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This Lotion Smells Like Fire, or “How To Make Lotion”

Now, this lotion that I’m going to share with you doesn’t actually smell like fire, but that’s what one of my friends little boys said after he put Vicks Vapor Rub all over his face. “This lotion smells like fire!” Yeah, I imagine it would. I imagine his nose was runny for a while too. For some sick reason I never get tired of the lotion smells like fire line.

This lotion doesn’t have any fire in it. It’s pure and simple and baby friendly. I had seen a lot of lotion recipes online, but I never did have all the right ingredients at the right time. So I made this up one day during Amelia’s naptime.

It’s a very precise recipe.

Whipped Shea Butter

Scoop some shea butter into a bowl. Add some coconut oil.

lotion ingredients

Soften these two ingredients by microwaving very gently, or placing the bowl into a bowl of hot water. Add a squeeze of sweet almond oil.

Now dump the liquid into your KitchenAid mixer and whip it, whip it good.

You can’t really tell from the photo, but I used the whisk attachment that came with my blender. It takes at least 5 minutes, but the oils start to turn white. As the air is whipped in, it thickens up just like whipped cream does. If you’ve ever made homemade whipped cream, you can make whipped shea butter. Even if you haven’t ever made whipped cream, you can make whipped shea butter. Otherwise known as…lotion that doesn’t smell like fire.

Here’s my finished product.

This was my second batch. The first was a little too stiff – not enough almond oil. It worked fine, I just had to soften it up in my hands a bit before I could rub it on Amelia. This batch is just about right, but it’s teetering dangerously close to too runny. It’s perfect if I store it in the fridge. Which is a good idea anyway, to prevent the growth of green fuzzies.

And there you have it folks! Lotion.


Guest Room Redo: Update

Well, I’ve been a little distracted by other house projects lately (kitchen re-paint, anyone?) but I have managed to make a smidgen of progress on the guest room. It’s just a wee small smidgen, so don’t get too excited.

Are you ready for it?

I bought fabric for a new bed skirt. I know, pretty exciting right? Want to see it?

new fabric

Fascinating, eh?I think it will look better than this old, ripped and faded thing.

Oh yeah, that thing wasn’t even long enough to hide the moving boxes under the bed.

This should be better.

guest room redo

Now I just need my mom to come down and actually sew it for me! I’ve got a nice a big stack of fabric waiting for her. She thinks she’s coming to visit her granddaughter, but I’ve got other plans for her. Plans that involve lots and lots of fabric. Side note: Does anyone else have trouble typing the word fabric? It comes out farbic for me every time. Dumb dumb dumb. Backspace is my friend.

Maybe the fact that Dave is next to me in bed listening to a review of some phone on his ipod isn’t helping. I keep wanting to type “The nexus 1 isn’t capable with the 4100ish kilo bits per second, but it’s been marginally faster but even still I kind of hope for more than that with the 802 211N.” Phew. I have no idea what all that is about. Every once in a while I hear a word like “App” or “phone” and I begin to think I’m understanding, but then the reviewer starts talking about allocation tables and partition types.

Are you bored yet? I am. I’m off to find some earplugs before I lose my mind…..

Kitchen Redo

And the kitchen is gray. I love it. Next up, painting the cabinets white.

Remember the guest room redo? Yeah, I’m over it. That was soooo 3 weeks ago.

Just take a look at this kitchen! Never you mind the mismatched towels on the stove, or the bowl of oatmeal and stack of tax documents on the table. We live here, ok?

gray walls, oak cabinets

Check it out here before the new wood floors and paint job. Yikes, can’t say I miss that vinyl and carpet.

Ah, that’s better.

gray walls

Now we just need to finish the entry hallway and the laundry and coat closets.

garage entrace

Raise your hand if you think we should replace that ugly light fixture while we’re at it.

Amelia’s Wall of Randomness

I would just like to start off by saying that Amelia’s nursery will never be “finished.” It’s always changing and evolving. I like to think that this will somehow encourage some creativity in her. Or something. It won’t encourage stagnation, that’s for sure.

The most recent finished project in her nursery is her wall of randomness. I had a sort of vague idea of what I wanted for this wall, but it took a while for it to come together. One day it clicked. I like it. Amelia loves it. Especially when it’s nap time. “But look, Mama, at my wall! It’s so cool! I couldn’t possibly sleep now….I need to talk to the wall.”

So here it is. It still needs a little something at the top I think, but I’m happy with it for now. For now.


OH. MYLANTA. I tried all day to get a good picture, but apparently taking pictures of walls is an art that I haven’t learned. The only window in Amelia’s room is directly across from this wall, so there were crazy shadows, glares, and pink tint (from her curtains) bouncing around all day. Ugh. Anyway.

One of my favorite features of the wall of randomness is the price. Let me break it down for ya

  • Je t’aime pour toujours – free print, $5  black frame

I found this print on etsy and immediately fell in love. I ordered one for my mom and one for my  baby. By ordering a gift for my sis in law too, I was able to take advantage of the seller’s buy 2 get 1 free sale. I count Amelia’s as the freebie. Side note: je t’aime pour toujours is French for I’ll love you  forever. My mom’s side of the family is French. In fact, Amelia Jane’s Great Grandmother Jane only spoke French at home as a child. So that’s the story there.

  • Button picture frame – free. It was a baby gift.
  • Hat Box “a” – $.25

Some friends of ours gave us a super cute gift basket of goodies for Amelia. The gift basket itself was actually a round hat box. I’m using the box for toys and repurposed the lid for the wall. The blue ‘a’ is cut from a 25 cent piece of scrapbook paper from JoAnn’s and mod podged on to the lid. I heart mod podge.

