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Friday, December 9, 2016

DIY Owl Rice bags

This is the first time I have shared a pattern so bear with me.  I am hoping you can understand and use my pattern!  I made these rice bags for everyone on my list last year, including my husband.  They are especially nice for kids when it is cold outside, just heat them up in the microwave for about one minute, add an essential oil of choice, I like lavender to help them sleep.  And they can take them to bed with them, helps them to stay warm and cozy.  The heat is also good for growing pains or any other discomfort they may have!

 Here he is all done!

First I lay it all out to see how I want it to look.


 Then I put the wings and belly on with a zigzag stitch.

I then add the beak.
 
 And the eyes.

Next the pupils.

 And here he is with all of the applique done!

 Then he gets stitched up with a quarter inch seam, clipped and turned right side out.

Here is the back.

 This is the body, cut two of these out of cotton or flannel.  I make the fronts out of pretty cotton prints and the backs out of flannel so they are nice and soft!

Here are the parts.  The eyes and beak are cut out of felt. The tummy and wings I cut out of cotton.

You are going to cut the patterns out and add your tummy, wings, eyes and beak before you sew the front and back together.  I pin the body parts onto the fronts and applique them by machine.  Then you sew the front to the back right sides together and leave the bottom open for adding the rice.  Clip seams if desired, if I am sewing for a small child I sew around it twice to reinforce the seams, turn right side out and use a funnel to add your rice.  I like mine floppy so I add just enough rice to give them some shape, about 3 cups.  You could also add some dried lavender to give it some scent.  When you have the desired amount of rice, use a needle and thread to sew the bottom shut or take it to your sewing machine and use a zigzag stitch to close it up.  And there you have it a quick and easy gift!

Blessings,
Anna

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas! My favorite time of year! My fave Young Living recipes!

Oh How I love Christmas time!


      Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.  I love the magic of Christmas and getting together with family.  One of my favorite traditions is going to where my family is from and attending Midnight Mass, it always seems so magical being out that late in the cold December air with the stars twinkling in the sky.  I can just picture Mary and Joseph in the stable with the newborn Jesus laying in the manger!  What a beautiful sight it must have been for all that came to see!

     And our drive home after with the kids all sleeping in the back seat and just knowing that Santa is up there somewhere in the sky with his sleigh full of toys!  I find myself looking up into the sky to see if I can also get a glimpse! 

     And oh the preparations!  I love to make things for my family and friends, whether it be sewn or painted, cookies or candy!  The kids and I always look forward to getting together and making treats for everyone on our list!  And this year will be even more special as it will probably be the last time in a while that we all gather together since I have one getting married this year.  Plus I will be so very happy when my oldest gets here from Australia! I so cannot wait to see her!

      In honor of my favorite time of year I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things I am making with Young Living Essential Oils!  I am planning some gift baskets using the items I will be sharing with you today!  Hope you enjoy them!


 I made these last year for my kids and my sisters!  They would be great paired with a sample of Lavender oil!

 I put this in a little fancy jar I got from Hobby Lobby.  You could make up a nice gift basket and add a sleep mask, either a store bought or a homemade one, they are so easy to make!  And maybe add some nice cozy slippers or a good book!

 The bath salts I just added to a glass ornament with a tag and a ribbon!  A great last minute gift!

 How about a spa in a basket, you could use this and the facial toner and some of the whipped facial cream!  

 And like I said above this would go great with the lip balm and facial toner!

 A great gift for a child, add a scrubby to your jar and voila!

 I love this hand soap, I made myself one for each bathroom and my kitchen!  Add a chalkboard label to make it pretty, you could even give it with a bathroom set!  Perfect gift for anyone on your list!

 This is so nice, I have given many samples of this to others and everyone loves it!  I have also used other oils like lavender in it!  And as I said above it would go great with the toner and lip balm!

 And I have to add my favorite roller blends, nice stocking stuffer!

You could add this to a basket with a couple of dish towels, put it in one of the fancy little oil dispenser bottles!

I hope you liked all of my ideas, I love that they are all made out of natural products that I don't have to worry about the chemicals harming anyone!  All of the ingredients that I mentioned in my recipes besides the essential oils can be found on Amazon along with the roller balls.  My favorite place to get glass containers is Hobby Lobby.  They have some really pretty little containers!  And don't forget the only oils I use are those from Young Living, if you choose to use others I cannot guarantee the same results!  Hope you have a very blessed Holiday season!

Blessings,
Anna











Saturday, November 5, 2016

DIY Entrance Table with pallet wood





Finally got another project marked off my list!  And I am so excited about it!  I have been trying to decide how I wanted to build my entrance table for a few months and finally decided I just needed to get it done and quit over thinking it!  Not only that but my daughter Mary gave me the sign above it for my birthday and I purchased the clock at Goodwill and I needed somewhere to put them so it was time to quit putting it off.   I made the top of the table out of pallet wood and the legs were purchased at a yard sale.  I placed an old window on it for decor, just hope no one knocks it down.  Now I can decorate the top to fit the seasons!  I also want to do more with the wall. What do you think?  I will put up pictures when I decorate for the holidays.
Blessings,
Anna

Friday, November 4, 2016

DIY dryer sheets and swiffer cloths


These are a couple of things I have been wanting to try for some time now.  They only took a short time to do so not sure why I took so long to get around to it!  I love my dryer balls but wanted something to soften the clothes more and I am happy with them.  I like the swifter pads because I don't like using any chemical laden cleaning products and I love that both are reusable!  




