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Still Shopping? I’m Listening.

I wish I had the resources to grab my displays and put on a full-out trunk show for everyone who is asking about Angel’s Share fused glass. What a fun whirlwind that would be! And the appreciation and support is really heart-warming.

My glass-making skills outstrip my photography skills.  Still, you may get a glimpse of the deep color and glow of these handmade gems.

My glass-making skills outstrip my photography skills. Still, you may get a glimpse of the deep color and glow of these handmade gems.

Alas, once again I am constrained by both the laws of physics and my own physical limitations. So for those of you in Anne Arundel County and neighboring areas, who are still looking for last-minute gifts, and would love something made locally and by hand, by a real person with a face and a name, I’ve added links to the right sidebar  where my work can be found. Hopefully, that list will grow, as each outlet has its own vibe, and they’ve chosen different styles to showcase.

Lillie Pad Studios features my Artifact line, with raw edges and mixed materials.

The Angel's Share Artifact series is always changing, depending on what materials I've foraged. These three pieces include salvaged window glass, copper mesh, electrical wiring, steel cable, and ground glass powder, as a start.

The Angel’s Share Artifact series is always changing, depending on what materials I’ve foraged. These three pieces include salvaged window glass, copper mesh, electrical wiring, steel cable, and ground glass powder, for a start.

There’s a lot of repurposed inclusions in these pieces, scavenged from houses undergoing renovation. And owner Michelle Lillie is an amazing glass-blower, with a great variety of her work available as well. The upstairs Gallery features work by several local fine artists, including paintings and sculptures. For a really unforgettable gift, package a pair of Angel’s Share earrings with a voucher for one of the glass-blowing or ceramics classes offered at the Studio.

Ridgely Retreat in West Annapolis is showcasing my Angel Stacks this winter.

I try to nudge the colors for the Angel Stacks, but really, the outcome is up to the whim of the kin gods.  Yeah,  I know there's science in there too, but I prefer to believe in magic.

I try to nudge the colors for the Angel Stacks, but really, the outcome is up to the whim of the kiln gods. Yeah, I know there’s science in there too, but I prefer to believe in magic.

Tailored in shape, yet full of fire and color, these pieces will bring a sparkle to the grayest of days. Ridgely Retreat is such a warm and peaceful place, consider it a gift to yourself just to drop by and enjoy a cup of herbal tea while you shop. And in the spirit of loving-kindness, couple an Angel’s Share pendant with a certificate for a massage or a yoga class offered on site.

And both locations have abundant, free parking! How’s that for taking the stress out of last-minute shopping?

Happy Holidays, and wishes for the most wonderful of New Year’s.

This sign from an Annapolis shop says it all. (photo courtesy of South Jersey Locavore)

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Repurpose This: Coffee Cans, Festive Decor Edition

I am happily surprised at how much interest you have shown in repurposing coffee cans! When I wrote the first post, I promised more installments, since I stockpile ideas almost as fast as empty coffee cans. Given the holiday season, here’s some ideas for up cycling cans, coffee or otherwise, into fun and festive decor.

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I wish I had thought of this rustic wreath myself. I would have used it exactly the same way, on the fence, near the bird feeder outside my kitchen window. (photo courtesy of Starling Ink)

 

 

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This goes well beyond just peeling the label off (my technique for using a coffee can as a gift box) With packaging like this, a bunch of tube socks would be fun to get. (photo courtesy of Spoonful)

 

 

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I know this is not very Christmas-y, but just imagine how festive this would look with pine branches, holly sprigs, and mini ornaments. (photo courtesy of Sweet Paul)

 

 

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What’s not to love about this reuse of coffee cans? Sparkly, eco-friendly votive holders, and on the beach, to boot! Although you could easily use them to light the front path to your door through the snow…(photo courtesy of Design Sponge)

 

 

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The grande finale of this holiday-themed ‘Repupose This’ article….the entire Christmas tree is made out of recycled coffee cans! (photo courtesy of Trendy Tree)

 And don’t forget the best use of all…cookie tins for all those scrumptious homebaked goodies!

Happy Holidays, and happy repurposing!

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Somewhat Weekly Recipe: Brown Sugar Scrub

Let’s think outside of the box now that the holidays are approaching. Recipes don’t have to be just about food…although this luscious face scrub is definitely edible. Make up a full batch for yourself ( it works great as an all-over body scrub in the shower, too). And be sure to make some extra to package in pretty canning jars to give as gifts. This smells heavenly and is very luxurious, so you’ll want to share the joy!

As with any cooking endeavor, make sure that the tools are super-clean before starting. A pinch of Vitamin C or a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract will help preserve the concoction for a few weeks. Of course, anything kept in a warm, moist bathroom is prone to spoilage after a while. But this recipe is so easy, it’s all the more reason to indulge in a facial often, and mix up some more of this gentle, hydrating scrub whenever supplies get low.

Brown Sugar Scrub

Mix 1 cup brown sugar with 8 tablespoons of good-quality oil (such as jojoba, avocado, or even olive) until evenly coated.

There are so many carrier oils that are perfect for this scrub, so you can tailor the recipe to your own skin’s needs.

Optional: for soothing sensitive skin, grind 3 Tablespoons of oatmeal to a fine powder and add to the mixture. If more fragrance is desired, you can add up to 20 drops of essential oil. (Cinnamon, orange, and bergamot are especially nice with the scent of brown sugar, but have fun experimenting with your own combinations.)

That’s right…plain old oatmeal is a great ingredient for soothing itchy winter skin.

Store in a clean, air-tight container. Apply in gentle circles to wet skin. For extra moisturizing, let the scrub sit for 5 minutes before rinsing.

So simple to make, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub will be your go-to solution for glowing skin.

Yup, that’s all there is to it!

I get my carrier oils and essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs (click on the icon to the left on the home page, just above the calendar, to let them know you heard about them here.)  I get my jars from Cape True Value, or Graul’s.

No more spending $20 for a small jar of manufactured “natural” product filled with unpronounceable ingredients from questionable sources. You’ll get fabulous results, and soft clean skin for just pennies per use. And you’ll know exactly what’s gone into making this artisan scrub. Cooking up cosmetics in your very own kitchen…you can’t get much more “homemade” than that!

 

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