Thursday, January 2, 2020

My New Blog and Etsy Shop is Now Revealed!

Hello everyone!

It's finally time to announce my new blog and Etsy shop by another name!


My new blog - Lady Elsie Lee - is now up and running! It has a fresh, new look. I just published my first post there. My new Etsy shop by the same name is available for browsing and shopping. You can find my Etsy shop link at the top of my new blog. The Tintenfleck Studio Etsy shop is still on vacation mode and will be closed in the near future.

My Tintenfleck Studio blog will continue to float in cyberspace, but I will not be posting any more from here.

You can find Lady Elsie Lee on Facebook, Pinterest, and a few months ago, I opened a Twitter account. Just search for Lady Elsie Lee on any of those platforms.

If you have any questions, drop me a line at my new email:

I do have a special promotion. When you click on the link below, you can read all about it!

Thank you! Here's the link and a peek at my new logo!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

DIY Organic Facial Cleanser With Rose Water - and a Give-Away!

Happy Summer to You!

 It's been a chunk of time since my last post.
But I hope today's post will be very beneficial and enjoyable!
(rose graphics courtesy of Pinterest)

First Things First

Do you use a special facial cleanser?
Are you loving it?
Is it all natural or has ingredients you are leery about?
Do you want organic and natural ingredients that clean gently but thoroughly,
 and give your face a wonderful glow?
Do you have acne issues?
Not liking high-priced cleansers?
Want one that's easy on the pocketbook?

More Details About This Facial Cleanser

A few years ago I used baking soda to cleanse my face. I didn't care for it.
Organic bar soaps were fine in the shower but didn't improve my facial skin.
I searched online and found different recipes that use natural ingredients.
I chose this particular recipe and used it for one week. 
Then I tweaked it to make it better!

I've been using my new and improved organic facial cleanser for over a month.
I'm excited to share it with you!

This DIY cleanser:
  • is pure and natural
  • uses simple organic ingredients
  • uses ingredients from your local grocery store
  • is in your budget
  • gives great results
  •  easy to make
  • makes my skin extremely soft and smooth
  • my skin color is better and brighter
  • redness diminished! awesome!
  • ingredients are not exotic
  • ingredients can be found in your local grocery store
  • LOTS of nutritional benefits (see below)
💓...This recipe is for you...💓
AND...I have a give-away at the end! (smile)
    Here are the basic original ingredients -  but I changed them up a bit - so keep reading to find out how!
    • almonds (ground up)
    • uncooked rice grains (ground up)
    • full fat dry milk powder
    • rose water
     There's no soap listed here, is there? (smile)

     How I Worked It Out

    I switched out the almonds for almond flour as I already had some in the fridge.
     Same thing, you know?

    TIP:  Always keep nuts and nut products in the fridge to keep them from going rancid or stale.

    And it called for full fat powdered milk. 

    I couldn't find full fat regular powdered milk. You know - the kind your mother always bought when you were a kid? That kind is non-fat. I don't think full-fat regular powdered milk even exists. I believe in full-fat food.
    Because it's healthier and that's what the original recipe called for. (smile)

    But I wanted a nourishing facial cleanser. I wanted the full-fat powdered milk. You do want a  nourishing kind of facial cleanser, yes?
     And sources say that cleansing your face with milk is very good for your skin. 
    I found full-fat instant coconut milk!
    Here are the benefits of coconut milk and regular milk.

    • High levels of Vitamin C, E, B6, Iron, Copper, Magnesium
    • Promotes elasticity and flexibility
    • Prevents wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin
    • Has antibacterial properties
    • Doesn't clog pores
    • Coconut fat prevents acne
    • Gentle exfoliation properties 
    • Moisturizes
    • Treats sunburn and other skin ailments

    •  Contains lactic acid, Vitamin A, D, B12, B6, Biotin, potassium, and calcium
    • Deep cleans pores
    • Hydrates dry skin
    • Helps soothe sunburn
    • Reduces pigmentation - evens out skin discoloration
    • Heals acne
    • Tones, smooths out wrinkles
    • Exfoliates for a smoother and softer texture
    Choose either instant "milk" product for this recipe,
    but go with full-fat for exceptional beauty benefits!

    The Whole Foods Market is where I found Instant Coconut Milk Powder that contains 5 grams of fat.

    Next is the ground up rice grains. A pain to grind! Use rice flour instead!
    Rice flour and Rose Water can be found at Whole Foods Market or at Bulk Barn (in Canada). 
    If you are hesitant about trying this cleanser and don't want to purchase a bag of rice flour or almond flour that will end up sitting in your pantry for months, go to Bulk Barn or other store that sells in bulk and purchase tiny amounts of the ingredients to see if you will like your new facial cleanser. 
    Before you make copious amounts of it!

