Make Recycled Wine Cork Pendants

Make a cute recycled craft without having to drink a whole case of wine!

Easy Yogurt Parfaits

Make tasty and healthy yogurt parfaits for a snack or breakfast.

How to Make Fresh Pickles

Fresh pickles are easy to make with fresh cucumbers from your garden or the store.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

Turn old jeans into a cute gardening apron with this tutorial.

Stamped Garden Rocks

Accent your garden with cute stamped art rocks.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to Make Stretch Mark Skin Care Oil with Essential Oils


When I was pregnant with my second baby, I wanted to be sure to take great care of my skin. While your tendency to get stretch marks is determined in large part by your genetics, there are definitely things you can do to support your skin to help it adapt as your baby grows! When I was pregnant, I spent time researching oils that supported skin healing and stretching and came up with this concoction. I would apply it in the evenings, after showering - being sure to take my time to massage it into my skin with my fingertips. I did this so that my skin could absorb it while I was sleeping (a naturally healing time for your skin anyway!) and by morning my skin would just be soft and not at all oily.

In addition to using this oil, I was very good about drinking water and taking my prenatal vitamin so my skin was supported from both the inside and outside. While I did get stretch marks from my first baby, as far as I can tell I didn't get any new ones with my second pregnancy and my skin's texture is soft instead of dry or stressed looking.


Supplies

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Cherry Limeade Zucchini Popsicles


Did you just read the title and say "WHAT? Zucchini WHAT?" That's right: Zucchini popsicles. And they are good - like the best popsicles my son thought I'd ever made good. 

You see, zucchini doesn't really have a strong flavor - making it perfect to be masked by strong flavors like cherry and lime. So why is it in the popsicle? Texture, my friends. If you were like me, your favorite popsicles growing up were the ones where the ice was just a little bit soft and mushy instead of hard like a big flavored ice cube. That texture is achieved commercially with a variety of savory products like corn starch and corn syrup (ew). But you can duplicate that texture at home with zucchini - without any weird flavors - promise!



Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a medium sized zucchini*
  • 10 cherries (fresh or frozen - the dark red kind)*
  • Juice of 1 1/2 limes
  • 1/4 cup sugar*
  • 1/2 cup warm water
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing organic options for these ingredients to avoid GMOs and persistent pesticides.


Directions

  1. Remove the stem and/or blossom ends from the zucchini and cut into about 8 pieces. Add to blender.
  2. Pit cherries and remove stems if needed. Add cherries and lime juice to blender.
  3. Mix the sugar and water, stirring until dissolved.
  4. Add the sugar water to the blender and blend about 1 minute or until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid
(Popsicles pictured are made using Push Pop Molds from Mastrad - they are made of silicone and are free of concerning chemical ingredients - unlike most plastic popsicle molds which use BPA or BPS in the plastic)



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A's Birth Story: My Hospital Based Water Birth  (Part 2)

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Dragonfly Doula.

(if you missed Part 1 of A's Birth Story, read it here)

When we left off, I'd just endured a crazy day where I was in labor for 15 hours - which then abruptly stopped. 

Waiting

After enduring 15 hours of labor and having nothing happen, I was a little frustrated. The following day, I told Joe to go back to work since I didn't want to use up his vacation time without having the baby. I also avoided going to church that day since I didn't want to answer a bajilion questions about why I was still pregnant.

Waiting was also surreal because even though I'd had some Braxton Hicks contractions a few times a day for the last few weeks, after the day I had contractions for 15 hours, there was nothing. NOTHING. It was like time stopped. And my body stopped. And I was stuck. 

Marta was good at encouraging me during this time. She would check in on me via text and see how I was doing, how doctor visits were going, etc. My doctor checked me at my appointment with her that Monday and I was 5cm dialated and 70% effaced. She told me that if I started having rhythmic contractions again to just come into the hospital because she was worried I might not make it on time.

And then the itch came back

I talked in Part 1 about how I'd developed a mild case of ICP that was able to be controlled by taking Dandelion Root and Milk Thistle supplements. So much so that my itching had pretty much disappeared 4 weeks after starting to take it. On June 5th (a thursday), I noticed I was starting to get itchy again. I'd gone swimming that day and thought maybe the chlorine was just irritating my skin and I needed more lotion. 

After two days and lots of lotion, I decided that wasn't it and the ICP might be coming back. At this point, I was 38 weeks. ICP babies are supposed to be delivered before 38 weeks so that made me a little nervous. On Monday, I told my doctor what was happening. She ordered labs and put a rush on them but the fractioned bile acid test takes so long to come back that if I did have ICP, the baby could be in danger before we got the results.

