I am in the process of slowing updating my kitchen and I started with my cabinet interiors. You may not think that the inside look and organization of cabinets with doors make a difference but it really does. You can see by the picture that the insides of my cabinets were the original ugly brown with a ton of wear.
Holiday yards can get a little crazy with plastic deer, giant inflatables and cartoon figurines. This year I went all natural and it’s my all-time favorite. During our trip to Montana for Thanksgiving, we kept running across cool winter styled window boxes. Which gave me the idea, to use my raised garden beds as part of my Christmas yard decor. I also tied the style of the raised beds and window box to my front door decor. I am trying to avoid adding any more plastic to my home, so this natural decor was not only economical but good for the environment, too. Everything I used in my raised beds can be composted after the holidays (except the lights).
I am so excited to finally show you all my pineapple plant! Now I may be a plant nerd, but a pineapple plant grown from scraps that would normally be thrown away or composted is seriously cool! Like my other “garden for free” blogs, this process just takes a little research and patience. First start with a healthy pineapple that is not overripe.
Ever consider growing papaya? Neither did I until I started experimenting with "gardening for free" , basically spending nothing more than the cost of a single fruit. In my original blog, I covered the basics of gardening from kitchen scraps, propagating and harvesting seeds from season to season. Papaya are beautiful tropical plants that can produce fruit when grown in containers. Depending where you live, growing in the ground outdoors will only be an option if you live in zone 10 - 12. So, nearly all of the US and Canada would want to consider growing in a container, and moving indoors before the first freeze. Because I am in Dallas, zone 8, I am going to try both.
During last summer's internal renovation of our lake cabin, we held off replacing the windows because of the expense. This summer we decided to tackle two large window replacements in the living room. Our original windows were aluminum framed single pane glass, super inefficient! In the Texas heat, it made it very hard to cool down during 100+ days.Note: this is a two person job because of the size and weight of the windows when you get both windows mulled together....
What can you do to reduce waste, save money and potentially even help with reducing the destruction caused by hurricanes? Don’t buy commercial mulch! 70% of mulch sold in the US is made from cypress trees, while naturally organic and well liked for residential and commercial use, we are destroying our cypress groves that are crucial to swamp habitat in the coastal southeast and southcentral US, as well as, protecting our wetlands. Without these groves and wetlands intact, flooding and devastation is much worse during these severe storms (hello hurricane Harvey and Irma!).What can you do to reduce waste, save money and potentially even help with reducing the destruction caused by hurricanes? Don’t buy commercial mulch! 70% of mulch sold in the US is made from cypress trees, while naturally organic and well liked for residential and commercial use, we are destroying our cypress groves that are crucial to swamp habitat in the coastal southeast and southcentral US, as well as, protecting our wetlands. Without these groves and wetlands intact, flooding and devastation is much worse during these severe storms (hello hurricane Harvey and Irma!).
I like to change things around on my mantel from season to season and I hadn't really found my summer look....I wanted to stay away from any fresh flowers or plants because we travel so much during the summer, but I did want to brighten and lighten things up.
Before I got serious about it, I used to spend as much money or more on plants/veggies and supplies to grow a few meager plants in my mini backyard garden as I would have buying the few things I grew at the grocery store. While this was still rewarding (being outside, growing something...), I really wanted to get better!
As a mother of two girls, we have enjoyed doing some truly great Valentine's boxes over the years. I like finding ways to do projects like this without an expensive trip to the craft store. Getting the kids involved in this household search is key...This is made out of all household items, except the heart at the top, which could be made or substituted for ribbon/bows/hearts...whatever!
I have the typical builder grade bathroom vanities in my home and after 15 years they look less than fresh. If you've shopped for vanities to replace, the nice ones are really expensive...$1,000 and up! For next to nothing, I reused my bathroom cabinet (painted it ) and poured a concrete counter top. Add a glass bowl sink, a farmhouse industrial faucet and you have a beautifully updated vanity for around $150.Note - we have poured countertops inside, installing directly on the cabinets and in place but we've also tried it outside the area and installing once completed. For small surfaces like a bathroom vanity, we highly recommend doing this somewhere else...it's easier and not that heavy to move into place. Keeping all the mess outside your home.