Friday, 26 August 2016

Simply Masculine



Hello! Just popping in to share a simple masculine birthday card with you. I used some fun papers, and added some distressing to the edges.  Some simple ribbon like a road for the recipient loves to drive and some buttons as an accessory. I used the fishers sentiment that I cut out of a background block (I just liked this particular part).

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Thanks for dropping in!

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Monday, 22 August 2016

My Medicine Chest


Hello!  Well, earlier I shared my pantry, and now I'm sharing my medicine cupboard.  I have been working little by little to change what is in here.  I used to just go to the store and buy whatever the pharmacist recommended, but now I pay a lot more attention to what I use to help my family in their illness.  Thankfully there isn't as much illness as there used to be.  

So I'd like to share with you some of the things that I've been using.  First off, I used to buy TUMS and then found this Zinc lozenge that works just as well.  So I have the TUMS in the cupboard, just because they're still good and I'll use them when I run out of the zinc.  


I've also been learning about the bodies PH and have been monitoring my own.  I was given this ph test kit to see where our water was on the ph level.  Turns out our water is great, that's a comfort!

                                   

The next thing we changed was to pick a better brand for vitamins for our kids.  We use them to, for just an extra boost.  The best way to get your vitamins is from real food though.  My kids love the Yummy Bears and that's a bonus since they hated the Walmart brand little doggie vitamins.


Then we switched our cough syrup to this brand.  It's a homeopathic one, and it works so  much better on my family.  The great thing is that it also has an adult version (which is harder to find, so I just remember the dosing for it and we all just use this one).  That is one thing I learned about reading the labels, and knowing what is in things.  


Then I have been learning about Hyland's phosphates and I have found them to be immensely helpful!  I am not a medication kind of woman and these are natural and actually work! I still don't have all of the #'d ones, but as able we are building up our stash.  My family is electro sensitive (which just means we are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation aka electricity, cell phones, microwaves.etc....) We started using the biochemic phosphates and they help build up the protective layer over your nerves that protects them against...electricity and other dangers.  The latest one that I got was the #2, Calcium Phosphates, and this has helped immensely with my son's growing pains.  He asks for them all the time because without them he can be in some serious pain! especially at night. 




Now this is something that I was super excited to discover!!!!  Up here in the Yukon during the winter it's well....pretty dark most of the time.  Therefore vitamin D supplements is a must.  There are lots of ones to choose from but these natural ones are in dissolvable tablets, and they don't have any nasty flavours added to them.  The kids take them easily and I don't have to be concerned about them hiding them from me!  Yes, in the past I've found hidden vitamins in strange places.


I have also been learning about the wonderful world of essential oils.  No I don't follow a "brand", but I use what is available to me.  I have been given some testers of some essential oils as new ones were gotten at the store.  (better me than the trash!)  

Then I have the benefit of a local store called Aroma Borealis.  The owner is a herbalist and makes her own essential oils that she sells in her store.  (disclaimer...I don't agree with everything she sells in her store if you look her up, but it is a good source of real essential oils)  I had asked about the Thieves essential oil that I had seen on online companies sites....then she came out with her own.  I was very happy and love to use it!  

With essential oils I'm always learning and acquiring more as I'm able.   The Lord has been good and we have a nice selection of the ones that we use regularly, and a few that we have for special things.  

I love using Lavender the most and then of course eucalyptus and peppermint.  The last one I got was the Rosewood, and I love the smell!  I use it a lot in my bathroom actually.  I just put a couple drops now and then in some epsom salts on my window ledge and when the window is open it seems to send the fragrance through the room.  But putting a couple drops in the wet shower also makes it smell nice.  I use a mix of Lavender and Rosemary to scent the bedsheets and to dispel odors in the hallways.  My girls love to use the orange to scent their homemade deodorant.  

I'd love to hear how you use your essential oils!





Now here is some children's allergy medicine. I try not to use it much, but have it on hand for when a food allergy occurs.  I have had to use it for when I became sensitive to nuts, and for mangos.  My throat swells fast, and this is the only thing that works fast enough.  My daughter has the same reaction with nuts, so this is good to have around. :)  Now we know to avoid those foods, but for times when we miss something or if something new happens we have this to go to.  I know epi pens are great, but they are super expensive and don't have a long shelf life.   


Lastly I have my fever pamphlet that I was given when I was pregnant with my first years ago.  It's been great to let me know what the parameters are, especially when it's the middle of the night and I'm not thinking as clearly. :)  I now have a couple digital thermometers, but also have my old trusty one as well. 


