Natural shampoo can come in a liquid soap form as well as a bar form. And Bruce, at Homebrew Soaps, makes an interesting one. I would be inclined to call it liquid soap, rather than shampoo, because it has a distinctly different texture than any other shampoo that I have used.
The end of summer is creeping up on us, so I thought now would be a good time to focus on some fun, whimsical summer items that are sure to make you smile as these hot days draw to a close.
First up is this absolutely perfect summer dress from Amanda Archer. I am not at all exaggerating when I say that I think this is the perfect summer dress. Not only that, but if you throw on a cardigan, it would make the perfect fall dress. Add some tights and it will carry you into winter in style. With some ballet flats and a chunky bracelet it will take you right on through the spring. So, I guess it’s really an all around perfect dress.
Nicholas J. Bott was born in the Netherlands in 1941. At an early age he was inspired by the works of the Dutch Masters. He settled in Canada in the late 1950s and fell in love with the landscape in and around Smithers, British Columbia where he was then residing. He spends many days on remote mountain slopes, some locations accessible only by helicopter.
One drawback to ordering handmade goods is that they are not always in stock. As a consumer, I appreciate that this means everything I do order has been freshly produced. However, I choose not to live without black mascara.
I have become a fan of the mineral mascara that Myra makes at Funkey Monkey company. But the last time she listed it, it sold out before I got around to placing an order. And the mascara that I had was about to run out.
I was happy to discover that Lucy at Mum Mum’s Crafts, whose lip balms I tried and liked several weeks ago is also making mascara now. So I tried it. Like the other mascaras that I have recommended it is non-toxic and expires in three months.
The black natural lash building mascara is smooth and creamy. It slides evenly onto the eyelashes. I let it dry, then combed out a clump. I was very pleased that the clump went right onto the brush in one piece, and did not splinter and make a powdery mess on my face, or get into my eyes.
I reapplied the mascara later, for a touch up. And I am pleased about that too. It went on easily, and the brush did not stick or make lumps.
I have not had any problem with the mascara running or flaking. And I even took a shower with it on one day. I tried not to get my face wet. But that usually does not prevent mascara from turning into a splotchy mess. I do not expect that from mineral mascara. I expected to have a wet mess on my face from the steam, to clean it up easily, and then need to reapply.
My past experience has been that any mascara mild enough to provoke no irritation on my skin does not stay on in the shower, or even on humid summer days. So I’ve definitely found my new summer mascara (months away I know.)
One other positive note. I received this mascara five days after I ordered it. I mean exactly five days, not five business days. And yes, I am so ridiculously detailed that I keep track of the shipping time for every handmade order that I place and only recommend those which ship within two weeks.
Happy holidays everyone.
It’s winter here in the UK. The car was frozen over last week, temperatures have plummeted to zero (celsius) and I’ve broken out the scarf, hat and gloves more than once this week. Unlike most of my friends and family, I love winter. Even though in Manchester, where I live, the weather is less like on the stereotypical snowy Christmas card and more like constant rain. Even though I may not see a sunny day for weeks at a time, I love winter.
The reasons why I love winter are plentiful. For one thing, I am an avid knitter, and there’s no better excuse to cast on than freezing cold days! For me, knitting is also the perfect pastime to while away the gloomy evenings while snuggling up on the sofa with my husband. At the moment I’m knitting Christmas gifts – I won’t tell you what they are or I’ll spoil the surprise, but I hope the recipients will love them!
Not only do I love knitting woolly accessories, I adore wearing them too. That’s why I’ve been enjoying the chilly days this week – it’s given me a great excuse to layer up an array of vintage hats, crocheted scarves and toasty mittens. What better way to show off gorgeous handknits and raise the profile of the handmade movement?
I also love winter because that wonderful holiday Christmas falls smack bang in the middle of it! From the end of the summer, I look forward to Christmas because it means ten days’ holiday, spending time with my family and friends, and excellent food, courtesy of my dad. This year, I’m also trying to buy mostly handmade gifts and I’ve already got some amazing presents for my family!
When I was about 10 years old, it actually snowed on Christmas Day – really snowed, enough for sledding. My parents live right next to the beach, and we had so much fun sledding down the sand dunes! It doesn’t really snow very often here in the UK but every day during winter I wake up hoping that there will be a beautiful white blanket outside when I open the curtains (although I hate scraping ice off the car!).
So, I’m really excited that winter has arrived, even if it’s a little bit early this year. Although I expect that in February, I’ll be waiting most impatiently for spring to arrive!