Jack-O-Planterns

Best. Idea. Ever. Seriously, I love these creative pumpkins from Garden Therapy! I’m so excited to feature them here today. Good thing Halloween is just around the corner because I don’t think I could wait a whole year to make them. These are so creative and so much better than the plain old ones. I especially like ‘Jack’s’ teeth. What a smiley happy pumpkin!

Here’s the link to Garden Therapy’s full article: Garden Therapy: Jack-O-Planterns

A Jack-o-lantern might be one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Halloween, but that’s not the only thing that you can do with a pumpkin. While most people will carve a face into their pumpkins and then put a candle inside, some very creative people have come up with the idea of using it as a planter. These look amazing and will be a welcome addition to anyone’s Halloween celebrations.

Tools Required

It’s very easy to make a jack-o-lantern planter yourself. This fun pumpkin idea only needs a few tools, including:

- Pen
- Knife
- Plants
- Compost
- Pumpkin

Plants

When it comes to plants you can choose pretty much anything. The types of plants that work the best for me include grasses in various colors, kale and ornamental cabbage. I’ve also experimented with a few other plants and you can get different looks by trying out different types of plants.

Step 1 – Hollowing the Pumpkin Out

The very fist step is to cut the top of the pumpkin and start scooping out all of the seeds and innards. This can either be discarded or kept. The seeds can be roasted and taste really nice, and the flesh can also be used to make soup if you wish.

Step 2 – Designing your Pumpkin

Next, you will need to decide what you want your pumpkin to look like. Normally this will be a smiley face with a toothy grin, although you can also design lots of other patterns. I find it easiest if you draw the design directly onto the pumpkin so that you have something to cut out.

Step 3 – Cutting the Design out

Once you have copied the design onto the pumpkin, it’s then a matter of using your sharp knife to cut it out. This is exactly the same as a regular jack-o-lantern so far. Be careful at this stage as you don’t want to hurt yourself, and you also need to be very careful to avoid breaking the pumpkin.

Step 4 – Filling with Compost

Once that’s all cut out you can then fill the pumpkin with soil or compost. Be gentle and don’t compress the soil too much as this could cause the design on the front to break.

Step 5 – Planting

Now you’re ready to plant. Before you actually plant anything in the pumpkin, it’s a good idea to try them in various locations. When you are happy with your design you can then plant it properly. Plants can be put in the top, around the mouth and even in the eyes.

Step 6 – Caring for your Jack-o-lantern planter

Your jack-o-lantern planter is very easy to care for. It needs the occasional water and it should last throughout Halloween. Once you have finished celebrating, simply remove the plants and compost the pumpkin. The plants can either be planted into other planters around the garden, or put into the garden.

Hopefully this fun pumpkin idea will get you in the mood for Halloween. It’s so easy to make, that it’s the perfect activity to help keep the kids occupied. It’s also something that’s slightly different and will become a real talking point.

Additional Resources: Looking for more pumpkin planter ideas?
Don’t miss this article by BHG.com and also this video by Martha Stewart.

tiny homes

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Andrew, Gabriella, and Terra Morrison have raised the bar when it comes to tiny homes. Theirs is mortgage free, off the grid, modern, fabulous, and puts all others to shame in every way. The Morrisons gave up 80% of their possessions to move into this terrific cabin and are utilizing every bit of space. There might not be a lot of room but they don’t waste a single inch. I might have more room but I know that I am wasting space and have stuff I don’t need. I am inspired to organize and declutter after seeing their beautiful home. Their wood floors, kitchen, staircase, and dreamy reading nook will blow your mind!

Here’s the link to Diply’s full article: Diply: This House Doesn’t Look Like Much. Until You Go Inside. You’ll Love Everything about it.

Benefits of Downsizing and Living Off Grid

Living off the grid helps you to cut back on the hustle and bustle of modern living. You will be free from the overwhelming appointments, activities and burdens of modern life. Downsizing and off grid living can be very rewarding and fulfilling. It is also very cost effective and energy efficient. In addition to getting away from the rat race and settling down with what really matters, you will also enjoy the following advantages:

1. Enhanced Creativity

First, you will learn how to make the best use of limited essential resources. Your creativity will naturally come alive. You will become more innovative as you try to invent new ways of managing space, materials, energy, water, and several other resources. For instance, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison, the inventors of the Tiny House, did exactly that when they got rid of about 80% of their personal belongings and acquired a 5-acre piece of land to create a unique off-the grid home. This home has now become a model for others to copy.

