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A Decadent-Looking (Yet Surprisingly Frugal) Deck Makeover

Do you need a deck makeover? Decorating your outdoor space can be a fun way to change the look of a space from year to year. A deck makeover doesn’t need to cost a fortune, either. Forego replacing the expensive structure by sprucing up space with personal touches and crafty decor. With a few well-placed accouterments, you can bring your …

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How to Grow and Use Calendula

More Than Just a Garden Beauty: How to Dry, Use, and Grow Calendula

There are a lot of great reasons to grow Calendula. In addition to their bright orange and yellow daisy-like blooms …

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Pretty Pollinators: Create a Butterfly Garden

Attract Pretty Pollinators with an Irresistible Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are beautiful to watch flitting about the garden and they are essential pollinators for a large number of plants. …

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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 …

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Intensive planting boosts yield and saves water

Intensive Planting Boosts Yield and Saves Water

Since I began gardening, I have been an intensive-planting gardener. Intensive planting helps to solve common garden problems like soil …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Make These Concrete Planters Using Your Recyling Bin

    How to Make Concrete Planters

    These DIY concrete garden planters are simple to make in just a weekend and with materials you may already have around the house. They look modern with unique shapes that come straight from the recycling bin! I made these planters many years ago, and have …

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  • Make This Gorgeous Outdoor Centerpiece With Terracotta Pots Succulents And A Candle

    Make This Stunning Terracotta Pot Succulent Centerpiece

    It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous succulent centerpiece was made from the humblest of materials. An inexpensive wire hanging basket frame, terracotta pots, reindeer moss, and a hurricane candle make for a show-stopping planter / table decoration that will get people talking! Who else out …

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  • How To Make Sun Print Cards

    Preserve the Beauty of the Garden with Cyanotype Sun-Print Cards

    There are many ways to collect beauty from the garden and preserve it but one of my favorites is to create greeting cards using a historic photographic method, cyanotype printing. I first used this method to create sun print napkins and was thrilled with the results. I was hooked …

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  • Copper Garden Art Flowers DIY Project

    These Copper Garden Art Flowers Will Never Stop Blooming

    Right now I’m smitten with copper. The rosy hue is cheerful and elegant. It shines so brightly that it seems to belong in the garden. In the summer when the garden is growing well on its own, I turn to garden art projects for my …

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  • All Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe1

    Protect Your Lips with an All-Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

    Before you head out in the sun, do you make sure that you cover your skin with sunscreen? What about your lips? Applying sunscreen meant for your skin directly to your lips doesn’t taste very good. Plus it dries out your lips and dulls the …

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  • Easy DIY Citronella Candles In Cans

    How to Make Citronella Candles

    If your favorite thing in the summer is warm nights outside, then likely one of your least favorite things is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Making citronella candles in cans is a great recycling project that is inexpensive and effective, much like the Soy Beeswax Jar …

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  • 6 Ways To Make DIY Concrete Stepping Stones At Home

    Forge Your Own Path: 6 Ways to Make DIY Concrete Stepping Stones

    Making your own concrete stepping stones is a way to create functional art for the floor of your garden. Stepping stones are necessary for being able to move throughout the garden without disrupting the soil, but they also create focal points and structure, and add …

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  • How To Change Hydrangea Color From Pink Or Blue

    Pretty Pink or Brilliant Blue: How to Make Your Hydrangea Change Color

    Love your hydrangea blooms but want to change up their color? Many hydrangeas will go through a slight color change when transplanted due to adjusting to their new soil when you first bring them home. But if you really want to shake things up, this simple …

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  • Soothing After Sun Balm For Sunburned Skin

    Homemade After-Sun Salve Recipe

    Even if you don’t have a sunburn, this after-sun salve recipe is a summer necessity to re-hydrate and soothe sun-kissed skin. Apply it after a good scrub in the shower to remove sunscreen residue. Slather on this balm and your skin will drink in the …

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  • Flower Print

    Flower Pounding: Printing Fabric with Natural Elements

    What better way to preserve the beauty of summer blooms than by pounding them with a rock onto fabric? I know that’s the first thing I think of when looking at a gorgeous flower. “Hey, I think I’ll smash this with a rock.” OK, I …

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