Guest Posting

Meet Someone New: Cathey from Cathey with an E

Before I get into my post for today... Can you believe it's been 12 years since the 9/11 attacks? I can still remember being in Mr. Cline's geography class as I heard the news. He turned on the tv and told us to watch because it would change history. I had no idea of the magnitude of that statement until later. Please continue praying for the families and friends who lost loved ones.

As I shared in my "Changes are Coming" post, I want to start featuring other bloggers around here. There are lots of awesome people in blog land, and it's time to meet them! So, I'm staring an ongoing series called "Meet Someone New." I even created a fancy image for it (above). Fun, right?

First up is Cathey from Cathey with an E! I absolutely love her pallet headboard and her Etsy shop, Tess and Ivy. In her shop, she takes vintage wood pieces like this:

and turns them into awesomeness with hand-painted dots:

I'm. in. love.

Anddd because she's so awesome, she's giving Revolutionaries readers 25% off all purchases during September! Just use the code "REVOLUTIONARIES25" at check out :) 

Okay, on to Cathey!

Hello Revolutionaries Readers! I'm Cathey from Cathey with an E. I'm a follower of Christ, a mother to a wonderful little boy, a Sunday school teacher and an organist at church, and recently opened a booth in an antique mall and an Etsy store! I'm honored to be able to share a guest post with you today. I hope you enjoy my tips, so let's get started!

There's nothing better than a lovely smelling home. The scent of fresh-picked flowers, bread baking in the oven, or a warm batch of cookies can make a house smell so wonderful and inviting. But keeping a constant supply of flowers or baking treats isn't always practical. And I'm not a fan of exposing my family to all the chemicals and artificial scents in most room fresheners.

So I started searching for an alternative.

One great tip involves raiding your fridge and pantry. Fill a pan with water and add a few foods and spices to create your own scent. Have fun trying out new combinations! I'll check in my fridge for any oranges, strawberries, lemons, or other fruits that are past their prime to toss in the water. Some lemon slices and little rosemary will smell wonderfully fresh. Orange slices, a little vanilla extract, and some cloves (ground or whole) will also smell great! Strawberries and a little basil or mint are a nice choice in the summer and spring.

If you don't have any fruit to use, you can simply add in a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract or some cinnamon to the water. When heated, your home will smell like you've been baking something fantastic.

I have to admit though, I'm not a big fan of leaving things unattended on the stovetop. I'll use the pan method if I'm going to be in the kitchen, but I don't feel safe leaving it heating if I'm busy around the house. I decided to pull out our mini crock pot (pictured below) that's normally used for making hot dips. I filled it with water and some of the choices mentioned above, and turned it on, leaving the lid off. It worked great! I felt safe leaving it, and just topped it off with water whenever I noticed it getting low.

These ideas will work great for scenting the living areas of your home, but I didn't want to plug in a slow cooker in bedroom, so I needed another solution.

I bought a lavender plant for my garden this past spring with no intention of actually using it; I just think it's a pretty plant! When I trimmed it back to encourage growth, I felt bad just throwing away the sprigs I had pruned. So I tied them together at the bottom of their stems, and hung them in my bedroom, hidden behind my headboard. I decided I would think of something to do with them after they had dried.

The hanging lavender and a few extra dried sprigs.

That night as I was falling asleep, I noticed a lovely calming scent. The lavender was adding a very subtle smell to my bedroom, and it was so relaxing. Once the sprigs were completely dry, I tucked them around my room. Some went behind chair cushions, some stayed behind my headboard, others were placed on shelves in my closet. One is even hidden behind my computer. They fill the room with a wonderful calming scent. It's not overpowering at all, just subtle and relaxing. I'll even take a dried sprig and rub it inside my pillow case. It breaks apart and gives my pillow a little extra lavender scent, making for perfectly sweet dreams! Now I keep a constant supply of lavender drying in my room, all from the one little fast-growing plant in my garden.

Other herbs and plants would work as well in the home. Lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, and various flowers could all be dried and used to scent rooms beautifully. Just tie them together at the bottom of their stems, and hang them until they're dry before hiding them around your home.