2. Financial Freedom

Another great benefit of downsizing and living off the grid is financial freedom. That is what the Morrisons where able to achieve in their new home. The entire project including the land the new tiny home and appliances cost them $33,000. But they are free from debt and they don’t have to worry about paying back a mortgage for over 20 years. Although it cost them time, effort, and significant amount of money to put up the building, they now live there without thinking about paying any heating or electricity bills. In addition, they save a lot of money on transportation, feeding, and clothing.

3. Lower Stress and Anxiety

The pressures of the modern metropolitan lifestyle create a lot of stress. This results in a huge number of stress complaints at most American primary health care centers. And a study conducted at Harvard University revealed that people who are constantly under very high stress levels are four times more likely to experience a heart attack than those who are not.

Opting out of the cluttered, noisy and busy life instantly reduces anxiety. As you eliminate most of the stressful activities like daily commute, appointments, plus overtime, you will remove most of the sources of stress and anxiety.

4. Deeper Appreciation of Nature and Its Beauty

After downsizing and simplifying your life, you will have more time to see the beauty in everyday. Then you can enjoy the bright and refreshing colors of the rising sun and hear the birds in the woods making melodious tunes. The new and simple lifestyle helps you to appreciate the beauty of a bird’s feathers and the artistry displayed on a butterfly’s wings.

5. Better Family Relationships

Finally, off grid living enhances family interaction and builds a stronger bond between family members. Now that you have a restricted supply of energy, you will not have the time to watch television for several hours. Consequently, you will be forced to spend more time with other family members. Most evenings, the entire family will gather in the living area around the fireplace to share experiences and anecdotes together, read a book, and play family games.

Additional Resources: Looking for more inspirational tiny home stories?
Don’t miss this roundup by Distractify and also this post by Tiny (The Movie).

Never Buy Makeup Remover Wipes Ever Again With This Secret DIY

I love ‘em! These makeup remover wipes featured over at Diply are an all-around brilliant idea! They are such a simple DIY; I can’t believe that I didn’t come up with them myself. I’ll save myself a pretty penny by making them at home. I bet you have most of the ingredients already and the ones you don’t are super affordable and easy to find. Never go to bed with a grimy face again!

Get the secret formula HERE

Diply:
Never Buy Makeup Remover Wipes Ever Again With This Secret DIY

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tiny cabin

Do you ever feel like selling everything you own and downsizing to a completely smaller and simpler way of life? This guy was sick of barely making ends meat trying to keep up with the “joneses” and simply had the guts to change his way of life. I give him a whole lotta props for pulling this off and I’m just a wee bit jealous too. You gotta see the inside of his new tiny home. Amazing!

Continue HERE to see inside…

Diply:
This Guy Was Tired of Steep Expenses,
but He Had The Guts To Do This.
You Have To See Inside.

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41 Awesomely Easy No-Sew DIY Clothing Hacks

Master seamstress I am not. I don’t even have a sewing machine right now! That doesn’t mean that I don’t still love to make things. These would be fun to try! Who doesn’t have some free time? I love all the beach cover-ups but would be a little afraid that some of the skirts would fall off..but I’m willing to give ‘em a try!

See all 41 here…

Buzzfeed – 41 Awesomely Easy No-Sew DIY Clothing Hacks

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Eclectic Barn Wedding: Kelly & Jeremy

Country weddings are not tacky! They used to be a little run of the mill but that was ages ago before pinterest and insanely creative people like Kelly and Jeremy. Thier wedding, featured at Rustic Wedding Chic, makes me wish I had gone a little more country! I love the mason jar lights. They are beautiful and the wood signs are really creative too.

See their beautiful wedding here…

Rustic Wedding Chic – Eclectic Barn Wedding: Kelly & Jeremy

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20 DIY Halloween Bags, Baskets, And Bowls

#7 is where it’s at! Or maybe #8, 14, and 19? I like the idea of having pre-made goodie bags for the adorable princesses, superheroes, and goblins that come trick or treating. Last year we had to make a Costco run midway through the evening because our street was so busy! This year I will be more prepared. I honestly this roundup from Buzzfeed made me a little crazy. How am I going to narrow it down?

See all the creative ideas here-

Buzzfeed – 20 DIY Halloween Bags, Baskets, And Bowls

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37 Wonderful Homemade Gifts For less Than $10

I’m really excited to feature Tips Bulletin’s homemade gift roundup today! The ideas are fabulous and you’ll be sure to find the right DIY gift for everyone on your list. I’ve already decided who to give a themed gift box to and there are a lot of people I know who will love the teacup lights. I will be a busy DIY bee this Holiday season! What gifts will you make first?

See all 37 here…

Tips Bulletin – 37 Wonderful Homemade Gifts For less Than $10

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