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How To Make A Transitional Spring Wreath

Good Morning! Well, I am happy to be here with you all and also sharing this little transitional Spring wreath. It is no secret that I love wreaths and I love to make them too! One of the cool things about this wreath is that it is going to take me from Valentine's Day right into Spring.



I am a little behind in most everything right now and for some weird reason I feel as though I need to explain why. I guess this will help me justify it all. Like why the housework, garden planning, cooking and even a little sleeping is lacking. You see there is a little culprit behind my lacksidaisycal ways and it is this girl, Sadie May.

My husband lovingly calls her...

MuttsyVonChewer



So why this little miss is all feed and bathroom duties attended to, I am writing this post.




SUPPLIES FOR DIY TRANSITIONAL SPRING WREATH


  1. 12"x12" Grapevine Wreath
  2. Pinking Shears
  3. Red and Black and White wire edged ribbon (2 1/2" wide"
  4. Florist Wire Cutters
  5. Florist Wire
  6. Pink Faux flowers(4 bunches)
  7. Paper Hearts (made them using my Big Kick Die Cut Machine)



DIRECTIONS FOR DIY TRANSITONAL SPRING WREATH

1-Cut faux flowers from stems into approximately 3 inch length.




2-Insert cut floral stems into grapevine wreath.

3-Hot Glue paper hearts to wreath, I am going to remove them after Valentine's Day.

4-Make bows and tie to wreath.



Since I have Sadie May now, I have to work fast! So this wreath took me about two hours. I could still add more to it or take some away, that is one of the things I enjoy about making my own wreaths.




I am also super happy to share with you that I will be joining a great group of gals for an upcoming Romantic Tablescape event! Tis the season for love and for sharing it with you all too!



Thank you for joining me today and please don't forget to download your free Valentine printable on my sidebar!

Valentine Gift Ideas For Family And Friends

Good Morning and welcome to a little post on one of my favorite times of the year and do you know why? Well it is because it's almost Valentine's Day! A day to celebrate kindness, care, and love to ourselves and others. Today I am sharing a variety of shops and Valentine gift ideas for family and friends. I do love all of the whimsy, color, playful and goodwill nature of this time of the year. Oh and maybe you'll find a little something for you too!



I have shared shopping links and ideas on the blog before. Many of you really liked it, so if you do or if you don't I'd really appreciate you leaving a comment or dropping me an email with your thoughts.

Today you will recognize some of the shops; some are new, one is mine and one of them is my most favorite Candy shop in the entire world! It also just happens to be in my hometown of Rexburg Idaho! (Go Bobcats!) You see I am already feeling the whimsy of the season!

Florence's candy shop is family owned and operated and our family favorite is the haystack!






Valentine's Day can be a challenging time for singles, especially after a painful divorce. If you or someone close to you needs to know the fairy tale isn't over, consider this inspirational book by Cecilia Lynne. When the Glass Slipper Shatters: Recreate Your Fairy Tale After Divorce offers hope and encouragement to create the best version of happily ever after for families struggling after divorce. Chapters feature journal prompts, scriptural references and practical resources. The book is available on Amazon as well this free reading app for any device,





" These conversation heart crayons are a perfect classroom Valentine to hand out in your little one's class or to their friends and family outside of class! Great for children OR adults! "




You will find Linda designing and sewing a beautiful variety of bags, décor, angels and ornaments at her Etsy shop Eastern Ave Designs.




"A beautiful rose gold plated necklace, with a small thick rose gold plated disc and a beautiful Rose Quartz spike, set In rose gold plated brass.
A lovely fine and delicate necklace, would make a great gift."


For the collector in your family or yourself you won't to miss out on the selection of carefully curated vintage collectibles.




NaNa's Things has an eclectic selection
of vintage heart shaped items
as well as sweet gifts
like the
red apple teapot.
for over 600 vintage
gift ideas.




One of a kind Valentine gift bags with card, tissue paper and handmade pompom Valentine Shopping At Home With Jemma.



I found this awesome soap shop on Etsy with such cute things! Selling high-quality, beautifully packaged, handmade glycerin soap and bath and beauty treats, and they use 100% vegetable glycerin and detergent-free glycerin soap.





Sharing the talents, gentle beauty and detail of Hand painted roses, cottage style, shabby and farmhouse décor from Rose Garden Market. Today begins Rose Garden Market Winter Sale where you will save 25% off items using this code WINTER25.



