Thursday, June 18, 2009

Needle Felting!

Ever since I knew what needle felting was, I've wanted to try it. I think I saw it on a hgtv show a couple of years ago. So, the other day I bought a needle felting kit! It's great because it came with a number of colors of wool, a needle, the foam pad, and some instructions.

I really want to learn how to make a seal, or a flower or something like that, but for my first attempt, I decided to make a cupcake! I think it turned out fairly well for my first try ever!

You can find any number of kits on Etsy, but I got mine from a fellow CAST team member yarn2spin

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Silly Lila

Lila is so weird. I mean, I guess most dogs are kind of weird, but Lila makes me laugh.

So, Lila sleeps in her kennel at night. We've been doing that since she was a puppy and she doesn't seem to mind, so I continue to put her in her kennel at night.

Well, when I woke up this morning this is what I saw. Lila sleeping upside down. She loves laying upside down and it never ceases to make me laugh. What a goof, she has no shame with her legs spread apart like that!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I'm addicted to handmade soap..

Yes, it's true. Since joining Etsy I've found the joy of handmade soap. I mean, I love pineapples and cotton candy, so obviously I'm overjoyed that I can buy soap smelling like these things!

But, my boyfriend asked me "Are you sure this stuff is safe?" And I said of course it is! It's actually better than store soap. But I wasn't quite sure why. So I looked it up.

Handmade soap is better for you than store soap because it doesn't contain any of those nasty chemicals and preservatives. In fact, most store bought soaps contain strong chemicals like Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and parabens. SLS is commonly used as a filler, but in actuality it is bad for your skin. It can dry out your skin, is harmful if it gets in your eyes, and I've actually heard that it is like a heavy metal and can accumulate over time, being stored in your body.

Not only is handmade soap better for your body, but you can also support small independent businesses by buying from them.

Here's just a couple of my favorite soap stores on Etsy..
Luscious Lather
Mum Mum's Crafts
Sweet Treat Your Body
Dirty Ass Soaps