Sunday, December 22, 2013

Satin Lotion from Woodwife's Journal

Intense Satin Lotion

for my trial batch, I chose 1 ounce as my "part"

Dave calls for 1 part solid oils  ~  I used 1/4 oz. cocoa butter, 1/4 oz. shea butter, 1/4 oz. illipe butter and 1/4 oz.                                     lanolin, all solid oils to make up 1 part.
Next on Dave's list are 2 parts liquid oils  ~  I used 1 oz. of an herbally infused olive oil that I use in my first aid salve, and 1/2 oz. almond oil, and 1/2 oz. avocado oil.
Dave's chart uses 1/3 part of an emulsifier, like beeswax  ~  that's what I used.
And last on the chart is 3 parts of distilled water  ~  because Mr. Wood is in a harsh work environment, I wanted to add something with a little bit of antiseptic and healing properties so I used 2 parts aloe gel and 1 part  witch hazel.

I put the oils and beeswax in a double boiler and melted them together.
Then I followed Dave' advice and allowed them to cool to approx. body temperature while I warmed the aloe gel and witch hazel up to about the same temp.
I blended them together with a hand held mixer until well mixed.

Then I creamed them together on high until they were thick.
This turned out to be more of a thick lotion than a cream so I put it in some little squeeze bottles that I had on hands.

I have made this a couple of times and everyone that I have shared it with loves it.  It has worked wonders on my dry and cracked skin.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Goals and Intentions For the Rest of Life

The Awakening (Author Unknown)

A time comes in your life when you finally get…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out… ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon.

You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you…and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are…and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.

You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself…and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.

Your stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and everything isn’t always about you.

So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself…and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties…and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.

You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.

Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that alone does not mean lonely.

You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.

You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drinking more water, and take more time to exercise.

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.

More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people…and you learn not to always take it personally.

You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.

You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than you heart’s desire.

You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.

Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

Merry Christmas, Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Holidays.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

On A Roll

The color in these photos is not good, but it's a cold, grey, blustery day and I didn't have the flash on on the camera.  The leaf quilt is as long as it's going to get, and I pieced the Giant Star (tutorial by Jeni Baker over the last couple of days.  I don't know how long she has had that tutorial out there, but every time I've come across it or a quilt made by her tutorial, I've wanted to make one.  Now it can start aging while I decide on my next top---I'm already thinking it may be a quilt called Turning Leaves.  The leaf block is pieced.  I also want to make more Skinny Churn Dash blocks AND I definitely need a Giant Churn Dash quilt.  There's also the sorta-Giant Courthouse Steps log cabin that keeps calling my name, along with a few others.  Hmmm... :D

Marlee is at the vet's having her teeth cleaned.  She also has a swollen right front foot.  Vet thinks she may have stubbed her 'toe'.  At least no bones are broken in it.  She also had a pre-molar that was becoming infected, so it was a good thing I took her in when I did.  I'm headed out to bring her home now.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Latest Loves
I won this awesome give away on Diane's blog.  I can't wait to try these out.  Thank you so much, Diane, for these awesome goodies.  :)

I am totally loving my new yellow shoes.  I just may have to have another pair in red.  :)  And this is my latest new block---Double Skinny Churn Dash---using  this tutorial.  Toni has a wonderful blog, and her tutorials are awesome.  Thanks so much, Toni, for sharing with us. 

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Playing in the leaves

I think it's large enough to suit me now.  It's about 50 x 60".  Now if it were just quilted and bound...

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Happy November

This is how far I got with this before I ran out of steam today.  I'm lovin' it :)  I fell in love with Kelly's Giant Log Cabins, and decided I just had to make one too.  Here's a link to her blog

I couldn't believe that there was a johnny-jumpup blooming in the yard at the end of October.  Yesterday evening I decided to pull out ancient leaf fabrics and make a quilt.  As of this morning, this is how far I've gotten.  It feels WONDERFUL to finally be playing in all of this fabric stash that is destined to dry-rot if I don't get on with chopping and sewing.  My little pillow is in memory of Dewey and Badger, and my friend, Donna's in NC Otis and Riley.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Colors Are Changing

Bayley and Marlee got a much-needed bath today.  They do not like scrub-ups :/ but the temps were in the mid-70's today and perfect for puppy baths.  Bathing them is a lot like a chore.  So glad it's out of the way for a little while, anyway.

