Category Archives: outdoor

Idea for Grassless Yard (no maintenance Yard)

 

The last time we were at the beach house we were amazed at some of the brush that had grown in the backyard. It is a bit of a tough backyard to landscape because we have a large pine tree and a large oak tree that both provide some really great shade but also shed a lot. We wanted to figure out the best way to make it look a little bit nicer without adding the expense of lawn and plantings. So after a little bit of research I decided to go with what was native in this area.

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We had a landscape company come in and clean out all of the brush that was in the corners…weeds that were WAY over grown. They pulled all of that stuff and also spread a herbicide to contain some of the weeds. Pine needles ( also called pine mulch) was spread around the entire yard.

 

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This made the back yard look so much nicer and actually a lot bigger. The pine needles will act as a natural deterrent for the weeds because as it heats up during the day it will smother the growth underneath. The landscaper said that it should last at least a couple of years with just having to spot treat for weeds in the corners.

 

It was something that we probably could have done on our own but we really needed some heavy equipment and it was the last thing we wanted to worry about doing when we got to the beach. Now it’s nice and cleaned up and will last us a while.

I just thought that if you’re looking for ideas for your yard that does not need maintenance like watering this might be a good idea especially if you’re in the south where pine trees are abundant. And I know you like a good before and after so just take a look for yourself

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Have a great weekend celebrating all the Dad’s in your life;)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Bottle cap Birdbath (repurposed bottle caps)

This is a sponsored post. The kind folks at True Value have asked me to share a fun summer project with you. I have been compensated for my time and efforts.

 

There are so many fun projects that call for bottle caps. After I saw a few projects online I wanted to try one out for myself. This inspired my bottle cap birdbath project.  I am partnering with the True Value again for this year’s DIY blog squad.  So thankful to have such a great partnership with them!  I thought that this outdoor garden project would be fun to do this summer…get the kiddos involved….it is that easy:)

I found some really unique German beer bottle caps on eBay. I think I paid $3 for the whole lot. You can find bottle caps that are particular color or style just by searching on Etsy or eBay.  I am sure you’ll find something that you love. This bird bath is probably good for just one or two small birds but at the same time it is a conversation piece for your garden. The supplies are pretty simple and can all be found at your local True Value Store.

 

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Here is what you will need:

 

2 foot copper pipe

1 end cap for copper pipe

1.5 inch metal washer

12 inch round terra cotta pot base

liquid nails

bottle caps

unsanded grout

sponge

water

rubber gloves

hammer

paper towels

outdoor clear sealer

 

Steps:

 

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* collect and organize bottle caps and create your pattern

*glue the washer and end cap on the bottom of the planter bas, let dry

* starting in the center, spread the glue and start adhering bottle caps

* continue to work your way to outer edge. Allow to dry according to glue instructions (I left mine overnight)

*mix up grout with water so that it is the consistency of icing

*using rubber gloves, spread the grout on the bottle caps. Get in the crevices and smooth with your hands all the way to the edge.

*using a damp sponge, wipe excess off let dry. (it is ok if some grout is filmy on the bottle caps, you will be able to wipe clean)

*when grout is dried, wipe off and clean up bottle caps well.

*apply a clear coat to protect

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Find a spot in your garden and hammer the copper pipe into the ground. Top with your new fancy birdbath!

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*hammer copper tubing into ground

*slide the birdbath on top

*fill with some water for your feathered friends;)

 

How stinkin cute!?! Am I right?!? I could have made a bunch of these…it was so fun and very easy. Be sure to check out your local True Value for all your DIY needs…they are always ready and willing to help you getter done!

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Also don’t forget to follow True Value on Instagram for more inspiration!  And share your own #DIYaDay projects for a chance to win- they’re giving out prizes all throughout June!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

WIne Cork Garden Markers

Summer is in full swing here….my bubs finished his exams last Friday…and the peanut has her last exam tomorrow. I am scrambling to get ready to take bubs and my nephew to the beach for a week….looking forward to chilling on the Atlantic:) I am sure I will be popping in from time to time…but the regular post here may get a bit scattered. It seems that is pretty typical for blogland….If you are new here and just stopping by for the first time…please check out the project gallery…or look on the menu at the top for some recent projects:)

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This was one of those ideas her I thought oh my gosh I’m a total genius… Until I Google searched and saw all about 10,000 other projects that we’re pretty much the same. So  I’m definitely not the first person to think about this but I thought maybe you hadn’t thought of the idea either so here it is:)

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I told you the other day about my little container vegetable garden. I decided to go with things that were supposed to be easy so fingers crossed. My thinking was salad for dinner…strawberry shortcake for dessert you feel me? Am I right or am i right? So of course I had to dress up the little garden markers.

