My $13 Herb Box.

Good evening guys!! I did this a few weeks ago but was super lazy about posting about it. I was really excited about the project and knew eventually I’d share so the day has finally come at long last. (Well a few weeks later lol)

A while back I was looking on Etsy at Wiccan herb boxes and I really loved the idea of having something to keep my herbs organized in a really tasteful way instead of just having a buttload of bottles askew on my dresser. I found one on Etsy that was around $80 for a glass top tea box with various herbs included and I showed my cousin / close friend Amy to see if she thought it was worth the price. Of course regardless of the price, someone put time and effort into it and deserves to put whatever price on it they wish, but Amy reminded me that I am a creative and capable person and I could make one myself for a lot cheaper. I was skeptical at first but I knew she was right so I decided to keep my eyes peeled for a suitable box.

I ended up going into Michael’s with my bestie Sahtera for some supplies for her wreath making business and I spotted a glass top tea box for only $13.99. Boom. I was ecstatic because I already had the herbs to fill it and didn’t need to spend any more than that and this one was bigger than the one on Etsy and even included a drawer.

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I also bought the two pendants you see on top of it but that’s irrelevant. (But also they were only $5 so get your butts to Michael’s!!).

ANYWAY, I had plans to paint the box but I really preferred the look of a dark wood stain, it just felt more natural for what I was trying to accomplish. While this box was meant to be for storing herbs, I still had an aesthetic in mind.

I didn’t have any wood stain so I had to get creative and spent days googling, pinteresting, and youtubing various DIY wood stain methods. The only one that would achieve the look I wanted with the supplies I already had on hand, was coffee grounds.

I literally took a spoonful of Folger’s Instant Coffee and added a few drops of warm water. I stirred it until the grounds had dissolved and I was left with a nearly black syrup-y liquid. I was extremely hesitant to use this because I was worried it would dry sticky, or mold, or spontaneously combust, you know the usual irrational fears we have when trying something new. I applied it with a paint brush and it actually dried quite quickly. I covered it with an acrylic clear coat to protect it and oh my gossssh, it looks gorgeous ya’ll.

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My essential oils and herb bottles fit perfectly inside and hell even my smudging sage fit!

So for $13 and a little time and love, I ended up with something I actually like better than the $80 version I thought was out of my area of creative expertise. Long story short, try the thing even if the thing seems daunting.

Blessed be!

DIY: All Natural Wax Melts

So after my adventures with lip balm I was left with a giant brick of beeswax and not a whole lot to do with it. I was itching to use it and had just run out of melts for my warmer and it just dawned on me that I could easily make my own. So I did! These are fantastic for personal use or as a gift for a loved one. You can personalize them to your liking using whatever scents you prefer.

It’s easy as pie and only requires 3 ingredients and minimal tools.

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Ingredients:
– Pure beeswax
– Coconut Oil
– Essential Oils

Tools:
– An empty wax melt mold or a silicone mold
– A microwave safe dish
– A funnel or spout measuring cup for clean pouring

Measurements:
– 1/4 cup of beeswax pellets or grated beeswax
– 2 tbsp of coconut oil
– 20-30 drops of essential oil
Instructions:
1. Combine 1/4 cup of beeswax pellets or grated beeswax with 2 table spoons of coconut oil in your microwave safe bowl.

2. Pop them in the microwave and melt them on 10-20 second intervals, checking repeatedly to ensure it’s melted.

3. Once your mixture is completely melted, add in 20-30 drops of the essential oil of your choice. I used Lavender for my test batch and it smelled fantastic!

4. Gently stir the mixture and then pour into the mold.
5. Carefully tap the mold on the counter/table to release any air pockets

6. Allow it to cool, you can do this at room temperature or in the fridge for faster cooling

7. Once they’ve completely hardened, pop them out of the mold and voila!

You can store this in a cute mason jar or container but be sure to store them in a cool, dry, place. 

Geocaching and enjoying nature!

