Floyd Fest 12 Rise & Shine – A Four Day Mud Fest Vacation Destination for 2013

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Fabulous fun faerie costumery on stilts at Floyd Fest 12 Rise and Shine 2013My vacation, a four day three night trip to Floyd Fest 12 Rise & Shine, was much more of an adventure than I had anticipated. My first day there was gorgeous and sunny and filled with music, delicious food and crafts and these lovely faerie inspired darlings on stilts. The weather was gorgeous and not brutally hot with a forecast for sunny skies and only a chance of spotty thunderstorms.

Rebecca with braidsThe morning of day two, I got my hair braided so I wouldn’t have to fuss with it. And then, halfway through day two it started to rain. We waited patiently into the early evening anticipating it would stop soon. It didn’t. And not only did it rain, but it poured throughout the rest of the day, the night and halfway into the next day.

People walking in a muddy path at Floyd Fest 12 Rise and Shine

Our tent – and just about every tent pitched on Thursday – ended up being flooded. Some folks bailed on the festival entirely waiting in line for over an hour to get shuttled back to their cars due to the mass Exodus. Our 10′ x 10′ tent flooded as well, leaving a good 2/3 of it completely wet and damp. Luckily my backpack full of clothes and the mat underneath my sleeping bag soaked up most of the water and the worst of it pooled along one side – my side. So while there was a small stretch of tent that wasn’t soaked, all of my clothes for the trip were a lost cause. But we toughed it out.

The Eternal Mud Walkway - Floyd Fest 12 becomes a Mud Fest

Here’s what I refer to as the Mud Walk of Floyd Fest – a muddy walkway that only got worse as the days passed. Tractors came in with hay, but within minutes of people passing, the hay had disappeared entirely within the mud like it was never there. You had to tread carefully or you’d slip and fall. One guy lost a shoe in the mud – which was ankle deep in spots – while those with flip flops had to pitch them for bare feet for traction.

Muddy barefoot dancers in the Pink Floyd Beer Garden at Floyd Fest 12 Rise and Shine 2013The beer gardens were significantly less muddy. Or rather, the mud wasn’t a deep gorge of mess, and the music and dancing continued despite the rain, occasional thunder, and of course, mud.

Beautiful misty foggy morningThere was also a misty, foggy morning in the mountains that while gray, was actually kind of beautiful.

Muddy Converse tennis shoes courtesy of Floyd Fest 12 Rise and Shine

If it wasn’t for having to sleep on the ground in a damp tent, walk through some major thigh busting mud (which is ten times worse with fibro,) and wear the same clothes and seriously wet, mud caked shoes for three days, I probably would have enjoyed it. (Yes, those are my shoes.)

Cars being towed from Alpha Lot of the Mud Fest - er, Floyd Fest 12 Rise and Shine 2013By Sunday I was more than ready to head home. Unfortunately we have had a ridiculous amount of rain this spring and summer. Basically it rained almost daily for about two months with more rain than Seattle’s average in the same time period. (No joke. We have had multiple flash floods and lots of property damage.) So when it came time to leave the Alpha Lot – which was pretty much a giant field – that we were parked in, it wasn’t easy. I seriously don’t think these photos due the mud justice because the ruts of mud in this field/parking lot were up to a foot deep in places. Cars had to be towed out one by one courtesy of some super nice folks and their tractors. Mine included.

Scott and Rebecca at Floyd Fest 12 Rise and Shine 2013By the time I got home I had sworn off ever going to Floyd Fest again. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience either. I convinced myself I am a die hard city girl despite all of those camping trips to the beach every year as a child from as far back as two years old. However, I am glad I went because now I know what everyone said I was missing – or rather wasn’t missing in my case – and it was definitely something to remember and talk about when I’m old and 80.

Two days since coming home, though, I’m sort of considering trying it all over again next year. Or the year after.  Maybe. But if I do go I’m going to save and shell out the cash for a VIP ticket and on site parking. (Thank goodness for the calming effects of acupuncture!) After all, the music WAS amazing. But for now, I’m ready to jump back into making homemade soaps and other bath and beauty concoctions again. I’ve realized that maybe I’m not quite as daring and adventurous as I’d sometimes like to be. But I think that’s okay, because I’m exactly who I want to be.

Has anyone else had a vacation this year? Where did you go? I’d love to hear all about where you traveled and how it went!

Buy it. Try it. Love it. Make it.

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Buy it. Try it. Love it. Make it. Rebecca's NEW Soap Delicatessen where you buy products to try, fall in love with them, then make them from the accompanying recipe!Introducing a newly refashioned Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Having been in the soapmaking business for over a decade, I’ve seen and been through a lot of changes. Some were exciting, some were challenging, and some I could have done without. However, life has brought me to a place where I want to give back to others and encourage community and creativity in others. One without having to worry about competing with other bath and beauty artisans or worrying about someone stealing my ideas or recipes – a primary cause of stress, anger and even disappointment that I’ve witnessed over the years from other artisans in every field. Therefore I’m pleased to introduce the new philosophy behind Rebecca’s Soap DelicatessenBuy it. Try it. Love it. Make it.

Under this new structure, I will be crafting new recipes and DIY projects to share on my blog and selling the limited edition resulting products. This allows me not only to share my best selling tried and true homemade beauty and soap recipes, but also gives me the opportunity to make something new and exciting on a consistent basis, try new ingredients and then share the resulting recipes for you to try for your own home or small business. Most new products that are sold in my shop will be part of Buy it. Try it. Love it. Make it.  To find products that participate, simply visit the product page of any item that is being sold at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and scroll to the bottom. Participating products will state: Buy it. Try it. Love it. Make it. and have a link back to the accompanying recipe on my blog, Soap Deli News.

