Shark Week Heat Packs

I am cracking myself up over here.

 

I recently made some flax seed-filled heat packs (you can check that out here). After talking to a friend who had been laid low by some killer cramps, I decided a ‘shark week’ themed pack was in order.

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I giggled the whole time.

 

I made these the same size as my last batch (I cut my fabric 9″ x 12″ so the finished product would be roughly 8.5″ x 5.5″, once you figure the seams in) but instead of a single oil per pack, I used a combination of clary sage, lavender, and frankincense. Clary sage is great for balancing hormones, lavender is good for practically everything, and frankincense promotes peace and wellness.

 

5 – 7 drops of oil per 1.5 C of flax seed is a pretty good ratio. For these I used 4 drops of clary sage, 2 drops of lavender, and 1 drop of frankincense.

 

Hopefully these will help a few friends have a less crappy week!

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Aromatherapy Heat Packs Using Flax Seed

This is another one of those ‘write this down so you don’t forget’ posts. Because that is a thing I do. I am so sure I will remember how to make something, I go to replicate it a few months later, and…um…what measurements did I use? What did I do first? Yeah. I would like to blame my terrible memory on my kids (seriously, having kids literally changes your brain), but I’m pretty sure it was like this before.

Anyway, onto the show.

First of all, I’ll have to add the pictures later because I’m not on the ball enough to take pictures as I go. I forgot I was going to preserve this for posterity. (Update: Yay pictures!)

Materials:
-flannel (1 yd = 12 heat packs)

-flax seed (check your local feed store…way cheaper than the grocery store)

-sewing stuff (I suppose you could sew these by hand…how much time do you have?)

-small funnel (You know what works? The funnel-looking thing from your breast pump.)

-measuring cup, large-ish bowl, spoon

-essential oil

After you wash and iron the flannel, measure and cut  9″ x 12″ pieces. You’ll be able to get 12 heat packs out of 1 yard of fabric. (You can measure and cut with scissors, but holy cats does this make it easier.)

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With right sides together, sew around 3 1/2 sides, leaving a few inches open to turn right side out and fill with flax seed. Clip off the corners before you turn so it’s not as bulky, then turn right side out.

 

Measure 1.5 C of flax seed into a large bowl. Add 5 – 7 drops of your selected essential oil. Mix so the oils are distributed well. Using the funnel, scoop the flax seed into the flannel pouch. Top stitch closed. (I go across the entire side so it looks nicer.)

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Miscellaneous notes:

1.5 C of flax seed weighs about a half a pound.

Flax seed works better than rice…rice has water inside the grain, which eventually evaporates and it will no longer retain heat. Flax seeds have oil inside them, which makes for a much longer lasting heat pack.

Heat for 30 seconds at a time until you get a feel for how warm you want it to be.

New Item and Custom Makes

After finishing all the custom orders I had on my list before Christmas, I took a bit of a break from crafting. Partly to do Christmas with my family and partly because I was a little over sitting in front of my sewing machine.
But!

 

I’m back in the saddle.

 

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This plaid flannel infinity scarf is a pretty classic red and black plaid.

 

I showed you this infinity scarf in an earlier post

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I had a few other custom orders for the holidays. This ‘mommy & me’ set…

 

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This one was tough to make (the fabric was soooo silky and I had to match up those stripes!) but I was proud of how it turned out (I matched up those stripes!)…

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And this one is just lovely. The material was soft and turned out to be a beautiful scarf. I think it’s a bit heavy for accessory wear, but perfect for a winter scarf.

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Yesterday a friend and I made 4 car seat ponchos, but that’s another post for another day!

 

 

Crossing Things Off the List

I love crossing things off a list.

 

My current projects (a pullover sweater-type thing for myself and a blanket for my daughter) are on hold until I get the projects on my list (mostly things people are buying; one thing I’m making as a gift) finished. This past weekend I crossed a TON of stuff off! I was thrilled to have so much crafting time on Saturday.

Christmas Crafting

I can tell you that I’m planning on making an apron for my son for Christmas, because he won’t read this. 🙂 I picked out some fabric with friendly-looking whales on it. I thought about getting sharks, which I know he’d like, but he’d probably also declare it ‘too scary, mama’.
I don’t typically sell my crocheted items; I prefer to give them as gifts since the time I put into them is part of the gift. And honestly people won’t be willing to pay for the work I put into, say, a blanket. But this year I agreed to crochet hats for the kids of a close friend because I like her, I like her kids, and I felt like I had the time. I’m about midway through hat #2 (out of 3). None of them are overly complicated, so I’m not worried about finishing in time.
I’m also working on a custom scarf order. I have a friend who wanted to purchase scarves for a couple of coworkers but didn’t see anything in the shop that would exactly fit the bill, so we went fabric shopping. There are worse ways to spend a Monday night than fabric shopping with a friend. She ended up ordering 3 more scarves, so I’ll be busy between now and Christmas!
I also have to keep going to work and making dinner and all those other real life things, so I’ve been squeezing in a round here and a round there whenever I can.
I need to update my master list…I have finished one hat so far, so I can cross that off. I do like crossing things off lists.

Recharging

My day job involves making decisions all day. Probably thousands of decisions a day, honestly. It can be very tiring. I think it’s that, combined with the joy of creating a tangible thing out of raw materials, that is appealing to me about crafting.

 

I spent a large part of my weekend crafting and baking and it was lovely. I don’t know that I’d call it relaxing, exactly, but it scratches that itch to produce something. And really, there aren’t that many decisions to be made. I have a recipe, I have a plan. The mental heavy lifting is done.

 

I made two scarves…

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this blackwatch plaid and

 

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this buffalo plaid.

 

I also made peanut butter pie with a brownie crust, lemon shortbread, lemon curd whipped cream, and raspberry whipped cream.

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The recipe for the peanut butter pie is here…my only modification is that I make a brownie crust. I also cut the brownie into small squares before adding the peanut butter layer so I can scoop it out easily rather than trying to cut it.

I use the Tartine shortbread recipe…here it is. As for the whipped cream, well. If you haven’t combined lemon curd and whipped cream, you absolutely should. I make my whipped cream with 8 oz. heavy whipping cream, 2 T. of sugar, and 1 t. of vanilla. I also tried raspberry whipped cream for the first time. I didn’t make the entire batch in the food processor…rather I processed the freeze dried raspberries and then folded them into the whipped cream I had ready in the mixer.

 

Now that we all need a snack…

Latest Makes and a WIP

I recently finished a pullover sweater for my daughter. I let her choose the buttons. I finally had to get Zen about it while we were shopping for them. Hey, it’s your sweater. You want leopard print buttons? Go for it. 

Let’s see…what else have I made lately? This flannel infinity scarf with sock monkeys…

I’m nearly finished with the blanket I’ve been working on. 


Green at the bottom, lots of blue in the middle, and only a few more rows to go of yellow at the top. Then I’ll crochet some big flowers and attach them, along with some stems and leaves.