Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Pillows DIY♥

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Hello, friends!

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Ah, Summer! Tis the season for air conditioning BBQ’s, picnics, beach days and  more air conditioning relaxing in the luxurious sunshine! Since I live in the Seattle area, I really do look forward all year to summer. I love making my porch extra inviting so I am more inclined to sit outside and enjoy all that vitamin D!

This pillow idea has been a constant DIY since my very first apartment, and I since I’m sure the summer decorating is starting in your own home, I thought I would share!

I recently re-sparked this idea of mine when I came across this really astounding article from National Geographic about wax worms learning to eat plastic bags! It gave me hope, inspired me, and made me proud that here in Seattle we have decided to nix harmful plastic bags altogether. I myself have been using canvas reusable bags for years, and it is a good feeling knowing those little steps towards being more environmentally conscious make a big impact on our planet in the long run. Even though I try really hard to not use plastic bags, they still somehow creep into my house and land in “that drawer.” Don’t judge me, you have “that drawer,” too!

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This DIY is probably the most simple DIY you will ever do, and it is 100% no fail!

All you need are pillow covers and old plastic grocery bags!

Pillow covers are very inexpensive and come in so many cute varieties!

Check out some of these:

Home Sweet Home 

Bohemian Vibes

Floral Print

All you have to do is select your pillow cover of choice and start stuffing away! I stuff the pillow until it is rigid, but still soft enough to be comfortable. For one 18×18 pillow cover, you should need about 30 to 40 plastic bags to fill it to completion. They are so inexpensive that I don’t mind if they fade a little in the sun, or get an occasional shower. The best part is that the insides are plastic, so they will never mold! They look darling on the porch and you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you saved so many plastic bags from never decomposing in the landfill!

Hooray for recycling!

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Love and Hugs,

Shelby♥

DIY Faux Fern Hanging Tin Basket♥

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Hello!

I am starting to feel desperate ready for spring! I miss the warmth and I miss gardening so much!

The sunshine has started to peek through the grey and snow, which has been a wonderful, welcome change, since we had snow last week.

…and If you know me at all, you know that I hate with a passion immensely dislike snow.

I only like snow on one condition: I don’t have to go anywhere and I can just watch it through my window while drinking hot coffee, while simultaneously cranking the heat to 85 degrees…

…then I guess snow is okay… 

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My last post was a really fun haul from Goodwill, and I found so many awesome treasures that I was eager to decorate my home with!

I found this galvanized hanging tin for a few bucks and I was in LOVE! My back door needed some decor to liven it up, and I knew this would be perfect!

The tin already had some dusty, gross, moldy, foul, daisies in it when I picked it up, and I threw them away in checkout.

No shame!

My vision for the tin was starting to emerge once I cleaned it up!

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I first wanted to remove the graphic all together, but it wasn’t coming off super well so I conceded.

I instead decided I wanted to age the graphic a bit by burning the edges and use a tea stain method.

( Tea staining is very easy! Fill a mug with only a few tablespoons of boiling water and add any black tea bag, once it is steeped you can use the tea bag to create a stain on most paper and fabric surfaces).

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I let the tea dry for a few minuets (a hairdryer helps speed up the drying process), and then I proceeded to char the edges of the paper a bit with a lighter.

I picked up a big bundle of faux fern leaves for .99 at Goodwill on a separate trip. They were in great condition and looked very lifelike!

I stuffed a few medium sized balls of newspaper into the hollow tin, this way I could hot glue the stems to the paper to create an anchor, (you could also use Oasis or Floral Foam but I didn’t have any).

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I didn’t have a method of gluing them in the tin, but I did try to use the largest ferns in the back and then the more whispy, smaller ones in the front.

Before I knew it, I had the cutest little fern arrangement for my back door!

Voila!

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I think it’s really sweet, simple and cheerful!

I love how it brightens up my back door!

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Until next time,

♥Shelby

What I Hunt For At Goodwill + Haul♥

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Happy Almost New Year!

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I trust Everyone had a joyous holiday full of sugar family and cocktails friends!

Even though Christmas just ended literally minuets ago, I decided I needed to hunt for more junk, (hello American consumerism!)

