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How To Make a Wildflower Wreath

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How To Make a Wildflower Wreath

One thing I wait for with great anticipation every year is to grab a basket and a pair of scissors and head outside to cut wildflowers.

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath

Is there anything more blissful than basking in the gleaming August light in a field of goldenrod?

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath

It is wildflower galore this time of year in rural Vermont and I love tucking Mother Nature’s beauty and bounty in every nook and cranny of our home.

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath

One thing that fills my cup is wreath making. Today, I will show you how to make a simple, quick, and inexpensive wildflower wreath. This late summer wreath is sure to add a touch of farmhouse charm to any room in your home.


This is what you will need to make a wildflower wreath.

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath

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TUTORIAL:

  • Grab a bunch of wildflowers and lay it on top of the wreath form. Secure stems to wreath form with floral wire.

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath
  • Lay another bunch of wildflowers on top of the stems from the previous bunch. Secure stems with floral wire and repeat by overlapping bunches of wildflowers on top of stems until the whole wreath form is covered.

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath
  • When the whole wreath is covered, cut the wire and tuck in a few extra wildflowers to hide the wire.

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath

I hope this inspires you to grab a basket and a pair of scissors and to bring some late summer color and beauty to your home.

How To Make a Wildflower Wreath


With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

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Midsummer Garden Tour 2019 (Video)

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I am back today with our midsummer garden tour. I am excited to announce that our first Sheep Shop video is live on Youtube and I am looking forward to take a stroll with you and look at our perennial garden, our fruit orchard, our potager, and our market-style garden.


Thank you so much for stopping by! It means a lot to us!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

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Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

With July coming to an end and our lavender in full bloom, I thought I would introduce our relaxing English lavender collection of sheep milk soaps, scrubs, fizzies, soaks, and candles. This collection combines the relaxing scent of lavender with the skin nourishing benefits of sheep milk.

RELAXING ENGLISH LAVENDER SHEEP MILK SOAP

Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

Our rich and creamy relaxing English lavender sheep milk soap is handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont home using fresh milk from East Friesian sheep. Each bar is cut by hand and is made using nourishing oils and shea butter, nutrient rich sheep milk, and 100% pure lavender essential oil.

RELAXING ENGLISH LAVENDER SHEEP MILK SUGAR SCRUB

Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

Exfoliate and revitalize your skin with our relaxing English lavender sheep milk sugar scrub! We have combined the skin nourishing benefits of sheep milk with pure cane sugar, coconut oil, vitamin E, lavender essential oil, and lavender buds. The pure cane sugar and lavender buds will gently exfoliate your skin while the rich combination of the coconut oil, vitamin E, and sheep milk will leave your skin soft and nourished. You will also feel the amazing benefits of aromatherapy with our 100% pure lavender essential oil.

RELAXING ENGLISH LAVENDER SHEEP MILK BATH FIZZIE

Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

Let the tensions of the day fizz away with our relaxing English Lavender sheep milk bath fizzie! Handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont kitchen, our lavender sheep milk bath fizzies are made using 11 all-natural ingredients. This luxurious relaxing English lavender sheep milk bath fizzie features nourishing sheep milk, coconut oil, and shea butter, soothing baking soda and cornstarch, detoxifying bentonite clay, Epsom salt, citric acid, and witch hazel, and relaxing lavender essential oil and lavender buds.

RELAXING ENGLISH LAVENDER SHEEP MILK BATH SOAK

Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

Restore balance with our relaxing English lavender sheep milk bath soak! Pamper yourself in milky water and lavender buds with our special blend of sheep milk, Epsom salt, baking soda, bentonite clay, and 100% pure lavender essential oil. Handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont home using high quality and all-natural ingredients, our relaxing English lavender sheep milk bath soak will leave your skin smooth and revitalized, and bring a sense of peace and serenity to your whole being.

RELAXING ENGLISH LAVENDER SHEEP MILK BEESWAX CANDLE

Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

Relax with our creamy English lavender sheep milk beeswax candle! Hand poured in small batches in our Vermont kitchen, our candles are made using 100% pure beeswax, fresh sheep milk, lavender essential oil, lavender buds, and natural cotton wicks. Each 9 oz candle comes in a beautiful hexagon glass jar and will burn for approximately 70 hours. The addition of sheep milk truly makes our beeswax candles unique and we hope that you will enjoy the warm glow and the scrumptious aroma of sheep milk, beeswax, and lavender.

