DIY Yarn Wall Hanging

DIY Yarn Wall Hanging

A guest DIY post by The Lolly Project.

Some of my favorite things to create are different pieces of wall art.  After some quick brainstorming and surveying of the craft supplies, I decided to create a super easy wall hanging DIY – no weaving needed!

Supplies

  1. various colored yarn
  2. scissors
  3. wooden dowel or thin branch
  4. beads

Instructions

Take your yarn and measure out ten wingspans of each color.  Take one piece of yarn and, starting from the middle, create a loop and place it under the dowel.  Pull the two vertical strands through the loop and secure (images below).  Repeat those same steps until you have your desired size, and cut off any extra yarn at the bottom, creating your desired length.

Creating the loop

Take another length of yarn and attach it to each side of the dowel, enabling you to hang it on the wall!  I added a few beads to the ends, but feel free to customize it!

There you have it!  A super simple wall hanging that takes almost no time and no expertise in crafting!  It compliments any gallery wall and looks great with or without other pieces, like that flag from Flag Fest! Happy crafting!

Irish Vegetable Soup

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Irish Vegetable Soup

St. Patrick’s Day is coming.
It’s the one day a year when all of us Americans show our Irish pride, claim to be Irish, and drink ourselves stupid. We all also eat a boat load of corned beef & cabbage, because you know that’s all they eat over there really.

 

Or not.

Ireland has long been known for their bland and simple food, but the truth is their food these days is anything but bland. They have some of the best dairy, in the world (in my opinion) and being and island their seafood is pretty amazing as well.

 

I was lucky enough to visit back in 2012 and loved it. One of my fondest memories from the trip was this simple soup. It was one of the best soups I have ever had, and I spent the next few years trying to find/create/ develop the recipe for it. The thing was that this soup was available around the country, nearly ever stop we made as we traveled from Dublin to the west coast then down to the southern shores and back up offered this soup, so I know that it is an unnoticed Irish tradition.

 

The soup is leaves a little to look at, but the flavor is amazing. It is smooth, creamy, and incredibly comforting; the type of thing that warms you heart and soul.

 

IRISH VEGETABLE SOUP

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 parsnips, peeled & cut into chunks

1 turnip, peeled & cut into chunks

1 carrot, peeled & cut into chunks

1 tbsp butter

1 onion, chopped fine

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 russet potato, peeled & cut into chunks

Pinch of curry

4 cups vegetable stock

½ cup cream

Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle the parsnips, turnip, and carrot with oil and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until they have become soft, and caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large thick bottomed sauce pan melt the butter over medium high heat. Sauté the onions and celery until they have softened (3-4 minutes). Add the potato, curry and roasted veggies to the pan. Add the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes, until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally. Using an immersion blender (or a stand blender in batches) puree the contents until smooth, then return to the pan and stir in the cream over low heat. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.

No-Sew St. Patrick’s Day Banner

No-Sew St. Patrick’s Day Banner
A DIY guest article by The Lolly Project.
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 I’ve always loved  flag banners. They’re so easy to make, and can add so much personality to any room you decorate. With Valentine’s day checked off the calendar, St. Patrick’s day is the next big holiday to generate excitement within society. So,  wouldn’t the reasonable thing be to combine my love for banners with St. Pat’s day to make a super cute, no-sew, easy-to-make decoration? The answer is yes. So that’s what I did.

 

 SUPPLIES FOR THE FLAGS

  • Canvas Fabric
  • Printed Letters
  • Scissors
  • Sponge Brush
  • Xacto Knife
  • Green Paint
  • Tape
  • Flag  Template
  • A Saying, Word, or Phrase (I chose “Lucky”)

 

 ​Take your template, which you can print and cut out, and trace with a pencil, the flags for your banner. I decided to use a ratio of one letter to one flag. Cut out the flags once all have been traced. To add the letters/words/phrases onto your flags, take the printed letters and xacto knife and cut out the letters to create an outline.
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When the letter outlines are created, tape them down, and with the sponge brush, dab the paint on top of the outline onto the banner. (Note: you will want to test your paper to check for bleed resistance.) I also found that an up-and-down blotting motion works best to deliver the paint to the canvas flags.
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Remove the outline, and let the painted letter dry completely before continuing on to the next steps.
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SUPPLIES FOR CREATING THE BANNER

  • Painted Flags
  • Green String/Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
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Take your ribbon, and hot glue the flags on, about one inch apart.
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And that’s it! A super easy, cute, and festive St. Patrick’s Day flag banner to hang in any room!
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Homemade Bone Broth Made Easy

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Bone broth is the thing right now, which is great because it’s great for you. The problem is that most store bought broths have very little of the nutritional value that homemade versions do. Getting good quality broth in a specialty store can get expensive, so if you want good quality broth at a low cost the easiest thing to do is make it at home.

It’s true that bone broth takes hours up on hours of simmering, but all of that can be done in the crock pot. The bonus of this method is that you will come home to a delicious smelling house. The recipe below is a simple and basic recipe for homemade bone broth, however you can change it up based on your own tastes.

Ginger root and lemon grass make a very interesting addition to the broth that is a great base for any Asian dish. Personally my favorite combination includes a few sprigs of thyme and a lemon cut in half. It makes a great base to toss with pasta.

