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!
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.