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7 Ways to Update Your Terra Cotta Pots

This time of year Terra Cotta pots can be found in almost every store that carries gardening supplies. While they are fairly inexpensive, they can also be quite boring. Here are a few simple idea to add some pizzazz to any drab looking flower pot. 


 Create your own stencils using painters tape or stickers. {view tutorial}



 Cover your pot in beautiful glass gems. {view tutorial}



 Add a mosaic look using beads, gems, and other little trinkets {no source}



 Use puffy paint to draw your own beautiful design. {view tutorial}



Using seed beads and stencils this pot is sure to brighten your day. {view tutorial}



Gems made from sculpting clay were used to spice up these pots {view tutorial}



Another beautiful mosaic using broken ceramic tiles. {view tutorial}

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Diy Pineapple Planter From A Recycled Plastic Jar






For this project I recycled a whey protein container but any large plastic jar will work. Start by removing the label. I soaked mine in water to make the label easier to remove.


Once the label is removed, use goo gone to remove any glue left on the jar. For a safer option you can also use olive oil and a scour pad. 



Now paint your container. Once it's dry you can start marking off where your lines will be. The number of marks and the distance between them will vary depending on the size of your container. Just make sure that you have an even number of marks or they won't line up right. I made 10 marks that were 1 3/4 inches apart. Then I made 10 more marks at the bottom of the container lined up with the top marks.



Using a flexible ruler or heavy cardstock and a permanent marker, start connecting your marks with diagonal lines. From the starting mark, find the mark directly below it then count thee marks to the right. That's the one you will draw a line to.


Continue the lines all the way around the container. Then start making lines in the opposite direction to make a criss-cross pattern shown above.



Once your lines are done, draw an arrow in the center of each diamond. Now your pot is complete!! 



Now it's time to plant your aloe. I added a layer of clay pebbles to allow for water drainage but rocks would work just as well.


Then add your potting soil. (*Tip: When planting in pots, place your pot inside a cardboard box or plastic container. This will catch any soil that doesn't make it in the pot so that you can dump it back into the bag when your done instead of wasting it. This is really helpful when you have young kids helping out.)


Add your aloe plant and place in a sunny window. 

After writing this post I discovered that WalMart is selling pineapple plants in their nursery section!! I regrettably did not buy one but I think I will be replacing my aloe plant with an actual pineapple plant soon!! 

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Beautiful Kitchen Backsplash Ideas You Can Do Yourself

Did you know the average backsplash cost $600 to $800 dollars for 20 sq ft. We are currently in the planning stages of our kitchen remodel and we are looking at around 40 sq ft of backsplash. AAAKK!! That's a minumum of $1200! So I have been looking into a few cheaper options. Here is what I found.





Mason jar mosaic backsplash {view tutorial}



Airstone backsplash {view tutorial} After some research I found this stone vinyl wallpaper which seems easier (and cheaper) to install. 



Use ceiling tiles as a backsplash. No tutorial. Just glue ceiling tiles in place using a strong adhesive.



Wine cork backsplash. Could not find a tutorial for this one but it should be pretty easy. I would use a strong glue such as E6000 (I use E6000 for almost everything). 



Real brick backsplash on a budget {view tutorial}



Barn Wood Backsplash {view tutorial}



Soda cap backsplash. No tutorial for this one either. but the following tutorial for a traditional tile backsplash should also work for bottle caps.



If you would like to stick with a more traditional tile backsplash, You can find an easy to follow installation tutorial at Better Homes and Gardens {view tutorial}

Our home is an old 1960 farmhouse. We are trying to recreate the beautiful farmhouse look so I am leaning toward the ceiling tiles or brick. Which one is your favorite? If you've recently redone your own backspash please feel free to share your photos and join the conversation on DIY Home Sweet Home's Facebook page.

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Spring Keeping with Gladiator GarageWorks

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gladiator GarageWorks for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
When Gladiator GarageWorks asked me to team up with them to help promote their Spring Keeping Campaign, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to organize a few of my seasonal items stored in the garage. 
These shelves were originally meant to be used for all of my gardening supplies. As you can tell by the photo below, that’s no longer the case. There are two main problems with this set-up.
  1. When spring comes around my flower pots, garden hose, and a few other gardening supplies are placed outside where they will remain until late fall/early winter. This frees up a lot of space on the shelves.
  2. With all the free space on the shelves, and having them conveniently located next to the door, they turn into a dumping ground for all sorts of things.
Gladiator GarageWorks  sent me their highly rated, Premier Series Tall GearBox. The Gearbox came fully assembled aside from the wheels, which were super easy to install. Once the GearBox was delivered, I took a few minutes to think about what I wanted this space to be used for and came up with a couple guidelines to help with my 'Spring Keeping' process. Why do Spring Cleaning when you can do “Spring Keeping?”
  • Since I’m often using and reusing my pots and other gardening supplies throughout the gardening season, they need to be easily accessible.
  • I hate wasted space so I will put the extra space to use with items that we use often during the spring/summer. Once gardening season is over these items can be placed in storage making more room for the pots, hoses, and other garden supplies that will no longer be in use outside.
Once I had a plan in place, I got busy decluttering. I took everything off the shelves that did not belong. This mostly included a bunch of random tools that belonged elsewhere in the garage but was instead tossed on the shelves because we are lazy it was more convenient than walking to the other side of the garage. Once I was finished decluttering, I replaced the shelves with my Premier Series Tall GearBox and organized my remaining items.
For my "Spring Keeping" Items I chose items that would be used often throughout spring and summer. The bottom two shelves contain the few gardening supplies that are not in use at the moment. However, I currently have a small container garden and I'm always, potting and re-potting various plants throughout spring and summer. Having the pots, potting soil, mulch, and perlite on the bottom shelves make it so easy to just grab what I need after my impulsive plant shopping. Each one of these shelves can hold up to 50 lbs so I knew they would be able to support the wight of these heavy pots.
The top shelf contains the girl's bike helmets, ball and mitts, a set of cones, and their soccer balls (not pictured since they were using them at the time). These are items that the girl's use almost on a daily basis so it was important to me to have them easily accessible. The shelf below that contains a few more pots, plant fertilizer, and pet supplies. 
The reason I love this set-up... Once the weather cools off I can pack away the kids' items, making room for the pots and gardening supplies that I will be storing away for the winter. This will allow me to keep all of my gardening supplies together without wasting space.
A few things I love about my Premier Series Tall GearBox.
  • The pegboard-like holes in the doors which you can hang hooks from for extra storage space.
  • The magnetic strip along the top and bottom to hold the doors in place when it's not locked
  • The product is highly rated, durable and built to last. They are designed and tested for the extreme environment of the garage.
  • The doors make it less convenient to just toss random items into piles on the shelves. This will cut down on the clutter making it easier to organize and find the items that we need. 
Hooks added to store dog leashes and brushes.
Magnetic strip to hold doors closed.
As you can see, the GearBox takes up a lot less space than my original shelves. I plan on using the extra space to add a chair or small bench and some shoe storage. Living on ten acres in an area that gets lots of rain, muddy boots are a big problem. It would be nice to have a place outside of the house to take them off and store them.
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6 Delicious Cookie Recipes


Check out these six amazingly delicious cookie recipes to satisfy every sweet tooth.




Diy Cookie Cups



Gluten-Free Respberry Linzer Cookies



Flower Pot Cookies



Homemade Circus Animal Cookies



Red Velvet Nutella Stuffed Cookies



Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

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