Friday, 28 August 2015

Update on trial of honey and oil for my face

Once a day for the past fortnight, I have been using my own made up facial moisturising oil, as well as a twice a day raw honey cleaner. A couple of spoonful's of honey have been decanted into a separate container so we can also eat the honey from the jar! You can read more about it here

What do I think? I have to say I am quite impressed!

A headband is used to pull hair off my face before applying the honey first thing in the morning. I leave it on for up to 5 minutes before rinsing off with cold water (can't be bothered to wait for the hot and use up my metered water!) This routine is repeated around 8pm each evening; washing my hands first to make sure I don't introduce any microbes into the honey.

As the days went on, it became obvious that my partially set honey would be easier to apply to a slightly damp face. I smeared a few lines of water on my face as part of the hand rinsing routine. If you were using liquid honey I don't think this problem would arise.

After a few days my skin felt different. I have normal skin which is usually slightly greasy first thing in the morning. Now my face is devoid of grease except for a light coating around the nose. I couldn't determine if my skin was fine or slightly dry but I kept on anyway. Now, a fortnight on my skin feels lovely, moisturised, clean, refreshed and definitely different even if I am failing to put it into words.

I haven't been putting the oil on in the evening as I was afraid it would be too much for my skin and I might get spotty. I'm still not sure whether to or not although previously I never used night cream so for now, I might leave it.

The oil is applied after my morning honey clean. The bottle is shaken well before 8 drops are put onto the palm of one hand before applying in dabs over my face and neck. Again, for a few days it took a little while to disappear and I gently blotted it with a tissue around my hair line so I could remove the headband! Now, I don't need to do it and the headband can be removed within 5 minutes of applying it.

For now I am going to stick with this as it seems to be working very well. Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Giving your blog that personal touch - adding a photograph to the top of it

We are travelling today, so I prepared this post earlier!

One of the reasons some blog's take a long time to load, is either a huge photograph at the top of it or a particular post is photo heavy and the images have been loaded in the size they were taken, which can be very large. My camera for instance produces photographs around 45cm x 25cm, way to big for a blog. Another problem with adding them so large is that it eats up your free storage space.

If possible try to adjust your photographs to about 15cm x 10cm (landscape) or the other way around if portrait. If you don't have a programme such as Photoshop Elements, Photoshop or other such software that came with your computer, don't despair, there are free sites on the web for you to try, such as these:

one here
or here

plus many more. I haven't tried them out but have tried to chose ones where you don't, at first glance, have to register or give out your email!

Anyhow, onto the tutorial, putting your photograph into your blog header.

First of all, go to your home page, the one where you can read new posts by those you follow etc. Towards the top you will find this box, click on the little downward facing arrow:

It will bring you to a new screen, on the left of which is this area. Now click Layout:
You will arrive at a screen which shows the full layout of your blog. I have only posted the bit at the top. On mine, where it says Header, Frugal in Norfolk (Header), you will notice in blue, the word Edit, click on it:
This screen will open:
You can see on this screen shot, taken a couple of days ago, I still had my old image. In blue, where it says remove image, click it. This screen will appear:
I had my image ready and saved on my desktop. Click where it says From your computer Browse...
then go and find the picture you want. Click on it then at the bottom right of your screen, click open. This screen appears, which is very similar to the flower one before but now your new image is showing

I always have the top button pressed which is show and says "Behind title and description", but you could click either of the other two:
At the bottom left of the above screen you will see Save, click it.

This will bring you back to your blog layout screen, the top right of which is this:

Press Save arrangement, then go view your blog. Your new picture should be present.

I hope this all makes sense to you and that the photo resizing sites I have given, will be useful!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Changing colours

Before I started the rag rug, I could have sworn I had enough of each colour to finish it. The answer to that would be a no!

Top 1/6th and bottom 1/6th had green in, I then began the next two portions only to find just a bit of green left and far too short to be of any use. Ah well, nothing for it but to change colour, which would have meant a trip to a local charity shop.

DB however, remembered he had seen some blue material up in the loft and brought it down. It was a little darker than I would have wanted but once it weaves it way throughout the rest of the rug, I think it will be okay.

I have also remembered that every time I change ends, to re-jig my rolls of fabric to stop definate pattern formation. Anyway, here with the new colour plus another 10 strips of each colour wound onto cardboard tubes: