T’is the Season to Make Gifts

Oh, let me tell you that we love to make all our gifts.  To me, a handmade gift comes from the heart.  And anyone can do it. This year is no different than all the previous. We have been busy, Henry in his work shop making things with wood of course and me in my studio sewing up a storm. But we do combine our creativity with so much more. This year we both made soaps, bath salts, body creams, and chocolate. These gift sets are for our good friends…..

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Here’s what’s inside.

cBath salts to help relax and rejuvenate after the Holidays. These bath salts are quick and easy to make.

Combine equal portions Sea salt and Epsom salt together, then added dried herbs and flowers. Be creative, there are so many things you can use here.  We added some essential oils and mixed everything together.

 Note that Essential oils have many different benefits, read up on them before you mix them together.

I made some Hemp/cotton muslin bags with a draw string to hold the bath salts.

Whipped body cream.

This is much easier then I thought it would be.  After looking at many different recipes, we decided to go with equal parts of Coconut oil and Cocoa butter. A few drops of Vitamin E and scented this with Sweet Orange essential oil. It’s best to whip this up with an electric mixer until thick, like icing. Ours ending up smelling just like the Milk Chocolate Oranges  you can buy this time of year.

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We added a natural wash cloth Not made by us….. this wash cloth is made with 100% Agave fiber and is a nice exfoliant. These are made in Mexico.

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The best part of this gift set is the Chocolate.

Here are the links we used to make some simple, quick and easy chocolate barks.

Dark Chocolate:   http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/dark-chocolate-bark-almonds-seeds-53420000023756/

White Chocolate:   http://www.forkandbeans.com/2013/11/15/vegan-white-chocolate-bark/

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We’ve had a fair bit of real winter weather lately, two feet of snow and counting plus a dash of rain to top of the fresh snow. Yesterday morning we were greeted to a beautiful sunrise after some major snow. This was short lived as the weather turned white once more.

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The view this morning is quite different, yet pretty in its own way.

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Nature has such a eloquent manner of decorating herself for a Yuletide spirit. Cones, Icicles and a frosting of snow embellish the trees with a festive ambiance.

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Along with all the other hustle and bustle around the house shoveling piles of snow has become the main activity over the past week. The mill has sat silent for quite a while now, hope it doesn’t feel neglected.

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Maybe later today, if time permits, I’ll take the kids sledding. School has been cancelled for the last two days and they are going totally bonkers not to mention driving Tracey and myself nuts.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!