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Humane Society Raffle

Humane Society Raffle

First let me say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for all of those who participated in the drawing this weekend. Your contributions are priceless and may mean the world to a furry child! I am happy to announce the winner of the Humane Society Raffle held this weekend at the Kirkland Uncorked Festival 2010. Our lucky winner goes to………………..(drum roll)…………………….. Heather Andreini of Kirkland!

Humane Society Raffle

Humane Society Raffle

Heather won a beautiful Market Bag and we are happy to report that the Humane Society of Tacoma received the donations this time around. (We try to donate to a different local branch each time)

Just want you to know, both Jessie and Happy were present for the drawing. Their tails couldn’t contain themselves!

Humane Society Raffle

Humane Society Raffle

Thanks so very much for all who contributed to this wonderful cause.

See you at the next event!

Woof!!

Abbey…….Abbey Normal………..!

Abby Normal

Abby Normal

It was a hundred degrees the other morning. So, like a good energy saver I was up at the crack of dawn, kids fed, dogs run, house cooled and had tried to get all of my baking/cooking done before 9am. Like the old days, if I do say so myself.

However, there was one small problem. I wasn’t paying enough attention to the ever so bragged about cinnamon bread I had devoured the other week. You know the one…….the bread machine one! So, I decided to Pete and repeat that one while I was getting my pasta dinner cooked, doing yoga, knitting, cleaning the house, feeding the hummingbirds and watering all the plants. OK, I am kidding but you get the idea. I thought I had this bread recipe kinda sorta maybe down pat in the ol zip file of my brain. NOT!

As you can see………I named it Abbey………………Abbey Normal!

At least I got a great laugh out of it. One of my favorite movies of all time is “Young Frankenstein”. And if you haven’t seen it in a while, you owe it to yourself! Mel Brooks,Marty Feldman,  Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle. It just doesn’t get any better!!!

Say no more Say no more!!

A good day to buy fresh bread at the farmers market!

M-I-C……..K-E-Y…………MO!

My Mouseketeer!

My Mouseketeer!

Oh my! I had no idea I had a Mousekteer living under my roof!! Woof. Who knew???

Boys got their summer hair cuts and low and behold Jessie has been keeping a secret! Just had to share! And get a load of all those freckles!! Looks EXACTLY like my brother Michael………of course when he was nine, but you get the drift! Good thing he never reads my blog or I’d never hear the end of it!! Wait till I find that photo so I can show you the resemblance!! Stay Tuned!

Happy Independence Day! Let Freedom ring!

Woof Woof!

June’s Essence…..Chamomile.

Chamomile

Chamomile

Ahhhh Chamomile. The parks are smelling …..or rather basking in the smell of Chamomile these days. I just love it. Makes me want to run home and make a cup of tea!

Chamomile is the national flower of Russia!! A wise choice for the Anastasia worshippers.  Chamomile is best known as a tea but has many medicinal uses too.  Chamomile is part of the Asteraceae plant family. Chamomile oil is useful in treating burns, rashes and fevers.  It is also a sedative oil with stress relieving benefits.

There are two types of Chamomile oil which are most popular: Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile.  The

Chamomile

Chamomile

Roman oil is much like the flower, yellow green in color. The German oil is more of a deep blue color due to it’s high azulene content. Chamomile is one essential oil that is safe for children of all ages. It’s gentle properties make it perfect. Chamomile is mostly known for its calming effects. It is used for quieting the skin, emotions and those high heat peaks of summer energy!! Chamomile is also good for bug bites and boo boos!

Botanical.com quotes “Chamomile Tea should in all cases be prepared in a covered vessel, in order to prevent the escape of steam, as the medicinal value of the flowers is to a considerable extent impaired by any evaporation, and the infusion should be allowed to stand on the flowers for 10 minutes at least before straining off.”

A decade or two ago I remember using it as a steam facial (Boiling the tea) and could sit with a towel over my head effortlessly for 20 minutes and inhale such a calming skin tonic. What memories.

Here are a few recipes for you to try at home:

TEETHING SOLUTION

5 drops of Chamomile

Chamomile

Chamomile

2 ounces Aloe Vera

Mix the two ingredients and use this to massage the outside of the jaw. If you keep the mixture cool, it also counteracts the heat of the teething process.

RECIPE FOR BURNS

3 drops Chamomile

3 drops Peppermint

Palmful of hand cream

You can use any kind of hand cream, vegetable oil or even milk if in an emergency. Mix all together and apply it to the burn.

