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Great Little Gardening Tip

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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I thought this was such a clever idea!: You know how you have a drainage hole in the bottom of your plant container?:

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Well, to keep the soil from seeping from the container’s drainage hole and creating a mess on your walls and steps, place a piece of fine screen over the hole before filling with soil:

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That will help keep in the soil instead of running out the bottom every time you water.

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Pretty smart idea, don’t you agree? I read this idea in a Proven Winner catalog. I am so ready to start working outdoors! How about you?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Quick Ways To Update For Spring

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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We are all so ready to open the windows and let the sunshine in. Such a long winter this year. If you are thinking of gathering a few accessories to update your home, here a a few quick and inexpensive ideas to get you moving:

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Start with your front door entry! There is such a wide selection of beautiful outdoor rugs to be found. Remember to think BIG, and colorful:

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Take a look at your entry room as you enter the front door. Does it look cheerful? Can it use a fresh rug runner to use in the Spring and Summer? Try switching out some of your entry table accessories to make a new, lighter vignette. I love seeing fresh flowers when you first walk in a home. Don’t you think they make such a great first impression?

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For the kitchen, again a new colorful rug will change the look and feel of the whole room:

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Here are a couple examples of rugs that will work well with both white cabinets or stained wood:

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Both rug colors will also work great with a white sofa as well as a chocolate brown sofa in the living room.

And my favorite way to bring in Spring, if you have not guessed, is flowers and branches. Love!

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So let’s celebrate and bring Spring in. I am not going to let a little snow here today:

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Dampen my spirits. I am moving forward and may the snow and cold be gone!

Has Spring arrived in your little section of the world?

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Christmas Table Centerpiece

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Since I am busy moving this week, I thought I would revise a Christmas centerpiece I made and posted a couple years ago. It was easy and fun to make. The best was that it lasted for such a long time, well into January. I hope you enjoy and want to make one for yourself:

I was so inspired and excited to make my own centerpiece after I saw one made at my IRN Boston Conference. I am not a real crafty person but I love the look so much I thought I would try one on my own to share with you.  Here goes:

Kellywreath       Me at florist

Supplies: An Oasis Wreath with a ring underneath to hold water. You can buy wreath on line here or I bought mine at a local flower shop for $12.00. Nurseries are another place to check.  I tried Michael’s and other craft stores but they do not carry them.  Hmm… I was surprised about that.

10½" OASIS® Design Ring - carton of 10

Greenery Branches:  You can find branches outdoors (remember you are only going to use tips of branches, you do not need long stems) or you can purchase them from your local florist or nursery. Try to find two to three different kinds to mix for interest.  I bought mine at local florist- $15.00 for a box of greens, boxwood (my favorite!), evergreen and pine.  He even threw in some red berry branches for me!  PS. Make friends with your local florist if you think you would like to start making your own stuff.  A great resource!

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Miscellaneous Items: Picks with wire, wire, Christmas balls and ribbon, red berries stems (backyard or florist), candles (optional), sharp knife, hammer and vase of water.

First step- soak your oasis wreath for an hour in warm water.

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Meanwhile, lay all your supplies out together on a large surface.  Yes, it is going to make a big mess!

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The first items I got ready for wreath were the branches.  I cut a top of pine branch off with knife (never scissors because scissors squeeze the end closed and the flowers can not drink):

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Then layer with another type of greenery:

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And then another type of branch.  Here I used the boxwood in front.

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After you arrange a pleasing little group of greens, hold tight on the bottom and wrap wire around to hold them together.  I then cut the ends short and because they are hardwood, I smashed the ends with a hammer (which helps branches drink easier) and stuck in a vase of water until I was ready to begin the construction of my wreath.

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After I put four green clusters together, I started sticking in wreath sideways.

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Then I stuck the other three bundles in wreath form opposite each other.  If you think the branches are sticking to far out from side, cut off more of the stem to desired length.

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wreathme-1      Having so much fun!

I could have put more branch bundles in, but I decided to try and fill in with individual branches to see how it would come out.

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See how it is filling up on the side?  It was easy to take different pieces of the different branches and stick in to make appear fuller.  After I filled the whole wreath this way, I wanted to decorate it up a little with color.  The fun part!

So I took some picks,

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And wrapped and twisted the wire around Christmas balls and pieces of ribbon:

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And inserted the stick ends into the wreath.

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Ta Da!!!

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I am sooooooo proud of myself!!!  It looks pretty good, don’t you think?  Now if I can do it, I know you can too.  I had such a good time making it.  Do you know how expensive these pieces are to buy??  Very! This wreath only cost me about $30.00 to make.  If I wasn’t so lazy and got outside to cut branches from the yard, it could have been much less.

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I am so happy how it came out!  What else can I make??

Comments?  Would you like to see more projects?

If you need help making your home festive and bright, contact me today!

 

 

 

 

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Simple Pumpkin Centerpiece

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Isn’t this pumpkin hut so creative? It is a local farm stand where I buy my pumpkins every year:

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I stopped by today to get a good size pumpkin for a centerpiece I had seen on Pinterest that I loved:

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I love going to this farm stand to buy fresh fruit and vegetables because they have so many different and unique items. After selecting my pumpkin, I grabbed my clippers and raided the neighbors yards:

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I didn’t want anyone to see me so I was laughing at myself trying to cut fast and run! I just crack myself up sometimes.

Here is my beautiful pumpkin:

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First, I cut off the top of the pumpkin, then I carved out the inside so I could place a vase:

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I filled the vase with water and flower preservative:

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And then started filling my vase:

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The only issue I had was knowing when to stop:

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Simple, quick and fun. Perfect! Have you enjoyed creating any projects this Season?

Linking up at Serenity Now Blog here. Great ideas- check it out!

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