How to Make “Wind Chime” Bath Salts

This might sound a little odd, but we promise you it will lead to the most relaxing bath experience ever!  If you make homemade bath salts and combine them with a wind chime over the bath tub- your energy will be realigned. So, if you are feeling a bit “out of whack”, try making the following bath salts. Then, pour in a 1/2 cup of the salts into a warm bath and soak under a wind chime.

To make:

1 cup  Sea Salt (Fine Grain)
4 ounces (1/2 cup) Grapeseed oil
2 ounces (1/4 cup) Avocado oil
20 drops essential oil – lavender or rosemary scented

Mix the ingredients together.  Let rest of one hour. Use!

Why Buy American-Made This Holiday Season

We here at EcoWindChimes.com only sell American-made and American-sourced products. We pride ourselves on this and the quality of the products we sell.  That’s why we want to dedicate today’s blog post to the top 5 reasons you should consider buying American products this holiday season.

1. No Western nation can ultimately compete on price with a country willing to massively exploit  its own people. When you buy only American-made products, you insist on a higher standard and fair wages.

2. The growing lack of USA’s ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you buy American-made goods, you foster American independence. We are no longer reliant upon competing countries.

3. Jobs shipped abroad almost never return. When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing.

4. You support child labor laws when you buy American. When you buy American you support safe working conditions and child labor laws. Non-American made products exploit children in the production process.

5. When you choose products made in the USA, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work.

We are hopeful you will decide to primarily buy American-made products this holiday season, including our wind chimes.

Until next time,

Stephen Betzen of EcoWindChimes.com

Popular Wind Chime Cures

Wind chimes can be a holistic cure for many scenarios within the home. This got us to thinking about other holistic and feng shui cures available for the home – or any type of space. Here we go;

First, wind chimes . Brass and copper wind chimes promote moving energy, perfect for placement in the front door of your home office.  If you feel an energy block anywhere in your home, hand a wind chime outside the entrance’s door frame.

Second, according to AboutHealing.com, “A running horse or charging chariot represents success or opportunity coming your way. It is important that you place the head of your horse entering your space and not leaving it.”

Third, bowls of fresh fruit represent the good life! As you eat your “wealth” , it is important to replenish the bowl. An empty fruit bowl reflects diminishing chi.

So, as you head into the weekend, make sure you have your wind chimes in the proper place, find a ceramic horse to draw in opportunity, and place plenty of fresh fruit in a bowl to help money and healthy chi come into your home!

Until next time,

Stephen Betzen

 

Top 3 Fall Wind Chime Products

I recently received a question on Twitter about our top products for fall. Well, they change every week but I can make a prediction based on our best-selling lines over the last couple of years.  So, here are the top 3 fall wind chime products I expect to be in demand for the next two months!

1. Large Winter Gunkali Wind Chimes

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Fabian’s Winter Gunkali chime harmonizes the element of water, which empowers the kidneys, according to principles of Chinese Medicine. This chime includes an engraved windplate with the phrase “Feel the Peaceful Memory of Winter”.  This is on sale for $100 less than the SRP. You can buy it here: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Large-Winter-Gunkali-Wind-Chimes-p/1lwin.htm

2. Soprano Gypsy Windchimes

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Escape with a band of wandering gypsies and leave all your worries behind as you listen to the celestial tones produced by this Soprano Gypsy wind chime. Made by Music of the Spheres using only the finest harmonic aluminum tubing, this wind chime is destined to hold a special place in your heart for years to come. You can buy this wind chime for $15.00 less than the SRP. Here’s the link: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Soprano-Gypsy-Windchimes-p/gs.htm

3. Tenor Japanese Windchime

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Instantly transform your favorite outdoor space into a Far East retreat when you adorn it with this quality crafted Tenor Japanese wind chime by Music of the Spheres. Blending deep dramatic notes with sustained resonance, this impressive wind chime creates an air of tranquility that hypnotize listeners while easing away tension and stress.

Offered at $90 less than the SRP here: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Tenor-Japanese-Windchime-p/jt.htm

Best Creepy Pasta Wind Chime Stories

We received an interesting request over the weekend. A loyal fan wanted to know if we knew about any famous wind chime hauntings. While we know certain cultures believe wind chimes can either call spirits into a house or draw them away from a house, we haven’t run across any ghostly wind chime stories….. That is, until we went to CreepyPasta.com!

We poured through the different tales on the website to pick the most compelling ghostly wind chime stories. We are repasting the links and summaries below.  Oh, and by the way, if you have a REAL haunted wind chime story- please share it!

Wish Upon A Poisionus Flower –  Talk about your grandmother’s haunted wind chimes! http://www.crappypasta.com/wish-upon-a-poisonous-flower

Daycare - The wind does blow heavy with the creepy kind….. http://www.creepypasta.com/daycare/

The Townhouse in Waterloo-  Miminmal wind chime mentions, but worth it. http://www.creepypasta.com/the-townhouse-in-waterloo/

 

 

 

Books About Wind Chimes

As we head into a long holiday weekend, I was thinking about picking up a good book. My friends often provide sale pitches on their current reads and I’m constantly looking to become more “well read”. The trouble is that I want diversity when I read. I think many people who read like to venture around the different writing genres. So, as I did my research for a quality weekend book, I came up with this one;

Wind Chime Cafe by Roberta Capizzi! http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Chime-Caf%C3%A9-Novel/dp/0615949258/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409323782&sr=8-1&keywords=wind+chime+cafe

Isn’t this perfect! On Amazon, this book has a 5 star rating out of 120+ reviews. The description reads, “When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she’s finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro.”