RELAXING ENGLISH LAVENDER SHEEP MILK GIFT BASKET

Our Relaxing English Lavender Collection

Give yourself or a special someone the gift of self-care with our relaxing English lavender sheep milk basket!

This sheep milk gift basket contains our entire relaxing English lavender collection:

  • English lavender sheep milk soap

  • English lavender sheep milk sugar scrub

  • English lavender sheep milk bath fizzie

  • English lavender sheep milk bath soak

  • English lavender sheep milk beeswax candle

All of these relaxing English lavender sheep milk goods are nestled in a lined wired basket filled with fresh hay. Each product is labeled and comes with directions. Our relaxing English lavender sheep milk gift basket also includes a metal sheep bell and a customizable sheep greeting card. Simply enter the recipient’s name and a gift message at checkout and your loved one will feel special and appreciated.


You can browse our other collections here. For the farmhouse lover in your life, we are also offering sheep cutting boards, coasters, throw pillows, and gift cards.

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00

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Some of you may know that I was the voice behind the blog Kingsbury Brook Farm. One of my most popular posts was a project I tackled in the summer of 2016 when I made our laminate kitchen countertops look like wood. I thought I would share this DIY project with you today and show you how I was able to transform our laminate kitchen countertops for less than $100.00 and give you an update on how they look 3 years later.

This is a picture of our laminate countertops back in 2016.

How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00

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I love the warmth of butcher block countertops but our budget did not allow us to make the upgrade. It took me a few weeks of research, trials and errors, and lots of scrap board pieces before I came across a product called Stainable Primer.  This is a primer that has wood particles in it and is stainable. You can transform any hard material into a stainable wood surface. At the time, I was not able to find anyone who attempted to stain their laminate countertops but I still went ahead and purchased a quart of Stainable Primer. Unfortunately, this product is now harder to purchase online. I found another product, which is very similar to the original Stainable Primer, and comes with the option to pick your wood color (Light Wood, Medium Wood, and Dark Wood).

I started the process by thoroughly sanding our kitchen countertops before applying two coats of Stainable Primer. Right after I applied the second coat, I used a wood graining tool and made a wood grain pattern.

How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00

The next step was to apply two coats of stain and I chose Minwax Dark Walnut.

How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00
How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00

Like any wooden surface, the countertops needed to be sealed.  I went with Minwax Polyurethane in a satin finish and I applied a total of three coats.  I always prep food on a cutting board so I wasn't concerned about using polyurethane.

How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00

The cost for this project was less than $100.00 and I am beyond happy with the outcome. Our countertops have help up beautifully since 2016 with only a few minor dings and scratches.

How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00
How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00
How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Wood For Less Than $100.00

As a homesteader, I am always striving to be content and work with what I have and this project was a reflection of that. I hope this inspires you to take a risk and embrace the journey you are on.

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

What We Have Been Up To...

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The past couple months have been filled with lots of exciting projects on our homestead, which have kept my hands busy in the dirt instead of on the keyboard. I turned the big 4-0 last month and my sweet sister surprised and blessed us with a fruit grove for my birthday. We planted two apple trees a few years ago and we just added two pear trees, three european plum trees, one cherry tree, and one mulberry tree.

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I love seeing the two freshly planted plum trees against the old apple tree, the weathered swing and the worn out well…

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We also added a few new beds to our kitchen garden.

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We garden in zone 4a and it can sometimes be frustrating to garden in a cold climate but it looks like we will finally be able to harvest some grapes this year.

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One of our biggest projects was to rototill our back lawn and add a market style garden.

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We only planted the left section so far with cantaloupe, watermelon, green beans, snap peas, winter squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, corn, and lots of zinnias, nasturtiums, and sunflowers. The right section will be planted with asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, bush cherries, and other small fruits. The middle circular section is dedicated to culinary and medicinal herbs. The planter in the middle of the herb garden was a free Craigslist find. It is beautifully handmade and came with 8 terrocotta pots that still need to be filled with herbs and flowers.

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The row garden still has a long way to go but it is now a working garden that will provide produce for our friends and family instead of being a big patch of lawn that has to be mowed every week. I would also love to add a rock wall and an arbor at the entrance of the garden and build a greenhouse on a little area nearby.

My husband fenced in our chicken coop with leftover material found on our homestead. We still need to build a door and attach it to the arbor but it is coming along nicely. We currently get about 12 eggs a day from our 13 hens and we are selling a few dozen eggs every week to our local coop.

