Monday, January 30, 2023

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Perennial Herbs to Grow in the Garden | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Perennial herbs to grow in your garden!

Perennial herbs are a fantastic addition to any garden! Not only do they provide fresh, flavorful herbs year-round, but they also can help attract beneficial insects and pollinators. 

I'm really into growing herbs this year. I wanted to seed start some varieties that I'll be able to plant outside & enjoy for years to come, so I searched for perennial varieties. I was surprised to find quite a few perennials! I'll include some of them at the bottom of this post!

I want to transform my small front yard into a cute garden space. I want to offer fresh herbs & veggies to my community. Our Little Free Library is located in that space, so I wanted to expand on my community vibe. I'm all about finding small ways to make an impact. Gardening comes pretty easily to me, so I want to start there.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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My mystery pepper plants | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
The story of my mystery pepper plants!

In the spirit of doing whatever I want, I seed started my pepper plants a few weeks ago.

Honestly, I wanted to see for myself that peppers are indeed perennials.

I plan to pick a couple of pepper varieties to plant in buckets so I can move them indoors & outdoors. For this experiment, I started 8 pepper plants in a little greenhouse.

I want to talk about this greenhouse for a minute because it's just the cutest thing! I picked it up at a thrift store for super cheap & I just love it. It's super high quality & compact!

The deal with pepper plants is that they take forever to germinate. So you just keep watering them & hoping for the best.

To start these peppers, I used some little cups I had from years past & just a little bit of soil. Because I was doing a couple different kinds of peppers, I made sure to mark the variety on the cup with a sharpie pen.


Well, I learned the hard way that the sharpie pen is not the way to go!

After so much watering, the sharpie pen wore off the cup, so I have no idea what variety the peppers are! I can't guess because I moved the types around when watering, so they're not even grouped together!

Monday, January 23, 2023

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cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Hey Besties! 🌟 So, you know how I can't resist a good creative challenge, right? Last week, I wandered into Hobby Lobby with my 'I-can-totally-DIY-this' hat on. But guess what? I was pleasantly surprised to find some adorable decor pieces that were actually budget-friendly! πŸ›’✨

Here's a little secret: I'm thinking of crafting and selling my own home decor creations this year. So, my trip to Hobby Lobby was also a bit of a spy mission (shh!) to check out what's trending. While I love going wild with my personal decor style, keeping up with trends is key for my professional side. πŸ•΅️‍♀️🎨
Affordability is my mantra when it comes to creating decor pieces for sale. And you won't believe it, but there were times in Hobby Lobby when I thought, "No way can I make this for less!" Still, my DIY spirit spotted plenty of items I could replicate on a budget. Stay tuned for some fab DIY dupes coming your way soon! 🌟

But for now, let me flood you with a deluge of delightful decor snaps from Hobby Lobby. Whether you're into DIY or prefer store-bought treasures, these finds will surely spark some home styling inspiration! πŸ‘πŸ’‘cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
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cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

cute home decor from hobby lobby | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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 DIY Cozy Vibes Sign!

I hate going to the thrift store.

Okay, so I actually love it, but I always find so many things I love & spending way too much money!

I also had a huge problem with collecting things & never doing anything with them & they would pile up in my basement.

Since having a basement full of stuff is no fun, I finally decided to clear it out & display these beautiful pieces either as is or after DIY makeovers.

Over the weekend, I worked on a little gallery wall in my bedroom. I had a super cute frame that I wanted to use, but I wasn't a huge fan of the picture inside, so I gave it a makeover. It turned out super cute!

This project was a weird one. The fun thing about paint is that if you don't like it, you can just paint over it again & that's what I ended up doing. I didn't like my original idea, so I painted over things & redid it!

Friday, January 06, 2023

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10 Things I Love About Little Free Libraries | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
10 things I love about Little Free Libraries!

Little Free Libraries are my jam. I have so much love for them that I established my own Little Free Library! I get so excited when I go out to my library & see different books! I was afraid that people wouldn't use the library, but it's a hit! I love that we were able to provide an area for people to access free books.

Over the weekend, I spotted a Little Free Library in the wild & was reminded all over again how beneficial these little book boxes are for communities.

I also think they are just the cutest things!

I love them so much that I made a list of 10 reasons why!





Thursday, January 05, 2023

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Herb Garden Kits from Amazon | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Super cute herb garden kits from Amazon!

After posting my tin can herb garden yesterday, I browsed Amazon to see the herb garden kits they had to offer.

You guys, there are some really cute kits available! These would be great to give as gifts...or keep for yourself!

I love that buying a kit gives you everything you need to start an herb garden. Also, most kits come with my favorite seed starting medium: peat pellets.

Any of these herb garden kits would look great in someone's home.









Wednesday, January 04, 2023

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Tin Can Herb Garden | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

A super cute herb garden using tin cans!

Dollar Tree has shown up this year when it comes to gardening supplies. I browsed the garden supply area in the store over the weekend & it made me so excited for this year's season.

I've wanted to start an herb garden for a while now. Because the herbs will be grown mostly indoors, I could start it at any time. So, when I saw the Herb Rockets among the gardening supplies at Dollar Tree, I immediately got them & decided to begin my herb garden!

In preparation for the 2023 gardening season, I have been saving all sorts of tins & containers for seed starting. I mostly keep smaller containers, but I did have a few larger tin cans that I knew would be perfect for seed-starting the herb garden.

The Herb Rocket was easy to plant. It's basically a roll of seeds that get put into the soil. Unfortunately, the instructions are super vague, so I did my own thing. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

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reflections of 2022 & plans for 2023 | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Happy New Year!

I have never been happier to see the end of a year in my life.

2022 aged me about a thousand years! It was lesson after lesson in grief, heartbreak, betrayal & problem-solving. I had to become a different person while still wanting to cling to a life that no longer existed. There were times when so many things were thrown my way at once I thought my head was going to explode!

Despite the hardships, I found strength and resilience within myself & I emerged from the year more enlightened than ever.

(But, if the universe is listening, I never want to go through that again!)

My plans for 2023 are to let things flow. I spent a good portion of 2022 trying to swim upstream, forcing situations to fit into whatever I thought to be the "right" thing to do. I had to learn that I can't force anything & trying to intervene is pointless. I must be at peace, knowing the karma will work itself out without my intervention.

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