Chalk Paint Mason Jar Project

I got really attracted to these chalk painted mason jars I’ve seen around… Dan bought me a couple for my birthday a couple of years ago, and I really like how they look. We seem to have collected a large amount of canning jars recently so I thought this would be a perfect way to “declutter” … by making something out of them to give as gifts or sell as gifts.

Ideally, I would have had these ready for a little pre-Mother’s Day sale, but I wound up actually making 32 of them to use as table decorations for a conference I’m helping with, which is taking place the 2 days before Mother’s Day… I was happy to do it because it was fun and it was motivational to make a certain amount, by a certain time.

Here are some pics of my mason jar crafts which are adorning tables at Mystical Rose Gardens in Baldwin for a conference on Living in the Divine Will being held there this weekend. We plan to offer them for sale at the end of the conference, in case anyone needs a last minute Mother’s Day gift 🙂

Lotion Bars for Mother’s Day

IMG_20190430_162157Last year I ran across some really nice recipes for making lotion bars. Well, what I ran across first were some super cute lotion/soap bar molds that I fell in love with! So I ordered the molds, then decided to try making lotion bars. Someday I will try soap, but for now, I’m enjoying using beeswax from local honey bee keepers and experimenting with different combinations of essential oils.

I someday hope to have a little shop set up on our “homestead” where I can sell things like this and other crafts, but for now, I’m going to just spread the word and likely add these to my Etsy store.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these lotion bars and live locally, I’d be happy to prepare one for your wife, sister or mom for this upcoming Mother’s Day 🙂 I have them in the form of larger 4oz size flowers, which come with/on an antique (or antique-ish) saucer for $8 or in a smaller 2oz size in tin for $6.

Lotion bars are made with beeswax from local beekeeper, shea butter or mango butter, coconut oil and an essential oil. They have a very light fragrance – I have used a mixture of lavender and orange with some, and peppermint and orange for others. They work great for rubbing onto really dry spots on your skin, for travel, and for sitting next to your kitchen/bathroom sink or on a night stand… having it rest on the little saucer makes it handy to keep anywhere! And it looks cute! (if I do say so myself!)

Since the flowers are all in various designs and the saucers have been collected from second hand shops, there’s no guarantee that you will get exactly what you see online… please allow me to pick the right flower and saucer combo for you 🙂 Your purchase will come in a little bag with tissue paper and a tag, ready to give 🙂

Please fill out the contact form or send an email to jennifer at turningleafstudio.com if you would like to place an order 🙂 Thanks!

Hand Poured Soy Candles

Forestville Candle Company LogoTwo teenage daughters of a good friend of mine have started a business for themselves, hand pouring soy candles. Their business is called Forestville Candle Company and they have an Etsy store that I would like to share here: ForestvilleCandles.

I’ve been a “regular” candle buyer from them since they started selling their candles before Christmas because I LOVE the glow of candles, and the fact that these candles do not emit toxins in the air.

Their scents are delicious! Some smell so good, I could eat them! (but not quite…). In the winter, I really liked their Balsam scent, and Peppermint. This spring, they have a huge selection and a variety of sizes to choose from… I have been burning Lemon in the house recently and it has helped my mood immensely on the more dreary spring days. My other current favorites are Cucumber Melon and Lily of the Valley…. none of their scents are overpowering, but they fill the house with a warm, comforting aroma. I just love them! forestvilleCandle2

If you need yet one more reason to purchase non-toxic candles from an entrepreneurial pair of teens, part of their proceeds go toward Feed My Starving Children, an organization that is dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. So not only do you get beautiful aroma and wonderful ambiance, you also help support a couple of good kids in their efforts to build their savings accounts, & you also help other children around the world… !

Check out Forestville Candle Company and tell them Jennifer sent you 🙂

 

Catholic Mom’s Bundle

I don’t often buy into these “bundle” things, but this one seems to have some good stuff for me for Lent this year, and it’s being offered through a blog I’ve been following for many years now, Equipping Catholic Families. They have all kinds of nice Catholic crafts and projects for Catholic families. This Catholic Mom Bundle is $25 til March 1, and it has some really nice things that seem to match up with what I am feeling called to do for Lent this year, personally and with the kids. For instance, there are a couple of craft projects that I think will help me slow down and focus more on “quiet”, especially since I am planning to significantly reduce my amount of screen time, starting Ash Wednesday.  There are some pretty printables and a Lenten journal for moms, as well as some Lent crafts for the kids. Check it out HERE.

