When your youngest daughter gets married and your backyard has an amazing forest behind it, the only thing to do is hold the celebration there! But be prepared for a bit of work: first you have to tame Mother Nature a bit; then the magical transformation begins as you build on nature’s beauty to make it sparkle!
Looking to make or buy your own reclaimed wood furniture for your yard or home? Check out these fantastic designs made by Beneath the Bark. Each piece is unique and beautiful, not to mention, sturdy! So in preparation for my daughters out door wedding this September, I knew I needed a few key pieces that would blend in nicely with the forest wedding theme I was trying to create. Here they are, and may I say, they were absolutely stunning at the wedding, and were a huge hit!
Do you have any old rusty tools and whatnots lying around? Maybe you have some miscellaneous items of your husband’s, father’s, or grandfather’s that you have no clue what to do with, and they just sit there in your garage or project room year after year collecting dust. Well, here is a notion to help you get those items out of the forgotten corner and make them useful again. How about turning them into a garden chime to enjoy throughout the year!
With a bit of jute twine, a pair of scissors, small hand drill (optional), and said items above, you are good to go. Think of what a fun DIY this would be for kids (of any age) to make for the dad or grandfather in their life!
I can’t think of anything better to liven up a yard quite like an arbor, with a beautiful climbing plant winding its vines, greenery, and flowers around its structure. Have you noticed how many gardens you admire have these magnificent, green clad arches?
So you are ready to build an arbor! What materials should you use; what shape should it be? Should your arbor have a gate or a bench? And once the arbor is in place, what climbing plants should you use? Here are a few pictures to view as you contemplate and answer these questions.
What is it that is so enchantingly beautiful about spring blossoms? Do we see in the magic of the first blooms the beginning of new life? Perhaps the new possibilities that spring might bring us? Or maybe it is simply that the bright colors of new life are refreshing against the gray stormy clouds of spring as we shed winter’s chill. Whatever, the reason, I am simply in love with the delicate, vibrant blossoms we have the pleasure of enjoying in March and April. The adage, “April showers bring May flowers” is all good and well, but let’s not forget to admire and appreciate the lovely early flowers that grace us with their upturned faces when the sun is yet to shine as brightly as it does in summer.
As I drove around my hometown here in Oregon taking pictures of these beautiful blooms, I was inspired by the intricate detail in even the smallest petal. A lovely spring reminder that even flowers were designed in every beautiful detail.
What is your favorite spring flower? Today I’ll share with you some of mine.
Spring is officially arriving this week! Are you looking for ways to get out and enjoy this lovely season? In the coming weeks, I will be spending many hours in my yard weeding, planting, and redesigning spaces, and I’ll bet many of you have similar plans. I always like to see what others have done to find those clever ideas, and so today I’m sharing with you vignettes of a beautifully designed backyard in Arizona.
I confess, I am quite enthralled with this lovely colorful yard and find it quite inspiring. My hilly and forested backyard isn’t likely to ever be so neat and tidy, but I can dream, right? I often just look through these photos to remind myself of the peaceful, reflective feeling I enjoyed while being there just last month visiting my amazing and talented sister, Ruthie.
Pallet wood projects are very popular these days, as the look provides a rich and rustic texture in many of your projects and decorations. Plus, it can be fun for you to mix and match using older, aged wood with newer-looking pieces. I’m always on the lookout for creative usages of this cheap and widely available material, and while visiting my sister last week, watched her and her family build a fantastic wall made up of recycled pallet boards. I simply fell in love with it and can hardly wait to find a spot in my yard to re-create it! Do you have an area that needs to be covered up, maybe your garbage cans or gardening tools? This may be just the project for you :)
This past month, as we were working outside, our wonderful neighbor Mike brought us over some ears of corn from his garden. After giving us the corn, he handed us the most beautiful red dinner-plate Dahlia I had ever seen. Knowing what an amazing and avid gardener Mike is, of course his dahlias are going […]
Still focused on my family reunion time. I mentioned earlier how my sister Linda and her husband Doug spend countless hours on their beautiful Utah garden. Well, I just had to show you her clever flower containers- simply enchanting!