Well, the time had finally arrived. I ran inside and grabbed a few wire hangers out of the closet. I collected all the dried boxwood clippings from around the house and grabbed my floral wire.
First, I bent the hanger into a circular shape and secured it with floral wire. The circle definitely wasn't perfect, but the boxwood leaves hide the imperfections.
Next, I made little bundles of clippings and secured them to the hanger, working all the way around the circle.
I'm trying to think of more to say about this, but it really was as simple as that. It took maybe 15 minutes, to secure all the clippings and arrange them so that they covered up the wire. In some spots the wire even shows, but it blends in with the green boxwood.
It was such a super simple project and almost free. The only cost would be the floral wire, which is cheap and could probably used to make 50 of these things.
They look beautiful everywhere! I wanted to hang it on by wire bed, on the hooks in my kitchen, above the tv in the built ins, over the windows in my bedroom, but, alas, I only have one. As soon as I get my hands on some more boxwood clippings I will be making a bunch more.
My husband even pointed out that it would look great as a garland. I may have to try that in my Christmas decor!
Now, go get your hands on some boxwood clippings and make a couple of these for yourself!
My sister Laura from Wholesome Homestead Blog is back again to share about all the toxins lurking in our homes, their effects on our health and how to avoid them.
The average American is exposed to over 500,000 chemicals on a daily basis! The exposure starts the second you wake up and continues until you go to bed at night.
Toxins are found in the food we eat, beauty products we wear, household cleaners, soaps, lotions, and so much more!
I am going to take you through your home showing you what these toxins are, where they can be found, how to get rid of them, and what to use instead!
Hearty, roasted vegetable, soups aren't typical spring fare around these parts, where days can reach 80 plus degrees.
But, normal or not, I was craving something creamy, bone broth-y and roasted-y. (Sorry I am kind of off my adjective game today.)
If I would have to sum up the last few days in a word it would be worry.
I never really planned to make a big official announcement, but I wanted to let you all know I am 11 weeks pregnant with baby number five.
Although I am most definitely super happy to be called to mother another child, there were a few things about this stage of life that I seemed to have forgotten.
I love being pregnant.
It is so amazing to feel those first tiny flutters, and to find the fast and consistent heart tones with the fetoscope. I look forward to those first few contractions that mean baby is finally coming.
It really is such a special time in life to be thankful for.
The people who lived in this old bungalow before my family certainly gave us some paint colors and design choices I wasn't super thrilled with, but they did give me a gift I am thankful for every single year around this time.
They have to be the most fragrant and beautiful flower in all of creation.
And because their delicate petals and top heavy blooms don't last long, their beauty must be fully documented, to carry us all through until the few days they can be enjoyed next year.
I love coffee in all forms, but that perfect iced latte is the stuff that makes me want to shell out five bucks at the coffee shop.
But, with all that added sugar, and a questionable milk source, I don't think it's a good habit to get into.
Plus, I love the idea of playing around with the ingredients and making some exciting combinations that you won't see at Starbucks.
Lately, as I have been marveling over all the culinary uses of essential oils, a thought popped in my head.
I want to reintroduce you to my sister Laura from Wholesome Homestead Blog.
She shared with us a few weeks ago a tutorial for how to make All Natural Organic Cocoa Lip Balm.
Today she is back with another DIY recipe that you can use to keep your clothes clean without all the junk.
You all know how I feel about simple farmhouse style.
Even though I live in town, I imagine myself sitting on my big wraparound porch, drinking a tall glass of homemade kombucha and watching my goats and chickens frolic about in deep prairie grasses and wild flowers.
I know I'm not alone.
I crave the simple life.
We just love using essential oils in our home.
We have taken advantage of their powerful properties, for helping with restful sleep, boosting immunity, soothing an upset tummy, opening up congested airways, and so much more.
Since essential oils are 50- 70 times more powerful than herbs, they are often too potent to place directly on the skin, especially that of a child.
That is why it is so great to already have them diluted and ready to roll on.
I guess I am a maker in every sense of the word.
Even when I know I can get something relatively inexpensively at the store, I still find so much satisfaction in learning how to make it myself at home.
Being a maker allows me to add my own creative spin on everything and enjoy the process of seeing pieces and ingredients become finished things.
I have to admit, it is easier for me to adapt to a healthier diet than it is for me to address the toxins lurking in our home.
I have read that the mattresses we sleep on are toxic, our cellphones emit harmful EMF's and new furniture off-gases toxins for years after purchasing it.
It can honestly all get so overwhelming.