Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 21st. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony. 

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Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party.  A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape. 

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It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony. 

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Decorations:

• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots. 

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• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent. 

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• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!

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• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.

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• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.

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Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties. 

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Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts. 

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Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon. 

Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick. 

Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table. 

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Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look. 

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Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon. 

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Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

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For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.

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Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

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Industrial Milk Can turned Side Table

I’ve had old industrial milk can laying around, collecting dust (cobwebs too) just waiting for a fun DIY and repurposing it for a fun side table to add some charm to the patio seemed like just the right idea. 

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Materials I used:

  • found industrial milk can
  • black paint + primer in one
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • round wicker-like tray (also found…thrift store, I think) 

What I did: 

I like the distressed/dinged up paint finish but it needed a little pizazz. I gave it a good cleaning, then using FrogTape, I added some bold stripes. 

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A spider crawled out of that hole too! Yikes! Once that was taken care of, using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the FrogTape to ensure crisp clean stripes.

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I applied two coats of black paint. Paint. Dry. Paint. 

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Right after I applied the second coat, while the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

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Secure a tray using whatever method you find best (glue and clamps, screws, etc.), (a round wooden table top or an old clock would be cool too) and ta-da! A fun side table for our patio: 

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I added in some coordinating accent pillows and I have a fun new look to a usually neutral area. The old industrial milk can is a great conversation starter too.  DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

LOVE IT! Have you added any fun elements to your outdoor areas this summer? 

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Feeding Flowers

How does your garden grow? It’s nearly August and it feels like summer has finally arrived. Hot days! I normally wouldn’t want to answer questions about my flowers this time of year. But this year is very different! Remember the gorgeous flowers I planted in the pallet garden in the spring (here)? I’m proud to say that they’re still producing blooms and happiness on the patio! I began with using my Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder to fertilize my flower gardens.

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Did you know that feeding your flowers all summer long will provide more, bigger and longer lasting blooms as well as help plants thrive throughout the heat of the hot summer months? I didn’t. It’s not something I’ve ever done. Perhaps the reason for my past flower-fails. Now you know too!

Just add the Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder to an outdoor spigot. Attach the hose. Pop in the Liquafeed, push the bottle upright, turn the dial to “feed” and you’re ready to go!

I’ve been giving my lovely flowers a yummy treat of Bloom Booster via the Miracle-Gro Liquafeeder every 7-14 days.

The flowers in the pallet garden as well as several flower pots, window boxes and container gardens are ALL bursting with blooms! One I even thought…”oh, no flowers, that plant’s done, but at least the greenery is still all healthy” only to wake up a day or two later to another “bloom explosion”! No doubt the “Bloom Booster” works! If you can water your flowers, you can feed them too! Easy peasy!

And where you simply see green above? There are so many buds just waiting to bloom! Want a few more months of pretty blooms from your summer flowers? Now you know what to do too. Good luck!

If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. The opinions and text are all mine.

Berry Grapefruit Yogurt Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

Summer time is the best time of the year for cold refreshing treats, isn’t it? And this girl lives 1/2 mi. from Dairy Queen. But I really should be looking for something a little on the healthier side so the other day I turned my kitchen counters into a test kitchen and whipped up this delicious berry-grapefruit-yogurt smoothie and popsicles. SO GOOD! 

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup of organic greek yogurt
  • 10-15 drops of grapefruit Vitality essential oil (Grapefruit Vitality essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene and is a great way to enhance the flavor of water and recipes).
  • 2 oz. of Ningxia Red (Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.)
  • 1 cup of organic red raspberries (frozen)
  • 8 ice cubes

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Smoothie recipe: Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. 

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Same recipe is just as yummy frozen!

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Same ingredients for popsicles: Add vanilla almond milk, greek yogurt, grapefruit Vitality essential oil and 4 ice cubes to the blender and blend until smooth. Set half aside. pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for about 30 minutes (I placed mine at an angle in the freezer). Add Ningxia Red, red raspberries and remaining ice cubes to first mixture and blend until smooth. After 30 minutes, stir mixture. Remove popsicles from freezer, insert popsicle sticks into the white mixture. Pour red berry mixture to fill. Freeze until solid. 

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Flower Pallet Garden

This year I wanted to give my pallet garden a new look. It’s the third year we’ve been using it and it’s still in great shape. The Project Garden campaign was the perfect opportunity for a little assistance. Since we entertain outdoors often in the summer months, I really wanted to add color and pretty blooms to our patio area rather than herbs this time around.

