Giveaways!

So folks it’s 9 minutes into Friday June 10th, and I have not one, but TWO giveaways!  The first giveaway is…

drumroll please…

A mounted 8×10 of one of my photographs, winner’s choice, provided there are no people in the picture. So any picture on my blog in those parameters is fair game… I’ll also be posting previously unpublished photos during the week to give the winner more to choose from.

A second winner will receive a free logo design for their company, blog,  personalized monogram, or whatever floats their boat.  For examples of my logo designs and other design work, see my photography and design site, Daily Ikon.

And now, what you’ve been waiting for…

How to enter:

  1. Post a comment on this post telling me either 1) what you’d like to see more of on Wayfaring Artist or 2) one of your favorite blog posts.
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Leave separate comments telling me you did each of 2-5, for a total of 5 possible entries. And yes, if you already follow, subscribe, like, etc, you can leave comments saying that too…

Note: Entries must be received by next Thursday, June 16th at 11:59 p.m.  I will announce the winners next Friday.

Reusable Wipes and Wipe Solution

As I was preparing for the birth of my son, I did many projects from things specifically for him, to preparing his room, to decorating the master bedroom because he’d be sharing it with us for a while, and also making some basics like reusable wipes for diaper changing time because it occurred to me one day that it didn’t make a bunch of sense to do cloth diapers and still be throwing away all those wipes both for financial and ecological reasons.

I looked into buying cloth wipes and I actually had a bunch in an online shopping cart, when it struck me that I could make them.

Thanks to a bag of hand-me-downs from a friend, I had a stack of gently used flannel receiving blankets, you know, the smaller ones that come in packs usually.  So I grabbed about 6 of them and started cutting them up. I discovered that if you mess with how you fold them, you can cut through multiple layers (like 4) at the same time and have virtually no waste.

So….

Step 1: Fold blanket so that you can cut 6 to 7 inch squares out of them. Slice off the folds, and make all your cuts.  Repeat with other blankets or fabric. Each blanket yielded about 12 squares or so.  Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect, we’re going to trim them in step 4… read on, Oh type A person (I’m one too, that’s how I knew to write you a note here 😉 )

Step 2: Match fronts and backs of wipes together, wrong sides together.  As you can see in the pictures, I matched one solid square and one printed square for each wipe.

Step 3: Sew together with a straight stitch with a half inch or so seam allowance around all four sides.

Step 4: Trim edges of wipes so that they’re even.

Step 5: Zig-zag stitch over the edges to keep them from fraying. Or you could overlock if you have access to an overlock machine, but zig-zag is perfectly adequate for this.

A variation I did on this is to cut up an old towel and sew the terry square to one flannel square, wrong sides (well of the flannel, there is no wrong side to a towel) together with straight stitch along three sides, turn, and french seam the opening shut. That gives you a heftier wipe for bigger messes, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised that you only need one wipe for most changes.  I’d still make about 40-60. I started with about 32 and was always in danger of running out, so I’ve now made 12 more and that’s great with doing a diaper/wipe load every day. I’ll be making 12 or so more so that won’t have to keep raiding the stash in the diaper bag 😉 .

Now, for the wipe solution, we started out using plain ol’ water, but when Eli developed a yeast rash, I added 4 drops of tea tree oil to 8 oz of water and that seems to be doing just great! And it smells yummy too…  Put in squeeze or spray bottles and you’re done. Easyness.

Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget to vote for this week’s giveaway before you go…

3 C's Hand Salve

I love calendula and chamomile, and combined, they might just be the yummiest smelling thing ever!  And I combined them with coconut oil and some other yummy and nourishing ingredients (namely extra virgin olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E oil) to make my all time favorite  (so far!) hand salve. It’s both soothing and healing, making it possible for me to work in the kitchen right now.  My eczema is quite inflamed at the moment, and I just apply a bit of this after pretty much every time I get my hands wet and it makes it bearable.

Okay, so as promised, here’s a brief how-to on herb infused oil and my new hand salve recipe…

I actually double infused this oil… so just like for the Bum Salve I made the other day, except I took the strained oil and poured it over a fresh batch of herbs. Same ratio: take 1/2 cup of herbs, in this case I did a whole cup, half chamomile and half calendula, and then the same amount of olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed), or in the case of a double infusion the same amount of the already infused herb oil.  Pour the olive oil over the herbs in an oven proof dish.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees and then turn off. Leave for about four hours. This time I actually re-heated the oven half-way through and left the light on for a bit of added warm because I felt like my oven cooled off too fast the last time.

The oil turns a lovely golden brown:

and then we make the salve.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbs Coconut Oil
  • 4 Tbs Calendula/Chamomile Oil (or if you want to infuse them separately for other uses, then 2 Tbs of each oil)
  • 2 Tbs Beeswax
  • 1/8 tsp Vitamin E Oil

Melt the first three ingredients together in a double boiler on medium heat until beeswax is melted.  Remove from heat, dry your measuring cup so no water gets in your salve preparation.  Stir in Vitamin E Oil and pour into sterilized container(s). This recipe makes 4 oz.

And this makes a firmer salve, firm enough you could pour it into lip balm tubes also if you wanted it to be a lip balm.

Don’t forget to weigh in on what next week’s giveaway should be! And stay tuned for a brand new blog feature… shhh… I’m not telling yet 😉