Monday, February 20, 2012

Remedy in a jar

I have dry itchy skin; wait, I used to have dry itchy skin. After years of scratching my arms and legs, it was apparent that some ingredient in commercial soap was the culprit. After searching the web for remedies, I found a recipe for a liquid soap. Starting using it for my bath and immediately, stopped itching. Then it became my face soap; now my face is as soft as...well you know.

Here's the recipe:
1 cup liquid Castile soap ( I use
Dr. Bronner's unscented Baby Mild soap)
1 cup water
1 tsp. vinegar ( I use cider vinegar)
1 tsp olive oil.
Pour into a container and shake before each use.

That's it...couldn't be simpler. Only problem is that the vinegar and oil kinda congeal on the top so between uses it looks sick.

Enter my jar.
Using a pint Mason Jar and some Old Violet chalk paint and wax, my redesigned jar now holds the soap that I love so much. In case you're interested in getting one, I bought the foaming soap dispenser from Heather at her Post Road Vintage Etsy shop.

If you try the soap, let me know how you like it.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

He brings me roses

Every year on our anniversary, Mr. RT sends me flowers from ProFlowers - he's such a sweetie.

Last year it was so cold that the flowers froze on the delivery truck before ever getting to our door and ProFlowers graciously replaced them with fresh flowers. This year a big snowstorm was forecast for our anniversary day, so they
arrived a day early beating the snow.

I added some of the gorgeous red roses to my gurgle pot that was a gift from eldest daughter.
Doesn't the turquoise color of the pot accentuate the red roses...I love the color combination.

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery~

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Beauty in the eyes of the beholder

Have to admit, I'm a stalker. Yep, I stalk my local Goodwill, ReStore, and other thrift shops looking for things I can love. Several months ago, I happened to be in Goodwill when it was half price day. As I was looking at furniture, I saw this beauty that apparently no one else wanted. Heart pounding, I grabbed the sticker and got in the lo-o-o-ng line to check out before anyone else could claim her. Probably there were other items I might have wanted that day, but Beauty was calling me. After loading her in the truck and storing her in the garage until the time was right, I finally got around bringing her indoors.

After a little cleaning up, the wood veneer gleamed but the chips and cracks were more apparent. Research on the web makes me think the veneer is Mahogany Burl which costs hundreds of dollars to buy one sheet. Too rich for me.

I think she looks just fine with her Beauty Marks.  By the way, the print over Beauty is another Goodwill find, but that's a story for another day.