Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Repurposed Coffee Carafe into Terrarium

Hello.

So I know I've been coo coo for terrarium's lately as you remember from here and here. There are so sweet and cute! Plus there is potential to re-purpose items, like here :)


I've had this vintage carafe for a couple of years now. It's been on the back porch and has served many purposes, such as watering can to measuring device to even a seashell display.

It is now being re-purposed again for...you guessed it...a terrarium.

Here's what you need:


vintage carafe
natural decor rocks
moss rocks
Spanish moss
few floral sprigs
faux succulent

As you can probably guess, all of these items were purchased at the Dollar Tree. The carafe was a thrift store purchase.

In the end, I decided on a design that included only the decor rock, moss rock and succulent. But you can play with this and come up with so many designs.

First, I filled the bottom with an even layer of the natural decor rocks.


I then nestled a few moss rocks into the decor rock. Lastly, I added the succulent.


Very simple but turned out lovely :)


I soon hope to be adding a sweet bench and side table on my front porch. I hope to set this little terrarium out as well to pair nicely with my succulent wreath.

Enjoy!

xoxo
Ginger

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Support Your Fellow Crafter Linky Party #2

Hello.

Today is Support Your Fellow Crafter Monday - 2nd edition! Some lovely bloggers linked up last week and I'm happy to share some of their projects :)

First up is this super cute burlap bunny garland from Eclectic Red Barn


Then this amazing blueberry pie recipe from This Autoimmune Life


I'm also in love with these up-cycled vintage frames at Sadie Seasongoods

  
And last but certainly not least are these completely adorable zipper pouches 


If you were featured for last weeks Support Your Fellow Crafter, please snag a featured button below!


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Now lets move on to Support Your Fellow Crafter :)


First the rules of the house:

Please link only to your blog post, not your blog
Please link back to my blog on your post
Please visit and comment on the 3 links before your link
Please do not link your Etsy or other similar site
Please snag the linky party button to the right
Have fun!




Friday, March 24, 2017

Delicious Tuna Salad Recipe

Hello.

I wanted to share a recipe with you today. It's a take on classic tuna salad. Very tasty and a great spring/summer brunch or lunch menu for hanging out with girlfriends.


Ingredients:

2 cans of wild caught white albacore tuna
1 carrot
1/2 granny smith apple
2 tbs of dill pickle relish
1 stalk of celery
1 1/2 tbs of olive oil light mayo
dried oregano
garlic and herb seasoning
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
whole wheat baguette

First, preheat oven to 425.

Then, dice up the carrot, celery and apple. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, empty can of tuna and break up the fish a little.

Add the fruit, vegetables and relish and stir well. Then add the mayo and stir until well incorporated.

Add a few dashes of dried oregano and garlic and herb seasoning, as well as fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste. Stir well.


Slice the baguette into thin angled pieces and toast for 5-10 minutes.

Scoop salad onto toast and enjoy! I recommend a big glass of sweet tea and lemonade half and half to drink ;)

xoxo
Ginger

DIY Compost Bin

Hello.

Just let me say, I love gardening! Not only is it a great pastime and stress re-leaver, but there are so many environmental and health benefits as well. It is so satisfying watching things grow and having the security of growing my own food. In addition, a great garden, whether it is a vegetable/fruit or flower garden, can create a wonderful backyard habitat that will make you want to stay out all day long :)

Gardening certainly wasn't always easy for me. As a matter of fact my first three years yielded nothing more than a few lettuce leaves here or there. But I would not give up and over the years, I have come to understand what plants work best for my lifestyle and what type of garden works best.

And I've learned many tricks along the way ;) One of the most important would be the compost bin. 


I used to think a compost pile/bin would be  gross! Smelly, full of spoiled/rotting garbage and bugs, etc. But I've come to learn gardening and compost come hand in hand. And as it turns out, none of those fears held water - except maybe rolly polly bugs ;)

Since deciding to compost, I've had several fails. First, I tried a compost pile in one corner of the yard. My first mistake was not using the container method. The wind blew everything everywhere and it did not maintain the proper level of moisture. 

After some no-go container attempts, I've since decided a giant 20" pot is best for me. I like to work in small batches of compost. Obviously if you have a very large garden, you can try the garbage tote system, etc. 


This is my bin. Wide open top for easy "stirring".


Drainage holes in the bottom of the pot are a plus.


