Free Facebook Timeline Cover

I have a new free Fall pumpkin Facebook timeline cover. It is already sized to fit the Facebook timeline dimensions.

It appears slightly reduced here, click on it to see it full size. To save it, hover your mouse over it, right-click and choose ‘save as’ from the mini menu and save it to your hard drive. Once you have it saved, all you need to do is upload it to your Facebook timeline.

free Facebook timeline cover


Lavender Dessert Recipes

While we all know that lavender is fantastic in crafts like potpourri, soap, sachets, and bath products, it is also edible and is a great addition to many recipes. This wonderful aromatic herb has a distinct flavor and should be used lightly because it is quite strong. It’s flavoring goes particularly well with recipes using ingredients like cream, milk, and sugar, so it makes a great addition to baking recipes.

Explore your creative side and satisfy your sweet tooth with these great dessert recipes using lavender.


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Lavender Macarons – Plant Food Fabulous



healthy lavender cheesecake

Healthy Lavender Cheesecake – Pie’s Recipe



Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Ice Cream – AllRecipes



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Lavender Shortbread Biscuits – Take Stock Magazine



Strawberry Lavender Buttermilk Cake

Strawberry & Lavender Buttermilk Cake – SweetaPolita



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Lavender & Peach Cake – Tatyana’s



Lavender Cupcakes

Lavender Cupcakes – Jessie Next Door


*When buying lavender to use in recipes, make sure it is culinary lavender. The lavender that is sold to be used in crafts like potpourri and sachets is sometimes chemically treated, so make sure you are using lavender that is safe to eat.




Color Inspiration from Nature

I caught a beautiful colorful sunset the other day. We’ve been having on and off storms lately and that has been creating some very interesting clouds and beautiful color combinations. I think the colors in this picture are very beautiful and interesting so I created a color palette from them. I hope you find some inspiration from these lovely color combinations.

sunset color palette

Creative Acorn Crafts

Fall is going to be here soon with the crisp cool air and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they begin to turn. Fall is a great time for crafting and you can get very creative with just what you find in your yard. There will soon be an abundance of acorns as they begin falling from the trees, and before you sweep them up and throw them out, let’s look at some very cute and creative crafts that you can make with them.



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Little Acorn People – Babyccino




candle display

Candle Display – BHG




rustic acorn wreath

Rustic Acorn Wreath – Crafts Unleashed




glittered acorn wreath

Glittered Acorn Wreath – That’s My Letter




acorn tea set

Acorn Tea Set – Twig & Toadstool




acorn necklaces

Acorn Necklaces – Whimsy Love




acorn owls

Acorn Owls – Bloesem Crafts




glittered acorns

Glittered Acorns – ChinaMommy



Beach in a Jar Crafts

I love jar crafts, there are so many creative ways to make lovely displays and to create miniature sceneries inside the jars. Summertime is a great time to collect items from the beach like seashells, starfish, sand, pebbles, etc., and make a little ‘beach in a jar’. You can even put small photos and other special items from your vacations and create little beach memory jars. These beautiful little nature crafts are not only fun to make but also look fantastic as part of your decor.

Have a look at these lovely ‘beach in a jar’ crafts to give you ideas and inspiration:

Seashell Terrarium

Seashell Terrarium – Making Home Base




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Easy Seashell Crafts – Better Homes and Gardens



Sand Jars

Sand Jars – Living Locurto




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Beachy Summer Bathroom – How to Nest for Less




Apothecary jars with seashells

Apothecary Jars with Seashells – Ann’s Entitled Life



Book Recommendation: Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas is a great little book by Catherine Bardey that gives you fantastic and easy ways to pamper yourself at home with recipes utilizing herbs, essential oils, and items you probably already have in your kitchen. Why pay to go to a spa when you can do these great recipes at home? Bardley includes natural recipes that are beneficial and healthy for your body, face, hair, nails, and feet. She also includes aromatherapy and skin benefits of essential oils and carrier oils.

You will find recipes for all skin types. You can utilize these recipes depending on what particular aromatherapy or skin benefits you are looking for (either calming, rejuvinating, etc.,)

You will find body scrubs, wraps, herbal bath blends, and milk baths.

body scrubs

bath

You will also find natural recipes for moisturizers, body butter, and massage oils.

body butter moisturizers

Bardley also discusses ways to care for and treat the skin on your face and includes recipes for cleansers, pastes, facial steams, moisturizers, tonics, and masks.

facial masks

You will also find recipes for your hands and nails like hand washes, rubs and moisturizers, nail and cuticle treatments. For your feet, there are foot scrubs, masks, and soaks. There are also recipes for hair treatments, conditioners, and wraps.

hair, nails, hands, and feet treatments

Bardley also includes a section for healthy edible recipes for smoothies, shakes, salads, and more.

food recipes

All in all, this is a great book with many detailed spa recipes you can use to pamper yourself and learn about and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, relaxing and detoxifying baths, and much more.

This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations. There are affordable used copies of this book at the marketplaces of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Alibris, and Abe Books. You may also come across copies at used book shops as well.

* The photos in this post are © Copyright Secrets of the Spas, Catherine Bardley.

** I am getting no commissions from this book recommendation.