Using Birch Branches in the Garden

Today, I am dreaming of spring.

Thought these pics of my dad's garden birch branches might inspire your green thumb :-). The plant stems are wired around the birch branches -

Think warm thoughts! <3 div="">

DIY Hook Hanger for Jewelry Organization

I wanted to make a jewelry organizer that would hang in my closet. Thought it might be smart to utilize both sides of the hanger. What do you think?


  • Wooden Hanger (bought mine at walmart, $9.88 for 10 hangers)
  • Size 7/8 Cup Hooks, pack of 40 (A few of mine broke, you may want to buy 2 packs)
  • Pliers
  • Pencil & Ruler
  • Duct Tape

Using your pencil and ruler, mark where you'd like to hang your hooks. I suggest spacing them at least 3/4 inches apart from one another.

Wrap the jaws of the pliers in several layers of duct tape, This will keep the pliers from scraping your cup hooks. Start screwing in each hook by hand. When the screw is stable, finish screwing in the hooks with the pliers.

Turn the hanger around. Mark where you'd like to add hooks. Make sure to stagger your hooks from the other side! I opted to space the hooks a little wider on the back side to keep long necklaces from tangling up.

Done! Guess I need to buy more necklaces :-/.

Awesome Bookcase from the Lemonade Stand!

Pictures do not do this beauty justice! It's been sitting in my garage since last September's Junk Bonanza :-(. I was planning on painting my walls (SW Mindful Gray, in case you were wondering)  ... but it just didn't get done lol. I decided to bring it in from the cold before 2017 ;-).

It's made from wood, upcycled corrugated galvanized metal and old fence posts. It is HUGE. Love all the details, weathering and sturdy construction.

I snagged this from The Lemonade Stand - they have a store in Yankton, South Dakota! All of their furniture is custom built and the proprietors are super nice. They use a lot of reclaimed materials for truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Can't wait to see what they bring to the Spring Junk Bonanza!

In case you're wondering, they didn't give me any kind of discount in return for this review - but they did deliver locally for a fee which was MUCH appreciated.

Hemp Tassel Embellishment

Easy, quick way to jazz up your gift bags!

Cut double lengths of hemp. Make a knot about an inch away from each end. Pull the end strands apart.

Tie or make a bow around the handles of gift bags.

Wishing you a merry little Christmas -

Pretty Origami Paper Hearts

I modified the Dollar Heart tutorial so that you can use the paper of your choice! This is vintage sheet music - it's really fragile so do a couple of practice runs with regular paper first. These pretty origami hearts can be used as ornaments, Valentines or gift tags!


  • Paper - 6" x 3"
  • Bone folder or butter knife
  • Glue gun or strong glue
  • All purpose glue or glue stick
  • Button
  • Paper Punch
  • String
  • Scissors

Quick overview picture tutorial - click through for more detailed instructions.