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!

Nicotine and Yoga

Sunday morning was absolutely beautiful, the sun wasn’t out yet so it was cool and quiet. Daniel and I took Paisley for a walk to grab a coffee and breakfast and then we sat down at Hazen Park by the water dreaming about having a boat of our own. It was on the walk there that I had a smoke and realized how winded I felt. I had quit smoking for a year and a half and felt amazing, but foolishly started again. Now I remember why I was glad to quit, my body feels like it’s falling apart already. So I decided to quit (again). I’m not sure how or when, probably cold turkey, active immediately. I had 3 total yesterday so even cutting back until I’ve stopped completely seems like a better option than smoking full time. To avoid smoking I kept myself busy with cleaning anddddd YOGA!

I hadn’t practiced my Yoga asanas in a few months, I was seriously slacking. I feel like the last few months were just not the best for me health wise. I made a lot of silly choices but it’s time to get back on track. So I practiced my yoga and I felt fantastic afterwards. However, I noticed a little loss of flexibility since I had stopped practicing, it’s like starting all over again. I’m happy to be thinking clearly again. My room is cleaned up so I can use the space for whatever I feel like. Somehow physically decluttering my house, ends up decluttering my mind and my soul too. I might paint a bit tonight after practicing my Yoga, keeping busy is key! I’ll be posting more about my Yoga adventures because it will help me keep my mind off smoking if I really occupy myself with a healthy activity. So keep your eyes peeled!

Have a blessed day!

When in doubt, bath it out.

Woah look! I’m still here. I’ve been very preoccupied with my current escapades, as usual. I am one of those people who changes hobbies more than I shower. In the blink of an eye I could go from hardcore knitting queen to a spanish speaking artist to sitting at a desk sewing clothing designs. I always seek to develop new interests, things that make me happy and there is nothing wrong with that! I find as I get older I care less about what people think of me and more about just doing what I love and it turns out that I really love a lot of things. I feel like I have learned and retained so much more since I was 18 than I ever did in School (Probably not but that’s certainly how it seems.)

So anyway, I’ve been really enjoying painting (still) and that’s where my attention has been for the last little while. But I actually wanted to talk about things that make me calm, my happy place. I love sitting in my bedroom (when it’s clean, that’s the best lol) and painting on a nice fresh canvas. The best times are when my husband is laying in bed on his laptop. Even though we’re not talking, his presence is comforting. Then when I finish up for the night, I love to hop into a hot bath with some epsom salts or a bath bomb and wash the paint from my nails. I feel like acrylic paint never completely comes off but somehow I love that. It makes me feel artsy. While I’m bathing I love to close my eyes and meditate. Sometimes I like to day dream and imagine myself and my kids in some beautiful place far from here, with gorgeous mountains and a light breeze, it’s pretty cheesy to be honest but that.. that is my happy place and I try to go there as often as possible to keep myself stress free and happy! What is your happy place?
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Has it been 6 months already?

MagnoliasPaisley is almost 7 months old now! I can’t believe she is already over 6 months old, but another thing I find hard to believe is that Daniel was away from work for that long. He returned today and it was my first time taking care of the three kids by myself since she’s been here! I actually find myself more motivated when he’s gone because I want him to come home to a relaxing environment so we can all make the best of the time we have together. When he was on paternity leave he was so incredibly helpful, but I was so incredibly spoiled and lazy because of it! Now I am getting back into the “stay at home Mom” groove. Cleaning, feeding and bathing the spawns, activities, and playing with them. I actually feel great about it and I was more than ready to begin transitioning into a new routine.

We’ve made some drastic changes to our diets (Dan and I) because our eating habits were terrible to say the least. So our last haul of groceries was quite different than the usual but it’s been great so far. I only miss my Timmies. I’ve been focusing a lot on my artwork still, trying various types. I’m doing an “art every week” for 52 weeks challenge and haven’t missed a week yet. 😀 (I’m working on week 12 this week!)

All in all, despite my lack of updates, I feel like this has been the best 6 months of my entire life. I feel like my family is complete. We are all content, growing, and learning every single day and I don’t want to miss a second of it. I am sitting now with a home full of sleeping kids, the boys in their beds, Paisley in my lap, and only the ticking of the clock and the clicking of the keys for sound. The quiet is beautiful, but I look forward to the chaos of tomorrow, as I do everyday.

xo