Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rosemary Wreath

I just made my first wreath ever, and it's made with fresh rosemary branches.

One of the perks of subdivision life is having cool neighbors, and my cool neighbor, K, has a rosemary bush, so each year when it's time to trim it back, she makes a wreath and hangs it in her kitchen. Not only does she then have au naturale aromatherapy, she then also has a fresh herb to easily add to her cooking. And it sure looks cute while it's drying when hung like a wreath.

I'd never made a wreath before, so she told me the basic procedure. I fashioned a coat hanger into an approximate circle with pliers and began. After going around it once, it looked kinda sad.

I didn't put the branches close enough together nor had I shaped or trimmed them all that well. I like the look of the wreaths with branches that stick out though, so I just kept on going.

Not too shabby, errr, actually quite shaggy, but I like it anyway. I don't really have a place to hang it in my kitchen, but I made room anyway and hung it from the curtain rod in front of my pantry. I just tied it on with string.

And making this wreath is about the only thing I accomplished yesterday morning. The rosemary does indeed smell nice!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Unsubscribe & a new direction

Knoxville Mamabelle blog is working toward a new direction. I have many interests, and my interest in couponing has waned.

It was fun! Sharing as much as I could find and posting more frequently, but it's been nice to have a break.

Perhaps it's all the hype, but maybe it's also all the coupon fraud that has lessened my interest in posting deals and going after the deals myself, even. I might still post something about saving money every now and then, but my main purpose will be to explore other facets of my world on this blog.

For now, I'll be working on changing the design and content of the page.

As I start posting again, the posts will be infrequent and varied--with the focus being more on crafts, projects, pets, motherhood, gardening, books, working toward our debt-free goals and more. I do enjoy having a more (seemingly) permanent home for things I'm interested in besides Facebook. There, everything is mumbled and lost in a mountain of walls and feeds. Here, everything is neat and categorized and much more under my control. I don't feel like I'm competing for attention or struggling to keep up with everyone. I can just relax and write...

Those who were subscribed because of wanting deals and coupons, etc, please do unsubscribe. This will be more of a personal blog. If you want to stay subscribed please reply to this email or post a comment in the upcoming weeks. After the blog changes get underway, I'll delete anyone I haven't heard from in a while to help me feel like I'm not wasting anyone's time. 

Peace and be well,


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Home Depot offering first-ever Do-it-Herself Worksop: Inspired by Pinterest

Home Depot offering first-ever Do-it-Herself Worksop: Inspired by Pinterest on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Do-It-Herself Workshop is free!  

Learn how to create one of the most “pinned” projects on Pinterest – the Hanging Rope Shelf – at the next Do-It-Herself (DIH) workshop at The Home Depot.

The DIH Workshop: Inspired by Pinterest will cover how to create a functional and stylish Hanging Rope Shelf that can accent any room in your home.

The Home Depot DIH workshops aim to empower its female customers with skills, tips and tricks to deal with common household and fun d├ęcor projects.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Home Depot
(off Chapman Hwy in South Knoxville)
140 Green Road
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: 865-573-1457

ADMISSION: Free of charge