11 Ideas to Help Your Garden Grow

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Over the years I've learned that people are on either side of the yardwork fence, you either love it or you despise it. I'm a yard work junkie and find great satisfaction in having a weed free yard with a trimmed lawn and blooming flowers. Yesterday, I mowed our lawn for the first time this year! So to kick off the growing season here are 11 posts from around the web with information to get your yard and garden looking great! If you don't know where to begin, check out these tips from Cottage at the Crossroads Sherelle has beautiful photos of her garden and the produce she raises. Even those with a black thumb will be wanting to grow garden produce like she does. They even have their own greenhouse--which I'm pretty envious of. This potted wall is a great way to bring color into a small space by Better Homes and Gardens Find tips on how to plant amazing container gardens from HGTV. This seed book by Lovely Greens is a great way to keep your seed packets organized, and help … [Read more...]

Spring Windsock Kid Craft

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I have 2 little ones at home during the day and we love to have a "crafternoon" at least once a week.  I love to just sit with my kids and let them get crafty.  I love watching their little hands work.  They make funny faces when they concentrate hard on their coloring...and I love it. This week we made spring windsocks.  We used the amazing Painters Markers from Elmers, spring colored tissue paper, and Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive for this project. Using an 8.5 x 11 piece of white cardstock, we created a pattern using the Painters Markers.  They loved drawing zigzags and polka-dots.  These markers are amazing...you can paint on pretty much anything!  They are permanent so pull out those paint smocks! After the paint dries, we used the Craft Bond spray to attach streamers of tissue paper to the back of the picture.  Staple the windsock into a cylinder and add a handle at the top with  a strip of paper. They look so pretty blowing from our trees. This post was … [Read more...]

Bloggers’ Best RIDE & SHOP Giveaway!

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  We are thrilled about this giveaway!  We have teamed up with some of our favorite bloggers and are giving away a bicycle built for two and a shopping spree! So...tell all of your girlfriends, sisters, and whoever to enter!  You could be cruising around on this lovely ride!!  Imagine riding a FREE tandem bike with a friend and shopping with $250 pre-paid Visa gift cards! What a fun giveaway to welcome in SPRING! Enter in below. It's quick & easy! Click on the words "Ride and Shop Giveaway Below to enter: Ride and Shop Giveaway! Thanks to all the sites below for making this giveaway possible!  WE love these bloggers...you will too! Mod Podge Rock Crafting Chicks Make It and Love It Skip To My Lou The Idea Room Today's Creative Blog Tatertots and Jello U Create How Does She Dollar Store Crafts Pick Your Plum … [Read more...]

Easiest & Tastiest Grape Lime Punch

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OK...this is the easiest and tastiest drink for any Spring or Summer BBQ or party and it helps that it's pretty!!!  This is a variation of another recipe that does not use any lime, but I think this really gives it a tangy kick that you will LOVE. This recipe is from my Aunt Marianne's archives! We are compiling family recipes for a family cookbook.  ENJOY. Supplies: -Grape juice concentrate from the can (1 can) -2-liter bottle of Fresca -pebble ice from Sonic (available for purchase by the bag) -juice from 1 lime All you do is mix the ingredients and serve!!! No more no less.  ENJOY!       … [Read more...]

Stenciled Baseball Bag from All Things Thrifty {Spring Fever Series}

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We are really thrilled to introduce Brooke from All Things Thrifty.  I will never forget when her and her husband taught an awesome reupholstering class at SNAP and they were hilarious and darling, definitely fun and enormously creative folk.  Welcome Brooke! Hello Crafting Chicks’ Readers! I am so honored to be guest posting here today. I’m Brooke from All Things Thrifty, and I am a HUUUGE fan of the Crafting Chicks. In fact, my husband Dan went to good ‘ol Murray High School with Brooke! So, we go waaaay back. The rest of the Chicks and I have met several times in person at bloggy events too, and I just have to tell you that they are just as awesome in person as they are online. So, THANK YOU for having me. Let’s get right to it… I am a Mom of four kiddos, and during the Spring, we basically live at the baseball fields. We are usually at baseball three times a week. It’s a ton of fun for our family and last year I discovered a trick that is so simple and will hopefully help you … [Read more...]

