Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

Yard: Work in Progress

Posted on: May 18th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

We have lived in our house for almost 2 years and have spent countless hours talking (dreaming) about things we want to do in our yard. Flowers, new garden beds, shrubs, trees, a sandbox, a firepit, patio, etc. The list is long and expensive. All we had was the "builder's grade" landscaping in the front, and even that was in dire need of new mulch and some TLC.

So we finally got started. Our side yard had nothing but grass. Our ugly foundation, stained with red clay (which is what we have instead of real dirt), was visible for all to see. A community walking path goes right along our yard. So this is what people had the pleasure of looking at along their way.

Not attractive. But with a little blood, sweat, and tears (well, ok, no tears) we prettied it up. We started by making a trench along the border of the front garden, and removing the sod from some of the side to create a new garden bed.

We used black plastic edging to help keep the mulch from washing into the yard and on the sidewalk. To help keep weeds away, we covered the whole area with black landscape fabric, cutting around the existing bushes and flowers.

I planted holly bushes, knock out rose bushes, a hydrangea (my fave!) and some other evergreen bushes along the foundation. They're small now, but they'll grow and hopefully cover up the concrete.

Oh my word. I love hydrangeas!

Then we mulched.

We even had some help from our big kids and the neighbor kids!

Now, we have a spruced up front yard and a pretty side yard for all those walkers on the path.

 

My plan is to put some perennials in front of the bushes. I'm all about flowers that will come back on their own! There are so many more things on "The List", but this was a good start. We feel very accomplished after a hard day's work! Have you done anything new in your yard this spring?

 

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

This morning, Mr. Helpful handed me this card that he made, and I just have to share. Here's the front.

And inside...

Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day filled with love or chocolate or both!

Hydrangea Flower Ball

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, I posted about the flower "kissing ball" I made to hang on the Bear's door. Well, after that project I was so excited to try different variations! One of my favorite flowers is the hydrangea. I love the dainty petals and variety of colors and shades even on one bloom.

I picked up Martha Stewart's Hydrangea punch, pretty scrapbook paper, and some white headed pins. Then I punched and punched and punched out what felt like a million of those little petals. I was going for variation on the flower, so I used two colors, and stacked them, alternating which color was on top.

I had a 6" styrofoam ball in my stash. So once I had a bunch of flowers assembled, I pinned them into the styrofoam. Again, this was pretty time consuming. And I did not do the whole thing in one sitting. Or two. But I love the result! I plan to incorporate this into one of the girls' rooms - not sure which yet!

This idea has been featured on lots of blogs like this one, and here too. So I don't claim originality on this one. I just love being inspired by fellow bloggers!

Picture Frame Wreath

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by ssteinruck 2 Comments

My front door was severely lacking in Fall spirit - my favorite season. Something had to be done. My mom gave me an 8x10 frame - no glass, no back, just a frame that needed some gluing to repair the corners. I'm pretty sure she was going to pitch it. But I gladly took it off her hands, gave a little TLC, and it was ready for its transformation into a wreath.

First I cut and wrapped batting around it. Nothing neat and tidy, because it wasn't going to be visible - the batting was just to give the frame wreath a little bulk.

Given my new found love of jute, I started wrapping it around - not too tight because I wanted to keep the bulkiness. The wreath base looked good - very natural, which was the look I was going for.

But it needed a little pop. Naturally, I went to Pinterest to look for ideas and tutorials. I found amazing pictures and some excellent tutorials on how to create flowers on Miles of Sunshine and on Holidash. Ahh Pinterest. It's my new Google. So I picked up some felt pieces at Michael's. Yes, it's a bit tedious, cutting out all those little pieces and gluing each one individually. It's a good "while you're watching tv" project. But I think the final product was well worth it!

The best part is that I attached these flowers with a safety pin, which means I can use this wreath for just about any holiday or season, just by switching out the embellishments. I'm starting to think Christmas...ornaments? Small wrapped presents? Snow flakes? Lots of fun Christmas/Winter ideas to think about!

Flower Ball

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

After we finished the Bear's big-girl room, I wanted to put something on her door to make it even more special for the big reveal. I thought about a girly wreath or picture, and then I found instructions on The Idea Room on how to make one of those styrofoam and streamer flower ball things. I guess they're called "kissing balls." Here's how mine turned out.

I attached the ribbon to the top of her door with a thumb tack. I'm not sure if it will stay here, but she likes it. And, thankfully, for now, she can't reach it!

It's a good relatively mindless, though slightly time consuming project. I went through a lot of glue sticks! Crepe paper is inexpensive but styrofoam balls are a bit pricey. If you wait for a sale and/or use a coupon, they aren't too bad.  (So when they were on sale, I stocked up with a few different sizes for future projects.) Stay tuned!

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »