Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing February

The purpose of the “Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing” post is to highlight some of the more popular posts shared during the previous month. We are unboxing all the DIYs, vintage items, antiques, furniture makeovers and crafts shared during the previous month. Basically, I am “unpacking” information shared within the last 30 or so days.

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Sky Lark House Unboxing February 2024

I am also collaborating with some other amazing bloggers and we are sharing our handpicked favorite finds with you.

I will also be sharing some posts, information and events from around the web that you may be interested in. So, let’s get started!

Sky Lark House Monthly Unboxing

The Upstate Update

Truth be told, this past month was challenging for me. There were some big changes that took place for Sky Lark House. At the end of 2023, I knew I needed to make some changes because I was worn down and feeling burned out. (Many of you can probably relate). So, to simplify my life and ensure that I am giving you, my dear readers, the best content possible, I made some big changes. First, I closed my antique booth. It was a heart wrenching decision but I found that I could not work full time, run an antique booth and blog consistently. Further with the economy slowing down last year, so did the sales of my inventory. Something had to go.

Also, if you have been participating in our Home Imagined Link Parties, then you know that our group had decided to discontinue hosting them. It is sad to see our link party dis-ban but I know it’s the right decision for everyone. The silver lining is that now, I will have more time to bring you more content. I am hoping to be able to provide you with a new post every week.

It’s a new year and there are definitely a lot of changes taking place. Although some of the decisions are tough to make now, I believe in the long run these choices will serve you and me, well.

In the mean time, here are some things you may be interested in from the blog.

How to Dye Ribbon

How to Dye Ribbon

It was so much fun to write this post on dying ribbon. If I knew it would be this easy, I would have done this so much sooner. This is such an easy way to put your personal stamp on a gift. It’s also a ton of fun to experiment with different dye colors, types of material to dye and the length of time material remains in a dye bath.

Easy Heart Wreath

Easy Heart Wreath

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Truthfully, Valentine’s Day always catches me by surprise. One minute I am putting away the Christmas tree and then the next thing I know Valentine’s Day is two days away. Then I generally panic. While I can’t say that I have Valentine’s Day all figured out this year (I don’t) – I can share this super easy heart wreath with you. Anyone can make it and it only takes 30 minutes. Seriously. Oh, and, yes that’s a hand dyed ribbon you see in the photo hanging the wreath.

Easy Heart Garland

Easy Heart Garland 1

Speaking of easy Valentine’s Day projects, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t share this easy heart garland. It requires purchasing only one item to make it and you can usually buy that one item from the local Dollar Store. Get ye to the Dollar Store – quick!

DIY Cupid Arrows

Valentine's Day Arrows

Speaking of the Dollar Store – did you notice that they have a craft section? I found this cute set of wooden arrows at my local Dollar Store and gave them a quick makeover. Then I used them to adorn some Valentine’s Day gifts. Wouldn’t these arrows look cute tied together with some hand dyed ribbon?

Collecting Butter Pats

Antique Butter Pats

Although I no longer have a booth in which to sell vintage and antique items, I still plan to share my knowledge about antiques and vintage items with you. One of my most popular posts last year was on collecting butter pats! I am always pleasantly surprised when I learn what you like to read and what you find informative. Butter pats are fabulous to use on a charcuterie board. You can fill them with olives, nuts, craisins, honey, and more. I don’t know about you – but I love a good charcuterie board for Valentine’s Day. Mostly because it doesn’t require a lot of cooking or clean up.

In related news

In less than 2 weeks, it will be Valentine’s Day. I always struggle with ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day. So I took some time to scour the internet for ideas and inspiration to share with you.

Nicolle shares a recipe for crock red velvet hot chocolate.

Then there are these heart shaped cinnamon rolls.

My friend Emily made these adorable handmade fabric Valentine’s envelopes.

I love these ideas for DIY flower bouquets you can create for Valentine’s Day.

I am hooked on the show In With The Old – it’s on the Magnolia network and tells the story of people who buy old buildings to give the structures a new life.

Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? If so you might like to read about February Garden Chores.

This is a lovely tour of an outdoor garden in France during the month of February.

Here are 7 simple beautiful table setting ideas for those of you who will celebrate Valentine’s Day at home.

Finally, here is information about collecting vintage Valentine cards.

Shopping with Friends

I got together with some of my favorite bloggers and we are sharing our recent favorite finds.

Anna from Sky Lark House

These are my favorite finds for the month.

  • With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this Mango Wood Heart Tray with a gold leaf interior is perfect. I love the natural wood and the subtle nod to Valentine’s Day.
  • This Natural Handled Farmhouse Cheese Board is gorgeous and can be used as a charcuterie board. Hello Valentine’s Day!
  • My MIL gave me this hand lotion and I love it. Winter can leave your skin really dry. Udderly smooth hand cream absorbs fast without a greasy residue.
  • If you do have a charcuterie board, I highly recommend this Divina Fig Spread Jam. Normally, I am not a fan of fig jam but this one I love. Plus, it’s nice to use for a special occasion.
  • Finally, I love using candles- especially those made by Antique Candle Company. This bundle of 4 large 12 oz candles is perfect as we transition to spring. Shipping is also free!

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Cindy has a fabulous blog where she shows you how to refurbish furniture, repurpose thrifted items and gives you ideas for your home decor. Here are Cindy’s favorite finds.

Cindy of Reinvented Delaware
  • My kids bought me some new jammies for Christmas and I had to share them with you! The fabric is unreal! Soft, not heavy and so warm & cozy! The company is called Little Sleepies and they make matching jammies for families. I have one pajama top and one pajama bottom in the Blue Rainbows. The best part is the tops and bottoms come separately which is perfect if you wear two different sizes like me!
  • On Wednesday this week, I went thrift shopping with one of my sisters and she was telling me about these cool silicone freezing molds. One of my other sisters had told her about them so she got them in several sizes. The 1 cup size is in my Walmart cart now and I can’t wait to get it for the next time I want to freeze homemade chicken stock! It’s the little things that make me smile!
  • My dentist recently told me the best way to keep plaque off of your teeth is to use a powered toothbrush twice a day. So that’s a goal of mine this year. I’ve used a battery-powered toothbrush for years but admittedly, I’ve only used it in the mornings. I use a regular toothbrush at night. The powered toothbrush has a timer and will remind you to brush for 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth. It’s super helpful for clean teeth and so cheap at $25!
  • Are you dreaming of gardening yet? I’ve been browsing the seed catalogs lately and I’m excited to start planting! Zinnias are on my radar so I will be needing some new flower snips. While I am at it, I think I will replace my herb snips too. I’ll keep those in the kitchen since my herb garden is just outside of the kitchen window.

Lora from Lora Bloomquist

If you love vintage and antique items, Lora Bloomquist has some inspiration for you. Her blog is full of ideas for repurposing and reusing these items. Here are Lora’s favorite finds.

Lora Bloomquist
  • My friend Stacy from Bricks n’ Blooms just published her first gardening book and it is amazing! Her photography is gorgeous and she has the best tips for turning your yard into a flower bouquet-filled dream! I got a preview copy and have been soaking it up. You can find “A Beautiful and Easy Care Flower Garden” HERE.
  • We have had no winter here in MN and now the grass is getting green! The birds think it’s Spring, so I’m ready to pull out all the bird decor! I picked up this cute Blue Jay paint-by-number last weekend at an antique store. Find vintage bird PBN’s HERE. Or get your own kit to paint HERE.
  • I’m in the project mood and I’ve always wanted to learn how to reupholster. This little stool is getting a cottage makeover. This basic set of upholstery staple remover tools is going to make the job so much easier. You can find the set HERE.
  • Springtime weather gets me in the mood for botanical art. I picked up these framed prints and this fern poster last weekend. Think it’s time to decorate the mantel with a botanical vibe. You can find botanical art HERE and HERE.

Lynn from Living Large in a Small House

On her blog, Lynn shares all the things that make a house a home. She has DIYs, recipes, home decor ideas, gardening suggestions and more. Here are Lynne’s favorite finds.

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. If you are hosting or heading to someone’s home for the game, here are a few things you might need.

  • I’m planning on making chili and I love my slow cooker and it will keep the chili warm throughout the whole day.
  • Serving all the toppings in a chili bar style is my favorite way to enjoy this meal. I love these little white bowls for all the fixings.
  • A charcuterie board is a must for us for any event. I love this board from Target.
  • It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl Party without wings. I will load up this white tray with a few dozen.

Diane from South House Designs

Diane shares information about entertaining, recipes, outdoor living and DIYs. She is known for her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Here are Diane’s favorite finds.

Last month, I refreshed our home, now I’m desperate for some closet refresh — Let’s start with the hardest part of our wardrobes. Yes, how about a collective sigh for pants shopping!!!

Pants — nothing worse to find, right? Until now — I’m excited to share my “Feminist Pants” (okay that’s what I call them). Finally there is a US firm that is designing and selling beautifully constructed pants (and I’m super picky) (made in China) in 5 lengths in every size and great pockets!!! Yes, we finally can order pants made for women but with all the features men have been enjoying for eons!!! FIVE lengths!!!! It’s like custom-tailored at ready-made prices.

  • I love these joggers – perfect in between tight yoga pants and baggy sweat pants. I had to return mine for a shorter length forgetting that a jogger should end short of your shoes. Easy peasy return! And six great colors.
  • And they have bootcut yoga pants that think they’re dress pants — comfortable enough for the gym, made for the office! 4 Colors, 5 Lengths
  • And for on top, I’m loving this lightweight V-neck “Henley” — the buttons, the cuffs! I’m layering it over a thin long sleeve T, now. But Henley’s weight on its own will be perfect for me into Summer. With 18 colors, it’s hard to decide the next one (or two) I’ll order.
  • I’m overdue for some waterproof puddle jumping, wading (and gardening) boots. Loving these, now to decide between the bright lake blue and the matte lake blue.

Cindy from County Road 407

Cindy has a blog that focuses on pursuing a country life and her love of decorating in a vintage, repurposed, farmhouse style. She offers decorating tips, DIY project and recipes among other things on her blog. Here are Cindy’s favorite finds.

  • I’m trying to talk the Mister into painting our blue kitchen walls. I agree, it wasn’t the best decision but in my defense, that was way back when I was working with dog puke gold walls in the rest of the house. Anyway, with those newly painted walls comes a whole new look for the breakfast area as well.  I thought these Cafe Curtains would be super cute because they’ll let in a lot of light and hide the grill sitting outside on the patio.
  • I know a tension rod isn’t the normal go-to for hanging curtains.  But I have 3 reasons why this Brass Tension Rod is the way to go.  First, if I used a regular rod, the poles would be the height of my stomach (hips for most people) and the area around the table is a little tight so stabbing myself on a daily basis with the end of the rod isn’t ideal.  Second, these will make the Mister happier because we aren’t drilling more holes in the walls which means less heavy sighing.  And third, I like how close the edge of the rod will sit inside the window allowing the curtain to cover the entire window.
  • We’ve lived in this particular house since 2009 and have used a rug only 3 times during the winter to help with the cold tile.  It was always a cowhide I’ve had for years and it never really helped.  This time, I’d like to try a real rug.  Our table is oval shaped and because I’d like to keep things neutral and durable, this Oval Jute Rug fits the bill.  And look how inexpensive it is!  Definitely worth trying.
  • Anyone else have a bar area where the wall underneath looks like poop with scuff marks and dirt?  I’ve practically scrubbed the paint off trying to clean it.  I’ve decided to try Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper instead of repainting.  It’s a small area so the cost will be minimal.  It’s easy to install and because of the neutral color, it will make an exciting but subtle statement.  And I’m not worried about rips or tears since nothing has been that damaging in 15 years.
  • In Closing . . .

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    14 Comments

    1. So much great information. I made some of the same decisions at the beginning of 2023 and while tough it was the right move. I’m making even more changes in 2024 🙂 – The candle bundle is such a great deal. I love Antique Candles!

      So nice to shop with you this week!

      1. I would love to learn more of you changes Lynn. Blogging really forces us (me) to ask some tough questions about my time, what I want, and where I want to go. Thank you for stopping by.

    2. You are a girl after my own heart. I have searched and searched for butter pats and there are none to be found around me or within 3 hours of my home! None! It’s terrible. I could always use Etsy but I’m cheap! 😉 Love the Valentine crafts and the dyed ribbon is fabulous. We dyed so many things for my daughter’s wedding but not ribbon. I’ll have to do that next time. Thank you for including me. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      1. Oh my gosh. We have to solve that butter pat problem!! How can that be?? Dying ribbon was so much easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for stopping by Cindy!

    3. Hi Anna- for the record I just love your content. Your decision to close the antique booth must have been a tough one. I can imagine the challenges of juggling a full-time job, running a booth, and consistently blogging. How did you come to the conclusion to make these changes, and what aspects of blogging are you most excited to focus on now that you have more time?

      1. Hi Betty – thank you for stopping by. Blogging has the potential to reach so many more people who align with my niche. I found it was difficult to reach the same number of people in an antique store. I am hoping to provide more in-depth content in the coming year.

    4. Excited to see all the happy changes that are taking place in your life sweet friend! I know it wasn’t an easy decision by any stretch but I’m proud of you for taking the leap and doing what you feel is best. These unboxing posts are some of my favorite posts and I love that you’ve added additional faces that inspire and delight. Can’t wait to dive into these links and to follow along on all your new adventures sweet friend. Big hugs, CoCo

      1. Thanks for stopping by and reading the post CoCo! It always makes me happy when you tell me that a post is useful or inspiring to you. As always, I appreciate your support and kindness.

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