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Tracy -May 24, 2016, 12:54AM
This is a lovely idea! Can't wait to see more birdy guests!
Veronica -Jul 07, 2015, 2:26AM
Heya- Just a passing comment as an ecologist- feeding birds in areas that get real winters (obviously excluding Florida) and migrating birds, putting out bird feeders like these out in the winter actually detours the birds from migrating as they would normally and ends in its ultimate death. Something we call an "ecological trap". Be mindful of this..

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The average person uses around six paper napkins per day — that’s over 2,000 per year! Read More

michaela jean -Apr 07, 2015, 11:30AM
I love this idea! I just inherited my grandma's old singer so I am so jumping on this DIY! xo Michaela
Naly -Apr 07, 2015, 11:27AM
I find that buying them at the thrift store is much more cost effective. I always find my cloth napkins there for 10 cents a piece or in a set of 6 for 50 cents. No one ever wants them and they always have a lot, sometimes they even have really nice ones that are embroidered.

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This post was originally published on June 20, 2014, but in honor of #FPEarthMonth, we just had to share again!

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a lush field of wildflowers. Read More

lois -Aug 04, 2015, 2:35PM
when do you plant the seed bombs
Judy G -Jul 27, 2015, 11:28AM
what difference does it makes if the seeds are "native" or not--Flowers are flowers

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I never had much of an affinity for spring until I moved farther south. Read More

Jen -Apr 03, 2015, 6:15AM
Useful post! Thank you for sharing! : )
truly, Addia -Apr 02, 2015, 3:18PM
looks so pretty! i love catkins, the fluff is so cute. i have them at home too

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For years I’ve had a bag for my yoga mat, but it somehow didn’t make the trip with me down to Austin. Read More

Alex -Apr 06, 2015, 11:33AM
How much rope does this take to make?
Jen -Apr 01, 2015, 9:45PM
Useful posting! Thank you for sharing this.

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Edit: This post originally ran on Feb 1, 2014, but with spring finally here we wanted to share again!

The weather today is giving us a glimmer of hope that spring might just be on its way. And what’s one of the best parts about this beautiful season? Spring weddings, of course! Read More

Claudia -Sep 03, 2015, 6:31PM
This is so lovely. My sister loves Lily flowers and I'm using your idea to put these on the chairs for the baby shower. The chairs have covers on them, how do you suggest hooking them on?
Anastasia Stevenson -May 09, 2015, 5:39PM
I love it! we would love to have the blog featured in our DIY Wedding planning app! it is the ONLY wedding APP for DIY brides!

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It’s one of my biggest pet peeves: I’m listening to a record, my favorite song comes on, and about halfway through… it skips.Read More

b -May 21, 2016, 8:10PM
This source says to never use Isopropyl Alcohol to clean records: There are certain things that you should most definitely avoid when cleaning vinyl. The most contentious of the lot and one that will have a few readers and some hi-fi journalists up in arms is pure, isopropyl alcohol (as opposed to the remnants of your last vodka and tonic). This stuff can be disastrous for vinyl. The problem is, it also lies within many commercial record cleaning products, so look carefully at the ingredients before you use them. Pure alcohol strips away much of the rubbish and grunge from grooves – which is great – but it also removes the protective coating that rests on the groove walls/floor. I don’t mean the oft talked about ‘release agent’ that a record pressing plant utilises and is often left to bung up vinyl grooves, either. Once that essential protective layer is gone, music sounds harsh and brittle. I’ve done a series of sound tests to prove this phenomenon. Initially, alcohol-cleaned records sound great. After the third or fourth clean, they sound terrible. By then, though, it’s too late and your record has been irretrievably scarred.
Jim -Apr 24, 2016, 7:01PM
I was just about to buy a new cartridge for my old gemini turntable because my test record, a Deutsche Gramaphon recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, was skipping and skating. It hadn't occurred to me that the record was dusty. I used your cleaning solution with a microfibre cloth and, voila, it plays very well now. Thanks for the idea.

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I noticed something immediately upon arriving in Austin.Read More

Claire -Sep 11, 2015, 4:54AM
I love this! Definitely need to make some cute bags instead of carrying around the ugly HEB ones
Alexandra -Mar 10, 2015, 12:23PM
I adore this and that plastic bags are on their way out! The fabric you picked is lovely! Warm Regards, Alexandra

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There is one thing that I would bet pretty much everyone reading this post has in their closet: Denim. Read More

Drew -May 08, 2015, 10:42AM
This look so cool! The embroidered jean shorts look so retro. Thanks for posting this!
Jerry Adler -Mar 14, 2015, 5:23AM
Beautiful style .

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Doing laundry is not the most glamorous or romantic of subjects, but it’s a chore that we all have to deal with.Read More

Tawny McLeod -Feb 27, 2016, 1:08PM
Lavender is my go-to essential oil for the dryer. To avoid the little oil stains on clothes: It's best to put the fresh essential oil on the dryer ball and toss it in a load of towels or sheets. THEN dry clothes in the next load. I've never had the problem of little oil spots on my clothes with this technique! <3 Tawny
fp julie -Dec 02, 2015, 9:23AM
Jaina - You could try mixing the oils with witch hazel, but please note I have not tried this personally. I stick with lavender and/or lemongrass EO, which are clear and don't leave spots.

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I have a bunch of plain white kitchen towels that I use for everything Read More

Custom Outdoor Living Website -Feb 12, 2016, 7:28AM
Very creative! I will try this one at home if I have some time this weekend.
cassy -Jun 18, 2015, 2:12PM
where did you buy the towels?!!!!!!

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I am now the proud owner of six houseplants.Read More

colleen -Mar 26, 2015, 9:44PM
A thought - - screw an eyelet (avail at any hardware store) into wood. secure beneath with bolt. Tie ropes through eyelet and knot. Depending on how heavy the plant is -- may or may not need this extra security. or, drill small hole through wood and create extra large knot below to secure. Extra strength with glue.
Eleanor -Feb 23, 2015, 7:00PM
What variety of ivy is the plant? Love it!

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