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26 Gorgeous Pink Flowering Shrubs for Your Garden

If you’re trying to add interest and appeal to your landscape, one of the best ways to do so is by growing flowering shrubs. After all, these low-maintenance plants require very little care, especially when you select cultivars that work well with your soil and sunlight conditions (as well as the temperatures in your region). [...]

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Fun Painted Egg Carton Dragon Project for Kids

This adorable egg carton dragon is a fun recycled craft project that is sure to be a hit. These dragons are made in a short time and can be used as puppets, toys, or decorations. Make one at a time or by the dozen, it does not get cuter than these dragons. They are a [...]

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30 Creative Ways to Use Old Tires in Your Garden

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you’ve recently changed the tires on your car, you may be wondering what to do with the leftovers. Sure, you could bring them to the landfill – but that’s such a waste. Plus, there are some types of tires (like those from large tractors [...]

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15 Clever Ways to Use Wood Ash in the Garden

Heating oil, in many parts of the world, has now risen to astronomical costs. In fact, the high cost of heating oil has lots of homeowners converting to wood stoves. Rather than tossing the wood ash into the trash, there are plenty of ways you can use it in your garden. It presents several benefits [...]

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Simple Hanging Paper Lanterns from Book Pages

I love paper lanterns, and this little tutorial is absolutely adorable! So easy to make, cost practically nothing, and ideal for decorating a room for any holiday or event. Using pages from some old books helps keep costs low while also adding a unique look to the lanterns. I really love how easy this is [...]

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25 Lifehacks and Tips For Raising Backyard Chickens That Thrive

I grew up in a family that had large gardens and backyard chickens. It was just part of my life in the South. So, sharing tips or “hacks” for raising chickens in your backyard comes naturally. While I wasn’t as hands-on as my parents and even my children have been, I know a lot about [...]

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37 Purple Perennial Flowers You Plant Once And Enjoy Forever

If you want to grow an effortless, virtually maintenance-free garden, growing perennials is the way to go. You can more or less plant and then forget these species, although occasional watering, fertilizing, or weeding may be required. You don’t have to forego beauty for effort, either. There are plenty of gorgeous purple perennials you can [...]

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Adorable DIY Diaper Bathtub Baby Shower Gift Idea

If you are looking for a twist on a traditional diaper cake, this diaper baby bathtub is perfect. It is absolutely adorable and is sure to make any mom smile. Fill it with gifts for the baby or spoil mom with a few items she can pamper herself with during maternity leave. A diaper cake [...]

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Contemporary Bathroom Tile Wainscoting

I don’t have any active project in the works right now, because coronavirus but I’ve always loved watching how others are remodeling their spaces in fresh and creative ways. I’ve noticed some modern tile wainscoting installations beyond basic subway tile and they caught my eye. Wainscoting is a decades old way of making walls more
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Weekend Reading 7.5.20

Hello my friends, and happy Fourth of July weekend. Ours was very mellow, just a backyard BBQ, not much different than a regular summer night! With spreading virus cases in California, we kept the Fourth low key. I’m working on some projects around the house. I have to patch some broken tile (nothing to really
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36 Hours in Mendocino

Yesterday I returned from an overnight road trip with my daughter, we drove up the Northern California coastline to neighboring Mendocino County and spent the night at a little B&B. I wanted to squeeze in a little getaway to a place I’ve never been, and spend some one-on-one time with my teenager. A little coastal
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Etsy Finds: Outdoor & Backyard Activities

Hey Moms and Dads. Are your kids bored? Are you tired of them watching TV or begging for screens? It’s not even July yet. :) I rounded up a few ways to entertain the kids outdoors and support some small online businesses on Etsy! cornhole boards   box of outdoor activities   smores kits  
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Summer Tech Wallpapers (Free Downloads)

Hello friends and happy summer to you! I was playing around with some graphic arts software that I use and created a few new wallpapers for your desktop, laptop, tablets, and phones! Below find five new styles, all free downloads. Each design is available to download in four formats. The 16×9 ratios work for most
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25 Rustic DIY Old Book Page Wreaths

If you’ve been around here before, you’ll know that I absolutely love working with crafts using old books. This list of old book page wreaths has some of my all-time favorite projects all in one place! There are basic wreaths with folded paper, some with rolled paper cones, shredded paper, paper flowers, and a few [...]

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75 Practical Command Strip Lifehacks + How to Use Them

Command Strips or hooks, you don’t know what you are missing out on! Command Strips are absolutely amazing little tools for tons of things around your home and in your life. They may have been created for one basic use, but they have become one of the best lifehack items ever created. Whether you use [...]

