Interesting Wall Decor Ideas Using Everyday Items

by Faith Provencher
Interesting Wall Decor Using Everyday Items
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Expensive art isn't for everybody. Sometimes you just need a creative way to fill a large wall without breaking the bank. Don't get me wrong, I love hanging artwork on my walls... but I have some areas in my home that are just too large to fill with big, pricey paintings right now. So today I'm sharing lots of interesting wall decor ideas using everyday items you probably already have at home.   

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Curb The Clutter: Genius Ways to Store and Organize Cookware

Pots and Pans Organizer Ideas
Photo: Scott Clark

It's not an easy task to organize pots and pans in the kitchen... the varied shapes and sizes of the different pieces often end up occupying more space than they should. And let's not even get into trying to close a drawer full of utensils in disarray! But don't give up - there are plenty of ways to tame the mess. Here are twenty-two clever ideas and do-it-yourself projects to get everything under control once and for all.      

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15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget

by Faith Towers
15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
Photo: Country Living

Gardening can be a rewarding experience that produces beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables, but it can get expensive if you're not careful. There are ways to cut back on spending though, and today we're sharing 15 of our favorites. Keep reading to check out lots of clever tips that will keep your green thumb and your wallet happy.   

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
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1. Share with a friend. Go to the local nursery with a buddy and split seeds, 6-packs, etc. with them so that you have a nice variety for half the price. Check out The Garden Glove for lots more great ideas.

2. Ask a neighbor if you can split their hostas with them. Once hostas are large enough, they can be dug up, split, and then replanted.

3. Regrow vegetables from scraps. Many vegetables, such as celery and scallions, will regrow by placing the bottoms of the stalks in water and then planting them in the ground once they grow roots.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
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4. Choose things that spread. Mint is a great example of a plant that spreads like crazy, so give it a try for areas that you'd like to quickly fill with greenery.

5. Focus on perennials. Perennials will come back every year, making them a more budget savvy choice. Sure you'll make a larger investment the first year, but very little every year after.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
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6. Trade yard waste for compost. Some towns will take your yard waste in exchange for compost that they cycle through each year. Or you could start your own compost pile! Learn more at the Veggie Gardener.

7. Make a rain barrel. To save money on your water bill, collect rainwater in a rain barrel and use it to water the garden.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
Photo: Country Living

8. Grow from seeds. This requires more patience than the instant gratification of buying seedlings or plants, but it will ultimately save you tons of money. Get more tips over at Country Living.

9. Buy pots and other supplies at Goodwill. Thrift stores usually have planters and other tools at deeply reduced prices. It's worth a try!

10. Use existing natural elements to your advantage. Have rocky soil? Collect those rocks and make a border for your garden out of them. Or chop up that fallen tree and turn it into the sides for a raised vegetable garden.

 

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11. Go organic. Skip the pesticides and chemicals... it'll save you money and keep you healthier. Check out more handy tips at Mother Earth News.

12. Grow plants that seed themselves. Some annuals will drop their seeds after they've bloomed, and those seeds will germinate in the spring. Some examples include poppies, cosmos and black eyed susans.

13. Check out Craigslist. Scroll through the Farm and Garden section for tools and materials, and take a look at the Free section too. You never know what you might find!

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
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14. Scour your area for sales and coupons. Local plant sales will often have great deals, and you can sometimes find coupons for your nursery in the paper. Find more helpful tips over at My Stay At Home Adventures.

15. Set a budget when you go to the nursery. Be sure to set a specific budget for your trip to the nursery. It's easy to go crazy and buy every pretty plant you see, but your wallet won't be happy. Create a plan before you go, and stick to it.

 

15 Clever Tips For Gardening On A Budget
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Eye Candy: 10 Inspiring Eclectic Outdoor Spaces

by Faith Provencher
Eye Candy: 10 Inspiring Eclectic Outdoor Spaces
Photo: 100 Layer Cake

It can be easy to pay less attention to your outdoor space... you probably spend less time there than you do in your living room. But it deserves just as much attention as any other room in your house! And you can approach it the same way, by layering textiles and adding decorative accents. So today we're sharing some inspiration to get your creative wheels turning. Here are ten of our favorite eclectic, boho chic outdoor spaces.   

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10 Beautiful & Creative DIY Planter Projects

by Faith Provencher
10 Gorgeous DIY Planters
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Now that summer is in full swing, I can't stop thinking about plants... and my indoor garden needs a bit of sprucing up. So I did a little Pinterest searching, and came up with tons of great DIY ideas to add some character to my succulents, cacti and other greenery. And today I'm sharing them with you. Find out how to dress up your plant babies with these ten gorgeous DIY planter ideas.   

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Fun Outdoor Games and DIY Entertainment Ideas

Outdoor games for kids, families and adults

It's finally that time of year when people start to fix up their yards and spend their spare time outside. The grill comes out, the patio furniture emerges, and the neighbors stop by. Which means it's also time to get creative and find some fun things to do out there in the backyard. Here's a collection of our favorite outdoor games that are fun and easy to put together.         

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