I’m very excited about taking this new journey with my business and seeing where it leads. I also hope you’ll accompany me on that journey, share some of your own recipes and tips via a guest blog post on Soap Deli News or within my new Google+ community, Soapmaking with Rebecca. If you love this new idea as much as I do, I’d love for you to share my tutorials and recipes via your own social networks like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Natural Handmade Under Eye Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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Natural Handmade Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye Cream

It’s finally here! My new and all natural anti-wrinkle cream. This product is carefully crafted for those of us who are “maturing” in body but not in mind in order to help minimize the natural effects of aging and improve the overall condition of sensitive under eye skin so we look the way we feel! Based on my own under eye skin issues of occasional dry patches, puffiness, thinning skin and wrinkles that are starting to become visible in my late thirties, I formulated this natural under eye anti-aging cream with a combination of rich, skin conditioning oils and botanicals known for their anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and rejuvenating properties.

My handmade under eye cream also contains 100% pure rosewood essential oil which has been documented to aid in a multitude of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry and oily skin, elasticity, and wrinkles. It also contains high percentages of olive squalane – commonly referred to as a “Face Lift in a Bottle” – botanical extracts of calendula, marshmallow, aloe, horsetail and irish moss, kokum butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil, argan oil, camelina oil, jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil and vitamin E oil.

There are no preservatives, no parabens, no artificial fragrances and no artificial colors. It is suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. And my Vitamin E oil is even sourced from certified GMO free sources.

You can purchase this product now from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

Homemade Soap Scented with Pink Berry Mimosa Fragrance

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A fabulous new limited edition handmade soap will be making it’s way into my shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen, in three short weeks. Each of these pretty pink homemade soap bars are hand stamped with shimmering mica and have the same luscious scent as my newest best selling Pink Berry Mimosa Scented Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes! This new soap is the result of a brand new cold process soap recipe that combines skin loving avocado, hemp seed, sweet almond, grape seed, coconut, soybean, and olive oils as well as shea and cocoa butters to make a bar you just can’t resist. Further, I’ll also be sharing the homemade soap recipe for this pink delight on my blog, Soap Deli News, very soon. So keep your eyes peeled and follow along via bloglovin’.

Handmade Under Eye Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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Natural Handmade Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye Cream with Pure Rosewood Essential Oil

I am so excited to get started on formulating my new all natural anti-wrinkle under eye cream. As I’m getting older – I turn the big 3-8 this June – not only are the wrinkles around my eyes becoming more pronounced, but I have been getting dry patches under my eyes as well. Because of this it’s really sunk in that if I want to keep looking young, then I need to start working at it. Maturing skin really does need extra love to stay looking its best. So based on some various natural ingredients I’ve been experimenting with, I am finally ready to craft my own natural under eye anti-wrinkle cream. After all, our eyes are one the first places you start to notice the effects of aging. I’m also quite keen to minimize the scar under my right eye from a dog bite and hopefully minimize some of the under eye puffiness that afflicts me during allergy season and on those nights I just don’t sleep well. In addition I really want a super concentrated cream, rather than a cream with unnecessary fillers like water, and one that was free of chemicals and preservatives.

My handmade under eye cream will include a mixture of moisture rich oils, butters and botanicals prized for their skin conditioning, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just a few of the ingredients that will be incorporated into my new recipe include calendula flower extract, evening primrose oil, olive squalane, grape seed oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, calmelina oil, kokum butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E and rosewood essential oil.

Once I get a recipe together, I have some very willing co-workers of all age ranges and skin types – including extremely sensitive skin – on stand by to help me test it out over a period of several weeks.

Curious about some of the ingredients I’ll be working with? Here’s some information on a some of the less common ingredients I’ll be using in my natural anti-aging skin care recipe.

Rosewood Essential Oil has a lovely light fragrance thought to ease stress and headaches – not to mention it doesn’t irritate my allergies – and is great for treating dry, dull skin, stretch marks and scars.

Calendula Flower Extract is praised for helping to heal chapped and irritated skin. It aids in skin regeneration, eases eczema and also has anti-inflammatory properties which really comes in handy for those puffy eyes in the morning.

Evening Primrose Oil is praised for it’s moisturizing and skin softening effects. It also helps to relieve eczema, redness and inflammation and aid in healing wounds.

Kokum Butter is prized for its essential fatty acids. When applied to skin it provides emollient and regenerative properties making it a wonderful choice for treating damaged skin as well as inflammation.

Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E and is highly valued for its healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties.

Camelina Oil is naturally high in Omega-3 and contains over 50% polyunsaturated fats. It nourishes skin and helps to heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as improve the elasticity of skin.

Olive Squalane Oil helps to boost your skin’s ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, oxygenate and protect itself. It is often used to help with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and cracked skin. Additionally it can help to prevent the formation of brown age spots as well as add some protection for skin against UV radiation of the sun.

Grape Seed Oil is believed to help preserve moisture in aging skin and help to repair damaged skin, wrinkles around the eyes, and stretch marks.

Hemp Seed Oil is one of my newest favorite oils as it works so well to fight against dry and damaged skin as well as the effects of aging. It is known to help heal skin lesions, balance dry skin and combat skin inflammation. Much like jojoba oil, hemp oil is non-greasy, emollient and moisturizing.

Do you use an under-eye or anti-aging cream now? What’s your most favorite and least favorite thing about it?