Mounted Wall Vase

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I made this wall base for my uncle for Father’s Day and I thought I’d share it. All you need is a slab of a log. They sell them at most craft stores or you can get your own if you’re into that sort of thing! I used and old glass jar and bought a hose clamp from the hardware store for cheap. I nailed the clamp to the wood, but the jar in, tightened it, and added a picture hanger to the back. It was that easy! You could also fill it with dirt and grow plants in it.

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Also Ben had to hold it for me on the brick. ;)

Also Ben had to hold it for me on the brick. 😉

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My Patio Garden

I thought I would share some of my garden pictures so far from my little container garden on my patios.  Some of my plants are just starting to come up this year like my flowers, but I’m proud of my self because my marigolds, lily and pansies are all things I bought last year and were able to bring back from seed. (or bulb in the lily’s case)  I don’t always have a green thumb but in the Summer plants just seem so much happier and I’m getting more confident in my growing abilities.  After last Summer I know how much to water my outdoor plants (a lot!) and even though I can’t have a garden yet it’s exciting to be able to eat something you grew!  I’m trying out some tomatoes from Home Depot this year.  This breed is made to be grown in containers, they are named patio tomatoes so we’ll see!  It already have about 10 green tomatoes on in so I think pretty soon we’ll be trying to eat all the tomatoes before they go bad, which in my opinion is a good problem to have. 😉

I’ll do an update later in the Summer to see how my progress is going!  what are you’re favorite plants in the Summer?

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Coleus


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Spearmint


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Basil, the start of a lily, and a little succulent called Kalanchoe that I got from Trader Joe’s. It was starting to die inside but seems to be recovering now that it’s out. Summer really is the best for my plants!


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Geraniums plus my new bee house!


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Tomatoes, strawberries, and more geraniums. Of course the Snomingos are out to party as well!

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Pansies

Side Tie Shirt

This is actually a shirt I made long ago in high school but I made it with non stretchy vintage fabric from Goodwill, and I wasn’t (and still aren’t) that great of a sewer.  So anyway it never really fit that great.  I was fine everywhere but the bust.  I kept it all this time because I love the fabric and I recently got an Idea on how to fix it.

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The before

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I took out the side seams and bought some white stretchy fabric.  I cut the fabric in to strips about 2″ wide and folded and sewed it into a loop. Then I cut the strips about 8″ long.  I made the bows by tying a knot in the strips and pinned them to the sides of the shirt.  After I knew how many I needed and had them spaced evenly I could sew them in.  The shirt is nice and loose now and has some stretch in it!

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Flowers You Can See Grow

I’ve seen this idea before on Pinterest so I thought I’d give it a try this Spring.  I used this hurricane vase I already had and bought some clear glass pieces from the dollar store.  I was also able to find a pack of these rain lily bulbs at Dollar Tree also since it’s spring. I put the glass gems in the vase and filled it up to the top of the gems with water.  Next I placed the bulbs in standing up and put it in a sunny spot.  this is the results so far…DSC_0057

After two weeks I got this flower but now the other two are starting to grow.

After two weeks I got this flower but now the other two are starting to grow.

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My Vacation photos

Hello I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I don’t have any diys today but I have been meaning to share more posts about my day to day life.  It’s something that I need to get into the habit of doing.  Usually I feel like no one will want to see my boring photos but I always like to see other people’s posts about their lives and homes so here goes!  I went on a cruise to the Bahamas last weekend for a wedding of some friends so these are little more exciting than my usually weekend pictures.  I figured this was a good start so here ya go!

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Homeade Butter and Honey Butter

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I had a super busy weekend and was able to get lots of work done, and still made this butter!  It’s super simple and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to realize how easy butter is to make.  It’s just one ingredient, heavy whipping cream and you can either shake it in a jar for a long time or use a food processor.

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I used the later and it took about 5 minutes on high.  I also added some salt to mine for taste.  You will be able to tell when it’s done because there will be no more liquid and you can use a rubber spatula to scrape it out.  I put it in a bowl and folded in some honey to make honey butter because, well honey butter!  I also want to try to make some mulberry butter this summer after my mulberry trees have berries.  The possibilities are endless, enjoy! Let me know how it turns out.

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Solar Jar Lights

DSC_0084Hello all, Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA, I’ve been busy with work and other things but I have a super easy and cool looking diy on the blog today!  I made these Solar Jar lights as presents for Mother’s Day.  I got the idea on Pinterest from a blog named Dreamalittlebigger.com.

