Just renewed the domain name, and it’s my blogs anniversary. Yay! Happy anniversary, blog!
I haven’t posted anything in awhile. Been busy writing, doing side projects, and working (which now includes a hefty amount of writing).
Work, so far, is going surprisingly good. I’m still trying to figure out ways to direct traffic to the site, but the boss likes me well enough. He seems to think I have a good attitude and the perfect personality for the job. I sure hope he’s right about me. A lot of people are counting on me to be successful. They’re not counting on just me, thankfully, but enough of it relies on my ability to generate interest in the company for me to be extremely stressed.
In the meantime, my personal writing is divided between a script for a comic/graphic novel I’m collaborating on with an artist friend/former co-worker of mine, brainstorming for the game I want to develop that I mentioned last post, and working on a short novel I’m hoping to get finished within this coming year; working title is “White Rabbit”.
On another post, I talked about my DIY projects. This holiday season, I made laundry detergent, lotion, lip balm, bath salts, and a sugar scrub. I’m most satisfied with the laundry detergent, lip balm, and bath salts. The sugar scrub was pretty decent, but I would have to use it long term to determine if I like it or not. I had a small breakout by the corner of my lip, and I’m suspicious it might’ve been the scrub. Of course, I could just be seeing the consequences of this past couple months’ major stresses, too. The bath salt was wonderful to soak in, though, very relaxing, left my skin feeling really smooth, and was so easy to make. Took maybe 5-10 minutes to mix together. Sort of used Lia Griffith’s Homemade Lavender Bath Salts and Martha Stewart’s Homemade Bath Salts recipes as guides, kind of borrowing from both and streamlining the ingredients.
My Bath Salts
2 Cups Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup Himalyan Pink Sea Salt (bottles of this are available everywhere now, I’d never even heard of them before. They give the salts a pretty color, but you could prob sub regular sea salt or just omit it altogether)
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil (though you could probably sub any vegetable oil here, like olive oil or jojoba oil)
5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5-10 drops Eucalyptus Essential oil
Directions: Combine epsom salt and sea salt in a large bowl. In a double boiler, melt coconut oil (I just put the oil in a jar, then put the jar in hot water from the tap, mixing it until fully melted. Pour oil over salts, add the oils, and mix until fully combined. Store in a sealed container (I put mine in glassware with a silicone seal lock-and-lock lid that I got at a home goods store for cheap).
To Use: Add a few tablespoons to bath when you first start running the hot water, and use your hand to stir the salts in until the sea salt is fully dissolved.
I worried after I’d first made the salts that I might’ve put in too much of the eucalyptus essential oil, because it smelled overwhelming in the mixing bowl, but the bath water diluted it a lot. The Himalyan pink sea salt gave the bath a kind of peppery smell, which was interesting but nice.
As for the lotion, I colored it with powdered raspberries, and that didn’t work out so awesome. It’s alright, but a bit gritty, so I have to figure out a way to get that pretty pink color without the grit. The lotion itself was very oily — which the recipe’s author had forewarned, so I already knew it would be — but I think I’ll try out a less oily lotion next time. It turned out very liquid-y, which the author had not forewarned about but I think might be due to the oily-ness, and I don’t like it’s consistency much at all. I want to try making a lotion for my face, my skin gets really dried out. I started using diluted apple cider vinegar as a face toner after my cleanser a couple days ago. I haven’t noticed anything testimony worthy yet, but I will say that it does significantly reduce redness after application, but I think that it’s contributing to the dryness of my skin.
Next on my DIY To-Do List is shampoo and conditioner. I decided I would try out these different “recipes” for a month, recording my results. Unless, of course, I immediately see drastically horrific results. I’m thinking I might start a blog about it, but not until I’ve got everything made and have been using them for awhile, so I actually have something worth blogging about.
And that is all for today. Yup. Back to writing.