  • Embroidery Hoop “A” – $1.29

The hoop was $1.29 at…wait for it….JoAnn Fabrics. Of course. Scrap fabric, ribbon and buttons were from my box of random sewing things. The ribbon and buttons were actually donated to my sewing box by my mom, I think.

  • Cardboard “A” – $3.50ish

Cardboard letter from Jo’s, scrapbook paper, ribbons and whatnots from my craft box. Again, most of which was given to me by my mom.

  • Wooden “A” – $.59

Wooden letter from Mom, yellow craft paint from Jo.

Let’s see, that makes the grand total for the whole project….calculating…..


Ahhhh. If I could pat myself on the back I would.

Making a coat closet

I wish I could stick to just one project at a time. Remember the guest room redo? Nothing new to report there.

But while cruising around Craigslist looking for a nightstand for the guest room, I found this bad boy.

We have been needing something to hold our water filter for oh, the last 2 or 3 years since we’ve had it. Check it out here on Christmas morning.

Not looking so hot there, water filter.

We’re super happy with the new cart. It also makes a great pantry. We don’t keep to many pre-made or packaged foods around, so we moved our few pantry items from our current tiny “pantry” to the cart.

Yeah, that’s all the pantry space we had. Three shelves. Notice how the breaker box is right smack dab in the middle? That’s fun. Really helps fit lots of shelves in there.

So this lame old pantry is going to become our new coat closet! Remember how we only have 1 closet in each bedroom? I am so excited to have a new closet. Even if it is only 12 inches deep.

The plan is to paint the closet with leftover paint, and hang some pegs or coat hooks like this

Even if it doesn’t hold all of our coats, at least it gives us somewhere other than the back of a dining room chair to hang the coat that we just took off. And the location is perfect. Just inside the garage door.

So a new project is added to the list. And that’s how a new water filter cart = new coat closet. Stay tuned for updates! Shelves are down. Next up…puttying

Room ReDo: Guest Room

As I wondered around JoAnn’s last night, I realized I needed a new project. I perused the shelves, managed to spend $12, but still left feeling…incomplete. The nursery is almost finished. I don’t have much time for knitting or crafting, so I don’t need many supplies on that front. Hmmmm.

Then, at 2:45am, it hit me. The guest room. Otherwise known as the Pit of Despair. If you’ve ever come to stay with us and we put you in there I apologize. It needs serious help. It’s always been our dumping room.

Family heirloom bedframe that only holds a full size mattress?  Stick it in the guest room.

Book shelf that doesn’t fit in the sun room anymore? Guest room.

Hand me down bedding that is still in good shape but doesn’t match anything? Guest room.

Coats that we are too lazy to hang up? Throw them on the guest room bed.

Drum set that used to be in the baby’s room? Guest room.

Filing cabinet and printer? Guest room.

You get the idea. Phew. What a disaster. Look.

And from the other side of the bed….

Soooooo, it’s time. I’m not looking to do anything major. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on this.

The carpet and paint are staying, as is the bed. But new bedding is a must. This room will hopefully house our second child one day, so I’m not going to bother painting it now and then re-painting for a munchkin.

The bookcases will either stay or be replaced with Craigslist/antique store finds. I have to have books, and there is NO ROOM anywhere else for bookcases.

The printer will probably stay. Again, there is no where else for it go. We don’t have an office, or even a computer area. We’re a laptop family. But that filing cabinet can go.

The drums can maybe, maybe be squished into the closet when not in use instead of stacked. But this house only has 1 closet in each bedroom. That’s it. No coat closet. No linen closet. Nothing. So the closets are packed. The vacuum needs to find a home in one of them too.

So, before:

And after:

Just kidding. But wouldn’t that be nice? This is an awesome room from the blog “whatever”  Check it out

What I love about this room is that it is pieced together with thrift store finds and homemade goodness. The duvet is two flat sheets sewn together. The curtains are also made out of flat sheets with fun panels added in. You can read more about this room here. It’s fun. Bright. Welcoming. I would like to stay there. Read a book. Take a nap.

Ok, to sum up. Goals for our new guest room:

  • New bedding
  • New curtains
  • Reading area
  • Bedside table and lamp
  • Something fun on the walls
  • A home (hopefully hidden) for the drums, vacuum, and printer

I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’ll be posting here each week and showing you what I accomplish. Wish me luck!

How to: Messy fabric flowers

I’ve obviously decided that our baby needs some accessories. Flowers, to be precise.  Sorry for the lack of diverse blogging material, but the only other thing going on around here is waiting. And trust me, that’s not even half as interesting as it sounds.

When my friend Sarah (who shares my love of hot glue) told me about these flowers she’s making, I had to make some for myself. I’m not about to be left out of any project that involves scrap fabric and hot glue. These babies are so easy to make that she literally texted me a picture and a “how to.” One of my new favorite text messages. Here’s her tutorial:

Just taking strips of fabric, hand stitching the bottom and pulling the thread tight to make a ruffle.  Then just make it into a circle, stitch it closed, and start on the next smaller ruffle. Oh yeah, hot glue the layers together.

Ah, we speak the same language. I knew exactly what she meant.

I made these two using scraps from my braided rug project and buttons from the bottom of my sewing bag. I wish I had a few more colors other than hot pink, teal, and yellow, but that is what JoAnn’s is for. Next time I’m at my mom’s house I am raiding her scrap bins! It’s a little ridiculous to buy scraps, but what can you do? A girl’s gotta make flowers…..