She Said : I Want a SHE SHED!

So enough with the man caves already. Really? It took this long for the tide to turn and the woman of the house to get a shot at a little autonomy and peace? No matter how long it took, She Sheds are going viral, and they are so much cuter than a silly man cave anyway. (Cue "We Are the Champions".) Seriously, your own space, and in the garden to boot? Let's face it. We ladies deserve this. And … [Read more...]

How to Build a Backyard Playhouse

Maybe your kids have been trapped inside during a long winter, or perhaps you have already run out of ways to tell them to "go play outside" in the summer, but we have got a really cool solution for keeping the kids busy outdoors. These DIY playhouses take kids outside in all but the worst weather and help them foster their sense of imagination and play. And hey, who wouldn't want a place like … [Read more...]

Go Vertical! Fresh DIY Garden Projects

If you need more gardening space, or you just want to try something a little more unique and interesting, consider a vertical garden.  There is nothing new about the idea of going up in garden design... hanging planters, trees and arbors and porticos are all examples of taking things skyward. But these DIY vertical gardens are clever and smart, and give your garden a creative edge. So the next … [Read more...]

Wonderful Windows and Doors in the Garden

If you are looking for a way to add some whimsy or character to your garden, you have a pretty safe bet if you use windows and doors to amp up the pretty. Windows and doors both add a sense of mystery to a garden, a wonder of what surprises lie just beyond where the eye can see. Add some vintage age, and you have a recipe for a delightful space that lures in even the most cynical garden visitor. … [Read more...]

DIY Holiday Signs for the Front Porch

Nothing brings holiday warmth to your guests quite like being greeted at the door with some holiday cheer. Words speak louder than any wreath or sparkling lights. (Though we suggest you throw those up too!) Trouble is, when our budgets at that time of year, are already tight, a sign can be quite expensive, especially a larger one meant for the porch or yard. Instead of spending money on decor, … [Read more...]

DIY Table Top Fire Bowls

Sometimes you don't want to build a whole "fire pit" adventure in your backyard, but you still want that fire factor. No problem, we found some easy DIY table top fire bowls for you that fit perfectly in any garden space! Whether you don't want to smoke out the neighbors, or you just don't have the space, fire bowls can be used on the patio any time of year. Fire is an element of nature that is a … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Topiary Projects

Formal, fanciful or modern, garden topiaries make one take notice. They do have a bad rap though, for being high maintenance.  You don't need a team of well paid gardeners and a palatial estate to have these in your yard. In fact, you can make them yourself! We won't lie, you do have to keep them up. But a little bit of trimming and clipping is nothing compared to what they give back. So check out … [Read more...]

DIY Backyard Fancy Fence Ideas

Putting up a backyard fence isn't a small project, but it's one that can improve your time in your yard, make it safe for kids and pets, and increase your home's value. So don't just put up a plain old fence! Take it up a notch and make your home look more custom with our DIY backyard fancy fence ideas! Some of these are DIY projects to get you right on your way, some are just ideas you can adapt … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Kitchens and Grilling Stations

The great outdoors and food just kinda go together, don't they? Think camping, picnics, and of course, BBQ's! So instead of schlepping all your food, dishes and cooking prep through the house over and over, how about making yourself an amazing outdoor kitchen or grilling station? The cook in your life will be out where the people are, and those who are helping with the prep won't be stuck indoors. … [Read more...]

9 DIY Cool & Creative Patio Floor Ideas

If it’s finally time for a new patio, or to redo the old one, there are lots of cool options other than just boring concrete! These 9 creative patio floor ideas can be done without a contractor, and can be done in weekend. All of them transform your space into an outdoor room worth showing off! It doesn't matter if your patio surface has seen better days, or if you are just bored with it... try … [Read more...]

13 Projects for Backyard Relaxation

Our backyards are used for BBQ's and family gatherings, playgrounds and football games. Don't forget to use your yard for some good 'ol wind down time! These 13 projects for backyard relaxation will help turn your garden space into a zen place. Catchy, right? :) Our feature project above, is a hanging bed from 'The Devoted Wife'. From 'Pottery Barn', we love this backyard bed space too! Want to … [Read more...]

Beautiful & Classic Lawn Edging Ideas

Edging your lawn is more than just creating a mow strip, or keeping the weeds out. It sets off what can be the largest element in your yard and garden! Its kind of like trim around a door frame or baseboard moldings around a wall. It finishes it well. So adding a lawn edging could be just what your yard was missing. We've already covered creative garden edging, and then more creative garden … [Read more...]

