No Sew Celtic Knot Headband

Mr. Grassroofs and I went to a baby shower today.  Our friends had a beautiful baby girl a few weeks ago.  We call her the  Ice Baby because she was born during the Ice Storm of 2014, which sounds sort of insulting and not at all fitting of her personality.  But really, Baby Fairley, is perfect.  Lovely and perfect.

So today I wanted to deliver the cookie butter of yesterday‘s endeavors and some baby headbands.  And I wanted to make swaddle blankets.  And I wanted to make baby shoes.  And I wanted to make cute onesies.  And I wanted to make muffins.

Yeah…so, being a little short on time, money, and skills, I set to work finding a gift that would repurpose something we already owned.  I found this great tutorial from Love Stitched. I had all the pieces.  I had the right amount of time.  And I had the chutzpah.   Well, it didn’t take much chutzpah if we’re being honest.  But who wants to be honest?!

Let’s dive in:

1. Cut a long strip of knit about 3 inches wide.  My strip was about a yard long, I think.

No Sew Headband 12. Cut the long strip in half.

3. Make this ribbon shape with one of your strips.

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4. Make a U shape with the other piece and slide one end of the U under one end of the ribbon shape.

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5. Slide the end of the that is currently on top under the tear drop.

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6. Take the first end of the U- go over the teardrop, under the U tail, and back over the tear drop.

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7. Pull taught. join the ends together with a casing that you simply hot glue around the ends.

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8. Deliver to your friend in a disappointingly shoddy wrapper.

FElt and burlap wrapping

These are easy to make and take very little time or fabric or money.  I definitely recommend you give it a try.

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Friday Night Cookie Butter

Today’s project arose out a fate driven moment.  One of my colleagues had a tough week.  Educators have a lot of those, these days.  She is a huge fan of Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s.  So, when I came across a recipe for it on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it for her.  And, oh hey, maybe it wouldn’t hurt if there were some left over for Mr. Grassroofs and I.

This recipe is adapted from Averie Cooks.

First, I filled my blender with 16 ounces of honey roasted peanuts.Image

Then, I blended it up until it was pasty.

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I added 15 delicious gluten free ginger snap cookies

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But I smashed mine up a little with the mortar and pestle because my blender is on its last leg.  And because I feel very grown-up owning a mortar and pestle.

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I added 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. And blended again.

At that point, I had to deviate from the recipe because I had forgotten to buy white chocolate chips.  I needed to sweeten the butter.  So, honey seemed a good option, but I knew that would thicken the consistency, so I added a bit of oil (about a teaspoon and a half) to thin it out before adding the honey (about a tablespoon).

Topped the whole thing off by pouring them into mason jars and…maybe by eating some with a spoon.

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You should make some.  Seriously. It is addictive.

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  • 16 ounces Honey Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 12-15 Gluten Free Ginger Snaps
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  1. Blend the peanuts into a paste.
  2. Crush the cookies and add the crumbles.  Add the vanilla and the cinnamon.
  3. Blend all the ingredients to desired smoothness.
  4. Add the oil.  Blend.
  5. Add the honey. Blend.
  6. Spoon into containers or into your body!

Makeshift Heating Pad

Soooo…Mrs. Grassroofs, that’s me, was hauling dirt to her  lovely

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new garden beds and she pulled her back pretty badly.  I suppose that is what happens when you get old.

So, I know I said I’d be doing a wedding series, but I really needed some back relief; so I took a break to make a heating pad out some lying around items.  The following tutorial is not perfection.  It isn’t even pretty.  But it is exceptionally useful!

PS- Huxley was uninterested in losing human-time for the stupid cause of a heating pad.

Step 1: Find some old, ill-designed towels you once tried to make.

Step 2: Remove the metal clasps (they’ll blow up in the microwave later- trust me).

Step 3: Cut your fabric in such a manner that you will have a long rectangle in the end.  If you are repurposing something you may have to get creative.  If you are starting from scratch, just make a pillowcase sort of shape.

Step 4: Fill with rice.

Step 5: Close that thing up.

Step 6: Heat in the microwave and enjoy the muscle relaxation that ensues.

