Skin care

Every so often someone will ask me what I do to take care of my skin. I don’t think my skin looks particularly special like a babies bum but I’m happy with it and it feels good. With the care I put into it I expect it to be healthy. I don’t put on a lot of expensive creams but I put in some effort most of the time

Now, there is the knowledge that your skin will reflect how you take care of your insides…eat well and your skin will show it but sometimes there are things that can help your skin just generally look better. More importantly, there are things that can help your skin feel better.

Remove your day from your skin.
Makeup obviously should be removed but there are dirts and things from the day that settle into skin. Unless of course you live in a hermetically seal very clean box. Find a routine you like is probably the best way to keep up with it. I have a “must do” routine and the routine that takes me about 90 seconds longer.

My evening routine always consists of using one of my oils to remove makeup from my skin. I don’t use soap on my face unless there is a definite reason (like deep cleaning the barn).
makeup-nightly
Sweet Almond oil is usually what I use. I pay special attention to cleaning off my eyes but I apply it everywhere and then wipe off with soft baby washcloths. Then I use witch hazel on everything but eyes (using a clean corner of the baby washcloth). My cleaning portion is done there. That’s what I do every night. If I take 90 seconds more time I apply *Vitamin C serum, CoQ10 Serum, and then a heavy night lotion (yes, I like the Olay Regenerist line, smooth cream, ok fragrance, absorbs quickly). I don’t wait between each application. I just apply.

If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll add in an eye cream. The 2 little tubs I use as a night cream (I got them both as sample sales and they feel equally good), the roller bottle is an am application that I rarely use.
makeup-eye
Why rarely? It’s a little stinging. It’s good at what it does. It reduces puffyness and bags. Because it doesn’t feel great but does a good job, I keep it around and use it on the days when I feel like I need the extra help.

I can’t apply another lotion on top of all this without letting what I just did dry. I have a bunch of different lotions that I really like. There isn’t necessarily any particular reason to do one over another… Honestly, if I had the ability to make a decent cream (I’ve tried and failed) with the oils and bits I like, I’d just make my own and use that almost exclusively. As it is, I have a lot of cream. These are a couple of my favorite extras.
makeup-extras
Some are evening, some are day use.

In particular, I use the Regenerist and the CeraVe that I’m going to talk about next, almost interchangeably. Which bottle do I grab at first? When it comes to replace them, I’ll probably just stick with the CeraVe because it’s less pricey.
makeup-2lotions

The morning routine…
makeup-daily
Tone my face with Derma e. I don’t see a marked difference in the witch hazel and this. Again, I’ll probably go with the less expensive one. Particularly because my kids use witch hazel to remove their makeup too. I do an application of *Vitamin C Serum, then I apply face cream with SPF in it and and CeraVe or the thinner Regenerist Serum…. or sometimes I put on one from my extras. As my mood varies. When it’s all dry, I put on my primer and makeup. I don’t wait in-between lotion applications but I do wait for it to absorb before makeup. Usually in the morning I start to put on the “face care” while brushing my teeth and prepping for yoga then I do makeup after yoga. On days that I can’t do a full yoga practice I just occupy myself for 5 minutes (make coffee, brush teeth, get dressed, straighten my hair) or so and its enough time to dry.

