How to Create an Essential OIl Roller Blend
Happy New Year! It feels so good to be back in my studio, all rested and full of creative ideas and energy. How are you feeling? Over the winter break, I tested out 3 free essential oil recipes that you can easily try out at home with your creative friends. These recipes can be calming and grounding, and are my gift to you for the New Year! A few years back my good friend Flin, tuned me in to essential oils through her products and aromatherapy. You might remember that I shared how to make a custom room spray with her and our giveaway.
This specific technique of creating a roller blend is taught in depth at our Natural Dye and Aromatherapy workshop this Spring! For those of you that would like to get started using Essential oils at home, I am going to share a few recipes that my photographer friend, Amelia and I created this holiday as gift for friends. I also think these would make a sweet Valentine's gift with that holiday right around the corner. For this project, Amelia and I pooled our essential oil collections, and purchased a few additional oils including frankincense and bergamot to include in our recipes. Frankincense was one of Amelia's favorites from the Natural Dye and Aromatherapy workshop. Read on down for the free recipes!
A REFLECTION ON 2018: Progress and Beyond!
Last year around this time marked 1 year of creating and writing on this site! It was fun to look back on that first year with a post featuring the top 10 highlights. While, this year marks year 2 of this creative journey, I feel like the word to best describe the year is: progress. As a small business owner and artist, and I feel especially grateful today simply because of progress:)
Today, I found the time to reflect on my top 10 highlights of the year. I hope you will enjoy hearing more about this year's progress and how those "wins" big and small contributed to an overall feeling of achievement and happiness. I would love to know more about your journey too. In what ways have you made progress?
Last year, we celebrated this benchmark with a Thanksgiving giveaway and this year, I would like to offer all of you 10% off of everything in my shop (including workshops) for this weekend ONLY!
This year, there have been so many changes! The biggest of which was our moving to a new house after 10 years. Because of the move, it felt like we shed some old attachments and let go of a lot of accumulated belongings! For this list, I will share my top 10 highlights of 2018.
My top 10 (in chronological order:
1. Honed my focus on textiles, fiber arts and work in Indigo shibori
2. Perfected the Art of the Indigo Iron Vat
3. Launched my Indigo Pillow collection inspired by our family trips to Northern India and Japan
4. Visited the birthplace of Shibori textiles, Arimatsu, Japan
5. Forged new friendships through shows at CAFAM, Renegade SF, and Renegade LA!
6. Bought a new house and began renovations in an historic neighborhood in L.A.
7. Began hosting small group Private Indigo Workshops through Airbnb in our new garden
8. Hosted Creative Sundays: Natural Dye and Aromatherapy workshop at Saddlerock Gardens
9. Reached 1000 Followers on Instagram, then hosted another giveaway!
10. Created my first ever Natural Indigo Shibori Kit, so that now you can use indigo at home and explore a variety of shapes and motifs that I find essential to the art-form
*** Bonus: I committed to a meditation and mindfulness practice. I can feel myself taking that practice with me throughout each day and applying that to my business.
This weekend be sure to check out the flash sale, if you are looking for handmade textiles and pillowcases- there are limited quantities available! If you are local to Los Angeles, please come say hi in person this weekend at the California Folk Art Museum Holiday marketplace. When you try the Shibori Kit or the Iron Vat out at home, DO share your pics! If you post them on Instagram kindly use the #shiborikitsla, so we can all see! I will have a handful of kits with me at CAFAM.
Lastly, I want to hear from you: what projects personal or professional have you been working on this year? If you have a moment, would you please share something that you have achieved and/or something that you are working on right now?! I learn so much from each one of you. Lastly, it is amazing what we can accomplish in one year, and exciting to think about what more you can do within the next 5 years! What long term goals are motivating you?
A Natural Dye and Aromatherapy workshop
When Flin and I designed this workshop, I was searching for a medium to compliment natural dyeing in a relaxed and interesting way. We wanted to create a retreat-like experience for all guests that embraced natural surroundings, and imbued a peaceful feeling. We considered all things autumnal: the smells of the vineyard, the colors of the sky and feeling of the harvest. Everything from the weight of the fabric scarves to the essential oils of the season was a consideration.
A few short days after the workshop, unexpectedly and tragically fires broke out in the area, so in this way our memory of the day is bitter-sweet. While we are grateful for the perfection of that day, the duality of nature is not lost on us and that feeling of abundance is contrasted by our mourning for all losses incurred.
Yet, in the spirit of gratitude and resilience, I would like to share a few photos of our special day, in hopes that we will be back at the gardens as a community embracing the beauty of nature and it's resilience once again.
Additionally, I have reached out to the Gardens to see how we can be best of service in helping the people rebuild and the environment restore in some way.
Many thanks to Amelia Tabullo photography for capturing all of the beautiful moments of the workshop day. There were so many that I wanted you to see that I put them into a gallery.
A big thank you from Flin and I, to everyone who attended the workshop, making the day even more special and unique. Our March workshop date at the Gardens will be announced soon. You can join my mailing list below to receive all workshop updates.
In the meantime, I noticed that the Malibu Boys and Girls Club is accepting donations on behalf of the City of Malibu along with equestrian relief for fire victims.
Up next, I will share tips on Dyeing with Indigo and Madder root as we did in the workshop and how to use them in combination. If you would like to experience live indigo work, you can find me at Renegade Craft Los Angeles on December 8th and 9th.
HI, I'M HILARY.
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