Ginger and Lavender Bath Soak Recipe for Raynaud’s Awareness Month

Ginger and Lavender Bath Soak Recipe for Raynaud’s Awareness Month

Disclosure: This post is not a substitute for medical advice. Do not take hot or salt baths if you are hypertensive, pregnant, diabetic, or if you have a history of heart disease. If you are unsure, please chat to your doctor.

February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month and, as a result, my February posts will be dedicated to the theme of this awareness. But I do hope you’ll all join me!

To start my monthly series, I have this gorgeous Ginger and Lavender Bath Soak Recipe that’s wonderful for circulation and for those that have Raynaud’s.

As the cooler weather arrives, there’s nothing I love more than a warm, fragrant bath. However, even if you don’t have Raynaud’s, I truly hope that this floral/spicy mix is something that truly nourishes you in the colder weather.

Made from a mix of spicy root ginger, Epsom salts and lavender, it’s all intertwined with a lavish oil of your choice to make your skin warm and silky soft.

This recipe is so simple to make that I have simply listed the ingredients below and it all just needs stirring together et voila!

I store my DIY bath soaks in glass jars and it’s so gorgeous to add extra sprigs of lavender and a ribbon for an easy-and deeply thoughtful handmade gift. For you and your loved ones!

Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe. Of course, please do feel free to swap something listed below for what you have! You can especially play around with the oil and the essential oils. What magical mixture will you find? Be your own alchemist! (and let me know below what you dream up, please!)

When you’re ready to use your new bath soak, swirl some of the salt mixture into a hot bath. Then, allow yourself to immerse yourself in this serenity and aim to soak in the bath for about 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to drink a full glass of water afterwards to restore hydration!

The base of Epsom salt is deeply detoxing for the body.  It also contains magnesium, which is a supplement our bodies are often deficient of! Coupled with lavender and ginger, your muscles and skin will melt into true and utter bliss.

I do hope you enjoyed this post and the first in my Raynaud’s Awareness Month series for this year!

One of my most popular posts for Raynaud’s Awareness is: My Top 10 Tops for Managing Raynaud’s. I hope it provides comfort to you as you navigate this condition. Meanwhile, I am always a comment or message away if I can provide any other support.

And finally, do you have any requests for me this Raynaud’s Awareness Month? To find out more about Raynaud’s Awareness Month for 2021 please see this post here.

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How To Make a Tarot, Altar or Oracle Card Divination Cloth Mat for Spiritual Readings

How To Make a Tarot, Altar or Oracle Card Divination Cloth Mat for Spiritual Readings

Today, I’m bringing you a beautiful, easy tutorial for how to make your own altar, Tarot, Oracle Card and divination cloth mats for your spiritual readings and rituals.

As many of you know, I am totally besotted with Oracle cards, and they are one of the richest sources of seeking everyday whimsy for me.

These gorgeous Oracle, Tarot and Altar cloths would make the most exquisite gift for your loved ones this Christmas, and of course for yourself!

What is a Divination Cloth?

Firstly, what is a divination cloth and how can they be used alongside Oracle and Tarot card readings?

A divination cloth is truly whatever feels most sacred to you. You can use it to display sacred items in your home, on your altar, for your card readings, or even as a wall hanging. 

They are truly gorgeous to help you give readings of love for yourself and for others, and overall just enhance this sacred moment you are taking for your reading.

Ultimately, for me, taking time for a daily Oracle reading is an important ritual in my day, so to have a dedicated cloth to perform your reading on makes it even more special.

How To Make a Tarot, Altar or Oracle Card Cloth Mat Tutorial for Spiritual Readings

How to Make an Altar, Tarot and Oracle Card Cloth for Spiritual Readings

Let’s get started with how to make your very own divination cloth that you can customise for your exact needs.

If you’re looking for some inspiration before you start, typically divination cloths are made from luxurious materials such as velvet, satins and silks.