This creative etsy shop owner designs her own aprons the "old fashioned," way using vintage fabrics and trims.




Stop by and visit lauraingallsgunn and snap up this Eleanor's Yellow Apron.



Thank you for joining us all today and Happy Friday too!


How To Grow A Vegetable Garden From Seeds

Did you know that there is a budding gardener in all of us? With a little planning and gardening knowledge we can all be successful gardeners! I don't believe in "brown thumbs," and you shouldn't either! In this post I am going to ignite the gardener in you and show you how to choose seeds, containers, make your own potting mix and sprout seeds for your Spring and Summer Garden! Growing our own food and flowers is fun!



Before we can begin to plant our seeds indoors, we must know when our last frost is in our particular region of the country. If you are reading this and you live in the U.S. here is a great guide for you to follow. It Is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. General Rule of thumb for planting seeds indoors is to plant them 6-8 weeks before the last Frost.



I have been gardening since I was a kid. It was a natural fit for me as I watched my parents plant potatoes and wheat on the 100 acres of land on our Farm. So when it came time to put the vegetable and flower gardens in, I wanted my own packet of seeds! Our kitchen table was filled with seed catalogs once January rolled around and of course since old habits die hard, today our kitchen table looks the same way.

Since we are in the dead of Winter in the U.S. this is the perfect time to begin preparing, reading, outlining and deciding on what you really want to grow! Dreaming of gardening this time of the year actually helps to chase away those Winter blues too.



Before Purchasing Seeds



Before purchasing seeds, let's think this all through. There is more to sprouting seeds than just tossing them in some soil. I want you to be super successful so I am going to give you a step by step overview of how to go about all of this. Don't fret! I will be continuing this garden series all throughout the year and sharing gardening tips a few times each month to guide you along the way.


  1. Do some research on your soil, climate and plants that thrive in your area.
  2. Draw an outline of your garden.
  3. Think about space, height, appearance, water, light.
  4. Make a list of your choice of seeds and research them; some seeds need to be soaked or chilled.
  5. Make notes on your calendar about weather conditions and save the calendar for the next garden year.
  6. Check out different companies that sell seeds and compare selections and pricing.
  7. Purchase seeds now. (Resources at end of post.)
  8. Easy seeds to grow *radish, lettuce, sunflower, nasturtium.*
  9. Purchase containers for planting your seeds in; you can use plastic pots, peat pots or even egg shells!



Preparing Pots and Soil For Planting Seeds



You have done your research, made your purchases and now your green thumb is itching to get to work! Today I am sharing with you a step by step guide on how to plant seeds indoors. Plus a homemade Seedling Potting Mix Recipe for your seedlings or you can purchase your own.




  1. Prepare you plastic pots by making sure they are clean and have proper drainage.
  2. Label pots so you will remember what you planted! Trust me friends, those rascally seedlings tend to all look the same!
  3. Follow directions for planting seeds on back of seed packet.
  4. Gently press seeds in potting mixture with your finger or the eraser end of a pencil works wonderful!
  5. Pick out the plumpest and healthiest looking seeds in the packet to get the very best germination.
  6. Cover containers with plastic wrap and prick holes in wrap. I've used a pin or toothpick. You get the idea.
  7. Keep seeds evenly moist, don't allow to dry out.
  8. Once seedlings appear remove plastic and move to a bright light.
  9. When seedlings get their second set of leaves move them to indirect light.




Thank you for joining me today as we work together to create a home and garden through our talents, gifts, hands and hearts!


Next segment in our series we will discuss Hardening Off and Transplanting our seedlings.





Valuable Links:


Johnny Seeds

Park Seeds Certified Organic

Grow Organic.com

Burpee Seed Company

Fifty Of The Best Gardening Books




Discovering Kindness On A Yellow School Bus

Good Morning Friends and welcome to The Perk Project where I am about to share with you all a true story about how I managed to survive the first weeks of Kindergarten as a Scaredy cat and discover kindness on my Yellow School Bus. It was just an ordinary day in the life of one young boy, but he made all the difference in my life that day and from that day forward. It was a defining time in my life on the value and importance of sharing kindness and the importance of spreading it around like glitter and confetti every day of our lives. Kindness is so easy to give and it means so very much.



Growing up in rural America in the late 1950's was great!

