Sometimes the very best souvenirs are the ones you snap in a photograph, scoop out of the sand, or pick up off a hiking trail. I’m not talking about trash; I’m talking about the sand your kids bring home in plastic bottles from the beach, the smooth piece of driftwood you found at the lake, or –as in my case–the five, rounded stones you pulled out of a dried up riverbed while hiking in the deserts of Utah. You and I promised ourselves we would do something with them, and we always want to take something home with us to remember our vacations. Why not combine the answers to these problems? Two birds with one (or five) stones? Let’s turn those rock souvenirs into a super usable and simple-to-make rock cairn door stop.
Have you ever been to Francesca’s at your local mall? Excuse me, any guys who read this blog—if there are any—as I get a little girly for a second. My husband humors me sometimes and goes in there while I geek out over the dinosaur earrings and gold, cat ear headbands. He’s quite a catch. 😉 Anyway… I actually don’t go in there for the clothes or even the earrings but for their super quirky and awesome middle section where there is all sorts of eclectic stuff you can’t really find anywhere else. I once found a mug that said “Blogging Day”. What mainstream store actually represents blogging these days?! Apparently just Francesca’s…at least in my experience. Another Read More
I feel like I just offered up some excellent fodder for a Jeff Foxworthy joke. “You might be from Appalachia if”…in this case, you feel loved when your significant other likens his/her love for you to his/her love for biscuits and gravy. Being from the state of West Virginia, I would take that compliment any day, because…well, have you tried biscuits and gravy? Some banjo player many moons ago loved this breakfast combo even more than me. HE told a fiddle player, and they wrote a song about it. And their sweethearts were very happy. Probably. Or at least they got a good laugh out of the ordeal. But me, I’m doing my part too. In the name of love for our darling dears (and my love for the Appalachian ways of expressing affection), I bring you four valentines inspired by folk songs that are sure to make your honey feel loved.
When it comes to pumpkins nowadays, I am all about eating them in as many forms as possible and less about finding elaborate ways to decorate them. Is that an old lady thing to say? Carving one is way at the bottom of my fall bucket list this year. Super messy. Then it rots. And I don’t even get to eat it when I’m done. Blah. But I do have some pumpkins that I must do something with—something that doesn’t involve glue, glitter, paint, or carving—something like getting them all gussied up to be the most dapper, dressed up pumpkins you’ve ever seen!
What happens when you peruse Anthropologie’s website and watch too much “Fixer Upper”? You want everything to be copper, but you can’t afford to buy the copper stuff. So, you gather up junk and paint it with copper spray paint. That’s what. And sometimes, it ceases to look like junk when you’re finished; truly, it could have come off the shelf at Anthropologie with a price tag of $50. Thankfully, though, the masterpiece to which I’m referring— this copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter— rang in at about $7, making my penny-wise little heart very happy!
Quick! What do you do when you’re in the kitchen, surrounded by roosters, with a bag of plain, wooden clothespins in your hand? You paint roosters on the clothespins to match, of course! Who doesn’t need cute painted wooden clothespin kitchen clips that match his/her kitchen décor?
Long time no see, friends! The last time we talked, I was looking forward to warmth and all the summery blog posts that I could write about camping; travelling; and red, white, and blue things. Now I’m anticipating crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and back-to-school crafts! Though I haven’t written anything this summer, I have about a million things I’ve already made in my head that I can’t wait to share with you, the first of which is a (mostly) hands-free way to stay hydrated: a leather water bottle holster you can make from an old belt and a purse strap. 🙂
Wow guys. The pollen! When spring brings along its sinus- wrecking clouds of yellow, I just wish I could travel around in a comfy little hamster ball with a ton a HEPA filters until spring is over! Since that’s not possible, I am fighting it with the fiercest natural weapons I know of: cayenne tea and my Netipot. Unfortunately, it is unsightly to pour water up one’s nose with a tiny, plastic teapot in public. I needed something more portable, something powerful, something like this essential oil bottle amulet.
Ok, it’s confession time. So, this isn’t actually an amulet in the lucky-rabbit-foot sense. Sorry if this is disappointing. I also haven’t ever used essential oils. Not yet. Therefore, I don’t want you to come away from this post thinking I’m pushing essential oils. But I am awfully curious about these bottles of miracle fluid, because that’s what they would have to be for people (or at least me) to trade 40 hard-earned dollars for 5 ounces of some of them. Thankfully they’re not all that pricey, and I can try a few for my sinus issues without sacrificing two weeks worth of gas money.
Sometimes when I’m knitting, I just know I look like an actor in one of those infomercials who intentionally makes using an everyday item look tedious for the purpose of selling a “new and improved” invention. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, but you’d never guess it by watching me when I tug gently at my skein of yarn for more to work with, only to have it fly across the room into the paws of an overly eager to play cat…or onto the dirty floor of a hospital. If you craft with yarn in any way, you know the struggle is REAL. Some people have a fancy yarn bowl solution to this problem; my “new and improved” invention, though, had the humble beginnings of a plastic Ovaltine jar. But with a few cuts here, and some scrapbook paper glued on there, it became the yarn artist’s dream: a portable yarn caddy.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from hanging out with my friends who are moms, it’s that a mama is always prepared. If there’s a runny nose, they’ve got Boogie Wipes for that. Diaper blowout? No worries. They brought along an extra onesie. It’s kind of amazing how many situations they are prepared for just because of what they include in their diaper bags. Not to heavily compare pet ownership with having a child, but cats also need a lot of stuff when you take them places. So, drawing inspiration from all moms, I decided to start working smarter not harder and put together a cat diaper bag.