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Sunday, February 15, 2015

How to organize and store felted wool sweaters

I am on a quest to organize, DE-junk, and clear the clutter from my home and my life.  The first thing I did was clean out my closet and have worked from area to area in my home letting things go and organizing.  I will post about this later as it is quite amazing some things I have learned.

I As you all know, I love felted wool sweaters and I have acquired just a FEW over the years. (Ha, Ha)  I must say my SWEATER STASH was getting out of control. Every time I started a wool project, I hauled out my bins of sweaters (six and one mega size bin), lined them up in the hallway and would dig through them all, trying to find jut the right piece and color.  WHAT A MESS!

Not having my supplies in order caused PROCRASTINATION.  The thoughts of the mess, and the bother of hauling all those bins out, kept me from moving forward and getting things done.  Do any of you find yourself feeling like this?  It was time to MOVE ON.

I bit the bullet.  I turned on an audio book, got a chair, a pair of scissors and got to work.
This is what some of my bins looked liked.  Most of them were worse off.  So crammed I could hardly get the lids on them.  Who knew what was in there???

I am going to show you a technique that I have found that works really well in storing the sweaters so they don't take up so much room.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dr. Christiane Northrup and Jessica Ortner - EFT - Beliefs about aging

Watch this short video if any part of you worries about aging, about fulfilling your purpose, about living a vibrant life.  These two women are truly amazing!

 Just another shout out about the 2015 Tapping World Summit.

A free event with some vital information.

Check out the presenter line up for this years program.  Even if you can catch only ONE of these segments, it will transform the way you think and live, with HOPE and JOY!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Caring for your upcycled wool sweater projects

So you have made some fun things with felted wool sweaters.  SLIPPERS, MITTENS, HATS, and STUFFED ANIMALS.
What are you supposed to do when they get dirty?

Emotional Freedom Technique - Simple, down to earth explantation by Nick Ortner

Would you like to find a way to get rid of negative emotions, pain, and whatever else doesn't feel right in YOUR WORLD?

If you are alive and breathing,  you experience EMOTIONS. 
Some good and some not so good.  Well, either way, these emotions are
effecting what you are experiencing in YOUR WORLD.

The negative emotions can cause physical discomfort, pain, and even disease. 
Positive emotions not only improve a sense of well being, but can allow
your body to heal, and allow yourself to attract more of what you want.

If you are not aware of EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique or Meridian Tapping,  PLEASE take a few minutes and watch this short video.  Nick is so down to earth, and explains it all in such a simple, fun way.  Check it out!

I can't believe it is that time of year again for the
Tapping World Summit.  This is a yearly event that is chuck full of
amazing information, and it is FREE!  Worth your time, even if you can't listen to all of it.

The only things I promote and share on my blog are things I am passionate about, things I have seen work and feel it will help others.  I use EFT myself, with my family, and in my Holistic Health Coaching practice more than anything else, with great results.  So I want to share this information with you.

Life is meant to be good, simple and joyful.  Is yours?  If not, CHOOSE to do something different.  What have you got to loose?

Here is a link where you can go for more information on the Tapping World Summit.

Let me know if you have questions.  If you have had any positive experiences with EFT and want to share, please do!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Good Day at the Thrift Store - Wool Sweaters

I have been driving around with a bin full of donation items to take to the thrift store for about a month now.  Well today while I was out and about I decided to drop them off.  Does that feel good!!  Isn't it nice to let things go!  

Ha, ha.  Let a few things go, and then pick up a few things.  I just couldn't help it!!!!  I had to go in and see if they had any "good" wool sweaters.  I am afraid it is an addiction.  Not very often do I find a lot of "good" sweaters, but today was my lucky day.  Not only do I rarely find a lot of nice sweaters to felt, but GREEN ones.  I love green, and green felted wool is even better.  Shades of green just come in handy for so many of my upcycled projects and designs.  Today I hit the jackpot.

Ok, so I only bought four sweaters.  This is not really the best time to purchase sweaters, as they seem to to be priced a little higher at the thrift stores right now because of the cold weather.  The best time to pick up sweaters is in the summer at garage or tag sales.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Upcycled Denim Patcwork Quilt

Have you ever slept under a denim and flannel quilt?   There is nothing better.  There is just something about the heaviness of the denim and the coziness of a soft flannel fabric that just seems to tuck you in and comfort you.

UPCYCLlNG DENIM JEANS - Project Ideas & Cutting Tutorial

Do you have a bin of denim jeans that you have been saving for years like I do?
The denim fabric from jeans can be used to make all kinds of projects.  It is a durable fabric that can add a lot of classic style to quilts, bags and other fun projects.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CASH ENVELOPE CLUTCH - Oganize Your Cash with Style!

