20 June 2017

3 DIY Tin Can Styles

For me Summer time goes hand in hand with simple gatherings, grilling, picnicking and fun crafts.
So I am happy today to be sharing with you 3 Tin Can Crafts from my home along with a  group of fun loving, happy go lucky crafters who have gathered together to share their fun easy tin can crafts with you.
All links will be available at the end of this post for our annual Summer Time Blogger Challenge!
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So lets go and grab those recycled green bean and pinto bean cans along with the olive and soup cans for this easy and customized DIY Can Decorating workshop right here, right now!
The theme for these cans are gift bags! Save money and use your creativity to customize tin cans any way you please:)  
Supplies for 3 DIY Tin Can Styles:

Let your imagination be your guide and have fun!
* 3- 14.5 ounce tin cans rinsed and dried
* Wire
* Fabric
*Scissors
*Tacky Glue
*Drill & 1/16th size drill bit
*Assorted Ribbon
*Scrabble Pieces
*Burlap Ribbon
*Twine
*Stars
*Ric-rack
*Assorted embellishments
*Faux Metal Ribbon
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Let us begin with the pet owner in your family or yourself!
Everyone loves giving a little gift to the puppy in the family, a dog bone, maybe even some little snacks.
If felines are your thing customize this can for the kitty in your life and tuck in some catnip inside this gift giving tin can.
DIY TIN CAN FOR THE PUPPY:

Directions:
For all of these Tin can projects I began by drilling holes in the side of the can using a drill and 1/16th size drill bit.
After this I roughly measured enough fabric to cover the tin can and then I glued the fabric on the tin can with tacky glue.
I inserted wire into the drilled hole and then wrapped the wire with ric-rack.
I chose some scrabble pieces to glue on the tin can, you could easily put the pets name on the can as well.
Add your choice of fun embellishments and then toss in some pet treats and you have a great gift for any pet!


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DIY TIN CAN FOR THE FOODIE:

Directions:

After drilling holes in the side of the tin can I measured and cut the burlap ribbon to fit the around the can. Then I attached the ribbon with tacky glue.
I inserted  wire into the drilled holes then wrapped the wire with twine as well as the top of the tin can.
I finished up the project by adding embellishments that went along with my foodie theme and tossed some baking supplies into the tin can for gift giving.


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DIY AMERICANA TIN CAN:

DIRECTIONS:

Cut metal ribbon, ric-rack, stars and stripes ribbon to fit the size of can and secure with tacky glue and wire.
Add star embellishments. For an extra festive Americana centerpiece add various red, white and blue flowers and other festive goodies.

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I hope that you enjoyed these fun and simple DIY tin can projects as much as I did!
For more inspiration please visit these seven creative bloggers as they inspire you with their crafty creations!
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16 June 2017

DIY French Black & White Stripe Plates

Happy Friday and it is just so great to catch up with you all today!
I hope that life is treating you well.
It's been a happy and busy week for me as I have been staying with some precious grand-girls while their parents were on a trip.
I'll write a little bit more about that next week and a recipe for homemade cherry filling.
I mentioned last week about sharing two other posts on how I made the most of my three yards of French fabric so here is the second post in this series!

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One of the reasons that I love this project so is because of the simplicity and the potential it has for gift giving.
These plates make perfect little take home gifts for any occasion or could be given as hostess gifts too when given as a set. So many options available and of course fabric too. 
For this project I just let my inspiration begin in my kitchen where all my goodies are seasoned with love!
These nifty clear glass plates can be made in various sizes but for this project I chose dessert plates, because seriously everyone loves dessert!
Just imagine serving your sweet treats on these fun plates and then putting the leftover cookies, pie, brownies or cake on the plate all wrapped up and sending the treats home with your guests.
You know that Paper plates are a drag, they flop, bend, crumble and fall apart, but these plates won't!
So here they are the DIY French Black & White Stripe Plates which coordinate with my
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Supplies For DIY French Black and White Stripe Plates:

1. Modge Podge
2. Fabric
3. Scissors
4. Paint Brushes
5. Paper towels 
6. Plastic bowl to poor modge podge in
7. Clear glass plates


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Your guests can keep them as a decorative piece or pass the love on with their own guests.
Word of caution, they are not washable unless you use Modge Podge Dishwasher Safe.

Just wipe the top of the plate off with a damp cloth.


