Crisis Homeschooling is DONE and it’s SUMMER BREAK!! We already have been 2 trips, one camping trip locally for Fathers Day Weekend and just got back from a trip to see Family in Williams Lake.
Today is Canada Day! My husband and I have been busy working on a project. We had a gate blown down from the wind and ended up hiring someone to build a new one. So we had really nice weathered fence boards.
Find wood or buy some and set it out to measure it.
We just copied the size of our Canadian Flag to keep it simple. We also had a space for this to fit in our outdoor Patio.
Cut support boards for the back side. Measurements depend on how big your flag is. My husband also counter sinked the holes for the screws.
Make the Maple Leaf Template. This was an interesting challenge to trace the leaf through a large piece of paper. I explain this lots on the video I made for You Tube.
Pin the paper down too the wood. Then Paint!
I started with the edges and made sure to go with the grain of the wood. Then I filled it in.
It’s starting to come together!
Measure out where the Side lines will go. Again – We kept it simple and referred to the flag to where the tap should go.
Then Paint the Sides! Our boys helped with this next part.
Remember to paint the edges!!!
Put in Eyelets and Hang it up!
Tip: My husband set his small level on the top of the sign to make sure it was level when he hung it. It’s up to you how you choose to hang your sign. We have a an overhang over our patio where we could screw the other eyelet into and use mechanics wire to secure it.
We just had a great weekend. We mostly stayed off our phones and just spent time with our kids. We did something for this Father’s Day weekend that we do a lot and that is camping.
I LOVE watching all the trailer reno videos on You Tube. You Tube is something I just started doing with an addition to my blog. Go on over and read my You Tube Announcement!
We all need breaks. I talk about that over here on the blog and share my views on this often. Rest is so important.
Simple RV Decor
Something super restful for me to do is making home decor. When it comes to our trailer, I would love to re-do it, but that’s not a project we are into doing. So to help make some personal touches I added some DIY decor.
1: Upcycled Basket
This required some minimal sewing skills. I repurposed an old pillow case for this. Plus spray painted an ice cream container. Our little bathroom in the trailer has some storage. Just nice to have some things easy to grab and in a cute basket.
The full video on how I made it is below.
2: Faux Drying Lavender
I had fun with this one. I just cut off a pick of lavender I had from the dollar store and then took twine and hot glued it together on the back.
I used command hocks to install it in the trailer. Easy to remove and doesn’t leave a mark behind.
Full video on how I made it below.
3: Welcome Sign – FREE Printable
I made this sign and was super happy how it turned out.
It says “Welcome to our cabin (on wheels)”
I also painted the pot for the little faux greenery white, used to be black.
Since this blog post is full of simple decor ideas. I made it a FREE printable.
It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog. However, I’ve been very busy getting some additions to my blog. I have a short blogging announcement. Which I’m pretty sure you already can guess what it is.
If you follow me on Social Media you already know I’ve made this leap.
Aside from relaxing with my hubby in this space for many nights with our fire pit here. Gotta take the breaks when you can.
Even though places are opening up here in BC, we are still hanging low at home.
Blog Addition: You Tube
I’ve been curious to add YouTube since the beginning of my blogging journey and decided to just do it once my blog had growth. Which I where I’m at now.
I have a few videos up already.
Here’s a first Welcome Video based off the last blog post I made.
I’ll be upfront and honest, it a bit scary. If we live our lives in our comfort zone then that’s a boring life to live. I’ve lived in my comfort zone for years. Not unless you’ve broken out of your comfort zone do you know what I mean. Seriously, try it!!!
I’m grateful for a husband that loves going on adventures and pushing me to be brave and have fun in life.
Before I took the leap I asked for his opinion. We both agree that it can’t take away from family time or my first responsibility and that is the kids.
As a Home and Garden blogger, making tutorial blog posts are still possible (obviously), just a video ADDS to seeing how I do things.
Like this video about Stringing Tomato Plants….
This Gardening Video I made with a request from a family member. It would be hard to do this tutorial in a blog post, hopefully this video is helpful.
I’m still learning, and I’m enjoying the adventure. I’m super low tech with my iPhone and the iMovie app, yet it seems to be more simple then I think.
Be super awesome if you would subscribe to my NEW YouTube Channel. I’ve been enjoying all the connections I’ve been making here on my blog and look forward to who I’ll connect with on YouTube as well.
As always, have a great day!
What have you been doing lately that’s NEW and out of your COMFORT ZONE!
