Saturday, October 23, 2010

I'm not MIA, just doing a Garage Sale for the Boy Scouts.

And when it's at your house, all of life stops! But for a garage Sale that is not a City Wide, they did really well!
Besides my house, I donate Hot Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, whole wheat too! I use my Bosch Universal Mixer and make 5, yes 5, loaves of Bread. Then I take 2 of those loaves and flatten them to about the size of 9x12. Butter the tops and added Cinnamon and Sugar and roll them up. Cut them up with floss into 12 rolls. Now the icing is just salted butter, powdered sugar, and milk. I don't give out the ratios because that is my secret. But I have posted my super awesome, super light, whole wheat bread recipes HERE on All Recipes.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Babe with Expensive tastes.

Well not really. I have been finding Cashmere Sweaters (which are wool by the way) at the Thrift Store and surely I couldn't pass them up. They feel so yummy! But they are on the thin side. I read that if you don't want to felt them, you only need to double them up and that gave me the idea. Reversible Longies! So I made two sets of longies and combine them together. I added a sleeve for the elastic waist band. Then Rolled Hem the bottom of the legs and again at the top. It turned out perfectly!

Don't forget to register for the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway for a free Nursing Cover.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Giveaway!

And the winner is.....A. Hines! For following me on twitter. Congrats!!

Nursing is very dear to my heart. I have so far nursed 8 years myself, including a set of twins! It has been proven that the longer you nurse, the more you decrease you chances of getting premenopausal Breast Cancer. And with it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to encourage all new mothers and mothers-to-be to protect their breasts!
So in honor of this I will be giving away an Autumn Batik Nursing Cover to help in this endeavor.

This nursing cover is lightweight 100% Cotton with the peek-a-boo feature that allows you to see your baby and him to see you, made lovingly with my two hands. As well as the others in my Artfire Store.
And for the month of October, I am offering free shipping on all nursing covers.

So if you would love to have this Nursing Cover, here is what you need to do to enter to win. Make sure a leave seperate comments for each requirement.

1. Leave a comment on what you would like to see in my Artfire shop. 1 per person

2. Become a Follower of this blog (current followers count too). 1 per person

3. Leave a comment if you post this Giveaway somewhere else public on the web and add link. No limit on different areas to link to, just leave separate comments for each.

4. Become a fan on Facebook (current fans count too) of Feminine Essence and leave a comment here. 1 per person

5. Become a follower on Twitter (current followers count too) of Feminine Essence and leave a comment here. 1 per person

6. 10 entries, leave a comment for each, if you order anything from my shop!

Contest ends October 31st at 11:59pm. Open to all US Residents.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Reusables!

This is the display that I did for the "Thinking outside the box, Preparedness Workshop". I am so happy to try to share this with you all online!
And here is the Teddy Bear changing station. It was for anyone who wanted to see what it was like to change a cloth diaper.

An overview of everything laid out. :)

The start of the Diaper Area!

Here you can see the Fuzzibunz from The Suburban Tree Hugger, Bumgenius 4.0 that I recently won, a couple of All in One cloth diapers, and a Rumparooz. The Picture is of a diaper sprayer. I wanted people to see how easy it is to clean a cloth diaper now a days!

Here you can see the Katydid Diaper, Rumparooz that I won from Sugar Dipes, Bumgenius 4.0 that I won from Cotton Babies, Diapers made with the LaDiDa Diaper Pattern and Diapeze.

Here are some Kawaii Diapers, Chinese Prefolds, Swim Diapers, and some wonderful fitteds and pocket diapers from Nifty Nappy.

Here is the prefold, flats, and covers section. There is a Thirsties, Flip, and Econobum from The Suburban Tree Hugger. And a Bummis prefold and cover.

And lastly, cloth wipes. The colorful ones are from Diapeze. And the white ones are some that I surged from scrap flannel. And above them both is a Hemp doubler.

Here is the information display for the cloth diapers. You can read the Documents below.

Cost analysis of Disposables vs. Cloth diapers

Here are the different types of Cloth Diapers.

Basic instructions of washing Cloth Diapers

Where you can purchase Cloth Diapers

Free Cloth Diaper patterns Online

Here is a picture of the wet bags I made and cloth pads from Randumosity.

Girly Cloth that I made myself for my two girls.

Unpaper towels I have made myself. And waterproof sandwich bags made by another Stay at Home Mom that I bartered with.

And Here is a food cover from Rebel:T/L/C, made with Food Safe Nylon, that you just throw into the washer. She also accepts Amazon Gift Cards that you can earn with your Swagbucks, same as cash.

And Here is the informational Display on all these items!

Why Cloth Pads

Cost analysis of Disposable Pads to Cloth

Where to get them

Reusable instead of Disposable

Finally, some of the wool items that I had been working on lately.

I hope that I was able to bring a a little bit of what I have done for you all online.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

So what did I do with the wool scraps?

I am making wool balls with them! Wool balls are the new "fabric softener". They shorten the drying time, cut down on the static, and fluff the clothes all at once! All these attributes are great for cloth diapers, but are still great for anything you stick in the dryer anyways. Here is the tutorial that I got the idea from.

Here is a piece of wool that I had leftover from making the longies. I washed it and dried it in a pillow case to felt it. And then I ironed it and then ironed on freezer paper. I used the freezer paper so that I could use my template and draw alot of side panels at once without any pinning.

Here it all drawn out. :D

Voila! My first Wool ball!

And my children thought that the freezer paper cut outs needed a use too! Well, art was taken care of today!

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Wool Longies Are done!

Yay!! Now this isn't part two with the scraps. I had to finish what I was doing with the wool to gather all my scraps. Which is now felted by the way.
These longies turned out so cute!! I love them!
I got the tutorial from here. She had great instructions and I made my a bit big for room to grow, but I also had to add elastic to everything so they would stay on.

I had enough of the wool sweater to make another sleep sack. You can see how I made the sleep sack from this post. I am finding that Men's XL are perfect for this job.

Well, there is one thing that I made with the scraps. :D The Shoulders of one set of the sleeves plus some leftover ribbing made a perfect hat.