In a previous post I wrote about using Dave Ramsey's cash envelope system.
How are we doing with it?  Has anyone that wasn't using it gave it a whirl?  I would love to hear some feedback.

I know I love these little tabs I have in my wallet, and I love Dave Ramsey's system.  If you are not familiar with it and you want to get your spending in control and SAVE MONEY, this really works.

With the holidays approaching, what a great time to get your spending in control.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Upcycle Your Sweaters Into Something Fabulous- Bobbi Jo Hat Pattern

Hopefully you have had a good summer, and have had some "GOOD FINDS" at yard sales, or second hand stores finding some sweaters to use on all your upcycled projects. 

Winter is on it's way, and Christmas is just around the corner.  The perfect time to get out you sweater stash,( for all you upcycled sweater junkies), or find a sweater that you love, but don't wear anymore and make something FABULOUS out of it. 

This is my latest pattern design, the BOBBI JO hat.  A cross between a pill box hat and a beanie.  I love the way it fits on the head, and is so comfortable and cozy around the ears.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mini Essential Oil Case Tips

Just thought I would share a few essential oil tips on video while I am learning how to edit and download video. Not the most professional video, but I am learning and I hope you are too.

Do you have any great essential oil tidbits you can share?  Would love some comments.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Must For Every Purse - mini essential oil wallet

I posted last year about the pattern I designed for this wallet. I used to just sell the pattern in my Esty shop, but I now have them available to purchase already sewn up in my AUTHENTIC U Etsy shop.

I seriously don't know what I would do without this little gem.  I have gone through a few wallets, not that they wear out, but that I end up giving mine away to my kids or friends who are in need of some essential oil care.  So I make up another one and fill some more bottles so I can have my essential oil favorites close at hand in my purse or car glove compartment.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tomatoe Season is Here! Yummy Homemade Marinara Sauce

All winter I think about how nice it would be to enjoy a REAL vine ripened tomato.  You know the yummy smell of garden tomatoes, there is nothing like it.  I wish I could capture that smell and file it away for those dreary, dark days of winter.  I feel that way about basil as well.  Both are thriving right now in my garden.

The tomatoes in my garden were slow coming on this year, but they are doing well now.  So well, that I am scrambling trying to find ways to use them all.
Tomato sandwiches, BLT Sandwiches, salsa, marinara sauce, pasta salads, or just to eat like you would an apple with a little salt, the goodness of tomatoes.

Here is a great recipe I came upon while looking for a homemade tomato soup recipe.  It does make a good soup, but the flavor is so yummy I thought it would be great over pasta, and it is.  So I adapted a few things and we use it for both.  It is also really good over steamed veggies, for those of you who are wanting to avoid grains.

This recipe includes measurements for a single, double and freezer batches.
While I am making it up and I have access to lots of tomatoes, I like to make a triple batch and freeze for QUICK dinners or lunches.
  • Tomatoes (chopped canned, or fresh) 4 cups, 8 cups, 12 cups
  • Onion (chopped) 1/2 onion, 1,onion, 2 onions
  • Garlic Cloves minced 6, 12, 24
  • Tomato Sauce 1 can, 2 cans, 4 cans
  • Basil Pesto (or 12 basil leaves chopped) 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB (1 tablespoon equals 1 frozen ice cube tray of pesto)
  • Chicken Bullion Base 1 1/2 tsp., 1 TB, 2 TB
  • Canned Coconut Milk 1 cup, 2 cups, 4 cups
  • Sugar 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB
  • Salt 1-2 tsp., 4 tsp., 1 1/2 TB or to taste
  • If using fresh tomatoes, steam to remove the skins.
  • Puree or chop tomatoes, depending how chunky or smooth you want your sauce or soup.
  • Pour the pureed tomatoes in a large sauce pan, leaving a little in the blender.
  • Add the garlic and onion to the blender and puree to the consistency you desire. (My kids do not like chunks of onion so I blend well)
  • Add this mixture to the pan, along with all the other ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer until desired consistency. 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve over cooked pasta, steamed vegetables, as a tasty soup or use as a pizza sauce.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Santa's Summer Workshop Pattern Sale!

Sit back and enjoy the upcoming holiday season knowing your handmade gifts are already made!

This is the perfect time of year to do some STRESS FREE gift making.

I am offering all of my patterns for
50% off regular price.

This offer will be available for TWO weeks only.
August 8- August 22.

