Fire Shawl

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Fire Shawl – available for purchase – message me.

A few years ago, I read The Hunger Games trilogy And immediately knew that I had to create something special…but I had to be patient.. I needed just the right yarn and just the right design. I found the yarn first 🙂 it definitely jumped right out at me screaming ‘fire!’ I found the right design, calculated what part of the yarn I needed to start with to get the color going how I wanted….and the result is what you see. I stowed it away (except for when these photos were taken) because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. It doesn’t really get cold enough here in Louisiana for me to wear it and quite frankly I haven’t had the opportunity. It makes me sad because it really is gorgeous and should be worn, so I have decided if anyone is interested I am open to offers.

This Shawl is very light weight but very cozy and definitely holds the warmth in. It can be worn many different ways and would be a beautiful addition to any wardrobe.

Best Ear-flap Hat Pattern IMO

I love free patterns and when my friend asked me to make her two cozy hats for two 10 year old girls for their road trip to Missouri…well, it was the perfect opportunity to try out something new.

Now, I did not put the pompoms at the end of the braids but for a quick, super cozy and stretchy hat, this is a winner!

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Blossom Earflap Hat Pattern by Stitch 11

Paula’s blanket

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My friend Paula is a very talented quilter. Last year I was playing around with color schemes to make a blanket for my daughter. Paula saw this square, fell in love, and struck a deal. She would make me a quilt if I would make her this blanket. I’ve worked on it off and on and ran into a few issues ( being the perfectionist that I am) . I am almost done, whew! And I know she is going to LOVE it!

Fabric Softener Crystals

This is awesome!  I used to use plain old Epsom Salt or 1 cup of vinegar in my wash when I would run out of fabric softener. Then I tried making liquid fabric softener, but my clothes felt waterproof (not good since if liquid beads up on fabric there’s a guarantee it is all over the dryer vent which is a fire hazard!) Anyway, I found a gem! and I already had all the ingredients! The ingredients cost less than $2 total! (I recently bought some of the Purex Crystals for a little over $3) a dollar saved is money in my pocket!

So I used a recipe for fabric softener crystals I found on a cute little blog called One Good Thing by Jillee!

 

Ingredients:

4 cups  Epsom Salt

40 drops of essential oil(s)- about 10 drops per cup of epsom salt, but you can put more

incorporate (this means stir/shake/mix) really well

I used lemon and lavender essential oils – which is also what I use in my laundry liquid. Smells nice.

I store it in an airtight container.

Use approximately 1/4 c. per load. Put it in with the clothes and detergent (no need to try to time the rinse cycle)

Declan’s Ouchie Remover and Dale’s Not So Stinky Peppermint Vapor Rub

For this ointment (and any containing essential oil) if you can find the dark glass apothecary jars please use them. The essential oils will loose their effectiveness in light. I have been unable to find the dark glass jars and settled for clear. When I was done I closed the jar, taped off the lid, and spray painted it with black paint. Whatever works.

Declan’s Ouchie Remover

He is one of the roughest little boys, EVER (takes after his daddy) and he is always needing his ouchies taken care of. So, he calls this his Ouchie Remover!

Following “Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment”, 

add in the following essential oils once you remove the melted wax and oils from the heat:

2 tsp. tea tree essential oil

40 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops lemon essential oil

stir well and then pour into your sterilized jars. Let cool and store in a dark dry place – my bathroom closet/medicine cabinet is where I keep mine.

Dale’s Not So Stinky Peppermint Vapor Rub

Yep, you guessed it. My teenager doesn’t like the strong smell of Vapor Rub. So I came up with this just for him.

Following “Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment”, 

add in the following essential oils once you remove the melted wax and oils from the heat:

1 1/2 tsp   peppermint essential oil

1 tsp eucalyptus essential oil

40 drops rosemary essential oil

stir well and then pour into your sterilized jars. Let cool and store in a dark dry place – my bathroom closet/medicine cabinet is where I keep mine.

Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment

After much researching the internet for homemade antiseptic ointment and vapor rub, and reading A LOT of recipes (who knew?)… I have come up with my own version. This recipe is the base I use for both of them. It is great for moisturizing and (from what I have read) gentle on sensitive skin. As with anything you would put on your skin, there is always a possibility of allergy. IF you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed.. then don’t use it.

Super easy and quick to make.. you may never look for another ointment again! I know I won’t 🙂

 

Ingredients:

3 – 8 oz jars (as you can see from the pictures, I used canning jars)

4 oz (or 1/2 c)  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

12 oz (or 1 1/2 c) Coconut Oil (surprisingly enough I found this right next to the olive oil)

3 oz Organic Bees Wax pastilles

A kitchen scale (digital or not, as long as you can read it and it measures ounces you’re ok)

2 medium sized sauce pans (here in the south we call these boilers.. well, cause that’s what you do in them.. boil stuff)

paint stick for stirring (a clean one, people.. ask the guy or gal at the paint counter – mine were free)

 

Directions:

Using one of those medium sized sauce pans, sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water. I put mine in for about 2 minutes and removed them with tongs.. be careful- as with anything HOT there is a danger to be burned or scalded. Set them upside down to cool while you are making the ointment.

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In the other medium sized boiler, put EVOO, coconut oil, beeswax pastilles on medium heat. You need to watch this carefully. It will not take long for the beeswax to melt. Stir with your paint stick and once melted remove from heat.

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Now is where you would add in the essential oils IF you are making something specific.

Carefully pour the liquid into your sterilized jars and set aside to cool. It won’t take long and you will see it change from clear to cloudy as it solidifies. Image

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Store in a cool dry place. Shelf life of 2 years (mine gets used up in less than a year, so nothing to worry about).

 

 

 

WEEDS!

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Cute television show, BUT I am not talking about those weeds…. I’m talking about the pesky green vegetative variety that overtakes every crack in the driveway and overruns fence lines and flower gardens making your beautiful lawn look unkempt. I’m talking about these….Image

 

I do not like having to deal with chemicals and I really dislike repeatedly pulling the suckers out to have them quickly sprout back up and EEK! .. multiply!

I ran across this recipe for homemade weed killer

I love it! Just be careful where you spray because it will kill everything… it is not prejudiced and will equally kill your flowers along with the unwanted targets! If you don’t want to follow the link, keep reading!

This makes 1 gallon!

Ingredients:

2 cups table salt

1 gallon white vinegar (make sure it has 5 percent acidity)

8 drops liquid dishwashing soap, preferably Dawn

Directions:

1 Mix this up in a large container (I used a clean milk jug) and then put some in a spray bottle.

**I can’t stress the next part enough…
2 label, Label, LABEL! (give it a crazy  name if you want, but label it clear and simple so that anyone reading the bottle will know what it is!)
 
3 Spray the offending weed or vegetation. It should die in a couple of days.
4 Make sure you put your homemade weed killer in a safe place!

Happy weed killing! 🙂