Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Well...I have been trying to keep up with reading my favorite blogs...and I THINK about blogging, and then never get it onto a post! I'm hoping we dont' do this over lapping sports seasons anytime soon! I'm not even PLAYING them and I'm SO weary!

Here are some pictures of what I have been working on:


This is a nine patch variation. I was sailing along busting stash...came to a screeching halt when I went to look for binding. I FOUND the color I wanted. More that once...most I only had a FQ of....SIGH

Isnt this pink fabric CUTE? I would buy a couple yards of it, if I could find it again. If anyone sees any...let me KNOW! The quilt pattern is from one of the "Easy as ABC" books by Ursula Reikes. They are tried and true! (If anyone wants to know which book, I will be happy to look)


I also went kinda 'Mother Earth'! My family is scratching their heads! I made my own laundry soap. Here is the process:
Grate 1/3 of a bar of soap. (there are others you can use, I will post the site where I found the instructions at the end of the post) I used Fels Naptha, found in the laundry aisle, not the soap aisle...
Dissolve it in 4 cups water on the stove, heat till melted. Add 1/2 cup washing soda (not BAKING soda) and then 1/2 cup borax (both found on the laundry aisle if your grocery has them). stir till dissolved.



pour mixture into a big bucket that has 1 3/4 gal of hot water and stir.







Let it sit over night and stir before using.


This is where I found these instructions. There is a dry detergent recipe there too. I made mine a couple days ago and am just trying it out today. No softener...just using white vinegar. No smell from the wash, just a light scent from the dryer sheet. I will let you know how I like it. I was having itchy skin problems. I am sure the dry winter weather has something to do with it too. We get single digit humidity levels. It also appeals to my CHEAP side! HA! Even with the old pot I bought just for melting the soap, I have barely $10 in this experiment. This bucket is suppose to last me about 2 months. I still have enough fels naptha for 2 more batches, and MANY more of the washing soda and borax.

2 comments:

MaryLu said...

I do this too!! Good for you, I love how CHEAP it is!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sure appreciate it!

Angie said...

Hi Beth! Remember me??? :/ I'm thinking about rejoining the land of the living---and blogging---:D It's been one hell of a year. Enough said. I truly appreciate the comment that you left some time back. :) I adore the new member in your family. :) The quilt in this post is just adorable. I've not seen this fabric at all...but if I ever see that fabric I'll grab it for you. :) Hope all is well in your world, dear friend.