DIY Sun-Dyed Leaf Tote

      Take fall with you wherever you go.

Remember making things with leaves when you were young? This Sun Dyed Leaf Tote DIY is a great way to get back into making. 

 

 

  • Leaves

  • Paintbrush

  • A little bit of sunshine

MATERIALS & TOOLS

  • Tote Bag

  • Tape

  • Water

  • Inkodye

INSTRUCTIONS

First, it's important to find a shady area to prepare your project. Really, keep it out from the sun. At least for now. Then begin by taping down your bag's edges.

Mix a one-to-one ratio of water and Inkodye, and get painting! Give the whole bag a nice coat. Sidestrokes, up and down, a little diagonal action here and there– whatever gets the job done.

Lay leaves down on the ink side of the tote in whatever pattern you like. There's no right or wrong way to do it.

Take your tote bag out in the sun and let it tan for around eight minutes. Then just remove the leaves, and you're ready to leave. Err, go.

DIY Floral Napkin Ring

The only thing we love more than the garden is having a flowery piece of it brightening up our get-togethers. Mum—short for Chrysanthemum—is one of our new fall faves, and we’re so excited to cheer up our dining room with this light and spicy scent. Scroll through for all the making steps.

 MATERIALS & TOOLS

• Fresh Flowers
• Sprigs
• Napkins

• Steel rings
• Scissors
• Floral Tape

 
 

Trim the stem to approximately 2 inches and remove any extra leaves.

 
 
 
 

Holding a ring in one hand, wrap the first flower stem around the ring using floral tape. There’s no such thing as the right amount of tape—as long as the flowers stick!

 

Let that ring bloom by adding more and more flowers. Tack on all your faves! Pop some sprigs on there to add more color to your ring.

 

Use a spray bottle to mist the flowers with water, then store them in a cool room for a few hours before setting them out.

 

Slide a napkin through the ring and you’re all guest ready for your get-together.

Plant Something Day

 Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products are inspired by the garden, which is why we’re inspired to make the world a greener place. This spring, Mrs. Meyer’s rolled up our sleeves and celebrated Plant Something Day by—you guessed it—planting! We came together as one big 800-person family in Chicago and Minneapolis to brighten the earth one flower at a time.

 Chicago was oh-so much fun. There’s nothing better than being out in the sun, getting your hands in the dirt and helping to make something beautiful.

 
 

From pulling weeds to planting herbs, the whole community came to the garden and got to work. It wasn’t always easy, but the reward was worth it. 

Then we gave our hands a little reward as well by scrubbing up with garden-inspired scents.

 
 

In Minneapolis, we’re proud to say we donated $4,000 to support local community gardens! But we did so much more than that - we introduced hundreds of people to local community gardens and encouraged everyone to plant something of their own.

We donated to the American Community Gardening Association for every order placed on MrsMeyers.com for a couple of months. With the money we donated, Mrs. Meyer's helped brighten communities and neighborhoods with beautiful gardens for everyone to enjoy together. We’ll keep making our world better one garden at a time.

 

Easy-to-make Summer Recipes that Pop and Sing


There’s only one thing I adore more than cooking and eating delicious food, and that’s cooking and eating delicious food with friends.  My dear friend Grace Bonney and I decided we needed to throw a little gathering to celebrate good times and bright days with this fun and easy menu.

Entertaining in the warm summer weather is my favorite. There’s always so much fresh produce, and so many vibrant colors and flavors that pop and sing.  Grace told me that she is going to start her summer decorating with a lemon stamped DIY table runner, lemon place cards, and lovely bouquets from the grocery store that she’s amping up with a little of her own creative zing.  Taking all of that into consideration I developed a menu with a nod to Asian fare because I just adore bright and spicy Asian flavors! All of these recipes are easy, approachable, and impressive for guests.


SWEET PAUL’S THAI ICED TEA

Serves 10


Directions:
1. Brew the tea with the spices for 5 minutes and strain into a pitcher.
2. Start by adding sugar a little at a time until you think it’s sweet enough. Allow it to cool completely.
3. Fill glasses with ice. Pour in the tea and add about 4 tablespoons of  half and half in each glass. Stir and serve.


FLOWER POT BREAD

Makes 4 mini loaves

Directions:
1. Soak flower pots in water for at least 1 hour.
2. Heat the oven to 400°F.
3. Mix yeast, honey, and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be frothy after 5 minutes—if not the yeast is dead and you have to start over.
4. Add the rest of the water, the flour, oil, and salt and mix until you have a smooth dough.
5. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it rise until double its size, about 40 minutes.
6. Fill each pot with some dough about ¾ the way full.
7. Bake until golden for about 20 minutes.
8. Cool on a wire rack and serve with cilantro dipping oil.


COLD NOODLE SALAD WITH SPICY ALMOND BUTTER DRESSING

Serves 4

Directions:
1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions and allow to cool completely.
2. For the sauce, combine almond butter, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
3. Add the noodles, carrots and edamame, give it a light stir and serve with cilantro, lime and a pinch of red chili flakes.


