The secret, unleashed!! Mobile Hair Lair reveal!

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Heya, cats & kittens!

Things are really coming along, and it’s time for me to unleash the BIIIIG NEWS! Some of you will have known about this on the “down-low” for almost a year!

SCISSORKITTY IS GOING MOBILE!!

 

That’s right. The Werehusband has been hard at work helping me to turn THIS beautiful beast (top left photo) into a Mobile Vintage Hair Lair! When parked, Glennie here will be my regular day-to-day homebased Hair Lair (just above ground!).. but for carshows, events and especially for WEDDINGS, the whole she-bang will roll to the rescue!

There’s a lot of work still to do- and obviously a good paint job is in order!- but now seems like the perfect time to share this exciting news with the world!

Here’s a brief timeline of what’s been happening:

Wed Sept 23rd 2015- bought the trailer! We were offered a place to store her over the winter (thanks, Daysie!), so she was parked, tarped, and the real planning begun!

January and ongoing- I have been #superlucky enough to be selected as part of the Startwise Program: a government supported initiative to help boost/build/begin small businesses in our area. (You may have seen me blushing like a fool in the London Free Press, and the various St.Thomas newspapers!) Rigorous brain-beating classes, banking sessions, tons of homework (and a few glasses of wine later!)- Scissorkitty qualified for some amazing support and resources to get Glennie (the Mobile Lair is a late 60s Glendale) going! I dont have enough glowing things to say about the London Small Business Centre, and our phenomenal Small Business Enterprise Centre #sbec here in St.Thomas! #stthomasproud

May and June- Glennie came to our house (where she’s been clogging the driveway ever since! lol!). A LOT of deconstruction had to happen as we gutted back to the aluminum and studs.. and then we discovered a lot of rotten studs and flooring!! :/

June 29th stands out- that’s the day i discovered a nest of BABY MICE in the wall!! Poor little fuzzies! TheWerehusband Googled “mouse milk”, and we attempted to save them (after leaving them undisturbed for a day, to give Mumsy a chance to return first. Thanks, Laura, for your awesome advice, and for calming my crazy panic!!). They did unfortunately die.

July and August- reframing as a family (notice my amazing men-folk wielding tools in the photos!)! The Werehusband put in some MAJOR overtime hours doing a beautiful job of rebuilding Glennie’s rotten bones- even giving her roof back some of her original curves! Roof sealing, patching, window replacement and junk removal, plus begining to lay down a new subfloor.. and did i mention all new towlights and wiring harness, electrical consult, scrap yard trips, 4 new tires, new trailer jack and lock, and all sorts of supplies later… phew!

Next? LOTS more fun to be had as Glennie gets ready for Wedding Season 2017!!

Stay tuned for more updates!!

Love and be awesome-

M

How to make Washing Soda- cos sometimes this junk is impossible to find!

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Heys cats & kittens!

So, you readmy laundry soap post and can’t find Washing Sodaanywhere? Not to worry! Scissorkitty to the rescue.

Washing Soda is chemically Na2CO3, and good ol’ fashioned Baking Soda is NaHCO3..

Basically- heat your oven to 400°, and pour a box of baking soda into a glass baking dish. Spread it out evenly, and pop it in the oven! I bake mine for about an hour, stirring every so often. You are simply baking out the water (hydrogen), thereby increasing the salt/carbon.

Baking soda is kind of shiny, and feels sift to touch. It makes water silky. WASHING SODA looks duller, feels grittier, and may have a greyish tinge. AND IS VERY TOXIC!! So- label it properly, and store it well away from your baking supplies.

Tadaa!! Simple science!

Be awesome

-M

Bubble bubble, no toil, no trouble! How to make your own liquid laundry detergent!

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Heya cats & kittens!

