DIY Projects

Easter Grapevine Door Swag – Butterflies Bunnies and Eggs!

The Easter Grapevine Door Swag is a pretty way to welcome guests

My front door is one of the few places that always gets a holiday make over.  When Jess was younger, I used to decorate the whole house for each holiday, but those days have long gone. Now, I make a door swag and a centerpiece for my dining room table and call that good enough!…

Using Candles in Your Home – It’s Time for Some Decorating Ideas

It's bath time. Prepare to relax with a good book, a glass of wine and an aromatic candle.

  This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle, but all opinions are 100% my own. Let’s get some tips for using candles in the home. There is just something really warm and inviting about a room with the look of a flickering candle in it.  Using candles in the home creates an intimacy that sets a mood…

DIY Shiplap Barn Door

Shiplap barn door

If you are a fan of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, you will know that shiplap has taken the decorating world by storm. Mr. Gardening Cook and I decided to use it as part of our galley kitchen make over.  This DIY Shiplap Barn Door project gave a wonderful look to my kitchen pantry and…

St. Patrick’s Day Door Swag Welcomes The Luck of the Irish!

St. Patrick's Day Door Swag

My front door is one place that I decorate pretty much year round. Even when I don’t decorate inside the house, I still like to welcome guests in a pretty way on my entry.  This cute St. Patrick’s Day Door Swag is whimsical and welcomes both my guests and spring with the pretty yellow and…

Build an Easter Basket with Clues

Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringMoments #CollectiveBias It’s time to build an Easter Basket with Clues! When my daughter was a little girl, we always had a normal Easter egg hunt for her, but as she got older, and she…

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

I don’t do much to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, but I do like a touch of the color green here and there. Two places in my home always seem to get some sort of holiday decor look – my front door and my dining room table. This Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece gives me a chance…

Burlap Tea Bag Jars

DIY Burlap Tea Bag Jars and flowers

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Burlap Tea Bag Jars. There is nothing quite like a good cup of tea, particularly when the weather is cold like it is right now. Drinking tea is so much more…

DIY Pen Roll Case Tutorial – Wrap up your Pens in Style!

Pen roll case

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PilotYourLife #CollectiveBias It’s time to make a DIY Pen Roll! The end of the year gives us a chance to recharge and spend some time with families, since most kids have time off in late December. But…

12 Unusual Christmas Wreaths

12 great Christmas wreaths

A Christmas wreath is a popular way to decorate your entry for the holiday season.  Christmas Wreaths are also used on mantles and in other areas of the home and garden such as garden gates.  Nothing quite sets the mood for your party guests like a front door decorated with a Christmas Wreath. Decorate Your…

Burlap Wine Bottle Bag – Easy DIY Christmas Gift

This DIY burlap wine bottle bag is the prefect way to wrap your favorite bottle of Sutter home family wine.

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SutterHomeForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. It’s time to make a Burlap Wine Bottle Bag!This Burlap Wine Bottle Bag is an inexpensive way to dress up a bottle of wine…

Boxwood Christmas Wreath – DIY Holiday Project

DIY Holiday Boxwood Wreath form

We got our Christmas tree the other day, and I always buy my wreath from the same vendor at the Farmer’s market each year.  Normally, they will give me a discount on the tree if I also buy the wreath. I usually get a fir wreath. They are relatively inexpensive and most of the vendors have…

Santa Paintbrush Ornament

This Santa Paintbrush Ornament is whimsical and fun to make and will look cute on a Christmas tree or as a wall hanging.

I have to admit, I am enjoying being a kid this holiday season.  I’ve been crafting up a storm of fun and whimsical Christmas decorations.I think I must need a grandchild or something.  Or maybe I am just missing my grown baby girl.  Whatever the reason, this cute Santa Paintbrush Ornament is my latest fun…

Cleaning a Dry Erase Board and Eraser

Cleaning a Dry Erase Board

A dry erase board can be a useful household tool for keeping the home organized.  But Cleaning a Dry Erase Board and eraser can be a challenge, depending on how long the marks have been left on it. I have a dry erase board in my kitchen.  I use it to keep track of the…

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece – Recycle Reclaim!

