Homemade hair accessories!

I love using every tool I have to make something small LOL. I also am a huge proponent of a woman being able to protect herself in every situations. I also like to knit LOL.

So now we know all the things I enjoy please like share and subscribe to my YouTube channel. Look me up anytime at Kat Atkinson. The channel and this page are all about trying new things and broadening your and my knowledge of hobbies/crafts/and arts. So many ways to express ourselves!

So learn something new every day and stretch your knowledge! Right now I am itching to knit something and am on my way to learning how to work with stained glass!


First week of Tour de Fleece!

I love spinning competitions! It gets everyone going and dreaming and creating and prepping and using all their million tools! Boy do we have tools! Most are sharp and scary to non fiber people.

Well first whole week I spun a grand total of 2.5 ounces! Not near what I wanted to do but I kept getting distracted! I would spin and then think ohhhh I want to make a spindle (Like I don’t already have enough!)

Now the really beautiful all wood spindle is my inspiration. It is made out of several woods and finished to perfection. The name is Cupid’s Arrow and Husband bought her for me for an anniversary present. Richard Ford from Heavenly Handspinning created this one.

Mine is the metal and wood one in the picture. I made a video on how to make a drawer pull spindle. I took this up several notches and cut and drilled wood and put it on the lathe and turned and finished the wood. Then I put a point on one end of the metal dowel and used epoxy to attach them together. I am loving this! Wood and metal the combination is awesome. I keep looking at it and touching it. I can not believe I made it. Very simple I know but a few months ago I had never used any of these tools.

See this is how my brain progresses.

Back to spinning. I am mostly spinning 14.5 micron Marino that I got from Camaj Fiber Arts. I splurged and bought a pound. I have never gotten anything this nice before but it was a group buy and I got it. I am going to be tired of just spinning natural color so I will probably prep and do some other color half way through to break it up.

I hope everyone had a great first week of Tour de fleece and enjoy my first week video!

After Shift


Oh my goodness. I just made a soap that actually made me sweat while working with it!! The whole process was worse (almost) than my post about my 15 lb bar of soap.

Everything went wrong. I melted my oils and as usual I put my fragrance, French market,  in the oils like always. Only I meant to not do that this time. I have read that this particular fragrance discolors somewhat so I wanted to only put it in the non white parts of the soap so at least if it darkened bad I would still have at least 2 colors. I have not used it before so I prepared myself

Problem number 2: I put goats milk in the lye. Yes most people do that but I have learned in the past you can really easily get a caramel colored mess. I froze a small amount of goats milk (just a couple of ounces) and even put the lye into ice instead of regular water to keep it cool so this would not happen. Needless to say I am going back to my old ways.

Problem number 3: I knew the fragrance makes soap batter move fast. Meaning the soap will turn solid faster than normal. By this I mean I put the lye in the oils and WHAM instant soap. I totally could forget the in the pot swirl I was going to demonstrate. Now I am showing how to try to triumph over soap on a stick! The soap actually started gelling in the bowl as I was trying to mix it.

At this point I could not even do plop and drop! I have to layer the soap that is the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes into a container and make it look smooth. I used a spatula to whip it into submission. When that did not work I had to use my gloved hands to cram it into the mold. No fancy anything. I am pretty sure it will be Christmas presents for the kids and maybe the homeless.

I put it in my oven hoping to force the gel phase to cover up all the errors. I am sure in the process I will probably burn off the fragrance which actually smells good still.

Why the title after shift? That is what I am naming this masterpiece! After Shift. It is a tribute to all the caregivers and hospital personnel that get battered and bruised during their shift still managing to care for people while breaking their backs. When you get home feeling like a prize fighter who has just lost their fight and wearing clothing you would rather just burn than washing.

It is for the people that did not get to go to the bathroom except once in 13 hours and then are having trouble holding their bladder trying to unlock the door to the house. It is for the people that took their patient to the bathroom at least 12 times in those 13 hours. It is for the shifts that you have 5 patients and 4 of them are isolation with 3 that can not walk do to varying degrees of paralysis and your aid has to go home. Bad thing is all the patients are in bad shape not just yours.

It is for the poor laundry people who get the nastiest laundry to wash ever…I mean it EVER!!! It is for the people working MRD getting requests for things stat that they don’t even know what they are. But they still help you find it and get it to you because someone is yelling they need it now.

So this poor ugly, beaten soap is for those people that leave their families to take care of your families. For the people that come in the garage. Strip down, shower and fall into bed only to wake up 2 hours later thinking about something they forgot to do then call the floor to let them know.

Thank you to all that make a living caring for others. After Shift is dedicated to you! I am going to try to make a soap called Before Shift. For the people who look so beautiful and still smell good that come to relieve you. The ones we are so happy to see that it feels like just left.


Fourth of July Soap

I wanted to introduce my newest soap. Welcome Fourth of July! I have to make the soap now for it to be cured in time. I am really tired, worked last night and again tonight but I wanted to get this published out,

Can you make the same soap I did? Can you make it better (I am sure you can!) If you try to make it let me see your pics! I figure it will be a while before I have any takers on this challenge. Lets get the work out about the newest soap video and as always share, like, comment, and really important Subscribe. It is hard to be taken seriously as a newbie!

Fourth of July Soap!