All joking aside, I really had not gone thrifting in a while, (a month is a while). I had a few DIY’s mulling around in my head, and I was getting the itch to act on my impulses!

I sometimes get asked by my friends who are not of the hoarding thrifting breed:

“What do you look for? How do you find cool stuff?”

It does take a a little skill and loads of patience to find things while thrifting. You must bring your creative A game and see potential in ugly things that may need some love. However, you must also be able to distinguish what is not for you and what you must stash in your cart immediately. I say go in with an open mind, creativity, and a lot of hand sanitizer, (yeah, things can get messy/dusty).

The top 3 things I personally hunt for when I thrift are:

1.Old Books 

I have a serious love for old, worn books. I use them in my home to add depth and character to spaces.  The pictures above are from my home decor. I collected all of these books from thrifting and various garage sales. I have a lot of weathered books, but the massive, Leonardo Davinci one is my favorite!

2.Milk Glass (Hobnail) 

These pictures were taken from inside my butter yellow kitchen. I have collected all this milk glass from Goodwill and garage sales! I think my most expensive piece was $5.

I am  partial to the hobnail design, but there are a lot of beautiful, milky stemware and vases to be explored at the local Goodwill. Look at these!

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3.Antique or Weathered Frames

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I just HAD to have this one! Isn’t it beautiful!? Most of the frames inside my home are thrifted, they are mostly weathered wood or faux- antique like this one, it fits perfectly!

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I thought those pink and white floral teacups were just darling, but they were on the “pricey” side at 3.99 each, so I let them go. I was trying to stick to a $25 budget today.

I was dying over that vintage cookbook, look at that detail! I will never find that again, I needed it. For $1.99, it was a huge score!

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Dahlia’s eyes plead,”Mom, can we go now?”

Getting home with all my treasures is so fun, I love un-bagging them and rediscovering my treasures all over again!

I think my favorite find was this vintage inspired, botanical stationary set. It is in pristine condition and so, so pretty!

For $3.99, I would have fought someone for it!

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I’m a sucker for a pretty .99 scarf!

“Quick, Dahlia! Blink twice if mommy needs this scarf!”

We needed it. No arguments.

I would have taken a better photo of the cream, woven throw rug, but it is not very photogenic and looks pretty “blah” on camera. However, it has a nice home in my laundry room now and for $2.99 I was not about to pass it up! It was in great condition except for a small brown patch which I spot treated and now it’s good as new!

Get ready to see a fun, spring, DIY project I am doing with my Sunflower Basket Tin! I am working on it, and will post the project soon!

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Are you inspired to hit up your local thrift store now?

Happy Treasure Hunting!

♥Shelby

♥Quick, Simple & Easy Beauty Tips For New Moms

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Hello and welcome!

I was inspired to write this post today, because a few wonderful ladies in my life have approached me recently asking me how I find the time to look pulled together and fresh with a one-and-a-half year old daughter.

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*Insert loop track of me laughing for 8 years here*

No, I did NOT, and do not wake up looking great each morning. However, I do have a strict beauty routine I follow every night to ensure that I feel taken care of and thus, can wake up in the morning feeling fresh and confident. If you are new to this page, I should also let you know that I am a licensed Esthetician, so beauty, makeup and skin are kind of my utter obsession jam.

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I know that all of us new moms, and women in general, are on totally different wave lengths and skill sets when it comes to beauty and makeup. With that being said, for this post, I will be focusing on very simple beauty steps you can do to ensure a great complexion and confidence boost!

All of these beauty tips and tricks are ways I personally like to perk myself up on a day to day basis, I hope it inspires you to be your best self, however that looks to you!

1. Eye Cream For Late Nights

When my daughter was born I was able to get her on a sleep schedule fairly quickly. With that being said, there were still hundreds of bloody awful a few challenging nights where I would be up every two hours to nurse and sooth her back to sleep. I decided to keep a tube of eye cream next to her crib, as well as my bedside to remind me to layer on a little eye cream every time I had to get up and nurse or sooth her. I swear by this trick, because even though I felt like death  exhausted the next morning, I looked rested.

