Hello blog readers I am back! Some of you may not know this but my blog has been gone for nearly 3 weeks.I had a notification of a comment from a reader and when I went to respond poof… my blog had disappeared!I’ll keep this brief because nobody wants to read a novel but after a week of scratching our heads we had to call in professionals to look into some deep coding details. Basically I had reached a data limit with my old hosting company. Without any notice they pulled the plug and tech support offered no help in solving the problem.I’m happy to say we’re back up and running, we’ve switched hosting companies and this shouldn’t ever happen again.My apologies to everyone… ok so let’s move along here and make a fall apple wreath!
First off you may be thinking why apples? I’m a pumpkin loving nut just like everyone else but this fall I was craving something a little different so I went with apples. I must say I’m happy with how it turned out and I love the cute pop of color from the apples.
Instead of floral stems I went with a garland for the greenery because that’s what was on sale. A great bonus about using garland is I didn’t need to dig out my wire cutters… just pull the leaves off and you’re good to go!
18 inch grapevine wreath form $4.99
2 basic leaf garlands 17.99 at 50% off= $17.99
1 bundle of small plastic apples 6.99 @40% off =4.19
Ribbon 3.99 at 50% off= $1.99
Hot glue gun
2-3 hot glue sticks
Total cost: $29.16
1. Begin by threading a piece of ribbon through the top of the wreath and set aside. Pull the leaves off the floral garland and hot glue. Be sure to glue the leaves in different directions so it looks extra fluffy.
2. Once you’ve glued all the leaves on begin gluing the apples. I know… it’s complicated.
3. Turn the wreath over and make a knot to create a hanging loop. Pull the loop to the back of the wreath and secure with hot glue.
4. Arrange the remaining ribbon around the wreath and secure in random places with hot glue. Poof all done! I kept my ribbon connected with the loop in the back and just pulled the ribbon to the front, feel free to cut it if that’s more convenient. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to add the ribbon or not. I loved both looks but in the end I decided the ribbon gave a bit of pizazz, but it’s your choice.
I love the homey comfort of apples this time of year and I can’t get over how cute and realistic these apples look. This wreath costing under $30 and the fact that I only had one hot glue burn is what I call success my friends!
It’s not officially fall yet, but once September 1st gets here all bets are off around here and we go into full fall mode. The beginning of fall is just so truly magical that I like to be prepared for it so I can savor every precious moment. To me fall means warm blankets, fuzzy socks, watching the leaves change, and everything smells like cinnamon spice. I’m a pumpkin spice nut just like everyone else… but another fall favorite of mine are apples. There is something just so warm and wholesome about apples, the way they look and how they taste and how they smell… I just love them.
I think we can all agree 2020 has been a bit rough on us all… am I right? We need fall comfort more than we’ve ever needed it and this apple pie body scrub is an easy way to pamper your mind and body right into fall. It’s the ultimate luxury in the shower, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin while the aroma of apple pie fills your shower.
When it comes to body scrubs I strongly prefer using coconut oil over any other oils. Not only is coconut oil super moisturizing, its light texture is easy to work with and glues all the ingredients together. As I’ve mentioned before with my other body scrubs it’s important to keep the coconut oil at room temperature, meaning solid, you never want to melt it.
TIP: Ideally you want to work with refined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil takes away the coconut smell and taste which is ideal for a non-tropical scrub such as this. If all you have is unrefined relax… you can absolutely use that as well you might just get a whiff of coconut with your apple pie.
When I make homemade bath and beauty products I like to keep the ingredients as simple as possible. Coconut oil, basic sugar, spices and other household ingredients. To intensify the apple pie scent I added a few extras along with my basic spices, but these are optional! I decided to add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil, and to get that great apple scent I added a little apple extract, which can be a little tricky to find but Amazon to the rescue!
Please note that if you don’t have cinnamon essential oil or apple extract you can still make this scrub with basic pantry spices. So I’ve listed these items as optional in the recipe. You can find the recipe and photo steps below.
In a medium size bowl add coconut oil and mix it with a spoon until it softens up. If you're using cinnamon oil and apple extract add it now with the coconut oil.
Add the spices to the coconut oil, mash and stir well to blend.
Add the sugars and mix again, using a spoon at first, and then your fingers to remove lumps and completely blend.
Store in a clean storage container and use within 3-4 weeks.
I’ve made this scrub a few times, first with only brown sugar, it was a great scrub, but in the end I decided my favorite was a blend of white and brown sugar. The texture had a bit more grit which I prefer for a scrub, but it’s up to you. As with all my body scrub recipes you can tweak them to your liking. Add a bit more spice, sugar, or coconut oil until you find your happy balance.
Like all my body scrubs this one should come with a warning. It smells so good you just might be tempted to eat it while showering! I don’t know about you but I’m just so happy fall is here and I’m ready for all the cozy goodness it brings. If you’re an apple lover like me I’ll be sharing my apple crisp within a few weeks. It smells and tastes like apple pie, but it’s better and easier too!