Well, thank you for checking out my medicine cupboard.  I have some basic first aid things in there (but most are in a basket in my bathroom).  Lots of bandaids ( I like the elastoplast since they seem to last the best even when wet.)  Then I make my own salve now and use the old containers that I got comphrey salve in from Aroma Borealis.  It's a blessing to have been able to learn how to make salve.

What kinds of things do you like to have in your medicine cupboard?

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Shark Feet Slippers


Hello!  So nice to see you here!  Today I'd love to share with you a pair of little shark feet slippers that I made for my niece.   I used my sons favourite little stuffed bear to model them for you. :)  


I crocheted them with white and grey yarn using a 6mm hook.  I didn't find any free patterns online for shark slippers but I found this pattern on a youtube tutorial HERE and it was really easy to follow! 


I added a piece of yarn threaded through around the neck so that it can be tightened so that she can't just kick them off.  The extra yarn can just be tucked into the mouth area. 


It was fun to make them, and I hope they fit ok and she'll enjoy them.  
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Monday, 15 August 2016

And This Is Why I Garden!


And this is why I garden.... 
Just the simple pleasure of eating something fresh from your own yard, something that doesn't need the chemicals washed or pealed off.  Something that's been vine ripened and has all the flavour it was meant to have. :)  Plus it's super fun to see the range of goodies you can collect in just one day.  

From the garden to the table.  Lots of things in our garden never make it in the house and are eaten standing in the dirt in bare feet after swishing it around in the watering can.   (well, for root veggies)  

When making it inside, it's so nice to have lots of variety to go on the table.  Fun dishes also help with that!  My kids found this dish for me at a garage sale and I just love it.  It's covered in veggies now, but there are three different flower patterns, one for each little separated section.  Plus good fresh vegetables are delicious with fresh baked bread and a little sweet treat for after. 


This year is the first year we have had a strawberry bed.  We grew some in baskets last year and they didn't do much.  But this year we've been able to get a lot more.  Lots of different sizes and shapes, and all delicious!

                           

Gardening is good on the food budget, but it's also good for exercise, fresh air and nutrition.  Food that has grown to it's proper ripeness before being harvested has all the good stuff for you in it.  Even in the Yukon where I am still learning to grow well in a colder climate this is a little piece of joy that I have.  In providing something good for my family and teaching us all where food comes from and the value that it has.  You can't learn everything in a textbook.   The skills we learn and pass on to our children enable them to have a healthier life also.  My Mom always gardened, even in very small spaces and I have always wanted to be like that to.

The Lord Jesus is so good to me.  He has always enabled me to have somewhere to grow food, and of course flowers.  He truly cares about those things that are important to us.
Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

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Walk Though My Pantry


Hello!  Thanks for dropping by.  Today I'd love to share with you a bit of my home.  Not so that you can see all the food I have, but to share with you about how I've been changing how I store my food.  I have been attempting to get away from plastics and have been starting to store my foods in glass mason jars.  I love how they look, and that you can see what you have easier.  For now I've been just using a sharpie marker to label the jar lids, but one day I hope to have different labels for some of the jars.  Most of the jars that I am using for this are older jars that I've been collecting.  I love the old Ball, Kerr and Gem jars. I have even found some old Canadian mason jars.

Above is my spice drawer close to my stove.  I found that the little pint jars fit perfectly in that drawer and when I open it up I can easily spot what I need with those labeled lids.  I found the pattern free online a few years ago.  I am hoping to one day find another pattern to update them, but for now they are very functional.  


Here I have my dry beans and lentals stored in jars now, and they are easy to get to.   I make huge batches of beans in my crockpot and then freeze them for quick meals, but also use smaller amounts in soups and such. I just use a whole bag of beans at a time for the crockpot.  Then I of course have my jams in jars (like in the bottom left) and all the extra space in this cupboard is waiting the new batches of jam that I'll be making this fall.  For now I've just placed the fruit in the freezer so that I can spend the time outside.  Yukon summers are so short I like to not spend them inside.  I know this may sound lazy to some, but for me it's a better choice, for when I can jam, I usually do a lot at once.  I've never been good at doing little bits at a time.  You could call me a project girl.  
I also have found a place in town where I can get large amounts of real honey!!!  SO I now have enough to cook with as well as sweeten my tea. :) 


Here in this cupboard I store my rice in jars (short and long grain).I got these jars at a garage sale and the lady was so happy that I'd be interested in using them.  I'm hoping to find more like them.  One really cool thing that I have just discovered (and are in the boxes on the top shelf) are mini noodles (not orzo) but little stars, bowties, and letters.  They are "baby food" but I love using the dried noodles in soup and corn beef hash.  Lots of room in this cupboard and I'll be putting more canned jams in  here later. 


