Five inspiring things: homey tutorials for Craftmas and beyond

Right now, project-wise, I'm participating in Craftmas in July, Crochet Summer 2014, and Operation Houseplant. (OK, I'm the only one participating in this last one, but if you want to play along, it's simple - bring more houseplants into your life! Oh and try not to let them die. That's the hard part, at least for me.) Here are some lovely pieces of inspiration for all of my projects - I wanted to share them here in case you'd enjoy some of them as well!

I just love this pretty wood bead Christmas tree garland from The House that Lars Built.

See also: The Magic Onion's button garland. I would be so happy to have something like this on my tree! Maybe with little metallic buttons to reflect the lights? 

Definitely going to use this DIY Stenciled Tea Towels tutorial from Lovely Indeed to make some holiday tea towels (and maybe some everyday tea towels, too!). I have a big roll of freezer paper so I'll use that for the stencils, but I love her idea of using contact paper, as well.

I'm trying to propagate some succulents, following these instructions from Needles and Leaves. I hope it goes well - I can just picture our backyard peppered with succulents next summer, and how great would it be if they were all essentially free, and babied into whole plants from just leaves? 

I've been seeing crochet inspiration everywhere and I might need a window treatment like this in my life, don't you think? So cheerful, and could be a fun way to play with different motifs. (My link here goes to a pin of a specific window treatment picture, but I also dig the rest of the home pictured in this house tour on A Beautiful Mess.)

Bonus link: this lemonade icebox pie. I made a patriotic version for Independence Day, pictured at the top of this post. Super easy and really tasty. You know you can trust Taste of Home for any of your Cool Whip-including recipe needs, right? Sometimes you just gotta go there.