Goo Gone (or, what to do with homemade deodorant)

I made some baking soda deodorant for myself the other day. (Ok, it was a longer while ago than that…)

And it just didn’t work for me.  It was nice-smelling, and I really, really wanted it to work. But I guess my skin is a bit sensitive, and the format was just a bit messy, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

Vanilla-scented Goop in a tin. Sigh.

 

So it sat on the shelf. I didn’t want to throw it out.

Fast forward to sometime last week, when I discovered that making a paste of oil and baking soda is a recommended way to remove goo from glass. I had some glass jars and bottles I was hoping to re-purpose, so I had to try it!

 

Put the gunk on the goo that you want gone.

It worked perfectly!

Squeaky clean!

Keep in mind that removing the actual sticker goo takes some scrubbing, and that you should wash it with dish soap to remove the oil. But I sure love being able to repurpose those lovely glass jars and bottles that accumulate in our house.

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Deep Sea Fishing Game

Lately, Eve has been going a bit stir-crazy.

She’s not the only one going a bit bonkers.

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Hey! I know that fish!

Why am I showing you felt fish?

Because they are making my afternoon a little less crazy today.

And all it took was:

  • Felt of various colors
  • Scissors
  • Magnetized hematite beads
  • Hot glue sticks& Glue gun

I looked up some of the animals from one of Eve’s favorite shows (Octonauts. That would be Octonauts. Also, Finding Nemo.)

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Here’s a few of the felt aquarium buddies:

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Manta Ray, Blue eels, Jellyfish

The process is pretty simple.

You cut the felt into a shape that looks like the fish you want. (See the red ones? No specific species there, but definitely a big hit. Blue “eels” were also VERY simple.) If you want some patterns, I like to look up coloring pages of the shape you’re trying to imitate. You can even pin the paper to your felt to cut it out, if you want.

After the fish are cut out, heat up your glue gun! This next part is a snap. Just a dot of glue, and a bead, dot of glue, and a bead. (For the squid, jellyfish, manta ray, etc: they got 2 eyes, because they looked like their faces were in a frontal view.)

Fashion a “fishing pole”:

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A dowel, some yarn, and the hook from a command hook. Ta-da!
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DIY baby wraps!

For a while, now, I’ve been a big fan of babywearing. For while the baby is small, there’s nothing better! You can keep your little one close, safe from creepy strangers, and still do everything you need to do.

So, in my third trimester, I made a moby wrap, using a tutorial from A Load of Craft.

Since it was 100% cotton, and the right measurements, I used a bandanna for the fabric panel she suggests. I also used 5.5 yards of turquoise jersey (the thick kind).

Simply cut the fabric 20″ from the edge, in order to have a 5.5 yards by 20″ strip. Then launder it, fold in half lengthwise to find the center, and sew your fabric square directly in the center of the strip. For directions on how to wear it, go here. (Since this is basically a moby wrap, the same directions apply.)

Her head is nicely supported in this wrap, honest. She was just arching her back at the time, because she had hiccups.
Her head is nicely supported in this wrap, honest. She was just arching her back at the time, because she had hiccups.

I must say, it came out pretty nice.

Then, a little bit ago, I stumbled upon a video about how to make an x-back wrap using 3 t-shirts. The lady who made the video made it abundantly clear that after she’d made it, she realized that you need to use t-shirts that fit you, not ones that are too big, like she said in the video.

3 t-shirts, huh? I can do that! So, I got out a few extra tees, lopped and tied, and I had a new carrier in about ten minutes.

This one's pre-hiccups. See, her legs are in sitting position, the sling supporting from her bum to under her knees.
This one’s pre-hiccups. See, her legs are in sitting position, the sling supporting from her bum to under her knees.

The only issue with the original was that the two load-supporting tubes were of different stretchiness-es. (So not a word.) The point being that the weight of my daughter was unevenly distributed on my back, and can certainly say that it made me paranoid and sore the whole time I was testing it out. And as for how my back fared– I’m still feeling it.

If you do try out the t-shirt method, (which I recommend) here’s some tips:

  • use t-shirts that are thick, stretchy, and (preferably) without side seams.
  • Find 2 tees that have almost identical fit, fabric thickness, and color. This will ensure good weight distribution and safety.
  • Try to use at least 1 long-sleeved shirt; the sleeves are good for tying  the two loops together in the back, and if you use  the sleeves of  the front panel’s shirt, it’ll color-coordinate with the front panel.
  • If you do use long sleeves to tie the X in the back, use both the sleeves to make the tied portion of the loops even longer. This creates even better weight distribution. (Save your back the pain, eh?)
  • The same lady who made the first video also made a follow-up video on how to use it safely, and I would recommend watching it, as well.
  • For your baby’s safety, as with all homemade baby gear, pay close attention and use common sense. If the fabric doesn’t seem stretchy enough, or you don’t feel comfortable using tees with side seams, or you think you ought to buy new shirts to use–adapt this to meet what you need. The most  important thing about babywearing is that both you and your little one feel safe with the situation.
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