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Dyed Bird House

When we were cleaning for Mary’s baptism party I finally got around to taking the mini-Christmas trees off the buffet.  That left a pretty sad spot so I took a wander through the clearance aisle of Michael’s. I ended up with a pile of things that matched the wall… So I pulled out my bag of tricks and got to work

Dying wood with Rit Liquid Fabric Dye

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#GrowGourmet

#GrowGourmet

I’ve got a challenge for you! This summer I want everyone who reads this (even those who don’t) to grow something edible and eat it. A pot of basil, a bed of greens, a row of corn, even a hanging basket of nasturtiums (pretty and tasty!). It’s up to you but now the shovel is in your court! [Read more...]

Summer Sun Hat Wreath

Summer Hat "Wreath" - Brighten up your porch with big bows and big flowersSpring seems to be the time for wreath making in my world, I made a grapevine wreath with ribbon rosettes and a burlap pinwheel wreath in previous years. Our front door gets a lot of direct afternoon sun so nothing lasts longer than a year without extreme bleaching.

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Legumes in the Garden & How They Make Your Soil Healthier

When it comes to improving your garden soil you usually think about additives like compost and mulch. But did you realize there are plants you can add to your flower bed that improve the nutrient value of the soil for themselves and the plants around them? Would you believe me if I said they were easy to find, easy to grow and beautiful? Seems too good to be true doesn’t it! Well, it isn’t. Let me introduce you to my friends the Fabaceae (or pea family if you want to be casual).

9 Flower Garden Legumes [Read more...]

Garden Bench Update – Part 1 + The Silhouette Challenge

I’ve had this bench for years, my grandfather made it for me for my… 16th? birthday? It sat on my moms lawn for many years until it was delivered to our house my by uncle and my very happy mother. I intended to give it a new coat of white paint and power wash the plastic lattice last year but it never happened and the bench sat lonely (and ugly) beside the driveway. Well last weekend while we were waiting for the man to pick up the cows (they have literally gone to a farm upstate, we found a new home for them because they were a lot to handle with the new baby) my brother-in-law got antsy and decided they should move RIGHT THEN! So my husband, nephew and two brothers-in-law carried it down the slippery lawn to it’s final resting place.

Bench before makeover

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