Products….Brands…. Reviews….
Now – Sweet Almond Oil – I’ve been using this for years. Soap so rarely touches my face. I’m not sure why I don’t use coconut oil instead. It is slightly better for your skin but I do like this oil and will continue at least for the time being. The only time I use a different oil is when I use an oil I formulated for an Ayurvedic thing that I use on my whole body. Which is a couple of times a week.
Toner – Thayers Alcohol Free Witch Hazel with Cucumber and Derma E Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Toner. I like both but the Thayers is less expensive like I mentioned. Even if the kids didn’t use it, I haven’t felt a difference between them and would probably stick with Thayers.
Vitamin C Serum – Timeless – I have tried another brand and I have one more I want to try. I really liked the Timeless though. Vitamin C Serum has a shelf life so be careful where you get it from. It smells bad when it’s expired. I’ll try the other one I have that just arrived (because this one ran out) but if I don’t like the new one more, I will be going back to Timeless next month.
CoQ10 Serum – Timeless – This is the only one I’ve had and I like it so I’ll likely stick with this one.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Face Moisturizer – this is good, absorbs fast. Not my favorite fragrance but not bad and goes away fast. My face feels softer because of this… that’s good right?
Eye Cream – Bare Minerals and Clinique – I don’t know if either of these do anything for my eyes. I won’t likely bother with a specific eye cream at all once these are gone.
First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller – Stings a little at first but it does it’s job.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – so thick! Slow absorbing. I love love love this cream but it does extra time to absorb.
Rose Hip Oil – this is a gorgeous fragrance free oil. I keep meaning to make a mix of this, Evening Primrose, and Sweet Almond for my face then I’ll use it daily. This oil absorbs quickly and well leaving a little shine which is fine for an evening application.
CeraVe Renewing System, Skin Renewing Serum – I like the cream well enough but not sure where it fits in my menagerie of creams. Unless I figure it out, I won’t get it again.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Facial Serum – this one and the other next cream, I use interchangeably and because of that, this is likely my last bottle. I want to simplify now that I’ve tried a bunch
CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM – There is an AM and a PM version. The difference is the SPF. Since I use a high SPF in the Neutrogena I don’t need the AM version. I may try it when my bottles of Neutrogena wear out. I might not. I am happy with the Neutrogena.
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF – Its thick but it goes on well and absorbs quickly. I can’t tell you if the SPF is doing it’s job other than I haven’t had a burn on my face since I’ve been using this. Don’t get it too close to your eyes though, it is stingy at the eye area.

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Winding a Stick Shuttle

I figured with the first installment of 2017 weaving club shipping soon, I’d give a little tutorial on winding a stick shuttle. Ready?

I’ve seen a lot of people winding this way:
shuttlewind-center
This adds bulk to the center of the stick and you can’t add a ton of yarn or it’s going to be too big for your shed. I use a figure 8 wind on at the sides of the stick. Back to front on the top slot…
shuttlewind-topfrtback
Keeping it at the side go to the back and out the front of the bottom slot….
shuttlewind-bottom
You can see the path it takes:
shuttlewind-seehowitgoes
Over and over until you feel it’s filled (I’d put more but this is just an example):
shuttlewind-oneside
And then repeat on the other side.
shuttlewind-done
Voila.
It may take a wee bit of coordination to get use to at first but it’s a good thing to learn if you don’t do it already.

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Goal setting and the planner

There’s a new thing I’ve started in my planner with goals. I don’t usually plan out goals on paper. I’m generally a pretty focused person and reach for my goals without needing to see them on a page. Lately I feel a need to have something more concrete in my planner about my goals. I think having a written page of goals each month can be just what my list making heart needs.

Now, I’m still not doing a big yearly goal thing. I made some general notes for the year but things being how they are, I don’t exactly know what my year holds. Sometimes a goal is something that you can knock out and do, other times there may be something you want that other responsibilities might get in the way. This doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy thing to do, it just becomes a dream and not a goal. A goal needs to be something you can knock out. Something that is achievable.

For example, a general goal for a fiberist might be to get more consistent in their spinning. The dream portion of that is winning an award at a fair. This can all be broken down in a handy worksheet to help make that goal achievable.
This is my example of such a worksheet.
goal-worksheet
And here it is filled in with my ficticious goal.
goal-worksheet-filled
Well, maybe not all filled in. I left some blank spaces because there may be something in that class that I need to add. Maybe there is something that I need to change? These could be written in with pencil. In my experience the main steps might not change but the mini steps off to the side there (that I didn’t finish filling in) seem to be what change most often.

You’ll note that I have my little bullet squares there. I’m using the filofax now because I like to move my pages around but if you’re using a regular book – pages set up like these are super easy to keep in your bullet journal.

