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All-Natural Weed Killer - That Works!

Summer is finally here!  The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, and so are the weeds!

So many times I hear people ask how to kill weeds without harmful chemicals.  Here is my solution:
I start with a 24 ounce spray bottle and cover the bottom with salt.  I held it up to the light so you could see how much salt I use...since I don't measure it! Then, I fill it up with vinegar and add a few drops of dish soap.  Any brand will do since it just helps the solution stick to the leaves.  Shake it up and don't forget to label the bottle. The only thing left to do is spray the weeds.  As you can see, I got this one good and wet. Two hours later... Isn't that amazing?   I've been using this solution for years and it's never let me down.  One thing I will tell you, though, it seems to work better on a sunny day.   Do you have a 'go-to' weed killer?  Be sure to tell us about it in the comments.  As, always, thanks for stopping by and Happy Father's Day to all the …
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$2 Cabinet Makeover

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind.  We are all moved in, most of the boxes have been unpacked, and I've even had time to start a couple of projects.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a couple of outside projects but, one of the first inside projects I tackled was giving our bathroom medicine cabinet a makeover.  
It wasn't a bad medicine cabinet, just a little 'blah'. It also wasn't real wood, so I knew that any moisture from jars, etc. would take a toll on the surfaces.   To create this transformation, I went to the Dollar Store and bought two rolls of contact paper.  The first step was to remove the shelves and measure from the top of the cabinet all the way to the bottom shelf edge.  I wanted one, continuous piece.   I'm sure you know the rule...measure twice, cut once?  Well, that never seems to work for me.  It ends up being 'measure twice, cut once, SWEAR, and try to fix it'!  I'm talented like that!  So, to avoid that proble…

Moving Tips: The Top 10 Countdown

We moved.  
It's all here...somewhere.  
We LOVE the new Cottage.  
Let's talk about Moving...
You've heard all kinds of advice, but it's time to narrow it down.  Let's get started with the countdown...

#10 - Purge
Do it now.  Why move it if you're going to get rid of it anyway?  Go through everything - clothes, dishes, small appliances - if you're not using it, it goes!  Throw it out, donate it, sell it.  Trust me, it will be fewer boxes to pack and move.

#9 - Reuse Boxes/Totes
There are free boxes everywhere!  You know that tote-full of clothes you just purged?  You now have an empty tote! You're welcome!  Check with liquor stores, grocery stores, and schools - those copy paper boxes are great!  Craigslist is another great source for boxes, sometimes free or a low price.  Just be sure to use plenty of tape,  No one wants a box breaking open while they're carrying it!

#8 - Label, label, label!
Label the tops and all the sides.  Trust me, if you only label th…

I'll Be Back...

We are in the process of moving to the new Cottage.  Come back again soon to hear all about the new adventure!

A New Cottage!

Yes, it's finally happening!  After a long search, we have found another house and will be closing soon.  If you've been following you know the funny story that goes along with the selling of the Cottage.  If you missed it, click HERE for the details.

I'm not really sure that the new house qualifies as a 'cottage' since it was built in 1890 and has two stories, but as soon as we walked into it, we knew it was the right house for us.  The people we are buying it from did all the hard work - believe me, our shoulders are thanking them - so all that is left is the gardens and decorating.  (Insert 'Happy Dance' here)
Would you like a peek?
I love the staircase!

This is the nook off the dining room.

Kitchen Pic #1

Kitchen Pic #2 There are lots of things to do before I ever get to the kitchen, but I need a little help.  You see, I've always wanted white kitchen cabinets (just take a look at my Kitchen Board on Pinterest) but these are beautiful wood cabinets and the…

Cupcake Potholder Tutorial

If you're like me, potholders take a beating in the kitchen.  They end up stained, burned, and looking pretty humble after a while.  That's the state mine were in, so I bought some fabric and got busy.  WARNING:  This post has LOTS of pictures!
The patterns have been in my stash for a while, but in addition, here are the things you'll need:  contrasting fabric, matching thread, cotton batting, Insul-Bright, pencil, chalk, scissors, sewing machine, ribbon (optional).
Start by placing your patterns on the wrong side of the fabric and trace with a pencil.
You will now layer the pieces in this order:  one piece of batting, one piece of Insulbrite, and the two pieces of fabric with right sides together. At this point, you are going to cut an opening in the top piece of fabric only.  This will be for 'turning' after you sew the pieces together.   Do this for the cupcake base and the top.  Next, pin your layers together and sew along the pencil lines. Sorry for switching back a…

Beautiful Wreath & A Discount for You

If you're like me, you're always on the look-out for something pretty to put in your home, so when I was contacted by a representative from Commercial Palm Trees, I was thrilled!  
They offered me a product from their extensive plants, trees, and outdoor collection in return for a neutral review of the product chosen.   There were so many options, but, here's what I finally chose:
They did an excellent job packaging this wreath for shipping. This is exactly what it looked like when it came out of the box and I was impressed by how life-like the flowers were.  Take a look at some close-ups:

I think the flowers are beautiful. Don't you? The wreath is very well-made and I expect it to last a long time. Based on this wreath, I would not hesitate to purchase from them. They have an extensive selection of silk plants that includes flowers, plants, topiaries, trees, and more.  
Now, for the best part.  If you would like to find something for your home, click HERE to shop.  To rece…