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Vintage Bathing Beauties Beach Tray

Summertime… and the livin’ is eeeeaaasssyyyahhh!!  I remember my mother singing that song when I was a kid and rolling my eyes.  One, because she was an adult letting loose (not permitted)  and two, because she was my mother.  Both good reasons for a teenage girl to want to run and hide because she was […]

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Decorative Fisherman Netting Wrapped Jars

It’s that time of year again, when our family heads to the coast of Lake Michigan, the Warren Dunes to be exact, for a day of fun in the sun (and lots of sand) at the beach.   When I talked about 5 tips for choosing a vacation home at a camping resort, I left out […]

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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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Patriotic Straw Hats {Stars and Stripes Blog Tour}

Plain old straw hat… or decorate it?  Wear it to a parade… or hang it on your door in place of a wreath for something different?  You might think I’m on a straw hat kick if you’ve seen the garden sign straw hats I made recently.  Call it crafty tunnel vision, but I was thinking […]

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Garden or Farm Stand Straw Hat Signage

One of my most favorite things about summer is when we’re driving down that country road on a road or day trip and we see signage off in the distance, along the roadside  that reads: CORN, PEAS, GREEN BEANS… We almost ALWAYS stop and have a look.  How could we not? You can’t get any […]

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Stars and Stripes Faux Batik Tie Dye Table Cloth

Red, white and blue tie dye for the Fourth of July!!  I made this stars and stripes patriotic table cloth using Elmer’s Washable Glue as a faux batik and Rit Liquid Dye.  One of my favorite Fourth of July memories from childhood is the stars and stripes cake that my mom always used to make.  […]

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