Monday, May 13, 2019

New and Improved Dandruff Shampoo Bars

This is just a quick dandruff shampoo soap bar recipe.
It's bigger than my usual batch.  A  new soap mold forced me to up the anti!  
And you know what they say....bigger is better! 

New and Improved Dandruff Shampoo Bar
3 ounces Beeswax
6 ounces Castor Oil
2 ounces Cocoa Butter
14 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Grapeseed Oil
4 ounces Hemp Oil
10 ounces Olive Oil
14 ounces Palm Oil

18 ounces Mint Tea
7.5 ounces Lye

0.75 ounce Cade Oil
1.5 ounce Lavender Oil
0.25 ounce Cedarwood Oil
1 ounce Peppermint Oil

You can find directions here on the cold soap process.  It's very important how you mix your ingredients!
I am no scientist and I share this recipe with no claims of curing dandruff,
But when I wear my goggles and sport my big ass gloves teamed up with an industrial looking apron, I could probably fool the best of you on a good day!

Hopefully my guinea pigs don't run around smelling like a campfire.  I have to say that Cade Oil is pretty potent.  I would suggest a nicely scented conditioner to go with this bar!
 Cheers!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Poplar Salve (Balm of Gilead)


With the cold winter months coming,
 I thought I would share a recipe for Poplar Salve
You may have to wait until spring, when your poplars are in full bud ...so make sure you **pin** this recipe for future use!

 Start with a 500 ml jar and fill it with poplar buds. 
 Pour olive oil or canola oil over the buds, enough to completely cover them. 
Put lid on and set in a sunny window.

After several months,  strain the oil from the poplar buds and discard the buds into the compost.  You can speed this process up by throwing everything into a crockpot and heating it on medium for a few hours.


  Now for the rest of the ingredients....
Mix 200 grams of bud oil into a glass measuring cup, 30 grams of beeswax and 15 grams of cocoa butter.
Heat this until all ingredients are melted.
If you want a stiffer potion, add more beeswax. 
If you are sensitive to cocoa butter, just omit and use an extra 5 grams of beeswax. 
 I do a test when making balms and salves by putting a small amount into a dish and cooling in the fridge for a few minutes.  That way,  you can adjust your wax while your balm is still heating over the stove.


 A pyrex measuring cup works great set it in a pot of heating water on the stove.
 You can also use your microwave.  Heat in increments of 30 seconds and stir between cycles so as to not overheat your mixture.
 Stir with a disposable popsicle stick until melted for easy cleanup.


 Remove from heat and mix in 8 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus, and mint essential oils and vitamin E.  
  If you would like a stronger scent, add more.  Adding the EO's is optional!  The vitamin E oil is a preservative and can also be skipped if you use the salve up within a few months.


 Put your freshly made salve in containers and use as needed.
I found these at the Dollar Tree and they work great.  You will need at least 7, maybe 8 one ounce containers depending on how full you fill them.




If you are at all sensitive to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), you should not use this, or use with caution as poplar sap contains salicin, which is the precursor for aspirin.  Always consult your physician.

click on pdf for printable option


Cheers!!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Nine

We are officially in our living room basking in the glorious sunlight from the ginormous window previously installed.  We walk around looking like ghosts with all the sunscreen we have to wear.  As the song goes...."My future's so bright I gotta wear shades". 
 Enough bragging about no longer being vampires....

Friday, February 24, 2017

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam Part 8

Yippee!
 We are now back in our old digs but with a sturdy floor and a wood stove.  It has been a looooong year of reno's; actually 1 year and 2 months.  We could have sailed around the world ten times,  joined the circus, had a new Baby Turtle  all in the time this reno took....and we did...have a new baby turtle that is! 


A SHORT video of a hungry baby turtle.


The finishing work is nearly done.  Getting there was another story.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rock Wall Surprise!







What's behind it you ask?
(I am pretty sure you didn't)



Strips of cement backerboard installed on the studs which will create an air gap behind the rock




a coped corner piece.

