Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Rose Bath Salts


Who doesn't fall in love with the bath and body section of any store? I mean, even if you have no intention of making a purchase from that section, you will always find yourself sniffing about all those lovely fragrances. 

And what's the most notorious smell for summer....the rose!

I love roses so much and find myself continually picking and taking pics of all the roses we grow. I try breaking off the stems and restarting new plants. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. 
But the most hardy rose to grow, similarly comparable to 'weed' strength is the classic fuschia pink tea rose. In previous posts, like one here..http://mintneedle.blogspot.com/2012/05/.... you can even find a recipe on how to make rose tea jam & syrup!


So... for today, we're heading the spa route and we're going to make the simplest rose 
petal bath salts perfect for those late evening soaks!

What you'll need:

Rose petals....dried
a coffee grinder
mask for your nose - you can also use a scarf
bowl
epsom salts
spoon
baking soda
jar for storing your concoction

& any other herbs you indulge in!

For drying the petals, I usually pick early in the a.m. on dry sunny days. Detach all the petals from the stem and lay them out on clean tablecloths or rolled paper towels.  I leave them out on my dining table and it usually takes 2 weeks to completely dry, at times a little less if I have the windows open. FYI... I do not wash my petals because I only pick the nice clean ones. Do not pick any buds off the ground.


After the petals have dried, grab your mask and place it on your face. Blend the petals in the coffee grinder to a fine powder. Be careful when you open it up because the dust will be so fine that it will float into the air...hence the mask. You shouldn't be breathing it in.

Grab your bowl place 2 cups of epsom salts in the bowl
4 heaping teaspoons of your powdered rose petals
and add 2 teaspoons of baking soda.
Mix it all up with a spoon.

(And for those wondering why baking soda? Baking soda is perfect for itchy skin and fungal infection. It neutralizes, soothes, and detoxifies the skin cells.)





If you use classic tea roses, I guarantee you will not need any essential oils added.
This bath salt mix smells so strong on the roses that you might even be surprised.
The rose powder will even turn your water a pinkish purple!





Store your salt in a cute bottle and gift them or keep them for yourself!
How simple was that?!?




And how cute are those bottles?


On another note......
Just a little update on the health for those curious, I'm hanging in there. On good days, I try to craft and stay busy with simple projects like the one above. My body is tired but I'll keep fighting. I have only a few more treatments ahead, but the chemo is getting harder and harder, (more so than the radiation).

I know I will never be the same, but I can't tell you how much i'm looking forward to getting back to a norm. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Trails to all the pretty roses!




Saturday, June 1, 2019

what's going on.....

I knew when I was ready I would do this. And today, is the day.

It was the beginning of May when I found out I have rectal cancer. The good news would come later on when I'd find out that it was Stage 1. This was a huge hurdle.... an idea that I had to overcome. I have cancer. One word : Denial. I never knew how hard this would be to grasp. As a nurse, you think you're invincible. I admit, at times during patient care, I thought this could never be me. Yet, here I was, 4 days before my 38th birthday, getting diagnosed with a 'highly treatable' cancer. Geez....

I didn't want this post to be an "i'm pulling the cancer card" thing but this is MY little space I created on the internet. And something just didn't feel right about not sharing with everyone, the reality of what's going on behind the scenes. Currently I'm undergoing a combination of chemo and radiation. So far the bad days have been manageable but I hear it only gets worse.... Another geez. This is the time I suppose i'm thankful for sewing and my creative side. It's helped me process pain, depression, and discomfort. (Just that little moment of slipping away into the sewing room is healing.) So.... today's post, will be something of an 'awakening' rant. The things i'm grateful for and as sad as this sounds, the things that the big "C" has made me realize.

1. Hug and kiss your family multiple times a day. They are the only ones you've got so be good to them and thank them for being good to you. Sometimes, I think this is more painful for my family then it is for me. It saddens me that my daughters have had to grow up a little quicker, but I know that we'll be able to put it behind us one day.

2. No job is worth your stress or health... period. 

3. Thankful for my dear friends. The ones who've given me some of the best advice in the world. 
They made me feel like I could conquer anything!

4. I love my hair. So far, I haven't lost any. And my chances of losing it are small, hooray! But... my whole life, I hated and complained about how thick, curly, and frizzy my hair was. Sad, it took the possibility of loss to make me realize how beautiful it really is. 

5. Life is too short to be nice to rude people. Yes... you read that right. We always want to be " the bigger person ". No... no.... no.... Nowhere does it say in life that you have to be the bigger person. Sometimes it's best to send certain people off with a F--- you. 

6. Taking time for yourself is the most important thing you can do. As mothers, this may feel impossible certain days, but even that bath, or those 20 minutes to paint your nails could do wonders. In short, take care of yourself even if it means eating the last apple. 

7. Pay attention to your body... If something just doesn't feel right. It's probably not. The doctors said i've had this cancer in my body over a year. When I think back to my symptoms.. yes, they seem to have started 2 + years ago. Do not wait for a colonoscopy! I was supposed to have my first colonoscopy in 2 years...... yes at 40...Thank God I paid attention to my body. 