 

The Wedding Series: Flowers

ImageFor the next several posts, Mr. Grassroofs and I would like to share some of our wedding know how. We worked so hard on our wedding. I mean.  Really hard.  We folded and cut and spray painted for 363 days.  When everything was said and done, we were so proud of the product and so grateful to all the people who made it possible.  But it didn’t seem right to stop there.  A year of folding, and that’s it?!  Nope.  So, now we’re comin’ at you with a few tutorials.  Hope you enjoy!

Today’s tutorial: Paper Flowers

Thanks to William Justice for these looooooovely photographs.

 

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Step 1: Cut or fold your paper into a square

Step 2: Fold the paper diagonally to create a triangle

Step 3: Take the side corners (technical term) and fold them up to the top corner

Step 4: Slide your finger into the “pocket” created by the fold-up you just did.  Flatten the flaps out

Step 5: Fold down the tips sticking out

Step 6: Fold in the sides and glue together

Step 7: Repeat 4 times.  Glue each one to some sort of stick or dowel.

 

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Homemade Dish Soap: It works!

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So, if you know Mr. Grassroofs and I, you know that we are pretty keen on detoxifying/greenifying/ simplifying our life. Our general rule of thumb is that when we own something not suitable to our agenda, we will use it all up and then find a more sustainable option.

Household cleaners can be expensive, and much of our family was very generous in supplying said cleaners when the Mr. and I first moved into the cottage.  The house needed a serious scrub down when we first arrived and we were more than willing to accept harsh, abrasive chemicals that got the job done.

But now that we have a better baseline, we are working our way through the products with mile-long ingredient lists- slowly, but surely replacing those items with products better for our us, for Huxley, for any posterity we hope to have, and the whole environment really.

Our most recent adventure in the world of sustainable cleaning products was one of dish soap. And you know what?  We found one that really works!  Right off the bat!  It stays foamy and does that “grease fighting” thing you see on TV commercials! You can see the recipe below, heavily adapted from Nature’s Nurture.

I altered this blogger’s recipe by leaving out the essential oils.  Mr. Grassroofs and I don’t love perfumes and the liquid Castile soap we used was already infused with peppermint, so we just left it out.  And that worked out perfectly.

Dish soap Labels

Then things got really real when I printed labels for the bottle.  They are too big, to be sure, but I like the way they turned out.  I got the template from The Creativity Exchange. One label had  the recipe so that I could reproduce it; I’ve got to come clean, though, and say that as soon as the bottle got wet, the label was illegible.  Hind sight was 20/20 on that one…

So here it is:

  • 1 1/4 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Castile soap, tightly packed
  • 1 Tablespoon Washing soda
  • 1/4 Cup Castile soap
  1. Add the grated castile soap to the boiling water.  Stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the washing soda.
  3. Add the castile soap.
  4. Transfer to a container and enjoy!

The Huxley Diaries: Boundaries

DSC_0792Dear diary,
The humans have renewed their commitment to “teaching boundaries”. They seem to have forgotten the provision in our contract, wherein I state:

All dirty socks and underwear will be the sole property of the puppy, who will have the authority to know them intimately.

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The girl human seems to be coming around. She used to make lots of the strange human noises when she uncovered the underwear in the yard, but now she just sneaks them away as if I don’t see them. Be careful, girl human, I know where you sleep.

 

The Funnymoon Series: Episode 2

We thought about issuing two posts back to back: the funnymoon interview with Mr. Grassroofs and a comparable interview with Mrs. Grassroofs. But we thought that might send a message to our people that we really didn’t enjoy the honeymoon.  That just simply isn’t the case.

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We really enjoyed the huge industry of kite surfing.  Although we didn’t partake ourselves.  ImageImage

And Mr. Grassroofs tried to teach Mrs. Grassroofs some amateur photography skills.  You can tell I don’t have the same natural talent as he does.

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But lots of times, we just walked on the beach.

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Sometimes the beach made us angry. Image

And sometimes we were bored by the vast expanse of sand and sea.Image

We had some rich cultural experiences at an Irish Pub.Image

Mrs. Grassroofs tried her hand again. Image

And sometimes we enjoyed the country club. ImageImage

There were plenty of friendly, stray dogs around.ImageImageImage

We laughed at ineffectual stoplights.

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And Mrs. Grassroofs tried yet again. ImageImage

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But mostly, we just enjoyed the time with one another.