I saved a foaming hand soap dispenser for my first experiment with using castille soap as hand wash. But I did end up buying another so that I could have a bottle with me at work as well. You can find lots of them on Amazon, or at walmart.com.
I poured a quarter cup of Dr. Bronner's all-in-one castile soap (I used Lavender for the one at home, Peppermint for the one at work.) and filled the rest of the bottle with distilled water. (its really important not to use tap water, bacteria will grow in there before you can say "I love this hand soap!") I shook the mixture up really well and that was it.
The castile soap, I found out, has natural glycerin in it, which is a great product for helping lock in moisture. After using this at home and at work for a week I can promise you that your hands will not fill like sandpaper anymore from too much washing! You might even save money on hand creams since you won't be drowning your hands in them every half hour.
I'd love to know what you all think of castile soap and how you use it in your life. Does anyone wash their hair with it? I'm dying to try that. What do you think?
Well, there are three things you need to know about these sprays:
1 - They really work like miracles. No joke. You spray it before you go (and that is the trick, you have to know how to use it, its not an air freshener) and NO ONE will know.
2 - I do not know what the ingredients are in the commercial ones you can buy, but I do understand the principle behind them and how they do their magic.
3 - Knowing how they work, I was able to make my own and you can too. Its so easy and a fraction of the cost of buying the fancy ones. Lets make some!
How It Works: It creates a barrier (a layer of scented oils) on top of the water in the toilet. The barrier itself smells great (you mix up your favorite essential oils or just use your favorite already blended ones) and once something (eh, hem) passes through the barrier, it seals back up and no smells can get through it. Genius, right?
How I made mine: So you can't just put essential oils in a spray bottle and use them straight. For one, that's like flushing money down the toilet (literally) and two, not all essential oils are very thick, and some are probably too thick. So the second ingredient needs to be water.
Then we need something to thicken it a little, but more so to give it a spreadable consistency once it lands on top of the water. So I used glycerin. Glycerin is in a lot of products in order to give them consistency, glide, or thickening. You could use pure glycerin (its in the face product section) or vegetable glycerin (a more natural choice derived purely from, you guessed it, vegetables.)
I took a small glass spray bottle I had saved from a facial toner. I think it was about 2 - 2.5 ounce capacity. I put in a teaspoon of glycerin, then a total of about 20-25 drops of essential oils. I blended some of my favorites like citrus bliss blend, clary sage and grapefruit, but you can use any you would like. Then I topped the bottle off with water and shook it up like crazy. I would recommend using distilled water to keep the oils and everything from getting gross.
We gave this stuff a couple tests and everyone was happy to report "it works, it really really works!"
So go forth and make your own! You'll probably need some directions to put with it if you are hoping anyone else will use it. The sticker I put on mine says "If you gotta go, spray this first and no one will know!"
Please give it a try and let me know what you think.
We are in the midst of the stomach bug going through the house! It stayed with me on Thursday night and all day Friday. My husband is in bed now. I'm praying the children don't get it because... Well, vomit and toddlers is not fun no matter how you look at it.
So I'm on the Lysol prowl! Nothing is safe from me and my trusty purple can! I'm also washing everything in sight which means it was time to make another batch of laundry soap.
I know I told you before about this, and you can find a million recipes for it on the internet. The ingredients don't really vary much, but the preparation and ratios do. I'm still trying to get this just how I like it, but it works like magic! I never used the peppermint castile soap before, so that's going to be fun. I'll let you know how it turns out. I will share the recipe with you soon. But right now I see some hard surfaces that could be harboring nasty germs. I must go spray them. Be well, wash your hands like crazy.
These were my very first ever singles spun on a wheel
I plyed them into my first ever two ply spun on a wheel
I also did a small amount amount of Navajo plying, which I actually liked doing a LOT.
That was when I had to make my first trip to the shop, for more fiber and another bobbin. I got a lovely bag of BFL in beautiful colors and tried to make a striped 2 ply. It didn't come out striped, but that's okay. There is about 130 yards here and I couldn't be happier.
Another trip to the shop got me a beautiful bag of fiber, with 4 oz each of four colors. Two colors are straight Coriedale , one has some kid mohair in there, and the other has some angora blended with it! I am only working with the straight wool balls right now. Trying for some long striping yarn. My attempt to Navajo ply was kind of a disaster. I can't talk about it yet, but I will tell you another day.
She's so amazing! I have wanted a spinning wheel for so many years. Isabel (named by her first owner, you can't change that stuff!) is an Ashford Kiwi. Single Drive, Scotch Tension, absolutely beautiful. She had a custom paint job, as you can see. That may or may not stay, but for right now I'm perfectly happy!
I've spun on a drop spindle a little bit here and there. I always enjoyed it, but never got into plying with it because it was very cumbersome to me, and frustrating. I cannot wait to fill my second bobbin on Isabel and ply! I also joined Craftsy Unlimited so that I could do a beginner spinning class. I'll start the class tonight.
If you have never heard of Craftsy, you really should poke around the site. Its the coolest thing. You can purchase classes on almost anything you can imagine! You watch the videos, get class materials, and can ask the instructor questions. Best of all, you own the class after you buy it, and can watch it again and again and again. This may not be true for Craftsy Unlimited, but I haven't looked into the exact details yet. I'll let you know about the class when I'm done with it.
Do you have a wheel? What one? Any tips? Tricks? Advice? Leave it in the comments please!
But isn't that bag the best thing you've ever seen? You can get one with a sheep on it too! My BF and I found this vendor at Rhinebeck and the quality and charm of their items can't be beat! This bag is so durable, soft and has pockets inside!!! Oh I love pockets inside bags. This one was a Christmas present from my BF, you should look for one for yours!
I'd like to also add that my cats can't knit, but they seem very attracted to the idea of it.
This was my view nearly every time I picked up the sweater to "crank out the sleeves".
The yarn is some of my all time favorite, Good Karma Yarn which I purchased at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival this past Autumn. The festival has been an annual tradition for my BF and I for at least ten years now, and this yarn is always one of my favorite purchases. Its unbelievably soft and squishy, it wears so very well (no pilling and becoming gross) and the colors are beautiful. If you have never tried it I say you should! One skein makes a darling hat. They make sock yarn too, if you are so inclined. The pattern is Aesderina which is fun and would work with so many different yarns to produce a really warm and really stylish hat.
An awesome purchase of 3 adorable skeins of this turned into 4 lovely hats for Christmas presents.
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