All-good Pomade

My son just got a haircut, or what he called it was a SMART-haircut. But this cool new haircut that not only makes him a big boy (he is turning 7 this week). But now he would need to use a styling product to make the hair stand up like he want it to. But buying just any of the stying products at the hairsalon or any other place is pretty much out of the equation.

SMART-haircut

The amount of chemicals and hormone disruptors we are exposed to through cosmetics on a daily basis is a lot. According to research done, infants are born with around 200 chemicals already circulation in their body. I believe that every place we can try reduce the exposure to chemicals, to lessen the total toxic load is a good thing. That’s why I made my son his own hair styling pomade.

The all-good Pomade is made with only natural ingredients, and gives a good hold through out the day. Great for short hair. I also added some cola aroma to it to make is smell good (I didn’t have marshmallow scent witch was the original wish). The ingredients are so safe you could EAT them, just incase if a zoombie-apocalypse is near. Stay prepared.

Ingredients

4 spoons sheabutter

4 spoons beeswax

3 spoons jojobaoil

2 spoons arrowroot powder/corn starch

2,5 teaspoons cola aroma

5 drops of lime essential oil

6 drops of caramel stevia

This gives approx 135 g of finished product. The hold is medium to hard, if you want a stronger hold just add 1 more spoon of beeswax.

Melt everything in a water bath. The beeswax requires some heat, so I found it actually easier to melt it directly in a pot on the stove on minimum heat. Mix in the arrowroot/corn starch and the aroma in the end. Pop it in the fridge for about 5 min. Then use a hand held mixer and blend it all together. This is to mix the beeswax together with the other oils. Pour in a container, and let it chill until solid. Then VOILA. Your own home-made pomade ❤️

Today my son styled his own hair, and he was so happy with the result. I obviously was doing it all wrong. 😂 But with this pomade I feel safe letting him play around as much as he wants to 🌿

Aloe Rose Water🌹

Roses are red and blue and now comes in pretty much every color you can ask for. From ancient time it’s a symbol of love. Energetically it is used to heal grief and sorrow and open the heart ❤️ It has been used in skincare since the Greek and Egyptian time. Cleopatra actually soked her sails in rose water before traveling so her scent could be carried by the wind (they could smell her coming 😂).

Not very natural. But OH ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Rose water actually has a lot of great benefits. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and can help smooth and sooth irritated skin, reduce redness and puffyness, help skin heal faster and fight of infections. Rosewater has strong antioxidants and is also found to have anti-aging properties. It can relive headaches and enhance mood by relaxing the central nervous system. No wonder it has been used in skincare since pretty much forever. It can also help digestive upset and aids the body in production of more bile. And it has been used to fight of eye-infections.

So there is no reason to let those petals go to waste. Do you have a bush in your garden or some wild roses near by? You can have fun by making your own rose water ❤️ I found a lonely bush in my neighborhood that had so much flowers it couldn’t hold them up anymore, so I felt the need to help a little 😉 Best to use petals grown without pesticides, what we put on your skin will enter our body and your blood stream. For maintaining good a health or better our it I believe in making clean choices.

Rose water

  • Fresh rose petals
  • Double the amount of water

Bring the water to a boil then add it to the rosepetals. You can let it simmer until the petals looses it’s color or like me I just left it steep until the water got cold. Strain through a mesh cloth, and voila you got ROSE WATER 🌹

Use it as it is or as a base for other recipes like this face and body spray

Aloe Rose Water

  • 2 leaves of Aloe Vera
  • 700 ml of Rose Water
  • 1 spoon of glycerine
  • 15 drops of Grapefruit seed extract or some vitamin E (conserving)
  • 3 clean 250 ml spraybottles

Add cold rose water and all the ingredients to a blender or to a jar and use a hand held blender. Mix it up and then its ready. SO EASY!

This spray turned out amazing, and got immediatly stolen by my husband that struggles with migraines and sits infront of a computer all day ❤️ I will take this spray with me on vacation and use it to sooth burned skin or when I feel I just need a little extra boost. I belive this mix also would work amazingly as a facial toner.

