Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rosebud Bath Salts

Hello there,

Yes, I have been going a little crazy lately with my DIY projects.  It keeps me out of trouble ... LOL! Today I have some pretty rosebud bath salts to share with you.  Aren't the vials just gorgeous?


Ingredients:
  • 4 large glass vials
  • Epsom salt
  • Dead sea salt
  • Dried rosebuds
  • Tub tea filters
  • Rose essential oil (optional)
In a small mixing bowl, combine Epsom salt and dead sea salt.  Stir mixture then add 4-6 drops of rose essential oil.  Toss in some dried rosebuds and gently mix.  Spoon the mixture into the glass vials and cork them.



"Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness; know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again."
~ Unknown ~


To decorate my vials, I wrapped a piece of hand-dyed lace around each one and used hot glue to adhere it.  I then created a triple loop bow from May Arts silk ribbon and glued 3 rosebuds in the center and hot glued it to the lace.  Just creating these made me want to jump into the tub for a soak!



Four vials will fit in a jute drawstring bag.  I also included two tub tea filters so the recipient will have everything she needs to add the contents to her tub.



I then created a tag using rose background paper and glued it to a metal-rimmed tag.  A hole was punched in the tag and then I pinned it to the bag using a Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal trinket pin.  If you look closely you will see fragile stamped into the pin.


This rosebud bath soak makes a wonderful gift and is an absolute dream to help you unwind after a long day.  I love the smell of roses - who doesn't?

You can find all the ingredients to make this soak at Stampington & Company.

Thanks for stopping to visit me!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Howling

I have a Stampscapes card to share with you today. I created this for a high school friend's birthday.


On a piece of Kromekote glossy white paper I stamped the Brookside Boulders, Boulders with Lichen and Oak Branch in StazOn Stone Gray.  I had to do some masking to stack the boulders.  The wolf was stamped in StazOn Black.  Using a 1" circle punch and a Post-it note I created a mask for the moon.  Once applied to the card then came the fun part ... sponging!

The sky was colored with Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue and Adirondack Denim.  I then removed the Post-it note.  Water was sponged with Bordering Blue, Marina Mist and Tempting Turquoise.  If portions seem a little too bright or dark I sponge some ColorBox Frost White to lighten and even things out.  Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint was added to the water.  The boulders were sponged with Basic Gray, Going Gray, Distress Black Soot, Basic Black and Distress Forest Moss.  I just dabbed the colors here and there until I was satisfied.


The focal image was adhered to a piece of Buckaroo Blue and mounted to a card made from Fresh Air paper.


Happy Birthday was stamped inside with Buckaroo Blue ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  A few more branches were stamped to coordinate.


I truly enjoy creating these types of scenes.  They really aren't too difficult and I love sponging. Some stampers use stylus tools and I do have one, but find sponging to be much easier for me.  If I press too hard with the stylus it can leave an oval imprint with ink and no one wants that.  If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me.  I would love to hear from you.

Wishing a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!  See you soon ...








Stamps:  Stampscapes Brookside Boulders, Boulders with Lichen Small, Oak Branch, SU Nature Silhouettes and Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper:  Fresh Air, Buckaroo Blue, Shimmery White, Kromekote Glossy
Ink:  Images - StazOn Stone Gray; Wolf - StazOn Black; Sky - Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue, Adirondack Denim; Water - Bordering Blue, Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, ColorBox Frost White; Rocks - Basic Gray, Going Gray, Distress Black Soot, Basic Black, Distress Forest Moss; Sentiment - Buckaroo Blue with Clear EP
Accessories:  1" Circle Punch, Post-it Note, Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint
Technique:  Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chamomile Salt Soak

As Mother's Day approaches I wanted to make some quick and easy gifts for loved ones.  In less than 10 minutes you can create beautiful gifts with salts, herbs and essential oils.


