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Rosemary Sea Salt Scrub

Rebekah at Honeysuckle Life posted this sea salt scrub recipe and because she said it was easy and budget-friendly, I took her up on it and made the scrub today. Turns out, she was right! It is easy. And, I’m sure if you looked around, you could get the pure almond oil cheaper than I did {just under $7 for 8oz}

I did cut the recipe in half.

  • 1/2 cup of pure almond oil
  • 1/4 cup of sea salt {I got the iodized version w/ small granules- hopefully that isn’t against any rules}
  • Rosemary essential oil {about 15 drops} I really like rosemary.

This recipe was a huge hit with my family. We did a hand scrub and they loved the smell of the rosemary and said their hands felt great! I plan on finding sweet little air tight containers and making them up for hand treatment gifts.

Yay! Thanks Rebekah. You’re a sea salt scrub rock star.


May 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm 1 comment

In the Conservatory

with my husband … having a lovely time of it … and dreaming about the eventuality of spring.

My husband and I spent some time at the Como Park Conservatory this past “balmy” Saturday. It seems we Minnesotans can hardly stand living here by mid-February. And, at the first sign of 30 degree weather, men, women and children of all ages, are donning spring jackets and yes, even shorts. Although peculiar, it’s understandable.

The tropical indoors of the conservatory and gardens is such a nice respite from cold Minnesota days. You can visit the tropics without checking a single piece of luggage.

How did you spend your weekend?

Mondays aren’t usually terribly romantic around my house but nevertheless, it is Valentines Day! I hope it’s a *lovely* one for you!

February 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

Clever terrarium gardens

It’s all about terrarium gardening for me this year! I’m so fascinated by anything miniature. Anyone remember “Land of the Giants” when you were a kid?

Terrarium gardening has never been cooler. From cake stands to martini glasses … there is no end to the creative ideas for re-purposing containers to showcase nature in miniature form.

What are you most excited to create this spring?


















sources:  herb jar pendants, light bulb, hanging bulb, bulb figure,

February 5, 2011 at 7:58 am 10 comments

Labor Day Project

Hmmm… I have this 1970’s looking tea light candle holder that has outgrown its cuteness and functionality. What to do with it… repaint it? give it away? Or, should I re-purpose it?

Well, I decided to re-purpose it~ into an indoor succulent container .

I took 3 nice looking hens n chicks out of the garden…

and gave each a home of their own in one of the glass candle holders.

Although I only have my phone’s camera to show off the end result… I’m pleased.

Looking smashing on the end of the short wall that separates my kitchen from my living room, this trio is bringing life, color and texture to an otherwise boring space.

{not enough natural light to get a good enough pic with my phone to post}

Fern from Life on the Balcony {a most lovely blog about container gardening in small places} says that all the cool kids plant succulent containers.

I certainly think they’re cool!

What do you think?

September 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm 5 comments

Succulent Centerpieces

heavens. to. betsy.

Whoever Betsy is, I’m sure she would love these succulent centerpieces just as much as I do. So full of texture, color and rustic appeal… you can bet I will be shopping antique and thrift shops this week looking for silver goblets or any container remotely this interesting!

via Lovely Morning

via Cheap and Quirky Wedding

August 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm 1 comment

Good Friends!

My friend Cheryl had me over for dinner the other night.

She spoiled me rotten with her fresh and fabulous pasta salad that was full of tasty herbs… plus a sweet South African red wine… what was the name again Cheryl?

I hadn’t been over for a while and it was fun to look around her condo at all her fun stuff. She’s got cool coffee paraphernalia, a quirky clock,  a glass table etched with words and an all-around artsy ambiance.

Her container herbs are overflowing with herbal goodness and I loved her herb centerpieces.  Basil spilled over a tall slender vase and another glass container sprouted rosemary, basil and parsley. So sweet. So convenient.

Good friends! You gotta love ’em!

August 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm 7 comments

Leaves to Bouquets

Just like we miss the trees through the forest, I think sometimes we miss the beauty through the blooms.  Take a wander through your garden lovelies and marvel in the textures and colors… the leaves themselves can be just as beautiful! A couple examples from what I picked yesterday…

a few coleus stems in a small glass container can punch a small space with lots of pretty color.

A few longer coleus stems hovering over 2 zinnia blooms. I’m keeping this vase by the sink. LOVE how the light comes through.


Happy Sunday!

August 15, 2010 at 10:29 am 3 comments

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