Miracle-Gro’s® latest product innovation, Liquafeed® Universal Feeder, makes feeding as easy as watering.

We simply installed the Liquafeed® Universal to our outdoor spigot, then screwed on our hose. Then just pop in a bottle of MiracleGro feed.

Down position when not in use. Up when feeding.

There’s also a handy water/feed switch so the Liquafeed® Universal can remain in place.

We planted the flowers then soaked the soil with using the Liquafeed® Universal attached to the hose on the mist or shower setting, the same as when I’m watering.

I water my flowers every evening then flip the switch to feed every other week for bigger, more beautiful plants. Feed every 7-14 days with Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food or Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster Flower Food to help plants grow bigger and more beautiful versus unfed plants.

Flowers can be quite the investment and a risky one if your track record isn’t so great with plants, like mine. I want to make sure these beauties thrive all season long!

Oh my goodness! Gorgeous!

Spilling out like flower gardens on a European balcony but it’s really just a vertical pallet garden in western PA. 😉

I am in love with these bright colored impatiens and happy begonias! Stunning, right?

Get tips for making your own vertical pallet garden tutorial HERE.

Do you have a green thumb? Any helpful tips for maintaining beautiful plants? My new favorite flowers are impatiens. How about you?

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*If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

*Miracle-Gro® sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Summer Home Tour

Have you been following Marty’s Summer Home Tour series starting at A Stroll Thru Life? What an honor to be invited. 30 bloggers’ homes all decked out for summer, all week long! Welcome friends!

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We spend most pretty summer days on our patio and outdoor living areas which I’ve shared previously but let’s take another look, shall we?

Our grape arbor/gazebo is such a romantic, quiet and shaded spot, a secluded little outdoor getaway. 

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Unless it’s raining, our patio is where you can find us on nice days…dining, relaxing, talking about our day, reading or entertaining. 

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(That’s the grape arbor gazebo in the background and later this week I’ll share how our pallet garden shown below looks filled with blooms.) outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff  Update: here’s the flower pallet garden

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 and this is the third year for our chandelier planter

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We haven’t de-winterized the barn patio area this year just yet, but we’re always have it completed before our 4th of July party…

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I don’t go all out with summer decorating indoors, although after visiting these gorgeous homes, I’m inspired to crank it up a notch. Wow, right? But I do manage a few summer touches inside too…

the kitchen: a pretty runner on the dresser/island and a wooden bowl of lemons for fresh squeezed lemonade…

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a peek of the dining room…

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and a beach themed mantel in the family room…

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a reading area for rainy days…

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Next up is City Farmhouse leading the way tomorrow morning. Miss yesterday? See the schedule below to catch up! Enjoy the beautiful summer home tours, don’t forget to grab your drool bib. 😉 

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Tie Dye Party Fun

Celebrate the start of summer with snacks, sweets and some tie dye fun! 

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I had the opportunity to participate in trying out the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Party kit and cute FREE exclusive tie dye printables from Lillian Hope Designs. It’s summer time! I’m always up for hosting a fun themed event. Toss in tie dye, kids, a pretty day at the park and who can resist? To be perfectly honest, I’ve actually never tie dyed anything so I almost felt like one of the kids! 

I partnered with Dana from Parties & Playdates to get a few kids together to kick off celebrating summer. With everything in the kit and free printables, it was easy to throw together a party. Everything needed to tie dye comes in the kit including 18 bottles of dye, 6 gloves, 6 t-shirts (kids large), plastic table cloth, 90 rubber bands and instructions for creating cool designs. And there a TON of cute tie dye themed party printables at TieDyeYourSummer.com. Here are just a few that we utilized: 

Invitations: personalize to “get this party started”!

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Cupcake wrappers and mini tie dyed-shirt cutouts: I served gluten free fun-fetti cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting. We had organic veggies, dip and chips too. 

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Rectangle flags and sandwich/snack bag toppers: to coordinate bubble sticks and punch balloons favors. 

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Party Banner and tent cards: print and assemble the cute banner, add some tulle to create a pretty backdrop. 

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Water bottle labels: 

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{free tie dye party printables available at TieDyeYourSummer.com}

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We gave guests the option of bringing their own dye-able item and kept the extra t-shirts from the kit on hand too. 45 minutes before the party began, I simply added water to the powdered dye in the bottles provided and shook them to mix. Instant tie dye party!

