Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Gardening Tips & Tricks

With the beautiful spring weather upon us, Careen, our decor manager, figured she'd give us a little in on some simple gardening tricks she's got up her sleeve. Here you go!

1. Can't figure out how to remove salt deposits from your clay pots? Mix equal parts of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water. Spray this mixture on the pot and then give it a good scrub. When they're dry they should be good as new!

2. We all hate getting dirt under our fingers. If you don't enjoy wearing gloves, grab a bar of soap and run your fingernails across it so it seals the underside with soap. Then when you're done gardening, use a nailbrush to remove the soap under your nails. Not only will you not have gotten dirt under them, but they'll be sparkling clean!

3. Struggling how to figure out where you want to lay your plants? Grab a long-handled gardening tool and place a tape measure next to it. Use a permanent market and write the foot and inches marks on it. Then when you go to space plants, you've already got your measuring device with you!

4. If you need a way to protect your plants from sudden overnight frost and wind, grab a little clay pot and turn it upside and cover your plant.

5. I bet you didn't know that 'vegetable soup' was good for your plants. The next time you boil or steam vegetables, use the left-over water to feed your greenery!

6. The easiest (and quickest) way to dry herbs is to lay them on a sheet of newspaper in your car. Then roll up the windows and close the doors. Come back in a little while and they'll be dried to perfection! Plus your car might just smell amazing.

Adapted from Paul James, the host of Gardening by the Yard. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Down To Earth Giveaway!

We are excited to announce that we've brought you another Instagram giveaway all thanks to Down to Earth! One lucky person is going to win this fabulous pair of white ceramic horse head bookends. These accent pieces are not only practical, but are practically fabulous--plus they make great conversation starters. They're sure to add to the character of your home. They're valued at $32.95 and they could be yours absolutely FREE

Here's what you've gotta do!

1. Find us and follow us on Instagram,gardnervillage.
2. Like that post and tag 3 friends in it who might also love these horse heads!
3. Follow down_to_earth_ on Instagram. 

Do these three simple steps and you're entered! We'll announce the winner on Thursday, April 3rd. You've got two weeks. Enter now!

Thanks again to Down to Earth for hosting this giveaway!

*Winner will be chosen at random.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Braids That Stay!

We love the wonderful creations The Bead Farm makes, and if you've ever taken a class there, we know what amazing teachers Callie and the rest of the crew are. Here's a quick tip Callie's got for us on how to make jewelry braids that stay! 

Whether you're into the Holidays or not, you'd best stop by The Bead Farm and snatch up something green for St. Patty's! And if there's nothing that catches you eye, make it yourself! 


Have you taken a class at The Bead Farm? Comment and tell us about your experience! 
For more details contact The Bead Farm 801.938.1995. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring Nail Polish Colors

With all the snow and ice staying up the in the mountains, spring is finally on it's way! Not only is it time to start switching out our winter parkas and beanies, but it's time to brighten up our nails! Here's are some beautiful spring color options available at Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon.

If you're all for the glitz and glam, you'll rock this pink glitter polish by Morgan Taylor.

This nice deep red has a little bit of glitter and is such a romantic color! Love it! It's called Ruby Pumps by China Glaze.

This is such a fun color by OPI! It's called Cope-acabana. What a fun name right? If you're looking for a bright yellow, we're sure this will bring your a little sunshine. 

If you don't want to go with something too bold, this is a great option. This is Amazon-Amazonoff by OPI. 

If you need a little green for St. Patty's day, try this bright green called In the Lime Light by China Glaze.

And we saved the best for last! This beautiful coral is called Live. Love. Carnaval. by OPI. This is definitely our top pick! 

These are such fun colors for your hands and toes! Call the talented ladies at Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon today and add a little spring to your style today!