All-Natural Handmade Products

I’m so excited, because this weekend I will be a vendor at a local gardening festival, and for the first time ever I will be selling my soap and other handmade products.

I LOVE good-smelling soap, but I’m allergic to the scent used in most soaps and candles, so for the last few years, I have made my own using pure essential oils, which not only smell divine, but also are so good for your skin.  I expanded from making soap to also making lip balm, all-purpose healing salve, an LLP (lavender, lemon, and peppermint) roller ball for relaxation and allergy relief, lavender pillows for your eyes to help you sleep and also help relieve headaches*, and even 100% cotton crocheted washcloths for the kitchen and bath.  Up until now, I’ve just given it all away as gifts, but a friend persuaded me to be a vendor at the festival, so now I will be selling my products.

If all goes well, I’ll figure out a way to market them, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, here are the items I’ll be selling:


Gardener’s Delight gift bag

citrus and lavender soap, lavender and peppermint lip balm, and all-purpose healing salve



Energizing gift bag

eucalyptus and spearmint soap, lavender and peppermint lip balm, and all-purpose healing salve



Relaxing gift bag

lavender and peppermint soap, lavender and peppermint lip balm, and all-purpose healing salve



You can also buy each of the above items (soap, lip balm, all-purpose healing salve) separately


Lavender pillow 

flannel-backed satin filled with dried lavender buds and dried peppermint

Use over eyes for relaxation or to help relieve headaches.*



LLP roller ball (lavender, lemon, and peppermint in sweet almond oil)

Roll on temples, back of neck, and wrists.

Relaxing, helps alleviate headaches and allergies*




Sachet filled with dried lavender buds




Washcloths 100% cotton hand crocheted




Kitchen Scrubby hand crocheted




In the meantime, I’m trying to figure out a way to sell these products directly to people, so if you’re interested, let me know.

*I’m not a doctor, so this does not constitute medical advice.

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Octopus for a Preemie

I love to knit hats for tiny premature babies.  Their parents are going through so much, and I think a cute hat for their little one can make them feel loved and not so alone.  My knitting skills are pretty pitiful, but I can knit a square, and once I learned how to decrease, all of a sudden I could knit a hat!

After a while I got tired of plain old pink and blue, so I got creative and made all kinds of seasonal hats: American flags and watermelons for spring and summer, little orange pumpkins for fall, red and white striped ones for Christmas, and all kinds of college colors.


I told my friend Erika about it, and for the last three or four years, she has knitted a baby hat every single day, bringing her total to several thousand.  I can’t keep up with her!  We donate our hats to our local hospital’s NICU.  Lots and lots of knitters do the same.

But lately I found something even better to make for preemies than hats!

This fall, a friend sent me a link on Facebook about an organization called Octopus for a Preemie.  She said it looked like something I would like, and boy oh boy, was she right.  Oh my goodness, I was in tears, watching that video.   Right away I made one for my friend’s granddaughter Mila who weighed 1 pound 10 ounces when she was born, and now I can’t stop making them!

The whole idea behind the octopus is that the tentacles simulate the umbilical cord which the babies played with in utero, and it keeps them from pulling at their tubes.

These are crocheted, not knitted, and are made of 100% cotton. It looks difficult, but they are actually pretty easy to make.  All stitches are single crochet, and the only thing fancy you have to do is decrease or increase.  That’s it. The pattern is on the Octopus for a Preemie website.  It has instructions for many countries and languages.

Because the octopuses have to be sterilized, you need to use 100% cotton.  My favorite kind is Hobby Lobby’s “I Love this Cotton” brand.  It’s so soft.

I have a little bag of yarn and crochet hooks that I take with me whenever I have to wait (doctor’s office, etc.) and I work on an octopus.  It generates lots of conversations, and it keeps me from being bored.  It feels really good to be able to help a little preemie who is struggling to grow and develop in those first few weeks or even months.  Baby Mila (above) is almost ready to go home!  I am so excited for her and her family.

I encourage all you knitters, crocheters, and any one with any kind of talent to use your gifts to be a blessing to others.  In the end, you will feel like you are the most blessed of all.

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