4-Leaf Clover Art

After having a nagging urge to paint for a couple of days last month, I finally found some time to sit down with my watercolor supplies, to create something. As usual, I wanted to make something that would have a purpose; as opposed to just painting for the fun of it, and then wondering what to do with it. (I don’t really like this quality in me, by the way. I’d rather be more creatively spontaneous. So I am working on that in another creative process.) As I figured out what to paint, I realized it was almost the month of March, and so almost time to change our home’s February/Love themed double-mantels.

March….the beginning of spring, and St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t think there is a lick of Irish in any of us, but I decided to go with the theme somewhat anyway, and make a piece of art for our March mantels.

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I had a vision in my head. I got my hues of green ready to go in my palette, and then free-handed a 4-leaf clover, on my ~11×14″ watercolor pad.

As part of the art, I wanted to include a phrase [Read more…]

Peppermint Lip Balm – Recipe and DIY How-To. (Free Labels, too!)

 

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We’ve got a new homemade all-natural lip balm recipe for you; this time in PEPPERMINT! After the CrAzY-impressive popularity of our ‘Wild Orange All-Natural Homemade Lip Balm’ (via Pins, features, tweets and insane traffic), made with our essential oils and other natural, non-toxic ingredients, we realized it was high-time to get this recipe out there as we always intended! And of course, we designed brand new FREE Peppermint printable labels to for you, to go with it!

The fact that our very own lip balms are still our favorite that we have ever tried, remains true. They go on so nicely, give your lips a little shine, keep them healthy, and the scent and feel of them are soooo nice. This new recipe is actually exactly the same as the Wild Orange Lip Balm recipe, except that we are substituting the 12 Wild Orange essential oil drops, with 10 Peppermint essential oil drops.

As an interesting and pleasing fun-fact, we found that our lip balms last quite a long time!  We originally made 6 tubes (of the first batch of Wild Orange), and then we gifted 3 away. The remaining 3 lasted us over 7 months! And that is with most of using them on a daily basis! That really makes them worth making to us. They make fun and affordable little homemade gifts as well.

Alright, here’s the recipe, DIY how-to, with **FREE PRINTABLE LABELS**  I designed for your lip balms as well!
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Our recipe makes 6 lip balms, just like this.
Ready to learn how to make your own? [Read more…]

A Simple Buttons and Love-Themed Craft Project

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I have promised myself that this year, I will spend even more time in the space in which I get so very much enjoyment and fulfillment in; my art studio. And so this past Sunday, that’s just what I did for myself!

In anticipating our home mantels decor, for the month of February, I wanted to create something love-themed, in celebration St. Valentine’s Day, of course.  I chose to do this simple project, using buttons. I have a certain kind of love-thing, for buttons!  Do you, too? [Read more…]

Vanilla and Wild Orange Sugar Scrub | Free Tags

I don’t know about you, but I just love my personal care routines!  It’s a bit of ‘me-time’ that I embrace and look forward to each day.  I choose to take my daily showers before a little reading time and bed every night, and it works out perfect for me. Because by the end of the day, I could not appreciate it and enjoy it any more than I do! I am usually exhausted by that time, both physically and mentally, and maybe even a little chilled to the bone, if I’ve been out and about in the freezing-cold temps that winter offers up around here. So that hot shower, and using my awesome smelling and soothing natural personal-care recipes, feels nothing less than a treat for me!

One of those recipes, is this sugar scrub, I am going to share with you today.  You can learn how easy it is to mix some up for yourself, or as gifts!  And just because I love you all, I also am sharing the tags I designed for the scrub.  We gave tagged jars of this this as Christmas gifts last year, and they were a very big hit!

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Now, I call it a recipe, but I don’t really have measurements for you. I just wing it.  But please don’t let that scare you one bit, because: [Read more…]

A Countdown Pillow

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There is nothing like using crafts as a coping skill! Sometimes, you need to. And that is just what the 3 littles and I did this summer. My oldest daughter, Alexis Grace, (17)(and the littles’ big sister), went away for 2 weeks!! (To a summer Catholic Collegiate program.)  Now, for some, 2 weeks may be no big deal. But for us? HUGE? Remember; for me, my kids are not away all day, most days, at school. My children are all homeschooled. I’m not even remotely used to this. We’re together most all of the time, except for extra-curricular kind of events. On the other hand, it’s not like my oldest has never been away. She has, numerous times. In fact, she’s away on a regular basis. 3-4 days at a time, with no contact, when she goes on retreats with her friends. But 2 weeks…. . And FAR away.

It was a good thing. MANY very good things about it, that are now gifts for a lifetime for Alexis. But one being, we all (she and us!) needed this trial run of her being away from home for an extended period of time. Because she’s a senior this year!  Which means she’ll likely be off to college next year!  So, we all had to give this separation-thing a temporary go.

This was the big-first, and well, needless to say, the kids and I…were struggling. I figured about a day in, that it would be fun to come up with a project the kids could make, that we could use to ‘count down’ the days until Alexis came home.  And frankly, I needed a busy-project!  The trio brainstormed, and came up with a few good ideas!  But ultimately they settled on one of them:
a countdown pillow.
Something that would serve it’s purpose for us, but end up being a memorable gift we could give her, when she came home.
And so that’s just what we made.

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Now, I am no seamstress. In fact, umm, <gulp!>, I have yet to truly learn how to operate a sewing machine.
However, I do have my mother’s old one. And I do have a husband who knows how to use it!
(See? When I say [Read more…]