Monday, November 20, 2017

Perimenopause/ Menopause?

So, when I had the signs of perimenopause I knew I had to find a natural way to deal with this. One that would support my body to do what it is suppose to do instead of fooling it into thinking everything is okay.


I'm always listening to natural health talks and doing research on different health issues me or my family is dealing with to learn how to deal with it naturally. Just before I started going through perimenopause I listened to a week long webiner on women's hormones. I took away many great points on how to deal with this issue naturally and applied some and also created a tincture to deal with my symptoms. Here are some of the ways we can produce the hormones are bodies are lacking naturally.

  • 'Exercise helps to create hormones
  • Eating green vegetables helps to create hormones
Taking anything to replace hormones causes are bodies to stop producing them naturally, yes even herbs


Support the Body Naturally

I went to our naturopathic doctor to find out which organs I needed support for to deal with the symptoms of perimenopause. I tried the Dong Quai and while it helped I found I needed to be careful as it would trigger menstruation and I was having irrational thoughts, so I stopped taking it. So, let's try the Black Cohosh, it is suppose to aid with hot flashed, nope no go. 

Locally I sell organic skin care, Kombucha, handcrafted crystal jewelry and key chains. While I was at a local event another vendor wanted to barter for my Night Time Facial Scrub. I'm totally up for a barter and knew they had some tinctures, so I asked if they had anything for menopause. They did and I noticed a difference in my symptoms within 2 weeks. I went to order some more and that didn't go to good, so I decided to do some research and make my own tincture. 


Herbs

I took a piece of paper and wrote down categories for all the symptoms myself and others deal with.
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  • Hot Flashes
  • Regulating Hormones
  • Energy
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Mood Swings, Anxiety, Stress
  • Vaginal Dryness

I then set out on my research cross referencing all the herbs I found to be sure they would do what was previously said. I also searched for any warnings of any sort on each herb I came across. By the end of my 2 weeks of research my paper looked something like this.

Hot Flashes                                    Regulating Hormones                           

Red Raspberry Leaf                          Red Raspberry Leaf                        
Dong Quai                                         Dong Quai                                      
Licorice Root                                     Licorice Root                                  
Black Cohosh                                     Chasteberry
Elder Flowers

Energy                                             Menstrual Cycle

Red Raspberry Leaf                       Red Raspberry Leaf
Oatstraw

Mood Swings, Anxiety, Stress          Vaginal Dryness

Red Raspberry Leaf                                Dong Quai
Dong Quai                                               Oatstraw
Chasteberry
Licorice Root
Oatstraw


Warning

As I said I searched any warnings and side effect of these herbs. Now keep in mine my research was for perimenopause/menopause, so keep this in mind if you are planning on creating something for yourself. The only warning I came across multiple times during my research was for Licorice Root. Oh and by the way the Licorice Root also amps up the medicinal properties of the other herbs. Okay if you have any of the following health issues Licorice Root might not be for you. Always consult with a health care professional.
Licorice Root

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Issues
  • Liver Issues
  • Diabetes 
My tincture has a very small percentage of Licorice Root, but we still need to be aware of issues. For this reason I ask anyone if they have any of these issues and omit this ingredient for precautions. Do your own research on this root before ingesting. 


My Tincture

Instead of using alcohol I decided to infuse apple cider vinegar with the herbs. So, I ordered my herbs and waited, and waited, and waited some more. Meanwhile I had bought something from the local health store to hold me over, it didn't work as good as the tincture I had bartered for, but I had no choice at that point. Once it was ready I anxiously filled my bottle and started taking a dropper full every night. Well it wasn't really a full dropper as it will not fill the full dropper, so it was more like 2 half droppers. Once again after 2 weeks I noticed a difference in how many hot flashes I had, bye bye mood swings, night sweats still happening, but not as bad. 


Time Elapse 

So, getting symptom free at 53 didn't happen over night. It took about 4 to 6 months before all the symptoms were gone. However, they were less and less over the months of taking the tincture. I continue to take it and not sure if I will for the rest of my life, I mean it can't hurt and the herbs have other benefits besides aiding with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. 

How About Others?

