Garden hack #2: Scarecrow

Item #5 on my September Garden To Do List:  A scarecrow!

I went to the my favorite time-suck source of inspiration and found a few ideas for a garden scarecrow.  The mop-head scarecrows were my favorites.

Here’s our garden helper:


We used some scrap lumber and wood screws to create a cross.  The cowboy hat, clapping hands, and mop head are all Dollar Tree finds.  The shirt and skirt came out of our charity box.  I used garden wire to attach my pieces and set it in the garden near the sweet peas! 

Total cost:  $4 +tax

Make It Monday: Fall Scents

It’s finally Fall.  And even if the thermometer doesn’t prove it, the calendar does!  I’m not a pumpkin-everything kinda girl, but I love the spicy scents and flavors of Fall.

We have a very naughty black cat and a 20-month old frequent visitor.  These two things make candles a no-go.  So how do I get fall scents into throughout my house?  I diffuse essential oils.


My favorite fall blend is 3 drops of wild orange, 3 drops of clove bud, 1 drop of frankincense, and 1 drop of cedarwood.  I order all my oils here.

We have 2 favorite diffusers to use with our oils.  We like a plug-in room diffuser for the bedroom and a cold-water diffuser for kitchen/living room.

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A Little Handmade Christmas Inspiration

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We have 3 months until Christmas!  3 months!  It’s time to get cracking on our Handmade Christmas gifts.  Did you finish your list? 

Now’s the time to decide what to make!  I’ve compiled an inspiration board on Pinterest to get you started:

Follow Salinda’s board Handmade Christmas Inspiration on Pinterest.


See any ideas that work for the folks on your list?  Why not start your own idea board?  You can share it with me in the comments, or you can make it a secret board so no one can snoop!

October Sewing Classes


If you’d like to learn to sew or even brush up on your sewing skills in time to make Christmas gifts, October is the time!  Here are the October Sewing classes you might be interested in:

If you know nothing about sewing,  get started on Monday, Sept 28 and Oct 5 with Sewing Basics at BPCC. Or you can take the class later in the month on Oct 19 and 26. 

If you know how to thread your machine and sew a basic, straight seam, then you might want to start on Monday, Sept 27 at 9 am with What Else Can Your Machine Do? at LSUS.

If you’d like to Learn to Read a Pattern then you need the class on Tuesday, Set 29 and Thursday, Oct 1 at LSUS.

If there is a class you are interested in that isn’t listed, just message me.  I’d love to teach a workshop on Halloween costumes if I have enough interest!

The Handmade Christmas Gift List


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Christmas Lists

The first step in any Christmas planning is always seems to be a list.  A list of who, a list of what, a list of when, a list of food, a list of wishes, lists, lists, lists.  Since a Handmade Christmas starts requires a bit of planning, let’s start with a very basic list:  who?


Who’s on Your List?

For whom do you need gifts this Christmas?  (Wow, that’s an awkward sounding question.  Silly grammar.) We can start naming all sorts of folks, but the answer to this question really goes back to a larger question:  Why do you give gifts?

My family has chosen to give gifts as a way to show love for the people in our lives.  Our gift list looks like this:

  • each other (Adam, the kids, and me)
  • our parents and grandparents
  • our siblings
  • our nephews
  • our dearest friends and their kids
  • our teachers at school and church
  • Adam’s judge and coworkers
  • two nursing home residents
  • two Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes
  • an angel tree recipient or the CPSO toy drive

So, who will receive handmade goodness this Christmas?  Honestly, I still haven’t decided.  But, I can tell you that I do love to gift handmade to our parents, siblings, and friends because they know the love that goes into it. I also love receiving handmade gifts from them.  Some of my favorites from the past:  a pear table runner quilted by Momma, my Saints wreaths from Susan, and my chef’s knives from my FIL. 

Who’s on Your Christmas List?

My Fall Garden Plans 2015

I’ve been patiently waiting for our temps to sink back down below the 90s.  And for rain.  All this while, I’ve been dreaming about my fall garden.  I can’t wait to see it full and green.  But until then, let’s look at some pretty cabbages and lettuces from years past.


Last week, we finally saw highs in the 80s!  Woo hoo!  My Fall Garden is slowly getting started, but they beauty of planting in September is that our temps are nice for so long into the winter, that we’ve got lots of time.   So here’s this year’s grand plan.  (The lime green print represents summer plants on their second wind!)

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What’s happening in your garden?  You can see my September tasks here.

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