Make Your Place – A Book Giveaway!!!!

Hey everybody, what’s up? I’ve been taking some time away from posting to enjoy the lovely rainy weather that rolls around this time of year (yay!!!). My time has also been consumed by pure relaxation (laziness) and cleaning my apartment from ceiling to floor, literally. Transition to the topic of this post: green cleaning. Commercial household cleaners are evil toxic blends of death. The smell alone burns my lungs. In an effort to avoid sacrificing essential organs for a clean home, Tim and I make our own cleaners (laundry detergent, floor cleaner, bathroom scrub, wall disinfectant, etc) and we love them and their effectiveness. Most of the recipes we use come from the handiest, dandiest little book called Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs. The book includes recipes/tips/skills for health & first aid, cleaning & body care, and gardening. And, everything is so easy to make. The book is written with charm and humor – I just love this book! I love it so much that I am giving a copy away to one lucky reader!!!! Make your place clean too! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite eco-friendly cleaning tip, recipe, whatever. I will ship the book overseas, so EVERYBODY can enter. I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday, November 24th (11:59 pm Pacific time). Good luck and I can’t wait to hear all of your green cleaning tips!

W.I.P. Wednesday: Keeping Crafty


Unfortunately, I don’t ¬†have a completed project to share this week. I am still knitting the wormy/snake I posted about last month. I have made several new cards, sewn up some reusable bulk food bags, and spent quite a bit of time thinking about what to do with this fabric:


I absolutely love owls and this fabric is covered with colorful, sassy owls! My sister gave this to me for a birthday gift, and I can’t figure out what to make. Suggestions? I think there is a yard of fabric, but I have not measured to be sure.

And, since I can’t share my creations, here is a photo of a turtle my nephew made. I received this for my birthday as well, and I absolutely love it!


Too cute, right?!!!!

I also recently purchased a new book from Herbivore called Make Your Place. This book is full of recipes and tips for creating your own eco-friendly health and first aid items, cleaning and body care products, and even some useful gardening tips. There is so much great information packed into this little book! It will lead you toward living a much more sustainable, simple life without relying on toxic commercialized consumer products. Hooray for that!


You should probably get yourself a copy.