Saturday, March 27, 2010

Oh Canada Team Sale on Etsy!!

We are having an Easter sale on Etsy!  Simply search "ohcanadateam" on Etsy to find team members, search
 their shops for the Easter eggs in the listing photos, and you will get a sweet deal!  Sale Starts Sunday March 28 and ends April 5!  Each Store will have a different sale, so be sure to look for details.


Have Fun and Happy Easter
 from the Oh Canada Team!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Zen Cleaning: Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

This Post is a recipe, review and why about Homemade Laundry Soap.  Its something I have been wanting  to try for a long time, for Multiple reasons.  Which I will take the time to list here:

- To Save $$, who honestly doesn't need to do this?
- To learn to be more self-sufficient,  I think we all take way too much advantage of "Modern Conveniences"
- To use natural products, that are tried, tested and true
- To know what I am exposing my family to
- To lessen my/our carbon footprint aka live greener
- To have another skill to pass on to my children
- To ease the stress on our septic system
- To not poison the water of those around me that also have wells
- To restore my "Zen Cleaning" (ie, getting rid of the negatives, and enjoying the mindfulness of cleaning, YES THIS IS POSSIBLE!!) 

I am sure there are more reasons.  So I started researching recipes online, most were basically the same: Bar soap, Borax, and Washing Soda.  I started delving more and more into the homemade laundry detergent I found more recipes for Fabric Softener, cleaners, and even dishwasher detergent!  The best part was most of the ingredients were the same!

I decided to try the powdered laundry soap first, because it seemed easiest and if it failed I wasn't at a major loss.  So here goes:

Grate 1/2 Bar of Fels Naptha Bar Soap ( I didn't use it because I couldn't find it) or Ivory, Sunlight, or whatever you like, I personally chose an Organic Lemongrass Soap that smelled pretty and doesn't irritate my skin
1 cup Of Borax 
1 cup of Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Baking Soda (maybe you want to use a whole cup if you have greasy clothes)

Add all of the above ingredients to your Food Processor and process until combined!  Easy huh?
Now you only need about 2 Tablespoons( if you have a "scoop" from protein powder, these work great) for a full load.

My review:
The soap dissolved easily, we use only cold water to wash our clothes, so this was a major plus!
My socks were definitely whiter.  My Clothes were clean, no grease stains on my shirts, everything looked clean.  My clothes were soft, not coarse or stiff.  I was not itchy, and I have sensitive skin.   This was very cost effective!

Homemade Fabric Softener!!!
I have never been a user of fabric softener, just seemed like a waste of $$ and I always found the scents over-powering.  But on my journey to find more recipes for Laundry Soap I found a great one for Fabric Softener.
Frankly, I fell in love with the idea, immediately.  Only problem was that I don't have a new washing machine with a fancy dispenser, and who ever remembers the rinse cycle?  Not, me!!!  So, I caved in a bought a "Downey ball" for $1.99 at the Grocery Store.

Recipe:
Vinegar 1/3-1/2 cup
Downey ball

Fill your Downey ball with vinegar, pull the top, toss it in the washer and walk away, it does the rest!

Review:
My towels were fluffier and softer. No Static cling.  Nothing smelt like vinegar either.  Very Cost effective!!!

Next:  Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap.  I will review it and then compare it to the powdered.

Enjoy your "Zen Cleaning"!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunshine Award

Here are the rules of this award...

1. Place the logo within your blog or post.
2. Pass the award on to 12 bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within the post.
4. Let the nominees know they have received the award by commenting on their blogs.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.
Thank you to http://redrubyonfire.blogspot.com/ for awarding this reward to me!!








My 12 nominees are:

babazoobee
eco friendly freckles
Twilight Earth
tresbelleknits
Musings of the Mod Menagerie
Peacock Tres Chic
SoapStar
Stampout Cancer
ilutegijaDesig
HappyBabyBunz
Jac-Ber Creations
Prairie Peasant


Friday, March 19, 2010

Sometimes trying something new is inspirational (and frustrating)

Yes, something new.  I have never in all the years I have been crocheting tried to do crocheted appliques.  I have listed one item,  it has some views and a few hearts, too.  Little did I know that applique would soon be application of perspective.  Here I was thinking that it would be easier to sew items and add crocheted appliques or pieces! 

Oh,  by the way, did I tell you?  I was wrong?!  I have been working on two items for what seems like weeks and I am still not done.  I have been enjoying the sewing and getting my skills back up to par.  But I never thought that combining the two would prove to be such an amazing challenge for me.
Going against the Grain has always been appealing to me.  Taking things to the next level.   
Now maybe you are wondering why I have this happy note to my entry? 
Because so often, when we embark on a new journey we only have the destination in mind.  And as you know this is just not the way to get the most out of life.  This journey has taught me so much about my skills, ones that are great and ones that need some work.  It challenges me to be better, to never be satisfied with my best, because my best is actually a matter of perspective.
So, try something new and give yourself the gift of new perspective! 
I love trying new things, even if weeks of work leads to utter failure, frankly it hasn't.  How many times have my ideas not worked out on one tangent but amazing led me to an idea that became a new pattern to sell or a design. 

So be fearless with your inspiration and ideas.  Treat each one as a delicate newborn that needs to be nurtured in order to grow and develop.  
Be passionate in your pursuits, you never know which one is gonna take you to the next level.

Now you tell me how trying to make a new item has taught me this much?  How did I find all this inspiration in material and yarn.

Approach all your projects with passion, even if that means a sharp pair of scissors and an inflamed temper!


Failure isn't failure, unless you give up entirely. 


Luv,
Chriss

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Whhoooohoooo!  Our Team made the Front Page on Etsy!!


We all couldn't be more pleased!  A big thank you to Splurge who was the creator of the Treasury.  :D

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Earth Day Giveaway!

April 22 2010 is Earth Day!  I am having a giveaway to celebrate!

Absolutely anyone can enter.  All I require is that you email me at theartofzencrochet@live.ca (please enter Earth Day Giveaway in the Subject Line) telling me what you do to go out of your way to live greener!  One entry per person please.  Deadline is April 20 2010 at 6pm PST.  (I will not sell, post or share your email with any one, or organization.   It is merely a way to contact you, should you win.)


1st prize:  One of my Caps made from Recycled T shirts!




2nd Prize:  1 Hemp Shopping Bag and Produce Bag

3rd Prize:  Hemp Dish Cloth and Scrubber Set

Please feel free to spread the word and please visit my Etsy shop to see more of my Earth Friendly Creations!
The Art of Zen.......Crochet @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/chrisssmith22

Please visit my Friend's Blog as she is having an amazing Jewelry Giveaway!
http://joanniel.blogspot.com/2010/02/jewellery-contest-giveaway.html

Please note pictures are for  exemplary purposes only and may not be the exact prize awarded