spring

Oh Joyous Spring!

Several years ago after having experienced some hairpin curves in my life, I set about rediscovering parts of me I had forgotten. There was the part of me that loved art but had been stuffed in the closet. There was the part of me that loved sitting quietly to read without feeling like I should be "doing something." And then there was the part of me that is the real … [Read More...]

How to build a nice planter box.

How to Build a Planter Box Economically

My neighbor came over this weekend while I was outside working, and he asked if he could interrupt my “craft” project. Mind you my miter saw was set up, my tools were scattered about, and I was up on my deck with my impact driver going full speed. He is a nice man…well-meaning…but a craft […]

snow

My Winter Projects

It’s warm and wet outside, the birds are everywhere and singing their little hearts out, and I’m feeling a teensy bit panicky. Why? Because it is obviously spring–all of the sudden–and I have so much to do! Just a few days ago we had snow and ice and now it is spring! My only comfort […]

seedlingcover

Seedlings!

I am pleased to say that the mini-greenhouse, seed-starting experiment is a roaring success! It is by far the easiest seed-starting setup I have ever used. Within days of planting, I had seedlings with less mess and less fuss than ever before. Just a quick review of this wondrous, yet so simple, seed-starting setup. If […]

In the House

snow

My Winter Projects

It’s warm and wet outside, the birds are everywhere and singing their little hearts out, and I’m feeling a teensy bit panicky. Why? Because it is obviously spring–all of the sudden–and I have so much to do! Just a few days ago we had snow and ice and now it is spring! My only comfort […]

Reupholster an Ottoman

How to Reupholster an Ottoman

Wow! I actually got another small project done yesterday! I managed to reupholster an ottoman. But before I get to that and if you are confused and thought this was a blog about gardening, etc., it is. You are in the right place, but since winter is approaching and I’m in the house more, I’m sharing […]

book swap

Book Swap!

Crafting disaster aside, let’s get back to things I know how to do and love! Books! Books! Books! I love books…real, tangible, made-with-paper, hold-in-your-hands, turn-real-pages books. With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to take a look at our libraries for winter entertainment and study. There are gift lists galore right now and chances are […]

curtains

Curtains for the Dining and Living Rooms

Fall is winding down and winter is well on its way. I finished my outdoor chores for the year (well…sort of…mostly), and I moved myself indoors for some projects that have been waiting for my attention for far too long. Some garden design work still lingers, and I’m still acquiring plants for clients and placing them […]

ikea cabinets

Drawers vs. Doors…Kitchen Cabinets

Getting a new kitchen is exciting stuff. Whether you’re remodeling or building new, careful planning is a must for the most used room in the house. I wrote a post awhile back about my kitchen remodel. (New Ikea Kitchen) I’ve received several requests to elaborate a bit on the kitchen cabinets, so let’s talk drawers vs. […]

Over the fridge Ikea cabinet

Ikea’s Over the Fridge Cabinet

It’s Ikea kitchen season. Ikea is winding down its annual kitchen sale and folks are now faced with installing their new kitchen cabinets. I, for one, am an enormous fan of Ikea cabinets. I have installed cabinets in two kitchens, a mudhall, a laundry room, and two bathrooms. And when I say that I installed […]