Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Be back soon

Big Sur, CA
Head Bather

Sewing and being green

I love to sew. Sometimes more than other things.
I also love to find vintage supplies to use. Buttons are the most collectible, but I tend to find everyday things.
Zippers in fun retro colors, bias tape, hem lace or rickrack. All things can be used in their normal way or new fun ways.

An asymmetrical collar that opens with a zipper anyone? How about appliques with bias tape in fun shapes, maybe it wraps around a spot in something you can't get out.

So now we are using products that are old but still good and keeping items in our closet for longer.
Sounds very green.
Head Bather

Friday, September 23, 2011

I make the labels too!

I tell myself that making my own labels helps save money, feeds the need to graphic design and enables me to try out new products in small runs.

That may be true, but it can back fire too.

Like when your labels aren't water proof, and you make bath products.

Yeah that was not ideal.

But now I have waterproof vinyl label paper that works with my printer! I think I have almost everything switched over.

They go on so smooth and matte that there is almost no difference, other than the not peeling in your shower part. It's kind of a big deal. To me anyway.

Love to you all,
Head Bather

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Originally uploaded by ritualbath

We have wanted to go see the coastal redwoods ever since we moved out west, and soon we will be sleeping among them.

I love camping. Yes it's not for everyone, but that dirt under my nails, fire smell in my hair and waking up with the sun, ahh, makes me feel good.

For me I need a fire, comfy inflatable bed, and tent large enough to stand up in. The rest is just bonus.

What do you need?
Getting ready for the woods,
Head Bather

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another path

Originally uploaded by ritualbath

I have a love of treasure hunting, it's in my blood. I have always had some form of treasure window to house some of my most beloved memories in solid form. Often I go hunting and find great things but don't have a home for them. Now they are at MmeRubys on Etsy. Everything is one of a kind, never to be seen again, vintage or handmade or both. RitualBath is still my first love and continues to bring me joy, I just needed to add this as well. One step toward my apothecary/gift shop.
Happy hunting,
Head Bather

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Last days of summer grilling

Are you hot yet? Has the last sweet, salty, sweat of summer descended your back?
Yup here too.
While I am glad my family is tied to the AC business, electricity to run the dang thing is expensive. Even with the thing running 24hr a day the house can't get to the lovely days of 75 degrees. Days like this I don't want to use the oven or stove at all. Keep the heat outside.
I'm grilling.
Once the sun goes down a bit.
If I have a frosty beverage.
Here is one of my favorite grilling recipes right now.

4 small White fish of some kind fillets (I use Hake but you could sub, cod, flounder, just pay attention to the thickness and cooking time. It's a variable thing dependent on your grill and thickness of fish)
Fresh herbs on the stem (tarragon, thyme, cilantro, lemon thyme, mint are all great)
A few lemons sliced medium thickness (this photo has about four lemons, but it's a lot of fish)
salt and pepper

I use a grill pan (the ones with the holes for using on the out door grill it's about 12"x12"), but I think a few layers of heavy duty tin foil might work too. The lemons burned to the pan last time and was a pain to get clean, now I put the lemons right on the grill, no fuss no muss. No matter what you use coat it in oil, things are gonna get hot and sticky. Lay down your lemon slices in a layer to lay the fish on, then lay the herbs (mix them up a bit but leave on the stem) on top of the lemons, and follow with the fish fillets. Lightly salt and pepper the top of the fish, they are now ready for the grill. Your grill should be on medium low. Somewhere in the 350 degree zone, I'm no grill master, again I just eyeball it. Lay your prepared grill pan with fish, lemon, and herbs in the middle of the grill and close the lid. Cook for about thirty minute but check on it after fifteen. Serve on plate without the herbs and lemon, they are usually charred a bit. If they are not feel free to squeeze a bit of the lemon juice (if there is any left) onto the fish.
Goes great with grilled asparagus, or tiny potatoes in a tinfoil bag with lemon, sweet paprika and herb butter!
Enjoy the last few days of summer!
Head Bather