Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Attempting kombucha, part 2: bottling and refreshing

Yesterday was day 14 of fermentation for my first kombucha brew, and the taste was perfectly sweet and tart, like an apple cider.  The kids, who all talked trash about my gross "aliens," loved it!  Plus, the ph level is right at 3.0, so I figured it was time to bottle the brew for its second fermentation.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Attempting kombucha: the first brew

Six months ago, when Donovan was first diagnosed with JRA, our pediatrician recommended that we start brewing and drinking kombucha to help support his immune system.  Our doctor brews it himself, and sings the praises of the beneficial probiotics abounding in this fermented sweet tea.  I researched it some, and read about the whole process.  It's not hard, but I was a little overwhelmed at first with Donovan's diagnosis and new diet to take on any additional projects.  Now that things have calmed down a bit, we took the plunge and decided to start a continuous brew. . . .

PLEASE NOTE:  I have never made kombucha before, and honestly, I don't know what I'm doing, other than trying to follow the instructions that were included with my starter kit.  So I'm not offering instructions on HOW to brew kombucha, but simply illustrating how I attempted to brew kombucha this time.  :)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Decluttering, and it's SALE time!

Hi, friends!  I hope you're all staying warm and enjoying your January so far!  Does anyone really enjoy January?  Is January even an enjoyable month?  I'm not sure.  But here in west Texas, we've been enjoying (there's that word again) unseasonably warm weather.  Like, in the 60's during the day.  Sometimes the 70's!  What in the world?  And I'll admit that I ENJOY the boys playing outside all afternoon, so I guess there's that.

Their outside excursions give me small blocks of time to wade through my neglected sewing room.  I say neglected, because all summer long, I sewed in my dining room.  (It's WAY too hot to work in my un-air conditioned sewing shed in the summer.)  So instead of keeping my sewing room neat and organized, I just tossed my fabrics and junk on the ironing board. . .

Monday, January 4, 2016

AcornKid is here!

Time for that big announcement!

I've been sewing for kids for a while, and getting paid for sewing for kids for several months now.  I LOVE IT.  Don't get me wrong... I very much love my eco-sewing gig and am not quitting that in any way any time soon.  But there's something about clothing the little ones that makes my heart so happy.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Brendan's progress and Donovan's diet

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!  Ours was wonderfully loud and chaotic, as always.  I know I've been quiet here on the blog lately, and for that I apologize.  Here's a quick update on a couple of things that have happened since we last chatted. . . .

Brendan's progress. . .

waiting for the doctor last week

His progress since his leg surgery has been nothing short of amazing, that's for sure.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Giveaway Day: bold eco tote in a new design!

~~~ This giveaway has now ended. ~~~

I love this time of the year -- it's Sew Mama Sew's GIVEAWAY DAY!  I'm super-excited to participate, and to give away this eco tote in my brand new design!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Preparing to prepare

Advent.  A season of . . . 


I'm not very good at the first two, and certainly not the last one.  But introspection -- I take that to a whole 'nother plane of excellence!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: sewing with skirts for fabric

Recently, I shared my tips on sewing with shirts as a great source of fabric, and then how to deconstruct them to get the biggest bang for your buck.  Today, we're going to look at my favorite thing to shop for and repurpose -- SKIRTS!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: make a plethora of pillows

I went on a pillow-making binge several weeks ago.  The bobbin case on heavy-duty sewing machine had broke again, and while I waited for the back-ordered replacement part, I decided to do some sewing on my light-duty machine... for myself!  *gasp!*  I rarely sew for myself, or just for fun.  (I think almost all sewing is fun, but that's not quite the same thing.)  So I decided to sew a slew of autumn-themed pillows!