Cool House Stuff

Shena Leonard Homemade Vanilla

Homemade Vanilla Extract, and a Lesson in Patience (=

The kiddo and I are making homemade Vanilla Extract. (= Super simple recipe: Add 25 whole vanilla beans (cut into 1/2″ pieces) to a bottle of vodka. Put an adorable label on it. Shake once a day for 2-3 months and it’ll be ready.   It’s a lesson in
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No Mess Indoor Snow Play

No Mess Indoor Snow Play

Flashback to our old trick for when it was too cold to go outside, but our kiddos really wanted to play in the snow… Just fill the tub with snow (we used 5 gallon buckets to transport) and let the kids play in it. Then when it melts it goes right down the drain, so
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How we make our Reading Pillows

I gotten a lot of questions about how we do our pillows, so I thought I’d share our process & some in-progress pics. (= First I sketch out a rough pattern design of the character on large paper. Then the kids & I search through the fabric supply in my mom’s
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Why clean the painting cupboard when you can just close the doors? (=

Why clean the painting cupboard when you can just close the doors? (=

I debated cleaning/organizing the painting cupboard today. Then I thought, Nah… I’ll just close the doors again. (=  
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Cute (& Easy!) DIY Wall Calendar: A couple of years ago I was looking ALL OVER for a large Wall Calendar that would look nice hanging in my front hallway. But, I couldn’t find one. Seriously, there were no Calendars that I liked out there… Then I realized it would be a pretty easy project – and it really was easy! Check out DIY Wall Calendar post. (= www.ShenaLeonard.com: Messy Table, Creative House

Cute (& Easy!) DIY Wall Calendar

A couple of years ago I was looking all over for a large Wall Calendar that would look nice hanging in my front hallway. I finally found and ordered one from Pottery Barn. I was SO excited for it to arrive, but when it did I was extremely disappointed. Even the expensive Pottery
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