In my tutorial, I have used a gorgeous enchanted fairytale fabric and matched it with a silky baby pink. To finish, I’ve added a glittery ribbon.

What colours or patterns resonate for you? You can think about what fabric feels particularly gorgeous for you.

Another beautiful touch is to research the spiritual significance of certain colours. All of this will truly add that extra magical dimension to your sacred piece.

For more inspiration, you can see what other fabrics I have used below. What stands out for you?

How To Use an Altar, Tarot or Oracle Card Cloth

Hopefully you now have your finished divination cloth and you’re ready to use it! If not, enjoy finding inspiration for when your cloth is ready to be used.

And now it is made, or nearly finished, how do you use a divination cloth?

Well, there are many ways to do so as explained above. From your altar, to a wall hanging, to so much more.

In terms of readings, using Tarot or Oracle decks, this can be a perfect use for your divination cloth, that’s beautiful to utilise for yourself and for others.

However whatever the aim, you can be sure that you will find and illuminate clarity and wisdom directly related to yourself/recipient’s unique energy and personal circumstances from using this handmade cloth.

For a reading, you can take advantage of the space of a divination cloth by creating grids for even 7 cards or more. Alternatively, you can stick to the typical 3 card spread reading normally broken into the past, present and future.

I also adore to use crystals and other spiritual items on my cloth such as essential oils and my pendulum. What feels good, and needed, for you to add to your ritual?

In case you’re wondering what cards I am using, this is the gorgeous Oracle Cards Inspirational Wisdom From The Angels And Fairies deck I will be reviewing very soon!

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this divination cloth that is perfect for altar, Tarot, oracle cards and so much more!

In combination with my Oracle Card deck of choice, this truly lifts and illuminates my spiritual readings in particular. I hope it can do the same for you!

How many of you use and love divination cloths, tarot and oracle decks? If so, what deck is your favourite? I’d love for you to share your favourites in the comment below!

As for my favourite decks, you can find some of the Oracle Cards that I have reviewed to date in the link below.

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Paige Joanna Woven Labels on the Suki Dress Pattern by Tilly And The Buttons from Mollie Makes [AD-Gifted]

Paige Joanna Woven Labels on the Suki Dress Pattern by Tilly And The Buttons from Mollie Makes [AD-Gifted]

This post contains gifted items from Paige Joanna Design which have been marked in line with my disclaimer/policy

Today, I have two posts in one! The first is to highlight my darling friend Paige Joanna’s Woven Labels and the second part is showing you how easy it is to make the Suki Dress Pattern by Tilly And The Buttons from Mollie Makes.

My darling Paige is one of the UK’s top craft bloggers and I’ve had the honour and excitement of watching her crafting ambitions fuse and soar together in seamless and magical ways.

As well as her blog and Youtube Paige Joanna has an Etsy shop of her bespoke designs that weave magic, colour, quirks, fun and the scrumptious whimsy you find throughout her crafts.

Paige has recently released 6 adorable woven labels for all your finest creations that truly honour her colourful style.

In this pack of 6, you will receive 3 ‘Happiness is handmade’ and 3 ‘Holy Stitch’.

Before I show these woven labels off to their fullest I, of course, needed to find a wonderful excuse to dig out a sewing pattern.

When I had Beauxoxo full time, I rarely had time to sew for myself unless it was for gifts and small projects. During this period of isolation, like so many, it’s been a time where I can truly pause in life and retreat back into my favourite hobbies.

I adore making my own clothes and accessories and without a doubt, Tilly and The Buttons have some of my favourite patterns around.

Making The Tilly and The Buttons Suki Dress from Mollie Makes

As I was digging through my patterns I noticed I had this Suki Dress Pattern that was free with Mollie Makes.

It’s so very simple and just so lovely if you’re getting starting. I also thought it was incredibly good value to have it for free in a magazine. And if you’ve read my favourite magazines post, you’ll know that Mollie Makes is my everything!

