Monday, 25 July 2016

Tea Towels and a Shawl

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you some sweet homemade hand towels that I made.  I had found this large piece of slightly stained fabric.  I washed it and then tea stained it to hide the slight stains that were set in.  I then made them into towels with my sewing machine and added some lace to some as a gentle touch.  I love to have them to help freshen up my kitchen. :) 

I also have a sweet simple shawl that I'd like to share.  I was given some beautiful purple twill yarn and have been toying with what to create with it.  I settled on a shawl...for they are like warm hugs.  I chose a simple granny square pattern and there was enough yarn for the shawl and two small flowers which will have buttons put on them and then I'll use the flowers to hold the shawl together so I will have two free hands. 

I have been enjoying creating things lately.  Thanks so much for dropping by to see me! :)

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Homemade Earthpaste Toothpaste

Hello Friends!  Today I would like to share with you a new thing that I have done.  My family has been using Earthpaste toothpaste for awhile now and we really like it.  It's not cheep, but it's worth the cost if you want to use the more natural toothpaste.  Since the cost is something I've been considering I have started thinking about making it myself.  I was able to get some Redmond Clay at my local health food store this past week and I decided to give it a go.  I started looking online for a recipe and found a good one HERE.  

SO, I made two different kinds.  A spearmint and a peppermint.  I put the toothpaste in small mason jars and then set a jar of wooden stir sticks beside them to get the toothpaste from the jar to the brushes.  I have this thing about all of us dipping our toothbrushes in the same this takes care of that. :)  I also used liquid stevia and not xylitol since I had it on hand and am not sold on the safety of xylitol at this point.  It's super easy and is much cheeper than buying the tubes of it.  Perhaps you would like to give it a try.

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I pray you have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Sweet Doilies

Hello Friends!  Today I have some sweet doily cards to share with you. :)  I haven't made a card in awhile and I needed some new ones so I sat down at my desk and pondered a bit.  These are the ones that I came up with.  Inspired by doilies, I cut two in half and then started picking through my scrap pile to find patterned papers that grabbed my attention.  After a bit of fiddling with their arrangements I grabbed some lacy ribbon, some sentiments and some embellishments. I decided to pick some fairly simple sentiments for three of them since I wanted them to be more all occasion ones.   I have to say it took me a bit of time to get them just right, and I made a crochet doily flower to go on the one right below since I didn't have anything that I liked to go with it.

It was fun to create again, and now I have some new sweet cards to share with someone.  I think that is why I like creating things so much, just to share.  May you have a sweet day and do scroll down and see all the cards, I made a set of four this time.


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Monday, 27 June 2016

Pallet Benches

Hi!  Today I'd love to share with you some pallet benches that we made this spring.  We needed some new seating in the yard, had these pallets, and decided to give it a try.  No they're not perfect, but they're strong enough to handle lots of sitting on. :)

We used some pallets and also some extra boards that we scavenged at the local dump.  I love that people throw away perfectly good wood that I can take home.

Along with the wood, they were were all screwed together like a fence and so when we scavenged the wood, all the screws came with it and then we didn't need to buy any to screw the bench together. That was an extra bonus. :)

Well the second bench is not yet put together, but has all the parts ready for assembly at this point.  We went ahead and stained the above bench and our picnic table to match.  So, still a work in progress with the other bench not yet finished, but we hope to have it done by this coming weekend.  
When the other bench is finished, it will go beside this one around the fire pit.  We put a board over the fire pit to keep it dry, and the rock is to keep it from blowing off.  We get some good gusts by the riverside. 

Thanks so much for dropping by!  


Beautiful Arnica

Hello!  Today I would like to share with you a bit about arnica. I found some arnica flowers this week for the very first time!  I was so very excited and delighted that I could now have this herb available to me.  It is a wonderful healing herb that has pain relief properties.  I 'm not a very technical girl, but in plain english, it's a wonderful herb that helps to heal the body.  As I've learned more about natural remedies for things I can only think of how the Lord God has created all these things for our benefit.

Genesis 1:11 "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so."