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Now to find out if other women would have the same experience as I did. I gave 3 friends a 2 oz bottle of the tincture, which lasts about a month, and yes!!!!!! They all had a positive experience and one has even come back for more. The others still have some, but they'll be back.

So, how about you? Taking medications and hormones is not the solution however, for some it might be, not me. What are you doing for your symptoms during perimenopause/menopause? Is it working? If not you might consider "Change" menopause tincture. 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

KoKum Butter

I first found out about Kokum butter while shopping at one of my favorite companies for ingredients to create skin care products. Because I want to be unique and different from other formulators I'm always looking for unique ingredients.

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Where Does Kokum Butter Come From?

Kokum butter comes from a tree, Garcinia Indica, which yields a fruit commonly used as a spice in the southern part of India where this tree grows. However, the seeds of this fruit is where the oil is extracted from to create Kokum butter.





Benefits for the Skin

  • Absorbs into the skin quickly
  • Does not clog pores
  • Aids with acne
  • Soothes dry skin quickly
  • Tightens pores
  • Regenerates skin cells
  • Fights free radicals
  • Promotes skin elasticity
  • Softens the skin 
  • Aids in repairing skin damage
  • Aids with rashes
  • Aids with burns
  • Aids with scalds 
  • Aids with skin ulcers
  • Aids with skin infections
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Reduces scarring
  • Reduces callouses
  • Reduces dry, rough skin on feet 
  • Has antioxidant properties due to the vitamin E
  • Antibacterial properties

Benefits for the Hair

  • Reduces dandruff
  • Doesn't clog hair follicles
  • Aids with dry hair
  • Aids with split ends
  • Aids with hair growth 
  • Aids with stronger hair
  • Manageable hair
As you can see Kokum butter has many benefits for both the skin and hair, view products that contains this butter. 


Have you ever used Kokum butter? If so leave a comment sharing your experience. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Full Moon Elixirs & Energizing Crystals

Tonight, Wednesday September 6, 2017, is a full moon this is the perfect time to create elixirs and energize our crystals. It is also a great time to start infusions. My time is tight, so I am not able to include all the research. This means you will need to do some work to find out certain information, but I will give you the basics and what to look for along with links to some of the websites I use and trust.

Creating Elixirs with the Full Moon 

Creating elixirs during the full moon aids with creating a more powerful elixir as the water is energized by the moon along with the crystals. Chose a crystal or crystals for the purpose you desire, this may require some research be sure they are of 5 hardness or higher and non-toxic. If you wish to use a crystal that is toxic see how to use them below. 
  • Cleanse the crystal/crystals only use polished crystals
  • Program the crystals with your intentions
  • Place the crystals in a glass container with filtered water the size depends on how much you want to make 
  • Place a cloth over the container, such as a paper towel secured with a rubber band to keep debris out
  • Put the container outside in the sun on the day of the full moon until the next day or just put it out for the energy of the full moon
  • You can also write your intention on a piece of paper and place it under the container

Creating an Elixir with Toxic Crystals

Place a small glass bowel into a bigger glass bowel, put the toxic crystals inside the smaller bowel and fill the bigger bowel with water.  This will infuse the water with the energies and healing properties of the crystals while keeping the water free from toxins. 

Using the Crystal Infused Water

As I said above the amount of water will depend on how much you want to make and how you will be using it. An elixir created to heal may be ingested or used to wash the area of concern or both. Elixirs can be created for healing, protection, love or prosperity. Using just the infused water does not hold the energy for more than a day or two, so keep this in mind when determining how much to create. It can be added to vodka, brandy or apple cider vinegar to preserve the energies for a longer period of time. You can also create tea with the water if you wish, but I would not heat the water as you will lose the energizes instead let sit in the sun after removing the crystals. This is something I have not done at this time only researched it, so check out this video if you are interested. In the video she speaks about infusing Reiki energy into the water. You can easily do this as well, as water can be programmed. This video will show you how, I know she might be a little annoying to listen to, but it's a good video.
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Energizing Crystals

If you just want to fill your crystals with more energy this is a great way to do it, is simple and takes a small amount of time. Just gather up your crystals, I like to cleanse mine before the next step, and place them somewhere outside where they will not get rained on or disturbed by wildlife or pets. They do not have to be directing in the moon light. You can place them on a tray if you want or something else to keep them off of any dirt or just make it easier to transport them from in doors to out doors. 