Tilly and The Buttons describe the Suki dress as the fuss-free dress that you can throw on with a statement necklace and be out the door. Or in my case at the moment, throw on and just be comfortable and at ease around the house!

The Suki Dress is a project from Tilly’s new book Make It Simple. And indeed it is so simple. If you’re new to sewing I could quite confidently say this would be a wonderful dress to start with.

The Suki dress has a very simple shape with minimal seams, a modern loose fit with cocoon silhouette and drop-shoulder narrow bracelet length sleeves. And it gets better for newbies: no zips, and no buttonholes!

My only very silly mistake was not making it from a looser material like viscose as the cotton makes it a little more constricted. But as crafters might know right now, it’s crazy busy right now in the online sewing world for supplies! I’m also going to add a belt detail but I also love wearing it with the pink belt to cinch in at the waist.

Paige Joanna Woven Labels

When you have completed your chosen sewing creation it’s time for an adorable woven label inside to proudly show off your handiwork!

Paige Joanna’s new woven labels are the very best thing for all sewing lovers and made with all the zest Paige brings to life and her crafts.

In each pack, you get 6 woven clothing labels, with 3 of each design. Both ‘Happiness is handmade’ and ‘Holy Stitch’ are such kitsch gorgeous statements for any ‘me-made’ make.

The designs also truly reflect Paige’s vibrant, playful personality, with rainbows and her retro-modern fonts.

With two adorable fun designs, they can easily be sewn in using a sewing machine or sewn by hand. On the Suki dress, I wanted to show the whole tag off by sewing it in to even show off the ‘Paige Joanna’ logo. Just want the front side detail? It’s easy to fold in half and just stitch along the top to secure in place.

No matter what placement you decide, these woven-labels add such a thoroughly adorable, professional and fun look to all your makes.

And just like the Paige Joanna labels are in 2 designs, and the Suki dress is a 2-1 pattern, I hope you’ve enjoyed this 2-1 blog post too!

How many of you love sewing and dressmaking as much as me? What patterns and resources do you love? Again, I truly recommend Tilly and her incredible resources.

I’d love to know if any of you pick up Paige’s darling labels, and if so, you share your final makes with both me and Paige! To discover more of Paige’s crafting inspiration head on over here to read my interview with Paige here.

Click here to purchase the Paige Joanna Woven Label Designs

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DIY Zero Waste Toweling Reusable Make-Up Remover Pads and Hand Towels with a Matching Drawstring Bag. Plus GIVEAWAY!

DIY Zero Waste Toweling Reusable Make-Up Remover Pads and Hand Towels with a Matching Drawstring Bag. Plus GIVEAWAY!

Today I’m back with a new craft project that will be showing you how to sew together this pretty zero-waste towelling beauty set.

This sustainable zero-waste towelling set includes: zero-waste make up remover pads, a towelling cloth and a mini drawstring bag.

These zero-waste towelling beauty sets are sustainable, completely re-useable and so simple to make!

They make beautiful gifts and you can even add other items in the bag to make this a really thoughtful gift to give to a loved one.

If you’re able to, how about making these to go alongside a Fabric Mask or Laundry Bag donation for our key-workers?

At the end of this post I’ll be giving one of you the chance to win your own set custom made by me, for you, so stay tuned for that!

The Inspiration:

When I was in Japan, everywhere I went I seemed to find a Tenugui.

A Tenugui in Japanese are woven cotton cloths which measure about 34cm by 90 cm, have unfinished edges on both ends and are dyed by hand.

They originate from the Edo period as a cotton towel for ritual cleansing ceremonies and soon became a fashionable practical hand towel at the bathhouses. 

Japanese Tenugui come in a stunning range of colours and designs and embody the rich history of Japanese textile design. You can, however, also find cheaper ones with flannel fabric with kawaii (cute) characters such as Hello Kitty.

Tenugui are now commonly used as Japanese hand towels, washcloths, dishcloths or, even as a stylish wall hanging!

