other citrus rinds.

What I would change:

I would only do gin next time. The vodka was good but why not stick with my favourite spirit?

I would use half the amount of sugar. Maybe experimenting with no sugar for half of a batch. It was too sweet, which I expected but I add a lot of ice, to tamp down the sweetness.

Would I do this again? Yes

Some ingredients that I use, online: 

Yupik Organic Cane Sugar, 1Kg & Norpro Natural Cheese Cloth

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Previous DIY video: DIY Hair/Body (Shea) Butter recipe/video
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Till next time,


If you live in a colder climate, this DIY Hair & Body Butter can be a lifesaver. The cold, strong winds and/or constant hand washing can wreak havoc on our hair & skin. Try my recipe out. A little goes a long way. As always use what you have or can access. The measurements are approximate. Adjust the formula to your liking.

Check out the video here & please come back and share how your hair and/skin feels after a few weeks!

You'll need: 2 heat proof containers; hot water; spatula; whisk or electric hand mixer; 2 clean & dry containers with lids.


1 cup raw shea butter

1/2 cup almond oil

1/4 cup castor oil

1/3 bottle vitamin E oil, of 33 ml bottle

3 droppers of argan oil

3 droppers of carrot seed oil

2-3 drops of tea tree oil and/or thyme oil

2-3 of any other essential oil, such as rose oil

Products (some) I use & where you can get them, in Canada:

Raw Apothecary Unrefined Raw Shea Butter (Ivory) 16oz (cheaper in the US)

OR try this brand SHEA BUTTER-100% Natural Raw Unrefined (1 lb /16 0z) -by Amson Naturals-Use Alone or in DIY Skin Care Recipes,Body Butters,Lotions,Soap,Dry or Acne-Prone Skin,Eczema,Stretch Marks, Lip Balms and More

NOW Foods by Now Sweet Almond Oil 100 % Pure Moisturizing Oil 16 oz NOW Foods by Now Sweet Almond O

100% Pure Organic Argan Oil by Moroccan Gold winner of the Gold Trophy Best Argan oil producer in Morocco 2013 - #1 Moroccan Argan Oil - Ecocert/USDA certified organic and Fair Trade certified 120 ml / 4 oz

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Till next time,