Thanksgiving….

What does it mean to you?

In my heart it always will mean Grandma and her rolls. Handmade from scratch. Poking the rising dough and trying not to get caught. Licking the cinnamon and sugar off my fingers and trying to steal raisins when she wasn’t looking! She always patiently let us help even when we just made a mess!

Grandma's recipe in her handwriting

Grandma’s recipe in her handwriting

I wanted to share this recipe with you to remind you to be thankful of the simple times with your loved ones – the everyday, messy, beautiful moments that are packed into each day!! Enjoy friends!

Ingredients for potato rolls

Ingredients for potato rolls

Grandma’s Potato Rolls

Mix together in a large bowl:

2 Packages Dry Yeast
6 cups warm water
1 cup instant potatoes
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1 tsp. salt
1 cup powdered dry milk
1 cup cooking oil (I used canola)

Mix enough flour to make stiff. (Roughly equal to the amount of water used, but I generally use more.) Let rise once and punch down. Make into desired rolls (dinner, clover leaf, cinnamon, etc.) (This recipe is already doubled and usually will yield about 4 doz. rolls. If you forget this (like I did) you will end up with 12 PANS of rolls and use over 10 lbs. of flour!! Eeek! Just a warning!) :)

Mixing, Rising and Shaping

Mixing, Rising and Shaping

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes until brown. I then brush the tops of the rolls with butter.

The finished product

The finished product

To make cinnamon rolls I use the same recipe but just finish it off differently!

You will need:

Cinnamon
Sugar
Butter
raisins (optional)
Nuts (optional)

After dough has risen roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. I then either spread butter on the dough or if I’m feeling lazy spread chopped up bits of butter on the surface. (Either way works fine!) Then I sprinkle my cinnamon and sugar mixture on followed by raisins. (I LOVE nuts in here too, but our kiddo’s aren’t quite so keen on them!)

My dough and rolling out the dough

My dough and rolling out the dough

 

Filling for Cinnamon Rolls

Filling for Cinnamon Rolls

Next roll up your dough so you end up with one long ‘log’ shape. Now for my secret weapon to cut perfect roll shapes without ending up with flat and squished shapes! Head to your sewing box. (WHAT??? – I know it sounds crazy, but trust me!) Cut off a piece of thread about 10″-12″. Put thread under where you’d like to cut and pull both ends of the thread toward each other cutting the dough cleanly and easily!

Cutting cinnamon roll shapes

Cutting cinnamon roll shapes with my secret weapon….

Put rolls in oven at 375 degrees for 20 min. Top with butter just like you did the regular rolls. You can add a simple frosting if you’d like, but we always enjoy them just like this!

Cinnamon rolls rising and cooling

Cinnamon rolls rising and cooling

I hope you have enjoyed this recipe! Let me know if you try it! And from the Spice Grove Designs Home to your Home………we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Blessings,
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As we near the end of our week of inspiration I have to say thank you to all the amazing ladies who by being who they are inspired this week!! What an amazing group I am blessed to know!!

I can go on and on about the amazing things that move me, such as Nature and Faith and Family, but I want to make sure that you all know that YOU inspire me too!! YOU make my days of creating brighter by your feedback and your response to my designs. You make my long computer nights sweeter with your kind comments on Facebook! Your encouragement after a rough day makes more of a difference than I can ever say!! Your creative ideas, shared opinions and moving stories are priceless, valued and appreciated!

In short, YOU inspire me!! YES, you!! The one who takes a second to like a quote on my Facebook page. The one who browses our shop and comes up with an AWESOME idea for a custom design. The one who shares their heart and story with me. I treasure each and every one of you. YOU are the reason this dream has gone forward. You are the ones in my heart when I sit down with a blank piece of paper to create a new design. Your lives are the ones I think of when I find a new up-cycled beauty that I just have to share! And you are the ones who make all of this possible. It still boggles my mind to imagine my little designs sitting in their new homes……

So from the depths of my heart I can only say a humble and sincere ‘thank-you.’

