home, luscious lotions, and a coupla souvenirs

So what did I bring back from Florida? Some funny memories, a bunch of pictures, and these,
shellstails
A few shells and bits of coral, and two ermine tails! My aunt found them in my grandmother’s sewing stuff… I’m thinking they have to be earrings. And worn with the green felt boots and some other odd attire…

Check out those two shells in the front, one is upside down and the other has stripes. These are Slipper Shells, aka Crepidula fornicata. What’s cool about them is that they stack up, one atop the other, and that they CHANGE SEX. The one on top is male, those on the bottom are female, and the ones in the middle are indeterminate! This is one of the first marine scientific names I learned. Yup, all about the F*cking! (and yes, wordpress will NOT let me spell that word out!).

lotion lessons

In October last year, I saw on the craftzine blog how to make lotion with three ingredients! Here’s the original blog post that inspired me. We had a big lotion making extravaganza in November for xmas gfts, and I’ve made two smaller batches for myself since.

The set up,
lotion3

Process and results,
lotion2 lotion1 lotion4

What I did differently than Wasi Baby
more oil (1/2 cup)
less water (1 cup)
a bit of beeswax (about a tablespoon or so)
teaspoon or so of lavendar oil
half as much vitamin E

The finished lotion hardened up a bit after the photo… it’s whitish now not liquidy.

I got ingredients from Organic Creations for the big to-do before xmas, and had the emulsfier and beeswax leftover. I used some olive oil that I’m not thrilled to eat for the most recent batch.

Lessons learned (from the batch before this one):

  • Oatmeal is NOT a good addition! Nor is powdered milk. It is food. Food goes bad. After a few weeks this batch smelled like fish. Ewww!
  • I do NOT like the smell of tea tree oil. I added a bunch of cinnamon leaf and orange oils to cover it and it didn’t… but then there was the oatmeal and milk in this batch.
  • Zinc Oxide (for the diaper rash cream at Wasi Baby) really repels water. Makes cleaning up a real chore!

At the Portland Flower Show I bought some Lavender Sea Spa. It was wonderful, it smelled great, it felt great, and it was very expensive. So I made some of my own… about a cup of sea salt, some dried lavender flowers, and a tablespoon or so of oil (I think I used vegetable), a few drops of essential oil, and a few drops of vitamin E oil.

Yowza! It turned out great! And a batch the size of the one that cost $15+ cost me about a dollar.

home

Or perhaps it should be

what the heck else can happen to my car?

This morning the car died as I was parking it. I backed it up to go into a parking spot, and it stalled. And would not start again. So…
deadcar

I got to drive it up on the truck! In the end it was just the battery. I figured since the radio and windows worked it was the starter. I’m glad it was just the battery though. It’ll go into the other shop soon to have the last stuff from the big to do with the ice taken care of.

8 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    April 28, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    Welcome back! Hopefully it’s not too chilly in your corner of the world. Your poor car…

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    kmkat said,

    April 28, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

    I love lavender. I put a few drops — actually more than a few — into a bottle of baby oil that I keep in the shower to put on before I dry off. It works better than lotion in the dry, dry days of winter.

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    colleen said,

    April 29, 2009 @ 7:44 am

    Welcome home! With the heat we’ve been having here, you’ll hardly even notice you’re back. Well, OK, maybe you’ll notice.

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    Miss T said,

    April 29, 2009 @ 10:53 am

    Oh dear, the car. Not what you want after a nice trip. I’d be so tempted to sew those ermine tails to the end of a scarf…

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    Tanya said,

    April 30, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    ouch on the car, cool on the souvoneirs and yum on the homemade spa goods!

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    Emily said,

    April 30, 2009 @ 10:39 am

    Not your car again! Oh dear.

    I have an ermine pelt that my grandparents brought back from one of their trips long ago. I haven’t pulled it out in a while – maybe it’s time for some ermine fondling.

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    Molly Bee said,

    April 30, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    The car probably had a heart attack when it saw you parking close to the building again! :-) Cool shells! I’ve always wanted to go to Sanabel. The beach I went to was small/north of Tampa. No real shell picking except for those what had critters in ‘em (hermit crabs). Cool lotion! I bought a small lotion ‘bar’ at A-Z Farms lambing days. It smelled great in the barn. When I got it home, it smelled sorta great with a big dose of ‘eau de lamb barn’ over the top. It was a good concept though. Lord knows I need lotion these days, between the pine baskets, spinning and Purelling for swine flu, my hands are cracking!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    April 30, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

    Wow – eventful week! I’d love to see/smell the lavender stuff. Inaugurated the Knitting Cottage tonight – looking forward to having you there next time!

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