Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sock Monster

Just finished this funny "Sock Monster". His non-matching socks can come off his feet. He is the fellow who makes off with the odd sock from the washer or dryer.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New dolls

I recently invested in 2 new dolls. The first is from Japan. Its a Wanda the Wonder Frog. His name is Pod and he is wearing his knit hoodie, that I finished this afternoon. Pod is about 6.5 inches tall. Don't you love his tennies?
The 2nd doll is a Pullip (type of doll). Her name is Lyvy. She is about 11 inches tall and very thin. She is like a Blythe doll but I believe she has a sweeter face. She is wearing a dress I made for her yesterday.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New dresses for Hitty Louise

Recently finished sewing a couple of dresses for Hitty Louise. They are made from vintage hankies. The pink has small flowers strewn about the dress and the white dress is from a linen hankie with flowers embroidered on the front. They both turned out pretty much like I envisioned them in my head.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Washing with Homemade Laundry Soap

I did two loads of wash with the homemade laundry soap this evening. I also used the white vinegar in the rinse rather than store-bought fabric softener. It all worked a treat!!! The towels came out soft and fluffy. My clothes had no static when they came out of the dryer (they usually do). Everything smelled nice and clean. I'd say this was a great project and I'd recommend it to ANYONE! Sure beats paying $6-12 for liquid laundry soap.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

I just finished making a batch of homemade laundry soap. The batch makes 10 gallons of soap and it only costs about $2 a batch. The recipe is from the Dugger Family (The Learning Channel)(they have 18 children). See the recipe below: Homemade Laundry Soap - (red print is from me, Chris) TIPS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps. We buy Fels-Naptha by the case from our local grocer or online. Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2. Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value (I found all ingredients at Krogers (local grocery store)) 4 Cups hot tap water 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar 1 Cup Washing Soda ½ Cup Borax - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted. -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken. -Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser (container) half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (it will gel) -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons. -Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads) -Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads) I was at Kroger (to get supplies). A lady stopped me in the aisle and said "You're going to make soap". She had already made some of the soap and had a few suggestions... You don't need to use prewash. If you want, put some soap on the stain and then wash. You don't need to use softener. Lastly, when you are ready to put the homemade laundry soap in the small laundry soap container (equal parts soap and water) only put enough soap and water to fill the small container 2/3s full. That leaves "mixing" room. Inexpensive Fabric Softener Recipes Recipe #1 1 Cup White VinegarAdd vinegar to rinse cycle. Works great. Removes residue and odors. Also helps to keep washing machine and hoses fresh and clean too. Recipe #2 1 Container of Name Brand Fabric Softener 4 Inexpensive sponges, cut in half Pour entire container of softener into a 5 gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice. (2 parts water to 1 part softener) Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use wring out extra mixture from one sponge and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet. Sorry this is all run together - I haven't figured out how to get spaces between paragraphs. Can anyone tell me how? Thanks

Monday, March 02, 2009

Monkey Pattern Over to Monkee Makers site she has had enough of making monkees made of knit. So she has made her monkee pattern available for free to anyone who would like to have it. Go to the site above if you'd like the way cute pattern. Thanks to Monkee Maker for sharing with us.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bushfire Appeal Raffle

The "Austrlian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal" Raffle, held over at Trashalou has concluded. All the prizes have been awarded. The total funds raised from this raffle came to $2,041! Isn't that something! What a wonderful effort!! Thanks to all those who participated, by donating prizes and those who donated $ to the Bushfire Appeal! Special thanks to Trashalou for heading up this raffle!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Raffle at

Please see the cuteness of monkeyness to the right. He will be one of the offerings in the raffle over at The proceeds from the raffle will go to help folks in Australia who have been affected by the terrible bushfires of recent days. Please have a look at all the goodies that will be raffled off one day next week. Something may be calling your name. Its certainly for a good cause!!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Miles 1st Bday

Happy 1st Birthday to our Miles!
Love Gramma & Grampa Watson

Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy B-Day Harry Barker

Our cutie-boy dog had his 3rd birthday on Sunday.
I've been doing a bit of knitting toward NEXT
Christmas. Please see a few pix of the mitts I've
been working on and stripey scarves made from
Boku yarn.