Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rare El'ements

Not all haircare is created equal.  Sometimes hair needs a little TLC and no chemicals!  After reading yet another review that praised Rare Elements, I knew I had to check it out for myself.  Rare Elements is a luxury hair brand which currently consists of five out-of-this world products.

No silicones, No sulfates, No parabens, No synthetic fragrances, JUST PURE LUXURY!
Rare Elements began as a simple and distinct hair collection and has quickly become one of the most respected names in hair care. The Rare El’ements Collection is endorsed by top celebrity stylists and includes five luxury spa products. Each product contains the most exotic and quintessential ingredients in the world, making up the "Rare" in Rare El’ements. “We've taken an everyday routine and turned it into a luxurious pampering experience by developing a simple, yet effective, collection that is ideal for restoring and maintaining the hair's integrity.”

The Pure Shampoo Hydrating Hair Bathe is hands-down the best smelling shampoo I have ever used.   The Pure Shampoo is the first sulfate-free product that has converted the sustaining power of nature into a salon quality hair bathe.
This anti-aging shampoo properly washes the hair with rare Kalahari watermelon seed oil that naturally dissolves sebum and product build-up, which can ultimately lead to thinning hair and irritating scalp conditions.
The ultra lush blend of nutrient-rich Blackseed oil, along with the hydrating and moisture boosting benefits of Murumuru Butter and the “African Miracle oil” Marula, are just part of what makes washing your hair the ultimate pampering experience. It is ideal for color-treated or moisture-deprived hair.
The herbal-scent is something I have become addicted to.  I cannot believe how well this shampoo works.  It has the lather I admit to wanting, without all of the chemicals I really hate.  It gently cleanses my hair without weighing it down.  

The Essential Lite Conditioner is a breath of fresh air (literally).  
The Essential Lite Conditioner is a diverse, multipurpose, lightweight, daily treatment that works on all hair types. This hydrating conditioner is perfect for those looking for a nutrient-rich, shine-enhancing conditioner that adds a little more volume to their tresses.  Not only does this product restore, re-hydrate and add shine, it also helps shape and form the hair to make blow-drying and styling a lot easier. The all-natural active ingredients feature Murumuru butter, Marula African “Miracle oil”, the healing elements of Camelina and the deep nourishment of Baobab. Ideal for normal and fine hair.

I have naturally curly hair and this is the first conditioner to not weigh it down.  It does the job of moisturizing to perfection without leaving me with overly-slick, lifeless locks.  This conditioner would be my desert island must-have.

The search is over!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Butter Elixir

Butter Elixir  is one of the cleanest lines I have ever had the pleasure to use.  It was created by three yogis in New York City who were searching for a clean way to moisturize their skin after yoga.  The result was a carefully crafted line of three products which really nourish the skin.

The Butter Elixir is made with natural oils that are commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine.  It can be used on both skin and hair to nourish and moisturize.  I prefer to use it on my skin after a long relaxing bath.  This miracle oil is made with Argan and Sweet Almond oil and scented with lavender and chamomile oils.  It does for skin for a thick lip balm does for lips (you can also use it as a lip balm).  It wraps you in a cocoon of moisture and the scent is to die for.

Butter Elixir Face is a blend of Rose Hip Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Argan Oil and Rose Essential Oil.  It protects skin while reversing sun damage and preventing wrinkles.  This little powerhouse balances combination skin (which I can attest to), while being strong enough to moisturize dry skin.  With repeated use I have had less under skin eruptions and much happier skin.  I usually always have red cheeks after showering and this really helps with any inflammation.

Butter Elixir Lip has not left my bag since the day I got it.  Flavored with Cardamom and Vanilla, this is a Chai treat for the lips.  Argan Oil, Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter blend to moisturize you lips like none other.  This even passes my "sleeping through the night and waking up with lip balm" test.

I love how natural and healing the line is.  Nothing is offensively overly-scented, but yet they all smell so wonderful and comforting.  Namaste

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


By now you know about the benefits of raw cacao.  If not, you have really been living under the rock.  Just kidding, but really.  Cacao beans contain natural chemicals called flavonoids, a type of antioxidant compound that promotes general health and might lower your risk of several diseases. One type of flavonoid, called anthocyanidin, is especially high in cacao beans, along with other compounds called epicatechins. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and, according to a study in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry" published in 2003, are especially concentrated in cocoa, a product of cacao beans. In that study, researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits.  I was pretty chuffed when I saw a company was making drinking chocolate that would bring all of these benefits and taste good (because hey, that's important too).  CaCoCo is a drinking chocolate that will change your view on healthy and tasty.

