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  • DIY Colorful Bottle Brush Tree Tutorial

    Published Nov 18 2019 in Cottage Decor, Cottage Living, Cottage Style, Holidays, Projects, Winter

    In the last few years, there’s been a real revival of bottle brush trees. Original ones can be difficult to find in good shape, and are rather collectible.  While there are more reproduction options available these days, you can also make your own—suited to your own tastes and style--with supplies found at any major craft and hobby store. Bottle brush trees are a perfect complement to any Christmas village. And grouped together on a tabletop or mantel, or displayed under a glass cloche, they add a lovely level of ornamentation to your holiday decorating!

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  • Meaningful and useful teacher appreciation ideas

    Published May 22 2019 in Gift Ideas, Products, Projects

    If you’re a parent to school-age kiddos, can you believe the end of the school year is almost here? My son is a 6th grader and this school year feels like it’s gone by the fastest of any year so far!

    The transition to middle school has been fairly smooth for our family thanks to the wonderful teachers at my son’s school. To show them how much we appreciate the job they do and their dedication to the students, I’ve been thinking about ways to express our gratitude this year.

    Now, there’s no end of ideas for teacher appreciation gifts online. Frankly it’s overwhelming to consider all the possibilities! To keep things simple, I wanted to focus on giving in ways that would be helpful to the teachers. And I wanted to avoid giving well-intentioned junk. You know what I mean? No apple-shaped items, please!

    With these things in mind, here are three meaningful or useful—or both—teacher appreciation ideas to consider.

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