I’ve never had a giveaway this HUGE, so make sure you enter the drawing below and WIN any design of your choice from the Spice Grove Designs shop, PLUS free shipping!! The best of luck to all of you friends!

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sb-logo-final-highEvery once in a while a friend comes along that encourages, challenges, and inspires you! Brenda at STRUCTUREbags has done that for me. Her candid honesty is refreshing and I’m so thankful for her help and advice as we both follow our dreams. I can’t wait to share her amazing business with you! Using her background of structural engineering she has come up with the most amazing line of bags and accessories! I have one of her Element Pencil Wristlets and I just love how adorable and useful it is! I love that I can fit whatever I need in it for a quick trip to the store. It’s durability has been tested by my 8 and almost 2-year-old who LOVE to play ‘shopping’ with it!  I just love that she goes above and beyond to be eco-friendly with her work, recycling and reusing. I especially love her cadet gray line where she recycles cadet uniforms into amazingly beautiful heirlooms and gifts. Her quality and craftsmanship truly shine in each design that she makes!

I love Brenda’s heart for giving back to the community she is a part of at West Point. Brenda’s gratefulness to the military community is so heartfelt and sincere. Her determination to make sure military soldiers and families know that they are appreciated has truly touched my heart, especially since my Husband and Dad both spent years in the military. Make sure to check out her Season of Thanks campaign to see how she is saying ‘thanks’ to Military families and soldiers with YOUR help! We as a family are writing letters, as well as getting our local school and Scout troop involved!

Brenda has so generously offered to giveaway one of her Camo Mini Pouches so don’t forget to fill out the entry form at the bottom of the post! She’s even donating $1 from this giveaway to Team RWB, who she has partnered with, to help veterans. Here is more about STRUCTUREbags in Brenda’s own words. STRUCTUREbags Camo Mini Pouch

STRUCTUREbags Camo Mini Pouch

Tell us a bit about yourself/business/products.

STRUCTUREbags uniquely couples an engineer’s attention to detail with eco-friendly materials. Bags and accessories feature clean lines and fresh looks for eco-conscious, patriotic, stylish women.

When you choose a STRUCTUREbag purse or accessory, you know you are getting a bag not only hand-crafted in the USA, but eco-friendly as well. The canvas on your bag is 100-percent organic. The vintage button on your bifold is often upcycled. The high quality, 100-percent wool fabrics are hand-felted by a one-woman-shop in South Carolina. We source our labels and printed canvases from other small businesses around the country.

STRUCTUREbags works hard to create unique bags made with great resources from great people.

We have three distinct lines: Our Organic Canvas Line is made with only 100-percent organic fabrics. Our Camo with a Cause Line gives $1 per item to aid military families thru our partnership with Team Red, White & Blue. Our Cadet Grey Line uses authentic, upcycled USMA cadet uniforms to create one-of-a-kind gifts.

What makes your products different from other similar products?

STRUCTUREbags is hand-crafted in the USA with eco-friendly materials sourced from great people. Because we are a small business, we can offer special touches not available elsewhere: complimentary vintage blueprint gift-wrapping, hand-written thank you notes, personalized responses on customer inquiries.

STRUCTUREbags gives back to the community that helped it get its start. When my family moved to West Point, we were 3,000 miles away from family. The wonderful military families embraced us immediately. Even though we are civilians, we always feel a part of the military community.

The design aesthetic and quality construction of STRUCTUREbags are truly one-of-a-kind. My tenure as a designer and manager taught me to control the details: durability, constructability and design must come together as one. With each fabric choice, with each stitch, my vision is brought to my clients with great care.

STRUCTUREbags Camo Mini Pouch

STRUCTUREbags Camo Mini Pouch

What brings you joy/encouragement in your life and in creating your products?

I think all the things that set STRUCTUREbags apart from others are the same things that bring satisfaction to my work. I love that I can give a personal touch to each order, I enjoy answering customer questions first-hand, I am committed to giving back.

