Friday, July 20, 2012

Wet-Felted Soap


A bar of natural, wet-felted soap takes just three materials to make - soap, roving and water - and can be made in about 20 minutes, plus additional drying time. Not only is the process quick, easy and delicious smelling, but there is plenty of room for imagination and creativity.
 Felting soaps can also lengthen the life of your soap, and even eliminate the need for a washcloth.
 Whether you make one bar of soap for a special gift or several for your home, soap felting makes a safe, simple, hands-on home project for adults and kids alike!

My niece had a birthday recently so I decided to felt up some sweet smelling soaps for her.

 These soaps I purchased from a good friend at Two Trees Soap, who makes the most wonderful, all natural, amazing smelling, long lasting soap.
I started with her Clary Shea soap.
Clary Sage essential oil is a low, calming, and reassuring scent as is mellow Rosewood. Ylang Ylang oil is distilled from fragrant blossoms is a sweet and mild aphrodisiac. Colored with Red Clay and ground Rose Petals, this soap adds a nice finish to your end-of-the-day bath. Wonderful for relieving cramps and hormone stress.
 
Lay out the wool so that it is about as thick as a normal washcloth. Wrap the wool around the soap, both lengthwise and widthwise so that the bar is completely covered.

You can layer colors together, or just add a stripe of a contrasting color if you choose to jazz it up a bit.

 Take your felting needle and poke it into the roving, focusing on places where it is loosest.
 Soon you will have a fairly secure little package that will look something like this.
 Immerse your soap into hot, hot soapy water.
At this point, the soap and wool will look like a wet cat. Gently begin to massage the soap and wool together. Be careful not to be too rough at this stage or you'll expose the soap underneath.

Continue to rub ... squeeze... dip it in the water... rub... squeeze... dip (you get the picture) until it is holding together nicely.

When the felt starts to shrink down, you need to up the agitation a notch. I scrub my soap on a sushi bamboo mat, but you can use anything that will give you more agitation. Roll it around on the mat and keep at it until the felt is flat, snug and smooth with no holes.
Run your felted soap under some cold water and then squeeze to remove any excess water. At this point you can set your soap somewhere to dry completely. The wool will continue to felt as the bars are used for washing, and the bars should be allowed to air dry between uses for best results.
Off these sweet smelling little packages went, infused with some Auntie love.
(My niece and I on her birthday)

Looking forward to more soapy creations.

Be Well
~ Shanti~


Monday, July 16, 2012

ALL SPUNK NO JUNK!!!! Link up!!

Hello beautiful friends...oh sweet summertime...sure seems to be a busy time for all, and I mean, can you believe July is half over!!!!!!! 
Please join us in our Monday link up...
we love seeing your creations!! 
xoxo
maureen & shanti!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Inspiration Stones

I have been searching lately for peace amongst the business that summer and working full time brings.  I often find myself swallowed up in the doing and lose my way of being. I decided to create some simple one word reminders to guide me into a place balance more often. I thought of the words I want to feel and embrace the most in my life right now. Words to inspire me... mantras to carry me.

(letter decals & river stones)



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These words now look up at me from around the home... gentle reminders to breath in the gratitude, open up to the love and be present to the joy.

For all you mamas like me, who can find themselves overwhelmed ~ may this day bring you a sense of gratitude, love and joy.

~ Shanti ~ 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wax Rocks


Looking for a simple summer activity?


These wax rocks just might fit the bill!

Here's how it works...
Gather some rocks.

Warm them in the oven or out in the bright sun until they are nice and hot.


With tongs place them on a sheet of paper.


Take your crayons and draw away!


The girls we delighted to see how the colors swirled and blended.


The best rocks for this seem to be river stones if you can find some ~ nice and smooth.


Somehow wearing a cat mask seems to help with the process too ; )


Quick warning... hot rocks + little hands may = ouch!
Needless to say this is an activity for close supervision.



With Love
~ Shanti ~ 

Monday, July 9, 2012

ALL SPUNK NO JUNK LINK UP!!!!

Happy Monday everyone!!!! 
Hope everyone enjoyed a safe and crafty weekend.

Welcome once again to our weekly


link up party!

Please link up your crafts or recipes made with beautiful, natural materials.  Share the crafty LOVE!!!!
Thanks so much to everyone for sharing their creativity!!

xo maureen & shanti


Friday, July 6, 2012

~ Creating A Birch Bark Vase ~


With the bursting beauty of summer here, we are perpetually filling vases with handfuls of wild flowers, tree blossoms at their peak and our garden lovelies as they unfold their sweet faces.
Perfect time for a new vase!

 To make these you need a glue gun, scissors, elastics and a jar or vase. 

To create...
Collect some birch bark 
* be sure never to take it from a living tree ~ there is usually plenty on the forest floor for the taking. *

Find a jar or vase to use.
Measure and cut your birch bark ~ just a bit taller than your jar and over lapping about an inch.
 Glue it together.
Add elastics to hold it together until the glue is dry.
Place the jar inside your birch bark round...
and enjoy filling it up with the beauty that surrounds you!

Be Well
~ Shanti ~ 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pine Cone Flowers



Even with our gardens lush with fresh flowers ~ I just can't seem to get enough of them!

These little flowers were inspired by some big pine cones I found a the beach.
Easy to make. Pretty to look at.

Here is a how to... 
With garden shears cut the scales off a pine cone.

For the center flower, cut apart a small pine cone. Leave 2 or 3 sets of scales together and voila you have yourself a wee flower.


Cut a piece of felt into a circle.


Glue on your scales around the outside edge.



Glue on a second row of scales in the circle.

Glue your little flower in the center.
There you have it!


These little flowers can have many homes....
We glued some to hair clips, onto magnets for the fridge, put some into our fairy house. Thinking these would also make lovely gift toppers or tree ornaments. 
So many options!

In flower heaven
~ Shanti ~

Monday, July 2, 2012

All Spunk No Junk Link Up!!!


Welcome Beautiful Friends to our weekly link up...

Please link up your crafts below...it's a long weekend here in Canada...so we're keeping it simple today...but we'd LOVE if you'd share your creations with us! 
xo maureen & shanti

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