Images and information credit: Equipping Catholic Families and Catholic Mom Bundle.

DIY Essential Oil Playdough

I think I may even play with this stuff! I haven’t made play dough for my kids in ages, but seeing this pic and thinking of the yummy smelling essential oils I have from Rocky Mountain Oils may inspire me to make this today, since it’s only 9 degrees out right now, on April 5…. good grief! If you try this, let me know how it turns out for you, and which oil(s) you used! Click here for the recipe.

A Lenten Rosary Booklet

This is a great idea for Lent. I’m excited about ordering a batch of these Rosary Booklets made by Nancy at Do Small Things With Love. I’m also excited to get the Lenten reflection coloring pages to go along with each day in Lent… I think it will help me slow down and take time each day to pray the Rosary with my family, and spend some quiet time with God….

The Rosary booklets are $8 each for a hardcopy/printed booklet. If you order 2, it’s only $15. And you get the coloring book pages too! Sweet!

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image credits: do small things with love

My Etsy Store Updates

I’ve updated my Etsy Store with a few more items, most notably some crafts made by my 10 year old daughter. She and I attempted to do an outdoor craft sale in October but we got rained out. She had prepared her crafts and priced things, but never had the opportunity to sell anything. So I thought it might be nice to add her creations to my store. Take a look and post a comment on my Turning Leaf Studio Facebook page if you like what you see 🙂

Wooden Saint Peg Dolls

My friend is making these most adorable saint dolls! Something I’ve admired but have been too afraid to start… it seems like a daunting task to paint wooden dolls to actually look the way they are supposed to… but she did it!!! I was so excited for her and impressed by her work that I made her a little website so she could showcase her projects and take orders. I think her little saint dolls would be perfect as St. Nicholas or Epiphany gifts, and of course for Chirstmas! Check it out! She calls her shop Lovely Lady in Blue Boutique!

 

Guest Post by Education dot Com

Shannon from Education.com has a cute math idea for incorporating shapes into a fun craft! This would be a great activity for all my kiddos, ages 5-10, or any child who could use some practice with scissors or recognizing their shapes. Plus, we can get some fun fall or winter artwork out of the deal! (They didn’t realize that I LOVE topiaries! So I’m all over this project… !)

Topiary Trees

 

Help your child master shape recognition by creating some funky topiary trees. Topiaries traditionally are living trees which are shaped by pruning. These trees are made from construction paper and allow your little one to practice recognizing and cutting out shapes in small, medium and large sizes.

What You Need:
Construction paper (Green, white, brown)
Scissors
Pencil
Glue stick

What You Do:
1. Ask your child to name all of the shapes she knows.
2. Have her pick a few of them. We decided to use a circle, a square, and a triangle.
3. Using the green sheet of construction paper, help her draw each of these shapes she picked out.
4. Ask her if she can draw a small, medium and large version of each of her shapes. If she needs help or isn’t familiar with a shape, draw it for her and have her to trace your lines.
5. Encourage her to cut out all of the shapes.
6. Have her draw and cut out a small rectangle for the tree trunk for each shaped tree she’s making.
7. Starting one tree at a time on the left side of the paper, have her glue the trunk of the tree at the bottom of the page, then glue the largest shape at the bottom, medium shape in the middle and small shape at the top to create a tree.
8. Have her continue this process until each of her topiary trees is glued into place.

(my note… At this point, I think it was fun to then decorate the trees with other shapes, or glitter glue, etc. Math and Art at the same time 🙂 )

For more great ideas, check out Education.com.

Art Class with the Kiddos

We kicked off our homeschooling year with an acrylic painting session on sunflowers. It was the kids’ first time painting with (my) acrylic paints. We had planted sunflowers, on purpose and by accident, in our garden and in the chicken run, so we have plenty of inspiration! After a brief description of how acrylic paints work and a little demo by mom, the kids took off on their own! I think they did a great job!