Two for Tuesday

Hello Hello! I hope you are enjoying your week!  I certainly am having a nice start to my week as my birthday was yesterday and had a surprise vacation this past weekend.  As I mentioned in my last post, the hubs had a surprise vacation planned for my birthday weekend…the only thing I knew was that we were going to a beach about 3-4 hours away from where we live.  It turns out that we went to Port Aransas, “Port A”, a fishing town in Corpus Christi.  We had a really nice time and enjoyed checking out a few beaches a long the Gulf over the weekend.  It was very nice to take a break from looking at houses and a change of scenery! My hubs did a great job surprising me and had a little surprises along the way….a very nice trip!

Here is a picture of Dewey, my weimaraner, and I at the beach.  He was such a trooper and we were finally able to get him to go in the water with us!

Since I spent a good portion of the past week either at the beach or preparing for the beach, I wasn’t that adventurous with my cooking, but I did spend some creative time in my sewing room.  I have been very conscious about the amount of girl items made compared to boys and realized that I had been favoring the girls a little more.  Boy oh boy, I got into the boy theme though with trucks, planes, and trains.  I also snuck in a few cute items for the girls…my niece’s birthday is right around the corner and I needed a few cute things for her!  All of the items below will be posted shortly on my Etsy site!

new items

So, that wraps up my Two for Tuesday this week!  I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and look forward to getting back into the swing of things next week! Cheers!

Two for Tuesday

Hello!  I hope you are having a good week so far and enjoying the Spring-like weather. Here in Texas, we are having more rain than we are used to.  It’s been nice because it has kept me inside focusing on items for my Etsy site and thankful that we don’t live in Houston…my heart goes out to you folks!

So, here’s my Two for Tuesday:

Coconut Oil “Soap”: Over the last year, I have found that I break out when I use certain soaps and have been on the lookout for the perfect soap ever since.  I have used everything from Olay bars of soap (because they smell so good) to Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil soap and everything in between.  However, on my kick to try to eliminate as many processed things as possible, I recently tried making my own soap.  After looking up a few different ways to make it, I was overwhelmed with the wood boxes you need to make and old pans you need to use…I wanted something quick, easy, and simple.  So, I ran across a recipe for coconut oil soap that looked like it contained everything I knew about in it and was easy to make.

The recipe I used is: Equal parts coconut oil and beeswax (I used the balls that you can find at your local natural grocery store…and they are pretty cheap!) and 15 drops of oil (any scent you like…I used lemongrass, but would imagine the eucalyptus or mint would be very refreshing). Melt the coconut oil and beeswax, add the drops and you should have a nice clear liquid.  Pour the liquid into molds (I used silicon ice cube molds from IKEA) and place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to harden.

After a few uses, I found that these make you feel pretty oily in the shower, but after reading some additional information, I found that these are best used right after you get out of the shower to lock in moisture.  Once I realized that little caveat, I use these little gems for everything from my after shower lotion to lip gloss and have noticed quite an improvement in my skin!

soap

Puppy:  When my niece was born, a friend of my sisters made a puppy stuffed animal out of fleece…it was so cute and so soft!  Needless to say, “puppy” has become my niece’s favorite toy to cuddle with.  When my sister was visiting a few weeks ago, she asked if I could make her another one because she is afraid what will happen when “puppy” needs to be washed or isn’t close by (No one wants to deal with tantrums!).  During the rain we had this past weekend, I hunkered down and got to sewing a new “puppy.” Admittedly, I felt a little grandma-ish sewing it because it brought back memories of going to craft fairs with my mom and grandma and there was always that table with the old lady that sold stuffed animals with fabric from different NFL teams.  Does anyone else remember that?!?!?  Luckily, this one is much cuter and softer!  Anyways, a picture of puppy is below and is also listed on my Etsy site in case you would like one for your little one too!

 

Well, that wraps of Two for Tuesday this week.  Thank you for reading and if you haven’t had a chance, please visit my Etsy site where I am adding new items everyday!  You can also follow me on Danbury’s Nest on Facebook for new posts of items I have made and “friends and family” discounts.  I also have an Instagram account where new items and coupons are posted on a regular basis.

