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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Basic Uses for Essential Oil

Essential oils are versatile plant-based wonders. They can be soothing and relaxing, stimulating and uplifting, naturally antibacterial and antiseptic and useful for almost all areas of your daily life. I started making products with essential oils years ago to get away from chemical based products that have cause problems for our bodies and the planet.

Here are some suggestions and ways that you can use these oils.

Massage:
This is a great way to use essential oils.  Their therapeutic properties seep into your skin, relaxing and toning muscles.  Dilute the oil in a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil, never put pure essential oils on the skin (exceptions to this are lavender and Tea Tree).

 1 drop of pure essential oil + 6 drops of carrier oil
                                             
                                         
Bath:
There's nothing like soaking in a tub of warm fragrant water to make the body feel good. The aromatherapeutic properties can ease tension and prepare the mind for a quiet night or the day ahead of you. Ex: 2 drops lavender, 2 drops rosemary, 2 drops eucalyptus

6-10 drops in a tub of warm water
                                                 

Compress:
A pad of absorbent material pressed onto a part of the body to relieve inflammation. Soak a clean cotton cloth in mixture of oils and warm water and wring out well.  Place cloth on the affected area.


5-10 drops of essential oil to 100ml warm water


Inhalation:
Place 5-10 drops of essential oil in a bowl of hot water. Cover head with a towel and inhale the vapor, for at least 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED. The oils clear chest and sinuses, clear up a foggy head & clears pores.

2 drops lavender, 2 drops tea tree, 2 drops eucalyptus

     
Or place in a diffuser and diffuse into your room.


Abrasions & Minor Burns:
Abrasion: Clean the area well with 5 drops of lavender oil diluted in a bowl of warm water. Apply one drop undiluted directly from bottle and leave to heal.


Burn: Immediately apply ice cold water for 10 minutes.  Then apply 2 drops of undiluted lavender directly from bottle.



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Find more information on herbal properties here

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Sales!

                     December 2 is Cyber Monday!

Support your favorite small business, mine! ;) 
Visit my booth on ezcraftshow and get these great discounts!


Special Small Business offer!
Beazer's Garden is proud to take part in all of these events, and we’re encouraging everyone to 
Stop by my shop on November 29th -December 2nd and you’ll get:
15% off orders $10/up with code SHOP15,
25% off orders $20/up with code SHOP25,
30% off orders $40/up with code SHOP30,
Buy 1, get 1 50% off selected items, plus

A FREE GIFT with every Purchase.


Only one coupon code can be used per order, but you can make multiple purchases to rack up on savings!


#Ezcraftshow #ShopSmall #BeazersGarden #NaturalBeauty
 #CyberMonday #Sale #HolidayShopping

Friday, November 29, 2013

Beazer's Garden Holiday Sale!

                         Black Friday is November 29th,
            November 30th is Small Business Saturday &                               December 2 is Cyber Monday!


Support your favorite small business, mine! :)
 It started with Black Friday, a chance to jump on the Holiday shopping rush, then came Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. Then they threw in Cyber Monday to extend the shopping opportunities with more great sales. 

Special Small Business offer!
Beazer's Garden is proud to take part in all of these events, and we’re encouraging everyone to 
Stop by my shop on November 29th -December 2nd and you’ll get:
15% off orders $10/up with code SHOP15,
25% off orders $20/up with code SHOP25,
30% off orders $40/up with code SHOP30,
Buy 1, get 1 50% off selected items, plus

A FREE GIFT with every Purchase.


Only one coupon code can be used per order, but you can make multiple purchases to rack up on savings!


#ShopSmall #BeazersGarden #NaturalBeauty 
#BlackFriday #CyberMonday #SmallBizSaturday #Sale #HolidayShopping

Friday, November 22, 2013

Last Day to Enter to Win a Free $15 Gift Certificate!


                            Product Review & Giveaway

Check out this review from a customer who liked the products so much, She's hosting a giveaway to my shop for a FREE $15 Gift Certificate!


To enter the giveaway, click above.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at midnight, Eastern Standard Time on 
Thursday, November 22nd, 2013. 
THAT'S TONIGHT!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Treasury Thursday~ Greens & Naturals

Hello People, check out this beautiful and colorful treasury from Kitty Greene, a shop specializing in bunting purses, hats and more. Greens & Naturals features handmade items like beautiful chunky scarfs, and my herbal soaps and oils

Show your support for small handmade business, visit the links, favor them with item & shop hearts to boost their online ratings. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Beazer's Garden Customer, an extra something for you!

