Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bang! Bang! pshew pshew

So yesterday I had a day off.

As I was puttering around getting stuff done, I decided that I wanted bangs.

Now, I’ve been thinking about getting them for a while, and had been humming and hawing so I finally decided to do it. Helps to have my hair salon just around the corner.  Because the entire turnover time from deciding to get them to walking home from the salon was approximately 30 min.

Whaddya think?

Not gonna lie… I’m really into my new ‘do.

Plus, they didn’t charge me for a haircut, just a tip to the hairdresser!  Amazing!

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Let’s get natural (pt 2.)

As I was searching for a recipe for homemade, natural cleaning supplies, I came across all kinds of green-living websites. Gotta say, I quickly passed through some that were a little too hippie for me, required too much effort, or insisted on totally obscure ingredients that I would require a lengthy search and a hefty bill.

But a blog by Sayward at Bonzai Aphrodite was different!  I love her simple recipes for natural, homemade cleaning supplies.  She basically fulfilled all of my criteria for not passing by her website.  (Plus, her writing style is really personable which always helps!)

A little while ago I made a simple homemade cleaner, and since it was so easy I thought I’d try another.  So I revisited Sayward’s blog.

I give you,

Homemade Dish Soap

Um, that’s it?  Yes!  She also suggests using a few drops of essential oil if you purchase unscented soap.  I bought the Lemon scented kind, because it is the quintessential ‘clean’ smell.  Also, because it cost the same as unscented and I’d rather not spend extra on buying lemon essential oil… (made sense to me!)  See the original post/recipe here.

I hesitate calling it “homemade” soap because you are basically buying a different kind of soap.  But you can feel much better about it, since it’s all natural!  (And still makes suds, which I was afraid of losing!)

Plus, the glass bottle looks much prettier than anything you would buy.  (I seem to be hung up on this.)  I encourage you to try it yourself!

Palmolive, look out!

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Cute as a button!

Disclaimer:  I don’t generally make things to wear.  I think this may be because in my twenty-something years I have yet to really find my “style,” so making myself something that I would actually put on seems like a stretch.  But I keep seeing fabric covered button earrings everywhere, and they seemed pretty cute and doable!  Jewelry I can handle.

This tutorial was really useful!  I only had really big buttons at home, but I figured that it would be a good trial run in case I mess it up (which, let’s be honest, is highly possible!).

Here is a (very) brief capture of the process in pictures:

   

   

Ta-da!

They look cute, but they are definitely not wear-worthy!  I learned a few things:

  1. Glue gun (vs. white glue) may work better
  2. Smaller buttons, fo sho
  3. Careful when stretching out the fabric because pattern may get distorted
  4. Be cautious of uniform cotton dispersion, otherwise you get this:

Live ‘n learn.  I’ll be trying this again once I get my hands on some smaller buttons.

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Chocolate on a stick? Why yes, please!

As a self-professed chocaholic, you give me chocolate in just about any form and I’m in.  When I saw this recipe for dark chocolate pudding pops in a magazine, it was a no-brainer that I had to make them.  Plus, as I was recently looking at my summer to-do list I was sorely disappointed by my lack of items crossed off!**  Partly my fault, and party the low pressure system that has turned Vancouver’s July into what looks like Vancouver’s October.  (Read: rain, rain, rain.  Oh!  and more rain.)

**I know the item on my list said creamsicles.. but I figure this counts, right?  No? Well it’s not like I need an excuse to make another delicious treat.

So, here’s a little summer pick-me-up for those of you who are wondering where the sun has gone.

Dark Chocolate Pudding Pops

      

         

Since not everything I make turns out as expected.. hubby had some reservations.  In fact, he had so little trust in me that he bet me $3 (what he had in his pocket?) that I would admit they weren’t very good.

Best $3 I ever made!

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Let’s get natural… natural..

(Title sung to the tune of a certain Olivia Newton-John song.)

So lately I have been looking into ways to make my life a little greener.  I wish I could say it was because I have this genuine urge to be easier on the planet.  That is definitely partly it, but it more stems from not wanting to breathe in/absorb all those unpronounceable chemicals in household cleaners and detergents. (Just being honest!)

To this end, I had started purchasing my standard brands, but instead choosing varieties that said “green” on them (e.g. Clorox GreenWorks).  They made me feel a little better about it, but I truly wonder if they are really as “green” as they claim on the bottle.

So today I thought I’d venture a step further.  I know you can make home “recipes” for household cleaners, so I thought I would give it a shot! I chose an All-Purpose Cleaner as my first venture.

All-Purpose Cleaner

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 15 drops of essential oil (I used Lavender)

I was a bit wary of using vinegar, because let’s be honest – I don’t want my bathroom to smell like vinegar after I’m done with it.  I want it to smell fresh and clean! (So fresh and so clean.. )

I just made this and tried it out – it worked like a charm!  The few drops of essential oil definitely balance out the vinegar smell.  And did you know that vinegar is a natural disinfectant?  I didn’t.

So I think I will try this out for a while. See how it goes!  I might try my hand at a few other home remedies and report back.

Of course, after I made the cleaner I could only think about making a pretty label for the bottle.  So I did.  See?

As I was Googling sample labels I came across Amy’s blog.  She has some lovely labels for the recipe that she uses – if you are interested you should check it out!  I used her labels as a template for creating my own (thanks Amy!).  I got a little impatient and wanted to put the label on right that moment, so I printed it off on paper and mod podged it on.  But (like Amy suggests), printing off on shipping label stickers would work out better.

But seriously – isn’t this little bottle way cuter than anything made by Clorox?  And that’s what really matters, right?  :)


Linking up at Tidy Mom, It’s a Hodgepodge Life, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Polkadots on Parade, and Sew Much Ado.

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Handmade Gift Exchange Project

Here it is – my project for Linda’s handmade gift exchange!  Now, I am sure you are all familiar with the scrabble tile pendant concept – it even looks like it was the gift of choice for many of you gift exchangers!  So this may feel a little passé for some, but it was a new project for me and I thought this was a great opportunity for me to try my hand at it.

As I have mentioned, in our email exchanges my crafting partner told me that she was interested in “the 1940s, 1950s and science.” So I had a bit to work with! However, I thought it would be more fun to go for more of a vintage feel, minus the science (sorry Sydnee!).

After some sleuthing I found out that she likes sewing.  So, I figured as my image I would use a vintage sewing pattern!

I chose this one:


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I shrunk it down to a scrabble tile size, printed it off, and with the help of these materials,


created this:


After some roadblocks along the way (ahem, 4 clasps and a few scrabble tiles later) I realized that I probably could have looked up a tutorial or something.  Oh well – I improvised (hence a little Krazy glue and the pliers with cotton balls taped to them…) and I think it turned out pretty well!

Sydnee, I hope you like!

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