Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sunshine Award

Wow! We got a great award from our friends over at Groucho the Wonder Westie, head on over and check out what a cutie Groucho is!!! Thanks for the award! 

1.Favorite number? My favorite number is 4, going back to my high school volleyball playing days!
 2.Favorite non-alcoholic beverage? Definitely water for my doggies, otherwise Ginger Ale!
 3. Facebook or Twitter? Both have their positives and negatives. Facebook is nice for pictures, but sometimes Twitter is just easier!
 4. Your Passion? Sewing and crafting and just creating overall!
 5. Favorite Pattern? Polka Dots!
 6. Favorite Day of the Week? Saturday! No work and that's when most college football games are on!
 7.Favorite Flower? I am loving the Bleeding Hearts in my front yard!

Homemade Body Wash

Since I've started canning and sewing more I've found that I seem to be seeking out more things I can make myself. I think I've blogged about making my own laundry detergent, but I recently decided to make my own body wash! I was running out and a bit annoyed at the cost when shopping around so I did what any good DIYer would do....I headed straight to Pinterest! I found several good tutorials, like this one, and this one, but I most closely followed this one.

I used vegetable glycerine, one bar of Dr. Bronner's Castille soap and some distilled water. I found the glycerin at New Seasons and they only had a bottle that was much bigger than I need, but I guess that means I won't need to go out and try to find it again for a while!

I used an old knife to chunk the soap up and mixed it with 2 tablespoons of the glycerine and a half gallon of the water. I forgot to take a picture, but I basically just covered it and let it simmer until the soap had melted. I will admit that I was pretty certain I hadn't done it correctly. The result was clear and very watery looking. I decided to let it sit overnight, and sure enough in the morning it was opaque and a darn snotty mess! I put it in jars and added it up, I had just made 56 ounces of lovely lavender body wash!

I bought a plastic squeeze bottle in the trial section at Target and filled it from the smallest jar. I used some the other day and it worked like a charm! It smells lovely and lathered pretty nicely!

Lets add this up.....$1 for the gallon of distilled water, $7.99 for the glycerin (16 ounces, $.50 an ounce) and $4.50 for the bar of soap. For this batch that's $.50 for water, $.50 for glycerin and $4.50 for soap = total $5.50. Aveeno body wash is $5.99 for 16 oz. So for less than I could have bought 16 ounces of body wash at the store I made 56 ounces! Pretty darn good! Oh, and the little plastic container cost $1.29. But I will continue to fill and use it. I looked all over my house for one that I could use, I'm sure I'll find a whole stash of these little travel bottles now but oh well!!

This was such a quick and easy project and I'm so happy I did it! Once I get through all the shampoo I have stocked up from my crazy couponing year, I will be making my own shampoo too! The possibilities are endless!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scottie Love

Whenever I find Scottie material I get so excited! Usually this happens around Christmas, but this year I had the pleasure of finding some awesome non Christmas Scottie material! My friend actually saw it online and then at a local quilt shop Cool Cottons! I've bought some in a few different places over the last year or so! I think I made the cutest thing last night from it.....

Yea!! I used an awesome tutorial by Kaelin of The Plaid Scottie ! Check out her site and look for her adorable Scottie Whiskers!! What a cutie pie!!! You can find this lively little Scottie zippered box pouch in my etsy store

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bye Bye Fluffy Pippen

Pippen went to the groomer today! She was getting so fluffy, I could tell she was uncomfortable and she needed a little haircut. Here is her before:

See?! Very fluffy! So off she went today to her groomer Wendy at Portland Pampered Pets. They are super nice and do a great job. When I picked Pippen up Wendy said she was so good as usual! Pippen just loves the attention! What a silly Scottie!! Here is her after photo!!

Plus, some outtakes!