Which Compost is Best for You?

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Because today is Earth Day, here’s an eco-friendly gardening tutorial to help green Mother Earth and to enhance your passion for gardening. Because growing fruit & vegetables is so much more so fun, when the plants reward you with an abundance of produce! And to get good at gardening, you must get your compost to […]

50+ Fun Earth Day Activities

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Tomorrow, April 22, will be Earth Day 2014. Celebrate the day with these Cool Crafts for Kids and Earth Day Activities that also grown-ups can benefit from and enjoy! 5 Earth Day Facts – the 5 most important facts. I’ve added this section for school teachers among our readers 1 of the Best Earth Day […]

Humble Rosemary Wreath smells Wonderful & Promotes Health

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Learn how to make yourself a friendly & fresh smelling rosemary wreath, to give a 100% natural cheer to any place you wish to hang it. Ah, Easter wreaths, Spring wreaths, anytime of the year wreaths. I love them all! i JUST revised this post with 10 verrryyy pretty Easter Wreaths. And on that overview […]

DIY Garden Canopy

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The verdict is out: I  NEED to make my own canopy for the backyard. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here in the UK but it is still a tat early for sitting outside in the garden for any stretch of time. It’s not so much that it is too cold or that the […]

Seed Bombs :: How to Make Your Own

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Make Your Own Seed Bombs! Or diy seed balls, as I call them. It is a cool crafts for kids: a fun Spring break craft, or Weekend activity with the kids. And a useful one too if you want to have a field of wild flowers around your house & in your neighborhood. You’ll love […]

Top 10 Most Fabulous Interior Designs

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Here are my top favorites out of Architectural Digest’s top 50 most pinned photos in 2013. No craft tutorial nor a DIY manual for any of these interior design ideas. Let’s call this ultimate inspiration instead. Perhaps we can find a few DIY projects to do in 2014 from furniture and interior design ideas shown […]

50 DIY Wooden Furniture + Woodworking Projects

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Here they are: 50 fabulous woodworking & wooden furniture DIY projects, to be cherished by non-girly girls and DIY-ers like us. Yesterday I received a lovely email of a new newsletter reader who was hoping to get more woodworking projects. Well, I have a nice surprise for her & you: an overview of most of […]

Cascading Bucket Planter DIY

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Beautify your porch this Fall with a flower waterfall. You can actually implement this marvelous gardening idea  year-round, to give your porch, garden or terrace a lift.  This abundance of flowers set in a cascading bucket planter will put a smile on your face, even when it rains! Yes!!! We need it! Let’s do go […]

Fall Landscaping Ideas

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Remember the ‘Beach in a Pot’- container gardening idea we included in our ‘How to Create a Beach Cottage’-series ?  Now, I want to show you three different autumn gardens in a pots and planters. Beautiful landscaping ideas by Sunset, for your garden, patio and balcony.   These Fall landscapes in pots are neither Halloween […]

How to :: Halloween Curb Appeal

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Creating Halloween Curb Appeal is not as daunting as one might think. There are several tricks to creating fabulous Halloween curb appeal that will delight you every time you get home as well as all passersby. Here’s the Halloween Home Decorating How-to ..   How to Create Halloween Curb Appeal Step 1: Remove all prior […]

DIY Planters from Cement

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:: Pictorial tutorial on how to make the most exquisite cement planters :: It’s such an easy DIY, yet the results looks, well, shabby chic glamorous!!!  I love this look + the ease & practicality of this DIY garden craft project makes it ‘one for me’!!!  For you too? What is nice about this technique […]

5+ Vertical Gardens :: Vegetable Garden Ideas

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Last weekend, I was just browsing around for vertical vegetable gardening ideas. Encouraged by how well my own veggies are taking root and growing, more vertical vegetable garden ideas are needed!!! I want to grow more veggies! It is no wonder that Vertical gardening has become so popular It maximizes your harvest, It maximizes the […]

DIY Fire Pit + Other Party Features

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Good morning, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you all! It’s time for a Party. A linky party! Let me share some features first.   :: Features from the Regular Party :: Having several linky party sections now means that I have lots of entries to choose from. I want to feature so many of you, that […]

Craft for Humanity: Crochet a Plastic Sleeping Mat for the Homeless

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Creativity with a mission. While the creative process may feel good to us, it can also be useful to others. Crochet Plastic Sleeping Bag Design These plastic crochet sleeping mats for the homeless are a project by humanitarian and environmentally concerned Dawn Warmbold from Arkansas that has warmed many hearts and bodies already. Dawn has […]

Recycled Can Crafts :: a Butterfly

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Still snowing and not much delight in your garden just yet? Make Spring come early with some recycled can crafts and make your own jewel butterfly! So delightful.     1,2,3 Step-by-step Tutorial on How to Make these Fun Recycled Can Butterfly STEP 1. Cut the top and the bottom of your can with a […]

