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

♥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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