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my additions are already mentioned -- i have used borax to clean laundry...or baking soda and borax. they both work quite well, are cheap and usually on hand for when i run out of laundry detergent.

i've definitely used some hand soap, castile soap, soft soap or even a small amount of body wash or shampoo in a pinch, just a tiny bit....but that was more in a pinch and not a long term plan.
dr bronners make a nice laundry soap, a little goes a long way, and bonus best bottle ever for reading as you shower =)

i really would consider making the switch to just small amount of borax, or borax and baking soda and/ or castile soap... my motivations with laundry soap is usually cheap and easily available but borax and baking soda are things i like to stock up on big amounts, definitely cheap and available. there have been some times when i did just use these primarily for months, having a nice stash of both.

using dr bronners all the time would get a bit pricey. i have been a bit curious to see what it takes to make Castile Soap from oils... and also dipping my toe into making natural body products and such, soap making is a new craft i am dabbling in. i recently purchased a bulk order with some unscented plain simple castile soap, it was much cheaper to buy that way. unsure though if this will be as good for clothes as it is for body washing.
1 month ago
well, still at it. =)

have recently been taking a bit of a break from over working! and traveling a lot in the nice weather, but have made a few dozen baskets in the last couple of months.
started my own independent website, that was a lot of stuffs ! --->

also i started doing some messy fluid art stuff, working with epoxy and trying my hand at that for something new. but now back to baskets =) and my break from the making work has given me time to process my recent work and photograph it all.

i have been trying out new handle styles, got some fun variegated thread to play with, and doing a lot with dyed rope rather than the wrap styles...maybe getting somewhere with good simple handles that work good. =)
actually just came up with a few different styles i am trying out that i like for simple handles.
1 month ago
i'm hearing you on the extreme minimalism, although i do like some comforts.
my suggestions --
~ electric blanket. these run on very minimal power, pennies for hours, very low wattage - to generate quite a bit of warmth. turn it on a few hours before you get into bed, mostly they auto shut off after a few hours. then you can turn the heater way down at night. i always feel like that night time heating is wasted, since i dont get to enjoy it. i enjoy sleeping in cooler environment anyway.

~ consider getting timers for your appliances. you cant just use any old timers since these tend to be high wattage, but for any of your high energy appliances you can get good timers for them. look for specific appliance timers, or any one that can handle higher watts.
in this way you can shut off your fridge all night when you wont be opening it, shut off a hot water heater except for the times you generally use it, etc.

~ the cost of gas has gone up a lot recently and this may be a bit pricey in the initial costs, but i do like the small "fake fire" type propane and gas heaters. these work really well for a small area so that you can retreat to one room and just heat up that room instead of whole house. that used to be a fairly economical thing for me, but unsure in the current whirl of things these days, how the pricing would work out.

definitely solar. even just one or two small cheap panels and a simple inverter. maybe dedicate a few things to use this, like you could run just your screens, laptop and stereo stuff on very small scale solar for free ish, once the initial price was paid off.
i wouldnt have laptop and screens and all that entertainment stuff be things to minimize, especially with current technology, it doesnt take very much power to use these things and just a couple of panels could power most of that for your minimal use.
1 month ago

Aurora House wrote:

Xisca Nicolas wrote:Super Leila!
We would feel at home in each other cuisine....

Yes I forgot, but I also use brasica flowers like radish or rucula.
When you miss the root or the leave, then you get the flower!

And some wild peas, and wild allium.

About fruit tress flowers, I should eat alongs' at the moment!
I don't dare eat apple flowers that would not give their fruit....

I was told that feijoa flower is great (at least it is beautiful)

You can eat apple blossoms and still get a crop. Commercial orchards try to bring in bees to pollinate the "King" flower of the cluster of 5 and then wisk the bees off to somewhere else before the rest open. You can create the same effect by gently knocking off the spares to leave the king as the largest, strongest, or most in line with the branch. The King then gets all the trees nutrient rich attention and you avoid the cycle of bumper crop/ pathetic common to most modern cultivars.

agreed it is a good way. additionally if you let apples grow naturally in clumps, the places where they touch can foster a rot, cause molds and water to gather where they touch and smoosh together..., if the clump of 2-4 apples all grow together.

