So on Monday, I was absent. I took a sick day.
No. That’s not true. That would be a lie.
I actually have all these days at work that I spent the last four years saving up for ‘rainy days’ and now I have to use them before my last official day or lose them forever. So outta my last 15 work days, I only have to head into the office for 9. Pretty sweet, huh?
But that means you guys are BowerPowerless. It’s cause I still don’t have a home computer. Remember that whole post where we discussed how I, a blogger, don’t have a computer? Remember that awkwardness?
So now there is that weird silence. I am just waiting for my birthday to roll around so that my dear sweet hunky boyfriend to give me something that can support Photoshop…and praying that I don’t receive anymore scented lotions. I have spent the last seventeen years receiving scented lotions. ENOUGH WITH THE LOTIONS. I think I have a shmorgasboard of lotions in our closet right now…vanilla, chocolate, apple, vanilla apple, vanilla floral…the list goes on and on. I can’t even reach my feet to put on the scented lotions thus making me more irritable. And the only thing that goes on the tummy-region is the cocoa butter stuff…which actually does remind me of chocolate…which makes me hungry for cookies & brownies & twenty-teen pounds of Dove dark chocolates…and that’s not even close to as as scrumptious smelling as the ACTUAL chocolate lotion…which smells like I should be squirting it directly down my esophagus.
Anyway. So now that I am finished with my lotion shpeal…wanna know what I did on my day off?
I made these:
They are what I call Headache pillows. They are filled with rice and can be heated up or thrown in the freezer for when the headache or shoulder ache or the _______(fillintheblank) ache happens to hit.
And because nobody wants to smell like rice…I added some of the loose tea leaves from this delicious tea:
Hmm. It is soooo good. And surprisingly, it is totally edible…unlike a similar smelling lotion I have stashed in the bathroom.
But these little headache pillows weren’t my idea. I got it from this cool chick. She rocks my socks off. And she calls me funny nicknames…which actually makes me giggle long enough to forget all about chocolate. And after that split second is over, I am back to searching crafts.
So now that you know what crafty crafts I have been up to…tell me, anyone out there with an awesome link to a craft you just can’t wait to share? Share it. Immediately. Before I start licking my lotioned hands. Because that is just plain weird.
This is such a good idea. I usually just put rice in a tube sock and tie off the loose end. LAME. This is so much prettier.
I never thought of putting loose leaf tea in my pain pillows! Thanks for the great idea!!!
Also, my cocoa butter tummy butter also (weirdly) reminds me of chocolate. Does your heat up when you put it on??? Mine does & I can’t decided if i like that or not…
Anyways….. great post!
Since baby Will is on his way, you might want to check out this easy no sew diaper clutch I made from a placemat. I use it ALL THE TIME! I’ve even made a few for shower gifts 🙂
These are pretty! I’ll have to make some of these. I have my rice in a sock tied in a knot and the sock got a hole in it and I ended up with rice all over me the last time I used it. Pretty right!
You could always make some cute burp cloths for your little man if you just need something else to do. I made a few my little man and they were simple and cute.
Love the tea leaf idea. I’ve made the rice packs and I agree- they smell. I’ve heard of inserting some dried lavendar, but never tea. I’ll have to give it a go on my next attempt.
Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker says
I made a couple of these a while back with lavender, though. SOOOOO awesome! I get tons of headaches, which sucks. But maybe I’m actually just addicted to the lavender and having withdrawal symptoms when the thing isn’t on my face? Who knows.
Love the polka dots.
I would totally regift those lotions. 🙂 I also have quite the stockpile. I don’t think I’ll have to buy any for quite a few years!
Thanks for always replying back in your comment section, that will keep a reader 🙂 I like to communicate with some of my favorite bloggers.
The whole computer thing, don’t worry. I’ve been there, done that many times. IT HAPPENS. Life can get messy…not that, this is messy, but you know. I bet the Headache pillows the Herb tea scent is forever lovable!!!! I have to do this. Thanks for sharing.
That’s brilliant!! There’s a chance I may try that this weekend. Thanks!! (p.s. I’m still on Team Apple!!)
Amy E. says
i’ve seen a bunch of tube socks full of rice (half of my cousins are doctors or physical therapists), but not a pillow. i totally agree with everyone else that these look way better! and the tea leaf idea is golden (just like honey)!
i have a small sewing project idea for you. it’s not in tutorial form (yet) but if you’d like, i’ll whip up a tutorial post just for you. here’s how i made a little “Daiper & Wipers To-Go” pouch.
I used to have chocolate lotion that I swear I wanted to lick off every time I used it! Love the headache pillow. I’ve made them before and they are indeed fabulous.
Here is my most recent craft:
I used to have chocolate lotion that I swear I wanted to lick off every time I used it! Love the headache pillows. I’ve made them before, but never thought to use tea leaves in them. Great idea!