Look what happened which I
 thought was just from the mortar, 
but actually old age has set in
 and brought me this.....


a new baby Turtle!
   I fell in love!
We call him "Baby Turtle"






CHEERS!
Happy New Year to all my friends!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Gone Fishing

With Christmas fast approaching, I would like to share a few pics of the completed "West Wing" festively adorned with sparkly baubles, lush pine garland and of course a beautiful tree. 
  Unfortunately the camera fell in the fish tank and drowned or better yet we went fishing...
 Whatever excuse you believe, something fishy is definitely going on here and it does not include construction pictures....just some pictures of fishy purses with a link to another website for the pattern


She includes an excellent tutorial too.

Friday, May 20, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Six

After the old laundry room wall was stripped of panelling,  drywall,  plaster and lath, and an ancient wasp nest, I stole Mr. FT's serial killing crowbar and started prying out that old leaky fly streaked window!
Poor Mr. FT. 
 What will he kill once there are no more flies????





 A new doorway to the porch was framed in to make a corner for the wood stove.


Look who came to visit us!
  This is Foxy the foster dog.
Hopefully she will find a loving forever home next weekend.
This weekend she becomes construction dog!


Speaking of construction animals, we decided to incorporate!
Just Kidding 



Update: since I wrote this post...Foxy has a new loving family
 and Manny found a new home with other goats. 
 He's no longer an only child!
Cheers to good people!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Bird Screen Door


To get some much needed airflow through the  kitchen due to my expertise culinary skills, ahem,
I decided that a screen door would fit our needs perfectly...that and air fresheners!
Oh yah, and a quick disconnect of the smoke detector!

Our local hardware store happened to have a screen door in the clearance section a few years back and I decided to hoard it in my shed.
Hey it was only twenty five bucks....that's like  $7.50 or so to my American friends!

 Anyways, watching those hoarding shows made me get off my shell 
and purge which meant sell it or use it..
I tried it on for size and it worked after a few trips to the tablesaw. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Four

See part three here!
We are in the midst of it all.
Dust, debris, drywall and a lot of wood  for temporary walls which will
  probably be repurposed into a SHE SHED!!

( they say the power of positive thinking)

Even the ceiling is gone in the old laundry room.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Two

Part two brings us a new living room....in the kitchen.
We set up the necessary furniture...#1 being the TV of course, and then somewhere to park our butts after a long day of renovating.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part One

 I thought I would pop in to say hi and tell you about our latest shenanigan!

 Hi  :)

You know those home shows where they talk about
 "Just blowing out this wall and putting in a beam"

Well this is what we are doing... we're just gonna blow out a wall and put in a beam.

But first
we had to go to the basement and fix the previous tenants sins..  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's a Dog's Life!

Dog lovers are pretty easy nuts to crack when it comes to Christmas.
Anything for their furbaby and they are over the moon.
  I was cruising the internet looking for inspiration
and saw this cute idea on Hometalk.

pallet wood signs, crafts, home decor, painting, pallet, woodworking projects, This was made for our local city pet benefit auction might make one for myself though
An adorable sign
and so true too!

I created an assembly line and went to work.

I bought some 1x8 boards and cut them into
12' lengths. 

Painted each board with brown acrylic craft paint and let dry.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Twas The Night Before Linky Party (A Gift Exchange)

Twas the night before Linky Party
And all through the Blog
Feral Turtle was typing
strung out on egg nog

Dreaming of packages
Tied up with strings
Turtle drank spirits 
Spying wonderful things.

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Special Birthday Gift


My crazy talented blog buddy created an amazing work of art for Mr. FT's birthday.
Being a "special" birthday, I wanted something that
would be unique and memorable.
to the rescue. 
I ran a few personalized ideas by her and she did the rest...EVERYTHING, PERFECTLY!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Grape Chili Jelly


Welcome to our Zone 3 Vineyard where we are world renowned for our
 famous wines and jellies!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

An Ikea Hack with Besta Units Part Two

As our saga continues, the Boss, being happy with the job thus far, wanted to sit on the bench with no worries of diaper leaks, which could lead to blackmailing evidence in her teen years.

You can see part one HERE.