Mint Sugar: An Easy DIY Hostess Gift

mint sugar recipe

It's amazing to me how much I love gardening even though we only have room for containers right now.  Every morning I walk out on the patio and check my plants to see how they are growing.  I love being able to walk outside and pluck some fresh herbs while I'm cooking, or whip up a fast and easy hostess gift for a friend with plants I've grown … [Read more...]

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New Year’s Eve Night In Basket

new years night in basket

I used to LOVE New Year's Eve-getting all dressed up in my "fancy" clothes, doing my hair and makeup and heading out on the town with friends.  But in all honesty-the last time I've gone out for New Year's was ten years ago-the year before my husband and I got married! That year we were living in Italy and went out on the town and I remember … [Read more...]

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Ultimate DIY Gift Round Up!

25 diy gift ideas

Today is all about DIY gifts-one of my favorite things to blog about! I've gathered up all of the fun ideas (that's over 25 DIY gift ideas!) I've shared over the past three years in one inspiration filled post for you, so if you're looking for DIY gift ideas this Christmas, look no further! Just click on any of the pictures below for the full … [Read more...]

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DIY Gift Idea: Easy Sugared Pecans

easy cinnamon sugar pecan recipe

Remove My great grandfather had a farm in southeastern Virginia and I loved to go there with my grandparents growing up.  One of my favorite things to do was collect pecans from the large trees in his land. (I used Google Earth to find this picture of the house now, isn't it gorgeous?) I'd collect pecans and then sit with my grandpa … [Read more...]

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Easiest DIY Gift Ever: Beer Bread Mix in a Jar

how to make beer bread mix recipe in a jar

It's almost embarrassing how easy and inexpensive this Beer Bread Mix in a Jar is, but it truly makes a great DIY gift idea when packaged up pretty with a printable recipe card! I thought of this gift after seeing a "Beer Bread Kit" at Target for a whopping $7.00.  Seven dollars for a two ingredient gift seemed a little much but I loved the … [Read more...]

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No Sew Wine Bottle Wrap-A DIY Gift Idea

DIY tea towel wine bottle wrap

Holiday season is in full swing and along with that comes all manners of parties and events and the requisite hostess gifts.  I love bringing my hosts a bottle or two of wine and today I wanted to share an easy way to dress up those wine bottles with a no sew tea towel wine bottle wrap.  Not only will your host love the wine, they'll have a pretty … [Read more...]

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DIY Autumn Cinnamon Spiced Candle

homemade fall scented candle

I love the scents of autumn-whether it's putting on a simmering pot or the smell of fresh apple bread baking-it's an easy way to lift my mood. This week on a particularly dreary rainy day I decided to make a scrum-delicious smelling cinnamon spice DIY candle and it was so easy I thought you all would enjoy trying one for … [Read more...]

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DIY Shrinky Dink Wine Charms

diy shrinky dink wine charms

Just before our move in May I hosted a farewell for the leader of our spouse's coffee group (for my husband's military unit.) As a thank you gift, the guest of honor had created the cutest little wine charms for everyone and I had to grill her on how she did it...when she said shrinky dinks I was shocked! I had never thought to use shrinky dinks … [Read more...]

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DIY Citronella Candles

DIY all natural citronella candle

I've already shared with you all the 7 plants that repel mosquitoes but in case that post didn't convince you how truly anti-bug bite my stance is, I've got a backup project today that's actually a pretty fun and cute craft-DIY Citronella candles. Supplies: mason jar-size of your choosing smokeless candle wicks flaked soy wax Young … [Read more...]

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Easy DIY No Sew Phone Charging Pouch

diy no sew phone charging pouch

I was so excited a few days ago to get my office to a point where I could actually find a few things to create with.  It's by no means well organized at this point (which is why these pics were taken against carpet-I was crafting on the floor!) but it's workable. The first project I tackled was making this easy no sew phone charging pouch.  We … [Read more...]

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Easy DIY Subway Art and My Biggest Craft Fail

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As you all probably already know, we're moving to a different duty station next week...my husband is in the Army and we've been here in North Carolina for the past 4 years which is forever in Army time! Last month I was hosting a farewell coffee for our family group leader who is also moving this month and I wanted to make a personalized Subway Art … [Read more...]

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DIY Chocolate Mother’s Day Bouquet

dove mothers day chocolate bouquet tutorial

Hey y'all!! I'm back from my vacation and blogging like a wild woman-I have so many tutorials to share with you before I take another step back in two weeks while we move up to the DC area! Today I have a super fun and picture heavy tutorial for a DIY chocolate flower Mother's Day bouquet-because if there are two things we moms like it's flowers … [Read more...]

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