CaCoCo is an all organic, superfood drinking chocolate, as good nutritionally for the body as it is good tasting.  We use whole, raw cacao beans, low-glycemic, mineral-rich sweeteners like coconut nectar crystals and carob, and fresh warming spices like true cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground vanilla bean.  CaCoCo is dairy-free, gluten free, and contains no major allergens like soy, corn, and cane sugar. Healthy, whole, nourishing foods are fundamental to the philosophy of CaCoCo, and there are a number of other key features to keep in mind for why CaCoCo stands out from other chocolate beverages or superfood drinks!

I add    CaCoCo  to smoothies and even for hot chocolate drinks.  Because I cannot have dairy, this is a huge bonus for me!  My whole family loves it and when a cousin recently found out she is gluten-intolerant, I loaded her up with samples and she was amazed at how good the drinks were.   CaCoCo comes in three flavors including, Original, Global Warrior and Essential Midnight. I favor Global Warrior and my daughter and husband favor the other two.  

Sip your troubles away in a healthy way that tastes as good as it sounds.

Use code "productmommy" to save 10% on your order!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Word is Verb!

I have always been picky about what I use on my hair.  I am also a stay at home momma, so super-expensive hair care is not always an option.  I like things to be as natural as possible, so what it is a momma to do?  Verb!  Verb is an amazing haircare line that has all the good without any of the bad stuff!

Verb is a family of smart, professional-grade hair care products priced within reach of every salon customer. Our salon-quality hair products are color-safe, free of harmful sulfates, parabens and gluten and are made in the U.S.A. without animal testing. Nothing bad, lots of good.

I got to try a few products and I am in love!  The Leave-In Mist is a must for scream-free kid-combing and mom's fried hair!  Verb Leave-In Mist is the essential step between washing and styling and is a must have for kids with truly unruly hair. This Formula was created it: moisturize, detangle, nourish, smooth, tame frizz, repair ends, add shine, prevent breakage, enhance elasticity, protect from heat, prep for styling. It smells amazing!  I am kind of obsessed with this product.  I love how easily it detangles my daughter's mane (she has ridiculously thick hair) and it actually leaves my curls frizz-free.  


Paraben gluten and sulfate free while also vegan-friendly. Hydrolyzed Quinoa (Chenopodium) Protein offers natural hair conditioning to smooth and soften the hair and improve combability. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Keratin Protein absorbs easily into the hair shaft and is responsible for keeping hair strong and pliable. Argania Spinosa Kernal (Argan) Oil has highly restorative qualities that keep hair smooth and shiny. Camellia Oleifera Leaf (Green Tea) Extract helps prevent free radical damage. Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract strengthens the hair follicle and helps retain moisture. Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil rejuvenates and strengthens for shiny, smooth and healthier hair.

The Volume Spray  gives your hair curves for days!  It has the same fabulous and non-cloying scent of the Leave-In.  I may be getting older, but with this product, my hair is only getting fuller!


Paraben and gluten-free with no harmful sulfates, Volume Spray is also vegan-friendly. Hydrolyzed Quinoa (Chenopodium) Protein offers natural hair conditioning to smooth and soften the hair and improve combability. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Keratin Protein absorbs easily into the hair shaft and is responsible for keeping hair strong and pliable . Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract is a natural sunscreen that guards against dryness and color fading or brassiness. Patented Copolymer builds hair volume and provides natural hold.

For the days when washing my hair is not an option, I have the Dry Shampoo to keep my hair looking fresh
without all of the extra work.  Moms are busy!   I also have fine hair, but a lot of it, so washing my hair daily is never a good option for me.
BenefitsParaben, Sulfate and Gluten-Free as well as vegan-friendly light weight oil gently cleanses the hair while adding light volume. Tapioca Starch, a renewable resource raw material, absorbs oils and impurities from hair. OurVege-Tech Super Fruit Antioxidant Complex is a synergistic herbal complex contains powerful anti-oxidants to quench free-radicals generated by environmental stress, it contains anti-inflammatory properties and is a renewable resource raw material. Glycerin is a renewable resource raw material that naturally binds moisture to the skin improving skin softness and feel.

