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DIY Leather Feather Earrings



It's Craft Lightning time again, and I'm so excited to share with you the 15-minute project we came up with for Mother's Day! Using scrap pieces of leather and basic jewelry pieces you can pick-up anywhere we created these luxurious earrings. I promise you, you're going to want to make every woman in your life a pair of these DIY Leather Earrings, including yourself!

DIY Leather Earring Supplies

Supplies


  • Scrap Leather
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Earrings 
  • Jump rings
  • Upholstery needle (or tack)
  • Jeweler Pliers 


Cutting the Leather

First, cut out your feather/leaf shapes, I recommend using at least 2 different types of leather* and cutting the different colors/styles in decreasing lengths.

If your scissors are sharp enough you can double up your leather; otherwise, cut one and use it as a guide to cut your second. The beauty of this is that they don't have to be EXACTLY alike.

*Pick up a bag of scrap leather pieces for a steal at most craft stores!

Finished Leather Pieces

Once your pieces are cut, you'll want to put a hole in the top of them using either a very sharp upholstery needle or even a tack, as close to the bottom of your pieces as possible.

Don't be afraid to give it a little stretch to make the next step a little easier.

Attaching Jump Ring

Using the pliers, thread a jump ring through all three pieces of leather and close it up.

Attaching Earring

Again, using the pliers, attach the actual earring piece.

Repeat with the second earring. That's it!

Make Your Own Leather Earrings

Seriously, how much easier could these get? I'm in love with them and can't wait to start making variations of them with different styles of leather. If you've got a little extra time, why not make a matching necklace using the same technique!

Remember to click on the image below for more Craft Lightning Mother's Day projects!


Save money and make your own Feathered Leather Earrings!

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Spring Forward Garden Seed Caddy




Keep garden tools and seeds organized and safe in this handy caddy!

Are you ready to spring forward? Earlier this week we adjusted our clocks, and next Monday marks the first day of spring. But in my opinion, the new season doesn't start until my hands are in the dirt planting and plotting our family gardens! 

For me, shopping for seeds is on par with Christmas, so it should come as no surprise I always manage to order too much. Thankfully, seeds can last a couple years with proper care and storage, and I'm so excited to move my collection out of an old shoebox and into this super cute gardening tote. 


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Kids Activity: Indoor Games Using Tape



Stuck in side thanks to the weather? Try one of these indoor games to keep the kids from getting bored!


Finding creative ways to occupy your kids’ time is always a challenge, particularly when the weather keeps them indoors. To keep from hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored,” I’m ready to offer a positive option, that’s sure to spark their imaginations.

Playing a game with the kids is like revisiting an old past time, you never remember how much you love it until you’re in that moment. Seeing the kids smile while they laugh about who’s paper airplane flew the farthest or when one of them fell off the “balance beam;” that is a joy!

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10 DIY Garden Spray Recipes















In the next couple of weeks, the kids and I will be starting our garden. Things will be okay for a few months and just when our sproutlings are starting to mature the bugs will arrive. The only thing I hate more than pests is mildew. So here are 10 easy all-natural recipes that'll help keep pests and disease away. More than a few of them are also cheap ways to feed your plants!

3 Things You Need To Know About Garden Sprays


1. These sprays are efficient and can keep away beneficial bugs; don't use them unless you have a problem.

2. With most of these recipes you'll want to spray 1-2 times a week, or after a heavy rain, and ALWAYS in the evening.

3. You’ll want to be sure to spray the underside of leaves just as well if not better than the top.

Make-Your-Own Garden Spray Recipes

Bad Breathe Garden Spray: Large onion, 4-5 cloves of garlic, 2 Tbsp peppermint Castile soap, 2 Tbsp cayenne pepper. Mix everything but the soap in a food processor and then let the mixture steep for a few hours (outside-unless you like the smell). Run it through a fine-mesh strainer into an empty gallon jug. *YOU must strain it very well, so you don’t clog the sprayer. Finally, add the soap and enough water to fill the container.

Herbal Spray: Steep half a cup of any strong herb (Sage, Rosemary, Mint, Lavender) in 8 cups of water for 30 minutes. Let cool, strain, and add 1 Tbsp Castille soap.

Aphid Spray: 1 tsp olive oil, 1tsp dish soap, 1 gal of water.

Pepper Spray: 1 tsp Tabasco sauce, 1/2 apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 tsp of dish soap.

Vinegar Spray: 8 parts water to 1 part vinegar (white or apple cider). *Helps fight fungus and get rid of pests.

Baking Soda Spray: In an empty gallon jug mix 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp dish soap, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and enough water to fill the container.

Peppermint Spray: 2 Tbsp peppermint Castile soap, 1 liter of warm water.

Epsom Salt Spray: 1 Tbsp of Epsom for every 4 liters of water. *Great for tomatoes, peppers, and roses. Spray every week and a half.

Cannibal Spray: As long as you don’t add any butter or oils you can use the water you cook your vegetables in as a fertilizing spray. Just be sure to let it cool before pouring it into the spray bottle or getting it on the plants.

Fungal Spray: 2 uncoated aspirin tablets in 1 quart of water. *Great for black spot, powdery mildew, and rust in the garden.

Powdery Mildew Spray: 2 Tbsp canola oil, 1 Tbsp dish soap, 1 Tbsp baking soda, 1 gal of water.

*All these recipes are made in a separate storage container and poured into a spray bottle. 
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