Melt, Chill, Whip

My lovely boyfriend Nate has often tolerated my complaints about the seemingly endless supply of beauty products that are gifted into my life.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all types of balms, lotions, scrubs, soaps, unguents, and oils as much as the next person, but up until about 6 months ago I hadn’t purchased my own soap in several years.  It seemed like every birthday and Christmas I was doomed to receive 4 or 5 different beauty things, and all I really wanted to do was choose my own.

Well, this Christmas was wondrously light on beauty, and all I came away with was a small tin of hand cream, a funny-smelling deodorant that I’ll probably chuck, and this super fun (scary?) caffeine mask that I used earlier today. Shortly before the holidays I had run out of body lotion, and now that I’ve come out on the other side, I decided to make my own moisturizer.mask

Nate, aforementioned lovely boyfriend, has nudged me ever closer to being more chemical conscious.  I wash my fruit now, I usually remember to drink filtered water, we made our own deodorant and toothpaste, I tried out washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, and I even take most of the vitamins Nate slips in my pockets on my way out the door.  A quick Google search revealed a bunch of nasty stuff I’d been slathering on my body using my last lotion.  In the interest of keeping up my Portland hippie cred, I figured I’d experiment with natural moisturizer at home.

I found a recipe I liked, ordered some shea butter and jojoba oil, and dug up some essential oils from the cupboard.  The recipe I chose is simple, and was pretty easy!  It only involved three ingredients plus a mixer, spatula, and a double boiler.



Shea butter is funny looking, but I’m confident that it will feel delightful.  First, I melted.


And melted…


Then it went to the fridge to chill, while I watched the Blazers game.  And then I whipped!


Put it in a jar, and that’s it!  All done!


So far I have only used the bits left in the mixing bowl on my hands, but they are soft, silky, and chemical-free.  Now, if only I could be this motivated to type up that pesky teaching portfolio…


The Horrible Blogger: Catching Up

I know, I know…I’m a horrible blogger.  But, I haven’t given up yet!  I shall do this thing!  I am here and I am posting and it is good.

It’s been a while, and it’s been busy!!  Since Thanksgiving weekend it has been a non-stop push forward toward the end of my first student teaching practicum, a much-needed break, and, of course, Christmas!  I’ve been rather wrapped up in planning lessons, teaching, writing up my work sample, and prepping for Christmas, but I’ve still been knitting plenty.

The first order of business: the world needs to see these amazing wine glasses that my sister hand painted for me as a late birthday present.  They have wine and knitting puns on them!  I love wine, and knitting, and also puns!  These make me so happy.


Clockwise from the far left they read: “Knit one, sip one!”, “Sit down, un-wine-d and un-ravel”, “Get worsted!”, and “Knit happens!”

Second, the shawl.  It’s taken a backseat of late to all the time-sensitive Christmas knits, but it has a bit of lace and then some.  Who knows, I might even finish it and get to wear it on New Year’s Eve!  The lace section was taxing, since the yarn is so small and the needles are rather large and slippery.  I haven’t decided how much longer I should go before braving some more lace, binding off, and making those bad-ass tassels for the corners.  I’ve got quite a bit of yarn left still, and I want this thing to be squishy and amazing.


Third, I promise, between lesson planning and teaching, I have been knitting.  I made two really delightful hats, as well as this pair of socks that I was literally knitting to the last minute on Christmas morning.  The socks went to my boyfriend’s older brother, and judging by the fact that he wore them the rest of the day, they were a success.

Pic quality is not great, but believe me when I tell you they are great socks.

Christmas was wonderful and lovely and delightful, and in the days since I have done nothing but knit (for me, at last!) and read (for pleasure, at last!).  That silly teaching work sample portfolio can wait.  Will blog again, and soon.