Your Fall Cleaning Action Plan

Spring cleaning gets all of the attention, but fall cleaning just might be more important to me. We travel a lot in the summer, and I tend to let chores slide. Add that to the thought of upcoming holiday parties or dinners, and I want my house sparkling from top to bottom. Does it always happen? No, but I like to try.

Southern Hemisphere: I know it's Spring for you, so check out my Spring Cleaning checklist if you'd like, and a collection of Spring Cleaning Pinterest boards to follow, here.

Northern Hemisphere: are you ready for a fall cleaning game plan? Let's get started.

1. When 
Decide when you want to start. Make time for this project. Choose a time when you have some free time on the weekends, or your days/evenings are a little less busy.

2. Length of Time
Decide if you're looking to tackle this whole thing in a week (or very ambitious weekend), or if you'd prefer to do one cleaning project a day, for 30 days. Print off your printable room-by-room or task-by-task fall cleaning checklist HERE.

3. What Do You Need?
Look over the cleaning supply list on your printable, HERE. Buy what you need before you get started on the cleaning tasks.

4. Do It Yourself
Make any cleaning supplies you plan to DIY. Read about cleaning with baking soda and vinegar HERE, and find out how to clean with lemons HERE.

5. Keep That Just-Cleaned Feeling Alive
After all of your cleaning, keep your rooms smelling fresh with DIY options such as homemade reed diffusers HERE; Peppermint and Vanilla room spray HERE; Apple Clove Pomanders HERE; or easy stove-top scents HERE.

6. Keep It Up 
Want to stay on a doable house cleaning schedule over the next few weeks/months to come? HERE is an ultimate cleaning schedule, along with a custom house cleaning printable to fit your own needs.

7. Mindful Living
Finally, if you find yourself in an endless cycle of decluttering, consider a change in lifestyle. This is something that I need to work on myself, so I'm not being preachy here. Living a more sustainable lifestyle, or a more mindful lifestyle, can go a long way towards keeping a home clean. Read what contributor Margie of Simple, Faithful, Open has to say about this shift in living; or consider Beginner Homesteading Tips from This Original Organic Life.

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Happy National Coffee Day!

Good morning! It's National Coffee Day! This day was actually scheduled as a holiday in my Planner when I bought it, so I knew this was coming for a while.

Below are six of my favorite coffee recipes from the blog. Some of them are extremely simple, while others are more a labor of love.

Whipped Cream Espresso

Iced Americano

Butterscotch Latte

Caramel Apple Latte

Iced Coffee Tutorial

French Toast Latte

Three Things I Love This Thursday: Watercolors, Cakes, and Evergreens

They're the top three things that I love this week. They may be sweet, smart, or good to eat...

► In October, my daughter is having her first birthday party with friends from school - every year before this has just been family and a couple close friends. We decided on an art-themed party because it's a colorful theme, and I can think of many "artsy" activities to keep the kids entertained. The hardest part was going to be the cake - until I saw this gorgeous confection on Sprinkle Bakes. It's a watercolor/painted graffiti look that I think would be perfect for my daughter (and would also be easy to cover up any mistakes!). Head on over to Sprinkle Bakes if you want the full tutorial.

► My home decor preferences have become a lot more earthy in the last year. Maybe it's been all of my time in northern Michigan this summer, but I would really love to see some evergreens in my living room. Society6 is my first stop for new wall art, and I am loving this print* by Tordis Kayma. If I do eventually get this image for my living room, it also comes in canvas format and as a wall tapestry. Decisions!

► Finally, I am sure I have talked about my Sakura Koi waterbrushes* here before, but this really is my new favorite tool. It's wonderful having a full tank of water, ready to paint, no matter where you go. It's also comforting to know I won't accidentally knock over my water cup, or dip my brush into my coffee (yikes). The part is that I love how the brush paints. My work has improved significantly, and I'm not really sure what it is about the brush that helped. I like the way this brush paints, and I recommend it to anyone. You can check it out on to see a video on using the brush, or get more details on Amazon*.

Free Printable Evergreen Patterned Paper

Welcome to day three of stationery week! Today, I am offering a little DIY for you.

If you follow me on Instagram or here on the blog, you know that I've been hard at work studying local plants; watercolor painting; and learning to digitize my work. Everything is coming together now, and I have many new printables on the way, most of which will be arriving in my new Etsy shop soon (but more on that later).