knocking off several of the baby apples in clumps when they are forming is a yearly chore for apple trees. only leave one in each bunch ideally. and good point, by eating the apple blossoms and harvesting those so that only one flower remains of each clump, you would greatly improve the quality of that apple, as well as the size most likely.
1 month ago
these are interesting observations. yes - salt, broth, totally. and yes its like that, your body does some housecleaning when you do longer fasts. i can almost feel it happen myself. when i hit the point- maybe not the same exact as ketosis, but where my body is running on empty after a while i can sort of feel when it switches into burning off stuff, it really does feel that my stomach starts digesting all the bits and pieces from all the niches and consuming itself.
when i used to do longer fasts, i used to dream of all the things i wasnt eating and extreme, like dreaming of a huge stack of pancakes with all the fixings and a half a stick of butter!

juice fasting is way easier, it feels like not even fasting- same with coffee. of course my coffee is like the hugey cup with tons of cream and sweet, so thats something i try not to do if i fast, or alter it, agave or alternate sweetner - but drinking coffee is like a mini meal.
you all are making me feel bad that i have really let my dieting go -- i suppose i could say my current diet is something like whats called "dirty keto" some junk and sweets not too bad, though, some sugar, high fats, i love avocados and cheese every day these days, lots of meat too which is weird for me.  i've definitely been eating too much bread and i know i shouldnt be but i really enjoy breads and baked goods. IF is sort of my normal eating pattern anyway, but again i wake up and have a meal of huge cup of coffee and that makes me not hungry till evening.
3 months ago
i've never been as far south as santa cruz, and only certain northern california counties uses this...but you may want to look into class K building permit --->

and quite probably it is somewhat grandfathered in, but as far as i know, you will probably want to get permits for extensive remodeling. if you are not doing major changes then i would go for it just for cosmetic stuff, doing redesign of the interior spaces or walls, thats probably ok without anything official.. but if you change the exterior dimensions, add on, you know - big things- you would want to at least talk to the officials and look up the local codes
i've always wanted to grow some really pretty willows for potential basket making/other crafts, like the black willow or other darker colored willows to get different effects.
i have grown some curly willow, actually i have a few small rooted cuttings going on for planting somewhere...but it is a bit trickier to weave, i suppose. its also more visually weaving with passionflower, its a bit tricky to weave it but gives interesting results.
and actually curly willow isnt all curly, its actually straight in many areas, and gentle curvys in some spots, then others on the tips like corkscrew.

i sort of played around a bit with the common west coasts willows that grew around me. i think they are - shining willow  - Salix lucida or that was my best guess at ID for the ones most common everywhere around me on the west coast.
6 months ago
those are really cool. really love the stuffed animals especially =)

and totally i want to do something similar. well i have a lot of ideas. but have been thinking to do some with yarns or thin fibers against the thicker plain rope (well 4-5mm not too thick)...something like that. i havent quite figured it out and already have a long list of things clogging up my to make list...most of it with dyeing the rope. i like that effect, comes out better some times than others with random colors. but i do see this way with using thin yarns and maybe even some wools or something like that fibers to add texture and color with plain rope as the base.
6 months ago
and some more stuff...if you or anyone is curious to really try it out. i think its awesome and i think too these are very sellable. i havent actually sold that many myself, but i have gotten lots of interest and a few sales. i think as i am now getting my skills polished off here...i will start to sell more. but ? idk...if someone is looking for a new crafty project for fun or $$ maybe try it. i do think theres a market for it as a craft.

so yeah some more pics examples, the few i have that maybe show off how to details and other info
6 months ago

May Lotito wrote:

leila hamaya wrote:apologies if this is a bit redundant, still working on making rope baskets and bowls

I love your creations, especially the embroidery, heart-shaped and braided ones. Keep them coming please.
Do you have an online source of rope for recommendation? I have been eyeballing the basket in the background here and would like to make one like that.

that basket is gorgeous, love the huge ones like hampers.

but its not made the same way -that looks like a more traditional basket with reeds/sweetgrass/ i dont know what exactly but traditional basket making plants, and then maybe there is some fiber yarns or something added in to weave it together.
you can do something similar with the rope, but not quite the same and it will be more fabric like, rope like, and much more flexible...and not as traditional basket type materials where they are stiff and solid.

