Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cool Vintage "book"

A friend of mine is opening a vintage book store.  She found this one which cracks me up.

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Real Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Invigorating Green Coffee & Orange Bath Soak

I've been saving orange peels.  They are pretty useful little things.  You can flavor tea, use them for cleaning or make an air freshener from them.  Another great use is to make a soak for the tub.  Orange has a bright, wake me up scent and when you add the caffeine from the green coffee beans - it's a happy start to a day.  At least on days when you have time to bathe in the morning instead of shower.

You will need a cup or so of dried orange/tangerine peels
1/4 cup green coffee beans
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cone shaped coffee filter
food processor or strong blender

Gather everything up.  I used a mixture of tangerine, navel orange and blood orange peels.  I save them all so I have quite the basket of dried peels.  I also roast my own coffee, so I have tons of beans.  If you don't happen to have those, check with a local roaster.  They will likely sell you a small amount for not too much money.  Today most towns have an artisanal coffee roaster, so just google away and you 'll find someone.  You an also order them from many online sources, but that's more money unless you just really want a pound or more.

Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender.  Grind away.  The coffee beans are tough on a blender so I tend to take a few seconds off in between pulses.  I don't want to burn out my Ninja.  I don't go for smooth texture.  That's almost impossible with green coffee beans because they are so tough and they also tend to have quite a bit of moisture in them so they don't go to powder.

Put 3 tablespoons or so into your filter

Fold the top over once and then fold the sides in

Fold the top over again.  This will help keep all the stuff INSIDE the filter and not all over the inside of your tub.

Secure it closed with a staple or even a hair tie if that's what you have.  Just make sure it won't come open when it's floating around in the tub.

Toss into the bath when you are filling it and then relax and enjoy.

The dry mix can also be added to a gentle liquid soap for a body scrub but I wouldn't use it on the face.  The orange oil can be pretty intense if you get too much on sensitive skin.  It's great for removing gunk off of your hands though.  

Friday, January 2, 2015

little scrap flowers

I'm trying to use 25%of my yarn stag this year.  Starting with the leftovers from past projects.  I used some yarn leftover from hats to make little flowers.  I'll put them on future projects.


Start with a sliding ring.

In the ring make 5 petals.
Each petal is
sc, hdc,DC,hdc
Join last petal to the first sc and fasten off.  I leave a long talk for sewing later.

Pull ring right and secure.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

T-shirts for literacy

We're deep into the fundraising part of our project and selling t-shirts.  Check them out!  Show your love of reading while helping us raise money for literacy at the same time!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Balloon Hats for Literacy

I have an amazing new project.

It's been taking up what little time I have left over during the busy season, but it's something that really brings satisfaction from the work.  Next summer we will be attempting to set a world record while supporting and spotlighting literacy.  4500 people in balloon hats!  Over 30,000 balloons and at least 100 people making hats.  It's going to be a blast!!

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