Emily Hester

Mississippi’s Arbor Day 2016

Since 1926, every second Friday in February, Mississippi has officially observed Arbor Day. This year, 2016, it falls on February 12th; therefore, in honor of this day, let’s plant a tree or shrub to enjoy for years to come. Many Arbor Day events are happening throughout the state. For a list of locations and times…

Thrift Store Shopping

My husband and I have a new passion for treasure hunting at our local thrift stores. When we shop, I’m on the look out for household gadgets and books and he is on the search  for collectible media. We try to frequent our local bargain centers weekly, keeping our eye out for fantastic deals and rare…

Organizing

I love looking over the printables and resources at DonnaYoung.org. I just feel more organized after visiting her site. If you are a person who likes to write things down, then her printables should be right up your alley. If you are more of an online planner, I find Google’s  Calendar and Drive to be easy to…

Grated Soaps and Recipes

Looking for a unique gift giving idea? If you are a soap maker, why not give your soap in a unique way? Grate your favorite bar of soap into a jar, and give instructions and recipes for turning your solid soap into liquid soaps. Make sure to include a handy recipe booklet with each jar. Here…

New Recipes Coming in June!

I’m so excited to share my new soap made from tallow. The thought of rendering beef fat to make soap was a little overwhelming, but I labored through it. In the end it turned out brilliant! My first tallow soap is called Rosemary Eucalyptus Soap. I wanted to make a rosemary soap for my sister, Krista,…

Fabric Softeners

Fabric softeners are one area of my laundry room I haven’t been extremely choosy. When I went a year without a dryer, I hung my clothes out to dry, and fabric softener was a must. My towels felt like sandpaper without it. Here are a few other reasons to use Fabric Softener? 1- Adds fullness and…

RoseMary Peppermint Hair Gel

I ran across a great recipe today, DIY Hair Gel by Heather on www.mommypotamus.com. Here’s my version of the recipe: 1 teaspoon gelatin 1 cup of Infused Rosemary Water 5 – 10 drops of Peppermint Essential oil Dissolve gelatin into warm infused rosemary water and add peppermint essential oil. Stir together, store in covered container in…

Liquid Dish Soap from Scratch

If you’ve ever wanted to give a homemade dish soap recipe a try, this is your chance. I’ve been using this recipe for over 6 months and it has worked great for me and my family. I hope it will for yours too! Ingredients: • 1 cup boiled water or herbal water • optional: 3…

Mississippi Fabrics

I’ve been on the hunt lately trying to locate a Mississippi source for my fabrics and yarns. Right now I’m using 100% cottons, but I’m not sure of their origins. I feel it is important to provide my products in reusable vessels, preferably manufactured from a local source. I’ve spoken to many people in my…

From Thread to Spread

I’ve been on a sewing kick lately, making pillow covers, tote bags, throws and patching holes in my family’s clothing. Literally having a hands on approach to the fabrics in my environment brings to my attention the materials of each piece. I’m prompted to ask this question of the blanket in my hand, “What is…