Chamomile

Chamomile

COOLING TONER

3 drops Chamomile

3 drops Clary Sage

3 drops Geranium

6 drops Lavender

1 Tablespoon cider vinegar

2 ounces witch hazel

Mix the essential oils together with the vinegar and witch hazel in an 8 ounce bottle. Add enough distilled water to fill the bottle. Use this toner in the morning and at night before you moisturize.

Chamomile

Chamomile

Inhale……………………..exhale. What a great herb!!

ça me plait!!

Shopping………

I am not a shopper.  I admit it.  I don’t find anything relaxing about it.

Fabric stores on the other hand, and there aren’t very many left that you can spend hours drooling in, are a weakness.

But have you seen this ad? My kind of way to shop. In, out and back on the trails!
http://www.flixxy.com/future-shopping.htm

Enjoy!

Meditations for the Oceans

Though this was for the Solstice on Monday, not a bad idea to continue until our oceans are clean.

Yes, it might be a very long time but we owe it to them.

May your footprint be ever so light.

Sir Ken Robinson should be a comedian!

May you smile!!

Au Revoir!

Update on the Give Away~

Fabmo Bag

Fabmo Bag

The lucky winner will be drawn after I have 50 comments entered. Once that happens, my associate will draw a number between 1-50! (This is an update to yesterdays blog!)

Will be polishing up my give away contests rules and guidelines. Let me know your thoughts, and thanks for all the wonderful comments and support. 

Good Luck to all my contestants~!

Have a great week!

Geranium Essence for May

Geraniums

Geraniums

The merry month of May has been filled with three seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn. It is quite exhilarating to say the least. Today especially. Weekend was a cooker, while today the rainstorm is so refreshing it feels like October……what’s not to love.

Geraniums

Geraniums

With this kind of activity the gardens are really singing. Sunshine, followed by such heavy rain promotes growth and rejuvenation. Geraniums carry these characteristics that sing balance and harmony to the soul and psyche.

Geraniums have over 300 varieties which vary in scent depending on where they are grown. Geranium’s positive impact and medical conditions make this a favorite for many who use aromatherapy. It’s three strongest characteristics are for Skin, Hair and Emotional balance.  Ya gotta love that.

Geraniums

Geraniums

Some of Geraniums medicinal benefits are as an antiseptic and astringent in the treatment of cuts, burns and wounds.

Here are some sweet recipes for a few home remedies.

Diaper Rash Treatment
1 drop Chamomile
3 drops Geranium
2 drops Lavender

Clean the diaper area with warm water to which you have added a drop of Chamomile. Use a soft all cotton towel or cloth.

Mix oils together. You can use this blend in any of the following ways:
*Add to 2 tablespoons almond oil and massage baby’s diaper area to reduce diaper rash.
*Use 1 drop of blend in a pleasant bath.
*For a persistent diaper rash, combine this blend with water instead of the base oil, spritz the child’s diaper area, and then sprinkle on cornstarch.

Geraniums

Geraniums

Razor Burn Relief
3 drops Chamomile
5 drops Geranium
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Lemon

Mix all oils together.
Put half the blend into a quart of water and spritz the shaved area.

Basic Balance Blend For Women
10 drops Chamomile
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Lavender

Mix all oils together. Add the oils to 2 tablespoons of a desired base oil (you can use vegetable oil) and massage in a V pattern up from the vaginal area, over the lower abdomen and hips, back toward the buttocks, and end the V above the lower back.

Geraniums

Geraniums

There are many suppliers of these essential oils all over the internet. Some are more strict about their formulas than others. If you have a favorite recommendation or supplier, recipe for relief or medicinal use, we would love to hear from you.

Geraniums are easy to grow annuals and are even great houseplants. In cold weather, geranium plants will withstand light frosts and patiently await transplanting into containers to move them indoors.  Geraniums like lots of sun so be sure to put them near a sunny window. One growing benefit of the Geranium is they are seldom bothered by insects and diseases. This is my Favorite aspect. No Chemicals or organic pesticides. Happy Planting!

May May’s raindrops and rainbows shower your home.

Au Revoir!

Bald Eagle Morning

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

This morning while taking the dogs on their morning jaunt, a friend spotted this awesome bald eagle who came to hunt in our dog park. It was so regal and content to just quietly stare at the many who gathered around to bask in its brilliance.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

I have been thinking about a new and improved camera and today decided had I had a better camera I could have really gotten up close and personal. We were only about 5 yards away from his majesty, but you would have thought we were a mile away from him the way that he took no notice of us. What a wonderful omen on our predictable daily  routine. Spring sure has sprung. Do I keep saying that?

