Monthly Archives: April 2011

No Stink Bugs Here! (cross post)

I just posted this on my OneGreenTomato blog and thought my readers here would enjoy it as well! OGT is where I ramble on about my micro-farming activities, self-sufficiency, and cooking adventures. I tend to post there more than I do here and on LiteralLight because most of my daily life revolves around growing (and talking about) food. I’d love it if you would stop by, check it out and say hello! ūüôā

I’ll be honest, I am an avoider. I don’t like chemicals, so when I see one heading my way I run for cover! I abstain from their use whenever possible; one by one, I’ve shunned them from my cabinets and closets. The most recent to get the boot was commercial deodorant. I was a little nervous about switching to an all-natural homemade replacement, especially since  I’m very outdoorsy, but I’m happy to report that I have not offended anyone’s olfactory senses! 

All Natural Deodorant

1/3 cup organic arrowroot powder

1/3 cup baking soda

4 tbsp organic coconut oil

several drops of organic essential oil, I used a blend of rosemary and lavender.

Over very low heat warm the coconut oil so it becomes soft, this will only take a minute or two. Add arrowroot powder and baking soda, stir to combine. Add essential oils and transfer into an airtight jar. I used a wide mouth jelly jar. Allow deodorant to cool and set, you can place it in the fridge to speed up the process.

You can sub cornstarch for the arrowroot powder. I tend to not use cornstarch due to the saturation of GMO corn.

I will warn you, if you store this in your bathroom (because that only seems natural) be mindful when opening your jar; coconut oil melts around 76¬įF, which makes for an oily mess when you slop it all over the counter. I’m just sayin’.

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This Moment

{this moment} ‚Äď A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo ‚Äď no words ‚Äď capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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For the Wee One

Today, I braved the 40 mph gusts of wind and horizontal rain to head to the farm for Kristi’s baby shower. Kristi is Farmer Josh’s wife, they are expecting their first child, a son, who will make his debut the end of June. I’m very excited for my friends, they are going to be incredible parents!

For the “Lil’ Farmer to Be’s” gift I decided to applique a pack of onesies featuring some of the produce his daddy sells. Maneuvering newborn sized clothing under my machine proved to be quite difficult, which is why I chose to only straight stitch the edge instead of the typical satin stitch. I remember when I appliqued my niece’s dragonfly onesie, I had to walk away, several times.

I also whipped up a few burp cloths so he can spit-up in style! The tops are printed flannel, the middle is cotton batting and the bottom is a coordinating corduroy.

The radiant mama-to-be showing off her cuddling skills with a plush elephant.

I have a onesie left over, the pack came with 8. Originally it was going to be a sunflower, since Josh sells those on the farm as well; however, I’m pretty sure he would not be too keen on dressing his boy in flowers. I have other plans for that one and the little guy will receive it once he makes his way into the world!!

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Earth Day Give Away – The MUST Factor of Fabric Bags

I really can’t say enough about the positive implications of using fabric bags! Here are a few reasons why we should “just say NO” to their disposable¬†plastic cousins!

‚ėÖ Plastic bags are made from polyethylene, which is derived from¬†crude oil and natural gas, both of which are dwindling in supply. These are valuable nonrenewable¬†resources, it is irresponsible to waste them on the production of disposable bags.

‚ėÖ Only 1% of plastic bags end up being recycled.¬†Due to their¬†light weight¬†nature and poor quality it takes more energy to recycle them than it does to produce new ones.

‚ėÖ Plastic bags contribute to the loss of life! Not only do they pose a¬†suffocation risk to small children and pets, but they are consumed¬†by wildlife on both land and in the sea.¬†Birds¬†become tangled in them, often resulting in¬†strangulation; sea creatures eat them¬†causing health problems¬†and death.

‚ėÖ Did you know that it takes approximately 1000 years for a plastic bag to¬†degrade back¬†into the soil? Our landfills are full of enough trash, why are we adding more?

Now for the GIVE AWAY!
 
 For your chance to win you must complete the mandatory entry first.  

 

Mandatory entry, leave a comment on this post. For additional entries you can do ANY OR ALL of the following:

Friend Pixy Patch on Facebook, repost this on your Facebook page, then comment letting me know you did so.

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The winner, which will be chosen on April, 22th, Earth Day, has their pick of any fabric shopping tote on my site. To parooz the available selection just visit my website, PixyPatch!

This give away is now CLOSED and the winner has been selected

Congrats Liz!! You have 48 hours to respond and select your bag. If I don’t hear back another winner will be chosen.

And now I leave you with an awesome parody about plastic bags!

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I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

Meet Jedi, my new house mate.

She came to live with me the end of February when my friend, Chris, made his big move across the pond. This has been a dream in the making for several years; after acquiring his Irish citizenship last year the time had come for him to get serious about his plan!

In no time at all he secured an IT position in Galway, Ireland; this gave him about a month to get his affairs in order. Translation, find a home for your crap, find a home for you cat. Since Jedi is a Boston Kitty (JP specifically) I started asking all my beantown connections. No one knew of anyone looking for a furry friend, so it was decided she would be placed into a no-kill shelter (since international animal travel requires a 6 month quarantine). Having severe future cat-lady tendencies, this did not sit well with me, so I decided to care for her till she makes the move to Ireland, which will be early Fall.

As a sort of going away gift and to hopefully alleviate some of the anxiety from leaving his friend of 10 years behind, Jedi and I had a photo shoot. Here are some of my favorites!

Yeah, so remember this post? The post in which I was so adamant about not having any more furry feet in my house, that I went ahead and made my duvet cover; lets just say that Jedi is ALL OVER IT, literally! Sigh, I am such a disciplinarian.

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