My favorite eye creams are:

(Luxury) Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex  

(Budget Friendly) Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream 

Both eye creams are excellent for battling fine lines around the delicate eye area. Dermalogica uses incredible ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that helps the skin retain water, apricot seed oil, cucumber, and oat to hydrate and sooth, as well as rice grain extract to brighten the eye area.

Burt’s Bees eye cream also includes awesome, high preforming ingredients such as royal jelly, which is packed full of nutrients for the skin to help it appear youthful, sunflower and olive oils to smooth and pamper the skin, lemon peel extract to brighten the eye area, and aloe to hydrate.

If you are on a strict budget, a little dab of coconut oil will also help the delicate eye area look rested and hydrated.

2. Face Masks For Short Household Tasks

I love, love, love face masks.

If you want your skin to do a 180, or have your makeup go on smoother and more evenly, a face mask is where it is at!

As a new-ish mom, I like to put on a face mask when I am doing short tasks around the house such as dishes (yay, steam!), vacuuming or folding a batch of laundry.  Since these tasks take me about 20 min to finish, it is a perfect opportunity to pull double duty. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of face mask recipes on Pinterest, in books, and DIY blogs all over the place. I am after results, so no matter what type of mask you choose, just go after what is natural, and for all skin types. (When in doubt, try to look for something organic!)

My favorite “ready to use” Masks are:

(Super Budget Friendly) Petal Fresh Aloe and Pomegranate Clay Facial Masque

(Average Price) Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

The Petal Fresh Clay masque is excellent for drawing out impurities and makes the skin so, so soft after use. The mask includes nourishing white clay, pomegranate extract to help your skin fight free radicals and environmental stresses, and Glycolic Acid to help gently exfoliate the skin.

The Dermalogica Masque is a very thick, rich mask that boosts collagen with its complex Peptide ingredients. It also includes ingredients like licorice to brighten the skin, and oat to nourish.

*If you have a few odds and ends to throw together in the kitchen, you can create some awesome masks that are very effective.*

In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, with one teaspoon of honey, and a half a teaspoon of lemon juice or orange juice.

Wet face with warm water, and pat with a towel until just slightly damp. With hands or a clean masque brush, spread mixture all over the face and neck.

Leave on for 15 minuets! Then rince with warm water and follow up with a rich moisturizer like ALBA Botanica Even Night Cream .

Effects: The lactic acid in the yogurt will eat away dead skin and brighten the new skin, the honey will hydrate and eliminate bacteria, and the citrus juice will brighten and cleanse.

3. Hand Cream 

Just like the eye cream, I like to use hand cream before bed and really pile it on.

I adore the Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream. Shea butter, hemp oil, and coconut oil are heavy hitters of hydration making hands feel smooth and beautiful.

My Trader Joe’s sells it for 4.99 for 3oz.

As nice as it is to use before bed, I also like to use this under my rubber gloves when gardening, doing dishes, cleaning the bath tub, etc. Again, double duty!

Another hand cream that works wonderfully, with ingredients like avocado and macadamia oils, is Lollia Hand Cream.

This product is pricier than the good ‘ol Trader Joe’s, but it is wonderful.

If your hands are in particularly rough shape, lather on hand cream and put on a pair of cotton gloves and leave on while you sleep. You will wake up amazed!

4. Quick Dry Nail Polish

If you have .0 time to sit down and go and get/give yourself a true manicure, but still want your fingers to look beautiful, I recommend Sally Hanssen Quick Dry Nail Polish.

I love the color selection they offer, and during the unpredictable amount time I have when the baby is down for a nap, I know I will have at least 2 minuets.

I also recommend using a good preforming Top Coat to give your polish extra glossy-ness and chip protection. OPI Top Coat is one of my favorites!

5. Fill in Your Eyebrows 

If full face makeup is simply not happening today, take a minute to groom and lightly fill in your eyebrows. Eyebrows help frame your face and add definition!

I really like Wet & Wild Brow Pencil in Taupe Of The Morning. They have a good number of shades, I prefer a Taupe shade since I am very blonde.

6. BB Cream 

Just like filling in your brows, if you have just a little time you can also even out your skin tone and pop on a little BB Cream. I love this Super BB by Physicians Formula.

