Saturday, February 25, 2017

Art shanties

This winter we headed out to the Art Shanties on White Bear Lake. It has been many years since we have visited and we are excited that it was just announced that the art shanties will be at Lake Harriet for the next couple years. An easy commute next year!
It was very slushy out there, but the day we went it was nice that it wasn't cold and windy. Some of these "shanties" were more sculpture than shanty.

Video surveillance shanty

Taking a ride in a seal! 

 I liked the Arterium shanty the best.

The ceiling inside. I bet it was even better on a sunny day.

This was one was a lot of fun. When you went inside the "river" was moving (see the woman on the right cranking to make the paper in the river move).

Tropical paradise.

Draw on the walls shanty. 

Birdhouse shanty. A bit hard to get in and out of.

In this van-turned-shanty-turned-theater they had hourly plays.

Fun for puzzlers.

Not quite sure what the point of this one was, but it was eye catching.

There were giant puddles of water everywhere and of course Eloise fell in one, luckily it was at the very end. We had to improvise to keep her feet warm.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Handmade lip balm and whipped shea butter

For Christmas this year, Harriet and I made lavender-scented whipped shea butter lotion and peppermint lip balm. It was a fun project to do today and not too hard. We had another recipe to use bee's wax, but opted for one that didn't, but you can see the bag of it at the bottom here.

For the lip balm, we heated everything up on the stove in a double burner, took it off, added honey and then gently poured it into these containers we got at the co-op. We let it cool and that was it!

 Here is the recipe we used. Pretty easy.

Harriet did package design.

Next we made Whipped Shea Butter. It was even easier since it doesn't involved the stove and you just use a mixer.

Mix it up for a while and then scoop it into the containers!