Finally at the very bottom is written “What’s Next” – As I tick off the little boxes, a new idea or goal inspiration might come to me. That’s my spot to write notes for ides of the next step or the next goal or an expansion on the current goal. I find these pages not only help knock out a task or a goal but they help inspire more.

Sometimes a habit tracker is what will help me reach a goal and can be a line item in one of the steps. The mini step that says “15 minute coffee break” and the “2hr Friday spin” can both be added to my version of a habit tracker. I have daily habits and weekly ones.
goals-habittracker
You can see that I haven’t written anything in yet but my daily goals have personal things like Vitamins, Yoga, Meditate, and Study. My work goals are things like Leave it neat?, Emails, and Dye. Sometimes my habit tracker isn’t about new habits. I like to have a few gimmees tossed in there. Then weekly goals are things like Herbals for sheep/goats and Update Quickbooks files.

So my fictitious goal up there could be added to the habit tracker in both the sections. “Spin 15min a day” in the daily section and “2hr weekly spin” in the weekly section. This is just how it works for me and in using it, I’ve upgraded and changed it a few times. Overall though, I like a tracker like this. This kind of thing is just what a list maker needs.

Now that I’ve gotten all into the specifics and daily goal work, let’s pull out our focus a bit and I’ll show off my monthly goal pages.
goals-done-monthly

I wanted pretty pages and I don’t care if they’re all only on one side of the page. They’ll be fun to archive like this so I can see what I was thinking at the time. My original thought was to put each page as a header page right in the weekly planner as each month begins but for now I’ve chosen to keep them all together in one section at the front of my monthly calendar.

My though too, is that when I archive this year they’ll be a great monthly separator. I can have these as header sections and make notes about what I did each month toward goals or I can archive all my goal sheets. Something journal like or even just a list of happenings. I haven’t clearly thought it all out yet but they’re in my book now and I’m using them.

Final thing in my goal section of the book is the accomplishment section.
goals-accomplish
I thought it might be fun to have a couple of pages where I jot down the goals I finished in any given month. Short form as opposed to writing out a big flowery journal which I might do (as noted up there). This will be a completely visual way to not feel like I screwed off all month long. Some of my goals are light weight but some are lofty. I think it will be cool at the end of the year to see at a glance, a note of what I managed to accomplish each month all in one space.

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All the hats.

I had a thing for knitting the hats… I say had because I think it’s finally winding down a bit. I want to knit other things but I’m still knitting round and round on hats. And in the same fashion as I always do, I have more than one going. I could tell you it’s because of a thumb injury from last year that my hand hurts unless I switch up projects frequently. That’s not a lie but we all know I’d have just as many going even if I was 100% without hand pain.

Let’s see what’s on the needles:
Bulky –
Spunky Eclectic Biggie (discontinued).
Pattern: just winging it
I figured I should work through some of what that’s left in the shop and donate hats to a charity. Nothing done yet but hats are a good simple thing to do when you’re not sure what to knit.
hat-simple-bulky

Aran –
Spunky Eclectic Fat Panda
Pattern: Gluten Free
Somewhere along the way, I messed up the pattern. I need to rip and redo.
glutenfree

Worsted –
Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Simple Basic
hat-worldturns

Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Pussyhat
pussyhat

Almost on the needles:
Super Bulky –

Spunky Eclectic – Mammoth
Pattern: Vermonter
I made one of these already and I think I can get 2 out of one skein. It’s like 2 hours to make an incredible hat
fathat-2

Worsted –
Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Simple Basic? Escape the Amazon?
I’m not sure yet but it’s one for each child. I might even let them decide on a pattern.
caliorimetryhill

Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Simply Cabled
One is one and one is coming. Remember how I said I was finishing up some old patterns. This is one of them. I think I made the original hat with notes about 8 years ago. It’s about time it was finished and published.
cabledhat

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Post-it notes in my planner.