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Tie dye can be accomplished with damp or dry shirts. Our guests started with dampening their shirts at the water fountain. 

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The kit includes instructions for creating spirals, sunbursts, stripes, ombre, crumple, bullseye, heart and more using the rubber bands included in the kit. 

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Wearing plastic gloves, everyone got creative with tie dying their shirts by applying different colors of dye to the fabric after rubber bands were placed.

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I loved watching the interaction, the intensity, the creativity. 

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18 vibrant colors.

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So much fun! 

Then we wrapped the creations in plastic wrap and tossed them in a ziplock bag and attached a ‘wash and care’ printable: Let sit 6-8 hours or overnight for more vibrant colors. Rinse until excess dye is removed. Remove rubber bands. Wash and dry as instructed. 

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I was surprised with how easy it was to pull together a party with the Tulip One-Step Kit and free printables. Set up and clean up were simple. With the exception of a few drips of red on the pavilion concrete (which faded fairly quickly), dye was contained to the plastic tablecloth, rolled up and easily discarded. Quick clean up! The kids? Not too bad. Be sure to instruct parents to dress children in old play clothes just in case. You remember: kool aid mustaches, bandaid stickies, half worn temporary tattoos, popcicle drips, dirty bare feet, grass stains and a bit of tie dye = summer time and being a kid! 

The results: 

lots of cute colorful tie dyed shirts…

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cool tie dyed onesies…

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Samantha’s awesome galaxy tie dyed crib sheet…

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Host a tie dye party and share your creations using #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff. Have fun!

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Those extra t-shirts? I’ll be making a few of these upcycled t-shirt reusable market bags in tie dye colors as gifts! Because co-hosting and manning the camera means I still haven’t ever tie dyed something myself. lol Next time for sure! 

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The tie dye kit is available at Michaels and several additional dye products are available on Michaels.com.  

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Disclaimer: I received a free Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kit in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own. No arm twisting required. 😉 

Round of applause and thank you for my co-host Dana from Parties & Playdates, my assistant, Evangeline from The Lunar Fae who taught the heart technique, Steve, Suzie and mom for their help and to all of my cute tie dye tutorial models!

Awesome Dill Dip Recipe

This past week, I made up this quick organic dill dip for a cookout/party we attended, a Young Living essential oils 101 class that I hosted and a kids’ party at the park. Easy, healthy and perfect for summer gatherings.

diyshowoff quick organic dill essential oil dip recipe

Ingredients: 

  • one 16 oz. container of sour cream
  • optional but super tasty: one cup of organic mayonnaise
  • chopped fresh organic dill
  • chopped organic chives
  • 10 drops of Young Living Dill Essential Oil (or more/less depending on your tastes)
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions: Mix and serve with fresh organic vegetables. Keep refrigerated. 

*Dill essential oil has a spicy, fresh scent that is stimulating, revitalizing, and balancing.

More info on Young Living essential oils, the seed to seal guarantee, wellness and an awesome deal HERE. Let’s talk! Enjoy!

Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces

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Summer is my favorite season of all – warm weather, long days and relaxing outdoors.  We enjoy our patio, gazebo/grape arbor and barn patio area more than being indoors this time of the year. And I love decorating our outdoor living spaces just as much as I love decorating indoors. 

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Pops of color: Because I love to change things up every year, I find that keeping larger furniture pieces neutral works best since we tend to use them for 10 years or more at a time and to decorate with colorful accents. 

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Planting flowers breathes life and color into outdoor living areas. This year it’s shades of yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. 

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Colorful accent pillows are an invitation to get comfy and kick back with a frosty glass of lemonade. I like lots of pillows to soften things up.

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Decorative accents: 

Fun planters add a whimsical touch. (pallet, chandelier, tire)…

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I recently spray painted a colander to add balance to the planters displayed in our magnolia tree …

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Repurposed items add interest. (bird feeder, bundt pan, birdie garland)…

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Furniture placement:

I love creating different cozy conversational areas like under the grape arbor for catching up with friends on this little bistro set

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swinging with the baby…

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or positioning our canopied porch swing into a daybed position for curling up with a good book or a sweet pup…

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al fresco dining near the kitchen door and grill…

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areas to encourage conversation…

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 The flowers in my pallet garden have sprouted but aren’t visible yet. 

