People often hesitate taking that first yoga class because they do not know what to wear. Most importantly, yoga clothing must provide full freedom of motion and make you feel good about yourself while you are doing yoga. Here are some key things to consider when picking the perfect yoga pant. Continue reading
- A tree jewelry stand. I got mine from Urban Outfitters
- Sculpey Clay, which you can find at any hobby or art store, or by clicking here
- Simple wire to create the hangers
- Letter stamps and permanent ink from a craft or stamp supply store
- Oven for baking the clay
Say out loud, "I am worthy of love." Was that uncomfortable for you? Do you feel it is true? Does it feel forced? Did your internal tape recording kick in saying, "If I was thinner, smarter, wealthier, better looking, I would be worthy." Whether you ARE worthy or not doesn't matter. What matters is . . . that you BELIEVE you are worthy.
I just listened to a TED talk by Brene Brown called The Power of Vulnerability. You can watch this inspirational video here:
Combine the following in a saucepan:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (must be actual butter)
1 cup agave nectar
1 cup heavy cream (plus 1 more cup of cream to be added once it is boiling)
Cook together until it boils. Once it boils, slowly add 1 additional cup of cream. Turn heat down so that it boils gently, stirring every three minutes until it is a caramel-y color, about 30 minutes. If you stir it constantly or cook it for too long, the caramels will be too hard.
After 30 minutes at a rolling boil, remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of good quality vanilla. Pour in a buttered loaf pan. Let set and cut into squares. I have had to make these several time to get them to be just the right texture. Experiment a bit before you plan to give them as a gift.
The type of stove you have will effect the cooking time of the caramels. I have a gas stove and it takes 30 minutes. Try cooking them for 30 minutes the first time and you will know whether that is too much or not enough. If it is too much the caramels will be too hard (like lozenges) and if it is not enough they will not set up enough to cut and serve (except in a spoon). You can reheat those that are too soft and cook them a bit longer in an effort to reach the proper caramel consistency. These are not the easiest things to get right but once you do, they are the BEST!
Welcome back to our series about what to wear for yoga. We hope to assist you in choosing the proper clothing for your yoga practice so that you can feel confident in the studio and stop making excuses for not going.
Yoga is meant to bring balance and peace to your life, to invigorate and strengthen your body. Your clothing should allow you to move freely, breathe deeply, and focus fully on the direction of the teacher and the movement of your body. If you are constantly adjusting your clothes or worrying about how you look, you are not wearing the proper yoga wear. Today we are talking about choosing the perfect yoga top.
Each year at this time we talk about goal setting. Some years back I decided to set an intention for my year, rather than merely setting goals. My original theme was Open to Receiving (you can read about it by clicking the blue link). I put no limitations on it and had no expectations. Initially I was thinking I was open to receiving love. But because I set no further directives, I began to receive all sorts of things: love, gifts, raffle items, wonderful advice, and new opportunities. I kept that theme for three years. Now, I am very comfortable with receiving. That is no longer an issue in my life.
After some intense thought on the subject, I have determined that my theme for 2014 is: Limitless!
Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds. - Napoleon Hill
I know that I am the one limiting my success and growth. Fear, expectations, insecurities, doubts, all limit me. I am happy to open myself to new opportunities, the next big thing, new friends, new challenges . . . to be limitless. Join me and let's see what happens. Please share your limitless experiences on the Beckons Yoga Clothing FaceBook page.
Traditionally, yoga clothing is made from knit fabric using cotton, bamboo, nylon or polyester, along with lycra (spandex) for stretch and shape retention. There is no right or wrong fabric as long as it enables maximum movement and is comfortable. Fabric is mostly a personal preference.
Natural Fibers: Many people choose organic cotton, bamboo or other natural fibers because the fabric is more comfortable due to its breath-ability and hypoallergenic nature. Natural fiber garments tend to transition out of the yoga studio better than made-made fibers. With the increase in chemical sensitivity, some people feel uncomfortable in, or are allergic to, man-made synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester.
Man-Made Fibers: If you sweat significantly during yoga and are concerned about sweat spots, you may want to choose nylon or polyester with moisture management. The moisture management enables the sweat to be wicked off the skin and escape to the outer surface of the garment for fast evaporation. Continue reading
Washing cashmere: Even though the care label reads "dry clean only," it is best to hand wash cashmere. In fact, it will actually make it softer over time. Use a mild detergent like Woolite or baby shampoo. Press out the excess water, but do not wring the sweater. Instead, lay it flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries. It takes days to dry. To lessen the time, you can spin off excess water by putting the sweater or scarf into a large salad spinner.