If you had to choose just one of your products as your favorite you’ve created/made, which one would it be?

I find a special use for each of my designs! But, my go-to bag is without a doubt the Element Pencil Wristlet. I love its versatility and styling. I love how it holds just what I need when I want to scale down, but tucks in nicely when I am heading out for a longer trip. I love its simple, yet dynamic design. I currently rotate between the Navy Tri with Red and the Digital Camo.

Where can our readers find you?

We are working hard to bring STRUCTUREbags to a full-service boutique near you!

STRUCTUREbags 'Camo With A Cause' line

STRUCTUREbags ‘Camo With A Cause’ line

You can find STRUCTUREbags on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and of course on her wonderful website!

Make sure to sign up below to win one of STRUCTUREbags gorgeous Camo Mini Pouches, valued at $22.50! Brenda will also donate $1 to Team RWB as she does with all of her Camo With A Cause purchases! Feel good about winning something amazing for yourself while helping support military families. Thank you so much Brenda for sharing your heart and STRUCTUREbags with us!

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Studio JRU

I first met Jennifer at Studio JRU through Etsy and then Artfire and through her wonderful blog at the time! She always struck me as having a deep faith that not only defined her life but her artwork too! I’m so thankful to call her my friend. She probably doesn’t know this, but her blog and newsletter were the inspiration for me to start sharing the Spice Grove Designs story with you through this blog. Her words are so humble and real that you can’t help but feel like she’s giving you a hug every time you talk to her.
Her artwork at Studio JRU is just as real and life changing! Her love for people and the Lord shines through every brush stroke and media that she uses! Her work with (in)courage is encouraging and uplifting. The amazing colors she puts together remind me of Nature and our Creator!! I’m always inspired by all of the auctions she’s donating to on Facebook, or people who she’s praying for diligently.
I recently became the proud owner of 2 of her beautiful and inspiring works of art. One is for our living room and reminds me of the daily blessing of grace. The other I bought as an anniversary gift for my Hubby to remind both of us of just how amazing our love story is through Christ’s eyes. What an inspiration Jennifer is and I hope that she will lift your heart today as she shares her story! Make sure you catch her amazing coupon that she is offering to our Spice Grove Designs readers today!!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your artwork.

My name is Jennifer. I am married to my amazing husband, Heydon. We live out in the country in Nebraska. We love the peace and quiet and being surrounded by God’s beauty. I am a mixed media artist. I am inspired by scripture in much of my art. I hope to encourage and inspire people with my work. My shop is filled with mixed media originals, prints of my originals as well as graphic prints.

'I hold you in my heart'

‘I hold you in my heart’

What makes your work different from other artwork?

I hope that people are able to see Christ through me and my work. I do it for His greater glory. I hope that is what sets my work apart.

What brings you joy/encouragement in your life and in creating your art?

Serving Him brings me joy. I see creating as a way of worshiping Him and reflecting Him back to the world. Bringing encouragement to others brings me joy. When someone reaches out to me with an email or a comment on social media, to share how they have been encouraged or helped… those moments make the work worth it. In those moments I know they are seeing Him in their lives. That encourages me.

'Bless The Lord O My Soul'

‘Bless The Lord O My Soul’

If you had to choose just one of your products as your favorite you’ve created/made, which one would it be?

What a great question… a hard question! I love making crosses. I don’t have any in my shop at the moment, but earlier this year I made one that I just loved from the moment I started with it. Abide. It was full of layers and texture. Layers peeking through other layers. A reflection of our lives. Of how so many things, good and bad, make up who we are and through it all we abide in Him.

Abide Cross

Abide Cross

What does a day in your studio look like?

I first check my email and go through my social media sites to make posts and updates. If I have orders for prints, I will print those out. It really varies from there. Depending on how I am feeling or if something specific needs to be done first. Some days I work more on the computer with editing photos, making listings and creating graphic prints. Some days I work in my studio on new originals. Designing them and actually getting into the paint and having fun! I also have days that I work on putting orders together for shipping and taking them to the post office. Those are also the days I do my paperwork.

