Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022

What a hurricane Ian has become...two miles short of a Cat5.  Having been in a really large, strong hurricane myself, let me tell you, two miles doesn't make that much difference.

It is also a slow moving storm so Florida is going to get a lot of rain water.  The pictures already look bad.

The weather outside here is beautiful...sunny, light breeze...light jacket weather.  My favorite type.

No closing date for the house as yet...they keep promising next week...next week.  Well, I have rescheduled my pods pick up several times.  Maybe this last time (I rescheduled them for the first Friday in October.) will be the last time.  Fingers crossed, but not very hopeful.

Today's focus is DIY pampering.  Have you ever made an oatmeal scrub for yourself?  There are a vast variety of recipes online to try.  If you are new to using the scrub, the best way to begin is to apply and then rinse off without scrubbing until your face and neck are comfortable and used to scrubbing.  

The major ingredients is oatmeal.  No matter what size your oats are you need to pulse them in a food processor or blender so it looks more like a course flour.

The recipes are as simple as using only two ingredients:  oatmeal and water.  Once you have the oats ground to a flour consistency, you simply add enough water to make a paste and apply that.

If you make the simple recipe, gently apply the paste on your face and neck and wash off.  (Scrub only when your skin is used to the paste.)

Some recipes will also add a tablespoon or plain yogurt, or a small drizzle of honey.

Other recipes add a tablespoon of brown sugar, a teaspoon of oil (coconut or olive) and others even add a couple teaspoons of regular milk and/or an egg white.

When the recipes call for more than oats and water, you can leave the paste on you face for a few minutes before rinsing.  

Also, the scrub can be used for other parts of your body like your arms and legs.

Making your own scrub is inexpensive and easy so take a look at the recipes online and see which one(s) you would like to try...then try it(them).

Best wishes for folks who are in the path of Hurricane Ian.

Talk with you tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

Still no word on closing.  Hurry up and wait seems to be the norm...putting life on hold in a way.  Not much we can do about it but wait!

It's been cool.  I haven't turned on the furnace but I have used a little heater a couple times...like right now.  It's in the mid 50's outside and in my studio which gets afternoon sun it is quite cold.

Now that there is little to do in the house, I have been reading a lot.  I finished the Rita Mae Brown Sneaky Pie Brown mystery series.  I am still reading Ann Perry's Inspector Pitt and Charlotte mysteries.

I am also reading the newest book by Neil DeGrasse Tyson titled 'Starry Messenger:  Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization' which I am thoroughly enjoying.  It provides a very interesting view life.

Today's focus is fabric and if you are like me you have a ton of fabric scraps.  I have an inordinate amount of fabric strips so I looked for something different to do with them and I found fabric twine.

The supplies you need are lots of fabric strips about an inch wide, ripped is great, a tiny bit of stick glue if desired and time.

Using two strips, tie together at one end.


What you want to do is twist each strip individually and then twist over each other.  I twist three times the strip in the back, bring it over the strip in the front, then twist the new strip in the back and bring over the strip in the front.  There is more than one way to do this so the best thing is to do what feels most comfortable for you to do.  This is what it will look like.

There are two ways to add strips.  First you could overlap and stitch stripes together or you can simply overlap them as you go along.  If needed, you could add a small strip of stick glue.  In the picture below, I overlapped them too much, half to three quarters inch is enough.

This is what a short length looks like.

So what can you do with fabric twine?  Well, you can make rugs, hot pads, fabric baskets, cover containers, use as decorative elements, etc.  Check out Pinterest for more ideas.  But it's a great way to use scrap fabric rather than adding to the landfill.

Enjoy the rest of your day...

Do you realize that September is almost over?

Talk with you tomorrow...

 

Monday, September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

I drove up to Massachusetts this morning and it was beautiful.  No, the trees have not turned with the exception of one every once in a while.  Actually, one was a combination of orange and peach...it was spectacular!

On the way home, the sky clouded up and I drove through many heavy showers.  We need the rain so I am happy, but it was a cold one...lows barely reached 60 degrees.

Still no movement on the house.  Today was a tentative closing, but we did not close.  I do hope that we close this week because I am not sure how soon I will be able to get the pods rescheduled.   Right now they are scheduled to be picked up on the 30th!

So today's focus is journaling and there is a new question to ponder this week along with a new thought for the day.  On the journal making front, I chose to make a small notebook that would fit in a journal pocket.  So remember the 4 page section we are working on, here is the page with the pocket and tag...


We will make the notebook for the right hand side.  First cover the page with decorative paper (digital scrapbook paper, decorative paper, magazine page or wrapping paper)...

Next cut a pocket out of card stock...


Cover the pocket with decorative paper using stick glue.  Glue to the page with thin stream of tacky glue around the edges on the two sides and bottom.  Cut and fold (on long side) a piece of card stock that will fit into the pocket.  Next cut several pages to include in the notebook.  Also cut a piece of decorative paper wider than the width of the pages and about half the length.  Fold the edges as shown to finish the top and the sides to the same width of the pages...

Staple the pages to the short piece...

Use a craft hammer to flatten the staple.  Next, cover the inside of the notebook with decorative paper.  Then staple the pages to the right hand side...

Again, flatten the staples with a craft hammer then glue down the flap to cover the staples...
Decorate the inside of the notebook...

Decorate the front of the note book...

And the back...

And this is what the notebook looks like in the pocket page of the journal...

Lots of pictures with this tutorial.  I hope you enjoy making a journal.  I have had so much fun that I continue to make journals.  They would be great gifts for folks who enjoy handmade gifts.

Be sure to check out the new question to ponder...

Talk with you tomorrow...