2016 – A new year, a new look! Both in the store and online

Wall Flower Studio - renovating and January re-opening date

Happy to share that we now have brand new shelving and better lighting for the store! We’re working behind the scenes to employ all the space we can in our wee shop, and do look forward to re-opening on Fri. Jan 22. – Do drop in and have a look! If you have been in before, I hope you like the changes. If you haven’t been in yet, well then I ask, why not??? ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ But seriously, there are many surprises up my sleeve, yet to share over the years to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

FYI: Wall Flower Studio’s winter hours, (from reopening until the end of March 2016) will be: ย Thursday, Friday and Saturday /ย 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

– Not only will we have an updated look in the shop, but online, too! Though I’m very happy to continue offering our products on Etsy, one goal of mine has always been to have a proper website. I’ll still be blogging here, however the goal has been achieved, so for a sneak peek, visit Wall Flower Studio’s new website: HERE

(FYI -It’s not quite complete, but I’m working hard behind the scenes taking photographs, writing product descriptions, getting products listed, events slated and much more. Launch is set for early February 2016.)

Starting Jan. 22, Wall Flower Studio is the new โ€ŽMindenโ€ฌ pick-up location for the โ€ชBreadโ€ฌ & โ€ชBagelโ€ฌ club. We’re thrilled! For more info, please visit Into the Blue Bakery’s website: HERE

Last but not least, I’m happy to share that we’re now offering a monthly โ€ชโ€Žnewsletterโ€ฌ! Subscribe for โ€ชworkshopsโ€ฌ, new product launches, & forthcoming events in the โ€ช#โ€Žshop:โ€ฌ HERE

Right now I’m home, busily packaging all kinds of garden seeds, making soap, bitters, fairy furniture, you name it, but am admittedly missing the shop and all the lovely folk who visit, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish my friends and customers all the best for 2016.

Thank you for your kindness, inspiration, and for shopping locally. ~ Karen

fairy furniture at Wall Flower Studio Garden - copyright Karen Sloan

DIY floral apothecary tub soaks

Rose Milk bath soak - Wall Flower Studio

I think most gardeners are somewhat crafty people, and if you grow herbs in your garden and if you like to dry and store them, why not make your own herbal tea bath bags?

I’ve been doing it for years, and thought maybe it would be something interesting to share with everyone.

My Grandma always used Epsom salts, speaking highly of their virtues. Being a bath person myself, I started adding Epsom salt, sea salt, and various dried herbs in muslin bags, tying the bag to the tap as the bath water runs through it.

Relax all your cares away in a hot bath with all the essential ingredients contained in these bags. It’s especially nice after a long day in the garden.

Dried lavender flowers release essential oil and fragrance into the bath. The sea salts dissolves and works to relax tired and sore muscles. Milk powder dissolves to condition skin.

The best thing is that rejuvenated feeling after a good soak. There is no mess of dried flowers to clean up – just pick the tea bag up to discard. I put mine in the composter.

Rose Bath Tub Tea packets - Wall Flower Studio

You can buy empty tea bags, fill them with herbs and iron them shut! I love the fact that you can choose your own natural ingredients. Nothing harmful to the body or the environment.

Lavender, mint, sage, basil, chamomile, or anything that strikes your fancy, can be added, then ironed shut and tossed in the bath! It’s that easy.

Here’s a recipe I’ve used for many years. Hope you enjoy it too!

You’ll need…

~1 muslin bag (or) empty heat sealed tea bag or pretty jar with lid.

~ Some dried herbs: lavender, rosemary, rose hips, chamomile, rose petals, dried orange or lemon peels

~ 1/2 cup Epsom Salts

~ Blender

~ 1 tablespoon of Dried milk powderBath salt soaks in coloured apothecary jars Wall Flower Studio

~1/4 cup Dead Sea Salts

~ Essential oil of your choice (Just a couple of drops)

~ Olive Oil or Safflower oil (Just a couple drops)

Directions:

~Mix the dried flowers/herbs in the blender which helps to release their essential oils.

~Add a few drops of essential oil with a half cup of Epsom salts.

~Mix well and fill your muslin cotton sachet or tea bag and seal it.

~Hang the muslin bag from the spigot on your tub, or just float the bath tea bag in the tub for a few minutes before you get in. It’s that easy! Enjoy!

If you’d like to try some, but don’t have the ingredients or the time, please feel free to visit my Etsy shop where I have Bath Tea Spa bags available, and many other great gifts from the garden. Wall Flower Studio ships worldwide. Thank you!

Happy bathing! ๐Ÿ™‚