Saturday, May 31, 2008
I am also going to be making some grocery bags out of old tshirts and pillow cases (I started the tshirt ones). I am going to post the links for directions on here as well as the link for the produce bags in case anyone else would like to do them too!
Tshirt Grocery bags
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Right now I am sewing some cloth napkins and grocery bags, I will post those tomorrow :)Pin It
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
The mirror frames had to be repainted because it blended with the new wall color but now its all neutrals like the squares rug, so it works well.
Anyway. I also made a new wall art piece with a plaque I got for Mother's Day. Micah was so sweet when he gave it to me, he told me he thought it would be neat if I did a photo collage with it. How about that, he is thinking like I do!
Micah did the wood part with the frame, and then I decorated it. He even hung it already!
I'll give ya a little tour of the rest of the room too.... minus one wall because, well I just didnt take a picture of it. I forgot. :)
We used to have a coffee table that matched our shelves. The problem was, the corners were so dangerous, it freaked me out with the boys around it. I also wanted extra seating and storage. For a couple of years, I looked for something that could fulfill this, but it was always too small or too expensive. Finally I got my brain together and realized that Micah and my father in law could totally build one! My father in law used to upholster cars and they are both super handy.
It turned out better than I could have imagined, and they even matched the seams to the couches and I matched the material to the recliner. We all love it and its so functional.
If you look closely, there is a painting of Jesus by the slider door. I am planning on putting a scripture underneath it as soon as i can find the vinyl for it. I did order a vinyl "welcome" for our front door than should come in this week, and then was like "ya know, I could have made that myself". Oh well. Now I know for the scripture.
Its also kind of hard to see, but I made the cornices too. I should have taken a better picture. There are three, one for each window in the room.
I know I have posted this stuff before, but I thought I would add it on since its part of the room. These shelves hang above the tv.
Stuff on top of the entertainment rack thingy. Yeah, I dont care what its called. It does its job.
Stay tuned for more of "Home with the Treslers" :) Pin It
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Jaden's pumpkin plant is browing a bit, I don't know why yet though, but I better figure it out before it takes a turn for the worst. He would not be a happy boy! Anyone have any ideas on this?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
First what is it? Castille Soap is soap made from vegetable oil, or in this case, pure olive oil. You can make your own using these recipes or buy this fair trade pure organic soap. I chose to buy it.
What is fair trade?
Dr Bronner's site states:
"For our 60th anniversary, we are pleased to announce that we are now certified Fair Trade! We take care of our employees with generous salaries and benefits (no deductible PPO health insurance and a great profit-sharing/retirement plan that we fully fund), we cap executive pay at five times the lowest-paid position, and we give all profits not needed for business development to support progressive charities and causes. Now we have extended this philosophy to the farmers and workers around the world who produce our major raw materials (representing over 95% of our annual agricultural volume). Along with their families and communities, they benefit from fair prices, living wages and funding for local development projects. Shifting our supply chains to certified Fair Trade ingredients makes a big difference in the lives of several thousand farmers and workers — and is money well spent. We worked with the respected Swiss certifier IMO’s Fair for Life program to coordinate and certify the following projects around the world."Now for the coolest part. It has SO many uses! For other uses besides the ones listed below, google it! You will be surprised at just how versatile this is! So far, I have used it for cloth diaper laundry, face soap, and baby wipe solution! I cant wait to keep trying it out for more things and it will eliminate the need for the other products in our house.
According to the website:
"Although the label claims eighteen uses, we do not have the space to write all these uses on the label and still accommodate for my grandfather’s philosophy, as well as the new labeling laws that are periodically implemented. In reality, there are far more than eighteen uses, as people constantly write in to tell us about yet another utility of the soap. We won’t detail them all, but below are some of the major uses and dilutions. For everyday body-washing: Get wet and pour soap full-strength onto hands-washcloth-loofah. Lather up, scrub down, rinse off, and tingle fresh and clean.
