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
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