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15 Shrubs to Grow From Cuttings + How to Do it

While it may seem easy enough to go out to a gardening nursery and get seeds or young plants, there are other ways to expand your garden or landscaping. The most effective way is to grow your own plants from some that you already have! In fact, growing from cuttings can be quite rewarding, offering [...]

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3 Tips to Propagate Blueberries from Cuttings + How to Do it

Have you ever wanted to grow your own blueberries? Berries can be expensive at the grocery store, and even buying a blueberry bush at the nursery can get pricey. However, if you have just one blueberry plant, you can easily establish a huge blueberry patch for a small fraction of the cost of just one [...]

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15 Perfect Plants to Repel Wasps From Your Lawn and Garden

If you like to garden, you probably already know that bees are essential for pollination. They are valuable in a garden of any kind, be it a vegetable, flower, or herb garden – so we’re willing to put up with the occasional sting every now and then! But what about wasps – do we have [...]

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10 Amazing Tips for Growing Loofahs From Seeds

The loofah – the eco-friendly alternative to washcloths.  If you’ve considered growing loofahs from seeds, then you are in luck!   Although most loofah sponges on the market today are synthetic, meaning they’re not made from the gourd plant form which they were originally modeled, growing your own loofah is actually quite easy to do. Grown [...]

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Whimsical Upcycled CD Owl Garden Decoration

How absolutely adorable is this little whimsical owl garden decoration?! Entirely made of upcycled items, it is the epitome of trash to treasure. I love upcycling, and this uses an old CD, old forks, lids, buttons, and a bit of glue to create a lovely shimmery garden decoration. Make this to prop in your garden [...]

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20 Fabulous Frugal Tips for Starting a Garden on a Budget

Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, not only is gardening a great way to save money on your monthly grocery bills, but it’s also a wonderful way to get some exercise without having to spend money on a gym membership. Of course, it’s also the perfect solution if you crave more time spent [...]

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Step by Step Tutorial

Are you stuck in an older house that has blah or old-fashioned kitchen cabinets? This kitchen cabinet painting tutorial is the perfect restoration for you to draw inspiration from for your own kitchen. A little change in the look of your cabinets can actually be a total revamp of your entire kitchen. Whether you do [...]

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Chippy Distressed Side Table Furniture Makeover

Ever find a great little table that is sturdy and solid but just looks ugly? The solution for that is to turn it into something like this chippy distressed side table. This amazing furniture transformation is going to shock you with how it changes with such little work! This process is detailed, but every step [...]

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Weekend Reading 6.6.21

It was a busy weekend between graduation celebrations and BBQs, I’m just sitting down Sunday evening to write up this post weary from running around but proud of all the graduates I know. One thing is for sure, it was nice to circulate among groups of people this weekend, it’s been so long! June is…
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Carry On Bags for International Travel

I made a bold move and booked a flight to Spain in September. It will be my first international trip in two years since I traveled to Peru and I am doing a happy dance knowing I get to hop on a plane in just a few months and visit a foreign country. I’m traveling…
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Alfresco Kitchen Window Bars

When I was a kid my grandmother used to serve us dinner on the patio by handing us plates of food through the kitchen window. It was her informal way of serving us and easier than walking through the kitchen to the outdoor area, but I never forgot how cool it was that she did…
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Weekend Reading 5.29.21

My teens finished an entire year of high school online and I’m so proud of them for persevering through this pandemic and doing well in school. I realized this is the last summer before they are both driving themselves everywhere, working a job and hanging out with their friends and it made me want to…
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Large Scale Art Under $50

Today I’m sharing my favorite way to create large scale art as big as 24×36” for under $50 and in one day too! The digital download art market is expanding and you can find many art prints online for less than $10. On Etsy, vendors often sell digital downloads for under $5. Here’s how I…
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Weekend Reading 5.23.21

Hello friends, hope you are enjoying these beautiful May days! I’ve been working on a few new art prints behind the scenes, I’ll be adding them to my print shop next week. My teens are finishing up their school year with projects and exams so I’m focused on them this week. I’m so proud of…
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Weekend Reading 5.9.21

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, wishing you a day of relaxation and feeling appreciated. There’s a picnic and wine tasting adventure planned for me this afternoon, but I don’t know the details, it’s a surprise. :) Favorite links from the week below: Casual, cozy, and decorated with warm tones: this home…
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12 Tips for Growing Peppers to Maximize Your Harvest

There’s nothing quite like a batch of peppers to really liven up the dinner table!  Whether you’re chowing down on hot peppers or spicing up your favorite dish with a colorful bell pepper, a little bit of pepper can truly go a long way. Many people purchase these veggies at the store, but there’s no [...]