This Thanksgiving Centerpiece makes use of reclaimed wood and inexpensive craft supplies and looks lovely on a long dining room table. It is very easy to make, in just a few hours.

My husband and I are in the  middle of renovating our kitchen and other areas of our home, so we have a lot of bits and pieces of wood that is just lying around waiting for me to do something with it. Today’s project uses some old barn board style wood to make an easy…

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Yes, folks, it is getting to that time of the year. This is the time when my mind goes into overdrive trying to come up with ideas for fun craft decor items to make for the Christmas holiday. My latest creation is this Grinch Paintbrush Ornament. I have always loved the movie The Grinch Stole…

DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door

DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door

Are you looking for a place to put your cutting boards?  I have been storing mine on my counter tops, but I have been wanting to de-clutter the look in my kitchen lately, so I came up with this nifty idea for a DIY Cutting Board Holder that fits neatly behind my cabinet door. My…

Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial – Super Easy DIY Project

Grocery Bag Dispenser

Are you a grocery bag hoarder?  I have always been one.  They have so darn many uses, that it is a shame to just throw them away when you come back from a shopping trip.  But keeping them tidy can be a problem. This DIY Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial gives me a place to keep…

Pantry Closet Makeover Tutorial

Finished closet pantry

My kitchen is small.  It’s a gallery kitchen with very little counter space, so I am always optimizing it for extra storage.  The pantry is the size of a small closet and every single thing in it plays hide and go seek with me when I try to cook.  I have had enough of this…

No Carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

No carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is a lot of fun, especially when you do it with children, but it is also messy.  Fortunately, there are many alternatives for a carved pumpkins that will still set a fall theme around your home.  This mo mess autumn leaf pumpkin project is fast and easy to do and looks great when done. …

7 Bean Soup Mix plus Recipe

This easy 7 bean soup mix project makes a great hostess or housewarming gift

For most of the year, I am not normally much of a soup girl.  But when autumn rolls around, I find myself making soup all the time.  This 7 bean soup mix is the perfect fall recipe. It is rich and hearty and has a lovely spicy herb blend to give the soup a lot of…

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins – Cute Fall Curb Appeal

Scrap wood pumpkins with moss and pine cones

These adorable scrap wood pumpkins are easy to make and will add great curb appeal to your front steps. I love making home decor projects that either use supplies I have on hand or can be recycled from something else.  In the case of these scrap wood pumpkins, the starting point was an old mail…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter. Succulents require very little maintenance and this makes them the perfect choice for this type of project.  You can place the birdcage on an occasional table, hang…

Cooking in Parchment Paper to make Fish en Papillote

Cooking fish in parchment paper is a great way to make flavorul, low calorie meals in very little time. thegardeningcook.com

Cooking in parchment paper is a method of cooking fish, chicken or other proteins in their own cooking bags. It is also called “en papillote” (French for “in parchment”) or “al cartoccio” (Italian for baked in foil or aluminum.) Typically, folded parchment paper is used but al foil, paper bags or other materials can also…

Creative Garden Art

Spray and old watering can purple and plant with pretty flowers for easy garden art

Garden art can cost an arm and a leg if you purchase it from garden centers.  But this does not have to be the case.  It is easy to create instant interest in the garden by making use of recycled or common household items and turning them into garden art. It is easy to create a…

DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray

This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent works wonders on bugs on the patio.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StimulateTheSenses #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray! Summer is here. The days are longer and it’s so nice to sit outside in the evening, enjoying the last rays of the summer sun.…

15 Tips for a Fun Indoor Camping Party & Free Printables

Indoor Camping Party

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s time for an indoor camping party! We love to camp at our house, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get away for a real camping weekend. For times, like this,…