Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Y is for.....

Hi all and welcome to all new tag Tuesdayers! Nearly there aren't we? I can actually do an oil for Y, it is Ylang Ylang. This is a beautiful oil, very good for treating anxiety, depression, hypertension, palpitations, stress and impotence. It has a very heady aroma and beware as it can cause headaches and nausea in some people if used a lot. There is a lovely ritual in Indonesia where Ylang Ylang petals are strewn on the bed on wedding nights. It was once a common ingredientof Macassar oil and the word 'anti -macassar' came from this as it originated from the embroidered cloths that were put on the backs of chairs to keep the oil from staining the upholstery. I remember my Grandmother using them because my Grandfather always used hair oil. I worked in a hospice during the last years of my nursing life before I changed direction and took my aromatherapy diploma then. I loved using the oils and when I became a Psycotherapist I carried on using complimentary therapies. Sadly I had to give up Massage in my 60's because of my back (an old nursing complaint, thank goodness they have different lifting policies now!) but I miss it. Ylang Ylang always sent me into another zone and I wasn't fit for much for a short while after treating with it! I had to sit down and return to earth. If you have never smelt it, I recommend you do it's heavenly.  

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I found a picture of an actual flower and pasted it on my tag. Then I pondered on how to make a flower and in the end I bent some jewellery wire into shape and carefully glued tissue paper onto it. Then I painted the petals with yellow water-colour and added cosmic shimmer for golden high-lights. The green centre is a stained cotton wool bud. I die cut the first Ylang and then stencilled the bottom one.  I am loving all your clever tags, I wonder how we will all diplay them? It will be a relief to finish the alphabet for me, as the last letters have been a challenge - but hey, isn't that what it's all about?
Have a happY week everyone. x

16 comments:

  1. Fab! Love the flower you made-- really pretty and interesting!

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  2. And your tag is heavenly... I love how you created such a delicate flower.

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  3. Gorgeous tag Barb, the flower is super! I know the smell, and it really is heavenly! Valerie

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  4. Well you have made me want go to to the pharmacie and ask for some (I assume its the same word in French??) Fab tag, Barb. Carolyn xx

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  5. I want to head out to find some ylang ylang right now. Wonderful post and tag.

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  6. Your tag is completely fascinating! I love learning about something new too.

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  7. I love the way you added a third dimension to your tag with that beautiful wire and tissue paper flower. I had never heard of yang yang, but it certainly sounds like the type of oil to have handy for cloudy days. Blessings, my friend!

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  8. One of my favourites Barb and how very clever of you to make the flower! :0)

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  9. So impressed with your flower--thought it was real! I am just getting interested in oils. Will have to get some ylang ylang!

    Laura

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  10. Amazing that you made it look like the actual flower. A beautiful tag.

    Love Chrissie x

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  11. Fabulous tag, Barb. The flower you have made is very clever, it does look real!
    Jane x

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  12. What a beautiful tag and lovely art work! Thanks for all the info about Ylang-Ylang, too!
    Hugs,
    Cissy P.

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  13. A most interesting post and clever tag. I thought this was a real flower at first. Must get some ylang ylang now! Jane xx

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  14. Hi Barb Your Ylang Ylang flower is wonderful. It looks so real. I agree some of the letters have been tough. I was just lucky that kind Zentangle pattern creators like to give weird and wonderful names to their creations ;-)

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  15. Stunning tag, Love the design & colours... wonderful flower... Hugs May x x x

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  16. Wow what a beautiful flower - that must have taken a lot of patience! :o)

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