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Does Your Decorating Measure Up?

One of the most common decorating issues that I see in homes and offices is wall art/décor hung too high.There is a rule of thumb for hanging artwork on a wall when it is “floating”. Floating is when there is nothing substantial below it, as in furniture. Here are some measurements to help with that:

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Easy Project: Garden Stack-A-Pots

Stack-a-pots in the garden We’ve all seen tipsy pots,…pots tipped this way and that on a pole. But Emily Louise Campanell started a trend to stack pots straight up on top of each other for an address sign in her front entry way.

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Kerckhoff, Camping and Blackberries

Testing…both camping and blackberries… I did something today that I’ve wanted to do for years! Picked blackberries at Kerckhoff Lake. So many times we’ve driven by this pretty and serene lake, actually a reservoir, on our way here and there between over the last twenty some years. The reservoir is just south of North Fork, Oakhurst and Fresno and is ...

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Why Hate The Beautiful Bull Pine?

Myths and facts about the Sierra Foothills Bull pine From the time we moved into the mountains, I heard from neighbors and local friends about the Bull pines. Bull pines, Pinus sabiniana, are seemingly hated, seen as ugly, messy trees and reputed to somehow (?) suck water from people’s wells and aquifers. You must cut down the huge trees if ...

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How to Repurpose an Old Swingset For a Swingin’ Arbor

Trash to treasure Cathy Wanderaas of Montana was looking for a new idea to landscape a part of her backyard. She was also looking for a new use for a swing set her children have outgrown. She ended up creating a fantastical ‘doorway’ that leads from one side of her garden to the other. Now, she is getting compliments from ...

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Brilliant Birdbaths Re-purposed

Broken or cracked bird bath? There’s no reason not to continue using it… in your garden! When you think about it,…broken or leaky bird baths and fountains, too, are merely pedestals to raise your garden to another level. As you can see, Flea market Gardeners have held on to these so called broken pieces and upcycled them into something spectacular. ...

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Vintage, Metal, and Bouncy Motel Chairs In The Garden

Marvelous Motel Chairs Motel chairs bring memories into your garden! We see these vintage metal patio chairs and think of our Grandparents chatting and sipping lemonade with family and friends at backyard barbecues. How did motel chairs become so popular and loved? We think they’re just fun!

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Growing A Straw Bale Garden

Part Two – In May, Tractor Man and I lugged four bales of hay down our slope and set them up as a garden! At the same time, we constructed a ‘Ranch Gate Garden’, by stringing three old ranch gates together that we found on our place, fencing in the 16′ x16′ garden. The fourth side we made from wire ...

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