Recycling Clothes… 5

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Repurpose Receiving Blankets

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They are usually made from a nice heavy flannel, and come in such cute patterns… Disney characters, cartoons, etc. So once you are are done using them to ‘swaddle’ or as light throws, repurpose them by making nice flannel pillowcases.  It is so easy, just fold them in half and sew.

My children Loved their pillowcases they used them forever. In the warm months, they would wick the sweat from your brow, and in the cold months they were warm. My children used them up to and all the way through College. They used them at home, and traveling, at summer camp, they even took them to their dorm rooms. Some were even used by the grandkids. The cartoon style ones were loved the most. Flintstones, Pebbles & Bam Bam, the Jetsons, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, Pooh Bear, etc. I still have, 3 left home here, 1 Yogi Bear and 2 miscellaneous. I use them occasionally. 🙂

These are the last of the pillowcases made from the receiving blankets. Not the best pictures, but what do you want for being almost 40. Plus they became softer and softer through the years. 😀

recieving blanket. 3receiving blanket. 2recieving.

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What are some of you quick repurposing ideas?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,   and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

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Thrift Shoppe Finds

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So Glad We Stopped into The Hospital Thrift Shoppe

We have had a very busy day on an emotional roller coaster ride. We attended a Funeral Mass in the morning. Then in the afternoon, we had to return to the Hospital to follow-up on some business from the week before. On our way driving to and from each place, we would drive past the Hospital Thrift Shoppe, thinking we should stop in there soon.

On our way back home, we had talked about stopping in, but said we said No, it would be too much, because we are spent, we don’t have the energy left. We decided to head straight home, and perhaps take a nap. However, as we were driving by, at the last minute, we said, “What the Heck, just a quick look around.” Boy, am I glad we did…

Here are our finds…

  • 2 Sterno Emergency Preparedness Kits, each kit includes:
    • a Sterno 6″ pillar that burns for up to 60 hours.
    • six Sterno votive candles that burn up to nine hours each.
    • two 7-oz containers of Sterno gel fuel that burns up to 2.5 hours each.
    • and  a Sterno folding stove, so you can prepare food over the flame.
  • A BBQ apron with tools:
    • A nylon apron / that becomes a roll-up storage bag.
    • A BBQ spatula with bottle opener.
    • A BBQ knife
    • A BBQ fork
    • BBQ tongs
    • A BBQ mitt
    • and 2 shakers
  • A glass cake stand – (we will use as a plant stand)
  • A glass serving plate – (we will use as a saucer under plants)
  • 2 small lead crystal candle holders. (for battery taper candles)
  • A small square apothecary jar – (for the bathroom)

Sterno setsThrift glassBBQ tools

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All the above for an unbelievable price of… Two Dollars and Twelve Cents. 😀

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But then he ran back in and bought… a 2 gallon thick glass water dispenser jar without it’s lid for only a quarter. (we might use it for fermenting)  🙂

Glass jug

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Thanks for stopping by…

What do you think of our finds? What were some of your best bargains?

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,   and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

 

Dr. Bronner’s

“Healthy Hunza-Type Foods” by All-One-God-Faith, Inc.

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A Throwback to My past…          Ah, My Past…

Some called it ‘Hippy’ others still call me the Original ‘Flower Child’.

One thing for sure is how much I miss Dr. Bronner’s ‘Healthy Hunza-Type Foods’, from the days of yore. I used and depended on his wonderful food products since the Sixties on up and through the early 2000’s.

In 1970-1972, I traveled around the country, I guess you could say I was ‘Looking for America’. I relied on some of them, especially the Balanced Protein Powder as one of the main survival food staples in my backpack. They kept Me and my Wolf Abe well nourished.

When I returned to a ‘Citizen-life’ they were a necessity in my home. I raised my Children and Husband on them. They slowly started disappearing from the store shelves after Dr. Emmanuel Bronner’s Death in March 1997. His children never knew the food recipes, he never passed them down. As far as I know, it appears as if they were all in his head, and there is no written trace of them. However, his children and grandchildren still do produce the soaps.

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Dr. Bronner’s “Healthy Hunza-type Food

These are the ones I always used

  • Balanced Protein Powder            – A Great Survival Food. ❤
  • Balanced Mineral Seasoning       – Sprinkled on Everything
  • Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon        – Broths, gravies & a hot drink
  • Hawaiian Mineral Syrup              – A nice healthy sweetner
  • Carrot Calcium Powder                – Use on food and teeth.
  • Calcium Malt                                 – Sprinkled it on ice cream, etc.
  • Dulse                                               – Sprinkled on Everything

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These are two I have left, and NO, I am not going to use them… Memories.

