Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Etching

I hope everyone is having a great week. I was looking through some of my pictures and found some pictures I took etching. So, I decided to post it in hopes that you might like it. So here goes! I bought this etching cream at Hobby Lobby.

The next thing I bought was a glass container at the Dollar Store. I then cut a letter out of vinyl with my Cricut Machine. If you don't have a Cricut you can just use a pattern and cut it out of contact paper. I then put the vinyl on the glass container.

Next, I took a paintbrush and put the etching creme on the cut out. You want to cake it on there so that the etching comes out good. 

After that, you leave the etching cream on for 10 to 15 minutes. I found that leaving it on for 15 minutes worked better for me. But, whatever floats your boat. ;) When the 10 to 15 minutes has passed you rinse the jar off in warm water. Then peel the vinyl off and wipe off.

I taped a black piece of heavy paper in the inside to resemble a chalk board. I am going to fill these up for Valentine's Day for my son's teachers. If you are my son's teachers please act surprise! :) Here is a picture of both of the ones I made.

And Voila' there you have it your very own etched glass! Till next time hope you have a blessed day!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Homemade Scarf

Hope everyone is having a blessed Sunday! I have been seeing this homemade scarf all over the internet. Sooooo, I decided it was time to give it a try! Like what could go wrong it is just an old t-shirt?!? Right?!?
First of all you find or buy a t-shirt in whatever color or print you want. Lie the t-shirt out on a table or counter.

Next, you cut two inch stripes all the way up till you get to the armpits. You need a sharp pair of scissors. Don't worry if your lines are not exactly straight. That just adds flare! ;) 




Then, you are going to take your circles and wrap them around your hand four times to make four circles.


Now, You are going to cut some two inch strips from the remaining shirt. I used the sleeves. Use these to tie the circles together. Trim off the excess from the tie.



Now, Voila' your very own scarf! Hope you have fun with this one! Till next time have a blessed day!





Sunday, January 15, 2012

Homemade Plantain Salve

I hope everyone is having a blessed Sunday! I was looking through some of my pictures and found pictures of when I made Plantain Salve. This salve is great. You can use it like you use triple antibiotic ointment. The only difference is this is all natural and better for you! The things you will need are plantain (organic is best! I purchased mine at Bulk Herb Store.), beeswax, tins or jars to put your salve in, and olive oil.

The first thing I did was to infuse the olive oil with the herbs. The way you do this is to pack the plantain herb into a quart sized canning jar. You do this till the jar is three-quarters full with packed plantain herb.

Next, you need to pour olive oil over the plantain until they are completely covered leaving just about an inch of head space at the very top. then seal with a lid and ring.

Here is where you are going to use your crock pot. Place a towel or wash cloth in the bottom of your crock pot. Set the jar of oiled herbs on top and fill the crock pot almost completely with water. Turn the crock pot on low heat and leave the herbs there for three whole days. I replaced water as needed.



After three days you have an herbal-infused oil. Please forgive me I forgot to take pictures for the next part.
:( Sorry!

Now, you are going to stain off the the herbs using a cheesecloth and pour the oil into a clean container. I used the same method making the elderberry syrup.

Then, place the herbal oil into a large pan and add three ounces of beeswax. You are going to stir till the wax is melted into the herbal oil.
(For added benefits you can add 2 to 3 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 2 to 3 drops of vitamin E oil. They both act as a natural preservative. The grapefruit seed extract is also a natural antibiotic and the vitamin E oil softens and moisturizes the skin.)

Last, when everything is melted, you are going to pour your salve into tins or jars to cool. Remember the oil should be smooth and have no lumps. Fill the containers to the sop and allow the salve to set or cool. Be very carful the containers will be very hot. Once the cool you now have your very own plantain herbal salve! This is great for cuts, bruises, burns, etc. Hope you enjoy till next time have a blessed day!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor! I am posting only from my experience. As always consult your doctor before taking anything new! :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

How to Make Homemade Applesauce

I was just so excited about trying to make homemade applesauce. I had done some research and it all said that this was like one of the easiest things to can. I had canned salsa before so I thought I would give this a try! I am so glad I did! It is by far one of the easiest things to can. Here is how I did it:
First, I used this handy gadget to cut and core my apples. I took the skins off my apples because they were not organic apples. But, you can leave the skins on!

Next, I put them in a big pot and put just enough water in them so they would not stick to the bottom and burn. I then cooked them till they were soft.



I then took my Ninja blender (but, you can use a blender, food processor, etc.) to blend the apples up till they were smooth and to the consistence that I wanted. I then put them in clean canning jars. I put new lids on making sure that the rims were free of any debris so that they will seal. I then put on the ring and tightened it.

I then water bathed them for 10 minutes to seal them. 


Once I took the jars out of the water bath I let them cool and made sure that they had sealed. Then put them in my pantry! This applesauce is so good! My nieces and nephews have already ate 2 jars of it! I am so glad they like it! Till next time hope you enjoyed this post and have a blessed day!

Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only! Please refer to your canning book for proper canning procedures and times! Happy Canning! ;)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year!

I know it has been a long time since my last post! Sorry! You know what they say Life Happens! I hope that everyone had a Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year! I promised that when my elderberries from the bulk herb store came in I would show you how to make homemade elderberry syrup for the upcoming cold and flu season. Well, here it is:
First,  you need to gather elderberries (I got mine at bulk herb store), a pot, water, and honey. ( I use raw honey.)
Next, put 1/2 cup dried elderberries and 3 cups water into a pot. Bring berries and water to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.


Next, mash berries and strain through a cheesecloth or a fine strainer.


Then stir in honey and pour into a jar. Store in the refrigerator for 3 months. This is how I take it and the way that Shoshanna at Bulk Herb Store suggested.

For a Child: 1 teaspoon daily
For a Adult: 1 Tablespoon daily.
(or hourly if sick.)

* Disclaimer: this is for informational purpose only. I am just sharing my thoughts and experiences. I am not a doctor. So as always check with your doctor before taking anything new! ;)

So here you have it! Easy huh?! My sister-in-law and I love this recipe! It is simple and effective. With the elderberries being sweetened with the honey it makes it taste good too. I use raw honey because it is better. It is unheated and unfiltered. It will be hard but melts easily. Hope you enjoy! Till next time hope you have a blessed day on your homestead!