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  • Indoor Garden

    Indoor Garden DIYs Indoor Garden DIYs

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Indoor Garden

    Not all of us are lucky enough to have a big garden — or even a small garden, for that matter — to grow all our veggies and flowers. However, with a little dirt and these handy ideas from Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine: The Perfectly Imperfect Issue, you can have them no matter what size your space.

    Dried Herbs Dried Herbs

    Instructions For Drying Herbs

    SUPPLIES

    • Herbs
    • Rubber bands
    • Jar with a lid
    • Hook, nail or push pin

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Make small bundles of herbs and secure them with a rubber band. Make sure not to use string (the stems will shrink as they dry and you don’t want your bundles falling apart).

    2. Hang the herbs in an airy space to dry for about a week.

    3. Once they’re nice and dry, store them in a jar and tightly close the lid.
    Wine Crate Garden Wine Crate Garden

    Instructions For WINE CRATE GARDEN

    SUPPLIES

    • Plastic trash bags
    • Wooden crate
    • Pebbles
    • Soil
    • Plants
    • Moss

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Cover the inside of the box with two layers of plastic bags. Then, trim the plastic bags down to size.

    2. Fill the bottom of the crate with 2 to 3 inches of pebbles.

    3. Fill the rest of the crate up with soil.

    4. Plant your plants and herbs.

    5. Add moss to keep the soil moist.
    Herb Terrarium Herb Terrarium

    Instructions For HERB TERRARIUM

    SUPPLIES

    • Glass bowl
    • Pebbles
    • Soil
    • Plants
    • Small figurines

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Take your bowl and fill it with a 2-inch layer of pebbles.

    2. Add in soil until it’s about 1/3 of the way up the bowl.

    3. Get planting.

    4. Add another thick layer of pebbles.

    5. Mix in small figurines for an extra bit of personality.
    Hanging Herb Pots Hanging Herb Pots

    Instructions For HANGING HERB POTS

    SUPPLIES

    • Pots
    • Metal wire
    • Herbs
    • Wire cutters

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Cut a long piece of wire and tie it around your pot. Make sure your pot has a rim on top. That way, the wire has a place to rest.

    2. Cut another piece of wire and secure it to one side of the pot. Then, make a simple hoop over the pot and secure that end of the wire to the other side of the pot.

    3. Fill the planter with your favorite plants and herbs and go on and hang it up.
    Eggshell Planters Eggshell Planters

    Instructions For EGGSHELL PLANTERS

    SUPPLIES

    • Eggs
    • Seeds
    • Egg carton
    • Soil

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Save up your empty, cracked eggs and place them back in their carton.

    2. Fill each egg with a bit of soil and add in your seeds.

    3. Place in a sunny area and wait for them to sprout.

    4. Once plants are big enough, plant them outside or transfer them to a larger planter.
    Vegetable Centerpiece Vegetable Centerpiece

    Instructions For VEGETABLE CENTERPIECE

    SUPPLIES

    • Vegetables
    • Herbs
    • Vases and small containers

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Arrange vegetables on your table.

    2. Keep it interesting by adding in some height with vegetables like asparagus and rosemary. You can even put them in a vase or two if you’re feeling fancy.

    3. Group smaller, colorful vegetables together to fill in any leftover negative space.
  • Spring Tour 2018

    This spring, the Mrs. Meyer’s team hit the road to spread a little goodness to our neighbors far and wide. From volunteering at community gardens to delighting locals at farmer’s markets, we promoted sustainability and community outreach – and met some amazing folks along the way.

    Our first stop: El Buen Samaritano, an Austin-based nonprofit helping families in Central Texas lead healthy and secure lives. We began our partnership with El Buen on Plant Something Day back in 2017, when folks from Mrs. Meyer’s and Whole Foods awarded the garden a grant to help bolster efforts within their community. Almost one year later, El Buen has put their grant money to work, growing some beautiful results. This March, we returned with a team of volunteers to assist with the grand reopening of their community garden. We lent a hand staining the fences, weeding the garden and planting peppers.

    And we didn’t stop there. We packed up our bags for a road trip coast-to-coast across the scenic US of A. Along the way we set up hand washing stations, created art and made the Earth a little greener – covering 19 cities and a whopping 8,143 miles.

    At each stop we asked folks to add their thumbprint to our mural. For every thumbprint, Mrs. Meyers donated $1 to the Arbor Day Foundation, who used the total $10,000 we donated to plant trees in the US.

    We made our way to visit our friends at Serenbe in Atlanta for Earth Day. There we planted Compassion flowers and shared reusable totes along with our refillable glass Hand Soap station – all in an effort to reduce waste. Next, we took a pit stop at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago where we joined our friends from the Grove Collaborative. We handed out seed paper as a keepsake so anyone and everyone could get planting in their very own backyard. One of our last stops was at the Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center where we painted a mural to help beautify a bike path.

    All the goodness that came from our Spring Tour goes to show that, like gardening, truly great things can bloom when we get our hands a little dirty.

  • Composting With Serenbe and Mrs Meyers

    Composting with Serenbe and Mrs. Meyer's

    Welcome to Serenbe

    Serenbe, Georgia is a sustainable-community in the Chattahoochee Hill Country near Atlanta. Founded in 2004, it’s filled with lush preserved forests, winding pathways, organic produce and people committed to living a greener life. Needless to say, it’s impressively sustainable compared to typical American neighborhoods.



    Like the folks of Serenbe, we at Mrs. Meyer’s have a passion for sustainability. For us, that often starts in our own backyards by planting one garden at a time using natural materials and a little bit of elbow grease.

  • Easy to Make Summer Recipes

    By Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge
    & Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul
    Easy To Make Summer Recipes Main Image

    The only thing better than cooking and eating delicious food, is cooking and eating delicious food with friends! And in the summer there’s always plenty of fresh produce available, along with heaps of vibrant colors and flavors that pop and sing. Kick-off longer days with these bright and spicy flavors. All of the recipes are easy, approachable and impressive for guests.

    Thai Iced Tea Project Image Desktop Thai Iced Tea Project Image Mobile

    Instructions For Thai Iced Tea Serves 10

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons Black tea
    • 2 Cinnamon sticks
    • 20 Cardamom pods
    • 12 Whole cloves
    • 10 cups Water
    • 4-8 tablespoons Sugar
    • Half & half to taste

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Brew the tea with the spices for 5 minutes and strain into a pitcher.
    2. Start by adding sugar a little at a time until you think it’s sweet enough. Allow it to cool completely.
    3. Fill glasses with ice. Pour in the tea and add about 4 tablespoons of half and half in each glass. Stir and serve.
    Flower Pot Bread Image Desktop Flower Pot Bread

    Instructions For Flower Pot Bread Makes four mini loaves

    Ingredients

    • 4 Flower pots, 4.25 inch
    • 1 ½ tablespoons Dry active yeast
    • 2 tablespoons Honey
    • ½ cup + 1 cup Warm water
    • 3 ½ cups All purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons Olive oil +more for pots
    • 2 teaspoons Salt

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Soak flower pots in water for at least one hour.
    2. Heat the oven to 400°F.
    3. Mix yeast, honey and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl, and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be frothy after 5 minutes. If not, the yeast is dead and you have to start over.
    4. Add the rest of the water and flour, oil and salt, and mix until you have a smooth dough.
    5. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it rise until it doubles in size, about 40 minutes.
    6. Fill each pot with some dough, about ¾ full.
    7. Bake until golden for about 20 minutes.
    8. Cool on a wire rack, and serve with cilantro dipping oil (recipe below).

    Instructions For CILANTRO DIPPING OIL Makes 1 cup

    INGREDIENTS

    • ½ bunch Cilantro
    • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 cup Olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
    • Salt to taste

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place cilantro, garlic, oil and lemon in a blender and blend until smooth.
    2. Season with salt. and serve with freshly baked bread (recipe above).
    Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Butter Dressing Image Desktop Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Butter Dressing Image Mobile

    Instructions For COLD NOODLE SALAD WITH SPICY ALMOND BUTTER DRESSING

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 bundles Soda noodles
    • ⅓ cup Almond butter
    • ¼ cup Rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Chili sauce
    • 1 teaspoon Fish sauce
    • 1-2 tablespoons Brown sugar
    • ½ teaspoon Black sesame seeds
    • 1 Carrot, shredded
    • 1 cup Cooked edamame
    • Cilantro
    • Lime wedges
    • Red chili flakes

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions and allow to cool completely.
    2. For the sauce, combine almond butter, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
    3. Add the noodles, carrots and edamame, give it a light stir and serve with cilantro, lime and a pinch of red chili flakes.
    BÁNH MÌ Chicken Version Image Desktop BÁNH MÌ Chicken Version Image Mobile

    Instructions For BÁNH MÌ

    INGREDIENTS

    CHICKEN VERSION

    • 3 cups Shredded chicken
    • 2 Baguettes, cut into 3 inch pieces and then sliced open
    • 6 tablespoons Mayonnaise
    • 3 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
    • Boston Lettuce
    • 2 Shredded carrots
    • 1 Shredded cucumber
    • ½ teaspoon Black sesame seeds
    • 1 Carrot, shredded
    • 1 Shredded cucumber
    • Salt to taste
    • Red chili flakes
    • Lime

    INSTRUCTIONS

    CHICKEN VERSION

    1. Stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl. Spread it on both sides of the baguette.
    2. Add lettuce, chicken, carrot, cucumber, salt to taste and chili, and finish with a little lemon juice.
    3. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.

    INGREDIENTS

    VEGETARIAN RUTABAGA VERSION

    • 10 slices of Rutabaga (about 4x2)
    • Olive oil for cooking
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 Baguettes, cut into 3 inch pieces and then sliced open
    • 6 tablespoons Mayonnaise
    • 3 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
    • Boston Lettuce
    • 2 Shredded Carrots
    • 1 Shredded Cucumber
    • 1 Shredded cucumber
    • Salt to taste
    • Red chili flakes
    • Lime

    INSTRUCTIONS

    VEGETARIAN RUTABAGA VERSION

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the rutabaga until golden on each side. Season with salt, pepper and chili.
    2. Stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl, and spread on both sides of the baguette.
    3. Add lettuce, rutabaga, carrot, cucumber, salt to taste and chili, and finish with a little lemon juice.
    4. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.
    Rice Pudding with Mango Image Desktop Rice Pudding with Mango Image Mobile

    Instructions For Rice Pudding with Mango

    INGREDIENTS

    Serves 6

    • 1 can Unsweetened coconut milk
    • 2 cups Whole milk
    • 1 ⅓ cup of White basmati rice
    • ⅓ cup Sugar
    • 2 Mangoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1 Lime, zest and juice
    • 1 tablespoon Sugar
    • Mint for garnish

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Heat the coconut milk and whole milk until they are just below a boil.
    2. Add the basmati rice and keep at a low simmer, stirring frequently until the pudding has thickened and the rice is tender, about 25 minutes.
    3. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool to room temperature and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.
    4. Just before you’re ready to serve place the mangoes, lime zest, lime juice and sugar in a mixing bowl. Give it all a stir, and let sit 10-15 minutes.
    5. Serve the chilled coconut pudding in individual jars with a healthy spoonful of mangoes on top and a sprig of mint.
  • I heart french toast casserole

    I Heart French Toast Casserole

    Valentine's Day was one of my favorite holidays when I was a boy growing up in Oslo, Norway. I remember one year - I must have been 8 or 9 years old - I really went all out. I had coordinated a really fantastic all-red outfit and was all set to be the KING of Valentine's Day in my school! However, Mother Nature had another thing in mind… on the night of February 13th there was a terrible snowstorm!

    I remember waking up on Valentine's Day morning, seeing the whiteout conditions and fending off tears. I went downstairs and found my Mormor (Norwegian for grandmother) standing at the ironing board pressing my red outfit. I asked her "Why?" She just handed me the outfit and told me to get dressed.

    Once I was all decked out in my red outfit I walked into the kitchen and found my grandmother with her French Toast Casserole steaming on the table. She had cut the bread into the shapes of hearts just for me! We had the most wonderful Valentine's Day together that year!

    INGREDIENTS

    • 20 slices of good quality white bread (day old works great)
    • 1 ½ cup whole milk
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
    • VARIATION: To make this into a savory casserole, simply omit the vanilla, and sprinkle the casserole with grated cheese, crumbled bacon, and chives!

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can customize your French Toast Casserole by using different shaped cookie cutters.
    • Why not try stars for a superstar mom or dad when Mother's Day and Father's Day come around?
  • Love Night Light

    Love Night Light

    This customizable craft is fun for the whole family. Just take simple oven-bake clay and punch out a note or a name to light up the night.