Where can our readers find you?

Make sure to follow Jennifer and StudioJRU on social media as she is as fun as she is inspirational!!
You can find her here: Artfire 
shopinstagramFacebookgoogle+pinterest, and the newsletter where I share new work and special sales!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and inspire us with your life and Art Jennifer! You are such a blessing! She has generously offered to give Spice Grove Designs readers a HUGE discount!! So take advantage of this 20% off coupon good for ANYTHING in her shop!! Hurry over, take a look at StudioJRU and use ‘spice20‘ for 20% off your order!

*All opinions expressed in this post are mine. I was not compensated for this review.*

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Art For Happy People

I met Miss Rakhee from Art For Happy People on Facebook and was instantly charmed with her big heart for others as well as her beautiful, dream-like paintings! I’m reminded of what a small world it really is when I get to chat with my amazing friend halfway around the world. Although someday Rakhee, we will share a coffee, tea and chocolate in person!! I currently have one of her paintings, ‘Go Back To Sleep‘, hanging in my studio. I like to imagine having coffee with all my wonderful friends I haven’t met in person yet! As she shared her story with me, I was so inspired at just how much she loves people and truly seeks to help them out and make a difference! She has challenged me to do more to give back and just to love on people! I truly admire the adventure that she is on with her life and I’m so blessed to call her a dear friend!!

Her vision truly shines through her art and it’s so exciting to catch glimpses of how her work comes together! Her little wooden hand painted dolls are truly treasures!! (Don’t tell my girls, but I know what will be in their stockings this Christmas!!) I’m so excited that in addition to her original paintings she now offers everything from prints, to greeting cards to phone cases displaying her art!! Make sure to check out her little doll Christmas ornaments which are beyond cute! Rakhee has generously offered to giveaway a wonderful collection of 3 of her beautiful greeting cards (your choice) along with free shipping! ($10.50 value plus free shipping!) So make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY below her story!

Tell us about yourself and your Art.

My name is Rakhee Krishna. I am born and raised in India and later moved to The Netherlands. I have a masters degree in philosophy and religion and I try to combine my love for art and philosophy by making Art For Happy People. Art For Happy People is a journey towards finding and sharing peace and happiness. I welcome you to come along with me on this journey.
My shop is filled with happy people and art that will make you happy! I also make custom-made dolls, non-toxic dolls for children and wooden bookmarks. You can also find greeting cards, book marks and calendars made of my art and also nursery decor.

Anne Frank Doll

Anne Frank Doll

What makes your work different from other artwork?

I am self-taught and I am inspired by what I feel and how I feel. I make what I feel in my heart. And that makes my art unique. I try to tell a story; a philosophy every time I create and the best thing I like about my work is that everything is possible. My art is colourful (depending on my mood), unique, meaningful, positively mysterious and philosophical.

There must be an angel

There must be an angel

What brings you joy/encouragement in your life and/or in creating your artwork?

The process of creating something which can possibly bring a smile on someone’s face or inspire someone in some way or make them think truly makes me feel humble. My work is philosophy presented in an artistic way. I believe in the power of a smile, so if you are smiling while looking at my work, I am happy!

If you had to choose just one of your works as your favorite, which would it be?

The Dream catcher

She has carefully mended all her broken dreams into hearts, what if she can do that for you too? Imagine if she can learn you to mend your broken dreams?

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

What does a day in your studio look like?

A day in my home studio looks like a musical where a mom and her 2.5 year old son plays the main role.There is a lot of painting happening along with making lego towers,reading, singing, dancing , making funny faces, building train rails, drinking tea and eating cake and chocolates.

Where can our readers find you?

You can find me here:

www.etsy.com/shop/ArtForHappyPeople

For prints or my paintings: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/rakhee-krishna.html

Like me on Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/Artforhappypeople

Yes, I have a blog too : http://thetravellingartist.blogspot.nl

Thank you so much for sharing your heart, soul and artwork with us Rakhee! You are truly a treasure! Make sure and enter to win an amazing Art For Happy People collection of 3 greeting cards below! Rakhee has also made a special discount code for 10% anything in her Etsy shop just for my awesome readers! Use ‘FREQUENTBUYERS’ at checkout to 10% off your entire order!!

