Still feels like March 13

What happened to March?

How is it almost June?

What happened? Did we enter the Twilight Zone?

Well the week of March 9th began just as a normal week. We spent our days with our normal routines of getting ready for work and school. We were looking forward to the 14th when we had planned on going to Knott’s as a nice family outing, the band was practicing and working hard to prepare for the SCSBOA Band Festival on the 18th. I remember laughing at the memes that were floating around about the week and it not only going to be Friday the 13th, but also a full moon and the time change. Later in the week on the morning of the 12th, the crazy started. Got a message from the band director to post messages on the website and email the parents that all of our events were now cancelled. WOW!!!! Then I get a message from the 3rd grader’s school, that Scouts are no longer allowed to meet on campus until further notice. So I had to scramble to figure out what I was going to do about our Girl Scout troop meeting that afternoon. With no time to arrange a new meeting place we ended up having to cancel that meeting. Friday morning  all normal with getting everyone off to work and school. By the time noon rolled around I was hearing that school was CLOSING!  I was beyond shocked…..WHAT? Then my next thoughts rolled on to my 11th grader who just adores school and it’s so very important to her.

That’s when all hell seemed to break lose, the world went bat shit crazy and horded all of the toilet paper of all things. SMH! Everything started closing and getting cancelled. Next thing we knew the hubby was out of work, and we were all stuck at home. Being disappointed by all the things we planned not happening. Girl Scouts has been not allowed to meet in person, we’ve been doing it virtually, which is really kind of odd and can’t wait til we can meet in person again. 

What is Art?

Art is a form of expression. It can come in many forms, there are visual arts,  performing arts and the written word. Art can evoke thought, discussion and emotion.

I have always loved art and I enjoy creating art.  I enjoy working with many mediums when creating art. I especially enjoy working with my hands and building and/or molding art.  I like to build sculpture with random items.

Sometimes my art evolves and changes. There can be many reasons why it may evolve or change. It could be just because I changed my mind, or it can be like with “Chippy.” Chippy evolved because he was fragile. He was knocked off of a shelf by my cat. As a result he evolved as he was repaired and strengthened.

Essential Oils

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils are what give plants their distinctive smells, they protect plants  and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have a long history of use when it comes to healing the body.

 

 

My Story

Due to some chronic pain in my shoulder, that taking over the counter pain medications did nothing for. I tried using CBD oil. While this helped the pain, I did not like how it made me feel. I was always super tired after using it. A friend told me about Frankincense and dōTERRA. So I tried it and fell in love with the oils. They have made a great impact on my life and making me feel better, my whole family now uses them. We started off by becoming a wholesale customer, which has great benefits. Since I loved the oils so much I decided to become a wellness advocate so that I can share these oils.

Here’s some reasons why I chose to become a doTERRAWellness Advocate

  • Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
  • Co-Impact Sourcing
  • Healing Hands Foundation
  • 100% Pure Oils

How to buy Essential Oils

You can become a whole sale customer, a retail customer, or a wellness advocate like me. 🙂

What is a Retail Customer?

A retail customer is a person who purchases their oils at retail price through a dōTERRA wellness advocate like myself. You can purchase by visiting my site and clicking on the “shop” link.

What is a Wholesale Customer?

A wholesale customer is a person who joins dōTERRA. It’s like club memberships to SAMS Club or COSTCO. When you join as a wholesale customer you can purchase the oils at a 25% discount, plus other benefits. 

Now, you might be thinking that you only want to buy the oils and don’t want to sign up for anything!  OK – but let me first explain the benefits (and ZERO risk) of starting a wholesale account:

  • Get access to wholesale pricing (25% discount)
  • No monthly order required (unless you join dōTerra’s Loyalty Rewards Program
  • Option to receive 10-30% of your total purchase back in FREE product points (on top of the 25% discount) to order FREE oil (and don’t we all love freebies?)
  • Eligibility to receive dōTERRA’s FREE Product of the Month.
  • My ongoing one on one support.
  • A free consult once your oils have arrived to make sure you know how to use them and get the best out of them.
  • Access to a private oils Facebook group where you can ask any and all questions, share your experiences, and be supported by many other wonderful people on their oily journey!
  • Whether you are wanting to use these little babies for personal use, or to get your oils for free and make some extra cash, getting a wholesale account is really a easy.

Don’t worry if you don’t a lot of  experience with essential oils. There are  many resources to help you on your journey that I am more than happy to share with you.

After a year doTERRA it’s only $25 to renew your account, and receive a FREE bottle of peppermint oil.

If you’re asking, how can I do this. It’s very simple. Just go to my site and click on the “Become a Member” link.

If you join by purchasing a kit, the 35$ membership fee is waived. I recommend one of the following: Family Essentials Kitor the Home Essentials Kit.

