Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Flax Pillow Fabrics for Winter

Organic Cotton - Hemp Canvas with Organic Cotton Cover. This is a print I had been looking at for a long time.  I like the soft autumn tones combined with the pink and grey. 

Organic Cotton - Hemp Canvas with Organic Cotton Cover.  This print is the popular so far since the cold weather has arrived. You can also pick up a matching catnip pillow for your kitty with this print from Organic Kitty Land.  Thanks to Moira at Organic Kitty Land for picking out this fabric.  

This is a Tan Hemp Linen, natural color, pesticide-free.  I love the fabric, and may use it to make myself a pair of pants or skirt. 

Purple Organic Cotton Canvas, the dark plum color is a bit difficult to photograph. The hue in this photo is slightly on the brown side, but the color is a true dark purple. It is a bet if you are shopping for someone who likes purple.

Pink, Gray, and White Damask Print Cotton Scott and I fell in love with this print and picked up a couple of yards for the customers who consistently want fanciful or feminine pink prints when shopping for Moms, Great Aunties and Grandmas. Unfortunately this print is a conventional cotton. I've been disappointed with the selection of Organic pink fabrics in canvas and twill. It is hard to believe considering how much emphasis was placed on pink for October's Breast Cancer awareness. There is strong demand for pink! Our one pink Organic canvas is this hot pink geometric design, which is more fitting for a younger crowd. We also have a Hemp-Organic cotton canvas with a light pink Organic cotton cover, but again it is a geometric design which hasn't gone over well with the great Auntie demographic. We would love to offer more variety in Organic pink cotton canvas pillows.

This Blue Toile cotton I found in a remnants section at the fabric store. It is also a conventional cotton and we just have a very limited quantity (4-5). 

There is no shortage of fresh modern and geometric Organic cottons, but I have yet to find any traditional looking Toile or attractive Damask prints in Organic cotton. We are hoping to see more traditional designs from the Organic Cotton companies, like Cloud 9 Fabrics in 2015, and will be ready to purchase these types of fabrics if they become available.  If you would like to see more traditional designs in Organic Cotton Fabric too, please sent a tweet or an email to @cloud9fabrics to let them know.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Photos from the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

 We spent yesterday at the Ponce Inlet lighthouse for the annual homeschool day. This 175 feet hand-built lighthouse is the tallest in Florida. It was first lit in 1887 after many difficulties with the construction, including the death of its engineer Orville E. Babcock who drown in the first attempt to transport bricks into the inlet by boat. Two other boats hauling bricks subsequently sunk as well. This historical site is open to the public.  It is both a museum and an active lighthouse. Here are some photos we took.
My littlest is not afraid of heights or climbing towers.
A spectacular view of the ocean and Ponce inlet. 
The preserved buildings contain artifacts that were used in early life at the lighthouse.

This little soap cage was used for sudsing up water for washing laundry and dishes.

The glass bottles and metal tools and containers really give a good idea about kitchens before the invention of plastics.

Here is a collection of old time medicines, one of which was Choroform liniment!  Eek!  

This was the medicine chest provided to the Light House keepers by the Coast Guard which contained the medicines listed above.

There were also herbal medicines on site.
Popular herbal medicines from the 1800's.  Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and Atwoods Jaundice Bitters.

One building contains a stunning collection of Fresnel lenses from other lighthouses.  

Below is my favorite lens from an Australian lighthouse. It reminds me of a big insect.

Hope you liked the photos. What fun lighthouses have you visited?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Containers for our Tooth Powder, Massage oil, and Mosquito Repellent

We have a new tooth powder container option for customers who have a preference for glass rather than metal containers.  Currently we just have the Cinnamon flavor available, but we will add more over time if there is demand for other flavors.

Our Lavender Massage oil is now available at our main Aquarian Bath website in glass bottles, with either spray pump tops (above), or twist on metal foil-lined lids (below).

These glass massage oil bottles are also available as options in our popular "I Heart Mom" gift sets.  

And last, but not least, our Mosquito repellent is now available in these brushed Aluminum bottles with a plastic spray pump top. I accidentally ordered 8 oz instead of 4 oz bottles, so they are double the size of the mosquito repellents that we had in PET.

Hope you like the new containers. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Health and Longevity Tips

11 Basic Guidelines for General Health and Longevity Infographic Thanks Dr. Mercola for another great infographic to share. Number 4, making and eating fermented vegetables is so easy. Checkout this sauerkraut recipe from the Kitchn. I use this recipe minus the caraway. I make my sauerkraut in a crock pot.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

DIY: Can you can you "refresh" the scent of a flaxseed pillow with essential oils?

We received a good question about out scented flax pillows the other day.  I'm posting it here so others can benefit from the answer.

How long does the scent last and can you "refresh" the flax with oils? I am an essential oil rep. and have a ton of oils and would like to be able to use different oils at different times. Is this possible?

The length of time that the scented herbs lasts really depends on how often you microwave it. I have pillows from over a year ago that still smell good when I heat them.

If you want you use essential oils, it is better to put just a drop or two on the pillow in a spot where you will be careful that it will not directly contact the skin after heating the pillow. You don't want to get undiluted essential oil on your skin, because it can make an allergic reaction and sensitize you to the essential oil. For that reason it would be the safest using one of our flax pillows that have washable covers, so that you could add a drop or two (no more than 2 drops) of oil to the inner pillow, and then insert the pillow into the protective cover. If the essential oil is pure, then it will not leave a residue on the pillow. You should test the purity of your essential oil first by putting a drop on plain paper. When a pure essential oil oil evaporates there will be no residue. This takes 24 hours or less depending on the oil. Fragrance oils are not beneficial for aromatherapy, and would also stain the fabric. 

Organic Cotton and Hemp Flax Pillow with washable cover.
A better way to refresh the pillow is to cut open the end seam, pour the contents into a bowl, and add a cup and a half of good quality dried Organic herbs. Mix them up and then set them aside until you have washed and dried your pillow sleeve. Then refill the sleeve using a funnel and then stitch down the end seam. You can use a mending kit if you don't have a sewing machine.