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Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve been on here to do a blog post! Life has been insane and every time I’ve thought to post something, it doesn’t happen. A lot has happened since my last post: birthday, getting back on track with healthy living, vacation to San Francisco, visit from my best friend from college, etc.

Aside from work, a lot of my time has been spent trying to get back on a healthy track with life. Long story shortened, I went to the doctor and got a reality check (diabetes runs in my family and some numbers were alarmingly high, though not enough to classify me with the diagnosis, thankfully). Hopefully doing a separate post about this in the near future!

One of my favorite things to do when I have time (haha) is to sew. A friend recently had a gorgeous baby girl and I made some handmade gifts for her. I just LOVE how they turned out!

I knew her nursery colors were koral, teal and sunshine yellow. I decided to add orange and grey to the mix.

I embroidered her name on each of the burp clothes and made a coordinating summer dress … although I know she won’t fit it for another year or two. I love making gifts for people when I can, rather than buying them from a store. There’s just something so meaningful and personal about it!









I love reading my best friend’s blog and have enjoyed seeing and hearing about her “10 Minute Craft Dash” that she started a while back. I decided I’d try to do it and so here you go, my first entry!


The colors were (excuse my potentially inaccurate crafting color descriptions) slate, moss and light pink. I love these colors, but everyone who knows anything about me knows that I’m incredibly indecisive.

I don’t make cards very often (OK, really at all) so my entry isn’t a card, but rather a cute little “taggie” security blanket. I’m the proud auntie of a hilarious little girl (16 months) and will soon have twins nieces/nephews added to the mix (coming in August), so I love sewing things for them. Since I don’t know if the twins are boys or girls yet, I’ll just keep this on hand … and if they’re boys, I’m sure I’ll find someone to give this to!

The blanket measures roughly 13″ x 13″.

*Please excuse the crappy iPhone pictures … I need to get myself a new digital camera!*

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I have to say, this is the quickest that I’ve ever sewn something start-to-finish … I started the clock and had to cut all the ribbon, fabric and backing and then get sewing! I misjudged how much fabric I had, so I had to do stripes of the grey background instead of the two-piece diagonal triangles I had planned. I also originally planned to do three ribbons on each side, but with the time constraints, I settled for ribbons on just two sides. I think it turned out pretty well anyway. I didn’t look at the clock when I was sewing so I was hoping I was still within the time limit!

The time it took me:

Photo Jan 20, 12 21 21 PM

I used to laugh at people who made their own everything; you know, the people who make their own soap, laundry detergent, deodorant, baby wipes, etc. I mean, what’s the point of doing that?! Usually the point is to either save money or “be green” … neither of which I needed to do in the past.

Well, karma has come back to bite me and I find myself dabbling into the whole DIY product realm. Not as extreme as others and definitely not to “be green” (disclaimer: I try to be responsible and sustainable when possible, but I wouldn’t say I go out of my way to do so). I’m trying to save money so I can payoff my final student loan and so making my own things has been a good way to save some extra cash.

Today’s project was making my own body wash. I find that personal products are some of the most expensive things on store shelves, which makes sense from a marketing standpoint because we all need to use them to a certain extent. Body wash didn’t seem like a product that I’d be compromising a lot with, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s an easy step-by-step process:


Get three bars of Dove moisturizing bar soap (see note below).


Grate all of the soap; I just used a cheese grater, which worked fine.


Slowly add the grated soap into the boiling water.


Gently stir the soap into the water. Allow the soap to dissolve completely. Make sure you stir gently to avoid excessive sudsing.


Place in a large container and transfer to a bottle once cool; I used a large Ball canning jar to do this and saved a Bath & Body Works body wash bottle to use for refills.

So far, so good! If I like the results from this (as in it gets nice and sudsy, remains squeezable from a bottle, etc.), I don’t think I’ll need to spend money on store-bought body wash again!

Supply List:

  • 3 Bars of Dove Moisturizing Soap
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • Cheese Grater
  • Cutting Board (or other surface to protect counters or tables)
  • Large Pot


  • Dove body wash: $5.99 for a 24oz. bottle
  • Dove moisturizing bar soap: $5.54 for a 4-pack (enough to make a total of 64oz. of body wash)
  • You save about $3.90 by going the DIY route!

*Note: I tried this once before using Target’s Up & Up brand of bar soap and it didn’t work with the ratio of water and soap. The final product was a large clump of slimy soap gelatin. This time I used Dove green tea and cucumber moisturizing bars. 

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