Saturday, March 14, 2009

Aspirin Facial | A spring cleaning for your face . . .

Ingredients: 5 plain uncoated aspirin tablets
moisted with water or other liquid.
I used soymilk and a dollop of yogurt.
You can use fruit juice too.

Let sit for a bit and crush with the back of a spoon.
I added more yogurt too.

Spread on dry face, rub around, and let it dry.

Impossible to smile. It is beginning to tighten.
Repeat in two weeks.
No more than 2 facials per month.

Leave it on for as long as you want. I am going to wash mine off (using a washcloth) when I take my morning shower which is long overdue. I haven't done one of these facials in quite a while. People usually remark about my glowing complexion right after I've done one. I am generally not big on beauty treatments since I am about as "all natural" as a person can be. However, this is something that I really like. I found it a couple of years ago on the Internet and have been a fan ever since. I always have all of the inexpensive ingredients on hand.

Try one yourself and let me know how you like it. Your skin will be baby soft and nicely deep cleaned. Your creams and moisturizers will really sink in and work better. The mixture is a little gritty feeling when you spread it on but that is a good thing. It will not hurt the most delicate skin so rub it all around. The addition of an acid (milk, fruit juice, yogurt) will make it even better. Helps with the exfoliation. Try not to get any in your eyes.

Sorry to have scared you with my photo. Aren't I brave? Still can't smile. to the shower now.

PS...This would be good for gentlemen too. There is nothing girly-girly about this facial. It is plain and to the point plus it really works!

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Bye, Baby Bunting | illustrated by Randolph Caldecott . . .

Bye, Baby Bunting!

Father's gone a-hunting.
Gone to fetch a rabbit-skin,

To wrap the Baby Bunting in.

One of the numerous uncolored sketches.

I scanned these images from another of my antiquarian children's books:'The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book by R. Caldecott' published in London by Frederick Warne and Co., Ltd. (the same company that published all of the Beatrix Potter books).

I absolutely love the 19th century illustrations by Randolph Caldecott. Click any picture to enlarge. Aren't they wonderful?

Today, The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The Caldecott medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year. The name of Randolph Caldecott, the famous English illustrator of books for children, was chosen for the medal because his work was deemed to best represent the joyousness and beauty of picture books.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. I hope you enjoyed today's story. The illustrations get better and better, don't they? ♥Rosemary

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Wake me when it's summer or Let sleeping dogs lie + Bluebirds . . .

Webster was begging to go outside and sun on the deck but in no time he wanted to get back in because it is still very chilly. I put blankets under him and over him and that did the trick.

He looks so comfortable I am tempted to join him! By the way, the bluebirds are back! They've been scouting out their nesting places and have already called dibs on both of the houses you see behind Webster.

Have a happy weekend. ♥Rosemary

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Life's Little Instruction Book, pages 44 + 45 . . .

...To be continued...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

My snowdrops are blooming . . .

My snowdrops usually pop in in February and by mid March they are almost in full bloom. I love these tiny bulbs that spread so quickly and are the first harbingers of Spring.

It was nice enough today to hang a white load of wash outside and everything is now dry and ready to take off the line.

I used my point and shoot to capture the snowdrops. It's an older Panasonic Lumix FX-01 with a Leica lens and it's excellent. Sometimes it's better than my Nikon D40 SLR because I can get really close without getting on my knees in the wet leaves. This odd angle would have been hard to get looking through a viewfinder. It's good to have both. Both of my cameras are only 6 megapixels and that's fine for everything I do.

Thanks for stopping by. ♥Rosemary

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Amazing Glass House with Sliding Clapboard Shell in Suffolk, England + Video . . .

Article with more photos by dezeen.

dRMM Architects, London.

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New York Magazine Cover | Bernie Madoff as The Joker . . .

Guilty of 11 counts of fraud + money laundering.
What about stealing $68 billion and conspiracy?

Jail is too good for this monster!

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"Orange is the new black" | Bernie Madoff Quote

Do white-collar criminals have to wear those orange jumpsuits? Oh, how I hope they do!

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Life's Little Instruction Book, pages 42 + 43 . . .

...To be continued...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

He is Your Dog . . .


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Laundry drying in my kitchen . . .

I did a load of wash yesterday and hung it outside on the line. It was still very damp when I brought it inside and threw it hurriedly on my antique wooden rack. There is a big cast iron radiator directly behind the dutch door to quickly finish the job. All the small items are hanging on a folding floor rack.

I can't remember the last time I used my gas dryer.
I absolutely love the way clothes smell when they've been outdoors -- so nice and fresh. This was my first winter with a clothes line. I wondered if I would break down and resort to modern conveniences. So far, so good. I am pretty determined to continue my pioneer ways.

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Chai Tea with Soy Milk (Recipe) . . .

I found this recipe for Chai Tea in my clippings drawer. I love chai and this is a great recipe. Can't tell you where it came from because there is no magazine name on my ripped page.

I have used the vanilla soy milk and added some extra real vanilla extract because I don't like the vanilla bean step. I don't usually have them in my cupboard but I always have everything else. The vanilla soy milk is sweet so you might be able to reduce the honey. I have also used organic sugar instead of honey. Play around with the recipe and enjoy.

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