Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nail Craft



I've taken my crafting to a new medium as of last week. My finger nails!
I began by painting my entire nail with Opi's 'Stranger Tides'.
Next I used a make up sponge to apply Opi's 'Mermaids Tears' about half way up my nails. Then I used Opi's 'Don't Mess With Opi', and applied this with a make up sponge just to the tip of my nails.
I used a technique similar to what is featured in this video:
After that I added Milani's 'Diamond Dazzle' to the top third of my nails.
The last thing I did was put a top coat on to keep my hard work looking good for at least a few days.
I call this look Mermaid Scales :-)

I love how it turned out! I'm planning to use these same techniques again with a different color pallette

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Idea Book


I made my very first book a few days ago. And, here it is! I've had the idea to make an Idea journal for months, so that's what this book is.


 

I really wanted it to have a completely 'handmade' feel. So, I made 3 new stamps to use on it, including a lined paper stamp (I hand stamped each lined page!)
Now I've got a special place to jot down any idea that pops into my head. It is sure to be full of writing soon!

Make your own Aromatherapy Candle

Here's a fun and simple way to make your very own Bee's Wax Aromatherapy Candle at home.


What you'll need:
Bee's Wax Beads, about 1 cup's worth
Braided Candle Wick
Essential Oils of your choice 
1 Small Glass Jar
1 Slightly Larger Glass Jar
2 Small Sticks (Chopsticks will work fine)

Note: Check your local healthfood store and arts & crafts store for all supplies listed.

Step 1:
Cut the candle wick. Measure by lowering it into the jar that will be used for your final candle and cut, leaving a few inches extra.

Step 2:
Fill a small sauce pan with water and heat to medium heat (just before boiling).

Step 3:
Fill the "slightly larger glass jar" with the bee's wax beads, and place this inside of the heated water.
As the beads begin to melt stir them with one of the sticks.


Step 4:
Once the wax has fully melted dip the wick into the wax to coat it. Set this aside on a ceramic or plastic dish.

Step5:
Add your essential oils to the wax. Use as much or as little of each as you'd like. (I used about 1/4 tsp Citronella, and 1/8 tsp both Lemon and Lime. This made a mildly scented Citronella type candle.) Stir the oils around in the wax.


Step 6:
Using your second stick, wrap the wick around it until the stick sits on top of the jar and the end of the wick is flush with the bottom of the jar.


Step 7;
Pour in the wax, being careful not to overfill.


Step 8:
Set aside to harden. It should be fully hardened within an hour or two.
Once the candle has fully hardened you can cut the wick to about 1/2 above the candle.

Now you've made a wonderfully scented Bee's Wax Candle!
 
Use your imagination with oil combinations, the sky's the liimit! Though, for your first one, I would recommend going with a simple combinaion that you know you'll enjoy. Aromatherapy books are great resources for ideas one creating oil combinations.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Garden!

About 2 Months Ago
 I am delighted to show off my flourishing garden in these self explanatory photos! 
I realize that this is what happens when one plants, waters, weeds and cares for a patch of soil (with lots of help from Mr. Sunshine!), but it still amazes me to see it occur for me!
I'm not exactly the most experienced gardener, so to see so much green, and producing plants (I harvested my first cucumber 2 days ago!) is beyond exciting!

Today
I've got tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, various beans, a blueberry bush, pattypan squash, strawberrys, a few unidentified inhabitants and borage.

I happen to adore Borage! She and I have a special kinship.
A few years back I had a garden at the home I lived in then. There was huge Borage plant living there. I loved to sit beside it and watching the bees buzz around those tiny periwinkle blossoms.
I wholeheartedly believe that if bees appreciate something it's worth paying attention to! And, I get the feeling that the bees love Borage.
My Lovely Borage