    Materials & Tools

    • Oven-bake clay
    • Precision knife or clay tools
    • Rolling pin
    • Large cookie cutter (optional)
    • Small night light
    • Hot glue gun
    • Aluminum foil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Cut the clay into a different shape, carve a different word or design into the surface, or use glaze to change the finish or color of the clay. The possibilities are endless.
  • Mason Jar Caddy

    Mason Jar Caddy

    Yes, we’ve found another adorable way to use Mason jars! This handy caddy is easy to make and can store all kinds of things. We filled ours with arts and crafts supplies, but the options are endless. Wouldn’t your junk drawer look nice and tidy organized in jars instead?

    Materials & Tools

    • Large piece of wood
    • 4 Mason jars in various sizes
    • Roll of copper flashing with holes
    • 16 wood screws with wide heads
    • 4 nails
    • Heavy metal snips
    • Screwdriver
    • Hammer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • There are tons of different Mason jar lids that you can screw onto the top of each jar, from shakers to liquid pump dispensers.
    • Make sure to use wide-mouth jars if you’ll need to put your hand all the way inside.
  • Pan Roasted Radishes

    Pan Roasted Radishes Pan Roasted Radishes

    By Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Pan Roasted Radishes

    Summer’s in the air and radishes are in the dirt. Pull a few out of the garden and add a pop of color to your side dish, salad or snack with this tasty recipe from Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine.

    Pan Roasted Radishes Pan Roasted Radishes

    Instructions For Pan Roasted Radishes

    Ingredients

    • 2 bunches of radishes
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 tbsp. pine nuts
    • 8 sage leaves
    • salt and pepper
    • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Cooking pan
    • Cooking spoon

    Instructions

    1. Wash and dry your herbs.
    2. Clean off your radishes and cut them in half.
    3. Grab your oil and heat it in a pan. Then, add radishes, pine nuts and sage.
    4. Cook until the radishes begin to soften, but still have a bit of a crunch.
    5. Season with salt and pepper.
    6. Remove from heat and sprinkle on your parmesan.
    7. Grab a few plates and dig in.
    8. Tips for Inspiration

      • Trade table salt for sea salt for a little something extra.
      • Pair with meat or fish for one rounded and colorful meal.
  • Rope Lamp

    Rope Lamp

    Update an old lamp or add a personal touch to a new one with this easy DIY project. You won’t need much more than rope and hot glue to turn an ordinary lamp into your very own creation. Don’t have a lamp to use? Look for old chandeliers at flea markets or vintage stores, or choose any ordinary new one as your starting point.

    Materials & Tools

    • Chandelier or hanging lamp
    • 100% cotton rope (example used 60 feet of ¾-inch thick rope)
    • Fabric dye
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Hot glue gun
    • 2-foot x 4-inch piece of cotton fabric

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Create an interesting pattern by alternating rope colors or introducing several colors of rope into your chandelier.
    • For safety, keep the rope a safe distance away from any light bulbs.
  • Tin Can Herb Planters

    Tin Can Herb Planters

    Reroute your tin cans from the recycling bin and upcycle them instead! You’ll channel your inner artist as you use seed packets to transform those cans into pretty planters for fresh herbs.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tin cans
    • Herb plants
    • Seed packets
    • Decoupage matte adhesive
    • Precision knife
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Paint
    • Marker 
    • Paintbrush
    • Potting soil
    • Nail
    • Hammer

    Instructions

  • Upcycled Storage DIYs

    Upcycled Storage DIY Upcycled Storage DIY Title Image

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Upcycled Storage Diys

    Upcycling is a great way to bring otherwise forgotten objects back to life. And we love making something old new again. So, if you’re not recycling our containers, why not upcycle them? Check-out nifty how-tos from china squirrel and Sweet Paul magazine here.

    Storage Jars Storage Jars

    Instructions For Fabric Covered Laundry Storage

    Supplies

    • Various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
    • Heavy scissors
    • Fabric
    • Matte finish découpage glue/sealer
    • Paint brush

    How to Make this Project

    1. Peel the labels off the tops. Use scissors to cut off the top of each plastic bottle to make a simple canister shape.
    2. Use each bottle to measure out a rectangular fabric strip. Make sure the strip is long enough to wrap completely around the bottle leaving about 1" of overlap. Leave about 1" of fabric at the top and bottom of the bottle too.
    3. Paint on a thick coat of découpage glue all around the sides of the bottle.
    4. Roll the fabric around the bottle tightly and put a little extra glue on the fabric at the seam. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes.
    5. Use your scissors and cut the overlap at the top and bottom of the canister into ½" fringe.
    6. Coat the bottom of the canister with glue and fold the fringe onto the bottom tightly. Coat the inside lip of the canister with glue and repeat the folding process with the top fringe. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
    7. Paint on a nice coat of découpage glue over the entire outside surface of the canister. Allow to dry completely for several hours. It will dry clear and make it look amazing!

    Tips for Inspiration

    Use vintage fabric. The crazier the print the better! You can even look for groovy vintage clothes at the thrift store and cut them up for your fabric.

    Upcycled Storage Diy Step One Upcycled Storage Diy Step One

    Instructions For Storage Jars

    Supplies

    • Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Candle jars
    • Doorknobs
    • Drill
    • Bolt cutters
    • Vintage candleholders
    • Primer
    • Undercoat spray paint
    • Your choice of spray paint for a final coat

    How to Make this Project

    1. After you have used the candle you will need to clean the jars and lids. Start by heating up a pot of water. Once it's good and boiling, put on oven mitts and use a ladle to pour it into your candle jar. Wait a few hours for the water to cool and wax to float to the top of the jar.
    2. Gently remove the wax with a spoon or butter knife. Any remaining wax and labels can be removed with warm, soapy water, a sponge and a little bit of patience. Dry the jars and lids.
    3. Measure the thickness of each doorknob thread, then use a drill to make a hole in the center of each lid.
    4. Use bolt cutters to trim the length of each doorknob.
    5. Make sure the jar lidsand candlesticks are clean and dry then spray paint with a primer or undercoat (follow manufacturer's directions). Allow to dry completely.
    6. Screw the doorknobs into the lids. Use ceramic suitable epoxy glue (follow manufactuer's directions) to glue the base of the jar to the candlestick. Allow to set overnight before using.
  • Laundry Organization

    Laundry Organization

    Who ever said the laundry room had to be boring? Spruce up the place to get it spick and span. Stop thinking of it as a room for chores, and start thinking of it as another joyful room in your beautiful home. Check out these tips to make your laundry room as neat and charming as can be.

    Materials & Tools

    • Shelf space in your laundry room
    • Large baskets for towel storage
    • Bucket for cleaning supplies
    • Glass jars for clothespins and other supplies
    • Ironing board and iron
    • Fresh sponges and washrags
    • Beautiful recipe box for keeping stain removal tips and solutions
    • Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets in Geranium and Lavender

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We re-covered our ironing board with pretty new fabric long ago—you should too! We recommend a heavy cotton fabric, like duck.
    • Suspend a clothesline from your shelving for extra drying room.
    • We love the homey touches in our laundry room. The clock and houseplant make it a more pleasant room to be in—not just a workspace!
  • Lemon Stamped Table Runner

    Lemon Stamped Table Runner

    The start of summer means outdoor gatherings are in full swing. We’ve all been waiting to spend time with friends and family in the backyard, under a canopy of trees or next to a colorful garden. Informal outdoors entertaining is all about fresh flowers, brightly hued table coverings and delicious food. This easy DIY pays tribute to one of my favorite summertime treats - fresh lemonade. We decided to turn some of our retired sheets and long curtains into bright coverings for our serving tables using a simple stamp technique with lemons.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tablecloth or runner sized fabric; cotton or muslin work best
    • Knife
    • Paper towels
    • Medium sized lemon
    • Fabric paint
    • Foam brushes
    • Paper plates
    • Cardboard, to place under fabric while stamping
    • Iron

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Practice on a piece of scrap fabric first.
    • Once you find the amount of paint and pressure that produces a design you like, move on to your party fabric.
    • Each time you stamp, you will need to reapply the fabric paint to the lemon stamp, to ensure you get a similar design every time you stamp.
  • Pressed Flower Projects

    Pressed Flower Projects Pressed Flower Projects

    by Paul Lowe, of Sweet Paul Pressed Flower Hero

    Before there was Pinterest, or even the Internet for that matter, I used to pin all my best ideas on a giant bulletin board in my room. It’s where all my pictures, notes and cards ended up living for months on end. Though we live in a paperless world, sometimes it’s nice to have a place to store memories that aren’t on a screen. Today, I have my pin board up in my kitchen to hold important reminders, fun pictures and some of my favorite cards. It’s so nice to see those paper memories smiling back at me every morning, and it’s a great place to store important things, like grocery lists.

    Pressed Flowers Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Pressed Flowers

    Supplies

    • Heavy book
    • Blotting paper or parchment paper
    • Fresh flowers
    • Leaves
    • Fern

    How to Make this Project

    1. Place flowers, leaves or fern face down between two pieces of parchment or blotting paper. Make sure items are spaced out and don’t overlap.
    2. Place everything inside a large heavy book and carefully close the book.
    3. Place extra weight on top of the book using other books or a brick.
    Botanical Wall Art Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Botanical Wall Art

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • Art paper
    • Making tape

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers and greenery onto pieces of art paper.
    2. Once you find an arrangement you like, tape everything down to the art paper with masking tape.
    3. Arrange art paper on a wall and hang with masking tape.
    Wrapping Paper Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Wrapping Paper

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • White paper
    • Craft glue
    • Camera
    • Printer

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers and greenery onto a large sheet of paper.
    2. Take a photograph of your arrangement and print it out using a printer.
    3. Use your printer paper to wrap gifts.
    Gift Tags Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Gift Tags

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • Cardboard, cut into gift tag-sized rectangles
    • Craft glue
    • Hole puncher
    • Twine

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers onto gift tags.
    2. Use craft glue to glue flowers into place.
    3. Make a hole in each card using a hole puncher.
    4. Cut twine and thread through hole in card. Then, attach the gift card to your gift.
  • Lace Doily Bowls

    Lace Doily Bowls

    Make something mod with Grandma’s doilies! If you don’t already have some on hand, doilies are easy to find in thrift shops. And this project turns these old fashioned decorations into something stylish and unexpected!

    Materials & Tools

    • Lace or crocheted doily
    • Glue
    • Water
    • Food coloring
    • Plastic wrap
    • Bowls
    • Table salt

    Instructions

  • Hanging Table

    Hanging Table

    Turn a slab of natural wood into a conversation piece. Unlike any old, run-of-the-mill table, this one is suspended from the ceiling! Inspired by the 20th-century furniture designer George Nakashima, this unexpected surface is simple to assemble and fun to use.

    Materials & Tools

    • Slab of natural wood (example is 3 inches thick x 2½ feet x 3 feet)
    • Drill with a ¾-inch bit
    • 120-grit sandpaper
    • Linseed oil
    • Heavy hook mounted in your ceiling
    • ¾-inch thick nylon or cotton rope
    • Level 

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Be sure to find a ceiling beam or stud to support the weight of the table.
    • Wood slabs can be found at your local lumber store, salvage yard or online.
    • To add a pop of color, use mountain climbing nylon rope, which comes in a variety of bright colors and interesting patterns.
  • Fresh Flower Crown

    FRESH Flower Crown Fresh Flower Crown

    By Paul Lowe, of Sweet Paul Fresh flower crown

    Flowers aren't just for vases anymore, thanks to this DIY. A fresh flower crown is perfect for weddings, homemade gifts or just for sprucing up an outfit. Not to mention, it does wonders for cheering you right up.

    Stick figure with flower crown Stick figure with flower crown

    Instructions For Fresh Flower Crown

    Supplies

    • Dry vine or wire
    • Tape measure or string
    • Fresh flowers
    • Fresh greenery
    • Thin, green floral wire
    • Scissors

    How to make this project

    1. Use a tape measure or piece of string and measure around your head.
    2. Cut floral wire or a dry vine to the length you measured. Then, make the wire or vine into a circle and secure the ends together with a small piece of floral wire.
    3. Wind greenery around 3/4 of the way around the crown. Use tiny pieces of floral wire to keep the greenery in place as you go.
    4. Trim flower stems, leaving a short amount of stem, and attach fresh flowers to the crown with small pieces of floral wire.
    5. Try on your crown or gift it, and then show it off with #MakeAndTell.

    Tips for Inspiration

    • Swap flowers for different types of leaves.

    • Gifting your crown and not sure what the circumference should be? Use pliable twine instead of floral wire. This way, you can easily adjust the size.
  • Cross Stitch Hand Towels

    Cross-stitch Hand Towels

    Plain hand towels are the perfect blank slates for quirky cross-stitches patterns that are just as eye-catching as they are welcoming. Grab some of your favorite yarn and stitch your way to great bathroom accent pieces and even better homemade gifts!

