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40+ Gardening Tips



I have a confession to make, It’s nearly April and I haven’t touched my garden. I haven’t even planned out the beds for this coming year, which if you know me, is kind of a big deal. So last night I spent entirely too much time looking up gardening tips and getting myself in the growing mood. Here are the links I cultivated, get it cultivated…sorry, it’s been a long weekend, make that month!

In total there are over 40 gardening tips throughout these sites! If you find a post that helps you out be sure to leave THEM a comment and let them know and remember to always pin from the original source!

How to Transplant Seeds (without killing them)

DIY Free Seed Starter Kits

How to Start a Beginner Vegetable Garden

5 Easy Tips to Composting

How to Garden in the Best Lunar Phase

The Best Perennials for Shade

10 Ways to Score Garden Freebies

7 Lessons Gardening Teaches Your Children

How to Grow Potatoes

How to Grow Lemongrass and What to do with it

How to Attract Beneficial Insects

Seed Starting Tips

Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions

Weed Free Gardening

Planting Asparagus Crowns

Planning Your Garden: What’s for Dinner (Choosing what to plant.)

Planning Your Garden: Buying Seeds

Planning Your Garden: What You Need to Make Your Beds

Planning Your Garden: Layout (What you should consider.)

The Thrifty Couple Gardening Tips Page (The Thrifty Couple has a ton of great posts I don’t know where to start! Here’s a link to their main gardening page.)

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Origami Inspired Felt Bowls

Origami Inspired Felt Bowls by @mvemotherOver the last year I've seen a number of DIY leather catch-all bowls but, and I'm going to be honest here, I don't normally craft with leather, and even if I did, I'd be terrified of mess-ups! Thankfully felt is an affordable crafting medium I feel confident creating with.

When I started playing around with a few pieces I was actually hoping to make a felt origami dress, that didn't happen, but I was able to create this little bowl and thought it was the perfect budget-friendly alternative to those leather varieties.
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DIY Decorative Cork Coasters

This Crafty Hangout is being sponsored by Consumer Crafts. As always the opinions expressed are my own.

Usually when we get a minute to ourselves it’s literally that, a minute here or there! The great thing about being a crafter is that it's easy to find projects that let us stretch our creative muscles within that time frame.

These Decorative Cork Coasters not only takes less than 10 minutes-excluding dry time, they can also be personalized, and make a great gift set!

To create your own set of coasters you'll need are two packages of round cork disks, paint, sponges, and paintbrushes. All of which you can find on Consumer Crafts for less than $10!


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Recycled Coffee Sleeve Bracelet

#CraftLightning Recycled Craft - Coffee Sleeve Bracelet via @mvemother
We are a family of recyclers, which is why I was so excited to be a part of this month’s Craft Lightning-15 Minute Craft Series featuring Recycled Crafts! There will be over 25 quick, recycled crafting projects, so be sure to click on the link at the end of this post. But before you go, check out our contribution, this stylish number!

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Toddler Time: Felt Faces

Toddler Activity: Fun Felt Faces to learn facial features! via @mvemother

It’s time for another quick craft to keep your little one occupied, Felt Faces!

Have you ever watched a toddler when they realize they have a nose? Sometimes they’ll spend the entire day sniffing, pointing to it, and then pointed to yours! When they do, it’s the perfect time to start teaching them about the other parts of their face. That’s where this easy project comes into play. Follow along below as I walk you through how to make your own felt faces.

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Mod Podge Fun: The Guitar Session

Mod Podge Fun: The Guitar Session @mvemother

As a crafty blogger, sometimes I feel like every project that I share has to be new and on point with the latest trends. The problem is, sometimes the crafts that fill my weekend aren’t those things. They’re simple DIY projects, or classic crafts, that rely on the same staple techniques, tools, and products people have been using for years.

Today’s post features such a project. I used Mod Podge and Embellish by Dena: Kumari 6x6 scrapbooking paper to cover an old guitar and in the process breath a little bit of life into our rather stuffy music-themed wall. I didn’t use a homemade recipe or unconventional technique; I followed the directions on the bottle. No fancy cutting patterns just squares, rectangles, and triangles. Though the process itself is rather simple the results are anything but!

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Crock Pot Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Yummy Crock Pot Glazed Pork Tenderloin from @mvemother

If you’ve been following me for very long you already know that on occasion I’m bitten by the freezer meal bug. It usually only lasts a week, or if I actually get things in the freezer, a month. On even rarer occasion, I’ll hunt down a good crockpot recipe, but forget about it until lunch and by then it’s too late in the day. So instead I pull out the trusty skillet and/or Dutch oven and it’s business as usual.

Case in point: Pork Tenderloins. The normal routine was brown it in the skillet and then transfer it all to the oven for an hour or two, basting every half hour. I knew there had to be a way to utilize the convenience of the crock without having it cook ALL DAY and I’ve finally come up with the solution.

I found a number of great recipes on Pinterest but didn’t use any of them. Sadly, I either didn’t have Granny Smith apples, wanted to add onions, and *again* it was already noon so I didn’t have eight hours for it to cook. Still, I’ve made few things in the crockpot so reading through the recipes gave me the reassurance and confidence I needed to tackle this tenderloin and go my own way with it. I used ‘cooking with pork’ staples-apples, brown sugar, and honey, bumped up the cook time, and fell in love with the sweet and savory results!

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