Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I brought this book along on my recent trip to California. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. It was passed on to me by my younger sister, who said it "changed her life". Naturally, I was intrigued. It is the true and amazing story of the people who survived the dust bowl. Here is an excerpt:
"One of nine kids, Ike Osteen grew up in a dugout. A dugout is just that, a home dug into the hide of the prairie. The floor was dirt...Every spring Ike's mother poured boiling water over the walls to kill the fresh hatched bugs. The family heated the dugout with cow chips, which burned in an old stove and left a turd smell slow to dissipate. The toilet was outside, a hole in the ground."
Yeah...it's shocking. It is really hard to understand why in the world they stayed there - so you'll have to read to find out! The first part is a little slow, as it is giving a lot of history, but hang in there - it gets better. Enjoy and be inspired, especially by the women who had to clean those dust-infiltrated homes.
I know this is not a new concept, but I had never really organized this way - it is my new favorite! I have now organized all of my fabric, paper, and beads this way and they are so inviting I can't wait to use them! (Much better than digging around a drawer for 30 min before you even find what you want). So take a minute and make your crafting area a little more beautiful- then craft away!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- stress reduction
- skin abrasions/burns
So how should you apply lavender? You can mix it with a carrier oil, such as sunflower, jojoba, safflower, or olive oil and massage it into your skin. Use 4 or 5 drops to a 1/4 cup of oil. You could also put a few drops in some milk and pour it into your bath (the milk helps the oil distribute through the water, otherwise it will just float on the top). You can put several drops on a cotton ball and inhale deeply if you don't want the scent to stay on your skin.
How do essential oils work?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Then, I got out the trusty Duct tape and just taped those puppies together. Go really slowly and make sure your rugs are lining up and not overlapping.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Our first afternoon we went to La Jolla Beach and watched the sunset.
Friday we drove up to Keys Creek Lavender Farm. This is a picture of rose geranium, sweet lavender, and the distillery, where they make the essential oils.
Ready to party on Friday night at the Beach Boys concert on the U.S.S. Midway, courtesy of Starkey hearing aid company.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
If you have never cared for Zucchini, here is a recipe that will change your mind. At least it changed my husband's:) You will need: 3 or 4 zucchini squash, butter, milk, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Step 1: Slice the zucchini and place in a pot of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes or until fork tender.
Step 2: Drain the water out of the pot. Add 2T of butter to the hot squash.
Step 3: Add a splash of milk, 1/2 t of sugar(it cuts the bitterness), and salt and pepper to taste.
Step 4: Get out a potato masher and mash all of the ingredients together. Use a slotted spoon to serve. Yummy!
(you can also use yellow summer squash)
Great way to get those veggies in there!
Friday, April 9, 2010
So I found whatever scraps of fabric I hadn't packed (Ryan is laughing at me because I said I was done with small projects after Easter...). Anyway I came up with this:
I wish I could give you a tutorial, but I'm not even sure how I made this, much less how I would tell you. I just started cutting and pinning and sewing and ripping until it looked how I wanted it to. So...Hurray! A new summer purse just for Mommy! Now I have to focus on packing...
I did want to say that I will be on holiday(don't you think that's a much better word than vacation?) all next week so I probably won't be posting, but I will tell you all about it when I get back. I did set up an appointment to go visit here on Friday of next week, and I am so excited!!!! Anyway- go make yourself a new summer bag!
1 vintage teapot
1 glass apothecary canister
1 funky bowl thing (I may put seashells in it, or a candle)
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Good Morning! Well Mother's Day is a month away and here is a lovely gift you could make for any Mommy you know! Select some lovely fabric, I chose Anna's voile of course, mainly because I had scraps left over from Easter. The voile is nice though because it feels so soft against your face. Once you have selected your fabric you will also need to gather rice, lavender buds, and a fabric to use for lining.
Step 1: Cut out four rectangles, 5" x 8"
Step 2: Do any embroidery you would like to add now. I chose to put the words "Dreaming of fabric..." on my front piece.
Step 3: Lay fabric right sides together (including lining) and stitch three sides, using 1/2" seam.
Step 4: Fill the pillow with about a cup of rice and 1/4 cup of lavender buds. If you are sensitive to smells I would use less lavender. Experiment with what smells good to you :) You can either grow your own lavender and dry it or buy some here.
Step 5: Tuck the raw edges in and top stitch your opening.
Step 6: Wrap and send your gift...or enjoy it yourself ;)
I would like to say that I am organized enough to give you a tip every week...but that's not true. So I am going to try to pass along what I can when I can :) I came up with this last night when I was so tired of her little pony tail holders showing up ALL OVER the house! Plus it's a great way to use your old spools of thread! Now I need a way to organize her bows. What are your tips for storing and displaying hair bows?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Be sure to rinse well between each step.
1. Take all dirty dishes out of the sink.
2. Fill both sides with hot water. Add about 1/3 cup of Simple Green to each side and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Drain and rinse very well. Sprinkle baking soda in your sink and scrub with a sponge.
Step 4: Rinse the sink very well, then take a sharp edge and clean around the edge of your sink, like you would clean under your finger nails.
Step 5: Scrub around the faucet with a toothbrush- you will be shocked at the gunk that has accumulated there.
Step 6: Spray your sink down with window cleaner and give it a good shine. I use paper towels but you could also use a cloth.
Ok- are you ready for the result?!?!?
AHHHH... one happy mama with a clean shiny sink. Have fun!