Thursday, February 9, 2012
Always start your yarn by digging into the center of the ball and pulling out the end from inside.
Start your ball by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. Once you have a good bit wrapped, pop it off and wrap the rest until your ball is about the size of a tennis ball.
Cut your yarn and use a yarn needle to bury the end inside the ball.
Place the ball inside of a nylon stocking and tie it off. I ran it through the quick wash cycle on HOT twice to felt. This is a good time to run a load of dish towels as part of the felting process includes agitating your project.
The felted ball came out a little smaller. Beware it will smell like a wet sheep but a few times in the dryer will take care of that.
You can make the ball a little larger by wrapping more yarn around it and felt again. Use the leftover yarn to make another tennis ball sized dryer ball and repeat the stocking and felting process. My end result was two balls of different sizes.
After felting and drying.
I used them in place of dryer sheets in a load of small blankets. I did notice a lot of static but the blankets did dry faster. I'm off to try them on my first load of cloth diapers! Have you made them or used them? What did you think?
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Every day I try to think of ways to “green” our home for the small two-legged people in our house. But what about our little four-legged family member? Our six-year-old Beagle mix is my toddler’s proclaimed “best friend”
He spends a lot of time at the living room window “socializing” with the neighbors. I wanted a safe way to clean the smudges so I mixed up a homemade cleaner;
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
4 drops of essential oil (I used a blend)
Pour into a spray bottle, give a little shake and it’s good to go!
For our rugs I sprinkle a little baking soda and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes before vacuuming. I think it does a great job of absorbing tough pet odors. As for stinky dog bedding, I’m really looking forward to trying Rockin Green Dog House Rock detergent. http://rockingreensoap.3dcartstores.com/Dog-House-Rock--Pet-Bedding-and-Toy-Detergent_p_92.html I use Rockin Green Hard Rock when washing my cloth diapers and have had great results.
What are your favorite green pet tips?
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I currently have a major obsession with wetbags. I'm selling everything that isn't nailed down on eBay to support my habit. Planet Wise makes a wetbag wipes case that I'm looking forward to getting to try cloth wipes on the go.
Friday, January 27, 2012
I use the chart here to determine what gets recycled. www.plasticfreebottles.com/pdf/Understanding-Plastic-Codes.pdf
Thursday, January 26, 2012
1. It's a great way to re-purpose flannel receiving blankets
2. It's a simple project for practicing basic sewing skills
3. Cloth wipes with plain water are gentle on delicate bottoms
4. They work easily with cloth diapering and reduce trash
5. They're free
I've been using them only a few hours and I love them! They are great for cleaning messes and I pre-soaked them in a solution of water, coconut oil, gentle baby shampoo and a drop of tea tree oil.
Here's how I made them:
My dog got to a really cute receiving blanket.
He looks a little guilty, huh? He is lucky he is such a sweetheart!
Step 1: Start by cutting up the blanket into 4x8" strips. Fold them over inside-out. To save time, work it like an assembly line, doing one step at a time to all your wipes.
Step 2: Pin together and leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and using a small straight stitch on your machine, sew around the edges of the wipe. Be sure to leave an 1-2" gap so you can turn it right-side out. You can snip the corners to make them sharper when you turn them if you like.
Step 3: Turn your square inside out. You can poke the corners out with a pencil. Pin your gap together for closing in the next step.
Step 4: Use a zigzag stich around the edges to close everything up. Note: some corners might be a little bulky. Lift your sewing foot a bit when going around them.
One small receiving blanket yielded about 16 4x4" wipes. We mixed up a wipes solutions (you could also use plain water) and added it to the wipes in the container.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Step 1: Make three cuts on each sock. One right above the heel, one right below the heel and one above the toe. Throw away the heel and toe parts.
Step 2: Take your smaller section (that was the body of the foot) and fold it around itself so the cut edges are lined up together and the pattern is on the outside.
Step 3: Place your folded tube around the bottom of the knee-high and line up all three cut edges. Fold it inside itself leaving a 1" cuff and pin together.
Step 4: Hand sew (backstitch) around. One I finished sewing, I trimmed around the inside.
Step 5: Try them on baby!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I'm working on reducing our BPA exposure which means eliminating canned foods from our diet. I love adding mushrooms to my cooking and I used to use a small can in soups and sauces. I purchased two containers of fresh mushrooms at the store. After washing, I sauteed them in butter and garlic. Once they cooled I separated them into freezer bags. One container of mushrooms yeilds one cup to freeze. Now I can just pop them into whatever I'm cooking and not worry!