I think I combed my hair today but I am unsure. I do know I brushed my teeth and put on some makeup. As for what I'm wearing-well, it's a giant gray tee shirt from the local big box store. What you can't see are the worn out blue knit pants, and the old lady Sketchers. This whole ensemble is such a reflection of the weather! At least I'm smiling.
Today I have been pretty busy with some home "chores". I made liquid soap today and homemade hand lotion. Both recipes resulted in wonderful products.
DIY liquid soap:
1 cup grated hand soap (I used 3/4 bar of Yardley lavender soap)
10 cups of water
1-2 Tbs glycerin
1. Boil water.
2. Grate soap while water is boiling.
3. Add soap, and glycerin. Stir until dissolved, then cool outside until it is the consistency of jello.
4. Use a hand mixer to liquefy it if it is too gloopy or semi solid.
note-the layer visible in the picture is some leftover soap which I reheated. It will mix in as it is used.
source: savvyhousekeeping blog
The hand lotion recipe was really an experiment on my part. I found some recipes online for lotion *bars* but I wanted a light and frothy cream. Here is what I did:
1 cup of generic hand cream
3-4 Tbs of Vaseline
a small jar of Vit. E cream (2.5 oz)
some grapeseed oil
I put all of this in a mixing bowl and used my hand mixer to whip it until light. I then put it into containers, and filled some pump bottles throughout the house. I have perhaps twice as much lotion as I started with. It has a very light smell, and the Vaseline is not sticky.
I have been sewing in bursts of 30-45 minutes at a time the last few days. I have a dress in the making and a wrap blouse almost completed. I sometimes get really focused on finishing techniques and hand sewing. This blouse is one of those projects. I am very happy with the fit and the work so far. The pattern is V8292 (OOP) View C. I did not include the front and back darts as I want this to be loose fitting for warm weather. I also want the focus to be on the neckline and the sleeves. The sleeves are puffed, and darted at the hem. I am using a crepe back satin and spending quite a bit of time with controlling raveling! :-)
I used bias tape on the neckline, and self finishing on the other seams. The sleeves will have hem lace. Many of you already use this notion, but I do know some have not ever used it.
Here is what I did on this ravelly crepe sleeve hem:
|zig zag the raw edge of the fabric and then pin on the lace|
|stitch the lace onto the fabric using a zig zag|
|Fold up, measure and press. Then hand sew the hem using a catch stitch.|
I hope your weekend has been good-I am looking forward to checking Google Reader to see what you have been doing today!