as far as where i get rope, i have been experimenting with lots of different rope types seeing which ones i like the best. so i have been shopping around all over. at first especially i shopped around for 100-200 feet of tons of different types, that only makes 1 - 2 pieces, but it gave me a feel for what different types were like.. amazon has been able to hook me up with good deals on 1000 feet spools...thats where i have been getting the synthetic ropes and the bulk nylon...theres a company on there "quality nylon ropes" and they have great deals on larger whole spools. well if you are curious --->

i'm not opposed to synthetic fibers totally, and i do admit that i like them in this, they are very sturdy and give them a  firmness and feels more solid and longer lasting. its also easier to sew the firmer thicker ropes that are synthetic, like it is easier to make them flat where you want and the sharp angles. 1000 feet sounds like an enormous amount but especially as i like making them big, you go through a lot in one piece. even a small piece is 40 feet or so and a larger piece being 100 feet or those thousand feet spools make 10-12 baskets...the 3/16 inch is probably best, but the 1/4 inch rope is even sturdier, thats what i used for the heart shaped baskets.

these ropes arent pretty by themselves really...but are good for the fabric wrap. theres the twist type nylon /poly type ropes and i also used amazon to source some of that twisted stuff. that looks better, its really soft and silky feel and has a nice shine and way about that i have made some that use that.  thats what i used for the above dyed nylon bowls, the twisted silky stuff.
i worked through about 600 feet of that and just got another 600 foot spool...but it is weird that i bought from the same company and the rope is a bit different. i'm not sure about it yet i havent worked with it much. but i dyed some up just to make sure it would take dye...and its very similar just not the same. its ok i will use it anyway but now i want some more of that first stuff so i think i will eventually look around for more of that. the twist type...well it wants to twist apart really easily so it is a little trickier to work, you have to burn and melt the ends together to not have it fall apart, and its thick...1/4 inch thick, it gets trickier to sew once you get to the end of the walls and making them tall it gets harder and harder and the tension must be always the same.

as for cotton i have hunted around for really big bulk deals. a lot of the stuff i got at first was much too thin, making it difficult to shape. the thin stuff is from amazon and from another online crafty place...just 4mm "macrame rope" or cord. some of it that i got was flat, 5mm but flat. that adds another tricky thing in trying to shape them, you can let it twist up or it throws everything up and in general isnt good for me for this.
i went through various types of clothesline...some of which was supposed to be all 100% cotton...and not all of it was! that didnt surprise me that much but i did want just plain old regular cotton 100% - which really for whats available is not a great clothesline really, synthetics are definitely better for outside. but there were a few that were completely cotton.

i just got some more of this -- its cotton outside and poly core...which does make it nice and strong -->  and even though its not 100% cotton, at least they are clear on what exactly it is and its nice quality, no frays or weird spots, nice texture.

i also got a lot of this, theres several sellers with this basic same...i got from three different sellers but its all the same stuff now that i got it. -->
this stuff is nice i think its going to be great but i havent dug into it yet. i dyed some up so i will be trying it out soon, and its nice and thick and way sturdier than any other cotton ropes i have played with.

also i have a shop, so i buy and resell craft supplies, i am pretty small scale but i do big bulk orders from china every now and again. anywho some of the rope i just recently got was through getting a LOT of rope from the bulk orders through that. theres a whole string of companies that all are one source and all sell through various names...and then theres the one that only sells huge amount at lowest prices. so yeah the nicest 100% cotton i have gotten came from them-- this is the mega bulk deal..  -->

in both the 4mm and 4.8mm so yeah i am awaiting more ...some 8,000 feet of rope !!! plus i then went and splurged on colored nylon...that soft silky twisted stuff but in dark purples, lavender blue a nice turquoise...from a similar related import from china. well not too bad...i got 5-6 colors...and its 100 meters each - so thats like 330 feet of each color. enough to make 4-5 baskets from each.
i maybe went a little overboard ! but then again i got so much once i really dove in and i am coming to the end of that...where i thought i really had enough for years. so if i keep on making these maybe its not as much as i thought. i think i figured out it was enough to make 100-150 baskets depending on size. that is actually possible i can work this fairly quickly. and also, its my birthday almost =) my birthday. the 8 thousand feet of rope was my big birthday present to myself =)

i also got this a while back in a big bulk order i did...
but i havent yet worked it. its much different than i thought, very soft...but too soft, not firm. i am getting better at shaping it and just got the feels for it now...i can maybe go back to these soft cottons, but they are some ways. it wants to make round parts, its easy to increase or decrease as you go...making the basket start toclose up and be really curvy. but...well now i am getting better, mostly its about tension on the rope or rather no tension at all on the rope. just keeping it perfectly even this non tension. i suppose i am somewhat ahead in picking this up i used to throw pottery so i know some stuff intuitively or subconciously or something =) about how to shape things.
6 months ago