Spring in Italy

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While not a pattern, DIY idea, or anything handmade by me, the Divine Creation of Mother Earth is just so inspirational, particularly in Spring, that it is worthy to write about. Spring is this soulful time when the blooms bloom, as if to say, hey, you can do this also. Just begin again. Therefore, I […]

Rooting Roses

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The Gift of Roses. Last year, I simply asked my husband for an entire rose bush instead of a bunch of roses for Valentines’ Day. I enjoy having roses year-round rather than just 1-2 weeks in the middle of winter. And sure enough, I had roses from my bush for a long time and can’t […]

Companion Planting Guide, a Free Download of Plants’ Best Friends

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Free Companion planting Guide. Just created tons of friendship bracelets so our house is all about friendship. Then I had a chat with my gardening friend here. We started talking about which plants like to stay next to which other plants. Kind of like plant friendships… Which let me to develop this free downloadable companion […]

Step-by-Step How to Grow Hydrangeas

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Hope you liked coming for a stroll with me through hydrangeas-heaven in Capranica, and see my glorious photos of this exquisite streetscape. Here are a few more pictures of these romantic flowers. Be sure to click the images to see larger versions. More photos of gorgeous hydrangeas. How to Root Hydrangeas Clippings Are you ready […]

DIY Exquisite Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas for free and in abundance! These wonderful plants are omnipresent in Italy and I totally adore them. They make me happy!! I have to say, flowers like the ones in the pictures below make Italy seem like paradise. So incredibly charming. Despite the fact that these flowers are not native to Italy, you can […]

Lovers of Campers: Van Makeover

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Join the Smallards in their joy over their campervan makeover. This camper sure looks ready for a vacation trip, camping in nature. So happy. Isn’t this a super-sunny campervan with Blue, Red and White? Tri-color stripe upholstery with white piping for definition Sailboat stripe bunting Matching polka dot French café curtains (learn how to make […]

Bike Bags! Make Your Own

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  Whether you choose this apple fabric or another one, this is a happy pattern as I know from experience, that anyone with a bike will love to own. I know I’ve recently featured a bike lunch bag. This is handy, don’t get me wrong. But these classic Dutch, extra large bike bags that hang […]

Reviving Orchids

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Are you craving for some good orchid blooms too? I collected 5 different orchids over the last couple of years, but none of them are blooming any longer. Mmm… one died, the others ones are surviving, but not thriving.   It is about time that I researched it a bit.   It turns out that there are […]

Recycle a Dresser into a Planter

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Recycle an old dresser and turn it into a romantic planter.  Love addition to any porch, patio, sun room, or garden. Lots of fun and holds lots of plants, and even a place to put your cup of tea. Perfect… that’s right. There’s even a spot on top where the cat could rest and sleep […]

DIY Eco-Friendly Outdoor Fireplace

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I was all warming up to the idea of a nice outdoor wood-burning fireplace on the porch of in our next home, or as it popular here, I was even considering an outdoor pizza oven, nearby the house, in the garden. Then comes architect Michelle Kaufmann again whispering in my ear…. Pssst! If all you […]

Feature Fence DIY

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This fabulous outdoor living space with feature fence was created by two college students, Clayton and Chaz. Before & After: They transformed a run-of-the-mill fence of a disregarded garden into this piece of art. Note the floating shelving on this contemporary fence. It has a matching timbered water feature. The fence, water feature, river rocks, […]

Drip Irrigation System w Recycled Bottles

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What to do when we go for a week vacation and we can’t water our potted plants??? Like my 450 basil baby plants that I’m nurturing at present??!! The folks from Provident Living have the answer: make your own drip irrigation system. This, is worthy of further investigation and indeed, extensive experimentation! Sub – (drip) […]

Pussy-willow Basket

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Elegant Easter Decoration that sooths, not shouts. Beautiful, and easy to make. Learn how.       Quick 1, 2, 3 Instructions !.  For the vase: The center of this basket is a glass or ceramic flower pot.  Cover the outside of the pot with moss and secure with florist wire. Working in the round, […]

Recycled Plastic Bottles to Awesome Vertical Vegetable Garden

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We all must learn to grow vegetables. Whether we live in a small apartment without a balcony, a unit with just a small patio, or a luxury house with lots of land. Don’t you think? Growing herbs and veggies is easy & fun, once you know how, particularly with the ingenious plastic bottle vertical gardening […]

How to Make a Topiary

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Lets make a topiary. I will show you how. It is winter and not much creative gardening going on besides making winter veggies and protecting whatever you planted from frost. It is however a time that in Italy, the olive farmers clip their olive trees again, and loads of free branches are to be had. […]