knitting is already underway with shawls and crazy bags…see di..
Pamela has begun potting cuttings and propagating seedlings for sale. If you have other ideas or already have stock of some sort that you would like to sell at the fair, just pop your ideas on here.
It will be at Copley and there will be a fee for stall-holders. A get-together to discuss other details will be announced here and in the Copley Newsletter. Keep you posted as we get more organised. Get knitting and sewing, or drawing…whatever is your art or craft…..have fun!!!!
Okay folks, I have some ideas for making things for the winter fair. At this stage I am going to share some recipes, & as I probably won’t be making these things myself feel free to concoct them yourself! Please note that these recipes (unless stated) haven’t been tried by me & therefore I can’t vouch for them. They have come from a cooking group I belong to.
1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar
Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 bar Soap (grated)
In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Add the grated bar soap and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
In a 2 gallon clean pail, pour 1 quart of hot water and add the heated soap mixture. Top pail with cold water and stir well.
Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).
Powdered Laundry Detergent – Recipe #4
2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.
1 bar (4.5 oz) Ivory Soap – grated
1 cup Washing Soda
In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is melted.
Fill a large pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot soap mixture. Stir until well mixed.
Then add the washing soda, again stirring until well mixed.
Set aside to cool.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, stirring well before each use (will gel)
2.5 gallons Water (hot)
1 Bar soap (grated)
3/4 cup Washing Soda
3/4 cup Borax
2 TBS Glycerin
Melt bar soap over medium-low heat topped with water, stir until soap is melted.
In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted soap mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well.
Use 1/2 cup per full load.
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Washing Soda
2 – 2.5 gallons hot water
Melt grated soap in saucepan with water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
Pour hot water in large pail, add hot soap and washing soda. Stir very well.
Use 1 cup per full load.
2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)
Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover.
Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water.
Add melted soap, stir well.
Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.
Powdered Laundry Detergent – Recipe #9
12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)
Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.
1 cup Vinegar (white)
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
Mix well and store in sealed container.
Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.
*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).
You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.
Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
A good treatment for sluggish skin conditions due to its texture it is good for calluses and softening of the skin.
Benefits of a salt rub include:
Improves the appearance of the skin
Has a nourishing and moisturising effect
Salt rubs have been used for centuries for cleansing and revitalizing dry skin. The salt is massaged into the skin with a lubricating oil, to gently scrub away dead skin , while at the same time, moisturizing and softening your skin. Salt rubs shouldn’t be used on your face, as your facial skin is too sensitive for this treatment. You should also avoid using a salt rub treatment on areas that are broken out or with wounds or abrasions of any kind. You should also take care to test a small area of skin first with any new oil, to be aware of any sensitivity you may have.
To make coconut salt body rub, you will need only a couple of simple, natural ingredients. First, you will need two cups of coarse salt. Fine spas use often use kosher salt, but you can use any type of coarse textured salt. If you are looking to save a little money, you can even use regular table salt for your salt rub.
You will also need one cup of coconut oil for your salt rub. Use pure coconut oil for the best for the best scent. Make sure there aren’t any additive in the oil that can irritate your skin. You can find coconut oil at a health food store. There are also places on line where you can purchase your coconut oil. Mix the oil thoroughly into the salt. Use a container with a lid, so you can save any of the unused salt rub for another treatment. Your salt rub can be stored unrefrigerated for about a month.
You can add any kind of scented oil you would like. Use coconut oil & kid yourself you’re on a beach in Hawaii! 😉
Instead of going out and buying a pricey name brand scrubs, mix two parts granulated sugar to two parts honey. Once a week or so, after you wash your face, scrub with that mixture and your face will be so smooth. It does exactly what the pricier version would do, and it saves a lot of money! You could even leave it on as a mask for 10 minutes or so. It’s also good for the neck, hands, feet, elbows, etc.
The best facial mask is honey. Place a cloth in warm water and apply to your face to open the pores. Smear on honey, and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores. Use once a week.
Miracle Whip Exfoliator
Yes, I am talking about the same Miracle Whip you use n your salads! Apparently, women all over the US are using this salad dressing ingredient on their faces to remove dead flaky skin.
I have not tried it myself, but supposedly, KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP Exfoliating Facial makes an amazing treatment for normalizing over-oily skin.
Here is how you apply this “miracle cream”:
Make sure all your hair is pulled back from your face. Apply a thin layer of the KMW all over your face, up to the eyelashes and make sure to also put some on your neck. The “fumes” from the vinegar may bother you so walk around the house to try to escape them. LOL!
Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage gently. The dead skin cells on your face will roll off in rubbery little balls. Rinse your skin with tepid water, then cleanse as usual following your regular beauty regime. If you apply the KMW every day, in 6-8 weeks your skin should be completely renewed.
I cannot help but wonder if this Miracle Whip eats away at the dead skin cells on your face, what does it do to the inside of the body when someone eats it?? Pretty scary!!! One person believes that the vinegar in the Miracle Whip is what causes the exfoliation and rejuvenation. If that is true, why not try a mixture of organic apple cider vinegar with some olive oil, apply that and see what happens? One could whip together the olive oil and apple cider vinegar, apply it to their face and then use the leftovers on their salad!
I think I will start experimenting with some ingredients and try to come up with a facial recipe to rival the KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP!”
Banana Wrinkle Fighter Recipe
Banana is wonderful as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.
Approximately 16 cups of Epsom Salts
Approximately 6 cups sea salt or Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon glycerin, divided
12 to 15 drops peach essential oil
12 to 15 drops orange food color
Clean empty jars
Place half of the Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well.
In second large mixing bowl, place the other half of the Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even.
Tip: use a heavy-duty stand mixer to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even–but don’t try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers!
Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures. Or simply place mixture in Ziploc bags. Attach a pretty label saying what they are.
How about you put them all together in a booklet form and sell em on a stall, with just a few samples.
we can help with packaging…just need some bottles and jars and pretty ribbons
the booklet could have handmade covers and tied with ribbon or something like that….
I’m always saving jars so not a problem there. I made pickles too, about the same time Jaws made his. We swapped jars, lol! Hmmm, now what else can I come up with? I really should get into crocheting again, I made some really pretty baby jackets years ago. Need to put the old thinking cap on! 😉
maybe we can get together after the water meeting on saturday 28th June just to get an idea of the response and begin plans. This way the Copley Hall will already be open and set-up ideas can be worked out…yes?
Date: August 30th ..maybe the 31st too.
Venue: I think at gerry’s shop
Cost per stall: $10
suggestions…let us know if you need a sheltered place, a gazebo will be available, as is the verandah, and a market umbrella. Guess it will depend on the weather. We had a look at the community hall, and it is not suitable due to its very dirty condition. It would take a week to clean it up after having a huge strip of roof off it for nearly a year. We will need tables. I will speak to whoever I need to in Leigh creek to see if they can donate some equipment. We need to do a flyer and give the people plenty of time to organise themselves.
Some great work has started at the pottery area, which will soon include a shed. Quite a few of us painted some calico bags in a workshop last week. That was fun and we have some great artists here. Maybe some more of that sort of thing can be produced. If you don’t think you can do anything alone, or need help to get the stall fee, ask a neighbour or friend if they will go halves. Or maybe a group can get together and share the costs.
This is the trial run for our future markets here in Copley. Hopefully it will become a regular event, maybe one for each season. knit-on…………………….