It is so nippy outside for most of us during this time of year! I love to garden, but not when my fingers feel like they are going to freeze off! Between the frost and the rains, my garden definitely looks like it is taking a nap…or that I have been! There is die-back everywhere from plants that could not stand the cold, and brambling branches in want of a serious prune. During the spring, summer and even fall, this would irk me and make me feel guilty for not taking care….but in winter, the pace slows. It is actually poetic, in a way. I secretly love how winter wants to give us a bit of a rest, a sort of hibernation from some of our to-dos (even from the chores we love).When I see the leaves fall and the plants take a winter’s rest, my mind always goes back to something I heard years ago about birds. We all love to feed them during the warm season, when we are out and about in our yards enjoying their chirps and flutters. However, when the cold has us spending more time inside, we can have the proclivity to forget about feeding them. Ironically, this is the season when they need the extra fattening up and a little extra care from us would be a blessing. Visions of birds fluffed up against the cold and rain seem to now constantly fill my head when I look out at my winter garden. So, even though I am not up for pruning and planting right now, I find myself busying about feeding my feathery friends. Sounds pretty “Snow White,” right? Haha, well here is a modern twist to my Snow White syndrome! A geometric, industrial inspired bird feeder to jazz up your winter garden! Zest it Up BlogPhoto Cred: Anya McInroy
I have always wanted a wishing well in my yard but it was always lower on the priority list than some of my other projects. Well, I volunteered to create the class project for my daughter's school auction and in trying to come up with an idea for what to build, I thought of a wishing well. It's the perfect yard decor, and by building one for the school auction, I could build one for myself at the same time! ;-)
I'm sharing with you my favorite way to feed my houseplants. Here's how I use worm compost & compost to nourish my indoor garden plus good things to know about how they work, when to do it & more.
This shutter comes to me from my good friend and neighbor Anita who is sadly moving. She had a couple shutters and 2 old cabinet doors displayed on her walls for years but her new house is lacking in wall space. She thought maybe I could put them to good use. Gladly.But now I find out that the shutters were taken off her family home years ago…they have sentimental value and they have a cool aged patina. I can’t keep her family heirloom but I could repurpose it and give it to her oldest son who just happens to be getting married. And just in case they don’t like heirlooms or shabby chic, I’m giving cash too :).
I'm a baker and a bit of a collector (hoarder?). I love baking tins, cookie cutters, etc. I have a stash of 6-cup muffin tins that I picked up at a thrift store. I have never baked only six of anything, so I'm not sure why that purchase ever happened. I have discovered something fun to do with them however...
Our old feeder was falling apart. It was no longer safe for birds and squirrels to even be on it. So it became an immediate project. Starting out, I had no idea how I was going to do this. The old one was very non conventional. It came together as the materials for it showed up. I imagined the new one would be the same. Requirements were that the new one be stronger, last longer and be pretty. This was the old one. Nothing fancy. Stool from thrift store and I cut out one leg to get feeder inside. Mounted to post we picked up from roadside. It had a piece of rubber around the outside to keep seed shells contained. Had an opening that led down to a metal bird bath.
My sister's birthday was a couple of weeks ago and she wanted a bird table, so this weekend I finally got round to it! I made this mostly on the fly so I'm afraid I don't have any plans but I'll take you through some of the steps so you can get an idea of how I made it. There's a video on my YouTube channel as always documenting the build as I made it.
My mummy loves watching birds in her garden and she has this tree full of flowers and 4 bird feeders. Unfortunately one of the older bird feeders isn't looking so well anymore, so I decided to make her a new one. She really likes it and so do the birdies. The whole project took about 35 hours to complete and if you fancy having a go here is how ;)
I've been busy transplanting blackberries and, in the process, building new raised beds that combine a trellis. The following details share how to build this project and details for filling these beds and if you need more info on transplanting, it can be found here.
A few of my favorite things that are trending these days are...pothos , barn wood, & copper. Yep simply click on any of those links and you will lose yourself to the world of pinterest inspiration. I know because just typing in those words was oh so tempting after seeing all the pics pop up!! But with that said it's one thing to pin a pic and another to actually do a project. Today I challenge you to bust out the power tools and get zestin' with me!! Today's project was not only inspired by plants, wood and copper- but also Brooke's zesty project. Remember when she made this awesome air plant holder? Well now it's my turn to put my own spin on it!!
Do you ever walk into your home office and feel overwhelmed? Like a paper tornado spun through your room and threw documents, receipts, and work supplies everywhere? Yep, that is basically how I feel walking into my husbands office. If you are like me, it causes stress and anxiety walking into that mess. And also, like me, I’m guessing you are struggling to find the right desk for your space to help you feel more organized? Read on, dear one, because I will show you how to build the perfect DIY industrial farmhouse desk for a small home office.
I have seen a lot of solutions for what to do with those pesky plastic shopping bags that can be useful but difficult to store. My girlfriend showed me a solution that has revolutionized my life... So I can't take credit for it. However, it has changed the way I think about those plastic bags and how to store them so they are more usable.There are a plethora of uses for these bags... But here is my solution to storing them and a couple of ideas of how I use them