Monday, March 11, 2013

Ice Cream Tees

              I am a big believer that if you are going to make something homemade, it better be cheap--otherwise, save your money and just go buy it (in most cases).  When I went to Joann's a few months ago, I could not believe how expensive their fabric is--most of the knits are $12.99 a yard (what is this--Japan???)

So, I found some bargain knit fabric online for $3 a yard and had to get some to support the fact that it was so dang cheap (Thank you, Girl Charlee Fabrics!).  And because it had cute ice cream cones on it, I used that fabric right up to make me and my little girlie some matching tees:

My cute girl--she likes her shirt, and it fits perfectly!
Coco's Tee is the Made by Rae Flashback Tee Pattern

Coco took this pic :)  For my shirt, I used the Sewaholic Renfrew Pattern, which I have seen made up by pretty much every sewing blog in the universe.  Cute--but I think it is probably going to be a pajama shirt!


I love sewing for my little Coco! She is not too picky and very appreciative!

   This year, I have a long list of sewing goals--and one of them is to learn something new every time I sew, which is easy--because I am definitely a beginning sewer!

So for this project, I learned:
   a.) how to install and sew with a walking foot.  It is awesome and makes sewing with knits way easier!
   b.) yet again to stop sewing knits until I get a serger.  Sergers make quick work and strong seams.  You can do it with a regular sewing machine, but sergers are amazing. Now where can I find one for super super cheap?
   c.) Poor Cash really wants something sewn for him.  Hmmm...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Natural Living: Homemade Body Butter

Recipe here
   My family and I have been going down the rabbit-hole in healthy living research lately.  We are all pretty naturally-inclined, but my dad's 3rd recurrence with CLL has made a lot of us even more so--for me, I keep thinking about chemicals to avoid eating but also to avoid being absorbed through your skin, such as those in typical beauty products. The gist: aim for preservative/sulfate/dye-free products if you can. Go optimal health and natural living!
   As far as natural beauty products, I think the best options are often the simplest.  So, I got some shea butter (from Amazon--the pure unrefined kind), coconut oil, and orange essential oil and whipped this up (literally whipped--with a Kitchenaid--it was awesome!). The recipe is under the photo.

Verdict: This body butter is not for my dishwashing-dry hands, but it works great for the body (duh!). Also, orange oil is not my thing. I will definitely try this again with a different scent!

Bonus:  I did something I pinned! 

Double Bonus:  This body butter is technically edible! Hooray!

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