My Hobby has a First Name…

It’s H-O-M-E-S-T-E-A-D-I-N-G!

I had no idea that making your own home goods had a name.  I thought I was just being crafty.

Part of the reason I started making these things at home was to avoid all the chemical junk that manufacturers put in products.  After making the hair and body butters and lotion I’ve found that my skin and scalp like the natural products so much better than what I’ve purchased over the counter.   And I’ve purchased a lot!  I was a product junkie with a whole box and shelf full of half-used lotions and perfumes, and I was still buying stuff trying to find that product that would work wonders on me.

Starting with my hair, since I went back to my natural hair texture, I’ve tried to avoid SLS and all the parabens.  And come to find out there are parabens in mouthwash!  I knew what was on that label couldn’t be good, but I just never paid that much attention to it.

I formulated my own recipes for two types of mouthwash  (vodka base and baking soda base).  There was a third base that I considered trying (apple cider vinegar), but the thought of gargling with vinegar just made my stomach churn.  That’s not a good way to start the day.

Deodorant naturally followed given that I’ve given up ( although not completely!) aluminum based deodorants.  I mainly use a brand name natural deodorant, but use the sample sizes of the regular stuff occasionally when I need some extra protection.

I haven’t tried my version yet, but I’m hoping it works out really well for me.  A friend has tried it and so far she said she had good results.

-Nizzy

My Hobby has a First Name…

Drinking with a Creative Purpose

Does this make me look like a lush?

*Squee*  I got to use a hot glue gun for the first time!

I’ve collected and saved wine corks for years to finally craft this herringbone cork board.  What was extra awesome about creating this is that without planning or counting I ended up with just enough corks to cover the main surface within the frame.  I just need a few more corks to fill in the edges.  Sounds like a good opportunity for a few more evenings of tv, knitting, and a nice chilled glass of white.

Since cutting the corks by hand was too tiresome and tedious, I had a family friend help me with cutting them in half on a table saw.

-Nizzy

 

Drinking with a Creative Purpose

Crafty People Roll in Crafty Circles: Part Two

Guess who has a new creative hobby? Well, thank goodness it’s not me this time! My husband has decided to take up the hobby of woodworking and this is his first project. How sweet is he that he made his first project (and hopefully the second one as well *crosses fingers*) something that I wanted. Now I just have to get back to earning that green thumb and plant something nice and pretty in those pots to show off the plant stand.

-Nizzy

Crafty People Roll in Crafty Circles: Part Two

Christmas in July

(30 Days of Crafting – Reduce/Reuse Recycle)

I purchased this cute little tree at a big name store some years ago.  The silver color had turned black in some areas and it just didn’t look as cute as it once was.   Yet, I was still in love with it and was reluctant to get rid of it.   What a perfect opportunity to practice reducing/reusing/recycling and transform it into something new again.

Though my favorite holiday is not Christmas (I’m a Thanksgiving fan), I do have a soft spot for Christmas decorations.  Every year I put up a small tree and have fun experimenting with different color schemes.  The typical red and gold is nice, but I like to mix things up because I just adore COLOR!  I took this old silver tree with  clear/white and blue beads updated it with a fresh gold paint coating.  The discolored snowflakes were also spray painted gold and topped with a pink glitter.  Then to finish, I added sea-blue beads and AB colored snowflakes.

Viola!  And its cute again!

– Nizzy

Christmas in July