100 Blog Posts

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Lets Celebrate! We are proud to announce that we have completed 100 blog posts! Katie and I would like to take a minute and thank all of our readers who have supported the blog thus far and if you like what you see, please share with your friends. We hope that our crafts, recipes and eco friendly tips have helped you in some way. In honor of this special day, below are the top 5 blog post to date:

  1. Mantra Monday
  2. Perfect Gifts the Women in your life
  3. Gifts for the Guys too
  4. Eco Friendly Products
  5. DIY Make up Pads

Stay tuned for an epic earring tutorial,  watermelon slush and more!

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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I am a true believer in aromatherapy and using essential oils. They can be used for: relaxation, headaches, muscle aches, common colds, sleep enhancement, bug repellent and more.  I have diffusers throughout the house and I keep little roller bottles in my purse for when I am feeling anxious or tired. They are a great pick me up and I feel comfortable because they are all natural and made without synthetic ingredients. Keep on Reading!

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Etsy

It is almost time to celebrate the men in our lives and tell them how awesome they are!  I haven’t been home in a long time for Father’s Day so I am excited to whip up a fresh baked cherry pie for my dad.  If you are looking for the perfect gift to buy, I encourage you to shop small businesses or check out Etsy for ideas.  Since we love Etsy here at Eclectically K & L, I have rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas from various Etsy shops.   Keep on reading!

DIY Wooden Sign

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I love going to TJ Maxx! I will search the racks and shelves looking for gifts and goodies to bring home. Today I found a really cool wooden cutting board in the kitchen section and thought….please add cheese and wine this would make an adorable welcome sign.

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DIY Wall Pockets

I recently came across some air dry clay that my daughter and I had used to make faces for some nature spirit dolls we crafted together.  I thought the excess clay would be perfect for a little plant holder for the wall.  These wall pockets are great for an air plant, or even a little succulent, to add a pop of greenery on the wall.  Keep on reading!

Handcrafted Mother’s Day Gifts: Etsy

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“The days are long but, the years are short.” We all hear it, that piece of advice from every parent before us and, oh how true that one little sentence can be. Being a mom, gave me a new found respect for my own parents because to be honest this shit stuff is hard! Are the kids getting enough vegetables, and too much TV!? Did they go to school with underwear on? (yup, real topic in this house) I mean the list goes on and on. With all that said, at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love my crazy kiddos and couldn’t imagine life any other way. Keep on reading!

Macrame Wooden Hanging Shelf

It isn’t a secret that Lisa and I both love our plants!  My husband has nicknamed me the crazy plant lady after carting around 5 boxes of various plants as we make our way across the country.  Admittedly, I have gotten some strange looks as I wheel them into various hotels across the country!  I am really looking forward to getting settled again and decorating a new home.

Lately I have been really into home decor with greenery and can’t wait to share this very simple DIY with you all.  This hanging shelf is the perfect way to add a unique pop of greenery to our new home!

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Supplies

  • Wood board, I used this one
  • Macrame cord
  • Circle wooden ring, like this
  • Stain or paint, if desired

Directions

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  1. Stain board according to package directions, if desired.
  2. After the stain has completely dried, cut macrame cord to size.  I cut six total cords: three were 60″ in length and three were 30″ in length.  You may like them longer or shorter depending on preference, but try to keep three cords twice the length as the other three since these will be wrapped around.
  3. You will want to gather all your cords together and then fold in half.  This fold will be tied onto the wooden ring using a larks head knot.
  4. Spread the cord into three sections.  Each section will have two longer cords (knotting cords) and two shorter cords (center cords).  I used a kettle bell to anchor my loop to make it easier to do macrame knots.  This helps to keep it from shifting.  You will only work on one section at a time. 

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  5. There are several types of macrame knots you can use.  I used the square knot first.  To do this you bring the left knotting cord under the two center cords and over the right knotting cord.  Then bring the right knotting cord over the two center cords and under the left knotting cord.  Pull tight.

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  6. Repeat, but this time do the opposite sequence:  left knotting cord over the two center cords and under the right knotting cord.  Then bring the right knotting cord under the two center cords and over the left knotting cord.  Pull tight. macrame3
  7. Repeat this sequence as many times as you would like.

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  8. Move further down the cord and follow the knotting instructions above, but this time don’t reverse the sequence.  This is called a half knot.  Bring the left knotting cord over the two center cords and under the right knotting cord.  The right knotting cord will go under the two center cords and over the left knotting cord.  Pull tight and repeat as desired.  This will cause the knots to form a spiral look. macrame5
  9. I added more square knots to the bottom section of the cord.
  10. Repeat on the remaining two sections to create three uniform macrame cords.
  11. Tie the cords together in a knot and place wood shelf in the center. You may need to move the macrame cords around a little to balance the shelf.

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  12. Hang the shelf from the ceiling and place a plant or item of your choice on shelf and enjoy!

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