#Yarn bombing has become a creative sensation since 2005. We discovered this #craft in Scottsdale, an artistic community in Arizona. People use leftover yarn to knit or crochet a patchwork piece that typically have vibrant colors. This public installation is found at The Lab in Costa Mesa. We love the collaborative nature of these community projects and hope you have an opportunity to participate.
“In springing flowre the image of thy day” -Edmund Spenser
Jasmine diffusers offer refreshing, natural scents for your home or office. We used 20 drops of essential oil in 2oz. bottles to create these delightful aromatherapy treatments. They are paired with Gardenia that we grew in our garden. We featured two books of critical analysis in relation to Spenser and Joyce.
Yesterday we attended the Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in Old Pasadena. It’s a two-day event, so be sure to visit today from 11-6pm. They have over two hundred artisans showcasing their work and DIY workshops. We purchased some lovely, handcrafted jewelry. It’s a craft you don’t want to miss!
After a long day, nothing soothes the senses like a splash of lavender. Egyptians also used oils as a base to create perfumes. The pleasant aroma saturated rooms. Oil was placed in a pomade which was shaped into a cone. They put it on top of an Egyptian’s head mainly at banquets. Throughout the event, the cone would melt and release fragrance. By the end of the night, scented oil would have been dripping down the sides of one’s face and was absorbed in the clothing. Perfume was an integral part of Egyptian society and was used by all classes.
Inspired by this history, we created a simple homemade body mist. Mix 4oz. of water and 24 drops of lavender essential oil. You can purchase the oil at specialty grocery stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods Market. We spruced up this fragrance by adding a sprig of real lavender and created a hand-drawn label.
 A. Lucas, “Cosmetics, Perfumes and Incense in Ancient Egypt,” The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, May 1930, 41-53.
 Miriam Stead, Egyptian Life (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986), 47.
 Ibid., 51.