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Our Maremma sheep dog is trying to keep cool in the heat of the summer and our sheep are scheduled to be sheared this week.

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Our boy has been busy learning about ants and is taking good care of his little ant farm.

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And of course, the endless watering and weeding chores are keeping me busy everyday but I am making a point to stop daily and take in all of the beauty like the vivid colors of the delphiniums and the daylillies…

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The smell of the lavender in bloom…

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…and the sound of the Sunday morning church bells.

We are also working hard at restocking our shop and we are making new batches of sheep milk soap, scrubs, fizzies, soaks, and candles. We are also currently planning for the upcoming fall season and we can’t wait to introduce our new autumn scent.

Finally, we are giving the shop a makeover and doing some painting, organizing, and decorating. I will have a few posts about the transformation in the next couple months.

I hope your summer has been enjoyable so far and I would love to hear what you have been up to…

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

Easter Table | Dying Eggs Naturally

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I am back today with our Easter table and a quick tutorial on how to dye eggs naturally. As much as I enjoy looking at Easter table inspiration filled with the newest plates, napkins, table runners, and bunny decorations, it is not viable for us to splurge on new stuff every season and every holiday. I still aim for mixing things up every year and enjoy getting creative, but the older I get, the more frugal and intentional I have become about deciding what is coming into our home. We are hosting Easter brunch every year and when I was thinking about this year's table, instead of thinking of what I would like to purchase, I thought of what we already have in abundance. One thing that is overflowing on our homestead is chicken eggs. We currently have 17 hens and 3 roosters, and the hens lay about 10 eggs a day. Our 7 year son has a little business of his own and sells the eggs at our local coop but we still have lots of eggs to share and use for crafts. Here is a quick tutorial on how to dye eggs naturally with ingredients from the kitchen.

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To dye the eggs blue, simply bring to a boil 1 cup of crushed blueberries and 3 cups of water. Remove from heat, strain blueberry mixture in a fine wire mesh sieve and let it cool. Add 6 tablespoons of vinegar and submerge the eggs (I let mine sit overnight) until desired color is reached.

To dye the eggs yellow, bring to a boil 2 tablespoons of turmeric and 3 cups of water. Remove from heat and let it cool. Add 6 tablespoons of vinegar and submerge the eggs (I let mine sit overnight) until desired color is reached.

After I let all the eggs dry for a few hours, I nestled them in some bunny rabbit ears made out of folded ticking napkins. For the dishware, I simply used flea market ironstone plates and utensils that I already owned and mixed them with beautiful bee glasses I bought 2 years ago.

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For the table centerpiece, I put some daffodils, ironstone tureens, and beeswax candles on a blue ticking table runner.

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I also had fun printing our Easter brunch menu on a bunny cutout I made in less than 10 minutes.

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Voilà! A simple, quick, and inexpensive Easter table that set me back only $7.00, which was the cost of the daffodils at our local grocery store. I will enjoy the flowers for a week or two and then I will plant the bulbs in our landscape and enjoy these daffodils again next year.

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I hope you enjoyed a little bit of Easter inspiration today… I wish you all a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

Decadent Gluten-Free Spearmint Chocolate Mug Cake

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After introducing our refreshing garden spearmint collection last week, I thought I would be back today and show you how I use spearmint essential oil, not only in our sheep milk soaps and body care products, but also in baked goods. This decadent gluten-free spearmint chocolate mug cake is a favorite of mine and one that you can whip up from start to finish in minutes. We have a huge patch of spearmint on our land and I can’t wait to potter in the garden and harvest some mint every morning but in the meantime, I will enjoy this spearmint chocolate mug cake and I hope you will too:)

DECADENT GLUTEN-FREE SPEARMINT CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

ACTIVE TIME: 5 MINUTES | YIELD: 1 SERVING

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free flour

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

  • 1 beaten egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips

  • spearmint essential oil

  • mint leaves



INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until batter is smooth.

  2. Dip a toothpick in spearmint essential oil and stir the batter with the toothpick.

  3. Grease mug with coconut oil.

  4. Pour batter into mug.

  5. Microwave on high for 90 seconds.

  6. Let it cool for a few minutes.

  7. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

  8. Garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy!


With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

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Our Refreshing Garden Spearmint Collection

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Our shop is ready for Spring!!! We are welcoming the new season with our refreshing garden spearmint collection of sheep milk soaps, scrubs, fizzies, soaks, and candles. This collection combines the invigorating and rejuvenating aroma of pure spearmint essential oil with the skin nourishing benefits of sheep milk.

