Zero Waste Lemon Candle

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I have been trying to find different ways to become waste free. When I read about how easy it was to make your own candles, I thought it was awesome. We do not use candles in my house. However, when mosquito season arrives, I need all the help I can get when outdoors. Using essential oils, I made the candles waste free. 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!

Branch Brush Painting

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Welcome Spring time and also yard cleaning! I have a little guy who is still in pre-school so he and I are home together in the afternoons. I love and cherish this (diminishing) time that we have together so, I try to make chores fun. I mean who wouldn’t rather be picnicking in the park and going for ice cream every day…..but chores can’t do themselves. I had several dead plants in the yard so I needed to remove them and trim other bushes. We decided to make it fun! We broke out the roll of paper and paint and decided to use the leaves and branch clippings to paint a picture.
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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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Potato wedges and aioli

Crispy Potato Wedges with Black Pepper Aioli

There is a restaurant in Virginia Beach, called Hearth, that makes some amazing wood fired pizza.  Actually all of their food is delicious and I highly recommend it if you are in the area.  One of their pizzas is a take on a BLT, but with kale and is topped with a black pepper aioli.  I have often put a balsamic reduction on my pizza, but never an aioli.  It was incredible!  I knew I needed to try to make it at home. Keep on reading!

Spring Baking Soda Ornaments

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party.” — Robin Williams

Now that Spring is here, its a perfect time to add a little color to your house and get the kids involved in a fun project. I am bringing these ornaments into my son’s preschool so that each child can decorate their own ornament to hang at home. You can use paint, markers, crayons, glue, glitter and more on the ornaments so the sky’s the limit! Bonus- you probably have the ingredients for the clay in your pantry already. Here is the recipe that I used for the Baking Soda Clay

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repurposed sewing machine drawer with flowers

Sewing Machine Drawer centerpiece

A year ago on a trip back to Minnesota to visit family, my mom was sharing her ideas for some assemblage art and little finds she had picked up at my grandparents.  My mom is an amazing artist that can do just about anything!  We spent an afternoon digging through my grandma’s basement looking for more inspiration.  I came across some old sewing machine drawers and thought they had potential.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them, but loved that I could reuse them in some way.  Keep on reading!

Nature fairy made from magnolia seed pod, wood bead, acorn top, and shells

Nature Fairy

My daughter loves to collect nature treasures.  It doesn’t matter what we are doing she will most likely collect something and ask to bring it home.  In fact we have a jar by our front door so that she can put her new treasures there when she comes in.  Sometimes we use them and other times they get put back in nature.  I like the idea of using these objects she collects to make something new.  For our latest project we made a fairy together that she named Moana.   Keep on reading!