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TraditionsĀ 

One of my most treasured holiday traditions is baking Christmas goodies with my mom. We do it every year. Last year we started spreading it out over two days. It’s nice. It’s less stressful and we can have more fun by taking our time. We always listen to music and reminisce about old days. We tell the same stories over and over, but they never get old to me. It is such a joy. AND it couldn’t have come at a better time this year. 

I have been completely beyond stressed out. Work has been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me. I haven’t been feeling well either. Hooray for autoimmune diseases! šŸ™ƒ I needed a day or two to just laugh and eat way too many sweets. It was definitely a fantastic way to let all of that drama fade away far behind me. 

  
It is so easy to become absorbed in the hustle and bustle of our every day lives these days that we lose sight of the important things. Don’t put off making happy memories with the ones that you love. Before we know it, those people won’t be with us anymore and the memories will be all that we have to hold on to. 

So tell me, what are some of your favorite holiday memories and traditions?

DIY T-Shirt Yarn

Ok, so I made another video. This is fun! I am excited to show everyone one of my favorite projects – turning old shirts into yarn! It is super easy and you can use it for so many things. I have used my yarn to make scarfs, rugs and even dog toys. This is such a fun way to be green! Please take a second and watch. You will love this craft. Just click the picture below!

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Goodbye Halloween

Halloween is over and it is time to start posting wonderful fall crafts. I did want to stop and share the one Halloween decoration that I did not make myself. It’s a huge cat!

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We picked this bad boy up at Lowes. I absolutely love it. I think it adds a bit of charm to the yard. Be sure to head to the stores now to find awesome Halloween clearance deals!

Liquor Bottle Tiki Torches

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I saw a picture of the cutest liquor bottle tiki torches online a while back and have been dying to make some! Living in the south, mosquitoes are a real problem. Not to mention the fact that they are the size of pterodactyls. Seriously, they are that big. So, anytime I can findĀ  a cute way to repel those suckers, I am all for it. This is a great way to use up old liquor bottles. I never throw any of them away.

The first step in this super easy DIY project is too select your bottle(s). If you have more than one, you could make a very cute set. If you have, for example, four different kinds of Jack Daniels, you could have a very fun set to display. As for me, I chose this Fireball bottle.

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You will also need Teflon tape and a 1/2 x 3/8 copper coupling. You can find both of these things at your local hardware store.

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Wrap the bottom of the fitting in Teflon tape until it is thick enough to fit in the bottle without falling to the bottom. Once it fits, I typically put a bit of sealer around it and slid it in. It is okay if the sealer pops out at the top, just smooth it around and it will keep moisture from getting into the bottle and mixing with your fuel.

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After the sealer is dry, pour in your oils of choice. I used plain citronella oil. All you have to do at this point is slip your wick in and you are good to go.

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Make sure you store your lamp somewhere safe. If it falls over and any oil slips out, it can make your labels come off of the bottle. This is such cute way to keep the bugs away, especially when you are entertaining. It will make a good conversation piece as well. Be warned, though, your friends will definitely want you to make them some once they see yours!