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Have you been seeing all the personal, round outdoor mats on social media and in magazines lately?  Maybe I’m hanging on Instagram too much…. any-who….Hobby Lobby posted a “Round Outdoor Mat” craft and I glammed onto it!

I’m a huge daydreamer, how about you?  I’ve been dreaming of enjoying this summer, it’s bounty and soaking up all of it’s wonders for months now.  I mostly dream about having (or taking) time for myself.  Self-love, self-care is all the rage at this time, and yes, I believe it is important.

This craft popped up on my Instagram feed and shazam, I found myself in Hobby Lobby buying the materials for it.  Imagine that!

It’s so easy (right up my alley) and gosh, it turned out fabulous. Follow the links to Hobby Lobby’s DIY projects page under their sewing section, although there is no sewing involved!

The directions are easy to follow!  You need 1.5 Yards of Indoor/Outdoor fabric (54″ wide – 54″ long), 5 yards of fringe (I bought a super heavy fringe – it was more expensive than I intended; however, I was in a super hurry and grabbed the first bullion fringe I saw), fabric glue (which holds amazingly well even with this heavy fringe) and quilting clips to hold the fringe onto the fabric as the glue dries.  I believe clothes pins would work well too.

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Follow the folding directions Hobby Lobby gives.  You end up with a triangle.

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Then take a yardstick and measure and mark 26″ from the point of the fold.  Keep the yardstick in place at the point of the fold and continue marking 26″ across the fabric.

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Cut along the lines you made, and voila, you have a fabric circle!

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Don’t fret about your circle not being perfect – as promised by Hobby Lobby, the fringe covers up imperfections!  I should know….

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The glue dries clear too!  It would be cool to line this mat and sew the bullion or pom pom fringe onto it.  I chose to go with the flow and make this adorable round outdoor mat in a very short period of time with fabric glue and no backing.

I hope you enjoy this easy Hobby Lobby craft!  Bye Bye! I have to go now and enjoy every moment this summer has to offer and get some self care in too.  Summer never lasts long enough……

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Thank you!

Karen

Ah, yes…Spring

Yep, Spring has finally hit the South Central Pennsylvania!  YEA!  It could go to winter again next week, who knows, but for now, it’s spring!

I’m experimenting with starting a few (maybe several) seedlings inside this year.  I don’t have a greenhouse, so I set up a growing room in my spare bedroom.  This is what I have going on as of mid April!  Zinnias planted in 72 cell trays.  I started the seeds March 19th.

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I’m also experimenting with soil blocking.  This is a European method of seeding that uses very little space.  Lisa Mason Zeigler of The Gardner’s Workshop has the low down on all things soil blocking.  She literally starts thousand of plants inside a 10×10 room with shop lights every year.  Its a very different process and I’m trying to figure things out, but so far, my snaps are doing great.  We learn from our mistakes, right……

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The seeds are planted into each 3/4″ block of soil.  They should be ready to plant out much earlier than if I would have started them in the plastic seed starting trays.  Much better for the environment, too.  I started soil blocking March 30th.

This is the equipment needed for soil blocking…

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I purchased the soil blocking mix, (the mix needs to be a special blend because you want the soil to stick together more than regular seed starting soil) seeds and tray from The Garnener’s Workshop.  The soil blocker I purchased from Johnny’s Seeds.  As you can see, I can get 40 seedlings on one 5×10 tray.

Lisa Mason Zeigler has great tutorials on her website and has written some very informative books on growing flowers. They are all listed on her website.

For the regular 72 cell seed starting kit, I filled the cells with wet (not dripping) seed starting soil, then seeded the tray.  I purchased my seed starting kits at Dollar General.

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I put the seed tray on a heat mat, purchased on Amazon, put the dome on that came with the 72 cell seed starter kit,  and within two days, yes, two days, 50% of the seeds germinated.  I then took the seeds off the heat mat and put it under regular shop lights.  The shop lights should be about 3″ above the seedlings.  Not all seeds will germinate that quickly. 

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Why a heat mat?  The room temperature in the spare bedroom that I’m growing my plants in (I don’t have a greenhouse) is about 68 degrees.  The soil temp in the seed tray is about 15 degrees cooler, so the heat mat brings the soil temperature up to about 70 degrees which is perfect.  Not all seeds want heat, so you need to read the back of the seed packets and research, research, research.

Why shop lights?  The seedlings need about 16 hours of light a day that way they won’t become too leggy.

I’ll fill you later with what made it and what didn’t…..

Talk to you soon!

Karen

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