Isn’t it nice when you get presents that take you into the new year on the right foot!
I made some more soap!
This time I made the fragrance up myself. Neroli and geranium and it’s turned out lovely. I used 450g/1lb of SLS Free melt and pour soap base 3 tbs olive oil, 1/2 tsp of each of the essential oils and as its coming up to valentines day here in the UK, I used some fab heart shaped silicone cake cases I had for Christmas (and the microwave).
I’ll be taking these along with me to the regular Art and craft fair I do!
I’ve posted this on my art blog, but not on my Simple Life. I have decided to post it on here as it is all part of my simple life aim. With my life, as with my art I like to try to have as little impact on the environment as possible, so I have been trying out a bit of Eco dyeing and combining it with my work.
Onion skins seem to be a good starting point because they need no mordent (a mordent is a fixing agent).
All it take is collecting the brown flaky skins from your onions until you’ve got about a carrier bag full and put them in the largest pan you have (or tin bucket) add a generous amount of water and heat it up.
Simmer for a couple of hours, strain, and you get this!
Take it off the heat, add some wet fabric (not band new fabric, it has to be something that has been washed previously) and make sure you push it all under the dye that you’ve made using some tongs or with rubber gloves to protect against the hot water. Simmer again for another hour or so. Let it get cold on the pan or leave it over night and then take the fabric out and rinse it in warm water and dry on the washing line.
You can get quite a dark colour with this dye. The background of this cushion I’ve made shows the sort of colour you get. You can use the dye a couple of times more if you like and you just get lighter colours.
Free dye from kitchen scraps, not bad is it! 🙂
I’ve been thinking about making soap for a while, as I have quite sensitive skin. Even better now, you can buy melt and pour soap that is SLS free, which is a a nasty harsh ingredient, that is put in most cleaning agents and even bars of soap. I bought mine from Just a Soap, I already had some essential oils I could use.
I cut up the soap base into smallish pieces………
and gradually melted it in the microwave at 30 second intervals and kept stirring it.
Then when it had melted I added my essential oil and citrus peel I was using. I used vetiver with orange zest and rosemary oil with lemon zest.
I used a large serving spoon to put it into the molds.
When it is set you can pop it out of the mold and voila, you have soap!
Because I’m me, I made pretty wrapping for some of them 🙂
……….and yes, I am going to make more!
Yes, I built a house today and it was great fun. You can buy one in kit form from Pixie hall as well as other fab Christmassy stuff!
Hi there everyone and Happy New Year to you all, hope you all had a great festive season.
I thought I might share with you some of my lovely pressies. The first thing to share is this lovely ginger bread house which I received from my friend Linds.
Isn’t it the most gorgeous gingerbread house you’ve ever seen and gluten free as well! It was bought from Honey Suckle Cakes a Norfolk award winning company. Like me, Linds likes to buy local!