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:

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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♥

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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

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