She had Tuesday off but said to call her Wednesday morning and tell her how I felt. If I felt the same, she thought we should ride it out to the end of the week but if I was worse we should look at getting the baby out ASAP. The good news was that because I was so dilated, she was optimistic that she'd only need to break my water to get labor started. 

Wednesday, June 11

Tuesday night I didn't sleep more than a few hours due to the intense itching as well as a weird pain that had developed in my right arm that was worse when I was lying down. So Wednesday morning I was tired. And itchy. I spent the morning cleaning my house and texting with both Marta and my family before calling my doctor to update her around 11am. I had to leave a voicemail but when I got a call back I was told that the maternity ward was short staffed that day. My doctor thought we should really move on getting the baby out, though, so talked to the charge nurse and asked to be updated as soon as they had a bed and a nurse for me. The charge nurse worked her magic and I was told to come in around 4pm to get checked in.

The IV that hated me

We headed to the hospital with K in tow. Once I was checked in and settled in the room, my dad and stepmom came to collect K. They visited for a bit and then headed out to take K back to their house.

Because I tested positive for Group B Strep, I needed an IV to get a dose of antibiotics into me before they tried to start labor. A couple labor nurses tried to start one on my left arm - and it didn't work. Another nurse tried on my right arm - no dice either. They then called the IV Therapy Nurse - a nurse who only does IVs all. day. long. Kind of like the special ops of IVs. She tried 3 times and even she couldn't get the IV in my arm. If I weren't strep B positive, I'm sure we would have stopped trying at that point but since the risk of Strep B disease in babies is pretty high if you skip the antibiotics, we really needed to make it happen. She tried one more time on the back of my hand (a less ideal location for a mom wanting to do a waterbirth) and finally got it.

Once that was in, my doctor came back to break my water and the nurses hooked me up the the IV antibiotics. I was sitting on a pile of towels on my bed setting up a game of The Settlers of Catan on my hospital table when Marta came in. We didn't get much further than a couple dice rolls in before my head started itching. I didn't think much about it at first until it started itching so bad that I could no longer play the game. After about five minutes the itching spread to my face and neck, we called my nurse to tell her we thought I was allergic to the antibiotic.

The nurse rushed in and unhooked my IV and handed me a cold towel for my face. When she checked my IV bag, she saw that we'd only done about 2/3 of it. During the sensitivity test for Strep B, they determined that this antibiotic was really the best one for the strain of Strep B I had and we really needed to get the rest of it into me. After a consult with my doctor, they gave me a shot of bennadryl in my IV and then dilluted the rest of the antibiotic in saline to prevent the reaction called Red Man Syndrome - which is different than an allergy.

And then it started

Once the antibiotic was done, my nurse came back to disconnect the IV and take the monitors they'd had strapped to my belly off. I headed to the bathroom and put my underwear and pants back on (with a pad) since that was more comfortable for me than wearing a gown or walking around with a naked butt.

It wasn't much later, at about 7:30pm, when the contractions started. Timing them was hard because it was hard to tell when they ended because I didn't feel like my uterus was relaxing all the way in between. I was standing up to rock back and forth through them but all I really wanted to do was sit down. A nurse brought me a labor ball to sit on - which was awesome because I could sit and rock at the same time. 

I was sitting on the ball, facing Joe - who was sitting on my bed. Leaning forward toward Joe and pushing on his legs really helped. Joe would later tell me that he was kind of freaked out by the whole thing but that Marta really kept him grounded by affirming me and confirming for Joe that everything that was happening was normal. At this point, I would have gotten in the tub if I could but they needed some time to fill it up and get it ready. 

Tub time

Once the tub was ready, they had to move me down the hall to the room where it was. At this point, contractions were pretty steady and I'd been coping with them mostly by pushing on Joe. Once the contraction I was working on stopped, I started down the hall as fast as my pregnant legs could waddle. The nurse commented that there wasn't a rush and I could take my time - but I just wanted to get there before I started having more contractions!

I had two big contractions in the hall before making it to the room with the tub. Joe helped me go to the bathroom and get out of my clothes except my bra. A nurse helped me put a glove on my hand to protect my IV and then I was finally able to get in the tub. And I felt SO much better. For about 10 minutes.

