How to make a loom wreath that kids can use to hone motor skills and display their creativity.

An Easy and Ever-Changing Loom Wreath

What began as an idea to foster our daughter’s fine motor skills, turned into something …

October 16, 2017 in Backyard, Decor, For the Kids
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A DIY 8-foot long planter box mounted to our kid's treehouse.

How We Made An 8-Foot Planter Box

Elaborate landscaping and flowering gardens exist in our dreams; not so much in reality. Container gardens …

October 03, 2017 in Backyard, DIY, Gardening
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DIY planter box design.

How to Make Easy Raised Planter Boxes

Ready to make some raised planters that’ll hold up really, really well? No bolts, no …

August 05, 2017 in Backyard, DIY, Gardening
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After: Custom wooden garden fence.

Garden 2017: The Biggest Yet

I’ve written a little bit every year to track the evolution of our backyard garden. …

July 05, 2017 in Backyard, DIY, Gardening
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Tree fallen in March 2017 windstorm.

All Things Trees

If our last 4 springs have been focused on clearing brush, this season has been the year of removing …

May 31, 2017 in Backyard
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Installing a large Pennsylvania bluestone flagstone patio.

Our Latest and Greatest: A Perfect, New Patio

Our time- and cost-intensive projects are fewer and farther between than they used to be, …

July 13, 2016 in Backyard, Decor, DIY
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A natural garden pathway using logs and mulch.

Merry Garden, 2016

The growing season is off to a great start, and as usual, my eyeballs/stomach expect more …

June 22, 2016 in Backyard, DIY, Gardening
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Hope to see one of these baby turkey vultures myself; this photo was taken by Roberta Dell'Anno. Thanks Roberta!


First of all, thanks for hanging out with me as I spent the last few months …

May 04, 2016 in Backyard
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Aerating and re-seeding a lawn during the fall months.

Fall To-Do: Aerate Your Lawn

This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in October 2012. …

April 26, 2016 in Backyard, DIY, HGTV + DIY Network Projects
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Pregnant Emily using a leaf blower.

5 Tips for Fall Lawn Care

This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in October 2013. Just …

April 25, 2016 in Backyard, Curb Appeal, DIY, Gardening, HGTV + DIY Network Projects
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