And the existing tray in the bottom promotes air flow. Now to start your mixture ;) 

My second fail when starting to compost was improper ratio of compost ingredients. This is the recipe I like to use and I think it works really well :)

First I start with a dry filler. Here is a separate bin of grass clippings that have dried out. Note I also add a trowel full of fireplace ash to my compost for PH balance. Ash is also good for acid loving plants. But remember a little goes a long way ;)


I fill the bin about a quarter of the way with dry filler. Other dry fillers could include dried fall leaves, straw/hay or bulk dried corn husks - which work great for keeping up compost during fall and winter months.


Then I throw a layer of dirt in there. This could be any dirt - I tend to use the soil left over from the previous years hanging baskets, etc. The dirt will hold water - which we'll add later.


Then add a layer of "green" filler or "wet" filler. Bulk green fillers could be fresh grass clippings or a bucket of weeds you've pulled. 

In addition, I love to throw in organic kitchen waste: egg shells, coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit waste and/or peels, even animal blood!

There are also several everyday home products you can find biodegradable versions of, such as toilet paper, paper towels, feminine products - even tooth brushes. But for now I'm sticking with the basics.


Then I add another light layer of dry filler. I then will add a little water to the mix. I have a fish pond so I generally will grab a cup or so of pond water, which will be full of nitrates.

You can always mix plant food with water and add or just stick to plain water altogether. 


Then mix well with a trowel or shovel and let sit to work its magic. I generally will turn the mixture once a week or so. If it has been very hot I'll add a little more water and mix more often to evenly distribute moisture. 

I add a layer of compost while planting new crops in my beds as well as a thin layer to potted plants. So start gardening!

Enjoy.

xoxo
Ginger

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Macrame' Key Chain

Hello.

Today I have a super easy tutorial for an adorable DIY project that can be done in minutes. Check it out ;)


Super cute macrame knot key chain made with love for only a few bucks ;)


Here is what you need to purchase:


I first snagged this 3/16 " soft polyester blend rope at Harbor Freight for $1.99.  The roll is 100 feet - plenty of other projects to come ;)

I then picked up a half inch swivel snap at Home Depot for under $2.

Then you will need these to get started:


two lengths of rope 48" each
two lengths of rope 32" each
the swivel snap
ruler to measure your rope
scissors


First lope the two 48 " ropes through the bottom of the snap in a loop knot. You then make a single square knot like so. You'll be following the exact same tutorial for a square knot as shown here. See pictures below ;)




Make sure to pull firm and you have one square knot. 


Then create another square knot from the other side.


Like so.


Now you have two square knots.

Now we will develop a diamond pattern. Take a 32" section of rope and place under the two ropes on the left hand side. 


Then pull them to the middle.


With this new set of four, continue with a square knot.


I completed two square knots and then copied the pattern on the right hand side.


I then joined the four middle ropes into two sets of square knots - completing the diamond.


This is where I stopped - ensure your final knot is tight.


I then cut the ropes down to the length I wanted and pulled apart the plies into some pretty fringe.



Once done, clip to your bag or purse. Add to your key-chains or hang from the rear view mirror ;)




Enjoy!

xoxo
Ginger

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Vegetable Garden

Hello.

So I wanted to give a little tour of my vegetable garden :) I love gardening and have worked pretty hard the last few years to get it right! Gardening isn't always so cut and dry -_-

Sadly, I've had several epic fails, but after a lot of research and experimenting, I know what works best for my lifestyle and the types of plants I want to grow :) Let's check it out!


Here is my main garden. I love raised beds. Practically fool proof ;) 

And super easy to construct. The wood plank I snagged from the remnant pile at Home Depot for 75% off. I had a few 2 x 4 pieces at home from another project. Add a few screws and done. I added four tall posts on each corner so I could cover the garden with plastic if needed.

In the raised bed, I have cauliflower, cabbage, hot pepper plants, three types of lettuce (butter crisp, romaine, and red leafy) onions and carrots.

I also have quite a bit in large containers. I prefer to put "bushy" type plants in containers, like tomato, green beans and sweet potato.



You can see here my first few little babies coming in!

I also wanted to try some berries this year so here are my blueberry and black berry bushes.



My brother in law built this large wooden planter and I have some spinach starting up here. 


In smaller pots, I have some bell peppers and strawberries :)


I did several vegetable plants from seeds this year; spinach, arugula, carrots and green beans. But everything else, I just went for young plants. Cuts down on the waiting!


My lettuces are looking gorgeous!



It's so amazing to plant, water and nurture your own food! I'm very excited to harvest this year :)

Enjoy!

xoxo
Ginger

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