Creating An Intention Tree

Beckons Yoga Clothing Intention Tree BlogHere is what you will need:

* 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

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Afraid of Cashmere? Here’s How to Care For It

Beckons Yoga Clothing cashmere scarf and beaute neck sweaterI have heard a lot of people say that they do not wear cashmere because they do not know how to care for it. No need to fear. Here’s what you do:

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.

Comfort & Joy Cashmere Sweater Scarves DIY or BUY

Beckons Yoga Clothing Cashmere Scarves group photoAre you tired of giving run of the mill gifts?

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; but 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.
beckons yoga clothing cashmere scarf components made-to-orderDIY 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
pins
thread
sewing machine

Procedure:

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.

beckons yoga clothing cashmere sweater blown apart4. 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.

Care instructions: Hand wash in cool/cold water with gentle soap, lay flat to dry.
Beckons Yoga Clothing DIY Cashmere Scarf

OR CLICK HERE TO BUY

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

It’s Time for Pumpkin Cookies: Here is Our Recipe

Pumpkin Cookies by Beckons Yoga ClothingPumpkin Cookie Recipe

By Becky Prater (Adapted by Peyton Prater to use a whole regular size can of pumpkin, which is 1.75 cups)

Cream together well:

7/8 cup of butter
1 ¾ cup of sugar

Add to the above and mix well:

1 can of pumpkin (1.75 cups)

Then, add the following:

3 1/2 cups of white flour
1 ¾ tsp baking powder
1 ¾ tsp baking soda
1 ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp of salt

Heat oven to 375. Drop spoonfuls onto an un-greased baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown about 10 minutes.

When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting:

In a food processor, combine until smooth:

8 oz. of softened cream cheese
¾ stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ cups of powdered sugar

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

This is an old family favorite from the kitchen of Leila Boddicker. I believe the original recipe probably came straight from Hershey. Nothing says, “Happy Holidays,” quite like a warm cookie with milk.

Beckons Yoga Clothing Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies recipeCream together:

  • ½ cup butter (no substitutions)
  • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter

Add to the above:

  •  1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Add dry ingredients to the above mixture:

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt

The mixture should stick together pretty well and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add a touch more flour so that you can easily work with the dough.

Roll the dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 365 degrees for 10 minutes or until cracks form on the top of the cookies.

Immediately place one Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss in the center of each cookie while they are still warm.

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DIY Ideas – Advent Calendar

Beckon Yoga Clothing DIY Advent CalendarChildren receive an unprecedented amount of gifts for Christmas these days. Why would a non-materialistic mom want to add 24 extra gifts to the madness with a treasure-filled advent calendar? The initial calendar was given to me by my Grandma Boddicker and Aunt Beth. It was filled with small toys and candy. The kids loved it so much that we could not stop the tradition once it began. So we had to make it serve a greater purpose. We have since given these treasured calendars to all of our family and friends with children so that they can enjoy the tradition.

During the holidays kids need several things like a new outfit and shoes for the school program or to wear to church on Christmas Day. We would simply place a note in the box that read, “Today we shop for a new Christmas outfit.” There is always a great holiday movie that comes out that you will be taking your kids to anyway. “Going to the movies,” would be in one box. We always provide one awesome Christmas-themed video and a book among the 24 days. Lastly, on Christmas Eve the note sent them on a scavenger hunt to find their new pajamas to wear on this special night. Basically, the treasures in the box are things you would do or purchase with or without an advent calendar.

To make it extra special, we included activities like “Today, let’s bake cookies.” or “Let’s do something special for Dad today.”

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