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Rose Hip

This year, I decided to try my hand at using a few new items from my garden and stock my shelves with intention. I am going to share a few of them with you over my fall posts. I follow a 3-step diet – as opposed to the 100 mile diet – which means I grow and eat 80% of what I eat and it only take three steps for me to get my food! I also grow the raw ingredients to make medicine for some of my ongoing issues – this includes pain relief and anti-inflammatory remedies.

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That said, I also have a desire to eventually grow the ingredients for my skin care or at least most of what I would need to create my own products. I already use CBD oil diluted in grape seed oil as a moisturizer on my face and neck morning and night, and I take some internally. I started using it to treat my headaches and chronic neck pain, and then I realized that it worked great as a moisturizer for my face, and now my skin feels really good!!!

Since one of the products I love to use is made from something I grow (no I do not grow grapes and squeeze their seeds for oil). I decided this year to love up my rose bushes and collect the rose hips, then dry and squeeze the seeds and infuse them in CBD oil to make a moisturizer for my face. Many of you may know that roses have many benefits and that their oil is an expensive product – rose essential oil can cost around $50 for 1 ml! But not everyone knows that rose hips are very high in Vitamin C and that it is an excellent antioxidant for the skin. Incidentally, rose hip oil is also the best oil to use to reduce the appearance of scars.So here I was, following a 3-step diet but still buying rose oil to put on my skin when I could make my own right out of my garden! And all I need to buy is the carrier oil and voila!!! Soon I will be using a moisturizer infused with something else I grow. No packaging and all organic! It does take patience as all good things do because it is a bit finicky to squish out the seeds, but it is pretty rewarding when you think about the end result. And no you dont have to use CBD oil, I just do!!! You can use one of your favourite carrier oils such as jojoba, sweet almond, avocado oil or just grape seed oil on its own!

I personally like grape seed oil because it is very light, does not plug the pores and is also absorbed quickly into our skin. Remember the saying that, “You are what you eat”? Well you’re also what you put on your skin since it is the largest organ in our body, how about that eh!!! This is why I practice and learn as much as I can about what I can do for my health. I love the 3-step diet and do my best to bring it into all aspects of my life. Today rose-hip CBD oil, next week? Stay tuned for more of  “from my garden to my shelves” series…

Rose-hip Seed Oil:

  • 1/3 cup cleaned rose hip seeds (you can use more or less, this is just what I ended up with!)
  • 1/3 cup grape seed oil (or any other carrier oil of your choice)
  • mortar and pestle
  • glass jar (for infusing)
  • dark jar or bottle (for final storage)
  • 6 weeks of patience

Squeeze the seeds from the rose hips and clean them. Crush them gently in a mortar and pestle to release the yumminess inside. Fill the bottom of a mason jar and add the equal amount of the carrier oil of your choice making sure to cover the seeds fully as any exposed bits will create moisture in the jar and therefore mould. Close the jar tightly and store in a dark dry place, such as a closet shelf or cupboard for six weeks. Strain seeds from the oil using a cheese cloth or a mesh strainer. Store in a dark amber jar or bottle and use up within the year for freshest results. Rose-hip oil tends to go rancid when not refrigerated, so I suggest filling a small bottle for your night and day use and keeping the rest in the fridge and refilling your smaller bottle as needed. I think you will be happy with the results of how your skin looks and feels. Happy oiling!

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dried rose hips

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removing seeds from husks

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rose hip seeds ready to be crushed

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soaking in carrier  oil in dark cupboard for 6 weeks

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian

Behold the Pedestrian-only (for both the bipeds and four-legged family members!) path to one of the most beautiful spots on the Salish Sea: Hanks’ Beach!!!

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But do not be mistaken! Even though this is a foot-path, I would never call it Pedestrian as its appearance is ever-changing with the seasons; so it’s never a dull trail to walk and the source of constant inspiration with something new to see and experience every time we walk it… wink wink ; )

 

Entangled Goals!!!

Every year at this time I set new goals for myself. I am not sure why but it always feels like its the start of a new year to me!!! Maybe because of the rapid changes in the weather and Fashion Week being in full groove; maybe because as a farmer, you work from February to October starting from seed, planting, loving, harvesting, preserving for the winter, etc. Who knows? But this year is no different except that I’ve got some Disentangling to do… after a very productive year that saw me co-producing an art festival, attending workshops, taking online classes, curating for our local museum, vending at the farmer’s market, gardening my little butt off, teaching art sessions, exhibiting art installations, paddle boarding, learning and enjoying life… Wow! I just got tired from typing all that out hahahah… I sure am changing it up this year!!!

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After a two-month hiatus from blogging, I realized how much I missed it, so one of the plans I am making for the coming year is to spend more time on my website (revamping and updating it, and creating an online store), over the last year, I have been learning more techniques and experimented with textile art – something I plan on continuing to explore starting with getting a spinning wheel, as well as working toward a new art installation (stay tuned to watch the progress!)

I was also gifted a text book this summer as an indefinite loan, which I am thrilled about reading and plan to study too: H.W. Janson’s second edition of History of Art (a topic I am really interested in but never studied).unnamed

So there you have it! This is me taking a step back, keeping it chill and disentangling a few goals. You see, about a week ago, I had no choice but to let go of some of my goals due to a flare-up in my wrists, neck and spine that has put me back in casts for the next few months. This has meant going at a slower pace, as well as regrouping to see what my new options are.. and of course, creating art! The future is looking up and the light is shining through. I dedicate the coming year to growth, expansion, and being the healthiest me possible. And I am excited! xoxo Laura

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Window

The Window of warmth has officially been lit!!! Even though the sun is still shining here on Cortes Island on the beautiful West Coast of Canada after a couple of much-needed serious rain falls that took the dust away. But in the late evenings and early mornings we have been a tad chilly – mind you, other parts of our country already have snow, but this is cold for us! This Window makes me feel so cozy and is a sight of what’s ahead for fall and winter as I spend a lot of time creating in my studio. xoxo

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers

As we prepare for the colder season, here on beautiful Cortes Island, we have been very busy building our wood stack Layer by layer … A lot of work, but seeing this beautiful pile of logs ready for our wood stove already makes me feel all warm inside!

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Every Friday is Gallery Nite

Summer is here and that means a lot of art to see and experience on Cortes Island, since we happen to live surrounded by an abundance of talent. I am so grateful to live here and have the opportunity to engage with all the amazing local artists and feast my eyes all season long – whether it be at the weekly  markets, one of our many events, or at our wonderful little gallery (where everyone can become a member and all our visitors/guests of the community are more than welcome to visit). The Old School House Gallery, which is run by volunteers and donations, puts on a minimum of 8 shows every summer. Hours are Fridays from 6pm to 9pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 2pm to 6pm.

We started the season off on Friday June 30th with a beautiful show featuring 2 weavers and one textile artist… and trust me when I say that it is stunning. Here are a few of my favourite pieces! For more info please check out the link www.cortesisland.com

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P.S. There is a saying here on Cortes Island, “Every Friday is Gallery Night” – all season long @ The Old School House Gallery, there is either a vernissage or an artist talk – come join us!!!

The Cortes Island Museum

As many of you know by now, I was involved in The Curators’ Workshop for which the museum received a grant to support locals to get involved and learn about or further their knowledge of curating for museums, art shows in its myriad aspects: researching, hanging, grant writing and so much more. The workshop, led by well-known BC artist, author and historian Judith Williams, has been a wonderful experience from beginning to end! I learned so much, made some great new friends and I know the skills I learned will prove useful to me in the future. I would like to take a moment here to extend my gratitude to  the Cortes Island Museum for this opportunity.

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I would also like to invite local and visiting folks to check out the show Refugee Cove  – Moving with the Tides. I am really proud of the work we did as the team of intern curators; a lot of time and effort went into the show by everyone involved and I am very happy about how it turned out.

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Naturally Bombed

The Powell River Friends of the Library and Sunshine Gogos (on behalf of the Stephen Lewis Foundation) are organizing the first fabulous Art Chair Auction this August 26th, 2017. As you know me, I could not resist getting involved and so I jumped at the opportunity to create my first art chair!

And so it is with great pleasure that I announce that my chair, “Naturally Bombed”, will be heading to Powell River from Cortes Island on Friday for the opening of the new library and will be on display until the auction.

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When I received my white chair, my mind was churning all the options available and all the ideas of what I could do with it, but since my focus has been textile art for some time now I decide to pursue my current passion of painting with wool and do my version of yarn-bombing!!! The fun began by naturally dying the wool I bought locally from Joy Shipway. I used my pigments to dye the wool and then I had to let the wool cure. I started to paint by applying many layers of flat black paint to make the base and finished it off with a gold fluid paint to make the dots. It was then time for wrapping the beautiful naturally-dyed wool. I made 3 bundles of different tones wool. Here are some picture of my process in creating “Naturally Bombed”.

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I had so much fun brainstorming for this project and designing this creation; I had never done a project like this, but I have to say that I am pretty happy with the results!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus

You could say my Focus at the moment is Textile Art. It all started when I was creating my two last art installations, which consisted of making art dolls and they need clothes!!! I had so much fun naturally dying their outfits and the wool for their hair… and then I started knitting – something I had  not done for over 14 years. Since last winter, I have been knitting up a storm and enjoying every minute of it. Creating neck and wrist art has been my passion and being Focused on building my stock up – both for the summer markets here on Cortes Island and for my Etsy Store. I enjoy “painting with wool” as I call it, and this includes using fabric paint, natural dyes, buttons, beads, and found objects. Here is one of my new wrist art pieces made from  black merino wool, silk, mohair, and silver yarn accents. I added vintage buttons for the finishing touches.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Order

You could call me a bit OCD when it comes to my walk-in closet, which actually consists of a small bedroom that was recently converted into every woman’s dream… or at least I think so! I freshly put all my shoes in Order and placed them all in a row just how I like it and ready for summer!!! And… wink, wink… maybe one day I will share the rest of my sumptuous closet space in future posts, but only once it is ready to show! I love having everything organized just so – all the clothes hanging in perfect Order so I can easily see the material and all colour-coordinated, just like when you walk into a store!

Every season I change my wardrobe over and put last season’s clothes away in rubber maids ready for the following year. It’s like going shopping but in my storage locker! I highly recommend trying this out. Here in BC, Canada, we usually have distinct weather changes with each season so this is a great way to keep it fresh and not buy more than you need, or in my case not buy anything at all… xoxo

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