DIY Dishwasher Detergent

Over the last few years the acronym DIY (or Do It Yourself) has been floating around the internet. When I first saw it, I got annoyed at it – kinda dorky word! But then Abigail, Sarah and I realized that it’s no different from what we’ve always done – work with what you have and make up little projects or crafts or food dishes or cleaning supplies or – well the list goes on – and my mind runs blank. 🙂 There are too many things that we’ve done to list them all.

So to celebrate my continuation of creatively finding solutions for little everyday problems, I’m making a blog post about it! And maybe we’ll do more blog posts about our own version of DIY.

Ok, so the problem was we just ran out of dish detergent tabs and kind of need to run the dishwasher – we use a lot of dishes in one day, people! And since I’ve been curious about making my own dish detergent for a while now, I decided to look one up. I found a couple that looked pretty similar. (First one I found was on Tipnut and the second, which is the one I used, was on DIY Natural)

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cut Salt
  • 3-4 drops essential oil (optional)

Mix it all up, making sure to evenly spread the essential oil. I used lavender, but you could use lemon, orange, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemongrass essential oil.

Use about 1 tablespoon per load, or more if desired.

 

 

 

This stuff is sooo white! It’s all powdery and clean smelling – until I added lavender, and then it smelt all pretty!

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An added bonus for me was using up a few things we have in the cabinet. Like this stuff – we found the regular salt in the back of the cabinet – does salt go bad? What little I tasted of it just tasted like regular salt. But since I didn’t want to use it in cooking, this was the perfect thing! 🙂 And I used up the sour salt – or citric acid. Don’t really use sour salt for anything else.

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Then I put it into my handy dandy jar, and there you go! And of course, always use the Collaborator – that’s the word we girls use for a big funnel – don’t ask why!

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Just ran the load with it – looks pretty good to me! Nice and clean!

Has anyone else tried a homemade dishwasher detergent before?

What did you think of the results?

~Hannah~

In with the new!

Wow! we’re a little more than half way through the first month of 2017! I didn’t see that coming.

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I have tons of plans for 2017! I usually have to think about them for a while before getting going on them, and talking about them beforehand really doesn’t help me.

However, I’m going to be daring… and make a sort of resolution.

It’s not an actual resolution, because that makes it sound boring. Anyway…

I’m talking about it here – first of all, because I’d love to share it a little with you – also, hopefully it will help me keep to it if more people know about it.

It’s recently come to my attention that I really enjoy playing music. I always had trouble figuring out how I wanted to play with music, but I miss it, so I really hope to get back into it during 2017.

img_2348I’m sure it’s been mentioned at some point that I play the violin, guitar and piano. I have less experience and knowledge with the piano and guitar, but they’re both very understandable instruments and I love all three of them.

So… I’ll be pulling out the guitar and violin to tune them! I’m especially interested in working on hymns, because I know several pretty well and enjoy them, and we’ll see where I go with that!

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Technically, this might not be the best time to be picking up another, time consuming thing. I can juggle a few things, like Etsy, eating, sleeping and thinking. But not much more.

However, I feel ready to try something new (or old). Plus, music is a wonderful, essential language. So, I am looking forward to this year, and praying that I can incorporate music comfortably into my life.

I’d love to hear what everyone has planned for the new year! Do you have anything that you’ve been wanting to get back to or a new adventure you’re thinking of trying?

Welcome to 2017 everyone! It’s still a new year, and I’m praying it’s a great one for everyone!

Sarah

Monkey Bread and Dinosaurs!

I was reminded this year of how strange life is. You’d think I’d remember that sooner!

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We have lots of wonderful Christmas movies to watch (starting tomorrow evening!) but there just doesn’t seem to be enough Thanksgiving movies!

Someday, I’ll put together a list of good Thanksgiving movies. If anyone has suggestions, please share!

However, I remembered recently the movies we have watched close to Thanksgiving, and definitely not always related to Thanksgiving.

One movie we thought up that seemed a little related to Thanksgiving was You Can’t Take it With You. Somehow, being directed by the same guy that did It’s a Wonderful Life seems fitting for this holiday.

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It’s a very good movie, and probably very good for Thanksgiving, and I’d recommend it to you.

For a seemingly totally-not-Thanksgiving movie, last year we watched Jurassic World the day before Thanksgiving. I enjoyed it more than I expected, and having monkey bread to work on was a good excuse for looking away if it got too bloody 🙂

I decided to look up Thanksgiving Movies on Bing – after all, there’s a list for everything – and was reminded that Spider-Man (2002) featured an uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner, so maybe we’ll watch that this year 🙂

Putting movies aside, there are various things I remember doing around or on Thanksgiving Day. Several years ago we delivered some monkey break to our friends at nighttime. There’s nothing quite like driving at nighttime when it’s cold outside!