 

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I took some wine corks that I had laying around along with some wooden bamboo skewers and my Sharpie markers to make my own cute little garden markers. They turned out so sweet I want to plant more things! My family tells me I have to wait to see how these do first. The confidence is low I tell you…. very low. They have all the right though. I’m kind of in ADD Gardner… I think that it’s the lack of immediate gratification that I have a problem with. But I am getting better about that. I suppose its old age setting in. I know that you really don’t need a tutorial for this you basically poke a sharp end of the bamboo into the wine cork and you label. Done and done. I like to keep things simple you know that.

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Good luck to you and go plant and harvest hopefully!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Self Watering Planter

I planted a salad garden this week….in a container. It is my first attempt at getting back into growing some of my own veggies. I thought I would start small and see how it goes. In my effort to keep my container salad garden alive I came across a really neat way to make sure my plants day hydrated….

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I have seen this technic used in the past and thought I would give it a go:) You basically take a plastic water bottle of some sort, poke holes in it and embed it into the dirt so that it slowly releases water to the root system and not just the top of your plant. Sounds like genius to me!

 

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First I place some recycled brown paper crumbled up on the bottom of a large planter ( newspaper would also work fine.) I drilled some holes in the bottom of my plastic planter. Using a 5/16th drill bit, drill several holes in the water bottle. I placed a good amount of potting soil on top of the paper then put the water bottle in the center after I have poked several holes in with it with my drill. The idea is to fill the water bottle with water and the plant will slowly drink what it needs…. At least that’s what I am hoping will happen:)

I added my plants (for now I planted one tomato, one red pepper, one lettuce, and one basil.) along with a little more potting soil. Filled up the water bottle in the center and just periodically checked to make sure the water bottle had some liquid in it. The first time I filled it up it ran empty right away just because the soil was new. As the plant drinks it will slowly leave water in the bottle. It kind of tells you how moist the soil is.

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This container veggie garden is a great beginner garden project. The kids can get involved…perfect Memorial Day weekend project!

I hope you have a great holiday weekend:) I’ll be back next Wednesday:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Concrete Tray Planter (video tutorial)

Hey all!! Hope you had a restful Easter break. We are recharged after a week at the beach. It is always hard to get back in the groove…but only 24 days of school (then exams…) and onto summer! The weather has finally turned nice…and it is a perfect time to dive into this months True Value Blog Squad post Itis easy and a great beginner concrete project:)

My daughter wanted to fish and I bought her a cactus instead…it just seemed a lot easier to me:) I really just didn’t want to deal with the fish smell and the fish food in the fish cleaning and yada yada yada even though she said she would take care of all that. I talked her into a cactus and she was really happy. I got to looking at the other succulents in the cactus aisle and thought these “hens and chicks” would look so pretty on a tray on porch for spring time. And then I got to thinking why don’t I make a tray out of something that would be kind of different… kind of cool could…and be used really for any season.

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For this really cool and chic concrete tray you will just need a few items from your local True Value Hardware store. You may even have some of these items laying around your house just waiting to be repurposed. For the size of tray that I used here is the list of items that you will need.

 

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True value has many quick drying concrete to choose from so I would encourage you to ask your local True Value professional about any questions you might have on the concrete. It really is easy to work with you just have to make sure you have protected your surfaces and that you have all of your other items available and ready to go. Once you work with this fast drying concrete your imagination will open up to lots of other things to make for your outdoor spaces. These little planters would also make great mothers day gifts, Fathers Day gifts and house warming gifts. If you don’t want to worry about plantings you could use this for some outdoor candles as well. What I love about using concrete as you don’t have to worry about it blowing away and it is good to go for any season.

 

 

The short YouTube video will explain step by step how to create your unique one of a kind concrete planter. If you have any questions please be sure to email me or find me on your social media channels and I would be happy to help!

Side note, I did not provide a drainage hole in my planter. If you wanted to place a drainage hole in yours you could buy a half inch piece of PVC pipe and while the concrete is setting up place the pipe into the center. Obviously cut it the same depth as your tray. I planted succulents in mine and they are still thriving.

 

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Go and make yourself your own concrete tray planter! Share it with me if you do:)

 

This has been a sponsored post by True Value. I have been compensated for my time however all thoughts, ideas, photos and errors are all mine:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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