Over the past few weeks we’ve been so caught up in finishing projects related to the master bedroom makeover, we’ve barely taken a breath to give some love to the porches or garden beds. Normally I wouldn’t mind but we had company staying with us over the long holiday weekend and I couldn’t stop thinking about the “first impressions” our guests would see when they stepped onto the porch. Here’s what they saw…
…Spring. I know it’s not a big deal. It actually shouldn’t even be a deal at all. Making it a deal just piled one more thing on my plate that didn’t need to be there…and yet…I found myself apologizing we hadn’t changed out some of the container gardens from spring to summer. In my heart, I know it’s even crazy to think that thought much less say it out loud. Do you guys ever have moments like that? I thought you might. That’s why I thought I would share just in case you’re like me sometimes and need a gentle reminder…your best is enough… period. plain and simple.
Not even a minute after that ridiculous apology left my lips, our guest said, “Oh that’s ok, let’s just go get some plants today. I love to garden.” It’s crazy the things we love to do that we put off doing in the name off being “too busy” and those sweet words felt like the biggest gift.
We spent the morning cleaning out some of the spring annuals that had already died and repotting several plants that had outgrown their containers. By the time lunch rolled around we had a solid list of things we needed and we were ready to cool down with a few scoops of ice cream. Over the next few hours we had our hands back in the soil which felt so good.
We added a bit of color to our rusty wheel barrow container,
gave height to some of the planters on the front porch,
replanted almost all of the begonias we used during the spring home tour posts,
and created a few containers to use indoors.
We were so sweaty and dirty by the end of the day it made me wish we had an outdoor sink to wash up in. It also made me wonder how we were going to get all the dirt off our hands with regular soap. Then I remembered one of my girlfriends used to make a fun sugar scrub for gardeners similar to our diy body scrubs. Here’s a look at how you can make a gardening sugar scrub too…
1 cup white or brown sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup liquid hand soap (we used Gain Dishwashing Liquid Lavender scent)
5 drops lavender essential oils or other essential oil scent of your choice
Mix together sugar and salt in a medium bowl
Carefully pour coconut oil (it must be completely melted) into the bowl, followed by the liquid hand soap
Add lavender essential oil
Whisk together wet and dry ingredients together until fully incorporated
Place mixture into clean and dry container or jar that can be sealed. You may need to add additional ingredients depending on the size of your container. Adding more sugar and salt will act as an exfoliant, adding more coconut oil will soften hands so make sure you strike a good balance between both.
We love this scrub because it takes just a few minutes to make and cleans dirt from your skin yet is gentle enough to clean around the nailbeds. Bonus, the coconut oil helps to leave hands soft and oh my word it smells so good!
As with our watering can centerpiece, this gardening scrub makes a great gift! Add a few plants or seed packets in a fruit crate or vintage box with various potting accessories and gloves and you’re good to go.
I hope you all have a peace filled and relaxing weekend. Our weekend will be a bit of a whirlwind as we drive to see our favorite ballerina in her dance recital and then hustle to watch one of my cousins graduate back in our hometown – all in the same day! I need a nap just thinking about it ha ha. We have a great week coming up next week so I’ll see you back here on Monday. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.