So, it’s that time again- about every 4months or so, I roll up my apron sleeves and cook up a big batch of laundry soap. IT IS SO EASY!! The whole deal takes less than an hour, makes about 3gal of detergent (which DOES TOTALLY WORK in our HE washer), and costs about $2! (when you divide it down)

You will need:

A BIG pot- i use my giant canning pot

A box of Borax- in the detergent aisle at most grocery stores

A container of WASHING SODA* (if you can’t find this, check my next post for instructions on how to make it!)

A bar or soap (I like Ivory- it smells like my childhood, and doesn’t leave a residue.. but you can use whatever you like!)

Any essential oils you prefer

A wooden spoon

A measuring cup

3 gallon jugs

What to do:

Fill up 1 1/2 of your chosen containers with water, and pour it into your pot. (This is SO MUCH easier than actually counting out cups of water. A gallon is about 16 cups, but there seems to be some weird mojo surrounding whether it is a Canadian/Rest of the World gallon, or a US gallon. Grrrrrr.)

Now chop or grate your soap into wee bits, and drop it into your pot. Put it all on high, and stir occasionally as you let your soap melt COMPLETELY.

While you are waiting- cos this is the longest part, fill each of your containers halfway with cold water, and set them somewhere nearby PROBABLY AT GROUND LEVEL, because that big pot is going to be heavy! I like to fill and sit them in my bathtub,because i get a little paranoid about spillage/accidentally melting my plastic jugs. heh.(What? This is entirely possible, so be sure you pick STURDY containers!)

Soap all melted? Great! Don’t let it boil yet!!! If it is, remove from the heat for this next step! (unless you want a giant foam explosion!) Skim off any stubborn chunks and foam. Now add 1 1/4 cups of Borax, and 1 1/4 cups of Washing Soda. Stir gently so you can feel the granules dissolve without making massive foam.(Return to heat if you removed it.)

NOW WATCH IT CAREFULLY!!! Let your mix come to a boil, stirring gently but often. Let it boil for a minute or so BUT DONT LOOK AWAY!! Otherwise you’ll be cleaning your kitchen as foam gets EVERYWHERE!!! Let it boil for a few minutes, or until the amassing pile of bubbles freaks you out too much.

Remove it from the heat,and let everything cool down.

Now is your chance to add any essential oils. A FEW DROPS IS ALL!! (no more than 15 total). Stir gently.

When your pot is cool enough to handle, carefully pour 1/3 into each of your 3 containers. You should fill them all! Now GENTLY stir those, and leave ’em to cool and gel up.

This will eventually settle into a gel.Sometimes there is still liquid- which is FINE, because it is just as wash-y. Don’t stress! I have a small scoop from the dollar store that i use to dispense mine- about 1 1/2- 2tbsp per load. ENJOY!

Be awesome!

-M

A free moment- time to get muddy!

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Heya, cats & kittens!

Scissorkitty isn’t JUST about hair- it’s about doing something awesome for yourself to make you feel as confident and gorgeous on the outside as you already are on the inside!

I love doing face masks. You won’t see them on the service list in the Hair Lair- i have NO spa training. This is something i do just for me! Kicking back with a coffee and a facefull of mud, and catching up on Pretty Little Liars (lol! guilty pleasures!)- what a great way to start my day!

Today I’m just using a mudmask from Shopper’s, “Life brand brightening facemask with licorice and seaweed”- it feels VERY stingy/tingly when i put it on (possibly, because i kept it in the fridge). I can get 2 uses out of each pack, because there is LOTS of product in there.

My favourite facemasks at the moment are: the Facial wraps from ItWorks, and a homemade one of turmeric, coconut oil and honey. The catch with the turmeric one- it is REALLY pigmented (super golden yellow!), so if you are pale like me, you run the risk of being a little..er.. sallow. 😉 I’d be using that mix at nightime, instead of right before running groceries, for example. haha!!

So how about you guys? How do you like to pamper yourself in those wee stolen moments of relaxation? Any favourite face masks I should be trying OR ones to avoid?

Be awesome!

-M