February 26, 2011

Homemade Almond and Honey Face Scrub

I have been itching to create some sort of exfoliating scrub for my face for sometime now.  Today I went through my cupboards and came up with a few items that did the trick!  I didn't measure anything and didn't really feel the need to do so, you can pretty well tell from the consistency if you need to add more juice etc...

Almond and Honey Facial Scrub Ingredients:

Handful of raw almonds (approx 10 or 12)
Spoonful of raw natural honey (this holds everything in place and is super thick)
Half a teaspoon of course sea salt (great for getting rid of dead skin cells)
A couple squeezes from half a grapefruit (try not to get it in your eyes...ouch!)

I first took the almonds and crushed them in a mortar and pestle.  This will take a little while but well worth it.  You want the almonds to become almost powdery but still have a few coarse pieces in there to help exfoliate.  After crushing the almonds I added the sea salt and spoonful of raw honey, I then started mixing the scrub and added in the grapefruit juice.  After getting the scrub to the right consistency I took about half the mixture and scrubbed my whole face with it.  I decided to leave it on my skin for about 10 mins to get the benefit of all the ingredients especially the honey as a moisturizer...great for this time of year!

My skin feels super soft and clean.  You can play around with the scrub and add different juices, oatmeal and even yogurt!  If you have anything left over store it in you fridge in a sealed container, it should last about 5-7 days.  Enjoy!

February 20, 2011

Busy as a Bee

Oh my, I can't believe how busy I have been lately!  My days just seem to string together at a constant pace...some would say that's a good thing!  I have working in my studio on a daily basis trying to complete items for this years line up of shows.  I will post the dates as soon as everything is firmed up!

This year is directed to larger shows a lot of them based out of Toronto and a few set north of here in cottage country.  Very excited for what this year is going to bring and have already seen a great deal of attention in this month alone...crazy but wonderful!  My first "big" show of the year will be shared along with the talented Yvettle-Michelle from Verona Collections, this will be our first year working along side each other and will hopefully lead us both to some really great places!  We have decided to apply to The Toronto Clothing Show http://www.theclothingshow.com/ this will be the start of our line up.  Yvette-Michelle had the pleasure of participating last year and we both decided that this year we should do it together so fingers crossed!

A few new items I have been working on are baby bloomers/diaper covers for your little ones tush...I haven't seen a whole lot of these around so thought that they would be a great item to add to my booth.  Along with that I am really trying to push my Eco friendly line including accessories and clothing made from recycled, upcycled, vintage etc...material and am really enjoying working with these materials and the items that magically appear from them.  I have added a photo of a pair of baby bloomers and a vintage yo yo headband.  Lots more to come to keep checking back!!!  Love.

February 14, 2011

Vintage Fabrics Yay!

I went thrifting yesterday and found some wonderful finds!  I find it sad that I actually enjoy the smell of a thrift store, that and the smell of old library books...strange but true so I will admit it.  I had to make a trip to the city and had about five hours to kill so I figured where is there a better place to spend a few hours then an unfamiliar thrift store in a large somewhat familiar city!  Love. Joy. Happiness.

Myself and a friend of mine from Verona Collections http://www.veronacollections.com/ have a booth booked at a fairy large clothing show in downtown Toronto in May so I figured I better get a start on preparing in advance!  Nothing like scrambling at the last minute to make sure you have enough stock on hand...not a good feeling.  We are in an area the is labeled "Eco Friendly" which is what a large percentage of our items are.  So yesterday I figured I would stock up on some funky "new to me" fabric with a vintage seventies feel.  My visions are:  pillow case dresses, women's headbands, some unique new stuffies (Owls!) and anything else that I can dream up!  Oh the love of ones own imagination, a little escape from the reality of everyday life that is needed every once and a while...

Any interesting thrifting finds lately...would LOVE to know!  Leave a comment below and have a happy week ahead :)

February 11, 2011

Newborn Sweater Set Complete!

I am happy to say that I have finally completed the full newborn set from Natural Knits
for Babies and Toddlers!

Two words:
Love it!

February 5, 2011

Natural Knits Baby Sweater

          I am almost finished the tiny little pink newborn sweater from "Natural Knits for Babies and Toddlers".  I  shared with you the "Pretty in Pink" post featuring the little hat and booties that go along with this set.  Oh so cute!   

The above photo is of the five sections before being blocked.

Here are the five sweater sections just after being blocked.

The two above photos are seaming the sleeves to the sweater body...that's the fun part!
I can't wait to share with you the finished result!

I highly recommend this book, it's a great price and has all kinds of different projects for both babies and toddlers.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!