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 …

Large Outdoor DIY Monogram Letter Planter Box

Watch how to build an outdoor DIY monogram letter using easy to follow woodworking plans. This large wood monogram planter box holds flowers, succulents, or herbs for a big impact on your porch or at an outdoor wedding.  You’ll also love our other outdoor woodworking plans like our raised garden bed table and garden arbor […] The …

Painting Wood Furniture: How to Permanently Cover Knots and Stain

Painting wood furniture has its difficulties! Learn to permanently block tannin bleed-through from wood stains and knot holes with these two tried-and-tested options. Also helpful: How to Choose the Best Paint for furniture  –  How to Refinish Wood Furniture (no sanding!)  –  Must Know Tips to Prep and Refinish Furniture Painting Wood Furniture: Preventing Tannin […] The …

My Tree Journey: Lessons from a Lemon Tree

In 2013 I moved to a new city. I arrived the week of a massive snowstorm, which meant I was in a new city… stuck inside. As soon as spring came, I was antsy to get out and figure out where I was living. I was also desperate to plant things. I had barely any outdoor space, …