Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Essential Oils

This year I have gotten interested in essential oils and I love the Spark Naturals company.  My favorite option that they have is the "Oil of the Month" club.

 For $15.99 a month, they send you a large 15 ml bottle of a different oil each month.  You can cancel anytime, but why would you want to?  It's a great way to try new oils and build up your collection.  I have been diffusing the Shield blend at night and throughout my home recently and I want to think that it has kept me well and flu free this season. The next oil that I'm going to get to try is Respire! It sounds great for the cold and flu season and helping with congestion.  Perfect for the cold winter months when everyone is cooped up inside all season.

If you do want to start small with oils, get their essential four pack.  It only costs $20 and you can even get 10% off with my code- cottonblossom. This is exactly how I got started with oils and these four could be enough for you all the time.  They are that good.  You will get Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca and Peppermint.  Such a powerhouse of a group of oils.  I clean with lemon all the time, use peppermint for headaches, stomachaches and to keep the spiders away.

 Lavender is the swiss army knife of oils and helps with about everything from pet smells to better sleep.  I even keep some nearby in the kitchen for burns or cuts when I'm cooking.  Melaleuca is good for the skin, acne , even athletes foot.  Here is a great printable sheet to get a better idea of what you can use the oils for.  I have this printed and hanging on the side of my refrigerator and I consult it almost daily.

I want to continue finding better ways to live and get rid of the toxins and chemicals in my life.  This may never be completely gone, but one step at a time and I've started with growing my own food, raising chickens for eggs and next year is getting honeybees!  What ways have you made changes in your own life to be more self sufficent or  healthy?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bonfires, leather boots and caramel apples

This time of year is wonderful! The cool crisp mornings are perfect. I love to wake up and have some coffee, collect the eggs and snuggle under a quilt while doing some knitting and watching Netflix.  I also keep pretty busy as usual. 

Recently, my sister and I spent a day with my niece at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Enjoy some pictures of our day here and having lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. 
We had so much fun walking around on that beautiful day. My favorite part was the greenhouse at the museum! I bought a mason jar hydroponic system for basil. It's already sprouting in my window.
We've also been to the pumpkin patch, apple orchard and I did buy a pair of new leather boots from Target :) 
My niece and nephew in the apple trees. After this trip, I was able to put up several jars of applesauce and apple butter and tried a new recipe on Martha Stewart for a buttermilk apple cinnamon cake.

It was delicious!

Gotta love the nighttime bonfires. Jesse is great at making me the perfect fire for roasting marshmallows. 

Fall is also the perfect time to catch up on sewing and getting ready for the Christmas sales. My Shop  has several new items like this one- Jeep grab handles! I have the red ones and love them. 
I also have been making more wooly bear hats

Order yours now just in time for Christmas. I hope all my friends are enjoying this season. Happy Fall Ya'll!

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Mollie and the chicks wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!����

My birthday at Dave and Buster's

The garden this summer did so well with my good compost. I've canned so many pickles and vegetables- I'm ready for the apocalypse. I had to just tear out the green beans recently and give the rest to the chickens to make way for some fall peas, carrots, garlic, leeks and I ordered some asparagus from Burpee. Love year round gardening! 
This has been a whirlwind summer. Went to the State Fair, 4-H Fair, camping, fishing, Holiday World and a Jeep event! Lots of nighttime bonfires with S'mores and days at the pool. 

It's been a great summer. Love my family and friends. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sum sum summertime!

Lazy days in the hammock at my boyfriend's place.

  He's been working on the backyard and we love hanging out there and building a fire and having a relaxing evening.  Summertime is all about slowing down and enjoying the sunshine, long days and warm nights.  I also love to fit in about every activity I can, though. :)

We had to have our annual trip to Spencer's Farm in Noblesville to get our strawberries.  This time I still picked the most but decided against just plain ole jam since I still have 4 half pints left from last year.  I decided to make strawberry rhubarb jam with my rhubarb harvest from the garden, canned strawberries for throughout the year, made strawberry butter and then froze some.  Turned out to be a great day!

The weekend wouldn't be complete without a little sewing project during the rainy days.  My niece, Autumn was able to stay with me and she woke up promptly around 8am Saturday morning reminding me that I promised to do her nails and some sewing.  So after fixing up some eggs and bacon, we did nail wraps and then proceeded to make a little "sleeping bag" and pillow for her doll.
  My niece is only 6, but getting better at sewing since my mom has been working with her, too. 

