Besom (broom)

I love anything hand crafted. I’m always trying to come up with things to make from the stuff I collect from nature. Recently I had to trim a bunch of bushes and some tree’s. I decided to make some besom’s out of them. They don’t work well for sweeping up dirt, but are great for sweeping the negativity out of the house. I even made a couple little ones to keep on my Altar (I’m Pagan) to cleanse it with. I used all natural materials to make these. The big one still needs some work, but they are great. I really enjoyed making these and so much positive energy wen into these. I thought taking their pictures in front of this old shed in the backyard would really look cool. I’ll talk about each one below the picture. Like what the material for that besom came from. Blessed Be!

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This is a close up of my big besom. Stands almost 7 foot tall. I found the feather on one of my walks and my mom gave me the little glass claw. I still need to add some stones to it.

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Here’s a full shot of my big besom. I used Oak for the handle and Bridal Wreath branches for the bristles. Jute was used to tie it up. I love how this one came out!

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This is the first one I made. I made this one out of Bridal wreath branches. The handle and the bristles both. I found those feathers either on one of my walks or in the yard. This one stands about 2 1/2 foot tall.

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This one is the last one I made. I used Bridal Wreath for the handle and pine needles for the bristles. This is the one I plan to keep on my Altar. She only stands about a foot tall. She’s so cute. I plan to add some small pine cones to her. I’m keeping this one really simple.

 

Much love!!!

-Jason-

 

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Little nest.

I love gifts from nature! I’m always finding feathers and picking up pine cones. I love looking for neat rocks too. I even have a pile of bark in my bedroom. Hey you can make incense from bark! It’s useful! Haha! Anyway, my Aunt was mowing the other day and almost ran this little nest that had fallen from the big pine tree. She saw it just in time and stopped the mower and moved it to the base of the tree until she finished mowing. She brought it to me later because everyone knows I love that kind of stuff. It’s the perfect little nest. It even has some of my Mom’s hair weaved into it. Which is lovely, and makes it even more special. I plan to pin it inside a little shadow box to hang on my wall. It’s just so beautiful.

 

I’ll have to make a post about how to make incense from tree bark. That would be a good post. Well here’s my little nest! So cute!

 

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

Kalanchoe pinnata

Family: Crassulaceae (Krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee)

Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee)

Species pinnata (pin-NAY-tuh)

Light: Sun to light shade

Water: Let dry between watering

 

Kalanchoe pinnata is a very easy plant to grow. You can propagate from cuttings or small plantlets that grow on the edge of leaves. Just lay a leaf on some moist soil and press the leaf into the soil. The whole bottom of the leaf should be in contact with the soil. Keep the soil moist and you will see little plantlets form on the edge of the leaf. They grow rapidly from these plantlets. I usually let them get a couple inches tall then separate. Kalanchoe pinnata also has health benefits. I haven’t tested any of these uses myself and I’m not responsible for any side effects. Everything with benefits also has side effects. There’s several things Kalanchoe pinnata can help with. Some of the things it helps with is kidney stones, wounds, inflammation, high blood pressure, and several other things.

 

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These are two I grew from plantlets on the side of leaves of my main plant. They were only a 1/2 inch tall in May when I placed them on soil. You can see how fast they have grown in just 3 month’s. If you have any more info let me know in a comment!

 

Much love!!!

-Jason-