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This attractive ombre melt and pour soap is lightly scented with lavender and moisturizing with rich shea butter and it's easy to make at home.

Lovely Lavender Ombre Melt and Pour Soap

This attractive ombre soap is lightly scented with lavender and moisturizing with rich shea butter. While it looks like a high-end decorative soap from a fancy shop, it’s surprisingly easy to make at home.  Follow my instructions for making triple layer soap with a few tweaks to make it ombre. Materials 2 lbs shea butter soap base Lavender soap dye …

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These flaky and sweet cinnamon palmiers fill the house with a warm butter-and-spice aroma. They also are very easy to make when unexpected guests arrive.

Cinnamon Palmiers: Fancy French Pastries that are Surprisingly Easy-to-Make

Do you have a go-to baked treat that you can whip up in a flash for guests or gifts? I’m going to let you in on my little secret weapon for the holidays: palmiers. Palmiers are made from layers of pastry rolled into butterfly or heart shapes. They look elegant and sound fancy, but they couldn’t be easier to make. …

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Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

Rosemary Lemon Soap-on-a-Rope {Stars and Bars}

Soap-on-a-rope is more than just a catchy rhyme. It’s a decorative way to display soap that also keeps it from getting soft or sitting in a little soap puddle in your shower or bath. These rosemary lemon soap-on-a-rope stars come straight from the garden into the holiday gift-giving season. This project is extra special because it creates two types of soap …

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Indoor Plant Arrangements Essential Guide

Playing with Houseplants for Indoor Garden Therapy

Houseplants can be a creative muse for indoor design projects. They can look a whole lot different than the simply-potted African violet in its plastic nursery pot and foil wrapper. There are indoor plant projects that can suit every style, you just have to find what suits you. There was a time when I killed every houseplant that I brought home. …

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Lavender Dryer Bags

Naturally Freshen Laundry with Homemade Lavender Dryer Bags

Lavender dryer bags are a natural way to freshen laundry and a good use for dried lavender harvested from your garden. Lavender is a lightly floral but clean-smelling fragrance that adds a little lift to your laundry. Dryer bags can be filled with the dried flower buds and used many times over before needing to be replaced. Adding in a few essential …

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How to create a bug hotel for overwintering beneficial insects in your home garden.

Build a Bug Hotel

A bug hotel is part garden art and part winter habitat for beneficial insects, the garden army that helps to keep the bad bugs under control. If you are an organic gardener like me, then you will want to be sure that there is a place in your garden for beneficial insects to lodge for the winter. Next spring, when …

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