Posts tagged handmade
Workshop Updates

Wow! I haven’t blogged since July! If you follow me on social media, you’ll probably put two and two together that I’ve been so busy with Jasper and school that I haven’t really had much time to do anything else. I’m literally in my last 8 days of school, trying to write 2 giant papers. Typical me, I like to be stressed when I’m writing big papers like this because it makes me focus and kick some ass to say the least. Really, I write best under pressure. Sure, it makes me a little crazy and I question my methodology, but it’s what I’ve been doing my entire college career. This is my sixth (?) year in school, I almost dropped out my sophomore year because it was by far the hardest season of my life, and I took a quarter off to be with Jasper, but I AM GRADUATING. EWU only has one commencement ceremony for some reason...so I technically won’t walk until spring, but who cares, I’m graduated. Dear Lord, that feels great to say. I’m a BA with an AA and a BA😎 

A little while ago I taught my FIRST intro to watercolor class. I was nervous I was just going to babble on and on and that I wouldn’t be able to constructively teach the skills that I know. But, I’m happy to report that the feedback I received was great! It was so encouraging to hear that my students learned so much and looked forward to taking another class. So I’m thrilled to say: There’s more on the books! 

I’ve planned out the next six months for classes. I’ll be teaching one a month starting January and maybe some pop-up’s in between, as well as hosting an open studio time at Madelia immediately following my workshops. The open studio times will be so you can come down to the shop and work on your own project, get away from your kids and craft, or get some guidance on something that you may be working on. The other ladies of Madelia will also be teaching their own classes as well. Next week, our schedule for the next six months will be posted online. I’ve jump started mine, so if you’d like to register for those click here. I’ve decided to host a variety of skill workshops including making watercolor wreaths, watercolor illustrations, and continuing my intro class. You can also check out the Madelia Makers’ Market here.

Natural Home, Happy Home
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I have always preferred to use holistic or naturopathic remedies before resorting to prescriptions-I even avoid taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen if I just have a headache. I knew that once we had littles running around I wanted to use safer cleaning products as well as avoid unnecessary medications.  

A few months back I reached out to a woman within my Instagram community about using essential oils. I had used a diffuser for quite a while, but never thought to use oils as remedies for ailments or illnesses or overall wellness. I want to point out that essential oils are not labeled as something to use to cure illnesses, as most other natural approaches are not- they have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am, however, one to believe that diet and herbal approaches can be effective in many ways. 

I have just recently began this oily journey, so I have decided to share a few of my favorites with y'all: 

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CITRUS:

My favorite citrus oils are Orange, Lemon, and Tangerine. I have used Orange and Lemon quite a bit for both cleaning and cooking. I will share a few of my favorite recipes in a later post.   I have yet to use Tangerine often, but I have made a "refresher" using it with baking soda. I took a small mason jar and poked a few holes in the lid, mixed in some essential oils with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours. I will sprinkle it on our mattress every couple of weeks then vacuum it up, as well as use it as a scrub when I clean the sink after doing dishes. 

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BUG REPELLENT:

Earlier this Spring we had some nasty mosquitoes! We've also had a couple black fly bites, even on little Jasper. While I will use regular bug spray if it's around, I don't want to be spraying it on Jasper! I ordered up some Citronella and got to concocting! In a spray bottle, I mixed about 20 drops of Citronella, 15 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Rosemary. Rosemary has a very strong smell, so I use it sparingly. I filled the bottle with water and so far have not had an issue with bug bites.

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A GREAT COMBO: 

I LOVE cloves. I think it's because it reminds me of winter time, which is the best. Anyway, I like to make oatmeal for breakfast (when I remember, HELLO mom brain!), my favorite recipe is old fashioned oats with chocolate chips, a few drops of Orange and only ONE drop of Clove. This blend is also a great one to diffuse. 

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THIEVES: 

This oil blend is one of my favorites by far. I use it in my diffuser to make my house smell fresh and clean, as well as use it as part of my daily beauty routine. It is worth mentioning that Thieves is considered a "hot" oil, meaning, it has a warming sensation when applied topically. I only use 1-2 drops on my face, making sure to keep it away from my eyes. After a moment, I apply 2 drops of Lavender to cool off the sensation. Thieves is also a powerful cleaner and can be added to a load of laundry or dishes. I have also tried the YL Thieves Toothpaste and really liked it.

 

Overall, I have had nothing but a great experience with essential oils and the community I have found within it. Personally, I use Young Living; it is important to use 100% pure essential oils, no matter where you choose to get them from.  If you want to learn more about using essential oils or would like to begin using them, feel free to contact me-while I am still learning myself, I am happy to help!

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