I’m taking inspiration from my Japanese travels and incorporating the famous Tenugui into this zero-waste set.

Here’s why I love this zero-waste beauty set:

  1. They are environmentally friendly: Everything in this set can be used again and again. Look at your supplies whilst putting these together. You can use old towels, fabric scraps and leftover ribbons to make something so adorable.
  2. Saves Money: Without wasting money on cotton wool pads or wipes you will save so much more money and the environment.
  3. They are more effective: I find everything in this set so much more effective than the shop brought alternative. The towelling pads, in particular, are so soft on your skin and ideal for sensitive skin types.
  4. Look Cuter: They, of course, look just far prettier than wipes or cotton wool ever could! You can be as creative as you want with the fabric choice, the ribbons and even the stitching. You could also embellish the bags in so many more ways than I have that means it will be forever unique to you.

You will need:

All you need to make this zero-waste beauty set is:

  1. a piece of fabric 50 x 46cm (sometimes called a fat quarter) and the same amount of towelling material.
  2. You will also need a 50-70cm piece of ribbon.

DIY Cloth Hand-Towel Tutorial (Tenugui)

  1. Cut 1 piece of fabric 24 x 29cm and some towelling fabric 24 x 29cm.
  2. Pin them together with the right side of the fabric facing you.
  3. Machine around all four edges. Use any overstitch your sewing machine has, ensuring any stitch you use is as close as possible to prevent fraying.

DIY Makeup Remover Pads Tutorial

  1. Cut a circle pattern to your desired size in both fabric and towelling fabric. I haven’t added a pattern here because it’s really up to you how big you want your cosmetics pad to be. You can either model it on a traditional cotton pad or use a glass as a template. For reference, mine was 8cm in diameter.
  2. Head to steps 2 and 3 above to make your zero-waste make up remover pads.

DIY Drawstring Bag Tutorial

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric 20 x 20 cm.
  2. Sew the sides and bottom seams together, leaving the top open.
  3. Turn down the top edge about 2cm, and stitch around to hold it in place leaving a small gap in the seam.
  4. Thread a piece of ribbon (50cm) through the gap and knot the ends to secure.

GIVEAWAY!

To finish this post, and in the spirit of seeking ‘everyday whimsy and a heart full of wanderlust,’ I’m giving one of you the chance to WIN your own set handmade by me.

You can pick your fabric and I’m also going to include some other sweet pampering goodies for you to enjoy.

How To Enter:

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is subscribe to ‘Whimsy Wednesday’ by Wednesday 3rd June at 11pm GMT. This giveaway is open internationally.

I will select someone at random after that and email you for your details so I can make this up for you!

Click here to sign up to Whimsy Wednesday and Enter The Giveaway

Thank you so much for reading this post and I do hope it can inspire you to make your own zero-waste beauty supplies.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find a DIY Fabric Face Masks tutorial here and a DIY Laundry Bag tutorial here.

Do you have any sewing or craft projects you’d like to request? I have so many more things to come so be sure to keep an eye on my Crafty Projects tab!

Until then, please take care of yourselves and let me know how you got on making this project.

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DIY Laundry Bags for Scrubs: Laundry Bag Tutorial for Nurses, Care Workers and Key Workers

DIY Laundry Bags for Scrubs: Laundry Bag Tutorial for Nurses, Care Workers and Key Workers

Last week I shared a tutorial for DIY Fabric Face Masks and today I’m sharing a tutorial for DIY Laundry Bags for Scrubs.

These laundry bags are ideal for our incredible Nurses, Care Workers and Key Workers and are so easy to make.

These drawstring laundry bags can be put in the washing machine without having to handle them making them ideal for care workers, key workers and nurses for them to put their scrubs in after a shift.

However, if you have stumbled on this tutorial because you want to make a drawstring bag, I’m sure you can find plenty of things to place in them.

If you’re making them as laundry bags for scrubs, you can choose any fabric, however, ideally, you should pick a fabric that can be washed to 60 degrees. For example cotton, polycotton and even old bed linen all work very well.