Sweet & Simple Bunny Banner

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Sharing this sweet & simple bunny banner today!  I am in love with my new Cricut Explore!  This machine is amazing! I just simply used the Cricut Explore to cut out mini bunny shapes (these bunny shapes are free in the Cricut design space). String the bunny shapes and sparkly styrofoam eggs using a needle and thread. Such a sweet banner to hang on your mantle or I love to hang it in front of a mirror. … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Tips from FunCheapOrFree {Spring Fever Series}

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Hi all! Jordan from FunCheapOrFree here. Does anyone have the Spring Cleaning itch yet?? I have 3 kids, and my oldest just turned 4. Yes, you heard that right. And yes, my house can be a real disaster. Spring comes around and I am a cleaning machine! The rest of the year? Not so much...UNTIL NOW! Here are 3 simple techniques to help get you spring cleaning in no time, and keep your house clean all year long! 1. BLITZ CLEAN. If you're anything like me, you tend to look at your messy house and have a hard time imagining when you'll find a full day to get it clean again. My solution for getting, and keeping your house clean? Blitz clean! We might not have all day to clean our house top to bottom, but everyone can find 10 minutes in their day. Here's how this works: Find 5-10 minutes in your day, but no more than 10! (Why? It's too easy to get side-tracked, it's harder to stay fast and focused for longer, and it's easy to find 10 minutes vs 20 or more.) Pick one area of your … [Read more...]

Gold Glitter Sign from Girl Loves Glam {Spring Fever Series}

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I am so excited to be partying with all of you Crafting Chicks readers today! I am McKenzie, a lifestyle/beauty blogger from Girl Loves Glam. I can't even tell you how excited I am that it is finally Spring! Even though the weather in Idaho isn't as happy and springlike as I would hope, I still enjoy adding some springtime charm to my house to make it feel bright and fresh. I knew I wanted to create a sign that also had some sort of natural element in it. I absolutely love wood grain so I chose to create a super cute Spring sign on a wood slice. Of course I needed to add some gold glam to it too! I am kind of obsessed with how it turned out. It is modern and fun! It was so easy to make too. Here is what you need to make your very own... *Wood slice *Vinyl (Just a scrap of vinyl will work because you won't actually be using the vinyl for anything other than a stencil) *Vinyl cutter *Gold paint *Gold glitter *Glitter glue First, cut out the word "Spring" out of vinyl and … [Read more...]

Twinery Giveaway

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This post is sponsored by The Twinery. All opinions are 100% mine. ----- We have two words for you...BAKER'S TWINE!!! We're so excited to tell you that we've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a FABULOUSLY HUGE baker's twine giveaway...we're talking $150 to The Twinery, to choose whatever you want!!! Baker's Twine is the perfect accessory when it comes to packaging, and is incredibly versatile. It can add just the right touch to any gift or package, and it's a simple addition that makes a huge difference. The Twinery has an awesome selection--solid, striped, metallic, and more, plus tons of colors. You can buy them in small increments, or large spools---whatever you need! Because it's one of our favorite things, we really wanted to share it with...YOU!!!! This huge baker's twine giveaway is brought to you by these bloggers: You can enter on ANY of these blogs! Simply Kierste Whipperberry The Idea Room The Crafting Chicks Lolly … [Read more...]

Potted Grass from Pink Parlor Designs {Spring Fever Series}

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YES, it's our friend Amy from Pink Parlor Designs.  You may recognize the name from the popular tents she sells.  She is awesome.  Welcome Amy! Let's admit it, Spring is the best! The anticipation of spring blooms, summer picnics, and flip flops!  In our home we basically live outdoors beginning in the spring and don't want to come inside until the new school year starts up again.  While being outside we love to do our fair share of gardening. The first signs of spring however start with our family tradition of planting our own Easter grass.  It's a quick, easy, fun, project that your little ones can help with. Yes it makes a mess for about 12 minutes, yes you will want to sweep up immediately and think you could have done this in about 4 minutes by yourself but that's not the point.  The fun in this is watching them learn and test their patience over the next few weeks of watching their grass grow.  You can do this......together. First step is getting your supplies. You need … [Read more...]