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • White hand towels
    • Yarn
    • Yarn darning needle
    • Scissors

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • If you practice beforehand or are comfortable with cross-stitching, make your guest towels a bit more welcoming by creating a cute message like we did!
  • Crated Shelves

    Crated Shelves

    Rather than stacking crates for storage, turn them on their side and into a brightly colored display. Pick colors that will contrast with the contents or let each family member choose a color and curate his or her own shelf.

    Materials & Tools

    • Small to medium-sized wooden boxes (wine crates, small apple crates or wooden box planters will work)
    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Screws with anchors 
    • Electric drill

    Instructions

  • Color Dipped Bowls

    Color-Dipped Bowls

    Start with plain wood bowls and end with eye-catching accent pieces. They’ll make a great addition to any meal, or can be used throughout your house to organize smaller trinkets. Or keep one for each family member by the door for keys and other personal items.

    Materials & Tools

    • Wooden bowls
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush (optional)
    • Container for dipping bowls into paint 

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Instead of paint, you can use rubber dip (available at hardware stores). It comes in bright colors, and the rubber will keep your bowls from slipping and sliding.
  • Braided Rosemary Bread

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Braided Bread

    Gather round the picnic table and break a few pieces of this oh-so-delicious rosemary bread. This braided loaf is brown and crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside and comes straight from the pages of Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine.

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    Instructions For Braided Rosemary Bread

    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp. dry active yeast
    • 2 tbsp. honey
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 3 tbsp. olive oil
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 3 to 4 rosemary stalks
    • Sea salt

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Large bowl
    • Plastic
    • Baking tray
    • Parchment paper
    • Wire rack

    Instructions

    1. Mix yeast, honey and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl. Let it sit for about five minutes until it becomes frothy. If nothing happens, that means your yeast is dead and you’ll need to start all over again.

    2. Add the rest of the water, flour, oil and salt and knead until you have a smooth dough.

    3. Cover the bowl with plastic and wait about 40 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.

    4. Divide the dough into three parts and roll out each part into a long sausage-like shape.

    5. Cover a baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper and put the dough on it.

    6. Press the three parts of the dough together at one end and place the rosemary on top of one part of it.

    7. Braid the other two parts around the rosemary and then press the ends together.

    8. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

    9. Let the dough rise for 25 minutes.

    10. While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 400°F.

    11. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

    12. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

    Tips for Inspiration

    • For a spicy kick, dip your bread in chili oil.

    • Experiment baking in other herbs, like basil, thyme, oregano, tarragon and dill.
  • Blanket Ladder

    Blanket Ladder

    Simple storage or artful decor? How about both? Follow these steps to easily transform basic wooden dowels into a ladder that lets you store and display your blankets. And when it’s time to cozy up on the couch, you’ll know just where to find something to snuggle up with.

    Materials & Tools

    • 4 copper pressure tees - diameter 1 inch
    • 8 wooden dowels, 1-inch diameter (example used two 30 inches, four 12 inches, two 6 inches, one 20 inches, one 19 inches, one 18 inches)
    • 4 copper caps, 1-inch diameter
    • 2 rubber floor protectors for feet
    • Wood glue
    • Blankets

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Paint or stain the wood before assembling the ladder, if you want a different look. Or use different metal for the tees and caps.
  • Blanket Chair

    Blanket Chair

    With a plush, new cover, you can turn a simple butterfly chair into just the thing for your reading nook. After upcycling a thrift-store picnic blanket into a chair cover, you just may find yourself fighting over a chance to enjoy this delightfully cozy seat.

    Materials & Tools

    • Butterfly chair
    • Picnic blanket (preferably wool)
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Sewing machine

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • The easiest blankets to use are boiled wool, as they don't fray when you cut them.
    • Or use an old quilt for a very charming effect.
    • Check out local flea markets, thrift stores or online.
  • Bamboo Steamer Shelf

    Bamboo Steamer Shelf

    Bamboo steamers aren’t just for dumplings and dim sum. With a few easy steps you can turn this kitchen tool into a nifty little shelf. It’s a great way to organize and display smaller items around your desk or sewing machine. And no one will ever guess its original use!

    Materials & Tools

    • 18-inch bamboo steamer 
    • Drill with 1⁄2 inch bit
    • 3 pieces of pine for shelves (size depends on your desired placement)
    • Wood glue or painter’s masking tape
    • 6 5/8 inch screws
    • Screwdriver
    • Pen
    • 1⁄2 inch cotton or nylon rope

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Make a few steamer shelves in various sizes and hang them together for a beautiful display.
    • Consider painting the pine shelves different colors (before assembly) to add a pop of color.
    • Gold leaf would also add a nice sparkle.
  • Hanging Planter

    Hanging Planter

    Elevate your houseplants with this easy DIY project. You can hang the planter outside or in any room of your house with natural light. This project is a great way to show off your artistic side and your green thumb.

    Materials & Tools

    • Thin nylon or cotton rope/string (at least 40 feet long) 
    • Plant
    • Bowl or planter with holes for drainage
    • Scissors
    • Plant hook (optional)

    Instructions

  • Rhubarb Pie

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul

    Rhubarb is not only one of our garden-inspired scents but also, one of our favorite types of pie fillings. Try the classic from Sweet Paul, serve it at your next BBQ and prepare to make plenty of new friends.

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    Instructions For Rhubarb Pie

    Ingredients

    • pie dough or your favorite prepared 9" double pie crusts
    • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 4 cups chopped rhubarb

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. In large bowl, toss rhubarb with sugar, salt, and flour.
    3. *If using fresh rhubarb, trim ends and cut lengthwise into 3/4" pieces. Remember—only the rhubarb stalk is edible. Be sure to trim the roots and leaves completely, as they are poisonous to humans.

    4. Pour the mixture into pie shell and dot with small pieces of butter.
    5. Cover with top crust and pinch edges. Brush dough with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
    6. Bake for 15 minutes.
    7. Reduce temperature to 350°F, and continue baking for 40–45 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
    8. Let cool.

    Tips for Inspiration

    The only thing that can make pie better? Ice cream! Be patient and wait until your rhubarb pie has cooled, then top it off with vanilla ice cream or another one of your favorite flavors.

  • Orange Clove Pomanders

    Color-Dipped Bowls

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is to sit by the fire and make orange pomander balls. Pomander balls go back to the 15th century, when they served as natural air fresheners for closets or drawers. We hang them for decoration-- on the outside of our front-hall closet, in the laundry room and the kitchen-- and, of course, for that beautiful citrus-spice smell that warms the room. We found the inspiration for our designs in some patterns from Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. Find them at mrsmeye.rs/patterns.

    Materials & Tools

    • Orange or other citrus fruits
    • Skewers
    • Whole cloves
    • Straight pin
    • Ribbon or string
    • Water-based marker
     

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • In addition to oranges and lemons, this project works well with limes or apples.
  • Soda Cracker Toffee

    Soda Cracker Toffee

    One of Thelma A. Meyer's most popular recipes is her English Toffee. She told me that she makes many, many batches of it every year for family gatherings or even as gifts to give to her friends. I really love to give edible gifts myself, so Thelma really inspired me to take my edible gift giving game up a notch this year!

    I've developed a simple recipe to make soda cracker toffee that is absolutely addictive! There's no worrying over the stove with a candy thermometer and the recipe is endlessly customizable, top the candy with anything you'd like. I chose cranberries as an ode to one of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day scents!

    Materials & Tools

    • 40 soda crackers (I recommend salted)
    • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup white chocolate chips
    • 1 cup dried cranberries

    Instructions

  • Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Not much room in your laundry room? This DIY project lets you ditch your bulky ironing board and replaces it with a space-saving, shelf-top solution. So grab a staple gun and some heat-resistant batting and let’s get started!

    Materials & Tools

    • Storage furniture - should be around 36 to 46 inches tall, depending on how tall you are; must have flat top with overhang; best if you can remove top.
    • Heat-resistant batting
    • Fabric (cotton duck or canvas is recommended; also denim or tightly woven, cottons or linens)
    • Bleach pen
    • Staple gun

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can use different colors of cotton, denim or canvas.
    • Or use fabric paint instead of bleach.
    • Try simple dots or designs, or choose your own mantra (like “Waste not, Want not”) to write on the fabric.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Bundt Cakes

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    When I think of the holidays, I can’t help but think of bundt cakes, thanks to an old recipe my mom’s been making ever since I can remember. This year, I decided to add my own twist to it by using a mini bundt cake baking tin to make them personal-sized and adding crushed peppermint candies.

    Ingredients

      For the Cake

    • 1 package double fudge cake mix
    • 1 package chocolate instant pudding
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 package mini chocolate chips
    • 1⁄2 cup warm water
    • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp peppermint extract
    • Peppermint candy for garnish
      For the Icing

    • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • The garnish doesn’t have to stop with crushed up peppermints.
    • Add your own delicious spin on these cakes with chocolate syrup, different colored sprinkles, peppermint chocolates or whatever other tasty goodies you can get your hands on!
  • Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill

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    By Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill Main Image

    Nothing says hearty like homemade soup. Warm up your belly with this colorful carrot soup recipe topped with fresh corn and dill. Be sure to save your peels too, for addicting root vegetable chips. See below for more.

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    Instructions For Carrot Soup With Corn & Dill

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 bunch carrots, peeled, chopped
    • 1 large potato, peeled, cubed
    • 1 yellow onion, peeled, chopped
    • 5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
    • salt and pepper
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 peeled carrot, thinly sliced
    • kernels from 2 corn cobs
    • 2 tablespoons chopped dill

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and add carrots, potato, and onion.
    2. Sauté until the onion goes soft.
    3. Add stock and let soup simmer until the carrots and potatoes are soft.
    4. Use an emulsion blender or a food processor and purée the soup.
    5. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
    6. Heat the oil in a pan and add carrots, corn, and dill.
    7. Cook until tender, season with salt and pepper.
    8. Serve the soup in a bowl topped with the corn mixture.
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    Instructions For Parsnip & Carrot Chips

    Ingredients

    • 1 quart peanut oil, for frying
    • 4 large carrots
    • 4 large parsnips
    • sea salt
    • chili flakes

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. In a deep pot, add 1 inch of oil and heat on medium high until simmering.
    2. Peel the parsnips and carrots in long strips. Use the whole vegetables for another purpose.
    3. Add a handful of strips at a time to the oil and fry until the bubbles subside almost completely and strips are golden.
    4. Strain strips onto paper towels and season with salt and chili flakes.
    5. Allow to cool and serve immediately, or store in an airtight container.
  • Spicy Watermelon Rind

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Spicy Watermelon Rind

    When summer rolls around, the warmer weather gives us a hankering for lighter food. One of our go-to’s? Watermelon. After snacking on this refreshing treat, don’t toss the rinds – keep them for an unexpected, flavorsome spicy watermelon rind recipe.

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    Instructions For Spicy Watermelon Rind

    Ingredients

    • 1 watermelon, about 7lbs
    • 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar
    • 1 ½ cups water
    • 1 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved
    • 1 inch ginger, peeled, sliced

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Remove flesh of watermelon and use for something else. Peel the rind and cut it into 3/4" pieces. It should yield about 7 cups.
    2. In a stockpot, combine all ingredients except watermelon.
    3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
    4. Add watermelon pieces, return to a boil, and lower to a simmer.
    5. Simmer watermelon pieces, stirring occasionally, until all pieces are translucent, about 30 minutes.
    6. Let the pickled watermelon cool at room temperature and then refrigerate, or if canning, process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Add a summery twist to your salad by topping it with spicy watermelon rind. Try it with arugula, strawberries, a cheese of your choosing and balsamic dressing – great for a side dish, or to eat up all on its own.

  • Homemade Composting

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    by Thelma A. Meyer, Mrs. Meyer's Namesake Composting Hero

    Regular old trash bags can take decades to decompose. Luckily, you can lend Mother Nature — and your favorite plants and flowers — a helping hand by creating your very own compost pile using all sorts of household scraps, paper egg cartons and fallen leaves.

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    Ingredients For Compost

  • Greens: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee ground and filters, household plant trimmings, soft prunings, eggshells, tea bags, grass clippings, flowers, hair

  • Browns: twigs and branches, mulch from rain gutters, shredded newspaper, paper egg cartons, fallen leaves, pine needles, wood ashes, wood chips, sawdust, dryer lint, straw

  • Soil
  • Supplies

    • 4x8 ft. wooden or metal bin
    • Rake
    • Resealable plastic container

    Instructions

    1. Find a not to out-of-the-way spot in your yard that's partly sunny and partly shady.
    2. Line the bottom of a wooden or metal bin with twigs.
    3. Put six to eight inches of green and brown matter down, followed by a thin layer of garden soil. Repeat these layers three times. Ideally, your compost pile should be one part green materials to two parts brown, so everything breaks down correctly.
    4. Turn your pile every other week with a rake
    5. Tips for Inspiration

      • Avoid adding anything treated with pesticides or herbicides, animal and dairy products, oil, grease, diseased or poisonous plants, weeds or any plants that aren't completely dead ( they can take root in your pile and no one wants that ).
      • Be sure to make your compost pest-proof by using a lid or tarp, turning it over often and soaking it with water.
  • Cheese Plate Wreath

    Cheese Plate Wreath

    As soon as the holiday season arrives, I'm ready to fill my house with pine! That's what inspired me to bring this perfect little faux-pine appetizer wreath into life. Here, rosemary sprigs take the place of pine to create the perfect holiday wreath that I've decorated with festive cream cheese balls that are popping with bright and zippy flavor.