    • Great exfoliant
    • Removes black spots
    • Brightens skin
    • Removes wrinkles and fine lines
    • Gradually improves skin tone
    • Safe and gentle for all skin types
    • Maintains your skin's pH balance 
    • Tightens pores
    • Best toner for your face
    • Has anti-inflammatory properties 
    • Reduces redness
    • Treats acne, dermatitis, and eczema
    • Lightens skin - evens out skin tone
    • Good for dark circles under the eyes
    • Also great for baking/cooking (I've used it!) 

    Here's the recipe for my original organic facial - no soap cleanser!
    I will provide the tweaked version further in this post. You may like it better.
    If you are allergic to nuts, then use my tweaked version. 
    Try both and see!
    Use measuring spoons for this recipe - not your usual soup spoons or "tea" spoons that you stir your coffee or tea with. Pretend you are baking a cake and need precise measurements. (smile)

    My Original Organic Facial Cleanser
    2 tablespoons Rice Flour
    1 teaspoon Almond Flour
    1 teaspoon Instant Coconut Milk Powder
    (mix dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container)
    Rose Water or Water - several drops of either or both

    Morning and Evening
    Sprinkle about a teaspoon of dry cleanser in your palm or take a large pinch with dry fingers.
    Add a drizzle of water or rose water to make a thin paste.
    Spread over face and neck,
    ever so gently rub, avoiding the eye area.
    If you want to cleanse and nourish your eye area - like I do - very gently touch your eye area (eyes closed) with your fingertips to deposit some of the paste on your skin. Just touch! No rubbing!
    Rinse off with warm water under the shower or with a wet washcloth at the sink.
    Tone face with rose water on a cotton ball.
    Finish off with an organic moisturizer of your choice.

    (I'm offering free samples of my organic moisturizer!)

    My Final Tweak!
       💛 OAT FLOUR 💛

    After my initial experiment with almond flour and getting my cleanser slightly wet while using it, by the end of that week, my cleanser had gone rancid. Which is what nuts will do, so I switched out the almond flour for oat flour. Please note that I did not include benefits of almond flour since I chose to use oat flour instead.
    💓 I LOVE IT! 💓

    As you know, oatmeal is great for soothing itchy skin and exfoliating
     It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
    Helps soften and moisturize the skin
     Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
    Helps minimize scarring from chicken pox and acne

    My New and Improved Organic Facial Cleanser
    2 tablespoons Rice Flour
    1 teaspoon Oat Flour
    1 teaspoon Instant Coconut Milk Powder
     (mix dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container)
    Rose Water or water (several drops)
    (follow cleansing directions above)

    • Use on other parts of your body for super smooth skin - shoulders, chest, arms, back, feet!
    • Coconut oil (solid) treats acne - I use it as I occasionally still break out
    • Add a drop or two of an antibacterial essential oil to the cleanser paste for more acne prevention (tea tree oil, lemongrass, clove bud, frankincense, or lavender)
    • If you use almond flour instead of oat flour, keep your cleanser dry or it can go rancid
    • For removing makeup, especially waterproof mascara, use coconut oil on a cotton ball final tip...
     Double, triple, quadruple the dry cleanser ingredients accordingly and store in an airtight container to use in the shower and/or store in a beautiful glass dish with a lid (to keep it dry) on your bathroom vanity. If you don't have a pretty container, go to your local thrift store. These stores usually have copious amounts of clear glass sugar bowls or some such beauteous container to hold your new organic cleanser. It will not only look beautiful on your bathroom vanity but the results your skin receives will put a smile on your face!
    Some ideas for storing your organic facial cleanser.

    💓 special give-away.....💓

    Upon request via email (, I will mail you a sample of my special organic facial serum (day & night) to try. My facial serum is an excellent, high-quality, organic serum that gives great results with daily use. I've been using it for almost 10 months.
    💓 I LOVE IT!💓
    While supplies last!
    My daughter, Melody, and me earlier this month in New England
    My daughter posted this photo on FB. I loved the comments "you look like sisters!" I assume they meant we look close in age. But there's a 30-year difference! And I love it!💓

    I've included this photo because we both use the same organic facial serum that I am offering samples of AND the same all-natural, 100% plant-based supplements that truly work to bring beauty and wellness from the inside out. All these products are from the same company. Want to know more?

    I'd love to hear what you think about this DIY, inexpensive, and organic facial cleanser and any other questions you have on my health and wellness products!