Your choice of three cards from 'Art For Happy People'

Your choice of three cards from ‘Art For Happy People’

Blessings to you friends,
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Winterdays

Once in a while you find someone who is just so creative and wonderful you have to get to know them better! I’m so thankful to have Jill from Winterdays in my life! Her humility and honest kindness is rare these days and shines in her work as well as her life! Our shared passion for rustic design and of course coffee has fueled our friendship! Her designs are so unique and inspiring! Where else could you find magical gnome houses alongside gorgeous mosaic work? Whether it is a hand engraved rune stone, a piece of jewelry or a woodcutting you will find something that will speak to your heart in her shop!! I love the fact that every time I visit her shop she teaches me something new about the amazing country of Ireland.

When collaborating on a piece with Jill I was so struck with the quality of her work and passion for all that she creates!! I can’t wait to hang the ornaments that I have from her on my Christmas tree this year! I just love that they are beautifully handmade with huge amounts of love!! She is forever adding “extra’s,” as she calls them, into orders and sweetly shrugging off the awesome praise that her amazing customer service has garnered. She has generously given our Spice Grove Designs friends this AWESOME coupon to use until January 1, 2014! Take 10% off your order with thanks13 at checkout!  Here is Jill speaking from the heart about Winterdays!

Gnome Kaffi (coffee) Shop

Gnome Kaffi (coffee) Shop

Tell us a bit about yourself and your designs.

Hi, my name is Jill and my story about Winterdays; although my shop has only been open for 3 years, it actually started 19 years ago. I married a Viking whose family is from Iceland. When I visited Iceland for the first time I became instantly in love with the landscape and the history.

What makes your designs different from other designs?

The Runes and the symbols are unique and something that I wanted to learn more about. In my shop you will find wood items, engraved stones and painting of the Runes, symbols and Iceland.

What brings you joy/encouragement in your life and in creating your designs?

Every piece in my shop is made with thoughtfulness and passion. There are symbols that represent love, warrior, luck etc. So to have a engraved stone, piece of jewelry, or even Icelandic words cut out of wood is a special and unique find that represents something going on in your life or in others.

If you had to choose just one of your products as your favorite you’ve created/made, which one would it be?

One of my favorite items that I love in my shop is the bracelets that have a symbol engraved on it. It is a constant reminder of what I need to work on or what I have overcome.

Viking Rune Symbol of LUCK bracelet

Viking Rune Symbol of LUCK bracelet

What does a day in your studio look like?

My day in the studio starts with the music playing rather loud. Sometimes the music is slow or fast, but it is always loud. The studio starts off very organized but by the time I get done at the end of the day it represents a lot of creativity going on, so there is a lot to put away!

Where can our readers find you?

I would love for you to join Winterdays at Twitter, Facebook and of course my Etsy shop.
I appreciate Spice Grove Designs for the opportunity to share my story with you and for that I am blessed.

I would like to offer 10% off your order…enter code thanks13 for that discount…this coupon is good until Jan. 1, 2014.
Make sure you check out Jill’s other shop Saw It For You too to see more of her amazing hand crafted items for weddings, holidays and your home! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing designs and your heart with us!

Blessings to you friends, with lots of coffee,
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I am so excited to let you meet my friend Ann from Ann’s Herbals! Not only is she a wonderful, kind and caring friend, BUT she makes the best soap in the world! As you know natural ingredients are super important to us here at Spice Grove Designs which is one reason I was so over the moon excited to meet Ann and her shop! I love that she grows the very ingredients she puts into her soaps and body products so I know they are chemical free. She makes them with such love and care, from the actual product to the packaging to the communication. Each time I order she makes me feel like I am her favorite customer! Plus there’s always a special treat she includes!! (And who doesn’t love a surprise chocolate?) I know what most of my Christmas list will find in their stockings this year!

