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    April 28, 2015
    Creating A Beautiful Window Box

    I absolutely adore window boxes, and wish they would come back in style. I think they give homes a fairytale, cottage-like feel, and I would put one under every one of my windows if my family would let me. Plus, they’re like mini container gardens, so they’re nice and compact and easy to maintain. If you are thinking of installing flower boxes of your own, check out this post by Kelly at the Lily Pad Cottage blog for some great tips on keeping them gorgeous:

    - Plant different flowers all mixed in but still keeping in mind balance and symmetry.

    -Use fertilizer

    -Water them every day that it doesn’t rain!

    Photo Credit: Rick Ligthelm 


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    April 24, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Gardening Tips
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2hnmc5

    Really good advice for those of you getting out there and starting a garden this Spring!


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    April 22, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Garden Privacy Screen

    Photo from Listotic


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    April 21, 2015
    DIY Solution To Get Rid Of Aphids

    Aphids are some of the most heinous garden pests out there. They can cause the destruction of giant trees, and even entire crops. Plus, they’re gross. No one likes bugs. At least, not when they’re crawling on your fresh-grown produce. If your plants are suffering from an influx of aphids, check out this post by Mike Lieberman at Urban Organic Gardener for some natural solutions:

    -Keep your container garden ant free. Ants will shuttle aphids around.

    -Make a homemade spray. Boil up some water with onions, garlic and cayenne pepper. Let it steep for a bit, then spray down the aphids and undersides of leaves.

    Photo Credit: Martin Cooper 


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    April 17, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Different Fire Pit Ideas
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2n1igo

    I actually love the triangular shaped one!


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    April 15, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Outdoor Kitchen

    Photo from Indulgy


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    April 13, 2015
    Spring Craft Idea: Bird Feeder From A Teacup

    I have a total thrift store addiction. But, I don’t really buy clothes. Whenever I go out, I always head straight for the home goods section. I love old furniture, kitchenware, kitschy décor, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. Right now, I have more colored glass bottles than I know what to do with, wicker baskets out the wazoo, more picture frames than pictures, and teacups. So many teacups. I always tell myself I’ll use them for something, but I can never decide what. Then, I saw this post by Jessi Wohlwend at Practically Functional! It’s a tutorial on how to turn a teacup + saucer into a totally adorable bird feeder. Check it out:

    -Glue teacup to saucer using ceramic glue. Make sure the cup is at the back half of the saucer so there is room for the birdseed to “spill out” in front of the cup.
    -Tie a piece of twine around the teacup handle and hang from a tree.

    Photo Credit: Marcie 


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    April 9, 2015
    Easy Curb Appeal Projects You Can Do This Weekend

    Curb appeal is what sells your home. It’s the small details that make people stop and say, “Ooh, look at that!”. It is also one of the easiest things to create. It just requires some cleaning, some creativity, and a little bit of elbow grease. If you’re a naturally crafty or handy person, this post by Lilly at Listotic will be right up your alley. She has compiled the best DIY projects on the web that will instantly add a boost to your home’s curb appeal. Here are some of my favorites:

    -Add shutters

    -Hide your hose in a creative or aesthetic way, like in a basket or pot.

    -Add solar spotlights

    -Add a pergola

    -Makeover your mailbox

    Be sure to look at her post for full tutorials, as well as before and after photos for each project.

    Photo Credit: Wonderlane 


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    April 8, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Charming Outdoor Living Space

    Photo from Apartment Therapy


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    April 3, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Plants That Attract Butterflies
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2l50hz

    I’m growing a butterfly bush in my windowsill right now! Well, it’s not a “bush” yet, but I have a few sprouts going.


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