A BB Cream includes medium coverage foundation and a light moisturizer with an SPF. This BB cream is also hypoallergenic, so it will not irritate your skin.

If you have 5 minuets, (which, you should make time for yourself to at least have 5 minuets), Start by prepping the skin with a moisturizer with SPF, I like Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream.

Follow with the BB Cream, use fingers to blend or favorite brush or beauty blender.

Follow with a loose or pressed powder to set foundation, I like Rimmel Stay Matte 

Pop on a little blush for your pretty cheeks Milani Dolce Pink Baked Blush

Fill in brows

Crimp Lashes

Swipe on mascara Covergirl Lash Blast Very Black

…and end with a swipe of oh-so-flattering peachy pink  e.l.f lip gloss!

Simple, very quick and beautiful!

7. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Remember To Drink Water 

I know, I know, I know.

This is not unknown news and It’s like a broken record.

Honestly, I have to remind myself of this daily.

It is too often that 5:00pm rolls around and I realize I have had only coffee all day. 

I remind myself to drink water by putting alarms on my phone because I am an adult. Yep. It’s that bad.

Jazz up your boring as hell water by adding a sprig of mint and a lemon slice, or a slice of orange. It helps cut the monotony, trust me.

I hope I have given you a new nugget of beauty wisdom!

Remember, you are awesome, you are beautiful, and you’re doing the best you can as a new mom.

Take time for you, there is no shame in taking care of yourself so you can take better care of others!

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♥Shelby

♥Triple Citrus & Goat’s Milk Beauty Bar Soap

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Hello, sweet thing!

There are very few things I love more than citrus, lemons in particular.

My friends, family and anyone who has been around me for longer than about an hour know that I love lemons!

I like to  annoy others with the title refer to myself as the Lemon Queen.

blaircrown“Here Ye, here Ye, Lemon Bars and Lemonade for all in the Kingdom!”

Lemons bring me so much joy. Their sweet but tangy flavor, the bright golden hue, and the zesty smell are just everything to me.

(…if you think I’m kidding, look at my scarf in the About Me section!)

I have been on a soap making kick recently, experimenting with a few fun scents and varieties. So far I have made Lavender & Vanilla Oatmeal, as well as Honey & Oat.

Both were fabulous, and they smell cozy and comforting, but I was really in the mood for a bright and zesty scent. We have had an extremely wet week here in western Washington with a rain and wind storm. I’m feeling a little gloomy and grey! It’s time to liven things up!

For this Triple Citrus Soap You Will Need: 

Goats Milk Soap Base (Melt & Pour)

1 Lemon (Juice + Zest)

Zester

Measuring Cup

Knife

Soap Molds (I used a recycled Almond Milk container)

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Embellishments (I used vintage book pages, twine and labels)

Assembly: 

Start by taking your Goats Milk Soap Base and cutting it into cubes, you will need 8.7 oz  (one cup melted) Start cutting small cubes, place in measuring cup, and work your way to the 1 cup mark.

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Microwave Goats Milk for 2 min or until completely melted.

While Goats Milk is being microwaved, zest 1 lemon and juice 1 Tsp of lemon juice, set aside.

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Take melted Goats Milk out of microwave (be careful, it’s hot!) and add in half of the lemon zest and the 1 Tsp lemon juice.

Add 5 drops of each orange, lemon and grapefruit essential oil.

Mix thoroughly.

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You may have to pop the mixture into the microwave for a few seconds if it is starting to set inside the measuring cup, (20-30 seconds should be enough)!

Take your mold and sprinkle the other half of the lemon zest into the bottom of the mold. This will look beautiful, add another layer of scent, and add texture to the soap!

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**My soap mold is a recycled almond milk carton, it is 6 1/2 inches x  3 1/2 inches. If you don’t want to be ghetto resourceful like me, you can use a silicone mold with similar measurements!**

Mix your Goats Milk mixture once more and pour it into the mold.

Set aside in a cool and undisturbed place for one hour.

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Ding! Hour is up!

Hooray! You have your own beautiful soap! Carefully peel away the sides of the mold and cut out 3 bars that measure 4 inches x 2 inches each.

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Decorate them however it suits you and enjoy!

Until next time, my dears.