Leave a review survey or refer a friend to my shop and get extra treats for yourself or to use as holiday gifts!

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If she makes a purchase, you'll earn a referral reward!
Your friends get 30% off at Beazer's Garden, and you get rewarded with 50% off!

Or 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nature's Gifts ~ They're not just pretty plants!


Nature has provided us with some amazing things, plants being one. Check out these wonderful aromatherapy herbs which can be taken in many forms to alleviate almost every aliment. 
Find more information here.  


Check out some of the work I do during my day job here

Monday, November 18, 2013

Beazer's Garden Upcoming Special Small Business Sales!

                       Black Friday is November 29th,
            November 30th is Small Business Saturday &                               December 2 is Cyber Monday!





Support your favorite small business, mine! :)
 It started with Black Friday, a chance to jump on the Holiday shopping rush, then came Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. Then they threw in Cyber Monday to extend the shopping opportunities with more great sales. 

Special Small Business offer!
Beazer's Garden is proud to take part in all of these events, and we’re encouraging everyone to 
Stop by my shop on November 29th -December 2nd and you’ll get:
15% off orders $10/up with code SHOP15,
25% off orders $20/up with code SHOP25,
30% off orders $40/up with code SHOP30,
Buy 1, get 1 50% off selected items, plus

A FREE GIFT with every Purchase.


Only one coupon code can be used per order, but you can make multiple purchases to rack up on savings!
#ShopSmall #BeazersGarden #NaturalBeauty 
#BlackFriday #CyberMonday #SmallBizSaturday #Sale #HolidayShopping

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The purpose of life...




 The purpose of life is not to be happy- but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. 


~Leo Rosten

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Beazer's Garden Product Review & Giveaway!



Check out this review from a customer who liked the products so much, she's hosting a giveaway for a 
$15 gift certificate to my shop!



To enter the giveaway, click the picture above.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and 

ends at midnight, Eastern Standard Time on 

Thursday, November 22nd, 2013.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Treasury Thursday Triple Play

T292 by Lorens by BaleaRaitz
gorgeous original fashion illustration




"Fall Finds" from bprdesigns
a shop featuring beautiful glass housewares, jewelry




Hello old friend by PriorMemories
 a specialty shop featuring vintage items & miniatures.





Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Us Humans Have These 7 Superpowers



Good news! We have a few superpowers that no one can take away from us. That’s right! And just when we thought we had to live much of our precious time in "survival" mode, anxious about the competition, safe-guarding our rights and resources, and breathing on edge each day with the notion that for us to win in this lifetime, the people around us have to lose because there's simply just not enough to go around.


1. We have the power to make choices in every single situation.


This is an incredible gift, often called "free-choice." In every decision, circumstance and opportunity presented, you have the choice of how to interpret it, what to feel as a result, and inevitably how to act and behave accordingly.


2. We have the power to seek and find good - even in the bad. 


This strength of character is what makes the optimist rise and remain in a realm of possibility where there are always alternatives and where challenges, difficulties and even "failure" are just part of growth. This power enables new lessons to be learned,  new paths to follow, and deep changes to take effect.


3. We have the power to lead by example and become a role model to others just by behaving with integrity. 


How amazing to realize that our children, our friends, our partners, our clients -- anyone we interact with can become inspired in some small way by our actions and deeds -- no matter how natural and unassuming they may seem. The values we convey by our daily habits and behaviors give us incredible leadership potential and we owe this much to those we love and to those we want to see win.


4. We have the power to do the very best we can with all that you have. 


No one can take away your ability to give 100%. This power is commonly referred to as "will-power" and unfortunately, the unwritten contracts we have with ourselves are usually the first ones we break. We think twice before letting someone else down but move on quite comfortably from letting ourselves down. We deserve to give ourselves 100% and invest 100% of what we have into the things that matter most in our lives.


5.  We have the power to treat others with compassion, dignity and love. 


The way we speak, the way we advise, the way we parent, educate, manage, love, and work can all be handled with care and thought. We have the power to give the benefit of the doubt if we want to. People will always remember how we make them feel and we have an unbelievable amount of influence in all of our interpersonal relationships.