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    How to Create a Powerful Passion and Pursuit - It's Easy!

    Greetings! Hope you are having a lovely week!

    There are many facets to my life that I have a passion for – which is a reason I started this blog. A few passions include the love of fine fabrics – the gorgeous ones that become carpet bags and purses; reading a romantic novel and keeping a collection of good books; playing classical music on my old upright piano; ...the list goes on. 

     But, I have a distinctive passion and pursuit that I want to share with you today!

    Can you guess what it is?

    This singular passion and pursuit of mine starts with the letter “P.” 

    Here are some points of this distinctive passion that I pursue every day:

    It is enjoyable and worthwhile.
    It makes me feel good.
    It can bring joy to others if I share it with them.
    It is EASY (keep reading to find how easy it is).
    It is healthy for me.
    It is profitable for me.
    It involves the color pink.

    Maybe you know or can guess what this passion and pursuit of mine is.

    How to determine if my passion can be your passion

    Let's consider the answers to these questions first:

    Do you want to feel good?

    Are you a person who cares about their health and what goes into their body?

    Are you looking for great health products you can fully trust in?

    Do you want health products that actually work?

    Do you have good health and want to keep it that way?

    Do you believe that investing in your health with natural supplements is the way to go or would you rather rely on medication?

    Do you want to improve your health using naturally sourced supplements that really work?

    Do you want to purchase your health products from a reputable company that cares about their customers and employees?
    Would you like to receive a commission on your own purchases?

    Have you been looking for a work-at-home opportunity?

    If you can answer YES to these questions, keep reading! If you are still skeptical, keep reading!

    Though I am not a steadfast stickler or slave to any kind of diet scheme, fad, or otherwise very good health regime, I DO care about what I put into my body – the water I drink, the food I eat...


    I DO care that the supplements I choose to take are crafted of the very best naturally sourced ingredients possible.


    Here is where profitable meets up with a healthy lifestyle

    How does a person sell these products? Here is what we DON'T DO:

    We DON'T have home parties.
    We DON'T order products for customers.
    We DON'T stock products in our homes.
    We DON'T deliver products to customers.

    Are you surprised? My company is not like the other companies that rely on home parties every week to sell their products. There are no weekly or monthly quotas to fulfill.

    Here is the EASY PART

    Here is what we DO DO and it's the EASY part:

    We share the products with people we meet on the street, at our church, at the grocery store, at work, or by phone, email, or social media.

    We order products for ourselves on our OWN (FREE) website.

    Our products are purchased online in three ways:  retail, preferred customer, and wholesale. I purchase my products wholesale – the cheapest way of all three.

    Did I say it was EASY? Did I say I make a commission on my own purchases? Can you get a commission from purchasing your very good supplements at your local natural store?

    Did I tell you that all the products come with a 60-day money back guarantee? No questions asked!

    Did you know that I am making a very good residual income and that there are many stay-at-home mothers AND dads working from the comfort of their own home by sharing these great all-natural supplements with friends, family, and people they meet?

    Better health with all naturally sourced supplements and a residual income is a great combination. It’s a win-win situation!

    Want to know how you can better your health AND make a great income like me at the same time? I’m ready to share my passion with you and make it your passion.  

    Here’s my email address: Let’s chat! Add my pink passion to your life and see what happens!

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Finally...something brand new...and a blank slate

    Greetings to Y'all from this northerner now living in a southern clime!

    It's finally time to reveal something new. It's been a long time waiting.  And here is a sneak peek.

    Our journey from Prince Edward Island to South Carolina (last July 2018) has been a trial in some ways, but the Lord has given grace and strength to live with family for six months, as we acclimate ourselves to a new area in the States, adjust ourselves to a new church, new town, different climate, and different "English accents!"

    By the grace of God, He has provided - in our budget, no less - a brand new house! In November, we thought we were purchasing an older home with character, in a different town, but underneath there were many issues we didn't want to contend with, and consequently, we got out of that contract. I loved the character of that older home, but it was not to be.

    Our search for another house led us to Williamston, SC, and to a new build. That was very unexpected and it fit our needs perfectly! I do so miss our previous older character home in PEI with its huge yard but at this point in our lives, we needed something that didn't require fixing and a tiny yard will work out fine. A weed whacker is probably all we need to mow it! Ha! All in all, it is a good fit and all it requires is an artistic touch to make it our own. The closing was December 28th and we moved on January 4th.