The leaves are finally taking on their gorgeous hues.  I was so afraid they were just going to turn brown and fall off, but no, the hills are alive with color and I am loving it.  :)  My mums are beautiful, and bring a smile every time I glance out the window.  On days like today, their fragrance drifts on the breeze and they hum with bees getting drunk off of their nectar.  We had our first hard freeze last Saturday morning, so these are the only flowers left blooming.  The cotoneaster is full of red berries, and the barberry is dressed in lovely colors.  My favorite time of the year...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Happy October

This is a  little wallhanging that I made for my friend's birthday.  Her birthday is Sunday, and although there are tons of other seasonal things I would love to make for her, I always seem to end up with a pumpkin---just because it's AUTUMN LOL.  I used the folded square triangles to hang it and stuck in a goldenrod stick as the hanger.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I Think I've Finally Found It...

my quick (relatively speaking) and easy go-to tortilla/flatbread/pizza crust/rollup gluten free bread recipe.  I just try making a few, and they were yummy while warm with butter and rolled up.  Kinda like a chewy butter biscuit...well, sorta, kinda :D

Gluten Free ~ Full Moon Flat Bread Recipe::
3c. gluten free flour mix
1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1c. warm water

Mix all of the dry ingredients together.  Add water and mix until smooth.  Divide dough into 8 balls and on a floured surface, roll dough thin like a pie crust.  Heat a small amount of oil in a griddle and cook until golden brown on both sides.  Cool and serve.  We love it with tacos, cream cheese and veggies, pb&j, and honey!

Chunky Apple Muffins (Gluten Free)

Chunky Apple Muffins
Prep time: 10 minutes       Cook time: 20 minutes       Yield: 15 muffins
1 1/2 cups (210 g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar, plus 2 tablespoons more
8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (240 g) plain Greek yogurt or sour cream (not fat free)
1 extra-large egg at room temperature, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (200 g) peeled, cored and diced firm apples (I used Gala, but Granny Smith would be even better) – about 2 medium-sized apples
2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with greaseproof liners and set it aside (or set up 14 to 15 nut cups, if using those instead).
  • In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 cup sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the butter, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), egg and vanilla, one at a time, mixing to combine after each addition. Set the bowl aside.
  • In a separate medium-sized bowl, place the diced apples, and add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the cornstarch, and mix gently to combine. Place 2/3 of the diced apples (about 1 cup apples with cinnamon, sugar and cornstarch) in the batter, and mix until evenly distributed throughout the batter. Fill the prepared muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full with batter and smooth the tops with wet fingers. Place 3 to 4 of the remaining diced apples on top of the batter in the cups, and press in gently to secure them.
  • If using the nut cups, place them about 1 inch apart on rimmed baking sheets. Place the muffin tin or baking sheets with muffin cups in the center of the preheated oven and bake until lightly golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (19 to 21 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the cups (or muffin tin) before serving.
This recipe was brought to you by Nicole Hunn of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy First Day of Fall

I borrowed this photo from online just to wish every one a Happy First Day of Fall

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Full Harvest Moon Tonight

I am so saddened and appalled at the shooting at the Naval Yard in D.C. 

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Ready to Embrace September

Happy Labor Day weekend---happy September.  I am ready for the seasons to change; I'm a seasonal kind of person.  Don't think I could live very happily where there is only one Season.  For the most part, this Summer has been so much nicer than last year when we went from Winter straight into sweltering Summer.  I have had a love affair with my zinnias this Summer.  I want lots and lots of zinnias.  I am flinging my intentions out into the Universe that next Spring I'm planting lots and lots and then some more Zinnias. They are such happy flowers, and bring a smile to my face every time I glance out the window.

I've been learning to bake and eat gluten-free.  These banana muffins were absolutely scrumptious.  We had company, and they didn't even know they were gluten-free.  Oh so good.

I am missing being with my sister (and all of the others in our family) this Labor Day Weekend.  My mind and heart are spending the weekend in Hillsville, VA, with family and friends.

Had a lovely long chat with my dear niece, Glorie, mostly about quilting, etc., and now that I have finally cleaned up the kitchen (once again), I'm going into the Black Hole of Fabric and cut some 4" squares.  I ALWAYS am inspired to play in fabric when I talk with Glorie.  :)

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Something to Ponder---

A conscious being...

George Carlin's wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Quilts for Oklahoma

This message is from Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville.
"Dear Quilters: I have been contacted and asked to spread this info to you. It's important to get the word out to all the quilters you are in contact with, so ...could you please hit share to post this message to your own walls and news feeds?

This is from Ellen Medlock of the Ellen Medlock Studio Store in Tulsa, OK.

"I am honored to start a QUILT DRIVE for OKLAHOMA Tornado Families. If you wish to donate a quilt, please send to our shop- and we will make sure it is placed in the right hands!

Ship to: OK Quilt Drive, c/o Ellen Medlock Studio Store, 10032 S. Sheridan Rd, Suite H-1, Tulsa, OK 74133. (We will be happy to place any kind of blanket, for that matter!)"

Thank you for all you can do to help those who have been so devastated in the tornadoes that have recently swept through Oklahoma. QUILT ON! ♥"

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Just Had to Share

I had to share a couple of photos of the newly fledged Chicadees.  There were three babies and they were AAAAdorable.  :)  Also a few more of the Daddy Eagle and two juvenile Eagles.

I'm sending huge thanks and hugs of delight to Farmgirl Transplanted for her lovely gifts to me.  I also want to send huge thanks and hugs to Nines for her gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous doilies---oh they are so lovely and will be truly treasured.  As soon as I can, I will pictures of these goodies and post them here.  I'm very blessed.  :D