January 30, 2010

Homemade Natural Soap

This is an all natural hand soap or body wash, with a very relaxing lavender sent. Enjoy!
2 cups of grated (cured) castile soap
1 tablespoon of palm oil
1/2 tablespoon glycerin (optional)
1 and 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
2 1/2-3 cups of spring or distilled water
2 pump or foaming bottles (will make enough for 2)

Over low heat and in a double-boiler pan, add grated
soap, palm oil, glycerin and water. Simmer until all the
soap has melted and is liquefied. Remove
from heat and let cool slightly before adding the
essential oil, mix well. Let cool completely before
pouring into bottle and check the consistency
(if too thick, add more spring water and stir).

Using a funnel, slowly pour liquid soap into chosen
bottle. Avoid any lumpy soap that may have not
melted from going into the funnel. Add a funky label and your ready to use!

January 29, 2010

Turning back the hands of time.

After my first two sewing lessons my mind is exploding with endless ideas of creativity! Right now I am working on my headband and reusable shopping bag, these patterns were created and designed by myself. The pieces are all cut out and ready to be sewn together.

I really feel that learning a new hobby has opened many doors for me and I am really looking forward to the many items I will be creating on this journey. From bags to purses, clothing for myself and my son, to different useful items around the house. I love the character that handmade items consist of, it's like turning back the hands of time where cell phones didn't exist and life was a little more simplified.

One of my favourite yearly trips that my mom and I take together with my son is to the Mennonite county a couple away from my hometown. We have been taking these little mini vacations since I was in my early teens and a lot of what I have seen there has been the root of many inspirations including their basic way of living, simple home decor, homemade meals and so much more. Most of the children's clothing and toys are homemade and the children learn the art of sewing, knitting and cooking etc... at a very young age. So much of this is lost in our modern day living and I find this very bothersome. So at least for now I will try to keep the art of handmade items alive and well in my home and hand these teachings to my son and future children to come.

January 27, 2010

Sitting calm with yarn in hand,
concentrating every strand.
Peace and calm of inner self,
this is what I call my wealth.
Every loop is in and over,
crimson, indigo and clover.

Cotton, alpaca, and yes wool,
time is still and creation flows.
I've found myself, in my art,
I feel it in my soul and heart.

Here I quietly relax and sit,
till the end of time, I will always knit.
I'll knit away my woes and fears,
keep knitting till my whole mind clears.

I'll knit at home and in my bed,
I've knit until my fingers bled.
Expressing myself, with needles and wool,
showing you my inner soul.

I'm glad that you can come along,
together we can do no wrong.
Lets keep knitting young and old,
knitting needles we will hold.
Generations to come we'll share with all,
every skein, every ball.
Knitting will stand the test of time,
I hope you all enjoyed my rhyme.


January 24, 2010


Okay I think I have fixed the problem, once again sorry for any inconvenience and please feel free to flood me with your comments from the last few weeks. Thanks everyone, I look forward to hearing from you!!!

January 23, 2010

Spring Fashion Trends for 2010

I know, I know it is still technically winter...but hey it's never to early to start planning for the next season to come. The up and coming fashion trends for spring 2010 are, soft pastels (pinks and yellows) and soft earthy tones, whites everywhere, revealing sheers and the look of glam!

The basic white button up shirt with a pair of ripped or patched jeans are a must have, this can be finished off with a boyfriend blazer rolled up at the cuff. Think "relaxed" with ankle cropped pants and a basic t-shirt.

Military and tribal trends collide to become a fierce fashion trend, leather tunics, metal tunics...and much more! Sportswear also takes on a whole new level of cool, with tomboy chic. Say bye-bye to your basic block colours below the waist, patterned and printed pants have been seen all over the runway for sprint 2010.

Spring hair consists of, longed waved hair, long 1970's inspired hair, up-do hair twists and slicked hairstyles. Golden and peroxide blonde, red hair with bleached eyebrows are the 2010 hair trends (ummm, not for me :) and for your hair accessories feather headbands and bunny ears...yes I said bunny ears, not too sure of that trend...Easter inspired???

Well hopefully it won't be long before we can put our spring fashion foot forward, head outdoors with a soft breeze blowing the sun shinning and birds singing. Hope this gives you a heads up for the trends to come!

January 20, 2010

Learning to Sew

I have decided to try and expand my creativity and begin some professional sewing classes! I am very excited about this!!! I know the basics of how to sew, by hand and by machine but I have only taught myself and feel as though I am missing out many different sewing aspects.

My journey will consist of two classes a week for four weeks, I will be sharing with you my finished projects and probably venting the frustration that comes along with learning any new hobby. The items that I will be making are:


Shopping Bag


Decorative Pillow or Pillow Case

Pajama Bottoms or Wrap Skirt

My classes begin next Monday evening...so here's hoping I have a few things to share with you when I get home. Looking forward to taking you on my journey, if anybody has any tips or stories they would like to share about sewing please post your comments below, Thanks!

January 13, 2010

Common Knitting Abbreviations

I always find it helpful to refer to some abbreviations when looking at a new pattern. So here is a list of some common ones that you may come across when using my patterns. Hope you all find this helpful!

  • K=knit
  • P=purl
  • YO=yarnover
  • SSK=slip, slip, knit
  • SKP=slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over
  • K2tog=knit two together
  • P2tog=purl two together
  • PSSO=pass slipped stitch over
  • RS=right side
  • WS=wrong side
  • Sts=stitches
  • MC=main color
  • CC=contrasting color
  • CO=cast on
  • BO=bind off
  • St st=stockinette stitch
  • Dec=decrease
  • Inc=increase
  • M1=make one
  • Wyif=with yarn in front
  • Wyib=with yarn in back
  • Sl=slip
  • Rep=repeat
  • Cont=continue
  • RH=right hand
  • LH=left hand
  • Rnd=round
  • TBL=through back loop
  • Tog=together
  • PM=place marker
  • January 11, 2010

    Toronto with Love

    Dad's warmer hat
    New pattern

    Pure Bliss

    Rays of Sunlight

    Sleepy time

    Ontario Science Centre


    Market Fresh


    Little Piggies

    Three little Monkeys

    Some wonderful inspiration

    T-Rex at ROM

    Digging for bones

    Lake Ontario Sunset

    Hat for my mother

    Mom's hat

    Hats in the morning sun

    A moment cherished


    We're back!!! What a wonderful time we had...probably could have stayed longer! Kept super busy with knitting, playing, exploring and so much more. The weather got really cold so most of our exploring and creating occurred inside. Started off with a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum to see some amazing dinosaurs they had on display...really lets your imagination run wild! Then spent some time inside knitting and completing some more men's hats. In between that we spent time at the pool, reading lots and watching some good movies.

    Later in the week we explored the Ontario Science Centre, what a great place for both adults and children , my little guy had a blast then when he fell asleep it was my time to educate myself on a few new things! Back in the flat I created another warmer hat for my dad, a slouch hat for my mother and a new pattern for myself...not 100% satisfied though. I think it's great to take some time to get away from everyday life, time to revive the creative juices and reveal some new ideas. But now it's back to reality of my everyday life...first things first...house cleaning, ugh. Oh well, it was good while it lasted, good to be back!

    January 1, 2010

    Time For A Knitting Retreat

    Well folks, it's a new year and with that I am taking a week or so off to spend some time with my little man and to visit one of my favourite cities Toronto. This time will be spent exploring, creating, learning, relaxing, and of course a lot of time spent doing one of my favourite things knitting. I am hoping to return here with lots of photos from our little trip away and some new patterns and projects that I have completed while away. I look forward to my new posts in the following weeks. Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!