Thursday, April 25, 2013

How to Cut a 5-Pointed Star

How to Cut a 5-Pointed Star

George Washington's original pencil sketch for the flag indicated 6-pointed stars, a form he apparently preferred.
Betsy Ross, however, recommended a 5-pointed star. When the committee protested that it was too difficult to make, she took a piece of paper, folded it deftly, and with a single snip of her scissors, produced a symmetrical five-pointed star. This seeming feat of magic so impressed her audience that they readily agreed to her suggestion.
To you I am going to tell the easy way to do it
Take a thin piece of paper 8-1/2" x 10" (or an exact proportion thereof), fold it as indicated and cut yourself a perfect 5-pointed star.
Thanks to the Betsy Ross House for providing these instructions.

Step 1. Fold an 8-1/2" x 10" piece of paper in half.

Step 2. Fold and unfold in half both ways to form creased center lines. (Note: be sure paper is still folded in half.)
Step 3. Bring corner (1) right to meet the center line. Be sure to fold from the vertical crease line.
Step 4. Bring corner (1) left till edges coincide, then make the fold.
Step 5. Bring corner (2) left and fold.
Step 6. Bring corner (2) right until edges coincide. Then fold.
Step 7. Cut on the angle Then unfold the small piece.
Step 8. Enjoy your 5-pointed star

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DIY-Fabric Flower Pom Poms

Lookie what I found while searching for new Fabric Flower Ideas:
Here is the link to make them yourself, they will look really pretty hanging in my bathroom.
I know you will have fun making these as well.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Only One who counts

I have learned you can't please everyone, and the only one who counts is ME.

It's been a very busy weekend and a fun one. Tonight I am having some red sweet wine and thinking.
To think you try to do nice things for people that you want to do something good for and they do not appreciate it.
Oh well their loss and who the hell cares, that's the end of my niceness, you can't always do good things. Muhaha, I don't have time for the dulldrum of life. You shouldn't either, Moving ON.
I found some new crafts today and recipes to share, I hope you enjoy them, as much as the fun I have finding things and creating new ideas.

Time for ME, ME ME ME, just me and MY family, my circles. I think I'll do my nails while it's quiet.
It's almost that time of year to find lilacs, I have some growing outside, can't wait.

Pretty Random Nails

Here are some pretty Nail Art that I have found
There are several Nail Artists that I like and Admire

My girls and I like to do nails and have bought lots of polish and nail art
to play around with and have duplicated some awesome designs found on youtube
You should try it

Robnmosses is one favorite

This is a favorite color of zebra nails


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Make Your Own Oils

An Easy Way To Make Your Own Oils


Mineral Oil
Fresh or dried herbs/flowers
Jar (any size you want) with a tight fitting lid

Place mineral oil and herbs in jar, place lid on tightly.
Store it in a dark cool area.
Once a week for 2 weeks, shake the jar.
On the third week, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth or a coffee
At this time add more herbs and oil (if needed)and follow the same
procedure for another two weeks.
Smell the oil as you go along to determine the strength of the scent
you want.
When you have achieved the scent, strain the herbs out again, and
store the oil in a dark cool area.

This process may take awhile, but if you can't afford your own oils,
it is definately worth the wait. Oils are very expensive!

Todays Tip
Simple Infusions

Now that the gardens are in full bloom here are two methods for making
infused oils.

1. Put the flowers or herbs of your choice in a large pan with a lid.
Add half their volume of a good quality odorless vegetable oil. Heat the
pan with the lid on to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature the
cells containing the odoriferous molecules burst and these are taken up
by the oil. Strain and then bottle the oil.

These infused oils can be used on their own as a massage or bath oil or
as a base for another product.

2.pack a jar tightly with your flowers or herbs. Cover with vegetable
oil. Seal jar tightly and put outside in the sun for a few weeks
bringing it in at night. Strain and bottle the oil.

50 uses for essential oils

50 Ways To Use Essential Oils

From Scented Thymes From Newsletter Published by Janell Squires and

Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy.

For Scent-Sational smelling towels, sheets, clothes, etc. place a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying. Add 5 drops essential oil to 1/4 cup fabric softener or water and place in the center cut of the wash.

Potpourri which has lost its scent can be revived by adding a few drops of essential oil.

Add a few drops essential of oil to water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener.

Add a few drops essential oil to a pan of water and simmer on stove or in potpourri pot.

To enjoy a scented candle, place a drop or two of oil into the hot melted wax as the candle bums.

To dispel household cooking odors, add a few drops of Clove oil to a simmering pan.

For tired aching muscles or arthritis aches, mix I part Cajeput, Sage, and Basil oil to 4 parts Jojoba or other vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.

Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary/Lavender oil onto the back of your neck.

To blend your own massage oil, add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 oz. Jojoba or other skin-nourishing vegetable oil. Don't make too much.

Add 10 drops of essential oil to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix very well, let set for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets in your home. Let set for an hour or more, then vacuum.

To make a natural flea collar, saturate a short piece of cord or soft rope with Pennyroyal or Tea Tree oil, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around the animal's neck.

Smelly feet or shoes can be remedied by either dropping a few drops of Geranium essential oil directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes. Athlete's foot? Tea tree is great!

Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your vacuum cleaner bag. Lemon and Pine are nice. Rose Geranium helps with doggy odor.

To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place food scent dabbed on a cotton ball in an inconspicuous corner.

Are mice a problem? Place several drops of Peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them at problem locations.

The bathroom is easily scented by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.

Apply true Lavender oil and Tea Tree oil directly to cuts, scrapes, or scratches. 1 or 2 drops will promote healing.