I am so thrilled to have discovered this amazing line.  Verb is the word for affordable, fabulous hair care.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Urban Moonshine

As I try to navigate getting older, I am also a lot more aware of what I put into my body.  When I hear anything about a natural remedy, I run to try it.  You read of so many scary side-effects from the medicines we are encouraged to take by doctors.  While I admit they have their values, I try to go as natural as possible.  I discovered Urban Moonshine while looking for alternatives to keeping healthy.

Crafted from exceptional blends of certified organic Vermont herbs and roots, complimented by a few worldly exotics, our digestive bitters revive the tradition of dazzling the palate while priming digestion.At Urban Moonshine we believe the root of good health is great digestion!Urban Moonshine is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT. We started as a small family business at local farmers’ markets, and have grown into a thriving, nationally distributed herbal company. We specialize in organic digestive bitters and herbal tonics, formulated for accessibility, affordability, & effectiveness to support the modern lifestyle. Our blends are widely applicable, extremely safe, and delightfully palatable. We want to help you spark a revolution in your health!Our mission is to rekindle the relationship between herbal medicine and the modern world. Our goal is to inspire people to bring herbal medicine “out of the cupboard and onto the counter” in everyday life. We are pushing the envelope to make herbal medicine affordable and accessible to everyone, by creating a product line that distills the best of herbal medicine: Our formulas are safe, effective and fast-acting. They embody beauty and simplicity; and are made from the highest quality organic ingredients.

So then I was faced with the question...what exactly is a bitter?
The definition of a bitter is something that tastes bitter in flavor: dandelion, gentian, coffee, dark chocolate and greens are clas­sic bitters. Many traditional cultures around the world believe that it is important to have all 5 flavors within the diet and that each flavor has a specific effect on the body. The flavor of bitter is very much associated with the digestive system.Fast forward to modern times, as a culture we consume an immense amount of sweet, salty and processed food and we have a severe lack of bitterness. But our bod­ies are built for bitter flavors! Bitter engages and excites the digestive system. Bitter challenges the body, alerting it through taste that a complex food is being ingested, more complex than heavily processed food. It is very important for the body to have enough challenge—challenge keeps us strong, on our toes, ready for action! Bitters are like the gym for the digestive system, they help to keep it toned. 

Okay so I was on board.  A wake-up for my digestive system is just what the doctor (or rather, nature) ordered.  I got to try the  Organic Chamomile Digestive Bitters.  I am hooked.  This Organic and Gluten-Free bitter is helpful for those with occasional nausea (pregnant mommies, I am looking at you) and heartburn.  It has a pleasant taste which makes it easier for even the pickiest people to enjoy.  Ever since having my daughter, I always seem to have heartburn, and this has been a huge help!  I have the spray so I can carry it around with me.  It works so well, and is so easy!

I am looking forward to stocking my natural medicine arsenal with more goodies from Urban Moonshine.  The prices are affordable and the effects are amazing!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


IPhone cases are something that have always perplexed me.  I rarely find one I like.  I was hit with the idea of wood phone cases one night (planning the riches I would reap if I invented it), only to find one brilliant company already had.  Carved  makes wood cases for phones that are wooden wonders.

Our original iPhone wood skin was a beautiful product, but it didn't   provide enough protection for some of our customers. We started   experimenting with how we could combine a protective case with our   wood skin. We worked with manufacturers to design a strong,   polycarbonate shell that would more fully encase your phone without   adding a lot of bulk or weight. We finalized our design in early 2012 and   started selling our new Wood + Polycarbonate Cases.Throughout 2012 we expanded our lineup to include the new iPhone 5.   In 2013 we added the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, iPad Mini and iPod   Touch. In 2014 we added the Google Nexus 5.In 2014, after 2 and half years of R&D and prototyping, we finally   released our full solid wood case. This case is made entirely in our shop,   entirely from wood. We line the interior with suede to protect your phone   and use solid brass buttons to finish it off.We have always been dedicated to providing ridiculously great customer   service. 