    It's so easy to bring this dish to any holiday gatherings. I simply create the balls in advance and store them in the fridge. Then, I bring everything to the party and assemble the whole creation in seconds once I arrive. Let me tell you…. this dish never fails to get “ooohs” and “aaahs” when I set it on the table, and I'm sure it will do the same for you.

    Ingredients

    • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • Leaves from 1 bunch of fresh thyme
    • Red chili flakes to tast
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup cheese curds or fresh mozzarella balls
    • 8 ounces of parmesan or other hard cheese broken up into bite sized chunks
    • 2 big bunches of fresh rosemary for presentation
    • 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
    • 1⁄4 cup honey for serving

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • I'm nuts for nuts! Roll your cream cheese balls in ground pistachios or ground almonds mixed with cinnamon and sugar!
    • This wreath presentation is very versatile. Not into cream cheese balls? Decorate your wreath with red and green olives and tiny mozzarella balls for another festive dish!
  • Pegboard

    Pegboard

    This simple DIY pegboard can help you organize just about anything. From the kids’ rooms to the kitchen, it keeps the things you need within reach without the clutter. You can use the pegs as hooks or rest items on the shelves. It’s a smart and simple way to keep things tidy.

    Materials & Tools

    • Piece of 20 inch x 25 inch, 1⁄2 inch thick A/C fir wood
    • T-square ruler
    • Pencil
    • 10 1⁄4 inch x 3 inch wood dowels
    • Drill with 1⁄4 inch bit
    • Two 27 inch and two 20 inch pieces of 1 inch x 1 inch poplar or pine wood for framing
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Rubber hammer
    • Four 1/4 inch wood pieces for the shelves, cut to desired length (our example uses maple)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Wood stain or paint can add a little polish and pop.
    • You can also scale this project up to be as large as you want.
    • You could make the whole piece bigger or you could just increase the number of pegs and shelves.
    • If you don't have a saw at home, just buy all of your supplies at your local lumber store and ask them to cut it all to size for you.
  • Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Turn inexpensive pie tins into a charming display for homemade goodies. Arrange cookies and mints on each level to really impress your guests at the end of a dinner party. Best of all? This DIY is easy as pie.

    Materials & Tools

    • 3 vintage pie tins in different sizes
    • 2 long vintage wooden spools
    • 4 small brass balls or cap nuts
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Super glue
    • Pencil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Pie tins and wooden spools can be found at flea markets, thrift stores or online.
    • For a floral centerpiece with a vintage touch, fill each layer of the stand with flowers.
  • Garden Shed Organization

    Garden Shed Organization

    Gardening is something very near and dear to our heart. However, nothing's more frustrating than looking for your trusty trowel and coming up empty-handed. Whether you store your garden tools in a shed or the corner of your garage, here are a few ideas to help you get them arranged and organized just in time for planting season.

    Materials & Tools

    • Shelves
    • Large S-hook or bracket for hose
    • Small hook for watering can
    • Thin nails to hold tools
    • Small bucket for miscellaneous tools (or tools with no hole in the handle)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We love our upcycled pallet shelves as-is, but we also contemplated white-washing them.
    • Of course, any shelves will do, as long as they can easily wipe clean or if you're ok with them getting dirty (like we are with our pallets!)
  • Pantry Organization For A Healthy New Year

    Pantry Organization for a Healthy New Year

    It's easy for a well-used pantry to turn into an eyesore, a petri dish and a black hole for small bags of whole grains. To kick the new year off, we're taking everything out, throwing away the old stuff (and the pretzels we can't stop eating) and finding containers for all the good we want to keep.

    MATERIALS

    • Trash bag for expired, stale, extraneous and bad-for-you old pantry items
    • Airtight clear glass or plastic food storage containers – enough of each size for your own pantry needs
    • Labels
    • Baskets for vegetable storage
    • Small wire or mesh containers for fruit storage
    • Spice rack
    • A trip to the bulk section of the supermarket for fresh dry goods and pantry staples
    • Sufficient Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products so you don't run out – we picked Geranium so the whole pantry would smell of spring flowers

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • To keep things from getting cluttered and lost in the dark depths of the cabinet, make a policy to have just one row of jars on each shelf.
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    We love gift wrap supplies maybe a little too much. Every time we reach for one thing, three other things fall off the shelf. Time to whip this area into shape before the holidays! Use these ideas as a jumping off point to get things organized just how you want them.

    DETAILS & TOOLS

    • A small shelving unit with adjustable shelves
    • Washi tape for gift wrap but also to add a little color to our white shelves!
    • Small, square wastebasket to hold gift wrap rolls
    • Magazine file for gift bags or tissue paper
    • Dowel(s) on hooks or attached to the shelving for ribbons and tape
    • Jar for bows and ribbons
    • Chalkboard for upcoming birthdays and holiday reminders
    • Gift boxes
    • Holder for pens, pencils and scissors
    • Colorful bunting, just because

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Bows and pom-poms aren't just for gifts -- use them as décor!
    • Since our walls are painted, we went with white boxes and accessories, but that doesn't mean you should!
  • Embroidered Pillowcase

    Embroidered Pillowcase

    Add some personality to your pillowcase. All it takes is a few simple stitches, and some creativity to get started on your embroidery.

    Materials & Tools

    • One or two pillowcases
    • Your choice of thread colors (3 or 4…or more!)
    • Ruler
    • Pencil or tailor’s chalk

    Instructions

  • Pom-Pom bath Rug

    Pom Pom Bath Rug

    It's time to make your feet happy, and your toes feel tickled. This modern take on a simple bath mat will leave you perfectly pampered and playful. 

    Materials & Tools

    • A bath rug
    • Yarn in your favorite colors
    • Large needle for threading
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Thimble (if you prefer)

    Instructions

  • Scalloped Towels

    Scalloped Towel

    There’s nothing as cheerful as a scalloped edge or border. Reminiscent of cottage life, spring gardens and fresh flowers, scalloped edges provide a whimsical feel to the home, without being too over-the-top or frilly. We love this DIY because it’s as economical as it is easy. Most modern dishtowels are extra large, providing us with an opportunity to cut the towel in half, upcycle it and create two custom towels out of just one.

    Materials & Tools

    • Cotton tea or dish towel
    • Sharp fabric scissors
    • Poster board
    • Ruler
    • Round lid from a spice jar
    • Pencil
    • Pins
    • Liquid seam sealant
      (available online or at sewing/craft stores)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used scallop edges here, but you can experiment with all different types of patterns. Play with color and texture by sewing on different types of colored fabric on each end.
  • Stencil Doormat

    Doormat

    We all know April showers bring May flowers, but this time of year often brings the outdoors inside, too. Keep the mud outside right where it belongs, all the while brightening your doorstep, with this DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Coir doormat
    • Scissors
    • Heavy stock paper
    • Foam paint brush
    • Acrylic paint
    • Straight edge (optional)
    • Paint brush (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Experiment with colors and even add some florals if you can't wait until your garden blooms!
  • Branch Message Center

    Branch Message Center

    Clear the clutter and add a natural touch to your family’s message center. This easy DIY project can replace a hodgepodge of notes with a clear space to share information. Depending on the length of your branch, you can hang additional items too, such as scissors and pens.

    Materials & Tools

    • Long skinny branch (as straight as possible, but some curvature is OK) 
    • Two leather strips (at least 40 inches long)
    • 12-24 inch roll of paper (look for one with a center hole at least 2 inches in diameter)
    • Two clothespins
    • Two 1 inch nails

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • If your paper won’t fit over the branch, you can unroll the paper from the tube and make a looser roll you can fit over the branch.
  • Wood Burned Cutting Board

    Plain wood cutting boards can be a little dull. So add a modern edge with a wood-burned design. All you need is a wooden cutting board and a wood-burning tool. Then your options are limitless!

    Materials & Tools

    • Cutting board
    • Wood-burning tool 
    • Wood-burning tool attachment kit
    • Pencil (optional)
    • Wood scrap (optional)

    Instructions

    COMMON SENSE SAFETY

    • Observe all safety rules when doing your project.
    • Keep children away from the hot wood-burning tool.
    • Change attachments by following all tool guidelines.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Frame Pin Board

    Frame Pin Board

    Before there was Pinterest, or even the Internet for that matter, I used to pin all my best ideas on a giant bulletin board in my room. It’s where all my pictures, notes and cards ended up living for months on end. Though we live in a paperless world, sometimes it’s nice to have a place to store memories that aren’t on a screen. Today, I have my pin board up in my kitchen to hold important reminders, fun pictures and some of my favorite cards. It’s so nice to see those paper memories smiling back at me every morning, and it’s a great place to store important things, like grocery lists.

    Materials & Tools

    • Frames
    • Cork Roll
    • Scissors
    • Pen
    • Strong adhesive or sticky foam strips

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    Decorate your cork using fabric, paint or decorative tape. We kept our picture frame black here, but you can always paint yours in a color of your choosing.

  • Conversation Heart Cookies

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    Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to put your sugar cookie decorating skills to the test. Today we’re using homemade royal icing and my family’s sugar cookie recipe to create the most lovely heart-shaped treats.

    Materials & Tools

    • Cookie cutters
    • Icing bag
    • #7 and #2 icing tips
    • Toothpicks

    Ingredients

    FOR THE COOKIES:

    • 1 ½ cup shortening
    • 1 ¾ cup sugar
    • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 4 cups flour
    • ½ tablespoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • Sprinkles

    FOR THE ICING:

    • 2 pound bag Confectioner’s Sugar
    • 11 tablespoons egg beaters
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Food coloring

    Instructions For the cookies

    Instructions For the icing

    ICING TIPS

    Icing hardens as it’s exposed to air, so it’s important to have your icing bags ready and waiting. The best thing to do is set them in a tall glass and then use chip clips to close the top.


    If you ever feel like you’ve added too much water to your icing, no big deal, just add a little sugar to get it back to the consistency you need.

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t forget to add a little flair — sprinkles, tiny candies and mini chocolate chips or caramels all make for great garnishes.
    • Use stencils with your icing to add more intricate details or spell out messages.
  • Buffalo Cauliflower

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    I love cauliflower, but I love love cauliflower smothered in Buffalo wing sauce. It's the cleaner update to wings, and it's got the same kick with all the flavor. A nice and warm day calls for a deliciously hot dish. Make it today and start snacking.

    Materials & Tools

    • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized chunks
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    • 4 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
    • 4 tablespoons of vinegary hot sauce
    • 2 tablespoons of honey
    • Cayenne pepper (optional, to taste)
    • Sea salt flakes (to taste)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Serve immediately; leftovers may be kept in the refrigerator for a day.
    • Now that you know how to make wing sauce, use it on everything… except chocolate, don't use it on chocolate.
    • Try it on chicken, vegetables and even tofu!
  • Herb Oil

    Herb Oil Herb Oil

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Herb Oil

    Give your favorite olive oil an herbaceous upgrade with this seasoning recipe from Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine. Use it in dressings, over soups, on pizza or whatever else your heart desires. Not to mention, the pretty bottle adds a little something extra to any table or picnic blanket. Talk about multi-tasking!

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    Instructions For Herb Oil

    Ingredients

    • Herbs
    • Spices
    • Olive oil

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Glass bottles

    Instructions

    1. Wash and dry your herbs.

    2. Combine herbs and spices into a glass bottle. We mixed thyme, lemon peel, bay leaf and peppercorns in one bottle and rosemary, chili and peppercorns in the other.

    3. Fill each bottle with olive oil. Then, put the top on each one and wait a few days before using it to season your favorite appetizers and dishes.
    4. Tips for Inspiration

      • Use colored glass bottles or upcycled vessels, such as a wine bottle or piece of pottery.

    This entry was posted in Recipes, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Parsley Salad

    Parsley Salad Pressed Flower Projects

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Parsley Salad

    Parsley isn’t just good for you, it tastes pretty great, too. Be the talk of the table at family dinners, picnics and barbecues with this flavorful parsley salad recipe.

