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DIY Cozy Cottage Herb Pots

chives and basil labeled

I made a pact with myself recently:  I can only buy new flowers and plants if I care for them like children.  I have a tendency to lose interest in plants if they aren’t hardy and can’t handle a little negligence during the summer heat.  How awful, I know.  I’m growing up though.  I’m going to give it my best shot this spring and summer.

dill top view

I love having fresh herbs on hand to add to dishes, but I hate wasting what I buy from the store.  I also like them to be organic when possible so growing them myself is a bonus.  I have a few things like green onions and rosemary planted out back, but I decided to pot other oft-used herbs to keep right outside my kitchen door.  I think little Munchie will have a good time running out back to pick whatever we need for a meal and enjoy helping mommy tend to them each day with her mini-watering can.

supplies for pots

These “cottage” herb pots require few supplies and little work.  Since I wanted them to be white and a tad shabby (just as a cottage should be), all I needed was terra-cotta pots, white paint, tape, chalkboard spray paint, and a small paintbrush.  Easy!

painted pot just white

First, paint the pots until you get the look you want.  I did one coat and then added a few strokes here and there.  For a little contrast, I left the insides of the trays and pots unpainted.

taped off pot

Once the pots are dry, tape off the area you want as the chalkboard area.  In hindsight, I should’ve left the sides of the tape up to catch more of the spray paint.  As a result, I had specks of chalkboard on either side of the tape.  Also, a bit of the chalkboard spray dripped beneath the tape.  Whoops.

fully painted pots

Once they dried for a couple of hours, I carefully painted over the black.  No big deal.  If you look closely you can see a bit of black beneath some areas, but I don’t mind.  They’re not perfect, but I actually like that about them.  As I said, I like the imperfections the shabby chic and cottage styles embrace.

cilantro pot

I planted cilantro which we adore in Mexican-inspired meals and I’ve learned from my mom that a Taiwanese/Chinese cook has to have cilantro nearby.  I go into a slight panic when cilantro isn’t in the house.  I also love having chives on hand for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Mmm.

basil pot

Have to have fresh basil on hand as well as dill. I only fell in love with dill as an adult, but I often find myself looking for ways to use it.

I’d like to find the perfect little table for them to perch on outside the door.  I’ll be keeping my eye out for something.  Munchie is going to make labeled markers for the pots as well.  Now it’s time to nurture and care for my little plants.  Wish me luck!

labeled complete herb pots all four

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Summer Series: First Movie

Yesterday was a big day for my little sweetie.  She couldn’t wait to go to her first movie in the theater.  And I couldn’t wait to take her.  So we crossed off another item on our 102 Things To Do This Summer List and enjoyed the show!

#16 Take Munchie to her first movie

How perfect that last weekend we went to the Scottish Highland Games Festival and yesterday we saw Brave?  A nice coincidence.

Anxiously waiting for her ticket.

Once inside she was rather thrilled to see the new Ice Age flick’s poster.  I’m not sure she’s even seen all of the first Ice Age movie, but she was excited to see this poster anyhow. Continue reading

Summer Series: Scottish Festival & a mini-road trip

Summer is flying by for us as we work our way through our 102 Things To Do This Summer List.  Here’s a little update.

#18 Attend the Scottish Highland Games

Sunday we spent the day at the local annual Scottish Highland Games.  I don’t think I have even a smidge of Scottish in my blood, but who cares?  I don’t! 🙂

Let the games begin!

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Summer Series: Update plus Groovin’ Grapes (raisins) & Shaving Cream Finger Painting

We’re having a great time working our way through our 102 Things To Do This Summer List.  Although we’d be doing many of these things even without a list, it’s a lot of fun for us to read through it together and decide what we want to do each day.

Here’s what we’ve done so far:

#7 Mommy-daughter end of 3-yr old preschool celebration lunch & #8 Visit the bookstore and read books together: Free:

Last week I took Munchie out for this mini-celebration the day before the last day since it was the only day that worked out.  We combined 2 activities because that’s what her heart desired for our special day together.  Although we spend every day together, these planned celebrations are extra-special to her (and me!).

I didn’t have my camera, but here are some grainy photos from my phone.

We had lunch at the restaurant of her choice.  She chose it based off of how fun it looked on the outside.

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102 Things To Do This Summer: Our List & Series

I meant to post this on June 1st, but sheesh, time flies!  Soon it will be holiday madness.  It happens every year.  One minute we’re splashing around in the pool, the next I’m writing Christmas lists and wishing for snow (which is just NOT gonna happen here).

Good times last summer 

And as much as I’m a cold weather, rainy day, cuddle up at home gal I do think it’s wonderful to embrace each season (be it hot or cold) and make the most of it all.  Yes, I do.  Even if I whine that I’d like more rain, that it’s too hot, that I like winter clothes better than summer clothes, etcetera, etcetera.   Continue reading

St.Patrick’s Day: Handprint 4-Leaf Clover

Here’s an easy St. Patrick’s Day art project for those of you with kiddos.  All you need is green paint, a large sheet of paper, and a paintbrush.  I painted Munchkin’s hand with green paint and then she made the 4 handprints on a piece of yellow construction paper.  I’m kind of glad we were out of white because the yellow is fun for the holiday (although the lighting in these pictures is off).  Then Munchkin painted a stem.  She was too impatient to wait for the clover to dry before we dotted it with glue and sprinkled glitter all over it.

The glue will be less visible once it all dries.  Also, if you sprinkle the glitter when the paint is still very wet, you don’t need the glue!  Why am I shouting?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Easy Valentine Kid Craft

Here is a fun and easy craft my little girl did today.  So simple that I didn’t have to do anything except prep supplies (love that).

All you need is tissue paper (I used pink, red, white, and fuchsia) cut into squares, Elmer’s glue, and a sheet of paper.  Draw a heart in pencil on the paper.  Spread the glue all over the heart.  When I taught elementary school the kiddos would place a square of tissue on the eraser top of a pencil and then press it down on the glue.  Since my girl is 3, I decided it best to have her scrunch the paper and press it down on the glue instead.

Hard at work while I cleaned up the kitchen after lunch.

And voilà!  Her tissue paper Valentine’s Heart Art.  I asked her who she would gift it to and after a few seconds of thought she said it was for me.  Sniff.  I’ll take it:)

Tina Wenke store is open:)

I adore anything and everything Tina Wenke and her online store is now open!  Hip hip hooray for me (and you)!

I mean, really, how sweet is that?  I may or may not have purchased eight copies of this book recently.  Obsessed.  If I had any artistic ability, I would wish that this is what my work would look like.   My three-year old is a better artist than I am.  Enough said.

The only real “crafting” I can do with a small amount of confidence is stamping to make cards and gift tags–I love Tina’s stamp collection.  Now I have a place to buy other items from her precious line.  I can’t wait until more items pop up in her store.

You can also follow her on Facebook at Tina Wenke Artwork and if you’re into stamping, I suggest checking out her adorable stamps on Stampavie.

This sounds like a paid advertisement!  Nope, I just adore her 🙂

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