Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Makin' Stuff

By now, we all know that I left my soul-crushing office job to teach piano and learn about photography and generally enjoy my life more fully, right?
I believe I've also made it clear that this move cut my income in about half.
This has been a huge leap of faith for us (especially my dear hubs) and I have been scheming up ways to save every bit of money we can. The good news is that it's exactly the sort of thing I like to do anyway. I really love making stuff!
The first store-bought item I decided to replace has been laundry detergent. I'm a major blog-reader (seriously - is there a 12-step program or something?) and I've been seeing recipes for laundry soap all over the place. It looked pretty easy and fun and I finally settled on a recipe from Down to Earth. I used the powdered detergent recipe because, honestly , it looked easier than cooking soap flakes with water. I figured I'd seen all the ingredients before (soap flakes, borax, washing soda - not baking soda, btw) and it would be easy to just pick some up on my weekly trek to the Wal Marts.
I was wrong.
For the last couple of weeks, every time I was in a big box store, I checked out the laundry detergent aisle. I easily located borax and soap, but washing soda was tougher to find, so I turned to my friend Google. It turns out that Ace Hardware stores often carry it, and I was in luck because we have one in the same shopping complex as our Publix. So. I stopped in there this weekend while I was out running errands. No gas was wasted in the making of this laundry soap.
I put it all together last night and it was really easy. I'll let you know how it works, though. I understand that there will be no suds and it will still actually clean my clothes. We shall see...
At any rate, here's my tip: I grated a bar of laundry soap, but it doesn't blend well with the other ingredients. Next time, I will buy a box of soap flakes for a more homogenous mixture.

Also on the "making" front, I have been trying to spend a little bit of time every day working on unfinished projects around the house.
I mean, I know you guys think I make lots of stuff, but you only see the finished items. There is no way you could possibly comprehend how many unfinished items I have stashed under mattresses and in baskets and underwear drawers around this house. I was going to do a sort of "Finished Objects" post with pictures, but Mindy has her camera right now. I've been using her nice camera while I'm taking my photography class and, well, I'm a little spoiled. I don't want to post pictures taken with my other camera. They're not as pretty. Hrmph.

On that note, I will take my leave. I finally have a hat for myself on the needles and I need to finish a nightie I started in December. And I'm making crackers for Emma's lunchbox this week. And I need to get supper in the crock pot.
It's good to be home.

Daily Bliss: a chick flick in the middle of the day
Wake-up Playlist: There was nothing at all in my head this morning, song-wise. I am trying to wake up earlier and all I could think about this morning was squinting.


60ish and Glad said...

IT ISSSSS good to be home!!!

Amy said...

I'm so happy for you that your soul-crushing job is a thing of the past.

I would never, ever, in a million years,have thought of making my own laundry soap. Kudos to you! I can't say I'll be jumping on that wagon but I can't wait to hear how it turns out for you.

Mary said...

Oh my. If you lived closer we would either be very good for one another or very dangerous. I have so many unfinished projects I don't even want to admit to the ungodly numbers. Were we closer I would suggest a "Finish" night and we would motivate one another to be doers of the projects and not starters only.

Christy said...

Mary, I'm going to go with "dangerous" on that one. But, oh, would we have fun!

claibornes corner said...

You are Right where You Belong!!!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the link to the recipe! One of these days I will get around to making some. Let me know how you like it!

frabjouspoet said...

Add me to the invitation list for a "finish" night. I once had to put together a list of things I like to do for fun, and a friend of mine suggested I add "like to start new projects" to the list.