For the dryer sheets you only need reusable cloth towels, white vinegar and essential oils.  Easy, right?  Take 1 cup vinegar and pour into your jar then add 20 drops of your oil of choice, swirl to mix then add your cloths.  The oils I  chose were Orange and Lavender.  I bought the reusable wipes at the dollar store!  Throw one in the dryer with your laundry and once it's done just add it back to your jar!


Here they are looking lonely in too big of a jar!  Decided to switch them to a smaller jar and use this one for the swiffer wipes.



Next are the swifter wipes.  You need white vinegar, distilled water and your oil of choice.  To your jar add 1 1/2 cups each of vinegar and water then add 15 drops of essential oil.  I chose Orange but I am thinking that lemon or purification would have been good choices.  Swirl to mix and put your cloths in, close the lid and shake to coat.


And there you go, I love knowing that not only are they free of chemicals but they are reusable too!  I think I need to add a pretty chalk tag don't you think?

Attached to the swiffer and ready to do some cleaning!  Hope you enjoy these two as much as I do!

Blessings,
Anna

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Holiday Recipes with Young Living Vitality Oils!




I just love this time of year!  I love the fall colors and the crispness in the air!  Fall always reminds me of when I was in college at Oregon State for some reason.  Coming home to see my parents and looking forward to all the fun things we would do.  And the friends from High School that would come gather at our house when everyone was home for the holidays!  And of course you cannot forget about the food when you are talking about the holidays!  Some of my best memories are coming in from the cold to find my mom had made us all hot cocoa and toast!   So my post today is dedicated to Holiday food combined with one of my many passions, Essential Oils! 





Home made Cranberry sauce and even though I am not a cranberry sauce fan you cannot have turkey without it I have heard from others anyway!

How many of you have ham for your holiday dinner!  I know we do because there are actually some people who don't like Turkey, can you imagine!?

Don't forget the mashed potatoes!

And of course you must have gravy!

Dressing anyone?

How about some sweet potatoes?
And don't forget to add some flavorings to that turkey!
Vegetables?  Well we have to have something healthy on the table!
And the best item of all the desert, I have to tell you though I do not like Pumpkin Pie myself, shhh don't tell anyone they might accuse me of being Un-American!, but I suppose it would not be Thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie!
 I hope you all enjoy these recipes and remember if you try them it is important to use only the Young Living Vitality oils in your cooking!  I cannot guarantee results if you choose anything else for am I responsible nor your whole dinner being ruined!  Just warnin ya!  Happy Holidays!

Blessings,
Anna




Friday, October 21, 2016

Some Building Projects

Wanted to share some of the projects I did in the past. I got these accomplished last summer and learned some things while building them!

Here is a before picture of my cutting table, it was an old office desk and it worked well just was always a mess!
And another picture of my old cutting table.
 Here is my new cutting table.  I knew I wanted to build something that had a drop down table that I could fold up when I was not using it.  I searched and searched the internet to find a pattern and could not seem to find what I wanted with instructions.  I did find a picture of something similar on pinterest but with no instructions so I knew I was stuck just going with what I wanted on my own.  I measured my wall and went to cutting learning along the way.
 The table is made out of 3/4 inch plywood.  I started by deciding how big I wanted my table to be and measuring the wall so it would fit to my wall.  Then I went and started cutting, it is made out of 1 by 12's. 
 Another view.  I don't have a picture but I later added a cutting table to the top that I attached with duct tape all around the edges.
 Not really liking the legs but it is what I had at the time, they are two by fours and are attached with hinges so they will fold up. 
 This part was the most challenging.  I wasn't sure what to use to make these, was going to use 1/4 inch plywood with bead board over it but was worried about it being able to hold up since the doors are so big and heavy.  So I went to my kids old shop teacher and asked him. He suggested I make frames for the beadboard with my table saw to give it stability.  I have to tell you I am not a fan of the table saw and had not used it much. I was kind of afraid of it and could not cut a straight line when I used it.  He gave me some pointers and said this was the best way to do it.  So I decided I would go for it!  I took his suggestion and placed a brace to hold my boards in place I slid them across the saw and was amazed at how well it worked!  I was even able to cut the indent for the frame!  To do it I took a piece of 2 by 4 and clamped it to the saw up against the wood I was sliding across the saw.  I really need a lesson in building!  I bet there are tons of ideas that would make my life easier when I am building things!
 Here it is all loaded with my stuff!  And the table folded up, it is held in place with latches.

 Next came an update to my computer desk!  Here is the before picture.  What a mess!
 This was a very simple project.  The drawers are file cabinets with picture frames glued to the fronts with E6000 glue for decoration and then spray painted white.  The top is made out of 3/4 inch plywood with trim around the edges.

 And the last project was my shelving for my utility room which is way too small so I had to do something!  These were kind of challenging as I had to make them in this small room!  I was going to add doors but decided they were better left open.

 I have since added hooks to the front pieces for hanging coats and snowsuits.
And that is it for my projects from last summer!  I had a lot of fun and learned a ton about how to build.  I still have a ton more to learn and really need to take the time to watch some youtube videos on the subject!  If only I had good internet to do it.  But we can't have everything, right?
I hope I have inspired you to try something new!  I never would have thought I could accomplish something like this 5 years ago but when you decide to put your mind to something it is amazing what you can do.  Now to apply this to the other areas of my life!
Blessings,
Anna