Monday, June 6, 2011

{homemade cleaning products}

I've been on a real binge lately - a money saving one! We recently ran out of both laundry and dishwashing detergent, and as always, I grit my teeth when I have to dole out cash to replace these products. I've made my own laundry soap before ... back when Molly was a bebe and I washed her diaper covers in a more natural/gentle manner :) Well, I've reverted once again! I'm sick of paying for something I can make perfectly well here at home

Laundry liquid soap:
2/3 bar of goat's milk/essential oil grated
1 cup of washing soda (made by baking sodium bicarbonate)
1 gallon hot water
Add the grated soap and hot water together till well mixed. Add washing soda and mix well. Let cool in open container. Pour into the container you wish to dispense from and store covered. Shake well prior to use as the mixture will become a bit gel-like and separate.  I have a front loading HE washer and use a little less than half a lid for regular washing.

Dishwashing liquid:
juice from half a lemon
1/2 cup Dr Bronner's castille soap (I used peppermint - its what I had)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp sea salt
Mixture will become a little lumpy. Shake well prior to use. 1TBSP of liquid for regular dish cycle - 2TBSP is dishes are a bit more dirty. Store closed in proper container.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I love spinning videos!

I'm spinning my ass off here, people! And without a full-time instructor at my beck and call, youtube usually has to fill the bill :) Here are a few videos about spinning and plying that I am enjoying tonight.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


My new baby!

Fantasia come true

My wonderful husband is spending a good part of his afternoon staining my new Kromski Fantasia today! The wheel itself is the hardest part since it's made from uber space technologic particle board *type* of wood... aka MDF. In any case, it's turning out gorgeously! Here are a few pics in progress...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

meet Idaea tacturata

Molly was following a moth around our front yard yesterday evening. I was lucky enough that by the time I finished futzing around with my yard work, I could get a good look at him too.

 Idaea tacturata aka the Dotted-line Wave Moth

Friday, May 27, 2011

{love} comes from big brown trucks!

Coming home this afternoon, I was greeted by a nice surprise! Just ordered on the 25th, my Kromski Fantasia arrived today, only 2 days later!

Out of the box. Unfinished and ready for staining. My hub and I are going to hunt for just the right color stain for my new bebe. I think he's looking forward to finishing it and then putting it together for me. I can only wish I was as mechanically inclined as him!. Oh well, I can spin and he can't :p LOL

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

NHL playoff season!

My San Jose Sharks are getting stomped on currently but, in the spirit of the playoffs, I couldn't resist knitting up a "playoff beard"!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Printing of Ysolda Teague's long awaited book "Little Red In The City" is underway!

See the post from her blog HERE

Saturday, May 14, 2011

fan girl @ Stitch-n-Pitch

Last night a whole slew of knitters attended Stitch-n-Pitch for the Washington Nationals vs Florida Marlins game. Part of the fun was being able to oogle yarns and supplies in a convention room set up for the event. Compared to last year, last night's event was light years better!

(pics to come!)

One of the highlights was knit designer Ann Weaver being in attendance! She was uber nice *and* she wore one of the most coveted sweaters out there... Oranje.

Like I said.... more pics to come!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Too much fun!

Last weekend was the annual Maryland Sheep and Wool gathering, and for the 2nd year in a row, I was lucky enough to go!

On the way to the gates

Some buttons I liked :)

The Corgi has lost it's Queen!

A gorgeous lace shawl. The maker improvised the design!

Wool and lace from Wales

This is what $450 lace knitting looks like

on the way into the main barn


Spinning at Pluckyfluff. Spinning on Majacrafts was much fun!

...and more sheep!

My booty!

just sayin'

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