The Power of Fire

This morning when I woke up and looked outside, my first thought was “hmmm… the sun’s still not out… and it looks a bit hazy this morning.”

As I progressed with my morning routine, I started smelling the smoke coming in through the open windows, and I realized that this smoke was thicker than I expected.

It wasn’t until I got outside on my way to work that I realized just HOW MUCH smoke there really was in the air… and after a quick check with CBC Radio, I confirmed that the smoke was from the BC wildfires, and was going to be sticking around the area for awhile.

It’s amazing the reach that fire has… both in power and destruction as a force of nature, and the diversity of uses it has in our everyday lives. Everything from the lights we turn on, the heater in the basement, the stove… then there are the open flames, like candles, campfires, torches and barbecues… there are lots of tools in the kitchen, shop and artroom are governed by heat or fire.

One of the tools I would love to learn more about is a wood burning torch. I have seen many beautiful projects created or accented by these versatile instruments, and I look forward to getting one for myself to create with.

I also love the process of candlemaking, and relaxing in the aura of those candles on winter nights when their warm glow creates a cozy feeling wherever they are placed.

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I have also created a box of very basic fire starters for our camping trips… I collect empty toilet paper tubes, stuff them with dryer lint, and fold the ends in so they are portable. I may also add wax to them in the future, but I need to figure out how to do so in a mess free way…

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Fire is a source of heat, light, and a mix of calming and invigorating energy. It is fun to play with, the secret is to not get burned….

Turning Over a New Leaf

Hello Followers and Friends!

It is exciting to be back in the saddle of writing once again.

Soon after Christmas/16, my whole world fell apart, and it has taken a couple of months to rebuild strength and will to continue as I did before.

It is August now, and so many projects that I previously talked about have been completed, started, or grown.

I have made my Citronella votive candle batch, it took an entire afternoon, but the candles turned out very pretty!

My front flower bed came up beautifully with both the crocuses and tulips, as well as some other surprise arrivals. My flower bed has since been overgrown with weeds, and I am in the process of cleaning it out once again to give the flowers some breathing room.

I have built ad filled my new raised garden beds behind the house as well. The layout is a little different than originally planned, but it serves me well. Now I have 3 raised plots, 2 reserved for veggies, and a third for herbs and flowers.

My Crafting Center has been moved and shuffled and forgotten since Christmas, but recently I have begun to once again refresh the room where my art supplies live, with plans again to create new and beautiful works of art in that space, when time and energy allow.

I also continue to take weekender trips, to explore, photograph new areas and beautiful scenery, and calm my spirit and refresh myself. The wild mountains hold a big piece of my heart, and the Kootenays and National Parks along BC and Alberta will continue to draw me.

My plan is to restart my writing processes, and continue to post weekly about what is happening in my world.

Please comment, share, and respond to ideas that you like, and we will build each other up together!

Christmas Prep Week

This weekend, I put all of my fall decorations away, and pulled out several bins of my christmas decorations. I found the lights, tinsel, wall hangings and wreaths, and what I have left of my christmas tree ornaments.

I started putting a few things up inside the house, and made plans to string the outside lights this week sometime.

I also processed the last of the pumpkin, so I can make cookies and other things with it through the winter season.

The tree will probably go up late this week, with all of the other decorations preceding it. Watch this week for my snowflake display tutorial, as well as several different cookie recipes.

This year is about making new traditions and starting new memories. I love the weeks in the end of november and the beginning of December, as they are all about preparation, and the hustling bustling spirit of christmas is so easily caught, felt, and passed on to others.

 

Candle Making, Take 1

Who doesn’t love the smell and aura of a burning candle? 

I make votive candles from already burnt or broken candles, old wax, crayons, scensy bars, and other materials. I buy my wicks with the anchors already attached and pre cut off of Amazon

I have 8 votive molds, and some glass vases that I use as pillar molds. I mix scents and colors, and love creating my unique candles.

My next batch of candles will probably be a citronella batch, as I have some old garden stake candles that need to be refurbished. Check back soon to see my candle making process in action!

My Crafting Center

I was lucky to move into a house with a sunroom… an extra space that I could create things at my own pace. This room has become my crafting center.

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I have supplies here for candle making, sewing and mending, making epsom salt blends, coloring, and miscellaneous paper crafts.

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I have supplies here to do seasonal displays around my house as well. River rocks, colored marbles, baskets, leaves, and flowers, both dried and silk.

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On the other side of the room, I have gift wrapping supplies and my stash of greeting cards and envelopes, painting, glitter, pottery, ribbon, string, tape, wool, and so much more.

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This is my organized mess of art supplies, craft ideas, and a few unfinished projects. As I find time, I will organize, create, and muddle through new ideas here.

*editors note* If you see something in my supplies that you have questions about, or if you see an idea you would like to develop, please let me know!

My Favorite Hideaway

The mountains are calling… I must go to my getaway spot in Canmore. Spring, summer, fall, and winter, it’s beautiful any time of year.

It takes about 4 hours to drive to one of my favorite places in the world… Canmore Alberta

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This is a gateway city: the first stop in the mountains on the Trans Canada Highway, and the last stop before entering the national park string that starts with banff up in that same area. From Canmore, it is an easy day trip into the parks to see banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and everywhere in between. Wildlife viewing opportunities are very common, and breathtaking views are a given.

