I've been wanting the Learning Herbs Herbal Remedy Kit for several years now….

I've been wanting the Learning Herbs Herbal Remedy Kit for several years now. They just had a 50% off sale, so I got it. It really helps that Bella is almost as interested in Herbal remedies as I am. So I justified the kit as much as for her as for me.

This weekend we opened up the kit and started making stuff out of it. We got the Echinacea Tincture started – that takes 6 weeks. We also made the Healing Herbal Salve.

The kit came on Friday, so that night I put the herb mix into my crock pot to infuse and we went to dinner with friends. I let it cool in the crock pot over night and turned it back on in the morning to heat back up for the next step.

The girls and I made up the salve in the morning. I chose to use different containers than what came with the kit as I want to use the little tins with some other salves I've already got the oils made up for.

We also put a tincture and a glycerite I made earlier this year into a couple of the dropper bottles in the kit.

It's pretty neat to have my 5 year old tell me some of the properties of the plants as we are making the salve.

I've spent a lot of money at LearningHerbs.com over the last couple of years, but it's worth it. Not only for myself, but for my kids.

In album Home Made Salve

Some of the Learning Herbs Herbal Remedy Kit. I had already taken out and used half of it by this point that the photo was taken.

I used the crock pot on low to infuse my herbs into my oil. I think it runs just a little bit warmer than I want, but I can address that with either a mechanical timer to just on/off cycle it so it runs cooler or to build an actual heat controller for the crock pot.

I used my french press to separate the oil from the herbs. Works great.

My double boiler bowl is actually a dog bowl. Cheap stainless steel that won’t trigger an argument with my wife over her good kitchen gear.

I made a tin, 2 baby food jars, and the big jar that came in the kit. I chose to use the other tins in the kit for other salves. I can’t EVER follow directions.

More exciting than watching paint dry, watching salve cool.

A work of art!

The kit came with labels. A very nice finishing touch.

The miracle of having all the hobbies, is I tend to have lots of kit with me

My 5 year old picked up a splinter in her big toe.

My botany kit has some tweezers, a sharp knife, and a light on one of the tiny microscopes.

My essential oils travel kit has clove oil. A good topical anesthetic and antibacterial.

A dab of clove oil, a bit of digging around with the razer knife, and a pluck of the tweezers. No more splinter.

A look at the splinter, an explanation of the oil used, a wiff of lavender. A happy little girl.

Photos of Full moon over Sherman Hospital

Labor and Delivery department. Some nice shots, some boring shots.

In album Sherman Hospital & Full Moon

One happy girl, one unhappy girl.

Scared of the dark, and happy to explore.

I am at dreamforce

I've been attending non-core and small sessions so far to broaden my knowledge, as the big ones and keynotes will be available online. Over 8 miles of walking today my phone tells me. I packed light and carried the full week's stuff with me all day.

In album #DF15 Day One

dreamforce. I’ve been reading about it and watching the videos for the last couple of years. I am actually here, in San Francisco this year!

They knew I was coming, the soda selection? Top notch!

The top bag is my Kelty Oriole bag. I packed for the week in this bag. A little inspiration from my online Ultralight Backing Group. I knew I was getting a backpack at the event, so this works out for me, I have room for bringing stuff home in the 2nd bag.

I’d drive it to work lettered up without shame! Well, the ‘win me’ on the hood could be removed to clear up any confusion.

Talk about a surprise, seeing one of my machines at dreamforce for the Internet of Things Cloud booth. We could do oh-so much more to really show off everyone’s capabilities.

Powell street Trolly!

I made a leather business card holder for my new business cards

I 3D printed the frame and embossing element. I also incorporated a NFC tag so I can use the case to transfer info digitally from the case as well.

A bit of high-tech, and a bit of old-school leather work. My favorite way of doing things. My leather working skills aren't good yet, but they are getting close to fair. I love being able to do stuff.

It's even on GitHub if you want one of your own. https://github.com/creuzerm/openscad-projects/tree/master/Leather%20Business%20Card%20Holder

Lots of photos with descriptions to look at in the album.

In album 3D printed & Leather business card holder

My new business card! I added a NFC tag inside the case so I can also just tap a smart phone to the business card holder and transfer the data that way. A very high-tech business card holder.

The logo doesn’t show well under flash yet. I suspect a few months in a pocket will change that. You can see how I started at the computer & 3d printer to make the business card holder.

Printing a plastic frame and an embossing logo at the same time.

The printed frame. Note the rivet holes, sewing holes, and the steampunk themed monogram.

My printer is pretty loose and sloppy, so I clean up all the holes with a drill press. A few minutes here saves lots of frustration when sewing.

I am loving the rotary cutter for cutting this thin leather. No pulling and stretching and causing ill-fitting leather sides.

The leather is VERY thin, so I bond it to plastic to make it more resilient. This happens to be a Mt Dew 2 Liter Soda Bottle. Lots of poking holes so I can sew it later.