With our lives as busy as they are, we need to make a special effort to take time out to actually handmade something from scratch. It’s a worthwhile thing to do, though and can hold many benefits for you and your family. Read on to find out more.
Satisfaction of seeing a job well done
First of all, one of the best thing about sewing your own items at home is that you get the satisfaction of seeing a job through from the beginning to then end. How many of us can say that we get to do this on a daily basis? It’s so common that, in our specialized places of work, we are only responsible for our small piece of the puzzle. That is why is such a refreshing change to be able to follow a project through fully.
In addition, creative activities such as sewing and painting have been shown to help improve our mood and mental health. So not only do you get the benefit of doing something fun, but it could actually help to improve the quality of your life as well.
Homemade gifts : You have creative control
Another advantage of sewing items yourself is that you have ultimate creative control over the end product. You get to choose the colors and the finish. You can make a tweak here and there when you-you get a bit more advanced too.
For any skill level
One of the greatest thing about sewing is that is works for any skill level. Beginners can start with basic projects like eye masks or pursues. While more experienced may opt for items of clothing like dresses or shirts.
Some people prefer to try their hand a decorative embroidery. While others like to make practical things from their home like peg bags and oven gloves. There really is no end to the possibilities of things that you can make, which mean you’ll never get bored either.
Homemade gifts are special
One of the things about sewing gifts yourself is that, those that receive them are made to feel really special. They know how much work and time you have put into this item for them. It’s a really nice way of expressing your love, even if you haven’t got loads of money to spend. That is why homemade gifts often have a lot more sentimental value than store bought ones.
Cost a lot less
One of the best benefits of sewing items yourself is that you can get a similar product for a lot less money. One you have your own sewing machine, you can buy wholesale fabric and materials and make multiple items from one batch of stuff. It’s much cheaper to make things from scratch than it is to buy them, all it costs you is your time.
They can be personalized
The fact that home sewn items can be personalized is another big draw for those that enjoy sewing. You can add names or initials. Or even particular phrases and designed that are meaningful for the recipient.
This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com
With kids going to back to school parents are back to making school lunches. We thought these print up lunch stickers are perfect to label your child’s lunch. These labels can be printed off you own printer and best of all its free. They can be printed on regular paper or sticker paper. To download visit HERE. There are other stickers to choose from also.
I found a nice chore chart you can print up and laminate that may make it easier to get your kids to help out a little around the house. This one is from dltk-cards.com. This free chore chart for kids features Spongebob that you customize and print up yourself, it can be printed in color or black and white. Go to this site to easily customize it and print it, http://www.dltk-cards.com/chart/
Anyone that has purchased natural dishwashing rinse from somewhere like Whole Foods knows that it’s expensive. It’s about $5 a bottle and depending on your settings it doesn’t last you a long time. I refuse to buy the regular kind with all the chemicals in it that will sit on my plates.
Just to give you an idea what you can avoid, these are the ingredients in the most popular brands rinse aid. Take a look and ask yourself if you want those ingredients on the dishes and glasses you drink and eat out of.
Sodium Cumene Sulfonate Ethanol
This is a very simple way to replace all that.
All you need is
1 gallon of White Vinegar
25 to 30 drops of essential lemon oil
drop the essential oil directly into the vinegar and shake it a little. Mark the bottle and keep it under your sink for refills into your dishwasher. It’s that easy and it saves you money.
It’s that time of year again that you may need to keep these around to fight off congestion. I tried out this recipe recently to make homemade vapor shower tablets for the shower and it worked pretty well. These are similar to the kind you can buy at the store but natural.They are easy to make and cost a lot less than the store brands.You can use any type of mold to form them or you can just form them with your hands. They are nice to keep in a glass jar in the bathroom and use them as needed throughout the winter.
What you need:
1/2 cup of Baking Soda
1/2 Cup of Sea Salt
about 2 Tablespoons of water
12 drops each of Peppermint and Eucalyptus
I used Young Living Sniffle Ease instead
Combine the sea salt and baking soda in a bowl and mix it together. I use a dropper for the water and slowly add the water as your stirring You should be able to form the mixture into a ball, if not you may need a tiny bit more water. Once you get to the consistency of being able to form a ball and it not falling apart you can pack some tightly into molds or form with your hands into the shape you want or a ball. I put the tablets in the fridge overnight to completely dry. I found that making them without the molds and just forming them with your hands turned out the best
The tablets in the molds right before I put them in the fridge.
To use just put one on the shower floor and turn the water on. Don’t put it on the floor until you are ready to get in that way you get full use out of the tablet before it washes down the drain. The vapors from the oils will release to help open up your nasal passages. Enjoy!