creating a fairy garden out of a old cement flower urn , concrete masonry, crafts, gardening

Creating a Fairy Garden Out of a Old Cement Flower Urn....

I had flowers planted in this urn. I decided to turn it into a fairy garden.

stamped and beaded garden markers, crafts, gardening, outdoor living

Stamped and Beaded Garden Markers

Do you have a vegetable garden or know someone who does? It's on my very long list of things to do/try, but my sister has a beautiful garden and she loved these garden markers I made for her.

how to make a functional stone birdhouse, concrete masonry, how to

How to Make a Functional Stone Birdhouse

A birdhouse project using found material that is eye appealing and functional.
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diy cedar window boxes

DIY Cedar Window Boxes

I don’t know what it is lately, but for some reason every single project I’ve been attempting to tackle lately has turned out to either be more costly, more time consuming, or both than originally planned.These here diy window boxes are one of those projects.But the story does end well, they turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself.So I’m slowly but surely improving on our landscape situation.One of the projects I’ve been wanting to do the last couple years is to add some window boxes to the front two windows of our house. I knew buying a nice cedar box would be pretty pricey so I searched for some diy ideas on Pinterest and found this window box tutorial from the Shanty to Chic ladies.I’m reading through the tutorial and I’m like, “I can totally do this”. And, she said each box was made for under $20 in wood!Um, that’s awesome. Sign me up!I go to Home Depot with my bestie Angie to get the necessary supplies. Of course, the Home Depot we go to doesn’t have cedar fence panels. So I’m forced to buy cedar boards. According to Shanty to Chic, cedar fence panels cost under $2. The cedar boards I bought were like $12 each I think? So, there goes the whole $20 each for a window box. Once I’m done getting all the stuff I need, we head out and I started building the next day.As I’m putting my first box together I realized I didn’t take into account the fact that window boxes need a bottom. I also realized I was literally inches short on my trim pieces, so I still needed more wood for those as well. So Angie and I drive to Lowes, they have a cedar board, but no trim pieces. We go to Home Depot, they have one size of cedar trim, but not the other size I need. So one side of trim on these window boxes is pine instead of cedar because I was just done at that point.Moral of this story is; basically anything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong in making these damn things. But, the lesson here is that I persevered, finished them and they look pretty dang awesome.If after reading this you’re still interested in making your own, here’s some tips that should help you avoid the mistakes I made.

seashell garden markers

Seashell Garden Markers

We live in Myrtle Beach, SC, and our home is decorated with a nautical/beachy look. I was trying to find cute ideas for plant markers for my new herb garden that would fit in with our beachy style...and this is what I came up with!
First, I gathered some random seashells...all different shapes and sizes. I tried to find ones that were fairly smooth on the inside. I used some regular shells and some oyster shells for variety.

make a little church for your miniature garden, crafts, decoupage, gardening

Make a Little Church for Your Miniature Garden

Miniature gardens fascinate me, they take us back to our childhood and I love getting lost in them and living, even if it’s only for a moment, in a tiny world where anything is possible. One of my favorite people, my Aunty G, feels the same way. She’s like the Pied Piper when it comes to us kids, we all just want to be around her and I’m almost 50, lol. To celebrate her birthday we wanted to make her something different, something that would always remind her of how special and loved she is. So we decided to make her this miniature garden with a little thatch roof church.

make birdfeeders from cd dvds plastic cups, crafts, how to, outdoor living, pets animals, repurposing upcycling

Make Birdfeeders From CD/DVDs & Plastic Cups

Who doesn’t have old CDs or DVDs lying around? We’ve got a great upcycle way for our feathered friends have yummy stuff to eat. There are two different types of feeders you can make and we personally tested both types. The birds were thrilled! LOTS MORE PHOTOS HERE

whimsical toadstools for your garden, crafts, gardening

Whimsical Toadstools For Your Garden

With a little paint and some wood, salad bowls, you can make these adorable toadstools for the yard or garden. Hello, Spring!