If you try this recipe yourself. Let me know what you think and if you find more uses of it. Rose water is supposed to last one year in the fridge. I put my leftovers in a reusable glass bottle so let’s see how long this lasts 😂

Ultra moisturizing handcream

I always have had lots of trouble finding a hand cream that is clean. Meaning NO added hormone disruptors, benzonates, perfumes and other unessecary toxins and chemicals. That also works for very dry skin and doesn’t cost 300 kr for 100 ml. Yeah face it, going “natural” is for some reason VERY expensive at times.

Most dry skin formulas uses very heavy fats and butters, but I don’t really feel like they are penetrating the skin. Not until I figured out how to use vegetable glycerine as part of my formula. It truly worked like magic. I even tested it on my husbands feet who at that point was dryer than the Sahara desert, and just after 1 night of applying the mosterizer the dryness was gone and his human feet came back.

Glycerol is a sugar alcohol that is derived from animal products, plants or petroleum. Vegetable glycerine is made by heating triglyceride-rich vegetable fats like palm, soy or coconut pils, under pressure or together with a strong alkali, such as lye. It causes the glycerine to split from the fatty acids and mix with water, forming an odorless, sweet tasting syrup like liquid. It is commanly used in the food industry, cosmetics and in Phamacutical industrise.

Other benefits of glycerol is that it helps skin health by sooth irritation, protect against irritants and microbes as well as sooth inflamed or wounded skin. It can also work as a barrier on the skin when it needs protection from the natural elements like wind and cold. Though It seems to have no effect on stinging, itching, drying or irritation.

The cool thing about glycerine is that it helps oil and waterbased ingredients so mix, buuut it ususally needs a emulsifier in addition to mix even better. Emulsifiers can be found organic and natural derived or full on chemicals, for me it was important to keep it as clean as possible. For this reason I chose beeswax as my emulsifier.

What I used

  • 1 spoon Cacaobutter
  • 1 spoon beezwax
  • 50 ml of olive oil
  • 50 ml of grapeseed oil
  • 1 spoon of shea butter
  • 100 ml of glycerine
  • Hand held blender
  • (10-15 drops of orange essential oil)

Gently melt everything over a water bath. Add the glycerine at the end. At this point glycerine and the rest of the oils are not going to mix. Pop the whole thing it in the fridge for 15-20 min, then use your blender and mix it well. Now everything should be good and blended. Pour the finished product in containers. I used 2 containers so I can keep 1 fresh in the fridge. There is no plant material in this so I don’t think it will spoil easily, but I if you want to make sure to keep it from growing bacteria, use a spoon or a spatula when using the cream. Best applied at night before sleeping 🌙

This is the blended version. Ofcourse I forgot in my eager to take the before picture 😉

Originally I made this cream for my son who’s hands where cracking up from all the hand-washing at school, but seriously it works for everything and everyone. AND it is SAFE, pure and natural ❤

Enjoy being soft and moisturized😘

Diy Deodorant and lipbalm

There is no secret that I am very conscious about what I put in and on my body. Extreme allergies will do that to you 😉

So many skincare products, makeup, soaps, perfumes, washing products are filled with toxins, heavy metals, hormone disruptors and questionable additives. Trying to get my health back to a good place I definitely don’t need more of that ❣

That’s why I figured that it is best to go back to basics. Making most my own skincare products, with ingredients I can eat as well. If it is safe enough to put in my mouth it is safe to put on my skin. A great rule of thumb 👍

I wanted to share 2 recipies I use. One for lip balms and one for my deodorant. A little goes a long way. Last time I made deodorant was actually one year ago. So yes by doing this you can actually save some money.

The cool thing about this recipes is that you can easily switch out some oils for what you already have in the pantry. I am a big fan of using what you have.

Only thing you need to remember with switching is to replace the oils or fat with something in the same consistency. Liquid oils with other liquid oils. Hard fat like cacao butter can be switched with beeswax. Just switch it up and have some fun playing around ❤ it is easy to make several things at once while you are at it. Make double and use for both?

