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!
6 apples, peeled, cored and cubed
1-2 TB brown sugar
2 TB homemade vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or you can just use cinnamon and nutmeg)
Mix ingredients together, place in a slow cooker on Low for 6 hours. My slow cooker automatically switches to “Warm” for another 4 hours after the timer has finished. I smash the apples up with a potato masher while they are still in the slow cooker and let them meld together for another 30 min to 1 hour on “warm.”
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:
2 brown paper grocery bags
A computer & printer (or alphabet stencil)
Several different colors of fabric (I used quilting fabric)
A stick (or a fireplace mantle)
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.
Step 4: Hang! Use string and thread to hang your banner and leaves in a fun creative way! I used an old stick to support mine!
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:
Choose Fabric: I went with IKEA fabric because you can get some really substantial fabric with a fun bright print for a very low price per yard. I bought 4.5 yards.
Decide what kind of curtains you want. I made tab curtains. An even simpler curtain is a sleeve curtain, where you simply make a sleeve at the top of the curtain by folding your fabric over itself, you put your curtain rod through it and hang them up! Tab curtains take more effort, you have to carefully measure each tab so that they are the same length and width so your curtain will hang evenly.
Measure Twice: 4.5 yards of fabric is 270″ the fabric was 60″ wide. I made 14 tabs 12″ long and 4″ wide to allow for seams. I also cut 2 30″ long and 4″ wide pieces to serve as ties. After cutting the fabric for the tabs and ties off one end, I folded my remaining fabric in half length wise and cut it in half, leaving me with 2 cuts of fabric 127″x60″ those are my curtain bodies.
Fold, Iron, Pin, Repeat: I finished the side edges of the curtains first, fold over an inch on each side, iron smooth, and fold again, iron smooth and pin in place. Sew down and iron again to get a nice smooth edge, repeat this for both side edges of each curtain. Then move on to the top and bottom of the curtains. Fold over about 1.5″, iron, fold again, iron and pin in place, sew down, and iron smooth.
Make your tabs: The tabs are what took me the longest. Take your 4″x12″ pieces of fabric and fold in half. Pin in place, sew along the edge. Then turn inside out, put the seam in the middle and iron flat. Make your ties the same way, just finish the ends.
Attach the tabs: Carefully measure and attach the tabs at even intervals to the top of your curtains with pins, start with one tab in the middle and work your way out to the edges. Sew them on securely. I made a shape like an hour glass with my thread.
Hang and fell like a sewing goddess!
I love our new curtains! they really brighten up our everything room!
I found this idea at the Hostess with the Mostess, you will need yarn or string, balloons, cornstarch, glue, scissors, vaseline, a bowl, time, and space to dry the chandeliers. If you have a garage, you should make it there, because this craft can get a little messy. Continue Reading!
I spent yesterday creating a little garden on our tiny little patio. I found some great planters that sit on our rail from Crate & Barrel and filled them with flowers and veggie plants.
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! Keep Reading!
I love wine, and therefore have a lovely stash of empty wine bottles ready for crafting! I always save them, just incase I can find something fun to do with them! When gerber daisies are in season, or any long stemmed large flower, an empty wine bottle is the perfect vase!
I saw this really inexpensive way of jazzing up a wine bottle on Hip Earth Design, and decided to give it a try.
First I gathered my supplies:
High Temp glue gun sticks (I used about 4 mini sticks)
2 bags of glass stones (I found mine at a dollar store.)
1 empty wine bottle (Normally white wines come in clear or more opaque glass)
Paper grocery bag to catch any glue spills.
Then I got to work! I have a mini glue gun with a High and Low setting. Since I was attaching glass to glass I used the High Temp setting, and allowed my gun to get hot before starting the process. If you use High Temp, be VERY careful not to touch the metal tip or any of the hot glue, it will burn you. If you are clumsy, I would suggest wearing some type of cloth glove.
Starting at the bottom, I carefully squeezed the glue onto the back of each stone and then pressed it firmly onto the bottle. Half-way through I started getting excited! It was actually looking pretty cool! I think the final product is really cute, I can’t wait to get some fresh flowers to spring out! When I was done with the bottle, I still had some stones left over so I decided to decorate two votive holders left over from my wedding decorations.
Here are a few more pictures of the finished wine bottle.