"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Warm & Spicy Winter 2014: Candle-Making Links

Ever since I started brainstorming for the Autumn POTpourris post, somethings been nagging at me. So I've dreamed up this post mini series! To start with, I'll brief you on my recent weekend job...


"Candle Dipping Lady"

Shortly after I began my potpourri brainstorming, I started working for a small business run by a friendly local family. The job is messy, busy, and so fun! I get to "play" farm, old fashioned living and crafter! First it was candle dipping - I became the official Candle Dipping Lady - and later included shopkeeping, beading, taking care of the animals, with a hint of potpourris... I love it!

Especially because of my candle dipping job, this kept churning through my mind; how could I write a post about DIY gift jars with homemade herbal potpourris - and include store boughten candles? That got me started on an adventure (of learning, trying out more candle-making methods, writing...) which has yet to be completed. For now, I have for you a list of  candle making links. (Soon I'll follow up with DIY winter potpourri, a winter potpourri round-up, and my own candle making experience and tips!)


 Homemade Candle Info &  DIY Candle Instructions Round-up


Health and Candles

Keeper of the Home: Toxins in Candles? Sad But True

DIY Poured Tapered Beeswax Candle Instructions

Little House Living: Homemade Beeswax Jar Candles
On the Home Front: Frugal Tips for Making Beeswax Candles

Soy, a Healthy Homemade Candle Option

Little House Living: How to Make Homemade Candles

Supplies I'd use for soy jar candles:
 I asked Katie Mae from Nourishing Simplicity for her affiliate links. 
She'd get a small commission if you purchase through the follow. :]

Decorating & Gifting with Homemade Candles 

Little House Living: Frosty Beeswax Candles Winter Wonderland Centerpieces on a Budget
On the Home Front: My Garden: Gifts From Outdoors
Alexis @ Bulk Herb Store Blog: Tinkling Herban Tea Lights

Don't forget to come back over the next couple weeks for the rest of the Warm & Spicy Winter Series!

Do you make candles? What's your favorite method? Will you give natural candlemaking a try? 

This post has been shared with: Natural Family Friday, Front Porch Friday, Simple Life Sunday...


Blog Hop: Wildcrafting Wednesday Christmas Edition!

Holiday Christmas Fun: Blog Hop

How fun! The ladies who host Wildcrafting Wednesday have shared their code this week, so instead of being a link-up hosted by only four blogs, it's a "blog hop" so everyone can share their special Christmas Edition 2014!  I've gotten some pretty fun inspiration from them over the years (especially from Woodwife's Journal posts, and this year it's been Entwife's Journal that's kept me coming back), and am pleased to share the Wildcrafting Wednesday 2014 Christmas Edition blog hop with you now. :]

Welcome to a very special Christmas Edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday!

Christmas is a magical time of year that brings memories of family and traditions and food and celebrations! It's a time for gathering and sharing things we hold dear. It's a time of renewing time-honored traditions and maybe finding a few new ones too. In honor of this Christmas season, we've asked our favorite bloggers to share their
  • favorite holiday crafts, 
  • DIY gift ideas, 
  • home-made decorations, 
  • traditions, 
  • favorite memories, 
  • and real food recipes.
Who knows, you might even find a new favorite yourself. :) 

Click here to view the Linky Tools list...


Good Medicine: A Thankful Heart {sketch}

According to Vintage Remedies Family Herbalist, Professor Walter B Cannon did a study of football players from which he concluded a link between mental state and physical health (being related through the gut and digestion, which have been found to affect immune system).

Good medicine, according to the wisest man in history:

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.  -King Salomon

What makes us cheerful?


Thankful Giving: Autumn Potpourri - A DIY Mason Jar Gift

 I was thinking about how special some people are in our lives. They sacrifice their time, money and effort to prepare for us. Whether that's our mother & father raising us up in the fear of the Lord, our friend baking us a batch of cookies for a treat, someone stopping on the side of the road to give our car a jump-start, or a pastor's wife bringing hot soup when we're not well... we can probably each think of sometime in our life when we've been cared for and blessed by someone else's sacrifice.

Photo Credit: BHS

 When I think of the sacrifice someone has made for me, I want to likewise bless them. It's not always possible. But sometimes - it IS.  Let's create a little something this year to thank our hostess next time we are graced with an invite to a meal, or even to go out to coffee and enjoy the relaxation of a cordial conversation. It doesn't have to be to a great Thanksgiving Day Feast. But it can be. Let's do this!

Photo Credit: BHS

 You can whip a these together for just a few bucks and without a big time hassle. (The supplies can be found at dollar stores or craft stores, and the DIY part only takes a short time.) I love that, because then I can invest more into the spices for my projects, and even make jars for several of my dear friends!

  Join me over at Bulk Herb Store Blog for the rest of this project - I've shared three scrumptious potpourri recipes, as well as some links, and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own

scentsational holiday gift jars!

Photos Credit: BHS

 And one last thing. Since this post is all about thanking people who've shared their lives or given from their time, I'd like to state my thankfulness the precious ladies at BHS Blog for sharing their talent and beautiful photos!

What ways do you show your thankfulness for those who've sacrificed for you? 

Shared with: The Art of Home-Making Mondays, Monday's Musings, Mama Moments, Modest Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Homemaking Link-up, Capture Your Journey Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Natural Family Friday, Front Porch Friday ...

Another Awesome Autumn Link List (Nov '14)

Autumn must be my favorite time of year...this is the fourth round-up style post on the subject! (You can see the other round-up posts on the Links & Lists page.)


Awesome Autumn Activities

 Gift Jar Ideas:

      More Fall Foods

      ~ Edibles?

      Pretty Fall Things

      Will have to edit later...battery about to go out! Posting this without any photos-sorry guys!

      Enjoy your November and the rest of this Awesome Autumn!! 

        Sharing over at: The Art of Home-Making Mondays, Tuesday with a Twist ...