    Parsley Salad Parsley Salad

    Ingredients

    • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
    • 1 head bib lettuce
    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
    • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
    • Salt and pepper

    Supplies

    • Large bowl
    • Large spoon or salad tongs

    Instructions

    1. Give your parsley a good washing, remove its leaves and place it in a large bowl.
    2. Add in lettuce, onion, chicken, feta and pomegranate seeds.
    3. Add in oilve oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
    4. Toss well and serve. Make sure to show off your salad making skills with #MakeAndTell.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Not the biggest chicken fan? Swap it for steak or salmon instead.

    This entry was posted in Recipes, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Coiled Rope Plant Holders

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    One of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's quotes is "Waste not, want not!" As I was thinking about my next DIY project, I thought of that quote and that's when inspiration hit. I used a bit of rope, a little thread and fabric dye, and voila! A perfect piece of fall decor. There are lots of ways to go about this project and make it completely your own. If it's not "perfect" and you mess up (I sure did), remember to Just Keep Making.

    Materials & Tools

    • Empty Mrs. Meyer's Bottle
    • Cotton clothesline cord
    • Embroidery floss
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue
    • Craft knife
    • Fabric dye
    • Large pot

    Instructions

  • Picture Frame Tray

    Picture Frame Tray

    Cheer up your trays and serve your guests in style with this frame worthy DIY. Get making and get inspired for all those get-togethers. Let your voice shine through and personalize the patterns however you see fit!

    Materials & Tools

    • Picture frame
    • Drawer pulls with screws
    • Paper
    • Hot glue
    • Scissors
    • Drill
    • Drill bit
    • Leaves or flowers

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    This is a great up-cycle for a frame you probably already have lying around! What makes this even better is the ability to change the inside of your tray depending on the season. This could easily transition from summer to fall or be used for special occasions and holidays.

  • Scented Bath Salts

    Scented Bath Salts

    Looking for a great homemade gift? You can make these bath salts with your favorite essential oil, or combine a few to make your own signature scent. Then give to a friend in need of a little rest and relaxation. Even better, make enough for you and a friend.

    Materials & Tools

    • Glass jars
    • 3 cups Epsom salts 
    • 2 cups sea salt
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • 1⁄2 ounce essential oil
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Spoon for mixing

    Instructions

  • Citrus Picnic Blanket

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    What’s better than a cozy picnic blanket? One that’s stamped with all your favorite things, of course. Get inspired with the sunniest and brightest colors and then take it outside and have a picnic!

    Materials & Tools

    • Drop Cloth (I used 5 x 5)
    • Fabric paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Stencil
    • Precision knife
    • Rotary mat
    • Pen

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Keep some scrap fabric or paper towels nearby, so you can wipe off your stencil between color changes.
    • I was inspired by block printed patterns when I made this picnic blanket. The great thing about using stencils is, you can create any pattern you want! Let your imagination run wild, but be sure to use some bright and cheery summer colors!
  • Seashell Spoons

    Seashell Spoons

    Warmer weather means more trips to the beach. Put your sandy, seaside souvenirs on everyday display with this crafty cutlery DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Spoon shaped shells
    • Different bits of wire
    • Small pair of pliers
    • Dremel tool for holes
    • Non-toxic water based sealer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • As far as the spoon handles go, you can get very fancy with scrollwork or by using other materials to make them. Even try using the ends of old silver spoons!
    • *Double check to make sure your sealer is safe to use around food.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Punched Copper Votives

    felt-flower-wreaths

    We're big fans of votives, especially when we make them ourselves. They're great as homemade gifts, accent pieces and mood setting centerpieces for dinners.

    Materials & Tools

    • Gauge No 6 / 0.5mm copper sheet* (used in card making)
    • Metal hole punch
    • Air dry clay
    • Metal snips (or you can use scissors with this metal sheet)
    • Cookie cutters
    • Roller
    • Multi-purpose adhesive

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Try cookie cutters and hole punches in different sizes to vary the shapes and patterns of each votive.
    • *We recommend using battery-operated tea lights with this DIY. If you choose to use candles, always be aware of heat when using them around metal.
  • Concrete And Painted Vases

    Concrete and Painted Vases Concrete and Painted Vases Title Image

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Concrete and Painted Vases Main Image

    We’re all about jazzing up forgotten items that may otherwise end up in the recycling bin. Work some simple magic with concrete, paint and empty Mrs. Meyer’s containers – see below for the how-to.

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    Instructions For Concrete & Painted Vases

    Supplies & Materials

    • various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
    • heavy scissors
    • primer
    • brush
    • craft paints
    • concrete (concrete powder that you mix with water)

    Instructions

    1. Peel the labels off bottles and cut off the tops. If you want to make a planter cut the containers in half.
    2. If you are making a hanging planter, make holes on the edge of the cut of containers using a hole puncher.
    3. Cover the containers with primer and let it dry
    4. For the painted vases, simply paint them with 2-3 layers of craft paint, and let them dry between each coat.
    5. For the concrete ones, be careful when handling and always closely follow the instruction on the packaging and dip the vases in the concrete. Let them dry.
  • No Sew Tote Bag

    No Sew Tote Bag Herb Oil

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul No Sew Tote Bag

    Whether you’re thrifting or at the farmers’ market, you’ll want a durable bag to toss all your found goodies in. Make one that’s all your own with this DIY from Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul. The best part – no thread and needle needed.

    No Sew Tote Bag No Sew Tote Bag

    Instructions For No Sew Tote Bag

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • paper
    • cotton tarp
    • scissor
    • fabric glue

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Start by making a template of your bag. I drew mine but you can find a lot of templates online.
    2. Cut out 2 parts of the bag in the tarp, remember to add 2" so you have gluing room.
    3. Fold in all the edges and glue them together.
    4. I glued parts of the bag together then let it dry for 15 minutes with heavy books on top.
    5. Glue the whole bag, let it dry overnight.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Want to give it a vintage touch? Use a well-worn tarp after giving it a good wash. For an extra oomph of personal style, go wild and splash the tarp with different colors of fabric dye. Go an extra mile with stencils, iron-on patches or buttons.

  • Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake

    Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Title Image

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Main Image

    No need to fuss over perfection. The first dessert recipe comes out a little loose in the middle, that’s why it’s called a spoon cake. It’s still plenty scrumptious, regardless. With cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice our next dessert recipe from Sweet Paul sure does live up to its name. See below for both recipes from Sweet Paul.

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    Instructions For Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake

    Ingredients

    • 3 apples
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 3⁄4 sticks soft butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Crème fraîche for serving

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Peel and core apples and cut them into thick slices.
    3. Toss apples with sugar and cinnamon.
    4. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    5. Add the eggs, 1 at a time.
    6. Mix in flour and baking powder.
    7. Grease a 9 inch spring form cake tin and add half the batter.
    8. Layer with half the apples, the rest of the batter, and remaining apples.
    9. Bake for 50 minutes.
    10. Cool on a wire rack.
    11. Spoon into bowls and serve with crème fraîche.
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    Instructions For Spice Cake

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teapoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon warm water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Butter a 10 inch tube pan.
    3. Whisk together flour, spices, and salt. Set aside.
    4. Cream together butter and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla.
    5. In a seperate bowl, mix baking soda with warm water, and stir into the sugar mixture. Slowly combine flour and spices until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    6. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan.
    7. Once cool, shake pan to loosen cake. Turn onto plate, and dust with confectioners' sugar.
  • How To Clean with Baking Soda and Vinegar

    A Center Piece Worthy DIY

    Baking soda and vinegar have been used for decades as home cleaning solutions in the battle against dirt and grime. But what if we could give the power of baking soda and vinegar just a tad more oomph? That’s the question that inspired us to create our Baking Soda Cream Cleaner and Vinegar Gel No-Rinse Cleaner. They're classic must-haves on your cleaning supply list. Just ask Thelma. We even improved them a bit by making them more convenient to use and better smelling with Lemon Verbena scent.

    Instructions

    Instructions

  • TOILETS Have a ring that just won’t get out? Put vinegar on it and let it sit for an hour. Then scrub it away with a toilet brush.
  • CERAMIC TILES The best time to clean shower tiles is right after you shower. Put a bit a vinegar on a damp cloth and wipe the walls down from top to bottom.
  • HANDLES & KNOBS Handles and knobs have been known to get quite greasy, especially if they happen to be located in the kitchen. Simply sponge them off with warm water and vinegar.
  • STAINLESS STEEL Dampen a rag with vinegar. Then, rub with the grain until it shines like new.
  • * Avoid wood surfaces, mirrors and small appliances.

    ** Avoid wood surfaces, marble and soapstone.

    This entry was posted in Cleaning Tips & Tricks on September 27, 2017 by jowens.

  • How To Clean Ten Things You Seldom Wash

    How To Clean Ten Things You Seldom Wash

    From curtains to quilts, cleaning these often-overlooked items adds extra fluff and freshness to your home. It’s easier than you think!

    • BLANKETS Machine wash cotton blankets in warm water. Wash wool with Laundry Detergent on the gentle cycle in cold water. Spin blankets in the washer until all excess moisture is extracted. Gently stretch blankets back to their original size (measure first if you’re not sure what that is) before air drying.
    • SHEETS AND PILLOW CASES Since these are in close contact with your skin, wash them once a week—or more frequently if someone has been sick. Wash cotton, cotton blends, flannel, synthetics or bamboo in hot water to kill bacteria; dry them on low. Remember to fold sheets right away so wrinkles won’t set in.
    • COMFORTERS Place them in the dryer for just a few minutes to fluff up, and then hang heavy comforters, quilts and wool blankets on several clotheslines to balance out the weight so they won’t stretch. Clean your clotheslines with a damp rag before each use.
    • QUILTS Put these in the washer on the gentle cycle, but make sure to use cold water and Laundry Detergent. If you have a homemade quilt, don’t want to wash it too often, or it’ll show its wear. If your quilt is an heirloom, have it professionally cleaned.
    • MATTRESS PADS Wash these once a month (unless they’re soiled, then wash them right away!) in hot water and air dry. Doctors may advise allergy and asthma sufferers to wash them more frequently.
    • SHOWER CURTAINS Wash them in the machine in cold water with your towels. The towels will rub against them and help get that soap scum and slime off, especially with plastic and vinyl curtains. Shake them, then dry them for a few minutes, just to get the wrinkles out. Hang them on the line, and they’ll dry really nicely.
    • RUGS Wash small cotton or synthetic rugs and bath mats—even those with rubber or latex backings—in cold water on the gentle cycle. Air dry.
    • CURTAINS Cotton curtains can be washed in cold water. Air dry, then iron them when they’re slightly damp to get out those wrinkles before they set in.
    • TABLECLOTHS & NAPKINS To treat stains, soak any soiled textiles in ice water overnight. In the morning, throw them in the washer and use warm water. Bring them to a bright room to look for oily marks. If stains remain, repeat the washing process, then hang on the line to dry.
    • TOWELS Try to use towels at least three or four times before washing them in warm or hot water. Toss them in the dryer, and add a Dryer Sheet for a soft touch of fragrance.
  • Perk Up Your Powder Room

    Perk Up Your Powder Room

    Take your bathroom look to the next level with these quick tips.

    • ADD A LITTLE COLOR Add a fresh coat of a lemon verbena inspired paint color to get started. It’s a fun way to set the palette for your color scheme.
    • FIND FRAMES Choose new pieces of art. From magazines, to framing your child’s artwork, or old maps, the possibilities are endless.
    • LIGHT IT UP A Scented Soy Candle or flowers bring a fresh scent to match your powder room’s new look.
    • A COLORFUL CHOICE Donate your old trashcan for a new wastebasket. It’s an easy way to make things brighter.
    • NEW THREADS Picking up new towels is a simple solve to making you feel cozy.
    • A SIMPLE CHANGE A new shower curtain can change the room’s entire look in just a few moments.
    • SINK SKIRTS Add a sink skirt in a pattern of your choice to hide exposed pipes below your sink.
  • DIY Upcycled Candle Jar Planters

    Rosemary Parmesan Dusted Popcorn

    If you're a fan of candles, you know it's only a matter of time before empty jars start piling up. Save those jars from a one way trip to the recycling bin by transforming them into planters.

    Materials & Tools

    • Soil
    • Spoon or butter knife
    • Plant of your choice
    • Gardening spade
    • Cooking pot

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Be sure to water your plant each week, but never overwater—that’s the worst for plants.
    • To avoid fungus, water the base of your plant, rather than the leaves.
    • Extra points if you’re sprinkling with reused water from cooking, or flat club soda.
  • Relieve Floor Distress and Wall Woes

    Relieve Floor Distress and Wall Woes

    Carpets, hardwood and walls, oh my! Cleaning floor to ceiling is an intimidating but necessary chore. Don’t be frightened to look underfoot, these ten tips make the job a cakewalk.

