Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mmmm Delicious!

A couple of new additions to my Etsy shop today:

The Black Cherry Bath Bomb

The "Birthday Cake" Bath Bomb

Off to make more! Happy Saturday!

Layla

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One World, One Heart Giveaway - CLOSED AND WINNER ANNOUNCED!

** ** ** THE WINNER OF MY OWOH GIVEAWAY IS "LADYBUG" FROM www.thelightifind.blogspot.com! ** ** **

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I just learned about the most amazing blog called "One World, One Heart". A woman named Lisa Swifka is the author of this blog, as well as the host of this worldwide blogging event that is taking place January 19-February 12. Rather than me trying to explain it all to you, I'll share an excerpt from Lisa, the creator of One World-One Heart:

"The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way...This is more than wanting to win something.......that is only the means.......in the end it's about finding kindred spirits."

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I am participating in this event (OWOH) and this drawing is open to ANYONE and EVERYONE!!!

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
All you need to do is leave me a comment ON THIS POST some time before February 12th and be sure to include your name and email so I have a way to get a hold of you if you are the winner! It's that easy! On February 12th, I'll pick a winner and post their name right here on my blog!

THE PRIZE:
The winner will receive *all* of the following items:

One bar of Vegan Key Lime Soap


One Fragrant Rose Garden Scented Sachet


A sample of our delicious Black Currant tea


Good luck and have fun!
Layla

Monday, January 26, 2009

Have a Heart!


Click to Play: http://www.itsmeowornever.org/valentine/

You're invited to a fun Valentine's Day contest! Give a little love to a shelter animal and win a great prize! Everyone that participates is a winner!

Please visit http://www.itsmeowornever.org/valentine/ for the details!

Love,
It's Meow or Never
Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

P.S. Help us by spreading the word and sharing this invite!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lime Lilac Bath Bombs - Featured!

I'm so excited! My lime lilac bath bombs have been featured in an Etsy Treasury!


Thanks to That70sShoppe for selecting my bath bombs!

Layla

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

One of my favorite web sites for food inspiration is Purely Delicious Magazine. Just look at this beauty that I discovered on their home page!



Here's the recipe - do let me know if you try it!

Lemon Raspberry Tart

Raspberries smothered in lemon cream with a nice, crunchy almond crust. This cream is also very nice with mangoes or apples.
Fills 8, 8 cm brioche shells

Crust Ingredients:
3 C fine almond flour
4 T. honey
4 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water for about an hour
1/4 C coconut oil/cream
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Filling Ingredients:
6-8 raspberries, per serving
1/3 C lemon juice
1 C cashews soaked in water for about an hour, rinsed and drained
2 C fresh young coconut meat
1/2 C honey or agave nectar
4 T. coconut oil/butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. vanilla or 1" of vanilla bean, ground

Preparation:
To make crust, place almond flour, honey, drained dates, coconut oil, and sea salt in a food processor and blend until it balls up. Line small pans or brioche shells with plastic wrap. Press crust into shells and place in the freezer for at least 1/2 hour. Carefully remove these from their shell and remove plastic. Replace in freezer until ready to use. These can be made well in advance.

To make the filling, place ingredients, except berries, in a high-powered blender and run until smooth and creamy. Place a 1/2 tsp of honey in the bottom of your frozen crust shells. Place 3 raspberries on top of the honey. Pour the filling mixture over the berries. Allow this to chill in the freezer until ready to serve. Top w/lemon zest.

You may also keep this in the fridge alternatively, if you prefer a softer, more pudding-like consistency for the filling.

Happy Monday!
Layla

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Featured!

My beautiful new yellow parchment roses have been featured in an Etsy treasury and it's a particularly nice one:


Thanks to Nature Manipulated for including Flowering Tree Botanicals in such a beautiful line up!

Here's the direct link to the treasury which (sadly) expires on Tuesday: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=34123

Layla

Parrot "Pets" Cat

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Peacock Feathers

One of the most popular products in my shop are peacock feathers. I have always admired peacocks for their stunning color and regal appearance. Just how can a bird bear such vibrant color and striking marks?

I decided to see what lovely "peacock" items are being made on Etsy and here's what I found:


Fantastic Peacock Feather Comb by wildspirits


Gold silk peacock feathers - luxury clutch bag by redrubyrose


Eggplant Peacock Feather Hand Silk Screened Metallic Overlay by Gypsies Tramps and Thieves


Peacock table by Peggitha's Pieces


Padded Gadget Case ideal for Ipod, Cell Phone, Blackberry, Digital Camera - Peacock Feathers by Dory Designs


Green Peacock Enclosure Cards by Michelle Brusegaard

Happy Saturday!
Layla

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The "Kylie Bomb"

I listed a new item in my Etsy shop that I'm particularly proud of - a new bath bomb in honor of a really cool little boy named "Kyle".

Kyle is an amazing 7 year old. He is in second grade at Wade King Elementary School in Bellingham, Washington. His family learned that he has a rare brain stem tumor (a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) on February 9, 2007. Kyle has his own blog and it's really great to see pictures and read about him.

Kyle or "Kylie" and his brother LOVE bath bombs - they use them every night! I learned about Kyle when I was featured on the Soap Queen's blog and was inspired by the story so I packed up a big box of bath bombs and mailed them his way. I also created the "Kylie Bomb" in his honor and to help raise funds for the Kyle Roger fund.



Please consider purchasing a set of 2 for $6 - you'll be supporting a really neat family and you'll enjoy a wonderfully citrus bath!

Thanks!
Layla

Friday, January 2, 2009

Resolutions

One of my resolutions for the new year is to kick my creativity up a notch. I'm going to take a shot at being more crafty... starting today.

This afternoon, I made these wonderful lemon-lime bath bombs:


And also these orange-strawberry parfait ones:


Needless to say, they both smell great and I'm off to take a bath and try one. You can pick up a four pack of my bath bombs in my Etsy shop for $10 - mix or match!

See you tomorrow!
Layla

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Confessions of a Pyrex Addict

In my first self-discovery exercise of 2009, I'm admitting to the public that I have a secret addiction to vintage Pyrex. I haven't told a single soul until now. I hope you'll keep my secret safe.

I have a piece of Pyrex from my Mom and I never use it - I keep it safely hidden back in the depths of my kitchen cabinet. You know the one... the one that has the serving dishes you really only use once a year?

It's a serving dish and it's pink and matches nothing and it's perfect and I love it for the huge amount of sentimental value it holds in it's two little divided sections.

Here are some more items that I am secretly envying and drooling over this morning.




So, my question to you .. if you only have one piece of vintage Pyrex but secretly lust over every piece you see, does that really make you an addict or are you an enthusiast?

Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. I feel so much better now that you know.

Hugs,
Layla