October 30, 2014

My First Garden Project At The New House

One of my neighbors said that I can expect about 100 kids on Halloween! In our last neighborhood no one went trick or treating so this will be a (hopefully) fun experience. Anyway, I was going to change out one of the planters in the front of the house to fall flowers but I thought I’d do a little something special for the trick or treaters!

How to make a transitional Fall/Halloween Planter

So I made a Halloween planter but it’ll be easy to transition it to just a fall planter by removing a few things and I can even dress it up for Christmas. Here’s how I did it.

DIY Transitional Fall & Halloween Planter

Before photo of planter with penunias
This planter came with the house and it’s filled with some petunias which are at the end of their season here (Atlanta).

How to make a transitional fall/Halloween planter. Step 2

I had done some tree and bush trimming (this yard is a major mess btw) and saved this branch just for this idea. I refreshed the planter with a small bag of dirt and “planted” this branch as deep as it would go. Then I watered the dirt and made sure the branch was in there nice and secure (you could insert some rebar or a stake and tie the branch to it if you’re in a windy area).

How to make a transitional fall/Halloween planter for your front porch area

I chose a mix of ornamental cabbage and mums to plant around the base. I’ll remove the mums and plant those spaces with pansies or more ornamental cabbage for winter. I’ll probably plant the mums in the yard (in my other yard they came back year after year). I added the faux jack o’ lantern (which I’ve had for years) for the some Halloween fun as well as the black netting around the pot.

Halloween planter idea - wire black birds to branches that are planted into a fall planter

I wanted to hang some little pumpkins off the branches but it’s next to impossible to find any fall stuff right now. Every store I went to had Christmas up and very little fall/Halloween stuff. Then my daughter had the brilliant idea to go to Party City. We found tons of fall and Halloween items there! I got 5 of these black birds and wired them to the branches.

DIY Halloween Outdoor Decoration Idea

I would have spray painted the branches (black probably) if I could get to my spray paint. Unfortunately all my spray paint is behind a bunch of boxes!

Front door with mice silhouettes for Halloween in the front door sidelights

The only other Halloween decorations I added was a doormat and some mice cutouts (that I also got at Party City) in the windows.

It was so much fun to do a little outdoor decorating for Halloween! It’s literally been like over 8 years since we’ve done anything for this day and we’re looking forward to having some trick or treaters!

Did you do any special decorating for Halloween this year?

10 Super Cute Ways to Repurpose Vintage Hankies

I’ve always loved all things vintage and vintage hankies are no exception. I have a few and was wondering how I could actually use them instead of having them stored away. Here are a few ideas I came across that show how to  recycle vintage hankies.

10 cute ideas for repurposing vintage hankies

10 Ideas For Repurposing Vintage Hankies

vintage handkerchiefs repurposed into a shower curtain

Some vintage handkerchiefs were made into an adorable one of a kind shower curtain from HGTV

vintage handkerchief made into a tissue holder

Here’s  a handkerchief made into a tissue holder – full tutorial at Beach Vintage

Collection of repurposed vintage hankies like these Vintage Handkerchiefs made into burp cloths by Polka Dot Chair

These vintage hankie burp cloths are so cute! Who wouldn’t love to get these at as a gift! Tutorial at Polka Dot Chair

A collection of ideas for repurposing vintage hankies like this one - vintage hankies made into bracelets by My So Called Crafty Life

Another great gift would be these bracelets made from vintage handkerchiefs. Tutorial at My So Called Crafty Life

A collection of ways to repurpose vintage handkerchiefs like this valance from Flamingo Toes

I love the idea of using different vintage hankies for a valance like these from Flamingo Toes. Go visit her and see all the windows she did with vintage handkerchiefs – so cute!

repurpose vintage hankies into pillows

Making pillows out of vintage hankies is another good way to repurpose them. See the how to at Elsie Marley

hair bow made from a vintage hankie

This cute hair bow is made from a vintage handkerchief. Tutorial at The Mother Huddle

A collection of ideas for repurposing vintage hankies like this vintage hankie made into a shirt colllar

Love this idea of using a vintage hankie to make a collar! Tutorial at Black and White and Loved All Over

make your own unique wall art by framing vintage hankies

Of course you can frame vintage hankies to make your own unique wall art via Very Fond Of

Vintage hankies and doilies used as a beautiful tablerunner

Isn’t this table runner made from vintage napkins & doilies  just gorgeous! souce: The Brides Cafe  Love.It.

