Hi. Long time no see.
Construction is moving along. And with the chaos that ensues around here, I have been somewhat paralyzed. No cooking, no sewing, no knitting, very little cleaning. I really can't stand to be in the house so I have been away or outside as much as possible. The only thing I am working on is the garden and that is a steady work in progress.
I don't wear gloves when I garden - I like feeling the soil on my hands. Having my hands in the dirt for hours makes them filthy which I don't mind until it's time to wash off that dirt. I read about a hand scrub in Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler and decided to mix up a batch for myself. I really like how it turned out so I thought I would share it with you. Most likely you already have everything you need to make this gardener's hand scrub: a jar or container with a lid, sugar, liquid dish soap and a spoon.
Then add the liquid dish soap until it almost reaches the top. Stir to mix the soap and sugar. You want a paste - not too runny or too solid - so you may need to add more sugar. I added another 1/2 cup to get the consistency correct.
To wash the dirt off your hands, use a small amount and rub it all over your hands. The sugar is a great exfoliant that removes the dirt while the soap washes it all away. You could add a cute label to the jar if you were so inclined. Pair it with a similar, moisturizing scrub made with olive oil and sugar and it'd make a fantastic gift.
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Hopefully, I will be back here sooner rather than later. I'm planning on updating the shop around April 15th and I'll announce that as soon as I have the particulars figured out. Until then, you'll likely find me outside.