    SEALED HARDWOOD FLOORS

    Sweep and vacuum these every week. They hardly need any care; you can just use a damp mop with a little All-Purpose Cleaner and water.


    WALLS
    Wet a cloth with Multi-Surface Concentrate and water and spot clean. It might be worth your while to do a big wall cleaning every two years or when they start to look dingy all around.


    METAL, VINYL OR WOOD BLINDS
    Once a month, close the blinds and dust them with a barely damp cloth (or use your vacuum’s attachment). Close them in the opposite direction and repeat.


    CEILINGS
    Occasionally vacuum the ceiling to clear away inevitable dust. Use the long brush attachment on your vacuum. Also, a quick vacuum of spider webs and obvious dust traps can be easily incorporated into your regular vacuuming routine.


    LIGHT FIXTURES
    Before you do anything, unplug lights or turn them off. For hanging lights, use an extendable duster to dust the hardware and cord. For wall sconces, remove the glass (if you can) about once a month and clean with Glass Cleaner.


    LAMP SHADES
    If you notice obvious dirt and grime, use a cloth dampened with hot, soapy water to clean the shade. Don’t use anything stronger than mild soap, as fabrics can discolor.


    UPHOLSTERED SOFAS, CHAIRS AND OTTOMANS
    Make a point to vacuum upholstery so that dirt and dust won’t set in. Also, to minimize fading, position furniture so that it’s out of direct sunlight. For leather upholstery, dust with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Pull leather furniture away from heating vents; hot air can dry leather out and cause it to crack.


    NON-UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
    Use your fingernail to get off any grime. Dampen a cloth with furniture polish and wipe surfaces clean. Keep wood furniture out of direct sunlight so it won’t fade.


    GAS AND ELECTRIC FIREPLACES
    Wipe the glass or fiberglass door with a cloth dipped in Multi-Surface Concentrate, Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner or Glass Cleaner. Vacuum the interior with a brush attachment, then wipe it down with a damp rag afterward to catch anything the vacuum may have missed.


    WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACES
    After each use of a wood-burning fireplace, sweep out cool ashes and toss them into your compost pile, if you have one. Clean the walls of the opening with a stiff brush because gunk can build up and catch fire. Vacuum the screen with a brush attachment and wipe down glass doors with Glass Cleaner or white vinegar.

  • This entry was posted in Cleaning Tips & Tricks on September 27, 2017 by jowens.

  • Tackle the Bathroom

    Tackle the Bathroom

    This top ten list will make bathroom mirrors sparkle, sinks shine and tiles gleam. Keep the most essential room in the house garden fresh and bright!

    1. TREATING TILES TO A SCRUB Clean the tiles right after you take a shower. Spritz the walls with Tub and Tile, then wipe down the walls from top to bottom with a damp cloth. Wipe down fixtures with a sponge and some Baking Soda Cream Cleanser. Use Vinegar Gel No Rinse Cleaner on glass doors. Don’t use soap – it can leave a film over time. If tile stains are pesky, use some Surface Scrub or Baking Soda Cream Cleanser.
    2. GETTING INTO THE GROUT Dip an old toothbrush into a mixture of equal parts oxygen bleach and water. Scrub until the lines get really bright. If company’s coming, and you need a quick spruce-up, light a scented candle and keep the overhead light off – it’ll be dim enough that guests won’t even notice the grout.
    3. MAKING THE MEDICINE CABINET LOOK LIKE NEW Every month or so, take out all contents and wipe down shelves with warm water and Dish Soap. Before you put all your toiletries back in, weed out things you haven’t used in the last decade.
    4. TACKLING THE TOILET To remove stubborn rings, pour in a half cup of distilled white vinegar and let it sit for a few hours—or even overnight—before giving the bowl a swipe with the toilet brush. If grime is particularly pesky, use Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Let it sit for five to ten minutes, then scrub trouble spots with a toilet brush.
    5. UNCLOGGING THE DRAIN Once every two or three months, pour half a cup of baking soda, then half a cup of white vinegar, down the drain. After a few minutes, boil some water in your teakettle and pour it down the drain.
    6. SCRUBBING THE TUB Wipe it down after each bath and shower so that soap scum won’t build up. To scour, use our Baking Soda Cream Cleanser and a nylon bristle brush to scrub. Rinse clean.
    7. ATTACKING THE RING AROUND THE TUB Use a pair of old nylon stockings as your cloth to rub that ring of mineral deposits away. For stubborn stains, spread our Vinegar Gel No Rinse Cleaner on the spots and let it sit for an hour or two before wiping it off with warm water.
    8. MOPPING THE FLOORS Sweep or vacuum your floor thoroughly. Fill your bucket with warm water and just a bit of Multi-Surface Concentrate. Wring out your mop. Make two passes on every part of the floor. Finally, go back over the room with clean, warm water and a damp mop.
    9. MAKING YOUR SINKS SPARKLE Rinse sink well after every use to prevent soap scum buildup. To prevent the formation of stains from lime and other mineral deposits wipe clean with Vinegar Gel No Rinse Cleaner.
    10. KEEPING THE BATHROOM SMELLING FRESH Fill a spray bottle with water, three drops of lemon oil and two drops of eucalyptus oil. Shake vigorously before using. For a quick fix use Room Freshener.
  • Top 10 Tasks for a Sparkling Kitchen

    Top 10 Tasks for a Sparkling Kitchen

    From conquering cabinets to polishing the floors, no kitchen is complete without tackling these essential chores. Get on your way to a squeaky clean space where saucepans shine and counters gleam!

    1. FLUSH THE DRAIN Drain clogs with this homemade recipe: Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, then half a cup of distilled white vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet rag. After five minutes or so, pour some boiling water down. No more clogs.
    2. GIVE THE TOASTER SOME TLC Clean out your toaster regularly or those crumbs will cause a burnt odor—or, worse yet, catch on fire! Line the crumb tray with foil and replace the foil when necessary.
    3. GET GREASE STAINS OFF THE WALLS With grease, time is of the essence. Get at those stray grease spots immediately with a clean rag, hot water and a little Dish Soap.
    4. CLEAN THE VENT HOOD Take off the metal filter, soak it in the sink in hot, soapy water, then put it in the dishwasher. The grease will come right off—with minimal effort on your part. Wipe the exterior of the hood with Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner.
    5. MAKE SAUCEPANS SHINE AND GRIDDLES GLEAM Nice pots and pans make a real difference—get good ones and take good care of them. For stainless steel pans, wash in warm, soapy water using a soft sponge and dry immediately so you don’t get water stains.
    6. BE SHARP ABOUT KNIVES Food residue will damage blades, so clean knives immediately after each use. Don’t wash them in your dishwasher since the high temperatures are harmful. Mild soap and water will do the trick. Dry them off right away.
    7. ELIMINATE SINK STINK If there is a lingering smell, and you’re just not sure where it’s coming from, check the garbage disposal. Toss a few lemon or orange peels down there and grind them up to disinfect and add a nice, fresh scent.
    8. STEAM THE MICROWAVE Put a wet rag inside and turn the microwave on for a minute. The steam will melt those pesky grease spots so you can wipe them down quickly and easily.
    9. SCOUR THE OVEN Pour salt onto any fresh stains; it will absorb food and allow the mess to be easily wiped clean. For general cleaning, sprinkle the interior with baking soda, spritz it with water and let it sit overnight. Take out the racks and scrub them with steel wool to get off any grime. Then be sure to line the oven and broiler with foil—it will make cleanup even easier the next time.
    10. CLEAN THE FLOORS Sealed hardwood floors hardly need any care; you can just use a mop dampened with water and All Purpose Cleaner. For ceramic tile, you don’t even need a cleaner to make them sparkle; just use a mop damped with Multi-Surface Concentrate.
  • Outdoor All Purpose Clean Up

    Outdoor All Purpose Clean Up

    Give outdoor essentials a good scrub with this handy formula.

    HOW TO MAKE ALL PURPOSE CLEANING SOLUTION

    ¼ Multi-Surface Concentrate + 1 Gallon Warm Water = 1 Bucket All Purpose Cleaning Solution

    OUTDOOR FURNITURE

    • ALUMINUM Wash with Multi-Surface Concentrate and a rag.

    • IRON & STEEL Check for rust, and if you see any, gently buff it with steel wool. Store indoors or covered, since these materials tend to rust when exposed to the elements.

    • PLASTIC Wash with Multi-Surface Concentrate and a soft-bristle brush. Wipe with car wax to prevent stains.

    • GARDEN TOOLS Use a stiff brush to clean off any soil. Soak the metal ends of the tools in a bucket filled with All Purpose Cleaning Solution for 10 minutes. Wipe with a dry rag and store. Now is also a good time to lubricate screws and bolts and to sharpen any blades.

    • GRILL Gently scrub the outside of the grill with a soft-bristle brush and with All Purpose Cleaning Solution. Rub a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foil against any stubborn build-up. Then rinse with warm water and dry with a clean cloth. If you store your grill outdoors, be sure to cover it while not in use. For cleaning inside of a grill, see our guide here.
  • Rosemary Parmesan Dusted Popcorn

    Rosemary Parmesan Dusted Popcorn

    The scent of rosemary is great in the kitchen – especially in delicious recipes like this one. The fragrant herb is combined with parmesan cheese to make a tasty topping for popcorn. Score some points with your guests when you serve up this flavorful combination during the big game.

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup Fresh rosemary leaves
    • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon Coarsely ground black pepper
    • 2 wedges Parmesan cheese
    • Baking sheet
    • Spatula
    • Cooling rack
    • Mortar and pestle

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Try with other combinations of herbs and cheeses to make your own unique creation!
  • Clean and Happy Entryways

    Clean and Happy Entryways

    Find out how to keep your home's entryways clean and happy in six simple steps.

    • Place a rough mat outside your entryway to catch the first layer of snow and mud.

    • To stop people from tracking muck throughout the house, place a boot tray inside your entrance. An old cookie sheet works, too!

    • For any muck that gets on your floor, fill a bucket with ¼ cup Lavender Multi-Surface Concentrate and 1 gallon warm water. Mop entire area and scrub visible salt residue. Mop area again with fresh, hot water and air dry.

    • A coat rack or wall hooks are effective ways to keep winter wear on the wall and off the floor.

    • A bench is a great piece of furniture for an entryway—perfect for sitting down and putting on or taking off shoes. One with a lift-up top is even better, because you can store towels or blankets inside.

    • A big basket to keep winter accessories like hats, coats and mittens makes getting out the door easier. If you have a large family, individual baskets help everyone find their gear quickly.
  • Freshen Up for Fall

    Freshen Up for Fall

    As the weather begins to cool, take time to prep and polish your home with these useful household tips.

      CHANGING COLORS
      Just like the leaves outside, fall is the perfect time to change up your color palette indoors. Paint your walls with warmer colors to make any room feel more welcoming this winter.

      GUT(TER) CHECK
      Remove leaves and debris from gutters to make sure water can easily drain out. Do the downspouts, for good measure.

      HERE COMES THE SUN
      As the days grow shorter, be sure to take advantage of as much natural light as possible. Clean your windows—especially south-facing windows—to let sunlight stream inside.

      STAY TOASTY
      Create a warm, glowing ambiance in your home by lighting a fire, or even by simply placing cream-colored candles inside your fireplace. Be sure to clean the flue beforehand to avoid dirt buildup.

      GO GREEN Take advantage of the warm soil to plant your spring garden. And while you’re flexing your green thumb, fertilize the lawn to give your grass the nutrients it needs to survive the winter. You won’t regret it come spring.

      SPOTLESS SURFACES
      Give indoor surfaces a thorough scrub with our Lemon Verbena Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. This hard-working cleaner will keep surfaces spotless and sparkling all winter long.

  • Meet Honeysuckle

    MEET HONEYSUCKLE

    Sweetly scented Honeysuckle provides an air of calm as you clean. Often used as a cleaning aide, this fruity floral is said to be soothing & cooling.

    LOVE IN THE AIR
    Thanks to the Greek legend of Daphnis and Chloe, honeysuckle is famous as the symbol for devoted love. Today, in some countries, it is believed that if you bring sweet-smelling blooms of honeysuckle into the house, a marriage will be stronger.


    HANDY HEALER
    The ancient Chinese used honeysuckle to cure snakebites and soothe irritated skin. Today, natural healers popularly use this sweet-but-mighty herb as it’s thought to treat symptoms of the flu, headaches and even relieve arthritis pain and inflammation.


    TANTALIZING TREATS
    The nectar of these flowers produces a sweet honey flavor that can be used for garnishes or ice cream flavoring. You can even add it to vinegar and oil to create a dressing for fresh spring salads.


    LUSCIOUS LOCKS
    Change up your hair routine by adding a few drops of honeysuckle oil (found online or at your local apothecary) to your shampoo and conditioner to help eliminate dry, brittle locks.

