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Swarming Honey Bee Stencil Side Table

When you get your hands on a new stencil, do you feel like you want to go a little stencil crazy with it and pounce the pattern onto whatever you can find, just to get your money’s worth? Even if the stencil didn’t cost that much? I have several old windows that I’d like to […]

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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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How to Make Fishing Buoys from Bottles

I have been stock piling used bottles because I have been wanting to try making fishing buoys with them for quite some time now.  We have our annual trip to the Warren Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend. The thought of sinking my toes in the sand always puts me in the […]

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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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Why You Don’t Want to Go Cheap with a Gazebo Tent

It’s mid July, and I’m sitting under our brand new gazebo tent one afternoon with a cup of coffee and a good book. I hear a pitter-patter because it’s starting to rain. I think, “hey, nice! I can sit right here, keep reading and enjoy the storm. Because I have shelter.” Not!!! Within a few […]

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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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7 Faux Punched Tin Lantern Ideas

Every porch or patio needs at least one punched tin lantern!! I read that blurb in one of the design magazines while at the dentist office a few months ago. I have been a little obsessed about it ever since. The real-deal punch tin lamps are a little pricey and harder to come by.  Here […]

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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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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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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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