Thursday, 24 April 2014

Beadorh's Soap

I love hand made soap.  There is nothing better for your skin.  It's pure, natural and healthy.  In fact, you could eat it but it wouldn't be my first choice for fine dining.

If I had to describe my skin prior to using my own handcrafted soap, I would say "sensitive and dry".  Because Saskatchewan has harsh winters with biting winds, I thought it was normal to deal with crazy dry skin. Looking for the perfect moisturizing cleanser was discouraging.  When I looked at the list of the ingredients, there were too many words I could not pronounce.  Seems to me, mass production of anything, whether it be skin care products, household cleansers or even our food, leads to long words in the ingredient list such as Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, 3-Dimethylamino-propylamine and countless others that don't even have to be listed if under 1% of the product makeup.  Seriously?   I had to ask myself "Do you want this on your skin?"  The answer was no, no and NO so my path was set.  In order to ensure myself and my family were not being POISONED every time we stepped into the shower, I started making my own soap. After researching, tasting, and touching, I picked my ingredients. 

Canola Oil has long been a staple in my kitchen.  It's low in saturated fats and high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Canola oil is rich in vitamin E and K, which helps reduce the signs of aging (wrinkles, fine lines) and is very good treatment for acne and blemishes.

Coconut Oil is an excellent moisturizer for your skin. It softens and soothes and promotes healing.  It soothes itchiness and dryness and is effective for dermatitis and psoriasis. It  provides all the energy your skin needs to heal and maintain itself.  Coconut Oil has the ability to cure your acne as it kills the bacteria causing the problem and contains anti-oxidants that improve the quality and appearance of skin by eliminating dead skin cells and reducing flaking skin. It’s easily absorbed into the body and is an effective natural deodorant.  On its own, its wonderful for your teeth and gums.  Tartar and plague are not water soluble;  if they were, rinsing your mouth with water would clean your teeth.  Coconut oil cleans your teeth and conditions your gums.

Cocoa Butter has been called the ultimate moisturizer, and has been used to keep skin soft and supple for centuries.  It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. Cocoa Butter is often recommended for treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Cocoa butter naturally contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron, and are absorbed into the skin more effectively than commercial vitamin supplements. Cocoa Butter contains antioxidants that can kill off a wide range of different free radicals responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. Cocoa Butter contains Vitamin E, the strongest of all the antioxidant vitamins. Did you know Cocoa Butter contains a much higher antioxidant concentration than blueberries?

Shea Butter contains vitamins A and E and helps to prevent skin damage from ultraviolet radiation so makes a good ingredient in sun block.  It’s an anti-inflammatory and emollient and has humectant properties.  Shea butter is a tree nut so if you have allergies to other tree nuts, you may experience a reaction to Shea butter.

Palm Oil is an edible plant oil that is made from the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm tree. The oil, which is similar to coconut oil, is one of the richest edible oils known to man. The oil has incredibly high levels of vitamin A and vitamin E. Palm oil is 15 times richer in beta-carotene (vitamin A) than a carrot therefore an effective fighter of free radicals that can damage your skin as a result of exposure to UV rays. Palm oil can help prevent damage from sunburn and keeps your skin from prematurely aging.  The oil is also a wonderful source of vitamin E.  Continued use of products rich in vitamin E can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and can also help lighten scars on your skin.

If its soap, it contains LYE.  Lye is created by soaking rain water in the ashes of burnt hardwoods.  The process dates back to 2800 B.C.  Soap is created by a chemical reaction between lye and oils.  The lye and oils combine to create soap..simple.  Some oils, called superfats, don’t completely dissolve in the lye solution leaving their moisturizing qualities intact.   Although raw soap is safe to use after it cools (24/48 hours), curing it for 4-6 weeks ensures it hardens and lasts.  No point in going to all that work only to find it slips down the drain.

So that's it…the reason I do what I do.  If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch at

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Blessed Be

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Osprey cam is back.

