Don't you just love all of the things you can make and do with Mason jars? I have been wanting Mason jar solar lights since I saw them in a catalog three years ago, but for $40 a jar
there was no way I would allow myself to buy them. I knew I needed to figure out a way to make them myself. I bought some solar lights at the dollar store and was able to come up with my own Mason jar solar lights. Please visit my blog to see all of the details.
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Commented on Apr 21, 2013
Great idea. I have literally hundreds of vintage Mason Jars. I will definitely do this.
Ronnie R. You can get these for about 2 dollars at Walmart in the garden section. They already have batteries in them.
Here is what can be done with a typical backyard, where the grass struggles to survive. There was the sloped section that was covered with pinestraw. The existing plants were the
dogwood and the large masses of azaleas. We worked around those items to transform the yard. The homeowner wanted a patio space, and by pushing it out into the yard, it also becomes something that is beautiful to look at when inside the home.
We removed all the grass, and after adding several tons of different rocks, the homeowner has a new yard. The overall desire was to keep it looking very natural. The 400 groundcovers, 86 perennials, 48 shrubs, and 1 tree will now need to grow and fill in the areas. In just a couple years, I will have to return to take photos of the area as it matures.
Commented on Jan 28, 2013
I love the naturalization. When we first moved to our house over 25 years ago there was
nothing but red clay. Over the years we have stuggled with grass. As we began to age, each year I kill more grass and extend the naturalization area. In front we have small azaleas, lots of hostas, coral bells, and ferns. In the back I tried to make grass grow around a 4ft wide concrete deck on the far side of pool then naturalization.
After seeing this picture, I plan to take out more of the wooded area (not trees) and extend my space. Maybe I will transplant some of my wild "southern trillium" for the area.
The client wanted a rustic natural look. One way we did this is by not having any pool decking behind it and allowing the plant material to come right up to the pool's edge. We also
designed pockets of areas for planting on all sides of the pool to stay consistent with the natural look but kept the curved lines long and clean for the pool patio and stairs.
Commented on Jan 25, 2013
Love the pool and landscaping. We live on 36 acres and have left as many trees as possible.
Huge amounts of leaves and we can't afford a pool boy! However we do have a small deck which we plan on staining to look more natural. Also a new liner with gray and sand pebbles so it looks more like a pond.
This is one of my favorite projects that I've ever done because it proves a simple fact: Pretty decor doesn't have to be expensive (and in fact, it can be pretty cheap). I made this
chrysanthemum mirror using the cheapest plastic spoons I could find at my local grocery store. I glued them to inexpensive MDF wreath forms and then painted them with craft paint. Minimal cost with big impact. My kind of decorating! :-D
Quick no-sew velvety acorns for an easy fall project. I've seen velvet acorns sell for $3 each. Use fall colored pompoms instead and make 100 for under $3! http://plumdoodles.com/2012/09/30/how-to-mak...
With home values continuing to head in the wrong direction, I didn't want to spend money on a new vanity. Giving our standard vanity a furniture look seemed like a good compromise. I painted the toe kick black to give the illusion of space underneath. Added legs and designed and cut pieces to go between the legs. I like a french country look, but for a modern look, you could simplify the design. http://plumdoodles.com/2012/04/16/giving-a-s...