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« Reply #2710 on: March 22, 2011 07:27:42 PM »

I tried making my own spindle with old cd's ans a dowel but I couldn't get the stick to stay on the cds.

I made one for my sister a couple years ago, using instructions I found online.  They called for using a rubber washer.  I think I have a couple left; I can probably take a picture once I dig them out - or maybe even send them to you.  The inner rings of the CD "pop" into a groove in the washer and then the rubber holds it onto the dowel.
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« Reply #2711 on: March 23, 2011 01:15:58 AM »

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« Reply #2712 on: March 23, 2011 02:50:15 AM »

I tried making my own spindle with old cd's ans a dowel but I couldn't get the stick to stay on the cds.
I made one for my sister a couple years ago, using instructions I found online.  They called for using a rubber washer.  I think I have a couple left; I can probably take a picture once I dig them out - or maybe even send them to you.  The inner rings of the CD "pop" into a groove in the washer and then the rubber holds it onto the dowel.
I think I used some of those rubber thinga-magijers, but I got the wrong ones and going back and forth to HomeDepot 3x's made me discouraged. A picture would be splendid! Hey those might even help Lillian with her coconut spindle problem! I might think better late nightTongue
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« Reply #2713 on: March 23, 2011 03:14:59 AM »

Lillian, what a great idea and clever way to use a coconut!

On Saturday (the day of the "super moon,") I finally got to strain out the tinctures that I started over six weeks ago.



The full jar is calendula and the other is yarrow.  What are they used for, you ask? Cheesy  Calendula is primarily known for its anti-inflammatory effects.  You can spray it on cuts, bruises, wounds, etc.  I'm going to keep a small spray bottle ready for my yet-to-be-created "boo boo" kit (once my son starts walking around).  The rest will be bottled and shared with friends and family.

Yarrow is mostly used as an immune booster and helps with fevers.  I'm going to rebottle this in a dark glass bottle and store away for the next time I start feeling under the weather.  Since 5 ounces of a tincture is a LOT, I think I can also safely share with friends and family, too.

Tinctures are really expensive to purchase in a store.  (The ones I've purchased before were easily $10-15/ounce.)  With just a little bit of passive time invested, I've made 16 ounces of calendula tincture (easily saving me over $120!) and about 5 ounces of yarrow tincture (saving me over $50).  
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« Reply #2714 on: March 23, 2011 06:37:51 AM »

lapoli--do they go bad or do you have to store them in any special way?  I had no idea they were so expensive...and probably not as potent as the ones you make yourself...wonderful and interesting projects!
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« Reply #2715 on: March 23, 2011 06:40:09 AM »

Well, they main ingredient is alcohol so I imagine they'd keep for a really long time.  I'm going to transfer them into dark glass bottles to keep them from being ruined by sunlight, but I think they'd last for several years, at least!  

I'm working on writing up instructions for the Bath/Beauty board since I think there are people on those boards that could use them for their natural bath products. Smiley
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« Reply #2716 on: March 23, 2011 06:43:08 AM »

I see--yes, alcohol would act as the preservative!  I can't wait to see them on the BB boards...I grow lots of herbs and flowers and would love to learn more ways to use them other as potpourri and decorations
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« Reply #2717 on: March 23, 2011 07:00:33 AM »

I'll dig those rubber washers out sometime soon, then, and take a picture.  I'm not sure when, though, as most of the rest of this week is pretty packed.  (Hopefully we won't have to wait too longg to have our car inspected today, and I'll have some time today.)

lapoli, those tinctures are great!  Did you steep the herbs in vodka, or what?  Do you take the yarrow internally?
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« Reply #2718 on: March 23, 2011 08:39:55 AM »

How do you use non-topical tinctures, exactly?  Are they mixed into tea or taken by spoon or dropper alone?  I'd love to get into a natural option for illness and aches and pains and all that.

Didn't make too much more progress on cleaning up my office other than boxing up all those GnN boxes, but now with doing that I have reclaimed a large spot up in my closet to pack and store more goodies...so the cleaning and organizing parade still marches on!
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« Reply #2719 on: March 23, 2011 08:42:44 AM »

You are inspiring me to clean and reorganizing my sewing room!  I might even paint it! Cheesy

Nothing like spring to start things fresh! Cheesy

and, no joke...I was looking for something that I knew I had in a box and guess what I found...a half a coconut, which was made into some sort of bowl!! Cheesy  Hubby thought I was nuts squealing over it...I think it needs to become a spindle! Cheesy
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