Friendship Boot Planter DIY

Here is a great idea to celebrate a special friendship in your life. Find a pair of worn out boots and fill with your favorite flowers. One of the boots is for your friend while the other is for you. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. Beginning with a seed of trust, nurtured […]

How to Make Your living Room more Inviting

We spend most of our time either in the kitchen or in our living room, thats why its important for us to have a living room that makes us feel welcomed.  Here are some practical ways to make your living room more inviting!

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Plants, Pillows and Art

Do you have an empty corner of your living room that just looks like something is missing? Fill that space with a couple of your favorite indoor plants!  You need the vibrancy that plants bring into a living space, it makes the room feel complete.

Decor Pillows, I know they can be pricey but they sure add a lot of texture and color into your living room.  Even though you will probably end up pushing them to the other end of the couch they make you feel welcomed into the space.  Texture is a big part of a room, you want pillows of all different textures to make them stand out.  Mine pictured here were purchased from Ikea and target.

I know a lot of people do not like purchasing art because it can be really expensive and hard to pick the right one but its so worth it.  It changes the room dramatically, you show off your personality and you add color into the room.   If you cant afford to purchase a painting a lot of artist now will do a nice print of the painting for you for a cheaper price.

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Separate chair, Rug and Blankets

Some people(I’m looking at the introverts) do not like to sit on a couch with everyone else, so having a separate chair could actually make someone feel more comfortable.  Its also good to have a space you can feel comfy in that you can sit by yourself so get a big comfy reading chair. Don’t forget to throw a decor pillow on it!

I also have a big basket of fuzzy throw blankets, who doesn’t like a fuzzy throw? If anyone gets a little cold they can see that there are blankets right there and can grab one without having to go through the trouble of asking. The cold wire basket next to a warm fluffy blanket makes you want to reach out and grab one to wrap up in.

Having a warm rug under your feet in a living room automatically makes you feel more comfy.  Even if your living room is already carpeted it can add a lot to put in a rug.  I would suggest World Market they have loads of beautiful rugs for a great price!

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Succulents

DIY:

Here is another idea for plants, these are the faux succulents I bought at the dollar tree. I hot glued them together and then set them in a glass candle holder that I bought on clearance at target for $4. It adds color and a little bit of personality into the room.

We have a fireplace but if you don’t have a fireplace you can use candles to make the room feel warmer.  It also makes your room smell great!  Make sure to be aware with new guest that some people have a hard time with candle smells and can get headaches from them.  I use a essential oil diffuser in my living room, and usually am just diffusing Lavender oil.

That’s all my living room advice I have for now, I hope you enjoyed this post and that you are able to create a warm and inviting place for you and your guests.

To till or not to till, that is the question

I have been gardening all my life, starting early on my parents farm. It isn’t easy, and it is a lot of work no matter how you decide to do it. I have had gardens using conventional tilling, in raised beds with purchased soil, and the no-till layered way.  Last season I shared with you my start of a  No-till Layered Kitchen Garden and I want to update you on how the garden is progressing. The nice thing about layered gardens is that with each passing season the soil continues to get richer and richer from all the mulch that is added.

Just a month ago the garden looked like this. Here in my area of Michigan the average last frost date is May 26 and the last snow fall is in April.

These pictures show what the garden beds looked like after the snows with the perennial herbs springing forth. You can see that last years final mulch layer was leaves from our yard. Without disturbing the soil, as much as possible, I have planted most of my garden.

I have spring peas up around the natural arbor and a chirping sparrow has built her nest in it. This year I am able to take more time enjoying and relaxing in my garden. There has been little to no weeding and I have been patiently waiting on the weather.

I like the no-till layered gardening method better than any form I have tried.

Here is an example of what happens when you till the soil. I had to do some digging with a shovel and except for the larger sun flowers and a few green beans in these photos all the other growing green stuff are weeds. Where the ground was not disturbed there are no weeds.

No-till gardening is a natural method of gardening that rejects mechanical means of horticulture, such as plowing, disking or dragging the earth using machines.

This year I am putting down a layer of straw after everything is planted. It is more appealing to me to have a consistent top layer of mulch in my kitchen garden which is right outside my windows.

I do not use any commercial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. My garden is completely natural and organic.

 

Besides my kitchen garden I also have a larger layered no-till garden that has raspberries, strawberries, corn, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini to name a few. In these two photos you can see some strawberries with newly laid down grass clippings. Do not place these green clippings up close to the plants until they have turned brown. They put off a lot of heat and will burn the plants up. In the other photo I have planted corn by simply laying the corn seed on top of the last leaf layer and adding a layer of  purchased soil on top of the seeds to the prescribed depth. Keep the soil moist until the seeds are up.

The only gardening tools I use are a hoe, shovel and rake.

Tips: Last year I reported how I used cardboard and left over dry wall for my weed barriers. Both worked. I don’t like the dry wall now because it is starting to break up and it looks somewhat messy to me. I am now picking broken pieces out. The cardboard has completely decomposed after just one season. I am now finding plastic packaging tape in the layers that I neglected to remove from the cardboard. Make sure all tape, stickers and staples are removed before using.

These photos were taken on May 26, 2016-West Michigan (except for the two snow pics).

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DIY: Macrame Plant Hanger

 

I have been decorating our new home over the past couple weeks and I am just starting to add in some plants.  I really really wanted to do a corner of hanging pots so I decided to learn how to make a Macrame Plant Hanger.  This was a fun and easy project, it reminded me of making best friend bracelets with all my sisters when we were little.  

In the video I created a small hanger, but these can be made bigger by just adding more yarn and more knots.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial, below I have listed out the materials and the steps to make the one that I created. 

You will need:

  • clipboard
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • potted plant

How to:

  1. Make a braided loop.   Cut three strings of yarn equal lengths I cut mine about 7 inches.  You could use an actual metal ring too it would make it sturdier, or you could wrap the yarn around the metal ring to match it to the rest of the hanger.  
  2. Next cut 4 pieces of string about 2 and a half feet each.  
  3. Fold those in half and knot them onto the braided loop.
  4. Now separate the yarn into groups of two.
  5. Knot each group of two together a couple inches down from the top
  6. Now you will take the left string of each group and tie it to the closest string in the next group about an inch and a half down from the previous knot.
  7. The last group will be the two ends and this is going to join everything together to make like a net.
  8. I did just one more set of knots this way to create mine, and if you have a bigger pot you will need to add more( make sure you start out with a longer length of string if you will be adding extra)
  9. Now all that’s left is knotting the very end and it ends in like a tassel so make sure to cut that off evenly so it looks good.  
  10. Add your plant and hang!

If you wanted to spice it up a little more you could use multiple colors or braid each of the lines so you have a thicker netting.  There are tons of ways to change this up and make it more interesting.  I think I will make one with wooden beads next!