favorite sprays and serums

favorite sprays and serum

I was mixing up some face serum and bug spray today and thought I’d share some of my favorite sprays and potions. Not all are shown in the picture above.

* For sprays, I use a 2 oz. glass bottle, fill it 3/4 of the way with distilled water, then add essential oils and top with more water if needed.

Face & Body:

* All Natural Face Serum~ I really like this recipe which I use at night to take my makeup off.  In the mornings I use straight up coconut oil as a moisturizer for my face and body.

* My favorite Hand Salve is this one. I gave a lot of my friends and family little jars of it because I love it so much.

* Homemade Mouthwash~ Really great for giving your mouth a fresh tingly feel, but also good for little blisters in the mouth and sore gums.  1/2 cup distilled water, 2 tsp baking soda, 2 drops tea tree oil and 2 drops peppermint. My little guy loves this stuff.


* Get Through the Day Spray (energizing)~ 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops spearmint and 5 drops cinnamon.

* Fresh & Sweet (uplifting)~ 2 oz distilled water, 10 drops vanilla, 5 drops of peppermint, 9 drops lavender.

*Happy Heart Spray ~ 2 oz distilled water, 10 drops vanilla, 5 drops of bergamont and 3 drops of rose essential oils.


* Oopsey Cleaning Spray~ When accidents happen with our pet (puke or pee), this helps with deep cleaning and keeps odors away.  Also great for cleaning crates. 1.5 oz distilled water, .5 oz white vinegar, 5 drops lemon oil, 10 drops tea tree oil

* Pretty Smelling Freya Spray~ After a good brushing, we will spray a little bit of this on her coat and it smells so good!  2 oz distilled water and 5 drops of bergamont.

* Natural Pet Shampoo~ 1/2 cup castile soap, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp coconut oil and 1/2 cup distilled water.  Mix gently before each use.  This keeps Freya’s coat soft and shiny.


* Bug Spray~ This helps keep mosquitoes at bay without the yucky scent of citronella. Fill a jar half way with distilled water and the other half with witch hazel (or just use distilled water). Add in 3 drops each of rosemary, clove and cinnamon with 5 drops lemongrass, lavender and tea tree.  Smells great! Don’t forget to spray mosquito hiding places, like under tables and in dark corners.

* No. 2 Spray for the bathroom~ Who doesn’t love a pretty smelling bathroom, especially when you live with 3 guys!  Read more about this one -> HERE <-

* My favorite Yoga Mat Spray can be found -> HERE <-

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colorful felted rocks

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

I’ve been wanting to make felted rocks for ages, but never had the supplies or know-how.  With a bit of felt roving at my fingertips, we decided to jump in and finally make some.

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

I found THIS wonderful tutorial by LilFishStudios and we got started.

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

Here are our cute little felt rock bundles.  My I-guy picked ALL of the colors himself. He wanted almost all of them to be “swirly” looking.

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

the wet felting is the funnest part. At first the wool feels really loose and squishy.

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

Just when you think it will never get tight around the rock, it magically does.

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

We had so much fun that we made 13 rocks. We had only planed to make 6 at first, but quickly realized that we needed to make a rainbow of rocks.

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

My I-guy had to give them all names so I could make this “chart”. We do this with our gemstones whenever we go to the rock shop so that we won’t forget their names.

colorful felted rocks by Regina Lord

I love this little wood bowl of rocks. Next, I want to try to crocheting rocks, like these crochet covered sea stones. It’s on this list along with a million other things!

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Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

We went on a little adventure on the 4th of July to Bisbee, AZ.  I’ve posted about Bisbee before, here, here and here.  It’s a favorite place of ours. It’s just under a 2 hour drive and it is 20 degrees cooler, which is reason enough for me. It’s also quirky, artsy, colorful and just all around cool place to hang out.

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

First we went to the coaster races down main street. An exciting beginning for the boys.

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

We had already done main street with all it’s shops and galleries, so this time we decided to freestyle our own stair climbing, hiking, photographing adventure. There are tons of stairways that course through the hillsides and neighborhoods of Bisbee. The pathways once served as mule tracks for Bisbee’s copper mining past and then were converted to walkways and stairways.

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

We found lots of old little buildings, a bathtub without a home and an old bottle post.

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

Lots of old brick, brightly colored homes and interesting street art.

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

I really love these copper metal sculptures and gate with their green patina.

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

We stumbled on this Buddhist shrine cave which was a nice surprise.

Adventures in Bisbee, Arizona by Regina Lord

A dead end found us at this crazy wall with lots of tile pieces, ceramic bits and other interesting items.

adventures in bisbee az by Regina Lord

A very kind, older gentleman invited us onto his property so he could show off his beautiful koi pond and mermaid sculptures.

adventures in bisbee az by Regina Lord

I must have taken over 500 pictures, but these are my favorites from the weekend.

I hope you had a great weekend too!

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5th of July felted flower GIVEAWAY!

I hope everyone in the states had a lovely 4th of July!  The photo above is my sorta sad attempt at photographing the fireworks that were several miles away.  Every year we get up on the roof, drink root beer floats and watch at least 5 different firework displays going on all over the city. We can’t see them very well, but it is still fun.  I had to use my telephoto lens, tripod and timer which makes it a little tricky.  The photo above is a layering of all my failed attempts, making a fun mess of sparkles.

felted flower giveaway

To celebrate summer I thought I’d giveaway four of my felted flowers to four different people. They don’t have anything sewn on the backs so you are free to keep them as is, or sew on hair ties, brooch pins or elastic wrist bands. Whatever makes you happy. :)

Please leave a comment by Sunday night and I will randomly pick 4 winners on Monday on this post. (comments closed- thanks!)


