May is insane with the end of school and the start of summer...with spring lacrosse tossed in! I stand around in the cold wind watching boys pummel each other most days.
I'm working on a couple of big quilts, but had a chance to make a quick, fun gift last week. This would be a perfect teacher gift, too! I called it a "Summer Gardener's Aid".
Using the tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew! I made a rice heat therapy sack and a reusable cold pack. A nice, heavy linen makes these super cozy.
For the cold pack I found buckwheat groats and a yummy essential oil at Whole Foods. The buckwheat groats were only $2.99 a pound and well worth the special trip. The bag feels so nice with them inside. I used a sweet orange oil as in the tutorial - I stood at the huge rack-o-oils at whole foods for quite some time sniffing everything. A few made me gag, and I always went back to the orange, so that was it.
The rice in the heat bag was from the regular grocery store - no need for special jasmine rice inside the bag!
I tied it all up with some muslin and a couple badger balm tins (one for rough hands, another for after sun exposure). Overall, a fun use for some favorite fabric scraps.
I'll end with a few lacrosse pictures, since that's a majority of my life right now!