Jan 23, 2017

Springing ahead....

Hello all...

I was recently inspired by Arhaus ( you can visit here)  to share tablescapes focusing on spring...I am sure many of us are looking forward to a new season in a big way... 

As I was going through my pinterest boards, I realized how symbolic this was especially for this time in our nation... In looking forward to Mother Nature's time of rebirth ...
She also reminds us of resurgence, awakening, regrowth & restoration...it made me feel hopeful & positive for the future.... 

So in thinking of a Spring Tablescape I thought of Moss, candles, flowers, & bird-nests...things of Nature... These are a few of my favorites...I really love the moss mushrooms with the bird-nest...that is going to be a must-do to recreate for a get together this spring...
These ideas can be adapted no matter what the size of the table whether its for two or twenty.. Enjoy!








& it wouldn't be complete 
without a touch of Bohemian!


Have a great week !

Jan 19, 2017

The Mighty Pine

I love Pine..I am fortunate to live in a state where there are so many... That's why we are called the Pine Tree state....I love how it looks... That it stays green year round...how beautiful it looks covered with snow...It is an amazing tree....I lost one of my huge pines this year...I felt like an old friend had died...
Pine is an very powerful medicinal tree... so my favorite salve is Pine Resin. 

It great for wounds, splinters, well just about everything!! 
It is highly antiseptic with an incredible drawing power...
infections, toxins, it immediately starts destroying bacteria.

So I make pine resin oil all summer....I go to a number of trees & take a bit from those whose sap is running ...I get about 1/3 of a jar of resin in my old pickle jar....
I always thank the tree after... 
You want to pick out any sticks or debris as much as possible...it can get messy....then cover the resin with olive oil & cover with cheesecloth ......I infuse it by solar so its sits on my window sill for about 6 weeks..I usually have 2 or 3 jars here & there...I also give it a good stir every few days...


 Strain it through cheesecloth & you have this jar of gold... 
Time to make the salve....

In a double boiler, 
I have an old enamel one I use just for my salves, 
melt 1 oz of organic beeswax 
8 oz of pine pitch oil 
then add 10 drops tea tree oil 
add a couple drops of Vit E oil to the jars & fill.
I add the lids & as it cools it seals up.
This makes 2 half pint jars so I usually double & triple the amount when I do them up.. 
One of the best parts is the beautiful fragrance when you open a jar in the mid winter...It is heavenly!

You can also make pine cleaner..
just add some pine branches in a jar 
& cover with vinegar & leave for a couple of  
weeks.... It smells wonderful & cleans great....

I also like Pine tea...I drink it 3-4 times a week during the winter...it is very high in Vit A & C....just cut the greenest part of the pine needle into a bowl...the usual recipe is 1 Tbsp to 1 cup but I use 2 : 1 ratio...I like my tea strong...Put the pine & water in a pan & bring to a boil. Then cover the pan & lower it to simmer for 6-7 mins. the needles will fall to the bottom of the pan. 

Strain into your favorite mug & add some honey to taste... Highly beneficial & really delicious...

If you have access to pines you won't be disappointed if you try any of these recipes....

"Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, 
Unnerves his strength, invites his end."
Ralph Waldo Emerson 



Jan 1, 2017

Words of Wisdom for 2017....

Welcome to 2017....what this year will bring is yet to be revealed....But what we do with our lives can be your choice.....I no longer do resolutions...I haven't for years...instead I do reaffirmations...to remind myself to protect my boundaries fiercely.....to keep the lessons I have been shown over the years in place  not to dwell on them but remember to trust & listen to my instincts...   
Here are a few... 
I hope they feel familiar...







 Hard to do but worth it...








This is what I do every morning... this is really worth printing out & keeping by your bed to say to yourself before you even get up...

May this be a very positive & uplifting New Year...

Peace
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