Elizabeth Park Hartford CT
Published July 17th, 2012 10:35 AM
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This time of year is the greatest … back out in the garden, in the sun, doing yard work, and mowing. I can get some of my best thinking done while I'm on a mower.I love to repurpose and upcycle, so it's also the perfect time to start pulling out my stuff and making new things for my yard and garden.
About a month or so ago, we swapped a couple rooms on the first floor of our house (former playroom became office, former wasted space room became playroom). The new playroom was off the front entry, and had a large opening that we needed to barricade. French doors would have been a great solution EXCEPT they are pricey, and I didn't really want to close the room off entirely. And to buy a gate for that width?? Forget it! So expensive, and I really didn't even like the smaller ones we already had.
I got tired of going outside in the morning to wet and/or dirty cushions. I didn't want to store them in the garden shed, and I didn't want to spend the money on a storage container (or have to look at it), so I decided to come up with my own solution.
A backsplash is one of those elements that can take your kitchen to the next level. It instantly makes a kitchen stand out when it’s done right. Luckily, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It was one of the most affordable projects in our kitchen renovation, yet I think it’s the one thing that makes our kitchen shine the most.I’m here to guide you through a two-part series on how we did this ourselves and saved hundreds.
One of the things I disliked about our home is the red brick and red roof. Red is just not my thing. Especially since the brick is only on the front and doesn’t match the rest of the house. But I didn't know what to do...It hit me that I could paint it dark, creating a beautiful contrast.
They must have been MASSIVELY mass produced. These lovely cut glass luncheon plates with matching cups were, at one time, the standard for serving “a light lunch” at baby showers, wedding showers, church meetings, bridge clubs and other hosted “Ladies who Lunch” events.
The 70s home that we recently purchased had an outdated built-in display case on the wall that separates my den from the kitchen. (I suspect that maybe there was a window there long ago and that the den was an addition to the house.)I decided to open up that wall and put a breakfast bar there. That would give us a nice view of the den's fireplace and also allow some light to flow in from the patio door.As it turns out, there was a header above that display case, so there was no need for me to build a support wall. (For info on how to build a support wall for a passthrough, This Old House has a good video on it).Once the job was done, it was a huge improvement. The house has a more open feel, and the views are much better!Here is how I did it step-by-step. I've also included the YouTube video if you'd rather watch that.
My sister asked if I would be able to make her a pallet daybed for her entertainment area. She wanted the daybed to be big enough for 2 people to sit comfortably on and wanted it to be sturdy. Her entertainment area is sheltered but when we get heavy rain it does get wet. That is why she chose to have the daybed made from pallets.
In my quest to make my garden pretty this year, I have a bunch of fun projects I want to complete. I am taking you all with me on my garden decorating journey! I made the Garden Stepping Stones, and the Garden Flower Stake. They came out so cute! Today we are going to make a super cute clay pot garden gnome.Follow along and make one for your yard too!
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.
So my hubby made my dreams come true this summer by helping me make a stock tank pool in our backyard! If you’ve been wondering how to make one too, I am going to outline all the steps for you here. It’s definitely not as hard as you think it may be! I was honestly surprised because I thought this project would be a little out of our DIY range. But it turned out to be just fine and it only took us a couple of weekends to finish. This is the perfect solution if you don’t have a neighborhood pool to enjoy this summer. Keep on reading to see just how easy and simple this DIY stock tank pool is!
Looking for ways to grow your indoor garden on a budget? Propagating plants is the easiest way to grow your garden for free! Learn how to propagate pothos in water with these 7 easy steps.Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and care for.They are low maintenance, resilient, can tolerate different levels of light, boosts the mood, and purifies the air.But did you also know that they are super easy to propagate in water?It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of easy-care houseplants.My plants grew so much while summering outdoors.So it’s time to clean them up and cut some of them back.But what to do with the cuttings?I’m going to grow more plants!
Transform your garage door for $20 with this easy to install carriage garage door hardware kit in a matter of a couple of steps! Why is it that garage doors are usually left to look boring and ugly? I mean, for a mere $20 buckaroos, you can transform your garage door into looking like a cute carriage door with character!
Today we’re talking all about framing a scarf.Not too long ago a reader asked me how to frame a Hermes silk scarf. While I don’t own any Hermes silk scarves, in our conversation I realized that I’ve framed a lot of vintage scarves and I have opinions about how to do it!Vintage scarves can easily become a piece of art in your home that feels fresher than a boring art print.So I’ll show you a couple different strategies for framing a scarf all involving mounting your scarf onto fabric, and I’ll give you my best tips for where to find great scarves.Learning how to frame a scarf is seriously one of the easiest DIY projects you will attempt. Even better, it’s the one project that anyone who comes into your home is going to comment on every time.So dig through your vintage scarves, find a gem, and let’s do this.First, let’s answer a couple questions.
The other day my mom gave me some Pothos stems that she had recently propagated. If you don’t know what propagating is, it’s when you grow new plants from an already established plant. This is done by cutting of one of the stems and placing it in a jar of water until it grows roots. Once the roots have sprouted you can then plant it and grow a whole new plant.This is such a cost effective way to fill your home with beautiful live plants, and is also a lovely way to share new plants with family and friends. Below I explain the steps that I used to plant and propagate my new Pothos stems.
I'm always, yes always on the prowl for picture frames and I've never been stumped yet on what to recreate with them! They are so much fun to work with and the ideas are endless but this might be a "new" idea?? I was inspired by the obsession everyone has to have greenery in their homes nowadays either real or faux. The cactus craze has been one of them leading me to creating a faux succulent garden, Hens and Chicks in a picture frame!!
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.
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.
I have the perfect way for you to use up some of your old game pieces! With just a few supplies, I made these DIY Rock Garden Markers and they turned out adorable. I have a bag of random game pieces that I’ve collected over the years. I have lots of Monopoly houses, that turned out to be perfect for this project.
I’ve enjoyed using scrap fabrics to create these unique, no sew pillow covers. I’m a big fan of ticking fabric for a farmhouse feel and therefore, love how this latest patriotic, no sew pillow cover, turned out.
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 was recently gifted a set of wind chimes for my birthday. And I was so excited because if you can believe it, I have actually never had a set of wind chimes before. However, the wind chimes did not really match the decor I already have for my porch. So there went my little creative brain again for this easy wind chime refresh project. I thought that with a little spray paint and TLC, I could really make these into something special for my porch. And I am so happy with how they turned out! Keep on reading to see just how simple and easy it is to make!
I’ve always had ugly laundry rooms, every single one, but the current one would have won the prize for ugliest yet! The biggest eyesore of all was the electrical panel and all the exposed wiring, so I constructed a cover to hide it.