August round-up of ideas for the home, including must try recipes, DIY projects, fabric, lookbooks and a new Facebook Group for creatives just like you! I thought I’d try something a little different today. You know how I love sharing handmade gift ideas, DIY tutorials, family friendly recipes and free printables here on The Birch Cottage blog. But, I thought it might also be nice
Learn how to make bacon salt with this super easy and amazing recipe! I really enjoy giving handmade or homemade gifts – no matter the gift giving occasion. Handmade gifts are priceless, unique and can be customized specifically for the gift recipient. Today, you’ll find the recipe for bacon salt and two sets of free printable labels (perfect for gift giving) over on Kenarry: Ideas
This Strawberry Gelatin Poke Cake recipe is the perfect dessert recipe for summertime! We celebrated Independence Day this year with most of our children at home. Probably not too dissimilar from how most of you celebrated July 4th. My husband smoked brisket – it was amazing! We also had baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, pasta salad, hot dogs, watermelon and so much
Download this free printable 8×10 Sisters print! Shortly after I started The Birch Cottage blog, we found out that our oldest son and his wife were expecting. We were going to be grandparents! A very short time later, we were told that we would soon become the grandparents to twins. Jennifer actually carried the twins full term. Our little Pearl was born first, followed within
Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of Prime Day 2018! If you’re a regular here on The Birch Cottage blog, you know that my husband and I are BIG fans of Amazon Prime. What you may not know, is that each year since 2015, Amazon hosts an annual Prime Day in July. Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest sale of the year.
You can enjoy the scent of sweet lemonade all year long with this Lemon Sugar Scrub! When I think of summer, fresh squeezed lemonade is definitely one of the things that comes to my mind. You know, those glasses of lemonade that you can buy at the county fair where they squeeze the giant lemons right there in front of your eyes, pour it over
Download these 14 free printable vintage cactus illustrations – perfect for your Southwest decor! A few years ago, my husband and I took several weeks to travel from Ohio to California and back. It was quite the road trip and we absolutely loved every minute of it. Our daughter was stationed on the USS Essex and they had been underway in preparation for going on
As I was working on creating some patriotic cupcake toppers, I thought it would be really cool to create some Canada Day Cupcake Toppers for our Canadian friends, too. You see, we really do have Canadian friends. Our family vacations in Canada every summer. In fact, my husband’s family has vacationed in French River, Ontario, Canada for well over 50 years. It started with Lenny’s
Are you starting to think about July 4th? I sure am and these free printable patriotic cupcake toppers are the perfect touch of red, white and blue that you need for all your Independence Day family gatherings. The month of July is special to our family and not just because we’re patriotic. I mean, with two sons serving in the Army and a daughter in
Sharing 12 Super Cool Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Modern Dad. Although I typically share handmade gift ideas here on The Birch Cottage blog, I thought it would be really cool (and useful) to share with you some gift ideas for the modern dad. Trying not to break the bank, while also trying to discover some truly cool, useful and thoughtful Father’s Day gift ideas
The Moss Stitch is also known as the Linen Stitch, the Granite Stitch or the Woven Stitch. I believe it’s most common name is the Moss Stitch – or at least that’s what I was taught to call it when I was learning how to crochet. So, that’s what we’re calling this beautiful crochet stitch and what you’ll be learning today. About the Moss Stitch
Download this free printable 8×10 Beautiful Things print for your home! I ran across this beautiful things quote online and I just thought it would make a lovely sign or print or wall hanging to brighten your home and to remind us (all of us) that the most beautiful “things” in life are the moments and memories we share with the people we care about.
Update Patio Furniture Cushions with Fabric from Sailrite I recently had the privilege of helping a friend update patio furniture with fabric from Sailrite. This was a long overdue project that my friend had asked me to do last year, but there just wasn’t enough hours in the day. Fast forward to early spring this year and she asks me again if I’d be willing
Learn how to make these large yard dice and download your free printable Yahtzee® score sheets. Last summer, we made our grandson a set of these large dice so he could play a game of Yard Yahtzee with his friends. The dice were such a big hit, that we decided to make seven more sets to gift to each of our other children for Christmas.
One of the most useful features of a bread machine is its ability to bake quick breads easily and consistently. As I searched online for various bread machine recipes to try, I ran across numerous comments on recipe forums where people were complaining about the fact that a particular recipe did not contain yeast and wasn’t a real bread machine recipe. So, I thought I’d
This hand stamped washer key chain is the perfect handmade gift for Father’s Day, graduation, birthdays or any special occasion! Dad’s can be difficult enough to buy gifts for Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or just because, but making a useful and thought gift for Dad adds another layer of complexity. Not anymore! This hand stamped washer key chain really is that easy to make. And
I think these vintage airplane illustrations would just make the perfect wall decor for a boy’s bedroom or even your husband’s den. My dad’s birthday is May 8th, so in celebration of his birthday, I’ve put together this collection of free printable vintage illustrations. I’ve been intentionally trying to create and share more prints that are a little more masculine, such as these masculine art
Learn how to make Banana Pecan Bread in your bread machine! This recipe for Banana Pecan Bread has got to be one of my favorite recipes for the bread machine. Wait a minute, who am I kidding? It’s gotta be one of my favorite bread recipes ever – regardless of how it’s baked! I promised you a few months ago that I would share more
I created these Floral Bicycle Sugar Hand Scrub Labels for Mother’s Day especially with mom in mind. There are three similar, but different designs of sugar hand scrub printable labels to choose from. Sugar Hand Scrub If you aren’t familiar with my favorite sugar hand scrub, you can read all the detailed instructions here and here. I absolutely love this sugar hand scrub and I honestly
Try these 8 family friendly recipes I found on Instagram! I’d like to try something new today by sharing some of my favorite Instagram finds from this past week. Here’s something you may not know about me. I love Instagram! I have found it to not only be a place of creative inspiration, but to also be a very welcoming community. To be quite honest,