Hello Spring!

Hello Spring Plant Marker by SimplyNotable.com

Spring has arrived in our part of the country (or at least that’s what my allergies are telling me). In an effort to welcome it officially, I asked the ladies of Simply Notable to share a project that said "Hello" to the awakening of Spring. Some of us brought a pop of color into our homes, and others kick started their garden inspiration.  Here is what we came up with: Cindee crafted a sunny flower pot line-up, bright with daisies. She stenciled the letters with acrylic paint and secured a Gerber daisy into a piece of Styrofoam within each pot.  Trimming them with butterflies made them even … [Read more...]

DIY Herb Garden Markers

DIY Make Garden Markers

Inspired by mom's Make Your Own Buttons post, I decided to try my hand at making her some garden markers for Mother's Day.  It was a success! They turned out great and now I must make myself a set. I used the same premo clay in ecru. Just as mom did when she made her buttons, I used a cookie cutter and cake decorating tip to cut the hole in the top. I purchased some fancy stamps to letter the names of herbs. I love these stamps! I'm sure I'll find lots of uses for them in the future! Using the color Raw Sienna acrylic paint mixed with a little bit of water, we lightly brushed each marker then baked them according to the package directions. I think when I make my set of garden … [Read more...]

Sprouting in a Mason Jar

Indoor Vegetable Gardening

There's a wonderful old Chinese Proverb: "If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden." Which would explain why growing even small things on my windowsill so reliably lifts my spirits. I've added another mason jar to my windowsill this week along side the jar of green onions I told you about in Growing Green Onions in Water. Who knew? This week we sprouted alfalfa seeds purchased from a local health food store. They weren't an easy find in my area but you can order sprout seeds at an online retailer such as Sprout People. Start with 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons of seeds of your choice, and there is quite a lot to choose from. You … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Max’s Garden Shed Construction

Build Your Own Cottage Shed

  Well Hello There Simply Notable Fans! I'm Alex, Son/Brother to Mom/Carli, but everyone calls me "Max." I've always been intrigued by the little crafty things Mom and Carli have been making over the years. However, knitting, sewing, and crocheting have never been my thing. Admittedly, I've never tried, but I'll stick to what I know.. Hammers, wrenches, drills and circular saws! I asked Carli awhile back how I could help with Simply Notable, and her response was "Make something!" Well, I did. On with the show! Last year Emily and I moved into our home in Illinois, and we immediately got to work changing, well, everything! Our house is at the top of a very large hill, so it is … [Read more...]