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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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Tutorial for spray painted plastic lawn chairs with a tip for making an easy spray paint booth with cardboard - garden, yard work, yardworkation - StowAndTellU.com

Yardworkation #1 – Spray Paint and Plastic Lawn Chairs

What do you call it when you get invited to several summer holiday parties in one weekend, but you say no to all of them because you’d rather stay home and do yard work? I like to call that “yardworkation.”  And I have a feeling we’re going to be taking a lot of these “ations” […]

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A grapevine wreath is painted red, white and blue and turned into a birdfeeder - How to make a patriotic bird feeder wreath - StowAndTellU.com

Patriotic Bird Feeder Wreath

Last summer when we moved in, we had a bird (of some kind) nested up under our awning, and it lived there straight through the winter. By early-spring a similar but more showy looking bird showed up and started helping bird#1 build a cozier nest. Not too long after, we started hearing baby chicks a’chirping […]

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Was a barrel of plastic bottles, now a barrel of pumpkins!

I spied a super cool large garden container tip most recently when I was helping my friend Judy move. Among her many talents, she’s quite the green thumb.  When she gave me the chore of emptying the dirt and summer blooms out one of her large plant containers, “but leave the plastic bottles in the […]

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How to Plant Moss and Chicken Wire Containers

Living in Illinois, most of my small garden patch is made up of native prairie plants which thrive each year come whatever unpredictable weather our climate may surprise us with.  Thing is, once you plant a native, and it takes hold, it just keeps coming back from year to year.  There isn’t much more to […]

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Vertical Chicken Wire Planter on Pallet Wood

Last winter when my son was home visiting over the Christmas holiday, we have a few warmer days and he offered to do a little work for me.  I don’t think he was extremely thrilled to start disassembling pallet wood skids, but he made the best of it and by the end of the afternoon, […]

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