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Make A Paper Village Advent Calendar

For the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of  freelancing regularly for both HGTV and DIY Network, creating crafts, sharing chicken and bee wisdom and gardening galore. This week, my daughter and I were given the task of putting a new twist on the traditional advent calendar. I had considered creating a new calendar. It dawned on me that it would be fun to create a Christmas paper village advent calendar. It could light up as each new evening arrived. As a little girl, some of my fondest memories were of my Mother’s Christmas village.

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Noel Lettered Wreath Craft

I love Christmas time. It’s one of my favorite times of the year for crafting too. Every year I make wreaths. This year, I wanted one of the wreaths to showcase the beauty of a simple and peaceful Christmas. So I featured a little tin church, some decorative sprigs as well as the Star of Bethlehem. I combined some off the shelf letters and a simple grapevine wreath as a jumping off point. The rest just seemed to come together for this lettered wreath with a little bit of inspiration from the Christmas season displays in town.

Crafts Gardening Plants Projects Seasons Winter

DIY: Indoor Water Garden

 A few weeks ago, the kids started asking if they could keep some fish.
I hadn’t had fish in years, but I knew how to do it. For years, growing up, I had such fond memories of my Dad teaching me to raise tropical fish. Some weekends, just the two of us, would sneak away and drive 40 minutes to the best fish store around. There my eyes would gaze upon guppies, tetras, algae eaters and angel fish. On the way home, my lap would overflow with a few plastic bags filled with fish, air, and twisted tightly with rubber bands. And so it went for years.

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DIY: Woodland Birch Table Place Settings

birch table place settings Tilly's Nest
Christmas is always at our house. The holiday is one of my all time favorites. We have a ham and all the side dishes. Family and friends are always welcome, especially for those who have no place to go. A few days before Christmas when the kids are off from school, we sit down together and craft the place settings for our guests. This year, I went with a woodland theme. With only a few crafting items, I was able to make these darling birch table place settings. They came together in minutes and they turned out to be a special gift for each guest.

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Homemade Body Butter

 

I don’t have hands that are soft as a baby’s bottom. My hands are continually used and I am rough on them. I get them dirty in the garden, in the chicken coop, at work and with the kids. I wash my hands a lot. There are are times that I treat myself to a manicure, but my manicures are short lived. Inevitably, the polish begins to chip away the next day.