Perusing Over Tea

Karine-France-Matsumoto-Garden-Cart-Be_Kind_and_smile_oftenPhoto by Taryn Kealani

I love Saturdays don’t you? This morning I enjoyed time with my youngest daughter.  I’m loving having her home from college (she captured this photo). The day started out chilly and rainy and now the sun is out and I’m headed out the door to  search for the perfect inexpensive fabric for a project I’m working on.

I’m starting a new feature, “Perusing Over Tea” which is a collection of posts, crafts, DIY’s, recipes, quotes, well basically things that have caught my attention and I feel worthy of sharing for your enjoyment as well.

This morning we (Taryn) made gluten-free, Vegan Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious! Play around with it and add different spices.

The picture above is of my reclaimed wood garden cart which I’ll share the “how to” in a future post. It holds my potted herbs and succulents. An unfortunate spray paint accident (windy day=spray painted herbs) wiped out my beauties so I am in the process or repotting. Here’s a helpful link on how to Grow Herbs in Containers.

Have you heard of the app Camera Bag 2?  It’s a little pricy but trust me you will be amazed at all of the filter options you will have. You even have the option of creating your own filter.

I had the most amazing Chocolate Mint Tea this week during a meeting. I’m familiar with the chocolate mint plant but I’ve never tried the tea. I’m hooked! How did I not try this before?!  If you’re adventurous and brew your own, please share your how-to with me.

I hope you enjoy your weekend! Please share with me how you like to spend your Saturdays in the comment section below.

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DIY Photo Collage Frame

Today I have a very quick and very easy DIY for you. You know that’s music to my ears! For years now I’ve had all of my precious photos in file folders on my computer. Can you relate? My daughter sent me a package one day with actual printed photos of my sweet granddaughter and their recent visit. I didn’t want to put the photos away in books and didn’t want to fill the wall with frames. My solution was to create a photo collage frame that I could clip photos to, swap out and update whenever I wanted. A friend of mine gave me two large gold frames when she was moving years ago.  I knew they would come in handy one day! I painted one a flat white and while it was waiting to be used  a few little bumps and nicks gave it just a touch of “vintag-ing”.

I purchased a package of picture hanging wire (I ended up needing extra wire) and it came with 8 eye hooks. I measured where to place my wire and screwed in the eye hooks. My clever husband came along and showed me a technique for screwing in the eye hooks more than my hand strength could do on its own. He simply slipped a screwdriver into the hook and used it as leverage to turn and tighten the hook.



I then just wrapped the wire around the eye hook and pulled it tight wrapping it around the other side. It’s important to pull it really tight or it will sag more than you want it to.


I clipped on the photos with little clothespins which I’ll probably spray paint white in the future.  It was such a simple DIY but it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.


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