Archive for Crafts
I enjoy drinking herbal teas and I indulge in the occasional cup of real tea. We’ll be painting the kitchen soon (I hope), so I was looking for some décor to match the blue color I’ve chosen.
You can use this same idea using fewer clothespins to hold Christmas cards, important papers or anything lightweight and stiff enough to be clipped that you can imagine. It would make a great gift for the tea drinker in your life or the person who loves to display Christmas cards.
First, decide how many clothespins you wish to use. If you’re using it for things like Christmas cards, you will want to consider using 14-18 clothespins. For tea bags, you can use 14-25 clothespins. I used 25 on my tea wreath above.
Then, gather your materials. Read More→
Soap balls are a good gift for the women in your life who like decorative soaps in their bathrooms. Growing up, my grandmother and great-grandmother always had little decorative soaps by the bathroom sink. They’re also good exfoliating after work that is hard on your hands, like gardening. I make ones with pascalite clay for folks with oily skin.
I use artisan-crafted soaps at home, but because these are for a gift, I used the brand of soap the recipient prefers. This method will work with any bar soap that is a true soap (Dr. Bronner’s, artisan soaps) or a detergent-base bar (Ivory, Dove), either commercially-produced or hand-made. It will not work with glycerine bars. Unscented without solid additives like oatmeal or herbs work best, but you can use any scent or color you’d like if you don’t want to have to add them during the process. Read More→
I enjoy giving hand-made gifts for holidays. This recipe is useful, looks pretty, smells good and doesn’t break the bank. It’s a good ‘little something’ gift. It’s a snap to make. This recipe makes a pint, but you can use smaller mason jars or decorative, wide-mouth jars if you wish to give smaller amounts.
I’m not the type that thinks gifts must be themed for the holiday it’s being given in. For example, not every food-based gift at Christmas will be peppermint. You can make a peppermint scrub, but since the oil is yellow you would need to add red food coloring to make it look right. I don’t want to put food coloring on my skin, so I stick to scents that will match the yellow color. That’s why I choose citrus for gift giving.
I enjoy using this scrub at home. I use it on my feet and elbows. It’s great for when your hands are beat up from gardening or crafting. And because I snuck in some epsom salts, you can also get a magnesium boost in addition to softening your skin. Read More→
The kids aren’t the only ones who have fun with crafts. I do a fair amount myself. This one is very pretty but it really isn’t doable for small kids.
I really enjoy making goodies to decorate the house. I prefer handmade decorations to store-bought items. The less expensive the materials are, the happier I am.
Gather your supplies. You need some toilet paper or paper towel rolls. I ask my family to save theirs for me so I have an endless supply of craft materials. You’ll also need clothespins, white glue, toothpicks, a ruler, a pen, spray paint, some straws and if you’d like, some epsom salt or glitter. I say the epsom salt looks better. You’ll also need a place to do the spray painting. Read More→
My kids would gladly spend the bulk of each day doing arts and crafts projects if I let them. They are especially excited around Christmas, as we have a couple of weeks off of school and we normally do a craft project daily.
My children are forevermore attempting to decorate our windows and walls with cut-out bits of construction paper. One time, they even glued their craft projects onto the dining room windows, walls and my china cabinet before I caught them. I knew this project would be a hit. Read More→
One of the first things I did when I went to a natural lifestyle was to throw out the artificial fragrances. They give me a severe headache. For a long time, that has meant that we had no smell-good frou-frou around the house. Of course, that is unacceptable to a certain young lady who has developed an obsession with potpourri (and perfume, jewelry, make-up and anything pink, purple or frilly).
I have a girlie girl who loves crafts. As I mentioned in a previous post, we re-did her bedroom as a Christmas gift and she’s been wanting some pretties. I got the idea from a Hanging Roses Tutorial at House of Smiths that I modified slightly. One is light purple and the other is light blue.
The blue one is a little crushed on the upper right-hand side, but I just need to re-fluff it. That’s where it was sitting on itself while I was working. DH helped me hang them from her bedroom ceiling. I’ll make a third one in another color when I get the chance.
I have a confession to make.
For a long time on this blog, there have been very few pictures. The reason for this glaring omission can be summed up in one word.
There. I said it. Up until now, I have been embarrassed of the decor and colors of my house.
I know I’m not the only woman out there in the traditional foods world with an ugly kitchen and living space. So I’ve decided to post about it anyway and *gasp* go ahead and do a video series in my ugly kitchen, with atrocious 80’s peeling wallpaper and all.
Because it’s real life. Because my kitchen and my home aren’t perfect. Because I don’t have a limitless budget to get the best of everything. And I bet for the vast majority of you don’t, either. So I refuse to rent space or borrow the kitchen of a friend’s expensive and perfect house to make my life look like something it isn’t. I believe that’s part of the reason why so many people think they can’t do traditional foods. Their kitchen isn’t roomy enough, they don’t have enough space, the right equipment, the right whatever.
Do what you can with what you have, where you are. Even in your ugly kitchen with 1980’s wallpaper. Even in your galley kitchen the size of a bathroom. Even when you’re traveling, the kids are sick, the budget is tight. Eliminate your excuses, accept your reality and do the best you can with what you’ve been handed.
I am saying goodbye to my house and hello to a home. A home that isn’t perfect, but a home that is lived in. And a home that I’m trying to change, a little at a time.
I enjoy loom knitting. Since I am left-handed, I haven’t been able to learn how to knit with needles. So I stick with crochet and looms for the knitting. I have found loom knitting to be much faster than hand knitting or crochet and it is much easier on the hands, too.
Last year, I found these adorable hats at the Loom Lore blog. I made the first one, but it was too small since the yarn the pattern calls for doesn’t stretch. It would have fit a toddler well so I gave it away to someone at church. I re-did it in a larger size and in a wool yarn, and they came out beautifully. I gave them to the kids this week.
In all, I probably spent 3 hours on each hat, while curled up in front of the TV during family time, riding in the car, in the waiting room, and while talking on the phone. Not bad for what would normally be considered ‘lost’ time. I have found that because I can loom knit by feel and not have to look, I can knit in the car despite the motion sickness as long as I’m not casting on or changing colors. Since we live about 10 minutes from most places we drive to, it works out perfectly to get one color done and not have to try to swap colors while the car is in motion.
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