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Make a simple DIY fairy garden fence with popsicle sticks and wire.

How to Make a Fairy Garden Fence

Make a simple DIY fairy garden fence with popsicle sticks and wire. It adds the perfect miniature detail to any fairy garden. For the final piece from my daughter’s fairy garden birthday party, I have a video to share! We made a fence for each of the kids at the party to place anywhere in their...
A fairy garden birthday party where each guest creates their own personal fairy garden

Create a Fairy Garden in a Flower Pot

Create your own personal fairy garden in a flower-pot. Fairy gardens don’t need to be big, after all, fairies are small. You just need a flower-pot. For my daughter’s fairy garden birthday party, each guest created her own small fairy garden in a flower-pot. This project is a great craft for ...
A fairy garden birthday party where each guest creates their own personal fairy garden

A Fairy Garden Birthday Party

Fairy gardens are really popular right, so my daughter wanted a fairy garden party for her birthday this year. The guests each made their own personal fairy garden. Our fairy garden party was less about fairies, and more about gardening and building. Most of the fairy garden birthday party id...
A retro-style light from Parrot Uncle with tips on how to install a pendant light

Beautiful Vintage-Style Pendant Light from Parrot Uncle

We got gorgeous a new pendant light from Parrot Uncle, and I'm sharing step-by-step instructions of how we installed it. As part of our kitchen remodel, we planned to hang a pendant light over the sink. Ideally, we probably should have put the light in after we installed new cabinets, but when P...
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A Custom Illustration of His Car Makes a Great Gift

Need a gift for a guy that loves cars? Give him a custom illustration of his favorite car. A messy desk is supposed to be the sign of a creative mind. I definitely have a very creative husband. For his birthday, I wanted to make his work space look nice. Tidying up the desk was the first ste...
How to make a fairy house from stuff you already have

A Fairy House Made from an Old Bottle

Building a fairy house doesn’t need to cost a lot, or even anything. It just needs some imagination. Fairies love creativity. They also love nature. And if they love nature, that means they really like recycling. It only makes sense, then, that the perfect fairy house is a recycled containe...
a DIY soccer goal made with PVC pipes

DIY Soccer Goal

Make your own DIY soccer goal with some PVC pipe and joints and some netting. It’s an easy DIY project, and a great gift for a soccer-loving kid. I’m excited I can finally share this project with you! It was a birthday gift for my daughter, and I couldn’t share it until after I’d given it...
Save water and money with a DIY rain barrel

DIY Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is wonderful for saving rainwater to water plants later. It’s also an easy DIY home project. All of the rain we’ve gotten this year has been wonderful. The plants and landscaping around our house look green and lush. Flowers are blooming, and plants are growing like crazy with a...
An irrigation timer makes watering plants easy and convenient

The Irrigation Timer

An irrigation timer is a must-have for my garden so I can set it and forget about watering the plants myself. The timer gives them just the right amount of water, just when they need it. I was going to include adding an irrigation timer in my post on irrigation valves, then in my post on installi...
A special message hidden in a bottle

Love Note in a Bottle

A subtle love note disguised as a message in a bottle adds a little bit of fun to a romantic gesture. Today’s post is going to be short because it’s my anniversary, but I wanted to share this simple gift that I made for my wonderful husband. It’s a vase of flowers with a secret love note in...
A drip system waters plants efficiently, and it's easy to install

A Drip System is an Easy Way to Save Time and Water

A drip system is the most convenient and efficient way to water plants and care for a garden. A drip system is also very easy to install. I love drip systems because I am a very inconsistent gardener. One week, I may spend hours every day lovingly tending my plants, pulling weeds, and testing to...
An IKEA kitchen remodel

A Charming Ikea Kitchen Remodel

An Ikea kitchen renovation: from a falling apart space with poor work-flow to a clean, inviting, and very functional kitchen. In planning our upcoming kitchen remodel, I went to visit some friends who recently remodeled their kitchen with Ikea cabinets. It was mostly a DIY job, and it turned out ...
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Build a Beautiful Garden Box

With just a few fence boards, we built a beautiful 2-foot tall, wood garden box for just under $20. We have the perfect spot for a vegetable garden. It’s sunny, but protected. It’s conveniently near our irrigation valves and hose. And it’s right outside our backdoor, which will make caring ...
A high shelf is a great place for storage, and the metallic paint and decorated box make it fit with the room

Faux Metal Display and Storage Shelf

A high shelf near the ceiling is a great place to store things that need to be accessible but are not used very often. It's also a good display shelf too. We gave this one a faux metal look with paint. My family collects Legos. Lots of Legos. My kids’ favorite activity with their dad is to b...
Easter magic makes stuffed animals come to life while the kids are asleep.

Easter Magic

The Easter Bunny adds a little fun to our family’s holiday every year by sending us magic powder that brings toys to life. We don’t have an elf on the shelf at our house. Christmas time is too full of more important things, and I don’t have the time or energy to worry about an elf. Plus, I ...
How to put in a beautiful and healthy sod lawn

How to Choose and Lay Sod

The final part of putting in our lawn is installing the sod. Most of the work now is preparing for the ground for the sod. If you haven't already, take a look at the post on installing the sprinkler valves and sprinklers. Also, make sure watch the “Extreme Gardening” video below! Seed vs...
How to install a sprinkler system

How to Install a Sprinkler System: Part 2

Installing a sprinkler system is definitely a DIY project any homeowner can tackle. Connecting to the house’s water supply was difficult. Installing the backflow prevention and the sprinkler valves was tricky. Now that those are finished (See part 1 of Installing Sprinklers), putting in the...