It’s been super busy around here with the Garden, as you may know if you have been following me for a while. Also homeschooling or crisis schooling as I call it at the moment. Last couple weeks, almost there
There’s something about bringing the outside in. I’m not just talking about blending my morning smoothie with mint leaves or trying a new smoothie with rhubarb. I’m talking about flowers from the Garden and better yet bringing in House plants into our home.
Being in the “growing family” mode for a while and it’s been a bumpy road of recovery from that time. I’ve always dreamed of having more house plants. I feel like that time has finally come that I can turn my attention more to our home again.
I used fake flowers to get through this phase. I learned, even looking at that was still worth the money spent at the dollar store, when I would have preferred real over fake.
What Indoor House Plants do I have at the moment?
Currently I have plants I have “rescued” or saved or simply had them given to me. FYI – Huge money savings if you can save plants people don’t want anymore. Don’t be afraid to ask if you notice a plant with baby shoots on it. They might just happily pull out an extra pot and send it home with you.
Spider plant – I grew from baby shoots from my Mother in Law. I’ve already potted up a first set of baby shoots from this plant and about to do it again. As I mentioned above, I noticed her plant had several shoots and I asked and she said to “go ahead”.
This plant has bloomed several times. It’s been really neat. I had no idea this indoor plant bloomed with little flowers.
First time it had 3 Spiderettes and this time it has 2. This plant is grown from 3 shoots. I suspect I need to repot this one soon.
What do I mean by “rescue” plants. Here’s an example of that, with my next house plant.
Peperomia – This is a combination of the plants that didn’t die from 2 Christmas baskets I got one Christmas. I loved the look of it. I like the fact that this plant isn’t bushy and big. The Planter it is in is from the original Christmas Basket I got with at least 3 other plants that didn’t survive. Since both of the planters had this plant in it I combined the 2 and they have doubled in size since. Super great beginner plant I might add.
Kaffir Lily – Someone just gave me in my neighborhood through a connection over the Garden Swap Box. Here’s my blog post about the Garden Swap Box. This plant is completely new to me. I’m super curious to see it bloom. It already has a baby shoot starting. This lady from my neighborhood has kept the original plant alive since 1970, so I think I got a good shoot at keeping this one going too.
Go check out my Instagram for the story behind this plant. Look for this photo.
Stromanthe Triostar – I just bought this. I was wanting to add something to my indoor house plants that I picked out and bought for myself. These plants were ALL over our resort in Mexico. When I saw it at the local garden center it was definitely coming home with me.
I’ve already noticed, this is my new plant “baby”. Seriously, this plant loves LOTS OF WATER. Oh, at least my kids think this parts fun, it needs to be misted. At least I have helpers, “mom did you mist the plant today?”.
Here’s The blog post about our recent trip to Mexico. Don’t worry, it was before the world literally shut down.
One of the light bulb moments I had that realized my blogging niche is Home and Garden. I took as much pictures of the plants ( videos of the Stromanthe in particular) then time with my family.
Farmhouse Inspired -DIY Pot for Indoor Plants!
Items you will need:
Dollar Store metal pot with handle.
White Spray Paint
Steps for preparing the pot for paint:
Tape the TOP EDGE of the pot and the HANDLE.
Tape any extra metal sides, where you don’t want paint. Like the handle piece connected to the pot on mine.
Paint in a open area for over spray.
Paint 2 coats. Once dry remove the tape!
Allow the paint to ‘gas off’ before coming the house. And set it in it’s new home.
Additional TIPS for Indoor House Plants:
If you are just starting out or a beginner, start small like I did with 2 or three plants. If you have too many to start, it can be overwhelming. Plus I had to consider, kids and now a dog. Yes – My oldest we learned is allergic to Easter Lily’s.
Each plant has it’s own spot in the house it”ll like. Plus it took time for me to learn the signs of stress in the plants or when I forgot to water. I noticed over time my spider plant was fussy. I learned to pay attention to the leaves color. Dull – needs water. Bright – well watered. I also moved it around a LOT to find it’s “happy” spot in the living room.
My Pemperima was/is a great beginner plant, I’ve moved it downstairs with less sun for a while and it did just fine.
Fresh Flowers – From the Garden
I’m having so much fun creating fresh flower bouquets. My fave is the peonies!
Fresh Flowers from the Garden beat Fake Flowers from the Dollar Store
I’m already busy planting more cut flowers in my new garden I made last year along our fence. I’ve been blessed with flowers from the previous owners like these peonies.
