Shutters

I love all the ideas that you can find on Pinterest.  I was given a bunch of shutters and really wanted to find some cool things to do with them! After laying them all out and using up some of my ever present stash of paint, I ended up making a shelf, and a card holder, and having two left over.  I decided on using them in my girls bedroom to hold all their papery keepsakes.  It’s easy to clip a couple clothes pins between the slats and it seems to be working beautifully!

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Saving Herbs

My grandma taught me never to throw anything away.  So I feel quite accomplished to be able to save and store all my left over herbs after I’m done with a recipe.

You know, that recipe, the one that you have to buy a bunch of parsley for, but it only calls for like 2 tbsp? What do you do with all the leftovers? I hated throwing it out, and I hated the green goo that it turned into at the bottom of my fridge cripser drawer, and I couldn’t find enough other things that had parsley in it to cook it all up….so I found out this!

If you chop it up, and freeze it in olive oil, you can save it and use it anytime you need! Seriously.  You can.

I love to use these little silicone molds to freeze my herbs in because its so easy to pop them out.  I just put all the little “cubes” into a jar and store in the freezer until I need them! I use oil because most of the time my recipes are fine to add a bit of olive oil to, but you can use water as well if for some reason you don’t want to use olive oil.

Thanks, grandma!

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DIY Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Cleaning toilets is one of the worst jobs in our house.  No. one. wants.to. do. it. ever.

That is why I love these nifty little fizzy toilet bombs.  They serve two purposes.  They clean and deodorize the toilet….both of which are helpful.

They only take a few ingredients, and if you have problems finding the citric acid you can look online on amazon. We live smack dab in the middle of wine country, California, so I just went to a store that helps sells supplies to wine makers and bough it there.

Boom Boom Bombs

  • 1 1/3 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 1 tsp water
  • 30 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil

Mix the baking soda and citric acid together in a small bowl. The next step is to add the water and essential oils to the mixture. To minimize the fizzing action, add the water and oils in a little bit at a time…or just dump in if you’ve got a big enough bowl to handle the fizzing action and you are impatient like me. Stir the mixture until all combined. You are wanting it to clump and hold together. You can add a little more water if needed. Then, scoop or spoon the mixture into your silicone mold of choice, and pack each one down firmly. Allow the bombs to dry for several hours, then remove them gently from the mold and they’re ready to use!  Store in a glass container, and do your best not to have your kids use them up in one day…..

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Enjoy!

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~Angie and April~

Pinterest Fail

I think it’s something we’ve all done.

We’ve seen something on Pinterest and thought “I can totally do that!”.

And then, maybe you try it.

And maybe you get so mad that you fling the project across the room, and give up on crafting for the rest of your life. And then you think to yourself…”seriously, it can’t be that hard. I must’ve not been doing it right” so you try again, only to burn yourself on an open candle flame, and hurt your pride even more.  Then you pick up all the failed efforts and toss them in the trash.

Then, your stubborn nature, (the one that your husband has a love/hate relationship with) kicks in once again, and because you’re a glutton for punishment you attempt to try it again.

You know. *Those* kind of projects on Pinterest.

Is it just me?

*awkwardly taps microphone*

Is this thing on?

Here’s the “simple” flower made up on melted plastic spoons, that probably reduced my life span by a bit as I inhaled toxic fumes that I tried to make.

Aaaaaand fail.


Baby Shower

What a fun way to celebrate a new baby! Guests made the mason jar dispenser and then were able to make their own soap to go inside.  We used Washi Tape, oil pens and stencils and two of our tried-and-true castile soap recipes to complete the project.  Everyone was sent home with a practical, yummy smelling party favor, and the mama to be was excited that when her sweet little girl arrived she had a diy soap she could direct guests to wash with before handing over her little one.

Want to book an event with us? Email us and we will tailor it exactly to the needs that you have!

Looking forward to hand-making something wonderful with you!

~Angie and April~

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Scenting the Events

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At our events we like to use a good ol’ fashion simmer pot to help make the home smell yummy and amazing.

We’ve found that the PERFECT one for this winter/holiday season costs very little, but adds SOOOO much.  People love it, and always comment when they walk in about how good it smells.

Enjoy this recipe!

1 Orange Sliced

4 Cinamon Sticks

2 Tablespoons of whole Cloves

4 Bay Leaves

1/2 cup Cranberries

1 Lemon Sliced

Boil in 4 cups of water.  Add more water in as it evaporates. Your home will smell amazing….

Hope to see you at our next event!

~April & Angie

So Here’s the Deal

April called me and said “I’ve got an idea. I want to run a business venture past you and see what you think.”

Oh. Well. Uhm. Ok?

And so begins our little adventure.

Little did she know that it was an idea that I had been mulling over for a while too. In fact, I’d tentatively, quietly, with much anxiety, spent hours agonizing over a name and a logo for it. {I’m *obviously* not the tech savvy one in our duo.}

She said, “I want to do an event business. Where we go to people’s homes and provide all the supplies and instruction for a project, and teach them how to make and complete it!”

My heart pounded a bit. Because that’s almost exactly the same concept that I’d hestiantly pitched to my husband a bit ago. Except, mine was filled with more “I don’t know” and “not sure it would work” and “scared to put myself out there where I might be rejected” kind of language.

But that’s one of the things I love most about April. She’s a go getter. She’s the one with the 5 year plan that includes things that make my stomach hurt, like a business plan, and a brick and mortar. And online business, and credit card reader, and tax ID numbers, and other “business-y” terms that make my eyes glaze over.

Three weeks later, we held our first event.  We set up tables in my “cozy” kitchen, and invited the specific people who would love us enough to give us an honest opinion of our idea, and had our very first official workshop.

It was a bit rough. I’m not going to lie.  We stumbled over our words, we scrambled a little bit, we were over budget on the food.  But when it was all said and done, and we sat in my living room, we looked at each other and laughed.

Because we did it! We didn’t fail. We didn’t get laughed out of my own kitchen. We tried it, and we liked it, and our guests appreciated our efforts and the way we made them feel special and crafty and accomplished for that evening.

So, we are excited {and crazy nervous} about this business venture. We’re looking forward to learning more about how to make our guests feel cherished and how to show them that the evening is all about them and their abilities to make something handmade. And we’re excited to share our love of teaching, and hospitality and fun projects with friends who want to come hang out with us for an hour or so.

Hope you will join us soon!

~Angie