Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm a Mummy...

A Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain to you all!


This is one of my favorite Halloween songs, and is appropriate because it's also today's costume!  I'll be posting pictures of my DIY mummy outfit throughout the day and tomorrow on my Instagram & Twitter (be sure to follow!) You'll also get pics of my friends' handmade costumes: A Dia de los Muertos Senora & a Lipton Tea Bag. Enjoy your tricks & treats tonight Boys & Ghouls... Bwah ha ha ha!




Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Products for Fall/Winter 2013

I've created some exciting new products for this Fall/Winter season.  They will debut at the Peddler's Village Apple Festival on Nov. 2-3, and will be available for sale on my website & Etsy shop on Nov. 4:

Mocha Sugar Scrub - Cocoa powder, Coffee Grounds, & Coffee Butter provide antioxidant and anti-cellulite properties.  It goes without saying this scrub is also very moisturizing and exfoliates skin to a radiant glow.
Winter Feet Salt Scrub - Pamper your barking dogs with this extra moisturizing recipe with Peppermint, Juniper Berry, and Wintergreen essential oils.  Not only does it smell amazing, it has energizing, detoxifying, and antiseptic properties to rejuvenate your aching feet.
Irish Potato Lip Balm - The Cinnamon, Chocolate, and Cocoanut flavor is as good as the confection you love to enjoy on St. Patty's Day.
Candy Corn Lip Balm - As sweet & tasty as this standard Halloween treat!
Honey Maple Lip Balm - Two sweet syrups combined in this cheerful balm.
Autumn Spice Lip Balm - You'll taste sweet Cinnamon & Pumpkin in this new Fall favorite.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Go Ahead & Craft Your Pants: Etsy Treasury

Crafters of all genres can find supplies & packaging materials from trusted Etsy sellers.  Whether you're creating handmade gifts, enjoying a hobby, or running a business I find that with Etsy sellers shipping is usually quicker and you don't have to worry about minimum orders like on some wholesale websites. 



100 Mixed Colors Small Detailed Flower Cabochons from whimsyandpop
I've purchased a few different sizes to experiment with embellishing my perfume oil bottles.  Shipping is always fast, and the cabochons are high quality with a wide variety of sizes, styles, & colors from which to choose.


1 lb Soy Wax for Pillars, Tarts, & Votives from CandleLynnSupplies
While I failed miserable at candle making, I have purchased some soap & lip balm supplies from Jana in the past. Again, fast shipping and high quality products, and she's a pleasure to do business with!

 

1/2 oz. Coconut Flavor Oil from EscentialOils
 My new favorite flavor oils were purchased from this shop.  High quality, fast shipping, and what a variety!



Wooden Display Rack for Roll-on Bottles by woodbitz
 Hand-crafted wooden displays for various products.  I'm dying for his lip balm & perfume oils displays!



25 Small Burlap Bags from ThePackageHouse
 Burlap packaging is natural & nostalgic.  These 4x6" bags would be perfect for my lip balm sets.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

OK so who else read these at sleepovers and got so scare they had to call their mom to take them home?  Or perhaps suffered the same summer camp insomnia I did in the super dark, super spooky NJ Pine Barrens?   I can't be the only one... right?

Anyway, I still have the boxed set of the 3 books from the early 90s and they still scare the crap out of me.  Each story is taken from the scary folklore of countries around the world.  The illustrator Stephen Gammell is the one that made this whole series so creeptastic!  The black & white gorey, frightening, and highly detailed drawings are taken from each terrifying tale... I still see them in my nightmares!  These ones freaked me out the most:
Can you imagine this thing poking you from 1000 ft in the air?

I was always afraid I'd wake up and see this over my bed... I slept under the covers.


Yea, this just made me look over my shoulder as I posted it ::shudder::

The things in the trees always freaked me out.

  
A fun collage

 I found the audio books for all three volumes on YouTube, ready by a man with a lovely English accent:
Here is the complete Audio Book on YouTube

Here is the complete Audio Book on YouTube

Here is the complete Audio Book on YouTube
T-Shirt Vortex has these pics of scary Stories T-Shirts.  Apparently Karamaloop.com used to carry them but stopped.  I wasn't able to find them anywhere else.  SOMEONE MAKE MORE OF THESE!!  If you know where they can be purchased please leave the link in the comments.
So, they actually changed the illustrations in newly released copies of the book.  What were they thinking?  Here are some original vs. new illustrations (sigh), unbelievable:
 
 
 
 
Sleep tight!!  Bwah ha ha ha!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Giveaway Contest Winner!

Announcing the winner of my Halloween Giveaway Contest: Jessica H. of Lansdowne, PA!  
Congrats!  You've been sent an email. 

To celebrate my first contest I'm offering 15% off all Cemetery products (Room & Body Spray, Perfume Oil, Sample Vial) only on my website through Oct 31. 

 
This time there were only 12 people that entered, that's pretty good odds for winning. 
Be sure to follow my blog, social media, and subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date on new contests!

 

 All contest winners are chosen with the True Random Number Generator from Random.org
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bloglovin - All your favorite blogs on one page!

You can follow my blog, and many of your other favorites on Bloglovin'.  Just click on the link, or search right from Bloglovin.