Osprey are amazing  fish eating raptors.
This is what  Wikipedia has to say about them:
The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawkfish eagle, river hawk or fish hawk, is adiurnalfish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts.
The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breedingmigrant.
As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genusPandion and familyPandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognized, one of which has recently been given full species status (see below). Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not classed as a sea-eagle
I have been interested in Oprey for  a few years, ever since I found this Osprey cam,  viewing a nesting platform near the Calgary Zoo, on the Bow River.   Its kind of exciting watching the parents build and defend their nest,  and it is definitely fun to see the eggs hatch and watch the babies grow.    Once you start, its hard to stop.... (you have been warned)

So,  go ahead,   click it, and watch and learn a little about this amazing family.


Sunflower sprouts, spiders and a bird

This has been a tough week.  Even posting this post seems to be a technical challenge!

These sunflower sprouts are destined for my back yard in another month.   In the past starting seeds indoors has never worked out for one reason or another.   So far, these determined little sprouts are a testament to perseverance.  I love the tall giant sunflowers, but these are small bush type plants.  Hopefully there will be beautiful sunflower pictures to post later this year.

Sunflower Sprouts - Crescent Moon Collective
Sunflower Sprouts

Even though not much is green outside, I do have some green plants inside.  These "spiders" are from a plant emac brought home from grade one or two for Mother's Day.   That original plant lived behind my kitchen sink ever since.   I even slipped another little spider plant from some one else (I recall that story),   Finally, after almost 10 years,  there are so  many little spiders to share.   the Mother's Day plant is variegated and the other one has plain dark green leaves.  I think they look good together.

Spider Plants - Crescent Moon Collective
Spider Plants

As I walked by the front window, I saw the little chickadee and actually had my camera in hand!   I think you can see him in the centre, eating a sunflower seed.  

Black Capped Chickadee - Crescent Moon Collective
Black Capped Chickadee

And of course, I have been knitting!

The Knit Along for the River Shannon is going well!  The pictures are starting to come in, and they all so very pretty.  See for yourself here:  River Shannon Knit Along at Ravelry

The Test Knit for the Sixty Bushels is progressing nicely too.   You can see the process here:  Sixty Bushel test knit at Ravelry     I am so grateful that there are test knitters!  

That's all for now.    I did stay up last night to watch the Full Moon Eclipse.  It was spectacular.... I saw Mars, and  big shiny full moon slowly disappear into shadow.  Then the cloud cover filled in and nothing more could be seen.  I fell asleep before seeing anything else..  So tonight I have to check to see if the moon has returned. 

That's all for now, again.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sixty Bushels Shawlette

When inspiration hits,  go with it.  I hadn't planned on making a long narrow garter ridged wheat crop looking shawl,  but I did.  It was a perfect confluence of events.    First,  I couldn't resist buying the yarn, with its soft harvest yellow and gold colour.  I bought two skeins of it, just in case I needed both.  Next I started playing around with garter ridges,  since I had made 4 full stockinette stitch shawls in quick succession.  I needed some  texture.  After that,  and a few adjustments,  Stubble Field was almost completely knit.
Stubble Field Shawl by Feather of Crescent Moon Collective
Stubble Field Shawl

Durum wheat on Section 2 Willow Creek Farm Ltd.
Durum wheat on Section 2 Willow Creek Farm Ltd.

I found this wonderful harvest photo and  emailed my Dad to  inquire about it.  Here is the what he said, "Durum wheat on Section 2.  Probably sixty bushels per acre."
Ahh,  "Sixty Bushels",   a perfect name for the pattern!  I had been calling it Stubble Field, but for some reason, it just wasn't cutting it.

The pattern is being tested now, and in about a month will be available here and on ravelry!  Stay tuned!

While I was taking pictures today,  I saw a lady bug.  I am sure she or he was just waking up, as the snow only really has been gone since yesterday!   A little black capped chickadee was following me from tree to tree, chirping his song, but he didn't pose for a photo!

