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Play Dough

18 Nov

I’m way behind on posting lately – I have recipes piling up and I’m starting to forget about them. Similar to my laundry piles. I’d rather blog than fold laundry, so guess what gets my attention this morning? 🙂

We made play dough at Grandma’s the other day. Everyone wanted different colors to begin with, but purple eventually won. Quick and easy and very salty! So don’t let the kiddo’s take a taste test. Or do…they won’t do it again. 😉

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Ingredients:

1 cup flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup water

1/2 cup salt

1 Tbsp oil

food coloring of choice

Mix dry ingredients together in a frying pan. Add wet ingredients and mix. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Put on wax paper, knead. Store in ziplock bag.

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Fun with Felt and Fleece – Hooded Jackets

9 Oct

I saw these scrappy jackets online the other day – so cute and funky…and so very expensive! I have a hard time justifying spending $50 on a jacket that my kids will just grow out of in the next year, or possibly destroy :). I decided that, while I couldn’t afford to get those particular jackets, I could afford to be inspired by them. And I had way too much fun making these! I turned into a pumpkin most nights while I burning the midnight oil, piecing my little scraps of felt together. They are going to be for Christmas, but I’m too excited about them to hide them away in the closet for another couple of months – don’t show my kids! I plan on making one for baby boy too, but I haven’t found a hoodie pattern that goes small enough for him…yet.

I used fleece and the McCall’s pattern M6782 for the jacket, and various felt for the embellishments.

Rock & Roll:

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I’m a Hoot:

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Purrr-fect:

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***UPDATE***

Just finished baby boy’s jacket – just in time for Christmas! So, I had to add it to the collection.

Toad-ally Cute:

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Seatbelt Pillows

3 Sep

So, despite the fact that this is not a recipe (I can argue that a pattern is a kind of recipe…right?), I have to take a moment to brag…my kids fall asleep in the car in the most awkward positions (no, that’s not what I’m bragging about). I can always tell when my four year old has woken up because it comes with a wail and an, “Owie!!” because she’s kinked her neck from being flopped over for so long. I’ve seen infomercials for seatbelt buddies, or basically stuffed animals strapped to your seatbelt that you can rest your head on. Brilliant! Also, too much money! 🙂 What is the internet for, if not to copy the stuff you find in the stores for a fraction of the cost? So, I googled ‘seatbelt pillow’ and found rough measurements of what I would need, hit the fabric store’s 60% off fleece sale, made my own adjustments, and whipped out my own versions. And, darn it…they turned out so cute!

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Here’s the basic guidelines for the pattern:

1 yard of fleece (you can use any fabric really, but I like the small stretch in fleece, and obviously the fact that it is soft)

* I ended up with extra fabric and made small blankets to go with each pillow as well

Felt or other scrap fabric for facial features

26″ long piece of Velcro, plus an extra 2″ if adding an animal head

Stuffing

Cut the fleece into 3 strips, each 26″x6″. Cut the third in half. With right sides together, line up your 2 bigger strips so that they are one on top of the other, then insert one of your smaller strips between (like a fabric sandwich) – one on each side. Sew the strips together on 3 sides, leaving the top open for stuffing and making sure that the more narrow fabric strips (the center of your sandwich) don’t get sewn into the bottom seam – they should end up like wings attached to a tube. Flip the fabric right side out and stuff. Stitch your opening closed. Sew your velcro strips down each length of the ‘wings’ – making sure that the velcro will close properly so it can be wrapped around the seatbelt.

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There were some pillows that were simply the wrap around the seatbelt, but my kids wanted animals on theirs. I got one of them put together and then realized that I couldn’t sew the  animal head on the center because then it was useless as a pillow, but I also couldn’t sew it to the side in case they ended up sitting in a different seat and the seatbelt was on the other shoulder – then the pillow would be upside down! I decided to put a band that just velcro’s around the belt portion – that way they can move it whichever way is most comfortable, or take it off and play with it (turns out, an animal head can supply hours of entertainment- instant puppet! :)).

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I just made up the patterns for the animal heads and used scrap paper for my pattern pieces. If anyone really wants them, I can probably figure out how to get a digital copy (aka, I can make my husband figure out how to do it :)). But I had a lot of fun creating these little faces, so don’t be afraid to try your hand at some serious creativity.