REFRESHING GARDEN SPEARMINT SHEEP MILK SOAP

Refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk soap

Our creamy and refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk soap has a luscious lather that will cleanse and nourish your skin. Handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont home, our garden spearmint soap is made using fresh milk from East Friesian sheep. Each bar is cut by hand and is made using nourishing oils and shea butter, nutrient rich sheep milk, french green clay, spearmint leaves, and 100% pure spearmint essential oil.

REFRESHING GARDEN SPEARMINT SHEEP MILK SUGAR SCRUB

Refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk sugar scrub

Invigorate yourself with our refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk sugar scrub!  Our special blend of sheep milk, pure cane sugar, coconut oil, vitamin E, and spearmint leaves will gently exfoliate your skin and leave it smooth and rejuvenated. The 100% pure spearmint essential oil has a cooling and revitalizing effect that will help soothe inflamed skin, stimulate the growth of new skin cells, and promote better circulation.

REFRESHING GARDEN SPEARMINT SHEEP MILK BATH FIZZIE

Refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk bath fizzie

Delight your senses with our refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk bath fizzie! Handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont kitchen, our spearmint sheep milk bath fizzies are made using 11 all-natural ingredients. This refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk bath fizzie contains nourishing sheep milk, coconut oil, and shea butter, soothing baking soda and cornstarch, detoxifying Epsom salt, french green clay, citric acid, and witch hazel, and refreshing spearmint essential oil and spearmint leaves.

REFRESHING GARDEN SPEARMINT SHEEP MILK BATH SOAK

Refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk bath soak

Awake your senses with our refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk bath soak! Handmade in small batches in our Vermont home using high quality and all-natural ingredients, our unique blend of sheep milk, Epsom salt, baking soda, and french green clay will leave your skin detoxified, soft, and nourished. The invigorating aroma of the 100% pure spearmint essential oil will ease fatigue and rejuvenate your body and mind. The spearmint leaves floating in milky water is sure to elevate your bath experience.

REFRESHING GARDEN SPEARMINT SHEEP MILK BEESWAX CANDLE

Refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk beeswax candle

Reminiscent of freshly picked spearmint on a summer morning, our refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk beeswax candles are hand poured in our Vermont kitchen using 100% pure beeswax, fresh sheep milk, spearmint essential oil, spearmint leaves, and natural cotton wicks.  Each 9 oz candle comes in a beautiful hexagon glass jar and will burn for approximately 70 hours. The addition of sheep milk truly makes our beeswax candles unique and we hope that you will enjoy the warm glow and the invigorating aroma of our refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk beeswax candle.

REFRESHING GARDEN SPEARMINT SHEEP MILK GIFT BASKET

Refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk gift basket


Spoil yourself or a loved one with our refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk gift basket!

This sheep milk basket contains our entire refreshing garden spearmint collection:

  • Garden spearmint sheep milk soap

  • Garden spearmint sheep milk sugar scrub

  • Garden spearmint sheep milk bath fizzie

  • Garden spearmint sheep milk bath soak

  • Garden spearmint sheep milk beeswax candle

All of these refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk goods are nestled in a lined wired basket filled with fresh hay. Each product is labeled and comes with directions. Our refreshing garden spearmint sheep milk gift basket also includes a metal sheep bell and a customizable sheep greeting card.

You can browse our other collections here. For the farmhouse lover in your life, we are also offering sheep cutting boards, coasters, throw pillows, and gift cards.

I wish you all a beautiful Spring filled with new beginnings, new growth, and new dreams🌱 🌱 🌱

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Sheep Lovers

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It is no secret that our love for sheep runs deep! With Valentine’s day just a week away, I found myself perusing the Internet for inexpensive gift ideas and I wanted to share some cute and unique finds with you in case you are looking for gift inspiration for the sheep or farmhouse lover in your life!

Please note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission on the sale of an item through these links but the purchase price remains the same for you. Thank you for supporting this blog!

For more gift ideas, you can browse our selection of sheep milk soaps, body care, candles, and home décor goods. Enter discount code LOVESHEEP at checkout to save 40% on all orders through Valentine’s day.

