Smart Ways To Garden on A Budget

Not everyone has the money to hire an expensive landscaper to create their dream garden. I do believe it is possible to create a beautiful garden on a budget over time. Today I’d like to discuss several ways to garden frugally.  In my post Gardening Tips for Beginners I suggest basic steps to help you create a garden that you love. Let’s look at ways to garden cheaply.

 

 

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Bunny Vase Upcycled Tide Container

Today I’m joining a few blogging friends for an upcycle challenge.  I have saved a white Tide pod container for an easy makeover.  In the fall you’ve probably seen the orange ones made into pumpkins.  The white are popular for snowmen in winter crafting.   Since it is white, it is perfect for a bunny head for spring.

 

 

 

 

 

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Create More Space By De-Cluttering Your Home

1. Creating space starts with decluttering

For the last few months I have re-evaluated each room and its furnishings as I packed up everything for the new floor.  This week I want to talk about our “stuff.” I have found that I love being in a room with less furniture and decorations. I have given away and thrown away lots of  “stuff”.  If you feel like your home is cluttered, disorganized, or has too many unwanted items, then it’s time to clean it out. A home that feels spacious and minimal makes for a more comfortable, less stressful environment.  Decluttering can also be a somewhat therapeutic process, helping you eliminate things you no longer need from your life and start again. You should aim to declutter regularly to help keep your living spaces clear and your drawers and  closets organized. Use a checklist to help you declutter every room of your home and be prepared to get ruthless with your decisions over what to throw out and what to keep. I’ve made a basic De-Clutter Checklist by room – fill free to update with other rooms and types of items. It is available as a PDF for you to download and print.

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DIY Farmhouse Coastal Mirror

Back in 2008 when I had a booth at a flea market, I got a cheap mirror at a thrift store to hang in the shop.  It had a thin wooden frame which I painted white.  When I closed my shop, I put the mirror in the second bedroom.  It’s not a very attractive  mirror with its little frame.  Over the years, I’ve read all sorts of blog posts about people making a frame larger with wood, paper mache, etc. They were all rather complicated. So I kept thinking.

 

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Easter Rag Wreath

I’ve been in love with every rag wreath I’ve seen on lots of blogs. It’s a simple concept – cut or tear material into strips, make knots on chosen wreath form, voila a wreath.  My craft today is my version of a rag wreath for spring and Easter.  Many blogs have shared various versions of a rag wreath using different knots. I’ve seen really a pretty wreath with just tied bows all over it.  I remember seeing a wreath where the strip of material was folded and the ends were pulled though the loop.  Sorry I don’t remember where I saw that. Let’s just say I forgot the KISS principle (K keep I it S simple S stupid), and began to complicate my wreath. It took time but I’m very happy with the result. Read More

Old Floral Swag Makeover

Last November I found an old eucalyptus floral swag at the thrift store. The ribbon was stained and the real eucalyptus was dried out and disintegrating.  The painted wooden house background for the eucalyptus and flowers was a coastal cottage complete with palm trees. It was perfect for my Florida home and I thought I could remake it.  At the time, I was completing a long list to prepare for my family’s Christmas visit and put the swag away. Read More

DIY T-Shirt Art In Wrapped Frame

I have a list of little projects I want to do, and t-shirt art has been on the top for several years. This spring I mentioned I was determined to try more of the ideas that I have pinned. T-shirt art fits perfectly as I’ve had an old t-shirt in the drawer for years.  It came with a beautiful piece of manatee art on it. Those who read my post, Florida My Home, know I am in love with the Florida manatee or sea cow. Years ago I visited The Tampa Lowry Park Zoo with its manatee exhibit. I spent more money than I usually do for a t-shirt because I loved this art piece. When the shirt was stained and shrank, I held on to it.  Today let’s make art.

 

 

 

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My Recycled Christmas Tree

Two years ago I bought a tiny decorated live tree at Walgreens for $4.99. It had several tiny ornaments, and the pot was wrapped in colorful Christmas foil.  I put it on a shelf with a few ornaments around it and enjoyed my tiny tree. After Christmas I re-potted him in a larger white planter and put him on the porch. (Yes the little tree is a he.)  The Florida sun burned a few places until he adjusted.  Last Christmas I wrapped a burlap and lace ribbon around the planter and made the tree a part of a vignette on a shelf.

 

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