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Crafts Family Fun Findings Gardening Projects Seasons Spring

DIY: Copper Clay Garden Markers

One of our favorite things to do at home on a rainy day is make creations with bakeable clay. It’s great fun for the family. In fact, it’s fun for folks of all ages. The clay comes in every color imaginable and it is so much fun being able to permanently capture the kids’ creations. As we were sitting around the table, I spied a block of copper colored clay. How fun would it be to transform it into clay garden markers? With small cookie cutters, I got to work and made a bunch for the spring inspired windowsill garden.

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DIY: Coffee Filter Wreath

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I admit that I tend to keep things. I typically save things that I might just find a use for later on. This has been especially true since I started creating for HGTV five years ago. It’s hard to believe that it has been that long, until I look at bins of “saved” things that somehow find their way into the projects that I do. When we were cleaning out a home of a relative recently, I discovered oodles of paper coffee filters. We didn’t have a coffee maker that used that kind, but surely they could end up in a craft. As I thought, I pretended they were origami paper. They folded into a perfect flower petal.  Well at least that is what I saw. Wouldn’t they make a gorgeous coffee filter wreath?

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Crafts Family Fun Findings Gardening Plants Projects Seasons Spring

Springtime Miniature Garden

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I love gardening in miniature and with spring in the air I could not help myself. My daughter and I decided to create a miniature garden that we would both love to spend time in. With a cottage garden as inspiration, the entire miniature garden came together in under an hour’s time. We had so much fun creating this outdoor scene. For the plantings we chose pansies, grape hyacinths, lettuce, lavender, dianthus and english daisies. We even used a small little bit of sedum. I’ll share more on that later.

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Dye Eggs Naturally

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Every year the kids and I decorate eggs for Easter. Some years, we use the traditional dyeing kits. They’re always great fun and I love the way my kids wriggle up their noses at the colorful dishes filled with white vinegar. In years past, we have also tried our hand at using sharpies, decorating with pysansky techniques and even making natural ones like these. I made these beautiful eggs with ordinary ingredients from my kitchen pantry. Using white shelled eggs as my base, I was able to dye eggs naturally with herbs and spices. I love the way they turned out.

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DIY Gold Feathers

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with the beauty of feathers. Often a rare find from walks in the woods, I always considered finding them good luck and a gift from the world of feathered friends. Over the years, I have collected hawk feathers, turkey feathers, backyard bird feathers and since keeping chickens, their feathers too. Today, I’m sharing how to create these gold feathers.

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Golden Statue Floral Centerpiece

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Every year I look forward to watching the Academy Awards each February. I love the whole thing, from the pre-show to see what everyone is wearing to the actual award ceremony. I adore this glimpse into Hollywood. It reminds me of the days when I went to UCLA and every year my best friend was a seat filler at the awards. Her interning firm was in charge of tallying all the votes and keeping them under lock and key until show time.

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DIY: Paper Wall Flower

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I love creating and I am super excited with you all to share that in addition to seeing me on HGTV and HGTV Gardens, I will now be a regular contributor to DIY Network’s Made + Remade! My first post that I did for them is how to create this gorgeous paper flower! I know. Yes, it looks super complicated but this paper wall flower came together so simply anyone, even the kids can make one at home with you.  They’ll just need some assistance with the hot glue gun.

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Vintage Seed Label Containers

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Today, I thought I would share these vintage seed label containers. As the winter snow collects on the ground, I dream about getting into my gardens again, feeling the cool earth between my fingers. When I garden, I tend to save everything including beautiful seed packets that store the future bounty of summer vegetables and flowers. As a lover of all vintage things, I enjoy the thrill of the hunt. When I was at the Nashville Country Living Fair this past spring, I eyed these seed labels. Piles upon piles of vintage seed labels were to be had. I scooped them up. I had an idea for the perfect garden craft. My potting bench could use some help.

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DIY Dog Toy

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Looking for the perfect gift for fido?

How about sewing up a sweet durable and long lasting home made dog toy?

I created this one to look like a log and Sara just adores it. Probably because I made it so that you could add a plastic water bottle. She goes bonkers for the crunching noise.

Get the complete step by step tutorial on my post for HGTV.