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December 20, 2011

Sacred Heart Kaleidoscope

Sacred Heart

The sacred heart took me on an incredible journey. I had no idea that superimposing heart shapes on one another created another sacred geometric shape known as the merkabah. The Merkabah is the three-dimensional (and beyond) star of David, which is two triangles on top of each other that create the two-dimensional star shape. The merkabah is the chariot of the heart and love is the fuel.

Other shapes that I found in the heart are circles and diamonds. The circles on the tops of the hearts quickly turned into Infinity symbols for me. Infinity symbols look like sideways figure eights. The heart is definitely eternal!

Sending out eternal love vibrations to you! <<<<<<<<<Happy Holidaze!

December 9, 2011

DIY Aromatherapy Pinecone Ornaments

Pinecone Ornaments

My mom asked me to make her some pinecone ornaments for her tree this year. I’m using the ones leftover from making pinecone wreaths. See my blog DIY  Aromatherapy Pinecone Wreaths

for added instructions. I’ve never made any before so I had to start thinking of ideas.

Pinecone Wooden Beaded Ornament

I decided to use beaded necklaces and bracelets that were broken or I didn’t wear anymore.  I took a wooden beaded necklace that I never wore and broke it to use the wooden beads. If the beads have large holes you can use any kind of string but the smaller the hole is I would recommend using beading wire or fishing line instead.

Pinecone Wooden Beaded Ornament

I made four hanging loops with the large wooden beads to suspend the pinecones from the tree. I used a broken small brown beaded necklace to make hanging loops for the other two pinecones to make half a dozen. It was a fast project!

Pinecone Wooden Beaded Ornament

I drilled a small hole in the middle of the bottom of the pinecone to fit the end bead halfway, and then glued the bead to the hole with a hot glue gun but you can use any fast drying glue. You can add ribbon and/or greenery… the options are limitless.

You can add your own favourite essential oils, a couple of drops to each pinecone to make them into Aromatherapy Pinecone Ornaments. I am using tree oils like Balsam fir, Black or white spruce to blend with the tree or Cinnamon and Orange because I love cinnamon cones!

Pinecone beaded ornament

I also used these wonderful ‘candy’ glass beads my friend gave me. I used black beads that were already strung and ran the beaded wire through them and put the colourful candy beads on. I put snowflake obsidian chips on either side to hold it so the big candy bead wouldn’t float through the small beads.

Pinecone ornaments with clear glass beads

I wanted a snowy effect for some pinecones without using glitter, because I have pets and inhaling glitter probably isn’t that healthy. I decided to try clear glass beads instead. I tried wrapping a string of clear glass beads that I had bought already on a string, around the pinecones spiralling centre. I put kid’s white glue on the end of the pinecone tips and dipped and rolled it in clear glass beads on a paper plate. Let them dry on the paper plate for at least 24 hours before touching them.

I am going to hang these from the tip at the top of the pinecone with string or ribbon, which is the easiest way to hang them.

I am going to dip these pinecones quickly in natural melted beeswax that I get from local beekeepers and buy at the maple syrup festival. The beeswax will make sure that the clear white beads stay on the pinecone and it will give the pinecones a shine and protection. I will dip all of the pinecones when I make beeswax candles soon. (I smell another blog!)

You can leave the pinecones au natural and put a couple drops of essential oils on each one or dip the pinecones in melted beeswax with added essential oils.

Either way if you add essential oils make sure you do not put them around open flames or candles because dry pinecones with an added accelerant can start a fire.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy pinecone crafting!

December 1, 2011

DIY Terrariums~ Miniature Plant Worlds

Terrariums

Terrariums are low maintenance, miniature, magical plant worlds. They are a great solution for people who want to grow plants but don’t have a lot of light, space or time. It is important to group plants together that have the same watering requirements. A really low maintenance planter consists of cactus or succulents which don’t need a lot of water.

Flowering succulent Terrarium fishbowl

Top view Terrarium

Terrarium with Unicorn close-up

Items You Will Need:

1. A clear glass/plastic container, such as a fish bowl, a vase or whatever you can find, but it needs to be colourless. It can have a lid or it can be left open like the one I made for larger plants that stick out over the top. Use a lid to put on top of the terrarium to keep in moisture when you go away for long periods of time. The planter is self watering through the process of condensation.

2. Rocks, for the bottom of the bowl. You can use river rocks, pebbles, polished decorative stones, coloured gravel or even make sand pictures with coloured sand.

3. Charcoal or sphagnum moss, to help absorb bad smells and prevent rot.

4. Soil. Use specific soil for different plant types. For instance use African violet soil for African violets, and use cactus soil for cactus and succulents. The soil should be sandy for good drainage.

5. Small plants that fit inside the vessel without touching the sides. When plants touch the sides during condensation it can lead to rot.

6. Add fun elements, like a wooden toothpick bridge, pebble path or miniature animals. Do not put in things that are going to rust. Create whatever themes or ideas you want and let your imagination run wild.

The pebble path at the back that leads to…

Jade Buddha with chunk of rose quartz

Assembling a Terrarium

Fill the container with rocks or pebbles.

Then layer the charcoal or moss and then put the soil on top.

I use chopsticks and a long-handled spoon to help to put the plants inside the glass container.

After planting make sure that the plants don’t touch the sides of the container to avoid rot.

Water each plant by measuring a shot glass of water for each plant.

Add fun elements or go au natural.

Terrariums

When you travel or are away for long periods place a lid or plate over the top of planter so that the process of condensation will keep watering the plants.

Do not over water or you will cause rot and mould to form, especially when you leave the top on.

Do not place in direct full sun, especially with the lid on.

Mist the plants occasionally to help them to get established. Water the plants about once a month or according to plant type. You can see for yourself through the clear glass if there is water in the bottom of the container. Do not over water!

Glass Terrarium

The beauty of terrariums is that they need little maintenance in the long haul and can be left for long periods of time because they are self-sustaining. I enjoy succulent terrariums which are more kid-friendly than the prickly cactus terrariums.  My favourite combo is baby hen and chick succulents, which look great with stones, and a Jade plant in the centre. I separated the baby jades from my larger Jade plant. I like to add crystals and gemstones.

Jade with baby hen and chicks

Jade and assorted succulents Top View

Jade and assorted succulents with hen and chicks

 Enjoy creating your own green magical worlds!

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