I love to Garden!
Published July 18th, 2012 6:15 PM
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Learn how to easily create your own no sew bed skirt with drop cloth. This bleached drop cloth bed skirt is budget friendly and customizable!
Hey there! I’m not sure if any of you also suffer with terribly sensitive skin, but this is one of the cleaning product hacks I have found that tremendously help my sensitive skin! Home made laundry detergent, and a fairly natural one at that! I love this detergent! I’ve been using it for almost a year! I work out daily, my husband works on Diesel engines, and we have a six year old, and dogs... stains, smells, and grime run deep in our laundry, and this detergent tackles it all! 3 simple, easy to find ingredients and some optional essential oils, and you have a powerful, natural, cleaner that can tackle the biggest messes and smells! I’ll also throw in a few other natural cleaning extras along the way!
Today is my daughters birthday and I wanted to dedicate this beautiful crystal sun catcher to her because she is indeed the center of our lives and surrounded by love. I hung it in the center of our patio. Really simple to make, took approx. 1 hour. Lots of fun!
My mom is 87 years old and has Alzheimer and vascular dementia that is worsening. As a recent nursing graduate I knew that keeping her safe from wandering outside had to be my number one priority. My mom has developed expressive aphasia (inability to communicate) but we still manage to communicate with her and she answers yes or no... During the summer when my little girls had summer vacation we visited and did lots of things with my mom, but now that school started Mom managed to let everyone know that she is bored, feels like she is in a prison because she is locked up, and is upset that she cant go outside on her own to check the mail, to pull some weeds, to sweep driveway, etc.. I love my mom, and it breaks my heart to limit her freedom, she was a very independents, outgoing talkative person, but as a nurse I know that even though she might have some lucid moments, it only takes one time for her to get confused and not be able to find her way back home, and it only takes one fall to break a hip. It occurred to me that If I put up a few pieces of fence to close up the yard, then I could create for her a backyard paradise where she can enjoy the beauty of her new butterfly / wildlife garden. Being that my previous career was construction management and licensed home builder I decided to tackle on the task of building my mom her own backyard paradise. 9/8/13 and so on the shopping begins.... I visited 2 big box stores and a few smaller stores trying to find the best deals and clearance items. My huge SUV was packed with plants, garden decorations, mulch, etc.... 9/9/13 First day of work...Moms caregiver calls to tell me that my mom saw the flowers outside and she got very happy! Mom is emotional and tearing up and tells the caregiver that no one has ever done a garden for her (this is the 3rd garden I do for her). I planted most of the flowers, I want the plants to start growing right away. 9/10 Bought the fence material and stored in in the garage, we have to replace 75 slats on the old fence and install the remaining two sides. After the fence has dried up we will be painting it white (per my moms request). I'm very excited because I am going to have my two girls help me paint a mural on the fence. We are going to use their handprints to represent flowers and I will write something along "Grandma's Garden." 9/10 Installed the water fountain to incorporate the soothing sound of water and to attract wildlife. 9/11-9/12 Hubby finished installing the fence, the yard is now secure! Progress continues...pictures to follow soon.
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.
Have you ever had an idea to repurpose something and just keep putting it off? This decor project is one of those ideas. I was able to score a bundle of yardsticks at auction and I knew I had to get busy then! This is so simple, but turned out to be one of my favorite DIYs to date.You won’t believe how dang simple this was and if you are a vintage lover like I am, you will love this even more.
Today I’m sharing How to Build a Wooden Garden Trellis or Free Standing Obelisk Pyramid, using a reclaimed porch railing that was discarded after a recent porch update. These easy, step by step instructions, will keep your new plants vertical and off the ground. I began looking for a some inexpensive ways to build a trellis or free standing obelisk and finding some reclaimed wood was the perfect solution.
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.
Let’s see what I am sharing today, I think you’ll especially enjoy how to make this grapevine wreath.First off, I did find this two pack eucalyptus for $14.99 on Amazon. Additionally, if you have prime, it ships free. Now you may be wondering how good of a product can this be for the price? I highly recommend this garland. Before ordering this, I was bit skeptical. However, needing fake weather safe eucalyptus because this will be exposed to the elements, I gave this a shot. And let me tell you I love it! I am a fake flower snob. I’m not a big fan, therefore, when I find fake that I like I’ll shout it from the rooftop. If you need such a product get it!!
This wall hanging is a fun project that can to add color and cheer around your home. The basic form is created with sticks or dowels and can be enhanced with wrapped yarn or twine. As long as you have access to sticks, this mandala can be a great addition to your house for little to no cost!
Come on over and learn how to make these DIY Shabby Chic Frames. Use dollar store frames to make these beautiful floral frames!Hi there! Today I have a fun project to share that was inspired by some Anthropology floral frame. I decided to paint mine white with gold accents instead of solid gold, but you could easily spray paint them with whatever color you like best!This dollar store frame DIY is so simple to make, and it is so inexpensive too! Here is what you need to get started!a few dollar store frameschalk paint or spray paintpaper flowersPlaster of Paris (optional)hot glue/glue gunpaint brushprinted quote or photo
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.
Summer is definitely upon us, with the 4th of July, right around the corner. Definitely it’s time to update the front door with a summer wreath.Last summer, we made this simple, playful wreath for summer, however we didn’t share how to make it with you. It’s also perfect for your front door for the 4th of July and patriotic celebrations too.Certainly, this easy summer wreath for your front door is affordable too. In fact, most of the supplies came from the dollar store.If you’d like to see a quick video tutorial on how to make this playful summer wreath for your front door. Click the play button below.We also invite you to follow along on our YouTube channel.
I have wanted to add some warmth and texture to this room. I love the paint and trim color but wanted to give the space more visual interest and a cottage/coastal feel. Then last week, we were adding some replacement pieces of cedar shake shingles to the outside, and a lightbulb went off! If I used it as an accent wall, it would look pretty and would add the perfect amount of cottage vibe.
If your bathtub face boring and flat like mine, do this! For under $10 and an hour you can elevate the look of your bathroom with PVC box trim. This project requires no power tools! My favorite projects are always cheap, easy, but impactful!
One of my favorite things to do when I go north to my mom's house is to visit the local dump. My hometown small dump separates all of the stuff brought into the dump in piles and has a big storage container for used furniture, household items and books. It's open to the public and I'm on a first name basis with the dump manager! On my last visit home I found two gazebo frames calling my name. With the help of my sister we loaded them and took them home. I already had a plan for this find.
Learn how to take a chippy old wooden door and turn it into a beautiful desk for your cottage farmhouse home office.
My mom got this hammock at Kroger few years ago! It was only used for a short while when she intially got it, then it sat in her yard, in the weather for years, and as things do, it deteriorated over time. I always thought it was such a cool hammock because the stand folds up for easy storage, and the hammock is supported by two chains so it’s much easier to sit in than the traditional hammocks that have a single chain to support each end! Follow along on how I gave this old gal a new life!
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!