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It’s a miracle! Divine skin from marigold, olive oil and beeswax, my recipe for moisturizer…

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I have posted before about using calendular to make a toner for skin or a tonic to drink, and now I’m going to post my recipe for my miracle cream, a moisturiser.  Expect to make a lot, and keep it in the fridge and it should last a while, or put it in jars and give it away for Christmas.  I did that a few years back, and friends still tell me about miraculous healings, scars disappearing etc.  It’s really very encouraging.  I wrote about that in the other post.

I use this as a night cream.  It is either too greasy or too sticky to use during the day or under makeup, but you may want to experiment with the ingredients and you may find the right consistency.

I recently made two different batches and they both had different amounts of wax and one was very thick and stiff, mainly beeswax, but worked a treat.  Actually the other worked a treat too, which had slightly more olive oil.  The stiffer recipe can be used as lip balms (my first ones were quite stiff) and the looser mix is fine as a lotion.  The stiffer the mix, the longer lasting it seems to be.

Here is my the recipe for Julianne’s Miracle Cream.

(About a month ago, I picked lots of marigold heads and thoroughly washed and dried them, then stuffed them in a jar and covered them with olive oil, so that I could use the oil in this recipe.  I left the jar outside in the sun).

Put 45g beeswax in a glass bowl with 200ml of olive oil* or grapeseed oil or a combination of both.  Microwave on  your lowest heat for however long it takes to melt the beeswax.  Beeswax can catch fire otherwise.  Once it has melted, if you like you can add a drop of fragrant oil, like lavendar and mix it in.

* There was about 100mls of olive oil in the jar once I had removed as many of the marigolds from it as possible.  I topped it up with grapeseed oil.

Meanwhile, in a pot on the stove, I put the marigolds I got from the jar, added about 150ml of water and simmered them for a bit.  I then removed the marigolds, and added a bit more water.  I simmered that and dissolved a teaspoon of borax.  Borax is a preservative, and when you add the water mixture to the oil/wax mixture it will turn the whole thing creamy.

Which is the next step, combining the water mixture with the oil/wax mixture, which will be melted.  I prefer to add the water to the oil/wax.  Then you have to beat *very* fast, I use a hand-held cake mixer.  In the old days, I used to use a fork, but try as I might, my arm could not work fast enough or long enough, and in the worst cases, the wax would harden into tiny bits of wax before I’d mixed it all together.  But that was in the very early days when I would be working at a leisurely pace.

Pour them into sterilised Agee jars and keep them in your fridge, or use little jars.  I am in New Zealand, and the Christmas I made them for friends and family, I ordered mine from Arthur Holmes.  I used glass jars.

BTW, if you are interested in the image I made above, it uses the Classroom colour scheme, which I made at colourlovers.com.  At some stage I will make the layout available from my artmama blog as a freebie, so please look out for it.  The handwriting font I used is JULES P.C. WIMMIN which I sell in my shop.  That particular font only uses capital letters and has dingbats in place of lowercase letters.

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Making me crazy

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The builder did a few renovations this year, such as extending my balcony rail of the upstairs balcony which overlooks the courtyard, building a pergola in front of it, and moving into the courtyard corner my “bus shelter”, which is a wee trellissed sitting area that resembles a bus shelter in shape and size.  So this meant that he had to pull up some pavers and pour in concrete.

I have already made a mosaic garden table top on an old concrete paver (enormous and heavy) and a few other pavers here and there my daughter and I have made together, one in the middle of the chamomile lawn, which tells the story of “our little white townhouse with the chamomile lawn” and another is in front of the gate leading into the vegetable garden, the gate which was built this year while the other renovations were being done.

At the moment, there are a few places in the garden waiting for concrete to be poured in so that I can mosaic on the top.  There is a trick to it, efficient work is needed.  Once the concrete has been poured, one has to work fast before it sets which is a challenge.

So in this case I already had the crockery broken and cut into usable shapes.  I put them into colours so that I could grab them as needed.  I always save broken china, because I love being creative in the garden with mosaics proper and crazy mosaics, and some crockery is just so beautiful it is a shame to throw it out.  See the top of the broken dark blue vase in the pile?  My mother made that, so naturally it is a treasure to me, and I am delighted to be able to remember her beautiful work when I look at the way I have recycled it in the small crazy mosaic.  Life is good.


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