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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tokyo Milk Products (something lovely!)

As you have probably noticed, birds are "in"....they are appearing everywhere and I love seeing them! This week, I discovered bath products by Tokyo Milk. The graphics of the labels are so beautiful (one is a sparrow), and the bar soaps even have fine glitter on the art work to add to the charm. I will save the labels for collage and enjoy the wonderful soaps and perfumes! Great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts!



Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread

I am feeling much better after a day of total rest and medications. Soon, I plan to make this shortbread cookie, recipe .

It is from the JOY of BAKING web page....I will have to read more of the recipes there!

One thing I have "enjoyed" while healing from this pinched nerve is my microwavable neck "pillow" or tube, which is filled with rice and lavender. BTW we had made these comforting neck pillows a few weeks back....I did NOT sew it while my neck was hurting! So warm and relaxing! Easy to sew too! ( The pattern is from , I tried and tried to put the direct link to these instructions, but ended up writing her directions below.)

Directions for the Original Rice Hot Pack: For those who would like to stick with the traditional rice pack project, which produces a 3' x 4.5" tube, divided into rice filled segments, here are the full directions:
Supplies: scrap of cotton fabric ( be sure to use 100% cotton!), 37"x 10"; thread; chalk; sewing machine; one cup measure; measuring tape; scissors; 6 cups of white rice (not instant).
Skills:This is an easy to make beginner's sewing project. Ability to measure, cut, and sew rectangles with half inch seams.
What You Do:Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew along the bottom and length using half inch seams. Turn tube right side out. Measure and mark with chalk, from bottom seam, every 6" along the length, ending a half inch from end. Pour one cup of rice (mixed with dried lavender it you can find it, our local health food store stocks it) into tube and sew across width at the first 6" mark, enclosing rice in a 6" x 4.5" rectangle. Repeat for remaining 5 cups of rice. Turn in a half inch from end, and sew very near the edge to close tube.
Include these instructions with your gift: "Rice Buddy Hot Pack/Cold Pack. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, until hot, and use as you would a hot water bottle. Great for easing aches and pains. For cold pack, store in the freezer."


Julie said...


Love the graphics on those soaps - like botanical drawings. I am so glad you are feeling better!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Those graphics are gorgeous. And the recipe looks great - I have all the ingredients, think I'll bake up a batch and have a cup of White Tea with them - just the thing to relax after christmas shopping.

Janet said...

Those labels are little works of art! I must check out their soaps.

Glad you're feeling better, and thanks for the directions for making the neck hot pack. I made one a few years ago using a clean new tube sock! It works just fine and feels soft against the skin.

Bettyann said...

glad you are feeling better..women carry the world on our shoulders.. do gentle weight lifting 5-10lbs weight and strengthen your muscles..thanks for visiting..

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope you continue to feel better. I have always wanted on of the neck pillows but most of them are inflatable now and I haven't bought one. Love the soap! I love beautiful soaps! Take care of yourself!

gemma said...

Hi Lila
What beauteous soaps will look for them as well. Hope you feel better and better.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better, a pinched nerve sounds very painful.
The shortbread sounds delicious, I have a thing for cranberries lately.
I have noticed the bird thing too...I have a few bird items (plates, candle holders) that I like putting out in January. Reminds me that Spring will be here soon!

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