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Directions For DIY French Black & White Stripe Plates:

1. Place clear plates on fabric measuring amount of fabric needed for each plate.
2. Cut equal squares of fabric for equal number of plates
3. Coat the backside of the clear plate with modge podge
4. Place printed side of fabric on the modge podge coated side of plate
5. Press fabric into place removing all air bubbles
6. Trim fabric to edge of plate
7. Coat fabric with more modge podge



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Measure your fabric allowing enough to seal the edges of your plate.
Cut into equal squares.
If you have a pattern you'd like to center do that prior to cutting the fabric.


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Apply the modge podge on the back of the plate and press patterned side of the fabric onto place before cutting the fabric to the edges.




Work all of the bubbles out of the fabric by pressing and smoothing with your fingers. Once the fabric is smooth and bubble free apply a generous coat of modge podge to the back of the fabric and along the edge of the plate to create a seal.
Wipe off front of plate with damp cloth.
Allow plate to dry upside down overnight.


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Presto you now have your own DIY French Black & White Stripe Plates!

See you back on Tuesday for a cool tin can challenge!

Happy Weekend to all and to those special Dads out there we appreciate you!
XO


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12 June 2017

Some Thoughts From The Bean Lady

It all began last year with the Adobe Lavender Farm and then was reaffirmed recently in Puerto Rico.
I saw a woman in a little town in New Mexico who made her dreams come true with her Lavender farm.
It is because of her that I have entered into an era of enlightenment and there is no going back now.
For many of you this my resonate with you too.
Like so many of us have done and are doing... while raising families, pursuing careers, taking care of others we put on hold our hobbies, activities and dreams while striving for that elusive term of perfection- to be a perfect Mother, wife, daughter, sister, businesswoman, career woman...
Oh for goodness sake I am relatively certain that it is even more challenging for young women today, who are being pounded with social media perfection 24/7.
( Offering a pearl of wisdom here- Perfection is an illusion and even quite boring to spend time thinking about, be wonderful, flawed and unique you!)
You know your own heart, so listen to it and please don't be afraid.

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I am holding onto this passion of believing.
Embracing!
Just think of all of the new experiences, thoughts, activities and stretching the mind, body and soul to new heights that await us.

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While it is comfortable to be complacent, it is a treacherous mindset to reside in for very long.

We all wear many hats. right? 
Especially so in our youth.
But as the years accumulate we pass those hats onto a younger generation then slide into the passenger seat and begin to take a long look in the rear-view mirror of life with a sort of shrug and pause and say to ourselves "Well, what now?" 
But wait!
That's not a bad thing...because when we were younger we couldn't wait for the well what now outlook. 
Because it was just the catalyst that we needed to stay ignited, enthused and passionate about life and living it.
Harness it, bottle it, save it and put it in your pocket!

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For me personally I think the time has arrived to reclaim the artisan/farmer that has been sleeping inside of me.
My vision is very clear and little by little I am truly reclaiming my rural roots.
My roots have been hidden by neglect and fear. But no more!
Our organic vegetable garden has turned into a mini farm with produce and flowers that we can barely keep up with.
Is it perfect NO! it has squash bores right now...those beasts!
I wake up at 5:00 a.m. with such a sense of urgency and purpose.
Drink my coffee and then head to the garden to begin my morning work and that work is inspiring.

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Did I tell you that we are overflowing with beans!
I have frozen them, put them in salads, taken them to neighbors, and even took an entire bag of them to my hairdresser to share with the other stylists...now I am known as the Bean Lady and I can't think of any other name I would rather have.
It's a symbol of motivation, work, joy, and creativity.
When we label our lives with positive affirmation it encourages personal growth and happiness.

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I am putting my faith in my Lord and letting Him guide the way.
He knows me better than I know myself and I know He has great things planned for both you and I!
Love for you to share your dreams tooo...



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XO

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10 June 2017

DIY French Table Runner

I am having fun with fabric this Summer and saving money too, I even brought out my sewing machine and threaded my bobbin, it scared me.
Seriously I am totally intimidated by a sewing machine.
Oh I know for you savvy seamstresses this sounds easy peasy, but to me it sounds a trifle well... gulp, nerve racking.
I am really working on overcoming my fear of the sound of the buzzing sewing machine as it gobbles up the fabric and spews out a finely sewn seam...that is just pure magic.
Today I am sharing my very affordable French Table Runner with you and also with a group of Ladies who have taken the same challenge of sharing crafts and thrifty finds for all around ten bucks.
You will find their links at the bottom of this post.
Without any further delays let us go right into the project that I am sharing with you.
This is a three part series on a DIY project that includes designing and making coordinating table decorations.
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This entire three part project began with 3 yards of contrasting fabric and I was able to make vases, table runner and plates using this yardage.
Are you wondering how to make plates out of fabric...I'll be sharing that tip next week!
I would say the cost of this French table runner was about $2.00.
You know a table runner just dresses up a table so nicely and why on earth would we buy one when we can make one.
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If sewing isn't your thing, trust me I understand!  How about making a no-sew table runner?
Just follow this link.
 
