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As previously mentioned in this post, a lot of "treasure" is collected around this place.  There is always a beautiful (to Yummy) rock or stick or leaf that begs to be collected, and they usually end up in a pile on the deck or in the house.  So once thosetreasure bags are filled up, we need a place to empty out the choicest pieces.  We tried making a bowl out of baking soda clay, but it crumbled and broke into pieces when it dried.  When I saw a tutorial from Simple Daisy for doily bowls , I knew it would make a perfect place to display our natural collections.  I love doilies and use them in all sorts of DIY projects: furniture re-upholstery, lamp shades, clothing upcycling, etc.  They are super cheap at thrift shops.  

 
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Since we spend a lot of time outside, Yummy discovers a lot of "treasures" out there to collect.  Last summer I made her a treasure bag, inspired by the one in the book Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule (affiliate link below).  While she suggests using vinyl window screen, I have found that the mesh bag my onion sets (for planting in my garden) come in is perfect for my little treasure hunters.  I love how the dirt shakes out through the mesh while the treasures stay safely inside.  Yummy uses her little bag often when she is out and about, and now that Dooter has taken to picking up stones and sticks in the yard, I decided to make him one as well.  I didn't have any onion bags left (I made a couple treasure bags to give as gifts to some other intrepid explorers) but had a bit of mesh that I had cut off some dishcloths (they are supposed to be a wonderful combination between a dishcloth and a scrubbie, but I didn't like them -the scrubbie side always ended up facing down when I was trying to wipe the counter).  Read on to see how quick and easy this little project is! 


 
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Yummy is turning four at the end of May and I have been busily creating things for my sweet girl. I saw a mermaid block set from The EnchantedCupboard on Etsy a while ago and knew I wanted to make it for my girl, along with a soft mermaid doll. However I couldn't find any patterns that I really liked -something simple and childlike that also appeals to her sense of "pretty", so I created my own pattern and I am quite happy with the little dolls that came out of it.

 
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Crocuses are the first wildflower to brighten up the pastures around my yard, and are one of my favourite flowers.  The soft purple petals poking out of the grass are a sure sign that Spring is here.  I haven't seen any yet this year, but the kids and I check the back yard daily.  In the meantime, I wanted to create a felt bouquet of these purple beauties for the windowsill in my workroom.