Monday, June 11, 2018

... If at first you don't succeed?'

We are all familiar with the phrase 'If at first you don't succeed try try again but I'm here to say that sometimes if
at first you don't succeed, you weren't supposed to!
Watch my process and explanation here.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

How To Rust Metal Embelishments in minutes!

Lately I have been in need of some rusted elements for my journal and cards and they cost a lot to purchase already rusted so I headed off to the local dollar store, picked up some paper clips and small safety pins and decided to do it myself.




After reviewing several videos on YouTube, I couldn't believe how quick this process was!
*** Apparently this can be a caustic combination so be careful and perhaps wear gloves***
Hydrogen peroxide plus vinegar creates peracetic acid. It may not be as toxic as bleach and ammonia or bleach and vinegar but it is toxic and can cause skin or respiratory irritation.

I didn't wear gloves but I worked right beside the kitchen sink and I was forever rinsing my hands!
Soak your metal bits in vinegar for about 5 minutes.
You need
• 1/4 - 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
• 1/4 - 1/2 cup white vinegar
3Tablespoons of white salt

Add to a mason jar leaving the top on loosely as mine started to fizz like soda pop and I was afraid I created some sort of explosive material!
Add your soaked bits into the jar and it should start to process within 5 minutes.
I left mine in for 30 minutes and I love the end result! I even took the mixture and painted some handmade clay hearts to give them that distressed look! Love it!

Monday, June 4, 2018

'Family Strength' - Life Q's Week 21

In this week's video I share my thoughts on family animosity. Instead of pointing fingers at one another, form those fingers into a fist of family strength.
To see my process go here

Sunday, June 3, 2018

De-Clutter!

We just got two new Hemnes yesterday and if you aren't fluent in Ikea speak that means end tables from their store to match the rest of our bedroom furniture. Our bedroom was so cluttered, especially our bed side tables. If you are anything like me, if I am the least bit stressed out or unwell, I find that my living space must be clutter free before I can rest and relax.
 I cleaned out three closets today and the bathroom counters while my husband was building our Hemnes!
Studies show that the more clutter your eyes can see, the more easily it is to be distracted and therefore impossible to relax. Read all about it here
I have always wanted a grown up bedroom without things all over the place and tonight when I came to bed and looked around my room I finally have my wish. It
looked like a hotel suite.
Now I can comfortably take a deep breath. Pause and exhale in my clean clutter free space.

Friday, June 1, 2018

All Things Beautiful

I don't think I've ever been so happy to see May 2018 go by in the rear view mirror as its been more stressful than most! And while I know I could be tempting fate, I've decided it's time to focus on all things positive and beautiful. My mind is in need of some peaceful thoughts and while I'm typing this, my husband just announced that something killed the baby birds in our front yard nest. Bless those sweet birdies but that is completely not in my control . Sadness can not suck me into its vortex, so I must move forward to a place of calm.
About a month ago I was gifted with this beautiful journal from my dear friend Abby and I have been waiting for the moment to start writing in it. I've decided that today, June 1, 2018, I am going to document beautiful things and moments.
                               
"I want to go to a place where I am nothing and everything
  That exists between here and nowhere
I want to got to a place where time has no consequence and 
The sky opens to my prayers
                                                                                        I want to go to beautiful, beautiful, ..." India Arie

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Things I've Learned About Dementia

Today is moving day for my mother and all of us can finally breathe a sigh of relief. She is moving to a lovely facility in Edmonton so though we will no longer be close neighbours, it will be wonderful for her.
This new facility is geared for patients in all stages of memory loss and they even have physicians who do their rounds every day.
So while travelling this dementia road with my family these are some of the things I've learned:

1. Try not to disagree or argue with your loved one. They are confused enough already and adding agitation to that confusion just makes things worse.
2. My mother has been recently suffering with a symptom in her dementia called Sundowning
Apparently a percentage of dementia sufferers have this where they become very restless and want to wander in the evenings.
3.  Be sure that where you place your loved one is an institution that specializes in dementia.
At my mom's new memory care facility the rooms and the beautiful gardens were made in a circle as most people with dementia like to walk in a circle.
4. A caring touch goes a long way. Whenever I notice my mom is agitated I hold her had, rub her back or sing familiar songs to her and she seems to calm down.
5. Try to keep her mind stimulated. This new facility has a college next door and many of the students regularly interact with the residents which I think is wonderful.
6. Last but not least keep being present in their lives. Now that she's being looked after remember that her family is her best advocates and her best medicine!




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