This is my baking cupboard.  I have different flours on top, cornmeal, arrowroot powder, icing sugar, croutons, and extra salt in jars.  Then my crackers and some extra noodles.  I have been trying to make more from scratch, but for quick meals I use rice noodles.  I have also been buying extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil in large amounts.  Much cheeper that way.  I also keep a bucket of oats in this cupboard so that I don't have to haul out my big bulk bag when I need some.  

I love buying in bulk when I can, but I don't have a cool room so I try to be careful not to over do it. :)  I also try to buy organic whenever possible.  But for me, organic flour is SO expensive that I don't do that very often.  I try to think of it as this, when I make bread from scratch at least I'm cutting out all the "additives" that you get in store bought bread.  I do have a grain mill that is missing a little attachment to go on my Bosch and one day if I can get it I'll try grinding my own flour.  


Here is our flour, oats and chip cupboard. My bulk flour I will always leave in the paper bags since they need to breathe.  I have tried to cut chips out of our diet...but alas that has not happened.  BUT! I have been able to get my family to change to healthier options, and no more chips flavoured with msg and other bad ingredients.  Now if chips could just not be made with canola oil!  


Here is my odds and ends cupboard.  On top are corn chips and rice crackers and yes...cheese-its. :)  They are my husbands favourite snack cracker from the USA.  His family was just here visiting and gave us a few boxes.  Then my canned goods and extra spices.  My vinegar, vanilla and other odds and ends that I put in this lower drawer (that pulls out) so they are handy.  I put the extra spices in jars and this section of my pantry was the most noticeably changed.  I tossed SO much plastic from this space and it feels so much less cluttered and airy.  I still have some things things that I want put into jars...but have run out of extra jars.  SO they'll wait for later.  I feel like I've been able to make lots of progress and that is so nice!  

Now just for this drawer....I have yet to find a way to get rid of using plastic bags.  I do have lots of glass containers in another drawer with the rubber lids, and use them as a first choice. Have you gone plastic free?  What are your favourite alternatives?  I'd love to hear them.  

I also found this great little stainless steel bucket at the free store and use it to put rubber bands and wooden clothes pins and muffin cup papers in.  That way they don't get lost under the boxes.  


Well, that's my pantry.  I also have ceramic canisters on my counter for easy access to some ingredients like salt, baking soda, sugar, cornmeal, and cream of wheat.  
I'm not fancy like Pinterest, but I wanted to share what I've been doing to organize my pantry so that it's more functional and not using so much plastic.  I do recycle the plastic it comes in though.  We have a great recycling centre at our local dump and it's all easy to sort out for processing.  I guess it's all just a work in progress.  I do think that the little efforts we make are important.  Trying to make things healthier and prettier for our homes and families.  

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Happy Happy Birthday!


Hello!  I have a birthday card I'd like to share with you.  It's fairly simple, I just picked out a couple loose patterned papers that I had in my scrap folder, found some silver glittery paper and layered the patterned paper over it.  Then I added a white sheer ribbon over the one section.  I wanted to use a different birthday sentiment than I usually do so...I found one that was part of a sentiment block (from Fiscers) set and since it was clear polymer, I cut it out.  I like it on it's own.  So that's it.  :)

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Pretty Crochet Doilies


Hello Friends! Today I have some doilies that I'd like to share with you.  This first one is the very first large doily that I have made and I love the pattern to this one!  You can find it HERE. I used a 2.75 mm hook and #10 crochet thread.  

                           

I love the laciness of this pattern, and I know that all can change depending on the hook size. Now I've been asked if this was tatted, and the answer is no, it's just crocheted.  I believe tatting is a very tight crochet or knotting skill I have yet to acquire. :)  

                           

The next doily is just a little one about 6 inches across.  You can find the pattern HERE.  It's fun and I'd like to make more to add  to the top of jam jars that I give away. 


This next one is a sweet doily rug pattern and I didn't even use the whole pattern since it got to the size that I was happy with.  Next time I'll try the whole pattern.  I might even find some rope and make an actual rug...but that's for another day. :) You can find the pattern HERE. 


This last one is a doily that I made using a crochet rug pattern that was a half circle.  I tried to make it into a full circle, but it didn't turn out just right.  There is some buckling, and I didn't get the right amount of stitches to make the outside scallop perfectly aligned.  SO I might be trying to make a rug from it that is it's proper shape.  Perhaps for the bathroom.  You can find the pattern HERE.  



Thanks so much for dropping by!  I hope you enjoyed the doilies and will be inspired to try it yourself.  I have my oldest daughter hooked, and so we do them together. :)  Doilies are a sweet dainty feminine touch that we can add to our homes without it being too girly.  But then again, if you have lots and they are bright pink.....then you might girlify the room more. :)  

I hope you have a beautiful day!





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