 

 

Two for Tuesday

Hello All!  So, here is my two….er one for Tuesday.  I have been very busy over the past couple weeks getting items together for my Etsy site.  So, although I have been trying new things in the kitchen like making coconut oil and beeswax soap, I will update you on them later. But now, it’s official, Danbury’s Nest is on Etsy!

Admittedly, this is something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time.  I had no idea it would take as much as it has to put together, but anything worth doing and worth doing well!  As I have been researching Etsy companies, Instagram accounts, Facebook accounts, marketing tools, etc. I have learned a lot and also gained a new respect for people starting their own small businesses.  I realize that everyone can go to their big box stores and get items for a very reasonable price, but in the bigger picture, that money is often contributing to CEO’s buying their fourth Mercedes and third vacation home.  I ran across this quote the other day and it really resonated with me:

When you buy from a mom or pop business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.

You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college.

Our customers are our shareholders and they are the ones we strive to make happy.

Thank you for supporting small businesses!

About a week ago, my sister was visiting and was so excited to show me some knit pants she had purchased off of Etsy for my niece.  The pants were very cute and definitely not something you would find at Carter’s or Old Navy…but, then she mentioned that she paid $15 for them.  I said, “What? I don’t even buy $15 pants for myself!” But I had to bite my tongue and step back a little bit because I have no idea how much time and effort this person put into making these pants, along with the cost of the materials, etc. Once I thought about it a little longer and remembered the quote above, I realized that $15 was actually very reasonable for unique pants!

That’s all for today folks!  I will continue updating my Etsy site with new items and appreciate you checking it out. Hope you have a good week!

 

Two for Tuesday

Hello! As I mentioned in my “About Me” post, I am new to this whole blogging thing, but am trying my best to get on a regular schedule with posting.  So, with that being said, my goal is to stick with “Two for Tuesday” and featuring two items that I make a week.

Here it goes…

  1. Crock Pot Turkey Chili and Rosemary Olive Oil Bread:     It was an unusually cloudy day on Sunday and I decided to make some Crock pot Turkey Bean Chili (Note: It says to simmer for two hours in the recipe, but I threw it in the crock pot for about 6 hours on low and it turned out delicious!)  and homemade bread.  Now, I have an electric bread machine, but the first time I used it, I somehow added doubled or tripled the amount of salt in the recipe and let’s just say that it turned out tasting like dried out play-do!  Ever since, I have been afraid to try the bread machine.  However, I was on Pinterest one night before going to bed and stumbled across a recipe for Rosemary Olive Oil Bread which is “baked” in the crock pot and had a lot of ingredients that I already had on hand.  It made the house smell heavenly for the two hours it was cooking and I got rave reviews from the hubby.  I served it warm with fresh butter from the farm down the street, but think serving it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and/or hot pepper flakes would be good too!RosemaryBread
  2. Emma’s First Birthday:    Emma is my niece that will be turning one in May…My oh my does time fly!  In order to prepare for her birthday, my sister had been looking at ideas for her “smash cake” photos (For those of you that may not be familiar with this idea, it is very popular to get your soon-to-be one year old photographed with a small cake or cupcake because they usually “smash” it and get it all over them and it makes for very cute pictures!) and decided that she wanted to go with a pink and gold theme.  I looked at Etsy to see what we could do and after seeing the prices for some of the “smash cake” accessories, I offered to make something myself!  I did some research on how to make tu-tu’s and had no idea they were as easy to make as they are!

Please note: I will be making these for my Etsy shop, once I get the site up and running.  If you would like one of these sets before I get the site set up, please feel free to shoot me an email.  I can make them in pink, purple, blue, yellow, and white/silver and am charging $25 (for the onesie/t-shirt, tu-tu, and headband), plus shipping. (The onesie comes in 12M, but can be made in other baby/child sizes with different numbers for different birthdays or the first initial of their first name.)

Emma's 1st Birthday