Homemade soaps are pleasant and offer therapeutic effects when scented with essential oils. Use Woodspirit's Soaps which contain pure essential oils.

Homemade sachets are more fragrant when essential oils are blended with the flowers and herbs.

An essential oil dropped on a radiator, scent ring, or light bulb will not only fill the room with a wonderful fragrance, but also will set a mood such as calming, uplifting. Don't put essential oil in socket.

A few drops of your favorite oil or blend in the rinse water of your hand-washables makes for pleasant results.

Anise oil has been used by fishermen for years. Use a drop or two on finger tips and hands before baiting up. Anise Covers up the human scent that scares the fish away.

Essential oils or blends make wonderful perfumes. Create your own personal essence! 25 drops to I oz of perfume alcohol. Let age two weeks before using.

To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic or Bar-B-Q pests, drop a few drops of Citronella oil in the melted wax of a candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q hot coals.

1 drop of Lemon essential oil applied directly to a wart is an effective means of elimination. Apply the essential oil daily until the wart is gone.

Rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying.

Selling your home? Fragrance sells! Fill the kitchen area with the aroma of spices such as Clove, Cinnamon, and Vanilla. Simmer a few drops of the essential oils of cinnamon, Nutmeg, and other spices. Geranium oil sprinkled throughout the home creates a warm, cheerful, and inviting mood. Add Cinnamon oil to furniture polish and wipe down the wood.

Add essential oils to paper mache, the result is the creation of a lovely aromatic art piece.

Infuse bookmarks and stationary with essential oils. Place drops of oil on paper and put them in a plastic bag. Seal it and leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Send only good news in perfumed letters.

Neck pillows, padded and decorative hangers make more memorable gifts simply by putting a couple of drops of essential oil on them before giving.

Overindulge last night? Essential oils of Juniper, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Carrot, Fennel, Rosemary, and Lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend of these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.

Essential oils of Vetiver, Cypress, Atlas Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Myrrh all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.

Flies and moths dislike Lavander oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

When moving into a new home, first use a water spray containing your favorite essential oils and change the odorous environment to your own. Do this for several days until it begins to feel like your space.

Ideal scents for the bedroom are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, or Lemon.

When washing out the fridge, freezer, or oven, add I drop of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin, or Orange essential oil to the final rinse water.

For burns or scalds, drop Tea Tree oil directly onto the affected area.

Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in Vi glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve upset stomach.

Use 1 drop of Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.

6-8 drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.

Add 1 drop Geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.

Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

When the flu is going around add a few drops of Thyme to your diffuser or simmer in a pan on the stove.

o bring fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which I drop of each Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender oils have been added.

The blend of Lavender and Grapefruit oil is good for the office. Lavender creates a calm tranquil atmosphere while Grapefruit stimulates the senses and clears up stale air.

A blend of Geranium, Lavender, and Bergamot alleviates anxiety and depression. Use in a room diffuser or 6-8 drops of this blend in the bath.

A wonderful massage blend for babies is I drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil.

1 drop Peppermint oil diluted in I teaspoon vegetable oil rubbed on the back of the neck helps to relieve headaches.

12 Flower Essences: Which is Healing for You?

12 Flower Essences: Which is Healing for You?

What flower essence are you? Each of us is aligned to one of 12 flower
essences, according to Edward Bach, M.D., and in coming to know your
flower essence type you can understand the purpose of your life.

By using that flower essence as a remedy, it will help you listen to
your soul.

One of the easier ways to find your own personal flower essence is to
understand how you respond to illness. Bach believed that issues of
illness and health are a relationship between the body and the soul. If
we properly understand the purpose of our life by listening to our soul,
there will be no need for illness. Learn what flower essence you are
from this list of 12.

Bach flower remedies are similar to ‘herbal remedies’ or ‘homeopathic
remedies.’ Creator Edward Bach, M.D., felt that medicine failed because
it dealt with physical results and not real causes. Disease, in Bach’s
experience, has the useful purpose of pointing out to us, not just the
need to change, but even the way we need to change. In illness, Bach
believed that we all react in one or the other of 12 categories, each 12
having a healing flower essence.

What is your type of remedy? Here are 12 flower remedies that represent
the different ways we are ill. When you recognize yourself, look deeper
into the flower remedy to reveal more about your life:

Patients are quickly ill and quickly well again, impatient to be up and
doing. There may be pain and tension but the character of the person is
sure to be irritable.

Patients like being ill: all that time with nothing to do but dream.
They sleep easily and if awake will want television or novels to
distract themselves. If they have a fever the hallucinations add
interest to a dull day. The whole metabolism will slow as they drift
away from the world.

The remedy for fear, the patient carries an anxiety that the problem is
more serious. They are worried.

Though seriously ill, patients make light of the matter, joking with the
doctor about the problem.

These patients like to be ill; it gives them an opportunity to get
things organized around them.

These patients know what is best for them, and will not take advice,
even from a doctor.

These patients cannot be ill—who would do all their chores for them? If,
finally, they succumb, the illness is characterized by weakness and

Uncertain about their symptoms, they are confused about all the possible
illnesses, and are even uncertain about whether or not they are sick and
leave their diagnosis in the doctor’s hands.

Symptoms come and go for this patient; they cannot make up their mind if
they are sick.

Water Violet
These patients are more withdrawn than usual; they are knowledgeable and
calm, and speak to the doctor as an equal. They do not like to be fussed

Depression is symptomatic of this patient, and they are discouraged by
any setback in their recovery.

Rock Rose
These patients run high temperatures and struggle to keep their hold on
life, and others worry about them.

Adapted from Bach Flower Remedies, by Julian Barnard (Lindisfarne Books,