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Pattern basis found here: http://thefrugaldiymom.blogspot.com/2013/03/seat-belt-pillow-diy-tutorial.html

Laundry Soap

23 Jul

Alright, in this case, please keep your mouth closed! No eating the laundry soap. I started making my own laundry soap about a year and a half ago. I had a neighbor give me a recipe  (that I keep losing – hence the reason why it’s here now), and when I found out it was comparable to about a penny a load and actually cleaned your clothes, I was sold! It is kind of ridiculous how much laundry soap costs once you realize how cheap it is to make your own. I’ve always done a liquid version because I was a little nervous about the soap not dissolving all the way and leaving a residue, but this time around I decided to go for the powdered version. All the testimonials say that it dissolves fine, even in cold water, so I gave it a go. The liquid version I make about twice a year and use 1/2 cup per load. The powder you only use 1-2 Tbsp per load, so I’m guessing it will last significantly longer. I tested out the first two loads today and I’m pleased with how everything turned out – the soap actually began to dissolve right away. If you look on Pintrest or one of those cutesy sites, everyone has their soap in really sweet containers with vinyl lettering and colored crystals…I’m boring. Laundry is laundry to me, regardless of if you dress it up in a nice bottle or not. 🙂 So, I have mine in a giant tupperware container! Real glamorous. I’ve got both versions listed below – liquid and powdered. No picture of liquid because I just ran out (remember, I’m potty training…my washing machine is working overtime right now)! I think both liquid and powdered do comparable jobs. The powdered has a few more ingredients, takes a little less time to make, and will last longer. But it’s time consuming to grate the soap bars (I only grated my knuckle three or four times and my fingernail once :)), but its a great arm workout! The liquid has to be done on the stove, but the longest part is letting the soap dissolve, and you can just leave it alone to do that – no babysitting required. You do have to come up with containers for the liquid. Some people will recycle milk jugs or vegetable oil containers, or you could just use a 5 gallon all purpose bucket. I went to the dollar store and bought six 3 qt containers. I like that size because they are small enough to shake (you have to agitate the soap before using it) but large enough to not have thirty-thousand bottles of soap cluttering up the laundry room. All in all, I don’t really have a preference as to which is better – try them both and decide for yourself!! My daughter asked what I was making and when I told her, “Laundry soap,” she said, “With cheese?” 🙂

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Powdered:

Ingredients –

1 (4lb 12 oz) box of Borax

1 (3 lb 7 oz) box of Washing Soda

1 (3lb) container of Oxiclean

3 (5.5 oz) bars of Fels Naptha

1 (4lb) box of Baking Soda

Using a cheese grater, grate the Fels Naptha bars finely (if you have a food processor or blender, you can pulse the grated soap in them until powdered – I didn’t opt for this since I was afraid of ruining my blender!). Mix all ingredients together in a large bucket or trash bag and store in air tight container. You can add essential oils or Purex crystals if you want to add scent to the soap. Use 1-2 Tbsp for regular loads.

Liquid:

Ingredients:

1 (5.5 oz) bar of Fels Naptha

1 1/2 cups Washing Soda

1 cup Borax

Total of 4 1/2 – 5 gallons of water

*optional 1 cup Oxiclean

Chop the bar of soap and melt over medium heat in 2-3 quarts of water (about 30 min). Once melted, add in the washing soda and borax and optional Oxiclean. Simmer 3-4 minutes, making sure powders have dissolved. In a 5 gallon bucket, add one large pot of boiling water. Add your soap mixture to the bucket and stir well. Add hot tap water to within 2-3 inches from the top of bucket. Stir well. Using a funnel, while mixture is still hot, pour into empty containers, leaving 2-3 inches of head space. Place lids on top and let sit for 24 hours for detergent to set up before using. You will need to shake the bottles quite a bit to break up the chunks of detergent that will form after it sets up. Detergent will stay a little clumpy – lightly shake bottles before each use. Use 1/2 cup detergent for regular loads. Use 1/4 cup detergent for HE washers.

P.S> Don’t be scared to try this! All of the ingredients can be found at your regular grocery store on the laundry aisle.