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28 Amazing Plants That Thrive Growing in Buckets

Short on space – or short on time? If so, you might want to consider growing some plants in buckets. Bucket gardening presents many advantages. Not only is it good for people who live in crowded conditions, like in apartments, but it also allows you to pick up and move your garden with ease. Ready [...]

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13 Ways to Use Tea Bags in the Garden

If you’re an avid gardener, you’re probably familiar with all the ways you can use coffee grounds in the garden. But what if you aren’t a fan of morning joe? If you prefer tea, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways you can use tea bags in the garden, too, all of which will [...]

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5 Simple Tips for How to Build a Rain Barrel for Your Garden

Rain barrels are tools you can use to collect the rainwater that falls from your roof—it’s free water! If you have a 1,000- square-foot roof, you have the potential to collect more than 600 gallons of water from a single one-inch rainfall. While you may not need to collect this much water every time it [...]

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20 Tips for Gardening When You Are Broke

Starting a garden on a budget? Believe it or not, it can be done. Lots of people assume that gardening is only for people with tons of time and money on their hands. Luckily, that’s not the case. Gardening is a fantastic hobby for the wealthy and the not-so-well-off alike. Starting your own garden on [...]

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Make Your Own Fun DIY Concrete Hand Planter

Are you interested in taking your gardening decor to the next level? If so, you may have considered growing your plants in containers. Containers are awesome because they can help conserve water and offer space-constrained gardeners a better way to grow a few plants. You can make your own self-watering planter here, but if you [...]

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6 Clever Garden Projects Using Only Sticks and Twigs

Looking for inspiration for your next project? Why not consider a garden project using sticks and twigs – things you likely have in abundance at certain times of the year? When fall comes around, it’s not uncommon for a lot of twigs to fall all over the place as trees shed their leaves and autumn [...]

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8 Tips for Composting Chicken Manure to Use in the Garden

Interested in some of the top tips for composting chicken manure to use in the garden? You’ve come to the right place. Chickens are often kept for their primary uses of eggs laying and meat, but they have a secondary use as well which is not as commonly known—their manure makes great garden compost. While [...]

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6 Tips to Grow the Tastiest Rhubarb for Your Kitchen Table

Rhubarb plants are known for their grow-it-and-leave-it quality, making it good for novice gardeners like these 30 low-maintenance veggies. But there are some aspects to consider to ensure you have the healthiest and highest-yielding rhubarb crop year after year. Rhubarb plants can live and produce for an average of ten years if cared for properly—well [...]

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Picnic Essentials: Totes & Blankets

This week I met a friend at a local park, we each brought half of a picnic lunch and played Yahtzee for an hour on a beautiful sunny day. Local parks, lakes, rivers, beaches and hiking spots are all available for setting up a picnic and enjoying outdoor time, ’tis the season to be picnic…
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Easy Greek Gyro Salad

If you’ve ever walked by a gyro rotisserie, you know what that smells like! Gyro is stacked rotating sliced meat made of lamb, pork, beef, or a combination. I’m such a fan of a great gyro, I’ll seek them out in cities near and far, from street food in New York City to food carts…
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Weekend Reading 5.15.21

I’m trying a new experiment layering flattened flower petals and stems in resin. So far I’m having mixed results. My hope is to turn them into art or jewelry, so far I’m not sure it will become anything, but it’s fun to play and see if anything will come out of it. That’s always been…
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Wall Basket Displays

Growing up in the 1980s, my mom had a wall basket display in our family room and I’ve observed the look has come back in a big way. I created one myself in this sunroom space a few years ago. A basket display is a creative use of wall space, and because the boho look…
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DIY Cricut Vinyl Inspirational Flower Pots with 3 Unique Designs

Whether you are looking for a fun gift idea or just want something to add to your windowsill, these are excellent!  Following this tutorial, you can make your own DIY Cricut vinyl inspirational flower pots.  Three unique designs give you options to use this as a gift for anyone, or just for the mom in [...]

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How to Make and Use Bone Meal Fertilizer to Boost Your Garden Harvest

Ready to take your garden to the next level this summer? If so, you should consider using bone meal fertilizer. Bone meal is a great fertilizer for several reasons. Not only is it rich in calcium, but it is also a great source of phosphorus. Here are some reasons why you should use it – [...]

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Do it yourself, also known as DIY, is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g. landscaping)".[1] DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations previously categorized as marketplace motivations (economic benefits, lack of product availability, lack of product quality, need for customization), and identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, uniqueness)

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