DIY Garden Enclosure

When last I posted on the new garden enclosure, it was still just a base, sitting in our garage. Well, I’m happy to report that the garden enclosure construction is now complete, and so far I’ve planted some onions, peas and mesculin lettuce blend in their new home. 

I was kind of in a quandary over how to best describe the building process, since it was sweet Hubberman that did all the planning and work on this project. Soooo…I asked him to do more work and write up a guest post on the topic! What a guy I’ve got! Take it away…Hubberman!

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Super Easy Seed Box


My seed packets desperately needed a home, so I decided to repurpose a small fruit crate for the job. Here’s all I used:

Small Fruit Crate (mine was a mandarin orange crate)
Alphabet Stamps (foam or rubber stamps will work – mine are a throwback from my scrapbooking days)
Acrylic Craft Paint
Applicator Sponge

That’s all you need! It’s super easy…carefully apply your paint to the surface of the stamp using the foam applicator. Next, apply the stamp with even pressure to the side of your crate. If the impression is uneven, you can always use a small paint brush for touch ups. But the idea is to have it look kind of shabby and rustic anyway, so imperfections are good!

Since this type of crate has raised corners, you could stamp several crates and stack them. I plan to make another one for my other seed starting supplies and stack that on top.

How do you store your seeds? Share your ideas in the comments!


DIY Cloth Napkins

It’s almost Earth Day…celebrate by ditching the paper napkins and making your own cloth napkins with “fat quarter” quilting fabric!

Confession time:  I have a quilting fabric addiction…and I’m not even a quilter! Something about the tiny floral patterns and the myriad of pretty colors is so attractive to me. I’m particularly vulnerable to the coordinated “fat quarter” collections. These are the cute little bundles of five or six 18″ x 21″ rectangles of fabric. Over the years I’ve bought quite a few bundles, for no other reason than because they were cute!

Well, about two years ago, in an effort to cut back on our paper waste, I decided to put my collection of fabric to good use and make cloth napkins. Here’s the step by step! Continue reading