Posts made in March, 2013

All-Natural Apricot Face Scrub

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All-Natural Apricot Face Scrub

It’s been a bit of a rough week.

I think you reach a certain point in life and stress just happens.  Home ownership, career, children, aging family members.  Some of the stress is good (babies, buying a house) and some of it is bad (illness, financial trouble) but it still takes your toll on you. The last few years have been a bit rough on us, nothing really earth-shattering, but still overwhelming.  I like to think that it will calm downa bit but I talk to people and realize that what I’m going through isn’t particularly unusual.  Which is a bit sad, in itself.  The point is at some point you just have to make the best of things.

Sometimes you just have to pamper yourself.

With a young child, it’s not always easy to find time for myself, but every weekend I give myself 30 minutes to take a nice long shower.  I do a sugar scrub and a facial scrub and sometimes a special hair mask or treatment of some sort.  I like to make the scrubs myself so they are natural and nourishing and have just what I want in them.


This is my facial scrub recipe.  I got some apricot kernel meal from Mountain Rose Herbs and I couldn’t really find any recipes online, so I made up my own.  It has honey in it, which is a great humectant and also has some exfoliating and brightening properties, and a few other ingredients for texture and moisture.  I happen to have fairly dry skin.  If  you have oily skin you might try a less moisturizing oil, or leave the oil out altogether and add some toner like witch hazel.  The oil does add a lot to the thick creamy texture, so you might find that changing the oil makes it a bit more watery.  If you try it, let me know!



Apricot Facial Scrub


1 part aloe

1 part coconut oil

2 parts honey

1 part apricot kernel meal

Essential oils (optional)

Directions: Soften coconut oil and honey by microwaving for a few seconds or warming in water bath. Whisk in aloe until slightly foamy, like a beaten egg. Mix in apricot kernel. Add essential oils for scent, if desired.

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Butternut Squash Slow Cooker Stew

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Cooking | Comments Off on Butternut Squash Slow Cooker Stew


A quick crockpot meal using our CSA produce.  It’s been a rough week but I managed to throw this in the crockpot in a few minutes before running off to work.  It was pretty yummy.  It might be good with a bit of apple sausage in it.  I served it over some kasha.  The vertict: Yummy!  Nobody else ate it though, so it’s kind of an n of 1. (Mr. DIYlettante worked late and ordered pizza, and little miss just wasn’t into eating tonight).

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Stew


1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed

2 apples, peeled, cored, and cubed

1 shallot, chopped

1tsp curry spice

1tsp cinnamon

1 c broth (chicken or veggie)

1 can of white beans

Instructions: Put all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

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Lobster bustle

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Historical Costuming | Comments Off on Lobster bustle

Today was all about adventures in cartridge pleating. I’m working hard on my 1580s Italian peasant dress, and I hope tomorrow to draft up and cut my daughter’s.

Of course, I can’t just think about one (two?) things at once. So I found out about the Labrynth of Jareth Masquerade. How did I not know of this earlier? So of course I spent many sleepless hours designing costumes in my head. I have one idea involving a cage crinoline. Sketches soon, I hope. Anyhow, I was looking for patterns and I stumbled upon this from Truly Victorian.
The sketch looks just like a lobster tail! I wonder if it works up like one? Because I will totally make a Victorian lobster masquerade costume. Just watch me.


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