BÁNH MÌ

Serves 10

Chicken Version
Directions:
1. Stir together mayo and sriracha in a small bowl. Spread it on both sides of the baguette.
2. Add lettuce, chicken, carrot, cucumber, some salt and chili and finish with a little lemon juice.
3. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.

 

Vegetarian Rutabaga Version
Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the rutabaga until golden on each side. Season with salt, pepper and chili.
2. Stir together mayo and sriracha in a small bowl and spread on both sides of the baguette.
3. Add lettuce, rutabaga , carrot, cucumber, some salt and chili and finish with a little lemon juice.
4. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.


RICE PUDDING IN A JAR WITH MANGO

Serves 6

Directions: 
1. Heat the coconut milk and whole milk until they are just below a boil
2. Add the basmati rice and keep at a low simmer, stirring frequently, until the pudding has thickened and the rice is tender, about 25 minutes
3. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let cool to room temperature and chill in the refrigerator, at least 4 hours.
4. Just before you’re ready to serve, place the mangos, lime zest, lime juice, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Give it all a stir and let sit 10 to 15 minutes
5. Serve the chilled coconut pudding in individual jars with a healthy spoonful of the mangos on top and a sprig of mint.


A Q&A with Sallie Dale, Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker

 

 

Sallie Dale is our first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker. She won our hearts and our Home Maker Hunt with her charming felt flower wreath DIY. Today, she spends her time living in Oklahoma with her husband, cat, puppy and six chickens. When she’s not busy teaching group fitness classes, she’s hoping to inspire Makers everywhere with DIYs on her blog, The Urban Acres. 

How does it feel to be the first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker? 

It’s pretty surreal — to enter a contest with so many talented people and get selected is so crazy. I’m still pinching myself and wondering if this is real life.

How did you hear about The Hunt for the First-Ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker? 

I heard about the Mrs. Meyer’s competition from my friend, Courtney. Thanks, Courtney! She Instagrammed it to me and a couple other friends, so I watched the recruitment video and thought maybe I’d have a chance of becoming the first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker. So I entered and, wouldn't you know, I actually did win!

How did you decide what you wanted to make and share? 

I saw these beautiful felt flower bouquets on the Internet and wanted to bring the concept to life in a way that made sense with the other items in my home, so I thought of a wreath. 

Was there a defining moment when you knew you had a talent and passion for Home Making? 

My mom has always made a huge impact in my life, as far as Home Making. She was a full-time Home Maker, so I always had that influence. My mom was always crafting and cross-stitching and got me involved in her projects at a very early age.

How do you come up with Home Making projects and from where do you get your inspiration?  

I’m so inspired by other people. I love seeing what they’re making on Pinterest and the Internet. Then, I think about how I can change and evolve it to make it my own. My home also inspires me to make every day. I’m always looking for ways to make it better and cozier. And, of course, nature — I’m constantly inspired by being outdoors.

What was the first DIY you attempted to make? 

My first DIY was paper dolls when I was very little. I would go to my sister’s office and try to sell them to people for candy. As an adult, my first craft was learning to knit. I made a pair of socks and was super excited about it.

If you could be a Mrs. Meyer’s product, which product would you be and why? 

I would be the Honeysuckle Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner because I love Honeysuckle and I like to think I’m pretty multi-purposed.

How do you feel about getting to collaborate with our influencers, Paul Lowe and Grace Bonney? 

I’m super excited to collaborate with them. It’s crazy! I can’t believe I get to create DIYs with them! It’s awesome to meet people that are DIY pros.

Mrs. Meyers celebrates Home Making successes, but also the projects that didnt turn out as planned, or that took quite a few tries to get right. Do you have any stories about this? 

I have a really great story for this. I like to call these projects “DIYs gone awry.” The first time I made sugar cookies didn’t go according to plan. I was so confident that I was going to do it right the first time, so I made them. My husband comes home and says, “Were you making cookies with ZuZu.” And ZuZu is our 5-year-old niece. I told him, “No, I made them.”  And he asked, “Did you make them with your feet?” 

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to make a perfect DIY. What’s your advice to Home Makers who may struggle to get over the hump of perfection? 

I think if you struggle with perfection you need to change the way you think about it. If you get it right every time, you’re missing out on an opportunity to grow. You learn a lot from failure. 

What advice would you give to other Home Makers looking to showcase their Making acumen? 

If you’d like to showcase your skills and get your DIYs out there, you need to start a blog or an Instagram. It’s so easy and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you don’t believe it, go to someone’s blog and look backwards. Their most recent posts will be much better than their initial posts. You just have to start — just do it!

What do you hope to accomplish over the next year as the First-Ever Mrs. Meyers Home Maker? 

I’d love to show people how to make a simple handmade home and give Home Makers ideas they can take and make their own.