Monday, November 28, 2011

Violet Potpourri

Violets are my second favorite childhood flowers. I remember running around the yard, searching for the purple flowers growing in the grass. Come summer, I plan to relive my childhood and collect the purple flowers to dry for this potpourri recipe.

Violet Potpourri

1 quart dried violet blossoms
1 cup dried rose petals
2 Tbsp sea salt
1/2 oz powdered orris root

Lightly crush violets and rose petals into a quart sized glass bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Stir with the handle of a wooden spoon or just use a stick. You can store potpourri in a glass jar, kept out of the sun until ready for use. To add more scent, mix in a drop or two of violet fragrant oil.

For more potpourri recipes, check out Potpourri, Incense, and Other Fragrant Concoctions by Ann Fettner.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Letting Go Guided Meditation

To say that I have a lot of letting go to do would be an understatement. Recent events, past events, have all piled up into a huge puddle of muddle on the floor before me. All I want to do is grab a broom and sweep it away.

Easily enough, there are guided mediation mp3s that help people do just that - let go of the stressful baloney that's holding us down. So far,"Letting Go" Meditation and Guided Visualization is the best download I've found. The voice is actually soothing and the recording doesn't sound as if it was done in someone's basement. The guided meditation is great!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Money Making Moms

On my own and searching for a way to earn more than a contract writer's salary, I'm taking my daydreams to a new level. I've always wanted to start my own little business, working from home while taking care of my children. With the baby on its way, now it is time to make it all a reality.

While researching how-to guides and lists of ideas, I found Mogul Mom - How to Quit Your Job, Start Your Own Business, and Join the Work-at-Home Mom Revolution (Mogul Mom Work-at-Home Book Series) by Andrea Clayton. Full of ideas on how to balance work and family life, as well as fantastic marketing ideas, I'm just about ready to make the big jump from frumpy writer to small business owner.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Knit 2tog Red Heart Super Saver Hat


In my fit of knitting hats, I made this awesome red hat in an evening.

Yarn: Medium (4) worsted yarn. I used half of a skein Red Heart Super Saver color Cherry Red.

Size 9 knitting needles.

Cast on 70 leaving a long tail for sewing up seam.

Hat brim:      

Row 1: K1, P1 across.

Knit row 1 six times (6 rows total).

Hat pattern:

Rows 1 - 6: Knit.

Row 7: K1, *yo, k2tog*, K1.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K2, *yo, k2tog*.

Rows 10: Purl.

Repeat pattern rows 1 through 10 two times.

Next, complete rows 1 through 9 (do not do the final purl row).

Knit 5 rows.

Complete rows 7, 8, and 9.

Knit every row until hat measures 10-inches long. Bind off and leave a long tail for closing the top of the hat.

To put together, lay out hat on a flat surface. Bring right sides together so that the wrong side is facing you. Pin side edges together, making sure the rows are matching. Sew up the side of the hat, starting at the brim.

Use bind off tail and weave it in and out of the last row. Pull tight to gather hat's top and knot in place. Weave in the ends. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Easy Knit Vanna's Choice Yarn Hat


The simpler the better. That's what I say when it comes to any knit or crochet project. This hat is super easy and a great beginner's project. It's also a great pattern for quickly knitting hats as a last minute Christmas gift.

Yarn: Medium (4) worsted yarn. I used 1 skein of Vanna's Choice yarn.

Size 9 needles.

Cast on 70 leaving a long tail for sewing up seam.

Hat brim:      

Row 1: K1, P1 across.

Knit row 1 six times (6 rows total).

Hat pattern:

Knit every row until hat measures 9-1/2 inches. Bind off and leave a long tail for closing the top of the hat.

To put together, lay out hat on a flat surface. Bring right sides together so that the wrong side is facing you. Pin side edges together, making sure the rows are matching. Sew up the side of the hat, starting at the brim.

Use bind off tail and weave it in and out of the last row. Pull tight to gather hat's top and knot in place. Weave in the ends. Turn right side out and wear!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chervil Anti-Wrinkle Infusion

On reading my herb books (I have so many books on herbs that I have collected over the years), I discovered that chervil can be used to help prevent wrinkles. It is also used as a skin cleanser.

You need to make an infusion out of the chervil leaves by pouring 1 pint of boiling water over 3 ounces of bruised chervil leaves. Let steep for 15. Strain and store in a clean bottle in the fridge. Apply infusion with cotton ball onto the skin after your bath or shower.

For more beauty recipes, check out Natural Beauty at Home.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chair Caning

Sometimes the oddest memories come flooding back to me, seemingly out of the blue. Last night, just as I was getting ready for bed, I remembered the bare wooden chairs flung over the rafters in the old barn. As a teenager, I would look up at them and think about learning how to restore them to their olden beauty. I never did get around to getting those chairs down from the rafters, but I will one day get around to trying my hands out on caning.