Wedding succulent centerpieces

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Donna asked me to create the succulent centerpieces for her wedding, and it was like she had given me the best gift ever—a reason to both go thrift storing like crazy, but also to go on succulent …

Backyard Concert with Lisa Haagen and Lakin

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We really enjoyed having Lisa Haagen and Lakin come and perform in our yard as the first stop of their west coast tour!  It aligned perfectly with our 4th Annual Fort, so guests could sit …

Tom’s Carrots

Tom expressed some interest in growing carrots, and we all jumped at this rare glimmer of enthusiasm for veggie gardening. Tom spent a whole hot day digging out a bed for the carrots, and we …

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Succulent lantern planter DIY

I bring you….a succulent lantern planter DIY! This Christmas, Chris and I made an unusual gift out of an Ikea lantern and some free wood samples from Home Depot—thus combining three of our favorite things …

Tiki hut for dinner, fire pit for wine

We’ve recently updated our tiki hut to more of a tiki cabana, so here’s a last little look at some good times in the old tiki hut, along with some happy nights with wine around the fire pit.

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Garden update : non-edibles

A quick overview of non-edible plants in The House garden at the moment, in photo-form. The third one is a banana plant so I guess technically it will be edible in some time, but it’s …

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DIY seed box

I love gardening, but up until now have been keeping my seed packets stuffed into a ratty paper lunch bag.  I decided it just wouldn’t do! So I set about creating a wooden seed box …

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Building a pizza oven

The big excitement around The House has been the pizza oven that we’ve been building. And by we, I mean my boyfriend Chris and roommate Jan. I contributed by lazily hanging around with our dogs …

Colorful garden rocks

You know, sometimes you just need to craft! Without much of a plan but with rocks and a ton of colorful paint, we recently sat down and had a wonderful crafting night. We’ve recently planted …

Succulent acquisition

One of my new favorite activities is succulent acquisition.  In case you aren’t “in the know” about succulents, they’re wonderful type of plant that retains water and thus doesn’t need to be given much care. …

A fire pit surprise!

Has anyone here ever heard of the food “damper”? Well, it’s sorta like the S’more of the Australian outback. It’s essentially bread dough that you put into the ashes of a fire (after it’s gone …