Homemaking | Rosemary Christmas DIY

Today, I'm sharing a simple, no-fuss DIY.  I am, basically, in love with Christmas Rosemary everything- wreaths, table setting decor, garland.  Plus, you get a bonus with the yummy smell wafting about your rooms.  

Here I started with a small bundle of fresh rosemary.  You can pick some up in your produce section at your store.  I soaked it overnight to help it retain moisture and be more pliable when I twined it together.

I made bundles of rosemary and hung them on random knobs throughout the house.  Some in our bathrooms, some in the bedroom doorways, and some in the kitchen.  It adds a festive flair and took me only a matter of minutes to throw together.

And, in case you missed my post sharing the new knobs we have been putting in our home... check out this post.  

Home | Simple Updates

Some things were done right away when we moved in.  We swapped out the light fixtures and painted the walls. It instantly made it feel like home.  Other things we took our time on.  They required a bit more searching to find exactly what we were wanting.

One thing I hope to always convey is that it doesn't have to take tons of money to make your house feel like a home.  You don't have to do huge renovations to update a space.  Simple things have a big impact sometimes.

One change we are slowly undertaking is updating our brassy, 90's door knobs.  This was one of those areas that took some searching and sifting to find exactly what I wanted.  When I did, I was quite excited about them.

When I saw the Georgetown knob from Grandeur Hardware, I immediately contacted them to chat about the workmanship of the knobs.  One thing is for sure, reach out to companies and allow them to share about their products.  If you were walking into a store, you'd reach out to a store associate... don't allow online relationships to be any different.  You will know a lot about the integrity of a product by the integrity of the people working for them.  Reach out! :)

So far, we have replaced four of our knobs and it has made SO MUCH difference.  Just look at that side-by-side.  One is full of charm and the other is full of the brassy 90's.  I am looking forward to adding charm to the rest of the doors in our home, but for now, I'm showing everyone the knobs that we have on.

Simple changes with a big impact... more coming soon. :)

Homemaking | Dried Orange Garland

As my kids have gotten older, I've tried to found easy Christmas crafts for them to do during our long days inside.  We have done cinnamon ornaments, essential oil play-doh, and orange garlands.

We have already done our orange garlands for the season, but we will dry some more to use on gifts this year to fancy them up!  I love these because they are easy, they give the kids some ownership over our gifting and decor, and they keep little hands busy for a time.  I have received oodles of questions about how I go about drying my oranges, so I decided to put it in writing so I could simply share the link with everyone who wants to know how to make these.  

Items you will need:

A bag of oranges
kitchen twine
knitting needle (safe for little hands)
Cinnamon Bark oil (optional, but recommended)

How to dry oranges:

  • Heat oven to 200-250 degrees
  • slice oranges thinly (this is key to getting them to dry well)
  • pat the oranges dry
  • lay oranges on a cookie sheet without overlapping them (I like to put mine on a wire rack, but this isn't mandatory)
  • place the pan in the preheated oven
  • flip oranges every hour
  • bake for (around) 7 hours, depending on thickness of oranges and the oven
  • leave on pan overnight

How to string oranges:

  • determine how long you want your garland and cut the twine
  • thread the needle
  • pull the needle in one orange section and out another (this keeps the orange slices from sliding down the twine as it is hanging)
  • put a drop of Cinnamon Bark EO on your fingers and run it down the twine and on the orange slices (don't touch your eyes ;))
  • knot the ends and hang it up!
And... a video sharing our process...