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!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sing

Happy Sunday,

My card today was inspired by the singing birds outside my bedroom window.  The sounds of spring are here, but the weather isn't cooperating.  I woke to a blanket of snow.  Although it looks pretty it is April, right?


The paper used for the card base is Old Lace.  I then took a piece of Pink Pirouette and ran it through the Big Shot using the Tim Holtz On the Edge Brackets Die cutting both sides.  Another piece of Old Lace was added with the focal image on top.  Glitter accents the bird and leaves.


A triple loop bow was created using pink seam binding with the center accented in an ivory flower pearl.


The oval flourish on the inside of the card was stamped in Lost Lagoon ink (stamped off first on scrap paper).  From the Heart was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown.  Sponging was done with Crumb Cake, Adirondack Latte and Pink Pirouette.  A clear Spica pen adds a little sparkle to it.


I was tempted to add something else to the card, but stopped myself.  Sometimes less is more  :-)

Yesterday I was experimenting with my essential oils.  If you didn't see my Stress Away Bath Soak you can view that post here on my other blog.

I think this is the perfect weather to make a savory pot roast in the crock pot with lots of vegetables.

Here's hoping your weekend has been filled with smiles.








Stamps:  JustRite Fashion Vintage Labels Six, SU Holidays & Wishes
Paper:  Image by Papaya, Old Lace, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Flourish - Lost Lagoon; Sentiment - StazOn Timber Brown; Sponging - Crumb Cake, Adirondack Latte & Pink Pirouette
Accessories:  Blue Bird Lane Pink Seam Binding, Wild Orchid Crafts Flat Back Ivory Flower Pearl, Clear Spica Pen, Tim Holtz On the Edge Brackets Die, Spellbinders Labels Eight #5 (Inside), Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Daydream Medallions

Hi everyone,

Yes, I have a card to share with you today.  I finally inked up the Daydream Medallions set.  I know ... why did it take me so long?  I'm guilty of purchasing new sets and then setting them aside.


I love all the layers and how easy it was to create the medallions using the Floral Frames Framelits dies.  The images were stamped in a combination of VersaMark with white embossing powder and Regal Rose ink with clear embossing powder.  Each layer was popped up with dimensions.  A Something Borrowed metal embellishment accents the center.


The background paper was embossed with an Anna Griffin Rose Pavilion embossing folder.  Thank you was stamped and embossed in Regal Rose ink on a piece of Whisper White paper.  I then used an oval punch.  The oval was adhered to a Spellbinders Fancy Tags die.


Lot of layers!


So 'girly' in rose and white for someone very special.  A while back a relative sent me some old photos of my Mom & Dad.  I was so thankful and grateful that she would do this for me.  I offered to pay for the postage, but she wouldn't hear of it.  I knew I needed to create something special to show my appreciation.

Wishing you a peaceful and cozy Sunday.








Stamps:  Daydream Medallions, JustRite Kindness
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark with White EP, Regal Rose with Clear EP
Accessories:  SU Something Borrowed Embellishment, SU Floral Frames Framelits Dies, SU Oval Punch, Spellbinders Fancy Tags Die, Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Rose Pavilion Embossing Folder
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ART Skin Care System

Hello friends,

I think a lot of people are creatures of habit in the sense that if they find something that works why try something different, right?  A few months ago my face was feeling dry and I contributed it to the winter months and not the products I had been using.  Hmmm ... I started thinking perhaps it was time for a change.  I had been enjoying my new lavender lip balm, which I shared with all of you, so I decided to try the ART Skin Care System by Young Living.  ART stands for 'Age Refining Technology'.  To me that didn't really mean a whole lot I just wanted something that would hydrate my skin more.

OMG!  Talk about a change - I could kick myself now for not trying these products sooner.  ART products are formulated with plant-based ingredients and essential oils.

This is how the products are packaged.


The set comes with a Gentle Cleanser, Refreshing Toner and Light Moisturizer.  Basically, the same items I was using before by another company.


Oh, the boxes and bottles are so pretty!



Gentle Cleanser

The cleanser washes away impurities with a soft, gentle lather without stripping your skin of natural oils.

Refreshing Toner

This toner is the perfect blend of essential oils.  It doesn't sting at all when applied and helps balance your skin's natural pH.

Light Moisturizer

A very light moisturizer that helps retain proper hydration.  When applying it does not feel oily at all - just what I need!

Some of the essential oils you will find in the ART Skin Care line are Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lavender and Melissa as well as Aloe Vera leaf juice.  All the things you need to feel clean, refreshed and silky soft.  Not to mention it smells great!


So I definitely need to be more open minded and try new things  :-) 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

DIY Lavender Salt Scrub

Hi everyone,

Today I have a DIY project to share with you.  I have been wanting to make my own Lavender Salt Scrub.  What a great way to unwind after a long day or to pamper your skin during the winter months.  All you need are three ingredients and a glass jar - simple and easy!

Epsom salt is fantastic for exfoliating your skin and making it feel soft.  Coconut oil helps to moisturize dry skin.  Lavender essential oil adds the perfect aroma to your scrub.


In a glass bowl, mix Epsom salt, coconut oil and Lavender essential oil.


I then added a teaspoon of organic dried lavender buds (optional).


These particular buds are "Ultra Blue" grown in the Provence region of France, near Montbrun Les Bains.


Transfer mixture to a glass jar with covered lid.


Decorate with a pretty label and ribbon.



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup organic extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 8 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil (therapeutic-grade)
  • Organic dried lavender buds (optional)
Since I enjoy making scrubs I do them in smaller batches.  You can double the recipe for a pint sized mason jar.  Please remember to always use therapeutic-grade essential oils since this will be going on your skin.

Please feel free to hop over to Enjoy the Essence to see more DIY recipes using essential oils.  If you have any questions, please email me. 

Happy exfoliating!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My New Blog

Hi everyone,

I have some great news!  I'm excited to tell you I just launched a new blog entitled "Enjoy the Essence".  It has been in the works now for about a month.  I've been busy creating graphics and working on some HTML coding.  Believe me there were quite a few trial & errors, resizing and some coding issues.  The process was still fun and pushed me out of my "comfort zone".  It also gave me the opportunity to learn more about Photoshop.  I love design whether it be creating cards, graphics or decorating.

So what is this new blog all about?  As I journey through life, I want to share with you my experience with essential oils, aromatherapy and homemade DIY recipes.  Are you familiar with essential oils?  If you've ever crushed a spearmint or basil leaf in your hand or enjoyed the scent of your hands after peeling an orange, you have already experienced the power of essential oils.  Essential oils have been around for thousands of years - dating back to the Egyptians.

Essential oils are highly concentrated, aromatic essences derived from bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruit.  Simply put - distilled plants in a bottle.  They are the plant's natural defense and protective mechanisms and are extracted through careful steam distillation and cold pressing.


I would love for you to hop over to Enjoy the Essence and become a follower and grab my button.  You can also find Enjoy the Essence on Facebook and Twitter.  I'm hosting a giveway if you become a follower on my new blog and leave a comment (just scroll down to my Welcome post).

Let me tell you about Young Living essential oils and share my experience with you.

Wishing you a calm and peaceful evening.
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