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Coconut Salt Scrub

I made my own salt scrub and then made extra to give away as gifts along with some of my homemade lip balm.  It was super simple.  I don’t know why I’ve been buying it for so long!

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil

Olive Oil

Salt

Essential oil (optional)

There are numerous variations of this.  Find some oils you are happy with and use those.  Right now I am in love with coconut oil and I always have olive oil on hand.  Since coconut oil becomes a solid at room temperature, I thought I’d blend in and equal amount of olive oil to keep it from totally solidifying.  Then I mixed in a bunch of salt and a few drops of essential oil (my choice was grapefruit oil).

Start with the coconut oil.  Since it is a solid you’ll want to break it up.  Put it in the your mixer and whip it.  At first, you’ll be doubting me, but keep at it, it will whip.  Once it has whipped, add some olive oil and mix the two.

Olive and coconut oils

Olive and coconut oils

Whip the coconut and olive oils

Whip the coconut and olive oils

Mixed oils

Mixed oils

Once the two are mixed, add some essential oil (optional) Add as little or as much as you like.  I find it best to only use a little, but you aren’t making it for me.  Then add salt.  Lots of salt.  You want it to look grainy and thick.  The salt is what is going to scrub all that dead skin off you!

Add salt, lots of salt

Add salt, lots of salt

Add essential oil

Add essential oil

Mix it all together with a spatula.  Then transfer it to jars for gifts or some other storage container for yourself.  I used a 1/4 measure scoop to fill the jars I purchased.

Stored mine in a bowl by the sink.

Stored mine in a bowl by the sink.

Jars

Jars

Filled jars

Filled jars

Apply liberally to hands and scrub over the sink.

Scoop up some out of the container.

Scoop up some out of the container.

Rinse with warm water.  If you hands feel too oily, then use soap to wash them.  If you use soap to wash, you will want to moisturize your hands afterwards so you don’t dry out your newly exfoliated skin.

My before hand

My before hand

My after hand

My after hand

His before hand

His before hand

His after hand

His after hand

Napkins – Great Hostess Gift

I made some cloth napkins to take with me to Thanksgiving dinner.  I showed up with pumpkin pie and napkins.  Yea for me not coming empty handed! (as if I would)

I bought a novelty pack of fabric at Joann.  It had 5 different fabrics in it.  I wanted a dozen napkins so I made two out of some brown broadcloth I had on hand.

Novelty Pack

Novelty Pack

I did a rolled hem around each napkin.

Rolled Hem Napkins

Rolled Hem Napkins

Rolled Hem View

Rolled Hem View

Washed them, ironed and folded them.  I tied them up with the ribbon they came with and presented them that way.  They looked great!

One Dozen Cloth Napkins

One Dozen Cloth Napkins

Tied in ribbon

Tied in ribbon

The whole project took me less than an hour to do.  Ok, well if you include washing and drying them, then it took two hours.

It Puts The Lotion On Its Skin… Or else…

It puts the lotion on its skin!  HA HA! Oh my, you have no idea how long I’ve wanted an opening like that!

I’ve been suffering from dry skin lately and it will only get worse as the weather gets colder.  Not that here in Texas we have a real winter, but if you are from here then it is all we know so it is winter to us.

I used up the store bought lotion I had so I didn’t waste any money, but I am finished buying lotions.  They have so many chemicals in them.  It seems each day I am reading that yet another ingredient in my lotion is a carcinogen.  I have decided to use coconut oil to moisturize.  I bought this huge jar of it at Costco this weekend and have been feeling fully moisturized since.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

At first I was getting a spoon and scraping some out of the jar and letting it melt in my hands then spreading it on the desired body part (sound kind of dirty doesn’t it – snicker, snicker).  Then I decided that was too much trouble so I spooned some into an old lotion container.  That too was too much trouble for me because I had to wait for it to melt in my hands to spread it.  Those precious seconds are like an eternity when you are fresh out of the shower and losing precious moisture with each passing second.  At least to me it is.  What was my solution you ask?  Oh, you didn’t ask. Well I’m going to tell you anyway…

I put it in my handy-dandy Kitchen Aid mixer and whipped it.  Now it is ever so fluffy and easy to spread on the desired body part (heh heh heh).  Each time I put it on I say out loud:  It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.  It is sad, I know, but some things stick with you.