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It was a very simple project that was relatively inexpensive and only took bout 30 minutes to make.  I bought the solar lights and glass gems from Dollar Tree and had the green and blue mason jars already.  For my version I used the kind of mason jars with the canning lids that come in two pieces.  The solar lights were easy to remove from the stakes and plastic clear part.  I pushed the round top containing the solar panel and light  up though the rim lid and it fit snugly so I chose to not glue it in. (As pictured below)  If you don’t want to use a solar light you could also use a tea light.

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Next I used a hot glue gun to glue the glass gems onto the jars.  I used one bag per jar in case you are wondering how many to get. This went quick and I was able to do it while watching TV. 😉  The next step is to put them outside or around your house somewhere where they can get sun in the day time and enjoy!

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Avacado Egg Salad

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This has been one of my go to recipes for a few years now.  Even if you don’t like egg salad, don’t knock this one until you try it.  The avocados and spices give it a whole new flavor, and it’s much healthier than regular egg salad.  I got the original recipe from a blog on pinterest called {Never} Homemaker, but as I tend to do I changed some thinks around to my liking and to make it my own.  So you can read the original and mine and possibly even tweak it some more if you’d like! Ingredients:

  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 diced avacado
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • handful of chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

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Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir everything up. I like to eat mine on a tortilla with some fresh kale, but Ben likes his on bread.  Try it however you like, I’ve also just ate it before. 😉

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Concrete Easter Eggs 

Hey everyone, it’s Wednesday, woohoo! We’re half way to the weekend and even though we just got about 4″ of snow here on Monday, (not cool Mother Nature) I’m excited for Spring and Easter.  My family never did a whole lot to celebrate Easter other than Easter egg hunts and and getting together to eat too much food, but its always been one of my favorite holidays to decorate for.  I think its because I love rabbits and animals in general along with anything Spring/Summer related.   DSC_0159  I found this diy on Pinterest by Camille Styles for making concrete eggs with real egg shells.  I’ve actually been working on this for a while because I needed to get enough egg shells to fill.  When I would use an egg to cook with I would just break out the bottom with a knife of my finger.  You want to take the bottom out so that you can fill it from there and then when the concrete is dry they can stand up.  Below are the supplies I used; the cup and knife were for the concrete mix and make sure to have paper towels handy. You can usually find concrete mix at any craft or hardware store, it’s pretty fun to work with!  If you’ve never mixed concrete, plaster, or anything similar, I use the mound method which is where you fill the cup up with about 1/3 water and slowly add the mix until there is a little mountain on top that doesn’t sink down immediately into the water.  Stir it up until there are  no clumps or bubbles.  it should be about the consistency of pancake mix.  I have to admit I got some of mine a little too thick and some didn’t quite turn out perfect but I like some imperfections in mine.

I got a little messy and broke one, whoops! ;)

I got a little messy and broke one, whoops! 😉

After your eggs are filled let them dry outside for at least 24 hours.  Use an exact-o knife to help peel the shell of and that’s all!  If you’d like you can paint or stamp you eggs or anything else you can think of.  I might do something with mine but I’m not sure what yet.  If I do change them I’ll give an update.

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My Easter table

My Easter Table

P.S.  the adorable basket and grass cloth are from my good friends at Glory Days Mercantile, check them out they have tons of cute Easter decor!

Cat Tepee

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Hey Peeps!  I have a super cool project that I actually made a few years ago, but it’s still a good one so I thought I’d share it.  All you need is a yard of fabric for the panels and a 20″x20″ piece for the bottom piece, a sewing machine, and 8 dowel rods that are 1/4″ wide. I got the original idea from a book titled “One-Yard Wonders” by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins.

After you cut your panels out you need to sew the sides of each three side panels together, leaving 1″ of space between the seam and the edge of the fabric.  Then sew the ends of the insides of the panels leaving a pocket to push 4 of the dowel rods thought.  Don’t put the rods in till everything is sewn though.  Next  sew the seams on the tops and bottoms, leaving the dowel rod openings.

Next for the Base cut a square that is 20×20″ wide and cut a square notch on each corner that is 2″.  You will fold the sides in 1″ and sew the seam like in the picture, only I made all sides the same. Don’t forget to leave an opening for your last 4 dowel rods.  These will have to be cut smaller to fit.  Leave a few inches sticking out on each side.

After the bottom is sewn, attach it to the rest of the tepee by sewing the top of the bottom section onto the inside of the tepee. and then insert your dowel rods.  I also tied a piece of fabric around the top to secure the dowel rods.

As you can see Gatsby claimed this one and still uses it!  Lucy will sit in it occasionally but if your cat likes hiding in things (like most cats), then they will love a tepee!

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This is the picture of how to cut the three side panels and two shorter front panels out of the yard of fabric. Lay the piece out in a single layer

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Here are my crazy homemade patterns for the side and front panels since I made more than one

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They don’t like to share!

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So Happy!!!

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