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Springtime Crafts – Get Outdoors!

The sun has been shining warm and bright for days now here in Missouri. Almost every night we get a beautiful Spring shower and the afternoon clears up to a beautiful day! Birds are chirping, squirrels are coming out of their homes, and I spend time outside every chance I get!

Today I’ve compiled a list of fantastic springtime crafts that you can make outdoors, display outdoors, and ones that are just plain Springy! Hope you enjoy…

tassels

How to Make Fabric Tassels – These tassels are so cute and can be made out of any scrap fabric you have laying around, so they’re eco-friendly too! Once you’ve put it together, you can drape them from your balcony, front porch, tree house, or fence!

pots

Ideas to Dress Up Flower Pots – I love having all sorts of vintage and crafts flower pots on our patio outside. They’re fun to decorate, fun to plant in, and it looks absolutely adorable to have a patio full of potted plants! Check out these adorable ideas to get some inspiration.

herb spiral

How to Build an Herb Spiral – These are a fantastic way to make the most of a small space, because they are built vertically in a spiral shape. They are beautiful and can be built in such a way that they require very little watering.

gourd birdhouse

buy gourd birdhouses on etsy

Making a Gourd Birdhouse – I grew some gourds last year for the soul purpose of turning them into birdhouses! I haven’t done it yet, but I will let my readers know when I’ve done it! Here is some really useful information about the size of gourd and hole size for specific birds – Gourd Nesting Requirements

Are you planning to do any fun outdoor projects now that it’s Spring? I hope these ideas inspire you and please share with us some of your Spring ideas and activities!

This post was originally written for EcoEtsy here.

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DIY: How to Brew a Tincture

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a tincture –

herbs that have been submerged  in alcohol (or glycerin) for a period of time

There is magic involved in creating a tincture. The setting, the vibe, feeling which plants to combine for the desired effect you are trying to create… it takes practice, patience, love, devotion, and intuition to master the skill. Don’t let that scare you though! It’s like anything else – the more you do it, the better you become. So let’s start with the basics.

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< supplies >

  • glass jar – this can be a mason jar, or anything.. use what you have
  • alcohol – at least 40% abv. vodka, whiskey, rum, moonshine, etc.
  • the herbs – have a purpose in mind and use herbs that harmonize

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< preparing the tincture >

  1. Decide the purpose of your tincture and the herbs to achieve your desired effect. The tincture in the photos was made to enhance the immune system and works especially well for viral infections like cold, flu, bronchitis, etc. It has usnea lichen, rose hip, elderberry, and hibiscus.
  2. Gather your supplies.
  3. Fill the jar at least 1/2 full with your herbs of choice.
  4. Pour in the alcohol about 1″ from the mouth of your jar.
  5. OPTIONAL – After this I like to let my tincture sit in a window for a few nights and days to receive some lunar and solar qualities.
  6. Put your tincture(s) away in a dark, cool cabinet. I have an apothecary cabinet that I dedicate to tinctures. Let it sit for at least a month, longer is better in my experience. I have some that I brewed in 2011 that are INCREDIBLE!
  7. Once they are done brewing, you can put it in little tincture bottles or just take as much as you need and let the rest keep sitting. They get stronger with time.

Also…

I recently started making my tinctures on the night of a New Moon. It is folklore that this night stimulates the magical powers of the tincture. We will see. 🙂

My magical tinctures are available for sale in my etsy shop here…

& the Pure Immunity tincture featured in this post is also for sale.

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