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June 15, 2021
Announcing the Launch of CF Classes!

Today is the Launch of CF Classes, and I'm a Teacher! I'm pleased to help announce the launch of the CF Classes platform on the Creative Fabrica website.  Also, I'm thrilled to let you know that I am one of the instructors on the platform! You blog friends are all a creative bunch, so I […]

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June 11, 2021
Making a Tree Picture Soap

Making a Tree Picture Soap - For President Lincoln's Cottage Museum Store! Today's post is a little different, because I'm going to be talking to you about how I made this beautiful tree picture soap!  This soap is a custom order from President Lincoln's Cottage who requested some soap designs for their gift shop/museum store. […]

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May 5, 2021
Beautiful Bath Bombs for Earth Day

Beautiful Bath Bombs for Earth Day Today's Mandatory Activity is creating these gorgeous Earth bath bombs. I’ve linked the video below, so you can check out the step-by-step tutorial.  All the ingredients and measurements are listed below the video as well as at the bottom of this post. For what it’s Earth.../An idiot-proof recipe... This […]

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April 11, 2021
Cakesicle Tutorial

A Cakesicle Tutorial (?) About halfway through this project, I struggled with whether I could call this a cakesicle tutorial.  But since I successfully made some cakesicles, despite the struggle, I decided I would, because ultimately, I have some helpful tips to share.  In fact, I made so many mistakes, I have A LOT of […]

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March 9, 2021
Hitting 1,000 Subscribers on YouTube

Hitting 1000 You Tube Subscribers. What Does That Mean? Well, first and foremost, it means I worked my hiney off for a goal I wasn't sure I would ever attain. 1000 YouTube subscribers, in conjunction with 4,000 watch hours (which I'm still shy of) would qualify me for monetization of my YouTube channel. What's monetization […]

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February 12, 2021
Using Digital Paper

What Is Digital Paper? This is a fun project and a fun post to write, because digital paper opens up all kinds of crafting possibilities without the need to purchase and store tons of paper packs! Digital paper is pretty cool, and sounds really confusing.  I remember when I first heard the term, I thought […]

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January 31, 2021
Making Valentine's Day Rose Soap

Making a Beautiful Rose Soap for Valentine's Day Today's Mandatory Activity involves creating a rose soap for my shop for part of my Valentine's Day offerings.  I decided to set up the camera so I could record the process and show you guys exactly how I made it.  In the linked video tutorial below, I […]

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January 2, 2021
DIY Game Controller Bath Bomb

Game Controller Bath Bomb - for the Gamer Control Freak Today we are going to be making this game controller bubble bath bomb!  Making bath bombs kind of sucks.  It's one of those things that looks like it should be easy, but really is so nuanced that you fail 50% of the time.  HOWEVER, thanks […]

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December 5, 2020
Cover An Ugly Box

From Snack Box to Gift Box! Do you need to cover up an ugly box so you can make it a beautiful gift box?  I know you know what I'm talking about, right?  You got a lovely tower of treats from someone for the holidays and the little boxes are SO cute, and super-sturdy, and […]

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November 22, 2020
Think Outside the Cookie Cutter

Learn to Think OUtside of the Box, Er, Cookie Cutter You don't need to buy a cookie cutter for every cookie you want to make.  Learn to think outside of the cookie cutter and you may just find that you can make all sorts of designs your cutters were never intended for!  When life gives […]

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I’m Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). I run a blog, A Mandatory Activity, focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts.

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