Friday, 24 August 2012
Smart shoppers make their own!
This week I was invited by Smart Shoppers to a day of 'make do and mend' at Hackney City Farm.
Smart Shoppers are a Facebook community, sharing hints and tips on money saving and thriftiness - pop over and join them.
In the spirit of the day, the kids went off and had all kinds of fun creating artwork, painting and presenting each of us mums with a crafty flower made from spent tealights. They also had face-painting and a tour of the farm - least that was after I managed to prise Ruby away from my side.
Meanwhile, us bloggers spent the day chatting and sharing thrifty tips, while having a workshop by the fabulous Homemade London.
My favourite make of the day was this sugar scrub. So simple to make, gorgeous to use and made with store cupboard ingredients. It would make a great gift, and as Ruby helped me to make it, I think we'll whip up a batch for thank you presents for her nursery staff.
In a screw top jar, add one teaspoon of brown sugar and one of white. Stir then add some light olive oil, until you have a layer of oil floating above the sugar. Stir in, then add 2 drops of ginger essential oil and 4 drops of lime essential oil. Stir. Then repeat until your jar is full.
You can vary the ratio of the two essential oils; use different ones, or leave them out altogether, and also vary the sugars - white sugar is finer so better for sensitive skins. If you want a more vigorous scrub, use more brown sugar.
This smells so fresh and zingy, and I've been using it the past few mornings before my shower. It's very invigorating and the oils leave your skin super soft.
We concocted a delicious face-mask using specialist powdered clay, as used in the best spas. To that we added fresh, natural ingredients - cream, strawberries, banana and honey. We tested them out on the back of our hands/arms - I reckon because they didn't trust us not to lick our lips!
Finally we made these super simple bath sachets.
Mix a couple of spoonfuls of dried lavender with the same of porridge oats and pop in a little organza bag. Drop into your warm bath water for a creamy, relaxing bath.
I've come away with my head buzzing with ideas of different combinations and I'm looking in my pantry with new eyes!
Thanks so much to Smart Shoppers for a fabulous day and to Hackney City Farm for a cool venue, and Homemade London for the brilliant workshop.
Disclosure: We attended the event and expenses were paid, however there was no obligation for me to write about our day.