Dr. Bronner’s Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon:
All Vege-Amino-Broth Survival-Food-Base-Concentrate:
Contains: Soya Bouillon Base, Blackstrap Molasses, Vitamin C, Lemon and Orange Juice Solids, Soya Lecithin (oil free), Ocean Dulce, Papain Enzymes.
100% Balanced – Without Alcohol, Animal Products nor Synthetics! – Concentrated.                    Replaces salt, to season all food.

Dr. Bronner’s Mineral-Bouillon is 40 years guaranteed to duplicate our God-made natural sodium-potassium-chloride balance. For instant pick-me-up, use as a energy drink, balanced seasoning, or instant gravy. Enjoy 1 Tablespoon Bouillon in Cup hot water instead of meal. Also, mineralize carrot & other vegetable juices with a dash of bouillon.

SURVIVAL – FOOD – BASE
Keeps a Lifetime if Undiluted!

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Dr. Bronner’s Hawaiian Mineral Syrup
[1948 to ’69 “Organic Carrot Syrup”]

CONTAINS: Hawaiian Crude Cane Syrup. Vitamin C,
Lemon & Orange & Papaya Juice Solids, Dulse.

Enjoy Hawaiian Mineral syrup to replace refined sugar,
honey & syrup in Cereal, Pancakes, Tea, Coffee, Fruit
Juice, Milk, or alone with lemon in water.

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We had to switch to Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids in lieu of Dr. Bronner’s Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon. No offense to Patti Bragg’s, we have always used her Apple Cider Vinegar, but it is nowhere near the same. Bronner’s was a Balanced Mineral Bouillon, and Bragg’s is liquid Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids made from Vegetable Protein from NON-GMO Soybeans and Purified Water. (Not Fermented)

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soaps

Back in the day, we would refill our jugs at the Health food store.

They are made with Organic Oils and are certified Fair Trade. We have used these Soaps for 50 years for everything… Cleaning our ‘Mind, Body and Soul‘. Back in the day, we would refill our jugs at the Health food store. We use it for our body, hair, teeth, and as a refresher. We use it to wash our clothes, dishes, and house. We also use it on our fruits and veggies. We have put it into foam pumpers, for ease of everyday use. But the soaps are not the issue here, his family still produces them, plus they have added Coconut oils, and toothpastes to their product line.

As toothpaste, I used to use the liquid peppermint soap with the calcium powder, now I make my own. Read about my polishing one here: Organic Deodorant – Homemade 

  • Peppermint is very refreshing and cooling in the Summer.
  • Eucalyptus helps keep the bugs at bay.
  • Almond is very refreshing and warming in Winter.
  • Lavender and Rose are both refreshing and relaxing.
  • Sal Suds is great for cleaning household items.
  • We ‘rinse’ our fruits and veggies in Peppermint.

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,     and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Organic Deodorant – Homemade

My ‘Smell My Pits’ Deodorant

The Best Deodorant you’ll ever use.                                                                      One Try, and you’ll not Deny. This IS the Best.

Smell My Pits
ingredients: Essential oils; Tea Tree; 1/3 baking soda; 1/3 coconut oil; 1/3 cornstarch.

Quick and Easycream together

Cream together 1/3 Cup each:

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Cornstarch (non-GMO)
  • Pure Baking soda

Blend in:

  • 12 drops of Tea Tree oil, then
  • 12 drops of essential oil of your choice:
    • Lavender
    • LemongrassSmell My Pits, 2 styles
    • Rosemary
    • Sweet Orange…

Decant into jars.

The jar on the left is this recipe.          This is the one I use for Everything…

The jar on the right is My ‘Touch My Skin‘ moisturizer.                                       This recipe is the same, with one adjustment. See recipe below.

To use, take a small pea-sized piece, roll it around between your fingertips to warm it, then rub it into your armpit. Repeat for the other side. In warmer weather I prefer to keep my batches in a cool place, or the ‘Ice Box’ (Refrigerator), so they stay more solidified. I prefer to use the Lemongrass and Orange essential oils.

