Experiment: Denim Rag Rug



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 Easy Steps to Detox Your Body and Life


I’ve been cleaning up the toxins in my body and life.  It actually hasn’t been that hard. Here are ten ways you can too!

1.  Get rid of all of your toxic make-up and beauty products.  The Environmental Working Group EWG.com has an online database and mobile app rating products.  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.  I ditched drugstore lotion, lipstick (eww—lead laden!), and nail polish.  You can find or make non-toxic versions of all of these.  Etsy is a great place to buy natural, non-toxic beauty products while supporting micro-businesses! Go to https://www.etsy.com/ and search “non-toxic beauty.”

2.  Use the Environmental Working Group’s list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15”  to make sure you are buying organic fruits and veggies when you need to. I actually printed out a wallet card and carry it with me since my memory is not the greatest. You can print out a wallet card here:  dirty dozen card or here’s an updated one for 2014:  dirty dozen 2014.

3.  Use only homemade cleaning products.  I clean almost everything with some combo of baking soda, lemon, and white vinegar.  You can look online for specific recipes.  Cleaning like this should also help you not need toxic air fresheners since baking soda, vinegar, and lemon naturally deodorize.

4.  Don’t use food canned in BPA laden cans, which is most cans.  Sometimes there are companies that use cans without BPA, such as Natural Value or Muir Glen.  Pomi Tomatoes in the box are a BPA-free alternative to canned tomatoes. A little research goes a long way, so read your labels and look stuff up on the internet!

5.  Eat organic, grass-fed meat whenever possible.

6.  Use organic dairy products whenever possible.

7.  Sweat.  Either through exercise, or using a sauna.  One of the main ways our body gets rid of toxins is through our skin.

8.  Drink plenty of water.  Divide your weight in half.  Drink that number of ounces per day (I weigh 150 lbs, so I drink 75 ounces).  Use a reusable glass water bottle.

9.  Don’t heat your food in plastic—those frozen entrees that you put in the microwave?  Not good.  Storing leftovers in plastic containers and heating in the microwave?  Nope.  Using a plastic splash guard over your food in the microwave?  No.

10.  Relax.  Stress is so toxic.  Breathe; look at the sky; pet the cat; smile.