Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I've Caught the Wool and Knitting Bug! PLUS A Coupon Code!

Well, it seems that my fun with wool batting over the last few weeks has led me to knitting....don't know EXACTLY how that worked but nevertheless that is where I am currently! I suppose it was falling in love with wool fiber!:) I bought some wool batting to make felted wool acorns...I have been wanting to try it FOREVER! I thought you had to have all these tools and it turns out all I ever needed to make the acorns was my own two hands, dish soap and hot water! WHO KNEW!? Sooo I bought some wool batting from Beth of CurlyFurr on Etsy who was EXTREMELY helpful and answered all the questions I had about wool!:) Thanks Beth!:) Check out her shop here with LOTS of gorgeous wool in EXCEEDINGLY GORGEOUS AND VIBRANT COLORS(Yes, I am yelling cause I am so excited):

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/CurlyFurr

My wool arrived quickly and I got to work! My jaw dropped open at the gorgeous colors in the wool. There are literally COLORS WITHIN COLORS! LOVE! They are SOOOOO MUCH FUN to make! It took a few tries to get the hang of it and when I finally did, THE RESULT:  Lots of acorns in GORGEOUS fall colors for your jewelry creations! You can see some of the new felted acorns up in the shop right now, along with some pumpkins and a leaf too! Here are some pictures!









So that brings me to the knitting! I finally took up knitting in addition to all of the other interests that I have acquired...they are definitely starting to build up and I have found that I have to rotate each one or I get bored! Polymer clay, jewelry, metalwork, wool felting, knitting...not necessarily in that order! Really....it flows as inspiration strikes...and I never really know where it will strike next...so I just go with the flow! Here is my first knitted project finished...a simple winter headband for my Mom! She is my first test subject!:)



The project was by Chandi of Expression Fiber Arts...she has lots of helpful videos on YouTube and here is the link to her fabulous yarn! YUM!


Check out her shop for lots of gorgeous wool yarn! 
Gotta hurry up and get better at knitting!:) 
May you have much luck with whatever NEW hobby you begin!
HAVE A HAPPY DAY!:)

Oh, use coupon code WOOLBUG3 to get 15% off your minimum purchase of $20.00! Well, what are you waiting for?;)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Daisy Has An Adventure

Well, this morning just a little after 4 am, I got up to work on some things for the shop. Our dog, Daisy (a mix of Great Pyrenees and something), asked to go out into our backyard. Well she waited all of 2 minutes and then immediately scratched the back door to come inside. I was thinking, "Wow she sure is efficient at going potty this morning, cause normally she decides that she MUST bark at anything and EVERYTHING in the backyard, thus causing me to stamp my foot and growl, "DAISY.....GET.....IN....THE.....HOUSE" as slowly and articulated as I can muster. Anybody else been there? Okay back to task. So I'm thinking that Daisy is learning some good manners....go out, go potty, come back! Well, BOY was I wrong. As soon as she raced back into the kitchen, the stench hit me and almost brought me to my knees. She immediately started rolling on the floor and whimpering and she was drooling excessively. She looked like she was gonna vomit and I can honestly say at this point, I TOTALLY understood. I mean most of us have probably gotten a whiff of skunk when we are driving down the road but as we pass and move away from the stench, it quickly abates. Well I am sorry to say it does NOT work like that otherwise. MY WORD! I had to open the windows and front door and turn on the whole house fan(THANK GOD FOR THE HOUSE FAN!) Skunk spray is something awful up close and personal and had a mixture of sulfur and garlic amongst other smells. I didn't even GET sprayed and I could smell the stench on my clothes and throughout the house. UGH! So apparently the skunk had decided  it had definitely had enough, since Daisy had been harassing it on and off in our backyard for the last few weeks. It definitely got her good. Well, you may be thinking, "What in the world did she do to clean the dog?" Well, I unfortunately had to put Daisy back outside(at this point, I figured a smart skunk would be loooooong gone!) and then I went to the Internet to search, "How to clean skunk spray!" Well, the biggest consensus seemed to be a solution of hyrdrogen pyroxide, baking soda and dish soap. Well, I had to make an early morning run to the 24 hour Walgreens because I only had a tiny bit of pyroxide left. I got back quickly and went to work. 

ONE VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS SOLUTION MUST BE USED IMMEDIATELY! NEVER EVER STORE IT BECAUSE IT IS VERY VOLATILE AND BUILDS UP PRESSURE IF PUT IN A CLOSED CONTAINER, THUS CAUSING IT TO EXPLODE! IT IS ABSOLUTELY SAFE TO USE, BUT THE HYDROGEN PYROXIDE PRODUCES A CHEMICAL REACTION WITH THE BAKING SODA! PLEASE BE SAFE! I MIXED MINE IN AN OPEN MOP BUCKET! 

According to the article the solution works best when it is in within 1-2 hours after being sprayed. Skunk spray is actually an oil, so I figured good old fashioned Dawn would cut the oil best. 

Quick chemistry lesson: It turns out that skunk spray consists of sulfur-containing chemicals called thiols, usually called mercaptans. The reason that I smelled garlic in the mix? Well, garlic contains thiols as well!:) 

So wearing rubber gloves,  I mixed my solution and scrubbed her down. It starts to smell slightly different when the peroxide hits the skunk spray and starts neutralizing it. She stayed VERY still throughout her bath, even though normally she tries to escape! After a good scrub down, I let her sit for 5 minutes! Soooooo after she sat  I rinsed her thoroughly and TA DA: NO MORE SKUNK SMELL! Whew, I was absolutely relieved to say the least! If you find yourself in need of a de-skunk spray concoction, look no further than this officially tested recipe below!

De-Skunk Recipe
1 quart of 3% hyrdrogen pyroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda(although you can increase this for a bigger dog/person, I actually used 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap which can also be increased to 1 tbsp(Since skunk spray is an oil, make sure to get a dish soap that is an excellent degreaser! I used the blue Dawn!)

NOTE: Since Daisy is a bigger dog, I doubled the recipe! I used 2 quarts of 3% hyrdrogen pyroxide, 1 cup of baking soda, and probably added too much soap(1/4 cup)!:)

1.) Wearing rubber gloves, mix all ingredients in an open container, such as a mop bucket! Use immediately! DO NOT STORE THIS MIXTURE IN A CLOSED CONTAINER!

2.) Using a washcloth, start scrubbing the mixture into your dogs fur, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth! Let sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse well! If this doesn't work then you might have to repeat, but I only had to do it once.

Happy De-Skunking!:)

Daisy in a MUCH better mood after her bath!