Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What's all the Goo about?

This is my laundry soap which, at first glance may appear to be just another science experiment but in reality is a money saving, Eco, bit of wonderful. My first experience with the this particular type of slop was when the twins were mere babes. Why I went back to commercial is beyond me. Do you want the know how-to know how to make your own? Well, I will share but there is a gazillion recipes and variations on the great World Wide Web.

Here is the one I use:

But before we get into that lets have a frank discussion about soap...K.... The first time I made my own soap I used good old Ivory bar soap. It was fine and I liked it. This time I used Fels Naptha (can be purchased here) it is harder to find but I LOVE it. It works well and smells great plus the 1/4 part of the bar you don't use it a great pre-treater.

I also read that you you could save up your shower bar soap bits and use those..Good idea too!

All you need to be on your way to your own batch is:

1 Cup Borax, 1 Cup Washing Soda and a bar of soap of your choice!

The recipe or the method:

Take 4 cups of water and bring it to an almost boil or a nice simmer, meanwhile (back at the Hall of Justice) grate 3/4 bar of soap into your pot-o-water and melt it. I use a whisk to help this happen faster.

In a rather large container or bucket pour 1 cup each of Borax and Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)

Once you have melted your soap :::add it to your borax/Washing soda mixture, stir until dissolved. Then you may add two gallons of water. I use warm right smack out of the tap. Stir stir stir and stir again. Walk away. Ignore for a while then stir again.

You want to give it a quick twirl often as it cools and it will congeal better. Be forewarned though it is nowhere near as pretty as the packaged soap but the container can be used again and again and again and you will not be adding anymore ginormous plastic bottles to the landfill. There you have it!

Let me know if you try it or have tried a different recipe.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy 12th year!

2.5 years on so so sweet (Yup that's me with a couple of babies in my tummy about 4 months along)

3 yrs and still smiling
10 yrs and loving it
11 yrs and modeling??? This is an award winning picture take by my niece

and still so contemplative.
What does a 12 year old want to do on his birthday.....well go to the bookstore of course!!!!
My sweet boy, born in a storm -has been the epitome of calmness and light his whole life. The love I have for you dear son, is deeply woven in every fiber of my being.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For Tricia

Perhaps it is the -17 below windchill or the 4 inches of snow yesterday that was eventually hurled about as nature played with 40- 60 mph winds. But today I need some spring, spring in my step, spring in my mind and spring in my bath. The above flowers were drawn by me-errr my child- okay no, I was the artist. Created with the most amazing fabric oil pastels, given to me by my fabulous and talented niece as part of "a few of my favorite things" Christmas gift- complete with "a brown paper package tied up with string"!

They are wonderful and I fully intend to play with them more! I have used fabric crayons with the kids but these are so vibrant, so creamy and so colorful. As a child I loved oil pastels- they were such a treat because they were rare and expensive. I had the same set for years I used them only occasionally mostly because I can't draw and did not feel worthy of their promise.

I also made this happy little set which hangs in the west wing of our home in a guest bathroom. That was fun to type- considering we don't have a west wing or a guest bathroom for that matter but if I did I would hang them there!!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

a wall

When we bought our house a few moons ago and the dinette wall had this ugly camper paneling on it. I hated the stuff, loothed it really. So as any intelligent person would do, one night in a wine induced moment of stupidity, the husband and I decided to just take it off. Yup we stripped it all off- the paneling that is..... Ohhhh we were so wise, so smart...we will just paint the wall and it will all look great. Easy peasy. You know where this is going huh...

People put paneling up for a reason. A quick cosmetic fix for an ugly situation. A situation like drywall that has not been taped and mudded and of course a huge gap in the drywall that ranges in size from an inch to two or three inches, did I mention that the walls were uneven on either side of the gap?

In the first picture - best i could do - you can see the ugliness to the right of the quilt. I plastered it with the kids artwork for a long time. We just were not sure how to fix it. Then came my stroke of genius. I hung a huge piece of fabric from the wall top to bottom- or as you can see in the second picture.

But now.......It is all grown up with paintable wallpaper- purchased for pennies at a yard sale- and wainscoting. It is beautiful!!

I don't think I shared here that in January my husband was layed off from his job. For all practical purposes that sucks. However, our house has never seen more projects finished, nor have I had more oatmeal choco chip cookies, warm from the oven after I get home from work!!

A little irony before I go.... Tomorrow is spring break for our school....we were released at 10:30 this morning because of a major snow storm that is pelting our area!!!
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Sunday, March 08, 2009


work desk
Originally uploaded by Rickrack and Ribbons.
This blog has seen about as much action as this little desk has. My laptop on the other hand has been busier. I managed to get through Statistics and eeeked by with a passing grade. Now I am up to my neck in Behavioral Research.

I did make it to the fabric store to purchase some decorator fabric to cover our daybed cushion. If I get crazy enough I may even sew it together!

Happy March and please tell me that spring is around the corner and soon I will see green instead of white!


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