More of the Clematis
One of my Crape Myrtle that had to be cut all the way down I knew it was gone but to my surprise it came back a pretty bush.
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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!
Since I have Lyme Disease and multiple tick-borne illnesses I want to protect myself and my family from coming into contact with ticks as much as I possibly can. Since we spend so much time in our backyard it is one of the most important places to try to eliminate the tick threat. I have a super easy (and cheap) DIY to help protect your yard against ticks.
I found myself scrolling through market place on Facebook when I came across a fire surround for £10 I Messaged the seller and arranged to collect.I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at first but knew it would come in use.My day off work came around with nothing to do I went into the shed, I found an old wallpaper I had bought and never used aswel as a foam dado rail I found on ebay over a year ago, I brought everything into the dining room. I had wallpaper paste in the cupboard aswel as scissor and a Stanley knife. Within 4 hours I had completely changed the look of the dining room. I'd picked up the grey eggshell paint for another project a few weeks back so had everything I needed. My total spend for this project was £10 even if I had bought everything at once it still would have come in under £50
The clematis we will be pruning today are in the category 2 for pruning. If you need more info on Clematis pruning categories this post will help: How to Grow Clematis Successfully.
I photographed these clematis vines in my gardens (at our former home and current home). Can you tell I'm in love with them? I can't get enough! This perennial vine is easy to grow. There's lots of varieties, and, if you grow a few different types, you'll have blooms from early summer to late fall. Clematis needs support (something it's tendrils can grab onto) but it's a gentle vine so it's safe to grow up trees or shrubs without causing any damage. Try planting different types together to get a wonderful mishmash of colour. Once the flowers are finished, the seeds are just as beautiful. Want to grow some? There's more on the blog: http://www.empressofdirt.net/clematis-101-easy-care-guide-really/
This is a major gardening year at The Small House – probably the lushest year ever. If you follow me you know we have 5-acres of lean sandy soil, which was once an Oak Savannah forest and is now heavily amended with bark chips, homemade compost and composted horse manure. We are a Zone 5b garden and we garden in SW Michigan. Our home and gardens are situated in rural, farming county and I consider us a “farmette.” After last year’s drought, this spring and summer has been cool and wet so our garden is flourishing with the plentiful rainwater and sunshine. Our garden is definitely our retreat. We garden on a fairly large scale here as our property is nestled up against the forest edge. We have many White Pine trees and 47 large White Oak trees that provide us with lovely shade and structure. You can tell I do not like straight lines in my garden! Our garden is broken down into several types; our forest edge garden, perennial gardens, the meadow garden, a bird feeding bed garden, the turn-around garden, our front garden and the fenced in vegetable garden. We also have three raised beds areas that hold strawberry plants and used as “nursery” beds as well. When I designed our landscaping, I hired out three sidewalk poured and I choose pea gravel, pavers and rocks around our home so my husband could easily get up onto our roof via a ladder. I used rock boarders filled with bark chips for the rest of the beds to hold in moisture, mulch the soil and keep the weeds to a minimum. My neighbor offered us many shrubs that became the foundation of our landscaping plan. I did all the digging, transplanting and planting myself over a period of five years and have continued to add beds and do the annual maintenance. Everything I have bought and planted are native plantings. I’ve added two trellises over the years for height and more structure and added climbers; of clematis, climbing hydrangeas and hops.
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.
Couldn’t resist making one more fun piece for my garden before getting on to things I should probably really be doing. 🙂I’d like to attract more birds, and thought a small feeder in the garden would help.An old metal chicken feeder has been hanging in my garage for several years now, so why not put it to use.
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.
We recently gave our 70s kitchen a complete makeover. It needed work on everything: cabinets, floors, walls, molding. I also built an island and made a passthrough/breakfast bar. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it! We are very happy with the outcome.Today I'm showing step-by-step how I painted the kitchen cabinets. (I'll also be posting on the DIY island and breakfast bar that we added.)I am including the video if you'd rather watch that.
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!
I added a privacy wall by framing up one side of the gazebo and adding pine tongue and groove. Not only does it create privacy but it's the perfect place for mounting a t.v. and giving the gazebo a room-like cozy feel and blocking the wind. Add a floating shelf and some plants... don't forget the fireplace and s'mores.Note: we used left over 2x4 for framing the wall (from a previous project). But, you could definitely use 2x3 which would be cheaper and yet still suitable.
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!
So, I had a pair of nightstands that were destined for the dump. I kept them around for several years with the intention of throwing them out but for some reason I just couldn't part with them. I finally made the decision to give them a second chance!
This project was so much fun to make! I love anything Patriotic/Americana, and what is more Patriotic than Uncle Sam?! I had some wood laying around from other projects, so I thought I would put together a Uncle Sam Porch Sitter. He turned out AMAZING!