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

Our Soothing Rose Hibiscus Collection

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With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, I thought I would introduce our soothing rose hibiscus collection of sheep milk soaps, scrubs, fizzies, soaks, and candles. This collection combines the romantic scent of rose with the skin nourishing benefits of sheep milk and the antioxidant and anti-aging properties of hibiscus flowers. Our sheep milk products are handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont home using all-natural ingredients and milk from East Friesian sheep. We lovingly package your sheep milk goods in an elegant black box tied with a lace ribbon.

Now through Valentine’s day, we are offering 40% on all orders. Simply use discount code LOVESHEEP at checkout. We hope we can help you make your Valentine’s day even sweeter!

SOOTHING ROSE HIBISCUS SHEEP MILK SOAP

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Indulge yourself with our soothing rose hibiscus sheep milk soap! Handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont home, our rose hibiscus soap is made using fresh milk from East Friesian sheep. Each bar is cut by hand and is made using nourishing oils and shea butter, nutrient rich sheep milk, french pink clay, hibiscus flowers, and rose essential oil.

SOOTHING ROSE HIBISCUS SHEEP MILK SUGAR SCRUB

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Infused with the soothing aroma of rose essential oil and the antioxidant properties of hibiscus flowers, our rose hibiscus sheep milk sugar scrub will polish, revitalize, and rejuvenate your skin. The pure cane sugar will gently exfoliate and help reveal healthier and younger looking skin while the rich combination of the coconut oil and sheep milk will leave your skin soft and nourished.

SOOTHING ROSE HIBISCUS SHEEP MILK BATH FIZZIE

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Handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont kitchen, our rose hibiscus sheep milk bath fizzies are made using 11 all-natural ingredients. Watch this truly luxurious bath bomb fizz as it releases nourishing sheep milk, coconut oil, and shea butter, soothing baking soda and cornstarch, detoxifying Epsom salt, french pink clay, and citric acid, antioxidant and anti-aging witch hazel and hibiscus flowers, and nurturing rose essential oil.

SOOTHING ROSE HIBISCUS SHEEP MILK BATH SOAK

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Elevate your bath experience with our soothing rose hibiscus sheep milk soak! Luxuriate in scented rose milky water and hibiscus flowers with our special blend of sheep milk, Epsom salt, french pink clay, baking soda, and rose essential oil. Handcrafted in small batches in our Vermont home using high quality and all-natural ingredients, our soothing rose hibiscus sheep milk bath soak will leave your skin smooth and nourished. You will also benefit from the antioxidant and anti-aging properties of hibiscus flowers while soaking.

SOOTHING ROSE HIBISCUS SHEEP MILK BEESWAX CANDLE

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The sweet and floral aroma of sheep milk, beeswax, rose, and hibiscus truly makes this candle one of a kind! Our soothing rose hibiscus sheep milk beeswax candles are hand poured in small batches in our Vermont kitchen using 100% pure beeswax, fresh sheep milk, rose absolute essential oil, dried hibiscus flowers, and natural cotton wicks.  Each 9 oz candle comes in a beautiful hexagon glass jar and will burn for approximately 70 hours. We hope that you will enjoy the warm glow and the soothing aroma of our rose hibiscus sheep milk beeswax candle.

SOOTHING ROSE HIBISCUS SHEEP MILK GIFT BASKET

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Shower yourself or a loved one with our soothing rose hibiscus sheep milk gift basket!

This sheep milk basket contains our entire soothing rose hibiscus collection:

  • Rose hibiscus sheep milk soap

  • Rose hibiscus sheep milk sugar scrub

  • Rose hibiscus sheep milk bath fizzie

  • Rose hibiscus sheep milk bath soak

  • Rose hibiscus sheep milk beeswax candle

All of these soothing rose hibiscus sheep milk goods are nestled in a lined wired basket filled with fresh hay. Each product is labeled and comes with directions. Our soothing rose hibiscus sheep milk gift basket also includes a metal sheep bell and a customizable sheep greeting card.

You can browse our other collections here. For the farmhouse lover in your life, we are also offering sheep cutting boards, coasters, throw pillows, and gift cards.

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

Gut-Healing & Immune-Boosting Green Juice

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Gut health. Two words I did not think about much until last year.

I have always been blessed with an iron stomach. I rarely struggled with digestive issues and I have always been able to eat whatever was on my plate without any problems. That all changed 9 months ago… I started having stomach pain and bloating, I was not able to eat a lot of my usual foods anymore, and I just had a general feeling of malaise.