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I found my inspiration for this project from nature, gardening and my farming roots.
The older I become the more connected I feel to my rural roots and this is influencing all facets of my creativity.
 
Shopping just doesn't do much for me anymore, I'd rather create it than buy it!

The French Table Runner Project:

The standard size of table runners vary from 10 to 15 inches wide and 36 to 108 inches long so feel free to adjust the dimensions to your liking.
Materials You Will Need For Table Runner:

*Pinking Shears
*Sewing Scissors
*Sewing Machine
*Needle & Thread
*Fabric
*Iron & Ironing Board
*Pins
*Ruler 


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How To Make A French Design Table Runner:
( I have also provided a link below to a great tutorial)

1. Determine the size of your table runner
2. Mark your French design fabric to determined finished width and length plus 1 inch.
Pattern the polka dot fabric to the same length and a width of the finished width plus 3 inches. Cut out your panels.
3.With the right sides facing, lay your fabric panels so that one long edge of the French design fabric is flush with one long edge of the polka dot fabric. Sew a row of straight stitches down the side about 1/2 inch away from raw edge.
4. Line up the opposite long edges of the fabric panels so that they are flush and sew a row of stitches down that side as well.
5. Turn the runner right side out. Lay out the runner so that the French design fabric panel is centered with a polka dot border on both sides.
6. Top stitch the polka dot border where it meets the design, along both long sides of the runner.
7. Create a 1/2 inch hem on short end of the runner.
8. Fold the corners of the short ends of the border to form a triangle. Sew a row of stitches across the bottom of the triangle to secure.
9. Iron and enjoy!
I followed this Tutorial and I think you'd enjoy it too. Great photos included.
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I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby and it was 30 % off.
I tell you I am all about finding the sweet things in life at a discount.
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Wishing you all a super weekend and here are the rest of the participants for 10 on the tenth!
XO

                                 Patina and Paint/Poofing the Pillows/The Purple Hydrangea
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                                            Please Join Me At These Lovely Parties:

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09 June 2017

Workhorse Plants For Your Garden

I am a gardener and creator at heart and it seems that I have been this way since childhood.
Thoughts of gardening are frequently on my mind and I am already planning for the next season. Some of my best inspiration for decorating, crafting as well as creating develop when I am in the gardens. It seems to me the wide variety of natural colors, variation of textures, the pungent earthy scent of Mother Nature ignite a creative passion within me. I will always believe in my heart that this gift of creativity came from growing up on our farm in Idaho, it appears that I was the female version of Tom Sawyer.
Making mud pies, scampering along the river banks and watching my Mother and Father create were some of my favorite pastimes.

I urge you too, to spend some time with Nature it is truly good for the soul.

I am often times asked what to plant in a garden that will grow, that really is the key isn't it!
So, for today let us concentrate on some easy, reliable workhorse plants for your garden.

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I have always enjoyed having fresh flowers in our home year around and there is just not any greater joy for a gardener than to be able to cut their own fresh flowers from their garden.
Today I have chosen two dependable, fast growing, productive, easy to harvest and relatively low maintenance flowers to share with you.
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Who can resist the charm and cheery presence of the dependable Sunflower.
For many gardeners this was their first love and took them from a novice gardener to pro in just a few years.
Let us begin with the single stem sunflower.
Attributes of  Single Stem Sunflower

TIP: Plant sunflower seeds in 2-3 week intervals for continued blooms all Summer.

*Quality 
*Reliable
*Sturdy
*Single large Bloom
*Cut flower lasts 7-10 Days

Attributes of Branching Stem Sunflower

*Multiple Blooms per plant
*Diversity of shape, color and size of bloom

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Oh the ambitious heart of the zinnia, always eager to share it's showy blossoms and steadily unyielding in most climates.
Simply grown from seeds with the ability to reseed year after year is a joy to behold in the garden. Powdery mildew and Alternaria  is their worst enemy.
Follow this link above for tips on how to control these problems.

Attributes of The Zinnia

*Fabulous and Brilliant Color
*Size and Shape 
*Bloom Time Early Summer to Fall
*Cut Flowers last 7-10 days

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My girls frequently ask me what to plant in their vegetable gardens.
So I thought I would share some easy vegetable garden favorites, these choices will uplift the novice and thrill the pro.
With just a couple of squash and tomato plants along with some onions you are well on your way to a variety of recipes, or as I call them one pot wonders! 
Our diet is definitely veggie infused. SMILES!
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The Vegetable Garden and one of my favorite all time quotes from the enlightened Voltaire.