Infusions & the Full Moon to New Moon Cycle

Okay here is a little bonus for your. When we start our infusions on the day of the full moon we do not have to wait the traditional six weeks to use it. This is because between the full moon and the new moon the energy is stronger and aids in extracting the medicinal properties from the herbs. Herbal infusions are commonly used to create skin care products or a herbal elixir. If you wish to learn more I suggest taking a look at some videos on YouTube. Mountain Rose Herbs has a channel, but those are more for skin care.

All in a Day

Okay, thank you for reading I hope this was helpful. Now I am off to prepare my crystals for the full moon for both energizing and creating an elixir. I love using Rose Quartz for it's loving energy plus it makes the water taste sweeter. I also have to infuse my herbs for my elixir that I use for dealing with the change of life and my Soothe & Cleanse.

Helpful Sites for Crystal Information





If this has been helpful please share, have a question? Ask away, just want to share your experience? Please do always love to hear about what others are doing or have done. 



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Homemade Skin Care Products


In today's society more and more woman are creating their own skin care products. Five years ago I became one of those women, creating my own skin care products. Like the rest of the women I searched the internet looking for recipes for homemade skin care. I researched ingredients and started creating my own skin care products.

Slowly others were coming to me asking me about my products and wanting to buy them. For the past 3 years I have been selling my skin care products, but I felt something was missing. I longed to create my own recipes instead of searching the internet and revamping someone elses recipe. It was then that I started looking at courses I could take to learn how I could do this. Little did I know I was going to gain a whole lot more knowledge about skin care products then what I thought.

Homemade Skin Care Products

The problem with using books for recipes is that they can become quickly out dated. Using the internet brings us to other bloggers who do not know everything there is to know about creating homemade skin care products.

Coconut Oil

A few years back coconut oil became popular for various issues and made the appearance in homemade skin care products all over. However, coconut oil is not good for all skin types. As a matter of fact turns out that this amazing oil is a pore clogger. 

Vitamin E as a Natural Preservative 

One thing I my self came across was using vitamin E as a natural preservative. Turns out this is not true it is an antioxidant which means it will aid with avoiding rancidity in oil based products. If we use any type of water based products in our homemade skin care products vitamin E is not preserving it. This includes any hyrosols, aloe vera, water, tea or any plant based materials. Products that do not include the types of ingredients mentioned are referred to as anhydrous.

Natural Organic Preservatives

For a long time I did not incorporate any preservatives in my skin care products. While taking a course to create organic skin care products I learned that there are a variety of natural organic preservatives we can use. The one that was recommend by the instructor was Leucidal Liquid, which is the one I now use. 

Recipes for Homemade Skin Care Products

The other thing I learned is that skin care products do not use measurements as in cooking. This is another issue with recipes on the internet and some books they use cups, tablespoons etc. In the professional world of skin care the term creating does not exist, it is formulating because that is what it is a formula not a recipe. Making Cosmetics has a great section just for formulas. 

Organic Ingredients

For me it makes no sense to create my own skin care products and not use organic ingredients. Anything that we put on our skin goes into our blood stream within 26 seconds. Many non-organic ingredients are toxic to our bodies, for this reason always be sure to use only organic ingredients. There are many businesses out there that supply skin care formulating products however, not all are organic. At the same time many businesses supply both organic and non-organic. At this time there are 2 places I purchase my ingredients from with the exception of the preservative. 

Organic Skin Care Courses

If anyone is interested in learning more about creating organic skin care products I suggest you do what I did. I searched the internet for courses and signed up to get notices. By doing this it not only allowed me to keep updated with courses, but also special offers and scholarships. I was actually able to do the course because I did because I received a scholarship. If I didn't it would have been a longer period of time before it was in my budget to do so. 

