DIY with Dandelions

Dandelions are everywhere right now, that pop of springtime joy ~ with the promise of summer not too far away.

These pretty little flowers can be used for their soothing properties in lotions and balms, they can relive sore muscles and soothe dry and chapped skin.

Today I am sharing three makes you can use these little beauties for, I have made dandelion oil, solid lotion bars and skin salve.

Firstly you need to make dandelion oil as this will be the ingredient for the other two items.

Dandelion Infused Oil.

Preferably on a lovely sunny day, collect some dandelions, enough to fill your jar half full (approx 350ml)

Give your flowers a good rinse, lay them on a towel to dry, this should be a cool place, not in a very sunny and bright spot or on a radiator etc as the flowers will go to seed.

After a couple of days when your flowers are dried, pop them back in the jar and cover with oil. You can use many different oils, such as olive, sunflower, coconut etc. I used sunflower, as it makes a cheap and simple base.

Leave them to infuse, in a lovely spot with lots of sunshine for 2-6 weeks, you can then strain your oil and it’s ready to use.

If you are really impatient and want your infusion quicker, you can pop your jar into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Heat it over a low burner for 2-3 hours, keeping a close eye that the water doesn’t evaporate. Remove from heat and strain.

Dandelion Salve

This is so simple to do and makes a really lovely balm, perfect for really dry hands.

Makes around 100ml

You will need;

50g Dandelion infused oil

50g Shea Butter *

15g beeswax or if you prefer to make a vegan version, candelilla wax

Old jars, I am using 2 x 60ml jars.

I add a couple of drops of oregano oil too, for antibacterial properties, you could omit or add your chosen oil, lavender for soothing etc.

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Add the ingredients to a heat proof container, glass jug etc. I’m very fancy and use a metal food can and an old metal knitting needle to stir, haha!

Pop this into a few inches of water in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally. When all the ingredients have completely melted (at this point add your essential oil if using) remove from the heat and pour into your jars.

It will take around 15 minutes to cool and set, then it’s all ready to use!

Solid Lotion Bars

These are really lovely to keep by the sink after washing your hands.

To make 6 small bars

You will need;

60g Beeswax or if vegan, Candelilla wax

1/4 cup Shea butter

1/4 cup dandelion infused oil.

Optional a few drops of chosen essential oil.

Moulds ~ I am using some small silicon cases.

This recipe is really flexible and you can double/ triple the amount depending how much you would like to make

Measure out the beeswax, shea butter, and dandelion oil into your heatproof container as for the salve.

Pop this into a few inches of water in a small saucepan and heat very gently, stirring occasionally.

When all the ingredients are completely melted, add your essential oil if using.

Pour your mixture into the moulds and leave to set in a cool place for around 1 hour.

Ta da! You have some lovely moisturising bars!

Happy making! 😊

I have been bitten by the diy bug… I’m off to the garden to see what else I can infuse and make into pretty things 💛

Amy xx

Kid’s Capsule Wardrobe

I have been meaning to write this post for a while now. This time last year I was caught up in a whirlwind of the latest clothing drops. Eagerly awaiting a new collection every single season. It seems a little crazy now but I became a little bit obsessed.

As I began to declutter a lot of areas of our lives, I began lost interest having ALL the clothes. It seemed a bit counter productive to the kind of life I was trying to build for us. A slow life, a life of buying, wanting, needing less.

Arthur just really didn’t need to amount of clothes that I was buying, and we had a few favourites that I would always reach for, sometimes clothes would be left at the back of the drawer only worn a few times.

I made a start by passing on and selling anything that just wasn’t getting enough love and I also made a promise that I wouldn’t buy anymore clothes until he went up a size.

We have came to a point now where I have just purchased a few bits for the next size up and a few pieces we needed for the colder weather and I feel that his wardrobe is pretty perfect! I always size up, and knit a bigger size for him to give lots of growing room.

This is what works for us and relies on me putting a wash on twice a week. I like that it encourages me to keep on top of the washing!

Without underwear and sleep wear Arthur has a total of 18 items in his wardrobe. I’m not sure if people will find that very sparse or too much for a capsule wardrobe*…but it works really well for us.

*Oh and I use the term wardrobe very loosely. we don’t have a wardrobe for him. I have a large wicker basket for both kids that their clean clothes get neatly piled in. They hardly get put away and I’m good with that. It works great, minimal washing and putting away. Just wash, fold, wear! I’m not sure if it’s genius #lifehack or plain lazy. Who cares?!

Here you will find a very simple guide of what we have;

Basic Wardrobe

Socks x 6

Pants x 6

Long Sleeved Tops x 6

Short Sleeved Tops x 3

Joggers x 3

Leggings x 3 These could be layered under joggers if needed.

Jumpers/ Cardigans x 3 A cosy cotton jumper, a wooly handknit and a cardigan. I must knit home some more jumpers!

Pyjamas x 3 mix and match – For pjs I buy oversized T-shirt’s from charity shops and he wears them as nighties and finds these soo comfy.

1 x Snuggly Onesie – just for popping on, on the days Arthur has puddle splashed, got drenched, came inside and stripped off. Perfect for cozy afternoons and evenings sleeping in the van when you need something warm!

1 x Dressing Gown See above!

Shoes x 1

Outerwear

Coat x 2 (Both Charity shop bargains!)

Puddle busters x 1

Wellies x 2

Welly Socks x 4

Clothing has been a major area of simplifying for us and I find is sooo much less stressful to simply have less.

We have firm favourites that are comfy, look great and wash really well for repeated wear.

Buying less has meant that I can spend a little more, and my absolute favourite clothing brand for Arthur is Little Green Radicals

LGR are my go to for basics, such as leggings, jogging bottoms and cozy rib tops.

They are fair trade and organic, and the quality of clothing is amazing. They have beautiful patterns and prints, and release two beautiful collections each year, for Autumn and Spring time. There is often regular sales and offers, so if you can shop within these, even better!

I always buy things I can mix and match well and pretty much all of Arthur’s clothes work well with each other.

I love Duns Sweden/ Maxomorra for beautiful seasonal prints, and I’m a sucker for anything mushroom, so these were our buys this year, and I think they will last right through until next winter.

I always try to buy second hand too and we do love charity shop shopping, but I still only get what we need.

Have you simplified clothing?

I hope this was a little helpful, thank you for reading.

Amy 💛