I loved growing up on the farm, I felt so safe. Some people might think it was too sheltered, cloistered, protected, even isolated. But to me it was perfect, I had acres and acres of streams to explore and trees to climb. Our closest neighbor was about a mile away, so making a trip to Town was saved for once a week. Play dates were riding my Schwinn Bicycle with my dog running along side me and any extra time was spent on the Ford tractor with my Dad or snapping beans with Mom. We were a very close family that relied on one another for just about everything. So it really is no surprise that as Summer turned to Fall and I turned five that the thoughts of Kindergarten were terrifying.

Old Ford Tractor

I am going to just tell it like it was.

I was terrified of everything.

The School.

The Teacher.

The Playground.

The Classmates.

THE SCHOOL BUS.





THE REAL REASON WHY I WAS TERRIFIED OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

I might not have been so terrified if my elementary school had been closer to my home. But instead it was 7 miles away. Mama took me to school for the first week to sort of ease me in. But you can easily see that after 5 days of driving back and forth it was way too much gas and wear and tear on the family car.




A LESSON ABOUT TO BE LEARNED

So on that Monday morning in September when Mama put me on my yellow school bus little did I know that on the return trip home from school I was about to learn a whole lot about life. I was going to discover one person can make a big difference,that appearances are indeed deceiving and that kindness comes in the most unexpected packages!



FEELING POSITIVE ABOUT KINDERGARTEN

Even to this day I remember feeling very positive about Kindergarten on that Monday afternoon. I'd enjoyed my graham crackers and Kool-Aid, played on the monkey bars with my school friends and hugged my Teacher. The school day was drawing to an end and I was about to go home. (The place that I loved most in the entire world!) I climbed onto the school bus and scooted onto the torn bus seat as far over as I could possibly go. I sort of wanted to disappear into the corner and when you are five that is a pretty easy thing to do.





THE BOY WITH THE SILVER TOOTH

As I stared out the window of the yellow bus and hoped and prayed that the "big," boy with the one silver front tooth wouldn't sit by me. I had a pretty good imagination, so I set my mind to imagining the cinnamon rolls that Mama would have made for me and that eased my anxiety. But then, there was a plunk beside me and the green seat lurched. The boy with the silver tooth gave me a smile.

Crumpledenvelop.tumblr.com



My worst fear had become my reality.

I looked out the window and sobbed. I sobbed so hard that I didn't even notice that the bus driver drove right past my red brick house. But the silver toothed boy did. It was in that moment of utter desperation that only a five year can feel, that the silver toothed boy saved me. He stood up and told the bus driver that he'd passed my house and that he needed to turn the bus around so I could get off.

I will always remember the lessons I learned about kindness that the silver toothed boy showed me that day. I also know that the youngest of humans to the oldest need lots of love, understanding, patience, consideration, respect and of course always kindness.

I also will always remember, to never judge a book by it's cover!




Thank you for joining Stacey and I for this last segment of The Perk Project! I appreciate each one of you and the kindness that you share with your comments and by subscribing too.

If you'd like to catch up with previous posts from The Perk Project you can find them right here at Jemma's Tales.

Thank you again and please don't forget to download your free 5x7 Valentine graphic on my sidebar!



Sharing some beautiful links on kindness.



Junk Chic Cottage/ The Marmelade Gypsy/ Lavender Dreams/County Road 407

French Ethereal/ Patina and Paint/ Bluesky At Home/Poofing The Pillows




DIY Valentine Rag Wreath

Good Wednesday Morning and also welcome to 10 on the Tenth, we are so glad you are joining us! Our group of friendly bloggers all put on our thinking caps and came up with a plan to share some Valentine ideas with you. To make it even better our plan was to come up with some thrifty ideas which are all under ten dollars. Today I am sharing my DIY Valentine Rag Wreath, fresh off the crafting table!

You will also find the links to these other friendly bloggers at the end of this post.

VALENTINE RAG WREATH


A DIY Valentine rag wreath is an economical way to add festive charm to any of your décor during your Valentine festivities. One of the things that I love about this wreath is that every single item I had in my craft room. Not one trip was made to the store to purchase any of the items needed. In fact, I even made my own wreath form. Easy peasy is the name of the game with this DIY Valentine rag Wreath!