Ten minutes after getting in the tub, contractions picked up again and because I was in the water and the tub was squishy, I had to find a new coping technique since pushing on things wasn't helping since they weren't firm or providing much resistance. At that point, Joe ran back to our room to switch into swim trunks so he could stand behind me in the pool and do hip squeezes which was the only thing that was providing additional relief (other than the water).

Having Marta was really invaluable at this point because when Joe needed a break - either to go change, to use the bathroom or just to walk a lap or two around the room, Marta was able to take over helping me. In a room full of people - a doctor, a midwife, 2 labor nurses, a baby nurse plus me, Joe and Marta - it was great to have someone whose only job was to help me.

Now, you may have seen videos of waterbirth on YouTube where it's very zen. It's dark, there are candles, mom is kind of gently moaning and then all of a sudden she pulls a baby up out of the water. My waterbirth was not like that. It may have been the least zen waterbirth ever (although my blogging friend Lauren had a similar experience just 3 days before me so at least I'm not alone). In fact, later my husband told me he thought I was freaking out the nurses since I was screaming so much.


I also entered about 45 minutes of what I can only describe as "crazy birth delirium" where I was screaming and in pain and cursing at the doppler deal they use to check the baby - because my baby was so low they had to push the doppler into the soft part of my belly to try and hear his heartrate and it HURT. Honestly, that stupid doppler was the worst part of the whole experience. I felt kind of pushy but then I felt like pushing wasn't doing anything. I kept saying the baby was stuck. At one point I had a conversation with my doctor that went about like this:

Me: Ok. I don't want to get out. And I don't want an epidural. But I need some kind of pain meds.

Doctor: There are no pain meds.

Me: No, seriously. Someone has pain meds somewhere. I don't need an epidural, I just need a little extra help.

Doctor: Carissa, I really can't give you anything. It will go straight to the baby. You're almost there.

Me: No, but I need options. What are my options?

Marta was great at keeping Joe calm at this point, as well. Joe knew I was in pain but wasn't sure how much was normal and wasn't sure why I'm suddenly trying to negotiate with my doctor for pain meds when I'm not normally a pain med person. At one point I said I was quitting and couldn't do it anymore. All of this is normal and Marta was great and helping him know that and stay calm during that part, too.

After the 45 minutes of delirium and whining about the baby being stuck, something changed and he was suddenly RIGHT THERE. I told my sister in law this the next day so I'll tell you in case you've never experienced giving birth without meds:  pushing out a baby feels exactly like taking the hugest poop of your life - and it's about the size of a small bowling ball. Literally. It's not hyperbole. It's not a metaphor. It really feels like you're pooping out a bowling ball. 

I remember consciously trying to relax so he could come out on his own but it also hurt so much I just wanted it to be over. So when I started having a contraction, I pushed as much as a could. And then the contraction stopped and I kind of panicked - worrying that he was going to go back in and all my work would have been in vain so I tried to use my muscles to hold him in place until the next contraction came. I'm not sure this was really the best idea as far as birthing techniques that are good for babies but all in all, I only had to push for 10 minutes before he came out and I finally had him in my arms.


Baby A

Born June 11, 2014 at 10:52pm
9 pounds, 13 ounces.
21 1/2 inches long.


Why I'm glad this didn't happen at home

If you read my first birth story for Baby K, you could see that I have a tendency to collect unusual medical issues - which is exactly why I didn't want to have the baby at home. A couple minutes after he was born, the cord stopped pulsing so Joe was able to cut it. The placenta was born a few minutes later. But then the nurses noticed there was a lot of blood in the water. Joe took the baby and the nurses helped me onto a bed that they'd pushed right next to the tub. I got out and started shaking (Marta said this is a normal birth thing - although I totally don't remember it happening with K) and my doctor was better able to examine me.

I got a shot of something in my IV to stop the bleeding before she put in some stitches for the second degree tear I had (another reason why only pushing for 10 minutes was not a fabulous idea). Once that was done, I got the baby back and were able to spend time snuggling for about 2 hours before they finished cleaning us up to do weight and height check for A and footprints for the birth certificate.

Would I do it again?

I was asked the next day if I enjoyed my waterbirth experience. My answer to which was, " 'Enjoy' is not really a word I think can be used to describe any vaginal birth experience for most women" (sorry). But I will say I don't think I could have made it through epidural free without the help of the tub and the support I got from Marta and Joe.