Lip balm (approx 6 containers)

1 spoon beeswax

1 spoon cacao butter

1 spoon avocado oil

1 spoon grapeseed oil

10 drops of your favourite essential oil

Melt the beeswax and cacao butter over a water bath. Add the rest of the oils and stir. Pour in containers. Let it cool. Voila ❤ If you are feeling experimental you can add some beetroot powder or cacao powder for color

Deodorant

1 spoon cocoa butter

1 spoon shea butter

2 spoons coconut butter

1 spoon beeswax

1/4 cup of arrow root or cornstarch

1,5 spoons of baking soda

1 spoon of green clay (can be skipped)

10-15 drops of essential oil

Melt all the butters and wax over a water bath until liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour in container and let it chill. Ready for action. Smelly free and au natural ❤

Jacket Facelift

I just want to share a super easy way to upgrade your old jacket. This is really the simplest way to bring some new life to an old jacket.

Jacket facelift = new excitement = longer wear 💚. The most environment friendly thing we can do is to use what we already HAVE, instead of buying USED or NEW clothing. Adding a personal touch to your clothes makes you have a stronger relationship with them, and it will be much harder to break up with them. 💔 Loved clothes last longer because we take better care of them.

This styling I did for a friend of mine. My passion is definetly to tell others how to do things 😂 but sometimes I do forget that not everybody thinks this is so easy as I believe it is (my forgotten degree in fashion might have something to do with it). Since this practically takes no time (max 1 hour) I decided I could just do it my self, and THEN tell all of you how easy it was instead.

What you need

  • Printer
  • Transfer paper
  • Piece of fabric approx A4
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread in chosen color
  • Trims for decoration
  • Iron
  • Iron board or towels
  • Baking sheets

1. Choose a picture you would love to decorate your jacket with

2. Print your transfer-picture accordingly to the instructions following. Some pictures need to be flipped. Also make sure you add the correct side in the printer.

3. Iron the transfer sheet on to the piece of fabric using the instructions. Use the baking sheet between the picture and the iron.

4. Pin the picture onto the jacket. Zigzag around the edge. I used the button-hole seam to get the seam tight enough.

5. Decorate around with trims you like. That matches or mismatches the picture.

Enjoy your masterpiece 💚 easy peasy

My friend was very happy with her Frida Charlo picture and the vintage lace trim 😉❤

Summer Caps Redesign

Do you have some old caps laying around? Maybe they have some spots or you just don’t feel their vibe anymore?

I had a couple of those that was in need of a upgrade. I will show you two methods you can use to upgrade your caps. One you do not even need to sew at all, the other one is a little more intricate, and requires a little more work and patience ❤ I use creation of redesigns as a form meditation, time I use on making something doesn’t really matter anymore. It is how you feel while creating that is the most important. ❤

What I used for “pura pinchi party”

  • Printer
  • Transferpaper for printer
  • Textile glue
  • piece of white cotton fabric 20 cm x 20 cm
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black fabric pen (for drawing on the cap)
  • (Optional) sewing machine or needle and thread

1. Iron the piece of fabric

2. Place the fabric on top of the front of the caps, pin it so it lays flat and wrinkle free. Cut into the fabric where the line is rounded. Make a dart at the same place as the caps has before

3. Trace the exact line of the cap with a pencil.

4. Add 1 cm in seam-allowance and outline the shape with a ruler .

5. Do a couple of test prints so you find the rignt size of your picture. It needs to fit within the frame of the front cap pattern. Depending on the intended design of course 🙃

6. When the correct size is found. Make the final print on the transfer paper, make sure the paper inserted in the printer the correct way (always read instructions, and yes I have done this wrong many times 😉

7. Place the cap pattern ontop of the printed picture and trace the pattern, remove 1 cm (the seam allowance). It gets very thick if it is left on, so it is better to remove it.

8. Place the picture on the middle of fabric. Iron accordingly to the instuctions of the tranferpaper (mine needed a baking paper ontop and ironed on cotton setting for about 60 seconds)

9. Sew the dart, with machine or by hand. This can also be glued. But I think the results look better with a seam.

10. Cut small inserts around the rounded lines on the side, this helps the fabric lay smoother on the inside. Cut the extra fabric around the “button” on top of the cap so it fits.

