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DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit

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My Mother-in-Law loves to sew. It's inspiring what she can make with a sewing machine and some creativity. Given that her four children have showed no interest in her passion, she warmly (and hopeful, maybe?) prepared a large sewing kit as a gift for me one birthday. There were so many mysterious items in the kit, ones that I had never seen before, and sadly that I have never had need to use. There were things, however, that I have found endlessly useful such as thread, scissors, needles, … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Garden Rocks

A simple springtime gift for gardeners.

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Now that it's warmer outside and the days are longer, I've been itching to get started on my vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the weather here in the Portland area hasn't been cooperating lately. We've had tons of rain and wind, so I'm getting creative with indoor-friendly gardening activities in order to feel like I'm actually accomplishing something. Truth is, I've been wanting to paint rocks to use as garden markers for years now, and this rainy weather has given me the perfect excuse … [Read more...]

Wildflower Seed Favors

The perfect favor idea for springtime gatherings.

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What better way to head into spring than by hosting a flower arranging class! There is something so soothing, nurturing and creative about experimenting with the many colors of blossoms, petals, stems, and foliage. To me, it is like a blank canvas, awaiting the rich and vibrant hues and textures, ultimately making a masterpiece. In connection to this flower arranging workshop, I will utilize this opportunity to share thoughts about “Nurturing From Within” and “Blossoming from the … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons

A cute and simple craft idea for bridal shower favors!

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I found this cute idea from The Gilded Hare, and I’ve been dying to try it for a special occasion. My friends Ana and Theo are getting married in spring, and I’m providing the bridal shower favors to thank everyone for celebrating the bride! What You Need: Assorted Wooden Spoons Painters Tape Spray Paint Food-Safe Clear Sealant (I used Bull's Eye Shellac) Method: Decide on your design. For Ana’s bridal shower, I wanted to use something that fit well with their … [Read more...]

DIY Bath and Massage Oil

A simple, homemade gift idea.

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is still wintery enough to abuse the skin, so I decided to make myself a batch of bath and massage oil to help protect myself from the elements. I originally came across this idea from one of my favorite beauty blogs, Be Beautiful, and I liked it so much that I decided to make up another batch for a friend of mine who has an upcoming birthday this weekend. To make my bath and massage oil, I just filled my small bottles with sweet almond oil and … [Read more...]

Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub

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Himalayan pink salt is as prized for its therapeutic properties on the skin as it is for its culinary health benefits. It is full of minerals and iron that work in synergy with the sodium so it's wonderful to add to your food. On your skin, those minerals work as a powerful detoxifier. Combined with moisturizing coconut and sweet almond oils, this salt scrub is perfect for winter skin. Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub Ingredients: • 8 oz pink Himalayan sea salt • 2 oz coconut oil • 1 … [Read more...]

Baby Spider Plant Housewarming Gifts

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If you have a healthy, well-fertilized spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) growing in your home, you are already likely aware of its tendency to send out long stems with developing baby spider plants in the summer when the days are bright and sunny. Fortunately, those baby spider plants are easy to propagate with just a little water, a few planting pots, and some good garden soil. For an excellent guide on propagating spider plants, read this detailed guide by Amy from Get Busy … [Read more...]

Healing Cuticle Balm

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Whether you wash your hands all winter to stave off the flu or all spring because you have been getting mucky in the garden, your cuticles take a beating. You may not think of them much in general, but when they dry out and start to crack you will certainly take notice. Dry cuticles can tear and boy, does it hurt! To make an all-natural healing cuticle balm you need healing ingredients and a wee bit of time. It's a very simple recipe. Apply cuticle balm to your nail beds and rub in 3-4 … [Read more...]

DIY Home: All-Natural Baby Wipes

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Last year I officially became a Mommy Blogger. When I got pregnant everyone asked me, "So you are going to write about kids stuff now, right?", to which I responded, "No!". It's not like I'm against kids' stuff, it's just that my focus is on garden-related projects, crafts, and recipes. Then everything changed. I had no idea of what you need for a baby until I had one. I was gobsmacked by the sky-high prices and toxic chemicals in baby products. I guess I should have expected it. It's not … [Read more...]

Chalk Painted Seed Starters

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To help stave off the gloom that befalls the winter months following the holidays, you can brighten your friends’ days by gifting little, chalk painted seed starting planters! I’ve wanted to make homemade chalkboard paint for a while, and this is the perfect occasion. These gifts are cute favors for many different reasons, for instance baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, etc. This time, I made them just because! Chalk Painted Seed Starter Pots What You Need: • ½ Cup flat … [Read more...]