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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 container, c...
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-lovi...
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 gott...
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 ...
garden-box-with-plants

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...
A gallery of small frames

Small Frames with Flower Photos

This post is part of Hometalk's DIY My Spring Blog Hop. Look at the end of the post for more details. I love how similar small frames look when they are all grouped together. One tiny frame alone would be way too small on a wall, but together they have a unified look. And instead of having to f...
Glue PVC together to connect to the sprinkler system's valves

How to Install Irrigation Valves: Part 1 of the Sprinkler System

Installing a sprinkler system for a lawn and other landscaping requires connecting to a water supply, adding a backflow prevention device, and installing valves to control turning on the sprinklers. Here's how we did it. Our Previous Sprinkler System In our last home, we put in a sprinkler system,...
Testing soil to find out Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium levels

How to Take a Soil Test

We are putting in a new lawn soon and other plant in our backyard. To prepare, we need to get the soil ready, but how do we know what our soil needs? We take a soil test. What does a soil test actually test? A soil test measures four important elements of your soil: the nitrogen, the phosphorus, t...
A cleaned and dust-free silk bamboo plant

An Easier Way to Dust Silk Plants

Silk plants need to be dusted, but there's an easier way than wiping down each leaf with a dust rag. It's also easier on your seasonal allergies. I love having plants in my home. The greenery adds a layer of freshness and beauty to a room that nothing else can. However, because I am very inconsis...
Kids can make a terrarium

How to Make a Terrarium: for Kids

Making a terrarium is a fun project for kids. It’s fun, creative, messy, and it teaches about taking care of something living. Once you've gathered the necessary supplies, kids will have fun putting it all together and watching their terrarium grow. Jane’s Craft Corner Today, my 8-year-old dau...
Kitchen cabinets before remodel

Planning a Kitchen Remodel

When planning to remodel a kitchen, it’s important to understand layout options, work triangle, cabinet types, door styles, finish choices, and countertop options. It’s a lot of work to research, but worth it to end up with a kitchen you really love and no regrets. We’re taking the first s...
How to update an old cutting board with a new design

Cutting Board Refresh

Refreshing an old cutting board is easy with a little food-safe oil, but why not add an interesting new design feature while your at it? Here's how. My favorite cutting board was looking a little worse for the wear. There were deep cuts and food stains. And it was starting to feel very dried out....