Give Yourself the Gift of Guilt-Free Creativity

Create Without Guilt

Give Yourself the Gift of Guilt-Free Creativity:: Creating for me is a therapy of sorts.  Whether it is creating something crafty, photography, digging in the dirt or cooking and baking there is something cathartic about it that gives me a sense of calm ~ it’s the same for me with cleaning….it sends me to some sort of altered universe  I find, though, that that sense

The Elegant, Rustic and Free Way to Wrap Potted Plants

How to Wrap a Potted Plant for free ~ a rustic look for gift giving, weddings and parties cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The Elegant, Rustic and FREE Way to Wrap Potted Plants for a Get Together or for Gift Giving A few weeks ago I was at Costco and they had a great deal on mums in a box of 4.  I was having a party the day I was there and bought the plants to give as gifts to those attending my son’s birthday.  I got home

19 Appealing Front Yard Designs for Curb Appeal

Add carb appeal to your home with these great front yard design ideas

Do you ever get stumped with what to do to give your front yard some oomph and add to the overall curb appeal of your home?  I do.  I did a Front Yard Makeover a few years ago but I’m due for another one.  I think it’s one of the easiest ways to get your home noticed.  I love when I pass a house and

Coconut Oil and Coffee Hand and Body Scrub

Make and all natural body and hand scrub from coconut oil and leftover coffee grounds from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

All Natural Coconut Oil and Coffee Hand and Body Scrub  This started out as a body scrub {and is a GREAT one} but I found out by accident that this makes a great hand scrub for gardeners.  I like to dig around in my garden.  Sometimes I wear gloves, most times I don’t.  I like to feel the dirt and work with it and gloves get

My Front Porch Herb Garden ~ Elements of Summer

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Herbs are the perfect Element of Summer.  You can use them in so many ways and they are so easy to grow, snip for use now and dry for use later.   I have always dreamed of a kitchen herb garden.  One where I could open the French Doors off of my huge kitchen and cut some fresh herbs to use in something I was

Top 10 Posts of 2013 Blog Hop and Link Party

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I’ve never done an end of the year wrap up {facepalm} but this year I’ve joined a group of 11 other bloggers to do just that.  We’re each sharing our Top 10 Posts of 2013 and YOU have the chance to share your Top 10 Posts or Top Post of the year in the link party below.   My Top Post of the Year was

Easy to Make Stuffed Peppers

Marconi Peppers |The Busy Gal's Guide to Homemaking at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

A few week’s ago my husband’s family came into town for a visit.  It had been years since we had seen them and it was wonderful to have the chance to catch up and make some new memories. My Father-in-law came bearing peppers, Marconi Peppers to be exact, from his garden.  I had never seen or had Marconi Peppers before and I was eager to make something

Garden Tour August 2013 ~ The Frontlines

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It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-August.  Where has the summer gone?  I haven’t shown you my flowers in a bit {my last update was in May} and wanted to give you a peek at what’s blooming right now. A lot has changed in the front of the house.  My oldest son tore apart the porch and I redid it {hopefully, I’ll have those pictures

My Trash to Treasure Garden Bench

Garden Bench ~ Trash to Treasure @cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Garden Bench/Weight bench redo ~ less than $15.00 ~ trash to treasure  Years ago I worked out with weights {when I say years I means y-e-a-r-s}.  I loved it but soon there was no time in my life for that so I gave away all of the weights and kept the bench ~ I’m a semi-hoarder.  I covered the weight bench with a red gingham

18 Yard Makeovers ~ Before & After

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I love a good makeover ~ especially a good yard makeover {I even did my own here last year}.  I recently curated a Before & After Yard Makeover Board for Hometalk and would love for you to check it out.  There are front yard, backyard oasis, narrow side-yard, no-cost, shady-yard, terraced-hill and curb-appeal makeovers. I’ll be adding more to the board over the summer as additional inspiration