as we head into our second year!
What has been one of my favorite parts about writing for
The Welcoming House,
and seeing it grow and flourish?
This was a fun post on learning how simple it is to make those expensive little bottles of extracts you purchase at the store. Having finished these now, and bottled them up, I am thrilled to report that everything turned out super amazing, and both the vanilla and mint extract received heavy use for my Christmas baking. I used the cinnamon extract (which is so strong it makes your eyes water when you open the jar) for baking my Christmas bread, and the family could not believe the difference in the taste and how rich it was in comparison to last year. So do yourself a favor and break out some vodka and some vanilla beans, mint leaves, or cinnamon stick. You will be glad you did! Read on!Â
now who could forget one of the most popular posts of the summer? Well, honestly, me. 🙂
This amazing post covered how to use things that would otherwise be discarded and turn them around into useful items for your garden or around the house. In this post, my Handy Hubby and I took a useless, twisted frame for a swingset, and changed it into an amazing, thriving living wall of heirloom beans for the garden. Using the frame as a vertical growing frame with a little work, made for an amazing harvest, and a lot of fun! Check it out!Â
As many of you know, frugality and The Welcoming House go hand in hand. But just being frugal does not mean things are not beautiful, or something that you want to keep for the rest of your life. I love sewing for my three precious girls, and finding a project that combines frugality, beauty, and making something for those I love is a winner in my book any day. In this fun picture tutorial, I showed you just how easy it is to take a pillowcase or tube of fabric, and turn it into a beautiful nightgown for a precious girl in your life. I actually used this same style for making Christmas nightgowns for my girls this year, and will be doing an update on it later this winter for those of you who are interested in making these with long sleeves! Just seeing the picture of one of my Littles with her big smile at the end will make it worth your time in heading over there!
And what would a DIY post list of the top five be like if I didnt show all of you the TOP favorite homemade cleaner that we use around here, along with variations that you can make at home? Move over all you bloggers who blog about homemade Laundy Detergent! We blog about how to take things you would otherwise discard, and make it into a cleaner that you will love for both its simplicity and its powerhouse abilities to kill germs and bacteria on contact! Check it out!
I am happy to say we have used one of ours, and have a couple tucked away in the car for use in an emergency on the road. It burns clean, and lasts a very long time, and I am glad the simple idea helped so many of you along the way!
Tomorrow I am going to be featuring the Top 5 series that we have covered this year here at The Welcoming House, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow as we count down the days for our birthday celebration on the 1st of January!
Many Blessings to you and yours