Day 5 – Keep in Touch with a Note

There is nothing better than a sweet little note from a friend when you need a little pick-up. Now you can be the one offering some encouragement. The message of this image is that there is beauty even in the pointy, uncomfortable times. That’s a sentiment that pretty much everyone could use from time to time.

I created these cards just for Creative. Well. Being. from a photograph of a cactus that I took at the local Botanical Garden and I am sharing them with you in a downloadable and printable file. There are 2 ways to use this file. One page of the file is 2 full cards and all you have to do is print the 1st page on card stock, cut it down the middle and fold the cards in half. Simple!

I have also included a page of just the cactus pictures. You can print the 2nd page, trim them and add them to colored card stock for a different look. These would look really cute on a red card for Christmas!

This file is going to be available as a free download for the full 25 Days of Creative. Well. Being. After that it will be available in the C.W.B. shop. You are welcome to print the file as often as you like. Wishing you happy friend connections!

Day 4 – A Fancy Meal That’s Not

This meal right here is my boys’ all time favorite. Every time I ask them what they want for dinner, they say “Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas”. It sounds so fancy, especially when you find out it has shallots and heavy cream too. I had never even touched a shallot before I made this but they are really tasty! They are like a very mild onion.

This is pretty much the most difficult part of this dish – cutting up the shallots and the prosciutto, but the fact that you are using non-traditional ingredients just elevates this dish to something that seems much fancier. If you need a super easy dish for a dinner party, this can be the one.

I originally got this recipe from Martha Stewart but have simplified as I have made it so many times and I leave out the lemon juice (although it would be tasty) and I don’t really measure anything anymore. I also think it would be good with zucchini noodles or gluten free noodles if you have diet issues to consider. Leave in the butter and heavy whipping cream – those are really good for you!

Cooking this easy meal that your friends or family will love is a great way to get a great dinner on the table quickly so that you can calmly join the gathering instead of being stressed about getting everything done. What a boost for your well-being!

Day 3 – Make Your Own – Fabric Coasters

Also known as “mug rugs”, these simple little fabric coasters are a great project. They can be done quickly, with little sewing experience, and are so easy to match your personality or that of your gift recipient. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the mindfulness of each stitch and each choice that you make. I will be making many more for friends and family this year!

As I said, not much sewing skill is needed. This can be done be machine, but I prefer to hand stitch whenever I can. It slows me down and allows me to enjoy every stitch. Here’s what you do:

1. Choose whatever 1-2 pieces of fabric speak to you. That could be an old handkerchief, clothes from the past, an old tea-towel with sentimental value, or in my case, a bandana on one and a scrap of colorful fabric on the other.

You will also need something to give it a little cushion – some batting, some felt (wool is preferred for its natural qualities), or an old towel you don’t mind cutting up.

2. Cut your fabric in 2 squares and your batting in 1. The smaller size coaster is 5” square and the larger is 5 1/2” square. It is up to you and you can make this even bigger if you want to use it for a teapot or something like that.

3.  Layer the three pieces and start to sew them together. Remember to leave about a 2-3 inch opening so that you can turn it inside out. Stitch a bit more than 1/4 inches from the edge. You can draw a line if you need it to keep your stitches straight but it is not so important that you can’t just take your time and straighten as you go.

I like to use embroidery thread for this because it is heavier and easier to see than regular thread. I use 3 strands at a time.

4. Turn your work inside out and use your finger or a chopstick to get the corners nice and flat. Press your new fabric coaster with an iron to get it to really lay nicely. Take one strand of the embroidery thread or regular thread and carefully stitch the opening closed, hiding the thread as much as possible.

5. Now is the fun part – embellishing! Add little touches to make it match your personality or that of your recipient. I added a little wool felt tab and stitches in a contrasting color (also embroidery thread) but you can add whatever you like. Just make sure the embellishment does not interfere with the cup or glass sitting flat on the coaster. The button I added on the larger one sits well outside where I put my cup.

This is the way I start my day – with my green tea (in one of my favorite mugs from a family reunion a long time ago), and a sweet little glass of anti-oxidents (Ningxia Red).

Day 2 – Bathe it Away!

For Day 2 of Creative. Well. Being., I made an incredibly easy recipe for a relaxing, detoxing bath. Ready for a spa day? or maybe a spa hour? Yes, I know how hard it is to take a day for yourself so take whatever you can and recharge.

The main ingredient in this is Epsom Salts. Epsom salts are amazing for relieving tension, supporting healthy circulation, and soothing uncomfortable joints and feet. Plus, who doesn’t love a good relax in a bath.

Baking Soda is added to neutralize any harsh stuff in your water. We live in a city with hard water so I would definitely add this but if you have a softener or whole house filter, leave the baking soda out.

The final ingredient gives this soak added benefits of relaxation, mood support, and cleansing. Bergamot Essential Oil also smells SO GOOD!

 

Recipe:

Directions:

  1. Pour contents into hot bath water and soak for 20 minutes. Try to cover your entire body up to your neck.
  2. Once you get out of bath, avoid eating anything for 20 minutes and drink plenty of cold water.

I would love to hear how this works for you! Did it help to get this holiday season started off right?

*Please only use high quality Essential Oils. Find out what I use and recommend here.

Day 1 – A Moment of Gratitude

For Day #1 of 25 Days of Creative. Well. Being, we are going to start small but with huge result.

I know we just came through the season of thankfulness, but gratitude is something we should never stop feeling. A grateful heart is amazing for creating a feeling of peace in a busy world.

My suggestion for our first day is to take just 5 minutes and write down, or record on your phone, or simply share with a friend, 3 things you are grateful for. If you record them in some way, you can come back to them in a particularly difficult time and remind yourself of the wonderful things in your life and you will feel better in no time.

What will you record today? Oh, and do it again tomorrow too! Share with us on Facebook!