Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cool Stuff I Found Today

Cool Stuff I Found Today!

Check out this page.  They're called Natural Suburbia. They have a great recipe for dying with onion skins and vinegar.  All natural, easy and the real thing.

This is NOT my page, I stumbled across it today and I found it to be very interesting and informative.

All credit goes to the original author.

Hope you read, and hope you enjoy. 

Natural Dyeing with Onion Skins

I have really been enjoying all the knitting that has been going on around here and felt I really wanted to knit a cowl with naturally dyed wool with an autumn theme. I have been saving onions skins in a packet in the veggie drawer and I finally had enough today to dye some wool. It is such fun watching the colours develop in the dye pot and attach to the wool. So if you feel you would like to give natural dyeing a try, I took some photos of the process to share here...

About 5 handfuls of red and brown onion skins
Stainless steel pot used only for your dyeing
Merino wool

Wind your wool into a skein if it isn't already in one. Soak the skein in a bowl of water for a few hours, making sure the water reaches every part of your skein. Then place some vinegar in the water and leave this to stand for another hour or so.

I love the look of these onion skins!
Fill your pot half full with water and place the onion skins in the water. Push the skins under the water and turn on the heat. Bring the pot to almost boiling point, don't let it boil as I find this ruins the vibrant colour. Then turn down the heat and let it cool a little. It is always a good idea to let the wool and the dye bath be the same temperature when the wool is placed in the pot so that it isn't 'shocked' as this will negatively affect the colourway.

Lovely rich colour.

Place the skein of wool in the dye bath and allow the pot to simmer gently, don't let it boil or the colour will become a dirty brown and the wool will felt. Let it simmer for about 45 minutes until there is a beautiful rich colour on the wool.

When you are happy with the colour, remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool completely.

When your wool has cooled, remove it from the dye bath and rinse it in a basin of water.

Gently squeeze out the water from the skein and hang it out to dry.

And that's all there is too it:)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Such a sore throat.

I'm going to take some of my own advice and brew up a cup or two of White Willow Bark tea. 

Just swallowing warm tea should soothe my burning tonsils.  
And the WWB should kick in soon after. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Passion Tea Yum!

Robust, spicy but not overpowering. You'll love it! 

You are just going to adore this tasty new tea blend. ... I sure do. I can't get enough! It's more robust and flavorful than most herbal blends, a nice spicy bite to it, but not overpowering. It goes down so smooth. You just HAVE to taste it.

I'll be adding this tea, and several new blends to the Shop this week. 

Here's what's in it.

Spring Passion




 Unsweetened Version (add your sweetener of choice)
Hibiscus Flowers ~ for cardiac health, including high blood pressure, and neurological well-being
Rose Hips ~ high in vitamin C, aids in fighting colds, indigestion and carbohydrate levels
Licorice Root ~ aids digestion, good for Chron's, IBS and irregularity
Orange Peel ~ pectin for digestion and cholesterol, vitamin C for colds and flu
Lemongrass ~ fights colds, aids digestion, antifungal
Cinnamon ~ for digestion, antimicrobial

Low Cal Sweetened Version Available

If you would like a pre-sweetened, low cal, low carb, no hassle tea blend, just let me know and I'll happily add some Stevia to the above recipe. 

Ask for a SAMPLE

Hope you'll love it as much as I do!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Turquoise PEACE

Matching Turquoise PEACE Necklace and Slave Bracelet

Finished these on Easter.

I love turquoise, its so earthy and comes in so many tones of blue and green.

And of course those of you who know me, know that my absolute motto and way of life is PEACE.

So I decided to share my love of both with you. 

Hope you like.



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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Simple Earth Creations on The Etsy Showcase

Simple Earth Creations is one of the Etsy Shops being featured in the Etsy Showcase this weekend.

Please click HERE to see the Plants and Edibles Category, where we are featuring some of our organic herbs, powders and hand blended teas.

I hope you'll take a moment to head on over to the Etsy Showcase and click on the Dried Herbs category under Plants and Edibles and support us by "favorite"-ing some of our items.  Just look for the Simple Earth Creations tag under each featured item and click on the little heart that appears when you hover over the photo.  It would mean the world to us!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Herbs and Teas Today

Added New Herbs and Teas to our Etsy Shop today. Check them out!

Alternative remedies can be so much better for us than pharmaceuticals, although those do have their place. Whenever its practical, I like to use natural organic remedies for what ails me...and its a Tasty way to take our medicine!


Strawberry Leaf

Lady's Mantle

Valerian Root


Gingko Leaf

White Willow Bark

Lemon Balm

And MANY MORE in our Etsy Shop.

Stop over and visit.

Monday, April 9, 2012

New Page Featured Artists and Friends

Notice Our New Page? 

 Featured Artists & Friends

Each weekend you'll find photos and information about people and places we've found to be creative, fun, interesting, cool, doing good work, or we just plain like them!

Every weekend a new find. 

They could be artists, musicians, environmentalists, and just ordinary people who are super cool.

Who  knows, it could be you!

Coming up Next ~April 14-15, 2012

 You are sure to Enjoy 


Stay tuned for more info on this very creative artist. 

I think you'll be impressed!


Read the article when it publishes on our Home Page, afterwards, archived Featured Artists will be found here on the Featured Artists and Friends page.  


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Homemade Tea Blends


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Fri, Sat & Sun April 13, 14, 15. 

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

New Gemstone Jewelry Soon to Be in the Shop


Everything you see here will be in the SHOP by Monday Afternoon.

 Tiger's Eye, Carnelian, Coral, Sterling Silver

Rose Quartz, wrapped, Jasper, Coral, Carnelian, Sterling Silver

PEACE, turquoise, Sterling Silver, Carnelian, Coral

 PEACE, turquoise, Sterling Silver, Carnelian, Coral 


Sun, Moon & Stars, Pewter on Metal

Slave Bracelet, Turquoise and Metal

Slave Bracelet, Turquoise and Metal

All will be in the SHOP on Monday Afternoon



Friday, April 6, 2012

NEW Macrame Crystal Slave Bracelets

Two NEW macrame slave bracelets with clear crystal quartz and amethyst ~ two very beautiful and powerful gifts from Mother Nature. 

See them in Our Etsy Shop and in Our Facebook Store.

See if you can find the SECRET to saving even more in our Facebook Store.   (Hint:  open up an item that you like and click on the special sale price for a Secret Deal that only YOU will know about).


2 for $5 Sale in Our Etsy Shop and Our Facebook Store for a limited time.

And there's a SECRET  to getting an even better deal on everything in our Facebook Etsy Tab.  When you open an item in the Facebook Etsy Tab, you'll see a discounted price highlighted, Click on that for the SECRET to unlocking even more savings.

ANYWAY, I have a ton of handmade hemp bracelets to offer you, in different styles and with different beads and colors. Natural organic hemp, no wax, no coating, rustic, soft and supple. Each of these bracelets is woven in a double hitch or half hitch knot, your choice, and each has a unique one of a kind focal bead in the center.

Bead or Knot and Loop closure. Many to choose from or can do custom colors, sizes.

Bracelets Measure 7' and 8" and as always extensions are provided free of charge just for the asking.

This offer is for TWO (2) bracelets each order, 2 for $5.

Please indicate wrist size and bead/color preference when ordering.

Thanks for looking.

There are many more than you see in the Photos.  Customs are happily accepted, so don't be shy.