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Humming Bird Feeder planter and hanger

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Little Fairy Garden

Using silk flowers, a tiny fairy and a stylized bird cage, I made a little fairy garden. See more fairies afoot at or visit my website

tire rim water hose holder

Tire Rim Water Hose Holder

If you're looking for a quick project to brighten up your yard this summer, here's something to consider, especially if your water hose is just coiled up on the ground. I've seen similar ideas so I thought I'd try my hand at it and I love how this upcycle turned out!

rustic valentines heart shaped topiary, container gardening, diy, gardening, valentines day ideas

Rustic Valentines Heart Shaped Topiary

I wanted to add some color and life into our cabin now that the Christmas decorations are down and the cabin feels empty. Since, Valentines Day is the next holiday that I decorate for, I decided to make a topiary with a live ivy plant in the shape of a heart.

how to build and plant a succulent garden, diy, flowers, gardening, how to, succulents, Succulent Gardens are easy to create and super easy to care for

How to Build and Plant a Succulent Garden

Succulent Gardens require very little water and almost no maintenance. And they can be gorgeous!

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Frogs Strumming Bass Up Cycle

I have had these two frog for a few years....they were in sad shape! I was a bit bored and thought this would be a fun project that was easy, and adds whimsy to the garden!!

magazine holder flower planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, how to, repurposing upcycling

Magazine Holder Flower Planter

Many months ago, we found this magazine holder at the thrift store with a kinda, sorta plan but it ended up sitting in the basement collecting dust. I decided it would make a great flower planter this Spring.

fairy house from a stump, gardening

Fairy House From a Stump

Old rotten tree stump in the yard becomes surprise for grand children

whimsical fairy house planter

Whimsical Fairy House Planter

Here’s how to make a sweetly whimsical fairy house planter using a terracotta pot and other inexpensive items. If you’ve been on Pinterest or thumbed through decorating magazines lately, you know fairy houses and gardens are all the rage. They add such a fun touch to the garden, and this one is really easy to make!

diy tea cup birdfeeder, outdoor living

DIY Tea Cup Birdfeeder

I feel certain that many of you might just be bird-lovers, birdwatchers, perhaps even photographers of specialized bird species.Well, personally I enjoy watching a variety of birds that soar, nest and tweet in our backyard. From the majestic beauty of the red tail hawk as he sits on the branch of an oak tree or the brilliant crimson red of the cardinal flying from limb to limb. So when we were given the challenge of what to do with a Tea Cup I knew immediately that I wanted to use my tea cup to enhance the quality of life for my bird friends.

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New Twist on the Old Veggie Steamer Turn Sunflower

I always thought these were pretty cool when people reinvented these into sunflowers for their lawns or gardens.

garden herbs, container gardening, gardening, how to, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

Garden Herbs

I've had these wagon wheels, bought on a whim, leaning against our storage shed in a small neglected area of our yard forever it seems. I knew it was time to do something here. For a few days I just starred at them and thought how much they looked like clocks, but, I sure didn't have a need for an outdoor clock, much less two clocks, then I remembered seeing various wall gardens online and in magazines. So I decided to give it a try.

milk jug plant labels

Milk Jug Plant Labels

Upcycle an old milk jug into useful plant labels for new seedlings. Milk jug plant labels are the perfect size to help keep your seedling organized.

potting shed fall dressing, gardening, outdoor living

Potting Shed~ Fall Dressing

My Potting Shed, inspired by my early spring issue of Country Gardens magazine, is nearly complete and has been dressed for fall.

potting table from 100 reclaimed items, gardening, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling, My new potting bench corner

Potting Table From 100% Reclaimed Items

I turned an unused corner of my backyard from an eyesore to a usable potting area using 100% reclaimed items I've found along the way. The base of the table was created from a 6' x 4' pallet which I cut in half lengthwise to make my L-shaped table. The rest of the table was made using discarded barn wood, old barn gates and fence pieces, leftover galvanized sheets from a roofing project, chicken wire and even boxes of discarded nails and screws I found. Now the space I've avoided like the plague is used daily and now serves a purpose. All from free, recycled materials.

thrifted glass bird feeders, crafts, repurposing upcycling

Thrifted Glass Bird Feeders

Put together a shabby-chic bird feeder from thrift store finds and garage sale goodies!

repurposed chair to garden planter, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling

$1.00 Yard Sale Chair Turned Into Fab Yard Art

This chair was calling me. It matches the bench I made last year and adds some height to my garden. Best of all, it was super easy and cheap!