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Weekend Vibes

I thought I’d revive my random mish mash of iPhone picture posts for what I’ve been up to, mostly over the weekend.  I recently finished and blocked this Ceridwen scarf to give my mom.  She spends SO much of her time knitting for her new and soon-to-be grand babies that she didn’t have a hand knit scarf of her own!  I had just under 2 skeins of gray Shepherd’s Wool leftover from my Ceridwen Shawl, so I kept the party going and knitting her the scarf version.  If you want to learn cables, this is a great way to do it.  It’s a simple, repetitive pattern that you’ll quickly memorize, which makes it a good to-go project.   Plus, it’s so pretty all finished!  Especially in my Julie Guyot yarn bowl from Fuzzy Goat.

Finished Ceridwen Scarf Ready for Gifting | oysters and pearls

Another view of the cables while I was blocking it.

Cables in Ceridwen Shawl | oysters and pearls

I was fortunate enough to meet the sweet Leigh Ann Hurst at the shop Thursday morning – we are thrilled to have her gorgeous  handmade Cross necklaces at Maiden South now!

Leigh Ann Hurst Jewelry at Maiden South | oysters and pearls

Her crosses are so fun and funky – they’re perfection!

I also finally used a sample of this Smashbox Photo Finish Primer this week for some pictures for our office website.  It’s amazing and now I want a full-size.  It makes your skin feel like silk and your makeup goes on so smoothly.  I need it!

Foundation Primer Find | oysters and pearls

Friday night we met my dad, sister, brother-in-law, and niece at the The Whip at Lake Talquin for supper.  Elah just keeps getting cuter and cuter!  I love her so.

Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearls

She’s obsessed with looking at fans and lights right now.

Nat Nat and Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearlsNat Nat and Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearlsNat Nat and Elah at The Whip | oysters and pearls

We spent the weekend in Bristol with my dad, and I wasn’t feeling up to going with the men folk hunting, so I spent some quality time working on my Rivoletto Cowl in Maisie Daze Fleecery alpaca yarn.

Knitting Rivoletto Cowl at Lake Mystic | oysters and pearls

I finished it Saturday night and blocked it Sunday!  It’s SO pretty and such a quick lace knit.

Finished Rivoletto Cowl Being Blocked | oysters and pearls

We got home around lunch time on Sunday and I spent the afternoon hanging some things in the nursery, cleaning up around the house, and getting a pedicure. :) Overall, it was a restful, relaxing weekend!  I hope your weekend treated you well, too!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Homemade Coconut and Beeswax Body Butter

Happy Friday!!  I think this could possibly bee the last bee-themed post for a while.  At least, for this week anyway.  :)

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with all the leftover honey comb from the bee hive we moved, but I knew I’d figure something out.  I figured that I would figure out how to melt the wax down, and then figure out something to do with it.  And so I got the beeswax melted down and processed at home, but then I had a 8-inch square of beeswax to do something with.

As the title of this post so subtly hints at, I came to the conclusion that I would make coconut and beeswax body butter.  Mainly because 1) it sounded easy, and 2) I already had coconut oil.

Homemade Honey Scented Coconut Beeswax Body Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Also, yet another score for hoarding: I just so happened to have two mini Altoids tins rolling around in the bottom of my purse, simply waiting for just such an occasion.

Homemade Beeswax Body Butter Recipe | Oysters & PearlsHomemade Honey Scented Beeswax Body Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Homemade Coconut and Beeswax Body Butter


– 1 tablespoon grated or shaved beeswax, packed tightly
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil
– 5 drops of Vitamin E oil


Measure the ingredients and place into a glass measuring cup.  Microwave at 20 second intervals until just melted.  Stir everything until it’s completely melted and incorporated.  Pour immediately into some sort of hoarded repurposed container and allow to cool.

Homemade Honey Scented Beeswax Body Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Homemade Body Butter Poured into a Mini Altoids Tin | Oysters & Pearls

This makes a little more than two mini Altoid tins worth of body butter. I left the rest in the measuring cup just to use it up first.  It is amazing on your skin!

Homemade Honey Scented Coconut Beeswax Body Butter Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

I was pretty excited about how this first test turned out!  It’s solid, but warms up easily with your touch and spreads smoothly.  I may play around with more of a cream recipe soon.  Any words of wisdom from anyone who has done this before?


I just have this one block of beeswax, so I am not going to be making much of this stuff, so small batch recipes are what I’m looking for.  I’ll mainly leave making beeswax products to my local professional at Nunya Beeswax. :)  But it’s fun to try it out myself!  If you’re interested in trying out your own body butter or other creations, you can buy bricks of beeswax at our very own local beekeeping store: The Bee House, on Highway 12 near Lake Mystic in Bristol, Florida (in the old Lake Mystic Grocery, if you’re local).  It’s where I’ve gotten all my beekeeping supplies thus far.  Pay them a visit if you’re a local beekeeper or just want to purchase some honey, honey soap, or beeswax!

