11 Ideas to Help Your Garden Grow


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...]

DIY Interchangeable Belts


I'm so excited to share with you today the online shop Hair Bow Supplies Etc!  Why you might ask?  Check out the awesomeness below.  I don't know about you, but when I get my hands on ribbon, especially ribbon with stripes, trinkets, jewels, fabric flowers, stretchy elastic and glittery stretchy elastic, I get extremely giddy.  This is what I came up with when I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the very best stuff from Hair Bow Supplies Etc. Keep going... So there are a thousand things you could make with these awesome supplies.  I wanted to come up with something unique, something my little 5 year-old Q would adore. Oh and check out their Valentine ribbon... So we came up with Interchangeable belts, with interchangeable things to put on them.  Easy enough right?!. Here's an example: Supplies: -Flowers -1 yard of elastic -alligator clips -glue gun and glue -felt Glue the flowers onto a circle of felt so they fit on nicely.  When I made this … [Read more...]

Decorate Your Teacher’s Door {Teacher Appreciation Week}

door decorating ideas for teacher appreciation week "You uplift us and help our knowledge to soar" and "thanks for helping us grow"

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at our elementary school, and since I'm a room mom for both of my kids' classes I got to decorate their teachers' doors! We love our teachers and are thankful they take such care and have provided a wonderful learning environment for our children. I thought I'd share what we did for their doors. {I realize that you might have already had your Teacher Appreciation Week so if that's the case, you can pin this idea for next year! :) } "You uplift us and help our knowledge to soar" For the first grade door I used my Cricut to cut out a bunch of darling little hot air balloons for the theme. along with all of the words. I used different colors of cardstock for this. I had the students each decorate their own hot air balloon and then I took a photo of each of them and glued it to the balloon. (I blurred out the pictures and teacher names for privacy.) The kids had fun decorating the hot air balloons and it was cute to see their … [Read more...]

Rick Rack Rosettes


A friend gave me this flower ring and necklace, when she handed them to me I thought they were porcelain--there's a very vintage feel to them. From a distance you really can't tell that they're made out of rick rack! Yes, rick rack! She shared how to make them with me, and now I'm sharing with all of you readers! The wow of the rosette comes from a few simple steps! She found this tutorial, in Portuguese I believe. First, cut 2 strips of rick rack. She said that the medium sized rick rack works the best--so that's what I've used. No need to find out for myself, I'm taking her word for it. I cut the rick rack 10-12", depending on how big of a flower I want to end up with. Then twist the two pieces of rick rack together, like this. And then run a stitch down one side to hold it all together. Like so. And to make the flower, you just start from one end and roll it up. I add small dots of hot glue, just to keep it all together. Keep rolling. Until you have this--and … [Read more...]