Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Inspiration Gallery features

  DIY Fall Decor Ideas 
bean pumpkin 1
Bean Pumpkin With Delineate Your Dwelling
DIY Pumpkins with Realistic Looking Stems from Anderson and Grant
DIY Pumpkins With Anderson + Grant
Free Printable with Be Repurposed
Fall Vignette with The Happy Scraps
Fall Wreath with Blooming Homestead
Autumn Banner with The Domestic Heart
Rustic Fall Dropcloth Pumpkins _ cameo cottage designs _ 012
White Natural Pumpkins with Cameo Cottage Designs
Have A Wonderful Weekend!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Easy refrigerator pickles and 4 other delicious canning recipes

As summer slowly takes a bow, I find myself trying to preserve a little bit of its goodness. 
You might have seen this little planter 
I made in order to keep one of my favourite plants indoors. 
And today, I am joining some of my friends to share a couple of
delicious canning and preserving recipes. 

Admittedly, I was a little hesitant to try this out because 
1. I have never tried pickling  before and 
2. I am a little bit impatient when it comes to waiting for the final product.
 My type of impatience is limited but not exclusive to : 
Waiting for the first layer of paint to dry prior to applying the next layer. 
Waiting for dough to sit for an hour before baking.
Waiting for hubby to come home to hang a picture etc, etc.

This was no exception, as I didn't really want to wait the two weeks it would take for my cucumbers to pickle in order to find out if I had succeeded or not. 
So after doing a little research, I learned that 
the easiest and fastest way to pickle cucumbers is to simply wash, slice, stick them in vinegar add a little salt and put them in the fridge. 

But of course! my mom uses this method to pickle carrots, cauliflower, cabbage etc. to this day. (I see you shaking your head mami)

Refrigerator pickle recipe

10 mini cucumbers 
3 teaspoons of pickling salt , Kosher salt or coarse salt
2 tablespoons of fresh dill ( I used whole heads which contain the seeds)
1/2 cup of vinegar or enough to fill the jar you are using just below the neck of the jar.
2 cloves of garlic
1 - 2 teaspoons of dried red chili pepper (optional)


Wash mini cucumbers and slice very thinly 
In a clean jar, place a whole peeled clove of garlic,salt and half the amount of dill.
Fill half the jar with cucumbers and add some more dill and another head of garlic.
Fill the jar to the top with cucumbers and remainder of dill.
Our vinegar in jar until cucumbers are completely covered.
Close lid tightly and shake contents. 
Place in refrigerator and shake contents once in a while throughout the day. 

These pickles tasted good enough to eat after a few hours
 but reached their best tasting point after 3 days.
The kids love them and I will probably have to make another batch soon.
I will update this post as the days progress and will let you know my findings.
So far so good, but I think there's a reason why people say 
'best things come to those who wait'. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Here are some other canning and reserving recipes
 from some of my friends! 

5 Delicious Canning & Preserving Recipes
Check them out!
Honey & Rosemary Blackberry Jam by Shauna from Satori Design for Living
Homemade Sweet Crunchy Pickles by Angie from Echoes of Laughter
Refrigerator Pickles by Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Blueberry Baked Brie Topping by Heather from Home to Heather

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Paper feather fall wreath

Happy midweek. 
 Today I wanted to give you a little peak
 of this pretty paper feather wreath I made a couple of days ago. 
It's above our mantel, which I will be sharing with you next week during our fall home tour. 
I have been a little busy preparing for my session at BlogPodium. 
Blogpodium is the largest blogger's conference in Canada and I have been given the honour to teach a  session about standout DIY's. I will be focusing on photography and also sharing some of the things that have helped me along my blogging journey. 
Having experienced first hand meeting some of my American friends at Haven this year, 
I know how fun and informative these conferences are.
So I'm really looking forward to meeting my Canadian sisters. 
There are some great speakers this year but, I am particularly excited to hear Donna from Funky Junk Interiors speak. 
She is the keynote of the conference.
Donna has been such a great source of not only inspiration but support and encouragement throughout my blogging 'career'. 

 I am nervous about my session but I know that the attendees as well as myself, are all there to learn from each other so that gives me a little sense of peace. 
On top of preparing for my session, I have also been trying to get our home ready for my fall tour along with some of my very talented friends. 
I shared a little peek of my mantel on my INSTAGRAM account, so if you're curious to see what's coming up next week, head on over ;)  
I love working with good paper, this one is by my friends at Canvas Corp.
 I will share more details next week. 

Come back tomorrow so I can show you something 
I made for the fist time...xo 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How to make a faux stone planter

I think it's safe to say that we have transitioned into fall.
 Although the weather still doesn't seem very fall like,
 the gardens are slowly starting to take a bow. 
I love autumn, but I also love summer and I miss it when it ends. 
So I thought it would be fun to preserve a little bit of 
summer to keep with me as the weather turns cold.  

Remember this pretty succulent hanging centrepiece I made this summer?
Well, it has done so well and before it was too late,
 I made a little home for one of the succulents to bring indoors.
I wanted to be reminded of our walks along the water and the many  little pebbles my kiddies like to collect on those carefree summer days.
 Isn't this cute? I made the pebbles from polymer clay and
 I love how realistic they turned out. 
Aren't the colors on this succulent just gorgeous?
 You could already see a touch of autumn on it.
This little guy will sit on my window sill so I can be reminded of summer even when it's snowing outside.  I'm getting too ahead of myself aren't I? 
Nevertheless, I'm glad I'll have a little piece of summer with me.  

It would mean so much if you came to visit :) 

Thank you so much and have a beautiful day. 
much love,
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