30 December, 2012

Sing me a Rainbow... SUNDAYS: 30-Dec-12

Sundays mean many things, to many people.
To me, this is the day to 
Slow down
Spend time with family, 
Simplify
and to Smile.
Rainbows in all their forms, 
always brighten my day & lift my heart. 
I hope you love them too.

Ul de Rico The Rainbow Goblins book
Video of the book: The Rainbow Goblins

Little Pipkin's paper rainbow
Artwork by my 4 year old

Rainbow reversible cushion crochet - made It
Source: Mini-me handcrafts

> Please leave a link to your own Rainbow 
in the comments, 
 for others to Seek and enjoy.<


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in your own post that you're linking to.

27 December, 2012

Beautiful illustrations from Fairytales: Errol Le Cain

I am feeling in a Fairytale mood.
Please enjoy with me, beautiful illustrations by Errol Le Cain...

Molly Whuppie retold by Walter de la Mare, 1983
The sisters catch sight of the castle in the woods

Thorn Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by the Brothers Grimm, 1975
Sleeping Beauty ascends to find the fateful spinning wheel

Thorn Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by the Brothers Grimm, 1975
The prince discovers the kingdom under the spell of the magical sleep

Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) by Charles Perrault, 1972
Midnight, as Cinderella changes from her glamorous gown

Twelve Dancing Princesses by Jacob Grimm, 1978
The twelve princesses return up the hidden staircase, after again dancing all night


 If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” 
 ― Albert Einstein

24 December, 2012

Merry Christmas

 With love to you all, my friends, this Christmas.
Stay Safe and Be Merry.

Aleta xx

23 December, 2012

Sing me a Rainbow... SUNDAYS: 23-Dec-12

Sundays mean many things, to many people.
To me, this is the day to 
Slow down
Spend time with family, 
Simplify
and to Smile.
Rainbows in all their forms, 
always brighten my day & lift my heart. 
I hope you love them too.
Christmas Tree Lights in the Park
Source: SmashingTops

Pint size pines in cork forest - PDF Pattern
Source: SimpleNotable

Wooly mushrooms & doily pincushions - etsy
Source: Woolly Fabulous
 
> Please leave a link to your own Rainbow 
in the comments, 
 for others to Seek and enjoy.<


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in your own post that you're linking to.

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, and wherever you may be.
Enjoy, Stay safe, & Best Wishes from myself and my family.

19 December, 2012

How to make natural beeswax & oil wood polish

To make a low allergy, pure and natural wood polish, 
I prefer to use grapessed oil (which is less likely to turn 
rancid and is high in Linoleic acid ) with bees wax. 

 I use the polish to condition, seal and protect the wooden item 
I have so lovingly taken time and care to create.
This combination is particularly nourishing - for the wood and my hands -, 
penetrative, and has been used by 
European wooden instrument craftsmen for centuries.

I use 5 parts grapeseed oil to one part beeswax. 
This gives me a firm consistancy, yet soft enough to apply readily.

I use the bees wax  I have to hand.
This time it was very pure beeswax, purchased from Queen B

It contains no impurities in it whatsoever. 

 If I use the dark yellow beeswax available locally at the markets, 
I find the consistency a little different at this same ratio. 
The resultant mix is somewhat softer.

Method
  • Over a low heat, I use a diffuser to spread the heat evenly and to lower the temperature even further, underneath the heating vessel. 
  • I place the beeswax into the vessel and allow to warm slowly, until melted. I then add the oil and stir until incorporated. 
  • Once both ingredients have reached the same temperature (the mix becomes clear), turn off the heat. 
  • As the polish cools, gently stir it, repeatedly. This helps the polish to remain smooth and atheistically pleasing. (thank you to Shannon of Rhythm and Rhyme for that tip!
  Once completely cool, the polish will be fairly firm. 
However, as used, it will melt with the warmth of your fingers and the action of polishing. 
I prefer to use my hands, without a cloth to apply, 
giving myself a mini moisturising treatment as I go!

After leaving the polish on for at least a few hours 
(usually overnight), we use towelling to to remove the excess polish. 
To reveal a delicate smelling, smooth and protected wooden treasure. 

**Quick tip ~ It's wonderful as a lip balm and moisturising hand cream too! 
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