Fragrances for Fall {DIY}

Without question, people adore the cozy smells of fall that brings pumpkin spice, tart apples, crisp leaves and spicy cinnamon. Bring those scents into your own home to celebrate fall without using harsh artificial chemical scents by making your own natural home fragrance on your stove. All you need to do is bring a pot of water to a simmer and add in spices with other fresh ingredients, such as apple peels, cinnamon, and cloves.

Combined together, these ingredients will send an autumn aroma throughout your home. As an added benefit, not only will your home smell like you have been baking (without all the effort) but the simmering water will help to humidify your home, which often suffers from dry air in the fall and winter.

Pumpkin Spice Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 pieces of candied ginger
  • 1 clove of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the candied ginger, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Apple Cider Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 apple peels
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the apple peels, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Gingerbread Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 pieces of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of pure almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add almond extract, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Mulled Wine Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 orange rind
  • 1 apple peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2-star anise

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add orange rind, apple peel, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Pine & Juniper Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 5 juniper berries
  • 4 small pine branches
  • 1 lemon peel

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the lemon peel, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Bay Wreath Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 sliced lemon

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add cut the fruit, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.
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DIY: Mini Crystal Succulent Garden

Crystals and succulents have become some of my latest obsessions. Both are naturally beautiful and when put together make for a breathtaking combination. This has sparked my latest project- making my own mini crystal + succulent garden.

Source: DIY: Mini Crystal Succulent Garden

Here is a lovely tutorial for creating a crystal succulent planter that brings a little bit of the outdoors in.

Midsummer Magick! DIY Parchment Jar Labels for Wildflower Bouquets! – GypsyWytch Diaries

Happy Midsummer Vibes! However you celebrate, I hope everyone is enjoying the weather in whatever way fills your life with magick! For me, Midsummer is a lot about wildflowers! Its about daisies an…

Source: Midsummer Magick! DIY Parchment Jar Labels for Wildflower Bouquets! – GypsyWytch Diaries

DIY Mother’s Day Tea Bags – The Herbal Academy

Whether she has been sipping teas for years or is in need of trying her first cup, these DIY Mother’s Day tea bags are the perfect way to show your mom some love and appreciation.

Source: DIY Mother’s Day Tea Bags – The Herbal Academy

Woodland Fairy Folk

Woodland Fairy Folk

I have been imagining this family of fairies…just awaiting all the pieces…and they found me ~  pine cones at my favorite beach, acorns at a park in town and these lovely pink maple keys on a tree. I gathered and stored…with people wondering why I had pine cones tumbling out of my backpack, acorns living in my purse and  maple keys in the coffee holder in my car?! ~ for woodland fairy folk of course!

So simple ~  no need for a tutorial here! Basically a just pine cone body, an acorn head, maple key wings,  dried grass arms and a stone to glue it all on to ~ fire up your glue gun  and off you go!  I love crafts that can be created, more often than not, with nature from your own back yard (or other’s back yards ; ) !

As I brought these wee fae folk into existence and felt their spritely nature come to life…I knew they  each needed a name. (I must confess…creating fairies has that effect on me!)
Here is the Queen mama Ashley and her babe Vivian…
The king of the fairies…Oberon.
the mystical daughter
and the regal son

These magical fairies made themselves right at home in our backyard…

 
Creating these after my family hit the hay was such a wonderful way to soak up the quiet and let my imagination take over…lost in another world…reminding myself of the gift it is to take time out in solo stillness.
In the spirit of sprites

The Fae For Tea

FAIRYLAND
A Fairy’s house stands in a wood, Midst fairy trees, and flowers,
Where daisies sing like little birds
Between the sun and showers, And grasses whisper tiny things
About this world of ours.
Such flowers are there beside the way, Lilies and hollyhocks:
Blow off their stalks to tell the time
Tall dandelion clocks; While harebells ring an hourly chime
Like a wound music-box.
Some day shall we two try to find
This strange enchanted place?
Go hand in hand through flower-lit woods
Where living trees embrace–And suddenly, as in a dream, Behold a fairy’s face!
~~Author Unknown.~~

 

 
We have been deeply immersed in fairyland over here.
 We were inspired and decided to bring our own fairy garden to life!
It has been wonderful. I love how easily I can lose myself in creating miniatures for our fairy friends.
I laugh to myself when I catch myself more immersed than the girls ~ mama’s time to play!
Here’s one of our wee creations for our fairy garden…

 

 and a quick how to.
Gather
Acorns
Birch bark
Pinecone
Small twig
Glue gun
Cut your twig for the spout.
Glue it on.
Cut a thin strip of birch bark and glue on for a handle.
(It helps to fold the handle a bit a both ends for the gluing)
Glue on your acorn cap lid.
Brew up some fairy tea!
For your itty bitty tea cups ~ cut out a small circle of birch bark.
Glue on an acorn cap.
Cut and glue on a birch bark strip handle.
After creating our tea set, we realized these fairies would surely appreciate a fairy flower snack.
So we created this little plate out of pine cone scales and an acorn cap.
We filled it with fresh flowers and invited the fairies to tea!

 

In Fairy Love

DIY EGGSHELL PLANTERS.

I saw a photo floating around on Pinterest with a link to Martha Stewart without a tutorial, and although it is the easiest project (not even needing a full tutorial), I had to do one. The moss and succulents came from my yard and I just picked up the flowers at a local grocery store.

 

You only need these few things….
And you’re done! Next step: Make ’em all pretty.
Please let me know if you try this! I would love to see what you create!