Saturday, February 18, 2012

I Love Baby Wipes

 So let me just say that I am on this DIY(do it yourself) kick right now.  Any way to make something myself and save money, I am all about it!  I have made the homemade laundry soap, and love that!  I paid not quite $20 for FOUR MONTHS of soap!  I estimate I saved $30-$50!  I have substituted vinegar for softener and saved another chunk of $$.  I also use vinegar as a rinse aid in the dishwasher...the jury is still out on that one.

I have also been researching homemade body soap and shampoo recipes.  I bought some unscented castile bar soap and want to experiment making my own body wash.

I also use quite a few baby wipes in this house even though I don't have any babies in diapers any more (PTL)!  I have seen this recipe for homemade wipes on different blogs and have wanted to try it, so I finally got around to it.

The first thing I did was go to Big Lots and buy the containers... Then I admit to trying this recipe with cheap Sparkle paper towels...NO GO!  I had to throw them all out...but it wasn't a big loss.  I went and bought Bounty and it was well worth it!  I adjusted the recipe slightly to meet my needs.  It seemed a little too soapy for me.  So this is what I ended up with:
2 1/4 cup water
1 TBSP baby shampoo/wash
1 TBSP baby oil

First you cut the paper towel roll in half (for pictures, see the link above).  I used an electric knife and it worked GREAT!  I mixed up the ingredients and poured them in the container, then placed the half paper towel roll in, cut side down.  I let the water soak at least half way up the roll, then put the lid on and flipped it over.  After it was completely soaked, I removed the cardboard center and pulled the towels from the center and we were in business!  They are really nice!  Thanks again to my friend Jen for inspiring me!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentines and Other Fun Stuff

 It's always fun to make things in the shape of hearts!  Especially for Valentine's Day! The brown icing was specifically made for my hubby, not only to be more masculine, but because it is Peanut Butter Frosting!  He adores Chocolate and Peanut Butter anything!

It's also fun to make things for my new nephew (coming in march)!  I decided to tackle the Faux-Chenille Blanket as seen on my friend Jeni's blog.

First I layered 5 pieces of snuggle flannel in a variety of bright colors (imperfectly as you can tell).  The bottom layer has to be 6-10 inches larger than the other layers.  I wanted my finished product to be 36x36, so the bottom layer was 42x42.  Then I pinned it with safety pins, so I wouldn't get continually poked (an idea I got from Jeni), and then I started sewing!

 I marked a line diagonally down the center of the back and used that as my guide.  The rest of the seams I did by eye and tried to get them 1/2 inch apart.  This step takes FOREVER!  After the sewing was done, I started ripping with my handy dandy slash cutter I ordered from Amazon.  This step takes a while too, but not as long as it would with a scissors.  (I cut all layers except the bottom layer, but I think next time I would leave two layers uncut)

It was exciting to see the colors showing through

When that step was complete I trimmed the corners and pinned the binding/hem all the way around.  Then I sewed it.


This is the quilt all hemmed and sewed up (below).  BEFORE WASHING!

Next I washed it and dried it and used the lint roller on it, and 
Ta da! 

 So cute and bright!