Many of my patterns are for fun UPCYCLED items using felted wool sweaters.
Summer is a great time to go to garage sales, tag sales and thrift stores, where you will find wool sweaters a lot CHEAPER.   
Check out these posts where I share some fun things to make using felted wool and give a few tips on how to felt wool.

You can view some of my patterns here on the blog, but if you go to my ETSY shop there will be a specific listing for this special sale.

You can by the patterns in sets of 3.
3 patterns for $9.00.
Only $3.00 piece.
You may place as many orders as you want using that listing.

When checking out on ETSY, there will be a place to 
Simply type in what 3 patterns you want and I will email them right to you.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

How To Make Tooth Powder - Easy DIY Recipe

Why in the world would you want to make your own toothpaste or tooth powder? It's not like you already have a million things to do! Right?

Well, trust me, this is well worth your time. This is a simple, cost effective way to care for you and your families teeth! 

Here are 4 SIMPLE reasons why I stopped using commercial toothpaste years ago and started making my own or buying natural stuff.

Have you ever looked into what is in your toothpaste?  Here is a quick little post that is a great read about what is actually in commercial toothpaste.  Makes you think twice about what you put in  your mouth two or three times a day!

With just 4 simple ingredients, you can make a batch of tooth powder up for under $2.00.
If you have ever purchased or checked into NATURAL toothpastes, they are not cheap.  Worth it if you can't make your own, but why not Do It Yourself and save money?
Tom's Natural toothpaste runs around $5.00- $6.00.
Redmond EarthPaste is $7.99 plus shipping.  (good product, but make your own for a lot less).

You can whip a batch of this up in only 5 minutes!!!

This makes your teeth feel squeaky clean, like you have just had your teeth cleaned by the dentist.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My New Adaptive Yoga DVD and Book

If you are wondering why my blog posts have been sparse and very irregular, this is what I have been up to........writing, designing and filming this adaptive yoga DVD and book.  This has been my husbands and I's baby for several years now.  I never dreamed it would be so

much work.  Work because we did it all.  I wrote the book and did all the illustrations.  My husband did the filming and film editing.  I designed the DVD cover and am now learning about marketing. What we didn't know how to do, we studied and learned.

This has been in the works now for many, many years.  I love teaching yoga, especially to those who have never tried it before and to those with physical challenges of some kind. I am so passionate about yoga because I have experienced the many benefits over the years myself AND have seen how it has helped so many other people both EMOTIONALLY and PHYSICALLY.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Repurposed T Shirts - Cutting Out Tips

In a previous post, I shared a few ideas of how you can use t shirts to make OTHER THINGS, upcyclling, repurposing or recycling are a few common terms used. I love to repurpose things and I love to sew. When my kids were little ones, I made a lot of their clothes using some of my husband's and I's cool knit shirts.
I made this knit overall jumpsuit from an existing t shirt and I used a cool applique patch from another shirt.  The red shirt was made from an adult t shirt as well.

This jumpsuit was made from one of my cool rugby shirts.  I loved the feel of the thick knit, and couldn't part with it, so I made something for my little boy. (now 24 years old)

This jumpsuit, I made using one of my sweatshirts and the pocket on the front was from an old kit dress.

Little kids are so fun to sew for!  Little tops and pants hardly take any fabric, so repurposing is easy and inexpensive.  Just think of all the fun things you can make.  You can usually pick up an inexpensive pattern on Craftsy or just Google and you will be surprised at how many free patterns there are out there for little kids.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Upcycling T Shirts

Do you have a t shirt that you love, but it doesn't fit anymore or has gone out of style?   Give it a second life by making something else out of it.

Knits are "sew" fun work with and there are a lot of things you can make especially children's clothing.  Now days, little kids t shirts are usually cheaper just to buy already made, than to purchase a pattern and fabric, not to mention the time involved. But if you have the fabric already and basic patterns are cheap and usually accessible on the internet, then you are set.

Have you priced good quality interlock knits lately?  They are not cheap and the selection is usually poor.
This piece of knit with 5 % spandex was $12.99 yard.

So if you have a shirt that has good quality fabric, good colors and design, and you don't wear it anymore, MAKE SOMETHING COOL WITH IT!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Baby Gift Ideas - Upcycled Sweater Toys

Do you have a baby on the way, or know someone who does?  These little toys made from felted wool sweaters or fleece scraps make a fun compliment to any baby gift.

If you have been saving your sweater scraps........this is a great place to upcycle them into a cuddly and cozy baby toy.

Sweater Balls & Blocks

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