Ah, summer. It's a magical time. The days are slower, the weather is fantastic (here in the Midwest anyway - sorry, Southern readers!), and everyone seems happier. Are you taking the time to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer? If you aren't outdoors-y enough for camping or hiking, try going on a picnic! Food always tastes better in fresher air, and with a DIY waterproof picnic blanket under your legs, you may never want to eat inside again.
To me, summer is all about getting outside, especially as a family. Whether you're planning beach days, pool parties or barbecues this summer, you can play your favorite games outdoors with this simple way to make a DIY checker board that quickly contains the game pieces in a drawstring bag!
The grass is always greener... when there is none? There are tons of ways to landscape without the green giant and we've rounded up eleven of them right here! From flowers to gravel to stained concrete, you might just want to say buh-bye to that large water bill.
Plants make any area a more peaceful one. I love gardening, but don't exactly have a gigantic backyard with a garden plot. Solution: a tin can garden!
Unattractive neighborhood wall you want to de-ugly or a wall on your home you want to add a pop to for a special occasion? Then look no further, this DIY project is for you!
I was at an event recently where the pretty outdoor tablecloths were blowing every which way in the wind, knocking over table settings and just being outright annoying. The solution the hosts used was to tie the tablecloths onto the table, ruining the table staging. Let's face it, even those tablecloth clips break up the beauty. I knew there had to be a solution! So, with a few scrap pieces of fabric, I came up with a rockin' remedy.
The landscaping around my house – if you could even call it that – has been the aspect of my home I'm least proud of. And the reasoning is simple, my modern tastes can make things really expensive really fast. But with a little elbow grease, these DIY concrete planters just might be the start of something wonderful for my home's curb appeal!
How's this for yard art? I'm absolutely certain the Jones' next door don't have a grass couch in their backyard. This puts a whole new meaning on "green-living."
The people at ReadyMade give a detailed how-to on their website. It requires some work and getting a bit dirty, but I'm thinking it would be totally worth it to make a few of these before a big party, or other outdoor event.
I just don't want to be in charge of all that...
Chain link fences have their place in the world. Whether they surround a vacant lot, a junk yard or a private residence, their jobs are to keep people and critters out. Or in. Utilitarian, yes. Pretty, not so much. If you have a useful chain link fence that needs a bit of beautification, check out these six specimens:
I don't know what it's like where you live, but the weather here has been utterly schizophrenic lately. Take yesterday for example: highs in the 60s during the middle of the day, then snow by 8pm! Madness. To make it through Winter's last desperate attempts to bring me down, I'm focusing my thoughts on all the sunny days of Summer that lie ahead. And, what could be more suitable for such a daydream than a roundup of 5 totally gorgeous, modern swimming pools? Not much.
Amy found out that most citronella candles don't contain even a bit of real citronella essential oil, but only a synthetically produced scent with none of the bug deterring benefits.
Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I'm assuming she's the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out. Jeni (I'm assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the ropes.
Here we go. Build your own lawn aerating sandals and take a laps around the yard to open up the thatch, let the air, water and sun in there. Better yet, make a few pairs for your your kids and pay them a quarter to stomp around out in the yard. You'll be treating your lawn, employing your kids, saving money on the rental fees and avoiding those suspicious little earth plugs scattered about the yard.
What more can you say about this dreamy, relaxing, chic daybed built for two? It's the epitome of perfection for a double or single nap on a sunny, warm afternoon. What did you say, call in sick?
The past week has caught me under the weather. The impending end of summer always gets to me in some sneaky way. It's been a relief to slow down and just lay low. Maybe I worked too had last week on that Knotty Pine Problem (which I still need to finish). I have lots of design work, sewing classes and upholstery projects coming up, but it's necessary to re-charge the batteries, embrace the transition and let the creative juices flow again....
"When it comes to how-to advice on cleaning vinyl siding, I'm amazed at how often the word "bleach" comes up... But think about it -- is bleach really necessary? After all, it's harmful to the environment, including your very own local waterways, flora and fauna. And not just wild fauna -- I met someone whose little dachshund was killed when a careless neighbor accidentally sprayed the pup with a bleach solution while cleaning his siding.