Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing January

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

Sky Lark House Monthly Unboxing

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!

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Forcing Bulbs in Winter

Forcing Bulbs in Winter

Now that Christmas has been put back into the box, I need something to inspire me. Something to remind me that spring will arrive. If I am feeling this way, then some of you are probably in the same boat. So here is a post on forcing bulbs in winter. This is an easy and affordable way to bring flowers into your home. Just looking at the photos of flowers brings me cheer.

Collecting Vintage Mercury Glass Ornaments

Mercury glass Christmas Ornaments

As we transition into a new year, It is a great time to look for and collect those vintage Christmas items that you can use at the end of 2024. I know. We just finished with Christmas and I am already talking about preparing for Christmas of 2024. However, you can get the best deals and find some great Christmas ornaments between now and August.

One of the questions I get from people is how to identify vintage mercury glass ornaments. In this post I show you what to look for, how to determine the country an ornament was made in and how to estimate its age.

How to Make a Bottle Brush Tree Wreath

Bottle brush tree wreath for Christmas

Have you seen those bottle brush tree wreaths by Anthropologie? I loved them but not the price tag. So, I figured I would show you how to make one yourself and save a bunch of money in the process. You can read all about making a bottle brush tree wreath in this post.

In related news

This time of year, my attention turns towards the interior of my home. I am always looking for inspiration for future projects. This tour of a beautiful Georgian home in England offered all kinds of inspiration.

Speaking of Britian, one of my favorite gardeners, Monty Don offers some great advice on things you can do in and for the garden during the month of January.

The swedish designer, Hannes Mauritzon has the most inspiring Instagram account. I could spend hours getting lost in the images on his feed.

Stacie Taylor Moore also has a stunning Instagram account. She also offers some great DIYs.

This post has some great tips for organizing and decluttering your home if you don’t have many closets.

This post shares some home organizing essentials which would be useful for all of us.

We could all use a little peace and presence in our lives, right? This post shares some valuable insights on learning to be present and discovering the beauty around you.

During the winter season, I usually switch up my home decor and bring in materials that feel warm and cozy. This post has some great tips for winter home decor.

Finally, this post lists some fun things to do in the month of January.

Hand-Picked Faves

Hand Picked 4 You

I got together with some of my favorite bloggers and we are sharing our 4 favorite finds for the coming month.

Anna from Sky Lark House

These favorite finds are items that I have purchased, use and enjoy.

  • The month of January is all about organizing and cleaning. I purchased this pack of bar mop kitchen towels and loved them so much – I bought them for my Mom and Sister. They are a game changer since they are soft, absorbent and the perfect size for wiping down just about anything. At the time of writing this – they are about $24 for a pack of 12.
  • We have 2 dogs and now that it is winter and it gets dark early, we end up walking them at night. Also, since we live in the northeast, it’s usually 20 degrees or colder outside. So, when I found these warm, water repellent coats with reflective tape for our dogs, I could not buy them fast enough. Now our dogs are warmer, drier and can be seen easier.
  • Using dull scissors in the kitchen makes me crazy and it isn’t safe. Finally, I purchased these Kitchen Aid Scissors and they are great. It makes me wonder why it took me so long to order them when they were less than $10.
  • For the last year I have been mixing collagen powder into my morning coffee. Now I can’t imagine living without this supplement. My nails, skin and hair have definitely improved. As someone who is 50 years old, it’s something I can’t live without.

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware has a fabulous blog where she shows you how to refurbish furniture and repurpose thrifted items.

Cindy of Reinvented Delaware
  • Over the Christmas holiday, we visited our kids who live out of state. Their guest room was perfect especially since they had the most comfy memory foam mattress topper on the bed! We slept like babies. Our sound machine helped too!
  • Yep, we took our sound machine! Have you tried sleeping with one of these? They are amazing! You won’t hear any sounds that you don’t want to hear! Of course, I took my pillow. I do not leave home without it!
  • I’ve decided to start walking daily again. I did it for 3 years straight then broke the habit. January will be the month to begin. As soon as I am over this sickness! A new pair of sneakers, some warm exercise pants and one of these shirts with a slit for your thumb to hold the shirt sleeve down will be the perfect motivation!
  • Winter means soup season around here. I cook a pot of soup on Saturday afternoons and hubby and I have food for the whole weekend! My fave is an enamel-covered cast iron dutch oven. This pot is the perfect soup pot not to mention it roasts a chicken and you can make sourdough bread in it! Seriously, it’s the perfect pot!

Regina from Saved From Salvage

Regina is also a fellow refurbisher of furniture. Her blog, Saved From Salvage , is full of inspiration and great craft ideas.

Regina Saved from Salvage

Regina can’t join us this month. However if you head on over to her blog, she has all kinds of inspiration.

Lora from Lora Bloomquist

If you love vintage and antique items, Lora Bloomquist has some inspiration for you. Her blog Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder is full of ideas for repurposing and reusing these items.

Lora Bloomquist

  • For the last year and a half I’ve been living the fasting lifestyle. I’ve been able to reverse my Type 2 diabetes and my insulin resistance! My body is healing from the inside out. If you’re up for getting healthy in this new year, THESE little packets will help you do long fasts. If you want to learn more about fasting, I’ve got a few of my favorite reads HERE.
  • If you think you’re an introvert and want to get to know yourself better, THIS faith-based Christian workbook has been so wonderful this past year. Holly Gerth is one of my favorite authors and she hits the nail on the head with guiding introverts into their God given strengths.
  • Has the January organization bug hit yet? I’ve been wanting to get my office/studio clean and organized for the new year and THIS handy iron/ironing board organizer has been great to conserve floor space.
  • Organizing craft supplies in an aesthetic way is always a challenge. THESE stackable, clear bins have been perfect to organize all my ribbons and twine by color. I can see exactly what I have and they all fit on one shelf. If you’re an out of sight, out of mind person, these will help so much!

In Closing . . .

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I am so excited to embark upon 2024 and I can’t wait to see what it offers.

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  1. These are some of my favorite posts because I always learn so much, discover new products most of which are total time savers which I definitely appreciate. I’m definitely with you on the collagen powder. I’ve been using it in my coffee for years and couldn’t imagine life without it. Can’t wait to check out the rest of your links and follow along on all your adventures in the new year. Big hugs and thank yous for sharing my organizing favorites. I really appreciate it, CoCo

  2. Great post Anna! So many great links to other posts! I’m interested in the Collagen Peptides. My daughter-in-law using it and loves it too! It’s always great shopping with you my friend!

    1. Thanks Cindy. I highly recommend the collagen powder. It’s an easy way to start your day with protein!

  3. Think I need to try using collagen powder if it will help my nails grow better! Great idea. And yes, kitchen scissors work so much better than knives for many tasks; glad you got some. So many great ideas!

  4. Hi Anna! Just wanted to say Happy New Year! Can’t wait to delve deeper into your links! Thanks for sharing such fabulous inspiration each month! Blessings, Donna

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