Wrap it Up

Okay I hope I was able to shed some light on some issues with recipes in books and the internet. I want to write more blogs and miss it very much, but my time is taken up formulating skin care products and coming up with new ones. Let me leave you with this tidbit of information. Earlier I mentioned that coconut oil clogs the pores, well I am going to supply you with a list of oils that are fine for most people to use.

  • Jojoba
  • Grapeseed
  • Sesame Seed
  • Almond
  • Aragan
  • Squlalane
  • Monol
  • Rosehip Seed
Now those are for most people please remember there is always an exception to the rule and it might be you.

Do you formulate your own skin care products? Was this blog post helpful to you?

I am always looking for individuals to aid with the testing of new products. If this is something that is of interest please visit the website and sign up for the newsletter. Currently I am seeking women in menopause, like my self, to test a tincture I have formulated. It works for me, but what about others email me at heavenlybodies7 @ gmail dot com if interested.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Benefits & Uses for Peppermint Oil

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Where Did Peppermint Come From?

Who loves a good story? No? How about an interesting story? Well no matter you can skip the story. It is said that peppermint came from a Greek water nymph named Minthe. She caught the attention of Hades, the god of the underworld, who just happened to married to the goddess Persephone. Well, Persephone found out about this love affair and in a rage went to avenge herself. Now here is where the story gets tricky because there are 2 no 3 different versions, so pick the one you like best.

  1. Persephone kicked and stomped Minthe into the ground. When Hades found out he turned her into a plant that everyone would be attracted to.
  2. Hades came upon the two women and seeing the wrath in his wife's eyes turned Minthe into a plant before Persephone could do her any harm.
  3. Persephone was giving Minthe a working over and Hades turned her into a plant. Persephone began stomping on the plant releasing the aromatic smell of peppermint which calmed her.

Background on Peppermint Essential Oil   
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Due to the fact that there are conflicting facts on peppermint I will only write the things I found to be consistent. Peppermint is in the mint family and is a cross between water mint and spearmint. Peppermint has grown in Europe and the Middle East for hundreds of years. It has also been found in the tombs of Egypt. Today it is grown in various places around the world. 

  • Processing -  Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems
  • Species - Menta Piperita 

Therapeutic Properties

  • Analgesic - Relieves pain
  • Antiseptic - Prevents the growth of disease causing microorganisms 
  • Antigalactagogue - Reduces a mother's milk supply
  • Antiphlogistic - Reduces inflammation
  • Antispasmodic - Used to reduce muscle spasms 
  • Astringent - Causes the contraction of body tissues usually the skin
  • Carminative -  Relieves gas
  • Cholagogue - Promotes the discharge of bile from the system
  • Decongestant -  Relieves nasal congestion 
  • Emmenagogue - Increases menstrual flow
  • Expectorant - Helps to bring up mucus from the lungs
  • Febrifuge -  Fever reducer
  • Nervine -  Calms nerves
  • Stimulant - Raises the levels of physiological or nervous activity within the body
  • Stomachic - Promotes appetite or assists with digestion  
  • Sudorific -  Induces sweating
  • Vasoconstrictor - Causes blood vessels to narrow
  • Vermifuge - Relieves worms and parasites 

Ways To Use Peppermint Oil

Aromatic
  • ·          Place 2 to 3 drops of oil in a diffuser
  • ·         Put a drop on each palm, rub together, place over nose and mouth, and breathe normally
  • ·         Inhale directly from the bottle
  •       Put a few drops on the collar of the shirt and inhale as needed
  •       Put a few drops on a piece of cloth inhale as needed
Topical

Peppermint oil may be applied as is to the skin, but those with sensitive skin, young children and the elderly should dilute it using a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba. The carrier oil will take nothing away from the medicinal properties of the essential oil.

  • Reflex Points - For some issues applying diluted oil to specific areas of the souls of the feet are recommended. 

To dilute choose the carrier oil, use 1 drop of oil for every 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.

Internal  
  • Add 1 - 3 drops of oil to tea or water
  • Fill a vegetable capsule with 1 drop oil and 2 drops carrier oil, such as coconut to see how your body reacts. You may then consider increasing the oil to 2 drops with 4 drops carrier oil. 

