diy repurposed lantern

| DIY projects

diy lanternOne of my favorite parts of Spring and Summer is being outside in the evenings, chatting with family as the sun goes down. Having a little lantern on the table is nice for both atmosphere and keeping the conversation going. A really fun and practical way to make such a lantern is to use materials you probably already have at home.

I always like to reuse glass jars when I can - they're so durable, it's a shame to let them go to waste. Additionally, I had kraft wrapping paper left over from a package I had just ordered - I like to reuse packaging whenever possible as well.

Ready to make a little lantern? You will need:

- A glass jar

- kraft paper

- wax paper

- a craft knife

- a pencil

- scotch or double-sided tape

- a small candle


First, cut a strip of wax paper to cover the front half of the jar, and tape the sides down. Wax paper will provide a frosted, glowing effect through the cut out.

Next, measure how big to cut your kraft paper so that it wraps all the way around the jar; cut the paper to size. Next, draw your design in pencil on the kraft paper.

Using a craft knife, cut along your drawing, creating a silhouette in the paper.

Tape the kraft paper down with scotch or double-sided tape.

Insert a small candle, light, and you're done!

So easy and this lantern can be used all summer long. You can even make a new silhouette design for each gathering, or make multiple lanterns with different designs, and group them together. The result of these sweet lanterns at dusk is both charming and cozy.

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.


thrifty finds

| home decor

hi sweets! how are you? happy friday! i can't believe it's here already. along with unpacking box after box this week, i've tried my best to make some time to explore the local thrift stores. and boy am i glad i did! i found several treasures and have quite a few more stores to visit over the weekend. i thought i would share with you what i've found so far.

first up is this old wooden birdcage. i've been keeping my eye out for the perfect birdcage for over a year now, and this one was "it" the moment i saw it. yippee!

an old thermos colored brightly, perfect for a splash of color and to use as a flower vase.

and then there are these. our sofa and chair! found staring back at me at the local thrift store. they were a bit pricey for a thrift store, but were brand new and still wrapped in the plastic, so we splurged. made of 100% natural fibers and weaved with my favorite herringbone design, they are just perfect.

what will you be doing this weekend? i'm off to make a quick trip to ikea, then back here to do some more organizing. have a sunny filled weekend and i'll see you back here on monday! xxo, bonnie

DIY hanging mason jars

| DIY projects


oh, how excited i was to recieve this sweet diy project in my inbox this morning! heather from post road vintage sells these darling hanging jars in her shop, but has been kind enough to share the full diy on her blog. yeah!

i'm thinking these scream mother's day, am i right? sweet, simple, and handmade. you could also use this same technique with several different kinds of jars. i've been collecting old blue ones of various shapes for a long time now, and this project seems just perfect for them. you could also put a little tea light candle in them when you're low on fresh cut flowers to create a beautiful, old-timey ambiance.

i'm thinking about hanging several of these around our wisteria trellis. i'm planning to use that as an outdoor dining space, and think these would be the perfect added touch. what do you think?

in a nutshell

| lifestyle


well, hello lovelies! oh how i've missed you! i just wanted to pop in today and give you a quick update. things are a teeny bit (ok, a lot a bit) hectic around here, but we're making it! after making the two day trek to southern california over the weekend, we arrived at our a new humble abode sunday afternoon. we managed to unpack the trailer, grab some dinner at a local japanese restaurant and fall into the bed (ok, the mattress on the floor). whew!

monday's morning coffee was nothing less than epic. i found the kettle, but not the coffee, the sugar but not the mugs. with everything still in boxes, i've been a little overwhelmed, but i'm getting to them one at a time. as you know, we sold just about everything before we came out here, so finding some furniture has been on the top of the list. and hopefully a couch, before anything else.

and we did! i stumbled into the local thrift store here and lo-and-behold our glorious couch and matching chair sat staring right back at me. brand new and still in the plastic wrap, they are all natural fiber, modern, cream and twilled in my favorite herringbone design. um, thank you! that was a dreadful task made easy. they were still at the top of our couch-budget, but we snatched them up. (i'll be sharing photos as soon as i get this place organized!)

my new favorite place is the natural market place here. i already know the cashiers by name and quickly made friends with the cake ladies. they have several kinds of vegan cakes, a hot food bar, and healthy groceries galore. above is the fruit and veggie section- glorious, isn't it?

so that's been my week in a nutshell! today i'm determined to get the front room and kitchen organized, so i'm going to hop off here and get busy.

our internet is scheduled to get set up on monday (that was also quite epic), so i appreciate your patience! it might be a one-post-per-day kinda week, but things will get back to normal come next week, i promise. in fact, i've got a lot of fun stuff planned for you, including a sweet giveaway!

until tomorrow my friends! xox, bonnie

meal planning with oh, buckets

| lifestyle

Hi, I'm Jes from oh, buckets- so happy to be here with you today!

I usually love to cook dinner! Though I do have a little more time as a stay at home momma and truly do enjoy cooking, meal planning gets all the credit for my dinnertime ease! Years ago I would stare at the kitchen with no clue what to make, trips to the grocery store were frequent, and variety was lacking. Does this sound familiar? If so, read on for my most basic meal planning tips:

1) Plan and record a week long menu. Sit down with your cookbooks AND your calendar so that you can choose recipes that are appropriate for each day - maybe you have a lazy Saturday so you can prepare that time consuming meal you’ve been craving or perhaps you have a time crunched Tuesday and you need to plan a quick, simple meal.