Today I am happy to share with you a sample from my collection of printable watercolor stationery and gift wrap. This is my "Evergreen Pattern in White". These printables will come in many different patterns and colors, all from my hand-painted watercolors.

This sample is one full page PDF, and I will show you how to create everything from note cards to gift tags, stickers, gift wrap and more below.

Click here to download and print your free watercolor evergreen paper sample!

To make a set of A2 size note cards, print the PDF at full-size, with borderless printing, on sturdy white card stock. Choose standard to high-quality print settings.

After printing, rotate the card stock to a landscape position. Cut all the way down the sheet, so you have two halves that are 5.5 inches wide. You can now fold the halves in half for a 5.5" x 4.25" note card, or trim 1/2" off the bottom of each half, then fold, for a 5.5" x 4" note card.

For envelope seals, print the pattern onto paper or white card stock. Use a 1 to 2 inch wide circle punch to cut as many circles as you would like. Run the circles through a Xylon sticker maker (usually $10 at craft stores).

Gift tags can be made with a gift tag punch, or by cutting the shape of your choices. Squares and rectangles work wonderfully for gift tags and don't require a shaped punch. For gift tags, the sturdier the card stock, the better. After cutting your gift tags, use a 1/8" hole punch at the top of the tag. A 1/4" punch will work as well, but don't go any bigger than that.

Use your favorite string to loop through the hole of each tag. My favorite is natural colored twine, although bakers twine, yarn, cotton string, etc. will work.

You can also make folding gift tags for gift tags by cutting rectangles, either 3" x 6" to fold in half for a 3" x 3" square note, or 2.5" x 5" for a 2.5" square note. These can also be hole-punched and threaded with string.

Finally, this paper makes great wrapping paper! Print on a thin, white printer paper. This is perfect for smaller gifts such as jewelry, stationery boxes, etc.

You can also use scraps of the paper to make bands of wrapping paper around things such as jewelry boxes, tied with natural twine.

This is just the beginning of the paper goods you could make with one printable! Please remember that this printable is for personal use only, and no for-sale products can be made with it. If you have an idea for a product you'd like to sell using this pattern, please get in touch with me and we can talk about the possibilities!

8 Stationery Themed Pinterest Boards to Follow

Love You Forever card by Ashley Pahl

Welcome to day two of Stationery Week here on She Makes a Home!

One of my favorite places to find new stationery is on Pinterest. From letter head to greeting cards, gift tags, handmade envelopes, calligraphy, labels, and invitations, it's easy to get lost on Pinterest. I've sorted through countless boards to find my eight favorite stationery-themed Pinterest boards for you to follow. (You can follow me on Pinterest, too - right here!).

Stationery by Oh So Beautiful Paper
This is a collection of fresh and modern greeting cards, papers, invitations, and more!
Follow Oh So Beautiful Paper's board Stationery on Pinterest.

Greeting Cards by Genna Byrne
An illustrator with a passion for quirky things, this board is a collection of whimsical greetings and uncommon finds by many artists.
Follow Genna Byrne's board Greetings Cards on Pinterest.

DIY Stationery and Stamps by Hello Nobo
Are you looking to make your own stationery? This board features many different paper crafting techniques, from simple to more involved work.
Follow Hello Nobo's board ☆ DIY | stationery and stamps on Pinterest.

Printable Stationery by Amanda Debenham
Make your life even easier with this Pinterest board filled with printable cards, gift tags, gift wrap, banners, and more!
Follow Amanda Debenham's board Printable Stationery on Pinterest.

Letter Writing and Pen Pals by the U.S. Postal Service
"Because letter writing never goes out of fashion..." This board has letter writing prompts; packaging ideas; card making ideas, etc.
Follow U.S. Postal Service's board Letter Writing & Pen Pals on Pinterest.

Letter Writing by Jennie @ Little Girl Designs
Jennie of Little Girl Designs wants to bring back snail mail and make mailboxes a happier place:
Follow Jennie @ Little Girl Designs's board Letter Writing on Pinterest.

Beautifully Addressed by Shanna Masters Designs
You have your card made or your letter written - now how are you going to address it? Find some inspiration here:
Follow Shanna Masters Designs's board Beautifully Addressed on Pinterest.

Wedding and Party Invitations by Meri
Many of my party themes have evolved from the invitation itself. Find hundreds of invitation styles, party color palettes, and theme ideas here:
Follow Meri's board Wedding & party invitations on Pinterest.
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