Eco-Friendly

GET YOUR HAIR POMADE

We ran out of some hair stuff around the house, and naturally this provides a good excuse to ponder "I wonder what the homemade pomade would be like?"  It's best to start simple. There are a lot of recipes out there, but we wanted something simple and basic. We can always dress it up later.

You will need:

  • beeswax
  • coconut oil
  • essential oil, if you wish
  • saucepan, knife and cutting board
  • glass jar with lid
  • water

Gather your ingredients and your materials.

At most health food stores you can buy little blocks of beeswax, but of course we had this big block around the house.

The beeswax will need to be cut/shaved/grated into smaller bits. 

Recipe: one part beeswax and one part coconut oil. For this small jar we measured by weight and did one ounce of beeswax and one ounce of coconut oil. Then place items in the jar inside the saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water so the water is the same level as the substance in the jar. I didn't take a before picture, but the next one illustrates what it looks like when all the ingredients are melted.

This is our teeny cast iron. I could bore you right here right now about my affection for cast iron. Another time, friend. Once all the bits of wax are melted give it a mix. When cool to the touch, pull out and let firm up to room temperature. 

This is the time to add your essential oil to it. I would say 1-10 drops pending the strength of fragrance you want. We did not add any oil to ours. I personally LOVE the smell of beeswax.

There you go! A little goes a long way. On a cold day with a new flat surface it might take a moment to get your scoop out. If you find that you want it more malleable or shiny for your luscious locks, you could add more coconut oil to it. Then reheat it. Enjoy!

Note: This makes a great gift for the boys or men in your life who like their hair just so.

MAKING A BUNNY HAND PUPPET

Spring is among us. Well, most of us. Parts of the country are still getting hit hard with a dose of winter. With spring arriving I was feeling festive and fun. I had seen these Felted Bunny Hand Puppets a while back and this seemed like the right time to make it.

You will need:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • pen
  • felt
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • pattern

Gather your materials. I wasn't going for traditional spring colors, so my palette is varied. Like with any sewing project always make sure you have enough material for the various parts that have multiples.

Cut out your paper pattern and then cut it out on your felt. I used this pattern as a guide, but I did change it a bit. I flip flopped the colors for the ears, made the nose bigger and gave the bunny eyelashes. 

Fold the bunny tail column felt in half over the length of the piece and cut the slits in the side. 

Then begin rolling it up. You will want to sew as you go.

Then sew all your elements together without sewing the body together. Make sure you have everything how you want it. In the pattern it asks you to cut the tail to make it more fluffy, but I liked the way this curly tail looked, so I kept it that way. Also, I stuffed the ears slightly the give them a little fluff. I also stuff my things with the scraps of felt and string from the project or past projects. 

When sewing the front and back of the body together, pin and line up the ears the way you want them, as you will be sewing them into place as you stitch along. 

Then you are good to go for some friendly puppeteering!