July 2016

Seed box lid detail

Vintage Seed Collectibles

Colorful and historical, vintage seed packets and boxes are appealing works of art that offer unique ways to collect and decorate.   Well-preserved seed packet specimens hold collectible…

Group of vintage seed packets

Saving Seeds: How to Collect and Store Them

Once a plant’s growing cycle has come to an end, saving seeds from the pod gives you an economical way to fill out your garden next year, share…

Flower arranging station detail

Set Up a Flower Arranging Station

If you’ve got a green thumb, tuck a flower arranging workstation equipped for assembling bouquets of fresh-cut flowers or potting plants in your garage, basement, or shed.   Choose…

Covered crate footstool

Crate Ideas: DIY Furnishings for a Garden Room

Use vintage and handmade crates as repurposed furnishings to add character to your porch, deck, or patio.   A crate made from pallet slats fashions a sturdy base…

Umbrella Stand Feature

Easy Garden Ideas: Make a Planted Umbrella Stand

If your deck gets a little too much sun for comfort on long summer days, adding a large market umbrella will cool things down in a jiffy. And…

Potting table

Easy Gardening Ideas: Set Up a Potting Bench

Keeping garden tools and supplies tidy and handy can be a challenge if you don’t have a dedicated space such as a shed or greenhouse. Fortunately, it takes…

Petunias and verbena

Gardening for the season: Make a Chair Planter

If you’re like us, you get all excited about the first shoots of spring, buy your new perennials and then your annuals. You dig and deadhead in your…

Bathroom storage cabinet

Simple Storage Solutions: Bathroom Cabinet

If you’re not fortunate enough to have a linen closet or built-in cabinetry in your bathroom, freestanding casework may be just the answer to your storage needs. Choose…

Closet office shelves detail

DIY Decor: Office in a Closet

In just a weekend, you can fashion a hideaway home office in a closet that’s well-accessorized, practical, and pretty.   This tiny room serves as a guest room…