Now, this isn’t the typical “manly” book that would appeal to me- but it does evolve around a cafe with wind chimes. I am going to give this book a try, after all- it involves the products my business sells.  In the meantime, if you are inspired by this book and looking to add more wind chimes into your life, cafe, or garden- click here!

Stephen Betzen of EcoWindChimes.com

Are Wind Chimes Evil?

I was doing a little history homework on wind chimes and came across something interesting. Did you know at one point in China’s history that wind chimes were considered a tool for those who dabbled in the sinister arts?

In South East Asia remains of wind chimes made from bone, wood, bamboo and shells were found about 3000 BC. Chimes were thought to ward off evil spirits. 7,000 years later, the ward off part went away and many people used wind chimes to warn of weather issues or as a way to lure the pure of heart to a house of horrors.

While we know in modern times that wind chimes have nothing to do with evil practices, the Asians didn’t believe this back then. In fact, they would use wind chimes, in place of candles, to start ceremonies or séances!

The ironic part of the history of wind chimes is how the played a role in many religious ceremonies. And, in addition to religious ceremonies throughout the world, highly skilled metal workers created the forefather of the wind chime, a clapper-less bell called yong-zhong, which was used as an accompaniment for religious ceremonies in- where else- Asia! Isn’t history funny?

Today, wind chimes are still said to ward off evil spirits. They aren’t used in religious ceremonies as much as years’ past and, according to research, are hardly ever used in black magic practices. So, the next time you are hanging up one of EcoWIndChimes.com’s products, think about history. That wind chime was once feared, embraced, feared again, embraced again, and then become something that soothes the soul both from a decorative standpoint and audio stand point.

Stephen Betzen, EcoWindChimes.com

 

Candles and Wind Chimes

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I read an article recently discussing how candles and wind chimes go hand-in-hand. I was a bit puzzled because I have never heard this before. I looked into the history of this statement and discovered that many people use both candles and wind chimes as part of Cajun séances. WOW!

Regardless of the reason(s) you may want to set up a candle near your Eco Wind Chimes, I figured I would share an easy-to-follow candle making recipe.

What’s Needed:

A heat source like a hot plate or electric stove

A “double boiler” set up – a large, low pot for boiling water, with an old coffee can set inside it to melt the wax, will do just fine – or a more formal candle wax melting pot

Some wax appropriate for the type of candle you want to make

A wick appropriate for that wax

A mold or container to hold the melted wax

Fragrance or color for the candle, if desired

A match to light it when it’s done

You can choose from various types of candles,  and you’ll need to choose the appropriate wax and wick for your project. You can personalize your candle even further by choosing a fragrance or essential oil to scent your candle.  There are tons of candle-friendly supply websites online to pick out your supplies.

Once you obtain your safe candle making supplies, simply melt the wax, mix in a bit of oil, pour the hot way into the mold, Inset the wick, and then let everything setup for a few hours.  That’s it.

Until next time,

Stephen Betzen of EcoWindChimes.com

Grieving and wind chimes.

Many people who buy products on EcoWindChimes.com are doing so in memoriam of a family member or friend. We have engravable wind chimes, which are often decorated with a passed loved one’s name and dates of birth and expiration. These wind chimes are beautiful tributes to departed one’s soul.

We recently received a question on how to use wind chimes as part of the grieving and healing process. While there is no wrong way to have wind chimes be an instrumental part of your own process, we were able to research some unique techniques and suggestions.

First,  place the wind chimes outside a room you are often in. The point to using wind chimes for healing therapy is to see and hear them often. If you place them on your back patio but spend most of the time in the front of your home- then your process is going to be counterproductive.  Make sure your wind chimes are bout visible and audible from the room in the home where you spend the most time.

Second, light a sandalwood candle or incense to promote the departed spirit’s energy from returning. If you can conjure his or her energy, it is believed that the departed will ring the chime to make you aware of their presence. It is at this time that you can speak your truth, or speak to his or her spirit, and allow unsaid business to be settled and to provoke the start of your healing.

Finally, you want to move the wind chimes out of the house on the anniversary of his or her death. Even if you move them out of the house, or away from their normal outside area, for a day- you are allowing the wind chime to recreate the change of location (life to death symbolically) and acknowledging to yourself – and the spirit- that transition is ok and a part of life.

We truly help these pointers promote healing with the use of our wind chimes.

Stephen Betzen of EcoWindChimes.com

Seashell Wind Chimes- DIY

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No summer would be complete without making a seashell wind chime. These wind chimes are beautiful, free, and make great gifts. Regardless if you’re an avid crafter, or feel like crafting isn’t your thing, this project is easy-to-do and the results will be stunning!

Here’s what you need:

Sticks, seashells, cotton string, hammer, and thin nails.

How to make your own seashell windchimes by EcoWindChimes.com 

1. Gather two, or more sticks, that are at least 3 inches long.

2. Use cotton string of varying lengths; tie one end around a shell  and the other end to one of the sticks. Use two same-size pieces of string to connect the sticks. For a more sturdy wind chime, tap each shell with a nail and hammer to make a small hole. Thread the string through the hole, knot it, and repeat. If you live in an area where the winds are very heavy, the hammer and nail method is suggested.

3. Tie a 24-inch string to the top stick and use this main string to hang your seashell wind chimes up.

That’s it, these seashell wind chimes are THIS easy to make!  We’ve seen people spray paint their seashell wind chimes with metallic colors and then glitter. Other people write the names of those they shared their vacations with right on the seashells. We encourage you get creative with your seashell wind chimes, maybe even donate them to be auctioned off at local charity events or sold at a Farmer’s Market event.

In the meantime, if you want to check out our collection of USA sourced and made wind chimes, please visit our “browse by ear” section here: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Shop-Wind-Chimes-By-Sound-s/3.htm