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For entertaining, we set up a buffet on the harvest table at our barn area with outdoor games in the yard near by. We add rental tables and chairs in the shade for large gatherings, a smaller comfortable area for more intimate parties. I haven’t tackled de-winterizing yet, but here’s now it usually looks all cleaned up…

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OH! And you’re going to need this for your outdoor living areas too! Chemical-free DIY outdoor spray. I just whipped up a batch for my mosquito-magnet hubby and love that I can use it on the dog too! 

essential oils DIY outdoor spray recipe

 

DIY Outdoor / Camping Spray

It’s getting to be that time of year. There are TONS of DIY outdoor summer spray recipes using essential oils. I don’t think you can go wrong with choosing to make a homemade batch with natural ingredients over a store bought chemical version. Here is the DIY outdoor spray recipe I make up for my family. Mosquitoes LOVE my husband (I call him the mosquito magnet) so this is what he uses nearly every day from May through October. 

DIY outdoor spray recipe

Ingredients I use (I recommend Young Living essential oils): 

  • 10 drops of Purification essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • distilled water (or equal parts distilled water/witch hazel)
  • pinch of epsom salt
  • It’s best to use a glass spray bottle, however we use a medium sized spray bottle from the dollar store since we go through it pretty quickly. We just keep it handy near the back door or on the patio table.

What I do: add the above ingredients to the spray bottle and shake before each use. It’s pretty hard or near impossible to mess it up. No explosions if measurements are off. 

Optional: Sometimes I’ll add 5 drops of Citronella essential oil. Sometimes I’ll add Palo Santo/Lavender essential oil for tick prevention. If I’m out of distilled water, I do use regular water in a pinch until we get to the store. Prefer a cream? Mix your essential oils with coconut oil instead. 

Note: Low on essential oils? Try Purification + distilled water only. Or depending on my own supply, sometimes I’ll alter the recipe above and still have amazing results. Need something stronger? Add more drops. YOU control the strength. Take a look at the properties/benefits of your essential oils, play around and test/create your own special blend. Just remember that citrus oils are photo-sensitive and will break down plastics so it’s best to avoid those for this recipe. 

What I love: Overspray (well, I don’t love that part at all) but I do love that it’s chemical-free, DEET-free and if the dog or cat are nearby, they’re safe. Even my bamboo floor is safe. If I walk through overspray, I’m not gagging at the scent or trailing chemicals across the floor. I also love that since we do go through a lot of outdoor spray during the summer months and it’s something my husband is applying everyday, he’s not absorbing chemicals through his skin, but essential oils with amazing benefits. Hey, it’s one way to get those essential oils into his system! I also love that it’s safe to give the dog a spray and rub down for dissuading pesky critters this time of year too. I’ve even soaked her collar in the mixture and let it dry. 

Relief: Lavender or Purification. 

Another Note: I personally never really have an issue. Guess I’m just not that tasty. Wonder why that is or what makes the difference? However, this kind of weather seems to make the flies bite and this outdoor spray seems to be working for that for me. 

Going to try: This year, I’m going to try diffusing citronella essential oil on the patio too. I will keep you posted on the results! 

One last note:  Having my Young Living essential oils on hand means we have something on hand every day for things that come up. I only use and recommend Young Living essential oils. I love the Seed to Seal Guarantee of this world leading essential oil company with a 20 year history. Love them! YOU NEED THESE! How do you get your hands on them? Get more details and an amazing deal HERE!

essential oils @diyshowofff

Reach out with questions any time! Creating a beautiful home begins with making a safe environment. 

Patio Umbrella Table Planter/Centerpiece

Love accessorizing the patio with flowers? me too! This repurposed bundt/coffee cake pan works perfectly for the center of our patio table. 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Materials:

  • bundt cake pan (be sure the center hole can accommodate your umbrella). I used this coffee cake pan (affiliate link).
  • RustOleum spray paint
  • FrogTape
  • flowers, plants or succulents and potting soil

patio umbrella table centerpiece planter tutorial @diyshowoff

The tutorial is pretty self explanatory:  I simply gave the outside a coat of spray paint, taped off and painted some stripes for a fun look. I also poked holes into the bottom of the pan to allow for drainage. Then simply added some flowers. 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff Line the planter up with the hole in the table, insert umbrella through the center of the bundt pan.  patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Since our patio is right off the kitchen, we spend a lot of time dining, entertaining or just relaxing outside when the weather cooperates. How about you? 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Outdoor Bistro Set Before and After

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to spruce up outdoor seating areas. The oil rubbed bronze of this bistro set matched everything nicely but it’s just so brown and tired. 