What else do you use beeswax for?

Until Next Time

Weekend Recap

As you may have gathered if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, we had an awesome weekend!

Nothing especially pin-able today. I just wanted to update y’all on all the exciting/laid-back fun that happened.

Friday night we did the usual happy hour at the BCC, then Bruce and Nancy took us to Crave. It was a treat! And always a good time, both at Crave and with my in-laws. :)

And now, the most exciting news of all… WE GOT A BOAT!

Swamp Thing | Oysters & Pearls

This should be our 2013 Christmas card picture, no?

I kid. Kind of.

Anyway, my parents gave us a boat. An old, painted camouflage 13′ Boston Whaler with a 1983 Mercury 40 hp outboard. My dad spent a few weeks fixing it up, and then as a surprise, gave it to us. WE ARE PUMPED.

We love y’all, Doc & Usa!

We have dubbed it the Swamp Thing (note my prominent display of the Gator koozie… shhhh, don’t tell Wheat) and absolutely cannot wait to get on the Flint River in it. And Wheat is pretty stoked about the fact that it will double as his duck hunting boat (which may or may not have been my parents’ motivating factor to hand it over). I’m currently online shopping for a blaze orange swim suit to be more appropriate dressed on the thing. Embrace the camo, y’all.

Other than the boat, we did some other pretty exciting stuff.

We watched a katydid walk.

Katydid | Oysters & Pearls

It’s more entertaining than you might think.

But then again, we drank a beer in a camo boat that was sitting on a trailer under a carport. So we may not be the best judges of true entertainment.

Then, we rode to the lake to test out the Swamp Thing.

Riding | Oysters & Pearls

Millie and Bubba loaded up, so they went too.

Millie rides around in a truck like a boss.

Cruise | Oysters & Pearls

We hung out all day at the lake, and took the Swamp Thing on her maiden voyage at Lake Mystic. I was on the Swamp Thing (or the Swamp Ship – I call it both interchangeably), so I only got a picture of the other boat.

Booze Cruise at Lake Mystic | Oysters & Pearls

That is one rowdy crew, y’all.

Then my dad and I took the Swamp Thing on another tour de Lake Mystic with Harold, who was really bummed he missed out on the first trip.

Trip on the Swamp Ship | Oysters & Pearls

It was a gorgeous day on the water – FINALLY. We deserved a good sunburn and day outside after all this rain we’ve had this summer, amiright?

Lake Mystic, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Then Sunday Wheat and I spent the morning picking (more) scuppernongs. They have since joined the rest of the ones I picked a couple weekends ago in the freezer for now. We only got 3.5 gallons this time.

Scuppernongs | Oysters & Pearls

I plan to get them all out of the freezer this coming weekend and turn them into jelly and some grape simple syrup. Thank goodness for freezers!

We also picked a 5-gallon bucket’s worth of sand pears. I will be figuring out what to do with them this week, as well.

Sand Pears  | Oysters & Pearls

I grew up eating them as-is, but I have my grandmother’s recipe for pear preserves that I’m thinking of trying. She also made tarts with them, so that’s on my brain, too. Do you have any tried-and-true sand pear recipes? Their texture is so different than a regular pear (more crisp and grainy), so I’m curious to see what folks do with them. Help me with my research, y’all!

Wheat helped Doc do a little work to the boat trailer while I worked on a church pew my parents gave us that needed a little (okay, maybe more than a little) TLC.

Doc & Wheat Working on the Boat Trailer | Oysters & Pearls

The pew is still sort of a work in progress, so I’ll show it later. I only got iPhone pictures, anyway, so it may just be an Instagram share.

I did manage to snap a couple pictures of a couple other dogs. Yes, there are more. My parents/we have a veritable herd.

Harlow | Oysters & Pearls

Harlow actually started off as my sister Anna Jo’s dog, but she fits right into the pack in Bristol. She is also our official snake guard. She sees them and will back you away from them while growling. She’s a good little jack-ahuahua.

Louie is the patriarch of the pack, and is really showing his age these days. It’s so, so hard to believe he is 13. When he points, if you don’t get there fast enough and he gets tired, he will literally lay down on point and wait for you. It’s so funny. Oh, and don’t mind his homemade haircut. Despite his age, he’s still one handsome and distinguished French Brit.

Louie | Oysters & Pearls

And that’s it! I guess maybe it doesn’t sound all the exciting to just anyone, or everyone, but it was the perfect weekend to me. Just had to share some snapshots from it with y’all.

What were you up to? And what do you do with your sand pears?