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A Small Tree With a Big Message: DIY Grinch Tree

While it’s lovely to have classic holiday decor like elegant Christmas trees decked in traditional ornaments and holly-adorned wreaths, I also like to inject the Christmas season with a little quirkiness and whimsy. Queue this little wonder! Not only is it adorable and brings back happy childhood memories of Dr. Seuss’s Beloved How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this miniature Grinch tree …

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Cold Process Handmade Soap 10

Cold Process All-Natural Handmade Soap

Cold-process soap is a beautiful looking soap that when scented with essential oils and colored with botanical elements, makes for a project you can make at home that looks like it came from an artist’s gallery. Cold-process soap has no additives that are bad for the earth and it is gentle on sensitive skin. Many bath and body “soaps” that …

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holiday planter ornaments tutorial

Decorate on a Dime with These Copycat Planter Ornaments

Get ready to amp up your holiday planters with a quick and easy DIY. These festive planter ornaments can be found for big bucks in garden centers and floral shops or you can make them virtually for free at home. Look for some found items around the garden, a few branches, and some glue, and let’s get creative! I probably …

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Make a mini garden snow globe.

Whimsical Mason Jar Snow Globes for the Holidays

Is there any more quintessential winter object than a snow globe? There is something about these tiny snow-covered winterscapes that fills us with a sense of nostalgia and wonder. Making your own is easy and fun, and all you need are a few simple materials that you may already have around the house. This project is fun for kids and …

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Holiday stove-top simmering spices

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas Simmering Spices

It’s amazing how scents just whisk you away to another world: a memory or place that is recognizable by how it smells. Christmas has a smell for sure, perhaps like hot apple cider mixed with pine trees, oranges, and clove? At least that what it smells like for me. Even during those days that I haven’t had my oven working …

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A Wonderful Winter Window Box Planter (That You Can Make Even If You Don’t Have a Window Box!)

Does it surprise you to learn that window boxes are back “in”? You read that right! Just as beards and knitting have made a resurgence in popular culture, the humble window box is back and it’s not just an old fashioned begonia holder anymore. Window boxes are small-space, vertical planters that provide the opportunity to garden even if you don’t …

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Christmas candle wreath tutorial

Gather Around this DIY Christmas Candle Wreath

If you want an elegant, natural centerpiece for the holiday table this year but also crave a project that is simple and quick to make, this DIY Christmas candle wreath is just the thing. The natural elements and cozy, flickering candle will make everyone want to gather around the table to bask in its beauty. And it looks so impressive, …

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Homemade Bath Bombs aka Tub Fizzers Recipe

How to Make Bath Bombs the Easy Way

Love those awesome fizzing bath bombs but don’t want to spend $6 a piece?  It’s easy to make your own with natural ingredients that soften your skin. Rather than large round bath bombs, I like that these are half the size. It is just enough for one bath which makes them go a lot further. Using floral or decorative molds makes …

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garden book gift guide

The Gift of Inspiration: the Best Garden Books to Give this Year

The holidays are coming, and what better way to treat your gardener friends than by giving them the gift of new garden ideas to dream about? A new gardening book is most welcome during the winter months, when you can escape into plans and inspiration for what you will plant, create, and harvest next year. Here are some of our …

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How To Choose A Perfect Christmas Tree

Know Your Tree! How to Choose the Right Fresh Christmas Tree for Your Family

What makes the “best” Christmas tree? Having sold fresh cut Christmas trees for many years, I can attest to the old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In truth, your best fresh Christmas tree may look vastly different than someone else’s. Size, shape, branch density, needle length, color, and fragrance are some of the personal preferences …

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Hanging candle planter for the holidays

Light Up the Holidays with These Creative Candle Projects

With the sun setting so early, winter can make you feel like it is dark all the time (especially if you live in a rainy climate like Vancouver, where even the daytime can be very dark and gray). Lighting candles is a surefire way to brighten up the winter and bring a feeling of warmth and cheer to your home. …

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essential oil blend to scent pinecones

Homemade Scented Pine Cones and a Pretty DIY Diffuser

Smelling your favorite fragrances can make you feel relaxed, revitalized, and comforted. Use natural essential oils to fill your home with the warmth of the holidays by making this pinecone aromatherapy diffuser! Scented pine cones are easy to make at home, as long as you follow a few important steps.    Materials Decorative bowl or dish Pine cones Essential oils …

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  1. Allison Taylor
    Allison TaylorMarch 16,16

    Great ideas. I totally love the carpet gardening. I’ve tried to create something similar in my small backyard garden, but didn’t have much of a success. You inspired me to try again, though, and will definitely do it.

    Regards, Allison from http://windowboxescompany.co.uk/

  2. Barry
    BarryApril 21,16

    I landed on your site as i was looking for inspiration to give our garden a makeover this summer. What an impressive site, Fantastic pictures along with even better content, ive subscribed! Thanks, B

  3. Taylor
    TaylorApril 22,16

    Great blog, great tips.

  4. Paul Grant
    Paul GrantOctober 11,16

    Such a great resource! I really love reading about composting. It is indeed an environmentally helpful way to improve the garden soil and reduce waste.

    These advises has a great impact to the readers who would like to know about garden projects. Two thumbs up!

  5. Good Guys Gardening
    Good Guys GardeningJuly 1,17

    Can you please turn off the adding link in the comment section? All are spamming your website by adding backlink.

    • Stephanie
      StephanieJuly 1,17

      Hey! Thanks for the tip. Google doesn’t track comment links so it’s not going to give them any benefit. I use it to see blogs and websites and keep the conversation going. Thanks for the idea though!

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