"We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest."
~ Voltaire

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Growing A Gorgeous Tomato:
( Yes indeed Tomatoes can be gorgeous!)

*6-8 hours of sunshine to enhance their flavor.
*In hot climates afternoon shade is welcomed.
*Stake, trellis or cage to keep them off the ground and implement before they get too big.
*Water well during growing season.
*Perfect time to pick tomato is when it is still firm, and red.

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Growing Squash:

*Squash is seasonal.
*Susceptible to heat and frost.
*There are many  varieties of squash (this is Crookneck Squash.)
*Easy to grow.
*Fast to mature.
*Delicious steamed or sauteed.
* Watch out for Squash Vine Borer.


Growing Onions:

*Onion Varieties depending on your location.
  Yellow-Sweet Spanish in the North.
   Stuttgarter best in the South.

*One inch of water a week, more water the sweeter the onion.
*Well drained soil.
*Fertilize every few weeks to get big bulbs.
*Harvest time when tops turn brown and fall over.
*Let them cure on dry ground for a few days before storing.

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Thank you for joining me today and I'd love to hear from you on your favorite garden choices.
See you back tomorrow for 10 on the Tenth where I will be sharing a nifty way to use fabric!
XO




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29 May 2017

The Beautiful Kiss Of Reality

Well this truthful tale must begin at the beginning and that is with the packing of my suitcase and the swimsuit which went in it.
Doesn't that one word just make you cringe...swimsuit.
You see it was just a few weeks ago on a sunny and steamy day in Puerto Rico I put on my swimsuit in preparation for a seashore experience with my precious family.
It was in that very life defining moment that as I turned around to look at myself in a full length mirror that I came to terms with this fact.

I have never been more unattractive in a swimsuit and yet I have never felt better in one.

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With legs as white as alabaster from the knee up, cellulite visible on the upper thighs and a tummy that refused to cooperate with being sucked in, it all became quite apparent that I could either embrace my 60 year old body and live life to the fullest with this beautiful kiss of reality or I could hide out for 10 days in the dark, shuddering at how the years had suddenly crept upon me.
You know you may be a younger woman reading this but if you are blessed to live long enough this will happen to you too and these thoughts that I am sharing today will be great tools for you to use in the future.
Just think of this as a friendly little chat.
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So of course I did have a small panic attack, and wished that I had a swimsuit in my bag that came up to my neck and down to my ankles to put on.
But I didn't, so I told myself to breathe...
Should I worry what people would think and then miss on out on this precious time with my dear ones.
Or should I just focus on my dreadful appearance and say I am not going to get into the water, but what would that accomplish?
To make matters even worse my hair would not stay in place because of the high humidity and my gray roots were showing terribly.
Rats!! 
You see I truly was in a dilemma I was on an Island with nowhere to run.


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So this is what I did in a almost snip-snap sort of way.
I saw myself for the woman that I am. This acceptance gave me such great freedom to live life more freely, thoroughly and happily.
 I will make no more apologies for my feelings, quirks, ideas, and most certainly not for my appearance!
I have arrived ( well maybe skidded a time or two) to this place just as I was meant to and it is truly a glorious, fabulous celebration of life not a enduring prison sentence.
I have made it to sixty and no matter if you are twenty or ninety, I'd like for you to be just as excited at your spot in life.
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I am so well loved by this little family who lives across the ocean from me that I realized being sixty was right were I was suppose to be.
( Would I like to have my young body back, well of course! But I'll take this one and the acceptance that goes with it.)
I accepted with gratitude and grace that my journey has been a bit of a struggle, but that struggle has made me appreciate the beauty and sweetness of life all the more.
( I am not Cher, and she does looks amazing for a 70+ but I bet she can't grow sunflowers)
I vowed to embrace these precious moments of life with a clear mind, focused on the moment.
Not the past, nor the future.
(But I am considering a spray tan before I put on another swimsuit!)
I would not let fear hinder me from exploring, growing, thriving and engaging in these rare moments of pure joy.
Life is not a competition nor it is a comparison, participating in either one of those mindsets will rob you of joy and peace.
I would travel to  where I was loved, wanted and respected and give back tenfold what was given to me.
The kiss of reality is a gift that when combined with dreams is an awesome combination to create the life that you were always meant to live no matter your age
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My wish for you is for the Sun to light your path, for the rain to wash away your fears, and for the breeze to bring you the beautiful kiss of reality.
From Jemma's Home to yours with Love,
xo
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