Tried it- Dishwasher Soap Recipe 

I found this simple recipe at Nature Moms the other day and decided to give it a go since we were out of dishwasher detergent  and I just happened to have all these ingredients below.

It worked really well and the kitchen smelled heavenly due to the fact that my Castile soap was lavender. Notes on the soap mixture though it did separate so I give it a shake before using. Use the amount it says, I thought it would be better to use more NO! It leaves soap residue. I may adjust this recipe and add some salt since our water is hard and we don’t have a grey water system in place so it will be okay. 



In my happy Monday post I mentioned posting a free pattern, I will periodically do so as I get better and better with creating patterns some will be for sale, some will be presented here for free.

Easy Peasy Crochet barefoot sandals 



Sl St- slip stitch 


SC- single crochet 

HDC- half double crochet 

DC- double crochet

H- 5.0 mm hook 

G-4.25mm hook ( used for weaving in the ends) 

Peaches & Creme 100% cotton yarn 

With H hook Ch 7 then Sl st in last ch from hook. Next grab the tail and hold along the ring you’ve created this will ensure it’s tucked in nicely right away and you won’t have to do it later. It looks a lot cleaner this way as well!

In ring: HDC 14 then sl st to connect and you will have created your circle.

Now ch 20 and then sl st in loop right before your ch start. This creates the loop that will be placed around your toe.
Weave in the end using the G hook. When I weave in the end I do so by inserting the hook into the middle of the chained work or loop that fits around the toe and pulling toward the ” back” of my work.  Then I work the end into the HDC half way in the circle I’ve created and then snip any remaining end sticking out. 

Repeat to make second circle with toe loop and set aside. 
Next we need to make the ties. 

With your H hook you will ch 100-125 depending on size of your lower calf area. You can always chain more if you’d like the ties to wrap more around your leg.  

Make sure when you finish chain you tighten the end then leave a bit of the tail for later to measure against the other to make it even. 
Repeat ( so you will have 2 long chains/ ties) 
Connect your ties by using the G hook, line up ties to be even with the toe loop. I like to insert into 2 loops and then actually tie a small knot which is invisible, then weave in the ends as described above and check tails for evenness and snip off excess. 
You’ve now completed your first set of barefoot 

Can sell item made from pattern just link back to my etsy shop( Alexis Vorpahl) or  blog ( and do not copy or redistribute my pattern in way,shape,or form. Thank you! 😃
Let me know how it works out for you I’ve had a few friends give feedback and say it was easy to understand and follow. One friend did a magic ring instead of the chain, this will make it look slightly different. The 20 chain for toe loop is what I figured as an average. The circle should sit about 3-4 inches away from the tip of the toe it’s worn on. You can easily change this and adjust to fit your fit just like the ties. 

Happy crocheting! 😃


Close up 


For toddlers and kids just shorten the toe loop 10-12 ch ties can be any length I believe I did 50-60 ch for this pair 

Happy Monday 

I’m so excited to announce that I’m working on crochet patterns to sell and the first one I will be sharing will  be free on this blog! Whoot! I am working on my crochet barefoot sandal pattern. Relatively easy and gets my fingers wet in the pattern writing department.

 For so long I’ve been holding my crochet flower hair pin pattern like a severely guarded secret. But I have now decided I want to share it with others.

Of course before I post the pattern for public eyes I’m getting some critiques from fellow crochet enthusiasts and then I’ll create a pdf that can be downloaded for you readers. 

So stayed tuned for that pattern. Have a wonderful week! happy Monday 


Crochet of the Past 

 I am drawing a total blank on what to blog about today so I decide to go through my photos of past crochet projects and found some of my favorites  

Tunisian crochet- one of my favorite stitches for making dish cloths- took this during an order I was filling for a customer 


A crochet flower hair pin 


Facial scrub pads
Made this for my munchkin headband and boot cuffs    

I made this for a friend’s daughter 

Crochet food munchkin loves her set I made her 

   I need to work on my current wip which is the barefoot sandals with the hearts I previously posted about. I am about to make a list of all the projects I want to get done I have so many! What project are you working on readers? 


DIY- Vertical Herb Planter 

 I am always trying to find some way to recycle, reduce, reuse… This time I chose to use cans and a pallet with a bit of spray paint I had on hand to create this simple planter:

While I was spraying the pallet itself I thought to myself leave it a bit unfinished for a more rustic look. I like it!! 



( screws pictured aren’t what I used)  

1 pallet

9 cans either all the same or like mine

Drill, impact driver, drill bits for screwing in nails and drilling holes in the wood and metal ( different bits needed) 

1 nail and hammer 

Screws- 1 1/2 for length 

Spray paint color of your choice. 


Safety glasses

Work gloves ( if you choose, some people prefer to work 
What I did first is spray paint the cans and used hammer to poke holes through the  bottom to help plants drain I did about 10 on the larger cans and 6 on the smaller ones. You can use a sharpie to mark where you want holes I didn’t. 

Next I drilled holes in the can right near the top – Mark it with sharpie after this I aligned it on the pallet and used a marker to place a dot where I needed to drill into it and place the can on the pallet ( see above pic) then I used the impact driver to get the screw in this works best on tough pallet wood. If you use the drill you risk tearing up the bit and screw leaving them both useless. 

( while drilling into the can just hold it tight wear safety glasses the whole time) 

More pictures of the project. If you choose you can leave the pallet alone- not spray paint it. I do suggest a layer of clear stain to help seal up the wood. Unless you’re okay with just the way it is. I chose color because I want to do two more pallets in different colors. That’s pretty much really easy and simple to do now just fill those cans up with potting soil and plant your seeds or transfer started herbs to the pots.



DIY or buy it?

That is the question…

the zen of living smaller

While we are all trying to live a conscious life and save money, and be responsible, it is sometimes a dilemma.  Do we spend all our time making everything from scratch or is it okay to buy some things ready made?

My own philosophy is to do what you enjoy doing from scratch, and to respect the limits of your talent, skills, and time.  Usually the decision is a no-brainer.  But sometimes it helps to have some criteria to help judge and decide by… so for more guidance, read this great article:

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