Randi Cook, Karowyn A., iHanna and LauraDobson

Thanks you so much everyone for playing!!

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Needle Felted Flowers::Part Two

Needle Felted Flowers Tutorial by Regina Lord

Here is part two of this needle felting flower tutorial. We will be making the flowers below.

Needle Felted Flowers Tutorial by Regina Lord

You will need to watch part one to see more in depth, how to do the felting, leaves and supplies. I had meant to make it all one big video, but it was taking to long to edit and upload, so I thought 2 parts would work too. This video is just over 10 minutes.

Needle Felted Flowers Tutorial by Regina Lord

Felting supplies courtesy of Beth from Curly Furr on Etsy

A review of supplies:
* Craft felt in various colors
* wool roving in various colors (I used fancy fiber crumbs and wooly bun crumbs)
* felting needles (I used 36g)
* needle felting foam
* scissors
* sewing needles
* sewing thread
* seed beads
* beading needles


* See notes from part one.

* The holes made by the needle in this flower did look a lot better after resting. They are still visible, but a lot less noticeable, especially after assembling the flower.

* Please come back on SATURDAY for a felted flower giveaway!

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Needle Felted Flower::Part One

Needle Felted Flower Tutorial by Creative Kismet

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tutorial or video.

I had made my own version of a felted flower a few weeks ago and thought it would be fun to share how I made it.

Needle Felted Flower Tutorial by Creative Kismet

The flowers above will be featured in this first video and tomorrow I will share how I made the petaled flowers.

Needle Felted Flower Tutorial by Creative Kismet

Felting supplies courtesy of Beth from Curly Furr on Etsy

* Craft felt in various colors
* wool roving in various colors (I used fancy fiber crumbs and wooly bun crumbs)
* felting needles (I used 36g)
* needle felting foam
* scissors
* sewing needles
* sewing thread
* seed beads
* beading needles


* Be very careful with your fingers. Felting needles are VERY sharp!

* Adding beads to your flowers is optional. They can be omitted all together, or just a single bead can be added to the center.

* Small visible holes may appear in felt as you needle felt.  They will shrink as felt rests.  Smaller gauge needle (40g) will also help to keep holes less visible.

Thank you for watching and stay tuned for flower number two!

Please leave any questions in the comments section and I will answer them the best that I can.

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June instagrams

Finished up a family tree custom order


succulents at the botanical garden

downtown Tucson on Art Cruise night.

cafe latte with happy skull face

Bisbee, AZ street art

backyard street lights and acacia tree pods

tea with my bestie at Seven Cups Tea House.

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charcoal drawings

journal page: girl with heart and bird by Regina Lord

I felt like experimenting a bit with charcoal on acrylic paint background today in my art journal.

The drawing of the girl with the heart was inspired by one of Jaya Suberg’s amazing mixed-media photographs.

I was going to just do the profile on this page, but decided to give her big hair that extends across both pages. I then used a thin coat of yellow to mute out the background a bit, leaving her hair a bright mishmash of orange and other colors.

I used both white and black soft charcoal for these pages, which makes it quite messy.  I used a dry and wet paint brush to move the charcoal around a bit.   An eraser works well to pick up some unwanted marks, which normally doesn’t work well on plain paper, but with an acrylic paint background, it worked quite nicely. Lastly, I used a fixative to keep everything from smudging. .  Really fun!

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summertime planning

summer goal list

This is the first time in 8months that I don’t have an upcoming art show to prep for. Art show season is over until October because of the hot summer heat.  Now, I am in the midst of trying to figure out what to do until then.  So, I created this fun little goal list/planner for the summer. I got the idea from HERE and used a little bigger piece of paper for more sticky notes.  I have added things to do for my creative biz and blog, and also things to do with my kids. I think it will inspire me and motivate me to keep going through the summer months.

weather station
Printable Weather Station

Summers are hard for the kids because a lot of their friends are away and it is so hot during the day. They go out and play with Freya and ride their bike in the early morning but there is still big chunks of the day where they are inside.  We limit their computer/game/TV time so activities, games and books to read are a must.

I’ve had them list some of the things they want to do this summer. My little guy (age 9) is all for making stuff, but that bigger, almost teenage guy (soon to be 13), well it’s a little harder for him. All he wants to do is skype his friends, listen to dubstep (which my husband and I call robot music) and play minecraft, which is fine some of the time.

So we’ve come up with a list of things we are going to try to do this summer (aside from the usual swimming, trips up the mountain and bike rides).  One of them was to make a weather station for I-guy (above).  Unfortunately the weather doesn’t change much around here. Mostly it is just HOT and not raining!


* Vegan mint chip ice cream, frozen pops and other fun treats.
* This pencil bow & arrow and this popsicle stick one.
* Paper Tardis (I have a serious Dr. Who fan in my home)
* Erupting ice cubes
* Homemade play dough (always a favorite)
* Can-do robots
* DIY aqua scopes
* Homemade slime
* Tin Can Lanterns
* Constellation Jars
* Scratch art

My oldest may not want to do everything on this list, but I bet he will be very interested in some of them. And I know my youngest will be delighted to try all of these. I have to keeping trying to do these kinds of things with them before it’s too late and they become cranky teenage boys.

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Happy Solstice!

birds on saguaro cactus

Happy Summer solstice!

Around here, it feels like it has been summer for ages already, at least since mid-May. With temps continually creeping up to triple digits, it’s not really my favorite time of  year but, it is lighter longer and I love that. And the birds have been feasting on our Saguaro’s fruit and I love that too.


Freya doesn’t seem to mind the heat too much. She still run laps around our yard every morning and evening.

Hope you had a happy, bright, sunshiny day!

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