Published June 3rd, 2012 2:24 PM
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My brother is a pro gardener, and many moons ago, he shared how he professionally edged flower beds. I decided to implement his method into my own garden, and boy... I can't believe the instant difference it made! So I decided to write a blog post on his method, showing all the steps, not thinking too much about it after the thought.Well, that one hot sunny day of picture shooting turned out to be a win. This post turned out to be one of my most frequently visited and copied tutorials! And that's because this method truly works. This method of flowerbed edging transforms your flowerbeds from standard to showroom quality instantly! With standard garden tools and a little bit of elbow grease, it's easy to get this look, and not all that hard to keep up.Are you ready to ditch deteriorating flower bed edges and go all natural and even more beautiful?Here's how...
Creating a hanging basket filled with zonal geraniums accented with Diamond Frost is easier than you might think! Let me show you how!While I was back in Illinois earlier this month, I made a visit to my favorite Amish greenhouse. I couldn’t resist purchasing a few zonal geraniums & a couple of pots of Proven Winners Diamond Frost! I thought they would be perfect potted up as a hanging basket as a hostess gift for one of my childhood friends.
Maybe you have throw pillows that need rejuvenating? Or you have a special fabric, like a grain sack, that you’d like to make an odd-sized pillow form for. If so, this is the tutorial for you!Today I’m showing you how to make a pillow insert by using an IKEA FJÄDRARinner cushion. But wait; it’s already a throw pillow insert, so what’s the deal?! Well, we’re going to customize the size!Watch the video below or continue on to the written tutorial below:
I hope you’re as excited for the summer as I am! The season has started where we live so I’m sharing my new DIY citronella candles made with coconut shells – to ward off any mosquitos trying to put a damper on your summer nights!I always keep citronella candles on hand to keep the mosquitos away because they seem particularly attracted to my freckles… In the spirit of upcycling, I tried making my own by recycling some containers I salvaged, which turned out to be coconut shells!Find the detailed step-by-step here!
Here's an update for my "Straw Bale Garden" adventure. My support poles have gone in and been drilled, two rows of vine wires installed, soaker hoses installed and staked, A fun little project was making the Garden stakes. bales conditioned and ready to plant. Tomorrow I put up the bird netting and plastic sheeting to protect the plants and seeds. Getting ready to plant on Wednesday I think! Come check out my blog post to see the details and follow along.
We didn't have space for both a garden bed and a compost heap so we chose to use the Keyhole Garden Bed Method to create a raised bed that would combine both! We reused cinder blocks and recycled cardboard for this lasagna style garden that was super easy to construct. Benefits include water conservation, recycled materials, feeds itself naturally and it saves space!
The Garden Charmers are a group of bloggers who share a common interest in creating beautiful gardens and garden decor items. We've challenged each other to create something for our gardens using ordinary items found in our kitchens.
When you downsize and sell a house with an acre to buy a postage size yard and single wide to help your hospitalized son, it is no sacrifice to a parent. However, there are disappointments. The best way to help yourself and be a blessing to new neighbors would be to start a flower garden! This is our "postage" size flower garden in a postage size yard. This home needed a garden be it ever so tiny!
A girlfriend and I hit up an outdoor flea market near me this weekend in Dover, New Hampshire. Followed up with a lobster roll at Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store in York, Maine. Aren’t those just the best kind of days? Thrifting with the Gals I’d love to invite you to join me, along with some of the best thrifting gals I know over on Instagram every Wednesday, where we share all our thrifting adventures, and tips and tricks. We also share how we decorated with all of our finds every Thursday of the month here on the blog. So be sure to sign up for my newsletter to follow along.
My hallway was a dark and dingy cave, I needed to show it some love, and boy did I! Once the hallway itself was done, it was time to turn my attention to the slab doors that were original to my 1952 ranch home. Not sure that they were hollow as they weighted way too much for that. The time had come to put the frosting on the cake and finish this hallway makeover with a bang!
Do you have a few pieces of old wood laying around? Are you looking for something to do with them? Come see how to build a birdhouse with scrap wood! With a little bit of imagination, you can turn that old pile of wood into something that your bird friends will love!
Raised garden beds seem to be the in thing in gardening these days and there are lots of options out there to purchase but they are pricey . A 4x4 bed averages around $50, and let's face it that's not alot of space for a garden. My mom wanted to expand her raised bed this year and after searching for decent size ones and not finding any reasonably priced I decided to make my own. I remembered seeing roofing panels a lifetime ago when you could actually go into a store... Still not open here in Ontario Canada. Anyhow at the time I thought that would make an awesome raised bed. So I did some online shopping/ curbside pickup and got me a some roofing panels.
