On Nice Boogie Monsters and Aromatherapy

nice-boogie-monstersJenny made these guys with scraps of fabric, old buttons and polyfill.  She stitches little grins on their faces.  Some have one eye, others have two.  When I asked Jenny what she calls them, she said, “They are Nice Boogie Monsters.”

She made one for me, one for Will and one for our cat, plus some extras, just in case.

They live in a ceramic bowl in the center of the purple dining room table.  The wait patiently, some times all day, for one of us to walk by and stop to pick one up and squeeze it.  I can’t seem to walk by that bowl without smiling.


I know absolutely nothing about aromatherapy, but I do know the sense of smell is a powerful one.  I could Google which scents are recommended for altering which moods and find the perfect combination of essential oils to elevate sad moods, and bring relaxation or a sense of calm into our home. Instead, I looked at the ingredients and combinations and just picked based on what I thought sounded good.

I found three different oils in varying combinations of Bergamot, Lavender, Chamomile, Patchouli, Jasmine, Marjoram, and other magical sounding scents.

homemade-diffuserI put a couple drops in a clear glass bottle with some lemon scented olive oil, and added a few twigs from the lilac in the back yard.  This homemade diffuser sits on the wood stove in the corner of the living room.  When we walk in the front door, we smell a wave of Sandalwood, Jasmine, Patchouli and Lavender.  These scents seem to flow together suggesting we leave crabbiness on the front step, as we walk in.

I put a drop of a combination of Geranium, Chamomile and Marjoram on the sheers in my bathroom.

my-monsterThis is the little guy that Jenny made for me.  He sits by my computer, grinning his sly grin, reminding me to not take things too seriously.  He smells quite good for a Boogie Monster.  I put a drop of essential oil on his backside.  Between his grin, his squishy yellow body and the scent of Patchouli and Bergamot, I have a new defense against funks and bad moods.




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  1. I WANT ONE!!

    They are the cutest things ever!

    I’ll pay for time, materials, shipping & handling. Or I could send her some of my favorite buttons & fabric and she can just go create. Will Ms Jenny make me one?

    I wait for your reply with bated breath….. :)

  2. Donna,

    I read Jenny your comment.

    With big, bright, sparkly blue eyes and a huge grin, she said, “I”M ON IT!!”

    Send your street address to my gmail address!

  3. Oh, I can’t wait!

    I’ll post a picture of my friendly boogie monster on my blog. (Its been sadly lacking posts, but maybe this will jump start my creativity)

    I just LOVE you and your kids….thanks for being my family.

  4. Donna!

    She’s done! Already! She was so excited, she sat right down and made you one.

    It’s adorable. I told her so, and I said, “If there’s one thing I know about Donna, she LOVES color!”

    So…. She made you a second one, too. The first is fuzzy and black. The second is BRIGHT yellow!

    And we love having you in our family.


  5. Jesse,

    Please let Jenny know–I think these are ADORABLE!! I love her creativity! Have fun . . .

    Happy 4th to you and yours!

  6. Those are AWESOME. Please tell Jenny that her creativity never ceases to amaze me. She’s really on to something there. Let me know before she goes public, so I can get ahead of the craze and own my own “Nice Boogie Monster” before they become too popular. I see craft fairs in your future.

    This is just a prime example of how a nurturing, loving, supportive parent can bring out the best in her kids–they couldn’t have picked a better mom if they tried.

    Love to you all

  7. Lynn,

    Thank you! I’ll tell her. ;)

    Enjoy your Independence Day!

  8. Debbie,

    She’ll be tickled to make one for you!

    We miss you guys like crazy!

    love you ;)

  9. We would love to have a “Jenny Original”
    Hope your 4th was grand.
    Miss you all too!

  10. Debbie,

    Your Boogie Monster will go out in this week’s mail. ;)

  11. Oh, guess what I got!!

    My absolutely positively adorable boogie monsters, plus a pal arrived safely. I could feel the love just oozing out of the package.

    Thank You, Ms Jenny!

    Please watch your mail. There is something coming…

  12. Donna,

    I read your comment to Jenny. She had so much fun preparing your buddies for shipping. Tucking them inside a tissue paper flower was all her idea. All I did was drive her to the post office.

    Enjoy!! ;)

  13. Donna,

    Your package arrived. Oh, she was so pleased! She’s already made a red sleeping bag and a button from the same red fabric. She’s imaging all kinds of possibilities for the beads.

    So thoughtful of you to send something for Will, and Nina and me.

    Wish you could have seen the joy on her face when she was opening it.

    I’m sending you a picture, taken of her as she read your note.

    Thank you so very much for brightening my dear girl’s day.

  14. I am so delighted to send some love back!

    Her thoughtfulness and creativity just touch my widdow heart. :)

    I adored the flower everything came wrapped in. Did she write the card herself? She has beautiful penmanship if she did!

    Hugs to all!

  15. Donna,

    Yep, that’s her penmanship. She put together the whole package by herself.

    We should all get so much joy out of creating. It’s something to watch her in the process.

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