Beatrix Potter Nursery Inspiration

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I love dreaming up ideas for our little one’s bedroom. I love making our house a home and creating a peaceful, welcoming space — it’s a creative outlet I’m addicted too. I just can’t help myself! 😉

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Nature Journals for Children

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They [children] must be let alone, left to themselves a great deal, to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heavens; for of the evils of modern education few are worse than this––that the perpetual cackle of his elders leaves the poor child not a moment of time, nor an inch of space, wherein to wonder––and grow. At the same time, here is the mother’s opportunity to train the seeing eye, the hearing ear, and to drop seeds of truth into the open soul of the child, which shall germinate, blossom, and bear fruit, without further help or knowledge of hers.” – Charlotte Mason

Oh, the joys of being able to create lovely things. My library students have recently finished the read-alouds we began long ago. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and White Fang were excellent winter season activities but the warming weather is calling for something more active.

Our school is preparing a small, square-foot style garden for the students. They’ll dig in soil, sow seeds, transplant sprouts and create compost.

It’s really quite delightful.

To add to the fun, the library classes will spend time each week in their individual nature journals. We’ll ask questions, make observations, collect specimens, and draw sketches of the life we find.

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I found these inspiring questions from The Minimalist Guide to Nature Journals.

Needless to say I think this is the best thing ever.

What creative task is keeping you busy? Do you keep a nature journal?

Love, blessings and a lot of coffee,

Frannie

My Top Springtime DIYs

Welcome, sweet people!

I’m enjoying a quiet day off with my Beloved man. And though our mid-Missouri town is cold and gray today I’m dreaming of future sunshine, green things and spring birds singing their hearts out.

I recently re-organized my Pinterest boards and found so many fun, budget friendly DIY’s I love. Here are six must-do projects I’m planning to do this spring:

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House by Hoff DIY Rope Containers

We have little gardening space so I grow veggies and herbs in containers lining our driveway. Our pots are needing some tlc and I’m going to give them a beautiful makeover I’ll love! (link here)

Survival Life Egg Shell Seedlings

This spring, I plan to grow seedlings using the cardboard egg cartons and shells I usually throw out. My last two growing seasons I skipped starting seeds and our harvest was poor. This year will be different … and this budget-friendly idea will be adorable in the process! (link here)

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Golden Boys and Me No Sew Bench

Well, I don’t really have a balcony. We have a large parking space/driveway with a step area which houses our container garden and – my favorite diy of last summer – our $20 bench.

I love our bench — it’s adorable! This spring, I hope to make a bright cushion to join the bench. It’s time our rumps had something soft to sit on while outside. 😉 I love how adorable the seat cushion above is. (link here)

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Blick DIY Initial

It’s pretty amazing what you can do with scraps and smarts. I’ll be saving up cardboard tubes (from toilet paper) to make our last name’s initial for the front door. Of course, I could just buy one for $5 at Hobby Lobby on sale — but how handy is this? 😉 (link here)

Stone Gable Springtime Vignette

Spring is coming, and with it, my favorite way to freshen our home — bringing God’s natural handiwork inside. I already have a large jar, balls to cover with fabric, so now I’m waiting for fresh, blossoming branches to bring inside. (link here)

I Heart Organizing Dollar Store Rope Basket

Confession: I love shopping at Dollar Tree.

And I love that this DIY basket is fashioned from a $1 purchase. Organizing our home with cute baskets and totes is important to me but no matter how many times I drool over the Target’s bin selection I can’t bring myself to buy a basket for $40.

I mean, think of how many lattes a girl could get for that? 😉 Instead, I’ll set my hands to crafting something similar to above. After all, I already have the rope. (link here)

What is your creative heart dreaming of this Spring? Tell me in a comment below and I’ll be sure to reply. Also, Do you have a Pinterest board I’m not following? Share your username for all of use creatives to follow — after all, making things is more fun with friends! 🙂

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

Making Your House a Home with Plants

It nearly feels like spring in our mid-Missouri town but then I wake to find frost beautifully covering the trees and grass and find snow still in the horizon.

To compensate for my spring-hungry heart I’m filling our home with little surprises of green, growing life. Decorating with plants is one of the easiest ways to bring sunshine and life into your home without breaking your budget. You can display them fresh, tuck dried blossoms into a basket and even pile red potatoes in the kitchen bakers rack. Plants bring life to a dry season of the year.  

“She plants love, and she grows roses. The fragrance of romance comes from the blossom that blooms in the heart.”
Jarod Kintz

I do not think I have ever seen anything more beautiful than the bluebell I have been looking at.  I know the beauty of our Lord by it.” 
–  Gerald Manley Hopkins

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”
–  Lady Bird Johnson, Public Roads: Where Flowers Bloom

Remember that time I wrote about my Brown Thumb of Death? It still exists. However, after study, some patience and a bit of gumption I’ve found that plants can survive in our home if I only pay attention to their needs and give them plenty of sunlight … hehehee, you don’t have to be a genius to revive begonias. 😉

Does your heart thrive on blooms and greens? Do you decorate your home, cubicle or office with living things? I would love to know!  

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

Goodbye Summer

Summertime is far behind us. My window roses are napping, fall candles are burning and the mornings are becoming bright and frosty.

Needless to say I’m in heaven.

But these pictures just make my heart smile. I took these during a late summertime downtown walk. Soon I’ll have many dried petals a friend is graciously sending me and I’ll blend several of the petals with my homegrown lavender. The joys of summertime will create a yummy blend of potpourri for the winter-ish weather.

Goodbye Summer — I’ll miss you even though I’ll be cherishing the coat-wearing, scarf tying, coffee-drinking theme of winter.