6.  We have the power to do 1% more today than we did yesterday. 


With clear goals, we have the power to do more and be more today than we were the day before. No one said change is easy and no one ever claimed that real transformation happens overnight. Small disciplines over time, as little as 1%, lead to lasting and deep improvements which ultimately get us closer to where we want to be.


7. We have the power to focus our time, energy and resources on the things in our life that bring us health, happiness,  joy, and fulfillment. 


We all battle with the guilt that "giving to myself and following my dreams and ambitions is selfish." The universe wants us to be ourselves, and the world will benefit far greatly once we are aligned with our passions and feel whole, healthy, and strong. It’s a win-win for everyone when we live with purpose, direction and meaning.


Superheroes don't merely exist in movies, cartoons and comic books. We each have tremendous natural superpowers that are always available to us should we wish to use them to do so much good in this lifetime.

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Borrowed from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4454/Us-Humans-Have-These-7-Superpowers.html

Jigsaw Puzzle~ Warm up on Fall Days with Beazer's Garden

Monday, November 4, 2013

Deals of the Week~ Coupon Codes


November is perfect for starting your holiday shopping early! Here are some shops with deals going on from now till the end of Nov-Dec. Looking for handmade jewelry, original photography, vintage items for the home or natural bath & body products? Check them out, Happy Shopping!


Specializing in Vintage home decor vases, art, and anything chinoiserie


 20% discount off of your purchase with coupon code GRANDOPENING2013.
expires on November 30th, 2013

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Beautiful Jewelry and photography.

Coupon Code: FrontPage15
15% off any item in shop!
Starting now, Good until December 31st 2013

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Use code 15VIP for 15% off your purchase, plus get a free gift! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DIY-Halloween Props That Turn to Look at You as you Walk By

by DIYHacksAndHowTos

I love how people can automate items and make them move as props for events. 
This seems like such a cool project, but I wouldn't have foggiest idea of how to go about setting it up. If you are good with computer programming, have fun! Take pictures and share your creations.

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Interactive Halloween props are always fun and they are surprisingly easy to make. This year I designed a simple system that rotates a skull to face you and follows you movements as you walk by.

To accomplish this I used light sensors to detect a person's shadow. An Arduino microcontroller then calculates where they are standing and activates a servo that turns the skull to face them. When they move, the skull turns to follows them.

Step 1: Select a Halloween Prop to Use

The first thing that you need to do is select a Halloween prop that will turn and follow people walking by. Look for props that are both creepy and light weight. I chose to use a foam skull but there are a lot of other props that can also work. Use your imagination.

Step 2: The Light Sensors

This project uses an array of light sensors to detect where a person is standing. I used CdS photoresistors but you could also use phototransistors.

When using photoresistors, you need to be aware that CdS photoresistors can vary quite a lot in their output characteristics. Even if you purchase a set of photoresistors that are the same type from the same manufacturer, the output of one photoresistor can still be very different from the next. There are several ways that you can compensate for this. You could change the other circuit components to match the photoresistors in the desired lighting. Another option is to change the Arduino code to compensate for different values of the photoresistors. You can add in a simple adjustment factor to any inputs, or you can write code that calibrates itself by referencing its average value. If all else fails you can purchase more photoresistors than you need in the hopes that you can get a group of them with approximately the same output characteristics.



Step 3: The Microcontroller

The brain of this project is the Arduino UNO microcontroller. This board has six analog input ports that are used to measure the voltages coming from the light sensors. The Arduino monitors these voltages over time and calculates which sensor experiences the greatest drop in voltage. This typically results from a person walking in front of that sensor and casting a shadow on it. The arduino then activates a servo to turn the skull to face that sensor and the person standing in front of it.

Step 4: The Code

//  Here is the Arduino code that I used.
// Open up the Arduino environment. Then copy and paste it into a new sketch.
// Then upload the code to the Arduino board.



#include <Servo.h>
Servo myservo;                                         //create servo object to control a servo

int ResetTimer=0;                                      //sets delay to reset position
int GoalPosition=3;                                    //stores the goal postion (1-5) where the person is standing
int GoalPositionDegrees;                               //stores the goal position in degrees (30-150)
int CurrentPositionDegrees=90;                         //stores the current position in degrees (30-150)
int AveragingSpeed=100;                                //sets how quickly the average values adjust (a lower value changes average value quickly)                                                                           //quickly. A value of 100 changes the average value slowly
                                                       // his effectively sets the speed at which the sensors recalibrate themselves to changing light conditions
int PinOneCurrent;                                     //stores current value of pins 1-5
int PinTwoCurrent;
int PinThreeCurrent;
int PinFourCurrent;
int PinFiveCurrent;