  • Meet Lavender

    MEET LAVENDER

    For over 2,500 years, lavender oil has been used around the world as a fragrance in bath products and perfumes. Not only does lavender smell refreshing, it’s believed to promote relaxation and restfulness. This multi-faceted herb is also thought to soothe headaches and relieve joint and muscle pain.

    HEAVENLY HEALER
    Lavender essential oil is a favorite among natural healers and aroma therapists. Some find it helpful in treating irritating acne, and reducing pesky wrinkles. Others believe it helps with calming minor sunburns and skin conditions like eczema.

    LOVE POTION
    It is believed that Cleopatra’s secret to love was lavender. From ancient Egypt through today, lavender has been associated with romance and calming “tremblings of the heart.” Its crisp, woody scent is believed to excite thoughts of love in those who smell it. According to myth, if you give a sprig of lavender to a loved one, they will reciprocate your feelings of romance upon smelling this delightful herb.

    UNEXPECTED HERB
    Lavender is a unique and unexpected herb for the kitchen. Its buds contribute a floral and slightly sweet taste to roasted or baked goods. This versatile herb can also be used interchangeably with mint or sage and yields equally-delicious results.

  • Meet Lemon Verbena

    Meet Lemon Verbena

    The herb lemon verbena is valued for its light, wonderful citrus scent that’s refreshing and invigorating. It's considered to be a pick-me-up. What more could you want from an herb?

    SWEET DREAMS
    In ancient Greece it was believed that crisp bunches of dried lemon verbena placed under your pillow would bring sweet dreams to you that night. Not only is it believed that lemon verbena helps you sleep easy, some argue it enhances the mythical qualities of other herbs like rosemary, the herb of love and devotion.


    CITRUS STAND-IN
    For those of you meeting lemon verbena in the kitchen for the first time, add a dash of this robust herb to fish or poultry for a pleasant surprise. Commonly used in place of lemon juice, dishes infused with its citrusy zing are sure to impress the palette.


    AROMA
    Lemon verbena is an age old remedy used by herbalists and aroma therapists, thought to relax the body and calm the mind. The refreshing aroma of lemon verbena is also thought to liven the spirit, banish fatigue and heighten positive thinking.


    FACE FRESHENER
    Looking less than perky? Lemon verbena is believed to reduce puffiness and annoying dark circles around your eyes. Also, for a healthy and bright complexion, some mix this dynamic herb with vinegar to create an all-natural skin toner.

  • Grill Cleaning How To

    Grill Cleaning How To

    Get ready for company with our guide to cleaning your grill in 4 steps.

    1. Place the grate from your grill on the lawn or driveway. Remove any large pieces of cooked-on food with a grill brush.
    2. Make a paste from Surface Scrub and Multi-Surface Concentrate. Use about 3:1 Scrub to Concentrate.
    3. Reuse an old, but clean, paintbrush to coat the paste on the grate. Let it set for 15 minutes.
    4. Use a strong stream of water to remove the mixture. For tough areas, use a scrubbing sponge or brush.
    5. Your grill will look like new in no time!

  • Keep Exercise Clothes in Great Shape

    Keep Exercise Clothes in Great Shape

    Check out these tips to keep your exercise clothes in great shape.

    1. Allow your workout gear to air out after each use by hanging on hooks or laying out flat. Crumpling clothing in a hamper makes odors worse.
    2. For extra soiled items, try soaking them in three parts water to one part white vinegar for 30 minutes before machine washing.
    3. For spandex garments, wash inside out in cold water with Mrs. Meyers 64 Load Laundry Detergent and avoid using fabric softener. Let clothes air dry, or dry on low heat.
    4. Weather permitting, dry your clothes on an outdoor clothes line as sunshine is a natural odor eliminator.
  • Thelma's Weekly Cleaning Plan

    Thelma's Weekly Cleaning Plan

    If you’re not careful, messes can pile up and ruin a perfectly good Saturday. Especially when you have nine kids running around like Thelma did. That’s why she created a weekly plan to keep things tidy. With a different task for each day, the work gets done and there’s still time for fun.

    LAUNDRY DAY
    After taking a break from cleaning on Sunday, laundry is a good way to ease into the week. Do a few loads and feel good about having nice, clean clothes for the week.


    IRONING AND MENDING DAY
    Now’s the time to wipe away the wrinkles from yesterday’s laundry. Look for anything that needs mending. If anything is beyond repair, cut it into rags to use for cleaning.


    BEDROOMS AND HOME OFFICE DAY
    Tackle your vacuuming and dusting today. Be sure to clean the windows, too. Then change out the bedding and look forward to sleeping on crisp, fresh sheets.


    SHOPPING DAY
    Never brave the grocery store on the weekend if you can help it. Instead, grab your list and head out on a Thursday evening to enjoy a chaos-free store.


    LIVING ROOM DAY
    Wash the windows and floors, then vacuum the sofa and carpet. Don’t forget to dust off the electronics and clean the glass on the TV. For a finishing touch, polish up your decorative bowls and frames.


    BATHROOM AND KITCHEN DAY
    These rooms get oh-so-grimy! Thelma’s advice? Get up early and get them done. Throw a little elbow grease into the counters, sinks and floors, and call it your weekend workout.

  • Gardening Tips From Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer

    GARDENING TIPS FROM MRS. THELMA A. MEYER

    Thelma’s garden always had a bumper crop of vegetables. She says she started growing her own veggies for two reasons: to know they were free of pesticides, and because the kids would be more likely to eat them if they helped grow them. Follow her tips to help your harvest and to get more veggies on the plates in your home.

      RADISHES
      When it comes to radishes, Thelma swears by the Farmer’s Almanac, which says to plant them by the dark of the moon or they’ll go to tops. When she doesn’t follow it, she doesn’t have radishes!

      RHUBARB
      While the stalks are delicious, rhubarb leaves are poisonous if eaten. Thelma has found a great use for them nonetheless – keeping aphids away. Put a pound of chopped rhubarb leaves in a pot, and add a quart of boiling water. Let the mixture sit overnight, strain it and add a tablespoon of detergent. Then, place the liquid in a spray bottle and spritz your plants with it every now and then.

      PARSLEY
      Never count out the seeds you’ve planted. Thelma once waited years for parsley plants to grow from seed. When they finally sprouted, she was tickled.

      ONIONS
      Thelma grows onions every year. Since they’re hardy perennials, they keep going without any maintenance. She likes to put them in her garden next to her beets and carrots to help keep the bugs away.

      CUCUMBERS
      To prevent weeds and rotting, Thelma keeps her cucumbers mulched with rhubarb leaves or grass clippings. There’s no need buy mulch when your garden provides it for free!

      TOMATOES AND PEPPERS
      Thelma’s advice for tomatoes and peppers is to water them about an inch a week. With the right amount of sun, they’ll grow like the dickens!

  • Stain Removal Tips

    Multitasking Vinegar

    Mishaps happen. But there’s no need to let stains rain on your picnic. Just follow these stain removal tips, and you’ll be spotless in no time.

      RED FRUIT JUICE
      Lay the stained garment over a large bowl so that the stain is centered on the bowl. Then, pour boiling water over the affected area and into the bowl. Repeat as necessary until the stain is gone. Wash as usual.


      GRILL GREASE
      Rub a little cornmeal into the stain to absorb the grease. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then brush the powder away. Wash as usual.


      KETCHUP
      Remove as much of the ketchup as you can with a clean spoon. Run cold water through the back of the fabric. Work liquid Laundry Detergent gently into the fabric in a circular motion. If the piece of stained clothing is white, you may need to apply mild bleaching agent such as white vinegar or lemon juice. Repeat this process as needed until the stain has disappeared. Wash as usual.


      Grass
      Apply liquid Laundry Detergent to the stain. Let it soak in for minute or two. Then, lightly scrub the soiled area with an old toothbrush. Wash as usual.


      Dirt & Mud
      If stain is still wet, let dry. Remove hardened dirt with an old toothbrush or plastic knife. Rinse in cold water. Apply Laundry Detergent to the stain. Let it soak for a minute or two. Wash as usual.


      Pollen
      Shake clothing to remove as much pollen as possible. Gently dot the remaining pollen with the sticky side of adhesive tape. Apply Laundry Detergent to the stain. Let it soak in for a minute or two. Wash as usual.

  • Multi-tasking Vinegar

    Multitasking Vinegar

    Clean your hardest working appliances with a natural kitchen staple—white vinegar.

    With spring cleaning on the horizon, it's time to get your hardest working appliances in tip-top shape. White vinegar (also labeled as distilled vinegar) is a kitchen staple that works wonders as a natural cleaner. To thoroughly clean your laundry machine and dishwasher, follow the steps below.

    LAUNDRY MACHINE

    1. Mix ¼ cup white vinegar in one quart water to make the solution. Saturate a cloth or sponge with the solution and wipe down the interior of the washer.
    2. Run the empty machine with hot water and about two cups white vinegar.
    3. Run the washer a second time on the shortest cycle possible to rinse away any trace of vinegar, using only water.

    DISHWASHER

    1. Fill the kitchen sink with two cups white vinegar and one gallon warm water. Dampen a cloth or sponge with the solution.
    2. Open your dishwasher and take out any removable parts, such as utensil holders and racks. Wipe them down with the dampened cloth. Set aside.
    3. While removable parts are out of the dishwasher, check for debris in the bottom of the machine. Use the wet rag to fish out any unwanted bits.
    4. Place all pieces back inside the dishwasher.
    5. Add two cups white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher and run through a regular wash cycle on the hottest setting.
    6. Stop the machine mid-wash, so the vinegar can sit on the bottom and work. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, then turn on to finish the cycle.
  • Five Ingredient Barbecue

    Five Ingredient Barbecue

    Adding a homemade touch to your backyard barbecue is easier than ever with this recipe. This five-ingredient masterpiece uses what already have in your pantry! So, take a peek and see if an impromptu BBQ is in your future.

    ingredients

    • 1 small can of tomato sauce
    • 1-2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    • pinch of chili
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 large organic chicken, cut into 4 pieces

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place tomato sauce, sugar and chili in a small saucepan and let it simmer until it starts to get really thick, about 20 minutes. (I would start with 1 tablespoon sugar and let it simmer for a while and then add more if needed).
    2. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Rub all the chicken parts with salt and pepper and brush the sauce on.
    4. Place on a medium grill or roast in the oven at 375F for about 40 minutes, brushing with more sauce after 20 minutes.
    5. Serve with a smile and more sauce on the side!
  • Create A Guest Ready Home

    Create A Guest Ready Home

    Life, like our home, can get messy. If friends call to say they’re heading over for an impromptu visit, breathe easy and follow these simple steps.

    FOCUS ON WHAT THEY’LL SEE FIRST
    Shake out the welcome mat. Dust the entryway console. Sweep the floors, paying special attention to sofa and chair legs, where dust tends to gather.

    ADD SHIMMER AND SHINE
    Polish a silver vase, bowl, or candlestick, and place it in full view on the coffee table or mantle. It’ll make guests think everything looks shiny and new.

    BEAUTIFY THE BATHROOM
    Wipe down the sink and counter, put out some colorful guest towels, straighten the bath mat, close the shower curtain, and place a flower from the garden in a vase on the vanity.

  • DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub

    DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub

    At Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, we love lavender. Its calming scent makes everything a little nicer – whether you’re doing the dishes or taking a bath. So, if you love lavender half as much as we do, you’ll want to have this scrub on hand next time you get in the tub. Its natural ingredients are great at exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Plus, it’s easy to make, and you probably have most ingredients on hand.

    Material & Tools

    • ½ cup White sugar
    • ½ cup Raw sugar
    • ½ cup Coconut oil
    • 5-10 drops Lavender essential oil
    • Dried lavender (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Feel free to try different mixes of sugars, or substitute olive oil for coconut oil.
    • If you’re trying to find lavender essential oil or dried lavender, check your local health food store.
  • Spring Cleaning Bucket List

    Spring Cleaning Bucket List

    Here’s a handy list of ten big ticket chores, each one essential for spring cleaning to be truly complete. Checking off each one as its finished feels great, so get started today!

    SEE CLEARLY
    Clean your windows inside and out. Use clean cloth to dry them. Replace storm windows with screens. Polish window and door hardware.

    LOOK WHAT’S UNDERFOOT
    Vacuum the entire house, including baseboards, moldings and corners. Launder your area rugs and shampoo your carpets. You can rent a carpet cleaner from a local hardware or grocery store.

    SHINE IT UP
    Clean floors with vinegar and water or Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. If you are feeling ambitious, wax floors.

    BE SAFE, NOT SORRY
    Make sure the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they work too.

    BE FRIENDLY TO YOUR FURNITURE
    Wipe down upholstery. Steam clean anything that’s deeply soiled.

    TAKE A CURTAIN CALL
    Hang your drapes and blankets outside to air them out.

