Self-Care Sunday

Ahhhhh, self-care. The thing we tend to put on the bottom of our daily to do lists. We promise ourselves that when we are done with a bunch of things, we will do something for ourselves. Or we say that we will do it “when we have time”. (Spoiler alert – we will never have the time. We must make the time!) Here’s the thing about self-care. It isn’t a selfish endeavor…and we aren’t martyrs for neglecting to take care of ourselves. Self-care is critical for our mental health. It helps put us in a healthy mindset. And if you’ve been with me even for a short period, you know I believe that mindset is everything! 

Take the time to prioritize your mental health by taking time every day to do something that nourishes your soul, makes you happy or recharges you. When we take care of ourselves, we are better people to others. 

Each Sunday I will post something that I am doing to practice self-care. It might be something super basic, but believe me, sometimes those basic things make a huge difference in our mindset. By coming along on my journey, I hope to give you some ideas about what you can incorporate in your own routine. I know it can be tricky to find things to do for yourself when you haven’t done it a lot. 

Harry Potter Potion Series – Mandrake Restorative Draught

We are introduced to mandrakes in herbology class in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Mandrake Restorative Draught is used to heal those who have been cursed or transfigured back to their original state. Ingredients I used: Glass Bottle Clear Dish Soap Moss Silk Leaves Sticks Cooking Skewer Jute Twine Potion Label I added in the moss, silk leaves and sticks first, then added the clear dish soap. I used the cooking skewer to

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Harry Potter Potion Series – Dragon Heartstring

Like Phoenix Feathers, Dragon Heartstring is typically used as a core in wandmaking. It is said that not only is it a powerful core, a wand made of dragon heartstring will bond strongly with its current owner. These wands also tend to learn quickly and are the easiest to turn to the dark arts. This potion is meant to compliment Dragon’s Blood, which we featured last week. Ingredients I used: Glass Bottle Red Stringy Moss

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Harry Potter Potion Series – Dragon’s Blood

According to the Harry Potter Lexicon, over Albus Dumbledore’s lifetime, he discovered twelve uses of Dragon’s Blood – one being an oven cleaner. Who knew? What I love about this potion, is that it is simple to make and the finished potion with the dragon embellishment, wax and suede cording looks awesome. Ingredients I used: Large Glass Bottle Light Corn Syrup Red and Blue Food Coloring (I like using the gel ones – they are

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Potions From The Woodlands – Pixie Dust

Pixie dust is collected from fairies and can be used in many different potions. They can be found in gardens and the woodlands. Ingredients I used: Glass Bottle Glitter (I used various shades of greens, golds and teal) Glue Pen (I like the EK Tools Zig Glue Pen) Ribbon or greens for embellishment Jute Twine Funnel Bowl (for mixing glitter) Potion Label C&CC’s is Tinker Bell inspired, as you can see by the label. I

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Harry Potter Potion Series – Demiguise Hair

Demiguise Hair comes from a rare magical creature, the demiguise. The demiguise is described as a peaceful, herbivore who can make itself invisible. They are hard to see, and a witch or wizard has to undergo special training to capture them. Their fur can be used in making invisibility cloaks as well as invisibility potions. Ingredients I used: Wide Mouth Cylinder Jar White Craft Fur Hot Glue Cooking Skewer Jute Twine Sandpaper (to age the

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Harry Potter Potion Series – Phoenix Tears

Last week I made Phoenix Feathers and as promised, this week we have Phoenix Tears. I really enjoyed making this one, especially the embellishing that is done on the bottle. Phoenix tears have incredible healing powers. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Fawkes, Dumbledore’s phoenix, saves Harry by dropping his tears into Harry’s wound from the basilisk. Ingredients I used: Tear Drop Glass Bottle Rubber Cork Rubbing Alcohol Funnel Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint

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Harry Potter Potion Series – Phoenix Feathers

Phoenix feathers shed from phoenixes are used in wandmaking. It is one of the rarest cores and is capable of the greatest range of magic. A phoenix feather is the core of Harry Potter’s wand. And like Ollivander says, “The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It’s not always clear why. But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you.” Wands with a phoenix feather core are very picky when

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Alice in Wonderland Potion Series – Drink Me

I’ve always wanted to make a Drink Me potion ever since I saw Alice in Wonderland. This potion allows the person who consumes it to shrink down in size while in Wonderland. C&CC did a tutorial on this using styling gel for the liquid. It looks fantastic in the bottle, but for mine, I wanted to use something that would make the liquid look kind of flat and watery. I opted for light corn syrup

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