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Alice Cantrell
Email: alice {at} gardensofgrace {dot} net
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Hello Kari, Thank you for stopping by this sleepy little blog! Well, I think they are all for about age 7 or 8 on up. I tell people to use their judgement. :) Hope that helps! Alice
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2013 on Hello? at a number of things
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The paper is just some kraft card stock from Hobby Lobby. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2013 on a little garden notebook at a number of things
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Well, I seem to have forgotten all about this little corner of the interwebs. :) Life has been full and busy. You will have to excuse the not-so-crisp pics in this post as they are from Instagram, a little community... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at a number of things
Ha! You are funny Miss Pam. ;-)
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2013 on January at a number of things
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It is unseasonably warm for January... even for us here in the deep south. (I mean, 77? Come on, give me a break.) So I wandered out to the garden this morning to see some of the broccoli starting to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at a number of things
Aw, thanks Debbie. Hopefully next year. :) And yes, mine have been dry nearly all year long. Frustrating...
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2012 on merry & bright at a number of things
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Time gets away from me too. For years now I have wanted to make special stockings for everyone, but every year Christmas comes and we have the same old store-bought-tattered stockings to hang. :)
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2012 on merry & bright at a number of things
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I know! The wrapping paper I have will probably still be here for my grandchildren. :)
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2012 on merry & bright at a number of things
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Oh, what a busy year this has been. Where did it even go? As you might have guessed, there will be no calendar this year. (I am really touched by all of the emails asking about one.) Somehow nearly all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at a number of things
The most wondrous hold indeed. I popped over to your blog... it is lovely and makes me quite homesick. :)
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2012 on more from the Smokies at a number of things
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A few more shots from our Tennessee trip: ~ Looking down from Newfound Gap between Tennessee & North Carolina. ~ We found a bit of snow still on the ground in the Newfound Gap area. Totally amazing to these south... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at a number of things
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For the week of Thanksgiving, we went back up to visit Chip's family (and some of mine) in east Tennessee. They all live near the Smoky Mountain National Park, and we also lived there for the first few years of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at a number of things
That is awesome! :) We used to dip a finger in the wax until it was nice and fat. Then we would slide our "fake finger" off and drop it back in to re-melt.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2012 on birthday candles at a number of things
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If you decide to try them, go with the #6/0 size square braid wick. After a bunch of research and a bit of experimentation, we found this size works the best with mini candles made of bees wax. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2012 on birthday candles at a number of things
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It really was.... and quick, because they are so small. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2012 on birthday candles at a number of things
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The kids and I recently made a batch of birthday candles with some of our very own bees wax. They still need a bit of a trim to neaten them up, but they should get a workout with the four... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at a number of things
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A few weeks back, mid October to be exact, a friend of ours was doing some work on a house and discovered a small hive of honey bees in an exterior wall. He called us and asked if we were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at a number of things
Hello Rebecca, Well, it is really not much of a recipe at all... I call it "herb garden" because I just throw pretty much whatever herbs I have from the gardens into it. :) I think it is true that the herbs loose most, if not all, of their medicinal qualities (and certainly all of their scent) in the saponification process, but the end result is kinda cool looking. I infuse all of the dried herbs in the olive oil that I will be using in the recipe, and then just strain them all out. I do add a bit (like 1/4 teaspoon-ish per 3 or 4 lb batch) of dried and powdered comfrey at light trace for more of an herb-y look. I would think you could use other herbs for the powdered bit, but comfrey tends to keep its color a little better than some. All of my soaps are for our use and gifts, so I don't mind if one batch has a slightly different look that another. :) Have you seen this e-book? http://www.brambleberry.com/E-Book-Infusing-Herbs-Spices-Teas-Clays-P5040.aspx . I found it very helpful in the beginning of mixing herbs and soaps. I have never re-batched or hand-milled soap, but I would think the results would be quite nice. If you have any questions or you need the exact recipe I used, just email! :) Blessings, Alice
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2012 on herbs 'n such at a number of things
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~ My faithful helper washing lemon balm to be dried for tea. ~ Weighing out herbs for my "herb garden" soap. ~ Infusing herbs in olive oil for soap. ~ Dad & Lilly building together. ~ Our eldest hauling hay... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at a number of things
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Things began to get a bit breezy here yesterday (when these pictures were taken), and today the first rain bands started rolling in. I am not fond of hurricanes, and since this is our first one (though a mild one)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at a number of things
Ha! And this from the person who just built her own dining room table!? ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2012 on August at a number of things
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Yes! We just did that with the vanilla honey. It is totally amazing!
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2012 on August at a number of things
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Ha! Yeah, I decided to finally get off the couch, turn off the soaps and put away the bon-bons. ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2012 on August at a number of things
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That is wonderful, Gail! I have sent you an email with the soap details... :)
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on August at a number of things
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And just like that, July is gone without even a single post here in this space. Let's see, what have we been up to... We have pulled off more honey and are having fun experimenting with making creamed honey (oh,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at a number of things