DIY ~ Natural Nesting Material Station for Birds

Natural Nesting Materials for Birds

It’s spring time and your garden birds are getting busy setting up housekeeping. Help them out by providing easy to find nesting materials! First of all, don’t be too tidy when cleaning up the garden. Leave some areas with small twigs, leaves, sticks, grass and plant clippings and short pieces of straw. Make sure any

Springerle Cookies ~ from my German Grandmother’s kitchen

Springerle Cookies

Growing up with a German grandmother, special homemade treats were always on hand when I visited. One of my very favorites were her soft, chewy Springerle Cookies with their sweet anise flavor. Many times I helped Grandmother bake them. Her only measuring tools an old tea cup and some kitchen spoons. She could turn out

Succulent Wheelbarrow Planter

Succulent Wheelbarrow Planter

So, what do you do when you have an old stump to camouflage, a wheelbarrow with holes and dribs and drabs of different outdoor succulents? Why, make a planter of course! This old wheelbarrow had seen better days and had quite a few rusted out holes in the bottom of it. Placing a few pieces

Make a Sussy (A small gift, given for no particular occasion other than love and friendship, usually not wrapped )

Make a Sussy (A small gift, given for no particular occasion other than love and friendship, usually not wrapped )

Do you save extra toiletries from your travels and wonder what to do with them? Create a little “Sussy” (definition : A small gift, given for no particular occasion other than love and friendship, usually not wrapped). What a nice way to lift a friend or neighbor’s spirits spending a little time and not a

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DIY ~ Make Music Sheet Christmas Trees

Music Sheet Christmas Tree

  Recently, I saw some little Christmas trees made with just paper, a wooden dowel, a spool of thread and some buttons. I couldn’t find directions, so I fooled around and figured them out for myself. Here’s what I came up with so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel yourself! Aren’t they just as

Field Trip ~ Country Lane Succulents, New Holland, PA

Country Lane Succulents

If you are headed to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for a day trip or vacation, get off the main road and find this rural gem. Only a few miles from the tourist attractions, Country Lane Succulents will be a stop you will remember! Located at 152 Snyder Drive, New Holland, PA 17557, Country Lane Succulents is

Bed Springs Trellis

Bed Springs Trellis

  Trash pick’in happens unexpectedly! Sometimes I find the best stuff just cruising along minding my own business. Like this wonderful crib-size bed springs piece that was sitting out there leaning against a trashcan on my shortcut to the hardware store. Couldn’t just leave it there, now could I? So I hauled it home and

Cheesecloth Uses in the Garden ~ practical and recyclable

Cheesecloth in the Garden

Looking for a gardening material that is versatile, low cost, durable, reusable and can be composted? Try cheesecloth! With a multitude of uses, cheesecloth is handy to have around as you tend your garden. The #1 source of cheesecloth of all grades, bleached, unbleached and colored, is Cheesecloth.com . They provided me with a wonderful sample

Book Review ~ Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix

Veggie Garden Remix

Getting tired of growing the same old ho-hum vegetables every year? Niki Jabbour’s new book, Veggie Garden Remix , is the answer for spicing up your garden life! Even if you aren’t an avid grower, the photos and descriptions of these 224 lovely greens, tubers, beans and herbs from all over the globe should prove fascinating.

Chalk Paint Magic ~ There’s Money in the Basement!

Chalk Paint Magic

True confession time!! I frequent local garage and estate sales and buy “projects” that I never seem to get around to. Do you, too? At the time that I buy them, these odds and ends seem like diamonds in the rough. Later, I realize that there isn’t any perfect spot in the house or I

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