Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
They're not evenly cut, but they smell nice - peppermint, of course. If they turn out well, they'll get us all clean, even in their clunky state.
Through a thrifting treasure hunt, I slowly started accumulating all the necessary soapmaking supplies, including: a stainless steel pot for $4, two utensils at .25 cents each, a hand blender for $2, two soap molds (a mini loaf pan for $4 and a tupperware container for $2,) a pitcher for .77 cents and a leftover pasta sauce jar for measuring the sodium hydroxide.
I found The Soapmaker's Companion by Susan Cavitch at my local library. Essentially, this is the the go-to source for soapmakers. Also handy was this link which showed me how to properly mix my solution to make lye.
We are trying to stay sulfate-free and had been buying fantastic (and highly recommended) Sparta peppermint soap from etsy. But now, at $5 a bar, I thought I'd try my hand at soapmaking. Since 15 bars of soap would run $75 (yikes!) we're coming out ahead with our $50 investment because it includes reusable supplies. And we have soap for a year.
In 4 weeks time, I'll report back to let you know how, and if, my soap turned out. Stay tuned.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Katie Jean makes adorable vintage style girls clothing and organic baby accessories. She's mean with a sewing machine! Be sure to stop by Katie's blog as well, she's giving away a copy of the book.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Then, I came upon this video. It's happiness in itself! Oh the joy of being a wild fox... on a trampoline.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
A while back, I mentioned to H that I adored this vintage folk apron on etsy. Not only did he remember, but he thought far enough ahead to order it from the shop in Australia so that I would have it on V-day. Yeah, I know, he's a keeper!And so is this apron :)
If you enjoy folksy goodies, crafts and accessories, this blog should be of interest to you. She's a living folk doll!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We received our package today. Thank you, Lera! This picture doesn't really do them justice, but trying to get C to hold still was an enormous, 52-picture-taking, challenge. The leg warmers have sweet little red hearts at the top too.
It's funny... Charlotte's never seen leg warmers before, but knew exactly how to put them on. After changing her outfit to match, she pranced.
If you are interested in doing a little prancing yourself, check out this tutorial.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
This is what my laundry soap container used to look like...
Friday, February 6, 2009
* The degrees in Celsius for boiling water
* The maximum amount that you can give when you're trying hard
* The yards run by James Harrison to score a Superbowl touchdown for The Pittsburgh Steelers
*One dalmation short of a movie
* Abraham's age when Isaac was born
* Today, I made my 100th sale at TheLittleBirdie (named for Charlotte) which opened in Sept.'08.
* Wednesday's blog post was my 100th - You have my deep appreciation for checking out this here little blog o' mine (pardon my absence, but C's been sick.)
A thousand thanks!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I've needed baskets and organizers for the shelves for quite some time... ok, four years. Well, I thrifted some that very day.