How I use post it notes in my planning…

I think I might have mentioned talking about this at some point or other over the past year. I went over with friends how I did this and finally I’ve pulled it all together to share as a blog post so everyone can use it if they wish.

So, I start out with 2 dashboards. One has blank post-its and the other has a place I can seek out and find the ones I placed there. Most times my blank ones are coming from my desk as I work but I wanted to keep a thin stack with me so a dashboard is the way that works for me.
postits-dashboard2
As for the other dashboard, I put things that have no place in the schedule yet. Things that I know need to get done but there is some action that needs to happen first or I’m just not ready to place it into the planner for some reason.
postits-dashboard
You can see that one is a financial thing that I’m waiting for a year end statement and another is waiting to be a part of a stock order. Without showing you everything on my dashboard, you can still get the idea of how the it works. Once my statement gets here, I’ll move that note to the appropriate spot giving myself a reasonable amount of time to take care of it and when I need to place orders, that note will go in it’s appropriate planner spot.

Sometimes (like around the holidays) there is so much going on that I’m a little scattered. Sometimes I need to plan out my daily little bits of work to make sure it all gets done. Some days I only do things on the list and no variances, it keeps me from straying when I’m super busy. Or sometimes I need to add a piece of paper because there is so much to do or so much to remember. Sometimes it’s just little 30 second action items but it has to go on the list. This is where I use the larger post it’s to help with that.
postits-largerlists

Then we have the action items that span weeks. Instead of rewriting it each week when I don’t have a clear deadline, I can put it on a post it note.
postits-movetheliston
Like spinning or knitting projects that I want to make sure gets done soon but not necessarily on a deadline. If it ends up with a deadline, I’ll make the appropriate notation on my post it and write the deadline into the planner. Otherwise the post it will follow me around week to week until it all gets done. The idea is that it gets done before the sticky wears out. So I suppose it supplies a pseudo deadline.

The final way I use post-it’s regularly are the BIG IDEAS.
postits-nextbigidea
Sometimes I have a big idea. Something that I want to do that I have no idea if it can be done or how to execute. If it’s something that can be planned our and worked on then I have a page for that. If it’s something that needs to sit in the thinker for a bit, I put it on a post it and place it in a random week in my planner. I can keep moving it in the planner if needed but it usually only takes a move or 2 before I either decide it’s an idea to trash or an idea that I can move into the planning stages.

The one thing I don’t do with Post-its that I think is brilliant is meal planning. I generally don’t meal plan. I have a few pages in my planner that I can do so when I’m heading out on trips or plan for special events but I don’t plan my meals weekly. Still I wanted to include something on that so I’m linking to This Post that seems to be brilliant as far as meal planning goes. I think if I was a meal planner, first I’d need another planner, but this is likely where I’d get my inspiration.

ok. Happy Planning.

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Club test spins.

Here I am with a new year looming and 12 months of club colorways ahead of me. I’ve been working at test dyeing and getting the colors and fibers all lined up. Wanna see what I’ve been up to?

This is January’s club. It’s a lovely fiber that’s spinning up into a great 2 ply.
janclub17

February’s club is undecided. I can’t settle on a color though I have settled on a fiber. So nice is this fiber….
febclub

March and April. I’m having a hard time deciding which is for which month but right now I’m thinking this one is March:
march-aprilclub17
It’s so pretty it jumped the spinning by month order but hopefully I’ll decide and spin February next.

And this is April:
marchclub

Oh, and I figured out the SPA special colorway of the year too!
spa-special

If you didn’t figure out by now, I’ve grey scaled everything. They’re not all the same color in a range of greys, though some may have grey in it. All will be revealed soon.

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Full year of prompts

Well….we made it a full year.
I had all the prompts made for myself in January and did them all in a nice PDF so they could be saved forever and ever. If anyone wants to download the full list I’m putting it at the end of the post. You can certainly use these again and again. Use the same ones every year and see how your answers have changed.

PDF of journal prompts from 2016

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