This is my most recent craft:
Caitlin @that House On the Corner says
That is the BEST tea! I am addicted to it! Bu ti haven’t found it anywhere besides at the restaurant where I work! Every place has celestial tea, just not that flavor! It’s the best with a little orange honey (southern CA makes for some good orange loving honeybees!). Great post! I think I have some new Christmas gift ideas…
Wow, I’m so impressed that this is what you did on your day off! I’d have caught up with missed episodes 30Rock or Entourage or something similarly, er, productive 😉
Maybe you could swap some of your body lotions for other beauty bits on MakeUpAlley.com?
I have made pillows like that too, but with flax seed. It really doesn’t smell that great when heated, so for my next one, I think I’ll try adding the tea bags, great tip!
I have been meaning to make these since seeing them on Darby’s blog…but today you sold me on the idea and I just whipped up one small eye pillow and one larger ‘it can go anywhere you hurt’ pillow. I used some yummy smelling Yogi Tea that I can’t drink while pregnant (something about the herbs in it)…so I am quite happy that I found a new use for it.
The only problem is that I seem to have forgotten how to sew…so we’ll just have to wait and see how long these little gems last…they may end up in the same trash as those holey tube socks Liz and Nikki use 🙂
I’ve decided that my signature gift to friends this year is going to be… http://www.filminthefridge.com/2008/08/28/to-market-to-market-a-market-bag-tutorial/
I think they will make a nice bag to pack in a few fun treats and who doesn’t love reusable chic shopping bags!? I bought the fabric last night and to make 4 bags is cost less than $20!
Those headache pillows are also great for your lower back, for those days when it feels like you’re carrying a 22pound baby in your belly 🙂 If you’re feeling crafty, you might want to try making a baby wrap. I love my moby wrap, but really its just a long piece of jersey material and would be easy to make.
Sounds like you are in full-on nesting mode!
Sarah @ Dream In Domestic says
When I was on the dance team in high school, one of my teammates made these for all of us to put on our sore joints and muscles and also to use on competition days when it was cold, snowy, and too early to be awake.
If you’ve been looking for some actual accessory pillows, I have a giveaway going on for a pillow of your choice (might be great for the nursery, or anywhere in your home) at my blog.
dear lotion collector, you rock my socks off too… get down with your bad headache pillow. xoxo
Jill Stigs says
Uhm, hello? Your boyfriend should be rubbing lotion on your feet (and back and anywhere else you currently cannot reach) while you are preggo!! Also I have a “headache bag” that was purchased. Unfortunately last time I microwaved it, something inside burnt and now it still smells that way (ugh). Thanks for this post……..I am going to re-stuff mine now. 🙂
So I’m sitting here, catching up on my daily blogs, thinking the rice and sock combo I have goin on is really not very becoming for me… then, you go and show me a much cooler way to sport that rice! Thanks! 🙂
K (BarkingBabyMama) says
Those will be great for your back during labor!
Such a great idea! I use something similar for when I have cramps. Is that too gross to share on here? What am I talking about?? This is allbowerpower! There’s no such thing as an overshare! 😉
Really though, I love the pillows ~ cute fabric, too!
I, too, am drowning in lotion. I could bathe in it daily for a year and not have used it all up at the end of the 365 days. As a result, my 2 year old gets to use the “good” lotion because why buy more when we already have all this stuff in the house?! 😛
I like the headache pillow. I’ve seen this idea for the achy muscles before, but not thought of using it for the ole noggin. Good thinkin. Now go put those feet up, preggers. And don’t forget the chocolate. 😉
(P.S. My whole blog is dedicated to the crafty endeavors if you’re interested in perusing.)
This might tingle your preggo toes, or at least give you a laugh ~ we used to make these same things in high school with seed corn from my friend’s dad’s silo. Yep, when you heat them up they smell like popcorn, yummmm! Now you can laugh at lil’ old hayseed me 😉 I use it for that special *tom* too and weirdly it always reminds me of my home sweet home in the country, all these miles away. But seriously like the others said go put your feet up girl! 🙂
I love http://soulemama.typepad.com/ for cool crafty inspiration…she rocks.. As does All Bower Power by the way!
You should make your own hooter hider. I’ve made a couple as gifts and they are really easy with some D-rings, boning and a scrap of fabric. There are instructions out there if you google it.
What are your ideas for Valentine’s day gifts?!
Krista D. says
I made my own Hooter Hider when I was pregnant with my second child. It worked so well! I wish I had done it for my first! I also made my own nursery textiles (valances, crib skirt, scrib quilt, basket liners).
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I love those headache pillows! I have one, and it’s WONDERFUL.
Here’s a little crafty action for your walls:
Ohmygoodness… thanks for telling me about Darby, I’ve already added her to my blogroll. And could you please get a laptop soon? I missed your posts all weekend and I don’t know if I can take it if there is a prolonged absence before you get your new machine. Quick, before Will gets here! Yikes, I’m nervous!
oh, and crafty crafts? check out my other blog, loulouhomemade.blogspot.com