As a relatively practical person, I’m not big on fluff when it comes to posting things online. However, I thought I should at least take a minute to at least share my purpose in posting here.
I do not follow any particular creed which has prompted me to begin “making my own stuff”. Certain things grab me from time to time. For example, I think it’s ridiculous that you have to pay $8 for a bottle of Tide laundry detergent when you can make the same stuff for less than $1. I’m a little weird about chemicals in my food – once the ingredient list on a box starts having words I can’t pronounce then I’m less happy than I was when I first picked the box up. However, that doesn’t mean that I will flat out refuse to eat/use something because it includes “X Ingredient”, because if I like it enough, I can and will turn a blind eye. I lean more towards the belief that every little bit helps. So, like the person who orders the quarter pounder with cheese, french fries, and a diet coke – at least I’m trying! 🙂
In addition to whatever little quirks that I have that prompt me to make something on my own, it’s really all about keeping busy and entertained. I spent years sitting on the couch watching TV, and unfortunately those were a lotta worthless hours flushed away. At least if I spend an afternoon making my own shower scrub or stove-top stuffing mix, I can look back on it and feel like I accomplished something. Again…something small, but at least I’m trying.
Most of my inspiration comes from the internet – so when I have a product that I think I could make myself, I look online to see what other people have experimented with. I’ll try and give credit where credit is due if I can. My intention is for this to be a place where I can share the ideas that I’ve found – along with tweaks that I made, and some honest feedback about the results that I’ve had. Some things came out great on the first try, some took a few times to get it just right, and some things flat out aren’t worth ever trying again.
Hopefully my efforts will be of use to someone else out there!