 Backyard Ladybug - by feather
 Backyard Ladybug

The grass doesn't take long to get green again.   I had a good look around the yard,  and saw a few leaf buds on the trees, but they will be a while before opening.

Sixty Bushels Shawlette on Virginia Creeper - Crescent Moon Collective
Sixty Bushels Shawlette on Virginia Creeper
There is warmth in the sun again, and soon all the plants will be 'back to life'.    

Tonight, I am going hiking with my friends on Nose Hill.  It will be good to get back at it...

Happy Spring!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Medicine Bag for Crystal Healing

A few years ago..hmmm, 6 years ago, I landed in a "middle aged crazy" and "are you out of your GD mind" space.  Still recovering from a very long year of treatment for cancer, I decided it was time to learn to ride a motorcycle.

I know, the logic escapes me too!

Totally exhilarating space by the way, amazing after a tough year to feel that alive and free.  Wow.  I am grateful for that experience, however short.  Anyway, my motorcyle career came to an abupt end while flying over a 4X4 truck.  Had plenty of time while travelling through the air to question my hobby of choice!  A very good leather jacket not only protected me from the chill that goes along with motorcycling at times, it saved me from what would have been, insane road rash from a 30 ft skid down the pavement.  The medicine bags I make are from my leather gear, the gear that protected me so well on that day.  The leather is strong and really stands up to wear. The prototype has been tested on a hard working carpenter for well over a year under what I consider to be grueling conditions. ;-) Hubby's medicine bag holds his wedding ring along with crystals: amethyst, clear quartz, rose quartz, tiger's eye,orange calcite and apache tear.  Does a body good.

Crystals not only heal at the soul and physical levels, but they also assist to bring an awareness of the universe's subtle energies, something we were aware of as children but have placed in the "imagination" catagory when we reached adulthood and began fully playing the game of illusion.

Anywhooo, some pictures:

I made this one today.  A gift for a friend :-)

This time, because I wasn't sure the length needed, I used a slip knot so its adjustable.

Blessed Be

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Zentangles and a new shawl pattern

How about some weekend eye candy.  I was lucky to go to a Zentangles class with friends   It's a great way to get your mind thinking differently and the to stir up the creative juices.
Zentangles by Feather of Crescent Moon Collective
Zentangle drawings 
Our instructor had  us making cool drawings right away.

Here is a quick peek at my current design. It is a knit shawl, one skein of fingering weight yarn.  Details are here:  Stubble Field   More to come on this soon!

I hope everyone had a creative weekend!   Oh,   by the way,    I put out some  whole cranberries, this evening,  for the Robins.  I am not sure if they like them or not, but I read they like berries.   If I see wild turkeys coming for the cranberries there will be trouble!


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Latest painting !

Hello :)

I've recently finished another painting. This one was inspired by the art of Shary Boyle and also the Rococo and Baroque periods. I am furthering my study of the concept of a flood, ever since the one that happened this summer I've been stuck on the symbolism of a flood.  

Anyway without further a due here are the photos of my painting. 

Better detail shots to come. 

Stay tuned


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Handcrafted Felted Soap

Hola Googlers and Googlettes

Have you ever used felted soap? It's the neatest thing! Wool is exfoliating and antibacterial.  Felted soaps last and last and you get a built in washcloth. The lather is insane!  As the soap gets smaller, so does the felting, leaving you with a small pouch when the soap is gone.  I think it would make an awesome medicine bag but haven't tried it yet.  It's important to air dry felted soap after each use, the same as unfelted handcrafted soap actually as neither contain the hardening agents mass produced soaps do and will dissolve quickly if left sitting in water.

 I start with handcrafted cold processed soap made by yours truly :-)

The soap is made with canola oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, lye and water.  I don't use fragrance nor colorants in my felted soaps.  Sweet and simple.

Once the soap is cured,  I wrap it in wool roving (from 100% Saskatchewan Organically raised East Friesian Sheep) and begin the felting process.  Once the soap is felted white, it dries overnight on the rack and then the fun begins with design time using a needle felting technique.

Blessed Be