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Arts & Crafts, Etsy

Handmade Soaps

I was sewing in the afternoon, as I normally do these days, with the quarantine blues, and listening to the audiobook, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman as I stitched along. It’s a book that was written after Practical Magic, however is a prequel to the book. If you’re into magic and love stories and are not familiar with either of these stories, stop what you are doing, watch the movie or read the books, or perhaps do both, and then come back here.

Ok, so now that you’ve done the required reading, we can move on.

In both of these stories (as you now know) the Owen’s women make a special clarifying black soap — made to heal the complexion. The book mentions that the soap was made twice a year, and it would make their skin milky and glowing.

I absolutely loved the idea of this, and did some research on how I could possibly create this soap myself. I also thought it would make a great birthday gift for my lovely mother. Needless to say, it was a very nice break from the continuous sewing I’ve been doing making hundreds of masks for my Etsy shop during my unemployment furlough.

Of course I have to put my own spin on things, so I found a few recipe’s and concocted my own remedy that includes pure rose oil as well as tea tree as the main essence. The main ingredient is activated charcoal, which is what gives it the beautiful dark black magic color.

I also made an organic lavender goat’s milk soap (with fresh lemon and chamomile) so I guess you could call it lavender-chamomile-lemon soap, but I think I’ll call it, “Lavender Dreams,” or something like that.

I’ve only made a small batch, but some are available in my shop here:

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” 
― Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

Arts & Crafts, DIY

DIY Silk Magic Garden Terrarium

I had been having trouble keeping different plants alive inside my bathroom terrarium for a few reasons, but mainly not much light, not much airflow (no opening to let in air) even for low maintenance air-plants. I hate to keep fake plants, so I thought why not make my own little fairy garden/magic meadow terrarium?!

I picked up some moss, silk flowers/filler, a cute little bird, and a small nest at Michael’s crafts.


There’s this baking clay (sculpty clay) you just mold and bake for a few minutes and let cool before painting, It’s very easy to use, and comes in a variety of colors. I bought two packs of just plain white, and only used a fourth of the packet. My mushrooms got baked a little too long, but it ended up looking more like a real mushroom because of it (there are no mistakes with art).


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After clay was baked…you can see the little browning on the sides! I even made little lady bugs! I might end up glazing the lady bugs with some clear nail polish, to give it a shine.

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I had so much fun with this. It makes me want to create more elaborate pieces for friends and family perhaps for the holidays??? Sometimes we just need to take a step back into elementary school art class and remember how much fun we had creating something to bring home. My mom and sister still have some of the little trinkets we (my sister and I) made for her.

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I had this little butterfly hanging around too that I decided looked cute in there too. Also I re-purposed one of my candy jars as a second terrarium garden. This is before I added the ladybugs and mushrooms. I used just basic acrylic paint…about 2 to 3 coats on each piece.

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So cute how they came together! I just need some pixie dust now or something. One is going in my living room and the other being hung back up in the bathroom, but looking much more adorable now.

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What would you put in your magic terrarium garden??