Jessie has to roll in the new grass at least once a day. As soon as I started to film this episode, he decided to become camera-shy.  We’ll try again tomorrow. Until then, smell the roses…..and remember to look up every now and again.

Jessie

Jessie

And don’t forget to bring along your camera. You never know what you might stumble upon.

Jessie

Jessie

Clary Sage Oil for April

Clary Sage

Clary Sage

Clary Sage is a perfect introduction to spring. While officially Spring is a March event, it’s still cold here with brief moments of May. The tulips here make one think they are in Holland. 

 I keep looking for a rustic windmill and wooden shoes! Sooo many tulips.

That being said, Clary Sage is a delightful scent to welcome the slowly approaching summer months. Clary Sage is also known as clary wort, muscatel sage, clear eye, see bright and eye bright (but not to be confused with eyebright Euphrasia).  It’s scent is primitive, earthy and organic. It’s mostly found in Spain, Italy and France and has pink, blue or purple blossoms.

It is known for it’s antiseptic, deodorizing and anti-inflammatory remedies. Clary sage oil’s greatest benefit lies in its calming and sedating influence on the nerves, emotions, female functions, kidneys and digestive system.

 Clary Sage is useful in dealing with strong emotions and stress.

However, Clary Sage should never be used by pregnant women or people with epilepsy. Use of it should not be combined with iron supplements or alcohol. Clary sage is not make from the Sage Plant, however, the essential oil Sage is. The two are not interchangeable.

Clary Sage

Clary Sage

Recipe for Spring Toner
3 drops Chamomile
3 drops Clary Sage
3 drops Geranium
6 drops Lavender
1 T cider vinegar
2 ounces witch hazel
5 ounces water

Mix ingredients together and use in one or both of the following ways:
As a toner after  you cleanse your skin, before you apply moisturizer.
You can also use this to tone the tender areas after you shave.

(Hawaii here I come!!!! whew)

Have a beautiful spring!

Clary Sage

Clary Sage

Freedom

I need to spread the word here and I have been talking about it but wanted to get you all the details. Pertaining to the upcoming event: For more info go to www.taxfree15th.com

HERE’S WHAT WE DO APRIL 15  – 18

(Prior to Patriots Day April 19)

1)  NO WORK, NO SCHOOL

Our future depends on restoring our rights. Plan ahead, ask for time off, use vacation days or whatever it takes. Get school assignments for your children, who will able to learn about our Constitution through online programs. IF YOU FEEL YOU MUST GO TO WORK, THEN GO! PARTICIPATE IN THE OTHER STEPS. DO WHAT YOU CAN!! LEARN ABOUT THE ARTICLES OF FREEDOM & OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!  –  IT’S A MONEY GAME – THEY WANT OURS, TIME TO CHANGE THE RULES.
2) NO SHOPPING – DON’T BUY
DON’T BUY ANYTHING FROM LARGE CORPORATIONS, FAST FOOD PLACES, ONLINE STORES, ETC. Again, plan ahead for medications, gasoline, and food. If you have to shop then go to a Mom & Pop! IF EVERYONE KEEPS THEIR MONEY FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE DAYS, OFFSHORE BANKS WILL NOTICE
3) DON’T COMPLY
Put your savings in locally owned banks or hard assets, OR LEAVE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED TO COVER MONTHLY BILLS.  WORK AT GETTING OFF THE GRID AND FORMING CO-OPS WITHIN COMMUNITIES. WE NEED EACH OTHER, AND IT WILL BE OUR NETWORKING ENGERY, AS ONE, WHICH WILL ENSURE SUCCESS!
4) ASK WHY? (THIS IS ESSENTIAL!)
WHY ARE WE ALLOWING OUR CONSTITUTION TO BE IGNORED?
WHY DO OUR CHILDREN HAVE TO SACRIFICE FOR BANKING SCAMS?
WHY ARE WE SUPPORTING POLICIES THAT DON’T SUPPORT US?
NOW PICK UP THE PHONE & CALL YOUR “REPRESENTATIVES”, CONGRESSMEN, ETC. LET THEM KNOW YOU’RE PARTICIPATING IN THIS STRIKE, AND ASK QUESTIONS YOU FEEL ARE IMPORTANT.