♥Shelby

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DIY Autumn Cinnamon-Vanilla Soy Candle♥

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Autumn is here in the Pacific North West!

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The leaves are falling (and I should be raking them), The pumpkins are ready for carving (but I am lazy)…

…and every single edible thing on earth is injected with pumpkin and cinnamon.

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I saw Pumpkin Spice Hummus earlier this week, people.

Seriously, we have to stop this madness.

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This candle although not edible, it will certainly get you in the mood to embrace the new season!

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You will need:

Empty glass vessel (14oz) (I used an old B&BW Candle)

3 Cups Soy Flakes

Glass Measuring Cup

3 Cotton Wicks

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

Vanilla Essential Oil

Cinnamon 

Hot Glue Gun+ Glue

Toothpick

Scissors

Embellishments of choice  

Start by cleaning your glass vessel thoroughly and then set aside.

Measure out 3 cups of your wax flakes and either set over double boiler to melt or put in microwave for 6 minuets, (or until completely melted).

It will condense down considerably to almost half the volume it was before it was melted. Once poured in jar, it will leave 1 inch of head space.

While wax is melting, take your glass vessel and start hot gluing the wicks to the bottom of the jar. I find it helps to have a pencil with an eraser on hand to push the wicks securely into the glass.

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Once the wax is melted, slowly pour it into the center of the glass vessel.

Add 10 drops of each essential oil, and stir gently with toothpick to disperse the oils.

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Once this is done, put your vessel onto a plate and either place it in the fridge (if you want it to set quicker), or an undisturbed, cool part of the house.

I put mine in the fridge, and after about an hour it was 75% of the way set. Once it is at this stage, it is time to adorn the top with little sprinkles of cinnamon!

You must wait to do this step when the candle is almost solid, but still slightly a liquid near the top to keep the cinnamon from sinking to the bottom.

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I also had a bag of cinnamon sticks on hand, so I used a couple pieces of the bark slivers to add some extra texture.

Let the wax set completely, then cut the wicks down to 1/2 and inch tall.

There you have it! Burn this lovely candle at your leisure this Autumn or to give as a sweet gift to a loved one!

 Happy Autumn!

♥Shelby

Easy DIY Pasta Gift Basket-Wedding Gift ♥

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Hey Stranger!

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It’s been awhile! I wanted to make this quick post today before I head off into the crazy busy week ahead full of life and work, but also some fun!

I have been to quite a few weddings this summer, and although it is fabulous eating so much free cake  drinking free champagne  celebrating with everyone, it does get pricey after a while buying so many congratulatory gifts!

Also, the whole registry thing is fun in theory, but most of the close family and friends buy all the cute “home decor” stuff first, and no offence, but there is no way I’m buying you a plunger and shower rings as a gift when that is all that is left over on the registry.

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Instead I will make you this:

Isn’t it cute!?

My concept was: “Eat, Drink, and be MARRIED!”

For this basket I assembled:

Two Bags Fancy Pasta Egg Noodles (Mushroom & Spinach)

Two Jars Of Classico Pasta Sauce

A Good Bottle of Red Wine (this is a $9 Merlot)

A Porcelain Pasta Strainer

Two Super Cute Dish Cloths

…and of course a card!

*You could also always add a package of fresh herbs, a couple wooden spoons, or even a brick of fancy cheese!*

This put me back about $24, and I think that price is perfect, (especially if you don’t know the couple that well).

This gift is personal, useful and very memorable!

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Happy free cake eating  celebrating!

♥Shelby

DIY Teacup Bee & Bird Bath♥

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Hello!

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It has been HOT here in Tacoma and its only May. I am not prepared for this. I am not ready for boob sweat!

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I have been doing a lot of gardening recently and have been noticing that my yard is actually attracting a good amount of bees and butterflies!

I have seen this Teacup Bird Feeder floating around the internet, and it was such a cute idea I had to make one for all the thirsty critters visiting my yard!

I have a large collection of teacups and chose one I wasn’t too invested in, (but still liked obviously).

I also gathered some heavy duty super glue, white spray paint, and a round wooden stake from a banister I demolished when we remodeled our house. I’m all about recycling!