Solid Coconut Oil

Solid Coconut Oil – no need to melt it

There is no need to melt the coconut oil, just scrape some out of the jar and put it in the bowl as is.

Whip It

Whip it (I hear DEVO, what about you?)

Whip it (and sing the song while you do it).  It only takes a few minutes. It took me less than 5.

Put it in a container

Put it in a container – Look how soft and fluffy it is!

I used a spatula to put it in an old (clean) lotion container.  It is lovely, let me tell you.  You are going to love it.  A little goes a long way.  You may feel like you will be a grease slick, but it will soak in quickly.

So the moral of the story is: there isn’t really a moral, but go buy some coconut oil, put it in your mixer, whip it up and moisturize without all those nasty chemicals.  Your skin will be soft and silky with one ingredient: 100% coconut oil.  Oh and bonus, you will smell good too.  Remember, it puts the lotion on its skin…

Last Chance Canna

The only flower I grow is canna.  I like how low maintenance they are.  I like to devote my time to our vegetable and herb gardens.  I do, however, like pretty flowers.  My canna has given us one last bloom for the season.  I wanted to share the photos of it with you.  It is a thing of beauty.

Canna

Canna

Canna

Canna

Canna

Canna

My cayenne plant is doing the same thing.  It is like a Hail Mary in the last few seconds of the game.  My gardens have gone crazy trying to use this last warm spell to reproduce!

Cayenne 1

Look at all those peppers

The peppers this plant is producing are great!  Just look at the size of them! And they taste wonderful!

Cayenne 2

Look at the size of that pepper!

Its going to be a spicy autumn!

Flower hat

It is starting to cool off, finally.  I think the high here in Texas will be 88 today.  Not exactly wool cap weather, but we are on our way.  Regardless, I have started on my winter crocheting.

I picked up some yarn at Madtosh Crafts the other day.  Man, I love that store.  I think I’m going to get in trouble too.  The store is so close to my house….

Here’s my first hat of the season.  I made this for a little girl who isn’t here yet.  She should be making her way into the world in November.  I can’t wait!

Flower Hat

Flower hat

Sneak Preview: The Aunt Jan Quilt — Round 2

Just a quick post to show off some blocks for another Aunt Jan Quilt.  My sister requested this to give to a friend for her birthday, and then both of us forgot about until, oh, about a week before.  So even though it’s not finished, we were able to snap some quick pics so she could wrap those up as a present to let her see the glory to come.  And upon opening said package, the receipient practically burst into tears. Which is exactly how you should receive a hand made gift! Tears and lots of fuss over how wonderful it is.

I can’t believe I signed on to do another one as it uses A LOT of fabric and involves A LOT of ironing, but I  love the way this turns out and it’s worth all my fabric and time.

Don’t even get me started on how obsessed I am with those little flamingos!

I’ll post up the final product when I get it finished.  Happy Birthday to Rhonda!

Jazz Up Your Photo

One of the things I like to do is take photos.  I wouldn’t say I am great at it.  I get by, more importantly I love it!

I like to display my photos and have found a wonderful way to jazz them up.  I experimented with some photos for work.

I mounted them on canvas then brushed some modge podge (I used gloss) over them to give them some texture and to protect the photo.  Wow! They turned out beautiful!

Please don’t critique the photos, like I said they are for work.  The content is work related.  Look at the texture of the photos and how lovely they turned out.

I picked up the canvas at Michael’s, on sale no less.  The photos I had processed at my local Walgreens.  I had 8×10’s and 11×14’s made.

canvas waiting on photo

canvas waiting on photo

Put Modge Podge on both the canvas and back of the photo.  Putting it on the back of the photo makes it easier to move it once you’ve stuck it to the canvas.  Adjust the photo as necessary to get it on the canvas.  Then apply one or two layers of Modge Podge to the front of the photo.

I applied the Modge Podge on some of them in straight lines, some of them in small circles, some in a cross hatch.  I got creative.  Do whatever makes you happy it is your project!

By the way since this project takes so much Modge Podge I used matte Modge Podge on the canvas and back of photo.  I used gloss on the front of the photo.

Modge Podge in straight lines

Modge Podge in straight lines

Modge Podge in cirlces

Modge Podge in cirlces

Look at the texture on this one

Look at the texture on this one

More texture

More texture

Here's a dry one

Here’s a dry(ish) one