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Additional Health & Beauty Uses for My ‘Smell My Pits’ paste…

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I Polish My Teeth… Once or twice a week, I put a large pea-sized piece on my toothbrush and gently brush my teeth and gums for a few minutes. Then taking a sip of warm water, I swish the remaining paste all around, then spit. It leaves my teeth and gums feeling so smooth and clean.

I Polish (Buff ) My Face… I wet my face with warm water, and dab the paste all over it. Gently rubbing the paste in with my fingers, I concentrate on the ‘rough’ areas. I let it set for a minute, or two, for the ingredients to do their ‘Magic’. Then I rinse off the ‘grit’ with warm water, or a warm wet rag, leaving behind a thin coating of coconut oil. I gently pat my face dry. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft…  It is an exfoliating buff and brightener. I do this one to a few times a week.

Anti-Chafe Cream… In the hot weather I occasionally need to rub a bit into my groin leg creases to keep me dry, and irritation free.

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To make My ‘Touch My Skin‘ moisturizer:

Mix together 1/3 Cup each:

  • 1st – Organic Coconut Oil, melted, not hot.
  • 2nd – Pure Baking soda, stir in until dissolved.
  • 3rd – Organic Cornstarch (non-GMO), stir in to thicken.
  • 4th – Blend in the Tea Tree and essential oil drops.

Decant into jars. It may seem too loose, but it will solidify as it sets overnight.

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The Magic of this mixture is…

  • Coconut Oil is:
    • An Antioxidant
    • An Antibacterial
    • An Antifungal
    • An Antiviral
    • A Moisturizer – provides deep and real moisture.
    • Great for Atopic Dermatitis
    • It helps strengthen underlying tissues.
  • Baking Soda is:
    • A Neutralizer – it neutralizes acids and bases, so it removes odors.
  • Tea Tree Oil is:
    • An Antiseptic
    • An Antibacterial
    • An Antifungal
    • An Antimicrobial
    • An Antiviral

 

My ‘Smell My Pits’ paste is a one pot wonder, makes for easier travel.

One Try, and you’ll not Deny. This IS the Best.

(As with any new product, test it on a small spot to see how you fare with it.)

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Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,     and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

Quilt Stash – Recycling Clothes 4

Quilts

 

I Mean Really Recycling… 

by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

 

Preparing to Repurpose…

 

For the Quilts:

  • I cut heavy-duty plastic into 12 x 12, 8 x 8, and 6 x 6 square templates.
  • I cut the materials into desired sizes.
  • I separate them by size, materials, and colors into individual ziplock bags.
  • Save special items in their own bags: pockets, logos, zippers, buttons, etc.
  • I store the bags in see-through container.
  • Once I am ready to start a project, I can see all I have on hand at a glance.

 

 

 

My Quilt for Daughter

My quilt for BLD

 

Read the story about our Family Quilts here: Recycling Clothes… 2

 

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Rag Rugs – Recycling Clothes 3

Rag Rugs

 

I Mean Really Recycling… 

by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

 

Preparing to Repurpose…

 

For the Rag Rugs:

  • I cut the material into 1 to 1.5 inch strips. (depending on it’s thickness)
  • I begin to wind it into a ball, like yarn
  • I knot the ends together as I go. (I have occasionally sewn the ends.)
  • Store in see-through bin.

 

Rag Rugs in the works…

 

Finished Chair Cushions

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Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Quilts – Recycling Clothes 2

I Mean Really Recycling…

by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

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The Denim Quilt – Winter 1979-80

I made this denim quilt, while pregnant with my first daughter,                 during the long winter nights of 1979-80.

Denim quilt -winter 1979-80
38 year old denim quilt – made in Winter Nights of 1979-80

It is not as bright and beautiful as it has once been.                                                 It does need some attention and new ‘stuffing’, but boy, does it have a history. First there’s the history behind each and every pair of 1960’s & 70’s jeans in it. Then there is the 38 years of history it has seen…

  • The ‘Huggles’ and Cuddles
  • The Bedtime Stories
  • The ‘Friday Girls Night’ movies
  • and last but not least The Confidential talks

It has secret pockets and zippers, where the girls liked to hide things. 🙂

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22 years later…

I made this for that very same daughter in Winter 2001-02,                         while she was completing her Undergraduate Degree.  😀

The Daughter’s Denim Quilt – Winter 2001-02

My quilt for BLD

I wonder what ‘history’ this Quilt will hold after 38 years.                            I hope them to all be Wonderful.

Read about it here on my Daughter’s Blog…

https://riotflower.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/mama-comfort/

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Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle