Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Gardening Giveaway!


It's time for a Spring gardening giveaway! In this giveaway there is a mix of items that would be handy for someone who is just starting out in gardening or for someone who is already an established gardener who could use a few extra pretties in their kit.

UP FOR GRABS:

Gardener's Organizer


About The Gardener's Organizer by David Squire from Google Books: 
"In a practical ringbinder format, The Gardener's Organizer, is packed with useful gardening hints and tips. Information is provided on all aspects of gardening, from taking cuttings and propagating new plants, to caring for the fruit and vegetable garden and pruning roses. The binder can be added to at any time, and is divided into six sections, with useful pockets for storing seed packets, newspaper cuttings, and other gardening paraphernalia."
Definitely a nifty way to keep your notes, plans and inspirations organized!

Gardener's Journal


"This handsome garden journal guides beginners and experts alike through five years of planning and organizing a garden. Informative tips, quotations, personal anecdotes, and a special section for children make this easy-to-use workbook an essential companion for any gardener. The extensive records section is the perfect way to track all your planning, planting, and plant care so that past efforts in the garden will never be in vain. Using and reviewing this functional journal will ensure that you will soon be enjoying the full fruits of your labor. Sections include Planning the Garden, Planting, Plant Care, Plant Inventory, and a "Potpourri" of other items."
This is really a lovely book!

Seeds


I am including 23 packets of different seeds, all which are from my garden. There is an assortment of veggies, herbs, flowers and other beneficial plants:


Beeswax Bunny Mug Candle


A hand poured beeswax candle in a cute vintage mug made in Japan featuring a naughty bunny in the garden. The beeswax was locally sourced, it has a cotton wick and has a sprinkling of lavender flowers, rose petals and chamomile flowers from my garden. 

Incense


Two corked jars of incense, on of my Herbwife blend and one of my Fertile Fields blend.

Garden Tools & Gloves




A hand fork and trowel decorated with pretty purple and yellow flowers and a pair of green waterproof gripping gloves.

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

For those who are interested in entering, all you need to do is share one piece of gardening advice, tool or trick that you can't garden without. All entries must be submitted to the comment section of this post; you can either just type it out there or link to a video or blog entry that is posted elsewhere. Previously some folks were having issues posting in my comment section, so I will accept entries that are emailed to me {unfetteredwood at yahoo dot ca} and I will post them in the comment section, along with listing who the name of the person it is for. The winner will be drawn at random right after the closing date. Below you will see the vitals:
  1. Only one entry per person.
  2. Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  3. The giveaway is open for Canada, US & Europe only {due to the nature of the contents, I don't want to risk the kit being destroyed by customs. Sorry to everyone else!}
  4. Should the winner reside in an area where any of the seeds are illegal, I will replace those seeds with others that are legal for them in their area.
  5. To enter you are not obligated to purchase anything from me or to subscribe to any of my social media haunts.
  6. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday April 1st, 2015 at 3pm EST.
  7. he winner will need to provide a mailing address to receive their pretties. The information provided will not be used for any other purpose than to receive their winnings. The information will not be given to anyone else, or sold to a third party.
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Good luck to all of you who enter! 

Sláinte!

Laurel

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

To The Cowslip


"Of all spring joys, the dearest is
To drink thy breath again,
Freshest of flowers; 
The bluebell lights the copse,
The primrose paves the glen,
But thy frank beauty overtops
In open fields
The new-born grass, to meet the kiss
Of sun and wind and showers,
And yields
Spring's essence from five red drops
That dyed the breast of Imogen.
Sun-freckled art thou, as the child
Who kneeleth down to snap
Thy sturdy stem,
And fill thy pure gold
Her snowy-aproned lap,
White treasury of wealth untold;
Deftly she makes, 
In bountiful profusion piled,
A regal ball of them,
And takes
For sceptre one that high doth hold
His head in pride of April sap.

My earliest love of flowers, how good
To lay my sunburnt face
In grass so lush
It shames the name of green,
And fold in one embrace
The clustered heads of all I glean,
And kiss the pure
Warm lips of that fair sisterhood, 
Or'mid their golden flush
Immure
The splendour of some clowslip queen
Who reigned apart a loftier grace.

Then home to sleep by Avon stream,
Cheered by the honest wine,
Of cowslip flowers;
So pure a draught alone
Gives slumber so divine;
All night I breathe the sweet air blown
O'er fields thick starred
With cowslip constellations, dream
Of golden-embrasured towers
That guard
Some fay for whom bees make moan,
While cowslips by my cheek recline."

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gardening Giveaway Coming Soon!


Right now I am in the process of getting everything together for a gardening giveaway, which I hope will be ready to go in the next week or so. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Recipe for Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinse

Lady Lilith  by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
This is a herbal vinegar hair rinse that I like to use a few times a week after shampooing my hair. After shampooing I apply the rinse on my scalp and throughout my hair and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and applying conditioner to the bottom half of my hair. I find it makes it soft and shiny.

Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinse

To start, make a herbal tea with a handful of the following:

Peppermint
Garden Sage
Lavender buds
Chamomile flowers
Birch bark
Lemon Balm
Comfrey root
Raspberry leaf

Steep in boiled water for about an hour. Once cooled, strain herbal debris and add 9 drops {or to person preference} of each:

Patchouli essential oil
Bergamot essential oil
Lavender essential oil

The combine 4 parts tea to 1 part white or cider vinegar. Store in a clean glass bottle or jar {I use a mason jar with a plastic lid} and store in the fridge for up to 3 months. 

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Sláinte!

Laurel

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Beannachtaí Na Féile Bríde Oraibh!


Beannachtaí na Féile Bríde agus Imbolc oraibh/ Brigid's Day & Imbolc blessings to you all! Here is a beautiful version of Gabhaim Molta Bríghde sung by Aoife Ní Fhearraigh for you all to enjoy. May Brigid bless you, your families and your homes!


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Sláinte! 

Laurel