On Earthquakes & Moving On {+ Natural Zit Treatment)

Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

Woo! There's been a lot going on at this end of the magical interwebs.

For starters, we were rocked awake early Sunday morning by a 6.1 earthquake. It felt like we were riding a wave for 10 seconds, which immediately gave me the feeling of total reverence and awe for this great planet we live on. She can really shake when she needs to! Nothing was damaged in our home and we were okay - though I know our friends up in Napa were hit harder.

The next morning, Tim and I talked about upgrading our emergency survival kit. It's something we've tended to put last on our to-do list, and I have been known to snag a bag of rice from our "earthquake box" when in a pinch for dinner (oops!). But after this quake, we got serious about upgrading our "in case of emergencies box". This is a great guide, if you are looking to do the same.

And that leads me to the next big thing that's happening -- we're moving!

After 4 years, The Dabblist HQ is moving from our 3rd floor apartment in Oakland, CA to a sweet little house beneath the trees of Mill Valley, CA. The moving truck comes this weekend and I'm currently writing you from the couch surrounded by packed boxes and bubble wrap.

This move feels like a big shift for me. I started The Dabblist in the little galley kitchen of our apartment. We got married and went on our honeymoon while living here. I have come to know just the right spots in the kitchen that get the best light at the perfect hour to take photos of my dabbles. I have my corner of the couch, where the kitties lay beside me and I take client calls. It all had become so familiar.

There are so many things to look forward to in our new home (space to garden, a whole laundry room meant just for us, a mini treehouse, and a wood stove fireplace) but I will always have such fond memories of our sweet lil apartment.


Natural Zit Treatment


I used to be the girl with the horrible acne-prone skin. A lot's changed since then (thanks to balancing my hormones with diet and manuka honey), but zits happen from time to time.

This homemade natural zit treatment is just the thing for a little breakout. The jojoba oil balances oil production (I like to slather it on my face on the regular). The tea tree oil is super antibacterial and helps reduce further breakouts. And the garlic is anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce redness.

Natural Zit Treatment

  • 1/2 tsp jojoba oil (like this)
  • 3 drops tea tree oil (like this)
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced and smashed

Place your mashed up garlic into a little bowl, and pour the jojoba oil over it. Drop in the tea tree oil, and mix everything together. Using a q-tip, apply the mixture to acneic portions of your face. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning.

This treatment is best when fresh, so no need to store it for future use.

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