outdoor play structure makeover using semi-transparent stain

Before and after swing set makeover

This swing set makeover started as an idea I had while mowing the lawn. When I mow the lawn I like to make it as easy as possible, and have as few things in the way as possible to mow around.  Which also means less whipper snipping (or not whipper snipping, and having weeds grow…

doll clothes pattern maureen cracknell flower child

Reversible wrap dress doll clothes pattern

Our oldest daughter recently had her sixth birthday, and I wanted to make her and her 18 inch doll matching summer dresses. However, my daughter’s dress didn’t turn out quite how I had hoped (I always overestimate my sewing skills). But her doll dress did turn out, so that’s what I’m going to show you…

how to install an above ground pool yourself

How to install your own above ground pool

Are you thinking of installing your own above ground pool? We finished installing our pool a few weeks ago, and I must say that we learned a lot. (And many thanks to my in-laws for helping, we couldn’t have done it alone!) This is the third and final post on my series of how to…

how to install an above ground pool yourself

Preparing the base for an above ground pool

Are you thinking of installing your own above ground pool? A few weeks ago Tony and I, with help from his parents, installed an above ground pool in our backyard. Tony and I have done a lot of DIY projects together, but this was one of the most difficult (somewhere right up there with installing…

planting a wildflower meadow

Planting a wildflower meadow: Year 2

Last year I wrote a three part series on my first year growing a wildflower meadow. My goal for this wildflower garden was to have a field full of flowers, without much effort. In summary, last year we plowed the soil, scattered the seeds, and let them grow. You can read about my experiences last…

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