Monday, 8 February 2016

Homemade Scented Bath Salts

Hey guys! I'm back to the blog just in time to post some fun Valentine's Day crafts and gift ideas. It's been almost two months since my last post, and a lot has happened in that time. Chris and I moved from Banff, Alberta to the mountains of Lake Louise (also in Alberta, Canada). It's been nice spending the winter months in such a remote and snowy area, but there are a few drawbacks to our snow-covered home. I mean, for one, it's just difficult to get things here. Things like food, baking supplies, and artist materials; in other words, pretty much everything that I need to produce this blog. 

And in addition to this ridiculous lack of craft supplies, we are now residing in a basement apartment. For anyone else out there who is a blogger or IG feed addict, you will understand the horror of living in a basement... in the winter. I have one window. Through this window, a few slim rays of light happen to pass through for about one hour every day. Oh wait, strike that, not every day. Only really on sunny days. So yeah, taking the photographs for the blog has pretty much turned into some sort of mission impossible.

And here's the deal: once we were settled in Lake Louise, and I truly understood these new challenges, it seemed to me that the best thing I could do was to stop blogging altogether and instead, dedicate my new found spare time to just obsessively creeping other bloggers Instagram accounts and marveling at how white and bright all their photos were. Seriously, there are so many amazing photographers out there! I have to assume that you all live in glass houses in Miami, but your photos are still totally fabulous! 

Anyway, we had one sunny day last week, so now I have a new post to share. Kidding! I got some new lighting equipment and I'm learning to take photos with the help of artificial light. It's a big step for me; when it comes to photography I've always chased after natural light, but it's a fun new challenge. BIG SMILE.

Okay, onto this super simple Valentine's Day gift idea: homemade scented bath salts! These salts are surprisingly easy to produce and they make such a lovely gift. I happen to think that Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers, it's a wonderful time to gift something sweet to a good friend. It's the middle of the damn winter and it's time to spread some love! Make these bath time goodies for a friend, sister or mama. Here's how:

The supply list is short and sweet. You'll need epsom salts and large grain sea salt, dried flowers, like lavender or roses, essential oils or rosewater, a mixing bowl, a mason jar and a cute label or ribbon. 

To make the bath salts, mix two parts epsom salts with one part sea salts (you don't have to use sea salt, but I like the look of the large grains), stir in a few spoonfuls of your choice of dried flowers, then add a few drops of rose water or essential oil. At this point you may also choose to add a few drops of food colouring for colour. When you've completed your mix, simply pour the salts into a mason jar, seal with a lid and finish with a pretty tag or bow. 

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