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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!

Make It Monday: White Sheets


I’ve mentioned before that I love white sheets.  Love, love, love them.  But let’s be honest.  They can get a little dingy.  So can pillows and mattress covers.  From what I read, the yellowing on bed linens comes from sweat.  And since I bundle up at night…Yuckola!

In a mission to make my pillows a little less yucky, I found this on Pinterest.  It sounded like the perfect plan—except that I have a front load washer and wouldn’t know how to “soak” something in it if I had to.  So, I improvised.  Here’s what I did:

1.  Set washer temp to hot wash/cold rinse.


2.  Add usual amount of regular, daily detergent.

3.  Add 1/4 cup chlorine bleach.


4.  Add 1/4 cup borax .


5.  Load in the sheets (and usually a towel or two) and run on “Heavy”.


The result was amazing!  But, just in case I decided to line dry and let the sun do a little more disinfecting and bleaching!


You can see how white the sheets are on the line!  Brilliant!

++++note:  I wash my sheets once a week and this is what I do every.single.time.  I wash my pillows and mattress cover about every six months with the same steps.+++++

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Garden Hack #1: Garden Mailbox

I saw this idea on Pinterest (how many of your conversations start like that?) and knew I had to use it. 


My raised beds are across the yard from our shed.  Now, I know, it’s not really a long way to walk, but wouldn’t it be handy to have a dry place to store my favorite hand trowel and gloves right next to my veggie beds? 

We had a few old mailboxes hanging around, so I snitched one.  We sanded it and spray painted it pink.  Adam mounted it for me and we were good to go.


The little light inside is a magnetic light that we found at Harbour Freight.

BTW, I haven’t posted many pics of my garden lately here on the blog, but there are a few on instagram.  You can find them by searching #inthegardenwithgracie on my Instagram feed.