I have to share that I’ve always had trouble with dry, cracked and bleeding hands, especially in the Fall and Winter. I’ve been buying Ann’s soaps for a while now but only used them in the guest bathroom or for ‘special’ occasions. (I know, I’m silly right!?!) Anyway – I decided I would use them at every sink for a week and see what effect that had on my hands. Within 1 week they were about 60% better and by the end of week 2 they were 100% healed, and softer and smoother (and more pain-free) than they’d been in YEARS!! Amazing!!

I also LOVE the different scents she offers, not just in her soaps but in her lip balms, salves and lotion bars! (Who doesn’t love a mocha lip balm!!) They make such great gifts! Just make sure you buy enough, as my 8-year-old is always running off with my lip balms after Ann sends me a new order!! I just love that they are safe enough to use on my little ones. She even has a new baby soap that I just bought and I can’t wait to try on my 20 month old who has eczema!  She has so generously offered to giveaway one of her Ditch the Itch Soap and Herbal Salve Gift Set!  ($17 value!)  So make sure to enter to win below the feature! Trust me – you don’t want to miss out on this! Now here’s more about Ann in her words.

Tell us about yourself and your products.

I have been fascinated with the healing power of herbs for over 30 years. My whole adult life I suffered from eczema. In the 1990’s while studying Natural Health I decided I needed to find something to help my eczema flare ups. In one course of study the class was to make an herbal remedy from any of the herbs that were covered in the course. It was a perfect opportunity for me to try to “solve” my skin issues. After deciding on the best herbs to use, I went into my backyard and found them all, right there, waiting for me to put them to work. Simple weeds, medicinal powerhouses. Chickweed Calendula and Comfrey. From that moment I made a connection with nature that has never left me. This was the start of annsherbals, my herbal salve. I later changed the formulation by replacing the Comfrey with Plantain and it proved to be equal if not better. From there the inspirations flourished.

My son taught me to make soap. My soaps are not fancy, not pretty colors but they are made from high quality organic plant oils, pure essential oils and organic, wildcrafted or homegrown herbs. They are cut straight from the mold no trimming or polishing just a delightful slice of annmade soap.
I also have two herbal salves that I created, lotion bars, body butters and lip balms. Nothing fancy, my focus is quality and synthetic free. I also have a liniment that I sell locally. A local Physical Therapist uses it when she does massages. I originally formulated it for myself, I was having some leg pain. It worked so well I started letting others try it and by the wonders of nature, it works great!

Ann's Beautiful 'Ditch the Itch Soap and Salve Gift Box'

Ann’s Beautiful ‘Ditch the Itch Soap and Salve Gift Box’

What makes your products different from other similar products?

I have always had very sensitive skin, metal allergies, and some allergies I haven’t even figured out yet. Many many people suffer with skin sensitivities and by helping myself I knew I could help others. My products bring to the customer:
1. High quality oils and herbs.
2. Synthetic and chemical free skin care products made especially for sensitive skin.

What brings you joy/encouragement in your life and in creating your products?

I can’t stress enough the wonders of nature and what nature provides for us. Everything we need nature can provide. I feel joy and great pleasure in using the natural remedies that nature provides. I am also in awe and amazement at their selflessness in providing for us nourishment, medicine and beauty. I am well aware of their gifts; it is the most extraordinary feeling to create something from nature and watch it work. Seeing my salve help a rash, a bug bite, an eczema flare up, diaper rash, a cut or burn and so much more brings me the greatest pleasure and makes me humble at the same time. I am only the vehicle by which nature can fulfill its purpose.

If you had to choose just one of your products as your favorite you’ve created/made which one would it be?

I have to say my herbal salve, it’s my baby, my first creation that saved my skin and helps so many others. It’s sister salve (simple no pimple salve) which is my latest product is amazing too. So I think I will say my salves!

What does a day in your studio look like?