Of course, nothing can beat waking up to the smell of smoking turkey (he tried to quite cold-chicken, but it didn’t work) and for some reason working on the dishes after dinner has become a favorite in recent years. A couple years ago Abigail and Hannah were writing madly and abandoned me to work on all the dishes. It was surprisingly fun! (no, this is not a guilt trip, sisters!) And then, of course, there’s the tradition of trying to clean the bar for extra room.

img_2008Last year we went for a walk after dinner and met at our park. It was extremely cold and Annie (on the left) was really happy. She laid down and we buried her in leaves and we had a panting, happy pile of leaves!

A few things I plan on doing tomorrow is:

walk. I really enjoyed it last year and look forward to it this year.

I will not munch beforehand. I think I’m going to challenge myself not to eat anything, unless I need to test it (which really is necessary!)

I will be happy. Of course, just saying you’re going to be happy, and plastering a smile to your face, doesn’t work, but I will remember to breathe and not worry.

This month has gotten a little out of hand, and really crazy, and it seems like there are a lot of things we have to deal with. But maybe that makes it an even better time for Thanksgiving, when we can remember what we have and that, in the end, everything will be OK.

So, let me wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving. May you have a wonderful day, full of happiness, new traditions or oddities and peace.

Hope you have a great holiday weekend,

Sarah

P.S. please share your interesting stories! I heard about a lady that married on Thanksgiving so she wouldn’t have to cook the big dinner. It didn’t really work. Do you have any of your own stories?

Sewing no more…

I come here today to tell everyone about a change I made just before the craft fairs we participated in. I meant to get to this sooner, but I forgot 🙂

il_570xn-1110553623_p1hgSadly (sort of) I’ve had to change my shop name. There’s already a Sally Sewing out there, who looks thoroughly official and amazing.

It made sense to change to something distinctive and separate, so no one gets us mixed up.

It was fun trying to come up with a different name, and also look.

I thought it would be fun to go with something either related to my birth month – February. My birthstone – amethyst. Or birth flower – violet. I couldn’t really think of anything related to any of those, or I didn’t want people to be mistaken and think I was selling jewelry or flowers.

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Anyway, I finally talked about it with Abigail, who tends to be able to come up with that sort of thing more easily, and she narrowed it down to some very fun ideas, including:

Sally Haberdasher

and Princess Eyelet

I loved the Haberdasher one, but admittedly it is a little… hard to remember.

But I always thought it would be fun to go with something related to my name – Sarah.

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Sarah means Princess, or Lady, or Friend. So I had fun trying to come up with things related to that.

However, in the end, I decided to go with………………..

LadyEyelet

I love how it sounds and it’s easy to remember (although, my dyslexia keeps kicking in and I keep spelling it: Lady Elelet, so be ware!)

I’ve also changed the look of my shop. My banner and icon have a pretty background of eyelet fabric (I used a white eyelet jacket I have) and a fun font in a pretty color. I really like the way it looks!

So, this is a very important change for my shop, and I am very sorry to confuse anyone. So, share the news with your friends, make notes of it everywhere so you remember, and repeat it to yourself three times before going to sleep. Fortunately, if you saved the link to my shop already, it has probably already changed to the new name, so there’s one less thing to worry about.

Hope everyone continues to have a great week,

Sarah

 

Thankfulness Thursday: Fluffy White Cattails!

I would have published this on Thursday, like it should be… but WordPress was being weird. So – better late then never, right?

A few days ago, in the morning I went walking in the woods. I went with most of my family and my good friend and her mother. We went to see the last of the autumn leaves, but besides seeing some lovely fall colors, we got another little delight – cattail fluff!

And that is what I want to feature for my Thankfulness Thursday! (Or Monday… doesn’t quite sound as good though!)

The picture below shows how we found these simple little delights, on the stock and ready to play with. Little did we realize how fun they were going to be!

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I’m sure, if you’ve ever played with these funny little things, you know how much fun you can have. Pinch one end a little and what looks like half an inch of compact tan colored semi-solidness then suddenly and softly explodes in your hand and becomes a practically weightless white cloud of fuzz!

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Personally, it was rather nice to get away from the political weirdness of the world and the other stresses of life, and I was very thankful to be able to enjoy one of the simple pleasures of life, that of my senses – and my imagination – being tickled by the joys of fluffy cattail clouds.

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Sometimes you don’t need that much to be entertained.

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My good friend, Addie, who had a lot of fun playing with the silly whiteness!

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We all got covered in the fluffiness – it got everywhere!

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They got on Abigail’s new red cape! (Abigail, you need to show the whole outfit later to all of our readers! I can’t wait to see it all together!)