Overall, I'm glad I have a healthy baby and I'm so glad I got to work with Marta. If you are looking for a doula in the Portland, Oregon area, I really can't recommend her highly enough. Check out her website, Dragonfly Doula or her facebook page. She did a great job asking questions and supporting both me and Joe through the whole process from end of pregnancy to the day I was in labor but didn't have the baby, through actually giving birth in the hospital. If cost is a concern, be sure to talk to her anyway. She offers reduced rates for moms on WIC as well as for single moms.


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Monday, July 14, 2014

A's Birth Story: My Hospital Based Water Birth  (Part 1)

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Dragonfly Doula.

I mentioned a couple months ago when I told you K's Birth Story (read it here), that there were a few things we wanted to do differently the second time around. It was a rough journey but I made it through and don't think I'd change anything in the end.

I didn't want an epidural

Honestly. Five years ago I would have told myself I was crazy to give birth sans meds. The truth is, though, that the epidural I had for my first baby was far from the fabulousness that moms hear about. It was not a pain free childbirth.

First, it wore off to the tune of about 20% efficacy by the time I was pushing out a 10+ pound baby. Which may not be awful in and of itself, except for the fact that it wasn't covered by my insurance and that sucker cost me a little more than $1000. I definitely did not get $1000 of pain relief out of it. 

Second, the after birth side effects were kind of awful. Following the birth, I would sporadically get these pains that felt like a shock from a lightening bolt shoot up my spine from the insertion site up to my brain. They HURT and they were unpredictable. And there was nothing my doctor could do. It's just a known side effect of epidurals. And it was awful. I really didn't want to go through that again.

Strategy 1: Work with a Doula

When I evaluated why I ended up with an epidural last time it was because I was unprepared and didn't feel like I had anyone to help me cope. For K's birth, I had my sister (who had a better epidural experience), my stepmom (who has not birthed a baby herself) and my father and husband - both of whom just looked worried. All great people - just not helpful in dealing with birth pain! I decided I needed an expert who knew more about natural birth than me and who could assist me with techniques and things to try to make it through an epidural free birth.

I knew even before I had become pregnant that I was going to want a doula but at 20 weeks pregnant I found myself doula-less still. I'll write more about how I found my doula in a minute, but let me say that I do wish I'd found my doula sooner. Don't procrastinate like me.

Strategy 2: Waterbirth

My second strategy for avoiding an epidural was to attempt a waterbirth - or giving birth in a warm water tub. Most waterbirths that happen in the United States currently happen at home but due to my tendency to have crazy crazy medical things go wrong with me, home birth just isn't for me. Plus I love my doctor and she delivers babies in hospitals. 

We brought up the idea of waterbirth to my doctor at our first prenatal appointment and were really happy to learn that the Legacy Good Samaritan hospital in downtown Portland was creating a dedicated waterbirth unit on the maternity floor. My doctor also happens to deliver there so it worked out well all around.   

Finding Marta

At about 16 weeks pregnant, I started looking for a doula. The primary places I looked were on Craig's List and by Googling "Doula Portland." After looking at some websites and trying to get a feel for these women online, I found a few that I thought were potential candidates. I shot off some emails to them with info about me and asked them some questions about their experience with waterbirth. They each wrote me back but then I got busy and never followed up.

At 30 weeks I realized I needed to get on this doula business ASAP. I met one doula at at indoor playground so my son could play and I could talk to her without being interrupted every 3 minutes. She was young, nice, and had about 8 years of experience as a doula. While I really valued her history of experience and I thought she was the kind of person I'd probably want to be friends with, a couple things she said made me pause and feel like she might not be 100% on board with what I wanted for my birth. 

A couple weeks later my husband, four year old and I met Marta of Dragonfly Doula at a restaurant in downtown Portland. Even though Marta was a newer doula and had only recently completed her DONA certification (DONA is an international body that certifies doulas), she had more experience with attending waterbirths than the first doula I interviewed. I also really liked her positive attitude and felt like she and I were on the same wavelength and that she'd be able to back up my birth plan and be a gentle advocate for me at the hospital. 

I'm glad my husband was able to meet her, too. He had been initially very skeptical of the idea of a doula but said if I found I doula I liked that he'd make sure to get along with her. Having him there to meet Marta was good, though, and Marta was able to explain some of the things she does to both assist me as well as empower Joe to assist me. 

ICP

Before I get too far, I want to talk about something that was happening in the middle of me trying to find a doula: I had started itching. BAD. I had whined about it in a Facebook status and got a lot of "just use cocoa butter" advice. I'm telling you, friends - this was an itch that went way beyond cocoa butter. 

