How to Build an Outdoor Stacked Stone Fireplace

Can you believe it, we finished our fireplace and I have all the info on how to build your own outdoor stacked stone fireplace today!  I think it has been almost exactly a year since my husband brought home a fireplace insert that he found off Craigslist, yes, things take a long time to get complete around here. Although, I will admit, good things are worth the wait!

Step by step tutorial on building your own outdoor fireplace

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Progress in the yard including french country cottage garden inspiration

Hi Friends, I feel like it has been so long since I have posted about our backyard progress.  I thought it would be fun to share where our inspiration comes from along with the plans and progress today.

Although I was sad when our antique chandelier we had hanging in the mudroom started having electrical issues, I knew it had to go and I knew exactly what to do with it.

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Inspiring Tips For Gardens

Thank you to everyone who linked up to Inspire Me Monday, so much talent! Today I have 5 fabulous gardening tips I know you will love, enjoy!

Head over to The Creativity Exchange and find out how to make your back yard clipping into a gorgeous table setting.

Mix different sizes of vases for yard clippings for a pretty summer arrangement.  The Creativity Exchange

I have been eyeing these pallet gardens!  Stop over to Kent Heartsrings to see how she made this gorgeous Pallet Succulent Garden!

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Twelve O Eight has some amazing tips on how to grow some incredible house plants. 

Grandparent’s Plus is sharing her Hostas Garden. They are so pretty, hearty and grow pretty much anywhere!

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Looking to find the perfect way to DIY a colorful herb pot?  Look no further, DIY Homework has you covered.

Lifestyle Crafts Herb Pot via homework - carolynshomework (11)

 Thank you for stopping in today, can’t wait to see you this Monday! Have a great rest of your weekend.

DIY Planted Succulents in a Basket~Fun in the Sun~

It’s Summertime which means lots of gardening for me! I’ve been busy planting lots of vegetables, flowers and succulents for our annual “Fun in the Sun” party featuring a fabulous group of talented ladies. I have a love for these awesome plants because they are almost impossible to kill and require very little maintenance, huge bonus!

 I thought it would be fun to put together a basket full of succulents for our back patio space, I may even eventually hang it by our front door!

Succulents

Here are the supplies you’ll need to re-create this look:

Basket
Variety of succulents
Heavy Plastic or coconut husk liners
Soil, cactus soil is the best

I simply grabbed a old basket from the garage and gave it a fresh coat of paint.  Next I cut some holes into the plastic so the soil can drain easily and lined the basket.  I filled it with dirt and began adding my succulents.

How to make a succulent basket

Next I arranged each of the succulents, making sure to add height in the back and have the overhanging succulents in the front.  I have been lucky enough to never have had to purchase a succulent.  I always take a few trimmings from my brother’s house when I visit and within a few weeks I have a abundance of them and plant them in various containers.

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Next I gave the succulents some water and won’t have to worry about watering again for a few more days.  I’m sure the basket won’t last for more then a few years but I’ll just transplant all the beauties!

DIY Succulent Basket

Succulents in a basket

This would make a gorgeous gift especially a house warming present!

Be sure to visit all of the Fun in the Sun hostesses and their awesome summer projects for a ton of inspiration!  Here is a little peek of all their creative Summer ideas!

Fun in the sun

Domestically Speaking’s Easy DIY Beverage Tags
Debbie Doo’s Patriotic Pallet Flag
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s Succulent Basket
Setting for Four’s Summer Mantel
Clean and Scentsible ‘s Summer Patio
Town and Country Living’s Summer Farmhouse Bedroom
DIY Show Off’s Birdie Garland
At The Picket Fence’s Water Fountain turned Planter
Cupcakes and Crinoline’s Golden Mason Jars
Sand & Sisal’s Cucumber & Melon Spritzer
Fox Hollow Cottage’s Summer Banner Printable

Tomorrow come back and link up your Summer projects and enter to win $250 CASH!



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Newly painted gardening bench

During the Summer I love to have an abundance of potted flowers, it just makes me happy!  Years ago my hubby had built a workbench which we eventually converted into my gardening bench.  With years of weathering the top and bottom collapsed, so he added planks of exterior-grade lumber.  This way the water can drip down and into the grass instead of resting on top and eventually caving in again.

Painted Garden bench

I stained the new wood with a dark ebony and gave the existing wood a fresh coat of paint.

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