I think more and more people are suffering with gut issues because we live in a society where our hands are often coated with sanitizer and rarely covered with dirt, we take another round of antibiotics without questioning its efficacy or its long term side effects, and our bellies are full of food that is barely chewed and made with ingredients we can’t even pronounce. Also, over-cropping practices and the use of pesticides are prioritized over the preservation of our true wealth, a rich nutrient soil, and we live an extremely fast paced life with the need for more stimulants or the desire to numb ourselves. All of these factors take a toll on our physical, emotional, mental, and gut health.

What are the symptoms of an unhealthy and imbalanced gut? There are so many but I will list the most severe ones I have experienced myself last year:

  • Food intolerances

  • Constant and debilitating fatigue

  • Abdominal pain

  • Bloating

  • Anxiety

  • Hives

  • Sleep disturbances

After months of struggling, I decided to bite the bullet and take an expensive stool test last summer called GI-Map. I discovered that I was highly sensitive to gluten, I had low slgA (low immune function), overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria and probable SIBO (Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth). I was put on a low FODMAP diet for a month and a regimen of herbal antimicrobials for 3 months. I was desperate to feel better and I tried just about everything. One thing that helped me a lot was juicing. I have to admit that before my health struggles, a green juice was not on my list of favorite foods. Actually, it was not on my list at all:) I am now a convert and swear by its health benefits. By juicing a few times a week, I was able to feel more energized and boost my immune system.

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Even if you are not incapacitated by gut issues, I would encourage you to incorporate juicing into your health regimen. I can assure you that it will help your body run more smoothly and efficiently and it will boost your immune system. If you don’t own a juicer, you can purchase one for a minimal investment. I listed some at the end of this post for your convenience.

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GUT-HEALING & IMMUNE-BOOSTING GREEN JUICE

Prep time: 5 minutes | Yield: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 carrots

  • 5 celery

  • 1 cucumber

  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks

  • 1 pear

  • 1 lemon

  • handful of mint leaves

  • aloe vera leaf

  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper

  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Harvest the aloe vera gel from an aloe vera leaf by cutting the skin and scraping off the gel. You can also buy store bought aloe vera gel.

  2. Put fruits, vegetables, aloe vera gel, and mint leaves through a juicer.

  3. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add ground cayenne pepper and ginger. Stir well.


I really hope you give juicing a try and cheers to higher health!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

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Winter Living Room

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We are in the deepest cold of winter with negative temperatures and everything is buried under a thick blanket of snow. What glows in the wintry landscape are all the beautiful evergreen trees and the leafless branches and tree trunks.

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I got inspired by this muted and peaceful color palette and brought it indoors to decorate our living room for winter.

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Seasonal decorating doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to put together. This winter living room was done in no time with things I already own. I only purchased two checker plaid throw pillows, which cost $12.88 for both pillow covers. I also made two DIY hanging juniper botanical prints and I scored a free antique slat rocking chair on Craigslist.

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Another inexpensive idea for seasonal decorating is to take a walk, snap a picture, and pop it into a frame. I took a photo of the church to the left of our property and had it enlarged at our copy center for $2.00.

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I like to use different types of greenery during the winter than I used during the holidays. I clipped some juniper and pine cone bush branches from our land and sprinked them throughout the room.

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For the cupboard, I kept it simple with fresh greenery, pinecones, and tealight candles.

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I also hung an oil lantern above the crock and vintage snowshoes on the antique door.

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I hope this inpired you to infuse some winter cheer to your home, even if you are short on time and working on a shoestring budget.

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

SHOP OUR WINTER LIVING ROOM

Checker Plaid Throw Pillows

Jute Rug

Grand Hotel Wall Clock

White curtains

White Wing Chair Slipcover

PIN IT FOR LATER

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DIY Hanging Juniper Botanical Print

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One thing that brings me a lot of joy, balance, and serenity is to live in alignment with the changing seasons. Part of acknowledging the different cycles for me is to decorate our home by reflecting what is happening outside our front door. At this time of year, most things are dormant and buried under a thick blanket of snow. What remains and truly shines in the deepest cold of winter are all of the beautiful evergreen trees, which inpired today’s DIY project. Seasonal decorating doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. This DIY hanging juniper botanical print cost less than $20.00 and took about 20 minutes to make.

There are many websites that provide free botanical art. You can click here to find the juniper botanical illustration I use in this tutorial.

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SUPPLIES:

TUTORIAL:

  • Cut your dowels one inch wider than your botanical illustration, leaving 1/2 inch on each side of the print.

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DIY Hanging Juniper Botanical Print
  • Center the print and staple it to the dowel.

