Summer nights make me think of crickets, warm breezes, sleeping with the window open, and of course catching fireflies. One of the things I look forward to come summertime, is spending time with my kids. They’re growing up so quickly. I share lots of memories from when I was a little girls with them and catching fireflies was one of them. Sadly, I’ve been wondering why we don’t have as many fireflies as when I was little, so we changed things up. This past week, I worked with my daughter on creating this firefly lantern from a mason jar and clearance miniature LED lights that I picked up on clearance from the after Christmas sales at one of our local crafting stores. Here’s what we did.
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is growing bulbs indoors. I do this for both Christmas and Easter. There is something about growing flowers indoors during the chilly winter months. During Christmastime, I especially love growing paperwhites. This is a fail-proof project for even those with a brown thumb. If you have grown paper whites in the past, I can bet that one of your biggest pet peeves and mine too is that when they grow tall they often flop over from gravity. Sure, there are ways to add things to the water to stunt their growth, but why harm the bulb? This year, I wanted to show you a simple and easy way to grow paperwhites without them falling over. I love to give these as gifts. They are simple and stunning and I’m going to show you how to make them!
We try to maximize our time outdoors for as long as we can. We enjoy dining al fresco from spring until early November. When we dine outside I love having real plates and silverware outside but sometimes keeping everything organized and getting it outside can be the most difficult part. I came up with the perfect solution to keep all the silverware organized and in tow. With three mason jars, a birch slice, and a branch, this rustic mason jar utensil holder was born! Necessity is the mother of invention and this sure was the case! I love it because it is durable, hand-washable and adds a fun touch of whimsy to our time spent dining outdoors.