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DIY: Plant Stakes

It’s no secret that the weather in Colorado can be a bit hit or miss…or a lot hit or miss. It’s not uncommon to see several seasons whip through the state in the span 24 <or fewer> hours .

Once Spring rolls around, I pay particular attention to the forecast. It’s important to be up to date on the highs and lows (for planting, of course)…and also helps to plan projects that may occupy an otherwise dull weekend when you’d hoped to be out in the sunshine, hands in the dirt, but instead are sidelined inside the house due to wet and cold weather.

A couple weekends ago were no exception, and the wet/cold blew in. Luckily, I had a fun project lined up to pass the time.

Plant Stakes!

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Always admiring the options on Etsy, and studying the tutorials on Pinterest; a weekend forecast promising time indoors seemed the perfect opportunity to exercise my crafty side!

What you will need:
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-Polymer clay (I used Sculpey – it was on sale at Hobby Lobby and I’m familiar with it as my aunt -the artist – works in this medium)
-Block of small alphabet rubber stamps
-Glass juice glass (or something to roll out the clay)
-Exact-o knife
-Stamp pad (optional)
-Oven

What you will do:
1. cut the clay apart at the grooves in each block
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2. roll clay flat (you can decide the thickness, but remember that you don’t want them too flimsy or they may easily break)
3. cut one end into a point so stake will easily push through soil.
4. stamp word with rubber stamps
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5. <optional> if you want color – add ink to the rubber stamps and go back over your original stamped word

6. bake in oven per suggested guidelines on the clay package

I made mine in a variety of shapes and sizes — and made a special ‘love u’ stake for a project I put together as a gift for my mama for Mother’s Day (which I will share with you in another post).

These are the perfect little addition to any garden – or sweet potted plant gift!


Tea Wreath

To celebrate this most recent snap of cold weather, I decided to come down with the cold that’s being passed around my office (thanks co-workers!).

This baby came in mighty handy as I’ve been fighting the crud:

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My beautiful friend made me a tea wreath for Christmas. Isn’t it cool?!?!

Not only is it very pretty but it’s been nice having an assortment of hot tea to soothe my sore throat the past couple of days.

I think she got the idea from Pinterest. She is one of those people who pins DIY and craft ideas and then ACTUALLY goes out and tries some of them! I am guilty of pinning tons of stuff that I think I’d like to try…and get no further than that.

Maybe that should have been a New Years Resolution – work on some projects from my Pinterest board. Maybe next year…

Are you guilty of this as well? Lots of good intentions for tapping into your creative juices but never actually getting there?