Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Stitchin Hip Chick Featured Artist & Giveaway Contest

This week we have one of our newest members in the spotlight as featured artist of the week, Stitchin Hip Chicks, mother and daughter team from Markets of Sunshine.

Sara and Lorraine are the duel team of Stitchin Hip Chicks featuring handmade products for women, teens and children.   You'll find them on our "Meet the Artist" page of our website and they also have a shop on Etsy.  We're happy to feature them this week in our blog post and hope you will enjoy browsing their shop and entering our contest where you can win a $20 gift certificate to their shop.

They are also offering a coupon code to be used in their Etsy shop; use the coupon code AugustBlog for 15% off your total purchase good through 09/15/2013at Stitchinhipchicks on Etsy!

We want you to get to know more about our great artists so we have asked them to share with our reader's some great tips that you can use around the house.  Here is what they had for us:

Ten great uses for eggs and egg shells!

1. Plant Water:
Don’t get rid of the water you used to boil eggs. Instead, after it has cooled, water your plants with it, which is packed with nutrients.

2.Leather Cleaner:
Whisk egg whites and apply a thin layer on the affected area of leather. Lightly scrub the egg white away. It will leave the leather both clean and shiny, as egg whites cling to residue and help to pull it away from leather.

3.Plant Fertilizer:
The calcium in eggshells promotes plant growth. Crush eggshells and mix them into fertilizer.

4. Band-Aide:
Apply a thin layer of whisked egg whites to a minor cut. The egg whites will dry, creating a thin film that protects your cut as well as provides nutrients to the skin that will help it to heal easier, sans a scar.

5.Jewelry Enhancer:
Eggs contain sulfur, which oxidizes commercially-sold jewelry with sterling .925 or lower, helping to enhance jewelry’s design. Hard boil 1-2 eggs, crumble the egg yolk, and place the the egg yolk at the bottom of a container. Top the crumbled egg yolk with 1-2 paper towels, and then place the jewelry atop the paper towels. Seal the container and let it sit at room temperature for a few days. Remove the jewelry, rinsing it enough with soap and water to get rid of the unpleasant smell.

6.Edible Paint:
Isolate the egg white from the egg and whisk it with 1 tablespoon of water and food coloring of choice. Paint pastries and cakes, or any appropriate food item, for a decorative, edible, and easy way to bring color to your creations.

7.Unclogged Sink:
Leave crushed eggshells in the strainer of your sink and it will help to break up anything that passes through to prevent clogging.

8. Compost:
Eggshells are packed with calcium, which helps plants to grow. Crush eggshells and add them to your compost.

9.Arts and Crafts:
Prick a hole with a pin in one end of the egg and let the egg white and yolk slowly drain out. You are essentially left with an empty egg. Decorate the eggshell to your liking and admire your creative ornament! This is also a creative arts and crafts experience for kids, as it is both challenging to keep the eggshell in one piece and fun to do.

10. Shampoo:
Eggs are packed with protein and thus a welcome treatment for the hair. Whisk an egg and then run it through your hair with your fingers and massage it into your scalp. The egg yolk will treat distressed and damaged hair as well as moisturize it, while the egg white will clean the hair by sticking to dirt and pulling it away. Once fully applied to the hair, wash the egg out with lukewarm water.




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