Jan 24, 2015

If You Build it, They Will Come...

My youngest Step Granddaughter, Ivy Karma, always ask me this question as she comes in the door...
Is the fairy house ok?... 
We had some damage last summer to one so I decided to build a couple for her to see that the Woodland fairies have safe shelter from the storms...So here is the first one...We has so much fun with this we are going to build a town...
With the Hubby's help I think we have a nice piece of real estate for the wee ones...
Please forgive the picture quality, my camera did a dance down my stairs & is no more..So I have to rely on my phone temporarily......
 I wanted  a chimney for this one something a little Dr Seuss-like 
& I think the Hubby did a wonderful job on it & he cut me a nice slab for the base.... 
Everything is from the woods except for the chimney & cedar shingles for the roof...
The mushrooms have a slight coffee stain & I used some dried Kale to give them a mossy look..
I crumbled the mica & spread that around for fairy dust...
The roof has pine cones, birch bark & moss...
My favorite part is the fairy ring...made from acorn caps & mica.....

& it is true....If you build it, they will come... :) 


 Have a magical weekend...

Jan 22, 2015

Whipped Body Butter...

It has been my project month,....Instead of resolutions, I like to set long & short term goals...1 month, 3 month & 6 month.... I find I accomplish so much more doing it this way....
January is my "Finish the little projects by the 31st or get rid of them" ....These are small projects that have been hanging around waiting for me to get to them...

One of these projects was making this recipe of Body Butter I found here at Mama Dweeb... This time of year with the weather so cold & my skin dries out fast, especially my hands, so a little moisturizing help is called for....I just tweaked her recipe a bit ....adding my own Rose Oil instead...

Whipped Body Butter

1-3/4 cups Shea butter (unrefined is best)
1/2 cup Coconut oil (extra virgin is best)
1/4 cup organic Rose Oil
therapeutic grade Essential Oils

Measure out shea butter and coconut oil & melt over heat in a double broiler,( I put mine in the stainless bowl I did the whipping in after so it was one bowl start to finish).... put the bowl on a cutting board & let it cool for 30 minutes... then I stirred in my own Rose oil I made last summer & a few drops of  Patchouli EO...

You can cover it & put it in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes, or refrigerate for 1-2 hours which is what I did & did some chores while waiting...  the mixture will start to solidify but not completely harden, it will look like soft wax....  
Then I just whipped it up  until soft and fluffy & put it in these little jars I picked up after canning season...I made about 2.5 cups of butter....
It smells & feels heavenly.... 
the Hubby loved it so much he got a jar of it......

A couple of troubleshooting tips from Mama Dweeb :

"If the mixture won’t whip or stay whipped, you need to chill it longer.
If the mixture has lumps in it after you’ve whipped it, let it set to soften a bit and then try again.
Store in a cool area and if your home gets above 75°F regularly, you may want to keep it in the refrigerator.

Hopefully, I will have a little project that the Hubby helped me with to post tomorrow...
something for the wee folk...

Jan 3, 2015

Happy 123 rd Birthday....


To Tolkien....
who left us such beautiful literature to enjoy....

Jan 2, 2015

Winter Terrarium Update....

My wooden mushrooms didn't work out well...they kept developing mold on them so I went  with some balancing rocks...It works quite well....I am going to look around for some real mushrooms to plant in there...

Jan 1, 2015

Words of Wisdom for the New Year











 Yes...


Most definitely!!



So move forward...Set goals...Grow...Prosper....Change.....& 
Have a Happy Healthy & Peace-filled New Year Everyone....



Thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration

Dec 16, 2014

Winter Terrarium- Part 3

 Well I finally got my container...with a sales coupon at Michael's  & I love it.... I put it together last week...& it seems to get greener & more lush with each passing day....So far it seems to be thriving in  the light from the East window...
It has three types of moss...some Baby's Tears. an Asparagus fern, Handmade wooden mushrooms by the Hubby. some rocks, Micah,  a couple of miniature quartz crystals & a wooden stick I call Merlin's Staff.

 I laid gravel first, then some  horticultural charcoal to absorb toxins, 
then organic potting soil with peat in it for the base.,...
 Now on to part 4 ....the wooden top...I am using a glass plate temporarily to keep the moisture in...
The Hubby is going to make it & I am thinking of carving on it...But that will have to wait until after the holidays....I am getting ready for the family Christmas party this Saturday so I am busy making gifts...some I will post later...& lots of cooking... Until then have a great week!! 

Dec 5, 2014

DIY Friday- Lampshade

Wow It has been awhile....sorry for the absence....things have been pretty hectic but then it all seemed to quiet down by Thanksgiving...& I actually have all my presents ready except for a couple more handmade ones the Hubby & I are making for family...It actually has been pretty nice this season but then I try not to go out into the stores too much which helps....

So I have this antique lamp...I love it but have had a hard time finding a shade I like....then by chance I put an old egg basket on it while moving things around.....

 Voila!!!  I found my shade,.,.,,, 
& it is wide enough to accommodate both lights...

So some left over black fabric ripped into one inch wide strips
 to weave through the bars.

& knotted together...
not too many lengths or it gets harder to weave....