DIY Hanging Juniper Botanical Print
  • Repeat the process for the bottom dowel.

DIY Hanging Juniper Botanical Print
  • Hot glue the jute twine to the back of the print.

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Happy winter decorating!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

SHOP THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE A HANGING BOTANICAL PRINT

Wooden Dowel Rods

Dark Walnut Stain

Staple Gun

Jute Twine

Hot Glue Gun


PIN IT FOR LATER

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Scheduling Self-Care in 2019 | Free Printable

Marie-Helene Belanger2 Comments

I’ve been staring at a blank screen for the past 10 minutes, erasing every sentence I type, and trying to find the best way to reach out, tell my story, and hopefully help someone… So here goes nothing… Last year was a particularly difficult one for me. After years of neglecting my physical, emotional, and mental health, I had a nervous breakdown. At 38 years old, my life came crashing down… I had to stop working, blogging, homeschooling, my husband had to take a 2 month break from his job to help me and take care of our son, and I struggled with extreme fatigue, gut issues, and severe anxiety. For months, I stayed in our house, trying not to drown and fight my hardest to heal. The road to recovery has been and still is a long and strenuous one but I can finally say that I made it to the other side. I am planning to share more of my story in another post but today, I want to talk about the importance of scheduling self-care in 2019.

Scheduling Self-Care in 2019 | Free Printable

One thing I realized last year is that nobody can run on empty. There will always be something that appear more pressing than taking care of ourselves but in reality, our wellness is our only true wealth. The Sheep Shop was born out of a need to change my own life and a call to help others put self-care in the forefront of their lives. Here is a printable I created that you can download here that will hopefully help you put self-care on top of your daily goals in 2019.

Scheduling Self-Care in 2019 | Free Printable

We are also running a sale in our shop this week and all of our sheep milk soaps, scrubs, fizzies, soaks, and candles will be 35% off until Friday. Simply enter SELFCARE2019 at checkout to get 35% off! Hydrotherapy and aromatherapy have been a huge part of my healing journey and I hope that our handmade sheep milk body care products will be useful and therapeutic to you as well this year.

Scheduling Self-Care in 2019 | Free Printable

To a healthy 2019!!!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

A Stroll Through Our Town of 900...

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Back in December 2006, my husband and I made the move from a city of 8 million people to a rural town of 800. Relocating in the middle of winter without having secured new jobs was definitely an adventure. We were desperately longing to live a simpler and more wholesome life and we did not want to wait any longer. We purchased a property sitting on 11 acres and made the move from New York City to Woodbury, a small town located in Central Vermont. Despite all of the sacrifices we made and the hardships we endured, it was definitely the best decision we ever made. Star gazing, camp fires, sunsets, clean air, pure water, smell of lilacs, birds singing, vegetables growing, perennials blossoming, fire crackling in the wood stove have all been an integral part of our lives for the past 12 years.  Our town, land, and home have blessed us with a life that is slower, simpler, brighter, healthier and more wholesome. Living close to nature and in alignment with the seasons have brough us immense joy and inner peace. We now have a 7 year old boy and seeing him running wild with our chickens and sheep fill our hearts with happiness. We took a walk yesterday and I wanted to show you our little slice of paradise.

Welcome to Woodbury, land of lakes and ponds!

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

Woodbury has numerous streams and 23 natural ponds, the greatest number of any Vermont town. Here is the Woodbury lake, which will be soon covered with tents housing ice fishing enthusiasts.

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

This is my favorite view when you enter our town…

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

We have a church for neighbor and I will never get tired of this view and the sound of the rope hand pulled bell ringing on Sunday morning.

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop
A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

We love taking long walks and be surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque views…

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

This is my dream property with an 1903 barn and charming farmhouse…

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop
A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop
A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

Back in town, you can see our little post office and fire deparment where my husband has been volunteering for the past 12 years.

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

Our town hall was built in 1842. Woodbury was a town of just over 1,000 citizens in the early 1840s. Our town’s population is now 900. In the late 19th century, granite became the town’s biggest enterprise. One of the finest veins of granite in the world was discovered in Woodbury. Blocks from that quarry were shipped all over the world, and were used in the construction of at least five state capitol buildings.


A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

Behind the post office and passed the wooden bridge is the Woodbury Elementary school and the community ice skating rink.

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop
A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

Different size ice skates and hockey sticks are available for some free impromptu fun!

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

I had a memorable time homeschooling our son last year. He is now in first grade and made the decision to attend the Woodbury Elementary school. He is probably eating cupcakes right now celebrating his 7th birthday with all of his friends.