If you follow my blog you will know that I try and create all my projects from recycled materials. In our house, we all love Pepsi Max, which leaves us with a fair few aluminium cans. Instead of sending them to the recycling centre, I wanted to try and create an aluminium can wall hanging with them. Because aluminium cans are not very big, I wanted to create a wall hanging that was made up of smaller panels that could be arranged in different designs on the wall. So your wall hanging can be changed around when you get bored with the design.
Do you want to plant a gorgeous container garden to brighten up an outdoor living space but aren’t sure where to start? Learn how to design this outdoor planter that attracts hummingbirds.I love to design container gardens.In spring, my favorite thing to do is plant outdoor planters for my deck and patio areas to enjoy all season long. They add a lot of color and personality to outdoor living spaces.Container gardens help soften the hard lines and lend to a relaxing atmosphere.I’ve got a great container garden recipe for sun today that you can try.And a little tip to keep those planters light so you can move them around easier.The Elements of Container Garden DesignWhen designing an outdoor planter or any container, keep in mind the thriller, filler, and spiller method of design.What does that mean?It means you want a plant that will add height and drama (the thriller).Plants that will fill in the container (the filler).And plants that will trail over the outside of the container to soften the lines (the spiller).There are lots of ways to achieve the look.Here is one of the outdoor planter recipes that I designed for the season.
During the pandemic more and more people converted that extra bedroom to a home office. My friend was in the same boat where here extra bedroom was "featured" I bit more often on zoom calls and wanted to update her home office. The great thing about this transformation is that, when she stops using it as a home office It looks just as good as an extra bedroom
Chippy old windows might just be one of the most beautiful pieces of décor you can add to your farmhouse-style home! There is something so lovely about the wavy glass in every wooden pane that reminds us of the past and a simpler time.
I am so excited to share these DIY hexagon shelves that I’ve been in love with & have seen all over the internet but anything I could buy wasn’t deep enough for me. I wanted to be able to stick 6″ pots into each nook, so I came up with the idea of these oversized hexagon shelves so I’d have an excuse to buy more plants! LOL
Are You Looking for More Outdoor Entertaining Space? Oh Good! Me Too!Maybe You have a Small Section of Dirt Just Sitting Doing Nothing.Our Eyesore Dirt Patch is Just Off the Patio.This is Prime Real Estate that Needs Some Major Oomph.It Needs BRICKS!
I didn’t intend to start this project. I am in the middle of so many others, but I am afflicted or gifted, depending on how you look at it, with trasho-distracto-imagination-disorder.
If you’ve been following me for a while then you know I enjoy switching up spaces every now and then. Our back entry used to have a closed in coat closet, which was great but as we don’t usually enter through the back, I found it to be a waste of space.
So if you have solar lights, then no doubt at some point and time they developed that white hazy film over the panel. I have tried several hacks, the toothpaste, WD40, vinegar, nail polish remover...you get my drift. Some worked temporarily, others not at all. I finally found a product that works with little effort.
This Dollar Tree Patriotic Straw Vase is one of the easiest DIY’s EVER. Last year I made this patriotic wreath (which was also super easy) using Dollar Tree paper straws and this year I decided to try decorating a Dollar Tree vase using the same straws.
You know those inspiration pictures you see and you just have to have it or build it? That was to is project for me. I’m a plant lover and I had the perfect window for several plants but no room to have them. A plant ladder to hang plants off of was the perfect solution. This inspiration picture is everything, especially the dogs!
How To Install a Tile Shower Like a Pro (even when you’re not.) Welcome to week 3 of the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge! If you’re new here, WELCOME! You can learn more about us here. As a reminder you can easily navigate through each week of this coastal inspired bathroom project.-1st week: The Design Plan-2nd week: How To Install Shiplap the Easy Way-3rd week: you are here!-4th week: (next week) How To GroutHave you ever wondered how to tile a shower? Keep reading to get our 5 tips to install tile like a pro!
Today, I’m sharing how to recycle a broken urn. Because a piece has a broken piece off the edge, don’t throw it in the trash. Here I will share steps to fix the broken edge.By the way, if you have been following Cloches & Lavender for any time, you know I love to recycle. As an example, this cabinet needed some love. Because it still works with my French Country home, I used chalk paint making it petty again.Besides the cabinet project, I also have a collection of antique tea cups and saucers. Not a tea drinker like me? After some thinking I show how to make a plate wreath. Now, back to how to recycle a broken urn. I found this urn thrifting some time ago, and I have used in our home before. However, I was tired of hiding the broken side. So, it was time to fix the broken edge.Let’s Take A Look And See How To Recycle A Broken UrnBefore I begin, I wanted to mention, this urn is made of resin of some sort. So I feel this is the best and easiest solution.First, a piece of spackle tape is added to give a base to the urn. After the tape, using a chip brush I add joint compound. This is the beginning how to recycle a broken urn. Brushing also seemed to be the best way to apply joint compound to the tape.