Author Archive for: ‘Stephanie’

Create a straw purse planter

A Thrifted Straw Purse Planter for Summer

These straw purses exude summer beauty when planted with brightly-hued annuals that bloom tirelessly all season. Straw bags are readily and inexpensively available at thrift stores and that makes them a great option for making decorative purse planters for home decorating, summer events, and fundraising. You can very easily collect a large number of purses and convert them to planters …

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Lavender Linen Water Recipe

Lavender Linen Water Recipe and Printable Label

This lightly scented lavender linen water is a must for the laundry room. Use it to fill up your iron to freshen while pressing. Pour it into a spray bottle and mist linens fresh from the wash or those that have been stored for awhile. All-natural ingredients mean this spray is gentle with a delicate scent that doesn’t overwhelm the senses, making this …

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Juniperus chinensis 'Monlep' Mint Julep - topiary process (3)

Care and Pruning for Decorative Topiaries + Giveaway!

A topiary is an exceptional garden feature that will elevate your yard with artistry. Before the topiary gets to the garden center, there is significant time spent growing, training, and pruning the shape, not to mention the thought that went into creating the perfect design to begin with. Given all that goes into creating topiary, it would be a shame …

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essential guide to lavender: bumble bee on Spanish lavender

The Essential Guide to Growing Lavender

It seems like as soon as summer hits everybody starts talking about lavender, and for good reason! Lavender is a gorgeous ornamental with a dazzling fragrance, it has a wonderful delicate flavor that adds depth to many different types of recipes, and it is one of the most popular ingredients in natural beauty recipes and aromatherapy. All of that, plus …

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Wine Cork Plant Marker

Make a Wine Box Herb Garden Fit for a Connoisseur

A beautiful mix of aromatic herbs planted in a wooden wine box makes for a perfect small-space kitchen garden for those who love to cook and entertain. A wood wine shipping crate is just the right shape and size to grow a culinary herb garden on a balcony, deck, patio, or even set right in the entertaining space. With a …

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Big Bowl of Basil

16 Recipes to Use and Preserve Fresh Basil

If you planted basil edible edges or propagated your basil from cuttings like I did this year, no doubt you have a boatload of basil to contend with. Having a ton of one specific crop can be overwhelming, but basil is such a versatile herb that can be integrated into so many different recipes that you will be grateful to have a …

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