Ok – I think you might have noticed I’m loving finally being able to get to this place now and share this with you.
How about you?
What do you have for Indoor Plants?
Are you a beginner or have had plants for a long time?
When a moment happens that something you’ve wanted to do or create for a long time comes together. That’s what happened today for me. I’ve long since loved reading magazines like Style at Home and just LOVE all the outdoor spaces people make.
Today was the first of many patio set ups for our home!
It’s May Long Weekend and our Trailer is still in the driveway. Not something we are excited about. We do plan to sleep in it one of the nights this weekend. Plus we get to install a new awning!
I hustled yesterday to get this space ready. I was inspired by a local lady and her “She Shed”. Here’s my version on my Patio.
Setting up our Patio Space:
Creating a patio space for me includes things that inspire you for the outdoors. Here we have Adirondack (plastic, mind you), Rowing paddles tucked in the corner and of course lots of plants.
2 big bonuses on our property is the greenhouse AND a covered patio. It’s a double win in my mind.
I grabbed out folding side table from the trailer, painted a sign from an old sign we had in the house and put the word “LAKE” on it and hung my succulent planter.
Simple touches that help make the space become a relaxing zone at anytime of the day.
Lots of personal touches like, decor, fresh cut flowers on the table and lots of different colored and sized pots.
I think every gardener has a story to tell about their pots. Beige pot I bought when I was renting. The next 2 come from my husbands family. The water pot his grandparents and parents used for camping. We used it too for many camping trips to boil water. The big colorful pot is from his grandparents. The little wine bottle lantern I got for a birthday present from my Sister-in-law. I had to more it for the kids, they might break it.
I see a future painting project in this picture. I can’t wait to paint this little table. I love running out to cut the rhodo’s that line our property. I’ll have more fresh flowers this summer going here for sure.
These Paddles, I saved them. My hubby was ready to let them go. I was like, nope, decor, and took them back. I do those kinda things. FYI – Made by the Canadian Paddle Company.
Here’s a side shot with the greenhouse. We have a swing the kids love to hang out it. I also have my hanging baskets growing. I would love to extend the patio bricks in front of the greenhouse, but that’s a project for another day.
Now off to pour some wine and enjoy the propane fire pit we have going in our new patio space to enjoy the long weekend.
Our puppy loves to curl up at our feet and the kids loved the s’mores tonight.
Do to a request for a box, this last weekend my husband and I built a raised cedar planter box. It took longer then he would have liked as I was busy taking the camera and asking for certain shots. Plus I want in on the action with the tools too!
Raised Cedar Planter Box
Here’s the step by step guide with how we built it.
Step 1: Buy Materials – Ours cost just over $40 Canadian.
1: 2″x 4″ x 8′ Cut to 23″
1: 1″ x 2″ x 8′
6: 1″ x 6″ x 4′ Cut at 36″ Extra 12″ becomes the ends
Additional notes: See in Pictures in Step 5 for a visual.
Legs are 1.5″ down from top board when your screwing them together.
1″ x 2″ is cut to support bottom boards.
Step 2: Cut all the boards to the lengths above.
Step 3: Assemble and using screws put the LONG sides together.
Optional: You can use a Pin Nailer – the box won’t hold together for very long if you use this method.
Step 4: Assemble short sides to the legs
Step 5: Cut and assemble the BOTTOM with boards spaced apart.
End boards on the bottom need to be notched out to fit.
Finished Raised Garden Box:
If putting soil in the box, put in a liner, plastic or fabric with staples. Can also fit a few pots with plants in it, if desired.
Optional: Turn it into dual purpose, a community garden swap box.
This box design is super simple and easy to make. The original raised garden box was made for a garden party we had for a wedding reception. My mother in law made it. Rough cedar is cheaper, price all depends on which type of cedar boards you buy.
My heart beats for Community and the well being of others. When I think back on how I got started Gardening a lot of my plants that I started with I got for FREE.
One of my goals as a blogger is serving YOU, my readers. I like to help solve a problem you may be having. Here’s the thing. Recently MANY people have lost their jobs. This has been hard for many close to me. My big community heart wants to HELP.
So I created a community garden box.
Here’s all the steps of how I made mine and let me know if you plan to host a community garden box too!
Community Garden Swap
Here’s how I made it:
I found an old cedar box planter I had not been using. I took out my stencils and paint. I planned out the words and painted them on the box. I used stencils – not a fancy machine with vinyl. I don’t make enough signs. Simple stencils from the dollar store!