I’m back today with another fun 4th of July craft project! These firework ornaments are a perfect way to add a little spirit to your home, inside or out. As I explained in my last blog post, the fireworks were cancelled this year so I’m trying to find cute little ways to keep the fun and excitement in this 4th. I had a vision of hanging firework decorations that looked like they were floating in the air and I love how these turned out! Another favorite thing about these ornaments is how cheap they were to make! You can grab a bag of 100 clothes pins for under $2! Let me show you how easy they are to make!
Lots of clothes pins – each ornament takes 8 to make
Fishing line for a floating effect, you can also use string or ribbon
Glue (I used the cheap washable stuff from the Dollar Tree)
Red, white, and blue paint of your choice
Separate the clothes pins and glue a thin layer of glue to one of the flat sides of the clothes pin, press together and place it on it’s side to dry. You’ll need 8 clothes pins glued together total, however you only want to glue 7 together at first.
NOTE: I used basic glue but I think hot glue would also work great. Sometimes I just don’t want to deal with hot glue drama like finding a plug, glue strings, and 3rd degree finger burns.
Once the 2 sides of the clothes pins are dried it’s time to assemble and glue the shape. On a glue-safe surface glue the 4 ends together creating an X shape. Continue by gluing the side pieces and last the bottom, making sure the center edges stay securely together. Once the shape is created add a little extra glue so it dries strong. Let the glue completely dry.
Cut a piece of fishing line to your desired length and glue the clothes pin together with the fishing line in the center. Once dry, glue the last clothes pin at the top.
Once the glue is dry it’s time to paint, I used my favorite Rustoleum gloss spray paint in Apple Red, Sail Blue, and White. Remember to paint both sides because the ornaments do rotate, adding to the magic!
I placed a piece of tape over the fishing line so I wouldn’t get paint on it. I did get paint on a few sections of the line but it easily scratched off with my nails.
Hanging the ornaments is really easy because they’re so light weight. Inside I was able to hold them up with just tape on my fireplace mantel. To hang outside I tied the fishing line to thin craft wire and then attached the wire to our string lights. I guess in theory you could also tie the fishing line directly to whatever surface you want but I was worried it would be hard to untie at the end.
We hung these from our patio string lights, but they would look adorable anywhere! Hang them from a chandelier, inside a window, a pergola, or your front porch.
Ok… I’m kind of obsessed with these now. I’m already making more because I love the cheerful effect so much! They seem pretty sturdy too, I dropped some and they didn’t break. Speaking of the 4th, are you looking for a delicious dessert to make this year? I’ll be posting my favorite red, white, and blue dessert in a few days that’s so simple to make and tastes AMAZING!
Can you believe June is already coming to a close? It’s time to start planning 4th of July festivities! It’s funny, I’ve never been a fan of watching the fireworks. In Texas it was always a miserable experience with extreme heat, bug bites, and insane traffic. One year we sat in traffic nearly 2 hours! This year with Covid-19 it was announced the fireworks were cancelled and I was instantly sad. Yeah… I hate the fireworks but take them away I get even more sad!
Living in the forest, it is an absolute no-no when it comes to home fireworks, I’m not even risking it with sparklers, so I decided to really go overboard with patriotic decorations! If you’re needing some fun, festive July 4th decor this garland is perfect for you. Plus it’s very budget friendly, you can find red, white, and blue tissue paper from Walmart or the Dollar Tree for about $1 a package.
Once you get the rhythm down you’ll have this garland made in no time, I had my daughter help me and we flew through this project in no time!
Red, white, and blue tissue paper
To start, layer 3 sheets each of blue, white, and red tissue paper to make a total of 9 sheets. If your tissue is different sizes cut it down so it’s all the same size.
Fold the tissue paper in half so you have a center crease and cut the tissue paper in half. Then cut the 2 pieces each in half, so you end up with 4 strips of tissue paper.
Don’t worry, your cuts don’t need to perfectly line up and the width of the tissue strips is up to you, mine were about 4-5 inches wide.
Take one tissue stack and staple down the center every half inch or so.
Once you’re about an inch from the end of the tissue stack, overlap a new stack and staple. Continue stapling down the tissue stack adding more tissue slices until you reach your desired length.
With scissors cut 1/4 inch strips all the way down one side of the tissue paper, leaving about a 1/2-inch center. The thinner the cuts the better, wider cuts don’t fluff up as well.
Now repeat cutting strips on the other side but have the cuts offset from each other, see the arrows above. This helps the spine of the garland be stronger.
Remember it doesn’t need to be perfect, this craft project falls into the “you can’t screw this up” category and I love those! If your cuts are crooked and wonky it won’t show once fluffed.
All done, now it’s time to fluff! With your fingers, fluff and scrunch the tissue until it’s nice and fluffy, be patient, it might take a bit! Once you’re finished fluffing, if you see any visible staples just scrunch the tissue a little more. The tissue garland is surprisingly tough, I got a little rough with mine and it was fine.
