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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Calamine and lanolin

All of us should have goals and aspirations.  I won't bore you with mine, except for two short-term soap making goals I had. They were to make a soap using calamine and a soap with lanolin.  Most of us have used calamine lotion on our itches.  We put calamine lotion on sunburn, rashes, poison ivy, poison oak, chickenpox, and insect bites.                                


Lush sums up calamine very well:  "Calamine powder is a zinc oxide, traditionally used in medicinal ointments as an antiseptic. It comes from the natural mineral deposits, which is transformed into a soft powder when milled. Calamine powder is one of the main constituents of the traditional calamine lotion that is used extensively to relieve redness, stinging and irritation of the skin. Calamine powder treats the skin with a gentle toning and antiseptic action. Historically, it's been mixed with rose water to create a soothing face mask. Beacause it's such a gentle ingredient, we use it in lots of our products for the face, where your skin is very delicate. Calamine powder has also traditionally been used in face powders, dusting powders and toothpastes. It is one of the most absorbent and soothing bases. Calamine powder is mainly zinc oxide, a white powder, combined with a dash of ferric oxide to produce a pretty, light pink powder."  
https://uk.lush.com/ingredients/calamine-powder 

Calamine is a peachy pink color and they even use the name calamine as a color name of paint. LOL

Lanolin has been used for a long time.   It is a very thick grease/oil/wax substance.  Sheep wool contains lanolin and lanolin protects the sheep and the wool from the elements.  This is best described by lanolin.com.  " Wool wax is a natural substance, designed by nature to soften both skin and wool fibres, and to protect them against adverse weather conditions.  The best known uses of refined wool wax products (lanolin and lanolin derivatives) are in medicine, cosmetics and toiletries, which take advantage of these natural protective qualities...  Lanolin is a key ingredient in some of the world’s most popular cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Without it, they would not have the emollient qualities that protect and care for our skin and hair."
http://www.lanolin.com/lanolin-for-personal-care-and-medicine.htm  Lanolin soap is sometimes called wool fat soap.

lanolin soap

Many people choose to purchase only vegan products.  Most of the products I make are not vegan.  I use lanolin, milk, honey, eggs in my soap.  No animals were harmed in obtaining these ingredients!  Without the use of these products, people who purchase only vegan miss out on natural substances which are great for your skin!  I also use tallow and that is obtained after an animal is slaughtered. Many additives I use are natural and come from plants and the good old earth.  Out of all of my soaps, there should be one that meets everyone's need, whether it be pretty or plain, red or green, round or square.......   I am slowly adding items into a new website that only displays my soaps.  I will let you know when that site is available to view.

Since I first used colloidal oatmeal, I have continued to use it in most all of my soaps, along with the use of vegetable based glycerin, shea butter, and raw cow milk.  There is a certain texture I want in a soap, along with lather and emollient qualities.  This being said, all my soaps have to look and smell great too!!!  What do you look for in soaps that you use for yourself?


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Thank you for viewing.  I hope you have a great week!  Dawnie

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Photos

mohair spinning




more baby hats made with hand-spun yarn




Dawnie

Friday, June 10, 2016

Little Chicken Whisperer's Find


This little Chicken Whisperer went into the chicken coop and found this today.  Her daddy didn't notice it.  Maybe it was easier to spot when you are little and closer to it.  It is a round brown egg about 1/2 inch long and wide.

What an adorable find!
Dawnie

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Dying Wool

If I purchase wool or yarn at the yarn store, I miss out on a lot of fun.  I like to purchase wool directly from a farmer.  I scour the wool.  Then I place wet scoured wool in a pot of water treated with vinegar or salt, depending on the type of dye I plan to use.  This will allow the dye to activate and stay on the wool.    I like to place a stripe of powdered dye across the pot on one end.  Then a couple inches away I place another stripe of powdered dye.  I usually make 3 to 5 stripes of dye.  I keep in mind that blue next to yellow will make green.   Yellow next to red will make orange.  Green next to red will make brown.  Too many colors will make a big pot of muck!

Drying freshly dyed Shetland.wool.


I also like to purchase a whole fleece.  It is usually a little less expensive that way.  My favorite wool to spin is long, white,  kid mohair,  It costs as much as $65.00 per pound in some places.

Happy day!  Dawnie

Monday, May 23, 2016

Spinning


 All hand-spun items recently made.


in progress

baby hat

trivet

trivet

trivet

trivet

small child hat
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I hope you had a great weekend!
Dawnie




Monday, May 9, 2016

Purple Trivet



I have been spinning more lately.  I have enough wool in my stash to spin for the rest of my life.  LOL  I prefer to purchase the wool directly from the farmer.  I want to scour (wash), comb, dye, and spin the wool myself.  I sometimes die the wool before I spin it and at other times, I dye it later.  I like to display my teapots and tea cozies cover them up.  Tea cozies serve a purpose, but when you want to show off a tea service, it is nice to make a trivet for under the pot.  I also like to recycle when I can, so my trivet has used blue jean fabric on one side.  The other side is a pretty floral.  In-between  are 2 thin layers of cotton batting.  A purple button has been sewn in the center of both sides of the trivet base.  I spun rainbow dyed kid Mohair fleece in such a way as to allow many of the curls to show themselves off. After this, I crocheted the yarn in a circular pattern.  The center hole is large enough to be buttoned on the denim side of the base trivet or onto the the pretty floral fabric side of the base trivet.  Of course, the base can be used alone and the crocheted Mohair piece can be used alone.  I have a couple more trivets in the making with a few different things going on.  I will be showing them soon.



I don't think the pictures do it justice.  It is very vibrant and pretty!






Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie