July 21st, 2007

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Accessibility in the 'blooking' arena

Cheryl Hagedorn writes an excellent blog about blooks and blooking, which is basically the practice of creating books from blogs. She examines various blooks and the methods used to produce them.

As we all know, I rarely stop talking and sharing, so about a week ago, Cheryl and I began conversing about how I created
Nickie's Nook: Sharing the Journey
and the accessibility of blooks and the processes used to create them. I wanted to share what she posted with you. Below, I'm placing the links to the three posts she created.

I'm impressed with Cheryl, because she's actually taken accessibility to heart and asked the tough questions of other publishers and readers. Thanks Cheryl, you're an advocate!

Check out
An Accessibility Question for you
Accessibility Part 2
Accessibility part 3

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Soap therapy

No, I'm not talking aboutt watching "All My Children" or similar shows until you convince yourself that other people have lives which are more worthy of being called a trainwreck. I'm actually talking about making soap using essential oils and other natural things to add a little more joy or healthiness into your day.

In the past year or two, I've learned that I can tolerate bathing more easily if I use lavender (the essential oil relaxes and aids in pain and nausea control). So I've used lavender (and for a while a lavender chocolate soap) to make bathing less of a torture session (yes, it did used to be helpful, and it can be relaxing, but washing RSD foot is positively excruciating). But the soaps I've been using seem to have disappeared from the market.

So, this is when I reach way back in my memory to when I didn't have RSD and I actually wanted to do crafts and such. My teacher who did mobility, Braille and everything else blindness with me taught me how to make melt and pour soap. It was fun, but I kind of tucked it back away for a while when I got RSD.

But in the last few weeks, I've thought about it and realized I could start using my aromatherapy skills and what I remembered of soap making with the melt and pour method to make soap which meets my needs specifically.

Yesterday, Mom and I decided to try it. We made manderine soap and a lavender soap with powdered milk. And today's soap included a blend of essential oils I've used with my RSD. Time will tell how well the various soaps work.