When I had PUPPPS with my last baby, I started getting itchy and then developed spots that looked like mosquito bites. This was itchy like that - but worse. And no marks. I told my husband a few times that I was so itchy I wanted to die - especially since I was so itchy I wasn't getting more than a couple hours of broken sleep each night.

I have a couple friends who had a condition called ICP - or Intrahepatic Cholestatis of Pregnancy - with their pregnancies and they said they thought it might be that and to ask for a Liver Panel and Fractioned Bile Acid test from my doctor. My doctor agreed that the intense itching wasn't normal and ordered the tests.

The way you diagnose ICP is based on bile acid levels in your blood. Total bile acid of 10 or higher or a cholic acid level of 3.1 or higher mean you are positive for ICP. My total bile acid was 9 and my cholic acid was 3.0 - so not technically positive but really close - plus I was super itchy. 

Since I wasn't technically positive for ICP I wasn't put on the medicine normally given to ICP moms. On a recommendation of a mom in an ICP support group on Facebook, I started taking both dandelion root and milk thistle supplements to help with the itching. After just one day, I felt SO much better. I continued with the supplements and after about four weeks, the itching was mostly gone. My doctor had been continuing to monitor my bile acid levels which were not going up so we decided the supplements must have been keeping my body from developing full blown ICP so we didn't plan to schedule an early induction as is normally called for in ICP moms.

(Intense itching during pregnancy is NOT normal. If you are pregnant and experiencing intense itching, talk to your doctor specifically about ICP. ICP is not a common condition so many doctors may not be familiar with it. You can specifically request a fractioned bile acid test to check for it)

15 hours of labor and no baby!

On May 31st I woke up to contractions that were about seven or so minutes apart. I got up, took a shower, ate some food and the contractions kept coming. They were not terribly uncomfortable but they kept coming even though I was doing things that should have stopped Braxton Hicks contractions in their tracks. 

I asked my husband not to go to work that day and since we had plans to go to the farmer's market with my dad and stepmom already, we met them there and figured walking around would be good for me. Throughout the day, the contractions kept coming. After lunch, we decided to go walk laps at the park near our house while my dad and stepmom kept an eye on K at the playground. 

While I was walking laps, contractions started getting more intense, causing me to have to stop and concentrate in order to breathe through them. I'd been keeping in touch with Marta via text message and she said I didn't need to head to the hospital until they started getting so intense I could not talk through them.

Even though I wasn't quite at that point, because I'd had so many vivid dreams in early pregnancy that I didn't make it to the hospital on time I decided I wanted to at least head downtown - even if we just picked up walking around there instead of checking in at the hospital. 

Joe and I headed home, walked the dogs, grabbed a couple last minute things and headed downtown, leaving my son with his grandparents. On the way downtown, I realized I was pretty tired since I'd been up since about 3 am with the contractions and decided to try and get some sleep in the car. I dozed off and woke up as my husband was pulling in to the parking garage at the hospital. 

Joe asked me how I felt and after a few minutes I realized I wasn't having contractions anymore! After 15 hours of almost non-stop contractions, they'd quit. 

Since we'd never actually gotten a tour of the maternity ward (they'd always been too busy to see us), we called to see if now would be a good time for a tour and they said yes. We got a tour, walked around downtown and got dinner. Since the contractions still weren't doing anything at that point, we decided to go home.



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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Organic Round Up Alternative: Weed Killer That Actually Works

How to Make Organic Round Up Alternative Weed Killer

Have you been using Round Up to kill weeds on your driveway or garden path? Did you know that Round Up is linked to infertility, cancer, thyroid issues and a collection of other health problems? Even if you don't spray it in your garden beds where you are growing food, the run off gets into our ground water - which in turn can get into our drinking water. Overall, Round Up is BAD BAD news! Stay away!

What the makers of Round Up don't want you to know (in addition to all the health issues their product has been linked to) is that you can create your own weed killer at home with a few simple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. It is non-toxic to kids and pets. Won't contaminate ground water and it really works.