    I've included only a few photos of the inside for now - a blank canvas except for the piles of boxes I'm still unpacking. The outside is a darker beige with a rusty red accent on top. Inside it's all gray, which is nice if you are a "gray" person, but I am not. I can adore the look of other homes with gray interiors, but it's not me. I love color - reds, greens, blues. It gives me a feeling of coziness. 

    Another similar feature of this new place compared to our former abode is its location near a railroad. At our PEI home, we were about 300 feet from the former railroad - now the Confederation Trail that is used for biking and hiking. Now in SC, we are about 300 feet from a real working railroad! The train goes by about a couple times a day and blows its whistle. It's very loud if you are outdoors at the time. I love trains.

    Without further ado, let's see this new home!
    As I write this, there is a new house going up to the left of ours. They started building the week after we moved in. This neighborhood and cul-de-sac is called Mill Creek - established in 2002 and there are still a number of empty lots to the left of our place.

    Open concept front to back. That's the back door. There is a small storage room attached to the back of the house.

    Here you see the front door and kitchen/dining area to the right.

    Glad to have my third white kitchen. The black counters are very similar to the ones I had in PEI, which gives me a good at-home feeling. We do have a fridge installed and a washer/dryer in the laundry room.

    And I finally have a window over the kitchen sink. My two previous homes didn't.
    The house has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms with a laundry room on the main floor. One bedroom will be my sewing room and the other will be named the "blue room" as we had in our home in PEI. The blue room is for guests and we look forward to having some!

    That's all for now, folks! Stay tuned as I slowly dig through and unpack boxes. As time goes by, I'll slowly reveal more of our new abode as I make it our own.
    Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 
    Psalm 37:4-5

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    New chapter, new beginning, new location - oh my!

    Hello friends!
    It's been several months since my last post announcing our move back to the U.S.  Blogging and operating my Etsy shop are still on vacation mode. In the meantime, you can message me with any questions and requests about my shop items.

    We are residing in a different part of the country than what we've been accustomed to - South Carolina. We thank the LORD for safety during the long trek, and the stops we made along the way to visit with family and friends were a blessing.

    Emotionally and mentally, the transition back to the States has been unexpectedly difficult. Moving to Canada nine years ago - despite all the paperwork, planning, and packing to move to a different country - that journey was a piece of cake and not a tear was shed in the process, compared to our move down south. I miss my PEI home, the countryside, the cooling breezes and dear friends. Knowing your financial picture will take a hit and then going through the process in real life is painful and can derail a person unless they are daily trusting and praying for the LORD to provide.

    Back in our own country nine years later, it's been a long road to acclimate ourselves to new surroundings, new church, much warmer weather, tons of traffic - and attending to the necessities of a relocation. It's a blessing to have family members nearby. And that means living in the same house (including all our belongings and furniture) - as we are, indeed, residing with my husband's sister until the LORD provides our own place.

    Patience, perseverance, and prayer are key to surviving this new chapter and new beginning in this new location and later stage of our life. 

    In early August, we found ourselves in the state of Kansas for two weeks visiting our daughter, son-in-law and acquainting ourselves with our darling grandchildren! We are are traveling back there next week to babysit while our grandchildren's parents go to Hawaii! More patience, perseverance, and prayer needed!

     Yes....I do, indeed, intend to open up a new Etsy shop as promised. My mind and emotions need settling down so I can concentrate on the particulars of shop ownership and the stitching up and the creating of romantic accessories for the gentlewoman. Roses and romance, love and lace, along with old-fashion sense and sensibility, comprise my inner being. What comprises yours?

    Lovely new fabrics to be fashioned into future carpet bags and purses were added to my stash when we stopped in Massachusetts. Shopping at Zimmans in Lynn along with my dear friend, Janie, was a time to treasure! An eager anticipation is slowly creeping through my being to reveal fabulous fabric finds turned into timeless treasures!

    In the days and weeks ahead, between traveling and taking care of children, house hunting, husband seeking employment, and the necessities of life, preparation for my new Etsy shop will be underway. Emma Thea Rose and Dolly are patiently (I think) waiting to reside in a new sewing room. At this moment, Dolly isn't enjoying her temporary home in the attic. If you don't know who these "ladies" are, please check out a previous post here!

    If you are a new visitor to my blog and want to keep abreast of what's new, you can sign up to receive my posts sent directly to your email inbox. See the right sidebar on my blog under the graphic FOLLOW ME. Type in your email address and follow the prompts to properly confirm receipt of my posts.

    In the meantime, acquaint yourself with who I am and what I do by reading past posts and perusing my portfolio! See "About Me" and "Portfolio" at the top of my blog. Some of my creations that I have sold in my shop are presented in my Portfolio.