Everyday Uses                                        
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Household Uses
     Insecticide – Apply 1 – 2 drops onto a cotton ball and then place it in the problem area

Mental & Emotional Health
     Alertness – Combine one drop each of peppermint,  frankincense, and orange; then apply a drop on each palm (as mentioned above in aromatic)
     Autism – Apply by rubbing in one drop of diluted oil on the chest each day
     Endurance – Refer to any options mentioned above in aromatic suggestions
     Memory – Diffuse thoroughly within the room when seeking to enhance memory

Oral Health –
     Halitosis – Apply 1 drop onto your toothbrush, or create a homemade mouthwash by using ½ cup filtered water, 2 tsp organic baking soda, 4 drops of peppermint oil, or simply add 1 – 2 drops to a 2 ounce glass of water

Physical Issues
     Antioxidant – All of the methods for aromatic, topical, or even internal, can be utilized for this purpose
     Appetite Suppressant – Inhale directly from the bottle or add 1 drop to a cup of filtered water
     Asthma – Diffuse, or apply by rubbing, a diluted drop of oil onto the chest
     Bacterial Infections – Rub a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Bell’s Palsy – Can be used topically and aromatically as directed above
     Brain Injury – The same method as described under Bell’s Palsy
     Chronic Fatigue – Diffuse throughout the room, or apply a diluted drop of oil by rubbing or massaging onto the bottom of both feet
     Common Polyps – Take a dose in a veggie capsule, or rub a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Congestion – Diffuse throughout the room, inhale directly from the bottle, or rub a drop of diluted oil onto the chest area
     Constipation – Slowly rub one diluted drop of oil on the abdomen in a clockwise motion
     Cooling -  Rub or massage the diluted oil on back of the neck, wrists, behind the knees, and even apply onto the tailbone
     Cramps – Rub diluted oil on the problem area
     Crohn’s Disease – Add one drop of oil to 2 ounces of water, drink this several times throughout the day, or rub in one drop of diluted oil on the abdomen area
     Decrease Milk Supply (nursing moms) – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on both breasts 1 – 2 times a day to increase milk supply
     Diarrhea -  Take a dose orally or rub a drop of diluted oil on the abdomen using a clockwise motion
     Endurance – Utilize any or all of the aromatic suggestions and methods listed above
     Fainting – Hold the bottle under the nose of the person who may faint or feel faint
     Fever – Rub or massage a single drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of both feet, on the back of the neck, and even on the tailbone
     Gamma Radiation Exposure – Rub or massage 1 drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of both feet, or take internally
     Gastritis – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil in a clockwise motion onto the abdomen or take orally
     Headaches – Rub or massage 1 drop of diluted oil onto each temple, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Heartburn – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the chest area or take orally
     Hernia – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil over the problem area
     Herpes Simplex – Rub 1 diluted drop over the problem area
     Hot Flashes – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the back of the neck and also onto the bottom of each foot
     Huntington’s  Disease – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of each foot, or diffuse throughout the room
     Hypothyroidism – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on directly onto the thyroid area and reflex points on the bottom of both feet 
     Indigestion – Diffuse throughout the room, take orally, rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the reflex points of each foot, or apply by rubbing 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil using a clockwise motion onto the abdomen
     Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil in a clockwise motion onto the abdomen, rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil on the reflex points on the bottom of both feet, or take orally by adding 1 drop to a 4 ounce glass of water and drinking several times throughout a day
     Jet Lag – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the bottom of each foot
     Menstrual Cramps – Apply by rubbing a drop of diluted oil over the problem area
     Motion Sickness – Place a drop of oil directly onto a shirt, inhale directly from the bottle, even on car seats, or apply a few drops onto a cotton ball or scrap of cloth to inhale when needed
     MRSA – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the problem area
     Multiple Sclerosis – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Muscle Aches – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Myelin Sheath – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Nausea – See Motion Sickness method listed above
     Osteoporosis – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil on the problem area
     Paralysis – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil to the area of concern, or diffuse thoroughly throughout the room
     Rhinitis – Inhale directly from the bottle, or apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil  on the side of the nose, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Sciatica – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil onto the hips, begin at the center of the sacrum and work the rubbing in an outward motion
     Shock – Utilize any of the aromatic methods listed above or massage 1 drop of diluted oil on the neck, chest, and both shoulders
     Sinusitis – Inhale directly from the bottle or rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the sinus area, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Surgical Wounds – Gently pat 1 drop of diluted oil onto the problem area to avoid itching the wound, use as needed when irritation or itching occurs
     Swollen Eyes – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the temple next to the swollen eye, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Tennis Elbow – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly onto the problem area
     Throat Infection – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the throat and chest area - at the same time gargle with 1 cup of warm water that contains ½ tsp of sea salt and 1 drop of oil use several times throughout the day, or diffuse throughout the room
     Typhoid – Diffuse throughout the room, take orally, or apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil on the bottom of each foot, consider adding some of the oil into a natural household cleaners
     Ulcer – Apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil on the abdomen, or add 1 drop of oil to 1 cup of filtered water and take orally 
     Vomiting – Add 1 drop of pure oil to 1 cup of water, if unable to keep this down due to illness, instead diffuse throughout the room or inhale directly from the bottle