Fun & Funky Backyard Projects

The garden isn't all about curb appeal, or home values, or good design. It's also about the people you love enjoying their time there. These fun and funky backyard projects will add a little bit of whimsy, a touch of humor, or just some plain old backyard fun! DIY your way to a garden everyone wants to be in! Got an old shed? Turn it into a she shed! Doesn't get more fun than a grown ups doll … [Read more...]

15 Creative Garden Fence Spruce-Ups

We don't always think of our outdoor spaces like rooms, but we should! There should be design elements in every garden that make us smile, and that shouldn't be limited to just plants. Garden fences are like our virtual "walls" in a garden, and if you think of them that way, you know they need some sprucing! As you would hang photos and art on your interior walls, don't be afraid to try these 15 … [Read more...]

DIY Creative Garden Hacks

Anything that can make our lives easier in the garden is a good thing. Strike that. A great thing. And if it saves us a little money and time while we're at it, then sign us up. These DIY garden hacks are the best ideas we've found for making everyday things work for you in the garden! Clever and full of ingenuity, we just wish we had thought of them! But hey, we're bringing them to you, aren't … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Dining Tables

I don't know about you, but given the choice, I would rather eat outside in my garden. It doesn't matter if it's a quiet breakfast with just me and the songbirds, or a big family get together, outside is better. But, I kinda hate my table. It's glass, it's not my style, and it doesn't mesh with the outdoors well at all. So we found these DIY outdoor dining tables so that we can all find a way to … [Read more...]

How to Make a Unique Garden Lantern

Nothing is better than soft, natural lighting while spending time outdoors in the evening hours. I don't know about you, but I prefer my garden lighting to have some character! Lighting in the garden is really important if you spend any time outdoors after the sun goes down, and it should definitely be more than switching on a porch light. We found these DIY projects that show us how to make these … [Read more...]

12 Creative DIY Compost Bin Ideas

If you are a gardener, chances are you have thought about starting a compost bin. Not only is it great for the planet, but it can help you create "garden gold" and transform your soil into a healthier home for all your plants! Although there are compost bins you can purchase, they tend to be expensive, hard to transport and sometimes downright inefficient. If you don't know how composting works, … [Read more...]

IKEA Planter Hacks!

Love IKEA? Yes, us too. But did you know they have tons of products that you can use to make clever garden planters? Make these IKEA planter hacks for less money, and with more character! Just a reminder, as we all know, IKEA changes it's inventory pretty often, so if you can't find a product listed in one of these tutorials, chance are they have a similar one that will work. Our feature photo … [Read more...]

How to Add Whimsy to Your Garden

Ok, so you have the plants picked out, the hardscape in place, and even some evening lighting, but you still feel something is missing from your garden. Chances are, it's a little bit o' character, and a smile! The garden is meant to be a soothing place, but we must never forget, it's also about affirming life. And what is life without laughter and fun? Learn how to add whimsy to your garden to … [Read more...]

9 Super Easy DIY Outdoor Firewood Racks

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, chances are you have firewood, right? Unfortunately, that also means you need place to store it! If you are like me, you want the firewood nearby so you don't have to trek out to a cold shed through a snowy yard, but you don't really want it inside. Firewood is dirty, it brings in some bugs and unless you live in a rustic mountain cabin, chances are it doesn't … [Read more...]

Holiday Light Globe Hack

Ok, I know you can buy just about any type of holiday lighted shape, object or animal these days, but what if you could do it simple, and from things you may already have around the house? We created this holiday light globe hack with wire baskets from the garden shed, ($5 at Home Depot!) some floral wire, and white mini lights. Make sure if you’re putting this globe outdoors that you buy lights … [Read more...]

Indoor Cool Cactus & Succulent Projects

If you are looking for an indoor gardening project that is cool, easy and just a little bit trendy, cactus and succulent projects are for you! Here we found for you some great inspiration and tutorials to help you bring the modern vibe to any room of your home. Did we mention, they are really easy to take care of, too? So if your thumb is brown, that's ok... these plants and projects are just for … [Read more...]

Top Organic Garden Fertilizers You Can Make

I don't like the idea of adding chemicals to our environment, whenever it can be helped. And let's be honest... If you are growing your own veggies, you are probably after some of the health benefits, right? Ok, and then there is the cost factor as well... why wouldn't you make your own organic fertilizers for your garden, instead of buying expensive specialty products? It is easy, it is healthy … [Read more...]

