Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Rosemary Foot Spray

Last month I wrote about Deodorising Powder for Feet and Sneakers. Today I'm sharing a recipe for a deodorising foot spray.

This Rosemary Foot Spray has a fresh, green aroma. Rosemary, cypress and patchouli all have anti-bacterial properties which will help to neutralise odour-causing bacteria that love the warm, moist environment created by shoes and socks.

Rosemary Foot Spray

To make the foot spray you will need:

Place the rosemary in the spray bottle. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake the lidded bottle, then leave to steep for a couple of days. 

Shake before using. Spray on feet once or twice a day.

Note: If you don't have access to fresh rosemary substitute 10 drops of rosemary essential oil. Dried rosemary can be used, but it tends to clog the sprayer.

You may also like to try this simple foot soak:

Lemon & Vinegar Foot Soak - In a small basin (big enough to pop your feet in) combine about 10 cups of warm water, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 a cup of sea salt. Stir well then add the juice from two lemons to the bowl. Pop you feet in and relax for 10-15 minutes.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Gentle Almond Scrub

This almond scrub is simple to make and gentle on the skin.

It incorporates honey to hydrate and soothe the skin and ease inflammation. Finely ground almond meal gently exfoliates. Peppermint oil to cool. Jojoba oil is non-allergenic, antibacterial and chemically very much like human sebum.

Almond Scrub

To make this you will need:

Blend all the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. You may need to soften the honey a little to make it easier to work with.

Add water a few drops at a time to make a spreadable paste. Massage into the neck and face. Leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.

You may also like to try:

Lemon Exfoliating Scrub
Apple Sauce Facial Scrub
Milky Oatmeal Scrub

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Made in New Zealand Christmas Gift Guide

This Christmas why not shop small and support local artisans from all over New Zealand. There are so many talented makers, doers, creators and artisans out there producing some amazing things - in sheds, spare rooms, home offices and workshops.

Here, in their own words, are just a few:

 My Pink Basket

My tiny business is handmade toys. I make them out of socks, but they're bot standard sock-toys. I create my own patterns and make them look really pretty and stylish. I also take great care for every detail to make them absolutely safe for babies (such as no buttons, doubled seams etc). Though I believe my Sleeping Buddies are good enough for any age! You are very welcome to visit my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/mypinkbasket

Puzzle Beetle

Puzzle Beetle puzzle and crossword books - great little Christmas presents

Volume 2 is jam-packed with theme-based crosswords to keep the brain cells whirring. Plenty of fun wordy challenge.

Volume 3 is a fiendish mix of original word puzzles, with a couple of crosswords thrown in for good measure. Bound to put a bright spot in the day.

Only $14 each (plus P&P). Perfect gift for summer holiday chill-out - for friends and family or just for you. www.puzzlebeetle.co.nz/order-puzzle-books/

Uku Chic

Uku Chic is synonymous wuth creating kids clothes ans home decor, but I have recently branched out into decoupage and upcyclying of household detritus.

Take a wooden dish, used NZ stamps, paint and the dish no longer looks like something from the 70s. Sticking down stamps is no fun, but loving this style of decoupage and no luck finding scrapbooking paper it was time to make my own. Two themes of NZ stamp collages are now available to papercraft fans everywhere - as a digital download. Expanding on this theme I now offer my first set of "kiwiana" cards see ukuchic.com

Classic Cool

Classic Cool started with a pair of Hightops and a word of encouragement. I had a love of Crochet and I wasn't 80 years old! I found a pattern that incorporated the Classic art of Crochet, with the Cool fashion of a Converse look-a-like Hightop boot. After a friend saw them and asked if I sold them, it was then that Classic Cool was born. Over the past 3 years that we have been around and my babies have grown, we have broadened our range from just baby shoes and sandals to Cowl Hoods, Beanies, Christmas creations adult wear. The latest range being soft toys - Maarley has been a hit!

My Pinterest boards are jammed full of idea to expand Classic Cool into the realms of jewellery, scented toys, high-end crown and so much more, It's just about finding the time - Always the way! 

Little Lil - lil' bit knotty

Little Lil - lil' bit knotty is a small business making unique handmade necklaces which are suitable for every occasion. The necklaces are simple in design, yet striking in appearance. This is especially due to the contrast of bronze metal and brightly coloured cord. The inspiration comes from past and present cultures as well as current happenings and nature. The are certainly fun to wear.

Mud Mates

The Mud Mates personalised Swim Bag is a multifunctional drawstring bag ideal for togs and towel, using as a sports or activity bag, a library bag or even an overnight bag.

Available in a range of bright colours to stand out from the crowd and customisable with your child's name to help them identify it easily and others to return it to them if it gets lost!

Proudly handcrafted in New Zealand.

Busy Me

My love affair with tie dye stemmed from a trip to America. The festival stalls selling baby tie dye caught my attention. They were completely different to your average baby clothes. I decided then that that's what I would like to do.

Three years later I delved in. Busy Me was born and I haven't looked back. Please visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/busymetiedye/

Alba Rosa

Alba Rosa for carefully handmade small-batch soap and skincare products.

Soaps to create an indulgent bathing experience - creamy and bubbly. Naturally coloured with herbs, flowers, spices, teas and clays. Fragranced with pure essential oils.

Balms and salves to heal and soothe. Beard oils and balms for manly grooming. Luxurious bath treats.

The Hive

The Hive - New Zealand's buzzing online shopping destination. One shopping cart - one checkout, but more than 140 Kiwi businesses and over 1500 products to choose from.

Home Decor, Gifts (for kids and adults), Toys, Jewellery, Health and Beauty, Books, Photographers, Accountants, Clothing and more. So much choice from an amazing collections and makers and doers, backed up with amazing customer service from The Hive Team.

And you can shop in your PJs!


Friday, 25 November 2016

Calendula Tea for Sore Throats

Calendula is most widely used for it's anti-infammatory and skin-healing properties, but here is the base of a throat soothing tea.

Calendula Tea

To make this you will need:

  • 1/4 cup of fresh (spray-free) calendula petals or 1/8 cup dried petals
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange peel (peek thinly so there's no white pith - it's bitter)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teapoon runny honey
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

Place the calendula petals and orange peel in a diffuser or in a strainer over a cup and cover with one cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for about 5 minutes. Strain then add the orange juice and honey. Stir well. Sprinkle with a little cayenne pepper (if using). Sip slowly.

The colour of the tea will vary from pale yellow through to orange depending on the colour of the calendula petals used.

You may also like to try:
Cinnamon & Thyme Sore Throat Tea
Elder Flower Tea for allergies
Calendula Cleanser

Pieced Pastimes

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Soothing Chamomile Toner

To make this you will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 chamomile tea bags or 2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
  • 1/2 cup witch hazel (see note below)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil

Infuse the tea bags or chamomile flowers in just boiled water for 5-7 minutes. Strain as required and allow to cool.

Combine the cooled tea with lemon juice (if using) and witch hazel and stir well. Add the essential oils and stir again.

To use: apply to clean, dry skin with a cotton pad. Do not rinse. Follow with you usual moisturiser.

Soothing Chamomile Toner will keep for one month stored in the fridge.

Notes on witch hazel: Witch hazel in its liquid form is a blend of an alcohol-based witch hazel extract and water. It acts as a very gentle astringent and can help to soothe irritation, but is not suitable for very dry, sensitive or sunburnt skin.

You may also like to try:

Almond Milk Toner for combination skin
Apple Toner for oily, blemished skin
Black Tea Toner for oily skin
Lavender Toner for teenage skin
Rosewater Toner for dry skin

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