Here is a peek into my backyard garden...
My 4 garden beds, cucumber trellis on first with peas and bush beans underneath it.
These two pots have garlic, a sweet potato plant and the red pot has some small pumpkins growing in it.  I also covered this with insect netting before the blooms came and it may have stopped the squash bugs for now.
Little herb bag I got from Hobby Lobby.  Perfect for chickens and for my cooking!
And at work, we were able to take a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play. That's me on the field!  I work with kids with Intellectual Disabilities at a residential facility and the older kids that went today loved it!  We went way up high and sat in the press box, learned all kinds of interesting facts, went in the locker room, and ran on the field.  So far, summer is treating me pretty well!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

April Showers...

April showers do bring May flowers.  Just recently it seems in central Indiana that everything has begun blooming.  My garden has taken off and soon I will start transplanting and planting more warm season veggies.  The grass is green, leaves are on all the trees and spring has sprung.  Love it!
This is my hoop house over the raised beds.  I took the plastic off when it started to warm up but these carrots, lettuce, kale and turnips were planted in the winter and ready to harvest soon!

This past weekend for Mother's Day, we had our traditional trip to Turkey Run State Park.  It's just a couple hours away and a place that I've gone to since I was a little kid.  Caves, hills, hiking, canoeing and lots of trails with stairs, steps and anything else to make your legs feel like they weigh 50 lbs each.  But it sure is beautiful.   Take a look at some of these pics I took with my Hipstamatic app!

The Icebox is my favorite.  You can feel the temperature drop as you walk further down. That's my niece to the side racing down to see me. 

My nephew checking out the waterfall in the Punch Bowl, another cool place!

This week I also started working on a new tablerunner that is a "stack and slash" type pattern.  I've never tried this and hoping it turns out ok!  It's a cute picnic themed fabric bundle that my mom found in Gatlinburg, TN.

Monday, March 2, 2015


I got signed up with my first craft show of the year. This show with Macaroni Kid in Lafayette will be great.  I think it will be warm, well warmer to Indiana people that are sick of snow. :)   I always love the excitement leading up to the shows.  I always go through my inventory and think about what to take, what to hold off on, etc.  It reminds me of everything I've made but then I start to get new ideas on crafts.  The problem with creative people is we can't stop sometimes.  I'm always wanting to make and create. Looking at a scarf reminds me I wanted to try more infinity scarves this year, which reminded me I should try making more accessories like bags, and so on it goes. I may go check on something else and then see my seed starting supplies and get distracted and next thing I know, it's 11 pm, and I'm up to my elbows in potting soil and paper pots.  Maybe it's not just creativity, but an inability to slow down.  I am always thinking of what to do next and have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the moments and that I can't do everything- even though I secretly think I can.  I'll check out Facebook and see everyone talking about lazy days and how many marathon shows they watched on Netflix.  I just can't do it. I'll get those marathon shows in, but it's usually on my computer while I'm in my craft room.  Don't get me wrong, I have my nights after a long day at work and I'm drained, emotionally and physically.  But... for the most part, I enjoy keeping busy.  Even now, I just realized it's past 10 and here I am sorting and pricing things.

I guess it is time for me to get to bed.  I have some meetings tomorrow at work and it's also crazy hair day so I need to track down my zombie wig from our Thriller Routine.  Anyways, if you're free on Saturday, come to the Kid Fest.  I'll be there keeping busy, of course!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Nest box warmer

Well snow is headed our way and this week, I had my first frozen egg of the season.  If the membrane is intact, you can save them but I don't really like taking the chance of any bacteria getting inside.  I decided to try making a warmer that I can microwave and also wipe off to keep clean.  Sitting in my sewing room looking through fabric, I had yards of yellow from a Wizard of Oz Halloween day at work :) Absolutely loved that costume.

 This yellow brick road was washed up, cut into squares 10x10 and ready to go. If you want to make a warmer yourself, cut the inside fabric the size of your nest boxes and stitch all the way around leaving a little opening at the top and fill with rice, corn or beans.  Up to you if you want to sew right sides together and turn it, I did, but it's going in a coop, so don't stress.  Stitch the opening closed and then your bag to heat is ready.
Your oilcloth pouch should be cut with some extra allowance for the seam and a couple inches on top for a flap to close.  I purchased this oilcloth from Oilcloth by the Yard and there are so many fun patterns.  After the sides are stitched, I just added a couple circles of Velcro on the flap.

There!  Ok, now microwave the cotton pouch ONLY for about a minute, then place inside the oilcloth and put in your nest box. Do not microwave the oilcloth.   I'll add a thick layer of shavings on top of this to hopefully keep the eggs from cooking and the pouch to get soiled.  I'll add it in the morning and see how the chickies like it!