Rusty Metal Garden Decor

I'm a big fan of certain things in the garden... stone, concrete, metal and wood. I think it's because even while some of these things are not organic in their mentioned forms, (though some are), they all do represent natural entities... earth, fire, water - and come from the earth in some way. And they are all subject to the rigors of Mother Nature, no matter how strong or hard they once were. … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Hypertufa Projects

If you want to get crafty in the garden, for the garden, or just as a way to keep your thumb green during the winter months, we have the project for you! Hypertufa is a mix of concrete and other elements that is lightweight, easy to work with, can be molded or even carved, and is a perfect project for both beginner and experienced crafters and gardeners. You can create pots, containers, art... ok, … [Read more...]

Thrift Store DIY Garden Projects

Repurposing is a craze that is not going away any time soon, and it shouldn't! We all need to think about things in a new way to prevent waste, and it helps that it is a lot of fun to use your creativity to make old things into new. I especially love to use old things in the garden... Ok, it sounds dumb, but I feel like Mother Nature appreciates it just a little more when it's used to enhance the … [Read more...]

16 Pumpkin Carving Projects You Never Thought Of!

What is more fun than carving pumpkins? Glad you asked! Carving pumpkins that are so cool, the neighbors stop by to ask you how you did it! Some of these are cool. Some are amazing. Some are cute. And some you just need a sense of humor for! (Those are my favorites!) Try these pumpkin carving projects you never thought of, and get a little squash silly, and have a little pumpkin play! Oh, my, … [Read more...]

Clever Projects Made using Herbs

If you grow herbs in your garden, chances are there comes a time every year when you realize you have tons of herbs. Don't just let them die back with the end of the season and end up in the compost pile! Herbs were meant to be used and useful, and if you know what to do with them, they can have great uses in the kitchen, bath, or even as great gifts! (People pay good money for these specialty … [Read more...]

9 Brilliant DIY Outdoor Furniture Projects

We love living outdoors as much as possible, but in order to live outdoors, you need to have a spot to do that living! That pretty much requires furniture, which can be pricey, cheap looking, or just plain not work for your needs. These brilliant DIY outdoor furniture projects will make sure you always have a place to sit, cook, serve, and even just set down your glass of wine or lemonade! Give … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Container Water Gardens

We love water in a garden because its one of the basic elements of life... And it reminds us of a pleasant stream or idyllic pond, right in our own backyard space! However, if you have a small garden, or simply don't want to go to all the work of digging out an in ground water feature, DIY container water gardens are an easy and fun project. You can create a simple fountain, or grow pretty pond … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Projects with Rocks

I love projects with rocks. I don't know if it's because they are such a natural element, or because they are all so different, or just because it's like playing with adult legos... But I love them! So when I run across a great DIY project with rocks, all I want to do is start digging around in the garden for some great basalt and quartz! We ran across all these creative garden projects with rocks … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Storage Benches

There is never enough storage outside on the deck, porch or patio. I'm always having to run to the garage to look for a yard game, candles, small garden tools or a couple of outdoor pillows for that afternoon book. While we're busy complaining, there are also never enough  places to read that book! So whether you have a small garden space, or just want to maximize your organization, we found some … [Read more...]

Zap Those Mosquitos! Tips, Ideas and Projects

I happen to live in a house just one street in from a river canyon. Love the access to the canyon trails. Hate the mosquitos! In fact, they can make my garden nearly impossible to enjoy in the early evening hours in Spring and Summer, which of course is the best time to enjoy it! So I am always on the hunt for a better mosquito trap, or repellent, or any device to keep them away! We all know about … [Read more...]

9 Clever DIY Ways for a Shady Backyard Oasis

It's pretty tough to enjoy summer activities in a backyard that bakes in the afternoon heat. We all need a way to get out of the sun, but still be able to spend  time outdoors. We found these 9 clever DIY ways to a shady backyard oasis for you to help turn your space into a retreat! We didn't want to just share the same ol' wood pergolas (though if thats what you are looking for, check out our … [Read more...]

12 Inspiring Backyard Lighting Ideas

When the warmer seasons come around, most of us like to spend some evenings (or most!) lounging in our yards and gardens. Having good outdoor lighting can make your outdoor space a usable and enjoyable spot to visit with loved ones, have a late snack, or sip a good glass of red. Try these backyard lighting ideas and tutorials to get your yard in shape for when the sun goes down! Our feature photo … [Read more...]