In the furniture refinishing world, there's nothing better than finding a great piece of furniture on the side of the road 🎉While taking my pup for a walk, a few doors down from me had this beautiful MCM (mid century modern) desk that was in great shape just sitting on the curb waiting for the garbage truck to pick it up 🤦♀️ Obviously, I couldn't let this beauty disappear forever, so I ran back to my house and dropped off my pup, grabbed my van, and went back to pick up the perfect gem!Read on to see how I transformed a plain desk into a modern beauty.............*Whenever picking up a used piece of furnure, you want to inspect it really well for any sign of bugs, but this rule is especially true for those "curbside" pieces. You can even wrap a large black bag (or 2, 3, 4, how many it takes to tightly cover it) around the piece and spray insecticide in it, preferably one for bedbugs. Tightly cover the piece and tie it closed. Allow it to sit in the sun for 48 hours, dispose of the bag(s) and continue on as usual.*Price is based on the amount of product used, not the initial cost of the products*Time is based on work time only, does not include dry time
With the price of lumber so high I went through my scrap pile of wood so I could build our new cat his own getaway. I gathered a lot of ideas of what I wanted, measured the walls, and started building. At the end of this post is a video I made showing the whole process.
Hi friends! Thanks for popping in today, I hope you like how I’ve refinished my Dad’s vintage chair? I’ll explain how I got this blond look but first a bit of why this chair is so precious to me.
As part of our eco mission we ditched bottled hand wash a long time ago in favour of bars of soap. This has been one of the easiest swaps ever, but it does have one drawback. When the soap gets too small to use it means wasting some, they occasionally snap and sometimes they just start looking plain awful after a while (have you ever been in a public loo with a bar of soap that you're convinced would add dirt to your hands rather than remove it? Well, like that but obviously not as bad haha). Here I show a solution to all those problems.
Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process but, to be fair, its not where we live so its not on our “urgent” to-do list. Though we do hang out down here on the weekends especially it wasn’t until I upcycled an old toolbox in the bathroom here that I finally got motivated. We installed the commode and rolling doors for this space and finished up the living room. After that I realized there wasn’t a ton to do to finally have a completed bathroom for the first time ever so I got to work!
I finally got around to doing something about my curtains. I found these at the thrift store years ago and gave them a makeover, but was ready for a change. We moved the furniture around in my room and we now have a fireplace under the window. The fireplace will be getting a makeover soon also, so any ideas are welcome! I wanted curtains that would close over the fireplace and that’s when these DIY Romantic Ruffle Curtains were created!
We have a large wall by our backyard patio for which we need large wall art. And, I mean LARGE! Last week, I gave our front porch swing a mini-makeover. We are loving our new front porch sanctuary and are now turning attention to the back patio. Time to add some “zing!” to the back as we did to the front. (See last week’s porch swing makeover here.)
On another one of my thrifting trips to Second Chance Thrift Store, which seems to be daily lately. I found this super cute little tray, it was plain and boring but I had an idea! Right before I stopped at the thrift store I was at Ocean State Job Lots (a discount store here on the East Coast) and I found these Patriotic paper placemats, it had 4 different Patriotic designs. I had never even heard of such a thing, how did I not know about paper placemats?! They are so fun and can be used for so many things! Did you know about them? I knew that I wanted to add one of these placemats to my thrifted tray! Let’s get started on this DIY thrifted flag tray!
This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time to retire it. I didn’t have the heart to toss it though and its been literally sitting in our flower garden, by our front step, for all the years since. I thought about bringing it in and hanging it on the wall or placing it above one of our hutches as decoration but it was just too big for either of those things. It finally dawned on me where it would be perfect this spring when we started working on the vegetable garden!
I really try to be conscious not to create unnecessary waste with the items I purchase but it's difficult simply because of how they're packaged; consequently every week we put SO many items into our recycle bin. Thankfully (or perhaps hopefully) they do actually get recycled into something useful versus a pile of junk in a landfill. I'm making it a point to repurpose as much as I possibly can instead of purchasing more, it's a win win really, for my budget, the environment plus I enjoy a challenge.Since I can't work anymore and don't have pets gardening and art are my pastimes. Many of my plants are doing very well and growing like crazy [YAY] so I've been trimming, rooting, repotting and gifting like crazy. I find that my yogurt and cottage cheese containers make for excellent planters. Here is an example of just one style I've been doing as of late.
I’ve spotted a few articles on the internet about how to make your own reusable sponges, so I thought I’d whip up a few for myself and try them out. I’m always looking for clever eco-friendly alternatives to household cleaners and supplies. Regular kitchen sponges are made from polyurethane foam, which is harmful to the environment, and they also harbor bacteria. These reusable sponges are a healthier choice and can be tossed in the wash when dirty. I also discovered they are easy to make and work like a charm! (Affiliate links included for your convenience. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See disclosure here.) supplies needed: cotton fabric remnantterry cloth remnant quilt battingupcycled vegetable mesh bag rotary cutter & mat step 1 – cut the fabric With a rotary cutter and mat, cut one piece of terry cloth, one piece of cotton fabric, and two pieces of cotton quilt batting, each measuring 5″ x 7.5″.
I had this armoire in my one bedroom at the cabin and the brown was not working. It had been years and I was putting it off. Call it lazy, or just not inspired, but either way I didn't want to tackle it till now.I'm so glad I did!First step that everyone knows, wash it down and prepare for sanding.