Author Archive for: ‘Stephanie’

essential oil blend to scent pinecones

Homemade Scented Pinecones and a Pretty DIY Diffuser

Smelling your favorite fragrances can make you feel relaxed, revitalized, and comforted. Use natural essential oils to fill your home with the warmth of the holidays by making this pinecone aromatherapy diffuser! Scented pinecones are easy to make at home, as long as you follow a few important steps.    Materials Decorative bowl or dish Pinecones Essential oils of your …

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A Magnificent Magnolia Wreath Brings Cheer to the Season

I love experimenting with different wreaths, and this year I decided to try making one out of magnolia since they produce such gorgeous foliage. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The glossy leaves with textured undersides create an interesting contrast that looks unique and eye-catching while still maintaining the classic natural look of a fresh wreath. Disclosure: …

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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.

The Essential Guide to Rosemary: Care, Uses, and Healing Benefits

Rosemary can be used in so many different ways, from culinary recipes to natural beauty to pest control, and it has long been renowned for its healing properties. This plant is easy to grow and propagate, and a delicious addition to many culinary creations. Follow this essential guide to rosemary for the best tips on how to grow, care for, …

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rosemary in the snow

Learn How to Overwinter Herbs and Keep them Happy All Year

Homegrown herbs are wonderful to have on hand for culinary purposes, natural beauty recipes, and for their natural healing properties. Just because the cold season is beginning does not mean that you have to say goodbye to your herb garden. Many herbs can overwinter outdoors if cared for properly. You can also preserve herbs in creative ways and overwinter them …

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Fountain in the snow

What You Need to Know to Winterize Your Water Feature

Water features are wonderful—they provide interesting color and texture, a place for beneficial wildlife to cool off and have a drink, and the sound of running water is soothing to listen to. It’s important to take proper care of your water feature, especially as winter comes on. Here is what I do with my water features in the winter and …

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Native plants and wild birds at the High Line in New York City

Walking the High Line

No trip to New York City is complete without walking the High Line. At least not for a plant geek and nature lover. The High Line is a green space created along the 1.45-mile-long out-of-use railroad on the west side of Manhattan. It was designed to reference the self-seeded landscape that grew where railcars no longer traveled. While it looks …

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