Monday, July 29, 2013

Number the Bean Bags

Bean Bags... With numbers. Awesome fun. Until an unfortunate incident with my cat led to my having to throw them all away. We won't talk about it. It's still too difficult... *sniff*

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So... I am that type of crafter that has about 100 different projects going on at one time. No joke. Here is the start of a Doctor Who scarf. I've been working on this for over 3 years now... :( I know. Failure. However, in my defense (or perhaps a really poor excuse), its super hot where I live for about 10 months out of the year, leaving me with a very narrow window to actually knit in. I mean, seriously, who knits when its over 100 degrees outside? Not this girl.

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Fish City... What to say about this monster? I've been working on this for about 2.5 years. I feel like I'm nowhere. Then again... I don't even remember the last time I picked this one up to work on it (not that I can actually pick it up mind you). This project, sadly, keeps getting shoved to the side in favor of smaller projects.

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Perry Blanket

My husband tried to be crafty. He didn't realize what a pain these no sew fleece blankets can actually be.

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Cloth Wipes & DIY Detergent for Diapers

So we've been cloth diapering with our son for a while. (He is almost 22 months) We're trying to continue being more environmentally friendly and more cost efficient so I made some cloth wipes. I used a simple tutorial I found on pintrest that used fleece and water. Easy enough right? Wrong. After a few days the fleece started to leave little fleece bunnies on little man's behind and all over his cloth diapers (even turning the insides of them blue!). I don't know if I used the wrong type of fleece or what, but we instantly scratched that idea and went back to the throw away kind.

Then I found this tutorial about using flannel. So I made six cloth wipes to try out and see how they do. They did awesome. I use just water and they work great! SO much better than the throw away kind (esp. on big messes). I made some more and I only need to rewet wipes every other day or so. The tea tree oil isn't necessary when using cloth wipes, however, I did use it when my son had an extremely bad diaper rash and *poof* it was gone in a 24 hours. Awesome.

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As for the detergent I use on my cloth diapers, I highly recommend this one created by Hive of the Honey Bee. Super simple: 1 cup of oxy clean, 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of baking soda. I initially chose this one out of all the other homemade recommendations because this one is borax free. I avoid all cleaners that use borax because of its toxic properties. Ick. I am not bringing that into my house!

I've used it for about three weeks so far and it works great! Two days ago, I noticed that the diapers were getting a little scratchy and rough, so I did a cycle of diapers using Snuggle fabric softener and All Laundry detergent, followed by a cycle with this DIY detergent, before hanging them out to dry. So far, the diapers have remained super soft since with no reaction to little man.

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