The tourism, art, and recreational activities in this city also go above and beyond to deliver the best possible experience for the traveller while they stay here.

 

Regardless of when you choose to come, this city, my favorite Canmore is always alive, and will help you to relax, unwind rejuvenate yourself, and promises to bring the best of nature, art, and convenience to you at your pace. It is hard not hard to fall in love with this place, and once hooked, it will be a spot you and I return to again and again.

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A Photographer’s World, Take 1

I love to take pictures… I like vivid colors and finding new angles on whatever I am taking pictures of. I only have a simple Canon camera, but it is all I need in order to do what I love. I never photoshop any of my pictures, although I do play around with camera settings to catch the best lighting and pull out the colors.

Whether it is here in the house, out in the yard, somewhere in a hidden corner I found here in the city, or somewhere across the western Canadian provinces, I take pride in my work, and love to share my findings with the world.

 

MY FLICKR:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/143967890@N07/albums

 

The Colors of Fall

Fall is a beautiful season… the sunrises and sunsets, the changes in the trees, and the variations in the weather all make for an incredible display of brilliance and color.

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As the seasons turn around us, we are reminded that change and transition can be beautiful, and is a necessary part of life and growth. The beauty in our world, from the smallest leaf to the biggest sky shows us that we can find something good in everything around us, even if it is not immediately apparent.

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Sing To Me, Autumn

By Patricia L. Cisco

Sing to me, Autumn, with the rustle of your leaves.
Breathe on me your spicy scents that flow within your breeze.

Dance with me, Autumn, your waltz that bends the boughs of trees.
Now tell me all the secrets you’ve whispered to the seas.

Sleep with me, Autumn, beneath your starlit skies.
Let your yellow harvest moon shimmer in our eyes.

Kiss me, Autumn, with your enchanting spellbound ways
That changes all you touch into crimson golden days.

Love me, Autumn, and behold this love so true
That I’ll be waiting faithfully each year to be with you.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/nature/fall/

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Autumn

By Miteshwar Singh

Thou tomb of summer
Vaulting its great might
Threshold of frosty weather
Into view of end a bite

Painting of nature
Earth’s view enchanted
Thou leaf of Transition
Root of death’s bed

Dilapidated souls- crunchy leaves
Picturesque of thy might
Dancing flames of fire
Singing death even bright

Red, Gold, Orange and green
Rainbow fall foliage
And pumpkins of corn fields
So drowsy a gaze

Thou dirge of the dying year
In whose charm dance scarecrows
Ripe nuts brown shake and fall
Mesmerizing thou pose

Thou leaf bright and dark
Barrier of youth and age
Piercing trumpet of winter
Truly the trick of the mage

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/nature/fall/

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Scented Rose Petals

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Last week we had our first major snowfall of the year. It was BEAUTIFUL! There were cars sliding everywhere, even I managed to end up in the ditch for a short time. But besides the weather itself, the snow signalled the end of another growing season.

The mini rose bush in front of my house still had about a dozen and a half roses on it, so I picked all of the flower heads off and tossed them into a bowl for a project. Today I finally got to that project.

I cleaned and separated all of the petals, then spread them in an even layer on a cookie sheet. I set my oven to the lowest temperature (170°F) and let them dry for 10 minutes. Then I turned the oven off, and let them sit in the warm oven for another 10 minutes.

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Ready… Set…
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Finished Baking!

Then I went and found my Doterra™ oils, chose the Citrus Bliss blend, and put a few drops directly onto the petals. then I shook the batch to incorporate the oil with the petals. Next, I collected a few glass containers to put the petals into, and now I have some beautiful air fresheners that have some powerful additional properties.

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Adult Coloring… Yay or Nay?

20161005_165120.jpgAccording to Wikipedia, adult coloring books became very popular from 2010 forward. They are known to be therapeutic, and some even state that coloring is a form of meditation.

For the majority of people, coloring is an easy way to relax for a short time, but there have been mixed results. Some people find it increases stress when they are put on front of a picture with a hand full of colored pencils.

Personally, I find it quite relaxing to sit and color for an hour or so, but not to the point of meditation. My primary goal in these projects is to create something beautiful and take some time for myself.

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I like abstract pictures, mandalas, sea life, words, and mystical pages personally, and have many different books and loose pages lying around my house. Once I have completed a page, I often will cut it out or pin it up so it is not a colored picture hiding in a book, but rather a colorful addition to my artwork collection. I have also done a set of the same picture, colored in different ways or styles, and hung them side by side so I could compare and enjoy the differences between the two.

Colored pencils, crayons, felt tipped markers, watercolors, pastels… there are many tools- many mediums a person could use to create or color a picture. for the books I have, I find that simple colored pencils work the best, as crayons don’t stay as nicely inside the lines, and felt pens tend to bleed through the pages if not used carefully.

I have seen many great pictures done by a few of my friends in their own coloring books. I love the detail and creativity that is put into these works of art. Because it is both a cause of enjoyment and a mode of relaxation, I find this a perfect way to relax after a busy day.

(Pages in photos colored by Wilma DH)