Do you collect vintage hankies?

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Nesting Skills – Make Your Own Brownie Mix

Here’s a really ridiculously easy brownie mix that you can make at home instead of buying a boxed brownie mix.  You can buy brownie mix really cheaply when it’s on sale but at least in a homemade version you know what’s in your mix and you can easily customize it to your taste!

Ridiculously easy homemade brownie mix: Never buy boxed brownie mix again! Not only frugal but better for you since it eliminates all those crazy unknown ingredients.  Makes a great gift too!

With the holidays right around the corner, this would also make a great gift that you can dress up with a cute tag/label & ribbon. Include some add-ins like chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, nuts, crushed peppermints or crushed cookies to really take it up a notch!

Homemade Brownie Mix -

1 C. sugar
½ C. flour
1/3 C. cocoa powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking powder

*Mix makes 1 pan of brownies.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients well and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To Make Brownies (write this on a tag or label if giving as a gift):

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×9 baking dish with non-stiock spray.

2. Combine the homemade brownie mix with 2 eggs, ½ C. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of vanilla.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean, the brownies are done. Don’t over cook if you want moist brownies!

Thick chewy brownies made from scratch! Ridiculously easy brownie mix that so much better than boxed and would make a great gift!

My favorite way to have brownies is hot out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! What’s yours?

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Nesting Skills - Homemade Brownie Mix
 
Ridiculously easy homemade brownie mix: Never buy boxed brownie mix again! Not just frugal but better for you since it eliminates all those crazy unknown ingredients. Makes a great gift too!
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 C. sugar
  • ½ C. flour
  • ⅓ C. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
Instructions
  1. To Make Brownies (write this on a tag or label if giving as a gift)
  2. #1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stiock spray.
  3. #2. Combine the homemade brownie mix with 2 eggs, ½ C. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of vanilla.
  4. #3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean, the brownies are done. Don't over cook if you want moist brownies!

You may also like these recipes from the Nesting Skills Series:

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

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Homemade Gardeners Orange Olive Oil Bar Soap

 

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SOLD! & We Have Moved

Hey all. My house has sold and we have moved into our rental! Here’s what’s new.

real estate sign that says sold

The internet just got connected so I’m back in business.  I’m working on setting up my office today so I should be back to blogging normally.

We have been moving for the past 4 days!! We had 2 trucks and a crew of six move the main stuff and then we rented a U-Haul and made numerous trips ourselves. We have a lot of stuff. Way too much stuff!

garage full of boxes

I will be getting rid of lots of this “stuff”! This is a small two car garage and it’s so full we only have a narrow path to the door that goes inside. I had a huge garage sale before we moved and we’ve been donating to Goodwill since January.  I didn’t realize we had so much storage at the other house but apparently we did.

living room wall color before painting

I couldn’t take the color in the living room – it looked like a army green to me. So when we had our walk thru with our landlord I begged him to let me  paint (even though it says we can’t in our lease) and he said ok as long as it wasn’t a weird color. If you ask me, the color that was there was weird.

living room with white paint

So I chose to paint it Bistro White by Valspar. I only had time to do the fireplace wall because I knew I didn’t want to have to move those bookcases to paint. It took a coat of primer and two coats of paint with primer. I have the other 3 walls to do (they have been primed).  I think this will be better color for a rental anyway. I also have another room that I need to paint.

We won’t be using this room to watch TV so I’ll have to think of something fun to cover up that mount.

moving in breakfast room

We’re going to use the breakfast room as our dining room. We don’t have a table yet since I had to sell my old one (wouldn’t fit in this space). We’ll be removing the ceiling fan and hanging the chandelier from the dining room (I think – it seems big so I may have to box it up and get something different for in here).

The kitchen is so much smaller than my old one that I really don’t know what to do with half of our stuff! I’m going to have to implement some of the ideas I’ve found on Pinterest to maximize that small space.