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How to Make a Bee or Wild Insect Hotel – With Lots of Examples

Even though it might not always seem like it, your yard is just teeming with all kinds of critters and insects that call it home. Some of these are incredibly valuable. Bees, in particular, are necessary for healthy, thriving ecosystems, as they serve as pollinators for many plants. If you want to attract more bees [...]

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18 Purple Flowering Shrubs That’ll Beautify Your Garden

Whether purple is your favorite color or you simply want to spruce up your yard with a color symbolic of luxury, royalty, and elegance, planting a few purple shrubs is the way to go. Shrubs offer a variety of landscaping uses. You can use them to block your neighbor’s line of sight into your backyard, [...]

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Stunning Old Book Page Calla Lily Bouquet

Paper flowers are always a welcome addition to any room. This tutorial for making a beautiful calla lily bouquet out of old book pages is super easy to follow. They turn out absolutely gorgeous and add beauty to any table or room. These could also be a great gift idea or addition to a traditional [...]

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25 Longest Blooming Trees and Shrubs For Your Garden

When you’re choosing trees, shrubs, and other ornamental plants to ornate your lawn, it can be tough to pick the right ones. There are all kinds of considerations you need to make, after all. Which plants are right for your growing zone? Which ones will do best with your particular type of soil? And most [...]

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Pretty Paper Rolls Wreath Made from Old Book Pages

Sometimes, I want just a little simpler project to decorate my front door. Old books are always in my craft closet for creating with, so I picked some up to make this paper rolls wreath. Instead of the more intricate designs I have made in the past, I used a few simple steps to create [...]

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32 Gorgeous Pink Perennial Flowers That Will Bloom Forever

Nothing adds a touch of femininity and romance to your garden quite like pink flowers. And if you’re looking for a garden that is also low-maintenance and comes back year after year, there’s no better choice than pink perennials. Whether it’s a pale pink, a rosy glow, or a deep magenta that you’re after, this [...]

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Stunning Old Book Page Paper Flower Wall Art

If you’ve been inside any home decor shop or craft shop in the last few years, you’ve probably seen one of these paper flower wall art pieces. Using an old book, I recreated my own version making a slightly rustic but still classy decoration that is ideal for any wall in your home. This is [...]

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How to Grow Night Sky Petunias and Stare Into the Universe

Petunias are popular plants for gardeners in all areas. As annuals, they are easy to grow and add long-lasting color to a patio, garden, or even a living room! Though beautiful, petunias aren’t known for being showstopping flowers – they are so common that they often blend into the background at garden centers and flower [...]

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Weekend Reading 6.13.20

Hi everyone, hope you are all well! California is slowly opening up again and this week I was able to dine with friends inside a restaurant and allow our teens to ride their bikes to town as long as they continue to follow the safety precautions in place. It feels good to have life slowly
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DIY Wood + Sisal Cat Scratcher

I was just sitting in the living room last week, enjoying my morning coffee and the quiet waiting for my teens to wake up and come downstairs when all of a sudden I heard that all too frequent sound of the CAT SCRATCHING THE FURNITURE which totally triggered me. My peace disrupted by the family
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Modern Uses of Breeze Blocks

Ever since my visit to Palm Springs I’ve had breeze blocks on my mind. They’re iconic in that part of California as part of the mid century modern style of homes that surged in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s and they’re incorporated into the architecture in the form of screens and walls. Breeze blocks
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Weekend Reading 6.20.2020

I spent most of my week hanging out with a handful of friends since we’ve all been so isolated for months! It was nice to spend a few hours reconnecting with the faces I’ve missed so much. I’ve also been doing a lot of sitting, thinking, and daydreaming in the sunshine. I believe part of
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Gardening Formula for Tall Planters

I was dining at a restaurant in Healdsburg over the weekend and as I exited I noticed the very tall planters outside the entrance with the gardening medley that never fails to produce an eye catching look. Perhaps you’ve heard of this gardening trick before? If it’s drama you want, then the “thriller filler spiller”
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50 Weeds and Wildflowers You Can Actually Eat

When it comes to weeds, most gardeners will do just about anything they can to get rid of them. Not only do weeds compete with your cultivated plants for light, water, and nutrients, but they can also just be downright unpleasant to look at. However, there are many weeds that not only provide various benefits [...]

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20 Luminous Perennial Flowers That Bloom All Season

If you plan on growing a flower garden, there is no better choice to fill your containers or raised beds than perennials – particularly if you want to take a more low-maintenance approach. Perennials, unlike annuals, do not have to be replanted every year. Instead, you’ll enjoy recurring blooms each and every year, with very [...]

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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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