I am going to be steeping these flowers once they're dried in olive oil (I do this with a variety of herbs in a crockpot.)  Here is a good post on infusing oils at Learning and Yearning.   I'll be adding it to some homemade salve that I make.  It is wonderful to be able to find herbs to use in their natural setting away from regular pollutants.  Although I have had the thought of after they're done flowering digging up some to transplant in my yard.
Here is a website that I've read and found helpful about arnica. Called the Wellness Mama.  

Do you use arnica in any form?  I have also found that using arnica cell salts for pain relief has been SO very helpful to my family.  Don't worry, I don't make any thing to ingest from the plants.  I'm not that learned at this point.
Thank you so much for dropping by!  If you use arnica, I'd love to hear how you first started and how you use yours.


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

A Yukon Garden

Our Yukon Garden

Hi All!  Today I'd love to share with you my garden.  This year I've been trying a bunch of new things and it's been exciting to see what is growing.  

This year I tried a new technique with the garden.  Instead of just sewing rows of seeds, I hilled up rows to create a bit of raise bed effect. (I saw my neighbour do it and thought I give it a try myself) Thus far it's been great!  We hand water our garden and so it's working fine to keep it moist, but when we get a lot of rain (which we have this year) it doesn't sit on the plants but runs down into the furrows instead.   
We planted a bunch of peas, carrots, spinach, lettuce, kale, beets, garlic, onions, chives and radishes in the garden plot this year.  Along with some marigolds, borage and calendula. 

  This  year we made a box around the strawberries with a chicken wire top to keep out the squirrels. (they've tried to get in and it's funny to watch them bouncing around on the wire until they give up.) Then we mulched it with straw so the berries will hopefully not be sitting on the soil once they start coming.


Then here is the river we live beside.  It's all brown and rushing as it's been raining a lot as of late.  Most of the time it's a beautiful green/ clear.  This is where we go down and get our water from for the garden.  Then when it's clear we also get the water for the house from it.


In the greenhouse we have tomatoes, spaghetti squash, zucchini, one pepper plant, cucumbers and some herbs and flowers.  This year we found and added a big black water barrel to the greenhouse to make compost tea in and also to use as a heat sink for the nights.  We don't have a way of heating our greenhouse at this time, so the water barrel helps to dispel the frost and chill.  (yes, I said frost, for it was frosting even up until a couple weeks ago here.) It still gets very cool at night sometimes, but the plants are still growing  nicely.

We also built some small raised beds to grow beans in.  Then we ended up with some sprouting blue potatoes so we tossed them in there also and they're growing well thus far.  We'll hill them with straw through the summer.  The beans are just starting to come up.  The first set didn't take or got frosted off.  The fava beans (which we've never grown before) are doing extremely well in the cooler damp weather.  They are surrounded by fireweed so there should be lots of pollinators around.  I've actually had to cut down a bunch of the fireweed for it was shading the beds too much.   I hope to try fireweed jelly later in the season.

This year we have also added a few more flower barrels and pots around the yard.  We grew most of the flowers from seed also and it's exciting to see them flourishing.

We have also been blessed with a gift of raspberry saplings.  We potted them up this year and will dig holes in the ground for the pots in a few days.  Then they can be moved if need be without being disturbed again.  We'll put them out by the rhubarb and see how they do there.  If they don't like that location we can easily move them somewhere else.

Last year we started some rosemary from seed, overwintered it in the house, and then put it back out on the deck this year.  It's seeming to love the warmth and sunshine.  I love having it right by my door so that I can snag some whenever I want.  This year I'm also growing english thyme, sage, dill, parsley, and basil, but most are in the greenhouse at this time.


Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out our gardening efforts this year!  I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Sweet Smelling Roses

Hello Friends!  Today I'd like to share with you what we've done with some wild roses that we picked around our place.

We decided to make some rose water with some of the petals, following some instructions we found online.  We also poured some into ice cube trays and froze them to see if that would help preserve it longer than just putting it in the fridge.

The petals were all removed from the main flower stems and then the stems were discarded.  They smelled so amazing and it was interesting that the rose water came out a lovely yellow when the flowers were pink?  But it smells so delightful and we'll be spritzing it on bedding and perhaps even using in a facial toner as well.  Do you use rose water?   How do you use it?


To just enjoy some rose scent, put a rose in a jar floating in a bit of water and it smells so pretty and lasts a long time.
One of the joys of summertime!
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