Locker Bin Gift Basket

Hi, Friend - Sorry for being AWOL lately. Haven't been healing the way I had hoped. Assumed I'd be running at least a few miles per day. Instead, I've been cradling my abdomen and trying to remember not to break into a jog. Healing is a slow, frustrating process that's sapping me of energy, optimism and inspiration.

But maybe things will look a little brighter tomorrow ;-).

These super-cute metal Locker Bin organizers were at Wal-Mart last week. $4.88 each. They actually each come with a cardboard shelf, adding height and making them perfect for assembling gift baskets!

I tried to find a variety of items to hit the sweet, salty and sour taste buds. Also looked for items of varying size/shape/height.

 I was able to use the slots on each end to stuff money under the cardboard shelf ... since I had forgotten to put the money in there before adding all the food :-/.

DIY Splendid Sun-Kissed Summer Idea List

Parades, barbecues and bonfires on the beach. Summer is short here in Minnesota.

Let's make it sweet.


Fairy Garden - Credit: Arts & Crackers

Solar Powered Fairy House - Credit: Creative Green Living

Burlap BBQ Decorations - Credit: About Family Crafts


Grow Your Own Butterflies - Credit: The Homespun Hydrangea

Camping Scavenger Hunt - Credit: Crunchy Frugalista

DIY Backyard Splash Pad - Credit: Life With Captain Fussybuckets


Crowd-Pleasing Caprese Panzanella Salad - Credit: The Girl In Bloor

Heart- Healthy Tabouli with Quinoa & Sprouts - Credit: Sweep Tight

Peach & Spinach Salad - Credit: Creative Green Living

Spicy Lemongrass Chicken - Credit: Blueberry & Basil

Grilled Salmon Sandwich - Credit: Peas & Crayons

Grilled Steak with Easy Chimichurri Sauce - Credit: Home Cooking Memories


Peach Pie Popsicles - Credit: DIY Candy

Homemade Slushie Floats - Credit: Amanda's Cookin'

Quick Note: These pictures are linked to their creators. Please Pin and share from their site, not mine :-). Muslin & Merlot is a member of the Craft and Food Round-Ups Facebook Group. Images are used and credited with group permission.

Ampersand Hand Kite

I found this cute little wooden ampersand at Walmart. $1!

I've seen hand-kites with ribbon wrapped around wooden rings. They're fun for kids to run with and twirl around. I thought it would be neat to use different shapes. This is also a cute way to store your ribbons! Just add a hook somewhere in your craft corner and hang it for all to see :-).

Flagging Tape for Tic Tac Toe or other Yard Games!

Summer is officially here! It's time for BBQ's and yard games!

We packed up the car and celebrated Father's day in the park. I needed to come up with a space-saving way to play games without spray-painting the grass.

Enter: Flagging Tape. It's the tape contractors use around the perimeter of their job sites. I used landscaping pins to hold down the ends. Landscaping pins can be found right next to the weed-control landscape fabric. Ask a store associate to direct you to the area where they sell "Caution" tape. Both items are super cheap!

Have fun!

Easy Shirt 'n Tie Father's Day Gift Bag

Here's an easy gift bag idea! Fun for the kids to make :-). Sorry about the picture quality :-(.

  • Paper sandwich bag
  • Scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape