A simple DIY inspired by my love of foraging. I saw it on the Terrain website, so if DIY is not your thing, you can buy a set of wood stem stands at Terrain. It’s so simple that it was definitely one of those things that made me think…I should make that!
But before I show you how easy it is to make these, if you are new and maybe visiting MLT for the first time, each week I join my friends Mary Ann and Cindy for Sunday Favorites. We live on different coasts, but our Sunday posts are like getting together for coffee and sharing our five favorite finds of the week. So let’s get started!
1. DIY Wood Stem Stands Perfect for Foraged Finds
When I saw these on the Terrain website, I knew I had to make a set or two. I have the perfect wood that I foraged from a walk in Maine when we stayed at The Lost Kitchen Cabins. I used it for my Scandinavian Felt Trees, and now I made wood stem stands.
These could not be any simpler in design and making them took about 10 minutes. I mean, who doesn’t love a fun project that takes very little time, but is so much fun to use for foraged flowers?
The Supplies and tools you need to make wood stem stands
- You’ll need a log from a fallen limb in one, two or three sizes.
- Radial saw
- Power drill with a small drill bit
- some foraged flowers/weeds
Here’s how we did it
- We cut 1/2″ slices
- drilled six holes in each disc about 1/4″ deep (add a piece of tape to the drill bit to mark the depth)
- Then take a thin tip tool to clear the saw dust from each hole
- Then we went for a walk in the neighborhood (we live coastal) and clipped a few stems of dried grasses, weeds and flowers. There’s something so beautiful when flowers have dried up.
Here’s how we plan to use them
I used my farmhouse plank in the middle of the table and arranged the wood stem stands mixed with tea lights in tart tins. This is what I plan to use for our Thanksgiving centerpiece!
Other times I will use them on a bathroom counter, on a dresser, on the mantel…anywhere that needs a little something!
2. Membership to The Balanced Life with Robin Long
I’ve talked about this before as one of my favorite things. I love having a membership to The Balanced Life. I can work out anytime I want, pick the kind of workout and the duration that fits my schedule. It’s great for travel too! This would make a wonderful gift along with a new yoga mat, yoga towel, some hand weights, and a fancy new cup.
Click here for a membership to The Balanced Life
3. Make an all-natural Squirrel and Bird Deterrent Spray for your Holiday Planters
Why do you need this?
Have you ever noticed that winter planters seem to attract squirrels? I just did my window box with foraged greens from our trip to Montauk and as soon as I filled the window box with these beautiful greens with pine cones, I saw the squirrels in the window box making a mess of them. Berries in planters always attract birds.
This all-natural spray won’t harm any animals, but it will keep them away.Print
An All Natural Squirrel and Bird Deterrent Spray
A spray to use on your holiday planters to keep the squirrels and birds from eating them!
- 2 ounce glass spray bottle
- 10 drops clove essential oil
- 10 drops black pepper essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1/4 teaspoon witch hazel or vodka
- distilled water
- Add essential oil drops and witch hazel in a 2-ounce glass bottle and top off bottle with distilled water.
- Spray or mist the plants to deter animals without harm.
- Repeat every few days, especially after rain
4. I immediately stopped doing this one thing when I read this on Martha Stewart
I stopped selecting the added dry setting on my dishwasher when I read this article on Martha Stewart. It causes unnecessary wear and tear on your dishwasher. It seems so logical, but until I really thought about it, I was always pushing that “extra dry” setting. By not doing it, the life of your dishwasher will be longer. Done!✔️
5. Three books I love that are filled with inspiration and books that would make wonderful gifts
I received all three of these books as gifts. Two of them on multiple occasions and naturally I gave them to friends that I knew would love them as much as I do. I look through them every year at the start of each season for inspiration.