Tuesday, October 28, 2008

in the autumn

Hey you!

Yeah, you. Have you played in the leaves yet this fall? It's a lot of fun.

We've had plenty of leaf kicking, pumpkin baking (muffins, cake, bread, pancakes...), family visiting, and craft making the last few weeks. Little Mina turned 3 last Sunday, and she's been walking around singing "hap booday ti you!" every day since her party. Over the weekend I made her a bright red tutu, which she refuses to model for a photo. (I'm working on it.) The plan for Halloween was a ladybug costume, but I couldn't find polka-dotted satin or bug antennae at the craft store. She was in a particularly rambunctious mood, so a pair of clip on devil horns came home with us instead. What can I say. At least we are replacing the typical pitchfork with a sparkly gold star magic wand.

This tutu is really much fuller and puffier than it appears - the light was coming through it when I took this photo. I used three yards of red tulle and these general intructions. I used one-inch elastic for the waist rather than ribbon, and my strips were several layers thick. It didn't take long, and I think it's the cutest tutu ever.

One day last week I suddenly decided that I NEEDED to start making my own bath and body goodies, so after a few days of research and recipe collecting, I headed to a local soap supply shop and brought home two bags full of goodies. Two successful experiments later I have enough body butter and lip balm to last one person for a year. And I've only used a fraction of the supplies I bought.

The body butter is firmer than a cream but the oils absorb quickly. It's doing wonders for my ragged, dry hands. What I really wish I could share through the internet is the fabulous scent! I combined green tea and kumquat oils and ended up with the fruitiest, brightest, most uplifting scent ever. I'm just a little in love with it. I'm also in love with the process of making this stuff, so expect to see a lot more of it in the future.

On the knitting front, I have a finished Ingenue that needs blocked and a so-close-it-isn't-funny cowl pullover. I've also finished a few small items that have never even been mentioned, so hopefully I'll get photographs of everything soon. I'm doing what I think of as my typical fall "thing," where I have a ton of inspiration and things I'd like to do, but the realities of diminishing daylight and accompanying loss of energy (pain, fatigue, etc.) send me into super hibernation mode. Fortunately we've had some gloriously sunny days and the colors this year are amazing. I sit in pools of sunlight, soaking it up like a cat. I'm doing my best to keep my chin up. Maybe with intentional focus on a few choice projects I'll make it through the winter more easily this year.


sam said...

You find the coolest stuff. I love that tutu!!

Emily said...

Mmmmmm....green tea kumquat...I'm totally in that same space of alternating uber-inspired and panicking over the loss of light. But when I catch myself in the right mood I'm also into the idea of cuddling up with wintertime projects and working away.

mel said...

What awesome pictures of your girl. Fall is like this for me too, crazy (or just creative, maybe?) ideas abound and not enough time. Your body butter sounds fantastic.... I am seeking a good deodorant recipe after some trial and error (on the effectiveness and scent!) ;)

Wishing you lots more beautiful days to soak up.

KGLO said...

ooooooo! Do you have the recipe that you used for the body butter? I'm curious...not that I need another hobby of course....

takinanap said...

thanks for visiting my blog.

the body butter looks scrumptious... will it be for sale?