I chose a wood skin and case which has a wood outside and protective case.  I am a momma so I have to have some protection from my sticky fingers.  I love the design and hot light-weight it is.   The phone cases are American-Made and because of their handmade nature, no two is exactly alike.  I am in love.  I am now pretty excited to buy one of their all-wood pieces (like this one) made entirely of reclaimed wood or skateboard.  How cool is that?!  Protect your phone with cover that has as much personality as you.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Boredom Busters

My least favorite pairing of words in the English language have got to be, "I'm bored."  I can spend 24 hours a day planning activities and outings and then comes that inevitable rainy day and  we have a minute of down-time and my daughter tells me she is bored.  I used to get frustrated, and now I go into my arsenal of books.  A new winner for our house is Boredom Busters by Caroline Fernandez.

Let's get crafty! You will never be bored again with the brilliant things to make and do in Boredom Busters. The book is divided into five themed chapters: Art, Craft, Science, Food and Travel. Art Activities shows you how to create pretty pictures using homemade paint, recycled crayons and even coffee filter paper and shaving cream! In Craft Activities, reuse milk cartons for your own bowling game, turn a baby food jar into a snow globe and make cinnamon clay decorations. You will love the cool experiments in the Science section - from growing your own crystals to setting off plastic bottle tornadoes and creating 'lava' in a cup. Cook up a storm with the great recipes in Food Activities: cool ice cream cone cupcakes, delicious chocolate mug cake and colourful pizza faces. Finally, discover ways to keep yourself busy on journeys and holidays in Travel Activities, such as making a T-shirt pillow, wooden spoon puppets and a homemade travel journal.

We have kept ourselves very busy.  We have reused our milk cartons and even made plenty of hand print (and footprint) pictures.  Next up on our list is the Duct Tape Wallet and Baby Food Jar Snowglobe.   You don't have to hear those dreaded words again, just stock the craft closet and get to creating.  Kids will love and you parents can be inspired when you are feeling less-than creative.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Province Apothecary

For me, finding a good skincare line is akin to striking it rich!  I love when I can find a brand who feels the way I do about safe skincare using the best ingredients.  Province Apothecary has me swooning.

Our name Province Apothecary comes from our desire to source organic ingredients from each Canadian Province, including: organic seaweed from Nova Scotia; maple syrup from Quebec; organic sunflower oil from Ontario; organic beeswax from Alberta; organic lentil flour from Manitoba; organic raspberry oil and glacial clay from British Columbia. From across Canada: lavender essential oil, black spruce essential oil, oatmeal flour, organic flax, broccoli oil.Province Apothecary’s handcrafted, organic skin care is gentle + healing. We believe that plant-based, synthetic-free ingredients will nourish + balance your skin, giving you a radiant + vibrant complexion.All of our products are free of petroleum, parabens, synthetic fragrances + chemicals, dyes, pesticides and GMOs. The skin is the largest organ of the body; it absorbs nutrients and eliminates waste. Never apply anything to your skin you would not eat.Province Apothecary’s founder Julie Clark is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Aromatherapist. PA was born out of Julie’s passion for holistic skin care. 

 Province Apothecary is one of those lines I always hear about, and when my package arrived I squealed with joy!  Each product was amazing and I found myself trawling the site to figure out what to get next.  The Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator is heaven-scent.  It can be mixed with other ingredients like honey or yogurt according to your skin type.  This masterpiece is perfect for all skin types.  What does it do:
Gently exfoliates and hydrates your skin
Oatmeal calms, softens and nourishes
Green tea stimulates and rejuvenates the skin; giving you a healthy glow
Lavender calms irritation and heals blemishes
Made from organic food that we grind by hand
Biodegradable + safe to use at the cottage or camping
Safe to eat!

I am in love with the scent and how well this works.  

The Repairing + Conditioning Lip Balm is a mix of moisture and relaxation for your lips (seriously this stuff is like aromatherapy for me).  It cured my sun-burnt lips in one day!  I also found myself wanting to inhale the gorgeous sample I got of Parfum Botanique .  There are six scents to choose from; I got No. 23 which is an intoxicating blend of lavender, Candian Black Spruce and Canadian Pine.  Heaven!

The real clear winning product for me is the Invigorating + Balancing Toner.   Can we say obsessed? I am the first to admit that though I like what witch hazel does, I am not a fan of its slight scent.  Somehow, like a skincare magicigan, Julie Clark has managed to make this toner have the witch hazel powerhouse with a scent I cannot resist.  Goodbye hormonal breakouts!  This little powerhouse:
Restores skin’s natural pH
Astringent properties of Witch hazel shrink pores and blemishes
Rose water reduces inflammation and redness
Clary sage and geranium stimulate and tighten skin
Lavender and calendula heal and hydrate

I am looking forward to trying so much more from this line.  I am also wishing I could just pop in and take a look at how Ms. Clark creates her magic.  Until then, I will order away.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Burt's Bees Lip Gloss Giveaway

I love lip gloss.  I was never a lip stick fan and I just feel like lip gloss is  Burt's Bees makes an amazing collection.

