Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jar Full of Tahoe



My boys and I just got back from an amazing trip to Kings Beach, Tahoe. Our weekend was filled with sand and pine cones and even snow.

While I couldn't bring back the snow I did collect a few natural treasures to remind me of the immeasurable beauty of such a special part of my home state. 
Realizing what a lovely decoration it would make, I found a jar And filled it will the tree bark, lichen, rocks, and the one blue Jay feather I found. 

I'm so happy with how it turned out. I may just have to make this a tradition, and create little collections from all the beautiful places I visit in the future. Who needs a tourist t-shirt?!



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Women's Tea Blend







Two of my favorite things in the whole world are herbs and crafts. So, when I have a chance to combine the two I'm one happy camper! That's exactly what I've done while creating an herbal tea blend with matching labels, tags, and stickers. Not to mention, a lovely DIY way to create your own tea bags! (I must give credit for that idea to the amazing Lia Griffith. That's where I found the inspiration for this herbal tea and tea bag tutorial.)


Before I jump into the instructions I'd like to talk a bit about the herbs I've chosen for this tea. There are three different herbs included, Nettle, Raspberry Leaf and Peppermint. 
Nettle is an exceptional herb for women, men and children alike. It is a tonic herb, which means it can be used daily with no adverse effects. I have used Nettle for years and attribute this herb, along with Raspberry Leaf, to be the reason my second pregnancy, birth and post pardom experience went so well. I had a short, minimally painful labor, ample milk supply, and healthy baby boy. But, even if you aren't pregnant or breast feeding this herb is wonderfully healthful. 
Raspberry Leaf has been used for centuries as a women's wellness herb. It helps to strengthen and tighten all of ur female organs. 
Peppermint, although a wonderful herb in its own right, I chose mainly for its ability to mask the astringency and slight bitterness of the Raspberry Leaf.
There's a bit about my herb selection. Now, onto the fun part.


Here's what you will need:
Labels, Tags  Stickers
Cream Colored Cardstock


To make the tea blend combine
2 parts Nettle
2 parts Raspberry Leaf
1 part Peppermint 
Mix thoroughly and place in a glad jar with a tightly fitting lid. 
For those who enjoy loose tea, no need to continue onto the tea bag instructions. Just include a reusable cotton tea bag.  Although, if you'd like a unique and thoughtful handmade tea bags, do proceed to the next step.



Now to create these lovely handmade tea bags. 
Cut doubled Cheese Cloth (A double layer will make a suitable barrier between the herbs and cloth) into 5 inch squares. 
Cut twine into 10-12 inch pieces. 
Place 1 tbs. of herb mixture into the center of the cloth square. Pull the edges up to form a little sachet. 
Tie one end of the twine around the base of the sachet of herbs. Make it nice and tight so that it doesn't come undone when submerged in the hot water. 
Attach your folded and hole-punched tag to the other end. 
Now, create more, place them in a glass jar or plastic bag, add a label and sticker, and that's it! Here's a wonderful and healthful gift, perfect for a pregnant or new mom, or any woman!






Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Let There Be T-Shirts!



I'm always looking for interesting ways to use my hand carved stamps. They are so versatile, and fun to work with. That's why I've been working hard on creating t-shirts with my stamp designs printed on them.


Hand dyed, hand block printed, using my hand carved stamps! My hands have been busy!
Each one is a bit different since I use a very non-scientific way of dying the shirts. They come out with beautiful shades and tints of the dye bath I'm using.


To check out what I've got available for sale right now, visit my shop Enchanting Stamps!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sunshine in a Jar


Chamomile and Calendula solar infused Coconut Oil. That's what we have here.
A beautiful blend of vibrant flowers and luscious oil. It truly does look like sunshine in a jar!
 Perfect for applying to any part of the body.

Here's what you'll need:
Dried Chamomile and Calendula (I get mine from Mt. Rose Herbs)
Coconut Oil
2 clean Glass Jars

Here's how it's made:
Fill a small jar half way with coconut oil, the other half with equal parts dried Chamomile and Calendula. If your oil is melted it's easiest the put the flowers in first then pour the oil over until the jar is filled. If your oil is solid, just spoon chunks of it in with the flowers. Seal the jar with a lid.
Now, find a sunny spot outside, and let the jar sit all day and night for 1-2 weeks. everyday you should shake the jar to disperse the flowers.
At night the oil will solidify and by mid-day will liquefy again.



Obviously, this method will only work during warmer times of the year. Your coconut oil needs to heat up to take in the essence of the calendula and chamomile flowers.



Once your oil has infused for a week or two you can strain out the flowers and discard them. put your oil into a clean glass jar. When it re-solidifies it will have a golden tone and smell of coconut, chamomile and calendula.

I love using this oil on my skin, even my face. It's a lovely moisturizer, and has the added benefits that the herbal flowers have imparted into it!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wildflowers


How to Mount your Rubber Stamps


If you'd prefer to use your hand carved rubber stamps with a wooden block attached, but aren't quite sure the best way to go about mounting them, then this is for you! 


Here's a step by step tutorial of how I mount my rubber stamps:



What you'll need:
Rubber Stamp
Wood, cut to size and sanded
Rubber Cement
A Pencil




Step 1:
Center your stamp on the wood.
Using a pencil, faintly trace around the stamp.



Step 2:
Apply a thin layer of Rubber Cement to both the back of the Rubber Stamp and the inside of your tracing on the wood. Note: Be sure that both are clean and dry before applying the adhesive.



Step 3:
Let these set for a minute or two. Then, lining up your outline with the underside of the Stamp, carefully adhere the two together.




Step 4:
Using something slightly heavy, such as extra wooden blocks or a book, weigh down the stamp to make sure the wood and stamp have a proper bond.
Let these sit for a few hours before using.

Options:
  You may want to print an image of your stamp onto the top of your block. Of coarse, this would need to be done before mounting the stamp. And, should be sealed with a spray lacquer to be sure the ink wont smudge with use and washing.
  A nice way to finish your block is with bees wax, or any other wax that you may purchase at a hardware store.
This gives the wood a nice finish, and seals it from moisture.

Now you've got a lovely Wood Mounted Stamp, ready to decorate paper, fabric, clay, or whatever you can dream up!







Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fort Kit

Here's what I made for son's friend. She had a birthday last week, and I really wanted to give her a thoughtful gift, something she'd like, something a little different, something I could customize with some fun stamps. I decided a Fort Kit was it!
The first thing I did was carve a stamp of her name, then used it along with a few of my other stamps to decorate 2 cotton bags that I'd use to hold all the Fort Kit supplies.

Then I went out and found all the fun things that are needed to build a fort. This was fun and pretty easy. I went to stores like Michaels, Ross, and the Dollar Store. The even picked up a few extra items to add, just for fun, like glow sticks and a Mad Libs book.

I got this idea from Pinterest. There are literally a plethora of inspiring kits to browse through. Here's a link to check them out.