What’s better for a little heart-felt (pun intended :-)) gift than something you made yourself. And this sweet little flower brooch is an easy way to do that. Plus you can personalize the colors that your mom, or other special chick in your life, like best. I used 3 different rough circles (making them a bit uneven adds to the quirkiness of the flower), a leaf shaped piece in the back, a cute button, and a pin back from a craft store. That’s it! I layered them together and stitched through all layers with embroidery thread to add even a bit more color. With the same thread, I stitched on the pin back. Viola! A sweet little gift that’s really good for anytime of the year.
My preference for materials is always natural or recycled so for this I used wool felt (poly felt will work too but wool is softer and doesn’t have that machined look) and a button that I’ve had in my stash – I probably picked up at a garage sale.
The other great thing about this simple little brooch is that it has a dual purpose. It is great to just pep up an outfit but, because it’s wool, it can double as a diffuser. Drip a drop or two of Stress Away or Lavender on this little pin for a relaxing scent all day! I love it when things I make are functional too.
To learn more about what Essential Oils can do for you, click here.
Need a perfect spring knit? This is it … The Spincycle Poncho. A poncho is great for those cooler days that need a little extra cover but not a full-on coat. Plus this FREE pattern is made with 2 identical rectangles stitched together so it is something you can carry with you and knit while waiting or while watching a movie at home. It is created with stockinette stitch so an easy knit too.
The yarn I used for this was a Tuesday Morning score years ago. Have you ever shopped for yarn there? If you’re diligent and check regularly, you can sometimes find some real treasures.
What’s your next knit?
Many times in the modern world of today, we discount what natural herbs and medicines can do for us. But that would be discounting the power of nature and what these God-given elements can do for us.
You don’t have to go whole-hog and start foraging tomorrow. It is much easier to start small and be strategic about what you need for your overall wellness. I suggest starting by supporting your natural immunity first with items that can be readily available to you.
I am sharing what we do/take in our family every single day to support our whole body in a natural way.
1. Ningxia Red – this antioxident drink is the first thing we down in the morning. 2 oz. makes a big difference in taming those free radicals that can make you sick.
2. Great Day Protocol – we use the oil blends Valor, Harmony, Joy, and White Angelica in a very specific way to raise our frequencies and support our emotional health. Find out more about the Great Day Protocol here.
3. Super Vitamin C – We all know that Vitamin C supports our health but add essential oils to it and our body absorbs it so much more!
4. Blue Ice Royal Blend – This blend of fermented cod liver oil and concentrated butter oil do so many things for you from heart health to stronger teeth. We all take 2 of those every day. We get ours here.
5. Sulferzyme – this supplement is a powerhouse protecting cells, muscles, connective tissue, etc. It also helps to support immunity. It has helped my hair and nails to be stronger and longer too!
With this list, you can easily improve your health naturally so that when your body is put through any kind of stress, you are much better able to fight it off or heal through it.
If you have questions about any one of these items, please message or email!
Bath teas, a sure way to find a moment of calm while pampering your skin, are easy to make! With just a few common ingredients and some lush ones too, you’ll be soaking in floral bliss in no time.
1 cup whole dried oats
1/2 cup dried lavender buds
1/2 cup dried chamomile
1/2 cup dried rose petals
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup coarse Himalayan salt
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops German Chamomile essential oil
5 drops Rose essential oil
Muslin cotton drawstring pouches, approximately 5 inches long by 4 inches wide
How to make bath tea:
1· In a food processor or blender, grind oats for up to 30 seconds to make a fine powder.
2· Combine oats, dried flowers, salt, and essential oils in a bowl. Mix well to thoroughly combine.
3· Scoop mixture into pouches, filling a little more than halfway. This recipe yields 3-5 pouches.
4· Store in a cool, dry place. These tea bags will hold their freshness for up to three months.
How to use bath tea:
1· Hang the pouch over the spout while your tub fills with hot water.
2· When the tub is full, take the pouch off and let it float in the tub, continuing to steep in the bath water.
3· Climb in and soak your worries away!
What is in a DIY bath tea?
As promised, infusing your bath with these ingredients will deliver silky, smooth skin and a much needed relaxing aroma. How?
• Oatmeal is a prime ingredient for self-care purposes. Great for dry skin, oatmeal is the skin conditioner you’ve been looking for and even easier to find at local grocery stores.
•Dried flowers add a touch of fragrance and flair! They’ll add glamour to your bath and appealing gentle scents, even to the likes of Cleopatra.
• Salt is just the ingredient for ultimate relaxation. When added to your bath tea, it’s just the kind of “sit back and relax” we’re eager for!
• Essential oils – well, they’re a given! Soothing, luxurious, with tranquil scents-everything you want in a bath, thanks to the Lavender, Rose and German Chamomile trio! Bonus: The scent can transport your senses to a field flush with flowers.