Storing cashmere: Never hang a sweater (of any kind) on a hanger. This creates shoulder dimples and distorts the overall shape of the sweater due to gravity. Instead, fold it nicely in a drawer. Because moths love to eat cashmere, like they do wool, throw a cedar disk into the drawer. You can purchase cedar disks at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target.
Wearing cashmere: There is nothing quite like cashmere. Unlike wool, it does not itch or irritate the skin. Instead, it is very soft and luxurious. You can wear cashmere casually with jeans or to an elegant event with a velvet long skirt.
Enjoy a touch of cashmere today and purchase a striped one-of-a-kind, made-to-order recycled cashmere scarf or Beaute Neck Cashmere Sweater from Beckons.
Do the holidays stress you out because you are trying to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list?
A short time ago, I stepped away from the madness of standard gift giving. I made a commitment to give only consumable gifts and then, chose to do my best to make them. At present, my cousin (front row on the left) and I (one in sunglasses with crazy hair, blowing in the wind) create our Christmas gifts together. We assemble gift bags of our favorite things for our favorite people; personalized just enough to make it extra special. This year the bags will include:
Homemade tomato soup which we canned when tomatoes were in season
Blackberry jam that we harvested from our backyard bramble
Spiced and roasted almonds
English toffee and buttery caramels from Grandma Leila's famous recipe
and our best gift yet: a one-of-a-kind recycled Comfort & Joy cashmere scarf.
The crazy photo above was taken last weekend at our family's craft retreat in Wyoming. This year, Cousin Kris and I set out to make cashmere scarves for everyone. We raided all the Goodwills and ARCs in Denver for cashmere sweaters, cut out all the 10" stripes we could and created piles of colors. We let everyone choose 12 stripes (with design assistance) and then, sewed them together. All the women above are pictured wearing the scarf they designed and we made. It was the funnest Christmas gift creation we have ever done. Below is a photo of the stripes in piles ready to be put together.
DIY or click here to BUY
Want to make your own? Here's how:
What you need:
6-8 cashmere sweaters
rotary cutter, ruler and cutting pad (from a hobby or sewing store)
or sharp scissors and 10" wide cardboard rectangular patterns (templates) of various lengths
1. Go to the local Goodwill or ARC and buy bright cashmere sweaters in the colors you want for your scarf(s). I recommend 7-8 different colors per scarf though you will want 12-14 stripes of color in each scarf (there should be some repetition). If there are holes in the cashmere, just cut around them. Usually, the store will give you a good discount if you find holes in the sweaters, so it is not a bad thing.
2. Wash the sweaters in warm water and dry them in the dryer. You DO want them to shrink (or felt) a bit. This makes them super soft and cozy and removes stains and dirt. NOTE: cashmere does not shrink as much as wool.
3. First, cut off the ribbing at the bottom so that the sweater lays flat.
4. Then, cut 10" wide stripes out of the body of the sweater as long as you like or can get. As you can see from the above photo, I am cutting two stripes at a time 5" long toward the bottom and two more 7" stripes above that. You can open up the sleeves and usually get at least one 10" wide stripe out of each sleeve. You will want to cut stripes wherever you can find a 10" wide piece of cashmere to cut, hopefully without holes. You want the length of the stripes to vary so that you have variety in the scarf. There are quite a bit of scraps with this project, which you can use for future projects or to patch holes you did not see until the scarf was done.
5. Arrange the stripes in the order you want them to appear in the scarf and pin the stripes together, making sure that the right sides of the cashmere are pinned together.
6. Using a regular straight stitch on your sewing machine, stitch the pieces together, making sure to backstitch for 1" on each end because you will have to trim off some of the edge. Because the stripes are all different colors, we picked one thread color to use throughout the entire scarf. The contrasting thread is fun.
7. Once all the pieces are stitched together, lay the scarf out and find your narrowest piece. Trim the edges of the other strips to match the narrowest piece. We have had to cut off up to 1" before, so do not worry.
Because cashmere does not typically unravel, you do not have to finish the edges and your scarf is complete.
If this sounds like too much work, we can make it for you. Click the above "CLICK HERE TO BUY" button and we will make your one-of-a-kind Comfort & Joy cashmere scarf. In the "comments" section of the check out page, give us three to five colors you would like to see in the scarf and perhaps colors to avoid, and we will make one up in plenty of time for Christmas. We are low on greens and will do our best to follow your color choice. These scarves are supremely soft and beautiful, versatile and warm. Price: $63.00.
Thanks for including us on your blog, Ana! Here is the link to the post.
Ana Bogusky, a Boulder, CO blogger, uses her blog to celebrate folks like Beckons who make things here in the US. She shared these adorable photos of her wearing the Beckons Grace Hemp Sweater on her site http://mrsamericanmade.tumblr.com
We truly appreciate Ana spreading the word about American made products.