I actually do my best creating at night. Paperwork and promoting is my day job. At night it’s quiet and peaceful and I do my best creating. I have a very long to do list that gets put off by keeping up with current products and orders. I usually prepare the ingredients for a loaf of soap one night and then actually make it the next night. After preparing the ingredients I will make labels, experiment with scents or a new product. I just finished a skeeter spray after working on it for 2 years. I think I finally got a great blend! My next project is a natural deodorant. I would have liked to of started the deodorant months ago but when you are a one woman show wearing all the hats of the business it takes time and patience to accomplish all you want to do. Most nights I lose track of time and it gets into the wee hours of the morning. I have to say though, there is nothing I would rather do. It’s who I am and what I am good at. I admire anyone who sings their own song, whatever that song may be.
I will end with my favorite quote.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”

Where can our readers find you?

I have an Etsy shop, annsherbals.etsy.com. I have a website for products I can’t sell on Etsy, Ann’s Herbals. You can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/annsherbals or on twitter, twitter.com/annsherbals.

Ann has so graciously offered to give away on of her amazing Ditch the Itch Soap and Salve Gift Set to our readers!* ($17 value + free shipping) So make sure you enter to win below! Thank you so much Ann for sharing your story with us and for being such an inspiration to me!

Blessings to you friends,
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What You Will Need

What You Will Need

If you are like me you have great intentions of baking the fall pumpkins that graced your tables or maybe your entryway, but life gets in the way sometimes. (Especially now that I’ve learned pumpkins don’t last as long in the hot Arizona sun as they did in the cooler New York weather!) Since I won’t be baking the little guys I just had to try this idea that I saw online from DIY Home World I changed it up a bit since we here at Spice Grove Designs love to reuse things.

Here are the things you will need!

~Pumpkins – the sweet ones or mini ones work great!
~Wicks
~Wax (reused or flakes)
~Cinnamon sticks or other spices you enjoy
~Knife

Steps 1 and 2

Steps 1 and 2

Step 1:

Cut off the top 1/4 – 1/2 of the pumpkin and clean out seeds and pulp. I did use a beautiful acorn squash here too as I just couldn’t resist the gorgeous colors!

Step 2:

Melt wax in a double boiler. You can buy new wax bricks or flakes, but since I’m in a reusing frame of mind I pulled out candles that I’ve saved that are no longer usable as the wicks have disappeared. I melted the wax back down in an old pot that has been deemed my ‘craft pot’ by a very thankful Hubby! This was by far the most time-consuming part of the project.

Steps 3 and 4

Steps 3 and 4

Step 3:

While your wax is melting get out those wicks! I just happened to have some that I rescued from some old taper candles. I wrapped the end in tin foil about 1/4 of and inch up. This end will sit in the bottom of the candle. I then put more tin foil around it making it lie flat in the bottom of the candle. Then I tied the long end of the wick around a pencil so that it would stand up straight as I poured the wax in.

Step 4:

Pour the wax in the pumpkin adding whatever spices you desire! I did this in stages so that I could add the spices throughout the candle. In the photos I’ve shown the 3 that I came out with; pumpkin cinnamon, pumpkin cinnamon anise, and pumpkin cinnamon coffee bean! (Which smells FANTASTIC!!)

Step 5:

Trim your wick after the wax has cooled and enjoy!

The 3 types of candles we made

The 3 types of candles we made

What a lovely way to bring these harvest scents into your home. And just think – if you are a packrat like me – the only thing you’ll have to buy are the pumpkins!! This was a very easy and budget friendly craft for the holidays. (Although I do recommend caution when pouring the wax into the pumpkins and maybe having some tin foil under your Hubby’s beautiful handmade cutting board so you don’t spill!) I can’t wait to see what the family says about these beauties. What a wonderful Holiday gift to bring to someone’s home for a Thanksgiving meal!

What other pumpkin crafts are you doing this time of year? Let us know and send a picture! We’d love to share your creativity!

Wishing you a wonderful week of yummy fall scents,
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The scents are heavenly!

The scents are heavenly!

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