Category Archive for: ‘Month November Week 2’

Adding to the wreath

A Magnificent Magnolia Wreath Brings Cheer to the Season

I love experimenting with different wreaths, and this year I decided to try making one out of magnolia since they produce such gorgeous foliage. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The glossy leaves with textured undersides create an interesting contrast that looks unique and eye-catching while still maintaining the classic natural look of a fresh wreath. Disclosure: …

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garden-inspired gifts: kokedama moss ball gardening kit

Creative Holiday Gifts that Gardenistas Will Love

The holidays are coming up, which means it’s time to find the perfect gifts for all the special people in your life. This year, try giving gifts inspired by nature that bring the calming beauty of the garden indoors. We just love all of the unique, crafty stuff there is to be found on Etsy, so we put together this …

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Secret gardeners: Jeremy Irons

Secret Gardeners: Peek into the Private Gardens of Five Celebrities

Have you ever wished that you could step into the luxurious private gardens of some of the world’s most impressive estates? Do you ever imagine whether or not your favorite celebrities garden, and what sort of things they grow? Victoria Summerley’s new book The Secret Gardeners gives access to twenty-five breathtaking gardens owned by celebrities in the UK. Hugo Rittson-Thomas’ …

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How to overwinter succulents, both hardy and tender by knowing what they need to go dormant as well as soil, temperature, light, and watering needs.

Overwinter Succulents to Keep Them Beautiful All Year Long

With succulents at the height of popularity, there is now a great variety of interesting new plants available for the home garden. There are so many beautiful and decorative specimens, you very well may have collected some succulents that you would like to grow for years to come. This is how I overwinter succulents, both hardy and tender, so that …

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Make These Easy Pinecone Spheres - an easy nature project for festive holiday decor

Holiday Decorating with Nature: DIY Pinecone Spheres

This holiday decor project takes very little time yet it’s surprising how many uses you may find for some festive pinecone spheres. Many years ago I collected a large number of pinecones from trees in my garden and neighborhood. After drying them, I had the idea to make a few different sizes of pinecone spheres, mostly for the sheer fun …

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This attractive ombre melt and pour soap is lightly scented with lavender and moisturizing with rich shea butter and it's easy to make at home.

Lovely Lavender Ombre Melt and Pour Soap

This attractive ombre soap is lightly scented with lavender and moisturizing with rich shea butter. While it looks like a high-end decorative soap from a fancy shop, it’s surprisingly easy to make at home.  Follow these steps to create beautiful ombre triple-layer soap. Materials 2 lbs shea butter soap base Lavender soap dye 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil divided into …

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