DIY Lavender Soap Bars: how lovely! Before you scroll away, you need to know how amazingly easy this "recipe" is! Michael's carries the soap base and the molds. The rest is a snap: melt, add the goodies and mold.
How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract: I've been making my own for a couple years and will never go back! There are a few versions from Cook's Illustrated I've tried, and this one is from America's Test Kitchen (via Brown Eyed Baker).