Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My new sewing machine

Brother Computerized 110-stitch Function Sewing...includes: Hard Case & Quilting Accessories

A few years back my Mother-in-law bought us a cheapo sewing machine from walmart for Xmas. I was a beginner and didn't think I needed anything fancy with a ton of gadgets.  The more sewing I did, the more I hated the machine, which made me dread taking it out to work on projects. Which almost made me think I hated sewing (Blasphemy,  right?!)

I got a new sewing machine for Mother's day. It's Ahhhhhmazing. :D Especially compared to my old one. I didn't realize how big of a difference a quality machine would make in my projects. Not only am I in love with my new machine, I'm in love with sewing again. This machine has been so simple to use. It does all the work for me, and I'm just there supervising. Now thats my kind of project; Sit back, relax and watch something beautiful blossom before your eyes. I now wonder how my sewing skills would compare had I started out with this machine as a beginner. Would I know the stresses of tension troubles? Would I even know how to thread a bobbin?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Thanks to my new obsession with scrapbook paper and Mod podge, I took some plain white letters and brightened up our dining room. The original word says "CREATE". We use our dining room as our craft area and hardly ever eat at the table (I know, I know. I've got to work on that. But that means I have to put away all my crafts before meals. Then it takes me some umph and motivation to get them all back out again. Yes I'm lazy. No I'm not too ashamed.).
The problem I am having is finding the right shelf to hang it up on. And I refuse to go buy new. My budget is $10 or less. I like a challenge. Not really. Craigslist is my friend.
So while my search continues for the perfect shelf for our dining/craft room, I put 3 letters up in the kitchen mirror/shelf thing. The letters should say "Do the dishes!". I'll save that for a different day. ;)
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

DIY deoderant

I've been wanting to make my own deodorant for a few years now. I finally took the plunge.

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I found this cute little glass jar at a community yard sale last weekend. When I saw it I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. (You could use a baby food jar.)
  • I took about 2 Tablespoons of Corn starch, 1 Tablespoon of Baking soda, 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil, a squirt of the super sensitive California baby lotion and a few drops of lavender oil. I mixed it up into a smooth consistency. This is not an exact science; Use whatever lotion or essential oil you have on hand. 

I do tend to have chronic yeast problems (thrush when breastfeeding), so I was worried about how I would do with the corn starch, since that tends to feed the yeast. As I had hoped, the virgin coconut oil and lavender oil I added kept the yeast under control. Coconut oil is the only thing I have found to kill my thrush. Not even diflucan was able to help. It has been a lifesaver. This deodorant has been put it to the test.

When I first started to use this recipe, I was only expecting a deodorant. I have been pleasantly surprised with how dry I have been too. I assume that I should attribute that to the baking soda. I'm happy to say I don't smell, not even of coconuts. 

Do you make your own deodorant? What are your favorite ingredients? And if you don't make your own deodorant; what's stopping you?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gift jars

I made these "gift jars" to use for the washer necklaces that I made for Mothers Day. I forgot to take finished pictures of the project, but I loved how they came out. So simple, yet so unique. My mom says she will be reusing it to hold her nails or safety pins.
Mod podge is becoming my drug of choice. Its incredible what a little scrapbook paper and mod podge can do.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thrifty tea box

My knick-knack rack needed to be prettied up a bit. All it took was: 
  • a tea box
  • a piece of scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • paint brush 
  • and mod podge 

I started by tracing the sides of the tea box on the back of the scrapbook paper. Cut them out. Painted a layer of mod Podge on the box, stuck the paper on and then painted 2 more coats of mod podge over the scrapbook paper. 


I'm fascinated by how much joy a pretty little tea box can bring me when I walk by. I see it and think to myself 1) I DID THAT! 2) oooh its so purty. hah

Now I just need to organize the other knickknacks on the shelf and perhaps pretty up some other things.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

California Baby lotion

It's Review Wednesday! 

I just tried a few squirts of JuneBug's California Baby super sensitive everyday lotion. WOW! I tried it out on my newly shaved legs and my goodness. HEAVEN. This lotion is so much more then I ever expected lotion to be. I am even able to use the lotion on my face without breaking out. Who knew that lotion didn't have to be greasy or could make you feel clean and fresh?! That has never been my experience. With other products I would have to wash my hands with soap to get the slimy greasy feeling off. I'm not going to be able to ever go back to those typical mainstream lotions.  I'm hoping to try some more of their products as soon as our others run out. I'm especially looking forward to the Sunblock and shampoo and body wash.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Washer Necklaces

Mother's day is quickly approaching, so this craft got priority over the others. And costing less then $10 for all my supplies, I have enough to make for all the women in my family and even my 3 bestfriends. Now that is thrifty!
First I sent my husband out to Harbor Freight. He is probably the only guy I know that hates home improvement /tool stores. He bought the Stamping set  for $4.99 (on sale) and I picked up a dozen different sized washers from Home Depot for $2. I got home, got my hammer and went straight to pounding. I made necklaces for my mom ("Bubbe"), mother-in-law ("Grandma"), and Sister. For my sister I used 4 different sized washers. The biggest washer says "Yishai & Shalom" (her two oldset boys). The next size down says "Nissim & Mendy" (the two younger boys) and the next smallest says "Shira" (Her youngest baby and ONLY girl). Then the smallest one on top says "Mom". I then laced all of my sisters together and it took me less then 20 minutes to do it all.
I have a few more I'd like to make. I'm still deciding on what I want them to say though.

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