DIY Spring Moss Wreath Tutorial

It is not too often that I actually make something for myself. I actually do not have a great place to display this wreath, but I made it anyway and I really love it!

I had some foam wreath forms a friend had given to me a long time ago and I just hadn't found a use for them. Recently, I was browsing Pinterest and saw some cute moss wreaths I thought I could make. For myself! Ha!

The wreath form was free, but they do carry slightly smaller ones at the Dollar Tree. I also got a bag of moss at the Dollar Tree. The flowers came from Michaels. I actually wanted coral ones, but there was a sweet older lady who asked my 12yo which flowers she recommended (I guess we have similar taste, my daughter and I) so I found something else. Anyway, this was a really cheap project!

So, gather all of your supplies...

A ribbon to hang would be helpful and is not shown. You also need hot glue sticks, a glue gun, toothpicks, and green floral tape.

Now, the moss part was a mess. I made this on my kitchen counter, but anticipate snibbles of moss everywhere!

Just take small bunches of moss and hot glue them onto the wreath form. It takes quite a few sticks of hot glue. Check for any thin spots and add more as needed.

how to make a moss covered wreath

It is actually still pretty cute plain!

Dollar Store Moss Wreath

Next, add the flowers. Cut them apart and lay them on the wreath until you get an arrangement you are happy with. My flowers had enough stem to poke into the wreath but I added some hot glue around the bottom of the flower just in case. Attach the leaves to toothpicks using hot glue and green floral tape. Stick them into the wreath as well.

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Pretty easy, right? Hot gluing the moss is a little messy and tedious, but I priced similar wreaths at $30. The moss sheds a little, so I don't want to hang it on a door that is opened and closed a lot, but on a wall it is pretty!

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Free Printable Planner Stickers ~ Welcome Spring

I don't think I have ever looked forward to spring quite so much. I have come to realize that, despite my best attempts at authenticity, I am still keeping up a front on social media. In the past I have been critical of social media because it shows everyone's highlight reels instead of the full picture.  Now I see that there may be very good reasons for that...

Maybe their problems are none of your business. We do not have to share everything and sometimes we shouldn't. For example, if I tell you about every horrible, ridiculous thing my kids do, although possibly entertaining now, it may embarrass them later.

Maybe they are just a more private person, uncomfortable with sharing quite so much.

Maybe they want to reserve one small part of their lives to focus on the positive. My instagram account is for happy, crafty stuff only and I like it that way because I can scroll through and nothing will make me sad.

I can tell you this... No one has a perfect life. Everyone has a mixture of blessings and burdens. Everyone has some struggles that you cannot see. It warrants compassion, even though that is really, really, really hard to give sometimes.

So, I am not going into details for all of the above reasons, but this winter sucked. However, do you know what makes me happy? Besides chocolate? Spring flowers and the color purple. So, I designed some planner stickers with free graphics from freepik.com and it cheered me up a little bit.

You can download the free printable by clicking HERE. I just print them to adhesive paper and cut them out with scissors.

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Raising Farm Kids

Spring is in full swing here with flowers, rain, baby animals, pollen allergies, and softball games. We seem to always go from one busy season or challenge to another. I don't think things will ever settle down, so I need to learn to embrace the busy and enjoy where we are in life. Our garden is woefully behind schedule but the animals are doing well. The new additions are three adorable Hereford calves, 75 chicks, five keets (guineas), and eight kittens.

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I love that our children can experience farm life. We make a lot of sacrifices to try a little bit of farming, but there are so many rewards. Our kids can go out in the yard and play ball anytime they want; there is so much room to run and play. The animals are a great resource for learning about biology.  (Sometimes their teachers and classmates are a bit taken aback by the graphic, veterinary terminology used in sharing time!) They learn how to work hard and will hopefully be able to appreciate everything that goes into raising/growing food. Farm kids also learn to drive on tractors.

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We may not have the newest and best of everything, but these experiences are priceless. I know as they get older and their classmates flaunt cell phones and gadgets and all the brand names it gets harder for them. Those things will only last so long. Memories and knowledge will last much longer.

