Shiny Happy Crystal Pouch

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Last week I made this cute little pouch for my crystals. I am going to tell you how I made it over the course of a very busy weekend.

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It all started on Friday night.  I started a little circle with my size 5 crochet needle and began to increase.

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We went to the Three Rivers Arts Festival  to see my friends band.  Then the boy met some friends at the fountain.  Ah, summer.  All the while I increased stitches as I went around.

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The next day, at the water park, I stopped increasing and just kept going around and around.

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By the time we made it to the drive-in, I started decreasing as I went around and around until I had a cute little bowl.

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The drive-in was beautiful and old and I asked if we could have a tour of the projector room.  This lovely man talked our ears off and explained how each movie on this huge machine is about 6 miles long.  Note the aluminum foil holding parts of it together.  He also, sadly, told us that this is the last summer for this old behemoth.  They, like most theaters everywhere, are going digital.

The movie was awful, by the way.

So, I began increasing a tiny bit again as I went around and around until I had a nice and wide opening at the top.  I knotted my yarn off then crocheted a long chain to use as a draw string.  I wove this through the stitches where it was narrowest at the opening, added my shiny happy crystals into the pouch, then closed it up with a little bow.

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How was your weekend?

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It’s Been a Good Week

I’ve been enjoying:

My front porch and hanging my laundry out to dry on it,

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Pat Martino at the Three Rivers Arts Festival,

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this scent in my essential oil diffuser,

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gardening on my back porch,

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this amazing record I got from Jerry’s Used Records for very cheap,

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this guy,

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and these incredible herbal tea popsicles from Healcrest Urban Farms…I had the ginger herb and the apricot sage…they were the best popsicles I’ve ever had.  No joke.

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How was your week?

Egg on your face….And in your hair!

This week I am inspired by my post from last week about kitchen cosmetics and the fun and cheap and easy beauty tips most of us have within our own kitchens.  This recipe is something I do at least once a week, especially if I have some time to set aside before I get ready to go out or I want to look nice.  Just a simple mask for your face and hair using four ingredients….three of which there is a good chance are already in your kitchen.

1Eggs:  You know those expensive shampoos you buy that have those shiny labels boasting “protein for strengthening” in them?  Well, you can get the same effect just by putting eggs in your hair.   And egg yolks are nice and packed with vitamins A, D, and E – all great for shiny, healthy hair.  To top it off, the fatty acids in eggs moisturize and condition like nothing else.

The protein in eggs is also really good for your skin and will leave your face feeling tighter and smoother.

Apple cider vinegar:  One of the best alternatives to conditioning, apple cider vinegar may smell funky, but it balances the PH of hair and helps remove unwanted residue and leaves your hair and skin soft and shiny.

Coconut oil:  Coconut oil helps reduce frizz and is a great natural conditioner for all hair types.  Used on your skin, it is a non-greasy moisturizer that, with use over time, helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Essential oils of rosemary and clove:  I add the oils to this mixture because of their many great benefits to your skin and hair, but also so you don’t smell like eggs and vinegar after you rinse this out of your hair and off of your skin.

Rosemary is very good for cleaning the skin and contracting the pores.  In hair care it can stimulate the scalp, improving the condition of the scalp, helping to rid the scalp of dandruff and it can improve hair growth.  Rosemary oil used over time can help darken your hair.

Clove is used mainly in hair care recipes and, as with rosemary, it is a natural conditioner and helps improve scalp health.

You will need:

2 eggs

3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

3 Tbs. coconut oil

5 drops essential oil of rosemary

5 drops essential oil of clove

To make:

Place all contents in a blender and puree.  Take a small amount of the mixture and smooth all over your face and neck.  With the rest, lean over a sink or tub and pour the mixture into your hair, massaging it all through, not neglecting to massage and rub into the scalp.  Put a towel on your head and leave on for at least 30 minutes to one hour.

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Rinse off and wash your hair as normal.  (note: when rinsing off, please do not use really hot water or you may end up with some hair scramble)  You are going to be amazed at how gorgeous your skin and hair will look and feel.