* Don’t forget to plan all parts of the meal for each day. I like to use the rule of 3: a main dish, which may or may not include meat, plus two sides. Your sides do not have to be fancy - simply roasting or steaming fresh or frozen veggies will be tasty, healthy, and low maintenance!

2) As you plan your menu make the week’s grocery list. If you can remember the lay-out of your grocery store write your list in the appropriate order. Hopefully this trip will be your only grocery stop all week, though you may need to make an extra trip for fresh fruits and veggies or unexpected items.

* Remember to add any additional food you may need during the week: snack items, work or school lunches, special holidays or celebrations taking place during the week, etc.

3) Post your completed menu and get the groceries. Place the menu on your fridge, a bulletin board, or wherever it is easy for you and your family to take a quick peek. Know that, on occasion, you may have to deviate from your menu and that’s OK!

To get you started, I've created a fun menu template using picnik! To download: right click on the image and choose “copy”. Then, paste the menu into your favorite word processing program, adjust the size to your preference, print and get planning! Want to save some trees? Print 2-3 menus per page and use the back of the previous week’s menu to jot down your grocery list!

Does the task still seem a bit overwhelming? Get your feet wet by checking out a meal planning blog which offers a weekly menu for you to copy! For a list of options, do an online search using the keywords weekly meal planning blog.

Please let me know if you have any questions, a tip to share, or if you are going to give meal planning a try!

diy oilcloth mats

| DIY projects

Hey, all!  I am Hayley (aka The Tiny Twig), a stay-at-home momma who loves all things creative and adventurous.  I have two darling boys and another little guy due in just a few weeks.  I spend my days looking to make each one count.  Sometimes we go on great adventures and sometimes the great adventure is simply creating a small and beautiful memory.

My Husband and I recently moved back to our hometown in Indiana after living in Charlotte, NC for nearly 5 years.  One reason we came back to the cornfields and the flat earth was that 6 out of 8 of our children's great-grandparents live within 5 miles of each other.  We wanted our boys to benefit from their wisdom and vibrance, and we so desired to love our grandparents well in their twilight years.  My grandmother was an inner-city art teacher for decades, and her joy for life and creativity pulses through my veins and is grafted into my being.

She was the one who introduced me to the idea that craft time does not have to be an all day ordeal, expensive, or even very messy.  She embraces quick projects, makes masterpieces from toilet paper rolls, and always puts down an oilcloth mat before she begins.  These oilcloth mats were mandatory school supplies when she taught art, because they made cleanup quick and put the responsibility on the student for their workspace.  She saw her job as much to nurture creativity as to nurture respect and independence among her middle school students.  As oilcloth became more difficult to obtain and art programs were cut around the country, this quaint staple faded from the minds of educators.

Oilcloth is no longer produced in the same manner (canvas coated in linseed oil and used primarily for sailor's uniforms), but it is now available in amazing designs.  They are easy and relatively inexpensive to create, and can be wiped down with a baby wipe or a wet cloth after use.


Supplies (Creates 2 Mats 18inx29in):

1/2 yard of Oilcloth which measures 58" wide (also called laminate fabric)

2 packages of bias tape or equivalent fabric and bias tape maker



Sewing Machine

You have the choice between using premade/commercial bias tape or creating your own with a unique fabric using a bias tape maker.  At this point, make the bias tape according to package instructions if you are opting to make your own.

Press your bias tape.

Fold oilcloth in half, making it approximately 18 inches by 29 inches.  Cut off selvedges, as they will not be laminated.

Open the bias tape and insert edge of oilcloth.

Pin the bias tape shut, making sure to round the corners carefully.  Do not pin the corner until you have pinned the next side.

Fold the excess bias tape into a neat corner and pin diagonally.

Sew carefully around the bias tape, taking care with the thicker fabric at the corners (possibly backstitching for extra hold).

My boys normally paint with watercolors after breakfast in the morning, while I sit at the table and make my daily list of to-dos.  They enjoy this time together, and I enjoy the fact that I can plan my day in relative and creative quiet.  They know that after they take their bowls to the sink that they can fetch their art materials, and their mats are the first things they gather.  The best part is that when we are finished creating, they can grab a baby wipe, swipe the fabric clean, and put it away along with the rest of their supplies.  They get time to be messy and creative, and also learn to respect their materials and their space.  My grandmother tamed many an unruly inner-city adolescent boy for 45 minutes a day in her time.  I think I can manage to teach these sweet boys of mine.


oh, and happy easter!

| holidays

happy easter!{the mini duckling duckie}

oh, and happy easter! i'll be taking tomorrow off in honor of good friday but want to wish each of you a joy filled weekend with yummy food and time spent with family! our move date is this weekend (AH!) so we'll be on the road and unpacking for a few days. i've got several super-awesome guest posts lined up for you for the beginning of next week, and i'll be back either on wednesday or thursday- writing to you from our new humble abode!

a little easter verse! "Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.." John 11:25-26

love and light to you! xox, bonnie

1/2 off garage sale!

| handmade

yard sale
hi friends! are you tired of me posting about our garage sale yet? well, i've got good news. this will be the last time!

our big move is this weekend, which means EVERYTHING MUST GO! take 50% off all items (excluding furniture). go ahead, take a looksies! sale ends tomorrow!