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Sticker Burr Outdoors

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A good friend of ours has just written a wonderful book for boys. It is called First Deer. It is about a boy going hunting with dad and all that goes in to the journey. We are so excited to be a part of Brian’s journey. Our company, Chilcoat Studios, was hired to create the new logo and to layout the book. We are in the process of setting up the website and various other marketing things.

Before that happened we needed photographs so I got to do one of my favorite things! We rounded up a bunch of boys from Malcolm’s scout troop and family friends, dressed them up and started shooting.

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These boys did such a great job following my direction and it was really hot and sticky that day! Be on the lookout for the website to order your own Sticker Burr Outdoors t-shirts, hats, and another way to order the book First Deer!

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Bergamot – My Favorite Oil!

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Bergamot is the wonderful fruit that gives Earl Grey its delicious smell and taste. Christopher Columbus found this orange-like fruit in the Canary Islands and brought it back to Italy. The Italians used bergamot to cool and relieve fevers and protect against malaria. I just love it for it’s aroma. One whiff and creates a wonderful feeling of calm and makes me happy. I have a little leather bracelet that Malcolm made for me and I put three drops on the inside of the bracelet every morning to diffuse all day. Have you tried Bergamot Essential Oil?

For more information about essential oils and why I use the brand I do, click here.

A Great Pattern for Summer!

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I am trying to make more and more of my family’s clothing. It is definitely difficult to find the time but I am making a real effort to do so. When I find a pattern that is quick and easy, I go for it! This relaxed Hi-Low Top pattern from Seamingly Smitten (cute name, hunh?) fits my criteria perfectly. I probably could have put this together in an evening but I took a bit longer because I finished the edges by hand (another thing I am trying to do on every garment). I love the way it is longer in the back and covers my backside. 🙂

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Finishing by hand is just something I enjoy doing and it forces me to slow down and think about the journey not just the finished product.

I will be making more of these! I would love to know what you are sewing lately…

A New Pattern! An Award Ribbon

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This was a recent project for a client. She wanted award ribbons for party decor. I looked around at different ways people had made them and played around with their ideas but in the end, created my own way. This way seemed to work best for me and created an even and easy-to-make ribbon. I have created several of these and will make more!

Included in this pattern/tutorial are a few different options for you to personalize your ribbon for your own use. I would love to see your final product! You can get your Award Ribbon Pattern here.

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Simple Crocheting

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I have fallen in love with a new book called Simple Crocheting by Erika Knight. It is so beautifully and simply done that I can’t stop looking at it. Because I don’t crochet very often, I have to go back and refresh myself whenever I do. This book makes it easy (with straightforward projects) to get right back into the stitches. I created the tablemat in just a few hours. I used Creative Linen yarn from Rowan. It is a lovely natural yarn.

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This blanket may be my next big project. It is natural and elegant. After a few more tablemats…

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Make Your Own – Almond Butter

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If you have ever priced or purchased Almond Butter at the market then you will know how expensive it is. Well, if you have the supplies pictured above you can make your own for less and control the ingredients included (think sugar)!  I did not attempt this without any guidance. I found this great recipe and tutorial at Katie’s blog Dishin’ and Dishes. She goes through the steps with great pictures so that I could make sure that what I was doing was right. It seems like your food processor will go on forever but just be patient, the almonds WILL turn into butter. A great addition to the almonds is Cinnamon Bark essential oil – you only need a drop or 2! (Find out more about essential oils here.)

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Crochet Edge Hankie

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This is a simple and fairly quick project. I cut a 11 inch square of linen and pressed a very thin hem along all of the edges. I used a very small crochet hook to create a foundation row all the way around the fabric. I then did a single crochet row all the way around. The final row is made by chaining 3 then single crochet into every other single crochet of the row before. I used perle cotton for this hankie but any crochet thread will work. I just like the color of the perle. Maybe for Mother’s Day? Add some essential oil goodies and you have created a great gift!

Spring Scarf

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I just love the English floral crafty sensibility. It is happy and bright and unapologetically girly. This website – The Cottage Home – offers a tutorial for an infinity scarf that is easy to follow. It only requires basic sewing skills and tools. I would love to see your finished products!

I just couldn’t resist making my own spring scarf so I picked the girliest fabric (from Joann Fabrics) I could find and went for it. It was super-easy and took less than an hour. This would be a great Mother’s Day gift, don’t ya think? I think I need to make a few more!

Make Your Own – Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

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Because I understand the immunity support benefits of having Thieves Oil around all the time, I love using it in any cleaning products. It smells SO good!! I am making more and more of my own healthy, natural cleaning products using Thieves. (My All-Purpose Cleaner is here.)

This is the latest and so easy to make. I added a little Orange Oil to the mix for a fresh addition. I would love to hear what you think of it.

Learn more about Young Living Essential Oils here.

Sleepy Spray

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A friend suggested this mixture to me and it sounded so good I had to try it. It’s a pillow spray to help you relax and sleep well and so easy to make!

You simply need these items:
• a small spray bottle (like these)
• Small funnel (optional)
• witch hazel (like this)
• Cedarwood Oil
• Lavender Oil (find out more about ordering these oils here)

Put 2 tablespoons of witch hazel in the bottle. (I started this with my funnel but I made more of a mess with it than without it so I decided the funnel was not worth it for me.) Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Mix in 5 drops of Cedarwood Oil and 5 drops of Lavender Oil then close up the bottle. Shake really well. Isn’t that easy!?

When you are ready for bed, lightly spray your pillow. Have a wonderful night’s sleep. 🙂

Because I am such a fan of Cedarwood Oil and Lavender Oil, I am not limiting this to nighttime. I am going to use this whenever I need a little calming aroma. Okay, maybe daily!!

By the way… I’m not thrilled with my hand drawn label so I think it is time to create some labels. I will make them available to you very soon.