Monthly Archives: June 2010

Hydrating Rose Oil

The roses are blooming everywhere, so now is a great time to create your very own hydrating rose body oil.

The essential oil of roses is found to be very nourishing, moisturizing and restorative. It is good for almost all skin types and works well even with sensitive skin. The aroma is relaxing and heavenly. You will love making your own rose oil – plus it’s easy!

You’ll need:

1 cup fresh organic rose petals

1 cup sweet almond oil or sesame oil

1 wide mouth glass jar with a lid

Directions:

1. Place roses in jar and gently crush to release their oils

2. Pour the oil over the petals.

3. Secure the lid and place the jar in a dark, cool place for a week.

4. Strain the oil and place into pretty bottle.

5. Apply after bath or shower while skin is still moist.

Enjoy!

xo,

Ivy

Image via Flickr

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Waiting for hydrangeas

Now that the rain appears to have stopped, I am anxiously awaiting my hydrangea to bloom.

I have been praying for purple flowers and yesterday my prayers were answered – a neighbor confirmed that our hydrangea arrives in a deep purple! I’m so excited! I plan to take many photos of them and have them constantly in fresh arrangements around the house.

In the meantime, I collected some lovely images from Flickr to tide me over.

Enjoy.

xo,

Ivy

Images via Flickr 1. Hydrangea(アジサイ), 2. The Famous Hydrangeas, 3. Purple Hydrangeas, 4. Flower Shop

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Creative minds and french macarons

Monday night was pretty amazing. I got to meet some wonderfully creative women, sit at the open air bar & patisserie of Pix and brainstorm on how  to further pursue our passions.

The three lovely ladies that I met there were, Barbara Soule, Amy Olson and Jen Lees. Each one brought inspiration, encouragement and knowledge to the table, making it a fabulous evening. The only one missing was Sarah Leoni, creator of Coco & Co Chocolates, although we are looking forward to seeing her at the next meeting!

Barbara Soule is the creator of B Hive Designs. Check out her amazing hand screen printed textiles. Her great blog is definitely worth a visit too! Each design is derived from her own  beautiful illustrations.

Amy Olson, organizer of this meeting of the minds and local jewelry designer creates the most lovely pieces. Timeless, unique and ultimately feminine…you deserve to own one of her baubles. Get them at Etsy!

And finally, Jen Lees, who is an incredibly talented paper artist. Her collage pieces are a thing of beauty. I just ordered myself several of her cards, each one its own little piece of art. Get yours here.

So that was the gang…and as you can see, I was in the company of some impressive creative energy!

It was Movie Night at Pix and they were playing “Say Anything” which is fitting, since it’s Amy’s favorite movie. When we weren’t reminiscing about 80’s movies we were jotting down tons of info about how to better our crafting businesses.

Then we ordered a lovely selection of Pix’s famous french macarons.

My fav – the fleur de sel (salted caramel). Yum!

They didn’t last long…

After we said our goodbyes, I drove home smiling, inspired and thankful that I had the opportunity to connect with such fabulous women, who are both artists and business owners! I know I am going to learn a lot from each of them.

xo,

Ivy

p.s. thank you to Amy for bringing us all together! xx

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Grace & Ivy featured in Online Catalog

If you have never followed the beautiful blog –  Lovely Clusters, you are missing out.

Blogger, designer and handmade supporter, Rachel Follett, is the creator of this fabulous blog and has now brought us the first Lovely Clusters online catalog featuring some of the loveliest items on Etsy!

Grace & Ivy’s heavenly Oat & Herb Scrub and Mask is featured on the first color spread : Beige.  Yah!

Thanks to Rachel for supporting handmade!!

Go here to check out this amazing array of handmade goodies!

xo,

Ivy

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Puppy Love

When I came across these images by renown photographer, Donna DeMari of her two dogs, I felt compelled to share them with you. It is amazing how a photograph can capture the intention and emotions of the person behind the camera. You can plainly feel the love she has for these dogs and it touched me deeply. Both dogs passed away last year and she has this wonderful collection of their images on her site. Her poignant grief, longing and authentic love for these two friends resonates through these photographs.

Enjoy.

xo,

Ivy

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Decoupage Tray Project

So, I mentioned in the last post that my creative energy has been a little “all of the place”…to say the least. I am happy to announce that I managed to find some productivity amongst the restlessness and assigned myself a little decoupage project. It’s not completely finished but I wanted to share the process because-

a. it was super easy

and

b. it was very therapeutic and satisfying (for me at least).

I had this old tray that I’ve had for years. It needed a little love and its style no longer really worked for me…

With all my lovely vintage papers spread on the floor I got to work figuring out a layout. I adore the look of these old documents full of beautiful script.

Once I had cut some border pieces and glued them down with a good dose of Mod Podge glue, I brushed more glue all over the center to place the main piece of paper.

When it comes to art I don’t mind getting messy, so I went ahead and smoothed out the glue and paper with my fingers. (This is the tactile therapeutic part!)

I let this all dry overnight. Then, using lovely Peony napkins I scored at New Seasons, I separated the paper layers down to 1-ply, cut out the desired blooms and arranged them. Then very gently brushed more Mod-Podge over the paper. Using napkins at 1-ply lends a beautiful transparency to the image.

And voila, a new tray with the vintage, romantic look I love so much!

The little gold dragonfly was a last minute addition. He arrived in the form of a thank you card and now lives amongst my peony & vintage letter collage.

So, if you have a tray that needs some love, I encourage you to give this a go! This art form is a great way to reface everything from a plate to a dresser. Paper sources can come from magazines, old cards, catalogs, napkins, even fabric scraps! For more decoupage info check out this site.

Hope you are having a lovely week so far.

xo,

Ivy

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