Perfect Centerpieces that won’t break the bank.

Sisal twine  threads easily between the loose weave of garden burlap  without a needle. Cut burlap according to the size of your pot and add an additional 3 inches on the sides and 1 inch on the top. Create a simple satchel by weaving twine on the sides. Weave twine on top to make a drawstring. Fray the ends of the burlap for a finished look. You can make about 20 satchels for $13. Perfect for a centerpiece .


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DIY-Patio Lights

September 23, 2011 1 comment

Decorative paint containers plus candles equal a beautifully in-can-descent effect.
INSTRUCTIONS:Step 1: For a paper pattern like the one shown, first draw a 13-1/4″x4″ rectangle on a piece of legal- or tabloid-size paper; then draw three lines to divide it into four equal sections 3-5/16″ wide. Draw an “X” between the corners of each section. Lay a ruler on both diagonals of each “X”, and mark the lines every 3/8″ from the center to the corners.

Step 2: Cut the 13-1/4″x4″ pattern to size. Using transparent tape, fasten the pattern snugly on the can. Now rest the can in a shoebox with one end removed to collect the metal fragments as you drill. This also lets you hold the lantern with one hand to steady it.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you plan to craft several lanterns, make photocopies of your finished pattern. You can even scan it to save as a computer image file and print as many patterns as you need.
Step 3: Wearing safety goggles, drill the pattern into the can using a 3/8″ drill bit. (Adjust drill bit size to suit your taste.) This can be tiring and is best done half a lantern at a time.

Step 4: To paint the lanterns, prime with the spray primer, then apply a base coat in the colors shown with a small flat 2″ paintbrush. Re-coat if necessary and allow to dry overnight or at least 4–6 hours before using.

Step 5: Place a glass votive candle or tea light inside the can — and let it shine!

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Landscaping an Mid-Century Modern Home

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The California climate provides home owners with limitless possibilities when landscaping their mid-century modern home. While unlimited possibilities exist, there are some general guidelines and tips to keep in mind when designing a landscape or garden to compliment mid-century modern homes:
» Allow the geometry of the home to guide the overall design of the landscape & garden,
» Select water-wise plants that maintain their foliage year-round,
» Allow hardscape elements to carry from the front yard to the back (including the atrium),
» Repeat the use of certain plants throughout the landscape,
» Consider a water feature,
» Mix materials to create variety with textures (rock, grass, wood, metal, crushed stone)

Modern and mid-century modern landscapes and gardens frequently share numerous design elements. The following plants, trees, shrubs, and groundcovers (which are available in many different varieties – consult your local nursery or landscape architect) are popular options for modernist gardeners and landscapers:
Accent Plants / Perennials
Horsetail Reed Cape Rush Papyrus Kangaroo Paws Feathergrass
Sedge New Zealand Flax Cordyline Fountain Grass Blue Oat Grass
Trees & Shrubs
Heavenly Bamboo Bamboos Japanese Maples
Weeping Atlas Cedar Smoke Tree Weeping Cherry Purple Hop Bush
Irish Moss Baby’s Tears Dead Nettle Black Mondo Grass
Mexican Pebbles River Rock Pea Gravel Decomposed Granite
Black Bark Mulch Cedar Mulch Cocoa Mulch Red Mulch

Are there other plants, trees, barks, mulches or groundcover you would recommend to owners mid-century modern houses? If so, please let me know by emailing your home landscaping project suggestions or modern landscaping pictures .

DIY:The sound of music- Easy summertime windchimes


1.Place the terra-cotta pots on newspaper and spray the rim with white spray paint. Let dry. Cover the rim with painter’s tape and spray the base with yellow spray paint.

2.Add some little drawings and sweet sayings using white appliance touch-up paint and a black Sharpie marker.

3.Cut clothesline to approximately 4 feet. Double the line and hang with the key in the middle (our key is hung low to show detail). Mark on the line where you want each pot to hang. Starting from the bottom, tie a triple knot on your mark, then add a pot. Repeat for each pot. Tie the ends of the line together and hang in mom’s favorite spot.

White Wedding / Dec. 2010

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DIY: How To-Terrific Terrarium

I am drawn to succulents. They are, well, succulent. They evoke a sense of calmness in me, a feeling of clean, luscious, revitalization. They are not only beautiful, but also extremely easy to care for and they live well indoors.  I have successfully made many succulent terrariums that are still thriving in my home.
These terrariums make a simple, natural addition to your home décor. For those in colder climates, terrariums will keep you connected to green plant life during the bleak winter months. Here is everything you need to know to make your very own succulent terrarium.
You Will Need
A variety of succulents
Wide-mouthed glass container
Activated charcoal
Cactus soil (or a mixture of equal parts sand and potting soil)
Q-tip or a small brush
Decorative rocks
Decorative terrarium friends
1. Choose a container.
The first step is to select a glass container for your terrarium. Choose a large, wide-mouthed container without a lid to prevent moisture accumulation. You’ll find a unique variety of affordable containers in the glassware section of your local thrift store.

2. Select your succulents and plan your terrarium’s arrangement.
There are endless varieties of succulents to choose from. The plants you see here are: echeveria (the plants with the soft-looking, rounded leaves), and a pair of small cacti. Think about how you will arrange your terrarium, and consider how many plants you can fit in your container.

3. Add a thin layer of pebbles to the bottom of the container.
This provides drainage for the terrarium. Small pebbles can be found in your pet store’s lizard-care section.
4.Add a thin layer of activated charcoal.
This provides a layer of air filtration for the terrarium. You can find these in the fish-care section of most pet stores.

5. Add a layer of cactus soil.
Cactus soil drains quickly and retains little water, which is important in caring for succulents because they already store water in their leaves. The layer of cactus soil should be approximately 2 inches thick. If you want to make your own cactus soil, mix equal parts sand and potting soil.

6. Plant the succulents in the terrarium.
Dig a small hole in the soil. Remove the plants from their original pots and gently loosen their root balls. Securely place the plants in their new holes, and lightly water them. Clean up the terrarium by using a Q-tip or a small make-up brush to remove any dirt sticking to the glass or plants.

7. Add decorative rocks and terrarium friends.
Is your terrarium desert themed, housing a miniature lizard basking in the sun? Does it have a woodland theme, with a miniature mushroom peeking out of river rocks? Have fun with this step! Adding these final touches really makes your terrarium look alive. Here, I’ve chosen a variety of tan and brown rocks and a tiny wooden armadillo to create a Southwestern terrarium.

8. Care for your terrarium.
Place your terrarium in a sunny location in your home, and water it sparingly (about every two weeks). The soil should have time to become completely dry before you water the plants.

Your terrarium is complete! Watch it grow and experiment with different terrarium themes. Maybe tomorrow you’ll be inspired by Western movies, adding sand to your terrarium and a ceramic, miniature horse to its new home.

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