11. Carefully fold and glue little by little.

Behold your creation of beauty ❤ ❤ ❤

I also added a mandala inspired drawing on the front cap to cover up a spot. 😉

On the second cap I have mixed painting, sewing, printing, and gluing. This cap I required in Mexico, where it was passed out to all the boys at the party. As the feminist I am, I had to claim it for my self. I think it now has turned out as real statement piece? Now is the question, will I dare to wear it?

I will not go too much in to all the small details of creation here, but give more of an overall idea to hopefully get you inspired enough to create your own design. ❤

What I used for “macho alfa”

  • Fabric paint from panduro, pink, green, blue, red, yellow, gold
  • Fabric pens,
  • Fabric glue
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread in ass colors
  • Old butterfly hairclip
  • Transfer paper (butterfly picture)
  • Vintage applique flower
  • Crochet tablecloths
  • Ass trims and laces
  • Dotting tool
  • Paint brushes

1. I painted the front of the cap with pink approx 3 times drying inbetween

2. Then I added gold dots around the red letters with a dotting tool

3. I painted the palm leaf on the cap with green color. This served a purpose since there was a spot. It works as a great coverup.

4. Creation of different flowers using trims, lace, and painted crochet linens. Every color is carefully chosen and put together according to the placement of the flower. So trying and visualization is important before I choose a color. Of course I painted more flowers than I really used 😉

5. The big flowers got sewn on and the small ones got fastened with fabric glue.

6. The final details on the cap was the butterflies and the metal star. The blue butterfly is created by picture print on transferpaper, ironed on a piece of fabric, then glued on. The black butterfly is an old hairclip I have saved, I removed the clip in the back and sewed it on by hand. The star was just something I had laying around, this was also just glued on.

This is how to easily upgrade some old caps, with just stuff you have laying around. It feels great to repurpose old items that would normally dusted away in a drawer or a cabinet. Only the imagination creates the limits here ❤

Rumper redesign

So before summer holidays I got this second hand rumper on a Norwegian thrift app called Tise, where you can sell and buy used clothes and accessories. Then I basically gave it a well needed facelift.

Since I am a very quick and updated person I choose to post this now as summer is over and we have officially entered september and a whole new season ❤ I hope I can bring you some inspiration anyway 😉✌🏻

Usaully I DO NOT BUY synthetics due to the micro plastic and that I basically don’t like the feel of it. But the colours and the pattern screamed my name. So I thought ok, I do have a guppyfriend for washing sooo. Anyway when I finally got it I really didnt feel the shape of it. Very trendy at the moment with the cut off leg on the middle of the leg. But that is not very flattering in my opinion. The sleeves was more of a butterfly cut. The whole rumper looked kind of frumpy to me.

Before I start the redesign process I like to ask some questions to ensure that this item will be used for more than one occation. I want my clothes to be in my closet for staycation and not vecation ❤

First question is

-What will I be using this garment for?

For me this was for summer holidays in Mexico. Which means approx 30-36 degrees everyday. But I also want this to be something I can wear on more chillier days as well

My second question is:

-How can I make this garment flattering for my body shape?

At the moment I am quite skinny and my body shape is an hourglass, so I usually don’t have that many problems when it comes to fit. But I like to enhance the hourglass shape. To be aware about what styles and colors you like, and what kind of body shape you have, makes it way easier to fill your wardrobe with clothes that are flattering, and you are in love with ❤ which is key for re-wearing your clothes.

The before picture

By cutting the legs above the knee, I make my legs look longer and give the rumper a more versatile look.

The sleeves was not great, so cutting off the butterfly wings made a huge difference. I was going to scrump the sholder line more, that would make the look even more feminine. But I choose not to. I love the clean and simple lines. And this rumper gives me a kinomo vibe. I can both use it with sneakers, flipflops or with heels for a more festive look.

