Wednesday, April 25, 2018

DIY Hand Scrub Flowers

It's FINALLY spring here in the Midwest and that means I'll be out working on my flower beds, yard and the general mess that our winters leave behind.  With that in mind, I decided to make these hand scrub 'flowers' (you could use any shape mold) and am also adding them to my Tea Cup Exchange box for Stephanie's Tea Cup Exchange at The Enchanting Rose.  This is the TWELFTH one she's hosted - it's an amazing and wonderful way to meet other bloggers and it's SO fun to put together the packages!
It takes just four simple ingredients:  Epsom salt, baking soda, essential oils and distilled or filtered water.  You'll also need a spice or coffee grinder and some type of silicone mold.  I chose flowers for these.  There are a lot of different recipes on Pinterest but this one from One Essential Community seemed to be the simplest.
You definitely need the grinder for this -- a food processor will not grind the Epsom Salts finely enough.  Here you see the salts on the left and afterward, they are ground to a fine powder.
After you combine the Epsom salt and baking soda, you add your essential oils.  My daughter and I decided on Lavender and Lemon/Rosemary.  We did 12 drops of each and mixed with a wooden spoon (that I only use for craft projects).  Add two tablespoons of water and mix then continue adding by the tablespoon until you get a nice, smooth, but stiff paste.  We used 7 tablespoons of water.
Press the paste into the molds. 
Our mixture made 18 flowers.
Cover your molds with plastic wrap and weigh them down with a heavy book. The mixture continues to expand for several hours so you have to keep checking and patting them down, compressing the mixture back into the molds.  Let them dry over night and then you can pop them right out.
Store in an airtight jar.  When your hands need a good cleaning, simply wet your hands and rub one of these into your hands and the dirt of the day will come right off.  The bonus is your hands are exfoliated and smell great!  I've used them already and plan to make a lot more to have 'on hand'.
I just used a Mason jar for mine and made a pretty label and decorated the lid.  This jar is going into my Tea Cup Exchange box . . . MY jar isn't as fancy haha!

Be sure to check out Stephanie's blog, The Enchanting Rose -- she's such a beautiful lady and I know you'll enjoy all she shares on her blog!

DIY Hand Scrub

Use a spice grinder to grind 1 cup Epsom salt to a fine powder; add ground Epsom salt and 1 c of baking soda to a glass bowl.  Add 24 drops of your choice of essential oils.  Mix well, breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon or your hands.  Begin adding 2-3 T filtered or distilled water to the bowl.  Continue adding water until it's the consistency of stiff cookie dough.  Press dough into your molds and let dry overnight.  The mixture will expand as it dries so cover molds with plastic wrap and weigh down with a book.  Continue checking and pressing down the dough for the first 3-4 hours.  After the dough has dried, pop it out of the molds and store in an airtight container.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Another Brief Blog Break

It's been a difficult month with the passing of my mom.  Just when I thought I was getting back into a 'groove', we had to suddenly put our little 8-year old Cocker Spaniel, Ava down on Sunday.  

Ava had something called Hemangiosarcoma.  It is a tumor that usually affects the liver or spleen.  Hers was on her spleen.  There usually are no signs anything is wrong until the tumor ruptures and causes, in some cases, instant death.  Ava became ill in a matter of hours and by the time I rushed her to emergency, it was apparent she was barely alive.  We were able to hold her and be with her until the end.  I'm so, so sad.

If you have pets, you know how attached we become to them and how quickly they become a part of the 'landscape.  
It's just a bit overwhelming right now so I'll take a little time off.  I'll be visiting your blogs as much as I can and look forward to returning when I'm feeling up to it.

Thank you dear friends for understanding.




Friday, March 30, 2018

Weathered Wood Garden Signs


I don't have a very 'green thumb'.  I admit it.  I keep trying though.  Every year.  It helps to have a sense of humor about your shortcomings so I decided to create some signs for the garden (of course they're fun to use even if you DO have a 'green thumb'!)  I'm making multiples of these so they will be for sale in my eBay shop on APRIL 1 and are also available through my Facebook Marketplace shop right now.


I have a lot of reclaimed wood but you could use any scrap wood you may have.  I give the wood a white wash first.  This is important because the images are printed on white tissue paper and you want the tissue to kind of 'disappear' when applied to the wood.


Lots of sanding by hand and using my sander help to make the tissue 'disappear' into the wood.


I love this verse!  I thought it was also a great way to display God's word in the garden.  I normally like the NIV but for some reason, I really liked the King James for this verse.


Patience pays off when the tissue disappears making it look like these have been hand-painted directly onto the wood.

It's still a bit cold here although the flowers ARE starting to make an appearance and the grass is starting to grow so hopefully in the weeks to come I can get out to the garden beds and begin getting them ready for another attempt at making SOMETHING bloom this summer!

It may not FEEL like Easter but it IS and I wish you all the most blessed Easter as we celebrate the risen Savior, 
Jesus Christ!

I'm sharing with you one of my favorite songs by Selah called "Glory".  It was a great comfort to me as we sat with my mom before she went to be with the Lord.  It's such a great description of all that awaits when our Lord returns.  Because of His sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection, "one day death will retreat and wave it's white flag"!!  Amen!!



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