Have you ever walked into somewhere, inhaled deeply and just smiled? Soft and subtle scents can have a huge positive impact on your day. Perking up your mood, feeling revitalized and rejuvenated, calming anger and discontentment, relieving stress. Theses are just a few ways that you can be affected by the air around you. Taking it to the next step…. making the air around you have the qualities that you want to benefit from. Enter Aromatherapy! Continue reading Aromatherapy….
A scarf for your favourite pooch is simple to make! Directions are for a small to medium sized dog with a collar that is 3/4″ wide.
Cut a square from valentine fabric, 10″ x 10″
For a larger dog adjust the size of your starting square accordingly. For a retriever about 15″ is a good size.
Fold your square in half, right sides together, to make a triangle
With the folded edge away from you cut off the ‘points’ on the right and left side of the fold. I make the length of the cut 1″ so that it will accommodate the 3/4″ collar size.
If you are making this for a larger dog (15″ starter square) adjust your cut line to be approximately 1-3/4-2″ long to accommodate a larger collar.
Open your ‘triangle’ and fold a 1/4″ seam allowance on your freshly cut edges towards the wrong side of the fabric and stitch down.
It should look like this!
Fold back into a triangle, right sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam along all raw edges. Leave the folded over edge ‘open’.
Trim off the tip on the bottom edge, be careful to not cut through the stitching. Turn the scarf right side out.
Once you get it turned press it flat. Topstitch a seam 1″ from the folded edge, keeping the ends open. This will create the ‘tube’ that you slide the collar into. Also topstitch the perimeter of the triangle.
Slide your dog’s (or cat’s) collar through the tube pocket and you are done!
Have you ever heard those words? Living alone, I hear them in my head as I mentally go through possibilities when I’m hungry for “a little something.” This generally means that I’ve eaten well for the day, but there’s that one little corner of my body (probably located in my mind), that really would like a little fun food.
That being said, I have a go-to recipe that I invented when some health challenges made it hard for me to get enough calories in a day, so I needed something that was nutritious, full of anti-inflammatories, and most of all YUMMY.
So I made up a batch of what I call Nut Butter Spread, which consists of ground nuts, healthy oils, natural sweeteners with a low glycemic index, and a variety of seeds and dried fruits. It’s great with apple slices, on crackers or toast, and some of my friends just like to eat it by the spoonful.
Now I‘ve had lots of requests for this snack, so I decided to standardize the recipe and boy is that a hard thing to do! After much head-scratching (not during the actual cooking process), I wound up with 5 versions of my nut butters, of which my favourite is what I call Adult Peanut Butter, with a chili pepper kick and super spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. Add some sesame seeds, hemp hearts, organic toasted coconut and a few “secret” ingredients and yum! Stop by the Northern Emporium tomorrow and check out my samples – there will be nut butters, healthy homemade bread, and even some sweet snacks. We’ll be open from 1-4. Hope to see you there, and bring a corner of your tummy that needs a little something.
Throughout the year the weather can take a toll on your skin. Dry chapped hands, cracked lips, rough elbows. Winter seems to bring out the worst and take away the best. Moisturizing is important in keeping your skin soft and supple…… preparing to moisturize is often overlooked
Helga makes this great foaming sugar scrub. Different blends of essential oils in an exfoliating sugar base can be heaven to your skin. In a recent workshop we gave it a test.
If you have had the opportunity to see my chapped lips you will understand my elation completely! The best description of their condition at the start is sandpaper like texture. Ewwwww and so sore.
To use the sugar scrub first moisten your lips with plain warm water. Use about 1/8tsp of foaming sugar scrub on the end of your finger and gently rub it in a circular motion all over your lips. It smells divine but avoid tasting…. there is a soap component in the foaming scrub! The mild gritty texture of the scrub is exfoliating the dry dead skin.
After a minute or two rinse with warm water. The softness is immediately noticeable and the dry burning is gone! Moisturize with Helga’s alcohol free lip balm and you are all set and ready to try out the mistletoe!