How to Make an Easter Egg Garland

Step-by-Step instructions for making an Easter Egg garland with plastic Easter Eggs.

Step-by-Step instructions for making an Easter Egg garland with plastic Easter Eggs.

An easy to do project for kids, Making an Easter Egg garland.

An easy to do project for kids, Making an Easter Egg garland.

Easter is almost here and plastic eggs are inexpensive and plentiful. How about this year adding an Easter Egg Garland to your seasonal decorations. The bright-colored and happy looking garland can be swagged on a fireplace mantel, as seen in the two cover photos for this post. It could also be used in the dining room on the table, running straight down the middle or snaked around the centerpiece and candles; the egg garland would also look nice on a sideboard. Another place to decorate with the egg garland is in a kids room. What fun it would be to hang it around a window(s), the inside door frame of the bedroom, or even see it hung around the headboard. Outside the Easter Egg Garland could be wrapped around a light post, or draped around the front door. Right inside the front hall, a really long egg garland could be attached to the staircase banister, held in place with bright colorful ribbons. Where you place the egg garland depends on your imagination. This post shows you how easy it is to make. Continue reading

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Buy a Shamrock Plant, also called Oxalis, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, It’s really an interesting house plant.

The leaves of the Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) as seen open by day.

The leaves of the Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) as seen open by day.

The Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) with its light-sensitive leaves closed for the night.

The Oxalis (Shamrock Plant) with its light-sensitive leaves closed for the night.

Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here, and in super markets and florist stores everywhere you will see the Shamrock Plant also called Oxalis. The Shamrock plant, which some people think brings good luck is a member of the wood sorrel family. The interesting thing about the Oxalis is the way that it opens its leaves by day, and how it closes them at night. The shamrock plant is most often seen in solid green (like the above photos), but there are also ones with burgundy-purple colored leaves and some that even have a green leave with a burgundy-purple center. Depending on the plant chosen, the oxalis will have either a white or soft pink trumpet-shaped flower. Continue reading

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How to Trim a Golden String / Thread Cypress into a Pyramid

The pair of Golden String Cypress before their Yearly Shearing.

The pair of Golden String Cypress before their Yearly Shearing.

The first Golden String / Thread Cypress after its yearly Trimming.

The first Golden String / Thread Cypress after its yearly Trimming.

The pair of Golden String / Thread (sometimes called Mop) Cypress, seen in the two cover photos for this blog post, that are major focal points in my back garden, did not always have pyramidal shapes. The natural growth habit of the string cypress, to some, might be a bit conical or pyramidal, but to me they look like lovely overgrown upright haystacks. This post shows step-by-step instructions on how I turned my unruly haystacks into more formal pyramids. Continue reading

Posted in Bushes, Shrubs, Trees, Garden Design Principles, The Autumn(Fall) Garden, The Spring Garden, The Winter Garden | 3 Comments

How to Pick Paint Colors that go with an Oriental Rug/Carpet

Picking Paint Colors that go with, in this case, a predominately Burgundy oriental rug.

Picking Paint Colors that go with, in this case, a predominately Burgundy oriental rug.

When interior decorating a single room, or a whole house you have to start somewhere. A colorful oriental carpet, also thought of as an inspiration piece will provide many color options for you to work with. This post is about looking at paint color strips, matching them to your inspiration piece and working with shades, tones and tints of color as the professional decorators do. Continue reading

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Arranging Furniture in a 15 foot wide by 25 foot long Bedroom

Sixteen possible ways of arranging bedroom furniture in a large bedroom.

Sixteen possible ways of arranging bedroom furniture in a large bedroom.

In recent years, in many parts of the country, grand houses have been erected, some with very large rooms. A while back, a viewer of this website posted a question about how to arrange furniture in a large master bedroom; her inquiry inspired this post. I’ve come up with 16 possible floor plans for arranging furniture in such a space. The ideas that I’ve come up with can also be applied to a space that is a bit bigger or smaller. Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 780,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 33 days for that many people to see it.

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Easy ways to store Christmas Lights and other Holiday Decorations

Some ideas for storing Christmas Decorations.

Some ideas for storing Christmas Decorations.

Christmas is over, the New Year is almost here, and in the days ahead it will be time to take down the holiday decorations. In this blog post I’m covering the different ways that I safely put away my favorite and cherished ornaments, so they are in perfect condition for next years use . Continue reading

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