DIY, Gardening, Knitting/Crocheting, Main Quest, Painting

Quest(s) Updates

Hey Y’all!

So it’s been a hot minute since I posted so before I post anything else, I’m gonna post an update. But first, I want to welcome any new followers! Welcome to  my blog, I hope you like it!

Main Quest Updates:

  • I’m moving!! WOO! I’m moving at the end of June to a new apartment. Expect plenty of posts on that in the near future.
  • After I move, I’m gonna get a dog!! WOOO! I think I’m capable of taking care of a dog now, plus I’ve been saving money for various bills. There are several other reasons but I’ll explain those in a later post.
  • I got a photography job recently! This is probably the most exciting update I have. I started applying for jobs in Dec/Jan, and had the interviews in February. I take photos of houses for rent around Birmingham. I’m really excited about this job. I get to drive a lot, take photos, and I don’t have to deal with customers.
  • I’m trying to read my way through the Bible in a year. Let’s just say, my Christianity has been lax lately, and I want to change that. I’ve been going to church more (although I haven’t managed to go to Sunday school yet) and I’m using my Bible app to read through the Bible. It has various plans for different topics. I’m using one that puts the Bible in chronological order.

Side Quest Updates:

  • I’m (kinda) teaching myself how to use html and css code. This is something I’ve always been interested in and I finally decided to do it. I’ve been using codecademy.com and so far I like it. I’m trying not to spend money so I don’t have access to all the content.
  • I’m working on several projects (as always). I’ve got two embroidery projects in the works, two knitting projects, a couple of post projects, and a few paintings. I know this seems like a lot (and it is), but I don’t work on all of them at the same time. The problem I have is I have to be in the mood to work on something. So I have to be in the mood to paint, or embroider, or whatever it is I’m working on.
  • I also want to introduce all of my new plants in an upcoming post. I’ve been trying to figure the whole gardening thing so this should be interesting.

So all in all, expect some new posts coming your way very soon!

 

DIY

Goat Milk Soap

Welcome back everybody! This week I’m home again with my parents. My mom wanted to make soap. She saw a goats milk and honey soap recipe on Pinterest and wanted to try it. So, off we went to Hobby Lobby and picked up supplies. We got three packs of goats milk soap, three scents, an eucalyptus essential oil, soap colorant, soap molds, and some bubble wrap.

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Even though it sounds like a lot it wasn’t too expensive. Everything broke down like this:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil  $6.99
  • Soap Scent  $3.99 (we got three total so it comes to $11.97)
  • Soap Colorant*  $3.69
  • Goats Milk Soap  $10.99 (we used two which is $21.98)
  • Soap Molds  $2.49 (we got two so it comes to 4.98)
  • Block Soap Mold* $29.99 (with the 40% off coupon it was $17.99)
  • Bubble Wrap* ?? (I had ripped off the price before documenting it but it’s not too expensive)

We already had honey* and other essential oils. Everything listed above with a * behind it is optional. You can use food coloring instead of soap colorant and you do not have to have the block soap mold, bubble wrap, or honey. In total we spent around $67; however, without the optional tools it comes to around $45.

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Once you’ve gathered your supplies, start by chopping your soap into squares and prepping the block mold. Cut the bubble wrap to fit inside the mold. What it does is mimics the look of a honeycomb. We wanted the soap to look like a honeycomb since we were using honey in the soap. However, we couldn’t find a honeycomb mold, so we improvised.

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We did this before we melted the soap so that it didn’t cool too much before pouring it. Put all your soap in a microwave safe container. Microwave it in 30 second intervals. It took a total of about three minutes. Make sure to stir each time. It’ll help mix the soap together and all the unmelted soap to mix together in the middle.

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Once the soap is completely melted, add the honey if you want. We used about a cup. Mix it in completely.

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The honey won’t change the color of the soap, so we added some colorant. We played with how much red and yellow to put in. Just plain yellow was too bright so we added some red to create a pale yellow-y orange. Add any scents you want now, too.

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Once you mix the color and the honey, pour the soap into the bubble wrapped mold. Cover the top with more bubble wrap. Let it sit and cool. We let it sit overnight.

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In the meantime, I used the other block of soap to make some for me. Instead of mixing the color in the container, I poured some into the individual molds and colored and scented in them. I used lavender, honeysuckle, and Japanese lotus blossom. The honeysuckle and the Japanese lotus blossom smelled really good together. I also poured some into a plastic cup to cut gemstones out of.

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The next morning we unwrapped the mold. It looked awesome. Even though the indents aren’t hexagons, it really mimicked the look of honeycomb. The goats milk soap is very soft so it cuts like butter; ours even looked like it too.

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The end cuts will have the honeycomb on one of the long sides, while the middle pieces will not. My soap turned out really well. I used the scrapes from the gemstone shaped ones and made more gemstones. Hope you’re soap turns out awesome, too!

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Thanks for reading!

With Love,

Wendy

DIY, Knitting/Crocheting

Dying Yarn with a Kit

The other day I was at Ross and I found this pretty cool yarn dying kit. It was the Tulip Custom Color Lab dye kit. There were two options at Ross, and I went with the ‘modern’ colors, which included yellow, a lighter blue, a slightly darker blue, and a gray. I’ve used Tulip dyes before to tie dye t-shirts, but I didn’t know they had yarn dye (not that I’m surprised). So I picked it up for a couple of bucks.

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DIY, Sewing

Minky Baby Blankets

I visited my parents recently and while I was there my mom wanted me to help her make some baby blankets. She wanted to give them to some church members who are having kids soon. She already had the minky fabric picked out, but it needed a backing and some trims. After picking that up from the good ol’ Hobby Lobby, we headed up the street to my Nana’s house. My mom used to have a sewing machine, but it hated her. It would not work for her at all, but it works for me so she gave it to me. Honestly, I think it’s scared of me because it knows I’m not afraid to take it completely apart to figure out what’s wrong. So we got Nana’s sewing machine out and her box of sewing supplies.

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DIY, Gardening

Succulent Letter DIY

In May, I graduated from university. I am now the proud holder of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Art with a Concentration in Photography from the University of Montevallo. Mouthful right? One gift I received for getting this long-titled degree was from a family friend through my mom. She sent me two wonderful packages.

The first one to arrive was bottle cap magnets with drawings of succulents coated in resign.

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