I’ve gained a reputation (in my house) as someone-who-takes-baths-very-seriously. I wasn’t always a serious bather; I showered almost exclusively from the ages of 12 –25, but the bath has recently become the most important part of my self-care routine. I’m on a one-bath-per-week minimum these days, and it’s an actual ceremony. It’s ~a dance~
I flip the laundry basket upside down and drape a towel over the hard plastic so that you can’t see the hard plastic (ambiance is Very Important). I strategically place my computer on top so it’s at the right height to watch in the tub, from where I’ve watched all of the classics: Gilmore Girls, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Grinch (in season). I have a book too, or instead, probably something with feminist undertones, really. If I’m reading, the 8tracks playlist hastags like ‘Chill’ ‘Jazz’ ‘Winter’ ‘Relax’ or ‘Piano’.
I have a Very Big mason jar full of icy lemon-water or green tea, set in the front-left corner of the towel that’s draped over the laundry basket. I pull out one or two essential oils – maybe rosemary, then lemongrass, or maybe lavender, then bergamot – and I put them on the edge of the tub where they wait for me untilI’m ready.
I flick the lighter and light the end of a Balsom Fir incense stick from a box that I was gifted by a friend at Christmas two years ago. I take a second to reflect on the almost-empty box. I know I’m going to miss the smell. It’s woodsy and it makes me feel like I’m outside. I light a candle or two, too. I drop in the special combination of essential oils (the rosemary and lemongrass or the lavender and bergamot) at a rate of 10 drops per oil, and I hop in. For the next hour I inhabit a territory that I like to call a “chill zone”.
Chill•Zone noun The mental and/or physical space or state in which you are most comfortable, relaxed, zen, clear-minded, and peaceful.
Ideally, an act of self-care will allow you to spend time in your “chill zone”. I’ve bestowed this name upon a room before, but it isn’t always a physical space. It could be sitting on a bench taking deep inhales and exhales of fresh air. It could be drinking black coffee and starting a new book. It could be drawing in your journal while sitting beside a Vanilla scented candle. It could be watching a movie with your cat. Maybe it involves using something that a loved one gave you as a gift. Maybe it’s eating a big bowl of spaghetti bolognese with lots of Parmesan shaved on top while you listen to Amy Winehouse. Your “chill zone” is your own space and it’s up to you to find it and spend time there. For me, it’s a Very Good Bath, and I suggest that you give it a try.
Yes, you read correctly. I said Water Blob. You may be wondering, what is a Water Blob? I wondered the same thing myself. I won’t keep you guessing any longer. I give you, the WATER BLOB:
If you don’t have a pool but are still looking for a fun way to keep the kids (and maybe even yourself) cool and entertained, you may want to check this out! Maybe your kids are tired of little kiddy pools and want to upgrade to the latest trend in backyard fun! Here is the link for the tutorial on how to make this awesome blob, from Homemade Toast.
Spring is a time for transformations: grass goes from mushy brown to bright green, trees begin to leaf, and gardens everywhere start to reveal shoots popping up from the earth. Spring is also a time for cleaning, organizing, and getting to projects that may have fallen by the way-side in the winter. Here’s hoping that today’s Creative Corner post inspires you to transform a piece of old furniture into something new and beautiful!
Our favourite: This adorable and extremely practical pop up potting station!
Well it’s Friday the 13th… again! So for today’s Friday Find we thought we’d find some luck of the Irish for you all for St. Patty’s Day next week! Have you got any traditions for St. Patrick’s Day? Post them below!
What did you do on International Women’s Day? Well, if you’re looking for ideas for next year, take a look at this great list compiled by Seeds and Stitches!
We particularly love #6 and #10!
#6: Join in with the Craftivist Collective footprint making. Stitch a thought, quotation or lyric onto a printed fabric footprint and either keep it for yourself to remind you to stay on the right path, or give it to someone to encourage them to be their best selves and leave a positive mark on the planet. You can even leave your footprint in a public place where members of the general public will spot it.
#10: Make a vat of popcorn and watch a film that passes The Bechdel Film Test with your daughter (if you have one) or friends and talk about the female protagonist and what you liked about her.
Let’s face it: Winter Sucks. It’s cold, windy, and waking up to a dark sky in the morning is not fun.Quite possibly the only positive about winter is all that time spent hibernating can allow for some pretty intense crafting.
So our Creative Corner for you this morning is designed to help cure some of your winter blues and perhaps provide some much needed neck-warmth while you’re scraping off your car!