WIRE FORM FOR RAG WREATH



SUPPLIES FOR DIY VALENTINE RAG WREATH


  1. Thick craft wire or a coat hanger cut and shaped into a 12x12" heart form.
  2. Wire cutters.
  3. Pinking shears.
  4. Ruler.
  5. Assorted Fabric
  6. (250) 1 1/2" x 7" strips of fabric.
  7. Glitter.
  8. All Purpose spray adhesive.
  9. Valentine ribbon.




One of the nifty things about making a Valentine rag wreath is the versatility of the wreath and the choices of fabric. Did you know that even if you don't have fabric you could use old dishtowels, pillow cases, sheets or blankets and simply cut them into strips too.




DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING A DIY VALENTINE RAG WREATH


  1. Make wire heart form using wire or coat hanger to measure 12x12".
  2. Roughly measure and cut assorted fabric into 1 1/2 x 7" strips using pinking shears (250 strips)
  3. Tie strips of Fabric onto wire heart form, pushing the strips close together.
  4. When the wire form is completely filled with strips, spray with adhesive glue add glitter and Valentine ribbon.




Total time for this fun, easy, and economical Valentine rag wreath was about 3 hours. Such a great project to do on a Winter Day!




Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope that you'll give this fun Valentine wreath a whirl.

Please join my other blogging friends as they share their creations and fabulous finds with you too!







DIY Valentine Gift Bags

Welcome to Monday Morning and the beginning of a brand new week. It is 46 degrees here today and the glorious sun is just beginning to rise. It is going to be a fantastic day, and I can't wait to get outside and smell that wonderful fresh air.

However before I put those walking shoes and coat on I am going be sharing with you a little tutorial on how to make your own DIY Valentine Gift Bags. If you don't have the time to make your own, I will be carrying a selection of them in my online shop later on in the week...happy, happy!

DIY Valentine Gift Bags


As long as I can remember I have always sent out Valentine Cards and gathered up a few inexpensive whimsical gifts for Valentine's Day. Often times I would shop the after Christmas aisles and find a variety of items that could be transformed into Valentine Gifts, gift bags or cards. But this year I wanted to try out a new machine and also create a more customize look for my bags and cards.



Today I am sharing with you how I used the Sizzix BIGkick Machine to create some stylish Valentine Gift Bags.



You know there are so many nifty crafting machines on the market nowadays that it can be a bit confusing. But for me and my philosophy on crafting the Sizzix Bigkick caught my eye. The Bigkick is a manual die cut machine. No cords, no electricity and no computers. I love that this die cut machine is not dependent on anyone or anything but me!

It's just me and the machine and I like it that way. (This is not a sponsored post. It's just me sponsoring something that I like!) It is always good to pass on things that work, right!



Hand designing and making our own gift cards, bags and presents is a lovely way to show family and friends that we care. Making gifts from our hearts and hands has been around forever!

I know how the initial investments in purchasing tools, supplies and such can be a bit intimidating. So I discovered that if we purchase just a few things at a time we can accumulate a nice stash without breaking the bank! Oh, and don't forget to shop those sales, use coupons and shop savvy...big smile!





CRAFTNG SUPPLIES FOR DIY VALENTINE BAGS

  1. Sizzix BIGkick Die Cut Machine
  2. Scrapbook Paper
  3. Vellum
  4. Assorted gift bags (buy in bulk at craft store)
  5. Paper Crafts Spare Parts Knick Knacks
  6. Dress It Up Button Embellishments (Love Potion)
  7. Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  8. Stamps and Stamp Pad
  9. Paper Punch
  10. Paper Crafts Ribbon
  11. Scissors
  12. Heart Dies


HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY VALENTINE BAGS

So as always cover your work area before beginning your projects and gather up your supplies. Having everything together keeps the creative process more enjoyable and less stress free.

The Sizzix Die cut machine comes with a super easy set of instructions, but I have included a link to a video here for you to watch a tutorial as well. If you have ever used a die cutter before, you will know how to use the BIGkick. Very simple, very easy and clear, clean cut edges for a professional look.

I have been thinking about doing tutorials on a You Tube channel, what do you think? Would you watch them if I did? Love to hear from you on this subject.






Thank you so much for joining me today. I have included a link below for you.

Amazon has the best price on the Sizzix BIGkick and if you have Prime it is free shipping too!


See you on Wednesday where I'll be working with a group of bloggers bringing you the best of 10 on the Tenth!