Scary Good! - Etsy Treasury

For this week's Treasury Tuesday, you're all gaining 5lbs with me!  I've compiled some of the sweetest and most unique baked goods & confections on Etsy:


Please check out all the yummy things these sellers have to offer - here are just five of the sixteen featured.
Sugar Cube Skulls by dembones
The original Sugar Skulls!  I bought the 36 pack for a friends birthday last year, the theme was Day of the Dead and she just loved them!  Great for absinthe lovers too.  Shipping was fast & cute creepy packaging!


Antiqued Potion Label Halloween Cookies by LizyBsbakeshop
I'm big into vintage Halloween, and these sepia tone cookies tickle my taste buds as well as my since of nostalgia!


Edible Bug image lollipops by VintageConfections
For the arachnophobe in your life you simply must order these lollipops!  Your choice of flavors.


Chocolate Witch Finger Lollipops by StephsSweetShop
These pearlized witch fingers will add a colorful & classy tone to your spooky Halloween party.


24 Custom Dipped Halloween Fortune Cookies by LuckyGirlFortunes
Create your own custom Halloween fortune cookies from the flavor to the message inside!  What a special treat for your guests.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Vitamins in my Cabinet

Herbs & vitamins are a staple in my kitchen.  Unfortunately because of my hectic life I do not always get all the nutrients I need from my food.  Also whenever possible I try to use food & herbs as "medicine", both preventative & as needed, in place of allopathic medicine. I try to keep my body as chemical free as possible.  Here is what I have in my cabinet now:

October is the beginning of Airborne season - when I stock up and take immune boosters regularly.  These are especially important now that I'm on immune suppressing meds for my Stills Disease.


Flax seed oil is not only full of Omega 3-6-9 and good for your heart, it is an anti-inflammatory.  I take this to prevent joint inflammation because of my Stills Disease and for my TMJ.   Cal/Mag/Zinc is to keep up my mineral levels, but especially now since I'm taking steroids which can decrease calcium in the bones.  Zinc is great for building up your immunity to the common cold.  I like so many women am Vitamin D deficient.  Since my illness I've become even more deficient, so my rheumatologist put me on 50,000 iu taken once a week for 8 wks.  After that I need to supplement enough that I get at least 2000 iu a day.  This 1000 iu supplement plus what I get from the sun & diet usually does the trick.  The feverfew capsules I take for migraines for both preventative and as needed.


Milk Thistle is a social drinkers best friend!  After a night of cocktails take this to support liver functions as it cleanses your body of alcohol.  If you are taking Tylenol or similar meds that can have negative effects on the liver it is also a good idea to pop some of these.  I can't take this now because it can effect the meds I'm taking by running them out of my system too quickly. (CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING MILK THISTLE WHILE ON MEDICATION)  Psylium husk powder will keep your colon free and clean!  However, I recommend getting it in capsule form - this is just loose powder that does not mix well in drinks.  It's like adding ground cardboard!  Accuflora is my daily probiotic.  Probiotics are great for everyone, but especially helpful for those with acne or taking anti-biotics.  Flax seeds are full of Omega fatty acids needed for optimum health.  Sprinkle some in your food, or grind them in a coffee grinder for a less noticeable addition.  I usually just prefer to take the flax seed oil gel capsules.


 I haven't had much experience with homeopathic remedies.  The bottle on the right was given to me, I haven't tried it yet.  Then we have my feverfew tincture.  These can be a bit yucky tasting, but I find that adding a few drops to organic ginger ale is fine.

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Although not vitamins, I usually have all of these in my kitchen for the same reasons:
Berries have fantastic antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties.  I'm not a big berry eater so I drink this like its water!  There are over 100 berries, apples, and 2/3 banana in this ready made smoothie (which is good because I need potassium but I hate bananas - you can't even taste it in there).


Mmmmm... spinach & broccoli! I hate the texture of cooked spinach, so I eat it raw as a salad. Both are full of vitamins A (beta-carotene which inhibits carcinogens & great for health skin), C (antioxidant & immune strengthener), K (controls blood clotting - avoid if on blood thinners), folic acid & protein.  Did you know the protein in broccoli is a higher quality protein than red meat?


Garlic - the superfood!  Add it to everything you can (unless you're a vampire... ha). It prevents blood clots, lowers cholesterol, prevents atherosclerosis, inhibits certain carcinogens, is an antioxidant, and lowers homocysteine levels (the product of the amino acid methionine that is usually turned into antioxidants by B vitamins, but can be harmful in high levels if left unchanged by low B vitamin levels).  Eat in food or take in capsule form. Onions have many of the same qualities since they are in the same genus, Allium.

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I got most of my nutrition knowledge from The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford, and the many books & audio materials by the great Dr. Andrew Weil.  His 8CD collection "Guide to Optimum Health" is one of my favorites, and it's perfect to listen to on the go if you don't have time to sit down & read.  These are probably my favorite of all the nutrition materials I've ever listened to or read!



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My YouTube Videos about Stills Disease

I decided to create videos to tell my story about my experience with Stills Disease.  The first video is a little long and encompasses my battle & recovery (warning: I do get a bit weepy...).  Part 2 has some info I forgot to mention in the first video.  Enjoy!

My Stills Disease Story Part 1
My Stills Disease Story Part 2

Metal & Wood: Etsy Treasury

Metal & Wood Decor & Fashion - A truly Earthy, maybe Distressed, & slightly Steampunk look for Fall.