This project is super simple, It can be as easy as gluing three pieces together, or you can make it as fancy and custom as your heart desires.

I started out by painting the wooden stake, it was fine as a natural wood finish, but I really wanted it to stand out!

As that was drying, I Gorilla Glued the saucer to the teacup and let that dry for a few hours to make sure the glue was securely set. The Gorilla Glue doesn’t dry clear, so if that bothers you, you should definitely use another type of super glue. I’m probably going to put bird seed around the saucer in the future, so I was OK with the slightly yellow hue it left. The birds don’t judge!

After the paint and glue were dry, I glued the painted wooden stake to the bottom of the saucer.

I was a little overzealous with the glue when I attached the steak and saucer together, so the underside is a little ugly…but I really wanted to make sure it was on there for good!

You will have to prop this up to dry for at least 10 hours.

…and then voila!

Filled my little creation up with water and waited for some bees, butterflies, or birds to wet their whistles!

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Super cute!

Till next time!

♥Shelby

Easy DIY Mini Herb Garden♥

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Hey y’all!

Today I have a really easy, affordable, and 99.9% “no fail” gift option for you!

I say 99.9% “no fail” because, well… the recipient does have to water it at least once a year sometimes.

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Yeah, yeah, ugh… work.

However, even though this is a “tutorial” on how to make a mini herb garden, a succulent garden will be non edible  just a awesome, but you (or your recipient), won’t have to water it nearly as often. So, if you or your recipient are prone to killing plants, this may be a better route for you.

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…and seriously, how cute are those?

This herb garden was a birthday gift for my mom, because she loves to garden and cook, it was a perfect gift idea!

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I started by taking a trip to Home Depot and picking my herbs and ceramic pot. I chose rosemary, mint, and oregano to put into the mix, they are some of my personal favorites. There are ten thousand a few vessels to choose from, I picked this pretty, blue pot. It matches my mom’s kitchen perfectly! Since I wanted this to go indoors, I liked how it had a lip on the bottom so there is no mess on the counter after you water. The vessels vary from $3 to over $100, so whatever your budget is, you have options. This pot was $13, a good price for a good quality, medium sized pot.

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Assembly time!

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Start by filling half the vessel with soil, and then carefully arrange your herbs, then top off with soil.

I wanted to label the herbs to add and extra touch. I had some wood chippings left over from the wood my husband chopped for our wood stove, so I wrote the names with Sharpie on those pieces. I like the raw-ness (yes, it’s a word), of them!

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Even though I like how these signs turned out, to be fancier, you can totally buy these at Hobby Lobby and be cooler than me trendy and awesome.

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I also added a few black river stones to give this gift another cute touch.

Here it is!

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Water that sucker and slap on a card, you’re done!

Easy, affordable and really, really thoughtful!

Each herb was around $3, plus the pot which was $13. So, this gift was around $22!

I already had the soil and my other extra touches, making them free to me.

This mini garden now sits in a sunny spot next to my mom’s kitchen, it smells wonderful!

I hope this has inspired you to make one of your own, I definitely wanted one all to myself once I was done!

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Until next time!

♥Shelby

 

Easter Tablescape 2016♥

Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a beautiful day filled with chocolate family and candy loved ones!

I was blessed to host Easter dinner once again in my home. It was my daughter’s first Easter which made it extra special!

My vision for the tablescape was for it to be a mix of casual and more special, fancy items.

I broke out the fine china that was passed down to me by my great-grandmother, but kept the drink-ware simple by using the mason jar cups I use daily.

I also kept the flowers fuss free by putting them in random bottles and mason jars from around the house.

I was able to go outside and pick most of the flowers from my garden, including the camellias, dusty miller and other greens.

Then, I added some colorful tulips that I bought from the local Metropolitan Market here in Tacoma.

I added some “pop” to the table by scattering metallic chocolate eggs under the flowers and placing one in the center of each place setting.

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All the linens are all vintage finds that I bought a few years ago at a tag sale.

The banner was made from some pretty peach ribbon and triangles of old fabric scraps.

After I assembled the ribbon and fabric triangles together, I used a sharpie to spell out Happy Easter.

Simple, beautiful & memorable!

Enjoy the day!

Shelby♥