Halloween Couple Costume Craft Fun

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FH (Fabulous Husband) and I like crafts.  We like Halloween.  FH is really the creator on these, I’m just the assistant and cheerleader!  This year, the plan is to go as Day of the Dead Sugar Skull People.  FH made these skulls from a pattern from this site.  FH is decorating them now:
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Last year we went as Wayne and Garth.
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The year before that, we were mummies.
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Hopefully you have some fun ideas for this Halloween.  Be good and have fun!

 

 

 

 

Experiment: Denim Rag Rug

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I need a new bath mat.  The one I have is stained and yucky.  Never looks clean anymore. Being a cheap and thrifty up-cycler, I decided to see what I could make.

First attempt.  Ta-da!  A jean rag rug from our old cast-offs. Okay, not as tight as I want it, and I think the dark part needs to be darker, so I’m going to unravel it and start over, tighter, and twisting the dark fabric so the dark indigo color is showing more.

Do you want to do the experiment too? I’m using an 11.5 mm P crochet hook and 1/2 inch strips of cut up old jeans.

Here are the easy steps:

1.  Find some old jeans (I used some of mine and fh’s, and some from the thrift store)
2.  Cut them into 1/2 inch strips (it’s okay if they aren’t perfectly straight or even; I did mine bit by bit, so I’m not sure how many pair of jeans it’s going to take yet.)
3.  Stitch the ends of the strips together (I did this bit by bit with my sewing machine and a zig-zag stitch, but you could do it by hand too)

For the crocheting part:
1.  Chain 8 +1 (for the turn)
2.  Turn and single crochet (sc) 8
3.  Turn and start circle crocheting around the little strip you’ve made.  To crochet a circle you sc into the first stitch, dc (double crochet) into the next, sc, dc, sc…on and on.  The every-other stitch increase keeps the oval flat.

I’m thinking I might switch to a square rug, what do you think?

Here’s some inspiration 🙂

 

 

 

Ten More Easy Ways to Detox

More easy ways to detox

This is a follow up to my earlier post about detoxing. I’m trying to keep these simple, and just talk about what I have actually tried.

I’m not a doctor or a scientist, although for most of these there is reliable scientific evidence to support their use in detoxifying the body.

1.  Pesto:  My naturopath told me about this one.  Cilantro and parsley naturally bond to toxins in your body, helping them to move out.
–Combine1 bunch cilantro, 1 bunch parsley, 2 cloves garlic, juice of 1/2 a lemon, and 1/4 cup olive oil in your food processor or blender.
–Eat one tablespoon every day.  It’s delicious on sandwiches and eggs!

2.  Vegetable Juice:  Vegetable juice also pulls toxins out of the body.  You need a juicer for this one, or if you buy your juice from the store, check that it doesn’t have a bunch of extra sugar in it from being mixed with fruits.  The best combo I find is carrot and celery.  If it’s too bitter, add a little bit of apple.

3.  Bieler Broth: This is actually really easy and tasty.  You can also make it with homemade chicken broth if you have it.  Don’t use the store bought chicken broth though.  I put a little pesto (see above recipe) and paprika in mine, mmm.  Recipe

4.  Epsom Salt Bath  Dissolve 1 to 2 cups in your bath water.  This is great for muscle relaxation as well as detox.  It is said it also cleanses the aura (if you’re into that!).  Don’t worry about what temperature or how long.  Remember, make it easy.  What feels right is right.

5.  Castor Oil Belly Rub (called a castor oil pack if you want to look it up, but I think belly rub sounds better).  When I looked this up online it looked really hard and like my sheets would get stained and it would be disgusting.  No, not true, not at all.  Easy.  Pour a quarter sized amount of castor oil in your palm and rub it all over your belly before you go to bed. Be sure to get it over your liver where it really works wonders!  (The liver is located in the upper-right portion of the abdominal cavity under the diaphragm.) Wear a t-shirt you don’t care that much about.  Put a heating pad over your belly for about 15 minutes before you go to sleep, or go to sleep with it on! (My electric one goes off by itself, and my friend has a bag of rice heating pad that naturally cools down over time, so those are a couple of options.)  Very relaxing and helps with digestion too!  I use Heritage Store Castor Oil 4 oz.

5.  Dry Brushing  a great way to wake up in the morning!  Before your morning shower, use a natural bristle brush that’s not too hard and starting at your ankles, brush your skin in a circular motion moving towards your heart.  This is so good for your circulation.  Good circulation gets those toxins moving out.  I got the Fantasea Natural Bristle Body Brush, 3.5 Ounce on amazon for pretty cheap.

6.  Breathing  Pranayama is the Sanskrit name for Yogic breathing exercises.  There are many different methods, but the one that’s easiest for me is the three part breath.
Directions:
1.  Inhale deeply and slowly.  Feel your stomach rise, your chest rise, and then finally your collar bone rise.
2.  Exhale very, very slowly feel your collar bone move downward, your chest empty, and finally your belly empty.  Suck in your stomach to push that last little bit of stale air out.

You can do this as many times as you like.  Remember to keep it easy.  If once sounds easy, do it once.  If ten times sounds easy, do it ten times.

9.  Stretching  Remember learning stretches in school?  Do some.  Bend at the waist and touch your toes, hang there a while.  Raise your hands over your head, clasp your hands together, and make a half moon with your body by bending over to the right.  Go back to center and bend to the left.  There are many great stretching and yoga videos on youtube, and your probably remember some good stretches from Junior High P.E. or somewhere!

10.  Hang in Nature Put your bare feet on the grass.  Pet the dog.  Watch the sunset.  Sit or walk near moving water (like the ocean or a river).  Listen to the birds.  Watch a bug. Plant something and watch it grow.