float PinOneAverage;                                    //stores the average value of pins 1-5
float PinTwoAverage;
float PinThreeAverage;
float PinFourAverage;
float PinFiveAverage;

float RatioPinOne=0.00;                                 //stores the ratio of current pin value to average pin value
float RatioPinTwo=0.00;
float RatioPinThree=0.00;
float RatioPinFour=0.00;
float RatioPinFive=0.00;

float Threshold=0.95;                                    //sets minimum threshold for sensors

void setup()
{
myservo.attach(13);                                      //attaches servo to digital pin 13


PinOneAverage = analogRead(1);                           //reads from sensors to set initial average pin value
PinTwoAverage = analogRead(2);
PinThreeAverage = analogRead(3);
PinFourAverage = analogRead(4);
PinFiveAverage = analogRead(5);
}




void loop()
{
                                                                                    //read analog pins 1-5 and set the result as current value
   PinOneCurrent= analogRead(1);                                             
   PinTwoCurrent= analogRead(2);
   PinThreeCurrent= analogRead(3);
   PinFourCurrent= analogRead(4);
   PinFiveCurrent= analogRead(5);

                                                                                    //adjust average pin values
   PinOneAverage=PinOneAverage+(PinOneCurrent-PinOneAverage)/AveragingSpeed;
   PinTwoAverage=PinTwoAverage+(PinTwoCurrent-PinTwoAverage)/AveragingSpeed;
   PinThreeAverage=PinThreeAverage+(PinThreeCurrent-PinThreeAverage)/AveragingSpeed;
   PinFourAverage=PinFourAverage+(PinFourCurrent-PinFourAverage)/AveragingSpeed;
   PinFiveAverage=PinFiveAverage+(PinFiveCurrent-PinFiveAverage)/AveragingSpeed;

                                                                                    //calculates ratio of current pin value to average pin value
   RatioPinOne=(float)PinOneCurrent/PinOneAverage;
   RatioPinTwo=(float)PinTwoCurrent/PinTwoAverage;
   RatioPinThree=(float)PinThreeCurrent/PinThreeAverage;
   RatioPinFour=(float)PinFourCurrent/PinFourAverage;
   RatioPinFive=(float)PinFiveCurrent/PinFiveAverage;


                                                                                 //determine which ratio is the largest and sets the goal position
                                                                                 //set goal position

   if (RatioPinThree < Threshold && RatioPinThree < RatioPinOne && RatioPinThree < RatioPinTwo && RatioPinThree < RatioPinFour && RatioPinThree < RatioPinFive)
    {    GoalPosition=3;   
         ResetTimer=0;   }
   else if (RatioPinOne < Threshold && RatioPinOne < RatioPinTwo && RatioPinOne < RatioPinThree && RatioPinOne < RatioPinFour && RatioPinOne < RatioPinFive)
    {    GoalPosition=1;   
         ResetTimer=0;   }
   else if (RatioPinTwo < Threshold && RatioPinTwo < RatioPinOne && RatioPinTwo < RatioPinThree && RatioPinTwo < RatioPinFour && RatioPinTwo < RatioPinFive)
    {    GoalPosition=2;   
         ResetTimer=0;   }
   else if (RatioPinFour < Threshold && RatioPinFour < RatioPinOne && RatioPinFour < RatioPinTwo && RatioPinFour < RatioPinThree && RatioPinFour < RatioPinFive)
    {    GoalPosition=4;   
         ResetTimer=0;   }
   else if (RatioPinFive < Threshold && RatioPinFive < RatioPinOne && RatioPinFive < RatioPinTwo && RatioPinFive < RatioPinThree && RatioPinFive < RatioPinFour)
    {    GoalPosition=5;   
         ResetTimer=0;   }
   else if (ResetTimer > 100)                                     //after delay resets to position 3
    {    GoalPosition=3;
         ResetTimer=0;   }
   else
    {    ResetTimer=ResetTimer+1;  }


GoalPositionDegrees=GoalPosition*25+15;                               //converts the goal position to degrees
       
myservo.write(GoalPositionDegrees);                             //sets the servo position according to the scaled value

delay(30);                                                         //sets how quckly the servo turns (lower numbers turn more quickly)
                               

}

Step 5: Attach the Servo to Your Prop and a Base

To be able to turn your prop you need to attach it to a servo motor. How you attach your prop to the servo will depend on the geometry of your prop. Try to find an area where the servo can be easily hidden. If people can see the servo, it will be less impressive.