8. Don't lose your sense of humor ever. Laughter really is the souls medicine. I'm so grateful I still laugh even though my jokes have become a bit more disturbing....

9. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset everyday. Even if it is hidden behind the rain.

10. Be thankful for your ability to eat, smell, walk, touch, see, feel, breath, hear, go to the bathroom...etc, etc..... You never know how precious these things are until they get altered. 


Thanks for swinging by The Mint Needle today:) Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I don't feel so secretive. Because, Lord knows, a picture is worth a thousand words. And often, we don't associate suffering or sadness when you see pictures of pretty flowers, quilts, or paintings on Instagram. I'm still planning on keeping this a crafty site so by no means do not feel I am swaying out of the creative loop. As I said before, just a dose of reality is nice when everyone thinks things appear 'picture perfect'.





















Happy trails to better days ~till next time friends:)


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A Simple to Sew top!

Beautiful Bloodroot found in the woods

The weather is finally warming up here in Ohio and all I can say is thank goodness! I was beginning to feel as if mother nature completely forget about our neck of the woods. It was literally an overnight event.... the flowers coming up, tiny leaves appearing on trees, and bugs! I've never been so happy to see insects flying about. The first cut of grass has been done and the sweet smell melted my heart. It's amazing how something so simple has new meaning after a long winter.

So what's been going on in the crafty corner? Just the usual - 20 wips and counting. But I did finish this little number!



How adorable it that?!? I love browsing ebay and finding really cool vintage patterns.
Even though this one was purchased a looooooong time ago, it was finally put to use!


The instructions were simple and foolproof. The only thing that threw me off was the seam allowance. But that was altered anyway because I used a serger and a sewing machine. My favorite part is the fact that it's double sided. So.... technically I could've used 2 coordinating fabrics and had two different tops! The things we think about after the fact!



Most importantly my daughter loves it! (and she wants some more since it's the perfect halter top and might I add, super comfy!) As for the fabric ~ the lovely Miriam Bos for Birch Organic Fabrics :)


Happy Trails to warmth, sunshine, butterflies, and bees!



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Gnome Quilt

"It is Spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart."
~Rainer Maria Rilke

Spring is here! Spring has sprung! 

And in celebration of this time of year, I've completed an adorable little quilt packed with tiny gnomes! Everything about this piece screams, Hello Spring!


Made with a simple pattern of sawtooth stars, each block measures  5  3/4"  x  5  3/4"  finished.
The completed size is 33 1/4 inches by 40.

This quilt kinda came to be by accident. The gnome fabric was originally intended to be used for aprons. After some time, I realized it wasn't going to happen. Add some scrapped solids lying around..... Voila! What a beautiful combination these made together! I'm so glad I stitched this up!

And that backing.... How perfect are those tiny colorful mushrooms? 
You can definitely say I've been on a mushroom kick in this house! 
Wait till you see the next project I'm working on!



 Did you ever create a piece you couldn't help but smile at? This is the one for me!










Happy trails to all the plants turning green, 
the sunshine lasting longer, 
and the warmer days that lay ahead!

Till next time friends!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Ogden Cami ~ A Review






Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful February and a great start to March! Spring is right around the corner and I'm counting down to daylight savings on March 10th! Hooray for longer sunshine!

Lately, I've been longing to go back to stitching up clothes. And... I ended up finding the cutest pattern to get me back in the groove at Hawthorne Threads. The Ogden Cami by True Bias Patterns is perfect and quite simple!

I started off by making a test run with some red, light-weight fabric, figuring if this comes out good, I'll have 2 tops! And guess what?





It came out awesome!






Making a practice piece was a great idea. It's always recommended and there are so many reasons why. In the instructional booklet, I wrote myself little notes. 

~ cut the fabric 1/4" larger at the sides so I can use a serger. This will allow me to have finished ends and still a good seam allowance. 
~ cut the straps 1/2" larger, so the camisole sits slightly lower.











As for the fabric choice... Have you ever sewn with Art Gallery Fabric rayons? Holy smokes I'm blown! This fabric is amazing! It's so soft, drapey, and a pleasure to sew with! 

I grabbed a small piece of fabric and did a test run with a straight stitch. 
Immediately I noticed that my thread tension was too tight and needed to be lowered to a "0".
Just to be on the safe side, I also switched out my needle to a brand new one. It's good idea for anyone who frequents their sewing machine.

For the hem, I straight stitched a 1/4" from the edge, folded it along that line and ironed. 
Below, you can take a look a how nice the edge comes out. Then, I folded it up a second time, ironed it, and stitched again. It came out great! 
























The fit is amazing and more fabric is already ordered to make another top! I'm hooked.
For anyone that's interested in a quick sewing project that's worthy of your time... HELLO! you've got it right here! 



Happy Trails onto new projects!
Till next time!