Fill it with plants you are not wanting anymore. Plants you have extra of!! Sometimes our seeds do really well and we don’t need that many.
Let your community know! My box sat for close to 2 weeks before any plants started moving. I realized my mistake in not advertising to the local community group on Facebook.
I’ve ran into some problems with mine and realized I needed to add some “Rules and Guidelines” to the box.
Have fun – Get to know your local gardening community. You might find someone to share the Harvest with! I’ve already had lots of great connections with my neighborhood through mine.
Here’s the Final Community Garden Swap Box
The box did get picked up from a miss understanding and I was able to track it down and get it back. My seed container in the box had a bunch of loose seeds rolling around. So the guidelines was needed.
I just printed the guidelines – put it in a plastic sleeve and stapled it to the bottom.
Disclaimer: We are NOT deck building professionals. This deck was built by us with guidance from construction workers. Additional work done on the deck was done by a professional company for the vinyl and railing in which we received a discount for work done.
Our DIY Deck – Patio Renovation!
We aren’t construction workers, however my husband was excited to take on this build. Lots of research, designing and planning went into this. We did get a quote from one company to do the entire thing and then we decided to do the build ourselves. The vinyl and railing was done by a local company.
Let’s be real, we bought an older house. When we moved in the deck caught our attention with how bad it was. It was growing mushrooms!
The deck wasn’t a builder grade and was patched and held together by many materials not suitable for decks. Roofing shingles belong on roof’s not stairs.
The wood was fencing boards and super slippery when wet.
I bought several rice mats over the last couple years and stapled them down to make it somewhat bearable to use.
I resorted to blocking the stairs for the kids safety sake. I have no idea how my piano made it up these stairs.
FYI – My garden hose was under those stairs. I had many bruises on my back hitting the stairs to turn the water on and off.
I shudder looking at this.
I was running Foam Fest last year and my husband started sending me pictures of a destroyed deck. Where he stood to BBQ, his pry-bar slipped through like butter when he let go to TEST how rotten the deck was.
AFTER – Our new deck
If you look at the staining on the patio tiles you can see how small the old deck was.
The basement bedroom has so much light now. It has a full view of the backyard. We will be building a storage shed in the future to replace the storage we lost from underneath.
We spent so much time designing: Where the stairs should go? How far out we wanted it to be?
We took our existing table and BBQ and set it out in the grass and laid out several scenarios. Then the right one clicked.
View from our patio sliding door to the stairs.
View from the stairs coming up. Made sure there was lots of space for sitting around the table and the BBQ being a good safe distance from the table.
Our youngest and our puppy are on the deck ALL the time. Kona is constantly sun bathing on the deck. Or she’s often found looking for scraps after a meal.
We can’t wait to host BBQ’s again. We are always outside. Our house needs lots of work, we’ve done most of our Reno’s for outside. We still have a stucco repair to do, stain the stair tread’s, landscaping and paint.
I thought I would take a moment and share a past project. This one was HUGE. We bought our townhouse in 2010 and moved in January 1st 2011 and the renovations began the NEXT morning!
It’s only a GLIMPSE of what we did. I took a ton of pictures so I tried finding the best before and after.
I’m a sucker for home transformation and when it was finally our turn I was so excited!!
Here’s our Townhouse Renovation from 2011 – 2014
Inspectors Photo during the purchasing process. We renovated so quickly I didn’t get much before pictures.
New Door – Floor Tile – Trim – Coat Hook – Electrical – Drywall – All the important stuff behind the walls and we can’t forget PAINT!
Yikes – This is hard to look at. It’s USED to be a huge mudroom, with a storage closet with Hot water tank and electrical and access to the garage PLUS the front door. Oh, that window at the end in over the kitchen sink. The townhouse USED to have a carport. This used to be exterior.
New hallway and just a pass through window without cabinets blocking the view to the backyard.
Here’s a shot of the old front door.
We took it out – obviously. This is the original front entrance where I’m standing taking the picture. The man with the hammer. My handsome hubby.
We just had it as a more open area with old coat closet becoming a pantry. Something I don’t have now and miss! Plus I had a storage cabinet there. Townhouse – need all the storage you can get.
Truth – The best photo I have because it was so boxed in with walls and cabinets that were ready to fall. Cabinets had rat droppings on them and the light above the sink wasn’t secure and ready to fall into the kitchen sink at any moment.
Did you catch that? We FOUND these stairs on the other side and it completely changed our design plan and ended up with a bigger kitchen.
