Easter Egg Hunt 2015

I thought it would be great fun to host an Easter Egg Hunt this year despite the 3 feet of snow we still had left on the ground and ice-cold temperatures.  It was a B.Y.O.B.B. event.  Bring your own baskets and boots! Better bring mittens, hats, parka and snow pants too!  We have the perfect setting, lots of farm fresh eggs and two resident rabbits that could help hide them so I set about planning, decorating and baking.  I’d like to share some of the things I did with you. First came the decorating.  I admit I am a Pinterest addict and almost all of the creative ideas I have come from there.  Take this adorable jelly bean tree.  It is so basic in design, the supplies are easy enough to find and you can make one in under an hour!  My kind of project. Find yourself a good branch…

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake & Stand

I have a few odd pieces of china hanging around, mixed matched plates, cups and saucers. So today I thought I would try to do something with them.  I found lots of ideas on Pinterest but the one I liked the most was this cake stand made from a plate and teacup.  It was super easy to do, so easy that I didn’t think to take any pictures.  Shame on me!! You will need: Plate – big enough to hold a cake teacup or coffee cup heavy duty adhesive like E6000 sandpaper Basically you are just going to glue the cup upside down, to the bottom of your plate.  Make sure it is centered (eye-ball it) and then rough up the two surfaces that will be touching with the sandpaper.  This will help them to stick together better.  Apply adhesive to cup and stick it to the plate.  Let dry…

Garden Aprons

Here it is almost the end of February and I seem to be suffering from Cabin Fever.  No, Spring Fever.  No, Winter Itch?? Whatever you call it, I’m suffering from it and it’s bad.  So far I have rearranged furniture, done my Spring cleaning.. twice, decorated, organized my spice cabinet, sorted socks, watched every season of Game of Thrones, Suits, Shameless, Dexter and American Horror Story.  Baked, soaped, cooked and finally just became a full-fledged couch potato. The weather here has been awful.  It’s borderline The Shinning…and I feel like Jack Nicholson. “Where’s Johnny??”  So today…today, I decided I wasn’t going to sit on my butt anymore and instead I was going to do something, anything, as long as it didn’t involve cooking, cleaning, rearranging, socks or spices! Crafting!!  I love a good craft.  An easy craft.  A craft that doesn’t take too much time or too much effort or…

Pine Cone Succulent Planter

The other night I was on Pinterest looking for inspiration on what to do with all these pine cones I’ve been collecting and I came across the cutest idea.   Pine Cone Succulent Planter! A women named Tiffany from The Inspired Home and Garden made them and I knew with one look that I would have to try it. They are really easy to make and require only a few supplies. A good size pine cone, the bigger the better. Assorted succulents, I used hens and chicks.  You don’t want anything too big or heavy. Sphagnum Moss Spray adhesive Twine or fishing line for hanging Once you have all your supplies gathered together the first thing you want to do is make sure the top of your pine cone has a bowl shape to it so it can hold everything.  You may need to remove some of the seed petals…

Pumpkin Planter

As much as I enjoy the summer and used to spend a great deal of time working on my tan every year, I have to say that fall is my very favorite season. Everything about it speaks to me. The colors Textures Smells, tastes. I love it all. I especially love to decorate for fall using natural elements and warm rich colors.  One thing that I always look forward to changing up with the season is my outdoor planters. I like to mix it up a little each year so I added a pumpkin and ivy to the mums along with the ornamental cabbage. After filling my urn with fresh soil I hollowed out my pumpkin. One of the best investments I have ever made would have to be my pumpkin carving kit.  It makes short work of carving and cleaning and you can achieve all kinds of intricate cuts…

Tater Tower

I love to grow potatoes but I don’t like the space they take up in the garden.  Instead I grow them in a tower, or a cage. All you need to make one is some wire fencing, compost, straw and potatoes!  I first saw this on Pinterest (of course) from Growing Lots Urban Farm and I thought it looked pretty easy, my kind of project.  I was able to fill 2 towers in about 2 1/2 hours.  You can probably make yours much faster if you don’t have to keep stopping for a drink or a snack or a run to the ladies room. Take a piece of wire fencing, 14 gauge works well for this, and cut out a section about 3 feet in diameter and 4 feet in height, to create a cylinder.  Fasten the ends together with zip ties or twisty ties. Create your layers using straw…

Dandelion Jelly

When I was growing up dandelions were very popular.  Every house had them.  Our house was no exception. I remember picking them by the handfuls for my mother and she would keep them in a jelly jar on the kitchen window.  I would tell my younger sister to smell how sweet they were only to pop the top off as she came close.  I would make chains out of the stems or put them into cold water and watch as they curled up onto themselves. I would wear them around my neck or in a crown on my head. How many wishes had I made by blowing away the seeds?  By the end of summer all my clothes had the tell-tale signs of my love for dandelions, the little round circle that never come out  in the wash.  I wore it proudly. Over the years my beloved dandelions became the…

Fabric Covered Clay Pots

I was up the other night checking out Pinterest.  That is a dangerous thing for me because everything I see I have to make. It was around 11pm when I came across fabric covered clay pots here and …..   I fell in love.  I had fabric, I had clay pots, I had to try it.  I’m not going to tell you it is really easy.  As a matter of fact it is really kind of stressful.  And messy.  Well sticky is more like it.  It is very sticky. The supplies you need are minimal.  Clay pot, fabric and Mod Podge.  They have a Mod Podge made specifically for fabric but I think any kind would work well. First lay your clay pot on your fabric of choice and cut it to size leaving enough room on the top and bottom to cover it, about a good 2 inches.  Next, working…

Felted Soap

One day last fall the hubs and I took a ride to go visit an alpaca farm.  We were playing with the idea of getting a few alpacas to add to our little farm but decided to get goats instead.  While we were visiting, the women gave me some wool roving to bring home so I could try making felted soap.  I had never seen or heard of felted soap before until she showed me some.  I was intrigued. Felted Soap! The process is so easy and so much fun.  All you need is some soap,  some roving, an old stocking or plastic sandwich size bag (optional) and water.  I believe you can buy roving at a yarn and fiber shop or order it on line.  They also have fiber fairs that you can attend and I’m sure you would get some really good roving there and probably even get…

Reasons

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger.  I’ve been MIA.  I told myself that I wasn’t going to do this, just disappear for days, weeks with not even a hello, or a goodbye.  I’m so ashamed.  But… and there is always a but… I have had good reason.  Well several good reasons actually. Reason #1. My son Kristopher is playing Rugby and he just celebrated his 18th birthday. He is my youngest and a darn good Rugby player! After every game both teams get together to share a meal, so I’ve been cooking lots and lots of pasta! 4 pounds of baked ziti! Reason #2 The weather is just starting to warm up, the snow is gone and I can finally get outside in my gardens.  They needed to be raked, cut back, fertilized and readied for planting. I made rooting hormone using willow branches I planted my cold weather crops like…