Herbal Pillows & Dreamy Wall Hangings | Forest Floor Blog Tour

Today I get to share my projects for the Forest Floor Blog Tour! One of my favorite surface pattern designers, Bonnie Christine, periodically hosts blog tours featuring her lovely fabrics and it's always a joy to participate in them. For this particular tour, I decided to make a couple of dreamy, feminine wall hangings with patterns from her collection, Forest Floor. As you can see, I also ended up making some sweet little herb pillows from one of my favorite prints. We'll talk more about those in a bit. =)

Making Skin-Healing Calendula Salve

If my skin had a best friend, it would probably be Calendula. Her golden flowers are full of gentle, soothing, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make her one of my go-to herbs for skin healing remedies. Every few months I like to whip up a batch of Calendula skin healing salve. It's my favorite balm for minor cuts, scrapes, burns, dry skin and other skin complaints and I often find myself giving away extra tins of it.

St. John's Wort Herbal Oil Infusion

St. John's Wort - that sunny, cheerful little weed-like wildflower that can be used in almost every way. She's probably on every herbalist's favorites list and I just love her! Because she grows so well here in our state, she's made her way onto our noxious weed list. I may not be able to grow her myself, but I do order in the fresh flowering tops once a year to make my own St. John's Wort infused herbal oil. It's always such a joy when the box shows up at my door!

My Creative Space

I always love seeing behind-the-scenes photos from my favorite artists and makers, so I thought I'd share a little glimpse into my creative space today. You'll find it to be a simple, plant-filled little corner in an urban concrete jungle. But for this wild California dreamer, it's a place where I can create and experiment and nurture life.

Natural Plant Dyes

I've been experimenting with natural plant dyes lately. Something about using plants to make natural fibers change colors is just so lovely and, as a plant-obsessed person, giving it a try seemed like a logical endeavor. Here are some of the results from my first batch of color tests.

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