I’ll of course blog about the changes we make to the house and yard but don’t expect to have everything perfect right away. I intend to take my time with things and to enjoy the process instead of hurrying up just so I have some decorating  photos to post. But I’m sure I’ll have at least one decorating post a week :)

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

Are you crazy for candy corn? Check out this amazing collection of recipes that either use candy corn or are inspired by candy corn!

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

 

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

1. Candy Corn Cookie Bark From Sweet Bella Roos

2. Candy Corn Punch From Simplee Thrifty

3. Homemade Candy Corn Pretzels From Sugar Swings

4. Candy Corn Biscotti from Food Nasty

5. Candy Corn Oreo Bark From Raking In The Savings

6. Candy Corn Popcorn Bars From Wheel N Deal Mama

7. Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse Recipe From Meet Kristy

8. Candy Corn Crunch From This Mama Loves

9. Halloween Muddy Buddies Mix From Simply Being Mommy

10. Candy Corn Lollipops From Mess For Less

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes including this  Candy Corn Party Mix from Fleece Fun

11. Easy Candy Corn Party Mix From Fleece Fun

12. Candy Corn Bark Recipe From Life Is Poppin

13. Candy Corn Cereal Treats From Baked Perfection

14. Candy Corn Peanut Bars From Easybaked

15. Candy Corn Magic Bars From The Domestic Rebel

16. Candy Corn Cookies From LilaLoa

17. Last Minute Candy Corn Cookies From Bake At 350

18. Candy Corn Bundt Cake From A Baker’s House

19. White Chocolate Candy Corn Cookie Bars From Love From The Oven

20. Candy Corn Striped Madeleines From Sugar Swings

21. Candy Corn Pop Tarts From Pint Sized Baker

22. Candy Corn Cookies From Baking Beauty

23. Halloween Candy Corn Popcorn From Erica’s Sweet Tooth

24. Candy Corn M&M Macadamia Nut Cookies From Something Swanky

25. Candy Corn Halloween Eclair Cake From Sweet Simple Stuff

These are also great for using up any leftover Halloween candy corn that you might have!

You may also like: 12 Creative Candy Corn Inspired Fall Decor Ideas

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Last year I started a Homemade Solutions Series and somehow got sidetracked.  I’m going to start it back up since we’re going to be in our new home next week and I’ll finally have more time (Yay!) and making things from scratch is going to be a priority. So to start this series off (again) as Nesting Skills.  I’m sharing a easy homemade cinnamon coffee syrup (although you could also use this in place of store bought syrup on pancakes).

This homemade coffee syrup recipe is so easy to make (only 3 ingredients).  Just delicious in coffee or even on top of pancakes. Makes a wonderful gift too!

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Syrup

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Syrup
 
Very easy to make (only 3 ingredients) cinnamon syrup that's good in coffee and also on pancakes. This would make a great gift for a coffee lover.
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ C. water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1 C. + 2 tbs. of brown sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the water, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. (You're house will smell amazing btw)
  2. Add a cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick
  3. Store the cinnamon syrup in a mason jar or other air tight container in the fridge when not using. Will last about a week.
  4. Use in strong hot coffee along with steamed milk topped with whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon for a yummy homemade Cinnamon Dolce Latte!

Ingredients:

1 ½ C. water
3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1 C. + 2 tbs. of brown sugar

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, heat the water, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. (Your house will smell amazing btw)

2. Add a cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.

3. Store the cinnamon syrup in a mason jar or other air tight container in the fridge when not using. Lasts for about a week.

4. Use in strong hot coffee along with steamed milk topped with whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon for a yummy homemade Cinnamon Dolce Latte!  How much depends on how sweet you like your coffee.

Treat yourself to some delicious coffee that tastes like a specialty flavor and give this recipe a try (or try it on pancakes/waffles).  It would also make a wonderful gift for a coffee lover (especially if you package it in a pretty glass bottle).

Make your own Cinnamon Dolce coffee with this easy to make coffee syrup. This would be a great gift for a coffee lover!Have you ever made a flavored syrup before?

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Homemade Onion Soup Mix & Dry Cream of…..Soup Mix

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