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2 Pergolas and a Garden Update

I may be setting a summer pattern... getting a post published every other week is about all I seem to be able to have time for... but that's probably all you have time to read as well! Summer is such a few short months, to waste it indoor is just that... a waste! In this post I'm going to share with you 2 pergolas and a garden update... one of the pergolas is at our house, but the other pergola is from someone else's house... A couple weeks ago my husband and I went to see two of our grandkids play baseball and went over to their dad's and step-mom's house ... Keep Reading...

Before & After Formal Cottage Garden

In the summer it is so hard for me to stay inside long enough to write a post! (sorry I missed last Monday's post!) I love being outside in this weather. Gardening and landscaping have totally taken front and center for me this spring. The gardens at our house were in desperate need of garden work. Last year we were so preoccupied with the renovations to the actual house, we didn't even bother a bit with the landscaping. It's been so much fun to be able to put my full attention into the landscape and garden design this year! All that time and energy ... Keep Reading...

Raised Bed Container Gardening

***UPDATE: To see an update on how these planters have worked so far, check out this mid summer post. I haven't been able to put in a vegetable garden for a few years, and now at our new house, I really wanted to have one again. Then I stumbled across these raised bed planters, (see shopping link for them at the end) and they really looked like the perfect answer for a garden. Raised bed container gardening has some pretty great advantages, but a few drawbacks too... like drying out too quickly. The reason I was drawn to a raised bed container gardening ... Keep Reading...

Before and After Terraced Garden

This has been a great spring for getting the landscape and gardens redone, at least for me. It's been cooler, and I like that for working outside... hot weather fatigues me! We bought our house a year and half ago, and immediately started renovating both levels inside and the outside of it as well. The wait for landscaping has felt long, so it's been fun for me to finally be able to put my energy and attention into the gardens and landscape. I already posted about the circular garden before and after in this post. I showed you the simple act of ... Keep Reading...

DIY Brick Edging

An angled brick edging adds a nice cottage charm to the planting beds, but also serves a purpose. As you can see in the 'before' picture below, the soil and mulch of the circular garden I just finished re-doing, (you can read that 'Before and After Circular Garden' post here) easily spilled over the edge onto the sidewalk before I put in a brick edging. Without edging, dirt and mulch spill over edge. Fortunately, we had about a pallet of leftover bricks from a backyard project, for this brick edging project (but I've used bricks from demolished ... Keep Reading...

Before & After: Circular Garden

Looking at the 'before' it's hard to believe how cute the 'after' of this 'before and after circular garden' could be! I've added shopping links for you in the post as well as all grouped together at the end of the post. A few weeks ago I shared how antsy I was getting to be able to get out and start the landscaping around our home. (At that time I was researching garden design ideas for inspiration. Here's that post with some pretty ideas.) We bought this late mid-century house about a 1 1/2 years ago and have been crazy busy renovating it top to ... Keep Reading...

Transplanting Stella D’Oro Daylilies

To transplant Stella D'Oro daylilies is super simple, in this post I'll show you just how easy it is. A few weeks ago I shared that now as the whole house renovation dust has settled, I had time and energy to focus on the gardens and landscaping... (you can read that post here) then it snowed LOL! That was a momentary set-back... Spring has finally sprung and the garden planning has begun! YAY!!  My goal on this house is to keep it as maintenance friendly as possible without compromising beauty. That's a tricky combo for me. Tackling one garden ... Keep Reading...

Kitschy Aquarium

This is a totally fun, kitschy aquarium DIY project that you have to have just the right spot for. I just happened to have that exact spot in the lower level hallway wall by the kid's playroom/family room. Here's a little background to this project... if you want to just skip ahead to the actual project, roll on past this paragraph. :) We used to have a cottage in Maine. (click here to see more decorating on that fun place) We sold that cottage and our last home, a 100 year old house, the same year, (click to see the full renovation on that 3 story house) ... Keep Reading...

Shutters (do’s & don’ts)

Thinking of sprucing up the exterior of your home with some shutters? (get ready... here comes a 2 minute rant!!) Please, please, please read these shutter do's and don'ts before you start! Hopefully then you can avoid the same mistakes so commonly found with shutters in the Midwest!! I've traveled across the USA, coast-to-coast, East-to-West and North-to-South... Pretty much every other place 'gets' how to size and mount exterior shutters. EXCEPT for the Midwest... I'm convinced it is especially bad in WISCONSIN! (I can pick on Wisconsin, that's ... Keep Reading...

Sew a Dog Kennel (Bunny Hutch) Fabric Cover

Have a dog kennel that needs a little dressing up? Maybe this dog kennel (bunny hutch) fabric cover will work for you too! One of our granddaughters has a very sweet, indoor, pet bunny. (By the way, bunnies can be litter trained and this one is...) When our granddaughter comes to visit us, she'd love to bring her bunny. We finally figured out a way for that to happen. We pulled the large collapsible dog crate out of the shed and set it up for the indoor bunny hutch. Large dog kennel turned 'bunny hutch'. Bunny wasn't too thrilled with the open-ness ... Keep Reading...