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Start with a Seed (part 4): Organizing a Seed Planting Project

It truly amazes me that you can take a tiny seed (that might look like a piece of lint or dirt), lay it in soil, water it, nurture it, and then watch it grow into a beautiful thriving plant. I have sprouting seeds, my friends, and new ones coming up each day. If I can […]

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Easy Pipe Cleaner Plant Markers

Cheap and easy diy plant markers was the goal with this project. And while there are quite a few super simple ideas, I wanted to use something I had on hand. I was looking through my craft stash for some popcicle sticks, but I ended up finding a few bags of colorful pipe cleaners.   […]

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Start with a Seed Series (part 3): Buying Seeds and Understanding Seed Packets

I think it was just a week or two into the new year when I started seeing plant growing containers on the shelves. I got a little excited… of course anything non-Christmassy is exciting right after the holidays, for me at least. Welcome back to the Start with a Seed series.  This is part 3 […]

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Start with a Seed Series (part 2): Garden Planning Printable

The plan is to grow my own plants from seed this season and you are welcome to join in or just follow along and see if I’ve got something to show come planting season. This is post #2 in the Start with a Seed Plant Growing Series and today I have a 2 page printable […]

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Start with a Seed Plant Growing Series (part 1): Intro

Would you like to join me for a plant growing challenge? You don’t have to be a fantastic gardener or even a blogger to take part.  You just have to want to start or add to a garden you already have by growing plants from seed. This is going to be a personal challenge for […]

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Front Yard Update and Halloween Porch {YardWorkation 5}

We started working on our yard early this summer, and I’m happy to say that our front yard finally passed my sniff test just in time to pull together a thrifty Halloween porch vignette for the trick-or-treaters. I’m probably stretching it by using the word porch, but I’m definitely not exaggerating about the thrifty part. […]

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White Painted Jack O Lantern and Back Porch Update {YardWorkation 4}

White pumpkins are steeling the show these days.  But how about white carved pumpkins or jack o lanterns? While I actually only have one white pumpkin this season  (a gift from my sister from the bonfire night) I didn’t want to carve it. I did however have three thrifted faux jack o lanterns in my […]

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DIY Upcycled Lantern Solar Lights

Have you been embracing the world of solar lighting? It sure has come a long way with everything from solar string lights to hanging outdoor porch lighting. I keep leaning toward solar because a) there’s no wiring required. That keeps it simple. B) There’s no flame from a candle or oil lamp. That keeps it […]

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Vintage Metal Chair with Painted Sign

I have an old vintage shell-back metal chair. When I bought it, it was lime green. I painted it pale yellow, and then I painted it  orange, and then a putty color. But what I really wanted was to try painting a sign on the metal chair. Since it was the vintage shell back style, […]

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Faux Cement and Moss Painted Garden Gnomes

Do you have any yard ornaments or garden objects that need an update? We’ve had these two garden gnomes for years.  And while they’re cute and whimsy with their bright colors, they were just out of place in the new yard. I recently saw a video on garden object transformation using Plaid FolkArt Dimensions Moss Effect. I […]

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Yardworkation 3 – Project List is Half Done!

When we started out the summer, I wrote myself a list on our chalkboard wall of projects for the yard, garden, outdoors, etc… I tagged it #yardworkation because, in my mind, it meant we’d be spending most of our weekends working outdoors, rather than having all that other kind of fun people have in the […]

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4th of July Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Space

It’s kind of amazing how little you really need to suggest that “it’s almost 4th of July!” Hands down the easiest 4th of July idea for decorating your outdoor space is to add mini flags to any planters, baskets, or window boxes that you may have. And then plop a few into your utensil holders […]

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Miniature Tealight House to Mock Punch Tin Lantern

Lanterns of any kind seem to be a big trend this season. I had two black metal tea light houses in my thrifted miniature house collection.  One was upcycled as a bird house planter, which turned out to be a nice gift for Mother’s Day.  I decided to try my hand at turning this one into […]

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Pulling inspiration from your yard and blue house accent colors for a vinyl sided small cottage using the Nouveau Narrative collection - StowandTellU

Yardworkation #2 – Accent Colors for a Blue House

I’m not adverse to the color blue on a house. It’s just that our blue and white house is so blaze at the moment. I thought I’d step back an look at the big picture. What potential does this blue house have? Removing the bush that looks like it’s growing out from under our house […]

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Create a patriotic, outdoor, nighttime ambiance by turning old lamps and stained lamp shades into solar powered table lamps - StowandTellU.com

DIY Patriotic Solar Table Lamps

There is always an onslaught of lamps and lamp shades at the thrift store.  I can never seem to “not” look, just to see if anything catches my eye.  I love that lamps are useful.  They light our way.  That’s why I hate to see the jumble of lamp shades and light fixtures, slightly abused, […]

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