Grow Beautiful Plants — Even if You Don’t Have a Green Thumb

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I've been playing in the dirt a lot lately. There's nothing that brings me satisfaction and peace like digging and planting. Until recently I've never been great at keeping plants alive, unfortunately, with the exception of vegetable gardens planted in rainy years. Living in North Texas near the Oklahoma border has put our town dead-smack in the center of what's called an "exceptional drought". The past 5 years have been horribly dry to the point that our combined lake level was barely … [Read more...]

Milk Paint Giveaway Winner…

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So, here we go! I'm back and I've got a winner! But first, can I ask you guys a favor? It includes the photos of the red coffee table that I promised. However, I didn't get my side tables done. I'll be sure and post photos of those as soon as I can. So, here's the coffee table after I took the doors off and sanded it a tad. Being as Abbie-like as you can imagine, I forgot to take photos before I began prepping it. Are you surprised? Uh-huh, that's what I thought. So an in-process, crooked … [Read more...]

Adventures in Milk Paint….Part2

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Welcome back! It's time for the second installment of Adventures in Milk Paint and I gotta tell ya...this one is full of success and ends in an opportunity to win supplies for a milk paint project of your own. That's right!  A giveway full of goodness. Aw yeah. Let's see. Where shall we start? First, if you haven't already, skim through Part 1 and get caught up. So, we left off with my dresser stripped of its first milk paint makeover and waiting patiently for another … [Read more...]

The State of My Garden

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Some of you will remember that this spring, I decided to attempt container gardening rather than planting my usual backyard garden.  I just wanted to follow up on that and let you know how things are going. I've had a lot of losses.  Many of my herbs were lost to our cat...um...making use of the pots while they were in our sun room on chilly nights.  Onions and radishes died after failed transplantation.  And...in a complete oversight on my part, I failed to put drainage holes in our new … [Read more...]

Container Gardening Part One

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I've never dabbled in container gardening,  most likely because I have plenty of room to have an in-ground garden.  This season, though, I decided to try this gardening method that's been around for many years but is new for me.  I'm going to share my progress and my methods along the way.  Not because I know what I'm doing, but so that you can learn from my mistakes and successes. Our family dedicated yesterday to dirt.  We gathered supplies at the store and headed home to begin.  Shayne … [Read more...]