Weathered Bench Container Garden

Weathered Bench Container Garden_3

A couple summers ago, I discovered two weathered benches in an old shed at my parents' farm that I decided to bring home with me. I managed to paint the larger one a bright yellow color for the Outdoor Extravaganza last year, and it eventually made its way to our front porch. The other smaller sized bench ended up being shoved under our deck and somewhat forgotten about. Last week, I finally pulled it out in an attempt to give it new life as part … [Read more...]

Outdoor Extravaganza Top Decorating Picks

orange cooler:drink cart

Happy Memorial Day to my friends south of the border! I hope you're enjoying your long weekend. For me, the past few days have been a whirlwind of projects and hosting an outdoor party (I'll be sharing the details of that very soon)! A big thank you to everyone who shared their Decorating Projects at the Outdoor Extravaganza last week! So much inspiration, as always! Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects from the party along w … [Read more...]

Lounging Around: Our Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor Living Space with Lounge Area

Last July, we got most of the foundational pieces in place for our outdoor living space. However, when it came time to finish the decorating, most of the outdoor decor was picked over and I had to put the process on hold. This year, I decided to be ahead of the game and started picking up pieces when they first started arriving in stores. With seasonal items, I've learned it's best to nab them before they're gone.   Perhaps it was … [Read more...]

Potting Benches, Succulents & Garden Upcycling

potting bench makeover

First off, happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends! It hasn't been the sunny weekend I was hoping for, but it's always nice to spend time with family and friends. Today, I'm crossing my fingers I can finish up my outdoor decorating post for tomorrow if the weather permits! A big thank you to everyone who shared their Plants & Flowers Projects at the Outdoor Extravaganza last week! I'm always amazed by the level of talent. So much … [Read more...]

Outdoor Extravaganza Plants & Flowers Link Party

Outdoor Extravaganza Plants & Flowers (2014)

Welcome to the 3rd annual Outdoor Extravaganza! This time, I decided to change things up a bit and share a Garden Themed Hostess Gift for my project instead of a pot or planter. Such an easy and inexpensive, yet thoughtful way to say "thank you" to your party hostess this spring or summer. Now that you've seen my project, be sure to check out what the other Outdoor Extravaganza hostesses have been up to. Comments and shares are always … [Read more...]

Easy Garden Themed Hostess Gift with Jar Printable

Easy Garden Themed Hostess Gift

With May Long Weekend  just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to put together a hostess gift for one of the outdoor parties we'll be attending. After feeling cooped up inside for far too long, I'm praying the weather finally allows us to kick back outside and enjoy some much-needed sunshine! Aside from the usual bottle of wine, I find it's always nice to show up at a party with something that makes the hostess feel greatly … [Read more...]

Cold Tolerant Annuals For Early Spring Planting

Cold Tolerant Annuals

This has been a challenging spring for gardening to say the least. Will the snow ever stop? Usually by this time, my Lily of the Valley is peeking out of the ground. It is the flower for May after all. Not this year. Notta. Even it doesn't want to come out to play! When I was decorating our front porch last week, I knew the chances for more cold weather were pretty good. What plants could I put in my containers that wouldn't be too … [Read more...]

Spring Front Porch- Adding Cottage Charm + Giveaway!

Spring Front Porch- Adding Cottage Charm

Thank you to Balsam Hill for sponsoring today’s post in the spirit of Mother's Day. As always, opinions are 100% my own. Until last week, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to pull out my flip flops again. Winter had been hanging on ever so tightly, and the opportunity to do any outdoor spring decorating hadn't presented itself. By this time last year, we had our patio furniture out of storage and I had picked up quite a few plants from our lo … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Seed Packets

Saving Lupine Seeds

Throughout summer, I deadhead most of my flowers to encourage re-blooming. However, once the calendar turns to September, I allow many of them to go to seed, usually resulting in new plants popping up the next year. My lavender garden, for instance, started with one tiny plant that now fills an entire section of our front flower bed. That's what I love about these self-seeders. With that being said, there are some plants I only want a select … [Read more...]

Container Herb Garden Ideas

Container Herb Garden Ideas_1

With warmer weather finally arriving, I've shifted my attention to outdoor decorating and gardening as much as I can. Over the weekend, we were able to rake the front lawn and clean up the perennials in the front flower bed. Thankfully, my son is home from his first year of college and was a big help. I remember when he used to get out his little plastic gardening set as a toddler and get down to business (I think making more of mess than … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

Easter is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to create a new tablescape for our family gathering. After this long harsh winter, nothing makes me happier than seeing the freshness and vibrancy of green mixed with natural elements of Spring. This year's table is all about embracing simplicity. Putting a tablescape together for Easter can be cheap and cheerful. I always like to mix the old with the new in any decorating … [Read more...]

Early Spring Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors

Tips for starting seeds indoors

Happy first day of Spring! Have you started thinking about gardening yet? We're still getting snow around here (in fact there's a blizzard going on right now), so digging around in the dirt and outdoor planting won't happen for a while. But, I have started the process of planting seeds indoors.   A couple of weeks ago, I was at the dollar store and came across a pack of tiny peat pots. Organic produce has become very important to us, … [Read more...]