    GIVE APPLIANCES SOME TLC
    Clean the inside of the fridge and freezer with baking soda and water. Vacuum grates, vents and coils on your fridge, stove, air conditioner and furnace.

    SLEEP ON IT
    Vacuum mattresses and box springs. Leave the windows open while the beds are bare to air them out. Wash pillows and down comforters.

    JUST LET IT GO
    Toss expired food, medications and makeup. Go through your closets; toss anything that’s stained or tattered and give away anything you haven’t worn all season. Store winter clothing to make room for spring and summer goods.

    CONQUER THE GREAT OUTDOORS
    Scrub outdoor furniture and hose down lighting fixtures, walkways, porch and deck floors and the driveway. Clean the gutters.

  • DIY Decoupage Recipe Box

    DIY Decoupage Recipe Box

    There’s something magical about a handwritten recipe card. Perhaps it’s because the same love that goes into cooking goes into writing each and every word. With this DIY you can put that love into a gorgeous découpage recipe box. All you need is a plain wooden box and just a few other materials and tools.

    Material & Tools

    • Wooden box
    • Paint
    • Large and small paintbrushes
    • Botanical images
    • Precision knife
    • Decoupage gloss adhesive varnish
    • Sandpaper

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Most of these materials can be found at your local craft store.
    • For the botanical images, you can use any paper imagery you love!
    • Try magazine images, stamps, paper packaging or labels.
  • A Centerpiece Worthy DIY

    A Center Piece Worthy DIY

    Show off your Home Making skills this fall with a creative DIY leaf bowl. Your guests will never guess how easy it was to make! Turn it into a centerpiece by filling it with small gourds, pinecones and some more fall leaves. Feeling extra festive? Coat your leaves with gold spray paint (and let dry) before you start.

    Materials & Tools

    • Dried leaves
    • Glue
    • Paintbrush
    • Balloon
    • Wet rag
    • Gold spray paint (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Use real leaves.
    • Fabric leaves absorb the glue and don’t hold together as well. Plus, real leaves add a nice natural touch.
    • Make sure the kids are out of the way for this DIY. Balloons (especially popped balloons) can be dangerous.
  • DIY Autumn Door Hanger

    DIY Autumn Door Hanger

    Fall brings longer sleeves, crunchier leaves and a whole lot of time outdoors sprucing things up before the first frost. While you’re outside doing your fair share of raking, make sure to stop and grab a few pinecones while you’re at it. With a few of them and a little ribbon, you can give your wreath a rest and get your door looking nice and festive for autumn.

    Materials & Tools

    • Pinecones
    • Acrylic Paint
    • Eyebolt Screws
    • Ribbon
    • Scissors
    • Staples or a needle and threa

    Instructions

  • Appliqué Table Runner

    Clay Coaster

    I’ve always been a big fan of Scandinavian inspired art. I especially love its minimal design and patterns inspired by nature. My dining room wallpaper has a very distinct Scandinavian feel, so I was inspired to bring that same kind of design to my table with a homemade table runner.

    Materials & Tools

    • Canvas table runner
    • Felt
    • Stencil
    • Craft knife and mat
    • Fabric glue
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Felt tip pen for tracing

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used a more traditional color palette here, but you could always add some brighter colors into the mix.
    • Use the stencil to trace directly onto the runner and then go over the shape with embroidery.
    • You could even use the stencil to paint onto the runner, or use patterned fabric instead of felt. No matter what you do, get creative and make it yours!
  • Floral Napkin Ring

    Clay Coaster

    I’ve always been a big fan of Scandinavian inspired art. I especially love its minimal design and patterns inspired by nature. My dining room wallpaper has a very distinct Scandinavian feel, so I was inspired to bring that same kind of design to my table with a homemade table runner.

    Materials & Tools

    • Steel ring
    • Scissors
    • Floral tape
    • Fresh flowers
    • Sprigs
    • Napkins

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used a more traditional color palette here, but you could always add some brighter colors into the mix.
    • Use the stencil to trace directly onto the runner and then go over the shape with embroidery.
    • You could even use the stencil to paint onto the runner, or use patterned fabric instead of felt.
    • No matter what you do, get creative and make it yours!
  • DIY Hanging Flower Garland

    DIY Hanging Flower Garland

    Who doesn’t love flowers, especially during springtime? But some are just too pretty to stay in the garden. Put some blooms in your home and on display with this eye-catching floral décor.

    Materials & Tools

    • Flowers
    • Greenery
    • Twine
    • Branch
    • Scissors

    Instructions



    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Keep your flower garland fresh for even longer by choosing flowers and greens that dry well.
  • Spooky Salted Caramel Apple Pie

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    Spruce up apple pie by adding a salted caramel twist! It's a big crowd pleaser and a ton of fun to make. Your family will love it. Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    For the crust:

    • 6 cups Flour
    • 3 cups Shortening
    • 2 Eggs, beaten with a fork
    • 2 teaspoons Salt
    • 10 tablespoons Cold Water

    For the pie

    • 7-8 Green apples, peeled and sliced
    • 1 cup Butter
    • 1 cup White sugar
    • ½ cup Flour
    • ½ cup Brown sugar
    • 1 cup Water
    • 10-15 Soft caramels
    • 2 teaspoons Salt
    • Cookie cutters

    Instructions



    Store bought piecrust will work just fine, but if you want to try making a homemade one, follow these instructions

    1. Combine flour and vegetable shortening in a large bowl. Blend the mixture together with a pastry cutter until it looks like crumbs.


    2. Beat two eggs with a fork and add them to the flour mixture. Mix until combined.


    3. Add in 10 tablespoons of very cold water and 2 teaspoons salt. Work the mixture until it becomes doughy. You may need to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty here!


    4. Roll out your crust into a thick disc. Then, cover and chill until you’re ready to bake with it. You can also freeze it for a later date.


    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • When it comes to decorating your pie, let your creative juices flow! Use cookie cutters to create words or shapes on the top of your piecrust. You can even use stencils and cinnamon sugar or food coloring to create patterns!
    • Before you dig into desert, remember to show us how your pie turned out with #MakeandTell.
  • Seasoned Chickpea Snackers

    Seasoned Chickpea Snackers

    The new year always inspires me to strive to be the best and healthiest I can be! And in my home, eating right does NOT mean eating bland and boring. I'm a real snacker, and when I'm eating clean I sometimes get bored with kale chips and almonds. When this happens I like to switch things up a little bit with a recipe like these Seasoned Chickpea Snackers.

    They're super simple to make, and I love to keep a container of Chickpea Snackers around the house to pick at whenever the urge strikes me. They are bursting with flavor and help to tide me over until dinnertime.

    Ingredients

    • 2 (15-ounce) cans Chickpeas
    • 1 teaspoon Flaky sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons Paprika
    • 2 teaspoons Fresh thyme leaves
    • Red chili flakes to taste
    • Olive oil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Flavor combinations are endless for these chickpea snackers! I've made them using every combination of herbs and spices imaginable.
    • Why not try lemon zest, rosemary, and sea salt? Or experiment with cumin and curry powders. Garlic and chive?
    • I've even gone into sweet territories with cinnamon and sugar!
  • Sun-Dyed Leaf Tote

    DIY Sun Dyed Leaf Tote

    Remember making things with leaves when you were young? This Sun Dyed Leaf Tote DIY is a great way to get back into making.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tote Bag
    • Tape
    • Water
    • Inkodye
    • Leaves
    • Paintbrush
    • A little bit of sunshine

    Instructions

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects on September 25, 2017 by kbeaudry.

  • Baked Eggs In Bread Baskets

    Baked Eggs In Bread Baskets

    Brunch is my favorite meal, always has been, always will be! I'll make any excuse to make a brunch myself, go to a refined brunch at a fancy restaurant or even visit a massive brunch buffet!

    When I'm cooking brunch for friends, I always like to create things that are pre-portioned. I love muffins, fruit cups, granola bowls and mini quiche. This baked eggs in bread nests recipe is another perfect example. The portion is perfect for each guest to eat one or two, and you can even eat them with your hands. They're also easy to make, so even the kids can make them!

    INGREDIENTS

    • 12 Slides of soft bread with the crusts cut off
    • 4 tablespoons Butter
    • 1 dozen best quality organic Eggs
    • Salt & pepper to taste
    • Fresh thyme to serve

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can top baked eggs with just about anything! Try different types of herbs and spices.
    • Save the crusts you cut from the slices of bread and use them to make homemade croutons.
    • To make this gluten free, place a canned stewed tomato in the bottom of each muffin compartment and top with an egg and bake.
  • Clay Coaster

    Clay Coaster

    Keep all eyes on your table with these fun and festive DIY clay coasters. Great for both kids and adults to try, these crafty creations are easy-to-make, endlessly customizable and make for great eye-catching décor or homemade gifts.

    Materials & Tools

    • Air dry clay
    • Cookie cutter
    • Rolling pin
    • Acrylic paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Clear drying adhesive sealer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used festive holiday colors here, but you can experiment with all sorts of different colors, patterns and stamps.
    • Don’t just stop at having your coasters be circular, explore other shapes, too!
  • Felt Flower Wreath

    felt-flower-wreaths

    We love fresh flowers, but their short life spans often make them hard to use in decorating. Felt flowers are a great way to keep the colors of spring on your doorstep and in your home all season long!


    Materials & Tools

    • 13 inch Wicker wreath
    • Felt (25-30 sheets)
    • Floral wire
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can make any color or style of flower you like, making this wreath completely unique.
    • Don't just stop at a wreath — make table arrangements, bouquets or small ones as quick gifts.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects on September 25, 2017 by kbeaudry.

  • Quilled Paper Heart Jewelry

    Quilled Paper Heart Jewelry

    A quilled paper necklace is an easy way to add a little handmade flair to anyone’s jewelry collection. Grab a few sheets of paper in a color that catches your eye and coil your way to great personalized homemade gifts perfect for moms, friends or special someones.

    Materials & Tools

    • Scissors
    • Clear dying glue
    • Scissors
    • Quilling paper
    • Quilling tool or toothpick
    • Clear dying all-purpose sealer
    • Jewelry ring
    • Jewelry chain

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t just stop at jewelry; quilled paper is great for adding a little something extra to cards and wall décor.
    • Add pops of color to your crafty creation by incorporating different colored and patterned papers.
  • Stenciled Wrapping Paper

    DIY Stenciled Wrapping Papper

    Presents are always great, but presents with a little extra homemade touch are even better. Stand out from the crowd for holidays and birthdays with this easy to make stenciled wrapping paper.

    Materials & Tools

    • Plain wrapping paper
    • Paint
    • Craft roller brush
    • Hole punch
    • Glue or Spray adhesive
    • Craft Knife
    • Rotary Mat
    • Stencil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Dress up your homemade wrapping paper even more with bows, ribbon and festive, woodsy accents.
    • We used brown butcher paper here, but the possibilities for paper colors are endless.
  • Upcycled Holiday Place Setting

    Picture Frame Tray

    My mom has always been a fabulous gift wrapper — I still don’t know how she gets her corners so crisp and beautiful! In fact, the way she wrapped our presents is still one of my favorite holiday memories! She always added something unique to every gift that made it even more special! I used her famous gift tags as inspiration to create these cute, upcycled wreath place settings.

    Materials & Tools

    • Old magazines
    • Floral wire
    • Floral tap
    • Ribbon
    • Hot glue
    • Scissors
    • Heavy stock paper
    • Pen

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t limit yourself to one color of magazine pages.
    • I used green here, but yellows, browns, reds or whatever color you want to try would work well, too!
    • Wrap your floral wire around a glass to make forming a circle easier.
    • Don’t just stop at place settings — these wreaths are perfect for holiday gift tags, too!
  • Paper Flower Bouquet

    DIY Paper Flower Bouquet

    A floral arrangement can really do wonders when it comes to cheering up just about any room. We’re big fans of the fresh kinds, but not so much when it comes to their short lifespans. Lengthen the stay of these floral pick-me-ups and keep them lasting season after season with a cut paper flower bouquet.

    Materials & Tools

    • Craft paper
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Floral wire

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • With so many different types of flowers out there, the possibilities are endless!
    • Add variety to each bouquet with different shapes and colors.
    • Don’t forget about greenery — a succulent tucked in here and there never hurt anyone.
  • Folded Paper Clock

    DIY Paper Flower Bouquet

    It’s hard to be on time if you never know what time it is. Always know where the hour and minute hands are pointing, at least when you’re inside your home, with a folded paper clock.

    Materials & Tools

    • Scissors
    • Paper
    • Glue
    • Tape
    • Clock Movement

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used pretty simple origami folds here, but you can always try other folding techniques and paper arrangements to create different clock shapes.
    • Don’t forget about color: experiment with all kinds of colored and patterned paper to create different visual effects.
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