 It is all tied so its a no-sew project....over & under...
I went back & tucked all the knots in, straightened some of the fabric
 & finished it off around the bottom...
& if you get tired of it you can  change it by pulling the strips out...

 The Hubby loves this...It  really gives off a nice mood lighting in the living room...
It is hard to tell in this picture but it looks like a fabric basket...& I really love the black....
& its recycled... 

An update on the Winter Terrarium....I put the moss in some potting soil while looking for a container & its thriving very well...But FINALLY I found a glass container I like at Michael's...I am getting it Sunday at the 20% off sale... So next week I will be posting the finished product... Stay tuned...

Have a great weekend!!

Oct 5, 2014

Winter Terrarium... Part Two.. Moss Quarantine...

So today I went on a moss expedition....
Isn't this stump magical!! 
Woodland Fairies dance here at night...

I got some beautiful pieces....waiting until after that good soaking rain was the best thing to do.... I was able to get four different types ..

Haircap Moss...

Pincushion Moss (with some Haircap)

Fork Moss.....

Sheet Moss... I love this because it really
 does come up in sheets...
There is enough moss to make my two terrariums & some small ones for Christmas gifts...I harvest sustainably...taking only small pieces here & there...you would never know I had taken any.... I take a spatula with me so all you have to do is slide it under the moss & lift it up & deposit it into a bag...
easy peasy....
When I got home I placed the moss in a large bowl of water & let it soak for a few minutes...then gently run it under some water to remove most of the dirt, rocks, tiny twigs, etc...you would be surprised how much comes out....

then gently squeeze it to remove most of the water...I put them in a plastic container & bags leaving it partially open for air circulation... 


I have them sitting in a East facing window...very little sun but lots of light....now begins the watch...I have a mister that I put distilled water in so if the moss looks like it is drying out I will give it a squirt...  For the next two weeks, I will watch for any sprouts or bugs that come up... I am so glad to have  found the  Fern & Mossery post on this step... My last terrarium probably would have looked so much better...
Tomorrow I am picking up the organic potting soil & some gravel....Then it is just finding the right container ...so the hunt is on....I will keep you posted on what goes on for the next two weeks.... 

Have a great week...

Oct 4, 2014

The Winter Terrarium .... Part One


ferns in quarantine

 I am preparing for winter....It will be a green one this year...I am once again making a terrarium for my living space.....if I am to be surrounded by white landscape outside, I will have my little green oasis to gaze upon inside....I have made terrariums before that managed to last at least through the winter but just barely...

So now I am getting serious...I want them to last years...so I have been researching...planning & buying supplies....The first thing I ordered was a bag of charcoal....to absorb the impurities ... I have a small batch of white river stones that are clean & ready...... Yesterday I went out scouting for some decent moss which I found a nice batch......I will be harvesting the crop tomorrow after the good soaking it is getting today.....I also found some tiny ferns in the woods that are in quarantine as you see in the picture above.......

& I ordered some Soleirolia soleirolii aka Baby Tears to add...  I love this plant because another name for it is "mind your own business"...too funny....  

Now to get some organic potting soil & some small gravel  which I can get at the local plant shop....  I am adding three small wooden mushrooms the Hubby turned out for me on the lathe ...  I am thinking a small Buddha in the other as it will be placed in my sacred space area.... The final piece (s) to the puzzle...the glass containers... I am looking for something really special & unique for the living room.... so far this one is on my wish list.... Bubble terrariums blown from recycled glass...so beautiful & so expensive...  
well I can dream....


So the collection of the ingredients :
stones & gravel
charcoal
organic potting soil with peat moss 
sphagnum moss to keep soil from settling into the rocks...
moss, ferns & plants
statue or small items for decorations... 
glass containers...

& quarantine of the plants are  the first order of business.......This is so important to make sure any mold or dead plants are removed as well as any little bugs that creep out...this ensures healthy plants when you put your terrarium together...  I think if I had added this step my last terrarium would have lasted...

I also found this site which has some great information on terrariums & putting them together for anyone interested....... 

The next post will be on the quarantine process......

Happy weekend everyone...

Sep 23, 2014

Autumn is Here...



Happy Autumn Equinox everyone!!  & a New Moon as well.... It fits in with what the Hubby & I  are doing at the present moment....My goodness I did not realize I had been away from here so long... I hope everyone had a good summer....ours was busy.....it has been the summer of purging & we REALLY cleaned out....I would say at least two rooms full....It was either sold, donated, taken to the dump or burned in the many bonfires this summer with friends who are doing the same thing..
..
Its fitting that the New Moon has coincided with the Autumn Equinox....I have to say this time of the year as well as this Luna cycle is my favorite ... it is a time of ending ... of finishing up... releasing & cleansing...I have found over the past year that following the cycles of the moon as well as meditation keeps me in check from letting projects, situations or relationships get over whelming preventing me from moving forward ....it is a time to re-focus on the future... "Feeling stuck" is something I have not felt in a long time....

An excerpt from my favorite... Mystic Mamma:

"In this planetary moment of transition, as we move from one season into the next, let’s take the time to pause and release all our energy that has been tied into the past. It’s time to step into our future, and use all the realizations and lessons we have learned thus far to propel us into a new place and a new experience of being!"

I like that ....How about you?


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