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Chain Link Gate to Hide an Area of the Yard

January 15, 2018

Here we are at the beginning of a new year and I want to hide an area of my yard using a recycled chain link gate.  We have a storage shed but I need a place to hide flower pots and ladders.   My goal is complete concealment of unattractive items in the yard and I think this a great step toward that end.

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DIY Side Yard Landscape with a River

October 24, 2017
Side Yard Landscape with a River

I decided to landscape my side yard with a dry river because I love the country.  Our area has been extremely dry the last five to seven years but we finally got some rain this year.  Most people are abandoning their thirsty yards and installing rocks, bark, and succulents.  The side yard has always been an awkward area so river rocks were installed and basically forgotten.  I’m sure you know the story.  The next thing I know it is covered with weeds and very ugly.

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DIY Jacaranda Mimosifolia Bouquet

August 7, 2017
Jacaranda Bouquet

The Jacaranda is one of my favorite trees in the area.  I think the purple blooms are so pretty and the leaves are really nice and similar to ferns.  I need to trim my beautiful overgrown tree though.  So why not make a nice bouquet from the trimmings.   I just have to find a large vase and trim the ends of the trimmings and place them in lots of water.  Below is a picture of my Jacaranda tree.

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Easy DIY Dragonfly Yard Art

May 23, 2017
Easy DIY Dragonfly Yard Art

I love everything dragonfly so I wanted to make a cool unique one so without further ado here is my DIY dragonfly yard art.  I hate wasting anything which I guess comes from growing up poor so it is fun to repurpose things.  My DIY yard art started life as a ceiling fan.

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Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association Open House

April 28, 2017
Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association Open House

Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association Open House

Luckily, my friend and I were able to attend the Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association (CCGGA) Open House Scholarship Fundraiser. They do the fundraiser for scholarships once per year and the general public gets to see and buy their beautiful flowers.  We only had time for the Holland America Flowers and Corey Nursery but what a reward to see such beautiful flowers.  Plants were in full bloom of every color almost.  A beautiful sight for eyes and smells for the nose too.

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Creating a Simple Beautiful Frugal Rain Chain

January 4, 2017
Creating a Simple Beautiful Frugal Rain Chain

I decided to create a simple beautiful rain chain the second I found the galvanized pails at a garage sale.  I absolutely love rain chains.  The cost held me back from buying one, two, or even three of them premade.  I guess you could easily say that I really have wanted one for a long time.  It doesn’t rain often here so I never could justify buying them for the sheer beauty of them.

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How to Get an Awesome Wet Look Rock Garden

November 5, 2016
How to get an Awesome Wet Rock Look Garden

I love a rock garden with wet look rocks. The glossy look is so pretty and much more inviting than dusty old rocks.  I placed the rocks under the bow windows about five years ago.  The rocks were buried by dirt over the years.  I wanted non-plant material under the bow windows so we wouldn’t have to have grass there that needed watering.  The problem was that the sprinklers would get the bow windows wet and they were becoming damaged by the water.  So, my solution was to remove the grass with the dirty rocks and install a rock garden, so we would not need sprinklers there.

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How to Make a Beautiful Frugal Stained Glass Mosaic Door on Wheels

November 4, 2016
How to make a Beautiful Frugal Stained Glass Mosaic Door

Hello everyone.  I hope your day is going fine, wherever you are.  I have looked for a movable door for my patio door openings for a while and decided I just need to make one myself… so here it is for you!  Please ask if you have any questions on the project.

I’m creating a mosaic door from a single french door using dollar store glass beads and Gallery Glass, which creates a faux stained glass effect.  This is an outside door which I will roll around for use between one of two door opening on my patio.  Two walls of the house make up two sides of the patio.  Barn doors make up the third side of the patio and the fourth side is a large glass garage door.

Furthermore, I will post on the large barn doors soon for you.

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