Have fun searching through your fridge, pantry, and garden to find inspiration for scent combinations. And be sure to share any great ones you come up with!

Thank you, Bonnie for having me on Revolutionaries!

Please feel free to visit my blog, Cathey with an E, or my Etsy store, Tess and Ivy.

Have a wonderful day!

Don't forget-- use the code "REVOLUTIONARIES25" to receive 25% off all purchases at check out during the month of September at Tess and Ivy :)

Want to be a part of Meet Someone New? Contact me!

Guest Post: Zografia from Bisozozo

Happy Friday! Hope you all have had a fantastic week! I'm still with the band at a student summer camp so I have another awesome guest post prepared for you from Zografia from Bisozozo. Not only does she have a cool name, but she lives in a cool place--Greece. Yes, Greece. Jealous? Me too. Here's Zografia with some awesome ideas from her site.


 Hi there Revolutionaries readers! I am Zografia from Bisozozo . I am currently a stay-at-home mom to be, waiting our first child to come to this world in late October. I started crafting for our new home and thought I'd share my works with the world! This is my first guest post, and I am a guest in one of the first blogs I started following when I entered blogging world! So, as you understand I am both thrilled and a bit terrified with guest posting! I thought I would share with you today some of my projects.  Are you ready?  Here we go...

First is my Plastic Spoon Pendant Lamp. I used a 10L plastic bottle and lots of plastic spoons! It was a tricky one to finish. I wanted the spoons to be in the same height, one next to the other, so I glued them and unglued them several times before I made it perfect. I used the feathers on top, because the spoons did not look nice on it.

 Next one, is the Toilet Paper Roll Wall Decor, I made for our dining place wall. It used to be bigger, but we took it down and my dear husband made a frame for it so the wall is free of  nails and we can take it down anytime.

Moving can not wait to see what comes next, I know! I know! Let's get serious now. A few days before our wedding, we finally had our new bedroom furniture delivered. Since our room is rectangle, I made a Room Divider, using the cardboard from a refrigerator box.  I mixed green and white paint to get various shades of that greenish color that came out and used flower stickers we had in the house as stencils, for the finishing touch!

I also spend my time experimenting with making my old clothes and shoes look like new. It's like a shopping therapy, but costs much less, right? One of the things I completely made over is an old skirt, which no longer fits, but I just loved it! So I made a Handbag out of it. I do not have a sewing machine so I did all the work by hand. And I am really pleased with the result!

And last, but not least, is a Denim Jacket, I gave a small retouch. Cut off the sleeves, added lace on them and new buttons and I am ready to go!

 I hope you give me the pleasure of  coming over at Bisozozo and, why not? Even follow me! Have a great summer everybody. Over here, in Greece, we will definitely have one!
Thank you for having me over, Bonnie.

Guest Post: Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth

Hello lovelies! I'm having an awesome time with the band this week at a student summer camp, and I hope you all are doing well! Today Elisabeth from Artistic Expressions is guest posting for me. I love Elisabeth because she has been a "follower" of my blog since the beginning. She always comments on my posts and is so very encouraging. I am so thankful for her and for all of you--you guys keep me going! Now, here's Elisabeth...

After my father passed, one of my doctors and his wife gave my mom and me each a gardenia plant.  The doctor's wife said that she chose this tree for us because of the white blooms.  Each bloom is to remind us of our loved one.  I absolutely love gardenias and am super excited to have one of my own.

It took a bit of thought to figure out where I would place this special plant, but finally I decided to place it on the perimeter of my yard, amongst the pines and mimosas so it can get the amount of sunlight it needs and a little bit of shade.

Here I am, gathering supplies, digging a hole according to the plant label and making sure it's deep enough to contain this plant.

Adding garden soil to my sandy soil, gently tapping the plant bucket to release the plant without harming the roots, planting and watering the gardenia, and finally adding mulch to help further contain the moisture.

I love the sweet smell of gardenias! 

I am very pleased with this location for my special gardenia.  I've been thinking that I might add to that little spot in my yard and make a miniature memory garden.  But for now, I'm heading over to my mom's house to plant her gardenia bush.