Lately it’s been getting really bitter and cold out with Winter approaching. I struggle with my mental health during the colder months and tend to isolate myself because being inside and being warm feels a lot better than being cold and miserable. We’ve had some days that reached around 3C but most days are below 0 now. It’s been really difficult for me already and it’s only going to get colder. Today was weird, I stepped outside and it was 12C!! Usually we only get this warmth when it’s raining and there’s not a lot we can do in the rain, but the sun was shining. My husband took the kids out to play ball hockey in the driveway while I poked around in the woods behind our house. Eventually we decided the weather was too nice to stay home and we packed the kids into the jeep to head to the Wetlands Nature Trails for some fresh air and nature therapy!

As soon as we hit the trail we noticed a tiny painted stone sitting near one of the wood carvings. I told my husband I had heard about people putting these painted rocks around town for people to find and we agreed it was a really neat concept, like a massive easter egg hunt. It reminded me of Geocaching, which has a similar concept, if you haven’t heard of Geocaching, pleeeeease do yourself a solid and check out Geocaching.com! So yeah, we decided to see if any Geocaches were hidden in the area while we were there and sure enough there was one listed further in the trail, so we punched it into the GPS and made our way there. Along the way we noticed more of these painted rocks, the kids were going crazy for them, keeping points for each one they found, admiring them for a minute, and then putting them back for others to enjoy.

We had to go into the woods off the trail to find the Geocache but luckily it was an easy find and I spotted it just as hubby walked past. It was tucked inside a cute old tree stump and was in really good condition! Hopefully this cache will be around for a few good years. We left something and took a small homemade heart. Then we set out to finish the trail. By the end of our walk we had found at least thirty or more of these painted stones, it was an absolutely fantastic day!

DIY: Pressed Leaf Clay Bowls

Another fun activity I did over the weekend, it was a first time experience for me but I will definitely be working with clay moving forward! I bought Natural Modelling Clay at the dollar store, two bricks for $1.50 each. This was MORE than enough, I brought both bricks to my best friend’s and we were both able to make tons of fun creations and still had almost an entire brick left over. She made a really nice Moon Phase chime and a teepee incense burner, I made my leaf bowl, an Awen pendant, and a tiny skull for shits and giggles.

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You can make literally whatever you want, but here is how I made the leaf bowl!

What you need:
– Natural Modelling Clay
– A sizeable leaf to press
– A knife
– Plastic Wrap
– A bowl
– Acrylic Paint
– A rolling pin (Or wine bottle)

Step One:
– Knead your clay until it’s soft and pallable
– Roll it out flat until it’s your desired thickness
– Take your leaf and press it down onto your clay
– Run over it with the rolling pin until it’s definitely imprinted on the clay
– Gently peel your leaf off your clay
– Using your knife, cut out the outside shape of the leaf like the image below
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Step Two:
– Gently lift your clay leaf off the surface, be careful not to smush it!
– Place plastic wrap in a bowl and then place the clay leaf in the bowl so the leaf has a rounded bowl shape as shown below

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Step Three:
– Allow 24hours for your clay creations to dry and harden

Step Four:
– Paint! You can paint these however you like, I do not recommend using water in your paints as it could cause the clay to smudge
– You may choose to use a clear coat, you can use Krylon clear coat spray or even clear nail varnish. This is completely optional.

Step Five:
– Enjoy your new creation, use it for holding herbs, jewellery, or stack them up by size for a decorative piece!

DIY: Beeswax Lip Balm!

Another thing I whipped up this weekend, lip balm! It was my first time making it, in the past I’ve made a lot of body butters, body scrubs, lip scrubs, etc… But have never attempted Lip Balm, even though it’s ridiculously easy. Make some of your own with this easy little instructional, this is how I made mine but feel free to tweak your recipe to your liking 🙂 As long as you have beeswax, essential oils, and a carrier oil, it doesn’t matter!

