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stop & smell the roses

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DIY rose-water because…..well…..I LOVE ROSE WATER!

Rose water has moisturizing and anti inflammatory properties making it refreshing on hot days – use it on your face as a toner – put some in your bath water – use it to mop your floor – pour some into your rainbow vacuum water – use it to freshen up bedding or furniture – want a natural perfume? bam rose-water – or even use it to cleanse unwanted / stagnant energy!

It can also be used to flavor certain dishes such as tea or lemonade (but I find myself using it most frequently in my skin care routine.

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To make rose-water you will need to choose a rose that is fragrant. (I used (what I believe is) pink fragrant roses originally from the Hand Rose Farm in Tyler, TX)

Pluck the petals from the roses – discard the bulb and stems.

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Place the rose petals in a large pot and fill with just enough purified/distilled water to cover the rose petals – too much water will dilute the rose-water and you want it to smell as strong as possible.

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Place a heat safe bowl in the center of the petals, and cover the pot with a lid.

Place on a medium heat.

As the petals simmer, steam will collect on the lid of the pot and drip into the bowl – that rose-water will be a more pure form than the rose-water that is in the pot (but the rose-water in the pot is still good stuff).

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Simmer until the petals lose their color.

Drain/strain the liquid into a jar and voilà! That is your rose-water!

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Store in the refrigerator.
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gift wrap

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I hear a lot of people say wrapping presents is the worst part of the holidays, I completely disagree….

It is my favorite part!

Each year I set out to create a theme for my wrapping….I casually mentioned to my sister that I wanted to use cotton and (being the thoughtful person she is) she parked on the side of the highway, ran out into some random field, and quickly snagged me enough to wrap 100 presents……hahaha I love her. The cranberries and cinnamon were an after thought, I needed some color and conveniently had both!


I am pretty happy with my results and I can’t wait to give them to my people!

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open windows

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If you live in the panhandle of Oklahoma and have not been living with your windows open you are missing out. Our fall has been amazing…ideal temperatures. 75 degrees as I write this with a low of 56 for tonight.

…(Listen to it, Summer! I think you could really like a few of these songs)

 

She Treats Me Well – Ben Howard

Bloom – Odesza

Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love) – White Denim

Cane Shuga – Glass Animals

Coins – Local Natives

When I Get My Hands On You – The New Basement

Fineshrine – Purity Ring

Gooey – Glass Animals

Here In Spirit – Jim James

Hey There – Dej Loaf, Future

Murakami – Made in Heights

Real Love Baby – Father John Misty

Run Run Blood -Phantogram

Sunshine – Powers

Listen to my spotify playlist here

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diy okra wreath

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This project was super easy…..I picked and saved a bunch of the big hard okra from my garden. (Most gardeners throw it away) Then…I dried it by sticking it in the oven on a low heat for 5-7 hours.

Supplies:

  • Dried okra
  • Clear acrylic coating spray paint
  • Wire wreath frame
  • Hot glue gun & sticks
  • Accessories/accents/add ons

Steps:

  • Spray the okra with the acrylic and let dry
  • Hot glue the okra to the wreath frame in a circular direction
  • Once you have desired amount of okra… fill in cracks and hide glue spots with your choice of accessory
  • You are going to have a lot of hot glue hairs….just pull them away with your fingers

 

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petroglyphs

Above is autograph rock in Southern Colorado (it is on private land, we are criminals).

Native American art and history is something I really enjoy. Therefore, I am fascinated by petroglyphs. I love finding new (to me) ones… 

The pictures below were taken at Picture Canyon, also in southern Colorado. 

Some of them are so old you can barely see them!

Any of my panhandle friends know where I can find some more?!

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hidden treasures


Do you see what I see?! ^^ Try to find the “object” in the above picture before scrolling.


Old sheep herders house in the middle of nowhere – southern Colorado…… I think it is pprreettyy neat!

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Dimitra Milan Fine Art

I love fine art…. I could spend hours/days looking at artwork of all kinds. The internet is such a fun resource to have when it comes to perusing because you can always discover new artist you may have never heard of otherwise. Some mornings I spend hours looking at the art section on Pinterest and that is exactly how I discovered this jewel. This blog is supposed to help represent me and what makes my world go round and art is a part of who I am.  Therefore, I think it is fun to share pieces with you guys that I have found and fallen in love with.

“I listen and wait for the voice of a thousand rushing waters. I can hear it in the distance, calling me to go forth in this journey. My thoughts are on heaven as I move through the mountains of this realm, to seek my future and what it beholds.” – Dimitra Milan

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This painting is called “Running the Distance”. I really love it. I think it is so beautiful, the detail is amazing and I love that it has a southwestern feel to it with the wolf and desert scene. The artist, Dimitra Milan is a 16 yr old girl from Arizona. Yes, that is right, 16! Both of her parents are established artist who own an art institute where Dimitra was able to take classes and learn, but also obviously has an amazing natural talent. In an interview I read, Dimitra stated “I paint women and animals/nature together to create a dreamy atmosphere and to give you a feeling that anything is possible. I think of each animal more as a symbol, rather than just the animal itself. I think about the function and attributes of the animal and use it as a symbol. I often like to paint animals that are traditionally viewed as dangerous or predators, or animals that simply have a dangerous edge. I feel like the women who represent me or the viewer have an opportunity to overcome, or to be a part of, a grand supernatural adventure. Sometimes these relationships between the woman and the animal represent our relationship with the one who created all of us. In my paintings, these predators are not dangerous, they don’t bite and they don’t sting.”

I find this piece of art and this artist very inspirational and I hope you do too! If you want to see more of her artwork or learn more about the artist go to her website at https://www.dimitramilan.com/

 

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black mesa images

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One day while surfing the internet I came across this ^^ breathtaking photo of my ever loved Black Mesas. (read about my love here)

Stanley Harper of Black Mesa Images is the artist and I am so in love with his work.(check out his facebook page here) Not only does he have some great shots of Black Mesa but he has perfectly captured the entire panhandle of Oklahoma. I found myself looking through every single picture, I couldn’t get enough…. I am such a sucker for the sky, living in the flatlands can do that to you. We may do without a lot of things out here in No Mans Land, but God makes up for it by painting us some of the most gorgeous skies! I have always had a passion for sunsets, but Stanley’s night shots of the milky way and all the stars are my favorite. The lightening strikes are pretty rad too. I love photography, someday I hope to have the equipment and knowledge to take killer photos of the sky. (he has a pretty fabulous collection of nightscapes for sale on his website)

 

Where do you get your inspiration?!

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native fish inspiration

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I came across this picture on Pinterest and I just love it.

50% Mermaid. 50% Native American. 100% for me!

I am unable to find the artist…does anyone out there know?!

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humpday inspiration

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Some inspiration for this random Wednesday in November. I stumbled upon Javier Piñon on Instagram through his wife Mara Hoffman and immediately started exploring this artist. I found his website and that was when I saw the combination of the chandeliers and cowboys, umm… YeS, PLeAsE!!

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