My home is a crazy place of creativity at present!
I’ve got paint and paint supplies ready to take on my next room in my house on my year path to clearing the clutter and freshening up my house. My next room is my bathroom
I’ve got soap drying racks sitting on top of my refrigerator and more soap supplies than you can imagine on their way, or on my grocery list or in the cupboard that I’ve designated just for soap. I’m eagerly looking forward to making bars of soap. (I have about 15 recipes that I’m getting ready to try.) I hope to make a bunch and have some friends and family sample them this fall
I’ve also got various sizes of mason jars sitting around my house and will soon have every type of sugar and epsom salt body scrub going on in every flavor possible to test out the possibilities with different oils and see what ones the most people like so that I can sell those next spring.
I’ve even got a book on canning vegetables and fruits that I’m going to read and see if I might try a recipe or two. The mason jars just reminded me of my grandma and her jars of peaches and various other fruits and vegetables on her basement shelves when I was a kid. Such a great memory. Lauren wants me to try pickled beets first. (A Grandma Jackson speciality)
I’ve got piano and voice books sitting around my house as I start new students this fall. I’m up to 11 students…my goal is to reach 20 this fall. If you know of any place local (Alton, IL) where I can put my business card or information please let me know. Or if you have any way of passing on my information I will be forever grateful. My ad is running in the Telegraph for a month and I’m blogging regularly on my business website at ruthgoingsolo.wordpress.com If you haven’t “liked” my facebook page called Going Solo yet please feel free to
I’ve also got material cut out for Lauren to start learning to sew and she’s presently wanting to collect/gather any soda/tea glass bottle caps for an art project she is making…if you have any or collect any this fall/winter please bag them up and I’ll come pick them up… she will recycle them into a creative project that will add beauty to the world
Life is incredibly full right now with all of the DIY stuff I’m trying. And every day I think of new little ways to cut costs and live more frugally. Ironically enough, that seems to be also about becoming more earth friendly. I would’ve never put myself in that description…I kind of came late to the recycling party, but I’m there now.
So far I’ve tried…
Home dish soap (I’ve actually tried two different recipes and am much happier with the second.)
Home made laundry detergent (Love it and it makes such a large amount that I will probably only need to make it 2 or 3 times a year.)
Homemade toothpaste (Works just fine for me. When my kid’s stuff is gone, I’ll have them try it and see what they think.)
Homemade liquid soap (Right now my has a eucalyptus scent to it and it’s actually quite nice. I also purchased a lovely mason jar pump which cutened it up for my bathroom.)
Homemade drain cleaner (Just used it last night…love it, worked like a charm and with three females in my home it’s a regular need.)
Homemade body scrub (Just made it last night…love it. It was so easy to make and already all 3 of us are using it and enjoying it. The potential for scents, and variety of options is something that I know we’ll have great fun with. If you’re hands and feet, elbows, etc. are anything like mine…it’s amazing!)
When my other store bought cleaning products run out I’m going to make my own cleaners.
Homemade paper towels (Ok…so they’re not paper…but I’ve purchased micro fiber clothes in different colors for kitchen and bathroom usage. Easy to use, easy to wash and air dry…no more throwing away paper towel or swifter sheets.)
Drying Racks…I know I’ve already said it multiple times…but wow I love not using my dryer anymore.
Window coverings…I’ve added them to the areas of my home where the sun was making our air conditioner run to much. I’ve decided you don’t have to go all or nothing. I have window coverings on some windows and not on others. It works for me.
Unplugging unused items…I’m still working on this one, but with each room I go through I’m trying to make that small adjustment.
I plan to make some homemade deoderant soon… we will see how that goes.
And Ketchup and mustard and mayo…
Creativity is a wonderfully addictive thing! My kids are catching the bug too. They’ll be starting their first art class in two weeks…knitting. How fun to learn a new skill!
I never dreamed that I would be a self employed business person…but I am and fast becoming more so. I have no idea where it will lead. Today my girls who are an incredible encouragement to me…they inspire courage well…suggested that I focus heavily on my music business…”Going Solo” in the fall season. And that I make product throughout the school year and then focus heavily on my soap/body scrub/? business in the spring as I go to the Farmer’s Market downtown and possibly other events and places over the summer when music lessons kind of lighten up.
Right now I’m trying to think of a name for the soap/body scrub business. If you have any inspiring ideas feel free to pass them on. Lauren thought of “a la naturale’” which I like a lot but is probably a little overused. I thought of “lil bit of kindness” mainly because I think my product will be a way of giving yourself a little bit of kindness or will make great gifts for others. But…I haven’t settled on a name yet. Any thoughts?
I love the excitement I feel these days. I love the new ideas and directions in my life. So incredibly refreshing to live in new wide open spaces in my life. In the past, my life has felt so repetitious, so day after day the same, so many repeated lessons over and over. So much repeated music. I’m loving this experimental time in my life. This is my year…we’ll see where it leads.