adventures in heatherland

Wipe Out.

Yes.  It’s official.  I’m back at the computer and this time I’m a mama.  A lot has changed since starting this blog, and we are about to take a new DIY direction by talking about baby wipes.


Wait, what’s that sound?  Oh, that’s just my usual readership falling by the wayside.  Yes, I’m headed deep into the mommy blog trenches.  Giddy Up.


DIY Baby Wipes

This recipe was actually shared with me by my amazing postpartum doula, Krista (more on her later).  She wrote about it on her blog here, and now I am adapting it with some cost comparison.


DIY baby wipes aren’t entirely about saving money (even though that’s a huge motivating factor), I make them because it’s nice knowing exactly what’s in the wipes and when they were made.  Everything that touches Baby Heatherland’s skin needs to be considered carefully because he’s still brand new.  And also, these wipes smell so much better than anything on the market.  Am I the only one that gags at the smell of most baby products?  Everytime I open the lid to these I get a whiff of lavender and it makes the dirty task at hand slightly less annoying.


How Much Do They Cost

Let’s compare the cost of Pampers sensitive wipes to the cost of my homemade wipes.

Wipes Comparison

The batches that I make with Bounty select-a-size paper towels yield 175 wipes for $1.92.

1/2 Paper Towel Roll $1.16

1 TBSP Castille Soap $0.27

2 TBSP Olive Oil $0.49

TOTAL: $1.92

And here’s the ingredients:

Water, Olive Oil Water, Saponified Organic Coconut & Organic Olive Oils (w/ Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E.


Pampers Sensitive wipes (on sale) at babies r us yield 168 wipes for $6.  And here’s the ingredients:

Water/Agua/Eau, Citric Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyglycerin, Bisabolol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polypropylene, Rayon, Lyocell

And not for nothing, but EWG Skin Deep Database ranks pampers sensitive wipes at a “moderate hazard”.




  1. Cut a roll of Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels in half (those are the best).  Sharpen your knife before and after you cut them.  cut paper towels
  2. Remove the cardboard center by peeling it out.  IMG_5273
  3. Boil water.
  4. Measure 1.25 cups of boiling water, then add 2 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tbsp castille soap.  Stir well.  IMG_5275
  5. Place your 1/2 roll into a storage container (with a lid), then pour your hot liquid evenly over the roll.  IMG_5277
  6. Let cool, cover with the lid and use them by peeling the first sheet out of them middle so they are easy to tear.  IMG_5280

There you have it.  DIY wipes.  One batch will last about 7 days for us.  That means our total cost per year is just about $100.  And Baby Heatherland’s skin has never once been irritated by them, despite 10-12 diaper changes a day!

Horseplay in Heatherland.

When it comes to children’s toys, these days we are offered nothing but plastic.  But I am a sucker for wooden toys, especially when they have sentimental meaning.  Mr. Heatherland and I received this toy rocking horse from his Aunt Sandra, and this very special horse came with it’s own life story…

“I was Mr. Heatherland’s toy rocking horse.  And 30 years ago I was found on the porch with no head.  I was broken and ready for the bone yard.IMG_2493

Mr. Heatherland’s Aunt Sandra saw the state of me, took me in and replaced my head.  This was a great feat, because young Mr. Heatherland proclaimed that I could not be fixed!   For the next 20 years I lived under a baby grand piano in her house.


In 1999 I was moved with Aunt Sandra to a rental house with many other toys.  On Ash Wednesday, the “Great Fire” occurred and the house I was living in burned- but I was saved!


Besides a little smoke damage, and having a tail and mane in bad shape, I’m ready to go. For those 30 years it was Aunt Sandra’s intention to give me back to Mr. Heatherland so I can play with his son or daughter someday.


And that day has come.”

The weekend that we received this rocking horse to take home with us was also the anniversary of Mr. Heatherland’s Father’s passing.  We spent some time picking fruit from blueberry bushes he planted about 30 years ago.  It seemed only right and fitting that we named the horse Blueberry.


And since nothing enters Heatherland without getting a little makeover, let’s explore Blueberry’s Rehab:

Refinish the Body with Chalk PAint

  • Mr. Heatherland took Blueberry apart and primed him for me.  Then I painted all the pieces with one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray (safe to use on children’s toys and while pregnant).


  • Then the pieces first got a coat of clear paste wax, which was allowed to dry.  I sanded the edges and high spots with 180 grit sand paper to expose some of the brown stain underneath for a distressed finish.


  • The last step was a very quick wipe down of Annie Sloan Dark wax (wipe on in small sections and wipe off), which was allowed to dry.  It’s important to note that the coat of clear wax will allow you more creative freedom with your dark wax.  Otherwise, if you dive right into the dark wax the chalk paint will absorb it and you won’t be able to wipe it off to your desired shade.



Make A New Mane

  • We found a hand painted alpaca yarn($36)  on a little trip through Maine.  I bought 2 hanks and I’m glad I did- I used every strand.


  • To make the mane, I made little bundles of cut yarn by first wrapping them around a card, then tying them tightly, and cutting them on the opposite side.  They looked like little yarn bowties.


  • I secured them up the spine of the horse with heavy duty staples.


  • The mane was about 30 of my little bundles of yarn (yes, it took awhile).

Make the saddle


  • I made a template out of a paper bag, then traced it (inverted) into the back of my cowhide.


Make the Tail


  • The Tail was easy.  I separated the remaining yarn into three pieces and braided it.


  • Then I stapled both ends of the yarn tail to the horses saddle, it created a little loop and gives the tail a little more interest.


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My, what a fancy saddle!

Even #sisalthesheep approves of the new (old) toy!


Old Bag.

Have you ever looked down at your beloved handbag and realized that it has officially lost it’s luster?  I just had that moment last week with my beautiful white Celine Bittersweet Bag.  I finally saw her for what she is, not what she once was… She was a dirty old bag.

she's seen better days.

she’s seen better days.

Instead of putting her out to pasture, I decided to try and restore her with a fresh coat of dye.


After much research, bought White Leather Dye by TRG.  TRG makes the most highly reviewed leather dye on the market.  And it’s easy to see why: It is very simple to use, comes in a wide variety of colors, and yields amazing results. The one thing I was worried about was the “shine” that was in the description, because I did not want my bag to be shiny- and to my relief it’s leaves a nice finish with only the slightest hint of a shine.


How to Re-Dye A Leather Bag


Grab your dirty old bag and give it a good cleaning.



Then use the Preparer in the dye kit.  They recommended using it with a green Scotch Bright Pad, which I didn’t have (nor did I want to use on my Celine) so instead I saturated a rough towel with it and worked the liquid all over the surface of the bag and that worked just fine.


old_bag_4After it’s been cleaned and prepared, open the dye and start by painting stitching, hard to reach places, and extremely soiled areas first with the brush they have provided.  If dye gets on the metal parts, just wait for it to dry and scrape it off.



The kit also included a little sponge to apply the dye with but it was very small and annoying to use.  So I used a sponge that was in Mr. Heatherland’s shoe polishing supplies.  It had a little handle and did the job just fine.



Here are the straps of the bag, before and after.



This is the body of the bag, as I was working on it.  The dye has amazing coverage even after one coat.



One small bottle of dye gave me enough to do one coat on a medium sized bag.  And a single coat was enough.  If you are trying to change the color completely (which people do with this product) I would estimate 3 bottles for a medium sized bag.



After the dye has dried, I applied a leather conditioner to soften and protect the newly renovated bag.  I am very happy with the end result.  I was toying with the idea of buying a new handbag, but $15 for dye seemed like a much more reasonable investment.





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