Thursday, September 22, 2011

This and That....

I wasn't going to post today because I thought I had probably bored you ladies enough this week.. smile..
Today I have been trying to resurrect our bedroom..
When we came home from the cottage lots of stuff found it's way into our room.. I don't know why but if there is a room in the house where everything finds a landing place it will be our bedroom..
For forty one years that has been the bane of my housekeeping chores.. Trying to keep stuff out of that room... sigh..
Well, today as I dusted and sorted I found something that I could not find.. grin.. (I wonder why) smile
It is only a rice bag... But it is something that I like and use quite often..

There it was hanging off of our old rocking chair..
I have one at the cottage but this is the one for home..
I thought you might like to make one.. I know the Keepers already know how to make these as we made them to sell one time..
A rice bag is full of rice or flax and you can heat it or freeze it and put around your neck or your knee or whatever is aching...

I personally like it on nights when I can't sleep..
I toss it in the microwave and then keep it close and the scent of lavender puts me to sleep..

Here is how you make it ...
Just cut out two  pieces of flannel or other soft fabric..
18 inches long and 7 inches wide..
Sew together and leave a hole at one end..

In a large bowl place 3 or 4 cups of raw rice or flax...
Add several drops of essential oil such as lavender, peppermint or rosemary.. (whatever turns your crank)  and toss it together..
Let it sit overnite with a plastic wrap on top..
Next day  put the rice in the bag and stitch up the end..

Easy as pie..
To use just place in your microwave for 2 minutes (it depends on your microwave how long you heat it) or place in the freezer for 30 minutes and then use it where you required...
Wonderful for a sore neck or aching knee...

Peppermint is great for headaches..
Lavender helps you relax..
You can look up the different oils and then pick what is best for you...
They also make lovely gifts to add to your gift pantry..
Place in a ziplock bag and add a tag on how to use it..

Well, ladies that is all for this afternoon..

A primitive wreath I made..

Hope you are all enjoying your day.. Thank you for stopping by..
Love visiting with you all..

He is sweeter more precious than silver or gold
His great love for me can never be told...
What a comfort to go to Him daily in prayer
He is sweeter.. more precious
Than tongue can declare..

An old chorus going through my head today..




  1. Oh thank you. I love this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. A great idea, Faye! Helpful as ever!
    I love the wreath too!
    Thanks so much!

  3. That is a great idea. I love the wreath too!

  4. Oh...Faye...I have to make this...great idea.


  5. Each member of our family has their own rice bags...we love them

    And oh how cute that star it.


  6. I use my rice bag all the time. It fixes up any of the kids boo -boo's just like a bandaid! They do make a great gift too. One year I made one and gave it away in a basket with some sort of cream and a back massager (and whatever else)... it was a good way to fill up the basket for little $$.

  7. I like how you add essential oil to your rice bags. I had never thought about that before. Once I made a couple out of the kids socks to keep a lone kitten warm. :) I love your wreath too!

  8. Oh this sounds so good, I always enjoy your posts, please continue to whenever you have the available time. God bless your days!

  9. Awesome idea the rice bag ! Lovely wreath to ! All looks wonderful. Have a wonderful eve ! Oh and you will never bore us !

  10. Yes these are great for aches and pains!
    Have a good night Faye!

  11. My old aching knees would love one of those! I'm gonna make one or two of them pretty quick.

  12. This is such a great idea. I was wondering though about the ziploc bag. Do I put the ziploc bag inside the cloth bag or is the ziploc bag just for storing them until ready to use. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  13. Hi Donna... the ziplock bag is just for storing the bag so that the essential oil smell is fresh.. Sorry about the mix-up..

  14. Yay! I'm excited to try this out---especially the idea of adding the oils to scent it.

    The wreath is so pretty, too.

    Faye, was it on your blog a tutorial to make your own homemade vanilla? I remember seeing it on someone's blog around this time last year and am trying to find it again to start making some for Christmas gifts. The person had ideas for labeling the vanilla and everything---since I've found so many great things to make on your blog I was wondering if it was yours where I saw it.

  15. Hi Cheyenne...
    No, it was not on my blog.. The only way I make good vanilla is to place a couple of vanilla beans which I split with a knife and put in some regular brand name vanilla..
    Very good but not what you are looking for..
    If I come across it I will let you know..

  16. I have one of the rice bags and I use it a lot. I may just make some of these for gifts this year.
    Thanks for sharing...