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So, for the next few months, I’m going to be departing from my normal recipes and focusing on the DIY projects we are going to be doing on the house. Not to say that I won’t share a great recipe … Continue reading
I’ve seen people making little Christmas trees out of driftwood sticks. When I found some driftwood at a cool little crafty store in Portland, I knew I wanted to try something!
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What to do:
Applesauce is something that is just so classic and yummy you can’t help loving it. I use the slow cooker for apple sauce so that I can toss all the ingredients in before work, and come home to an apartment that smells like a fall candle has been burning all day!
This recipe is so simple, and it makes a great healthy all natural apple sauce that is sure to please.
Decorating doesn’t have to be super expensive! Use pumpkins and squashes that you can also use in cooking, like a pumpkin pie pumpkin and a butternut squash. Add some flare with smaller pumpkins that are pretty and cheaper. I also prefer to buy smaller candles that will just last one season, so that I can pick out a fun new scent the next year without having a huge candle graveyard!
I’ve been seeing lots of DIY banners and decided to make my own out of fabric and recycled brown paper grocery bags!
What you need:
Step 1: print out or trace letters onto printer paper, cut out and pin onto fabric, cut out fabric into letter shapes, pin onto fabric rectangles.Step 2: gather some leaves from outside, trace them onto printer paper, pin the paper to fabric, cut out leaf shapes.Step 3: Sew the letters to their rectangle pieces. Cut out brown paper bags so that they are the same shape as your letter rectangles and leaves. Sew your leaves to the brown paper where they would naturally have a stem, and sew the letter rectangles to the brown paper on the top and bottom.
I love Fall! Growing up on the east coast it not only symbolized the time of year when the leaves started changing and falling, but also my birthday. I think as a kid I heavily associated red, orange, and yellow leaves with me getting attention and presents. Now, that I’m “grown up” and living in the Pacific NW, I think my associations with fall are changing. Here I’m surrounded by pumpkin, apple and corn farms, beautiful mountains peaked with snow, and some really wonderful coffee shops. Fall has become about fall decorations, picking out which scarf to wear, pumpkin spice lattes and fall crafts! I’m convinced that fall and winter are the best time to craft. For one, it gets cold outside and so staying inside warm and creative is great, and for two, you can convince yourself that even if you don’t need whatever you are making, “it would make a great Christmas gift.” In honor of my revelation that fall and winter are the best time to craft I’m going to do a short series on fall cooking and crafts. Consider this your warning that some amazing ground breaking creative ideas are coming your way!!!
Confession: I’ve never made full length curtains before. I’ve made a valance(short curtain used to frame the top of a window). Full length curtains are a whole other beast. It is just so much more fabric! I literally had to rearrange the furniture in our little apartment to accommodate the massive cut of fabric I bought from IKEA a few weeks ago.
Our apartment has white walls with beige carpet, originally we also had some nice beige curtains hanging over the window, so I really wanted to brighten up our “everything” room. An everything room (incase you don’t live in a tiny apartment) is the room that isn’t the bedroom or bathroom. It is our movie theater, dinning room, library, office, game room, and coffee shop all in one!
Here are some easy steps to brighten up your everything room with curtains:
I love our new curtains! they really brighten up our everything room!
I also picked up some plastic pots from the dollar store. While I was at the dollar store I saw some little solar garden lights. I remembered seeing some projects on other blogs where people used garden solar lights and glass jars to add a little festive light to their garden at night. I already had some glass jars that we used for flowers at our wedding.
You can find glass jars like these at antique stores, flea markets or online. I have a few on my Etsy shop here. You can’t just use a normal mason jar, because you need a glass top so that the solar panels can recharge during the day! The tops of the garden lights simply twist off to reveal the top disk with the solar panel, rechargeable battery, and light.
I used a hot glue gun to glue the disks to the jar’s glass tops. I think they look pretty cool! The garden lights from the dollar store aren’t very bright, so if you are hoping for a lot of light you might want to invest in a more expensive garden solar light, just make sure before you buy it that the disk will fit in you jar, and that the rechargeable battery is in the disk not in the garden stake.
I’ve been obsessed with all of the cute cake and cupcake stands that everyone seems to be DIY-ing lately. Yesterday was a lovely sunny saturday I headed to my favorite thrift store, and picked out some supplies to make my own!
In my family Easter has always been a time when we come together. I have fond memories of Easter egg hunts in my grandparents back yard and getting into arguments about how long the family photo was taking. But this year, I’m not making a trek across to the country to see them, so I figured that making cards would be the next best thing. Since cards cost about $3-5 a piece, I figured I would make some out of materials I already have in my craft box!