     You will be warned when the unveiling of my new shop will occur! 😊 The specifics can't be revealed right now. Because I don't know what they are! 😕😃

    "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
    O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee."
    Psalm 84:11-12

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    A New Chapter is About to Begin...

    Greetings to all you lovely creatures!

    It's time to say good-bye to our lovely PEI home and....

    .....announce our imminent departure from the Land of Anne to the southern, subtropical state of South Carolina! 

    Although these past several years (almost 9!)  have, at times, been very difficult, they have been very rewarding. The last two years, the Lord pulled us aside by ourselves (like Moses in the wilderness), to worship alone with Him, to study the scriptures from online messages – to confirm our faith in Christ, to gain spiritual insight, to draw us closer to Him, to rely on Him completely for all our needs. It’s been an amazing journey. It was not a mistake – the Lord meant this segment of our lives here on PEI to be a small chapter. We thought otherwise.  It wasn’t what we expected. Though if we hadn’t come, we wouldn’t have gained all that He has taught us so far. And we are grateful for that.

    In April, the Lord sold our house in three days! Our closing date is July 3rd and, Lord-willing, we’ll be back in the U.S. on the 4th

     We would appreciate your prayers as we continue packing and managing a long to-do list.  Our Chrysler Minivan needs to be sold as we can’t import it to the U.S. That means renting a car for me to drive while Bill drives the U-Haul truck. We’ll be stopping in MA for three full days of visiting family and friends – especially seeing our daughter,  Melody,  her husband, Adam, and our three  grandchildren that we haven’t seen for several years. They will be meeting us in MA. Then on to PA and stopping overnight to visit my uncle, aunt, and cousin; and finally, on the 9th, we’ll arrive in SC. Bill’s sister, Aida, is graciously allowing us to stay with her (and store all our household goods) until we’re able to get our own place.

    We’ve been praying earnestly these last two years for what the Lord will have for us in this new journey and new chapter of our lives. 
    Psalm 37:3-5  -  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

    What will happen to my blog and Etsy shop??

    As of today, I will be taking a sabbatical from posting on my blog for approximately two months or so, so I can focus on packing and getting settled in SC. 

    My Etsy Shop will be put on "vacation mode" as of today - with an announcement on the shop page with information about my relocating to the U.S. My listings will not be available for purchase during this time.

    After getting settled in SC, I will work on opening a NEW Etsy Shop with a different name. 
    (My blog will stay the same - same name as it is now.)

    Without going into all the mundane details....because of the way the Etsy organization is set up financially - anyone moving from one country to another must open a new shop with a new name or a variation of their old one. I have decided to choose a new name for my new U.S. Etsy shop! 

    You'll have to wait until I open my new shop to find out!

    My special promotion that has been going on for a number of weeks (the 20% off coupons for Clear Skin Minerals and for my Etsy shop) will be "put on hold" until I open up my new Etsy shop sometime this summer. Barring any unknown problems with that promotion, it will be reinstated for my new Etsy shop. 

    You can still shop at Clear Skin Minerals using the link from my blog (on the right side bar) and get 20% off your purchases from that shop, but the 20% off coupon for my Etsy shop is now on vacation. :-)

    When my new Etsy shop opens, my previous Tintenfleck Studio Etsy Shop will remain on "vacation mode" for a number of months, so anyone that is looking for me there will know where to find my new shop.
    If you have any questions pertaining to my move or to the items in my shop, please feel free to contact me via email. (

    "See" you sometime in the summer!

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    A Delightful and Delicious Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

    Hello dear ones!

    Today I'm posting and sharing and linking up to Stephanie's 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange from her blog "The Enchanted Rose."

    I've participated in her Tea Cup and Mug Exchange a few times. If you are interested in being a part of her next Exchange, you can sign up on her blog to receive future notices. When you participate in the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange, you send a lovely tea cup/mug and accessories to someone and a different person sends you a tea cup/mug and accessories to you! It's a lot of fun and you get to meet new people each time. Who knows? You might become best friends from someone in another country! Having a blog is not necessary. Anyone can participate in her Tea Cup/Mug Exchange.

    I didn't take a photo of what I sent to Jeanie in Kentucky, but you can check out Stephanie's blog to find out! I've included the link to her blog at the end of this post. Here is what Sandra from Ontario sent me!

    Tea cup with pink roses, box of cookies, Lady Grey tea, a handmade pink dishcloth, a French Cottage Magazine and a Tea Time Magazine.  All packaged neatly inside a pretty "Paris" box! Thank you Sandra!


    Here's Stephanie's blog link to see all the lovely items that were given and received!