Ingredients:
  • Tub tea filters or glass container
  • Epsom salt
  • Dead Sea salt
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Dried Chamomile flowers
  • Dried Peppermint leaves
  • Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil (optional)
In a bowl, combine Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt and Pink Himalayan salt to make a wonderful bath soak.  Epsom salt is very relaxing, great for soothing sore muscles and therapeutic.  Dead Sea salts are filled with minerals that help to increase circulation, calm the nervous system, and strengthen bones and nails.  Pink Himalayan salt can prevent muscle cramping, create an electrolyte balance and increase hydration.  Did you know pink salts come from the mountains and are said to be the purest form of sea salt?


To make your bath soak aesthetically pleasing add your blend of herbs.  I have used dried Chamomile flowers and Peppermint leaves.  For a wonderful aroma add your essential oil to the ingredients.  Be sure they are therapeutic-grade.  Depending on the scent you are using I would suggest 8-12 drops.  You can always add more if necessary.  I decided to use Eucalyptus Globulus.


I'm all about packaging!  Have you ever received something so darn cute or pretty you didn't want to open it?  I'm so guilty of this!  I spooned my salts into several tub tea filters that can be placed right into the bath water (like a tea bag).  Be careful not to overfill the filters as the seams could potentially separate.  It doesn't take much to create an aromatic bath.  If you don't have tub tea filters you can use cheesecloth and twine or ribbon to tie the top.  Mine were tied with a cream organdy ribbon. 


If you are going to add your salts to a container I recommend a glass jar.  Also, keep the dried herbs large enough so they can be retrieved from the tub and don't go down the drain.


Add some ribbon, a pretty tag and you have created a fantastic gift.  Since I was giving mine away I put the tub filters inside gusseted cellophane bags and used Washi tape to close them.  Be sure to make a little extra so you can pamper yourself!  When you're ready for your aroma bath it is a good idea to squeeze the bag after adding it to the tub to release more of the scent.

You can find the tub tea filters and wonderful ingredients at Stampington & Company.

Happy soaking!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lavender Linen Spray

Hello friends,

I love to freshen my linens with the aroma of lavender to give them a soothing scent.  At night, I keep this lavender linen spray beside my bed to enjoy gently scented pillows and sheets.  The aromatic benefits will help promote a restful night's sleep.

Ingredients:

  • Mister bottle (2-ounce)
  • 4 tablespoons distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon Rubbing alcohol/Vodka
  • 6-8 drops Lavender essential oil 

In a glass bottle, combine rubbing alcohol or vodka and lavender essential oil. Shake well to disperse the oil evenly throughout, then add distilled water. Lightly spritz your linens and enjoy the sweet floral aroma!



Shake well before each use and store away from direct light. Use a bottle that has fine mist to ensure proper dispersion of the spray.


Wishing you sweet dreams ...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day!

Although I can't march up to your door, hang a basket of flowers on the knob and ring the bell, I made a little something to hang on your virtual door knob.


So knock knock ...


As a child did you ever make cute little May Day baskets and fill them with posies?  Tradition states if your crush caught you leaving the basket they would chase after you to steal a kiss!


"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
~ Edwin Way Teale ~


Dreamy cottage roses just for you ...


Wishing you a rosy May Day!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Little Things ...

Hello friends,

As spring emerges so do the gardens ...


My violets are blooming,


So charming in pink ...


and pale purple!


I'm enchanted by little bouquets.


"Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?"
~ L.M. Montgomery ~


I've been fertilizing and preparing the soil.  It's time for me to get my hands dirty ...

Thank you for stopping to visit!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Geranium Salt Scrub

Hello friends,

The other day I made a geranium body scrub using pretty pink Himalayan sea salt.  Another simple and easy homemade scrub you can enjoy in the shower.  The aroma of geranium flowers enhances your mood while the sea salt is a rich source of minerals for your skin.


Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 4-6 drops of Young Living Geranium essential oil (therapeutic-grade)
In a small mixing bowl, combine pink Himalayan sea salt and coconut oil.  Stir mixture then add 4-6 drops of geranium essential oil.  Mix well and spoon your scrub into a glass jar with an airtight lid. 


Decorate your jar with a label and ribbon.  I used a piece of taffeta Rich Razzleberry by Stampin' Up.



The next time you are in the shower scoop out a bit and enjoy the lingering scent while you exfoliate your skin.

Happy scrubbing!

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