For other uses, dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to cutting it in half or using it full strength for heavy-duty grease-cutting jobs. For shampoo, people have been telling us for years that they like using our soaps to shampoo their hair. Now, paired with our new Citrus Conditioning Rinse and Organic Leave-In Conditioning Crème, it works better than ever. For details, click here. For the laundry, use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. I've been told that adding a dash of baking soda makes it even better.For pets, lather up well and apply to their body. Be careful to keep the soap and the lather away from their eyes. I find a mixture of peppermint and eucalyptus works best. For toothbrushing, apply a drop or two of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (I prefer the peppermint) to a wet toothbrush. Brush as you normally would, rinsing accordingly. Be careful about using more than a couple drops of soap, as you might start foaming at the mouth (last time I checked "rabid chic" was not hip). Many people with sensitive or softer teeth like to use our soap as toothpaste because it lacks abrasives. If you're very interested in specific ratios & uses, you could find the book "Clean House, Clean Planet" by Karen Logan and published in 1996 by Pocket Books division of Simon & Schuster. They give a blurb on how individual consumers can place orders by writing to Mail Order Department, Simon & Schuster Inc., 200 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, NJ 07675. She presents hundreds of great ideas and manners to clean the non-toxic way, which gives rise for many examples that use an all-natural liquid soap like Dr. Bronner's."
Let me know if you try it and what you think!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
On another note though, as I grow stronger as a Christian, I have a desire to become more knowledgable in the Word. Right now I am reading 1 John. It is short, only 5 chapers, but everything in it is rich in advice. Two of my favorite points right now: Love one another. (1 John 3:11-24) and Do not love the world (1 john 2:15-17). Thats not saying don't love and take care of the planet, thats talking about everything in the world.
Just something I am studying :) Pin It
Please be in prayer for this family, especially the brother as they heal from this. Pin It
- Old bowl
- Old blender
- 3 cups HOT water
- Wire for the frame *I used an old wire hanger
- 1 cup of Shredded paper (recycled or not)
- old panty hose
- Anything extra you might want to add (buffalo snow is the purple bag) like gold specs, threads, glitter, etc
Start by making the frame with the old hanger and pantyhose. I just bent mine into a square and slipped the pantyhose over it. It was a little tight this way but it worked perfect.
Now get ready to mix it up! Pour the 1 cup of shredded paper and 3 cups of HOT water into the bowl
Once it has set enough to soften, pour into a blender. I pureed it. To the point where it was pure liquid. This step is up to you how much you want it blended.
Place frame on top of the sink, or a baking dish or tupperware type container....anything to catch the water that will filter through. I did the storage container and it was the perfect size to rest the frame on top of so that I can press the water out of the pulp. I used my hands and a towel.
Then, tada! Home Made Paper!!Pin It
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
And if you knew how much of that "junk mail" you get really isnt junk mail at all! I started going through the mail a lot more closely and its like a gold mine! We are able to eat out every once in awhile very cheaply, do activities as a family, get cool stuff, free samples, all because of the internet and the mail. I dont actively search them out as much but I do grab 'em when I see them.
We have gotten into the mindset that if we dont have a coupon or a good deal on it, we really dont buy it unless we absolutely have to (which is something Micah has always done, not so much me)
Every week we buy each of the papers and clip the coupons. I started out with a small coupon organizer. That lasted about a month. Then I graduated to a bigger coupon organizer. That lasted a coupe of months. This week after talking to my extremely bargain smart coupon savy deal seaker sister in law who has used this system for awhile now, my husband made me change to a binder system. I will have to say I was a bit reluctant at first, but now I dont know how I lived without it.
I have to say, not shuffling through stacks of coupons really helped last night when we used this for the first time. We bought a cart full of groceries and saved 60 dollars and only spent 53. For the week! And this week I didnt really plan for anything, we just went and did it (bad Rebecca). The cashier looked at me like he was impressed and the guy behind Micah kept commenting on it.
So there ya have it! Thanks again to Melissa for showing me this way cool system to help save money for our family!Pin It