Egg Nest No-Bake Cookies

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Every now and then I find that one of my blog posts has disappeared. I probably accidentally deleted it at one point when I cleaned things up around here. "Cleaning" the blog is better than cleaning the house- it actually stays that way! Anyway, the other day, I was on a crazy cooking spree with breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and cookies. Spring sports are starting up and with three of the girls on three different teams it is about to get a little crazy. (Ok... crazier.) I wanted to stock the freezer with lots of snacks and easy meals for later.

I made a bunch of no-bake cookies to freeze and, since I never got around to it before Easter, I did some as little nests with candy-coated chocolate eggs to eat now. My 4yo LOVED helping to put the eggs in them.

I once made these for a baby shower and added a pink and blue egg in each (which was perfect because, although we didn't know at the time, the twin babies were a boy and a girl!)

Of course, most of the time I just make regular no-bake cookies with this recipe.

Since I accidentally deleted the old post - I only discovered that because a friend was looking for it before Easter- here is that recipe again...

 

No-Bake Cookies
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (Special Dark is yummy, too!)
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick oats
Melt butter in a large pot on the stovetop. Add sugar, vanilla, milk, and cocoa. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil for one minute while still stirring. Remove from stovetop. Mix in oatmeal and peanut butter. Use a cookie scoop to drop on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If adding egg candies, cool slightly and gently press eggs into cookies. Refrigerate until cool and firm. These also freeze well- just remove from the cookie sheet and store in a plastic bag.
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WIP Wednesday ~ SPRING!

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I am so happy that spring is finally here! I needed some sunshine!!!

The flip-flopping spring teaser weather the past few weeks had been pretty disappointing. I was kind of in a mood and I ended up not finishing the girls' Easter dresses. I just didn't feel like it. I will finish them all eventually, but I am not stressing out about it. I have 3 1/2 done and need to do a lot of hand stitching at this point because I am a perfectionist.

I did some other sewing, just because I did feel like it. The spring quiet book is making some progress and I made some other toys for the kids that I will blog about eventually.

Other than that, I have been eating a lot of chocolate, doing some kids crafts, and enjoying the spring weather, when it is nice. We have two adorable, new calves and peeps are coming anytime now. Flowers are popping up, although mine are always a little late for some reason. Softball and soccer are starting up. There are a lot of new things going on here.

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WIP Wednesday ~ Bring on Spring!

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OK. I am slacking on the blog posts again. Yes, I have all of these awesome projects here and I am only giving little teasers about them. One of these days I will catch up enough to start blogging about them for real.

From last week...
~No, still no pics of those doll quilts. I am not sure if our wood glue is any good- it might have frozen- so the doll bunk beds still need repaired.
~I need to scan the bear pattern and edit more pictures to finish that post. I just didn't get around to it yet.
~I did finish the crochet cow hat, but the blue button eyes looked super creepy! I bought new ones that are brown, but my kids ran off with them. I have only relocated one so far.
~My organizing spree brought on by 40 Bags in 40 Days has continued. In fact, I broke open a bag of m&m's on Friday and was able to fill the back of my car with donations by purging through my kitchen and reorganizing. Maybe I will do a post on my organizing efforts, too. Ha! Who am I kidding?

So, what else has been going on? Glad you asked.

I attended a baby shower and whipped up one of my flannel rag edge baby blankets. (Tutorial available HERE.)

If you look REALLY close, you can see the variegated thread that I used around the edges. It matched perfectly! I still had a full bobbin left from THIS quilt so it was a win-win.
I am starting to get ready for Easter! No, I haven't started the girls' dresses yet and I don't even know what I am going to do for those yet. 
However, I did start something I hope to put in my 2yo's Easter basket. It is going to be a spring themed quiet book to coordinate with her winter book. This is all that I have done so far. I bet you can guess what the next page will be!
I am also working on some baskets for a few customers who ordered in the past and have expanded their families, hence they need a matching basket for the new baby. I use textbooks and those dumb hardcover Cabelas catalogs my husband thinks are collectible to flatten the bottoms as they dry.

As you can see, the kids like to play while I am weaving.

Speaking of kids, the girls and I made a list of decorating ideas for their playhouse (another thing I haven't blogged about) and started one of the projects. Any guesses as to what this will be?

I am linking up with Silly Mama Quilts.