A Stroll Through Woodbury, Vermont | Sheep Shop

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll through our town of 900! If you are thinking of chasing a crazy dream this year, I encourage you to be fearless, to trust your heart, and to follow your joy! I can assure you that it will change your life for the better!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène

A Jolly Christmas

Marie-Helene Belanger2 Comments

Welcome to our home all decked out for the holidays!

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I have to be honest, this year has been a tough and transformative one for me with lots of big changes, lessons learned, and growing pains. When it came time to pick a word for the season, I chose JOLLY. I wanted to end 2018 with a full and joyful heart.

I don’t usually decorate with red but when my husband found this antique pair of red skis in our garage, I knew I wanted to incorporate them in our Christmas décor this year. As usual, most things in our home are handmade, thrifted, repurposed, upcycled, and from nature.

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Winter in Vermont started really early this year and I have been enjoying the warm glow of candlelight almost every evening.

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I made this burlap banner last week to remind me of what this season is all about. I did not know how to elevate this little Christmas vignette and I went and grabbed these four little sheep coasters from our shop, stood them up, and they ended up being the perfect finishing touch!

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Our rocking horse has been painted so many times and I think red definitely suits it the best.

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I added more pops of red in our eat-in kitchen and I am still over the moon with these 6 dining chairs that were a free Craigslist find. The seats need some repair but they are very well made and sturdy.

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Another item that will get a makeover in 2019 in this pantry cupboard… For now, it looks festive with a Christmas sign I made last year and some greenery from our land tucked in an antique basket.

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We have been really busy with the launch of our shop but we are taking the time to enjoy the crisp air on our daily walks.

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These three sheep were the inspiration to handcraft our own sheep milk soaps, candles, body care, and home décor goods and after 7 years of dreaming, we are so grateful to be able to share our sheep goods with all of you.

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Our Maremma sheep dog is also enjoying all the snow…

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From a family to yours, we wish you a jolly Christmas and a New Year filled with happiness and exciting adventures…

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène, Marcial, and Marcialito

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Benefits of Sheep Milk For Your Skin and Overall Health

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Benefits of Sheep Milk For Your Skin and Overall Health

Like most kids who grew up in the 80s, I was raised drinking cow’s milk. It was not until three decades later that I tried sheep milk for the first time. Back in 2011 when we started our homesteading journey and welcomed our first sheep, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the many health benefits of sheep milk. Did you know that sheep milk contains double the protein and calcium than cow or goat milk? It is also richer in vitamins A, B, and E, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Another interesting thing about sheep milk is that the fat globules found in the milk are smaller than those in cow and goat milk, which makes it easier to digest. And how about the taste? Definitely the sweetest and creamiest milk I have ever drank! Sheep milk contains double the amount of fat in comparison to cow or goat milk and it has medium chain triglycerides that help the body in reducing high cholesterol levels. The high fat content in sheep milk makes it amazingly nourishing and moisturizing for your skin. Milk has been used for centuries as a beauty aid and has been praised for its skin healing benefits and anti-aging properties. Because of its high concentration of vitamins, minerals, protein, and butterfat, sheep milk is the premier choice to incorporate in your health and beauty regimen.

Benefits of Sheep Milk For Your Skin and Overall Health

Here at the Sheep Shop, we use milk from East Friesian sheep to make our line of luxurious skin care sheep milk products. Our rich and creamy soaps, sugar scrubs, fizzies, and bath soaks are made in small batches in our Vermont home with high quality and all-natural ingredients. All of our soaps and body care products will soften, nourish, moisturize, and rejuvenate your skin, giving it a healthy and youthful glow.

Please click here if you are ready to experience the sheep milk difference!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène


Welcome!

Marie-Helene Belanger
Welcome to the Sheep Shop!

My name is Marie-Hélène and I would like to welcome you to the Sheep Shop blog. I live in rural Vermont with my husband Marcial and our 7 year old son Marcialito. I hope to use this space to document our lives shepherding, homesteading, and creating unique and all-natural sheep products for this shop. I am excited to share about natural and sustainable living, gardening, decorating, cooking, organizing, mothering, self-care, and living in alignment with the seasons. Most of all, I aspire to use this platform to build community, to support and encourage one another, to share our knowledge and experiences, and to learn and grow along the way. I hope you will follow along on this journey and I am looking forward to connecting with you!

With love and gratitude,

Marie-Hélène