Rich, pearlized color combines with natural oils rich in nutrients to leave your lips soft, shiny and 100% naturally beautiful.
Colors:Neutrals: Autumn Haze, Fall Foliage, Sweet Sunset, Sunny DayPinks: Ocean Sunrise, Rosy Dawn, Spring Splendor, Summer Twilight Reds/Plums: Evening Glow, Ruby Moon, Nearly Dusk, Starry Night
• Delivers rich pearlized color with high impact shine• Enriches with nourishing oils• Promotes healthy looking and beautiful lips• Available in 12 gorgeous shades

They contain Sunflower Oil — Extremely nutritious, Sunflower Oil is easily absorbed and won't leave skin feeling greasy. Even better, it’s rich in the essential fatty acid, Linoleic Acid, as well as Palmitic and Stearic Acids. All of which are important components to healthy looking, happy skin.

One swipe keeps lips happy for hours (and they smell sooooo good!).  I am partial to Nearly Dusk (it never leaves my purse).  They are 100% natural.  A breakthrough 100% natural formula that gives lips a wash of sheer, glassy color and nourishing hydration. While some conventional formulas can leave lips sticky or worse, parched, Burt’s Bees harnesses the power of nature to give your pout a little pop of color and lustrous shine that feels great and helps care for your lips. 

I love to share the wealth, so one lucky reader can win two glosses in the shades Evening Glow and Sweet Sunset. (see swatches above)
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Handmade Glamping

I have a not-so-secret desire to hit the open road in a glamped out camper.  I love the idea of just letting go of the electronics and enjoying nature with my family.  Unfortunately, I have yet to convince the husband of how great this would be.  For now we do overnight camping.  Fueling my desire if the books Handmade Glamping by Charlotte Liddel and Lucy Hopping.  

Decorate your tent, tipi, motorhome or camper van with any of the 35 stunning projects in Handmade Glamping. Using a variety of crafting techniques including knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, patchwork, and appliqué, Charlotte Liddle and Lucy Hopping have created a wonderful range of accessories that will bring retro charm to your idyllic backwoods getaway. Whether you fancy a quiet retreat to secluded beaches or are off to live it up at the summer festivals, you will find something to make your home away from home look stunning and feel cosy and comfortable. Divided into four chapters, start by Redecorating Your Caravan or camper van with embroidered curtains using vintage fabrics or make the hexagonal patchwork scatter cushions to put on the camp bed. In Kitchen Essentials there is everything you’ll need for a romantic picnic under the stars, including decorated plates, quilted placemats, and picnic rugs. Quirky Decorations For Your Tent has bunting to hang outside and a cute cross-stitch picture to hang inside. Finally, Cool and Comfy Outdoor Living comes with ideas for candle holders, beach towels, wind breaks, and even a reupholstered deck chair.• Contains 35 stunning step-by-step projects to make sure your camping getaway is one to remember.• Included is a comprehensive techniques section to brush up on techniques.• Glamping is a trend that continues to grow and grow as people embrace eco-friendly holidays.

The pictures are breathtaking and I have even tried to incorporate some tips into my home decorating.  You want your camping to feel a little glamorous and be your home away from home, and  Handmade Glamping is your guide to making it happen.  I have taken to using an embroidered tablecloth as a curtain for my English Country kitchen.  We light our porch with this homemade Glass Jar Lanterns.  Even if you don't camp, this books is full of fun crafting ideas to make your mark on your home.  Viva la Camper!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Btwn Wind & Water

Many years ago, I worried about having certain brand names and accessories.  As I have aged, I find I value quality and individuality in the items I choose.  Btwn Wind & Water is a dream come true for me.