Supplies

  • 1 Gallon white vinegar
  • 1/2 canister table salt (approx 13 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup dish soap (I like Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Dish Soap for this since it is biodegradable)
  • 1 gallon or larger Lawn and Garden Sprayer - be sure to use one that has not held chemicals previously. Also be sure to label it for organic gardening use only. I have one that I use ONLY for this purpose.
Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


How to Make Organic Round Up Alternative Weed Killer from Creative Green Living


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tropical Greens Smoothie Recipe


I love how much variety there is in the world of green smoothies. You can make a smoothie that tastes green or you can make a green smoothie that isn't even green at all (like the sneaky green smoothie). This smoothie is more of an intermediate green smoothie - it's clearly green and while you can taste a bit of of the green as you drink it, the overall flavor profile is tropical and delightful. Even my four year old loves it!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh watermelon chunks
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 large handful of fresh baby spinach*
  • 2 sprigs of fresh curly parsley*
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint*
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries*
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup green tea or coconut water as needed
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing organic options for these ingredients to avoid persistent pesticides

Yield: 2 servings
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.


Directions

  1. Add the watermelon, lime juice, spinach, parsley and mint to blender and blend for several minutes until very smooth and no green chunks remain.
  2. Add frozen strawberries, pineapple and mango and blend. If the smoothie is very thick or becomes difficult to blend, add green tea or coconut water a 1/4 cup at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
Enjoy!



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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Make a Patriotic Cake Stand from Dollar Store Supplies


It's been almost 3 weeks since Creative Green Baby #2 made his debut and I've been so blessed by other bloggers who have been willing to create projects for the site so I can take some time off for maternity leave. Today's guest is Audrey of Dreaming About Someday. She whipped up a cute little cake plate that is easy to make last minute. It's the perfect addition to any Fourth of July party!
-Carissa
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Supplies



  • Glass candlestick (this one is from the dollar store)
  • Martini glass (this one is from the dollar store)
  • 3 plates of various sizes (the ones pictured are from Target)
  • Martha Stewart Metallic Gold Paint
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Glitter Paint
  • E6000® Craft Adhesive

  • Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    15 Mouthwatering Watermelon Recipes for Summer



    Jill is a blogger that I have admired for a long time. She has great stuff, high quality photos and is a super nice person in real life. Her blog, Create.Craft.Love. is honestly one of my favorites and I know you guys will love her stuff as well. 

    If you're like me, you can't get enough watermelon this summer. I really enjoyed this great collection Jill put together. Thanks for being here, Jill!
    -Carissa
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    Hi there, Creative Green Living readers! I'm Jill from Create.Craft.Love and I am tickled pink to be here guest posting while Carissa is spending time with her little one! It's finally summer and that means cookouts and barbecues! I love watermelon! The color, the taste, the texture. If you're looking for some fun, fruity appetizer and dessert ideas, check out these wonderful Watermelon Recipes! They are sure to get your mouth watering!

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    10 Recycled Decoupage Craft Ideas


    Today our special guest is my friend, Amy. Amy is the Mod Podge Queen and hails from her blog about all things podgey: Mod Podge Rocks. Not to be boxed in, she's got two other great blogs as well (read about those at the bottom!). Amy's sites are always full of great ideas and beautiful photography so be sure to check her out and follow her on your fave social media.
    -Carissa
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    Hello! I'm Amy of Mod Podge Rocks, happy to be here while Carissa is taking care of her new mini Mod Podger. Start them early, I say! As you can guess, my blog is all about decoupage crafts, how-tos, inspiration and more.

    I'm a fan of Carissa's blog and especially love her green crafts. We do a lot of recycled crafts on Mod Podge Rocks, and it's really easy to re-do tons of garbage with decoupage medium (and I say that in the kindest way possible). To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I've pulled together a collection of cool recycled craft ideas you can make with Mod Podge. Check out my list of some favorites below:

    Endtable upcycle at Mod Podge Rocks


    Recycled CD coasters at Crafts By Amanda


    Recycled tins at Mod Podge Rocks


    Pretty paper lanterns at Mod Podge Rocks


    Mod Podge fabric mouse pad at Imperfectly Beautiful


    Junk mail typography art at Mod Podge Rocks


    DIY tissue box flower vase at Creme de la Craft


    Recycled gift card tins at HP Create


    Recycled supply jars for your desk at Mod Podge Rocks


    Bucket garden tool organizer at Seven Alive all Livin' in a Double Wide

    I'd love to see any recycled crafts you've made with Mod Podge - just leave them in the comments! Thanks to the Creative Green Living audience for having me. Come visit me any time to learn more about how to use Mod Podge, or just to share your life story. I'd love to hear from you.



    About the Author: 
    Amy Anderson is the blogger behind Mod Podge Rocks! She also writes two other blogs, DIY Candy and Washi Tape Crafts. Amy lives in Atlanta, GA with her two furry dog friends and is about to start writing her second book.

    note from Carissa: Check out her first book here! 
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