The skull that I am using has a flat recessed area on the bottom behind the jaw. This made a convenient place to mount the body of the servo. To attach the servo to the skull I applied a generous amount of hot glue to the bottom of the servo and pressed the two together for several minutes. Then I applied more hot glue around the edges.

To mount the skull and servo, I attached the rotor of the servo to piece of cardboard that will act as the base. First make sure that your servo is in the center position. This will make sure that it is oriented properly and can go through the full range of motion. I applied hot glue to the center of the cardboard and to the rotor. Then I pressed the two together for several minutes until the glue hardened. To make it a little more secure, I applied more glue around the edges. 

Step 6: Setup the Light Sensor Array on a Breadboard

To assemble the photosensor array each CdS photoresistors is wired in series with a fixed 10kohm resistor. The fixed resistor is connected to GND and the photoresistor is connected to 5VDC . The center pin is connected to an analog input of the arduino. This forms a light sensitive voltage divider. As the light changes, so does the resistance of the photoresistor. This results in a change in voltage at the center pin that is detected by the microcontroller. I used five of these sensors in this project. But you can use as many sensors as you have analog input pins on your Arduino.

First I assembled the sensors on a breadboard. I ran a jumper wire from the 5V pin on the Arduino to one of the power rails on the breadboard. Then I ran a jumper wire from the GND pin on the Arduino to the other power rail. Then I added the photoresistors and 10k resistors between the power rails as shown in the picture above. Then I added a jumper wire from the center pins of each sensor to the analog input pins 1-5 on the Arduino.

Step 7: Attach the Servo to the Breadboard and the Arduino

Now you need to connect the servo to the Arduino. The servo has three wires. The ground wire is typically black or brown. This should be connected to one of the GND pins on the Arduino. The signal wire is typically yellow, orange or white. This should be connected to one of the digital pins on the Arduino. The positive power wire is typically red. This needs to be connected to the 5V pin from the Arduino. Unfortunately there is only one 5V pin on the Arduino and that is already being used to power the light sensors. So you should connect this wire to the positive positive power rail on the breadboard.

Step 8: Test the System

Now you need to test the system to make sure that it is working properly.

Plug the Arduino into your computer and upload the code. If everything wired up correctly, the skull should turn to face one of five positions when you cover the photoresistors with your hand. These five positions should correspond to the five photoresistors.

If the skull is facing the opposite direction from the sensor that you are covering, you can correctly this by switching which analog pins the jumper wires are connected to.

You will probably need to make some adjustments to the code to fine tune how it performs. But that can wait until everything is setup in the final location.

Step 9: Add Extension Wire for Each Photoresistor

In order to be able to mount the photoresistors in their final locations, you need to add extension wires to them.

Cut ten pieces of thin insulated wire that are each several feet long. Then strip the insulation off the ends. You can use individual wires or multi-wire bundle such as a computer connector cable. Remove one of the photoresistors from the breadboard. Then take two of the wires and connect one end of each piece to the locations on the breadboard where the photoresistor leads where inserted. Then connect the other ends to the leads of the photoresistor. For the best connection, you should solder them together.

After connecting the wires you should insulate the contacts. You can do this with either heat shrink tubing or tape. Repeat this process for each of the other photoresistors. Doing them one at a time helps to avoid crossed wires. 

Step 10: Mount Everything in its Final Location

Now it is time to setup everything in its final location. The ideal location for this is a shelf that is between waist height and head height. Place the skull on top of the shelf. If possible, use fabric to cover up the base and to help hide the servo.

Mount the photoresistors on the bottom side of the shelf along the front edge. The easiest way to do this is to just stick it in place with tape. Run the wires to a nearby place where you can hide the Arduino and the breadboard. Adding other decorations can help to hide the wires.

To power the system, you can run a USB cable to a nearby computer or you can use a 5VDC adapter that is plugged into a wall outlet or extension cord.

Step 11: Make Adjustments to the Code

The code that I included has several variables that you can change to adjust the performance of the skull. You can adjust the sensitivity of the sensors. You can change how quickly the system re-calibrates itself to changing light conditions. You can set the time delay before the skull resets its position. Try making adjustments until it performs the way that you like.