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My Tree Journey: Flowering Dogwood

My late mom loved trees and respected their role on the earth.  She had a small library of tree books, and kept a tree identifier with her when she traveled.  I’m living in her old house now, and I can see just how much this love of trees was woven into her life. The property where the …

Get this Look: Chic Pink Shared Girls’ Bedroom

A chic pink shared girls bedroom can be neutral and pretty. Use this look as inspiration for a great neutral room that can really flow with a whole home look. Learn more about decorating shared bedrooms. Create a gender neutral friendly shared bedroom, a symmetrical girls’ shared room, or a sunny shared bedroom. Get this Look: […] The …

My Friend The Walnut Tree

Trees are spectacular organisms. I have always liked them, but I have come to appreciate trees more as I get older and understand more about them. My current favorite tree is not that grand. It’s not rare or especially spectacular, but I spend every day with it.  Black Walnuts in Michigan There are several species of walnut …

My Best Friend Tree

Everybody needs a safe place when they are going through hard times, and sometimes safe places don’t look like you think. I was born and spent my childhood in central Alaska, and much of those 12 years could be considered hard times.  And my safe place? Up in a quaking aspen tree, one of the many trees …

Printable Last Day of School Signs (Updated for 2020-2021)

We’ve updated these printable last day of school signs for photos for the 2020-2021 school year. Whether it’s the last day of preschool, kindergarten, first grade,  or senior year — happy end of school! It’s time to celebrate and commemorate the last day of getting kids out the door to school… or the last day […] The …

Get this Look: Emerald Green Transitional Master Bedroom

Go for a best of both worlds style with this emerald green transitional master bedroom get this look. We will provide tips for recreating this vibe with similar or same items. More great ideas for a master bedroom design: headboards to buy or build, master bedrooms on a budget, and all of our master bedroom […] The …

The Weeping Willow

My parents built a new house a couple of years before I was born. The old farmhouse was showing its years. Like most houses built in Eastern Oregon during the latter half of the nineteenth century, it was wisely located in a sheltered canyon with easy access to water.  The new, ranch-style house was up the road …

Trees, Please!

Maybe it’s because I grew up in central Alaska where permafrost kept the trees dwarfed. Or maybe it’s because my next stop was California’s redwood empire. For whatever reason, though I grow a mean veggie garden and a wide and wild mix of flowers, trees are my first love. That’s also made them my garden specialty. The …

30 Raised Garden Bed Ideas

Both beginning and experienced gardeners love raised garden beds. Here are 30 cool ideas for raised garden beds, from the practical to the extraordinary. More gardening ideas: tips for gardening with kids, front yard landscaping ideas, and creative flower bed ideas. 30 Raised Garden Bed Ideas Both beginning and experienced gardeners love raised garden beds, […] The …

How to Make a Wooden Bench from Just 2 Boards

Come learn how to make a wooden bench. This simple build requires just two boards (2x8x8′) and takes less than an hour! More to build using structural lumber:  How to build space-saving benches for a small deck  –  How to build a hexagon planter  –  How to build a garden arbor/wedding arch How to Make […] The …