Las Coloradas In Mexico

Instead of buing new clothes and by altering and redesigning clothes we can make a huge impact when it comes to saving water, energy and toxic pollution to save our earth. Use what you already have, swap, borrow or thrift 💚🌍♻️

What would you have done with this rumper?

Pants = shorts

Having a HOT girl, boy, man, woman, child summer still in august? But not enough shorts to wear?

So the planet is hot, and so can you be. By reusing something we already have we can reduse our imprint on mother earth. Right now EVERYTHING counts ❤ Just take some of your old worn out pants and make them into shorts.

How:

1. Cut off one leg of your pants in the desired length. I added some length as well to fold it up. Approx 2,5 cm + 1,5 cm. Fold the pants. Make sure you measure well before cutting the other leg off.

2. Fold, pin and iron.

3. Stitch it up, with a machine or by hand. I did not have my machine with me this summer holiday so I did a handstich with an invisible seam.

4. Wear proudly ❤

I forgot to take a before picture before I cut the legs off 🙈 but I have several after pics instead.

Here is a no makeup resting bitchface picture for you. You’re welcome.

Diy – upcycled headband

Are you sooooo bored of wearing the same wintercap the whole winter? Ready for a change? I was yesterday. So I made this headband from a old cap I have had laying around for years. What is better than buying something new? It is to repurpose something that you already have 💚 The look is a little russian inspired, but hey you gotta still keep warm when it’s winter. And the russians sure knows how to do that! I love the look of the thick headband. But if you don’t you can easily make it in to  a more narrow fit.

What you need

  • Old cap
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Some ribbon or fabrics to match
  • Measuring tape
  • Your head and a mirror ❤

1. First, cut the top of the cap. I only cut of about 8 cm. Then measure or fold it to make sure you cut it even on all sides.

2. Next you fold the edges towards the middle of the cap. Here you can choose the width of the head band (mine is 12,5 cm), also if you want the edges to meet in the middle. I left a gap of 2 cm. Then the headband will have more “shape” added in by beeing more narrow in the middle part. Fasten with pins and hand stitch and fold in rough edges. Use a cast over stitch which helps the material keep it stretch.

3. Choose the detailing for the front. I ended up with 2 layers of lace (to keep the finishing the same at both sides) wrinkle the headband together in the front, fasten with pins and hand stitch in the back. If you want a more toned down look you can repurpose the top of the cap you just cut off.

4. For the last detailing I added a silk ribbon that I fastened with a straight seam in the back.

Whatya think? Here is pictures of me not being able to casually look away and pretend like my picture is not being taken ❤

The mending way

I try to fix things before I buy new stuff. This is good for the planet and good for the wallet. By enhancing the lifespan of a product we create less trash ❤

I have a very active 5 year old boy that ruins clothes and shoes in record speed. Seriously. This time it was his sandals that we now use as indoor slippers in kindergarten.

I will just show you a easy fix I did for this.

The velcro got broken, just totally worn down. I could change the velcro with a new one, but that is a lot of work becouse I would have to change both sides of the velcro. (Did I mention that I am lazy) Instead it’s much easier to just add a snap button ❤ and still easy enough for a 5 year old to put on, and will be solid enough for more action

What I used for the fix (old metal snaps from my grandmother), thick thread (jeans thread), needle, sissors and a thimble.

To be able to sew through leather or fake leather it’s so important to have a thicker sewing needle and metal thimble. First I trimmed the velcro down, especially where the snap button was going to be placed. Then I sewed it on and used the thimble to force the needle through the leather. Sewing each point of the metal snaps 3 times and fastening the thread several times before cutting it in the end. Very easy and done in just 30 min.

Looks pretty enough on the outside right? Inside not so much. But you know? My 5 year old doesn’t care, and the point that I actually mended it prevails the beauty of my stitches. I think many of us don’t try to mend becouse of the fear that it is going to look perfect. There is a lot of beauty and history in the imperfect. Another thing is that no-one will evver notice your crooked stitches. Feel proud of your mending, becouse you used of your time and you actually did it ❤ I do! Would you give mending a try?