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A garden table upcycled from an old weather vane cupola and a cabinet door - StowAndTellU.com

Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

You are probably wondering what on earth a cupola is, right? Well, it’s that small boxy looking extension piece that is often found on top of a roof. You know that thing. It usually has louvers and it always has its very own tiny roof. In the old days they were used as a look-out […]

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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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Turn a miniature house or birdhouse into a planter. This one was a tealight holder, so it had an open area where plants could be tucked into - repurposed-birdhouse-tealight-planter - StowAndTellU.com

Miniature House Upcycled as a Planter

What junk have you been collecting lately, just to turn it into something else?  I’ve been collecting miniature houses that range from faux birdhouse to brightly painted cottage.  Each piece seems to have another purpose, such as a tealight holder or tissue dispenser, but I’d like to upcycle all of these in some other way. […]

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Chimichurri sauce made with cilantro and lime rather than vinegar and parsley, goes very nicely with many Mexican dishes and as a salsa or pico de gallo - StowandTellU.com

Lime and Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

If you can get past the part about jamming your mini food processor, and I’m sure most of you don’t have that problem, then you will really enjoy this variation of chimichurri or chimmichurri sauce as either a homemade salsa or as a marinade for cooking meat.  I was given this recipe from a workmate […]

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15 easy ways to keep vegetables edible longer. Short term and long terms vegetable storage tips - StowandTellU.com

15 Easy Ways to Keep Vegetables Edible Longer

Do you see food prices going up and up in your area? We sure do, here in the Midwest.  Combine that with any attempt at trying to eat more fresh produce, yet continually dumping half of it into the garbage because it goes bad. And if you are anything like me, you feel like you […]

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Simple decor idea using aquarium gravel. Use red and white for Valentines Day. You can also fill jars with sour cherries or red hots - Stow and TellU

Aquarium Gravel Filled Valentine Jars

Who’s up for a simple decor idea, be it for Valentine’s Day or any other season?  Last summer when I spied the aquarium gravel filled jars that my niece had put on all the tables at one of our outdoor yard parties, I knew that I wanted to somehow bring that idea into my home. […]

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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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I Spy Gravel Filled Mason Jars (Plus New Home News)

I left off a few weeks ago with the news that my son was arriving home from Dubai.  Well, we’ve been doing plenty of visiting family and friends, attending summer parties of all kinds and just hanging out in general… But, we also made a huge leap and put an offer down on a small […]

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12 Faux Garden Flowers. No Planting Required!

Who doesn’t love a garden full of flowers, but hey, not all of us have a green thumb, right?  So here is a DIY collection of faux ways to add garden flowers to your yard, porch or patio without having to plant a single seed, flora, shrub or bush!   12 ways to add faux […]

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It’s Faux the Birds! 10 DIY Nests

Last summer some of the birds in my yard went to town pulling the filling out of one of our old lawn cushions. Hey, it’s not like they can fly to the craft store and buy supplies.  There’s something fascinating in the creation of a real bird’s nest.  I think that’s why so many of […]

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DIY Twig Pumpkin with Late Summer Color

Winding into the last days of summer, there is a lot of beautiful late summer color to soak up.  Round here, there are still remnants of black-eyed susans and purple coneflower, as well as the start of goldenrod and New England aster.   And we can’t forget the beach, there is still time left to get […]

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Coastal Inspired DIY Twig Lamp Shade

Have you ever just started getting rid of anything and everything because you just can’t take the clutter anymore?!  Once upon a time I had really wanted and consequently received a particular shell lamp for my birthday.  During one of my de-cluttering binges, I almost put it in the donate pile.  I’m so glad I […]

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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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5 Tips for Choosing a Camping Resort for Your Vacation Home

Last weekend our friends Rich and Jamie invited us up to their vacation home for the weekend.  It’s not a vacation home in the sprawling ocean side mansion sense of the word, but more along the lines of a parked trailer home located within a seasonal camping resort.  Fish Lake Beach is the camping resort […]

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