If you have a sewing machine, and you’re able to make some, I hope this tutorial can help. For my DIY Fabric Face Masks tutorial head here.

How To Make a Laundry Bag for Scrubs Tutorial

  1. To start, cut a piece of fabric approx 1/2 metre by 1/2 metre. It really doesn’t matter for accuracy, but the finished bag should be approximately 45cm x 45cm so that it’s large enough for a full set of scrubs.
  2. Machine together the three sides (or cheat like me with a large piece so no bottom seam was needed!)
  3. Fold down the top to create a casing. Again, any size, because this will depend on the cord/ribbon you are using.
  4. Machine this in place, leaving a small gap. You may need to neaten the rough edge to stop it fraying. I cheated and used the selvage edges.
  5. Finally, cut a piece of cord/ribbon that is long enough to go all around the bag with some extra. I used 140cm which was more than enough. Knot the end of the cord. Don’t use elastic for this.

If you have a sewing machine, and you’re able to make some laundry bags for those who need it, I really hope this tutorial can help.

If you are donating them as I have been, it’s always best to reach out to your hospital or care homes in advance to see if they are taking donations.

Thank you so much for taking the time to engage with this post. If you do make any I would love to hear about it!

For my DIY Fabric Face Masks tutorial head here.

Finally, I just wanted to say how much I was thinking of you and I am sending so much love and well wishes to you all xoxo

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DIY Face Mask Tutorial with Fabric

DIY Face Mask Tutorial with Fabric

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, DIY fabric face masks are in huge demand right now.

I’ve recently been having to go to my local hospital for a recent Gastroparesis flare, and when I do need to visit, I have been bringing batches of my DIY fabric face masks for those that might need it.

In these times, everyone doing what they can truly make such a difference. In this instance, my knowledge of sewing, and the fact I have a sewing machine means that I am blessed to help in this way.

I hope this tutorial can inspire you to make your own fabric face masks if you’re also able to sew and have a sewing machine. If you are able to, it’s lovely to make several and give to those in need.

PLEASE NOTE: You could add any filter inside your mask, for example, a coffee filter, to the inside through the gap but please note that these are not a substitute for medical PPE.

Here’s the end result. And a huge thank you to my beautiful Mum for being my model!

How to make a fabric face mask steps:

  1. Cut a piece of fabric (I’m using 100% cotton 41cm x 21.5cm (or 16 inches x 8.5 inches). If you’re making this for a child you can use 35.5cm x 16.5cm.
  2. Fold your fabric in half and sew the top leaving about 7cm (or 3 inches) gap.
  3. Press the seam open. You can neaten by sewing over the seam.
  4. Sandwich four fabric ties measuring 46cm (18 inches) to each corner (still with the right sides together). You could also use a piece of 18cm elastic on either side attaching at the top and bottom corner. Either way, pin this in place.
  5. Sew each side seam going over the ties or elastic. Repeat to strengthen seams. Be careful not to catch the rest of the ties as you sew.
  6. Fold the fabric to the right side through the gap. Press to neaten.
  7. Fold upwards three evenly spread pleats. They are about 1.5cm (1/2 inch). Sew twice down each side to hold pleats in place.
  8. You could add any filter, for example, a coffee filter, to the inside through the gap but please note that these are not a substitute for medical PPE.

Visual Instructions left to right:

Examples of Elastic Fabric Face Masks:

Is the ribbon too much? If so, simply replace the ribbon with elastic as seen above.

I hope the above steps make sense and you’re able to make as many of these fabric masks if you can!

While homemade fabric face masks cannot be likened to one of a medical-grade, they can still be so useful.

If you are donating them as I have been, it’s always best to reach out to your hospital in advance to see if they’re taking donations.

Thank you so much for reading and if you do make any I would love to hear about it. Thinking of you and sending so much love and wishes to you all xoxo

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