7 DIY Fire Pits You Can Build

It's s'mores season! That yummy, sweet, crunchy, ooey-gooey treat that has made many a childhood memory. Summer evenings are made for s'mores. When the temperatures begin to dip, it's time for melting marshmallows over an open flame...getting them ready to smoosh up next to a chocolate bar in-between graham crackers. OH THE YUM. Don't have a fireplace or regular access to a bonfire? How about a fire pit? There are many commercially available at hardware stores, but why not consider building your own? We've got seven great DIY projects, from simple to complex; all would be awesome s'more-makers. In-ground fire pit with a gorgeous organic perimeter. Tutorial by Laura Catherine.  Concrete fire pit bowl tutorial by eHow. Would be great in a modern or rustic setting. Lovely tabletop … [Read more...]

Fruit Infused Water Recipes for Summer

Are you a water drinker? If you are, do you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day? I'll be honest, I do not like water. It's plain, flavorless, not carbonated and flat out boring. However, recently I've discovered a way to give water flavor and even make it beautiful. Dare I say that I'll even drink 8 glasses a day if prepared in my new found way. I'm talking about infusing water with fruits and herbs to bring it to life...or at least make it more interesting and flavorful. Today I have a bunch of varieties that are easy, beautiful and FULL of flavor. Strawberry Lime Cucumber and Mint Water - Doesn't that sound refreshing? Make a big pitcher of this recipe and set it out while you're lounging by the pool. Lemon Raspberry Water - Drinking flavor infused water is … [Read more...]

Community Gardening – A Beginner’s Square Foot Garden – Part One

I joined a community garden this year.  Growing vegetables and herbs is something I’ve thought about for a long time.  But digging up the back yard to create a garden was never high on anyone’s list at my house. In a matter of happenstance, In April I noticed an advertisement in the local paper for a new community garden and knew this would be my chance.  I enlisted a good friend to share the plot so that both of us would have the ability to take summer vacations etc without being tied to tending a garden.  Community Gardens are a great way to garden.  Not only will you have a dedicated space for growing but you’ll have the resources of experience from other gardeners. Already I’ve found it fun to see what everyone else has planted and watch their plants growing too! My garden … [Read more...]

Grow a Salsa Garden in a Jar

Photo of salsa by Florian (Ed Note:The weather is warm and garden stores are showing off a wide variety of herbs and vegetables to plant in your garden (if you have  a garden). Here's a great way to bring fresh flavors to your table with just a little outside space.) Strawberry jars are urn-shaped containers that have openings or "pockets" on the sides. Originally, they were made for growing strawberries as the jar structure allows the crown of the plant to stay above the soil line, which is important for the plant. The design also keeps the fruit off of the ground. It turns out, these handy jars are excellent for all kinds of planting themes such as growing a salsa garden on your patio or deck. What you'll need: 1 Strawberry jar (Terra Cotta or plastic) -- or a regular planting … [Read more...]

Stunning Home Decor DIYs With Gold Leaf Foil

Gold leaf home decor items are all the rage again with good reason. They add a bright sparkle of decadence to a home that is warm and inviting and luxurious. So pretty! But if you can't find just the right accent piece don't despair - you can make it with one of these fabulous gold leaf home decor DIYs. DIY Gold Leaf Vase for Metallic Home Accents Add a pop of warmth and brilliance to any coffee table or shelf. From Blissfully Domestic Gold Leaf Art Work for Wall Art or Framed Pieces Love this creative gold leaf wall art! Use a stencil to create any design you want...so smart! From Lovely Indeed I also really liked this framed print. When she couldn't find the right print to match this stunning frame, she made her own! From Live Love DIY DIY Gold Leaf … [Read more...]

10 Fun Easter Crafts for Kids

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter's on its way. Easter is indeed on its way. The holiday that features all things bunnies and chicks will be here soon. If you're looking for a craft to do with the kids this week, you've come to the right place. Today I've found 10 Fun Easter Crafts for Kids to keep you and your little ones busy! /1/ Sock Bunnies - There's something about these cute long eared bunnies that jumped out at me. {Pun intended. hehe!} /2/ Chick and Lamb Paper Plate Craft - My favorite crafts when I was a kid were the ones made with paper plates. I'm glad I found this one for all of you. /3/ Craft Stick Sheep - You can build a whole flock of sheep with this simple, but cute tutorial.   [sc:adsense … [Read more...]