877-851-6437 & 866-220-0044 – Toll free numbers to the House Switchboard. Tell them with who you want to speak, or give them your zip code & they’ll connect you.

 Check out the Constitutional “Articles of Freedom” 
(http://www.articlesoffreedom.us)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “PATRIOT?”
a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, esp. of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government……..no longer presumed!
NATIONAL STRIKE & EDUCATION DAYS
The 15th day of EACH and EVERY month!
DON’T BUY!!!  DON’T COMPLY!!!  ASK WHY!!!

BECAUSE OUR CONSTITUTION IS IGNORED, OUR RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED, WE’RE TAXED WITHOUT REPRESENTATION AND AS LONG AS WE GO ABOUT OUR LIVES AS USUAL THEY WIN AND WE PAY!

WE THE PEOPLE  SAY NO MORE!

So there you have it. Participate and make a difference.

March’s Essence Cedar

Growing up back east we would have to “change out the seasonal wardrobe” and pack all those woolen sweaters, skirts and pants in our cedar closets at the end of winter. Hence, this was my first introduction to this hearty wood and oil.  Cedar is an interesting oil. Soothing and comforting, cedarwood oil extracts are best known for their warm, woody and balsamic aromas.

Wikipedia states: “Cedar oil was used as the base for paints by the ancient Sumerians. They would grind cobalt compounds in a mortar and pestle to produce a blue pigment. They could obtain green from copper, yellow from lead antimoniate, black from charcoal, and white from gypsum.”

Today, cedar oil is often used for its aromatic properties, especially in aromatherapy.

It is also used as an insect repellent. Much safer than those toxic chemicals for mosquito spray. Be sure you pack for those camping trips and hiking trails. Cedar can give you a boost for the hike back if you have wandered farther than you anticipated. How many times have I done that ………

For all uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil prior to use. I have always been fond of using high grade olive oil but grapeseed another favorite of mine.

Following are some recipes for Cedar’s medical benefits, scalp treatment and hair loss.  Hair loss is one of those transitions for men (occasionally women) that I don’t think they realize how some look incredibly handsome. But being a Peter Pan type myself, will do anything to help my loved ones stay young at heart and Hair! So if you are helping your husband, friends through this time try some remedies with out the medical costs or inconvenience!
Recipe for Scalp Treatment
2 drops Cedar
4 drops Lavender
1 drop Lemon
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops tea tree

Mix all oils together in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Use the entire blend to massage into scalp thoroughly. Wrap head with a towel and relax for one hour. Shampoo (possibly twice due to the olive oil)  and rinse. This has a two fold affect as the essential oils are a wonderful mood stabilizer. If you have had a stressful day, this is a great treatment.  Like going to the salon and having your head massaged.

Recipe for Hair Loss
3 drops Cedar
2 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Lemon
3 drops Rosemary

Mix all oils together in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You can use this blend in two ways:
Massage blend onto hair and scalp; make sure you reach those slpit ends. Wrap your head with a towel and relax for one hour. Shampoo and rinse. Be sure to rinse well to remove the olive oil.

Add a few drops of this blend to a mild shampoo and use on a regular basis when you wash your hari.

Dynamic Spray
2 drops Orange
2 drops Cedar
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Peppermint

Add to a cup of water and place in a spray bottle. Spritz your entire house and wait to feel energized!

Happy Spring, Happy Easter and revitalize with some Cedar.

Goodbye to March.

Happy Polka Dots

Why are polka dots so darn happy??? While working on the Valentine collection for 2010 I remembered one of the original fabrics that got me started with my first handbags. I, being an itty bitty petite thingy, generally steer away from prints of any kind and anything even remotely large. BUT, designing hand bags and market bags have a no holds barred like lottery effect for my fabric choices!

Once the bags got into production, I realized how happy the dots not only turned out, but the effect on those customers who gravitated towards them. They were bubbly gals and guys and definitely children! Hmmm, kinda saying a lot, with a dot!

Why is a circle so happy? Does it remind us of something……solar, jewelry, or maybe even halo-ish? Hmmm, who cares when it puts a smile on faces!  And it is sooo guaranteed.

Hence, I can’t make them fast enough. Oh and hey,  last year, one of my aprons became the treasure hunt hiding places for a wedding proposal. You bet. Some lovely young man gave his girlfriend who loved to cook one of my aprons, and hid the ring in the apron pocket!! Loved the very unsuspecting and safe hiding place!!

So, not only are they happy, those little dots, but they can also be very romantic!!!

See more photos at www.chanteusedesigns.com

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