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Also – I can’t help putting more than one thing for my Thankfulness Thursday post – I’m so thankful for my friend! Addie is very dear to my heart, and almost as close to me as my wonderful sisters! All of my sisters – both blood and sister in the Lord – I am very thankful for!

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The wonderful, fun, sweet, lovable, patient and dependable Sarah!

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Abby, the delightful and kind, the generous and wise, the thoughtful and caring! Both such an amazing abundant blessing to me! I love you too!

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So there you go! Take a walk in the woods with family and friends and enjoy the simple things of life! There’s so much to be thankful for in just these things alone!

Hannah

 

Friday Featured Favorites: In the Air

Yesterday was Abigail’s birthday, so I thought I’d feature her shop today. She almost always has something new on her shop, so it’s pretty easy.

il_570xn-1049625978_db4vToday I’m going to highlight Abigail’s wonderful new Hot Air Balloon selection, from cards to earrings.

It was actually a pretty simple idea. When Abigail said she was going to make hot air balloon earrings, I could picture how they’d look pretty easily.

But that’s where creativity steps in and throws you for a loop. I imagined Abigail’s Hot Air Balloon Ephemeral Earrings looking totally different – simpler, with starker colors. And I didn’t quite picture the actual design looking the way it does.

il_570xn-1048503974_tqm6Fascinating how one’s brain works differently!

Anyway, I love Abigail’s Hot Air Balloon Earrings! They’re very elegant and ephemeral, and she has several different designs. Here’s a link to my personal favorite of her Hot Air Balloons.

Abigail also made some really fun Hot Air Balloon Greeting Cards. They turned out very nicely!

il_570xn-1049589956_gkx8I was curious to see how the card on the left would turn out, because of the paper she picked, which is basically a picture of some tree branches and the clear blue sky (definitely a picture that would bring hot air balloons to mind). I’ve always wanted to use those papers, but I’ve never figured out what I can do with it.

To see what Abigail’s done with this interesting paper, and more details on the beautiful card itself, just follow this link!

I think Abigail’s Hot Air Balloon creations fit the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is starting (tomorrow?). Both the cards and her ephemeral earrings are very Fiesta-like, and the colors are vivid, reflecting New Mexico’s own, individual personality.

Also, there’s a sale! Abigail has a discount on all her Hot Air Balloon items during the Balloon Fiesta (which, if I remember correctly, is for the next couple weeks, much to our dog’s terror). If you’re coming in to visit and see the balloons in person, even better!

Here’s a link to Abigail’s awesome Etsy shop, TheRaisinFairy, where you can find her beautiful Balloon items, as well as all the other amazing things she makes. I invite you to take a look!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sarah

 

P.S. I had this blog post all ready, minus the photos. I didn’t mean to be publishing it this late! Still, it is Friday here for another 15 minutes 🙂 Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Abby Day!

It’s that time of year again! If you’ve been following Ribbons for a while, you might know what today is…. It’s Abby Day! (in this case, I have to say Abby instead of Abigail, because it works better)

That’s right, it’s Abigail’s birthday today, and I just have to do another blog post all about her.

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So, imagining Abigail’s birthday was a national holiday (because it feels strange that the rest of the world isn’t celebrating this day with us)

What to eat: Well, Abigail is the raisin fairy, so just throw spices, pumpkins and raisins into your favorite dish and there you go! Don’t forget to make a pot of chai or London Fog, or if tea isn’t your thing, a cup of coffee once per hour should do.

What to wear: We sew a lot, so generally, if there’s a holiday, there’s an outfit for it. (I am wearing a sort of special dress today) Anything brown will do, but it is essential that your outfit has pockets. If you have something brown, but it’s lacking pockets, feel free to get a patch of fabric and sew it on top for a pocket.

What to do: Go for a walk. Pick your favorite place and take a nice, 9 hour hike. Be sure that you bring along a nice pillow or tablecloth so you can stop and sit for a while somewhere nice. It is essential that you bring something to read or write, preferably something that matches the surroundings.

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If hiking isn’t your thing, feel free to stay home and write and make soufflés. Be sure to have a cat in your house. Better yet, see if your local pet store has an owl or fox.

Most importantly: eat lots of dark chocolate and stay up late.

Doesn’t sound too bad. Maybe we could make September 29th National Author’s Day.

OK, I have to admit, I’d only thought the blog post out this far. I thought it would be funny caricature-ize some of the things that make Abigail unique and loveable. But now I’m not quite sure how to complete it. So, if in doubt…

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Finish with Abigail’s new favorite song!

I love you, Abigail! You are the best Abigail ever in the whole wide world!

I hope you continue to have one of the best days and weekends ever! (I don’t want to restrict this to being the best day ever, in case something better comes along)

May God bless you all the days of your life, as much as you are a blessing to me. Love you!

Sarah