Each kit includes the top 10 oils. Check out what these great kits offer:

These bottles are 15mL, with the exception of Deep Blue. This kit not only includes the oils, but a Petal Diffuser as well.

  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • doTERRA Breathe®
  • DigestZen®
  • doTERRA On Guard®
  • Deep Blue® (5 mL)

These bottles are 5mL. This kit not only includes the oils, but Peppermint Beadlets and doTERRA On Guard® Beadlets,

  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • doTERRA Breathe®
  • DigestZen®
  • doTERRA On Guard®
  • Deep Blue® 

Loyalty Rewards Program

Joining this program means you can earn free product points and free shipping points with every purchase, which you can then use on ANY products you wish for free. 

Paper Mache Dolls

I use the following items to make my dolls. I have two coffee cans taped together that I use to make the torso. I use empty room air freshener spray bottles to make the legs. I have used index cards and toilet paper rolls for the arms. I prefer the toilet paper rolls since the arms tend to be more even around than they are with the rolled index cards. For the legs and torso I wrap ads that come in the mail around the coffee cans and the air freshener bottles.

Torso – using the coffee cans, wrap newspaper ad around the coffee cans. Dip paper into the starch and start wrapping around the cans. I recommend removing the coffee cans right away so the paper does not harden onto it. To remove it carefully push the coffee cans out to preserve the shape of the body. Then set the torso piece to the side to dry. I recommend leave it to dry for at least 30 minutes before touching it again. After leaving this to dry for  30 minutes add a second layer and set aside to dry.

Neck – Using 2 index cards, dip one edge of the index card into the starch and then attach the wet end into the top of the torso piece. Next using a strip of paper place onto the torso and index card to attach the pieces together from the outside. Set this aside to dry.

Legs – using an empty air freshener can, wrap ads around the can and paper pache around the can. Once covered carefully remove the can by gently pushing out the can. Then set the leg pieces to the side to dry for at least 30 minutes before doing anything with them again.

Arms – Attach two toilet paper rolls together. Slightly angle the top roll. Paper mache around the rolls and set aside to dry.

Head – Use a round balloon and paper mache around the balloon and set aside to dry. This one takes longer to dry than the other pieces. It likes to roll around due to the weight of the paper you’re adding. So I recommend putting paper mache on top of balloon, turn around and place it on bottom of balloon. (Unless you plan on leaving the balloon in it, do not cover the bottom of the balloon.) Once covered, let this dry for about 2 hours. Add your second layer, and let it dry for another 2 hours or so. (I like to do three layers).

 

Once fully dry and hardened, you can cut the bottom of the balloon to pop it. Hold on to the end of the balloon as it deflates so you can pull it out, otherwise it will fall into it.

Adding Feet – . If I have some cardboard available I will make feet with that. If I do not have cardboard I make feet using index cards. Once I have a shape formed (a rectangle shape) I attach it to the legs with paper mache, and let it dry. After it’s dry I do a 2nd layer and let that dry.

Adding Hands – I use pieces of streamer to make the hands. First I wad some up and dip into the starch and attach it to the arm piece. Using small pieces of the streamer, I roll them up and dip one end in the starch the attach it to the balled up piece for the fingers. Let that dry, then using small pieces of paper paper mache around to secure the hands and fingers.

Attaching the Head – I attach the head to the neck piece with paper mache. Using strips wrap around the bottom of balloon and neck piece. I wrap around a few pieces then leave it to dry. After letting it dry some I add more strips to reinforce and strengthen.

 

Adding facial features – After the head is dry and secure on the body. You can add facial features. I add ears, nose, lips and chin by using wadded up streamer. I dip the wadded streamer into starch and attach it to the head and then paper mache around those to form the shapes of those facial features. For eyes, I have used doll eyes and I have also used eye clip art to put eyes on my dolls.

Finishing up –  Decide what character you’d like to make and then dress and/or paint it accordingly.  I have made characters based on my favorite books and favorite types of characters in movies and TV. For dressing my dolls I have used scraps of materials, paint and decorated duct tape. For the skin tone I have been using Americana Natural Buff paint. (Although I am showing the product from Amazon, I purchase this paint at Michael’s. It’s only $1.29 for a 2oz bottle at Michael’s. For other painting I use CraftSmart Acrylic paint. That is my preferred brand. I also purchase this paint at Michael’s.

 

 

There are different options that you can use for paper mache. I prefer using Sta-Flo Liquid Starch.

Other options for materials for paper mache include a mixture of water and glue or a mixture of flour and water.

Here is my finished product. It was a Joe Kenda doll.

The only downside of these dolls are they are not very durable. They break easily if knocked around. But they are a lot of fun to make.