Each piece is so wonderfully made with such craftsmanship.  I cannoy get enough.  Thing Coachella with a side of rock and roll.  I have a black clutch that I adore.  The pieces are hand-dyed and easily take you from day to night.  I use mine all day and I love how fascinated people are.  It is so slouchy, soft and really, perfection.  It fits everything I need and dare I say, gives me a little edge.  Now I cannot wait to try some jewelry from this incredible line.  Btwn Wind & Water is so inspired by nature. Creator Mariah says:

Btwn Wind & Water began from pure passion. I truly wanted to create something with my hands and having a background and love for designing leather goods for other brands- I finally wanted to do it for myself. The meaning behind Btwn Wind & Water comes from an old nautical term- " to be at the most vulnerable state". Being an maker takes the courage to put yourself out to the world and trust in your passion. All leather and notions are sourced in the USA. I hand pick each hide for each individual bag. The attention to quality and detail is extremely important to me. Each bag is then handcrafted in our studio in Portland, OR. Every Btwn Wind & Water product is beautifully designed to embody the perfect everyday accessory that can be used from day to night. The intention and details from the selection of leather to the zipper pull create a bag that will last her a lifetime. The future of the brand is to introduce it to a global market & create a unique unisex collection.

I think  Btwn Wind & Water is well on its way to becoming a brand you better watch!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

nyakio Firming Baobab Collection

I recently wrote about nyakio , and my devotion to this amazing brand has not waned.  nyakio is releasing a new line of African Tree of Life skincare, Baobab.  Baobab is extracted from the velvety seeds of the Baobab fruit, which grows on large, resilient trees, referred to as the African Tree of Life, that can reach 100 feet in height, live for thousands of years and withstand extreme conditions.  Baobab contains more calcium than milkmore vitamin C than oranges and more iron than red meat.  This powerful anti-aging skincare collection offers immediate firming benefits.

Recently, I have fallen for the new nyakio Firming Face Serum with Baobab Complex.  This lightweight concentrated serum helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while it helps skin feel instantly firmer.  It's infused with the Miracle Oil, Marula and the Baobab complex for face made up of African Baobab Oil, Soybean Seed and Peach Leaf Extract.    I was initially worried it would be too heavy, but it goes on so beautifully.  In a week I noticed my worry lines had a dramatic decrease.
Harnessing the power of African Baobab Oil, this lightweight concentrated serum helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves elasticity while it helps skin feel instantly firmer. It is a true skin-strengthener that keeps skin moisturized for 8 hours, radiant and more youthful-looking.Nyakio's family secret: Inspired by her medicine-man grandfather, Nyakio discovered vitamin-rich Baobab Oil, from the African Tree of Life. Nyakio infused the African Baobab Oil with natural oils to create a powerful anti-aging skincare collection for immediate firming and a more youthful-look.

I love that all nyakio products are so richly inspired by history and family secrets.  The nyakio Firming Face Serum with Baobab Complex smells so amazing (herbal).  I have combination skin and this does wonders, especially for a face like mine which spends most days outdoors.

The new Baobab line is sure to be a success.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seaside Tinkered Treasures

If you are lucky enough to live near a beach of some kind, then you know the treasures that lie on it.  As an East Coast gal, collecting shells, driftwood and fairy tales, was a part of my upbringing.    With the new book Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major, I can turn my findings into little gifts from the sea.

Using items from the seashore, holiday essentials, and things you will already have in your home, she has recreated the feeling of summer in these beautiful souvenirs of days spent by the sea. Mermaids made from laundry pegs, shell-topped jars, a beach cottage built from lolly sticks, or a windchime constructed from sticks and shells, are just some of the unique ideas to help you keep your happy summer memories alive throughout the year. Many of the projects use recycled materials, and "tinkering" requires no specialist tools, equipment or techniques – anyone can do it! As well as the 35 projects, there are "Fancy This" alternatives for many of the items, substituting different materials or changing the colours for a different look.
I have always been fascinated by seaside homes and though we do not live on the beach, we visit it numerous times a week during summer.  Seaside Tinkered Treasres helps us to keep the magic of the shore alive in our home.  My daughter was enamoured with this book and though our seashell haul this year is pitiful, we have still found many crafts to create within the book.  My personal favorite is the Front Porch Picnic (or fairy furniture as we call it) that we were able to create together. It was complimented by vintage Liberty of London fabric and a mini tea-set my daughter's great-great-aunt gave her that very day.  My daughter plays with it often and uses her handmade peg dolls.  Up next are Merpegs (peg clothespins transformed into merpeople), and Tinkered Terrariums using the pink sand we have from Bermuda.

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