How cute and festive is this garland? It’s the perfect DIY budget 4th of July decoration for some patriotic fun! I love it on our fireplace mantel, but on the 4th I’ll be moving it outside to our back deck, I can’t wait! I have more 4th of July projects I’ll be sharing very soon!
Easter is just a few days away so it’s time to start decorating some eggs! I like to try and stay away from store bought kits and come up with fun ideas of my own. Last year we dyed Easter eggs using this simple rice method and I absolutely loved the way they turned out, but since our grocery store is out of rice I decided to hang on to what I have left. So, we went the old fashioned way dying our Easter eggs, but this time with a polka dot twist.
These polka dot eggs were really easy to make and hello… they’re super cute! All you need to make these polka dot eggs are just a few items that you probably already have.
So how did we create these cute polka dots? Blue painters tape and a hole punch! I also tried address labels, and that did work but it was a lot more time consuming. Once you get a rhythm down it goes pretty fast, and if you have someone helping you you’ll have your dots ready in no time.
I punched and Ashley took the dots off the hole puncher and placed them on the egg. Most of our tape dots came out very easily but the few that did stick we pulled off with tweezers. We used regular liquid food coloring from the grocery store and settled on neon pink. We’ve got the girliest Easter eggs around!
Start with hardboiled eggs that are cool and completely dry.
Tear off a piece of tape and secure one end to the table and hold the other end taut while you punch the tape. A few might not fully punch, when that happened I just used scissors and cut off the stuck edges. Most of our tape dots came out easily, a few did stick but were easy to remove.
Place the tape dots on the eggs making sure they are attached on all sides, then create a spot for the eggs to dry by placing a cooling rack over paper towels.
Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 10-20 drops of food coloring in a cup and stir until blended. Repeat for each color being used. Let the dye cool down a bit then using a slotted spoon dip the eggs in dye for 3-5 minutes or until desired color is achieved. Remove with the slotted spoon and allow to dry on the cooling rack. As you can see the tape dots stayed on while in the food coloring.
Let the eggs dry completely, about 10 minutes, to avoid smearing. Peel off the tape dots and you’re done!
With all the painting we do we always have blue painters tape hanging around, but you can experiment with other types of tape as well. Like I mentioned above you can punch labels too, I thought it was a little trickier though. Painters tape is ideal, it sticks well and removes easily too. We used regular painters tape, I’m not sure if the plastic painters tape would punch as well.
I’m fully stocked up on eggs and I’m ready to create more pretty Easter eggs. With egg leftovers we’ll be making a zesty egg and potato salad. What are you’re favorite ways to use hardboiled eggs? If you have any favorites leave them in the comments. Have a Happy Easter!
We’re so excited tomorrow is Leap Day!! It’s extra special for us because it’s also my daughter Ashley’s 16th Birthday! We always celebrate her birthday, of course, but I’m known to go a little overboard when her actual birthday comes every 4 years! I saw a pretty bag of pastel balloons for $1 and an idea was born.
What I especially love about this wreath is how inexpensive it was to put together. I think I spent around $8 including the wreath form that can be reused for other wreaths. If you already have a wreath form it will probably cost under $5 to make. I’m big on inexpensive homemade holiday decor, not only is it fun to make but I can toss it if needed because it’s inexpensive. Storage space is lacking in our home, so I can just pop and cut off the balloons and save my wire wreath form for another project.
Another bonus is how quickly you can put this wreath together! It probably took me 20 minutes or less, so easy! I used an 18 inch wreath form and grabbed all of my supplies from the Dollar Tree and Walmart.
wire wreath form – I used an 18 inch one
balloons – I used two bags
tissue paper cut in squares – I used 3 large sheets
A few tips, balloons are cheap so have an extra bag on hand, you may break a balloon, blow it up to the wrong size, or just need more than you think. I also started this project working on a table but about half way through I found it easier to complete the wreath hanging. Be sure to curl the ribbon before attaching it to the balloon wreath, we don’t want scissors near the balloons!
The trickiest part of this wreath was just deciding on a balloon size, so play with the size on the first balloon before you tie it off. Because we are not blowing up the balloons very big you should have a large stretchy end to tie and attach to the wreath.
Start by blowing up the balloons to the size you want and tie them off, leaving as much of the stretchy end as possible.
Make a loop with curly ribbon at the top to hang the wreath up.
Cut long strips of ribbon and curl with scissors.
Take some tissue paper and cut it into squares. I cut 6 squares per each tissue paper sheet.
Tie the balloons in a staggering pattern around the wreath. Some balloons will flop around and not look right when you tie them to the wreath. To fix this take 2 balloons and twist them around together. This should help anchor them.
Tie the curly ribbon to the wreath form around the balloons. You can also add the curly ribbon once the balloons are all tied on, just loop them around the balloons to secure them.
Take the cut tissue paper squares and stuff them into the wreath to fill any bare spots and adjust wreath if necessary. That’s it, all done!