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What you will need:
– Empty containers, preferably something you can get your finger into like the one I’ve used above. I’ve also made use of empty compacts for such a reason! This recipe should give you 4+ Lip balms.
– Beeswax
– Coconut Oil
– Hemp Oil
– Essential Oils of your preferred scent (I used Spearmint and Wintergreen)
– A microwave safe bowl (Unless you have a double boiler and prefer to do it that way)
– A small funnel for pouring your lip balm

Measurements:
On my first go my lip balm came out too wax-y and not nearly oily enough, the consistency you want is a solid that will melt slightly as you’re rubbing it. Here are the measurements I used.
– 2 table spoons of beeswax
– 2 table spoons of coconut oil
– 1 table spoon of hemp oil
– 5 drops of spearmint oil
– 5 drops of wintergreen oil

How to mix it:
– First you will want to melt your wax and coconut oil, to do this I put the wax in a microwave safe bowl and continuously microwaved it at 30 seconds each time, checking in between, until it was nearly melted. Then I added my 2 tbsp of Coconut Oil and continued to microwave at 30 second intervals until the entire mixture of wax and coconut oil was pure liquid, no chunks.
– Next I added my remaining oils (Hemp, Spearmint, Wintergreen) and stirred thoroughly
– Using my funnel, I poured the mixture into my containers, filling it to the brim
– Set them out to air dry and harden on the counter, this does not take very long, do not put them in the freezer as this will cause them to sweat and not harden properly.

Voila! Once they have hardened you’re free to use them! If you find the product is too soft or too hard, you can melt the product back down and add more oil or wax to counteract this. If the product is too solid, add more oil. If it’s too soft, add more wax. 🙂

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DIY: Hemp Oil Facial/Hair Oil

I had a really great weekend doing tons of crafty and artsy fartsy things. I have been slacking in that department for a long time. They had always been more than hobbies for me, they were literally my medicine, my soul cleansing me-time. I feel so GOOD about all the things I did this weekend that I feel inclined to share it with you guys. I will be sharing them in a series of posts over the next few days! I considered doing one big clusterfuck post of all the DIYs I did this weekend but for the sake of organization and not overwhelming my followers, I’ve decided to give it to you in small doses. 🙂

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Okay so this one is probably the most minimal effort thing I did this weekend, but somehow I was most excited about it. I’ve been having nasty acne outbreaks lately so I wanted to find a completely natural way to combat it. Hemp Oil is incredibly beneficial for your skin, with lots of fatty omega 3’s, disinfectant properties, and quick absorption, this was a no brainer carrier oil for me. It’s great for people with sensitive skin.

What you need:
– A small, empty bottle to hold your product
– Hemp Oil
– Tea Tree Oil
– Other Essential Oils of your preference!
– Probably a funnel (unless you’re feeling brave)

How to Mix them:
– Fill your bottle 2/3 of the way with your Hemp Oil
– Add 5-7 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Keep in mind this oil can be very potent, but has incredible benefits)
– Add 2-3 drops of the Essential Oil of your choice, personally I chose Lavender and Lemongrass as they both have great effects on the skin and smell lovely!
– Replace the lid to the bottle and shake the shit out of it to ensure the essential oils are thoroughly diluted.

How to Use:
Using it is really simple, cover the opening with your finger and tip to saturate your finger in the oil, or use a dropper if you prefer. Then massage the desired amount onto clean skin. I use the excess on my finger tips to massage into my scalp to promote healthy hair growth! Hemp Oil and Tea Tree Oil are both infamously great for hair.

Shelf Life / Expiry:
Hemp Oil tends to have a low shelf life (in my opinion), so be sure to write it down somewhere so you don’t end up using spoiled product. To increase the shelf life of your products, you might choose a brown bottle instead of a clear one, to preserve the oils.

 

20 Links That Will Make You Fall In Love With StumbleUpon, again! (2nd Edition)

You may remember the first edition I did, it was pretty popular gaining over 13k views. Well, I’m here now with round two. Here are 20 new links that will make you fall in love with StumbleUpon all over again! These are links and breathtaking photos I found and enjoyed while stumbling around, I hope something catches your eye and encourages you to start stumbling too! StumbleUpon is a gold mine of knowledge, mindless games, and bizarre oddities you wouldn’t find otherwise!

Staggering Beauty
Weird Skill Books
100k Stars
Tiny House Tour
11 Drinking Games
The key to happiness?
Ragdoll
Beauty Hacks
What is your acne telling you?
Draw a stickman
Letters by kids
Important Tumblr Revelations As Told by Buzzfeed
Lexophiles
Stop Misspelling These Words
Hilarious Online Voting Contests Gone Awry
Factslides
Skittles Vodka
Hair Hacks
Deep Space Photos
What Colour Are You? 

Some Beautiful Photographs:

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