Skin Issues
     Cold Sores – Dab a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Hives – Gently rub 1 - 2 drops of diluted oil on the problem area
     Itching – Same method as seen listed under Hives
     Scabies – Same method as seen listed under Hives
     Ticks – Put 1 pure drop on the tick and it will release easily, fall off, or back away from the area

Oils that Combine well with Peppermint

  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lavender 
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram 
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree (melaleuca) 
DISCLAIMER: Prior to utilizing peppermint oil and the methods listed, always consult your healthcare professional or physician directly, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, planning on becoming pregnant, dealing with a current health problem, or taking additional medications. In addition, due to the strength of the oil and scent, peppermint oil should not be used for treating children under the age of 7. Remember, peppermint oil should always be diluted before used internally or directly applied onto certain areas of skin. If irritation or allergic reaction occurs stop the use of peppermint oil and consult a medical professional immediately.

Do you use Peppermint Oil? How are some ways you use it?
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wind Proof Jewelry Stand for Out Door Events

I do two farmer's markets every week and during the winter months here in Louisiana it gets windy. The last two Sundays at the market my stand for holding my handcrafted crystal necklaces kept blowing down. It was so windy I had to take my tent down. After setting up the jewelry stand and having it blow again and again I just took the necklaces off the stand and laid them on the table. With the tent gone my chalk board signs down and the jewelry stand down my booth was not inviting at all.
Not my tent
Now let me just back a bit. This past summer, on my birthday no less, a wind came out of no where, blew my tent over the low fence next to me, and then started to rain. It was horrible, I struggled to get my tent back over the low fence and had a couple of young women stop to help. I could not close the frame back up it looked like a dead spider.

The wind is the biggest enemy for vendors at any out door event. Needless to say I have been traumatized by the event. While I have taken steps to secure my tent I didn't think about my display, until now. I woke up Monday thinking of ways to wind proof my display and then searched Pintrest for some inspiration.

Jewelry Stand

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This is what I found on Pintrest and was my source of inspiration. I liked this idea because I have not seen any other jewelry vendor use it. The container in the image is to small and everything I had around the house was as well. 

I went to the dollar store and found a round vase with a big base, some stones, glass stones and sand. Now for a trip to Hobby Lobby. I went to the floral department in search of something to use and found some branches. When I walked up to my husband with them he easily broke one off and said that's not going to work. We happened to be in the wrought iron department and began to look for something there. He spotted a tree that we both agreed would be perfect. 

Tree Jewelry Stand Holder



I placed the bigger rocks in the bottom of the vase while making sure my tree was centered. Then I added some of the glass stones to fill in the gaps. Lastly I began to add the sand while at the same time adding more of the glass stones until the sand was gone and topped of the vase with the remaining glass stones. 

What I really like about this idea, outside of the fact it is wind proof, is that I can twist some of the branches out separating the necklaces for easy viewing. 





Do you display at events? 
What has been your biggest challenge? 
Have you been able to resolve the issue?