Crock Pot Bone Broth

1 medium onion, quartered

2 carrots, chopped large

2 celery stalks, chopped large

6 garlic cloves, smashed
(papers included)

3.5 lb of bones
(from leftover chicken, or beef soup bones)

2 bay leaves

2 tsp salt

1 tablespoons of apple
cider vinegar

water

Place all ingredients in the crock pot and fill with water until covered. Turn the crock pot on low for 12-24 hours. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and let cool. Scrap the opaque fat from the top. Heat as desired and serve.

What Baby Stroller System Should I Choose?

A Guest article on behalf of Tesco.

These days, there are numerous different models of baby strollers/pushchairs/prams available, which can make choosing the right one quite tricky. First time parents can find this a particularly daunting task. There are several factors that you need to keep in mind during the selection process. Here is a guide to get you started.

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THE TYPES OF BABY STROLLERS/PRAMS

There are three main types to choose from, namely three in one pram systems, two in one pram systems and strollers/pushchairs. The first option features a stroller, a carrycot and a car seat, with modern combinations involving a removable pushchair seat. Two in one systems are suitable for very young children and feature a compact design, while strollers/pushchairs are smaller and lighter, making them more easily maneuverable.

CONSIDER YOUR ENVIRONMENT

When choosing the model of stroller or pram, it is important to think about where you will be mainly using it. If the area features smooth, paved surfaces, then two in one systems are ideal. However, if you are in a rural area with no paved areas or areas of broken paving, opting for a three in one system might be the best option; especially if you have a very young child. This will allow you to remove the carrycot from the system and carry your child as and when you need to. The age of your child is also an important consideration, as you will want to make sure that they are the right size for the model you choose and will be able to sit or lay comfortably at all times.

SIZE MATTERS

It can be tempting to opt for a top of the range model that offers plenty of room to store everything you need for your baby as well as your shopping and anything else you need. However, larger models can be bulky and difficult to maneuver, which is an important consideration if you plan on using public transportation or shopping in crowded places. Many small models still come complete with special clips that you can attach bags to, while they may also have the advantages of being light and able to fit in tight spaces.

VALUE FOR MONEY

This cost of various models varies widely and the best model is not necessarily the most expensive. Make a budget first so that you know exactly how much money you have to spend and prioritise the things that the model should have to help making choosing simpler. Also take the time to shop around and compare prices between models and in different retail outlets, so that you get the best deal possible. Take advantage of sales and special discounts to help you get more for your money.

5 Attractions You Have to See For Yourself in the United States

A guest post by Jennifer Gilligan.

Author Bio: Jennifer is a freelance writer who enjoys hanging out with her over-sized pup on the weekends. Often times, she can be found at the beach running amok with the mutt when she doesn’t have a pen and paper in her hand.  Meet her here.

No matter where you live in the country, there’s something to see. Whether you’re going on a road trip or just looking for an idea for this weekend, check out these attractions that you have to see for yourself.

The Grand Canyon

Image via The Charming

I’m sure your friends have said it, and I’m sure you’ve heard it from other people in your life as well, but it’s true — pictures can not, and will never do justice to the Grand Canyon. Travel to the South rim and pay for parking, make your way up to the edge, and just admire nature’s work. The Grand Canyon spans over 200 miles and, at some points, is 15 miles across. Just be careful not to lean too far over — it’s a long way down.

Walt Disney World

Bored this weekend? Why not hop on a United Airlines flight and go to Disney World? Grab a two day parkhopper pass and visit the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Go on a safari and spot wild animals, scream your head off on Space Mountain, go to another world on Star Tours, or play Toy Story Mania. No matter what you do, there’s an attraction for everyone. For added fun, go on the Keys to the Kingdom tour. In this tour, you’ll learn all about Disney World, why things are set up the way they are, the back story behind a lot of things, and more. You’ll even go underground to the rarely seen Utilidoors, an entire underground area for employees only. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, unless you live near Orlando, in which case, you’re probably already an annual passholder.

SeaWorld

After spending some time at Disney World, you’ll need to wind down a bit. Why not head over to SeaWorld? SeaWorld Orlando recently opened their renovated arctic section, so you can get up close with penguins. After spending some quality time with the penguins, check out the One Ocean show featuring Shamu, after the show, grab some dinner with the whales with Dine with Shamu! Seeing how well the whales are trained is truly amazing.

Niagra Falls

If you find yourself near New York, but you’ve grown bored of Times Square, head over to Niagra Falls. Hop on board the Maid of the Mist and get up close and personal with the huge waterfall. After you’ve had your fill, cross the border over to The True North and take in sites from another land.

Hawaii Outdoor Guides

If you can manage to survive the long plane ride to Hawaii, hire a Hawaii Outdoor Guide. The guides will let you experience the beaches, temples, waterfalls, hot pools, and the Volcanoes National Park. You’ll hike, walk on lava, and snorkel, all while enjoying everything Hawaii has to offer.

If you’re looking for something to do or somewhere to go this weekend, try one (or all) of these suggestions. What’s your favorite thing to do on a weekend getaway? Where do you like to go?