All Natural Bug Spray

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it’s that time of year again… the sun is shining, it’s light longer, we’re grilling, chilling, and enjoying the great outdoors..but those pesky mosquitoes are out in force, searching for their next meal!

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Organic Hummingbird Food Recipe

kreationsbyjulz.comi love hummingbirds! ..they’re beautiful, fun to watch, and even friendly once they get to know you..

..and best of all they don’t leave a huge birdseed mess all over the ground, attracting, slugs, rodents and weeds.

in nature, hummingbirds eat flower nectar for energy and bugs for protein, flower nectar is 21% to 23% sucrose.

making your own organic hummingbird nectar will cost you pennies using just one ingredient from your pantry.

the feeder.

first, you’ll want to choose a feeder. the most important feature when selecting a feeder is, make sure it’s easily taken apart for cleaning, it’s extremely important to keep your feeder clean.

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Natural Pest Control in the Garden

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just say no to poison.

chemical pesticides are not only cheap but easily accessible, but do you really want to be spraying your edible garden plants with toxic poison..? doesn’t sound appetizing to me.. nor is it healthy for your children, pets, environment, beneficial insects or you!

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DIY Natural Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner

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many of todays cleaners not only remove dirt, they leave behind toxic chemicals, are not safe for use around children or pets, and shouldn’t be inhaled.

all one has to do is read the ingredients on the label to understand, modern day cleaners are not a healthy option for you or your family.

a few years ago, i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers, and search for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.

this formula is not only cost effective to make, it cleans, disinfects, fights soap scum, mineral deposits and smells great too, and no it doesn’t smell like vinegar!

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DIY Natural Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap

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about four years ago i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers and look for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.

i’ll be sharing all my natural cleansers, laundry soap, stain fighters and more in a series of blog posts, beginning with this all important one…..handwashing!

i do love bath & body works sea island cotton foaming hand soap, but i don’t love the cost, even on sale. i’ll show you how to create your own natural antibacterial foaming hand soap using just two ingredients mixed with water!

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Help Birds Build Their Nest

Bird nesting materials..

today, as i sat and blogged about how to troubleshoot your sewing machine, a bird caught my eye outside on our fence, i watched as she tried to grab a string that was attached to the gardening trellis. i felt so bad as she tried over and over to grab it and take off, poor girl..

that prompted me to create this little saucer of bird nesting materials, a few different colored yarns, because i thought it would be cute to think of a birds nest having a ‘pop’ of color, tiny strips of warm and natural batting, and a little pet bedding.

this would be a fun activity to do with your kids, be sure to cut up the nesting materials into short 2″-3″ pieces, that way birds won’t get any materials caught around their legs.

you can even, go all natural, take your kids on a ‘nature hunt’ and gather small twigs, dry grass, straw, moss and leave it for the birds to discover in your yard.

Bird nesting materials

place materials that might blow away into a small basket, or fill suet cages or mesh bags, and hang them on a branch.

[Mini] Scrappy Kona Pixel Heart

Scrappy Kona Pixal Heart Mini

a cute little pixel heart mini quilt created with 2 1/2″ scraps of all the Kona cottons solids that i’ve worked with thus far, somewhat of a ‘milestone marker’ quilt..

it’s not perfect, and that’s okay, i think it’s adorable and when i look at it it makes me smile, isn’t that all that matters when you’re done with a project..

Scrappy Kona Pixal Heart Mini - back

i’m still finding fabric designers i love, but Kona solids are the first fabric i fell in love with, so a heart somehow seems to fit!

..and by night, this mini pixel heart covers my baby lock Melody!

Scrappy Kona Pixal Heart Mini - cover

  • size: 21″ x 17 1/2″
  • fabric: kona cotton solids
  • batting: warm and white
  • thread: aurifil

i hope you’re having an amazing monday!

Springtime and a New Fabric Shop

April Showers by Bonnie and Camille

it was a gorgeous day today, 79 degrees and it definitely feels like springtime in cali, i wore flip flops and a tank top, realizing that i’m overdue for a pedicure..

after being sick for a week, i went shopping! i found this amazing little fabric shop, the ‘quilted angel’, the shop has over 5000 bolts of fabric, it was a lil slice of heaven. i walked around and around and around again, admiring, touching, in awe over all the beautiful fabrics. this was, exactly what the doctor ordered, ok not really, but i sure felt better walking out the door with my bag of goodies

i’ve been ooohhhing and ahhhingg over Moda’s april showers by bonnie and camille for a couple weeks now, and guess what i found… a jelly roll and a charm pack..mine, mine, mine!

Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille

but alas, they had just sold their last jelly roll of Moda’s scrumptious by bonnie and camille yesterday, boo! that’s okay, i picked up this mini charm pack and a quarter yard of that ober cute striped fabric from the same collection.

but it didn’t end there..Fresh Fabric Treats

i bought fresh fabric treats, and can honestly say this book has 16 very yummy projects, including quilts, totes, organizers and more, i want to create them all!

there’s nothing like new fabric and a new book to inspire and excite a quilter, i’m inspired and excited.. and off to work on my first project!

i hope you’re having an amazing day!