Before:

DIYShowOff Bistro Set Makeover before

Originally it was a $15 yard sale score, ivory and rusty. 

Wayyyyy before…

bistro set before @diyshowoff

Here it is better staged in our grape arbor/gazebo recycled brick patio/pathway reveal, but it gets lost…

recycled brick patio @diyshowoff

 

Here’s what I did:

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Remove the glass top. A little sanding of the rusty spots, a good wipe down (Yes! That’s Young Living Thieves household cleaner)…

Thieves cleaner

and one can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X in navy (don’t forget your mask)!, a day of dry time….

RustOleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x

…then re-insert glass, top with a couple of homemade cushions and I’m loving the new pop of color.

After:

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Much happier, isn’t it? Do you have some tired old boring outdoor furniture ready for a re-freshening? 

Celebrate America Partyscape

  Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

It’s not often I’m way ahead of the game but when I am, it’s by more than three months. haha! As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, my final assignment came with a “Celebrate America” theme from the Celebrations campaign. Due in April. Yes, quite a bit early and especially since photos were actually due in March while there was still snow on the patio but it wouldn’t be a “challenge” otherwise, right? I had a blast decorating our dresser turned kitchen island in red, white & blue for a festive party. And hey, I’m happy to celebrate America any time of the year.  

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Decoupaged USA letters

Supplies: Shop Home Decor and Floral at Michaels

  • wooden letters U, S, A
  • decoupage
  • red, white, blue designed scrapbook paper

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

What I did: Trace letters onto scrap book paper. Cut out scrap book paper shapes. Apply decoupage to wooden letter (works like a glue). Carefully line up scrapbook paper. Apply another layer of decoupage over top of the scrapbook paper to seal. Let dry and display. 

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Add a few red, white and blue doilies to a burlap table runner for an inspired ‘firework’s look.

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Red, white and blue straws and red and white polka dot cupcake liners add to the patriotic color theme. There are little American flags near the cash register. Add a red/blue topper to the cupcakes (I found red and blue keys). 

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Red, white and blue star & mesh banner

Supplies:

  • red, burlap, blue wide mesh ribbon
  • star wire garland
  • twine or yarn

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Tutorial:

  1. Cut a piece of twine the length you’d like your banner to be. Tie loops on the ends for hanging.
  2. Cut pieces of mesh to tie onto the twine. 
  3. Secure mesh with snips of star wire garland.
  4. Thread onto twine. 
  5. Repeat until your banner is full. Fluff and display.

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Time to Celebrate! 

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

See more Celebrations posts from these Michaels Maker’s friends starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

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Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer with gifts for Moms, Dads and teachers, and parties to celebrate birthdays, graduation, and the 4th of July!

·         As a toast to the last Michaels Makers post of the season, we created gifts, baked treats and threw parties for each of the six holidays this summer.

·         It’s never too early to get started on your next party or celebration – Michaels.com has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year – check out projects for Mother’s Day Father’s Daygraduationbirthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!   

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

Rustic Glam Woodland Centerpiece and a Mint Mocha Smoothie

My favorite time of the year is summer and I love spending my days outdoors when I don’t have to bundle up, the sun shining warm on my face, taking a few moments from the chaos on the patio swing to close my eyes while I ponder the day’s plans.

My woodland centerpiece is inspired by summer, talking walks in the woods. A good hike, re-connecting. Mood boosting!

Materials: moss runner, large wood slice, fresh flowers, feathers, white candles, twine, wooden spoons and gold spray painted toy animals.

a blend of natural elements with a little glam

Create a woodland themed vignette. Nature inspired. Peaceful and serene.

It’s a sweet centerpiece for the bistro table under our grape arbor gazebo, all set for some quiet time, counting blessings, healthy meditation and brainstorming up my next big DIY project. Remember to take a few quiet minutes for the sake of your health, to breathe, to think (or not think) and to just rest before tackling the rest of the day.

A shaded haven for catching up with my daughter. We sat there the other day, sipping mocha mint smoothies, talking and dreaming big.

Do you take the time to sit and soak up the good things? What inspires you to live a healthier lifestyle?

Mocha Mint Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for 1 large serving or 2 small:

mocha mint smoothie

Check out the Silk products for yourself on the Silk Facebook page. Cool, refreshing and so good! I hope you get a few happy moments away from summer’s crazy schedule today. xo

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.