Cabinet makers daughter here. Solid Maple Cabinets with crown molding. Yes – Solid cabinets. Do I ever miss those cabinets. Dreaming of a new kitchen again. It’s SO nice.
Again – Inspection photo. This hurts my eyes, I can SMELL this place. It stank so bad. Oh….did you see the GIANT mirror. Then there was this all over the walls.
Confused? Vaulted ceilings. We kept the top part and took down the rest. What a job.
This place had 1970’s written all over it. Orange Curtains!! We camped in our living room with camping kitchen.
Last living room shot. That fireplace!
Downstairs 1/2 bath Before
Again, I shudder when I see this.
Don’t ask me why the lid is open. I loved the wainscoting we did in this bathroom. The shelf was from the upstairs bathroom and fit better on the main floor.
Upstairs Bathroom Before
Just like my kitchen, it was hard to say goodbye to this bathroom when we sold this place.
I just realized the trim isn’t done in these photos. It was before we sold it.
I took lots of pictures – never knowing I was going to blog in the future. We learned a TON during this and are already getting our current home into the planning process for some renovations. Yes – We did have our first son in this place. Painting and Pregnant…
Hope this post was fun and inspiring too look at. Some of the design is still current and some of it isn’t anymore. It’s a townhouse complex so the exterior is all done by strata. So there’s now photos of that.
If it’s your first time planting a Garden or you have planted many, I hope this posts gives you some helpful tips.
Is it too late to start a Garden? Nope. I live in the Fraser Valley on the outskirts of Vancouver BC Canada and we are considered Zone 8. We are in a rich area for growers and lots of gardening centers because of our great growing climate.
Truthfully, I’ve started mine even later then March and even had to restart some plants several times due to deer eating my stuff. I still got a good harvest at the end of the season.
I see buying seeds like grocery shopping. Find seeds that are similar to veggies you would buy or herbs. Some are easy to grow, others can be picky. I’ll be completely honest and have had many gardening fails. But, that’s how we learn.
My seeds are a collection from seeds I have saved from Harvest or seeds from my mom’s garden or seeds I bought. I’ve gotten seeds in a gift exchange and even got seeds from church.
Easy DIY – Seed Markers
Re-purpose an empty plastic container and cut them into strips and use Permanent Marker to write your plant names on them. Shown in picture above and seen in video in this post.
Hopefully they don’t get destroyed and can be useful for years to come!
Prepping Seed Containers
Use what you have. Even if it’s a egg carton. Get creative, seeds will grow in rich soil and they aren’t picky how fancy the container is that they grow in. I’ve re-purposed containers I saved from times. I bought starter plants when I didn’t have time to start seeds and have saved the holders to use as seed starters.
I grabbed soil from my Raised Garden Beds and filled up the containers. Something I forgot to do in this picture was moisten my soil.
Yup, I’ll say it again, get the soil wet. FYI I bought my gardening gloves from the dollar store a couple years ago.
I made a hole with my finger to make a nice spot for the seeds to go in.
I love this photo. Popping open seeds pods that I let dry on the vine from last year is something that’s exciting to see what’s inside.
Pretty straight forward to drop the seed in the hole you made and cover it up with soil.
Not all seeds will grow, I usually drop at least 2 seeds per spot
Mini Greenhouses – Encouraging seeds to start
Keeping it real and again, using what I have. A plastic container, vacuum bag and my window. Anyway I can to encourage the seeds to grow. I usually put it in my greenhouse and check on them if they are watered. This year the frost is still here in the mornings.
I can’t end this post here and just say “Happy Planting”.
Bonus Tip – Community Outreach
My heart has been heavy with the current world state. I see bloggers I’ve connect with here online in full on Quarantine. My husband and I are blessed he’s still working and we are not affected by job loss. Many are loosing their jobs here in Canada with COVID 19 outbreak happening.
With having young kids and we are taking the government order very seriously to stay home. I would love to reach out and help my community in any way I can.
I created a Garden Swap Box.
I took an old planter box that was made for a Garden Party a couple years ago. I don’t have a fancy word making machine.
I used my stencils and pre-planned my words on paper.
Using a Foam Brush I painted the words on.
Here’s how it turned out.
While the kids painted I painted too. I asked a neighbor if I could put it out on his corner of his yard. I put a plastic container with some seeds in unopened seed packages that I won’t be using and some pots to get people started. Not sure who will use it.
Have you started seeds?
What are you planning to plant in your garden this year?