Sunday, January 30, 2011

More on the Herbal First Aid kit, Inspiration Board and Soap!

Danielle, of The Teacup Chronicles, suggested to relieve the tedium of January, that we might like to make an inspiration board. I thought it was a lovely idea to make a spot for plans, dream and inspirations, so I follow suit today. I have my list of seeds to order, vinegar ideas to make soon, herbal remedy recipe to make, pictures and memorabilia from friends and little sayings, amongst other things on my board so far.
There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go”  Frederick William Faber. (I strive to be that sort of person.)
This whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.” Plutarch
There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you’ve grown in self-control, judgment, generosity and unselfishness.”  Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I put my board on one of the apothecary cabinets sides, facing where I work at my table and computer. Right next to my five generation picture. My maternal grandmother, my mother, my only daughter, her only daughter and myself. My ancestors, my present  and my future inspirations all together makes for a powerful influential corner on my life. I am going to enjoy fulfilling dreams and aspirations with the help of this inspiration board! I will take things down as I do them, add new things as I visualize my dreams and aspirations.xx
Today I had several extract tinctures ready to be decanted. I would be using several of them to make the Digestive Distress formula, Others were just ones I was low on or additions for the herbal medicine first aid kit.
My herb book
I managed to get a few other things done today, including a few herbal vinegars, other tinctures, and a few herbal oils started. You might notice that I decided to go with the 1/2 ounce bottles for the first aid kit. Things were a bit crowded with the 1 ounces. I will just have to be vigilant to refill things from the home apothecary, as I use them from the kit.
I have exciting news! Remember when I went to my friend Jill Reed’s house and she taught me to make soap for the first time ever? Well, when we picked her up for our beekeeping meeting this week, she shared some of the soap!
Feels, looks, smells and suds just lovely and I am so chuffed to have finally done this! Thanks again Jill!
Now Marci , of Herbal Nature, has been putting together the loveliest, instructional blog posts on soap making for the last couple of weeks. I have learned so very much and am gathering my supplies to start making soap at Comfrey Cottages. Marci and her hubby are wanting to start bees and I am wanting to make soap, so we are exchanging books via the mail. This is so much fun folks! I highly suggest doing this book swap with a friend. Helps you get further along quicker in a subject, than if you were gathering all the books yourself first:) Thanks Marci for all the great posts and for being my book swap buddy! xx
Been enjoying the grandchildren this week. Dylan built his first train track (all by himself), Evan and Lily and I visited our new store that has an old fashioned soda fountain part to it, and we also spent an evening playing Cat-o-poly, which is like Monopoly, only we play for cats, not properties with this game:) 

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Herbal Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages xx


Deb from Peterman Brook Herb Farm said...

Girl, you got a lot more done this weekend than I did! Absolutely love your inspiration board.

Rowan said...

You packed a lot into your weekend, how lovely to have a five generation photo, there have never been more than three generations at a time in my family. I love your binder, what pretty pages you have in it. I'm still thinking of doing the same course at some point.

hersh said...

nice entry. Never did anything with soap.

Brigitte said...

What a lovely inspiration board!
Mine got now some very handy notices too.

Love your 5 generation picture!
Wonder if I will break the circle and will be able to see my grandchildren... my grandmother as well as mother never did... I really hope to still climb trees when I'm 70 :-)

Love the words on your last picture lol
And I'm so in love to see the album with your homey kitchen and all the medicine jars and bees! Thank you so much for sharing!

Have to look for Cat-o-poly next time I visit the city. My daughter will turn 8 in a few weeks and she sure would love it (everything has to be with cats since she was little)

Herbal and honey hugs!

jdmiller said...

The Sandy Maine soap book is THE BEST! That is the book that finally got me started making soap. I've been soaping for about 6 years now and I'll never be without my own handmade soaps.

Comfrey Cottages said...

Deb, I have to work quick when I finally get some free time, all to myself! xx
Rowan, I will announce it on the blog the next time Heather has enrollement. I love the binder now too. Can't believe I hadn't got it done before now!xx
Hi hersch:) thanks for peeking at my blog.
Brigitte, I think it would be fun if we post pictures of our boards sometimes:)My mother and grandmother passed away within three years of this picture having been taken. I cherish it all the more. This was taken at my grandmothers 90th birthday party. I am certain you will live to a ripe old age:)Thank you for the kind words about my kitchen area. It is the heart of my home, I am surrounded by memories, herbs, and now with the inspiration board, my aspirations:)Marci, sent me that cute card with the box of books:) And yes, Cat-o-poly is a good game for her age group. My Evan is 10, and he likes it a lot!herbal hugs to you dear one! xx
Thanks for the review of the book Joyce! Once I get started, I hope to keep my entire little village in homemade soaps... I am already enamored with shampoo bars also.. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Leslie,

Just love the inspiration board :) You are one very productive chica I might add! You are my role model today as I try to get into the productive crafty spirit :)


Comfrey Cottages said...

lol Danielle! Well you are who gave me inspiration for the board! lol I feel a great energy during this new moon:)good luck with getting your crafty groove on today! lol big hugs to you xx

*Ulrike* said...

My daughter had a big inspiration board once. Such a wonderful idea, and I like how you have your five generations photo too. The herbal first aid kit sounds like you are keeping busy. Where do you find the time?!
Hugs sent to you
Take Care,

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