Tootsie Pops are a favorite treat, especially on Halloween. I always loved them when I was a kid. I remember checking the wrappers for the “Indian” because that mattered for some reason. As an adult, I’ve realized that the colorful wrappers and sweet taste make the perfect trick or treat gift on Halloween. With this adorable Halloween lollipops project, you can dress up those Tootsie Pops to really make an impression. They’re perfect for Halloween decorations or for giving to the neighborhood kids who come knocking. And they’re super easy to make. [Read more…]
Now that summer is here, you want to capture the beauty of summer flowers both inside and outside. So Sisters Know Best came up with 5 ways to display flowers that you are going to love! They add color to your home and create a great background and conversation piece for BBQs and backyard events. These crafty and creative flower displays will certainly capture attention. Consignment shops are a great place to find old bottles, metal and glass containers or even clay pots. These beautiful containers can be “upcycled” to hold flowers in a variety of creative and ingenious ways.
A new take on a classic idea. Find four or five matching or coordinating glass bottles. Fill them with sand, small stones or other decorative media. Attach the bottles to a piece of wood or fence rail with metal brackets. Add water and a single flower in each one. Or, you can make this last longer by using silk flowers instead.
Tall bottles with a bouquet of fresh flowers from your garden also work great as a centerpiece on your picnic table or dining room table. If you find clear ones, you can paint the inside with transparent, water-proof paint for an added effect when the sun shines through.
Hollow logs are common in New England. They make great habitats for insects and small lizards and snakes that call the forests home. If you can find one and get it home, it also makes a great planter! Fill it up with potting soil, add flowers and step back as others admire the effect.
Clay pots are so much fun! Consignment shops often have rustic looking ones at incredibly affordable prices. Find some in neutral or coordinating colors for your home. Just add water and wildflowers or forgo the water and use silk flowers for a look that will last all year.
Broken clay pots work great too! Use the broken area as the new “top.” Lay the clay pot on its side, bury it in some sand or decorative stone. Add potting soil to the opening created when the pot broke and flowers. What was once likely to end up in the trash bin is now a gorgeous planter.
Repurposing containers to display flowers is a great way to get crafty and capture the essence of summer. Try it and let us know what other ideas you have to display flowers.
Itchy, flaky dry skin. It makes me crazy! Eczema is a frustrating skin condition… and it’s tough to find good natural eczema treatments… I’m not a fan of chemical-based treatments. In general, eczema is a lack of oils and fats in your skin which causes it to become inflamed. The space between the skin cells becomes larger, which can allow bacteria and other irritants to enter more easily. Most soaps make this worse because they strip away the oils and lipids your skin normally produces. I normally use aloe vera to treat eczema that is out of control but the following are great ways to manage and try to avoid outbreaks.
Coconut, Jojoba and Shea Butter for Natural Eczema Treatments
This remedy is easy to make and store. Each of the ingredients on their own have been shown to help skin retain moisture. Combined, it makes a wonderful, powerful cream.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 tablespoons Shea butter
-2 tablespoons beeswax
-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
-4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
-Lavender essential oil (optional)
-Airtight tins or glass jars
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and jojoba until liquefied. Then coconut oil and stir until it is fully incorporated. Finally, lower the heat and add the Shea butter, stirring as it melts. Shea butter gets added last and at lower heat because a little more heat sensitive. It can also get grainy further along its shelf life. Pour the mixture into airtight glass jars and add a drop or two of lavender essential oil, if desired. Allow it to cool and cover for storage.
Apply liberally to affected areas as needed.
Oils don’t work for every eczema sufferer. Vegetable glycerin can be a great alternative in those cases. Food-grade vegetable glycerin is 99.7% pure. The remaining 0.3% is water. As you can imagine, this makes it ideal for restoring moisture to your skin and filling the gaps between skin cells. Start with a 1:1 ratio of water to vegetable glycerin. Blend them in a spray bottle and spritz on your skin as needed. Once you see how your skin reacts, you can play around with the ratios to find the right mix for your skin.
What other natural eczema treatments have helped you tame the itchy, inflamed skin? We’d love to pass them on to our readers!
Being cooped up with the snow is pretty tough, especially for kids. The more cabin fever they get, the crazier they start to act. Parents start to worry about their homes and belongings being safe. When all the usual indoor entertainment ideas have gotten boring, what’s a parent to do? Easy! Bring out the crafts! We love these fun craft ideas you can do with your kids to keep them from destroying your home out of boredom and a need to do something. [Read more…]
At some point, we can all use a little more inspiration in our lives – a little happier, a little more zen. As crafters, we have a unique opportunity to use our creativity and craftiness to add those necessary elements to our environment and give them to others. If you need a little inspiration for your inspirational craft project, here’s some of our favorites.
Fall DIY projects are some of my favorite to round up! I love this time of year. Not sure if it’s the changing leaves or the crisp air that invigorates, but I LOVE this time of year. How about you? Do you like Fall? If yes, you will love these cute and easy fall DIY projects for indoors and out. [Read more…]
Ok. It’s not really a homemade bug dope. It’s more like a DIY salve or DIY balm. It’s super easy to make, it’s natural, and it works! [Read more…]
This garden gate collection was created because my garden needs a gate. This past summer we used sawhorses to keep out deer and moose. Prior to that I did have a gate that we had made from branches. It was pretty cool and worked, but it rotted. I can’t do another summer with sawhorses for a gate. Ok. I can, but I don’t want to.I live in the woods and want a gate preferably that we make. I love the twig and branch gates.
Do you guys remember our giant DIY ice marbles that we made last winter? They are so easy to make and they add such a fun touch to our railing out front. I can’t wait for the weather to get cold enough to do it again. BUT THIS TIME I’m going to have more purpose for them and turn some of them in to bird feeders! What a great idea from Twig and Toadstool! [Read more…]
Chaga grows on birch trees near my home in northern Maine and is not very attractive, but the health benefits of chaga are extremely attractive. I have heard it said that we will find in nature what we need to maintain or heal our health. I’ve also heard that the things that heal us resemble what they’re curing. [Read more…]
In 1621, Thanksgiving was much different than it is today. Thanksgiving was a harvest shared between the new colonists and the Indians in America. It was a celebration of a successful harvest. Today we celebrate it in remembrance. It’s a fun time and these treats and crafts below are a great way to show our spirit! Take a look below and enjoy! From Sisters Know Best to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving! [Read more…]
Candy corn are the rage this Halloween season… at least in my household. We love Halloween and we love to decorate! Why not do it with one of favorite Halloween treats? This Candy Corn Mason Jar Craft is simple and affordable to make.
These Halloween Party Decorations will be super spooky and fun to make! First things first – do NOT eat the trees! There is a wire in them. (Gulp!) Everything else is edible. These are yummy and adorable Halloween centerpieces! The original post says they are not edible; however, it’s because of the black wire they used. Instead of black wire, I twisted my trees together and then used black electrical tape to tie it together. [Read more…]
Chris and I have been so excited about the fall foliage and making crafts with beautiful leaves. We challenged each other to come up with a new project to top last year’s Nicole Duke’s Leaf Roses. My project is a fall leaf candle holder using a canning jar, Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and leaves.
Today, as I begin this article, it is the first day of autumn. It was an amazing summer but now as the air turns crisp and signs of Fall are everywhere, my mind is turning toward fall crafts. I know I’m not alone. I’ve been looking at Pinterest and Facebook for fresh and new ideas for crafts. Here’s Sisters Know Best Top 5 Picks for Fall Crafts: [Read more…]