Category Archives: DIY

Viva la Bombas!

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Observation:

1. My stove, Mr Hartman doesn’t always light up easily.
2. Fire starters work but it gets  expensive.
3. Candles leave a lot of leftovers.
4. Egg cartons can be used for more than planting seeds.
5. Corks look like pellets to make a fire.

Solution:

Of course I made firebombs! The best firebombs ever – out of trash. It’s fun, doesn’t take any time really and I get that tricky stove going every time…Never had to use more than 2 bombas, even when Mr Hartman was his grumpiest.

Besides which, they are pretty with colors and scents sort of built in, always different 🙂

For 60 bombas I eat 30 eggs, drink 10 bottles of wine and save all the leftover candles, doesn’t sound too hard, does it?

Now you might be somebody that don’t like eggs or don’t get them in cartons. Then you can use a cute silicone chocalate mold for perfect sized bombas. Mine are shaped as hearts ❤

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I don’t have a television

I don’t and I never did. Yes, during the years when the children were growing up we had one though there were a few reasons why it never became a major part of our lives: We lived in the middle of the forest so reception was only good when weather was clear. Besides we lived in Sweden and only had the 2 channels that sort of come automatically, they don’t rock.

When I came to Luxembourg I planned to have one, sort of, but all the hassle, costs and my basic disinterest made it never happen. I had a cheap telly for watching movies, but that went out the door the moment I realized I could do it on my computer…I’m not picky, I just want to be entertained so screen-size, sound etc matters nothing to me. Besides, televisions are really big and ugly, even if they are fancy flat-screens hanging on the wall. Ugly!

And you know, if you are in a room with people and a TV, the people will constantly look at the TV, even if it’s not on and I find that irritating, weird and a bit crazed. There you are, chatting away, having drinks and snacks and the person you’re talking to is constantly looking toward the telly. So you start wondering if they are even hearing what you’re saying? HELLO, I’m here! The whole room is designed around that ugly thing, so wherever you sit (or stand) it’s the main focal point. My living room is a ….Living room. It’s made for movement, creativity and hanging out

I do stuff and I am a very creative person. I love doing stuff; sewing, reading, writing, dancing, drawing, gardening, studying and research…I love my own company and the conversations I, me and myself have are absolutely riveting. Since coming to Luxembourg “we” even do it in different languages… 🙂

People ask me how I get so much done, they think I am this totally speedy doer. I’m not. I just have lots of time to do stuff since there is no disruption of a telly. I do watch YouTube tutorials for things I like to learn; lately I have learned to make silk-flowers and pearl embroidery and I have made some beautiful stuff. I learn to sew better and create the pretty stuff I have in my head but can’t afford to buy. This is what I do when others watch television. Last evening I finished a pearl embroidered belt to go with my beautiful New Look skirt that I sewed a couple of days ago. Practice makes perfect and practice takes time. So if you have creative ideas or want to get stuff done; chuck that ugly ol’ thing and get into action. You will never look back!NewLookBälte

Washing beeswax

Well guys, I know I haven’t been posting for some time. I’ve been really busy, life is like that 🙂 I have been doing and learning a great deal, latest was how to wash beeswax. Japp, it’s washed – with water. I came across a bee-keeper from whom I ordered 3 kg of bees-wax. When I went to pick it up, it wasn’t this clean, ready-to-go wax I was expecting, but a huge clump of dirty wax with residue and bits in it.  The lady told me I had to wash it and sketchily described the process, in Luxemburgish. I sort of got it and I’m no newbie, so rather than spending another day driving back and forth, I decided to wash it.

See, it's a bee

See, it’s a bee

Breaking up the clump I found both a bee and little pockets of dark brown raw honey…Yumm, love honey ❤

This is how to give bees-wax a wash:

You need a pot that widens towards the rim. Make sure it’s not to wide for the amount of wax you have. Fill it with about an inch of distilled water and place the wax in the water that should go about halfway up the wax. Now set it on medium heat and allow to melt. Be patient and check often. (I forgot it and mine was just about to boil when I took it off the heat.) Now put it aside and leave to cool. Halfway through I wrapped a towel around the pot and covered it with another towel (something the bee-woman did with her arms while explaining the process indicated this to me). The cooling process is long but the whole house is scented in the process and it’s delicious. When cool, lift the bees-wax (which now has a light creamy yellow color) out of the water and scrape off the residue stuck to the bottom and lower sides. Break up the clean wax and package. Done!

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Skin food; oatmeal floral mask & peeling

Oatmeal & floral powder

Oatmeal & floral powder

I get so many questions about natural skin care and how to find stuff that is not full of chemicals. Some raw materials take some studying up on to understand how to use and blend, or they are not always so easy to find, but there is plenty of stuff you can make yourself with really simple ingredients that you either already have in your home or that are easy to find in your local health food store. Here is one wonderful product that I use. It is very mild and can be used 1-2 times per week. You can make up the powder and store it cool and dark in a jar with tight-fitting lid which will save you a lot of work. When it’s time to use, you just add the other ingredients to make a paste. Easy!

What you need for the powder:

  • 1 dl Organic oatmeal
  • 2-5 teaspoons dried lavender flowers or rose petals. If you use rose petals, add the larger amount to get a nice scent. For my blend I use 2-3 tsp lavender flowers. I prefer the lavender during the summer as it is really soothing and has a wonderful scent.

What you need for the paste:

  • Coldpressed vegetable oil, I use sunflower
  • Hydrosol of lavender, rose or witch hazel. If you don’t have hydrosol, you can use a herbal infusion or water.
  • Organic lemon
  • A bit of honey (optional)
  • If you like, you can add a drop or two of essential oil to the finished paste (optional), I don’t because I want it really mild and the floral scent is gorgeous on its own.
Really simple and easy-to-find ingredients

Really simple and easy-to-find ingredients

Step one:

In a mixer or a mortar, crush oatmeal and dried flowers to a powder, the finer it is, the better it will spread.

Step two:

When it’s time for a scrub, peeling or a mask: For a facial, mix 1 tsp of the powder with 1/2 tsp vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp hydrosol, infusion or water, a few drops of lemon juice and a dash of honey. Mix it all together to a paste. If you want to use it on your whole body you need to make about 4-5 times the amount of paste.

On clean, moist skin apply the paste with circular massage movements, you want to get the circulation going. This is the peeling effect. Now you can wash it off or leave the paste on for about 15 min to get a deeply moisturizing mask before you wash it off with lukewarm water. Pat dry and apply a light oil to your face to add more yummy nourishing food for your skin (sunflower, thistle, jojoba, grape seed oils are easy to get and fine for your skin).

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Dried rose petals

One last point; When you make stuff at home for your skin care, always use organic products. If you want your powder to look more beautiful, add some whole flowers or petals to get some colour in there.